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Friday, May 1, 2015

Some words from Brian

The Story of the Fall, Thoughts On An Obsession, and Plans For the Future

First off, despite the weight of that title, I don't attach any great drama to what happened to the blog here. I've seen more than a few great blogs fall - Mr. Eliminator's first Surfadelic blog or Inferno Music Vault are two examples - and I was a little fish in a big pond.
(No, you can't have it)
First off, the DMCA complaints were about the Monty Python, the Richard Pryor, the Ennio Morricone, and the weekly Zappa posts. Those posts were just thrown into "draft" mode, my Zippyshare account was unaffected. The Carlin was still OK, as well as the very popular Swans posts, but....

I burned it all down, folks. Deleted every damn one. Now I hope to give an explanation why, since I plan on continuing. And hey, at least I didn't leave the posts up for years to frustrate people...

Because of a bug infestation, I've spent the last two weeks inspecting, boxing, and moving my music collection around. We're talking about 1600 separate items between LPs and CDs...small potatoes compared to some, but still something to be proud of. Now that everything is on the surface and I'm listening to my long neglected LPs again, I realized something - I've been pigging out on so much music found online that I'd forgotten to find joy in what I already have. And I've got some wildly eclectic, awesome stuff on LP...those are the pictures you're seeing, by the way. Also, there's my beloved Frankenstein system - a modern Denon automatic turntable running into a ca. 1980 JCPenney home system receiver that powers two 10 inch Infinity studio speakers...
Having music has always been a tactile thing for me, ever since I was a kid with my portable single speaker tape deck and my Whitesnake cassettes. Reading liner notes, enjoying the covers, searching through credits to find familiar names - it's how I learned. And now, acquiring and going through so much awesome stuff at an exponential rate online, I felt not as appreciative of it. I'm happy to finally hear rare stuff I've been looking for, but it's been overload the last year or so. I'm not knocking YOU if all you have is hard drives full of stuff, but it loses some of the luster for me to just have them as names in a computer folder.

But that primarily affects what I'm getting from the internet, and only slightly what I'm giving to it...
Future Plans For the Blog

I could never stop doing this. My whole life I've felt the need to give music to people. If I make a new acquaintance and find out they like this or that, the next thing you know I'm bringing in armfuls of CDs saying "listen to this!" I just want the rest of the world to catch up, you know what I mean?
I set out to do the comedy well, which is very neglected out here in the blogs, and it was very popular. But apparently, it gets hunted down even more than music does. I still plan on putting more comedy out, and some old stuff back up, but not in any "complete" context. It's just painful when that was my main aim, and it was what I was targeted for. But I did feel the need to start with a clean slate, so...
There's gonna be no more complete discography stuff. It's an utter pain in the ass, and except for the comedy stuff it's all been done before. Seriously, if there is a group whose discography you want, and they're not small time, go here -
They have so many complete discographies there, it's insane! Boris, Melvins, Swans, Zappa, Sinatra, John Zorn...it's all there. You have to deal with Uploaded.net, but it's worth the time. And if you're looking to fill some obscure holes, also check here -
You'll have to download songs singly from that site, but it's a good place to fill in gaps. And if it's soundtracks you want, check these two sites...
Download-Soundtracks
THE BEST ENNIO MORRICONE BLOG

I will post single albums or small sets of artists or soundtrack I like, but the big old posts are done with. And I'll tell you the last reason...

I was gonna post a bunch of Ken Nordine albums early last week. Then, while grooving to one of his CDs, I sent him an email saying how appreciative I was for his art. Got a kind reply from him the next day, and it made me think: "fuck, this guy is 95 years old, a uniquely gifted artist, and I'm gonna take money out of his pocket?" So, a crisis of conscience, but it came from a good place.
Now, if the artist is dead or the music is rare, that's a different story. I honestly don't give a shit if people's descendants make any money (I'm looking at you, ZFT and Mrs. Pryor). I believe no music should be prohibitively expensive or hard to find, so that is the new focus here. For instance, the complete Python won't come back, but you can bet your ass the 1970 BBC album and the "Hastily Cobbled" bootleg will!
So, a newer focus, and my links and posts will be much more subtle and abbreviated. I won't put titles under the pictures, just the links. Or maybe I will put links in the comments, or maybe the link will be a whole bunch of "£#$¥|%" gobbledygook. I don't know yet. It'll be more disguised, and feature more off-the-radar and rare stuff. I get some international readers, and I definitely want to do some posts that reflect that.
The link to the new blog will be posted by BigScott over on Growing Bored when he copies this. Content will be coming...

