Tuesday, January 20, 2009

Not New Music Tuesdays


By TC

Ok, so my bff lives in Portland, hometown of the Wipers. She recently went to see a fairly popular touring act and the singer of the group mentioned something about Greg Sage, singer/songwriter/guitarist from the Wipers. She was shocked when the packed house of hipster douchebags glanced at each other shrugging their shoulders, looking as though they had no idea who this person/band was. I found it hard to believe that such a great band could be relatively unknown in their hometown, especially this band, but what the hell do I know?

'Youth of America' is the group's sophomore release, coming out just a year after the fantastic 'Is this Real?' I would be remiss to say that YOA sounds completely different than 'Is this Real?'; it's not like the band changed thier sound, but it seems like the song writing process was handled in a different manner. Six songs in 30 minutes was definitely not the punk rock norm at the time and the production is some of the best i've heard on any record of any genre.

The original lps are pretty hard to find these days and they're quite expensive when you do. Thankfully they have been re-released on greg sage's zeno records. The albums were re-mastered by Sage himself from the original tapes and they sound fucking fantastic!

26 Comments:

Anonymous nancy drew said...

more fantastic stuff... tuesdays are my favorite day on wsjr.

2:26 AM  
Anonymous Citizen Polack said...

If you're so inclined after listening you can order a 3-CD box set with this album and two more classic Wipers albums directly from Greg Sage himself for a mere bag of shells. Google it!

Vinyl? I dunno...

8:22 AM  
Anonymous atchley said...

Fuck yes. The Wipers are DEFINITELY under appreciated. My band from high school covered "Return of the Rat" when we played our first show at DREAMWORLD. You guys remember DREAMWORLD? HAhahahahaha

9:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dreamworld john was always an odd one.

10:12 AM  
Anonymous dilly wee said...

remember the jesus guy at dreamworld?

10:27 AM  
Anonymous superbligged84 said...

nice choice. i should've picked this shit up at waterloo a few years ago when i had the chance. oh, well

11:26 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Off topic but was at Paperbacks Plus last night scanning a big-ass book about jazz and had a pleasant encounter with reviews of Dennis Gonazales records, including one titled "Stefan" that was dubbed his best recording to date. Pretty fun reading.

11:49 AM  
Anonymous stonedranger said...

awesome... what's the book called?

11:55 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Crap dude I can't remember exactly, I'll swing by and see later

12:40 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

Penguin Guide to Jazz On CD

1:06 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

why did you guys use the same image (different letters) for Wipers and Wavves post?

1:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

where you from daivd corti?

1:34 PM  
Anonymous ty said...

i fucking love the wipers. just was listening to their live album yesterday.

3:14 PM  
Anonymous Danny said...

less talk about the wipers more talk about where daivd corti is from...srsly

3:37 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that same image was originally a wipers shirt (i think?) and wavves just ripped it off.

4:43 PM  
Anonymous twin cheeks said...

that IS why i used the same image

4:51 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

that same image was originally a wipers shirt (i think?) and wavves just ripped it off.

4:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hm. always thought they were a grunge band for some reason so i never bothered. i like this shit. a lot.

5:34 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

not new music tuesdays have made me love weshotjr again. like Christmas never ended.

6:54 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

hey danny: why don't you go suck a big ole donkey dick? srsly...

8:21 PM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

dilemma:
order the individual vinyl copies of albums or get the box set on cd?

help me weshotjr.

10:53 PM  
Anonymous nancy drew said...

also one of the guys from the wipers compiled a history of portland punk comp that's great if you dig....

1:38 AM  
Anonymous Citizen Polack said...

8:53 - That's a toughy. Format issues aside I say order from Greg; that way the $$$ goes right to the guy. If I were to do it again I'd rather have vinyl as Cd's are becoming instant-landfill at this point.

Rock it in your living room or Rock it in your car/on your boombox...which will please you more?

8:22 AM  
Anonymous twin cheeks said...

the cds are a great bargain, considering you get the first 3 albums and some bonus tracks for a low price. i'm sure the vinyl sounds bettter if you have a decent stereo system. i know the reissue of YOA sounds great on vinyl, i own that one. i have an original copy of is this real so i can't speak for it, though judging by the quality of YOA i don't think you could go wrong with both lps. they haven't reissued the 3rd album, 'over the edge,' but that one seems to be a bit easier to find. hell, i used to see it at half price books all the time, but i guess that was over 10 years ago... either way you decide to go you should order from zenorecords.com

10:58 AM  
Anonymous Anonymous said...

definitely ordering direct, just saw that there were the remastered cd's AND vinyl copies. so torn. h8 decisions

12:22 PM  
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1:55 PM  

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