Tuesday, 26 July 2016

The Stukas - "Singles 1977-78" (Chiswick/Sonet)




What does one do when the musical world is full of music that doesn't speak for you, as in the the modern world now....the answer is in the title of this here Blog......'Do It Yourself'!
DIY didn't start in the immediate Punk/Punk punk era. Often, prog folk outsiders did it in the seventies, smellie hippies did it in the sixties,incredibly strange freaks did it in the fifties, and Hillbilly rednecks did it in the twenties and thirties.
This didn't always entail making and producing your own recordings. It often manifested itself in playing the music you wanted to hear live yourself, because no fucker else was gonna do it.
No scene manifested this as much as the 'Pub Rock' era in the UK.
Between 1971 and 1976, the only way one could escape the more unattractive end of Progressive Rock was to play 'proper Rock'n'Roll yourself; a kind of Regressive Rock, or Regg Rock.Based on Johnny Kidd and the Pirates rather than Mozart and Brahms. Exploring the eternal pleasures of the Chuck Berry Riff rather than double keyboard arpeggios.
Myself, being a pre-teen into Gary Glitter and T-Rex, this lack of rock'roll never bothered me, because, as far as I can see, Glitter and Bolan played a more progressive form of original Rock'n'Roll ; the Pub Rockers were very stuck in 1961, which I didn't understand until after the Pistols combined the two for the kids. Bowie plays Johnny Kidd I did understand, especially when combined with anger and energy.
Dr. Feelgood and Eddie and the Hot Rods became more comprehensible to the 13 year old, and I adore those two groups. The other lot took a longer time to appreciate.
One of these crossover groups who looked Punk but sounded weedily retro in a Pub Rock stylee, were the contrarily named 'Stukas'. Expecting some hard driving punk, and seeing their advert in Sounds, I bought their single 'I Like Sport' and hated it! It sounded nothing like a screaming Nazi dive bomber, but more like a spluttering microlight dropping liberal party leaflets over Surbiton* (*leafy suburb of London famed as the setting for anemic BBC sit-com 'The Good Life').
Over the years, one has come to appreciate most of the rocky side of the Pub Scene.....although That Brinsley Schwartz, country and Western stuff still leaves me nauseous.
I suppose it was all definitely Punk before Punk,and I especially admire their reluctance to go to the metal end of rock, unlike the Punks. Then the punks who didn't go 'Metal' went Post-Punk of course; which was nothing more than Nu-Prog.
As the Pub Rockers knew nothing about Prog, again unlike the Punks, who were mostly all Proggers; they stuck to playing the music they loved, which is unpretentious, unfiltered, post Elvis pre-beatles rock'n'roll …..and why not?

Die or DIY? Presents for you , the complete vinyl discography of the feebly un-macho pub-punk pop of the Stuka's …...I like 'I like Sport' now.

(PS, anyone got the Peel Session?)

Track Listing:

"Klean Livin Kids" (Chiswick 1977)

1- Klean Livin Kids
2- Oh Little Girl

"I Like Sport" (Sonet 1977)

1- I Like Sport
2- I'll Send You A Postcard"
3- Dead Lazy

"Washing Machine Boogie" (Sonet 1978)

1- Washing Machine Boogie
2- Motorbike


Tuesday, 19 July 2016

Suicide ‎– "1/2 Alive" (ROIR (Reachout International Records) ‎– A 103) 1981






Tragically, there's now only half of Suicide left alive!? So, appropriately, here's the classic live/studio retrospective ROIR cassette, "Half Alive" from 1981 to remind us of of the empirical genius of the world's second synth duo (after the Silver Apples of course!).
The first 'pop' singer I ever saw in the flesh was Alan Vega, briefly anyway, before Suicide were forced off the stage by a barrage of various missiles hurled by  the so-called punk fans who'd come to 'rock-out' to the Clash. Suicide were at least a decade and a half ahead of of everyone else. This brief exposure to a darker kind of music,forbidden even by my peers, was the start of my rocky road into the deeper tunnels of the pop world. A group/duo that was so roundly hated was fascinating for me. There are few acts that have drawn complaints from both my parents and my own generation than Vega and Rev;up there alongside Whitehouse for sheer confrontation and visceral out-thereness.
The Lester bangs notes to this cassette sum it all up very nicely, so i'll respectfully shut the fuck up.

RIP ALAN VEGA/SUICIDE......and thank you.

Tracklist:

A1 Harlem II 3:57
A2 Goin' To Las Vegas 4:56
A3 Love You 2:45
A4 Cool As Ice 3:17
A5 All Night Long 4:06
B1 Sister Ray Says 4:25
B2 Johnny Dance 3:01
B3 Space Blue 1:44
B4 Long Talk 1:26
B5 Speed Queen 2:26
B6 Chezazze 3:24
B7 Dreams 2:11


BONUS TRACKS FROM THE CD VERSION:

13 All Night Long
14 Sweetheart
15 Scream and Shout

DOWNLOAD in memory of Alan Vega HERE!




