Friday, November 30, 2012

Extremes (1979)

Unconventional atypical arty synth wave from LA. Can't think of anyone to compare their sound with, which is really a compliment. Though it's somewhere near the oddball park of The Cardboards or Le Cause. Extremes have gained some small amount of underground notoriety for having two of the Stern brothers of Youth Brigade fame in their ranks. I'm going to take a wild guess here. Could Christian Kuhni be Christian Lunch. I mean a punk-wave record from Santa Monica with tons of electronics in 1979. Plus Maicol Sinatra (pictured far right) added vocals on a Christian Lunch record. The blonde guy on the cover kinda looks like a young Christian Lunch, maybe?
Ok I guess it's not Lunch.

Sunday, November 25, 2012

Liberté? / A State of Mind - Don't Vote... Subvert (1984) Liberté? - Racism in America (1985)

Liberté? were a anarcho-peace-punk band from San Francisco. Musically more diverse than your average punk band. Tending towards the arty side like fellow SF band Sleeping Dogs. The Crass influence is readily apparent in the artwork (which is included) and music. The first song sounds just like 'fight war not wars' with the mantra of don't vote inserted. The Candidates Rap and Tribal Territorial Talks are my picks with strong bass lines and Crass type wall of noise guitar.

An extensive history of  Liberté? and A State of Mind written by Robbie (vocals) can be found on Kill Your Pet Puppy here. Along with the A State of Mind / Chumbawamba split 7" and A State of Mind's EP. Mutant Sounds has the more experimental Cyrnai - Charred Blossoms done by band member Carolyn Fok. I also included an A State of Mind poster reminiscent of Penis Envy. That I must have picked up at one of their shows.

Monday, November 12, 2012

Zach Swagger - TV True Tonight / Try To (1981)

Fun weirdo warped wave from the DC area, Arlington Virginia to be exact. It goes down nicely with hints of Devo and Residents nuance. TV True Tonight explores the foibles of staring into the devil tube to long. Try To could be a data panicked automatons existential meltdown, or something else entirely.