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Tijuana Hercules release Mudslod and the Singles on Skin Graft Records

The first time I heard Tijuana Hercules was on the bandcamp page of the label Skin Graft Records (which is filled with all kinds of special music, comics and cool stuff). I mostly cover noise rock and heavy psych, but now and then I just share something completely different. This is my blog and I do what I like.

The band has a history linked to noise rock. Tijuana Hercules is led by John Vernon Forbes who played in Phantom 309 (which also featured future Jesus Lizard drummer Mac McNeilly) and who also founded Mount Shasta. Tijuana Hercules does not make exactly  noise rock nor do they make heavy psych, they make a special kind of swamp fueled voodoo blues. The sound they produce is one of a kind and feels as if Dr. John drank too much swamp water. The band has now released their new album ‘MUDSLOD AND THE SINGLES’ and it features more then 20 guest artists which makes it even more epic. The album feels brilliant from the first listen, you can really hear the experience each musician brings to the album. There is a lot going on on this album and it all fits together perfectly. This is a band that knows how to write music, knows what they want to make and has the magic.
Here are some thoughts from the man John Vernon Forbes himself:”When it came to recording the record and planning the audio, I took on the engineer’s chair. It was something I had wanted to do for some time. I always had good experiences working with outside engineers, but I needed my own pit where I could stew and let my mind grow long. I was looking to cover the ground that stretched from a field recording to hallucinatory slap-back delay.”

John Forbes is also an artist and he makes awesome cartoons. The LP is filled with drawings and cartoons from Forbes himself, and it makes this album even more unique. He drew a cartoon caricature of every musician that played on the LP and you can check these pics here at Fuzzy Sun.

 John writes “Let me explain the drawings: I looked closely at the people involved in the recording and circled the fresh meat. The caricatures are neither from the Garden of Eden nor the middle rungs of Hades. I’ve always had a soft spot for cyclopes, webbed feet, and wire-cut bouffants. Some are free with their thoughts while others give the side-eye. What the hell are they all smoking? Either Lucky Strikes or reefer”.
Order the album on the Skin Graft’s bandcamp and check out which one you like the most. It will be glorious in your collection.

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Skin Graft Records Update: Melt-Banana and Space Streakings

There is so much to discover and buy on the Skin Graft Records label. Long out of print stuff, remastered weirdo music, legendary noise and punk and Japanese weirdo stuff, Comics,new albums, and each release is a work of art, a gorgeous piece to look and listen too.

Originally released as a 7″ vinyl record and comic book set in 1995, MELT-BANANA’s legendary, tectonic plate shifting SKiN GRAFT single is now available digitally for the first time! Includes an illustrated 18-page PDF booklet that reproduces the original 7″ and comic book set packaging, including lyrics, band photos and bonus features.
Three songs of genre-defying bliss from Tokyo’s new heads of class. Recorded by ZENI GEVA’s KK.Null,

Four bits of computer-savvy, full throttle hardcore a’blazin’ with a broken clutch and dodgy brakes! A punk as fuck scratch attack of inspired lunacy, Tokyo’s SPACE STREAKINGS drop science with hyper-speed disco beats and handcrafterbizarro instruments. Hard to understand. Harder to ignore. Includes a comic book drawn by the band’s own Kame Bazooka.

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Skin Graft Records Update: Tijuana Hercules and Shorty

There is so much to discover and buy on the Skin Graft Records label. Long out of print stuff, remastered weirdo music, legendary noise and punk and Japanese weirdo stuff, Comics,new albums, and each release is a work of art, a gorgeous piece to look and listen too.

First of all I want to share you the new track from Tijuana Hercules. The track ‘ShaTooBog’ is taken from their upcoming album ‘Mudslog and the singles wich will be released May 7. As said on the bandcamp page: ” an oxygen-depriving bouillabaisse of boundary-busting blues, spaghetti-strung grooves, and tangled psychedelic roots music.”

Shorty

SHORTY’s SKiN GRAFT single is now available digitally for the first time! Includes a densely illustrated 18-page PDF comic book that reproduces the original 7″ and comic book set packaging. Recorded in 1993 by Steve Albini and remastered in 2020, both recordings are exclusive to this release.

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Tijuana Hercules release ‘Evening Dressings’ on Skin Graft Records

John Vernon Forbes is the founding member of Tijuana Hercules, but before that he played in Phantom 309 (with Mac McNeilly, future drummer of The Jesus Lizard) and Dirt, before settling in Chicago where he formed Mount Shasta, one of the founding SKiN GRAFT Records acts. Mount Shasta went on to release three albums and a collaborative LP with Japan’s Space Streakings before disbanding.  He is also a Illustrator/Cartoonmaker.

Their new album ‘Evening Dresses’ does not fit at all on Fuzzy Sun. Yet here its, and it is absolutely gorgeous. Seven tracks of Groovy and trippy blues tinged swamp music. It is quite possible the groove and the sax that is getting to me. The music feels feverish and wild. This album is one of the few exceptions (because its not noise or psych) I will post it on Fuzzy Sun because it is dooo good from start to finish.

Listen and enjoy.

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Tijuana Hercules share first track on Skingraft Records

On the epic label Skingraft comes a new album by Tijuana Hercules. The band with John Vernon Forbes who  played in Phantom 309 (with Mac McNeilly, future drummer of The Jesus Lizard) and Dirt, before settling in Chicago where he formed Mount Shasta, one of the founding SKiN GRAFT Records act. Tijuana Hercules is Joe Patt, Doug Abram, Mike Young, Sam Crossland and John Vernon Forbes.  We get the new track ‘ Hands Down’ on this new Seven song Mini-LP “Evening Dresses” that will be released July 10. The track is full of gritty blues and funky rythms and goddamn sax, I love sax!

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