Tuesday, 21 June 2016

ZOG - "Thee First Commandment Of ZOG" (Year Zero records YEAR038) 2016

Free improvised Jazz/Noise Rock from deepest France. Featuring former Electric Buttocks anchorman, Christophe Medina on drums and vocals, Blind Man Walking Phil Allison on Tenor Saxophone, erstwhile 'Outsider' Nadine Aleman, knob twiddling on the Korg MS10, and Sampler, with Jon Zchivago clawing his own raw path on,what can only be described as a, Bass Guitar.
All music is improvised in one take,with no rehearsals or discussion beforehand,and only the minimum of editing afterwards. Like a Dogma 95 for music.
ZOG channels every dead or dying musician's soul from the last 60 years of popular music, as if remote viewed from one of the plusher corners of purgatory. If this doesn't excite you, you're dead already.
For terrestrial references, think Archie Shepp fronting Can's better half of Suzuki and Liebezeit , with a dash of Hawkwind, and Jean Jacques Burnel gene spliced with Bootsy Collins; a sort of funkier version of John Zorn's Painkiller without the boring dub bits. 


PS...ZOG is avaiable for gigs,festivals,bar mitzvah's and children's partys. Leave any possible leads in the comments section.

Track Listing:

1 - The Smell of ZOG
2 - ZOG brings World Peace
3 - Kneel Before ZOG!
4 - Horses In Love
5 - Faster ZOG, Kill, Kill!
6 - O'Dowd's Spunk Bucket Hostage
7 - Sexyback by Timberlake
8 - Man Bites ZOG
9 - Raining In My Brain
10- ZOG 3:16

ZOG commands you to DOWNLOAD it HERE!

Tuesday, 3 May 2016

"Dilly Ding Dilly Dong: No-one Listened To Our Songs (a Die or DIY tribute to Leicester City FC) " - (a DIE or DIY? mixtape No.9)


An achievement that was ten times more unlikely than the discovery of the Loch Ness Monster has happened! The People's Champions have been crowned.Leicester City strike a blow for the common man, and raise a rigid middle finger to the Murdoch controlled Football mafia.
Where,exactly, is Leicester (pronounced less-ter, or Less-toh in the slovenly local dialect)? 
Its located in the geographical center of jolly old England,at junction 21 of the M1 motorway,40 miles east of Birmingham,and 20 miles south of Nottingham.Home town of such luminaries as Englebert Humperdinck,David Icke,Dickie and David Attenborough,joking Joe Merrick aka 'The Elephant Man', and Roy from Coronation Street.Not forgeting that Richard the Third was buried in a car park there until recently; who's rediscovery and subsequent re-internment  seemed to be a catalyst for a change in the City's international profile.Culminating in 2016's unlikely Premier League triumph for the Local Football team,Leicester City FC;aka 'The Foxes',formerly 'The Filberts' after previous home ground Filbert street got demolished.
As a Foxes supporter of nigh on forty years,the unlikely story of my favourite Footy team winning association Football's most coverted trophy has stirred some deeply buried emotions over the past year or so. Yes, i've made inexplicable journeys to Middlesborough on a tuesday evening to join 500 other sad adults watch our lads get beat 2-0 at Ayresome park; one of the planets worst sporting cess pits.Or endure the six hour round trip to Newcastle to see us lose 7-1,while being 'entertained'(?) by Lindisfarne celebrating their promotion.
If you've ever been 'coined' by the human animals of Millwall at Cold Blow lane, as I have, on a freezing boxing day; while your team loses 2-0 again? Then maybe you will understand,and allow me a tear or two, as my torturer's actually win something 'important'....and with comparative ease to boot!?
I'm old enough to remember when Football (Soccer to our American readers), was a working class pastime rather than a Plutocrats playground. It was an era when any club could win the championship purely by teamwork, tactics, and developing young talent. It wasn't dictated by how many stolen billions some half interested Oligarch ploughed into his new boy toy. Clubs from the arseholes of the UK got to win the main prize quite often, like Derby County (Boo!), Nottingham F*#@+t (Boooo!), and Ipswich Town.
No longer do the little people of the slave classes get to have any simple joy, as the slave owners have bought all their places,and replaced the terraces with soundproofed (?) executive suites,for Champagne business lunches during the games.
The teams too are populated by strutting millionaire preening peacocks; the lowest paid of whom earn more in a week than the excluded underclasses can earn in five,or more, years.
The clubs themselves determine their own success by how many millions they spend on these narcissistic intellectual minnows. Thus crushing the ,so-called, smaller clubs ambitions to merely hoping for survival.
Leicester City FC once tried to compete with the upper echelons by splashing the cash that they didn't have; prompted by then Manager Martin O'Neil, who moaned constantly about New Stadiums, and increased wages.The club provided everything he had asked for, only for the cunt to fuck off to Glasgow Celtic?????....why?) Frequently heard from the supporters was the beyond dumb inquisitory grunt of "Where's the Muneh(local accent for the word Money) gone?"; there was even a 'fanzine' called "Where's the Money Gone?".
Where did the money go? 
Into the pockets of the increasingly swaggering Leicester City first Team squad, and the bank accounts of the Construction companies naturally.The 'fans' could never understand why Pele,Best,and Cryuff never played for Leicester City.This pressure,of course led to bankruptcy and administration, only to be saved by grinning local Leicester footy superstar and legend, Gary Lineker, with support from Serbian 'businessman' Milan Mandaric. 
I suppose we did win a couple of minor trophies in the early noughties (League cup x2),but nearly Lost our football team in the process.
Then in walked our saviours, the Duty-Free kings of Thailand; listen carefully, I shall say this only once: the Srivaddhanaprabha family;inflictors of the horrendous 'King Power' brand name.
Swiftly they brought in Buddhist monks to pray for success, paid off all debts,and bought back the 'Walkers Stadium', then promptly renamed it the, gulp, 'King Power Stadium'.
From here began an unprecedented run of success, rising from the third tier back into the premier league as relegation favourites in 2014/15.
Oh how the bloated cheats of the 'Big' clubs smugly smirked as we(LCFC) propped up the table for two thirds of the season. Then, apparently doomed, we started to win ALL of our games, and survived to struggle another day......except we didn't struggle, we continued to win all of our games in the following(this) season; including highlights such as destroying the most bloated billionaire club of them all,the Shiek's plaything Manchester City, at their own ground.The very club who were the template of 'How to Buy Success',what a bunch of wankers they are!? (just to wind up the geezer who writes the 'Bleak Bliss' blog).
Then amidst all this enduring success we've had to endure the patronising verbal vomit of football 'Pundits', who, for the last year and a half have predicted Leicester's impending collapse,in between sickening references to 'Football Fairytales'. This is no 'Fairytale',they won the premier league trophy because they were the best team, no Fairydust,or cash, required. A carefully balanced formula, of solid defense, lightening fast counter-attacking,played by an organised team of motivated journeymen and bargain buys that moulded into this well-oiled machine.
This, admittedly, may not have any great longevity however. I can sense ,PFA Footballer of the Year, Rihyad Mahrez has thoughts of that big money move to Barcelona written all over his performances,as he virtually disappeared from the game for the last five matches;designer Chav and top scorer, Jamie Vardy, has developed the beginnings of a swagger that could lead to his ruination.Also, that fearless brand of pacey counter-attacking football has turned into dour Italian style defense,grinding out cleansheets.
But so what? Leicester City winning the League Crown just once, is worth all the titles those big money boys have ever bought, all put together in one shiny dustbin.Yes i'm bitter,but who cares,Fuck 'em!
As the unlikely,and loveable, Genius that is ,team manager, Claudio Ranieri put it so succinctly:
"Dilly Ding Dilly Dong! We're in the Champions League Man! What's wrong with you?"

