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Wednesday, 1 July 2015

The Blind Man Who Walked Past The Supermarket - "(More) Jolly Green Giant Corn (2nd Can)" (Year Zero Records YEAR032) 2015

Yes, a second volume of  stream of consciousness, deranged,  DIY improv, from Leicester, in and around the golden era of 1978-80.Heavily abused Trombones,clash with scraping contrabass, tortured saxophone,and Eraserhead organ. Ten untitled decompositions,that fans of the The Good Missionaries, The Door and the Window, and other willfully amateurish free improv should enjoy heartily. Could even be better than the first helping. ?

Tracks;

1-One Blind man (3:02)
2-Two Blind man (3:14)
3-Three Blind man (1:55)
4-Four Blind man (Keith!) (3:28)
5-Five Blind man (1:31)
6-Six Blind man (3:40)
7-Seven Blind man (4:30)
8- Eight Blind man (3:09)
9-Nine Blind man (5:52)
10-Ten Blind man (15:30)

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Thursday, 25 June 2015

THE BLIND MAN WHO WALKED PAST THE SUPERMARKET - "Jolly Green Giant Corn (The First Can Off The Shelf)" (Year Zero Records YEAR031) (1978/80) 2015


From the catacombs beneath the underground,and maybe even below that, we bring you the long lost sessions of Leicester DIY improv collective, The Blind man Who walked Past the Supermarket,who were active in the golden years of 1978 to 1980.
Digitally remastered from the original high quality Dixons ferric oxide master cassette,here is a rare chance to experience the madness from the bubbling cauldron of thee most creative period in British music.
Imagine The Alien Brains and The Door and the Window,merging with Sun Ra,Airway and The Residents, but drunk; then you'd be getting half way towards understanding the off kilter lunacy of this long buried sub-genius.
Just the stuff to encourage that person you hate to shout..."TURN THAT FUCKING SHIT OFF!"
The Blind Men in action
The Blind Man Who Walked Past The Supermarket
Personnel and instrumentation 1978-1980:

Phillip Allison - saxophone shouting, contents of the kitchen and shed, keyboards, prepared bass

Mark Warner - submerged trombone, more competent keyboards, tapes, electronics, contents of the etc, vocals and sneaky stage moves, prepared bass, mutilated keyboards

Gordon Nichols - airborne trombone, percussion, laughter, contents of the etc

Hoover Washing Machine - lead guitar, backing rhythms

Old Valve Radio - Radio Mars

Moot, Tony Pye(Lead Vocals*), Walid Marzouk - excessive drinking and occasional rude vocals

Track listing:

01 - Blind Man 01
02 - Blind Man 02
03 - Blind Man 03
04 - Blind Man 04
05 - Blind Man 05
06 - Blind Man 06
07 - Blind Man 07
08 - Blind Man 08
09 - Blind Man 09
10 - Blind Man 10
11 - Blind Man 11(Maria!)*
12 - Blind Man 12
13 - Blind Man 13

Ho Ho Hooooo!DOWNLOAD the first can of jolly green giant corn HERE!
in glorious 320k mp3 quality.

Wednesday, 17 June 2015

Prutsers - "Volume 2" (Year Zero records YEAR033) 2015

The long awaited second volume (On Year Zero records) from Rotterdam nutters, Prutsers. Jan, Henk and chums, making Oompah computer game musik filtered through the crustier ends of the Ralph Records repertoire.
For a more in-depth info, check out the text for Prutsers "Volume 1".(Year zero records YEAR016)

Track Listing:

1- No Title
2- Kinderhaat
3- Sperziebonen
4- Love in the old fashioned way
5- Buck Rogers
6- It's a small world
7- Tuh tuh tuh
8- Lay back in the arms of someone
9- Hakkie hakkie hakkie
10- Dat ik hieraan moet den
11- Down by the riverside
12- Een goed ontwikkelde
13- De chinese thee
14- Rabibok
15- Ppo Rap Song
16- Erschrecklich kalt
17- Heel mijn haar zit door mekaar
18- De Straatmuzikant
19- Hoi Hoi
20- Omtrent mijn nieuwe kapsel

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Monday, 15 June 2015

Leslie Singer ‎– "Confessions Of A Shit Addict" (Self-released ‎– GOF004) 1983


Its about time I started to lower the tone a few notches, and describe this harsh, scraping,feminist noise fest with a picture to replace my confused ramblings:


This isn't my advertisement by the way,and i'm not sure Leslie Singer would approve?
I also do not require any lady to shit on my chest!
Is this person saying anyone who has string attached to her 'poop' should remove these strings,or he ain't interested?

