Happy Thanksgiving

Here’s what’s in spin at the Farm this morning :

“Roller Derby Girl” performed by Carbondale, IL’s own THESE MAGNIFICENT TAPEWORMS from their BEACH FEVER LP – Recorded at GYPSY FARM Winter 09/10.

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The HUMMS / ARE YOU DEAD? EP

“Completely ace garage fun time with The Humms. Lead track “Are You Dead?” has a great surf feel to it with a brilliant pop chorus. Quite Pixies-like in it’s approach, but much more melodic with a few twists and turns in it like Mercury Rev on amphetamines – certainly far from the two-chord end of the garage spectrum. If there’s any justice in the world this would be a huge hit! “Do The Graverobber” is also totally great, as is the rest of this manic, wildly inventive and goddamn catchy-as-shit EP. Best thing I’ve heard in ages.”

THE SHEFFIELD PHONOGRAPHIC CORP – Sheffield, UK

“ARE YOU DEAD?” is currently out of print, although it is still available for DIGITAL DOWNLOAD

The HUMMS / DON’T THINK ABOUT DEATH 7″

On the cover of the Humms’ “Don’t Think About Death” 45, singer Zeke Sayer grins like a giant pale-faced mestophalian spider, death in a black hoodie, with a cigarette for a scythe. Don’t think—just listen as you follow him to a monster mash in the deep south where some ghoul has spiked the punch with mescaline. This 7”, with tracks off their 2010 Lemonland album, showcases the Humms’ signature haunting surf-rock style. Like a zombie shredding a tasty wave, the tracks “Don’t Think About Death” and “Buttermilk” are a little scary and a lot of fun.

The title track opens with a catchy yet contemplative surf riff that runs throughout the song and sounds as if it were being transmitted from the Other Side through some haunted transistor radio and accompanied by a head-nodding drumbeat. On “Buttermilk,” lyrics warn you of your own imminent filicide, while an accordion eerily warbles in the background, eventually finishing out the track alone like a specter chasing you through a long dark hallway. With a title that recalls the Ramones, inviting a comparison between Uncle Sam and the Klan, the third and final track, “Uncle Sam Took My Baby Away” is done in the style of a Southern spiritual and laments for a lover gone off to serve, a relevant sentiment in any war-time period and all the more so today. It’s simple and effective, and upbeat enough that you’ll want to sing along, and probably dance too.

—Nick Collins – L.A. RECORD



Available on Black Vinyl, GLOW in the DARK Vinyl and DIGITAL DOWNLOAD