The Raison d'etre of this diatribe is to celebrate my birthplace's moment in the spotlight by remembering some of the missing pop groups who populated the Leicester music scene's seedy underbelly.
Better Known for annoying faux-cool fodder like Kasabian, Cornershop, Gaye Bykers On Acid,and grebo crud like Crazyhead(Nearly included a Family track, but they were Hippies weren't they?).Forget that nonsense,they are the Martin O'Neil era equivalent of Pop. What we want is the Brian Little era clumsy losers of noise. Making the sonic doppelgangers of the Leicester v Derby 1994 Play-off final, where the foxes put three centre halves in attack beating a slick and skilfull Derby team with brute force and ignorance. I can still see human donkey Gary Coatsworth's 50 yard diagonal ball, into Derby's penalty box,smeared over the goal line by a brutal Steve Walsh to score. Gary Coatsworth really was worth his body weight in coats. He never played another game.......just like many of the bands featured on this compilation.Beautiful losers with a route one musical approach that ultimately works.(I must apologise to Derby Fans for 1994,probably thee worst football Leicester ever played)

TRACK LISTING:

1/ The 1974 LEICESTER CITY SQUAD -"This is the Season For Leicester"

A very appropriate single released in 1974 in the vane hope that we went on to win our FA Cup semi-final against Shankly's Liverpool....we lost. A single literally 42 years ahead of its time!

2/ The SINATRAS - "Happy Feeling"

Peel touted post punk indie on the uber-trendy Dining Out Records from 1980. Very accurate vibe.

3/ STANDARD ISSUE - "Living in Leicester" (Live at Scamps 1980)

An autobiographical number by Atonal DIY post punk combo Standard Issue. The Charlotte crew mentioned would be the usual suspect who hung out at Leicesters premier muso-pub the Princess Charlotte.You can find the Hind (sans Crew) opposite the railway station if you are so inclined....unless its been demolished that is.

4/ DRAGON OR EMPEROR - "Your Success"

Avant-Rock collaboration from Aaron Moore(Volcano the Bear) and that bloke from Black Carrot who sounds like that bloke from Pere Ubu. Had to think twice about this as Aaron inexplicably supports West Ham????? The title says it all for the lads.

