Magic Ears expands once again, as we will now also function as an independent music label. Our debut release will be the 25th Anniversary Reissue of “Live Six” by The Holy Terrors of Miami.
Here are the liner notes from the album, which is available for $10 NOW on BANDCAMP:
Sometime in the middle of 1991, when I was living on South Beach, I stumbled into the Cactus Cantina, lovingly known to the inebriated as the “Cactina,” with a fetching young woman who claimed that she had lived in a tree in Big Sur, California for the past year (I really didn’t care if it was true).
We did a completely unnecessary shot of this outrageously spicy and strong tequila and listened to Nirvana’s “Nevermind” on the jukebox.
Then something amazing happened. It kind of sounded like a cross between an airplane taking off and locomotive chugging at full speed.
The Holy Terrors had just started playing their set in the next room, and it felt like the Cactina was going to detonate and explode, hurling chunks of concrete and glass all across South Beach.
Up until that point, I had only heard about the Terrors via Greg Baker’s weekly “Program Notes” column in the New Times (we didn’t need to call it Miami New Times back then).
I might have heard their classic single, “Cigarettello” on WVUM once or twice and thought it sounded good and that I should catch them some time.
Turns out, they caught me first!
Completely off guard!!
It was perfect.
I have no idea how many times I saw the band after that night, but when I started booking shows at Squeeze in Fort Lauderdale in 1994, I wanted them to play as often as possible. I really could bore you with all the reasons why I loved them, but if you are reading this, it is likely that you don’t need me to tell you what you already know.
The original lineup was relatively short lived, including monster bassist Frank Labrador, who chose a more domestic path in his life within a couple of years after the night they assaulted my senses.
(As a side note, I was managing the amazing Cell 63 at the time, which featured future Terrors bassist, Will Trev.)
The Terrors had many lineup changes over the years, and they were always awesome, but this lineup was their best. And it was this lineup that showed up to play a live set on Bob Slade’s weekly WLRN radio show, “Off The Beaten Path,” on May 18, 1992.
Frank “Rat Bastard” Falestra recorded them and mixed the results. From there, they dropped a limited, cassette-only release called, “Live Six,” and set off to change the face of the South Florida music scene for the next decade and a half.
Over the years, Trev replaced Labrador on bass and drummer Sam Fogarino left and eventually made it big with Interpol, leading to a revolving cast of some of the best drummers to ever smack stick to skin in the history of the South Florida music scene.
The stalwarts were, of course, vocalist/guitarist Rob Elba and lead guitarist/vocalist, Dan Hosker. Until Dan’s sad and untimely passing nearly 20 years to the day “Live Six” was recorded, the Terrors soldiered on, releasing one exceptional studio album, “Lolitaville,” in 1994 and some odds and ends EPs later.
I never knew of the existence of “Live Six” until February of 2017 when South Florida singer/songwriter Jim Wurster shared some cassettes with me as I started to offer cassette-to-digital transfers as part of my Magic Ears Mastering company.
A live Holy Terrors release I’ve never heard before? Holy fucking shit!!
Listening to it brought me back to that night in the Cactina when the original lineup blew me away. I was able to transfer Jim’s extremely well-cared-for cassette via a vintage Nakamichi cassette deck and, with permission from Rob, began obsessively remastering the EP.
Realizing it was the 25th Anniversary of the performance/recording made reissuing the remaster a no-brainer, and Rob suggested that the majority of the proceeds be donated to the Dan Hosker Music Continuum, a scholarship set up in Dan’s memory for students with a passion for music. It is awarded annually at Bishop Fenwick in Peabody, MA, where he attended high school.
This was a labor of love, and I hope you enjoy The Holy Terrors just as you remember hearing them in their prime.
TURN IT UP LOUD!!!
— Adam Matza
THE HOLY TERRORS
Recorded and mixed by Rat Bastard with technical assistance by Steve M.
Remastered by Adam Matza at Magic Ears Mastering
This recording was originally broadcast live May 18, 1992 on Bob Slade’s “Off The Beaten Path” radio show on WLRN in Miami.
