Some Velvet Sidewalk: I Know
Primal scream therepy turned untouchable rock’n’roll blast.
Some Velvet Sidewalk: Pumpkin Patch
The Larson ictus in full bloom as Al gives it all in three tasty bites. There is no world without that girl. The essential SVS.
Some Velvet Sidewalk: Free From It
Some Velvet Sidewalk: Valley of the Clock
A single from the Generate! album, with a remix on the flip by Pell Mell’s Greg Freemn.
Some Velvet Sidewalk: Avalanche
The return of the Great Pumpkin, only slightly out of control this time. Al Larsen is a gift to be cherished; he somehow churns life’s pits back into cherries. On Avalanche he bestows the most pleasant ice cream headache imaginable, songs that move snow and earth, sweeping all in its path along for the ride. Includes the monster hit Loch Ness.
Some Velvet Sidewalk: I Scream
I Scream is frozen solid. I Scream is rotting your teeth and freezing your brain. Al Larsen and Steve Fisk reach deep into his digi-fridge and do the mix-mocha to the SVS underground hit “I Scream”. The kind of stomach ache you get from a lifetime of eating the wrong things.
Some Velvet Sidewalk: Whirlpool
Alan Larsen sings and plays his heart inside out. On the surface it appears to be “rock” music, and can be appreciated on that level. In actuality, it’s a totally cathartic tidal wave of frantic noise luv punk mayhem. Even in their sensitive moments they peel paint off the walls. This captures the feeling of stepping on a crack, breaking through where the sidewalk ends.
Some Velvet Sidewalk: Shipwreck
The lost second album, featuring Tobi Vail Bikini Kill, Frumpies on drums and Louise Olsen Matrimony on bass. Recorded in 1990, Shipwreck bridges the gap between the heartfelt incompetence of the early Sidewalk recordings and the pop chaos of Avalanche and Whirlpool. Included are some of the best songs from their live shows like “Mousetrap” and “Puppy”.
Some Velvet Sidewalk: Generate!
Generate! is a big record, bigger than its twelve inch appearance. There are beats and rhymes and light years of intimacy that can’t be crawled around or glossed over. You can get a bite sized chunk from a little bit of feeling called “Valley of the Clock” International Pop Underground vol. LXXX. But the whole platter of wax is a ticking package you can’t refuse: underbeat meets overdrive: infinite time and the deep patterns of the universe. Nikki McClure is in on the action, giving us the biological lowdown. Produced by Greg Freeman Pell Mell and Mike Johnson.
Some Velvet Sidewalk: The Lowdown
Now for the Lowdown. This CD ep begins with a story of the raw and the true and living your life the way ya wanna wanna do; this is the Al Larsen story and through him the Olympia story. “The Lowdown” is followed by a selection of remixed Generate! KLP062 songs, cookie dough in the raw. As on all Some Velvet Sidewalk releases, paint-peeling crashpop abounds, but now you find yourself surfing bass frequencies with the echoplex ghosts offshore. Remixes by K.O. IQU and Thrones. Woodwinds by Arrington de Dionysoold Time Relijun. The Lowdown by Al.