TYVEK

Mary Ellen Claims

(XI) Used 7-inch $3.00

A savage broadside that attacks car culture on one side, and the mass media’s promotion of anti-psychotic drugs as a cure for demonic possession on the flip. The sound is distorted, all cheap old guitars and busted up drums, and the playing is usually teetering on the edge of ineptitude, at times falling off completely. The tunes and lyrics are straight outta overgrown abandoned lots and decrepit playgrounds, and there are plenty of strange little bones on the cracked sidewalks to puncture your bike’s Kevlar tires and brand new tubes. First pressing (edition of 700 copies on black vinyl with red labels and black-and-white glued paper sleeves, 200 of which have black and white artwork taped on to sleeves by hand (this is one of those)

TYVEK

Tyvek

(Siltbreeze) Used LP $6.00

Combining an uncanny channeling of The Urinals and early Mekons, Tyvek drops jaws to floors with solid acorns of repetitive punk / pop numbers that became oaks almost instantaneously. The inclusion of Damon (a.k.a. Teets of Puffy Areolas) brings in another dimension and suddenly the band’s 2009 set veers into a Velvet Underground-by-way-of-The Feelies stratosphere.