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Here is the link to the new blog, I'll keep you guys updated when he starts posting stuff again-Scott

Wednesday, April 29, 2015

.......Apantabapanta's latest result of hard work for YOU

My dude Apantabapanta is VERY busy compiling this encyclopedia of disbanded rock bands, and yes, my man, I know I owe you a couple albums, by the end of the week you will have them, on this you have my word (I DO keep my word, although I am VERY OFTEN slow about it)
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Mar 31, 2015
A first bunch of best of collections of mostly 70’s & some 60’s bands that have been disbanded, in alphabetical order.
A Flock of Seagulls UK The Best of A Flock of Seagulls 1986 @320
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/A_Flock_of_Seagulls
http://www26.zippyshare.com/v/LQMB8r1b/file.html
Abacus GER Retrospection 1971-82 2004 @256
(missing no 12 ”Believe in Music.” If someone has it, please post.)
http://de.wikipedia.org/wiki/Abacus_(Band)
http://www19.zippyshare.com/v/pLVM3P4L/file.html
Abstract Truth SA Cool Sounds for Heads 1970 vinyl @143VBR
(first time on the net. If someone has a better album art please post.)
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=4899
http://www51.zippyshare.com/v/QLnpUBlL/file.html
Accolade UK 1 & 2 Highlights 1972 @192
not really a best of, but a collection highlights of bands only two albums.
http://www.progarchives.com/artist.asp?id=4229
http://www23.zippyshare.com/v/q73erBLl/file.html
Note:
a) The idea is to know the music of the bands all around the world that their music style is close to – Pop / Rock-Folk / Rock-New / Wave-Punk / Rock-Hard / Rock-Prog / Rock-
b) I’ll try to post 5 bands every week.
c) Some bands have been reformed for example -A Flock of Seagulls- .
d) If anyone like this idea and have something to post I think Willard will agree.
e) Volunteers needed for finding & posting bands starting from letter ‘’B’’.
Next week posts
Ace UK
Acqua Fragile ITA
Adam & the Ants UK
After Tea NET
After The Fire UK
002 apanta
Apr 04, 2015
A bunch of best of collections of mostly 70’s & some 60’s bands that have been disbanded, in alphabetical order.
Post 002
Ace UK How Long The Best of Ace 1988 @320
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Ace_(band)
http://www70.zippyshare.com/v/HhagWcW0/file.html
Acqua Fragile ITA Anthology 1975 @192 not really a best of, but a collection of bands only two albums.
http://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acqua_Fragile
http://www70.zippyshare.com/v/bs5mJv51/file.html
Note:
a) The idea is to know the music of the bands all around the world that their music style is close to – Pop / Rock-Folk / Rock-New / Wave-Punk / Rock-Hard / Rock-Prog / Rock
b) I’ll try to post 5 bands every week.
c) Some bands have been reformed.
d) If anyone like this idea and have something to post I think BigScottwill agree.
e) Volunteers needed for finding & posting bands starting from letter ‘’B’’.

Next Week Post 003
Agnes Strange UK
Alabama USA
Alameda SPN
Almendra ARG
Almondegas BR




