Band History: Being made now.
With "Listen To Your Left Brain", the
Chinese Stars declare a new cold war.
Formed in 2003, the band's pedigree reaches back to legendary acts
Arab On Radar and Six Finger Satellite,
seeds that inform this new efflorescence, but now the band has filled
out in all the right places, having honed their chaotic four-on-the-floor,
post-punk dance style into an unequivocal signature.
Here The Chinese Stars set in motion a tsunami of new waves, crafting
an atmosphere of propulsive sonic escapism - fueled by noodle-stringed
guitar riffs, seat of your pants lyrics and hallucinatory synths.
This is a fast, forward audio movement, taking music back to the base
pleasures. Razor sharp, aural pop-art: the overblown are busted.
"Outpunking Radio 4, outfunking !!! and out-Rapturing
the Rapture, The Chinese Stars' brazen four-on-the-floor propulsiveness,
flexibly blends elastic guitars over stabby snares and jived-up bass...
while former AOR singer Eric Paul peppers songs with salacious commentary,
exuding depraved, lascivious lyrics."
"Their sound(?) ...would probably liken it
to a really bad drug trip at a Karaoke bar."
- Sound The Sirens .
The Flying Luttenbachers and Chinese
Stars releases are in-stock and up for adoption - and for
you hard sells seeking instant gratification, preview
MP3's are now playing at the SKiN GRAFT AUDIO
page. Along with seven additional tracks not found on the the original
"Destroy All Music" album, the Luttenbachers CD comes complete with
a fold-old retrospective booklet documenting
the particularly potent "punk jazz" era of the band, while the CHINESE
STARS vinyl LP includes a prominent poster-lyric
sheet drawn by Mr. Matthew Brinkman. By special arrangement
with the righteous rabble-rousers at three
one g, we're also making the CD format
of The Chinese Stars "Listen To Your Left Brain" available - - -
and we've got a downright dynamic deal
for those clearheaded congregation members looking to score both
the vinyl and the CD formats. For check & money order instructions,
go to the CATALOG Page, or click your
way to happiness by sending funds our way via the PAYPAL
last time by Jazzy's fairly fabulous fill-in, Japan's KOENJIHYAKKEI
(led by RUINS' main man Yoshida Tatsuya)
will be landing on North American soil for five positively peerless
performances this May. Our Canadian compatriots are on the receiving
end of the bulk of Koenjihyakkei's bedazzling brilliance -with performances
at the Musiques de Creation Festival
and the Festival International de musique
actuelle de Victoriaville, along with a show at the much
easier to pronounce Horseshoe Tavern
in Toronto. Here on the stateside of things, the pre-primed spectators
are already salivating over the incoming shows to Chicago and New
Make no mistake; this is one you'll want to tell those future illegitimate
grandkids about - a major milestone of mind-boggling, must-see magnificence!
Visit the TOURS page for all of the details,
and while yor there take a gander at the upcoming tours from CHEER-ACCIDENT,
QUINTRON, a rare live appearance from STRANGULATED
BEATOFFS and the first word on PRE's
initial American outing - booking now!
The Deep End Dept:
Metallica learned it the hard way, you can't keep the music pirates
down - no matter how hard mass indifference tries to submerge the
island of New Orleans, the 9th Ward's Mr.
Quintron keeps his chin up, surfacing again and again with
breaths of fresh air. Flippers are optional but skates are mandatory
cause the Amazing Spellcaster is inviting everyone into the drink
with the release of the vinyl-only Jamskate
12" EP. Coming courtesy of Quintron and Miss Pussycat's inspirational
imprint Rhinestone Records, Jamskate weighs in at a healthy 5 tracks,
including the title track and a
cover of the Kajun SS anthem, "Drug Problem". It's up for orders
now in the Everything Else department
of the Skin Graft Paypal Shop
(and mailorders are always accepted). This ones strictly limited
to 500 copies, so order now or pay
ands, or butts - HOLY SMOKES "Talk To Your
Kids about Gangs" packs a serious boot to the hindquarters
- and they have the reviews to back it up! Take, for instance, this
inspired ink put to paper by Marina Organ at (natch!) The
ORGAN: "Uneasy and astonishing
listening, utterly contemporary and thus frightening, alive, complicated
and sometimes gorgeous".
And there's plenty more praise where that came from - read the full
Rumors continue to run rampant about live appearances from our Holy
Smokes, though definitives remain shrowded in mystery. Fans can
keep fanning the flames by befriending the band at their MySpace
page over HERE.
