This week Rob Crow (of Pinback) has put together a visceral collection of experimental tunes, spanning five decades of recorded music. We had a time collecting these bad boys! Keep an open mind, Rob's tastes are more than eclectic and push the boundaries of contemporary music to the outter limits of psych rock, noise, and raw power. It just might expand your horizons to unexpected places.
Rob is preparing to release his second solo record, He Thinks He's People
, on October 18th. Get a peek at the artists and songs that inspire him.
Scroll Through The Player To Listen To All The Songs On the Mixtape
1. This Heat - "A New Kind Of Water" - Deceit
An example of this Camberwell trio running on all cylinders. In the Aesthetics Wars of the Post Apocalyptic Neo-Pangaea, this is what the Science Troopers will listen to while preparing for battle.
2. Angry Samoans - "Lights Out" - Back From Samoa
Short. Fast. Loud. Perfect. A pure gem. Proving the theory that humanity can create Pure Art out of Raw Fun.
3. West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band - "A Child's Guide To Good And Evil" - A Child's Guide To Good And Evil
Accidental genius? The band is an example of Art By Committee that somehow worked, despite being driven by all the wrong reasons. It was backed by a trust fund millionaire who in return, just wanted to stand on stage, play the tamborine, and pretend to sing. Yes, I love the lyrics, and I stand by them, but they were written and designed by a guy using them to get into underage flower-girl panties.
4. Barbara - "Toi l'homme" - Le Mal De Vivre
A killer track of delicate hormonal rage by french chanteuse Monique Serf. It gets me every time, even though it has a saxophone on it.
5. Family Fodder - "Savoir Faire" - Monkey Banana Kitchen/Savoir Faire 7"/Savoir Faire
- The best of...
I believe this to possibly be my favorite song and will probably be on any "best of" list I ever make.
Another band from the late 70s early 80s Camberwell scene, they even sometimes performed with power-art-house drummer Charles Hayward (This Heat, Camberwell Now. Quiet Sun, Etc.) I prefer the 7"/Savoir Faire - The best of... version over the Monkey Banana Kitchen version, even though it's shorter.
6. Make Believe - "The Storm On Her Birthday" - Shock Of Being
One day I would like to see this band play as "The Storm On Her Birthday" and only play this song for an hour and a half or so. The fact that this band was so overlooked is one of the reasons I hate a great many things about what musical culture has become.
7. Horrific Child - "Frayeur" - L'Etrange Mr Whinster
Total batshit awesomeness that never lets up. Finally re-issued on Finders Keepers, but I think it's out of print again. The whole album is this good. A relentless pummeling of styles, all of which are designed to make one feel uneasy.
8. Captain Beefheart - "Dirty Blue Gene" - Doc At The Radar Station
This guy and James Randi are my two heros. It's pretty tough to pick just one song to use as an example of this guy. Pinback played this entire album over the house before every show for about ten years.
9. The Shaggs - "My Pal Foot Foot" - Philosophy Of The World
Are The Shaggs the greatest band in history? I think they just might be. This album recorded mere months after their father bought them their instruments and sequestered them with only a vague understanding of what popular music was, the Wiggin sisters re-invented the genre in their own image, creating something beautiful, startling, and PURE.
10. Renaldo And The Loaf - "Honest Joe's Indian Gets The Goat On The Way To The Cowboys' Conga" - Songs for Swinging Larvae
The Residents made a short film/music video of a few songs from this album together that I was not allowed to watch in the house during my tenure with one ex-girlfriend, 'cause it freaked her out so much. My kids watch it and old Devo videos like other kids watch Barney.