Wednesday, 30 January 2013
Think Luke Vibert, Aphex Twin , Squarepusher and U-Ziq as musical references.
1. Testcard (3:24)
2. Sectioned (4:58)
3. Empty Mind (5:48)
4. Intruder (5:33)
5. Instructions From God (6:33)
6. Its After The End Of The World (8:55)
7. The Grey Room (The Deaf Disco) (3:11)
8. Towers Open Fire! (14:36)
9. This is Your Saviour Calling (7:28)
10.In the Beginning (5:28)
12.A Short Song About Death (9:54)
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Tuesday, 29 January 2013
Tuning Circuits - "No Compassion" ( Totally Freaked Out Power Electronics – TFO PE2, Totally Freaked Out Power Electronics – No. 2) 1990
All this and a great malfunctioning robot voice to put some icing on the already sweet cake.
Like it says on the insert:
"Recorded live at home April/May 1990. No mixing or editing afterwards, no samples, no stereo, no dolby.
Play this analog dancecore very loud!!!!"
|A1||I Am A Non-Believer (Looking Out Of The Window On Sunday Version)|
|A2||I Know What You Want (Harcore XXX Version)|
|A3||No Compassion (No Compassion Version)|
|A4||Come Again (Sleazy Orgiastic Version)|
|B1||Mindbender (It's In Your Brain Version)|
|B2||It's In My Brain Too (Screaming Oscillator Version)|
|B3||It's In Your Brain (Harcore House Version)|
|B4||Now You Know Where You Stand (Too Heavy Bass Distorted Version)|
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Monday, 28 January 2013
A Future where all computers are homemade from catalogue kits,along with synthesisers and beat boxes. This is the kind of music that someone from the 1950's would imagine the music of the 21st century would sound like.Played in the background in one of those concept houses featuring all the mod-cons of a 21st century home, like electric curtains and other crap that technology is wasted on.
This is in fact the only prediction that came true; with our mobile phones,smart phones, tablet computers, and the internet; technological marvels, yes? But what do we do with them? Gossip,buy crap,order Russian Brides, and watch Pornography.
The only other thing that came true was that we are listening to Crash Course in Science, with their buzzy, boingy,electro fuzz anti-music of the 21st century.The only problem being, that it was made in the 1970's; and only now is it being appreciated.
I clearly remember hearing "Kitchen Motors" on the John Peel show in 1979.One of those epiphanal moments on the peel show, between the crap reggae and anecdotes about shagging schoolgirls in the sixties, when everything stops, and you think, or even say,"What the Fuck was that?" This only happened on a handful of occasions, like hearing The Fall doing "Stepping Out" live at the Electric Circus, Blah!Blah!Blah!'s "In The Army", and anything from the "Weird Noise EP". Crash Course in Science was up there in that exalted company. The only problem was the record was impossible to find in the record shops in Leicester, the uninterested sneers on the shop employees faces made it at best an unenjoyable quest. so think yourself blessed that a download that contains everything they ever recorded in a studio, plus some live stuff ,(supporting uber minimalist, Phillip Glass, of all people!?) is available below,accessed by just one click with your mouse finger. Now that IS technology put to a good use; hopefully it comes to you without any porn links or tempting messages from some charming capitalist.
This is the Future.
1: Signals From Pier13:
|Pompeii Spared (Original Demo Version)|
|Bonus Tracks: 1981 Demos|
|It Cost's To Be Austere|
|No More Hollow Doors|
|Force The Habit|
|Jump Over Barrels|
|2: Live Recordings|
|Opening For Phillip Glass Ensemble, Harrison Auditorium_University Museum, Philadelphia, Pa. November 15, 1980|
|Two Panes Of Glass|
|FOPPEM Electronic Music Festival, Tucc Cinematheque, Philadelphia, Pa. December 19, 1981|
|Jump Over Barrels|
|No More Hollow Doors|
|Sputnik In Orbit|
|3: Near Marineland|
|It Cost's To Be Austere|
|No More Hollow Doors|
|Force The Habit|
|Jump Over Barrels|
|Near Marineland Remix|
|Second Glance Remix|
|Jump Over Barrels Remix|
|4: Cakes In The Home|
|Cakes In The Home|
|Streetcar 4 A.M.|
|Wait A Minute|
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Sunday, 27 January 2013
|The First Single|
|The Second Single|
|5||Ice Cream To God||5:14|
|Other Studio Tracks|
|12||Alfabet För Analfabet||3:08|
|17||The Kitchen Between Your Ears||2:02|
|18||Be With The Boys||4:26|
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Saturday, 26 January 2013
|A1||Life Is Busy||3:58|
|A2||Living In Another Land||5:53|
|B2||What Good's A Hit Song||3:25|
|B3||Wigglin Around In Middletown||6:46|
7 - He's Got a Little Dog
8 - Relax
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Friday, 25 January 2013
The Screamers and Nervous Gender,but far more commercial sounding.They quickly decended into the Synth pop quagmire, but the first few tracks of this "seminal" classic really cut the mustard, in fact the whole album is a great demonstration of man and machine in harmony.