Here is the great Cliff's latest submission

Here is the latest submission from the wonderkind that is Cliff, my great and wonderful friend in the UK.......he is my reggae "go to" guy, compared to him I don't know shit about it, but I appreciate the fuck out of the work that he does to help me out, to be honest, he is so fucking great he should start his own reggae blog, but until he does I am THRILLED that he contributes his fine stuff here.......thanks Cliff, love you like a brother, even though I have never met you, which if you think about it, is one of the highest praises I could give you (unless, of course you were a hot babe, then all bets would be off, of course)....
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Dread Inna Inglan Pt.2
As I said last week I would post part 2 of bands that emerged in the UK in the late 70’s – early 80’s; so here you are.
MATUMBI – POINT OF VIEW Matumbi were one of the earliest and most influential British reggae bands but also one of the lesser known. They set out to show that that British reggae could sound as good and be as "rootsy" as Jamaican reggae. Driven by the great Dennis Bovell who built himself a formidable reputation as a musician, producer and sound engineer ‘Point of View’ is a wonderful commercial roots reggae album with tinges of pop. However whilst they had a sound that could crossover they remained firmly rooted in the reggae sound of drum and bass that should please everyone. 
 Track List: 1. Point of View (Squeeze a Little Lovin') 2. Come With Me 3. Blue Beat and Ska 4. Things I Do for You 5. Pretender 6. Guide Us 7. Hook Den 8. Black Civilization 9. Music In the Air 10. All Over the World (Money)

ASWAD – ASWAD 
I love the sound of this album; it’s as good as introspective reggae gets. Sadly as their career gathered pace they began to turn towards more a soul/funk based sound, which didn’t really do it for me. However not before they turned out 2 or 3 other quality albums. This was their debut album and displayed some wonderful organic roots reggae. Aswad attempted a fusion of Rastafarianism with social issues that affected the Black populatuion in the hostile environment of the UK at the time which helped produced a sound of their own.  "Concrete Slaveship" is hard-hitting social justice number and the instrumental "Ethiopian Rhapsody" is worth the cost of the album alone
Track List: 1.  I A Rebel Soul, 2: Can't Stand The Pressure, 3: Ethiopian Rhapsody, 4: Natural Progression, 5: Back To Africa, 6: Red Up, 7: Ire Woman, 8: Concrete Slaveship



BLACK ROOTS – BLACK ROOTS
Forming in 1979 Black Roots didn’t release this, their debut album, until 1983; but it was well worth the wait. No nonsense production, potent messages, strong vocals, and exhilarating music made this album a welcome addition to the British Reggae scene. They may not be as well known as Steel Pulse or Aswad but for me they were the equal of them at the very least. Black Roots probably evoked the sound of late 70’s Jamaican reggae more than other British bands but there was no crime in that.  Stand out tracks for me are  ‘Juvenile Delinquent’, with its compulsive rythmn and at the time spot on message, and the repatriation themed ‘Africa’ with its melancholy guitar lead. 
Track List: 1. The Father 2. Survival 3. Juvenile Delinquent 4. What Them A Do 5. Opportunity 6. Tribal War 7. Africa 8. Move On




UB40 – SIGNING OFF




I didn’t know whether to include any UB40 or not.There is only one word to describe UB40 and that is SHIT!! Over the years they have churned out some of the most insipid, bland reggae it has been the misfortune foranybody to hear. BUT they debuted with an album that makes you think they were a completely different band then. Tracks like ‘Burden of Shame’, ‘Tyler’, ‘King’ and the anti-Thatcher Madam Medusa carried heartfelt political statements set to fine grooves and echoey dubs. Sadly though despite the decent tracks on this album and also ‘Present Arms’ UB40 went on to  turnout album after  album after album of forgettable crapMy advice to you is to listen to this, ‘Present Arms’  and consign 99% of the rest of the stuff they inflicted upon us to the trash.

Track List: 1.Tyler 2.King 3.12 Bar 4.Burden Of Shame 5.Adella 6.I Think It's Going To Rain Today 7.25% 8.Food For Thought 9.Little By Little 10.Signing Off 11.Madam Medusa 12.Strange Fruit 13.Reefer Madness

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Thanks to Cliff for another awesome submission, I will be here as long as you continue to send me this great stuff, no need to worry about a "3-day bender", fuck it, I have at least two of those a week....wish you could be here in the USA to help me celebrate my birthday Friday May 1, but the stuff you send is so great it's like you sent me a gift-wrapped present!




