Flim Flam b/w From Blake
(Jupiterian) split 7-inch $5.75
As the essential Pere Ubu rhythm section from the 1970s through the early 1990s, Scott Krauss and Tony Maimone collaborated during Ubu’s early 1980s hiatus as Home and Garden, where they blazed their own trail of avant-rock — not without some assistance from Cleveland’s art-rock crème de la crème. “Flim Flam” was originally written by Krauss and Jim Jones (during the sessions that yielded Pere Ubu songs “Come Home,” “Kathleen” “Last Will and Testament,” and “Fedora Satellite II”) although it was never submitted to Ubu for consideration. Its appearance here, with Jones on guitars and keyboards, and Keith Kornajcik handling the vocals and lyrics, is the first. On the flip, “From Blake” showcases the guitar, bass, and sax talents of founding Pere Ubu guitarist Tom Herman (who also led the avant-rock power trio Tripod Jimmie with Len Bove). Assembled around Linda Herman’s performance of a poem by William Blake, the song is a tour de force. Includes free download code.