I’ll still be here…

Got the email below (along with the incredible, on so many levels, photograph above) and felt like I should share it as it’s a good example of what kind of communication I wish I got more of from those seeking a review. Mustard Relics is just me, at times embarrassingly exposed for whatever the hell it is I am and whatever the fuck this place is about. There is no we, unless you include whoever I’m talking to when no one is around, and sadly there is no way I can spew my usual bullshit AND do a review of every artist presented to me. With that said, not everyone has the time or gumption to personalize a request, but I sure do like it when they do. Here’s the latest request…

“I’m part of a NYC-based Americana duo called baby chemist. I loved reading and listening through Mustard Relics, finding Jenee Halstead’s pop-country bopping “Solitary People” and Sierra Ferrell’s rustic “Rosemary” from your late night early morning… entry. I laughed quite a bit at your mention of the Indie Bible…as we in fact found Relics through it. Hope we’re not adding too much to your queue!
We’re releasing a new single on 12/28 called “I’ll Still Be Here:” a cosmic country, astral Americana space ballad to close out this chaotic year with some calm vibes. If it were a mood, it’d be that lulling feeling after the holidays but before New Years when you’re in your sweats on your couch half wine-drunk and pondering your existence. We would greatly appreciate your consideration to be reviewed!”

They took the time to check out MR, so figure I can give them a few minutes of my time. I’m a mood listener when it comes to choosing what I want to spin at any particular time and this is good mood stuff. The latest song, which you’ll have to wait until it’s released on the 28th to hear, is their best yet (although you get huge points covering one of my favorite Hank Williams tunes…especially the fact that they made the song theirs and didn’t butcher it by even attempting to yodel). I have never heard an act called Americana, so I’ll have to use this as a reference point…pop-folk or new-old timey you might call them in my book. “I’ll Still Be Here” reminds me a bit of that gal in the Cowboy Junkies…Katie’s voice is very warm and soothing, relaxed, like a light massage. For some reason, it popped into my head that this song would be cool in a soundtrack for a movie with a landscape scene that is lonely but also inviting, not tense at all, if that makes sense. Good start to the day stuff thoughtful (if not painfully ironic in it’s goodness)…a tall glass of water and a wide cup of coffee to your success and happiness Katie (& Travis)!

Music | baby chemist (bandcamp.com)

baby chemist | NY, NY | Americana Retro band & songwriting duo (babychemistband.com)

…sweet violence…

Well the train is finally and rapidly approaching the station on this one…the mythical Mustard Relics Records #3 (we are now on #10)…the Blitzkrieg Baby “Violence” lathe 7″ (which was supposed to be a flexi, but I ran out of money). The lathes are in hand just waiting on the printers for the sleeve. Like all my lathes, limited to just 28 handmade in real time copies. These motherfuckers were lovingly made and at this point are the pride and joy of the Relics. The song itself will be released tomorrow on all the usual sites for that type of thing…but y’all can give it a listen below. Absolutely honored to have this work of art on the label and to be involved with the genius that is Kim Sølve and his Blitzkrieg Baby! Two weeks…

…and MUSTARD!!!

Featured this pre GWAR band many moons ago I believe. I recently put this tune on an 85 song/80 minute CDr comp I called “Under a Minute or So MIX” and after 35+ years I’m still tickled by it. Silly hardcore was not really my thing back then, you know how teenagers are thinking they know what’s cool and what’s not, but I always loved this song and really the whole silly EP. Some might say it was the seriousness in hardcore that killed it or at least turned it into this dogmatic self destructive mess….macho men and boy scouts.
Was hankering some Angels Dust (the dreamy electro duo not the elephant tranquilizer) and had this comp tape put out by Hit & Run called The Interpenetrating Worlds of various releases from the label, featuring a track of theirs. The whole comp is good, lotsa hits, but this one was my personal fave…hit home for some reason or another…
Then this dude from San Diego pops up with, I don’t whatcha call it, but I certainly can dig…some kinda middle eastern funk groove thing going on with this tune. My Mom was an aficionado of Mediterranean music, especially Greek

Gage and I at the art building at Humboldt State.

I’m sure most folks who visit this place should be able to name the band from the lyrics below. Recently I have playing it on repeat and am just amazed at how beautifully sorrowful it is…hurts so good

Now the first day that I met you
I was looking in the sky
When the sun turned all a blur
And the thunderclouds rolled by

The sea began to shiver
And the wind began to moan
It must’ve been a sign for me
To leave you well alone

I was born without you, baby
But my feelings were a little bit too strong

You never said you love me
And I don’t believe you can
‘Cause I saw you in a dream
And you were with another man

You looked so cool and casual
And I tried to look the same
But now I’ve got to love you
Tell me who am I to blame?

I was born without you, baby
But my feelings were a little bit too strong

Now the whole wide world is movin’
‘Cause there’s iron in my heart
I just can’t keep from cryin’
‘Cause you say we’ve got to part

Sorrow grips my voice
As I stand here all alone
And watch you slowly take away
A love I’ve never known

I was born without you, baby
But my feelings were a little bit too strong
Just a little bit too strong

Now the whole wide world is movin’
‘Cause there’s iron in my heart
I just can’t keep from cryin’
‘Cause you say we’ve got to part

Sorrow grips my voice
As I stand here all alone
And watch you slowly take away
A love I’ve never known

I was born without you, baby
But my feelings were a little bit too strong
Just a little bit too strong

Songwriters: Clifton Bailey, Miguel Collins, Delroy Harrison, J Osbourne

Ripped straight from the digital headlines in what I think is Italian or, at least according to Google translator is Italian, the below review of my beloved and criminally underrated Martyred Heretics CDr compilation…
https://www.nazioneindiana.com/2020/10/28/colonna-sonora-gramsci/

Pornostroika Dadaifi. Indifference. Dalla compilation Martyred Heretics del 2014.
Nella compilation Martyred Heretics, pubblicata nel 2014 dalla label Mustard Relics troviamo 18 brani di impostazione industrial, dark wave, noise e cosette così e la quarta traccia è opera del gruppo greco Pornostroika Dadaifi che propone Indifference basata sulle opere di Antonio Gramsci. Musica elettronica disturbata, malata, pensata per scenari apocalittici contemporanei, geografici e mentali. Diversamente piacevole.

Pornostroika Dadaifi. Indifference. From the 2014 compilation Martyred Heretics.
In the compilation Martyred Heretics, released in 2014 by the label Mustard Relics we find 18 songs of industrial setting, dark wave, noise and things like this and the fourth track is the work of the Greek group Pornostroika Dadaifi that proposes Indifference based on the works of Antonio Gramsci. Disturbed, sick electronic music, designed for contemporary, geographical and mental apocalyptic scenarios. Otherwise pleasant.