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Jan 25, 2013
Category: General
Posted by: bart

FATAL FIGURES-Caterwaul (Big Neck, LP)

Most of this band’s membership was in The Blowtops, who hammered out dirty, noisy garage blues churn. There’s still something of that here and they drag their songs through the muck pretty well. The songs that favor a spirited shuffle work best here—“Party Girl,” “Break Me” or “Blue Zed,”the latter song previously appearing on a 2011 single. It’s less-successful for the dragged-out “Wayne Bent” and “New God,” sounding like a musical interpretation of a hangover. Maybe not as much “VROOM” as their previous band (you should check out the Blowtops’ Blackstaticif your curiosity is piqued) but they have the right idea at times. (PO Box 8144, Reston, VA 20165, www.bigneckrecords.com)

PLATES-s/t (Big Neck, LP) Like Kim Phuc, Plates have been around for a few years, as well and and their self-titled LP is a volume-drenched head messer. Thick, huge slabs of guitar and, especially, bass (played by Biff from I Object/Brown Sugar/etc) stake out the band’s pummeling attack. I’m not sure about the point of calling one side “Flashing The Steel” and the other “Gang Shower,” but plenty of musical steel is flashed here (damn, that’s some crappy rock critiquery). This is the type of heavy, semi-abrasive rock that wouldn’t have been out of place on Amphetamine Reptile in the 90s. Nods to Hawkwind, with some of the whizzly guitar effects, and “Sentimental Jenny Jones Fodder” manages to be crushing and somewhat trippy at the same time. For pure punk-imbued raucousness, look no further than “Sociology 101” or “Under Suspect Tutelage.” Something tells me I’d need heavy-duty earplugs if I saw these guys live. I hope I get the chance. (Big Neck, PO Box 8144, Reston, VA 20195, www.bigneckrecords.com) – Al quint

 

FATAL FIGURES-Blue Zed/Alright (Big Neck, 7") Ugly, bluesy garage/slop with echo on the vocals for this pair of songs, one an original, the shufflin' "Blue Zed" and the flip being a cover of Pussy Galore's "Alright." The latter title sums things--'tis alright and nothing more. (PO Box 8144, Reston, VA 20195, www.bigneckrecords.com)

 

HOLLYWOOD-Stunts (Big Neck, CD) If you didn't tell me, I'd swear this was a new Mudhoney album, with the Mark Arm-type vocals, tongue in cheek lyrics and somewhat grungy, swampy guitar sound. It could even have been a new Monkeywrench disc, the sporadic collaboration with Mark and his Mudhoney compatriot Steve Turner, Tom Price from Gas Huffer and Tim Kerr. I've heard a new Mudhoney album in recent years and Hollywood's album is quite a bit better. Enough about those bands--let's get to Hollywood's rock 'n roll stew. The best song here is the raucous, rump-shaking "Toe-To-Toe," with a spacy instrumental break. The opener,"(Scary) Cemetery," borrows a lyrical line from the Ramones "Pet Semetary," and pounds along nicely on a sturdy bass-line, thunder-crack guitar and single note piano plink during the chorus. Bluesy, garagey, down 'n dirty rock done with simple, enjoyable aplomb. ( www.bigneckrecords.com)

 

WHITE WHALE-Widow's Peak/Rats In The Snow (Big Neck, 7") White Whale's previous demo and 7" were decent-enough but the two songs here don't immediately grab me. Frayed, semi-melodic punk working best on the higher-energy "Rats In The Snow," but something's missing, that extra spark to singe the ears. (PO Box 8144, Reston, VA 20195, www.bigneckrecords.com )

Jan 24, 2013
Category: General
Posted by: bart
As you saw on our Facebook page, Big Neck is releasing our very own Iphone App.  The app will allow you to keep up on all the current news, check out tours, view band information, and most importantly have the ability to stream every song from every band that Big Neck ever put out!
Jan 14, 2013
Category: General
Posted by: bart

Best Freeby of the week:

Stop Worrying and Love the Bomb tee shirt - at the show on Saturday Sal gave me one of their new tee shirts and it's sweet.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Best Demo of the week:

