Sunday, July 18, 2010

Cinnamon Toast

Washington, D.C. native Johnny Riggs founded the Cinnamon Toast project sometime in the late 90's, and along the way recruited a revolving cast of band members. Some notable members included Melissa Farris of Tuscadero and Pat Ferrise of Trampoline (Spin Art), who I've previously featured here. This track, "Ether, Yeah!", appeared on a split 7" w/ Trampoline, and Margo, and showcases Rigg's knack for merging lo-fi fey indie pop with classic 70s glam and power-pop.

Cinnamon Toast - "Ether, Yeah!"

from I Don't Want To Be Stopped compilation (199?, Radiopaque)

Saturday, July 17, 2010


Co-ed spacey fuzz-pop band Motorhome was formed in 1993 by three art school students in Chicago. The band released their debut single the following year on Dirt Records. '95 saw the release of their first full-length, Sex Vehicle (pictured), also on the Dirt label - which was produced by fellow Chicagoan, Pulsars-frontman and noted producer Dave Trumfio. The band followed the album with this 7", "My Spaceman" b/w "Little Bird", in 1996 - making the jump to New York's Zero Hour Records. "My Spaceman", produced by Brad Wood (Liz Phair, Smashing Pumpkins), recalls the loud/soft dynamics and spaced out guitars of several of their Chicago-native peers, perhaps most noticeably the wall-of-guitars approach of The Smashing Pumpkins' earlier work.

Motorhome - "My Spaceman"

from "My Spaceman" b/w "Little Bird" 7" (1996, Zero Hour)