Because I came out of December and January of 2014 with only one year-end “best-of” list carrying my byline in only one publication, I was required by law write something on Record Store Day 2014, and that something ran today on Vice’s site. The link is underneath the post headline I am now writing…if any readers are so inclined…
For an intermission to break the monotony of all this “upcoming book” yimmer-yammer, one is encouraged to check out the (very…over the weekend, in fact) recent piece I wrote for Vice, which ran today and is referenced in the title line of this post.
Part of the Steel Pole Bath Tub discography is represented in my upcoming book Gimme Indie Rock: 500 Essential American Underground Rock Albums 1981 – 1996
Here’s the next audio adventure into a knook and/or cranny of my upcoming book, Gimme Indie Rock: 500 Essential American Underground Rock Albums 1981 – 1996, which will feature my writing on album(s) released by this band. This is a mix of live, 7″-only, and album content. Pls keep in mind that technology has caught up with the need for great audio re: live footage of bands, but the early-90′s was often a different story. Still, the SPBT live stuff I chose here is quite good in that respect, especially compared to the majority of that era’s live representation on YouTube (unless it’s from an official VHS release of the day, as some of this is). I saved the best clip for last, btw. Steel Pole Bath Tub (or Steel Pole Bathtub) is one of my all-time favorite bands of this particular time, and without a doubt my top participant in what was termed “noise-rock” or “aggro” or other journalistic Conrad Bain’s Of My Existence. Read some general bio information here.
STEEL POLE BATH TUB
The 7″-only “Arizona Garbage Truck”
“Soul Cannon” (live in 1995)
Live in 1992:
“Home Is A Rope” (1994)
From the VHS “Fruits Aux Sept Liquers”
“Steel Pole Bath Tub toured Europe playing over 30 shows in Austria, Germany, Switzerland, Holland, Belgium, France, and Denmark. jeff Smith went along, filmed most of the shows, came back to the US, stopped in New York, finally got home to Seattle where he sat on a couch, played with bears, drank tea + coffee, ate cookies, and listened to records. In early 1994 he got together with Paul Uusitalo and Darren Mor-x and they put together the film you are about to see… Ladies & Gentlemen Steel Pole Bath Tub Live! -Jo Smitty 3.14.94″
The amazing, Steve Albini-engineered (he would have been great for all of their albums, sort of exactly what they needed, but this is the only one he did) “Some Coctail Suggestions” 10″ EP
The following two songs are on albums that can be read about in my upcoming book, Gimme Indie Rock: 500 Essential American Underground Rock Albums 1981 – 1996 (follow link to this blog’s official page for the book….info and updates await)
Another post (get used to ‘em) about my upcoming book – Gimme Indie Rock: 500 Essential American Underground Rock Albums 1981 – 1996 – This time: Complaints from someone who’s never had the patience to pre-order ANYTHING…
So two days ago I was elated to come across this on the Amazon page for my upcoming book:
‘#50 in Books > Arts & Photography > Music > Musical Genres > Punk’
I even sent out a Tweet about the discovery. The excitement was motivated – 100% – by the fact that pre-orders are responsible for this magic, and I mean PRE-orders. The book’s publication date is mid-September, and knowing how this stuff rolls, it could be pushed back a month (or not). Still, I’ve only pre-ordered one thing over the course of my long record-and-book-consuming history, and the release date was two months out. I just don’t have the patience. My book doesn’t come for 5 – 6 months, so the Amazon ranking was heartwarming, to say the least.
BUT GUESS WHAT ISN’T HEARTWARMING?!?!?
When I happened to “accidentally” eye-graze the same area on the same page this morning, my book had fallen to #60. When a similarly “accidental” online wrong turn put it in front of me again around 3pm, IT WAS AT #67!!!
NOT COOL!!! NO ONE WANTS TO SPEND HARD-EARNED MONEY ON A BOOK (WRITING/CONTENT-UNREAD) THEN SIT AROUND FOR SIX MONTHS WAITING ON THE GOODS?!? INGRATES!!! IF YOU’D LIKE TO HELP WITH FIXING THIS PROBLEM, PRE-ORDER HERE.
[Disclaimer: This post is not meant to be taken seriously. But if any readers did indeed take it seriously, that's totally fine. Everyone is encouraged to pre-order/order/purchase my upcoming book whenever such a thing is convenient. Maybe five years after its publication date, anyone left should borrow it from a friend or look for it anywhere remainder or half-off books rocking black Sharpie marks...are sold.]
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