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Physical Archive: Black Brittle Frisbee LP (1987)
Posted January 20, 2014 by Jon Rogers
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Hey, why don't we start digging through MFT's awesome physical archive and share a few gems on the blog? More info is on the way if you are interested in donating albums to the physical archive or in visiting the archive in person at the SmallBox offices, but for now let's check out one of my favorite recent additions, the Black Brittle Frisbee compilation, recorded at Hit City studios in Indianapolis way back in 1987.

 

 

This heavy slab of pre-90s alternative rock, straight-up punk, and power pop stylings provides a compelling snapshot of Indiana's underground music scene in the late 80s, and it was engineered/produced by Paul Mahern (Zero Boys, Datura Seeds), so you know it's worth checking out.

 

While we don't have most of these tracks in the online archive (yet!), the playlist at the top of this post should help give you a decent impression of the music containted on Black Brittle Frisbee, whether it's the goofy oddities of Mikes House, Datura Seeds' snappy alt-pop, or the grooving college rock vibes of Right to Left (who would become The Vulgar Boatmen).

 

 

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Also worth mentioning are Jot's spastic alt-funk (who sound pretty Chili Peppers-y on this LP, but their song "Superbia" on the playlist is a far more punk and less-derivative version of the band), notorious pop-punkers Sloppy Seconds, and Muncie alterna-punks Modern Vending, whose back catalog offers plenty of shining moments.

 

 

 

 

It's a great vinyl comp for its many physical artifacts and diversity of styles, and we highly recommend snatching one up if you find a copy, especially if you're a fan of Indiana's rich underground rock and post-punk history. Most of these bands never became well-known, but the recordings and releases they left behind are interesting, funny, and even really good at moments.



This blogger seems to dig it, and this one mostly just hates on Indiana, but the latter does link to a full download of the record that (holy shit!) still works.

 

Black Brittle Frisbee Tracklist:

SIDE 1

Jot:

1. Dusty's Diner

2. Going Bowling

 

Modern Vending:

3. Cicada Baby

4. Hook's Brand Jesus

5. Weigle Moves To Dayton

 

Bramble Grit:

6. Velvet Lipps

7. Alibi in the Nude

8. Hoosier A-Go-Go

 

Datura Seeds:

9. Eatin' You

 

SIDE A

Datura Seeds:

1. S&P '69

 

Sloppy Seconds:

2. Germany

3. The Men

4. I Don't Want To Take You Home

 

Right To Left:

5. When Company Comes

6. Change The World Around

 

Mikes House:

7. Townshend Nose

8. I'm So Proud

9. Indiana

 

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