Monday, March 31, 2014

Mark Soden - Test Monkey Records Present Mark Soden (1982)

Dark humor rhythm box wave that lends itself in a minimal art. Four weird catchy nuggets from southern California that I really dig. Mark Soden has a tune on the Beginner's Guide to COMA compilation you can buy here.

Saturday, March 29, 2014

Ultrasheen (1981)

Art punk wave with a prominent sax in the mix. A San Francisco band on Subterranean Records! Their live performance on "Savoy Sound Wave Goodbye" is worth tracking down. It's some of the best stuff on the record including Tuxedomoon. However their tracks on Alive! Rock City aren't my cup of tea. This is a fun 7" to be certain lee.

Legs Akimbo & the Titanics - Land of the Bearded Cricketers (1981)

DIY silliness from England. A porky prime cut record on Robert Lloyd of The Nightingales label. Postpunk experiments with hints of hippie acoustics. Be sure to check out "Quotes from Donald Campbell" and "Trains".

Friday, February 28, 2014

Texas Instruments - Trial & Error (1985)

Utterly fantastic post-punk single from Sweden, wherein the a-side sounds of Siouxsie's Creatures. The flip side is a more sinister sounding chunk of quasi no-wave. All with excellent tribal-esque drum stick hands.

Sunday, February 16, 2014

American Taboo - 60 Cycles / Anonymous / Ritual Breakout (1983)

Totally top shelf art-wave / post-punk from Chicago. Sounds have both a detached cold wave feel and quirky discordant art stab spasms radiating and bubbling through out. Interesting arrangements, and lyrics with strong vision. My record came with something of a press kit which is included, so you can see more infos on the band, the songs, and old reviews of this here EP.

Wednesday, January 29, 2014

Steel Tips (1981)

 Superb art-punk from New Jersey. Varied in styles, usually twisted roots rock when the guy sings. Then more new wave, post-punk with the female singer. They also put out a couple of  7" singles. Performance artist Joe Colman was in the band for a short time on their first one, see the video below.

CBGB's 1977

Monday, December 30, 2013

Modern Art Studio - Mas Mania! (1979)

Wacky art rock / new wave from Cleveland, Ohio. Continuing on the art damaged trajectory blazed by other Ohio greats before. Hints of  The Styrenes, The Electric Eels, Pere Ubu, and Devo. Their song "Dear Dad" sounds like it could be a lost Devo demo from the early days. Lyric insert included.