the PELL MELL/Steve Fisk/Greg Freeman/etc. thread

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did anyone else notice the use of 'nothing lies still long' on the 'previously, on six feet under...' bit at the start of the show occasionally?

dugstar, Wednesday, 30 March 2005 11:52 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three months pass...
OK, apparently the ORIGINAL Pell Mell lineup recently did a reunion show in Portland.

WHY DIDN'T ANYBODY SAY ANYTHING GOD FUCKING DAMMIT????

donut e- (donut), Thursday, 30 June 2005 18:23 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

Pell Mell's Flow ruled my fuggin life for years. Gotta pull that one out... it's been a while. Thanks for manifesting this thread.

I also may be one of 17 people who have any love for Fisk's 999 Levels of Undo,

trollerhonix, Thursday, 30 June 2005 23:42 (thirteen years ago) Permalink

three years pass...

So I heard Love Tractor for the first time playing as in-between music at the Sub Pop festival this past weekend. Very Pell Mell/Shadowy Men, but perhaps predating both?

Anyway, listening to early Pell Mell, and every time I do, I feel they were the best band ever.

Goddamn do I uberbullshit above. Sorry guys.

Mackro Mackro, Wednesday, 16 July 2008 19:28 (ten years ago) Permalink

How dare you talk about things.

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 16 July 2008 19:29 (ten years ago) Permalink

i never realized greg freeman had been in the Call, and further, never realized that BRMC is fronted by Michael Been's son, and that Michael Been is their sound engineer.

akm, Wednesday, 16 July 2008 20:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

I was obsessed with these truckers just before I discovered IDM. Eeeek.

In those heady days trading recordings like they did was fucking revolutionary

Fer Ark, Wednesday, 16 July 2008 20:41 (ten years ago) Permalink

Did they have something to do with Volcano Suns, or am i dreaming again?

Fer Ark, Wednesday, 16 July 2008 20:43 (ten years ago) Permalink

there's likely a Mission Of Burma friendship/connection that connects the two groups somehow. Also Beerman, Owen, and Spalding had lived in New England, if not currently.

Mackro Mackro, Wednesday, 16 July 2008 20:52 (ten years ago) Permalink

Pell Mell and Volcano Suns both put out an album called Bumper Crop in 1987!

mizzell, Wednesday, 16 July 2008 20:53 (ten years ago) Permalink

i pulled out an old mix tape yesterday... the pell mell track shines. yaya. colliding universes.

msp, Thursday, 17 July 2008 04:23 (ten years ago) Permalink

six months pass...

We opened for Pell Mell in... well, a LONG time ago, around the time of Rhyming Guitars. Fucking tore the roof off (them, not us). Anyway, that's how Steve met Bill & Bob, although the initial contact came either through Pavitt's networking for Sub Pop mag, or me and Steve doing ad sales for OP. At that point there was a bustling scene in P-land with The Rats (Fred Cole et al), the awesome Neo-Boys (who put out records on Greg Sage's Trap Records), and of course The Wipers. We played @ a collectively run hall, who's name escapes me.

Other trivia: Ray Farrell was Pell Mell's manager before, or during, the time he was @ DGC, which is how they came to have records released on a major. Steve emailed me last night that he and Bob are working on new Cut-Out material.

BTW Bob Beerman was one of my pantheon of underrated rock drummers with Tim Mooney (Toiling Midgets et al), Bill Rieflin (Blackouts, Ministry), and Mac McNeilly (who, yeah, is not underrated on this forum).

factcheckr, Friday, 6 February 2009 16:19 (ten years ago) Permalink

wau! Which band were you in, factcheckr, if you wish to give it away?

I forgot to mention that Fisk still does cool one-off performances around Seattle and the PacNW. Late in 2008, he helped debut an electronic music based clubhouse where he improvised electronic music to a silent film called The Hands Of Orlac. Fisk was using modular synths and regular synths all making this deeply early-Throbbing-Gristle growl and buzz. Like there was doubt, but the man can still dish out eery, bowel-churning music like no one's bizniz.

System Jr. (Mackro Mackro), Friday, 6 February 2009 17:35 (ten years ago) Permalink

I only know the Interstate album but man, do I like that one.

It is not enough to love mankind – you must be able to stand (Michael White), Friday, 6 February 2009 17:37 (ten years ago) Permalink

"Thank God for those people back in the 1980s."

cee-oh-tee-tee, Friday, 6 February 2009 17:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

(blush) Tiny Holes (Fisk, Steve Peters, Paul Tyson, Bruce Pavitt) & John Foster's Pop Philosophers (same minus Pavitt, plus Foster), and a bunch of lesser lights. Also Gary Wilson's NW touring band (2 gigs only) w/Peters and Fisk and maybe Tyson. I think the gig in Portland with Pell Mell was a Pop Philosophers set. Tiny Holes has a track on the LAFMS Lightbulb Emergency cassette.

