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The Nightcrawlers were an electronic trio from Camden, New Jersey who recorded many of their early albums live in band member Tom Gulch’s garage. Their can-do spirit endeared them to many in the underground electronic music scene, and they were featured often in fanzines and underground publications at the time. The band put out three proper LP’s and over 35 self-released cassettes during the ’80s, most of which could be had for $4 at the time.

I was introduced to Nightcrawlers by a roommate when I was living in the KDU house on Woodland Ave. Syd did a show that was mostly experimental and psychedelic music. At the time I wasn’t that much into that kind of music but there was something about the Nightcrawlers that I really liked and it broadened my interest in  more experimental stuff. I wish I had gone to see them live and would have bought at least some of their self released tapes. (Of course to buy all their tapes I would have had to spend a lot more time in the Ivy Labs whirlpool testing sunscreens.) I did manage to record the lps from KDU and they are below. Also included is a recent comp release made up from those tapes that is available on Bandcamp. Plus a youtube verison of their live tape from St Marys.

Nightcrawlers – Space Ritual at St Mary’s (1986)

The Biophonic Boombox Recordings

Nightcrawlers LP Cover
Nightcrawlers Back LP Cover

Nightcrawlers LP (1984)

01 – Traveling Backwards
02 – Tanzwut
03 – Modulus Four
04 – Spring Torsion

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Nightcrawlers Spacewalk cover
Nightcrawlers Spacewalk Back cover

Spacewalk LP (1985)

01 – Digitalis
02 – Ombra
03 – November Evening
04 – Spacewalk Parts 1-3
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Nightcrawlers Shadows of Light Cover
Nightcrawlers Shadows of Light Back Cover

Shadows Of Light LP (1987)

01 – In a Distant Corridor / Interlude I / Glimmer
02 – Particle Dance / Interlude II / Shadows of Light
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The Excuses – Live videos

Video of the Excuses one from what looks like a tv studio and the 2nd part is from the Starlight Ballroom. Excuses where an early 80’s punk band from Philly with Flippo (Thanks for the videos) on Guitar, Becky Wreck (Lunachicks, Blare Bitch Project, Dirty Cakes, La Muerte) on drums, Bebe (Homo Picnic) on bass, Lisa was the singer, and the other guitarist was named Tim (I will try to get more info on the band members) Other Excuses Videos from an appearance on a public access cable show Music Menu in 1981/82. Also here is a She’s a Punk podcast with Becky Wreck.

The Excuses – Live from a TV studio and the Starlight Ballroom

Sebadoh – Live Princeton NJ 1993

This was one of the last live tapes I made with my walkman – it died shortly after this show. This was a show if I remember right that was at a WPRB dj’s house or parent’s house.
I’m not sure if I ever knew who’s house it was. We just pilled into a friends car and saw them in this strange setting of a upper middle class house in Princeton NJ. It’s pretty hard to hear the vocals but I wanted to put this up anyway. I hope the band doesn’t mind.

01 – Instrumental.mp3
02 – Unknown.mp3
03 – Soul and Fire.mp3
04 – 2 Years.mp3
05 – Beauty of the Ride.mp3
06 – Together Or Alone.mp3
07 – Unknown.mp3
08 – Not Too Amused.mp3
09 – Sister.mp3
10 – Riding (Palace).mp3
11 – License to Confuse.mp3
12 – Rebound.mp3
13 – The Freed Pig.mp3
14 – Dreams.mp3
15 – Homemade.mp3

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Rear Admiral

Rear Admiral formed in early 1993 with the lineup of Steve Tiberi (ex Meister Squad, Stinkbomben, Rotgut,) vocals, Bill Rude (ex Tons of Nuns,, Stinkbomben, Rotgut: future Bad Ronald; current The Koosmans) guitar/vocals, Bill Jones (ex Bottom Feeder) bass, Brian Sussman (ex Tons of Nuns, Stinkbomben: future Bad Ronald) drums. This lineup played its first show at Silk City in June 1993, having been booked as Kernel Mustard, changing the name to Rear Admiral before taking the stage. Six songs were recorded with Art DiFuria in late 1993; two released as ‘Up Y’Oars’ in 1994 on Black Hole Records; the other four released as ‘Chin Music’ in 1995, the only release on Bill’s Ahoy! label. Brian left shortly after these recordings were completed, replaced by Tommy Jerseycow (Stuntmen). The last show was opening up for the Cows at the Khyber Pass in April 1995. Bill, Brian (now on bass), and Tommy played one final show as Rear Admiral, opening up for Ruin at Upstairs at Nick’s in 1996.
Thanks Bill for all the info, flyers & reviews

Up Y'Oars front cover
Up Y'Oars back cover

Up Y’oars 7″

A1 – New Messiah.mp3
B1 – TV Screen.mp3

Chin Music front cover
Chin Music back cover

Chin Music 7″

A1 – Drive Me Crazy.mp3
A2 – Fix It Boy.mp3
B1 – One Man Riot.mp3
B2 – ( You’re So Square) Baby I Don’t Care.mp3

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Mermen – Live North Star Bar

The Mermen are an American instrumental rock band from San Francisco, California formed in 1989.[1][2] They have since moved to Santa Cruz, California.

