Tuesday, April 27, 2010

God Bless Kreamy Lectric Santa by Adam Wisnieski from NY Press and ShortWaveRockin

Kreamy ‘Lectric Santa – Operation Spacetime Cynderblock: “Four Riddles of the Spheres” Starcleaner Records (2009)


Listening to Operation Spacetime Cynderblock, I get the same feeling as when I listen to God Bless the Red Krayola… or Soldier-Talk. The same feeling as The Fugs Second Album or Virgin Fugs. More recently Failed Musician by Nutsak or anything by the Unknown Instructors. No matter how many times I listen to any of these albums, the next song, the next riff, sometimes the next second is a surprise. Like those others, Kreamy ‘Lectric Santa is impossible to categorize or genre, but that’s what makes ‘em good. The only category I can come up with is madness, and you can’t label something madness because that’s a goddamm paradox. Looking at the album cover and reading up on these Florida now-California psych pioneers, I don’t think they spend too much time pondering paradoxes. Paradoxes are for the sane.

Madness is a hard thing to capture no matter how many tracks and how many hammers, accordions, keyboards, mandolins, saws, fiddles, gongs, 1970s elementary school teachers, 1980s televisions, 1990s radios (boomboxes?), tambourines and window screens you have to make noise with. All of these things might actually be on this album, with at least half residing in the song “Workaholics Paradise Lost and Found.” When the album is sweet, it’s a cavity (the perfectly titled “Sickly Sweet” and “Spaceship”), when it’s heavy, it’s Bad Brains (Everything…? and “New World Order Society”), when it’s nostalgic, it’s not for the San Fran psych scene or some greater time in rockroll history, it’s for The Facts of Life. “Mindy Cohn” is a half cover of the Facts theme song and part ode to the annoying one with the big cheeks, Natalie. It’s a weird ride. I recommend it for Friday afternoons, home from work, strung out, cracking that first beer.

Here are some more instructions. Don’t pay any attention to the tracklisting or song titles until later. It will ruin the fun. Now I shouldn’t tell you this because it will be doing just that, ruining the fun, but I feel I have to. I’ve been scared shitless twice on this album. The interludes “Danse Bastard Danse” and “Spacejam 92 Revisited” have struck fear into my usually tame heart. For the first, I thought my computer had been infected with a vicious adware campaign for strippers or shampoo. For the second, I thought I was being abducted by aliens again. Man was I glad when I realized it was just music and a happy song about Mindy Cohn was next.

To end the review, I think I’m going to take back everything I said. I’ve done this before, but THIS time, it’s for real. At the end of the instrumental weirdo bass space surf song with violins, “A.R.P,” you hear two voices who I assume are Kreamy’s brainchildren Robert Price and Priya Ray. These two lines just about sum it all up:

“That was a really funny song.”
“Yea it was weird. It didn’t make any sense.”

I’d post an MP3, but you can go here and listen to a bunch of these songs: http://www.kreamy.org/kls_html/mp3.html


Posted 26 Apr, 2010

Wednesday, April 21, 2010

New News

There is a lot going on this spring and we are excited to announce the Shellshag Black Rainbow tour to Do Ya Here We Fest is on! We will be doing Crabfest and 3 other dates together before arriving in Chattanooga for DYHW. Also playing at the fest are Hidden Spots and Future Virgins.
The Reaction have a NY area tour coming up in June, and Thee Headliners have an East Coast tour coming in July. All the dates for bands shows are currently be added to starcleaner.com. Check there for updates on show listings. This August, Starcleaner Records will be back in SF for Thrillfest!! Songs for Moms, KLS, 50 million, Shellshag, Street Eaters, and more!!!
We are excited for 2010 which will bring us two long awaited records, the Street Eaters 7" and the Future Virgins 12" both coming out soon.
Check out the Records!!

