Here's a somewhat old Tsunami discography, notably missing the new album and that _Monsters of Indie Rock_ (I think that's the name of it) 3 band 3 song disc (I think Tsunami's contribution is "Cowing the Bla Bla"). If Tsunami swings by your place, you must see them. Their live sound is loads better than their studio sound...their albums don't do John's drumming justice.
Last updated - October 17, 1993
This is a chronological discography, covering all the band's releases (including compilation appearances). When not specified, the record in question is on the Simple Machines label (more on that later). Also appearing at the end of this discography is a little more info on the band and their other musical projects, past and present.
These are the first recordings of these songs, and ones that have
appeared elsewhere have been re-recorded. Sound quality is pretty bad,
but it's still a fun tape. "Jonathan" is a cover of "She Cracked" by
the Modern Lovers. Andrew #1 is an instrumental. The rest (except
Breakdown) have been released again.
First single, the one that started the ball rolling. By the time this
was released, the band had stopped playing "Ski Trip" and seldom played
"Candyman". Kristin sings "Kickball Babe."
Live recordings for a benefit tape which also features Freak Beans,
Fifth column, Moss Icon, and Commonwealth. Lower sound quality than
_Cow Arcade_ if you can believe it.
A fun song about losers who stereotype music kids (you say punk means
asshole, but I know punk means cuddle...).
Part of the singles club, on pretty pink vinyl. A solid song with a
nice edge to it.
The slow pretty song which wins your heart and the fast punky one which
makes you dance.
A christmas single from the two bands - Tsunami's song sounds like a
left-over from the Grenadine LP, and both bands team up to desecrate
"Deck The Halls" (with Kristin on piano).
Promo copies of the single have all 3 songs (as does the CD-single),
regular copies have only the first two songs. "Walking Tour" is notable
as Andrew's first official singing appearance (he mumbles on Cow Arcade,
but that doesn't really count). Australian import, really hard to find
Jenny's song, "Load Hog," is standard fare. "Gold Digger" is Kristin's,
and it's slow and sad and beautiful. "Some say I burn my bridges, but
I'm too tired to light the match..."
Last of the "machine" comp singles. "Beauty" is a cover of Flower, an
old band from NYC (Richard and Rob from Versus started out in Flower, as
did Andrew from Ruby Falls).
In A Name is from the LP, the other two are fine songs as well, Jenny
sings them all. "Bossa Nova" has a passing resemblence to the band
Their contribution to the 10 band, 10 song 100th Teenbeat release. I
wish this song were a little bit longer - it's getting into a nice
groove just when the song ends.
The long delayed LP. "Water's Edge" is a My Dad Is Dead cover. The CD
contains extra cuts - they're all taken off the Simple Machines
answering machine, and one is Aaron Stauffer of Seaweed singing
"Flameproof Suit". Well worth the wait - this isn't just la-la music.
An epic quality rises from many of these songs.
This is part of Simple Machines' year long project to release a split
single each month, supposedly commemorating little known holidays in
each month. Tsunami doesn't say what holiday they're celebrating, but
it's a fine song nonetheless.
An old song which was done for this comp a long time ago. It's good,
and anyone who saw them before this summer will recognize the song -
it's the one where they stop a lot for Jenny to play this little
"da-de-da" guitar part in between crunhy stuff. The comp is all
DC/Baltimore bands, including Liquor Bike, Candy Machine, Edsel, High
Back Chairs, and Lungfish. (And no, it's not a typo on my part - that's
how "Echos" is spelled on the cover and on the CD itself.)
Simple Machines is the record label started by Jenny and Kristin in the fall of 1990. It has released 6 machine-based singles (Wedge, Wheel, Pulley, Screw, Lever, and Inclined Plane), singles from Sugartime & Tear Jerks, tapes by the Mommyheads and the Hated and Saturnine, cds from the Mommyheads and Scrawl, and more, always keeping the prices reasonable and the music available (when possible).