Drugs Dragons - Tony Sagger sent me a CDR for Drugs Dragons II&I/II.  I have to admit off that bat that I am not a big fan of Drugs Dragons, I was a huge fan of Sagger and Tony's solo work.  I think I am just kind of sick of the 60's psych garage rock.  Even though Drugs Dragons takes that sound to a whole other level, a weird and heavy as hell whole other level, still not my cup of tee.  What I do love about this is the time and efffort Tony puts into any of his releases, look at this CDR:

He created the packaging by hand and drew/painted the cemetary scene, and then cut out the moon and stars so the CD would shine through.  Unbeleivable!  The time it took to do this is astronomical and its cool as hell.

 

 

Distributors and Stores

If you are a record store that carrys Big Neck Swag and you are not listed, email us at bigneckrecords@usa.netand we will add you to the list.  If you are looking to carry Big Neck swag, below are Big Neck's current distributors.  If your local record store does not carry Big Neck have them order it or start a one man riot!

Distributors:

Carrot Top

3716 W. Fullerton Ave

Chicago, IL 60647

www.ctdltd.com

 

Midheaven/Revolver

USA Distribution

2745 16th Street

San Francisco, California 94103

http://www.midheaven.com/

 

Get Hip 

1800 Preble Ave.

Pittsburgh, PA 15233

http://www.gethip.com/site/

 

Dischord Records

2700-B North Washington Blvd

Arlington, VA 22201

www.dischord.com

  

Stores that carry Big Neck Swag:

Spiral Scratch Records

291 Bryant St.

Buffalo, NY

www.spiralscratchrecords.blogspot.com

Goner Records

2152 Young Ave.

Memphis, TN

www.goner-records.com

Chaz’s Bull City Records

2600 Hillsborough Rd.

Durham, NC. 27705

www.bullcityrecords.com

Permanent records

1914 West Chicago Ave.

Chicago, IL  606022

www.permanentrecordschicago.com

1234 Go!

Oakland, CA

www.1234gorecords.com

2nd Avenue Records

Portland, OR

www.2ndavenuerecords.com

641RPM

Boone, NC

www.641rpm.com

Crooked Beat Records

Washington, DC

www.crookedbeat.com

Dave's Records

Chicago, IL

www.davesrecordschicago.com

Reckless Records Chicago

Chicago, IL

www.reckless.com

Lost Weekend Records

Columbus, OH

www.lostweekendrecords.com

Angry Young and Poor

Lancaster, PA

www.angryyoungandpoor.com

Blue Arrow Records

Cleveland, OH

www.bluearrowrecords.com

Boo Boo Records

San Luis Obispo, CA

www.booboorecords.com

Deadbeat Records

Moscow, ID

www.deatbeatrecords.wordpress.com

Everybody's Records

Cincinnatti, OH

www.everybodysrecords.com

Finder's Records

Bowling Green, OH

www.findersrecords.com

Groamy's

Lima, OH

https://www.facebook.com/pages/Groamys-Cds-and-Tapes/222495066214

Haffa's Records

Athens, OH

https://www.facebook.com/haffasrecords

Hi-Voltage Records

Tacoma, WA

www.hivoltagerecords.com

Independent Records and Video

Colorado Springs, CO

www.beindenpendent.com

Kim's Video and Music

NY, NY

www.mondokims.com

Music Matters

St. Augustine, FL

https://www.facebook.com/MusicMatters89

Omega Music

Dayton, OH

www.omegamusicdayton.com

Rainbow Records Barrington

Barrington, IL

www.rainbowrecordsbarrington.com

Silver Platters

Seattle, WA

www.silverplatters.com

Spoonful Records

Columbus, OH

www.spoonfulrecords.com

Square Records

Akron, OH

www.squarerecordsakron.com

Sweat Records

Miami, FL

www.sweatrecordsmiami.com

TKO Records

Huntington Beach, CA

www.tkorecords.com

Twist and Shout

Denver, CO

www.twistandshout.com

Used Kids Records

Columbus, OH

www.usedkids.com

Vinyl Conflict

Richmond, VA

www.vinylconflict.com

Waterloo Records

Austin, TX

www.waterloorecords.com

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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