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Monks Album Mentioned in NYT

Sorry gang, I missed this when it first came out, but it is really, really good...

"The joyously hostile songs on the Monks’ 1966 album, “Black Monk Time” — newly reissued on the Light in the Attic label — would be essential, strange 1960s artifacts even without the band’s back story. The Monks were American G.I.’s stationed in Frankfurt who after their discharge in 1964 stayed there, put on robes and shaved their hair into tonsures to play songs expatriated not just from the United States but from anything approaching sanity. With instruments including a typical cheap electric organ and an atypical electric banjo, they cackled through songs that straddled skiffle and garage-rock, mixed vocal harmonies with atonal yowls and encompassed both relentless one-chord minimalism and peculiar stabs at pop. The album starts with a jittery antiwar screed, “Monk Time,” and goes on to juggle come-ons, tirades and manic, beat-driven nonsense. The levels of craftsmanship, savage glee, concept, put-on and inspiration are innumerable and inseparable."

Available online here.

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Long Lost Monks Song Released!

The long lost song that was too radical to release - Pretty Suzanne - was dug up by super lost-recordings sleuth, Martin Christoph. To the surprise and with the blessing of the monks, it is the A side on a new single vinyl recording, released on the Red Lounge label.

Order the single vinyl from: redloungerecords@gmx.de

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New Monks Album out!

Light in the Attic Records are releasing a new Monks album titled Monks: The Early Years 1964-1965 and are re-issuing the difficult to obtain Black Monk Time this April. The new release is heralded by Iggy Pop as a "damned enjoyable slightly kinky 60's garage record."

CDs are out April 14th, while both gatefold double-180 gram LPs will drop on May 5th. Visit Light in the Attic for more info!

Limited Edition Monks Trading Cards are available now, and a limited edition screen printed poster designed by Plastic Crime Wave will be available in late April.


UPDATED June 30, 2009

 

 

 

 

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