By the way, side B was left blank,and labelled,quite cleverly, 'Audience Participation Side'.

PS: Side A is exceedingly noisy

Tracklist:

Sadistic Gossip
A1Dead Poets Don't Shave Their Heads
A2Camus' Car Crash
A3My Calvins
A4Fassbinder Had A Good Designer
Mary Davis Kills Mary Davis Kills
A5Live At Ollie's In Oakland, CA On 7/22/83

DOWNLOAD into your audio toilet at your convenience HERE! 

Saturday, 13 June 2015

Cybe ‎– "Cybonesië - Tropische Klankbeelden" (Self Released cassette cass. 003) 1985



You know what? I forgot to post the third and final Cybe cassette from one of the more dodgier periods of Rock'n'pop's golden era , 1985. One to rival 1974 for clueless awfulness,but still better than any year from 1989 to 2015.
You could be forgiven in thinking that Cybe had lost his mojo with his third cassette release. Its more or less an electronic version of Martin Denny's Exotica.  He's obviously been saving up his Gilders to buy one of those new fangled digital synths,and a sampler,to make this ethnically coloured trip into the space-age batchelor pad of the mid-eighties.
It falls into the trap of synths trying to be real instruments syndrome, or syn-drum(?); which is never recommended.
Still has a few hooky melodies floating around the Gamelan simulations and factory standard sitar samples(was this an Ensoniq Mirage by any chance?),but the drum machine seems to still be analogue;so it ain't all bad.
On the evidence of this, Cybe didn't do anymore tapes because he fucked off to Bali to hang with the natives?!


Tracklist:

A1De Oriënt-Swing
A2Chinatown
A3Krung Thep
A4Anklung
A5Yunnan
A6Elektro Gamelan
A7Eilanden
A8Little Arabië
A9Klokkenmars
B1Kupu Kupu, Kupu Kupu (Vlinders)
B2Tempel-Bellen
B3India

DOWNLOAD this klankbleelden exotica electronica HERE!

Thursday, 11 June 2015

Tom Ellard -"80's cheesecake" (Terse Tapes - Terse 17) 1982


Before any anoraks jump in, yeah this is the re-released CD-r version,which was an expanded version (beefed up with tracks from "Snappy Carrion" also from 1982) of the original tape,which I don't have.So there you have it.
Tom Ellard, from Severed Heads, did a solo minimal electronic tape shocker!? A jolly clever escapade,with a plethora of speech samples,on tape,backed up by lo-fi beats and minimal synths.Could have been made today instead of 33 years ago.

Tracklist

01Anthem 824:24
02Bullet2:44
03Mount2:15
04Eats2:41
05Word3:15
06Cross3:23
07Blame3:11
08Hold1:53
09Our Work For Love At Home5:21
10Power Circles In Paris3:09
11These Are The Words5:58
12Touch2:57
13Brain5:44
14Hair6:00
15The Louis Armstrong Story

DOWNLOAD some tasty cheesecake that isn't past its sell by date HERE!

Tuesday, 9 June 2015

Courtiszan - "Meretrix" (ZH27 - 606) 1999

Two more prolific collaborators a-collaborating.
That's right, its Reynols guitar nutter, Anla Courtis,and Zan Hoffman, that grinning loony and one man cassette and Cd-r production line.
This single track is not unlike the noise emitted by a concrete mixer full of fire alarms,ringing telephones,various bells and steel bars,mixed in with some hardcore and coarse gravel.All accompanied by the random crunching of crisp bags (potato chips for our north american friends).
But then that's what one would expect from this unhinged duo,is it not?

DOWNLOAD some abstract hardcore collage HERE!

