inflate, refract, impose
Some of my favorite records are by bands whose imagination is way ahead of what they're physically able to execute yet. Skinned Teen's "Karate Hairdresser" (removed) is a great example of that: a VERY young band, one of whom could play one-finger guitar and another of whom could play one-finger bass and maybe a xylophone, but pretty awesome songwriters under the circumstances. This is from their one and only single, preceded by a little anthem/chant that appeared at the beginning of all their releases. They also contributed a side to the "Some Hearts Paid to Lie" double-7" compilation (including "Secrets," which God Is My Co-Pilot later covered), and had an excellent split LP with Raooul (another super-young group who are probably best known now as the pre-Out Hud band). Layla Gibbon from Skinned Teen went on to play in Petty Crime; thanks to her for permission to post this.
Unrelatedly: really good to see Maya Gurantz last night. We all went to see Thinking Fellers Union Local 282's first show in three years--they were a little rusty at first, but warmed up in a hurry. Larry Crane, the Tape Op guy (who was in Vomit Launch ages ago), was there with an enormous grin on his face. Which I had too, especially when they played "Socket" and "More Glee."