Friday, November 25, 2011

City of Silver (1984)

Listen listen me no lie, this compilation hits 'pie in the sky'. "Features the music of the other Los Angeles" The music here is primarily DIY synth / minimal synth tunes. Also has a couple of atmospheric synth tracks, a death rock tune, a new wave lounge deal, and a noise experiment.

Interesting that this was an early release of Plastic Head Records from the UK, and these bands were in L.A. Not sure how that came about, but it may speak to the lack of support for this kind of music in the US compared to the UK. Or so it seemed to me, of course it could be a matter of the grass being greener.

Psychic Dogs, Pubic Fish, Duck Fella, The Plymouth Fastbucks, Zasu Pitts, and Smokey Joe Popp. Have all won me over big time. Leaving me wanting to hear more. Though it seems only Bamboola released anything else. I included the inserts, which have more info on all of these fine bands.

Thursday, November 24, 2011

The New Left - (He's More Than Enough) Drivin' / It's Not Political (1983)

From Harrisburg, PA comes an excellent post punk single. Very catchy stuff , bass mixed to one side guitar on the other. Red Cross meets Bpeople is as close as I come to an explanation of their sound, but it's a great sound.

Wednesday, November 23, 2011

Venise - The Alien / Cicatrice (1982)

A crazy good dark post punk single, from this French band, released on a Belgian label. The Alien is a manic angst stomp sung in English. The tempo slows on Cicatrice, but still has an aggro goth tone sung in French. Seems someone beat me to the post here. So I post it again. My own rip, replete with the back cover lyrics to The Alien, and a video they did shown on French TV.

Tuesday, November 8, 2011

The Entropics - Spagga! (1987)

From Seattle, WA. This two person project was Amy Denio and David Stern. Interesting sounds of a avant-punk / art-rock nature. Kindred to the likes of Fish & Roses, Unrest Work & Play, V-Effect, Etron Fou Leloublan, et cetera. Nary a bad track here, although Fast & Nervous, Total Communication, and FBI. All seem to manifest more memorable momentous meanings, making my mind merge melange momentarily. Yes the lyric sheet is included.

Link removed. This is now available here on Bandcamp.

Sunday, November 6, 2011

Seattle Syndrome Volume One (1981)

Here's another killer compilation, this time from Seattle, WA. Almost every track is a standout, so forgive me if I don't mention them all. Body Falling Downstairs do wacky minimal synth like I wish some more would do these days. Blackouts, The Beakers, and Student Nurse all put down their own takes on the angular post-punk. The Macs do some morose psychedelia, reminiscent of This Kind of Punishment. Phillipo Scrooge give you more bizarro psych. Savant and K7SS go experimental dance a la my life in the bush of chris and cosey. X-15 and The Putz step up to the nervy new wave plate.

The Unwanted - Secret Past (1985)

Some great early UK punk here. This compiles two Unwanted singles on Raw Records plus five demos they did all circa 1977, 1978. 1984 has long been a favorite since I heard it on MMR radio in 1985 (oh no a year to late!) and that song drew me in to buy this a few years later. The End is Nigh is also a highlight, where they are already commenting on the tendency of punk conformity in 1977. Secret Police see's them trying on some dub reggae, which was a common thread for many of the UK bands of the day. Bleak Outlook, I'm Not Me, and Withdrawal are cool punk blasts. Whilst Fraulin appears as their nervy take on a love song. Also you get a punky cover of These Boots Are Made for Walking.

If you read the back cover you will discover that Ollie was later the singer for Specimen, and that some of the others went on to play with The Psychedelic Furs.
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Tuesday, November 1, 2011

Base Hands - Whiphand / No Pain (1986)

Superb post punk single from Australia. Similar in sound with other Aussie greats The Birthday Party and The Moodists. I included scans of the homemade record labels, as I find them charming.
Not one to be missed!