P.E.A.C.E./War

Had forgotten all about this one, we used to play the shit out of it. Assembeled by the San Francisco punk mag, "Maximum Rock n Roll" (actually still have a few old copies around here somewhere, would be a great scan I oughta do at some point.......btw anyone have any scans of classic Trouser Press, New York Rocker, or Creem, ca. early 1980's.......man that shit was GREAT, definitely one area in which 1980 was FAR better than today), this was intended to raise money for anti-nuke causes.....don't know, truthfully, how THAT ever worked out, but for a 22 year old in 1984 (ah, irony), this was a political bombshell that also rocked like a mofo, with folks like the Dead Kennedys, Crass, Cheetah Chrome & the Motherfuckers and many more, obviously this was not a GOP fundraiser.....a good portion of the planet is represented here, also, as this is a 60-track mammoth release on 2 discs, I'm cheating, I have a vinyl rip but it sounds like shit because by vinyl copy went through such punishment before I did the rip, I figured maybe finding a fresh digital copy might be better for blogging purposes. The "P.E.A.C.E." on the title stood for Peace, Energy, Action, Cooperation, Evolution.......actually in 2014 this works on a couple of levels because the arrogant pretentiousness of most of this work is quite dated and amusing, besides the fact that there is some great hardcore stuff here, and, as said before, from LOTS of corners of the world.

So, to touch on a highlight or two, the first disc (the "peace" disc) we get leftist representation from, among others, Japan (GISM), Italy (Wretched), Sweden (Mob 47), and of course Crass from the UK (trying to recall if I've ever done a Crass post, I don't think I have, they were certainly interesting at the very least), among a slew of USA bands such as the Dicks, The Offenders, ODFX and others.

The second disc, the "war" disc, includes a few well known bands such as the Dead Kennedys, Butthole Surfers, the UK Subs, and Reagan Youth, sprinkled among some other gems such as Millions of Dead Cops, Wargasm, Impact, and the Subhumans. If you are close to my age and have forgotten about this one, it'll be like a little Christmas present for ya, if it's "new" stuff to you, well, yeah, in fact, we DID take this stuff seriously, what of it?!?

I've included the country of origin for each act here because I think it's incredible that they managed to
round up such a broad variety of them. Please comment if this sparks a memory or has you breaking out your old safety pins (yes, i REALLY did that too).

PEACE DISC-01 ARTICLES OF FAITH (USA)-Up Against a Wall/02 GISM (Japan)-Endless Blockades For the Pussyfooter/03 NEON CHRIST (USA)-Ashes to Ashes/04 KALASHNIKOV (Denmark)-Schluter's Kabinet/05 CAUSE FOR ALARM (USA)-Time Will Tell/06 LOCAL DISTURBANCE (Netherlands)-No USA/07 UNWARRANTED TRUST (Canada)-Honour's Calling/08 WRETCHED (Italy)-Mai Arrenders!/09 ODFX (USA)-Drop the A-Bomb on Me/10 THE AFFLICTED (USA)-Here Come the Cops/11 DECLINO (Italy)-Inutile Trionfo/12 THE DICKS (USA)-I Hope You Get Drafted/13 BGK (Netherlands)-Arms Race/14 CRASS (UK)-It's You/15 UPRIGHT CITIZENS (West Germany)-Swasatika Rats/16 FALSE PROPHETS (USA)-Banana Split Republic/17 MOB 47 (Sweden)-Karvapen Attack/18 THE OFFENDERS (USA)-Face Down in the Dirt/19 CONTRAZIONE (Italy)-Sbarre/20 S.C.U.M. (Canada)-So Much Hate/21 LOS VIOLADORES (Argentina)-Viejos Pateticos/22 DEADLOCK (Poland)-Sometimes/23 PPG (USA)-Will It Ever End?/24 TRASH (USA)-Peace of What?/25 VICIOUS CIRCLE (Australia)-Police Brutality/26 CONDEMNED TO DEATH (USA)-Gartland's Pit/27 NEGAZIONE (Italy)-Non Mi Dire/28 DOA (Canada)-America the Beautiful/29 DRI (USA)-Snap/30 PORNO PATROL (West Germany) Jump Back/31 TREASON (USA)-Drop Out/32 SHIT SA (Spain)-Abortos/33 SEPTIC DEATH (USA)-Silence