5/ FARMLIFE - "Susie's Party"

Another one from Dining Out Records by Farmlife, better known as The Bomb Party in years to come. It's the nearest tune I could get to Jamie Vardy's Party.

6/ DISCO ZOMBIES - "Top Of The Pops"

The legendary Disco Zombies are hear to remind everyone who's Top of The Football Pops, with a hefty slice of punky power pop.

7/ MC PITMAN - "Witness The Pitness"

Although officially from Coalville,which has the unfortunate affliction to be near 'The North', so has imported the yorkshire slang word 'Mi'Sen', meaning myself. Otherwise spoiling a near perfect example of the Leicester accent as presented here by Rapping Coal miner MC Pitman.

8/ YEAH YEAH NOH - "Cottage Industry"

John Peel favourites and poor man's Smiths, Yeah Yeah Noh, epitomise the cheapness of everything Leicester.

9/ METAL DOUGHNUT BAND - "Laura Norder"

Some horrific n-n-n-n-nineteen style sampling on this one.
The Maggie Thatcher sample "We will never compromise with Violence", makes this a perfect theme tune for Robert Huth (uncompromising Leiceter center-Half). The Doughnuts were a danceable version of the early to mid eighties fad for junk metal percussion, who like to perform naked......tut tut tut.

10/ DEEP FREEZE MICE - "A Ten Legged Beast (Or an eight legged beast with feelers)"

Prolific proto-indie DIY tunesmiths Deep Freeze Mice almost describe LCFC. Maybe 22 legged beast is more appropriate....or 21 legged beast as Mahrez only has one foot.

11/ MIDNIGHT CIRCUS - "Survivors"

DIY Cassette leg-ends pay tribute to last seasons great escape from almost certain relegation.

12/ BARRON BALLS - "Stoke"

Early eighties bedroom combo Barron Balls and some unhinged nonsense about Stoke, who did the foxes no favors when they shouldered arms against Spurs a few weeks ago! Twats!

13/ BARRON BALLS on WFMU radio.

......from Leechester says the DJ.Ah Bless.
Various Barron Ballers at Wembly 1992...er....we lost!

14/ MODERN LIVING - "Drink Is A Drug"

Wobbly post punk incompetence about the dangers of too much booze.

15/ THE AMBER SQUAD - "It's a Replay "

No Replays for the big four in the league i'm happy to inform them!
Power Pop from the mean streets of downtown Oakham.

16/ KEVIN HEWICK - "Plenty"

Yeah, that bloke who hung out with the Factory Records lot.Once touted as the potential Ian Curtis replacement after said singer topped himself.

17/ VOLCANO THE BEAR - "Planetary Bethlehem"

The Residents of the east mids. Dada-esque combo with members who were once in a hardcore band called 'Scalpt' with a 'T'. Artistic types, with Painter Aaron.....as in Painter and Decorator.
I suppose the KP Stadium is a kind of Bethlehem equivalent for us fans of the Filberts.

18/ THE ROCKIN' BASTARDS - "Dog Song"

The opposite end of the intellectual scale, either at the top or the bottom, depends on which way you want to see it; are The Rockin' Bastards. Upon revisiting this magnum opus, vocaliser Butch Clarke said "(it)sounds like people being murdered with angle grinders in a Victorian lunatic asylum."......I can't disagree....but murdered in a good way.......a bit like this song?
A Rockin' Bastard  Guitarist (Toffo) at Wembley 96

19/ PROLAPSE - "Every Night I'm Mentally Crucified (7000 Times)"

Featuring Leicester's only professional Scotsman.
The title is evocative of many wasted 90 minutes i've spent watching Leicester City.......it all seems so worth it now.

20/ SCOUTS OF UZBEKISTAN - "The Dilly Ding Dilly Dong Song"

Specially remixed, and unreleased track from Scouts Of Uzbekistan,in praise of Claudio, from their forthcoming ,and long awaited LP, "Hate Is Our Religion" on Year Zero Records.

21/ DJ tells us about the Scouts.

22/ THE BLIND MAN WHO WALKED PAST THE SUPERMARKET - "Keith"

Impossibly obscure weirdo's pay tribute to Leicester Legend Keith Weller when he played on a cocktail of Alcohol and 'shrooms.That must have been the game he wore the famous tights?

23/ FUTURE TOYS - "R.C.U."

Doon't no nuffink baht these Fookahs.....Future Toys....just like the footy clubs who haven't yet been taken over by foreign capitalist gangsters....y'know, The 'Sleeping Giants', like Wolves for example?

24/ NEW AGE - "Livin' For Now"

Another Dining Out band, who quickly slid down the New Romantic helter skelter to hell.
I'm Livin' for Now, because I probably won't ever see my footy club win another bean.

