LINKS TO HI-JINKS
and other online shrinky dinks
Most of these links are contacts, however tactile, with the sound of the
underground, as available on today's internet and beyond. (November 1999-November
2000.) The sound of the underground being the sweet flowing soul music
that is being made in every city in the world by rarely the rich and mostly
the meek. From folk music to free jazz to garage rock to psychedelic to
electronic to punk to noise to NOW. Click on, o ye lover of interesting
If you missed it on the catalog page, this is a label based in Iowa that
brings you electro/acoustic improv/free/weird musics from all over the
world. No one knows how they do it...but this might be the most accomplished
CDR label of all time. We realize that says very little, but PE really
is accomplished. And they're doing vinyl and real CDs as well.
The 'freenoise' genre from New Zealand has become so extensive that the
scene already has its own 'hidden greats' or 'unsung heroes.' (i.e. musicians
who haven't recorded for Corpus Hermeticum) This website and label will
get you up to speed on two of the biggies, the CM Ensemble and Peter Wright.
Based in Omaha, Nebraska, a very worthy entry into the bedroom psych cassette
underground....featuring releases by Will Simmons, Gang Wizard, Celesteville,
Jarbaby, and several more....including something forthcoming by local
discography of Parliament-Funkadelic. Not the best looking graphically,
but a very large amount of work, knowledge, and appreciation went into
It's good to know that someone's running a crinkled noise underground
label in Des Moines, Iowa that has put out tons of unknown cassettes,
does performances, etc. FDR is also working on a year 2000 time capsule
made up of multi-artist collage recordings. Submit yours today, o noiznik.
As for Des Moines, I can speak from experience that it's hard to do anything
fun in that town, so next time I have to visit, I'm hangin' with FDR.
An online magazine covering the arts of Lincoln, Nebraska! Just launched.
Covering the arts in Lincoln is sort of like covering kangaroo activity
in East Lansing or the growth of actual spinach at the bottom of drained
swimming pools. Not much to write about, as it were. However, one of the
editors was a cohost of the legendary Words program on KRNU and
also the leader of the Atomic Pigs, so expect a refreshing 'underground'
approach that just might save this latest attempt. Bon voyage, yon e-editors!
B. Mirror is a band. From Kansas City. Missouri. "A big 'thank you' to:
Lock Steel, Shemp Fable, Lad Jury, Inverted Tire Iron, Mike Only, Xavier
Twin, Roger Berds, II, Thrust Keen, Perry Galvanized, Nance Driving, Kendall
Realistic, Birds I View (Without you guys we would be 'nowhere'), Ronny
'Mustache' Wen, Dieter Induced, Blit Guitars, Fleet Keyboards, Ing Drums,
Yeltzin Acoustic Basses (What's up Chay?), Gerber Luthiers (Thanks for
Viola), Oinker Tambourines ('tams'), Pleater Strings, Zip Drum heads,
Leather Sticks (Russ, you are the best!!), German 'Japanese' Microphones,
Richard 'The Nurse' Paint, Sonik, Bailiff, Mandible's in Houston, Jaco
Limler, Dick 'Fucking' Clark, Tony Het (Yes!), Clive Twill. And to everyone
we forgot: Next Time Around . . . Next Time Around!"
One of my favorite record stores. Online only; works great with a credit
card. Underground music in all forms: rock, jazz, folk, techno, psychedelic,
electronic, noise, punk.
The on-line headquarters of the Minneapolis/Appleton noise/comedy/
failure scene (Cock E.S.P., Wrong, Freedom From Media, many more) and
an excellent resource for many other underground-expression type things.
Explore the links! Join the mailing list!
An excellent rock/jazz/noise label that has put out John Fahey and the
Nels Cline Trio. Also another one of my favorite record stores, focusing
more heavily on the sub-underground cassette scene than Forced Exposure.
And then there's Eclipse Records, a well-stocked on-line store specializing
in psychedelic music that is fast becoming the easiest place to get a
lot of this stuff.
Paul Collet's Noise
A top-notch overview of underground music, esp. from New Zealand and Japan.
