Sunday, August 31, 2014

Seattle Syndrome Two (1983)

Here's the follow up to the Seattle Syndrome Volume One, I posted awhile back. This one's even better than the first one, chock full of outstanding tunes. Minimal synths, post punks, new waves, power pops, weird otherness. My record is fairly beat up, probably because it was once a radio station copy, though it's fun being able to read the descriptions and comments left in pen by the DJs back in the day. I included a better pic of the back cover, and the record sleeve that has lots of info about the bands. This is one you don't want to overlook!


Sunday, July 20, 2014

Beat-E-O's - Arabian Reggae / He Waiting (1981)

I first heard these guys (and gal) on The Up Another Octave Transmission comp. Where they have a great standout track, on a comp full of great tunes. Then I recently came across this 12" and picked it up on the strength of that song "China Sleeping". The b-side "He Waiting" delivers the same kind of spastic art damaged punk-wave fun, reminding me Vancouver's AKA and their Red Therapy EP. "Arabian Reggae" is a nice dose of weirdo reggae. Inserts with lyrics included!

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Glass - New Colours / Sweet Entropy (1980)

Very fine artwave / postpunk 7" from England. In fact this was the first release from Glass Records, that putout a large slew of indispensable sounds in the 80's. Recorded in '78 and '79 though not released until '80. There's some info here. Discogs has a blurry scan of the insert, my record didn't come with here. That tells the tale of this record and the band written by drummer and Glass Records head honcho Dave Barker. The singer songwriter of the band Ciaran Harte later recorded a classic minimal synth 7". The band also released a hard to find cassette with a bunch of songs. Also super double bonus info: John McGeoch of Magazine and Siouxsie and the Banshees fame, helped produce the b-side. Which is easy enough to figure out looking at the back cover, heh.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

Plastic Idols - Adventure / Remix (1980)

Plastic Idols from England, not to be confused with the Texas band. This was the second release from the Stoke-on-Trent label Clay, that became well known for hardcore bands Discharge and GBH. But this here is a great postpunk 7" with the synth mixed to the foreground.

Wednesday, April 30, 2014

Seven 7 inch records

A super smorgasbord post with a little something for everybody. Brought together only because I own the vinyl (except two donations from friends), but don't have any of the picture sleeves.

 B.O.P. - Ouch / Bob Rachet / Mother's Agony (1982)
Synth driven new wave with some Devo quirkiness. The songs on the b-side are pretty cool!

 Blackmail - A Game For All The Family (1978)
A four song DIY EP that's real prog-rock influenced. More infos here. 

 Brand New World - Six Feet Under / Monster Love (1983)
Sorta novelty style new wave, think Dr. Demento or polished Marina Swingers.

 The Eighties - No Cruising in an Era of Limits / Letter to Loretta (1980)
Top notch paisley underground power pop jangle produced by Geza X. 

Klingons - Dr. Jekkyl and Mr. Hyde / The First Question (1980)
Fantastic energetic UK postpunk. Covering an underrated Who song, and a great original tune. Check out Discogs for the pics.

 L.O.K. - Fun House / Starlet Love / Tell Me (1979)
Real killer Stooges/New York Dolls inspired garage-punk. The guitar player/producer also played with Wayne County. My record seems to be some kind of early release promo. More scans on Discogs.

  Psyche - Never Laugh / The Prisoner (1982)
Synth heavy UK gothic postpunk. Discogs has more scans with the lyrics.

Hear it all here.

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.