Wednesday, 10 May 2017

PROPAGANDHI























"failed States"
Year:    2016
Country:    Canada
City:    Winnipeg
Label:    Epitaph
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    38 min.
Lyrical themes:    anarchism,  pacifism
Genre:    rock
Style:            Punk            Prog Rock












We could to describe Propagandhi nowadays as a "prog punk" band formed in Winnipeg, Canada, in 1989 by guitarist Chris Hannah and drummer Jord Samolesky. Since the beggining they used to make songs more pop punk oriented in the 90s decade style as many bands from California, US and everywhere. But latest years Propagandhi risked to change 180 degrees its music style and to try to make more complicated structures, longer songs and mature lyrics, becoming in some kind of "prog punk", so a result to mix classic punk rock with other styles such as: progressive rock, post-hardcore, sludge and even heavy metal influences. The band already risked in "supporting caste" (2009) and repeat again its adventure in this "failed States", which is still farest than classic pop punk. Acclaimed for some ones or disappointed for other ones, is more than evident the great progression that Propagandhi has expiremented: high technical level, complicated structures, long songs and original lyrics with do not lost their attitude and principles. Perhaps not adequat for those lovers of classic melodic styles, but more than recommended for those who search new ideas, points of view and experimentations.
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"supporting caste"
Year:    2009
Country:    Canada
Label:    G7 Welcoming Comite
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    38 min.
Lyrical themes:    anarchism, pacifism
Genre:    rock
Style:            Punk            Prog Rock












"supporting caste" is the fifth full-length album by the punk rock band Propagandhi. It was released on March 10, 2009 through their own label "G7 Welcoming Committee Records" in Canada and US, "Hassle Records" in the UK and Europe. It is the first Propagandhi release with second guitarist David Guillas and the first not released on former longtime label Fat Wreck Chords. It is the third Propagandhi release on their own label. The album was recorded at The Blasting Room in Fort Collins, Colorado. In part to stop or impede the leaking of the album, the band set up a page with an option to receive two high-quality songs from the album before release, by donating as little as $1 to one of three activist organizations supported by the band. This page also links to various pre-orders of the album. The band uploaded the entire album onto their MySpace page on March 3, 2009 for fans to hear ahead of its release. The album was critically acclaimed and was voted by punknews.org users as the best album of 2009. The excellent artwork is by Canadian artist Kent Monkman, entitled "The Triumph of Mischief". And both, artwork and lyrics are charged of political messages and vindications for different causes. Musically and lyrically continue to become in complicated forms and structures closer to prog rock, symphonic rock and even some kind of heavy metal. Truly original
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Thursday, 4 May 2017

LOU REED





















"metal machine music"
Year:    1975
Country:    US
City:    New York
Label:    Universal Music
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    4
Time:    64 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise












According to Reed (despite the original liner notes), the album entirely consists of guitar feedback played at different speeds. The two guitars were tuned in unusual ways and played with different reverb levels. He would then place the guitars in front of their amplifiers, and the feedback from the very large amps would vibrate the strings - the guitars were, effectively, playing themselves. He recorded the work on a four-track tape recorder in his New York apartment, mixing the four tracks for stereo. In its original form, each track occupied one side of an LP record and lasted exactly 16:01 minutes. The fourth side ended in a locked groove that caused the last 1.8 seconds of music to repeat endlessly. The rare 8-track tape version has no silence in between programs, so that it plays continuously without gaps on most players.
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Tuesday, 2 May 2017

JEPH JERMAN























"versatile ambience"
Year:    2016
Country:    US
City:    Agana
Label:    Idea Intermedia
Format:    CD
Tracks:   2
Time:    38 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Abstract            Experimental













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Thursday, 30 March 2017

THE DEADBEATS























"deadbeats on parade"
Year:    1996
Country:    US
City:    Los Angeles
Label:    Sympathy For The Record Industry
Format:    CD
Tracks:    12
Time:    36 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Avantgarde            Punk