25/ THE BANGERS - "Blue Army Blues"

I have horrific memories of this tune echoing in my addled brain in the coach to Wembley in '94, when i had a hangover by half time.....oh the pain. A gentle reggae tinged run through the sink estates of Leicestershire, sung by some awful career Hooligan,who thankfully I don't remember the name of. Probably got knifed up shortly after this.

26/ SHOWADDYWADDY - "Blue Moon"

No Leicester compilation is complete without these celebrated chocolate box Teds. One of their sons actually played for the Foxes, Scott Oakes I believe.......New Faces had a lot to answer for, not only these anti-matter rockers, but Lenny Henry as well. These crimes easily puts the Third Reich in the shade.
Zchivago(Front Right) and Van Hellman of the Barron Balls(Front Left) with Super Steve Claridge , and unknown strangers after he shinned the winner at Wembley against Crystal Palace in 1996.
But, the only Leicester Band ever to be re-imagined as Leicester City players on an album sleeve was Family, with this charming depiction which adorned "The Best Of Family" album in about 1973
Great cover, boys,sorry you didn't make it on the Compilation. The "Weavers Answer" is a great tune anyway.
Back in the (Eyres)Monsell, where I wuz brung up.There was a couple of hippies living in a grotty council flat,one in a wheel chair and cowboy boots; wheeled around by an hippie in a cowboy hat and an eyepatch. Turned out the one in the whell chair was the one and only Ric Grech of Family,Traffic and Blind Faith! Ravaged with drink and drugs and broke,he was reduced to living in the council estate that he came from, to die. Let that be a cautionary tale to you kids who are flirting with the rock'n'roll myth. Don't do drugs and Alcohol or you'll end up in Eyres Monsell with renal failure!!!

DOWNLOAD "DILLY DING DILLY DONG" BY CLICKING THIS HANDY LINK HERE!!!!!!!!!



Friday, 8 April 2016

Robert Lawrence ‎– "Soundstorms" (Quick Stab ‎– Prod 14) 1982

Got a bit bored of blogging leading to a notable lack of posts.....i'm only human allegedly.Tell that to my ex-birds, who think I am an emotional Android......sshhhhh....I am an emotional android and proud of it.One of 'em used to call me Spock; who wasn't an Android by the way, but a highly efficient Vulcan/Human hybrid, often let down by his human side.....I'd like to think that's me, but I'm fucking shit at da maffs innit?!
So here's a popular one to break the silence; the prolific bedroom synthesist Rob Lawrence from the west country south wales area of that sceptered isle which once owned the world,lost the world, then owned the world of modern music and popular culture in general. At least we've got something to be proud of in this cesspit of shame.
On a topical note,Cameron/Putin shouldn't have wasted their money on offshore investments in the Virgin Isles; they should have bought a pile of UK DIY tapes, because these Objects D'Art have risen in value incrementally by nigh on one thousand percentage points since they were virtually given away back in the day. An onshore investment worthy of any working class tax avoider worth his or her salt.
Those familiar with the veritable wine-lake of work by Rob Lawrence will know what to expect. Beaucoup de musique electronique of a Lo-fidelity flavour;lo-budget, but Hi-quality. "Soundstorms" is erring on the experimental Krautrock influenced edge of the sonic pizza, crispy but with under cooked toppings,light on cheese with extra Anchovy's. 

Tracklist:

A1 Soundstorm One
A2 Telephonemuzak
B1 Beach Head
B2 House Work
B3 Demagnetised
B4 Soundstorm Two

DOWNLOAD a storm of sound HERE! 

Wednesday, 23 March 2016

Damião Experiença ‎– "Planeta Lamma" (Self-Released ‎– 19939000) 1971

Every country has their own Jandek don't they?......if not, then they should.
To keep with our short Brazilian theme, here's Brazil's Jandek ; Damião Ferreira Da Cruz aka Damião Experiença.
He's a sort of Rasta Moondog, crossed with Father Yod, Harry Smith's Anthology of American Folk, and, of course, Jandek.
Except, whereas the famed Corwood representative sounds mentally disturbed, Mr Damião Ferreira Da Cruz just sounds.....er......Mental........but, in a joyful way. The kind of mentalist that gave the psychiatric Hospital the jolly moniker "The Happy House".
The actual reality is that all psychiatric units are full of 'Jandeks' and not happy rasta types.
Naturally, like the aforementioned musical references, this stuff is an acquired taste, and i must admit running through this thing to edit it, I almost gave up breathing just to free myself from it. This is always a recommendation, because most of my favourite artists had the same effect on me the first time I heard them.
To give this a label is an insult, but i'll try to use something other than 'Other'; so lets go for Outsider Psychedelic Folk?

Zchivago's Challenge:

Who was/is your country's Jandek?

(I'm going for Edward Barton for the UK, or maybe James Blunt?)