WAR DISC-01 CHEETAH CHROME & THE MOTHERFUCKERS (Italy)/02 PEGGIO PUNX (Italy)-No Mai/03 THE PROLETARIAT (USA)-An Uneasy Peace/04 CONFLICT (UK)-Bomb/05 THE ICONOCLAST (USA)-Battlefield (Nightmare)/06 PANDEMONIUM (Netherlands)-Pay For Shit/07 DEAD KENNEDYS (USA)-Kinky Sex Makes the World Go Round/08 BOSKOPS (West Germany)-Skorbut/09 SUBHUMANS (UK)-Rats/10 THE WHITE LIE (USA)-Peace Officer/11 WARGASM (Netherlands)-R.A.T./Pentagone/12 SLAUGHTERHOUSE 4 (USA)-Four More Hours/13 THE EXECUTE (Japan)-Finale/14 REAGAN YOUTH (USA)-Reagan Youth/15 IMPACT (Italy)-The Man Goes On/16 BUTTHOLE SURFERS (USA)-100 Million People Dead/17 KANGRENA (Spain)-Ataque/18 PORCELAIN FOREHEAD (Canada)-Will Amerika/19 BARELY HUMAN (USA)-No mercy No War/20 RAF PUNK (Italy)-Contro La Pace Contro La Guerra/21 ZENZILE (South Africa)-Moment By Moment/Exiled Shadows/22 MILLIONS OF DEAD COPS (USA)-Missile Destroyed Civilization/23 JACK KILLED JILL (USA)-Walked In Line/24 CORRUPTED IDEAS (USA)-Feeble Attempt/25 CHRIST ON A CRUTCH -Parnoid World Vision/26 UK SUBS(UK)-Postcard From LA/27 ANTI FLAG (USA)-Die For the Government

OK, motherfuckers, this is something of an unearthed "treasure", or "classic" or something (can you
tell I've been drinking heavilly? May 1 is my fucking 53 birthday, as I keep saying, send me presents/money/whatever)........in all seriousness I hope you enjoy this comp it's one that I really did play the fuck out of 30 years ago!

The Groke

I apologize to whomever sent me this, I seem to have lost the information, no big thing though as this is also available for streaming on Bandcamp. From Finland comes The Groke, who, are a competent, workmanlike "stoner rock" band, I use the quote marks because I think that is a terminology, ala "grunge" or "glitter" which it is about time to file away in the dictionary of history.

Not that there's anything wrong with the disc, I just (as an absolute lover of the genre) think that it is unlikely that any new ground is going to be broken in it.......just like punk, or grunge, or glitter/glam, or whatever........if you see what I'm trying to say........I guess we just have to wait for the next "scene" that grabs us.......nonetheless, I DO still enjoy decent new stuff in ALL the above mentioned genres, The Groke are no exception.....perfectly competent stoner stuff ala maybe Kyuss or Queens of the Stone Age.........the album is Monstrorum Historia, and titles like "Astronomy Divine" and "Tequila Sunset"/"Tequila Moonrise" certainly suggest that they might have just heard a QOTSA album or two in thier day.

They previously were known as "Madhatter" and released an EP "A Touch of Red" in 2012 before changing their moniker to The Groke. Made up of guitarists Jesse Heikkinen and Juho Tormala, keyboardist Joonas Karjalainen, bassist Petri Henell, and drummer Micah Heinonen, pretty simple, if you are a fan of the genre you will find this worth a listen

MONSTRORUM HISTORIA-01 Monstrorum/02 Parasite/03 Astronomy Divine/04 Delirium/05 Tequila Sunset/06 Blind Eyes/07 Another Strange Me/08 Racontuer/09 Ain't Worth a Dime/10 End of the Fear/11 Tequila Moonrise


Soviet Punk Anthology 1980-91

Found on the Bay and presented pretty much for the variety/novelty/curiosity/weirdness factors,
here is a 36-track set, the title pretty much says it all.....no one here I was previously familiar with, and, to be quite honest, nothing that really floored me or anything. The vocals are pretty much hilarious for the most part, they really DO sound like Boris and Natasha from Bullwinkle, and the music runs the spectrum, some metal/grunge-type stuff here as well......not going to point out any "favorite" tracks or anything, because, really, I didn't have any, and it's going to take me long enough to type the whole list anyway.......you know already if you are interested in this, it's "better" than the Soviet METAL comp I posted a while back, at least it's more amusing to listen to. Take it or leave it, up to thou! The titles are thoughtfully translated to English thankfully, adding to the unintentional humor factor ("Have Fun, Old Woman", "Walking On Broken Bottles", "Strange Drunken Boy").....oh lighten up, you know it's pretty funny if you listen to it.

