Sunday, May 29, 2011

All Night Movies - BacchusPolka / Not Human 7" 1981

Can't say much about this one. Their Facebook Page explains that the improvisational 6 piece was based in Mt.Pleasant, MI from '79-'80 and composed primarily of Central Michigian University students. Judging by the $1.00 sticker on the bag I picked it up at Cheapo Records in Minneapolis in the '90s, lured no doubt by the unusual packaging and promise of synth-noises within.

'Bacchus Polka' has an insistent synthetic bass with ensemble woodwind and vocals that make you want to sway about the room doing the obscurity dance while 'Not Human' vetures into skronk and analog lfo noises that would have been at home on a ZickZack release.

Try it on for size here:


Radio Tokyo Tapes Volume Two (1984)

Killer compilation from the Los Angeles 80's underground new wave / post punk scene.
Most of these bands had other releases, which I might post in the future depending on what has already been blogged. Many of the tracks here are unique to this release. There are some interesting tidbits about the bands on the back cover. As always you can right click to enlarge and indulge, if you are so inclined.

Friday, May 27, 2011

Cabaret Futura - Fools Rush In Where Angels Dare To Tread (1981)

Live performances recorded at Cabaret Futura, except a Kissing The Pink track which doesn't sound live as it was produced by Martin Hannett of Factory Records fame.
Standout tracks from Positive Noise, Everest The Hard Way, Eddie & Sunshine, and Kissing The Pink. 

Tuesday, May 24, 2011

Cosmic Overdose - 4668 (1981)

The second LP from Cosmic Overdose, a Swedish new wave three piece. Is a real minimal synth / synth punk gem. Mutant Sounds has their first LP and Final Koko tape, but to my ears this is their best.

Wednesday, May 18, 2011

Golden Gate Jumpers - Masochist in Drag / Crazy Money (1983)

This incarnation of Jim Freeman's Golden Gate Jumpers is the weird one. I have another EP called romANTIC that is surprisingly tame. Considering this and Jim Freeman's later brainchild The 700 Club (get those here). Masochist in Drag sounds like an art damaged glam punk thing. While Crazy Money ventures more into a Beefheart meets early Devo sound, and was later redone on a 700 Club record.

Those Helicopters - Shark / Eskimo (1980) + Technical Smack / Dr. Janov (1981)


Two singles from Those Helicopters, a D.I.Y. post punk outfit from England. Shark / Eskimo from 1980. Technical Smack / Dr. Janov from 1981. Great tunes all. Though Shark is a stand out for me, with it's musical oddball concoctions, and lyrical Jaws paranoia.