It was inevitable that New York electro-shocker Khan and his partner, Kid Congo Powers, would find a way to collaborate musically, and a bleepin' sleazy crack at Ronnie Cook and the Gaylads' Goo Goo Muck - popularized by Powers's pals the Cramps - for City Rockers is just their speed. The extra-fat 7-inch comes backed with the equally unclean Talk Dirty, recorded in Mexico and sounds like it.
The good thing about Sonic Youth's latest 7-inch is that their nutty Mariah Carey And The Arthur Doyle Handcream shows they haven't completely lost their sense of humour - however oblique - as they slouch toward mandatory retirement age. Even better news is that the Mariah- celebrating split single, the first volume of Narnack Records' bi-monthly Buddy Series, has Erase Errata on the flip getting all no-wavey on Glitter and comes with a lovely pink poster suitable for fridge display. The first 1,500 are on white vinyl and numbered. Watch for Volume 2 with Deerhoof and K.I.T.
Wizards of Oz
Anyone looking for the missing rock 'n' roll link between Detroit in the late 60s and Seattle in the late 80s needs to check the incredible run of killer singles released in Australia during the dark age in between. Last year's two-disc Do The Pop! (Shock) collection, covering early Radio Birdman and Saints right through to the Eastern Dark and the Hard-Ons, was an excellent starter. The new double-disc follow-up, Tales From The Australian Underground (Feel/Mushroom) neatly avoids overlap to fill in many of the gaps with utterly fabulous amped-up blasts from the Birthday Party, Fun Things, Leftovers, Triffids, Moffs, Moodists and the New Christs - the soundtrack of my life.
Until I was hit by the insanely dope Superstarr Pt. Zero (Virgin)
12-inch from K-OS, the new Just Add Water EP by Bronze One was my favourite T.O hiphop joint of the month. While the self-produced K-OS bangers have the edge, fast-rising local producer Matthew Bronson, aka Bronze One, uses live instruments to deliver the jazzy flava that makes headz nod on Face Of History and Sunshowers (with the Pangea Project) and proves it's no fluke with more sick beats for Notes To Self. Extra props for getting the drum drops from his dad, Mark Bronson - you gotta have pops.