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.




“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.”


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


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