The Last Visible Dog
"One of the swankiest new American experimental labels."--Celebrate Psi
The handsome cassette and now CDR label run by Wellington, New Zealand
punk rocker/sound sculptor Campbell Kneale (aka Birchville Cat Motel).
Terms like 'cassette underground' don't do justice to the panoply of artastic
consumer goods on display here. Just in time for Christmas! (Because it's
always just in time for Christmas.....)
Another leading underground label focusing on but certainly not limited
to lovely, lovely cassettes....
My favorite source for hard news.
The legend, the myth . . . the man.
The great Virginia Beach/SoCal country/pop singer, not the great Lincoln
noise/rock band. (Of the same name.)
I actually love movies, but I include this site because I have a feeling
its editor does too despite its cheeky title. Also generated in Lincoln,
and M. Silcock has some essays posted therein. While there, check out
the 'sister e-zine,' White Trash.
The League of Zombies
I can't say that I subscribe to all of their beliefs, but the LOZ did
turn me on to the above Conway Twitty link.
The readable ravings of one of Saginaw, Michigan's premiere music freaks,
one Chris Sienko. Needs some serious updating, but he knows that.
Perfect Sound Forever
Good reading about a variety of interesting music. Interviews are especially
If you can dig the stomp of this irascible genius, you'll find plenty
to get lost in here. I looked it up after spinning "Kandy Korn" from Mirror
Man for the first time in a couple years...holy cow!
Speaking of getting lost, check out Royal Trux's offical online magazine,
The Pink Hearts Society. Listen to their first album or Accelerator
while you do it.
I'm not positive this is a good idea, but I just have to share it.
Jack Jackson's Home
Please visit the home of this Lincoln, Nebraska original . . . a real
Ogden Nash-cum-Mark Twain for the Age of the Internet. And please, while
you're there, don't miss the Sesotris Clowns!
90.1 FM, Jersey City, NJ
My favorite American radio station, available to Nebraskans through the
miracle of internet broadcasting. Oh how I wish the Lincoln radio audience
could support such a free-form menu, so I wouldn't have to maintain a
long connection to an ISP and download unwieldy software with my creaky-ass
Windows system every time I wanted to hear good radio.
One of my top . . . six favorite bands. Making beautifully ugly music
in beautiful New Zealand.
This is the "online studio of music producer Scott Colburn," a fascinating
character who has to be the only person ever who has worked with
both the Sun City Girls and Kirk Douglas. (He also sells pillows.)
Stumbled on this by following an Alexandro Jodorowsky link; a colorful
web-mag which seems to be some sort of Tokyo-based American art-dude's
take on millennial culture. Also notable because it features a pen name
called "Knee High."
Label featuring the Air Traffic Controllers and a couple other things.
This rather swank website is especially notable as a continuation of Gerard
Cosloy's writing career...
A rarefied strain of underground rock has been growing in Columbus, Ohio
like a black and sooty algae in High Street gutters. Not that I would
call this music 'gutter punk.' Or any such thing. Seldom Scene is a label
documenting the Right Now of this microscopic midwestern art, mostly through
seven-inch singles. Run by Bim, the drummer of the Bassholes.
Here is a true purveyor of soul music: young Anton Gustavsson and his
MIDI karaoke machine. The site for which I first downloaded an mp3 player.
Writings by info-age philosopher Erik Davis. Sort of the Descartes, or
at least the Sartre, of 1990s California, with all the fun and glitz and
malaise that would imply. (Please note: I don't know what the hell I'm
A notable label bringing us lovely mellow German techno. This site is
notable because it has real-audio clips that are up to ten minutes long!
When you live in Nebraska, sites like this can be fun. I'll let y'all
know when I move...
This site features all kinds of backgrounds that you can use for web design.
Maybe I'm being extremely old-hat here, what with today's digital technology.
But I like it.
An extensive fansite dedicated to the band that blew the doors open. Which
doors? Why the doors of perception, of course! I'd point you towards their
'official' site at www.sonicyouth.com, but I don't think they're ever
going to actually start it.
Speaking of 'rock bands,' good interviews and some rare photos shed light
on this particular psychedelic rock'n'roll archetype.