Original artwork/design: Danny & Sherry (updated by Adam Matza)
Thanks to: Washington Square, WVUM, WLRN, Uncle Sam’s, Y&T, Open Books & Records, Rat Bastard, Bob Slade, Glenn Richards, Tony Parodi la cosa nostra.
© & ℗ ALL SONGS BY ROBERT ELBA 1992
Reissued by MAGIC EARS MUSIC in 2017
ALL RIGHTS RESERVED
Like vinyl, the cassette is making a comeback. There are even music labels devoted to distributing cassette-only releases. While this is really awesome in 2017, it was the 1980s and 1990s that were the Golden Age of the cassette.
Packed away in cases all across the world, there is a treasure trove of awesome mixtapes, rare albums and band recordings from the heyday of the cassette.
Unlike digital formats like CDs and MP3s (and even well cared-for vinyl records), cassettes deteriorate as time goes by, no matter how you treat them.
Parts of the cassette simply fall apart, even if you haven’t played them for a long time. Much like motion pictures on celluloid film, cassettes have an expiration date.
Longer tapes (90 and 120 minutes) required the use of thinner tape, which makes those tapes more susceptible to breaking.
Older tapes using chromium dioxide as a coating may not be as durable as later tapes using magnetite, cobalt-absorbed iron oxide, or ferric oxide and cobalt.
The felt pressure pads on cassette tapes deteriorate and fall apart in time. Tapes recorded on both sides may not last as long as single-sided recordings, due to bleed-through of the magnetic fields.
You’ve probably thought about transferring your precious cassettes to the digital format to be stored on your computer, on CDs or external drives, but just haven’t gotten around to it.
That’s understandable, as it is time consuming, painstaking and requires hardware and software to do it.
That’s where Magic Ears comes in. We will transfer your cassettes for $15 per tape for a basic transfer and $30 for added sonic enhancements (including tape hiss clean up, raising volume levels to current listening standards and track separation). There will be a $5 charge per tape for S&H, if you want the tape returned via USPS.
Magic Ears wants to help preserve your music, your memories and a precious piece of your youth.
Magic Ears is proud to debut Magic Ears Radio, Episode 1, which features 20 songs by: Plastic Pinks, Flower City Conspiracy, Killmama, Mike Maddison, Birdman’s Clambake, Lance Scott Greene, Charlie Pickett, Raker (Michael Sarasti), Fish Out of Water, Rob Elba, Jim Wurster, Leo Dorantes, Omine, Matt Snee, Fraidycat Band, Emily Needs, Life Runner, and The Weeds…
All songs mixed and/or mastered by Magic Ears Mastering.
To listen, click here: MAGIC EARS RADIO.
Congratulations to Bob Dylan for winning the 2016 Nobel Prize for Literature.
Incredibly well deserved. Bold, restless and fearless, Bob Dylan has influenced every generation since the early 1960s and will continue to influence world culture long after he’s gone.
Dylan’s lyrics are poetry. He is one of my heroes.
Here are my Top 11 Bob Dylan albums. What are yours?
1) Blood On The Tracks
2) The Freewheelin’ Bob Dylan
3) Bringing It All Back Home
4) Highway 61 Revisited
5) Blonde On Blonde
6) Another Side Of Bob Dylan
7) John Wesley Harding
8) Nashville Skyline
9) The Times They Are a-Changin
10) Oh Mercy
11) Modern Times
If there was a number 12, it would have to be Desire. 😉
World Gone Wrong deserves mention because it is so sparsely recorded and raw…and it hardly gets any love. <3
Let’s put aside how amazing the songs are, as well as how great the playing and singing and recording and everything else are, and talk about the mixing and mastering.
It was an honor for Magic Ears Mastering to work on Jim Wurster’s recording, “No Joke.” We had the distinct pleasure to work with Vinny Fontana and Guido Marciano, who were open to my mix suggestions, which allowed me to bring out the best sonic qualities in Jim’s wonderful songs.
Lots of talent on these recordings. Lots of passion in the performances.
Congratulations to everybody involved.
Check out this article in New Times Broward Palm Beach that discusses the man behind the songs…CLICK HERE.