Magnolia Thunderpussy

Starin Down the Sun

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Originally slated for release by SST Records in 1985, Starin Down the Sun was intended to be the debut album by southern California's Magnolia Thunderpussy, but the disc went unreleased when the band broke up. This union of live and studio material -- which harks back to the heyday of other SST outfits like the Minutemen and the Meat Puppets -- has finally seen the light of day 20 years later. Inspired and youthfully exuberant -- MTP's members were about to exit high school when this disc was recorded, and the studio time was purportedly a graduation gift from one of their parents -- these 20 numbers mesh the fury of punk ("M.A.C.H.") with the fluid vibe of jam bands ("Serendipity"). Granted, much of this material gets recycled in concert form, but one listen to the twangy immediacy of "Circle" and it's hard not to feel in awe. In the liner notes, Sonic Youth's Thurston Moore proclaims "they shoulda been massive." As usual, that lanky bastard is right on the money.

Track Listing

Sample Title/Composer Performer Time Stream
1 2:49 SpotifyAmazon
2 4:33 SpotifyAmazon
3 3:23 SpotifyAmazon
4 3:01 SpotifyAmazon
5 2:10 SpotifyAmazon
6 3:03 SpotifyAmazon
7 2:21 SpotifyAmazon
8 2:27 SpotifyAmazon
9 3:13 SpotifyAmazon
10 1:29 SpotifyAmazon
11 2:30 SpotifyAmazon
12 0:28 SpotifyAmazon
13 2:58 SpotifyAmazon
14 2:28 SpotifyAmazon
15 3:14 SpotifyAmazon
16 2:43 SpotifyAmazon
17 3:01 SpotifyAmazon
18 2:12
19 2:46 SpotifyAmazon
20 2:53 SpotifyAmazon
21 2:04 SpotifyAmazon
22 4:32 SpotifyAmazon
23 4:31 SpotifyAmazon
24 3:24 Amazon
25 2:36
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