Nick the ripper
Before Nick Flanagan crept to notoriety by confounding comedy audiences with his spiral-bound notepad of quasi-jokes and inappropriate aphorisms, his main work-avoidance strategy was playing punk rock with the Teen Crud Combo . They'd actually recorded enough of their raging Motörhead-on-crank original tunes with producer Pete Hudson for a full-length album between 1999 and 2000, but it took Deranged Records to release it on wax as Judgment Night Soundtrack - Part Two, complete with "Nat Hentoff" parody liner notes and a lyric sheet so you can shout along to Extreme Lifestyle or see if you're name-checked in Sex Afterparty along with Joan Rivers, Ben Affleck, Q-Tip, Shabba Ranks and Jon Lovitz. www.derangedrecords.com
Everyone was well aware that Windy City psych-pop czars the M's had some fuzz boxes and knew how to use them, but you may be surprised to hear how funky those bearded hombres in suits could get when they set their minds to it. The Polyvinyl label LP release of the M's Future Women album comes packaged with a bonus 7-inch cover of the Isley Brothers' classic Turn On, Tune In, Drop Out that snarls over both sides with an insistent groove to get heads nodding. Imagine the record-store havoc when deep funk scavengers, stoner-psych and indie rock dweebs start scrapping for the M's vinyl. Derisive glances are sure to follow. While we're on the topic of limited-run 7s, Doctor Who fans need to check the new Post Records red vinyl release of the Jesus Licks ' delightful Dalek Chorus single, which includes two equally enchanting numbers, Eternally Lonely and Harr Barbie, on the flip. They well showcase the entrancing voice and banjo/ukulele prowess of Dominique Golden , who, incidently, also contributes the stylish Dalek-destroying sleeve art. www.postrecords.co.uk.
The Green goods
For years, Blue Note was known to have a live recording in the can of guitarist Grant Green 's group with saxophonist Houston Person , organist Ronnie Foster and drum monster Idris Muhammad throwing down at Detroit's Club Mozambique in January 1971, but for some reason (perhaps due to all the other Grant Green studio sessions on the shelf), the set never saw the light of day. Now, 35 years later, Live At Club Mozambique (Blue Note) is finally out, showcasing this super-tight soul-jazz combo at their kick-ass peak roaring through the Fabulous Counts' Jan Jan and the Jackson 5's One More Chance. The hard-thumping jam Bottom Of The Barrel demonstrates the sort of havoc this killer crew could wreak with just one chord. Yeah, it's awesome.