Tracklist:

A1 1308 Registrou Gravou Rose Oliria Experiença
A2 Que Dor Eu Sinto
A3 A Vida É Sempre Assim
A4 Linguagem Do Povo Do Infinito Ao Universo De Rose De 1999
A5 Loucura Total 1999 A Damião Experiença
A6 Amente Astrologica 1999
A7 Planeta Lamma
B1 Minha Dor
B2 Som Planeta Lamma
B3 Planeta Bicho
B4 Mundo No Espaço
B5 Meu Passado? Meu Presente
B6 Linguagem Do Planeta Lamma Musica Do Planeta Lamma


DOWNLOAD from planeta lamma HERE!

Tuesday, 15 March 2016

Flores Feias - "F .˙. F .˙." (Meia-Vida - Mv32) 2015


Moving on from Rapael Flores,how about segueing with some different flora, with Flores Feias? Which means 'Ugly Flowers' in Portuguese, a very accurate description of the music on this Blog methinks?
I do harbor a proud reputation of being stuck in the past, in fact hardly venturing past 1984, for good reason.However, every now and again I hear a modern recording that doesn't bore the living shit out of me! One of these very recordings is this limited edition C-40 from the Brazilian cassette label, Meia-Vida. A solo project by Aline Vieira, it has echo's of the good side of Lydia' lunch's "Queen of Siam" LP, and in equal measures, the more minimal scratchy elements of NY No Wave. It doesn't hinder none that the perpetrator is the very opposite to an ugly flower to complete the equation.Brains and Beauty is a rare combination,and here's evidence that it exists.
In my humble opinion, the best Record of 2015.

Tracks and Links:

A1 Fetiche
A2 Feitico
A3 Sensimesmado
A4 Flutuar
B1 Foice
B2 Flores Feias

Monday, 7 March 2016

Rafael Flores - "CB 09" (Self Released) 1980

Ah, another flowering of the Flores brand of hispanic Industrial music,exploring the outer realms of the Roland Space echo. If you've ever been concussed and came round in accident and emergency,then this will bring back memories of awakening face up on the hospital trolley staring up at the ceiling,with unfamiliar faces looking down at you discussing your symptoms. A sort of a half-assed out of body experience. This could have been a recording of my brain when I was drifting in and out of consciousness after my much publicised car accident......don't wanna talk bout it too much,as my Post-traumatic stress disorder has now abated and i don't wanna open old mental scars. Listening to this is as close as I'm comfortable with.

Tracks:

Side 1 (30.00)
Side 2 (30.00)

DOWNLOAD and hear my pain HERE!

Tuesday, 1 March 2016

Rafael Flores - "Amarga Cosecha" (Self-Released) 1980

Where does one go after all of those minimal synth and Coventry posts?......well, obviously into the misty realms of a spot of Spanish Industrial......where else?
Rafael Flores (or Flowers), is equally obscure, and prolific. Releasing enough cassette tape to stretch from the Alhambra Palace to the sea of tranquility,and probably back again. One of his cassettes should have been sellotaped to the side of Voyager 2.Mainly to show that there's intelligent life on our galactic desert island,but also,maybe to scare off any high-tech predators.
"Amarga Cosecha" is a swirling vortex of paella, fleshed out with seafood dredged from the parts of the ocean only James Cameron and the third class corpses from the Titanic have ever seen before. Constantly lurking where my ears are most comfortable,in the areas that challenge the very definition of what 'Music' is,was and could have been.

Tracks:

1. Side A (28:55)
2. Side B (29:43)

DOWNLOAD the flowers of flores HERE!

MEDIAFIRE link for Mason HERE!

Monday, 29 February 2016

Tone Set - " VOD Box Set Promo's" (2015)



The very good theoretical combo from Arizona.Tone Set, have a box set thats just come out on Vinyl on Demand. Galen Herod, of said minimal synth legends, has kindly sent some rather entertaining promotional tracks to,hopefully, encourage you to purchase the aforementioned potential material possession.Which,if you're bourgeois enough,will cost you just a small percentage of your swollen wallet.But; if you're at the sharp end of the austerity measures from those fucking wankstains who call themselves politicians,then it will be unattainable....but these lovely Promo's are an example of that rare adjective in these grey days...FREE STUFF!
I'll let the great man, Mr Galen Herod himself, explain further in an e-mail i cut'n'pasted hither:

"hello again,
you (thats me.JZ) posted a bootleg tone set cd a few years back,
The only problem being it was a bad transfer. No bass.
vinyl on demand is reissuing the stuff on that cd as
well as 62 previously unreleased tracks in a 5LP box with bonus single.
We made new good transfers of everything.
i have made 3 promos for the box. The first is an overview featuring "cal's ranch"
so you can hear the quality difference. The other 2 feature the unreleased tracks.
They are done in tone set style with inbetween found clips."


Saturday, 27 February 2016

AD ‎– "Conspiracy" (Diamond Age ‎– AD 22957) 1979


Another 'Minimal Synth' classic(?),with,rather strangely, a very minimal amount of synth on it!? Its more along the lines of some anemic guitar strumming proto-indie than minimal electronica. Firmly in the 'Solid Space' area,but without the tunes. It does however have a couple of decent synth work-outs amongst the feeble guitar pop ditties, the stand out being the title track "Conspiracy".

