Tuesday, March 28, 2017

You've Read My File or If I Ain't Dead Already

The Days of I Want To Hold Your Man

Saturday, March 11, 2017

Silence To Say Goodbye- The Soft Set's Third Record

Once upon a time I had a band called The Soft Set from about 1999 to 2005 or 2006 or so.  Our first c.d. was self released and the second one Only Lovers Left Alive was released by the label Becalmed. We had a third album recorded but it was never released, its been so long I don't even remember why we didn't at least put it out ourselves, probably a result of my indecisiveness. But we didn't and it languished unheard and unloved- pretty much the story of this band's life.

Well enough time has past and having pulled it out and re-listened I've found a song sequence for it that I like and broke it down into two sides as if it were an LP.  Forgive this indulgence but I'll probably never live to see anything of mine pressed on vinyl so it's nice to pretend. I like how Florida ends side one and the second side opens up with our guitarist Dave's upbeat song History Lesson. I play the little guitar line on that one, but Dave does the solo-good song that. Some of these endings would have been faded when mastered, but oh well. I sort of like this best of the albums we made, as I was getting a little closer to the sound in my head with more varied instrumentation and even some slight psych touches. Like all of our recordings it was done at home. I was always too poor to afford a real studio.  I've often wondered how other bands afforded that- my suspicion is that there are a lot more rick kids in the game than I realized.

In any case here tis in the closest we ever got to a final mix and still in unmastered fidelity. After these recordings the line up of the band changed and we recorded and played out for another year or two - there's another unreleased E.P. after this one that also has some good stuff on it. After that we "softly went away forever".


Side One
1. Silence To Say Goodbye
2. Books on Saints
3. Words Don't Exist
4. Ballad Of A Plain Girl
5. Florida

Side Two
6. History Lesson
7. Used To Be Close
8. Only Lovers Left Alive
9. She's The Reason
10. Face to Face

William Crain- Vocals, Guitar & Harmonica  
Dave Morgan- Guitar & Vocals
Brad Banks- Bass, Piano/Keyboards & Xylophone
Charlie Ewing- Drums, Trumpet & Vocals

-Matthew Baab guitar on Ballad of a Plain Girl, Florida & Only Lovers
-additional vocals on Books on Saints by Misi
-strings on Face to Face by (gotta check into this I can't remember)

* All Songs Written By William Crain © except History Lesson by David Morgan ©

All Hail Unrest

Back to Unrest- they put on one of the best shows I've ever seen, a young Stereolab opened up- nice bill!  I think it was the tour for Perfect Teeth, which means 1993.  Robinson would just lay back with a big beatific grin and play some the greatest rhythm guitar this side of the Velvets 1969, it was a joy to listen to and behold. He was my idea of a guitarist, that mad propulsive strum. All hail Unrest, unsung greats of the long ago 1990's.

Monday, March 6, 2017

God Gave Rock n' Roll To Ya

I met Unrest's Mark E. Robinson once, he was a real nice guy, we played the Tommy pinball machine at Emo's (awful austin music venue) together.  For some reason I thought he would be into mid-60's Who, I guess cause Unrest was such a perfect pop band by that time as were the Who in the mid-60's.  He was bemused but kind about my misunderstanding, turns out he was mainly into 4AD & Factory Records and other early 80's British music. We both sucked at pinball, he actually more than I, though I loved that Tommy themed machine and did have a couple of great games on it back in the day.

Anyway he was a nice contrast to Ira Kaplan from Yo La Tengo who I also met around the same time (early to mid 90's) and who was a sour fellow embarrassed about his past as a music writer, when in reality its the coolest thing he ever did. Unrest's cover of Argent's "God Gave RocknRoll to You" (from the Bavarian Mods single) follows, the song was also covered, albeit badly, by Kiss. Someone put the Unrest version of the song to the opening of the Breakfast Club (framed weirdly), having recently re-watched that film I gotta say I now like the principal the best. I even like his "wardrobe"!  Fuck those whiny kids, I'd like to take a swing at Bender. Guess I'm getting old. 

Favorite old 45's listened to today:

1. Bavarian Mods- Unrest
2. My Movie- J.F.A.
3. The Winter Hawk E.P.- Elf Power
4. Borungku Si Derita- Sun City Girls
5. Poor Boys Born in a Rubble- The Standells (sundazed ep)

Tonight's double feature is Mod Fuck Explosion & Heathers, a suitable pairing both with Unrest connections.

Saturday, March 4, 2017