Saturday, January 31, 2009

Mukilteo Fairies

The Mukilteo Fairies are of often mislabeled as 'punk' but were basically a screamy grindcore band. They are probably most famous for their hilarious name (a play on the name of a local ferry line) & for the bands that the members went on to play in. Today's download is a collection of all the songs from the Closet Check EP & a few compilation tracks, everything I've manged to track down by them so far.
Jason Reesce (also in: ...And You Will Know Us By The Trail Of The Dead, Honeybucket) John Quittner / Quitty (also in: Bastard Bitch, Behead the Prophet No Lord Shall Live, Brent's TV, Dukes of Burl, Honeybucket, Pinhead Gunpowder, The Special Friend, Tight Bro's From Way Back When, Witchypoo) Joshua Plague (also in: Behead the Prophet No Lord Shall Live, The Special Friend) Rebecca Basye (also in: The Emerald Down)
Take a ride with the Fairies
Special Rites EP available here

Friday, January 23, 2009

The Whip

The Whip were: Jared Warren - bass and vocals. Joe Preston - guitar and vocals. Scott Jernigan - drums. Scott & Jared were 2/3 of the seminal northwest hardcore band Karp & Joe was a former member of The Melvins & Thrones. So, needless to say - The Whip are some heavy, hard hitting bastards & it's very sad that their 7" stands as their only output available. Just as they started making some serious noise around town & getting written up in The Stranger for their ferocious live shows, The Whip ended when drummer Scott Jernigan was killed in a boating accident on June 10, 2003. Musically, the Whip picked up the hardcore torch right where Karp left off, so if you're a Karp fan, or a fan of anything heavy, you'll probably dig the Whip. So, here is their self titled 7" and, for some bonus eardrum hammering pleasure, I've included a decent quality bootleg set that I came across on soulseek as well.
The Whip 7" & live set

Sunday, January 11, 2009


Vade was a band that featured future-Blood Brothers, Johnny Whitney, & future Gossip member Hannah Blilie. (I don't know who else was in the band so please send me some info if you've got it). I got to see them once, when I was 12 or 13 years old, either with Lying on Loot or Run Away Laughing. I remember thinking they were very cool because all the members were only around 15/16 years old at the time & they had a girl in the band, which was pretty rare in the high school age band scene in the area at the time. In the mid nineties, Vade, along with Jough Dawn Baker & Karp, were among my favorite screamo/hardcore bands. Vade released a split 12" with Jough Dawn Baker, a 7" and a demo cassette. Johnny & Hannah also played together in the bands The Vogue & Soiled Doves a few years after Vade (see earlier post - The Vogue).
Saturn 7"
Vade side of the split w/ Jough Dawn Baker
Self-titled cassette

Drowning In Lethe

Drowning in Lethe
was an indie/screamo band from the greater Seattle Washington area. They released a CD-R in 2001 (Self-released), a Self-Titled 7” and a split 7” with Deadseraphim. Both official releases were on Pictora Pilota and were released in 2002. A 2003 recording for a full-length album, Alpine Lakes Wilderness, exists, but remains unreleased. Lethe broke up in 2004. All the guys, sans Nick, went to Bothell High School (Bothell,WA) and could be seen daily drinking lots of Surge, hanging out & touching each other inappropriately in the halls. Easy to spot, even at a distance, the boys stood out, usually dressed in their finest tight band T-shirts, tight denim jeans and tight jean jackets. They also had really greasy hair. They worshiped bands like Botch & the Locust and played shows with the Blood Brothers and many other bands who were hip & active at the time. Members have also played in the following bands: Vats of Blood, Murdered in Mexico, Skyline Divide, Mercy House Youth, Fires to the East, The Assailant, Elba, Navigator vs Navigator. These days the guys are either hippies or they're dead.
I took this text from the Drowning In Lethe Myspace page. I'm trying to get a hold of a copy of their unreleased album for a future posting on this blog.
Drowning In Lethe CD-R (contains the tracks from both 7" releases & 2 other songs)

Saturday, January 10, 2009

The Vogue - As Brass & Satin

The Vogue
are most famous for being a side project of members of The Blood Brothers and featured Adam Miller, Hannah Billie, Johnny Whitney, Casey Wescott and Devin Welch. Johnny Whitney & Devin Welch were both in Blood Brothers - though Devin left Blood Brothers before their first album came out. Johnny & Hannah Blilie had previously played together in the awesome hardcore/screamo band Vade. Hannah is also the twin sister of Jordan Blilie, the other vocalist in Blood Brothers. The Vogue released a self titled 7" and an album called As Brass & Satin (both on Made In Mexico Records) before eventually becoming the band Soiled Doves after the departure of their keyboard player. Soiled Doves broke up in 2001, their album Soiled Life came out two years later on GSL. Since then, Devin Welch & Hannah Blilie played together in the band Shoplifting, Hannah also now drums for the band The Gossip. Devin is currently in the band Past Lives with Jordan Blilie, Mark Gajadhar & Morgan Hederson, all ex members of Blood Brothers. Johnny Whitney is currently in the band Jaguar Love with Cody from Blood Brothers & Jay from Pretty Girls Make Graves
As Brass & Satin
The Vogue's 7" Ep can now be found here

Monday, January 5, 2009

Raft of Dead Monkeys

"Who the hell are Raft of Dead Monkeys?" That's the reaction you're most likely to get if you ask a record store employee or damn near anyone about this band. Sure, they've got a page on Wikipedia... but these guys are a mostly-forgotten gem from the late 90's & early 2000's. The band consisted predominantly of members from 90 Pound Wuss, Roadside Monument and Suffering & the Hideous Thieves. They released an e.p. called DBM on Make Believe Recordings in 1999, an album by the name of Thoroughlev on Burnout Records in 2001 & had one song on the 'Is It... Dead?' Seattle hardcore compilation which was released by Crash Rawk, rocknroleplay & Sub Poop records in the year of our lord 2001. They also had an unreleased album called "Joey the Pigfucker" which I believe (based on the liner notes inside of DBM) was originally going to be called "Hot Pants College" - though a song by that name appears on Joey the Pigfucker. Raft basically had two different musical periods: DBM era Raft was more punk, while Thoroughlev was a bit more like Roadside Monument or even Sharks Keep Moving, kind of indie/math rock & not quite as abrasive. Joey the Pigfucker shows them merging the two sounds. I just learned that John Spalding, who played in both Raft of Dead Monkeys & 90 Pound Wuss, passed away on November 23, 2008 from cancer. There is a fund set up in his name at Bank of America. It is "John D Spalding Medical Fund" you can go in to any Bank of America and make a deposit. All funds will go to the family to help pay expenses.
If you've got any more specific info about RODM, have any memories, or if you have problems with the links please leave a comment.
Joey the Pigfucker