Conspire to DOWNLOAD HERE!

Thursday, 25 February 2016

Data-Bank-A ‎– "Access Denied" (K.O. City Studio ‎– KO5) 1986

Well, here's a third post for Data-Bank-A,dunno anything else to say about them, so I'll post a picture that sums up my feelings/thoughts on the matter.

Well.If that doesn't make you wanna download this file I dunno what will!?

Tracklist

A1 Access Denied
A2 Stress Factor
A3 Trickle Down
A4 The Range
B1 Etiquette Of Travel
B2 No Mecca
B3 Waiting Room
B4 Once...

DOWNLOAD access accepted HERE!

Saturday, 20 February 2016

Data-Bank-A ‎– "The Citadel" (K.O. City Studio ‎– KO2) 1984

Minimal Synth hits the cheap digital reverb age,and becomes maximal synth instead.Artificial ambience destroyed the spatial claustrophobic simplicity of earlier electronic product.This stuff has been labelled 'Cold Wave' by some record collector geek,and it has some undeniable charm.The dated overuse of reverb,and futurist production gives this a modish generic quality from a dodgy epoch in music making. I imagine major record label bins were crammed full of stuff like this in 1984-5.Your only chance was to release it yourself,which is kinda opposite to the original DIY ethic, where the Record Company bins were full of stuff totally alien to the things the kids were making. So this is DIY by default......but at least it wasn't sullied by those charts.

Tracklist:

A1 The Milky Way 4:34
A2 Shapes Of Love 4:47
A3 Echoes Of You 4:28
A4 Signals To Russia 5:14
B1 A Thousand Mondays 4:00
B2 Dead - Weight 5:32
B3 Drug - God 3:56
B4 The Citadel 4:20

DOWNLOAD to your data bank HERE!

Wednesday, 17 February 2016

Data-Bank-A ‎– "Language Barrier" (K.O. City Studio ‎– KO3) 1984

Its 1984, and More Americans are making that Faggot music with Synthesisers. I can imagine a mob of good ol' boys giving that black clad pale youth with eyeliner and fringe, a good kicking;smashing up his Roland SH101, and carving AC/DC on his under developed pectorals.
What better way to react against the NRA (Nationalist Rock of America) than making a synth pop record?
In the dumber parts of this grating country, you took your life in your hands making non-rock music like this. Don't forget this is a place where, in 2016, far more citizens were murdered by the cops than were murdered by Terrorists.They should be bombing the Police stations rather than ISIS in Syria, if they want to defend the American People.
What they wanna do is have more GLBT's than 'Skull and Bones' Paedophiles in their joke of a democratic government.Then, the war would be called OFF,and Texas closed down.
Having said that, I've no idea if Data-Bank-A have any GLBT's,or even 'Skull and Bones' paedophiles within their ranks,nor do I care;but to an inbred cowpoke and his sister/wife, they certainly will sound like they do.
Nor, do they come from Texas.....lucky them.
But, it is a half decent minimal synth tape,and that's worth more than any boneheaded Grunt blowing away some dehumanised Arab kids like its all a PlayStation game.

Tracklist:

A1 Language Barrier
A2 Incognito
A3 Megalomania
A4 Saviour Machine
A5 Dog's Life
A6 The Path Least Taken
B1 Distant Ego Channel
B2 No Dub
B3 Outside The Museum
B4 Monestary
B5 Effect Of Movement
B6 Through The Remains...


DOWNLOAD lots of data from the bank,then withdraw your money from your economic terrorist bank,HERE!*

*Whoops! I mentioned Terrorism,so hello to the GCHQ/NSA employee who has to read this crap.....download the tape instead, its good.

Sunday, 14 February 2016

Tangerine Dream - "Live in Coventry Cathedral,England, 4th October 1975"




I'll bet a pound to a pinch of shit that at least Chris Jones from The Sea Of Wires attended this famous Tangerine Dream performance in the rather attractive Coventry Cathedral. Built,as mentioned in the previous post, next door to the original Cathedral which was one of the many victims of the Luftwaffe's carpet bombing of the city's central areas in 1940. So, ironically, here we have a different kind of German doing something constructive in that very same city;doing something far more worthwhile than the British Modernist architects of the 1950's,who made the place into something out of A Clockwork Orange.
So for those of you what is interested....here's some major label Kosmiche Krautrock from the Berlin School of Electronics. These fellows were as influential on the cassette underground as anyone.Inspiring hoards of bedroom dwelling loners to pick up a synthesiser and make some fuzzy cosmic cassettes.

Tracks:

1. Part 1
2. Part 2
3. Encore

DOWNLOAD these nice germans doing good HERE!

