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.