One point of interest is that Jandek called himself The Units for his first album,"Ready for the House" in 1978.One assumes he changed his name because of this very combo? Jandek's a better name anyway.
|A1||High Pressure Days||3:19|
|A3||Warm Moving Bodies||3:32|
|B3||Passion Or Patterns||2:32|
|B4||Town By The River||1:59|
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Thursday, 24 January 2013
Was gonna carry on with Californian Synth Punk, but realised I hadn't made the files up.So here we are with some naive DIY UK synth pop, from a early incarnation of what would go on to be ABC, of Lexicon of Love fame.
Pretty charming primitive electronica from UK's synth city, Sheffield. Obviously jumping on the Human League bus, and then later,even following their local heroes into the New Pop world of 1982 onwards. A crime that should not go unpunished.
In many ways Sheffield and San Francisco are twin cities in the realm of Music. Both had a healthy Industrial music scene, and had a preference for the electronic; but thats the only thing they have in common,except maybe it rains a lot in SF? Sheffield looked like a Dickensian toilet in the 1970's, so I can see where the Industrial angle came from, and even the escapist leanings towards New Pop; but San Francisco's dark side is a mystery to me.Probably the standard large gulf between the Haves and the Have nots I wager.
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Wednesday, 23 January 2013
The second Synth Punk group,after Suicide of course,(thanks to icastico for reminding me!) were The Screamers,from L.A., but i don't think they had any bona fide synthesisers in the line up. It was all distorted thrift store organs, and real drums; but Synth-punk this is.
What made them extra great is the fact that they didn't release any records, and relied on building their legend by performing Live, theatrical shows, and making video's. Some would say that this was ahead of their time, and they'd be right.
By spurning rock cliché, rejecting guitars, and not playing the record company game, this is pure no sell-out punk rock, and a definite influence on bands like Nervous Gender.
|1.||The Beat Goes On|
|2.||Thru the Flames (She Frightens)|
|4.||(If I Can't Have What I Want) I Don't Want Anything|
|5.||She's the Girl (The Girl In The Car With The Glasses And The Gun)|
|6.||I Wanna Hurt|
|7.||122 Hours Of Fear (1)|
|8.||122 Hours Of Fear (2)|
|9.||Punish Or Be Damned|
|10.||Government Love Affair (Don't Pay The Whore)|
|12.||In A Better World|
|15.||It's A Violent World|
All tracks recorded "live" in one session in Summer 1978.
Produced By Geza X, recorded on a 4-track.
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Tuesday, 22 January 2013
This is sort of a "Live at the Roxy"(1977) for the San Francisco punk scene.
Featuring the obnoxious synth punk racket of Nervous Gender, more offensive synth punk from Uns and Factrix (both soon to sell out to Industrial music), and the peerless sludge punk legends Flipper. Kinda makes you wish you were there, rather like that "Roxy" album did. So can pay no higher compliment than that.
2. A Night To Forget
4. Scandinavian Dilemna
5. Poets And Confession
1. UNS 1
2. UNS 2
3. Low Rider
Recorded live at Target Studios, 2-24-1980
LP, Subterranean Records, 8-1980
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Monday, 21 January 2013
Sorry,but astonishingly ,I Got a DMCA notice for this one, so had to
take the link down or face deletion of this Blog. Big Brother
disapproves.Seems they're out to get me!