Saturday, 13 February 2016

The Sea Of Wires ‎– "Recordings 1980-82" ( Vinyl-on-demand ‎– VOD131.9/10) 1980-82 / 2014

As we've established in the previous post that Another view weren't from Coventry after all;here's an electronic act who were; The Sea Of Wires. Sounds pretty much like my music office here at Die Or Diy HQ.
There seems to be a few electronic bands from this west Midlands eyesore? I blame it on Tangerine Dreams much lauded gig at Coventry Cathedral in 1975, one of the better modernist buildings in the town. Ironic that a German group played there when it was their parents generation who flattened the original cathedral;the ruins of which are right next door as a reminder.
Sea Of Wires are obviously a very TD or electronic krautrock influenced combo,and ,probably as a belated sorry for destroying their city, a German reissue label has ..coff.....reissued SOW's back catalogue; although with a few tracks missing,but as usual you can find those on this blog.....HERE.
These versions are naturally of superior quality to the cassette tapes,so I have posted these for you to contrast and compare.....personally I prefer the tape versions.
An analogue bubble bath that compares favorably with a hit of morphine.

Tracklist:

Individually Screened

1 – Invincible 7:15
2 – Is The New Man Human 8:30
3 – Return Of The Captain 2:15
4 – Robot Dance 2:19
5 – Breathing 8:30
6 – An Endless Rainy Day 16:15
7 – Seascape 12:10

Diversions

8  – The Man Who Smiles 3:50
9  – S.O.W. (The Sea Of Wire) 5:50
10 – New Age (With Apologies To You Know Who) 5:40
11 – It Will Never Work 3:00
12 – The Nightmare Continues Edit To 3:00

Beyond The Edge Of Tomorrow

13 – Recollections Of Death 29:54

DOWNLOAD a sea of zero's and ones HERE!

Friday, 12 February 2016

Another View ‎– "A Career In Dancing" (Abstractions ‎– ABS-0004) 1980

For some bizarre reason I always thought Another View came from Coventry!?.....so that's the tenuous reason I have posted this tape today to link it to the previous 'Cov' Bands. Apprently he came from that other masterpiece of British architecture, Luton.
I reckon its because I received this in the post the same day as those other Coventry synth greats, 'Sea Of Wires'.(Highly recommended so click here).
The cassette didn't have any artwork like above;just a tape and a letter on AV headed notepaper.And the track listing was completely different,with different tracks,which,so I gather, was specific to each tape he (Adrian Smith) sent out in those early days.
Played this to death in 1980 in all its cold, disconnected, majesty. This has everything I love about Minimal Synth music; analogue synths,tunes played by hand, emotionless production,and a certain air of melancholia. "She Goes To Your Heart" is a perfect example of all this in action, ticks all the boxes of Minimal Synth; except for dancing to in a trendy Brooklyn nite-spot,but good for the last dance with that fat bird.

Tracks:

1. Motorway
2. Power Station
3. Maximum ontrast
4. A Career In Dancing
5. She Goes to Your Heart
6. The Elephant man
7. Amongst the Portraits
8. Pressure
9. Frequently Repeat
10. Lufthansa
11. Stay Awake
12. Urge
13. Stuntman
14. You Typewriter
15. Another View

DOWNLOAD to get another view on things HERE!

Wednesday, 10 February 2016

The Digital Dinosaurs ‎– "Huh?..." (Spott Records PUSS 5) 1980



While we're on the subject of Coventry,we may as well check out other groups from that gray city.
One of the leading lights,and most musically gifted, of the UK DIY cassette underground,were the prolific pop machine that was The Digital Dinosaurs. They had beards(well...one!) and dared to write well crafted and melodious pop songs. Disturbingly they were quite obviously from that 'lost generation who were too young for Hippie,yet too old for Punk......like Joe 'Woody' Strummer.But like Joe,we will forgive them for that,although Mr Mellor will not be forgiven for being Posh.
These jolly ditties are pervaded throughout with a splash of 'pythonesque' humour,which is the only thing thats dated about this cassette.The songs ,thankfully are classic examples of  British pop songcraft that follows that fine tradition from 'Love Me Do' via Donovan to The Digital Dinosaurs,and still surfaces today. I say Donovan,as he was a great favourite of the Dinosaurs,but they sound not at all like the randy scotch troubadour.A more accurate comparison would have to be The Kinks in their English whimsy phase.Only The Cleaners From Venus beat them in the DIY world for such melodious joy.

Tracklist:
1 Army Green 4:47
2 Huh Prologue 1:00
3 Boots 2:55
4 What A Waste 2:42
5 The Man Who Would Not Live 3:08
6 Amy Turtle 2:44
7 Nuclear Nightclub 5:18
8 Pinkie's Flesh Crawled 2:45
9 Batman 2:33
10 Dinosaur Disco 1:35
11 Dreaming In My Sleep 2:31
12 Tumble-Drier Link 1:11
13 Tex Thistle 3:24
14 Superella 4:32
15 Secret Jehovah 1:35
16 The Girl Who Goes On Nine 3:21
17 B66 4BQ 3:11
18 Tones Link 0:19
19 Organs 2:06
20 Hole 2:51


DIGITAL DOWNLOAD HERE!