Sunday, 7 June 2015

Adam Bohman & David Prescott ‎– "Whispering Wendy" (Sound Of Pig ‎– SOP 180) 1987

Prolific collaborator, David Prescott,produced this abstract electronic noise collage,with prolific collaborator, Brit, Adam Bohman;whom you probably know from such groups as 'Apricot My lady', 'Diastollic Murmurs' and,my favourite, 'Secluded Bronte'?
Well, probably not,but he is obviously suitably 'out there' enough to get on Sound Of Pig,and work with 'If,Bwana' a couple of times.
Who,or what, Whispering Wendy is/was,is a side issue,as the tape that bears her/it's name is a mash-up of twisting, gurgling, sonic exploration that wriggles like an Eel in yer brain; finding an entrance where it can.

Track Listing:

Side A - Bohman Mix (26:35)
Side B - Prescott Mix (30:08)

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Saturday, 6 June 2015

Dave Prescott ‎– "Red Shift 5" (Sound Of Pig ‎– SOP 246) 1987


No relation to John "Two Jags" Prescott, ex-deputy prime minister of the UK who punched a member of the public after throwing an egg at him,and his ratings went up?No, this is a Prescott from the other end of the intellectual ladder,as in the higher end.
If we are still referring to Tangerine Dream albums as an analogous comparison, this tape is definitely "Electronic Meditation",but without the drums and jazzy flute.Its been a while since the last cassette that has been featured one could apply a comparison with the soundtrack of "The Forbidden Planet",but, this reminds me of the "Soundtrack to "The Forbidden Planet",.....in parts.
Boston,USA, based Prescott,was a prolific collaborator on the cassette culture scene in America,producing tapes with such luminaries as Minoy(and here), Zan Hoffman,and Al Margolis's If Bwana(whose label this appears on).
His vast arsenal of first generation synths are urged through constantly changing electronic hoops,buzzing and bleeping amongst an array of sound effects and captured dialogue. Not an electronic journey for those who like a nice bit of melody.......there isn't any of that populist nonsense here.

Track Listing:

1-Side 1 (43:11)
2-Side 2 (41:48)

DOWNLOAD dave "two sides" prescott HERE!

Friday, 5 June 2015

Paul Nagle ‎– "Chimera" (Soft Room ‎– SR015) 1983


A more Kosmiche outing for Nagle,on his own Soft Room imprint.If we're using the Tangerine Dream analogy again, this starts off like 'Alpha Centuri',then bits of 'Tangram'(again) and 'Richochet' elevate this out of the ambient myre into the realms of accessibility.
Needless to say, it's jam packed with great analogue warmth and a theraputic bubble bath full of stretched out symphonic melodies.

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Wednesday, 3 June 2015

Paul Nagle ‎– "Tree And Leaf" (YHR Tapes ‎– YHR 021) 1981

Paul Nagle was far less proggy (even though it says "Inspired by Tolkien" on the insert!?) than Ian Boddy,leaning towards the library music that played between those programmes for schools back in the 70's and 80's. Too jaunty for use on the Testcard and often strays into minimal synth territory with some tasty analogue sounds.
Music for intermissions rather than the main show,but nevertheless pleasant enough post-prog electronica,like Tangerine Dream around the time of "Tangram", rather than "Phaedra".
Er...that's it.

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Tuesday, 2 June 2015

Ian Boddy ‎– "Images" (Mirage) 1980

Another slab of post-prog prog, testcard music for the uninitiated.This is actually quite punk rock in its carbuncular anti-trend stance. If I had heard this in 1980 I would have thought Mr Boddy was having a laugh,but now I know better.He was deadly serious,he really wanted to be Vangelis,and probably still does. 

