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Feeble Year’s End

22 Dec

Yes we all just barely squeaked through another year, yet again narrowly avoiding the complete and utter obliteration of all meaningful, rockin’ culture as we know & love it, by millionaire vampires like PETE DOHERTY and his corporate backers. It’s only gonna get tougher, this scraping-by thing . . . but: well-earned congrats to all you still out there standing. And while I don’t usually do this sorta thing . . . today, I’m feeling generous. You reader guys/gals are so cool and hey, since the US economy’s so shitty and nobody’s getting any real Xmas $$ bonus this year, you deserve something substantial. To celebrate, I give you the


FEEBLE EFFORTS 7″ comp. EP (NAR-008, New Alliance Records, 1982)

Side A
Side B

This was the thematic precursor to the Mighty Feeble LP on New Alliance from 1983, which to this day you can still buy off stiff-necked German collectors on Ebay. The idea went something like: collect a bunch of homemade cassette recordings from your friends in the L.A. harbor environs, stuff em all on to one 14 min., 33 1/3 rpm 7-inch record, and sit back and watch as all those little hardcore minds melt to mush.

Don’t miss: Jack Brewer impersonating Leonard Cohen (58 sec. into side A)! Or, D. Boon singing in time to a factory lathe (4 min. 57 sec., side A)! Also dig Tony Platon offering up yet another interpretation of the bitchen SoBay gtr freakout – nearly as wigged any Ginn/Baiza (3 min. 26 sec., Side B). And what of Gary Jacobelly’s phased, acid-folk dream stumble . . . yeah I knew it was possible to extract mescaline from San Pedro Cactus, but I didn’t realize some folks were mic’ing the goddamn technique (1 min. 25 sec., Side B)!

As wild & wooly as as any turn-of-the-decade London D.I.Y. 7″ comp. you might pretend to own – hell, this is truly MeSSThetics. Gotta love the contrary chutzpah of that early, extended MINUTEMEN tribe – especially resident New Alliance freak Greg Hurley, whose artwork adorns the sleeve.


Happy holidays!