Rock music with oddly-tuned guitars, varied rhythms, clouds of dissonance, and bursts of energy wasn’t too hard to come by in the 1990s. But not everyone who practiced this DIY form got out of the decade alive: for every Sonic Youth there was a Dustdevils, and for every Polvo there was an Erectus Monotone. Boston band Turkish Delight were a casualty of the slacker decade too, but their music deserved to survive longer, and this reissue of their 1996 album Tommy Bell shows why. Not every track is a knockout, but Turkish Delight hit their target more often than not, filling whiplash songs with nerve, guts, and, every once in awhile, a bit of heart too.
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In the meantime we would like to go over some of the past mentions and reviews for both Tommy Bell and Howcha Magowcha. We also highly recommend diving into our own mix series Tommy Bell and His Minions and/or video playlist for TB.
Turkish Delight: Detuned Dada – complete history of the band penned by Warped Reality Magazine / Andrea Feldman.
What’s (Re)New?: Turkish Delight’s Tommy Bell – via Letters From a Tapehead
Record of the Day – Turkish Delight – ‘Grammy’ – via 50Thirdand3rd / Noisecrumbs
Tommy Bell by Turkish Delight – via Fuzzy Sun
Cassette Review: Turkish Delight – Tommy Bell – via Raised by Gypsies
CMJ New Music Monthly review of Tommy Bell – from July 1996
Turkish Delight – Tommy Bell – via The Noise Boston
Old Music to Delight Your Ears – Turkish Delight – via The Devil Has the Best Tuna
New Music We Love – January 2018 – via Reckless Yes
Stream These: Fits + Furnss + Turkish Delight – via Gimme Tinnitus
Turkish Delight – Howcha Magowcha review – via Lollipop Magazine
— David Murrieta (@captainfreakout) December 18, 2017
#NowPlaying Turkish Delight “Tommy Bell”. This doesn’t sound like Sonic Youth at all, sounds more like Rodan.
— T. Bjørklund (@Gargotheron) November 14, 2017
i’m freaking out a little as the gtrist from turkish delight just sent me a package containing the first 7″ and an original block print of the booklet cover for the Tommy Bell LP. uh yikes? pic.twitter.com/iDBl8G5dSa
— Petridisch (@petridisch) December 12, 2017
— Nick Psyanide (@NickCyanide) November 16, 2017
? rebjukebox2015: Listen to: Turkish Delight – Tommy Bell by Turkish Delight https://t.co/zer5gkgPrK
— Rebjukebox 2015 (@Rebjukebox_2015) November 15, 2017
— lou suSi (@loususi) March 15, 2014
On a Different Note:
- Howcha Magowcha – Report Card
- Howcha Magowcha – Video Review + Guest Mix by Turkish Delight!
- Listen: Howcha Magowcha and Its Minions – Vol 4: Smooth Karate
- Tommy Bell Roundup: Outtakes/Demos + Podcasts
- Label News: Skyjelly, Petridisch, Bill Whitten / Grand Mal, Turkish Delight