31 August, 2012

Handwerkergenossenschaft

Keine Ahnung - Neue Mode (1983)
Magnifique elastique synthetique

Mannheim native NDW group takes you through a petrochemical journey on their debut release. On the surface it entices you with its minimal synthpop melodies backed by unusually strong drum machines reminiscent of DAF. Hermann Kopp lends his violin for the second half of the EP as the group delves into an improvisational sound; one that I imagine is only conceivable after inhaling the fumes of a melted PEZ dispenser while listening to Tuxedomoon.

28 August, 2012

Aribert Heim

Mueran Humanos - Mueran Humanos (2010)

Saludos a todos en la red, este es Juan Henrique Eden desde mi bunker subterraneo secreto. Hoy les presento un album magnifico por este duo Argentino que se a transladado a Berlin. Tu madre dise que eres basura pero te puedes consolar con los varios estilos oscuros y bailables acompañados con letra en español.

25 August, 2012

YG45

Swans - The Seer (2012)

Note From Michael Gira: “The Seer took 30 years to make. It’s the culmination of every previous Swans album as well as any other music I’ve ever made, been involved in or imagined. But it’s unfinished, like the songs themselves. It’s one frame in a reel. The frames blur, blend and will eventually fade. The songs began on an acoustic guitar, then were fleshed out with (invaluable) help from my friends, then were further tortured and seduced in rehearsals, live and in the studio, and now they await further cannibalism and force-feeding as we prepare to perform some of them live, at which point they’ll mutate further, endlessly, or perhaps be discarded for a while. Despite what you might have heard or presumed, my quest is to spread light and joy through the world. My friends in Swans are all stellar men. Without them I’m a kitten, an infant. Our goal is the same: ecstasy!"

21 August, 2012

Alfonso Plazas Vega

Warum Joe - Tanzen & Trinken (1982)

Warum Joe are a six piece French group falling residing in the gray area between new wave and punk music. This is the follow up to their crucial debut released a year earlier. The members of the band cite various geological obstacles that plagued the creation of this EP, emphasizing the absence of a complete group presence at all of the recording sessions. Perhaps the Falklands War had something to do with it, given that both guitarists were enlisted in the army at the time. Anyway, this EP is different from the first in that the increasingly jangling guitars replace the synthesizer as the prominent instrument. The overall feel of the songs is a tad slower and more thought out, but the jerky punk attitude remains.


Psychopathia Sexualis

3rd Man - Oral Pleasure (1982)

True Norwegian cold wave

18 August, 2012

Necropotence

Horseback - Half Blood (2012)

Too metal for Metal-Archives.

14 August, 2012

Nehushtan

Dead Can Dance - The Serpent's Egg (1988)

DCD at the Gibson tonight.

13 August, 2012

Operation Paperclip

Above the Ruins - Songs of the Wolf (1986)

Tony Wakeford's white power post-punk stint following his departure from Death In June.

"And when, on the still cold nights, he pointed his nose at a star and howled long and wolf-like, it was his ancestors, dead and dust, pointing nose at star and howling down through the centuries and through him. And his cadences were their cadences, the cadences which voiced 23 their woe and what to them was the meaning of the stillness, and the cold, and dark. Thus, as token of what a puppet thing life is, the ancient song surged through him and he came into his own again..."

07 August, 2012

Laccaria Amethystea

Coil - The Ape Of Naples (2005)

‘The Ape of Naples’ can be viewed as a memorial to Jhonn Balance following his untimely accidental death, a broadly indicative summing up of the work of Coil, featuring new versions of three key songs from their repertoire alongside other numbers, providing ample evidence that the introduction of marimba added depth and richness to the group’s work and indicating the direction that might have been more fully explored on future releases.

04 August, 2012

RIP Rad

Conrad Schnitzler - Blau (1974)

On the red album, Konrad Schnitzler laid down the direction his musical artistry would take. The blue album (“Blau”) offered confirmation of his intent. Maybe the “Rot” and “Blau” tracks were recorded in the same session. Structure, sound and timbre of both LPs are so similar as to suggest that this was the case (an unverified assumption nevertheless!). Far more important than this historical pedantry is the fact that Schnitzler included two brand new compositions on “Blau” which followed on seamlessly from the previous album. Quite simply, he had found his way, a course from which he would not stray as long as he lived.

RIP Con

Conrad Schnitzler - Rot (1973)

An entertaining exploration of strange auralscape in long mode, this album is made up of a pair of 20 minute pieces: electric organ tones and oscillations mixed with electronic grinding, popping, and zooping.

02 August, 2012

Leichenreden

Kluster - Zwei-Osterei (1971)

dem herrn unserem gott hat es ganz und gar nicht gefallen daß gustav e. lips durch einen verkehrsunfall starb erstens war er zu jung zweitens seiner frau ein zärtlicher mann drittens zwei kindern ein lustiger vater viertens den freunden ein guter freund fünftens erfüllt von vielen ideen was soll jetzt ohne ihn werden? was ist seine frau ohne ihn? wer spielt mit den kindern? wer ersetzt einen freund? wer hat die neuen ideen? dem herrn unserem gott hat es ganz und gar nicht gefallen daß einige von euch dachten es habe ihm solches gefallen im namen dessen der tote erweckte ihm namen des toten der auferstand: wir protestieren gegen den tod von gustav e. lips

01 August, 2012

Intermedia-Life-Action

Conrad Schnitzler - Ballet Statique (1978)

This week ends in the year anniversary of Conrad Schnitzler's death, so I will be posting some of his music in observance. 
To black metal basement dwellers, Schnitzler is known as the guy who did the intro to Mayhem's Deathcrush EP; but to fanboys like me, he is seen as one of the crucial figures in the German electronic music scene. Schnitzler began his musical endeavors through a brief stint with Tangerine Dream before teaming up with Moebius & Roedelius to form Kluster. The trio recorded and released three albums before Schnitzler again left, this time to pursue his own work under his own name. Kluster continued with just Roedelius and Moebius under the name Cluster. Following his departure from Kluster, Schnitzler would go on to release hundreds of albums, cassettes, and CDs, both on his own, and on various labels around the world.