If you are seriously interested, these are basically sequenced fairly chronologically, the first disc spanning 1980-88, the second covering 1988-91, and for this I give the producer props, I often dislike the haphazard sequencing on comps of this type.

By the way I forgot to split the damn RAR into discs, generally I do, but I haven't even burned this one to disc yet, so there ya be........just follow the numbers below and you will be fine!




SOVIET PUNK ANTHOLOGY 1980-91 DISC 1-01 NARODNOE OPELCHENIE-Soviet Hymn/02
Propeller-Punker/03 FUTBOL-Dedication To Port #33/04 KOPLI OTELL-Veteran/05 AQUARIUM-Ashes/06 GENERATOR M-Divergent/07 ZOOPARK-Suburban Blues/08 DK-Comrade, Believe!/09 OSAKOND-Monitus/10 KINO-Anarchy/11 PRODIGOV NURKENA-Strange Drunken Boy/12 ANONUEUMNE AK-Mia/13 ANTIS-Kada Kada/14 RETSEPI-Mashin Imedi Kverba/15 AVTOMATICHESKI UDOVLETVORITELI-Summer (Live)/16 VENNASKOND-Par Korgel/17 BRIGADNYI PODRAJAD-Dengi/18 J.M.K.E.-Hello Perestroika

SOVIET PUNK ANTHOLOGY 1980-91 DISC 2-01 IGRY-I Am No One/02 GRASCHDANSKAJA OBORONA-2nd Echelon/03 NAC DILON APSEDIES-Ringolds/04 CHUDO JUDO-Quasimodo/05 OBJEKT NASMASHEK-Punk Rock/06 ANNA VANNA KAPEC-Unknown Title/07 JANKA-By the Team Rails/08 JUGO-ZAPAAD-Walking on Broken Bottles/09 VOPLI VIDOPLJAROYA-Ugaga/10 NAIVE-Tanka-Punka/11 ASCARIDARIDA-Our namea, Ascaridaarida/12 O.M.O.N.-Perversions/13 DISTEMPER-Me and Raj/14 NARASNAJA JUNCAT-Moron/15 ROCK n ROLL & KOBA-Have Fun Old Woman/16 NARODNOJE OPOLCHENIE-Resident/17 VABANK-At the Dacha/18 OUTRO


Monday, April 27, 2015

Kak

Thought before I hit the bed I'd throw up another under appreciated late-60's psych gem, this time from Kak from San Francisco, Kak were bassist/singer Joseph Damrell, guitarist/singer Gary Lee Yoder, guitarist/singer Dehner E  Patten, and drummer/multi-instrumentalist Chris Lockheed.

This is NOT a classic, what it is is a forgotten album that would remind one of Moby Grape (especially) or the Grateful Dead.......it's a piece of lost 60's psych that a lot of folks have never heard, so, why might I not just throw it up tonight before I go to bed? May as well, I suppose......if you like this kind of late-60's Dead/Grape influenced psych, you'll love this, if not, well, there's always tomorrow.........give this a shot, it's nearly TOTALLY forgotten, let's see if you think that is deserved or not.....


KAK-01 Hco96758/02 Everything's Changing/03 Electric Sailor /04 Disbelievin'/05 I've Got Time/06  Flowing By/07 Bryte N Clear Day/08 Triuloegy/09 Lemonade Kid


Yes, I know there is an extended version with ten or so "bonus" tracks, but, get this, THIS IS THE ONE I HAVE, so here's what you're getting.......if one of you folks have the "deluxe" edition, please share it with us and we'll ALL be thrilled!