Great band in the classic Dangerhouse tradition which record nothing... and all at the same time: avant-garde, free jazz, punk rock, parody, new wave, prog rock and probably more things... Guitarist Geza-X had a solo career and worked as an ace rock producer. Pat Delaney (sax) would later be seen in Bpeople and Romans. They started in 1976 and disbanded two years later but reformed and recorded its old stuff plus new songs in this album entitled "deadbeats on parade" in 1996. Its music style is hard to describe moving from punk to jazz to new wave and even some kind of free improvisation and rare rhythmic section (drums, percussion. The band recorded a live concert one year later and a second studio album in 2016, on double vinyl and making complete free jazz, free improvisation and experimental music.
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Tuesday, 28 March 2017

THE MEMBERS























"at the chelsea nightclub"
Year:    1979
Country:    UK
City:    London
Label:    Universal Music
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    16
Time:    45 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Avantgarde            Punk


















The Members started in 1976 as another teenage band into the punk rock explosion late 70's decade, but quickly they incorporated to their music different elements, sounds and influences closer to reggae, funk, post-punk and new wave. With intelligent and original lyrics, sometimes about personal issues, sometimes about social issues, the band achieved their acclamed debut album in 1979 issued by label "Virgin Records" (Universal Music). With an ironical voice, few distorted guitars, original drums section and some kind of avantgarde style, The Members took the attention of public and medias during its first short period of activy, just until 1983. In 2007 the band come back and still active performing mostly for UK, Europe and US. They participaed in popular festival "Rock Against Racism" and other benefit concerts and events.
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"1980: the choice is yours"
Year:    1980
Country:    UK
Label:    Universal Music
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    11
Time:    33 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            New Wave











Perhaps a little bit less original than their debut, The Members recorded this second issue which it can to describe as a new wave album, in the sense here we can found several styles en vogue late 70s and early 80s such as: pop, reggae, ska, funk, post-punk, etc. It seem the best way to describe all of this mixture of music styles is using the word "new wave". The band continues with their intelligent lyrics and making live events for benefit concerts, solidarity events, etc.
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Tuesday, 7 March 2017

FUNKI PORCINI























"conservative apocalypse"
Year:    2016
Country:    UK
City:
Artist:    James Braddell
Label:    none
Format:    digital
Tracks:    14
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Ambient            Abstract













Funki Porcini is the stage name of musician and film maker James Braddell. His music is a combination of downtempo, breakbeat and nu jazz with highlights of samples and time-stretched vocals. The name "Funki Porcini" is a twist on "Funghi Porcini", the Italian name of the mushroom Boletus edulis, commonly known as "penny bun". He spent ten years in Italy making music for film and television. Thereafter, he returned to England. In 1994 he signed to independent record label Ninja Tune and set up his own studio, The Uterus Goldmine. For his fourth album, Fast Asleep, Braddell worked with Team Alcohol (a.k.a. Rupert Small) to produce visual interpretations of eight tracks, which are included on the album's accompanying DVD. He has also recorded as a member of 9 Lazy 9 (a.k.a. 8 Lazy Bastards), under the pseudonym Giacomo Braddellini; and released the EP "Float On" (1995), as a member of short-lived band Purr, along with DJ N4Eric (a.k.a. Toona) and Stuart Warren-Hill of Hexstatic. Recently[when?] he has been making films and animation and has worked on the scores to two films by Tony Grisoni; Syncing and The Pizza Miracle.
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Friday, 10 February 2017

JASMINE GUFFOND























"yellow bell"
Year:    2015
Country:    France
City:    Paris
Label:    Sonic Pieces
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    6
Time:    43 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Ambient            Experimental












Jasmine Guffond was born in 1972 in Sydney, Australia, to a French father and a Swiss mother. Her first band was a drums, bass and guitar trio called BA-KA, and she later played bass in the electronic/rock group Alternahunk. Before founding Minit with Torben Tilly in Sydney in 1997, Guffond was a member of improvised ambient electronic duo Hiss.
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