Saturday, January 31, 2015

I'llbeonthefönetoyou (1982)

Brilliant and very obscure postpunk / artwave out of Houston Texas. Lot's of cymbal-less drumming, dominate bass and synths throughout, some weird guitar figures. Then there's "Practice Makes Perfect" a kind of cool snark acoustic guitar tune. On the whole somewhat comparable to Monitor, or Savage Republic of the same year, only mixed with their later offshoot 17 Pygmies. Great record! Lyric sheet insert included!;llbeonthef%C3%B6netoyou.rar

Wednesday, January 28, 2015

Street to Street - Volume Two (1981)

Chock-full of phenomenal songs, here's an excellent postpunk compilation from Liverpool. Chinese Religion taking cues from PIL. Games coming up with OMD sounding synth songs that sound as good or better. Systems "Total Recall" is impossibly catchy wave. Egypt for Now's "Days on Edge" is solid postpunk weirdness. Cooling Towers "The Thesis" features a drum machine along with live drumming resulting in one the best tracks here. If you didn't hear this one when Mutant Sounds had it up, your in for a real treat!

Tragicomedy - Homage to Nada (1983)

A great diverse set of tunes released on the Minutemen's label, New Alliance Records. A lot of the vocals sound reminiscent of Jack Grisham to me. So it's like a blend of Minutemen and T.S.O.L. with some Saccharine Trust sprinkled in. There's a few fast hardcore punk rockers, and a few more experimental postpunkers. Unemployed Extras has a bit of Weathered Statues going on, and Terra Firma is just a great track!

Saturday, November 29, 2014

Urang Otan (1981)

Stupendous postpunk mutant-funk sounds out of NYC. Sharing some the same musically curious odd sensibilities as contemporaries Mofungo, Material, Lizzy Mercier Descloux, V-Effect, etc. It takes a whole group of talented freaks to make a record this cool, it's a keeper!

Busload of Nuns - Red All Over (1982)

New wave / art rock out of Boston. The A-side is brilliant with the art-wave lament of "Work Song" and a deadpan wave cover in "Stayin' Alive". The B-side isn't really my thing though.

My 3 Sons - Starving Artist / In the Beginning (1984)

New Jersey's My 3 Sons play a bit of the experimental noise punk, reminiscent of No Trend or Flipper.

Friday, October 31, 2014

No Aid - Charlie Wutz / TV 06131/701 (1980)

Rejoice freaks, here's a truly Dada inspired minimal / no wave trip of the Neue Deutsche Welle perspective. Complete with the headache guitar tone, thumpy bass, hiccup vocalizing, and some surprisingly friendly synth sounds.

The Wise Men - Knowledge / Lost in Action (1983)

A straight up classic of the English postpunk scene, produced by John McGeoch of Magazine, and Siouxsie fame. The A-side is as gritty and dark, as it is full of great melodies. The B-side is a moody almost psychedelic ballade.


The Nice Men - Senile Youth / I Am Wood (1981)

Super catchy English postpunk, "I Am Wood" is an especially awesome song, it's like the best thing The Monochrome Set never wrote. I included their first single from no longer forgotten music as the link is dead. Be sure to check out The Nice Men on Facebook!

Pope Paul Pot - Adventures in Plastic T.V. Land (1981)

Utterly deranged Residents style experiments from San Francisco. Mr. Paul Pot is still at it today with the Happy Clams. More info on this E.P. here. "Plastic T.V. Land on Acid" may make you lament mother's day, but "This is Your Leader" is prolly my favorite of the bunch, making Snakefinger sound pop in comparison.

The Scenekillers - A Scarey Love / Sheila's Boom Box (1985)

A one off side project from Neil Socol, bassist of  Milwaukee, Wisconsin's funny punks Couch Flambeau. With the Appliances-SFB drummer Meredith Young, and a certain Chip Johns on board. You get a disturbing noise-dirge in "A Scarey Love", and jazz ridden postpunk in "Sheila's Boom Box". The record has A Scarey Love as the A-side despite what it says on the back cover.