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)

Friday, March 26, 2010


The self-titled debut record from Minneapolis natives Polara sparked a minor bidding war among the majors, which led to the band signing with Interscope for their next few releases. On this track, "Source of Light", from said debut - you can hear why the majors came calling. It's a super hooky and finely crafted alterna-pop song that could have, and should have been huge with the 120 Minutes crowd - though elsewhere on the album they veer into much spacier territory. Their tenure with Interscope never yielded that kind of acclaim, but the band continues to put out great records to this day.

Polara - "Source of Light"

from Polara (1995, Twin/Tone)

Wednesday, March 10, 2010


Formed in 1992, lo-fi noise poppers Duochrome released a number of 7" singles before compiling them as the full length compilation album All Day I Dream About Sex, in 1998 through the Vital Cog label. This track, "Theremin" appeared on their second single, the Neon Ground Effects EP, released 1994 on DaDa Records. It's a fast and crunchy one typical of its era, but its up there with the best of them.

from Neon Ground Effects (1994, DaDa)

Wednesday, February 24, 2010

Beatrice Nine

Californian band Beatrice Nine took a fairly straightforward college/indie rock approach on their Zero Hour Records album Little Stars Hung Upside Down, released in 1996 at the height of post-grunge-dom. Moody vocals, quiet/loud dynamics, chunky guitars, and the rest of the standard alterna faire are all present, but the songwriting is solid, and this track, "To Girlfriend", brings an interesting psych-pop element to the mix. The band went on to release one more record, Incredible Husk, in 1998.

from Little Stars Hung Upside Down (1996, Zero Hour)


Obscure Dayton, Ohio shoegazers Honeyburn released only a very limited output during their existence from 1992 to 1996, including a 7" on Trout Records and a split 7" with fellow Dayton area band Cigarhead. This track, "Sister", appeared on SpinART's 1995 compilation LemonLime Vol.1, alongside tracks by Ultra Cindy, The Mommyheads, Holiday Flyer and more. Towards the end of their existence they were joined by drummer Matt Schulz (Enon, Holy Fuck).

Honeyburn - "Sister"

from LemonLime Vol.1 (1995, SpinART)

Wednesday, February 3, 2010

Supersport 2000

Los Angeles natives Supersport 2000 were part of the mid-90s L.A. scene, and held ties to other bands from that era & locale like That Dog, The Rentals, Weezer, etc. The songs contained within their only release, a 3-song EP called Pinkslip, bare a lot of sonic similarities to the aforementioned bands (vocalist Cherielynn Westrich would later join The Rentals). The EP was released in 1995 on Boy's Life Reords, a label that also put some other associated L.A. bands like Lifter, Plexi, and Campfire Girls (whose frontman Christian Stone is referenced in this E.P.'s third track).

Supersport 2000 - "Pinkslip"

from Pinkslip (1995, Boy's Life)