The group’s sound was originally rooted in surf and psychedelic rock music of the 1960s, although they have made “sincere attempts to get away from the surf music label”[3] and currently delve into many genres, mainly driven by the melodic visions of the band’s founder, songwriter, and guitarist Jim Thomas. The band’s music is entirely instrumental and “does a good job of defying description”.[3] The Mermen perform as a power trio: electric guitar, electric bass, and drums, with occasional guests for live concerts.

From Wikipedia

2 Live tapes from the North Star Bar from early 2000’s -Sorry I didn’t get the song titles,. Thanks to Flipo from the Excuses for the tapes.

North Star Bar – June 21 2001

01 – Unknown
02 – Unknown
03 – Unknown
04 – Unknown
05 – Unknown
06 – Unknown
07 – Unknown
08 – Unknown
09 – Unknown
10 – Unknown
11 – Unknown
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North Star Bar – June18, 2003

01 – Unknown
02 – Unknown
03 – Unknown
04 – Unknown
05 – Unknown
06 – Unknown
07 – Unknown
08 – Unknown
09 – Unknown
10 – Unknown
11 – Unknown
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Del-Lords – Live in Philly 1986

In New York in the mid-‘80s, four veteran New York musicians united to form the Del-Lords: Scott Kempner from the Dictators, Eric Ambel from Joan Jett’s Blackhearts, future Cracker drummer Frank Funaro and thundering bassist Manny Caiati. Key songwriter Kempner said his vision “was to create a band that would feature four singers performing my songs — an East Coast Beach Boys if you will.” But rather than singing about girls and cars, the Del-Lords sang about things that mattered to them: the everyday grind of life and how it affected the band and those around them.
Greateful Web

Chestnut Cabaret 12-16-1986

01 – Tru Love
02 – Heaven
03 – How Can a Poor Man Stand Such Times and Live
04 – Cheyanne
05 – Against My Will
06 – St Jake
07 – Johnny 99
08 – Get Tough
09 – I Play the Drums
10 – No Waitress No More

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Tower Theater 1986

The Connells – Chestnut Cabaret 2-16-1988

The Connells from Chestnut Cabaret on Feb. 16, 1988. Led by guitarist Mike Connell (his brother David is the bassist), this Raleigh, North Carolina quintet possesses a fragile, vaguely Celtic melodic sense that nicely complements the introspective lyrics, making for music that combines the best impulses of Southern guitar jangle and the sensitive singer/songwriter tradition.
Trouser Press

The Connells were:
Mike Connell – guitar
George Huntley – another guitar
Doug MacMillan – the singer
David Connell – bass
Peele Wimberley – drums

01 – Ot2
02 – Try
03 – Fun & Games
04 – 1934
05 – Ten Pins
06 – If it Crumbles
07 – Choose a Side
08 – Home Today
09 – Darker Days
10 – Over There
11 – You Wear it Well (Rod Stewart cover)
12 – Upside Down
13 – Scottys Lament
14 – Hats Off
15 – Rocky Mountain Time (John Prine Cover)
16 – 18 (Alice Cooper cover)
17 – Wanted Dead Or Alive (Bon Jovi cover)

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If-Live on WKDU

If Live on Jackie’s show on WKDU from 1990. If at the time was Chaz (Unloved) and Chris Hunter on guitar (Little Gentlemen, Goats, MothraDTO  ) and Stroller from Red Paint People.

Thanks for the Tape Jackie

00 – Intro
01 – Unknown
02 – Unknown
03 – Unknown
04 – Unknown
05 – Unknown
06 – Unknown
07 – Unknown
08 – Unknown
09 – Unknown
10 – Not My Friend
11 – Unknown
12 – Unknown
13 – House of Detention
14 – Outro

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Halo of Flies – Live Khyber Pass 3/15/90

Halo of Flies were Amphetamine Reptile Records kingpin Tom Hazelmyer with in-house engineer Tim MacLaughlin on bass & John Anglim on drums,
This is a live tape from when they played the Khyber on March 15, 1990.
Thanks for the tape files Don Sheluga & the song titles – Christian.

01 – Father Paranoia
02 – Ddt Beat 69
03 – Headburn-How Does it Feel
04 – Garbage Rock
05 – Easy Or Hard
06 – Aint No Hell
07 – Human Fly
08 – No Time
09 – Drunk in Detroit
10 – Ballad of Extreme Hate
11 – One Barrel Spent

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