Monday, 1 June 2015

Ian Boddy - "Elements Of Chance" (Mirage ‎– M602) 1981

Back in '81,while you and your mates were all listening to "cool" music, like Josef K,The Fall,and Cabaret Voltaire. There was always some introspective loner,with a ponytail , and a quietly expressed preference for Tangerine Dream, lurking in the corner of the Sixth-form common room. Just behind the middle class kids in denim jackets with Blue Oyster Cult patches and Genesis written in Biro on their copies of the collected poems of Philip Larkin.
This lot were 'Weird', sucked into the prog vacuum left by Punk Rock,totally oblivious to that rowdy phenomenon,due to their complete and utter mis-comprehension  of anything vaguely proletarian in origin. But the weirdest of the lot was the Tangerine Dream worshipping teenager.
Of course this kind of geek could also find himself a home in Industrial Music, like Chris Carter of Throbbing Gristle,or they could end up like Ian Boddy.
The DIY era gave these misfits a chance to get their electronic symphonies out to bother the public,and so they did.
This stuff can sound like anything from a pale shadow of Steve Reich, to a radio shack Klaus Schulz,to mid-eighties Testcard music. 
This album manages to fit in all of these category's into 45 minutes; but at least he uses a Boss Dr. Rhythm drum box,which was my first drum machine, and I wish i still had it.

Tracklist

A1Iaja4:50
A2Natural Motion3:40
A3Four Views18:00
B1Surface Touches9:05
B2Elements Of Chance

DOWNLOAD some extremely unfashionable progressive electronics from 1981 HERE!

Friday, 29 May 2015

Various Artists - "Bouquet Of Steel" (Aardvark ‎– STEAL 2) 1980

The infamous compilation from the Sheffield area of Great Britain,released during Sheffields golden era as a leading light in forward looking pop forms.The city was primarily known for its massive steelworks,and giving the world Stainless Steel; but, as has happened in pop music, cheap,lower quality imports,destroyed what made this place special. As the Bessemer Converters are turned into shopping malls,and the steel mills are converted into Loft apartments for the new elite,let us not forget that this is the place that invented Industrial Music.Its only a matter of time before there's an Industrial music museum and theme park financed by taxing the poor and selling them scratchcards at the Job centre.
When this compilation was made,times were hard,but they look positively rosey compared to today,where the population seem to be on the drug of consumerism that helps them readily accept their slavery. Even Thatcher never made noises such as that made recently by Eton cum dump, Dave Cameron:
" For too long, we have been a passively tolerant society, saying to our citizens 'as long as you obey the law, we will leave you alone'?????
Then this mealy mouthed secret government puppet,is presenting legislation to cut off the funding of the opposition,and further crack down on workers rights,and opt out of the European Human Rights charter; tantamount to an Enabling Act for the 21st century?!(Cunt)

Back to the music, and here we have a menu littered with the lesser lights of the steel city,and its grim satellite towns,and the odd higher profile group, Comsat Angels, Artery,and I'm So Hollow. 
(If you're interested you can get all the first 3 Comsat angels Peel Sessions here).
Its all fairly accessible light post punk/proto indie pop,but good fairly accessible light post punk/proto indie pop. One of the better provincial compilations from the early eighties.


Tracklisting:

A1 Artery - The Slide
A2 B Troop - Peroxide Romance
A3 Comsat Angels- The Ju Ju Money
A4 Disease - Psychobin
A5 Flying Alphonso Brothers - Video Date
A6 I'm So Hollow - Touch
A7 Musical Janeens (And Other Party Games) - Glen Miller
B1 Negatives - Was It The Night?
B2 Repulsive Alien - Say And Do
B3 Scarborough Antelopes - Here We Go In Indigo
B4 Shy Tots - Robot Maid
B5 Veiled Threat - Torch
B6 Vendino Pact - Secret Thinking
B7 De Tian - Chorale
B8 Y? - End Of Act One

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Wednesday, 27 May 2015

The Future - "The Golden half-Hour Of The Future (The 1977 Demo's)" (A Die Or DIY? Bootleg) 1977/2015

As we are on a brief Clock DVA/Sheffield trip,I thought I'd make an abridged version of the Human League/Future compilation,which inexplicably mixed up all the tracks into a non-sequential soup.
Of course Adi Newton was a founder member of The Future,which sprouted Clock DVA and The Human League.Kind of a London SS of Industrial Electronica I suppose?(discuss)
You can get the untampered version in FLAC here)

Tracklist:

1- Looking For The Black haired Girls
2- Blank Clocks
3- Cairo
4- Dada Dada Duchamp Vortex
5- Daz
6- Future religion
7- Pulse Lovers

DOWNLOAD the future from the past in the present HERE!

