Friday, April 10, 2009

Skinner Pilot - This Parking Lot Is Being Videotaped (1997, GoodSin)

Skinner Pilot began as a side project for Elizabeth Sharp, who was then the drummer for Massachusetts noise-pop favorites New Radiant Storm King. Around 1995 she left New Radiant Storm King to focus on Skinner Pilot, a band in which she played bass and split the vocal duties with guitarist Andrew Zarou. The previous year, the band had contributed the track "Traces of Alignment" to the Hotel Massachusetts compilation released on Chunk Records (you can read up on the fascinating story of the Chunk label here). Skinner Pilot's one and only full length release, This Parking Lot is Being Videotaped was released on GoodSin Records in 1997. Its a dark record characterized by slinky, angular guitar work reminiscent of Unwound and early Sonic Youth. Sharp would soon shift her focus yet again, this time to her current project, the rhythm-focused one woman band Ill Ease.


  1. hey there! you had a post on yr old blog about Elevate's 'Interior' EP - do you think you could possibly upload it? I was/is a massive fan of their's and managed to get al their releases back in the day except that one record!! Thanks a million!!! -andy

  2. man I love this album - I had completely forgotten about it. So good!

  3. I have been searching for this album since it came out! It terrifies me to realize that that's 13 years. When the hell did I get this old!? Saw Skinner Pilot back in the day at the Fireside in Chicago opening for Corm, Braid and Smart Went Crazy... LOVED both their 7"s. In short: THANK YOU! Well worth the wait...

  4. I put this record out on my label (GoodSin), and it is hard to believe it was so many years ago. I still have a bunch of CD's in my closet. If anyone wants a copy, just send me an email at look[at] and I'll send it to you for free next time I'm at the post office. Thanks, Alex, for keeping the music out there via download.


    (GoodSin Records / Boston, MA 1995-1997)