Near perfect, unhinged minimal synth punk from the minimal synth punk capital of the world, San Francisco. This group had a ten year old drummer, a pre-requisite for greatness in any musical sphere. Then you got the sublimely named Dinah Cancer guesting on one of the tracks.
I suspect a severe Screamers influence was endemic in the formation of this nasty little collective, which is understandable; the Screamers being one of thee perfect Punk groups ever.
All this, coupled with the recorded live straight to cassette quality and you have a definitive Synth Punk Classic.
(Tracks B1 to B5 performed live in Traetion Gallerie May 30 1981.
The entire contents of this album were recorded on a Toshiba RT-8200a portable cassette recorder and a Sankyo STD-1700 cassette deck. Our most outrageous thanks to Mr Mike Fox for his fidelity recouperation tactics. This album was recorded and mixed in a span of 36 hours, mistakes and all).
The band's web site helpfully points out that Beelzebub Youth is often mistakenly identified as a separate band, but was really only the name of the tracks on the second side
|A2||Nothing To Hide|
|A5||Alien Point Of View|
|A6||People Like You|
|A7||Regress For You|
|B4||Pie On A Ledge|
|B5||Push, Push, Push|
This has been labelled classified by the DCMA
Friday, 18 January 2013
But, No! Its actually a record by none other than....er...Jeff and Jane Hudson, aka, Mr and Mrs Hudson. Having seen a picture of them, they look exactly like a husband and wife; you know the type, slightly missed the boat late comer Trendies who are completely self-unaware. Frankly, they'd be laughed at on X-Factor.....but NOT here, for they have the (d.i.) Y factor in shovel loads. They are soooo not Pop that the loving couple with the naff clothes are soooo good.
Also surprising is the great slabs of minimalist electronic pop that they churned out in the early eighties.
Americans doing well in Belgium, the spiritual home of minimal synth music, is not something you hear about every day; but these records were released primarily in the bilingual hinterland of the european low countries.
This is the CD version from later, so you get a whopping 5 bonus tracks from earlier singles.
|2||3 X 3|
|3||Fat Of The Land|
|8||Up From The Hell|
Tracks 2 -11 originally released on Flesh LP.
Tracks 12 - 15 originally released on World Trade EP.
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Thursday, 17 January 2013
Here they are again, our favourite Belgians, this time showing us what a Minimal Synth band can do live! This was back in the days when seeing an electronic band live was not too different from seeing a punk rock band,exciting and unpredictable, and played more or less live. No computers in sight, just the odd sequencer that had to be activated by hand, and re-loaded in front of the audience.
ABC sounded pretty good live too, especially with Velvet Underground, Fad Gadget, and Suicide covers; this is real entertainment.
A1 - So Obvious / Sister Ray
A2 - Is There An Exit?
A3 - Radiation
A4 - I Wasn´t There
A5 - Dance Dance
A6 - Pictures On the Wall
A7 - Touch Your Skin
B1 - Burning Inside
B2 - So Hard
B3 - Move Up
B4 - Wait And See
B5 - Dirt
B6 - Back To Nature
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Wednesday, 16 January 2013
Having said that, its still a joy to listen to all those gorgeous analogue synths going through their motions.
Not the place to start for the ABC beginner. I would recommend "Figures", or their eponymous debut
Side A :
Side B :
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Tuesday, 15 January 2013
Another argument for restricting access to too much equipment for the sake of creativity. One synth,one drum machine, one voice = Perfection, like a rock power trio. Raw ,simple power.
|A1||The Man I Wanna Be|
|A3||Love At First Sight|
|B2||Give Me Your Hands|
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or Try Here if the figures just don't add up!
Wonderfully harsh, stark, analogue fatness, from those wonderful vintage synthesisers; hanging in space,hovering above a TR808 hammering through the center of every tune. The lyrics lean towards the minimal also, with shake, for example, consisting mainly of only the title being chanted throughout.
Everything you want in an electronic record exists here.
Sorry,but astonishingly ,I Got a DMCA notice for this one, so had to take the link down or face deletion of this Blog. Big Brother disapproves.Seems they're out to get me!