Also,as a Bonus,and so I can hide them from search engines,we have two boots of Sheffield scene Elvis's, the Cabs.
I got DCMA complaints for these from someone(twat!),but feel free to download them complete with my 'excellent' artwork, by the links below:
"Beat Rail(1976)"
"Chance vrs Causality(complete version)"
"Live at the Final Academy"

Enjoy.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

Clock DVA ‎– "Tape 1" (Dvation) 1978

One would struggle to imagine what Industrial Music would have done without the aid of the humble Roland Space Echo; and this early DVA cassette is no exception. Fairly rudimentary stuff,sparse fuzzy synth reverberate  between the echo laden vocals like an economy brand Throbbing Gristle. The foggy simplicity of this style of non-music is quite attractive, but one must stress that track 2 is a particularly awful perversion of the already awful tune, "And Then He Kissed Me" (is this a sense of humour?; but with the hook line changed to "and then He Shot Me"........very funny?


Tracklist:

A1Oedipus
A2(And Then He.)
A3Plastic
A4Clockverge

DOWNLOAD the alien rar file HERE

Monday, 25 May 2015

Clock DVA ‎– "The Sex Beyond Entanglement" (DVAtion) 1978

Staying in Sheffield,and also following on from the "1980:The First Fifteen Minutes" ep, we are naturally led to Clock DVA, who released loads of obscure tapes around 1978/9 on Newton's own DVAtion label. This being the best of the ones I've heard. DVA in its best Cabaret Voltaire style Old Skool Industrial mode. I used to think that Clock DVA were shit from 'Thirst' onwards, and that this was their best stuff by miles;but I played 'Thirst' today, and thought it was fantatstic! Even those mid-atlantic movie trailer vocals didn't get on my nerves......I must have mellowed in my middle ageness!?(How depressing!)
I dare not play 'Advantage' for the fear that I may love that as well!?
This cassette is great chaotic, stream of consciousness, abstract underwater pop music for Wannabe outsiders.
I just love how this sounds; after listening to millions of hours of recorded music over the last 40 years,my lifeforce has decided that this muffled garbled racket is in fact, "Perfection"?


Tracklist:

A1Sonambulist
A2The Female Mirror
A3Now Haag
A4Edge
A51958
A6Constructivists
A7Sexual Overture
B1Genitals And Genosis (The Texture Of Two Tape Recordings)
B2The Pop Hell
B3Otto M.

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Sunday, 24 May 2015

Various Artists ‎– "1980: The First Fifteen Minutes" (Neutron Records ‎– NT 003) 1979





The first fifteen minutes of 1980 from.....er......1979?.....is a mini compilation of four Sheffield bands from that city's golden period, on Vice Versa's own Neutron Records.
Naturally it features Vice Versa, with their classic minimal electronica,along with Clock DVA in early (ie Good) mode, the fantastic I'm So Hollow, and the very shit Stunt Kites.
Worth it for the I'm So Hollow track alone,even though it was also featured on "Hicks From The Sticks"; this band,for me, represents the perfect pop group formula,intelligent and memorable tunes with an experimental edge;a total lack of ambition,and split up before they even released their debut LP. Leave 'em wanting more,as the old showbiz rule states so wisely. I want more, but there ain't gonna be any more;and that's fine by me.

Tracklist:

A1 Clock DVA - Brigade


A2 Stunt Kites - Beautiful People


B1 Vice Versa - Genetic WarFare


B2 I'm So Hollow - I Don't Know


DOWNLOAD the last fifteen minutes of 1979 HERE!

Vice Versa - "Music 4" (Neutron Records PX1092) 1979 + "Stilyagi" (Backstreet Backlash Records BBR003) 1980


Vice Versa's vinyl career stretched to two 7 inchers, the minimal synth classic "Music 4" EP, and the hard industrial disco stomper "Stilyagi/Eyes of Christ" single.(Different versions to those found on the "8 Aspects Of..." tape.)
No sign that they were to become New Pop darlings of the charts and the Music press, ABC,of "Lexicon Of Love" fame. I suppose they had to earn a living?

Tracklist:

1New Girls Neutrons
2Science Fact
3Riot Squad
4Camille

5Stilyagi
6Eyes Of Christ

DOWNLOAD the vinyl outings or Vice Versa HERE!