The Fashion Slaves’ Beautiful Styrofoam World

Taking a page from Devo and a chapter from Alice In Wonderland, Berkeley’s Fashion Slaves let the styrofoam cat out of the styrofoam bag with their first mp3 release. It’s short and sweet and crispy and fun I can’t get that riff outta my styrofoam head. NY art rock, gone hella east bay. I love it.

The Fashion Slaves
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The Fashion Slaves – “Styrofoam” (mp3)
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)

The Uptones Orbit A Solar Disco Ball

This track from The Uptones‘ new CD is dub sunshine in a bottle. Huge molten brass slathered over a miles-wide bass and drum beat mixes it up with skankin’ guitars and shimmering organ bubbles. An instrumental reggae lovefest, “Solar Disco Ball” just became the soundtrack to my East Bay spring day.

East Bay OrbitsThe Uptones
 “Solar Disco Ball” (download mp3)
from “East Bay Orbits”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)
“Solar Disco Ball” (play)
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Count Slowly and the 4 Twenties – R.A.D.I.O.

This week’s winner is a “Retro-Frat-Rocker” waxing poetic about the joys of radio. This song, “R.A.D.I.O”  from true-rock survivors, Count Slowly and the 4 Twenties, captures that bye gone innocent era when radio was the hippest entertainment device in the western world. Check it out, Count Slowly is truly a giant in recorded music.

from “MP3 Jackpot Winners”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)
Count Slowly and the 4 Twenties – “R.A.D.I.O.” (play/download mp3)
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Sex 4 Moderns, “Penetrating Love Ray”

Let’s end 2010 with some unbelievable guitar work from Sex 4 Moderns.  You can just feel that “Penetrating Love Ray” from this week’s MP3 Jackpot winner.

Sex 4 Moderns
“Penetrating Love Ray” (download mp3)
from “Sex 4 Moderns”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)
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Sex 4 Moderns, “Penetrating Love Ray”

This Berkeley band’s guitar rock song about projecting direct love feelings really rocks my world. This track has great musicianship, compelling songwriting, and a raw edginess that I recommend. Thanks in advance.

Sex 4 Moderns
“Penetrating Love Ray” (mp3)
from “Sex 4 Moderns”
(Fun Fun Fun Records)
“Penetrating Love Ray” (play)

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Sex 4 Moderns, “Penetrating Love Ray”

This Berkeley band’s guitar rock song about projecting direct love feelings really rocks my world. This track has great musicianship, compelling songwriting, and a raw edginess that I recommend. Thanks in advance.

Sex 4 Moderns
“Penetrating Love Ray” (download mp3)
from “Sex 4 Moderns”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)
“Penetrating Love Ray” (play)
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Stiff Richards – “Not From Here” (mp3)

Stiff Richards – “Not From Here” (play)

In the long strange trip of Berkeley, California ska pioneers The Uptones, three founding members spent some time playing clubs on the west coast as Stiff Richards, while the Uptones were on hiatus. During that time, they wrote some of the gr8 songs they now play with the re-formed Uptones. One of the standouts was “Not From Here” which I was thrilled to find is on the set list for their Warped Tour appearances this month. Here is the Stiff Richards original version, off the “E-Mail EP” recently re-released by Fun Fun Fun Recordings. A scorching ska punk number about post modern alienation, sung by The Rev. Paul Jackson himself. Rock it.

Stiff Richards
“Not From Here” (mp3)
from “E-Mail – EP”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)

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Stiff Richards was Not From Here

Stiff Richards – “Not From Here” mp3

In the long strange trip of Berkeley, California ska pioneers The Uptones, three founding members spent some time playing clubs on the west coast as Stiff Richards, while the Uptones were on hiatus. During that time, they wrote some of the gr8 songs they now play with the re-formed Uptones. One of the standouts was “Not From Here” which I was thrilled to find is on the set list for their Warped Tour appearances this month. Here is the Stiff Richards original version, off the “E-Mail EP” recently re-released by Fun Fun Fun Recordings. A scorching ska punk number about post modern alienation, sung by The Rev. Paul Jackson himself. Rock it.

Stiff Richards
“Not From Here” (mp3)
from “E-Mail – EP”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)

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Stiff Richards – “Not From Here”

“Not From Here” today’s MP3 Jackpot winner from Stiff Richards is very profound theme for popular music. How amazing, the concept of being the perpetual stranger is totally articulated in song. This was recorded when the legendary Uptones performed as the four piece, Stiff Richards, and this is one of the gems they created.

Stiff Richards
“Not From Here” (download mp3)
from “E-Mail – EP”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)
Not From Here (play)

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Sex 4 Moderns – “I’m Frying”

I think everyone’s been where Sex 4 Moderns describes here at one time or another in their lives. I’m proud to have been there as often as I have in my short time on this planet. “I’m Frying” is a truly rad mp3.

Sex 4 Moderns
“I’m Frying” (download mp3)
from “Sex 4 Moderns”
(Fun Fun Fun Recordings)
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