Sunday, April 4, 2010

Cumon and be baptised

Robert here (Kreamy etc) this is my 1st go in the blogisfere- I have previously attempted the act with 'Beyond The Realm Of Comprehension' or was that 'The Next Obscure Thing' (sic) Blog but when the words in my head were not coming close to matching the written extension of these finger fistys I easily succumbed to instant defeat or more illustriously said "My so called Intent to get back to it all at a later date".

Well last night I and Priya left our fortress in West Oakland to see Ivy (Black Rainbow) at the last show at 'The Jack Hanley Gallery'. She has been in Haiti helping at an Orphanage for special needs children. In case you are unaware of her blog it describes her trip and the incredible work being done there. Her own Blog does much better job explaining so go to the link 'Haiti'

Anyway we met up at The Jack Hanley Gallery which has been an active art space in The Mission since 1990. Jack was closing the space due to increasing rent and from what I understand he is surprisingly opening a new space in NY (?). All the old timers showed and despite the show being a ton of fun it was a sad reminder of the passing of time and imminent changes not only in The Mission but everywhere. The Mission and SF in general never quite re-couped from the massive rent hikes during the dotcom boom and the prices never really adequately adjusted.

It was hard to see the work due to the space being packed by a massivly drunk crowd but we had a great time seeing the band 'Rock Ceremony' - The vox were a bit amiss going thru a small roland amp but Sean's choice of classic punk/rock covers and 12 year old drummer/son Vallis tore it up it. It was really wild to see all the older Missionaires 8 year olds singing along to Velvet Underground songs. Hanging low today on a lazy rainy Sunday eve. Attempting to clean house in complete AdHD mode arrrggghh ! Least I wrote a new song. ' sorta sounds like Django Reinhardt meets strapping fieldhands meets Sabbath (kinda sorta thinkin bout Cleaning-ish-esqe?) too much coffee man -Out for now. R


Saturday, April 3, 2010

The First Blog: Starcleaner Records Catalog

Ukebox 'Single'-7" sc032
Icky Girlfriends 'Ziggy Buttsweat'-CD sc031
Kreamy 'Lectric Santa 'Operation Spacetime Cynderblock'-LPCD sc030
Hidden Spots/Black Rainbow 'Everybody Get Together'-split 7" sc029
Headliners 'Rain and Blood' LPCD sc028
Shellshag/This Bike is a Pipe Bomb Two Man One Man Band Band Man-split 7" sc027
Stupid Party 'First Seven Inch'-7" sc026
Triclops! 'Out of Africa'-noize toy sc025
Reaction 'Right Now'-LPCD sc024
Songs for Moms 'The Worse it Gets the Better'-LPCD sc023
Tim 'Amonia Storm'-LP sc022
Emergency Party 'Bells of Pechio'-LP sc021
Tulsa 'Sour Digs'-LPCD sc020
Shellshag 'Destroy Me I'm Yours'-LPCD sc019
50 Million 'Broad Side of a Barn and Shit on a Single'-CD sc018
Shellshag/50 Million/Kung Fu USA/Creepy People/S.H.A.T. 'Mission Limo Blues'-7" sc017
50 Million 'This One's Pretty Cool But I Like The Old Stuff Better'-CD sc016
Shellshag 'Gary Young EP'-CD sc015
Kung Fu USA 'R.R.R.M.L.'-CD sc014
Shellhead 'Reach For The Stars Bob Taylor'-LP sc013
Kung Fu USA 'Neversign'-CD sc012
Thunder Suite 'Thunder Suite'-CS sc011
Kung Fu USA 'Kung Fu USA'-CD sc010
50 Million 'Bust The Action'-LP/CD sc009
Faggz 'Wah I Knee'-7" sc008
Static Faction 'Hindi Rock Punk Raga'-LP sc007
Compilation 'Lovin Mouthful'-LP sc006
Jennifer Shagawat 'Your Star in the Sky'-BOOK sc005
50 Million 'Broad Side of a Barn'-10" sc004
Static Faction/50 million 'Transcience/She's a Monster'-split 7" sc003
Fantasy 'Land of Dreams'-CD sc002
Knittles 'World Contact Day'-CD sc001