Turning to another recent release, AIDS WOLF
VS ATHLETIC AUTOMATON, Jazzy's particularly partial to this
write up courtesy of Brandon Perkins at URB
Magazine: "Providence's AA and Montreal's AW have
joined forces for this manic display of begrudging noise that'll
piss off parents and make you jump on your bed. Squirreling guitars,
flying squirrel bass riffs and squirrelly drums: It's a barnyard
of animals with gnarly diseases, and it's fuckin' great".
Nuff Said? Just about, but the full review is HERE.
have a bit more on Athletic Automaton
at the wrap of our Ballpeen Bulletin, but in AIDS
Wolf news, while a'waiting the completion of their official
website, they've begun a'blogging, which you can click through to
Following a worldwide star search involving countless
auditions and a grueling round of "rock
scissors, paper", the band reports that they have indeed
filled the vacancy left by Barbarian Destroyer's
departure earlier this year. Found under a pile of dirty dishes,
the band adds that "Montrealers (and those beyond with good taste
and good eyes) will recognize him from many famous acts." The man
of mystery will make his debut at AIDS Wolf's show on May
6th at Zoobizarre
in Montreal (Details are at the TOURS
page), and Uncle Sams (and Aunt Samanthas) take note - the band
WILL be touring the USA in the not too distant future! Watch this
travels across the halls of the grand girl's dormitories peppering
this great land of ours, Jazzy has come to learn that Skin Graft's
frothy-mouthed fanatics come from all walks of life, from shinola
schleppers to millionheiresses
- and if there's one thing that both upper and lower crusts alike
are in agreement on - it's that when it's time to unwind
- it's time to rewind the tape and
soak in those scintillating Skin Graft sounds.
Now all of these loyal legionnaires have just one question between
them - whining and pining impatiently for a whiff of Jazzy's magic
eightball with the wondrous word of "what
comes next?". Alrighty, kimosobe's, blow your nose 'cause
the time has come for Jazzy to blow your minds (!) - and let loose
with a fabulous flurry (frankly, four) of flat-out fantastic full-flavored
coming attractions that will set your wallets weeping and prevent
those roommates from sleeping !
To begin, in the on-deck circle, we've got Japan's jolty juggernaut
of drum(s) and bass bombast, RUINS
(!), is coming to the plate with the release of the first album
to feature recently departed bassist Hisashi Sasaki. That's right,
the long out of print "Refusal Fossil"
is making a riveting return to greatness in a new special
edition CD - with revamped artwork, remixed and remastered
music and five (count 'em) additional tracks!!! Considered by many
to be RUINS' heaviest, thickest and rawest album ever, you better
check your pulse, cuz you haven't lived 'til you've heard this one!
hot on the heels of The CHINESE STARS'
"Listen To Your Left Brain" above, we're proudly re-presenting the
band's debut CD "Turbo Mattress" in
a brand-spanking-new edition. Previously available as a "weaponized,
chinese throwing star-shaped CD, "Turbo Mattress" was quick to sell,
but proved plenty problematic for those downtrodden devotees wishing
to play the disc in front feed CD devices, CD changers or darn near
anything other than a tray loading disc player. So for this new
edition, Turbo Mattress is being pressed on a technologically terrific
TRANSPARENT CD - maintaining the illusion
of a chinese throwing star with the added bonus of being playable
on all CD players and drives!!! Yes, the disk may be transparent,
but Jazzy has a hunch you'll be seeing it in your collection soon!
And beyond that? Howabout...
batting third and fourth, we're prepping the sophomore full length
from Providence's one-two punch ATHLETIC AUTOMATON
and the long playing (all of 25 minutes!) debut from the United
Kingdom's preeminent poundcakes-PRE!
As if that weren't enough, those crafty counselors here at Camp
Skin Graft have advised Jazzy that there's even more in store, another
round of racket-ridden releases is yet to be announced! The 2007
line up is so jam packed with masterful, must-have
merchandise, that your straight-shootin' sound supremo strongly
suggests you contact your local Realtor now - cause you're gonna
need a bigger cave to house the bounty of badass beauts rocketing
your way from the Skin Graft den of dynamics!!!
the dark side is calling once again and Jazzy's got a night train
to catch. But before I go, let me leave you to ponder these immortal
words, first uttered by Luis Ryan G'hamm: "Neuquinee
elpont Jelatus!", which, when translated, comes out