John was the editor/publisher of OP magazine for those who remember and did some tracks w/Fisk on the Life Elsewhere EP that has Fisk's immortal version of "Woodstock". Anyone who was at the Fugazi gig @ the IPU fest in Oly got treated to a rare (and probably most recent) performance of the man.

I still do some stuff with Fisk. Search for "WOW!".

factcheckr, Friday, 6 February 2009 21:15 (ten years ago) Permalink

loved rhyming guitars and the K cassettes back in the day. subsequent pell mells on SST & DGC (WTF) less so, but they're still pretty good. 448 deathless days has some excellent, memorable stuff, especially the ultra-creepy bits and this vacuum (w/ the screaming trees). it's been ages, but i also remember digging diamond club, johnny smoke, break on thru (the hit) and chakiri bushi. then again, it was never a favorite record - a bit too much experimental filler.

he was kinda the go2 guy for ambitious NW production in the early grunge days. he recorded soundgarden's 2nd EP, fopp, and did a total overhaul of the title track for its "dub mix". also did a version of the batman theme with girl trouble that resulted in a b-side "alfred house mix" that remains one of my favorite novelty rock songs of evar.

PLUS three-mile pilot's another desert another sea, which is mind-blowingly great in the production department. year of no light? hell yes.

lost interest after the 80s, cuz my tastes had turned against dryly cerebral experimental electronics and towards caterwauling gutter garbage. dug a few pigeonhed tracks, but didn't like the heather duby record he did a while back.

dagmar at full power (contenderizer), Friday, 6 February 2009 23:26 (ten years ago) Permalink

I only know the Interstate album but man, do I like that one.

^^^this

I think the only reason I heard it was because I was a Matador stan in the mid-90s; had no idea about their history until seeing this thread.

Bianca Jagger (jaymc), Friday, 6 February 2009 23:38 (ten years ago) Permalink

I don't underrate Bill Rieflin! Although I hear what yer sayin'. SWANS, dammit!

sleeve, Friday, 6 February 2009 23:40 (ten years ago) Permalink

ten months pass...

My name is spelled Jon-Lars Sorenson.

I did indeed move to the Bay area with the band, and played & recorded for about a year. We all lived in a house in El Cerrito.

The highlight for me was playing at the Anti Club in Hollywood, with the Minutemen, et al. That was the night that the flood hit Hollywood, and we walked through knee-high water to get to the club. Didn't matter to the crowd, it was a packed house.

The recordings made in SF ended up on "the bumper crop" album, along with songs recorded after I left.

Cheers,
Jon-Lars SorensOn

Jon-Lars Sorenson, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 00:56 (nine years ago) Permalink

Heya sir, glad you could swing by.

Ned Raggett, Tuesday, 29 December 2009 01:52 (nine years ago) Permalink

one year passes...

been jamming The Bumper Crop lately, so good. This band needs a box set! Or something!

tylerw, Thursday, 30 June 2011 17:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

^ tell me about it. or a deluxe Flow.

nerve_pylon, Thursday, 30 June 2011 18:29 (seven years ago) Permalink

yesss! paging dan selzer.

tylerw, Thursday, 30 June 2011 21:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

the big huge problem is that the rights to the pre-Interstate lps remain w/ a certain 'legendary' record label.

nerve_pylon, Thursday, 30 June 2011 22:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

...and the fact that i don't think there'd be much interest.

nerve_pylon, Thursday, 30 June 2011 22:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

sst, yeah? such a bummer that so much of that music seems to be in a black hole. did people like dino jr or sonic youth have to sue to get their stuff back so that other labels could reissue them? i think that's what bob mould implies whenever the idea of reissuing husker du comes up.

tylerw, Thursday, 30 June 2011 22:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

six years pass...

great interview w/ all the members here: http://www.furious.com/perfect/pellmell.html
and hey! https://pellmell.bandcamp.com/

tylerw, Monday, 5 February 2018 23:03 (one year ago) Permalink

I have vague favorable memories of the group from the early 80s. Just read a sometime Pitchfork contributor on Facebook calling them one of the greatest groups. Maybe I should listen again

curmudgeon, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 04:03 (one year ago) Permalink

Surprised the article didn’t mention Love Tractor, they seem relevant in discussing instrumental college rock of the 80s.

dan selzer, Tuesday, 6 February 2018 13:11 (one year ago) Permalink

one year passes...

extremely happening Pell Mell live show from 1995 over yonder: https://doomandgloomfromthetomb.tumblr.com/post/183267593887/pell-mell-great-american-music-hall-san

tylerw, Wednesday, 6 March 2019 16:47 (one week ago) Permalink


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