Friday, 26 May 2017

MAEROR TRI
























"myein"
Year:    2016
Country:    Germany
City:    Bremen
Label:   Infinite Fog
Format:    CD
Tracks:    3
Time:   60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Ambient










The German-based guitar trio Maeror Tri was active between 1988 and 1996. Well known in the industrial cassette underground, the group was about to break into the growing experimental electronica scene when it ceased its activities. Its brand of drone music borrowed elements from industrial, gothic, avant-garde minimalism (Tony Conrad, Glenn Branca), and new age meditation to reach a form of transcendentalism. It has released dozens of full-length cassettes and 7" and 10" EPs in very limited, hard to find editions, along with five studio albums that are more widely available. Archive material has continued to surface a few years after the group's dissolution. Maeror Tri formed in April 1988. Very little is known about its origins; even the identity of its members remains vague, except for Stefan Knappe, the group's spokesperson and owner of the label Drone Records. The name is an incorrect Latin expression that could mean "the absorbed three" or "the grieving three" -- suitable for the trio's dark inner journeys. The group released its first cassette privately in 1988, followed by many more and dozens of appearances on drone and noise compilation tapes. The group was building a strong name because of the consistent quality and originality of its hazy music and the uniqueness of its packages. In 1993 Korm Plastics released the first "overground" Maeror Tri album, the ambitious concept CD Multiple Personality Disorder. It was followed by Meditamentum, a collection of tape tracks from 1988 to 1993. Myein (1995) and Language of Flames and Sound .
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MAEROR TRI + MØHR
"Hafenstadt"
Year:    2015
Country:    Germany
Label:    Auf Abwegen
Format:    CD
Edition:    500 copies
Tracks:    4
Time:    56 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:          Experimental          Noise




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"Hypnotykum II"
Year:  1999
Country:  Germany
City:  Bremen
Label:  Absurd
Format:  LP
Edition:  800 copies
Tracks:  5
Time:  42 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:           Drone            Noise


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"Hypnotikum I"
Year:    1998
Country:    Germany
City:    Bremen
Label:    Soleilmoon Recordings
Format:    LP
Edition:    800 copies
Tracks:    5
Time:    42 min.
Genre:  electronic
Style:              Ambient             Drone



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"Mind reversal"
Year:    1993
Country:    Germany
City:    Bremen
Label:    Hithlahabuth
Format:    cassette
Tracks:   5
Time:    50 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:              Ambient              Drone



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"Multipersonality disorder"
Year:    1993
Country:    Germany
City:    Bremen
Label:    Korm Plastics
Format:    CD
Tracks:    5
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Drone            Ambient


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"Subliminal forces"
Year:    1991
Country:    Germany
City:    Bremen
Label:    Teta-Morphosis
Format:    CD , cassette
Tracks:    8
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Ambient            Drone












Reissue of a cassette originally released in 1991 by Tonspur Tapes label, containing recordings made in 1990-1991. Deep low-end drones and plangent noises, reverbed clanging of metal and other experimental textures, minimum of melodies and guitar-based melancholia, typical rather for later period of the band. Complete and relentless immersion into the subliminal sphere. "Like a waterfall in your mind" reads a pithy text on the back of this reissue from the German industrial-drone iconoclasts Maeror Tri. It's very much a fitting descriptor to the sprawling, long-form bass-rumble that those three had developed as their signature sound during their prolific career from 1988 to 1996. Hypnotic, transfixing, ominous, sublime. Subliminal Forces was one of the many cassettes that had been released in a tiny edition at sometime during their career. The sub-underground imprint Tonspur put out the original cassette, doing so in 1993, which was a couple years after the recordings were completed. Suspended tones of flanging guitar noise and flecked electronics hang above inky black, gothic, shadowy, sepulchral, subterranean, and otherwise dark-as-fuck tones, lending to an post-apocalyptic imagery of flickering strands of Christmas lightbulbs that somehow managed to stay illumined while the remaining landscape is charred, bombed-out, deserted, and strewn only with rubble. After seven tracks of expressively desolate slabs of industrial drone, album's isolationist tendencies crack only slightly with the final track "Memento." Here, pools of synths and guitars ripple against each other's languid reverberations and spectral decay. Very lovely. Reports from the peanut gallery about the original tape's inconsistent sound seem to have addressed with the remastering of this album for the 2014 relaunch. As such, it's a necessary reissue on all fronts.
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"Ambient dreams"
Year:    1990
Country:    Germany
City:    Bremen
Label:     ZNS Tapes
Format:    cassette
Tracks:    11
Time:    45 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Ambient            Drone









From 1988 to 1996, MAEROR TRI were a German trio that used only electric guitars and tons of processing devices to create their floating and static droning soundscapes. The group is now disbanded. Knappe and Gitschel formed Troum, Siehl is currently working as Tausendschoen.
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"peak experience"
Year:    1989
Country:    Germany
Label:    Harsh Reality Music
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    11
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Experimental            Ambient



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Wednesday, 24 May 2017

PARANOID VISIONS


























P.V. + STEVE IGNORANT
"now and then..."
Year:    2016
Country:    Ireland
City:    Dublin
Label:    Overground
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    10
Time:    36 min.
Lyrical themes:    anarchism, pacifism
Genre:    rock
Style:            Post Punk



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"cryptic cross words"
Year:    2015
Country:   Ireland
City:    Dublin
Label:    Overground
Format:    CD
Tracks:    10
Time:    40 min.
Lyrical themes:    anarchism, pacifism
Genre:    rock
Style:            Avantgarde            Punk










Paranoid Visions formed in Dublin in 1981 and are Eire’s longest-running punk band. Cryptic Cross Words is the 5th album that Paranoid Visions have released since their 2006 reboot. Add to this the multitude of singles and a myriad of historical re-releases and compilations and it becomes clear that Paranoid Visions are a band who are not content to sit back and relax or attempt to trade on past glories. Indeed founder members Deko and P.A are of the opinion that there are no past glories with the recent releases being more reflective of what the band were about in the first place. Cryptic Cross Words, a culmination of a year’s recording and writing is an attempt to craft a specific album with a specific modus operandi. "With every release we have done, there has always been a compromise, and certain styles or genres we have wanted to explore have been almost achieved, but not executed the way we imagined them…until now". Switching rhythm section and losing a backing vocalist in early 2014 gave the band the opportunity to form the perfect line-up and create what the band believe is best album they have ever made. It’s certainly a more focussed and strategic release that relies on soundscapes and moods that co-exist with the various musical genres the band continues to dip into. But it explores these cohesively with production that has been described by one early reviewer as being "crisp but avoids the sheen of the nu”. Certainly this album owes as much to UK Decay as it does to UK Subs, or is “more magazine than fanzine". Lyrically the album is tackling different subjects ranging from the Catholic Churches abuse of children, invasion in the Ukraine, sexual harmony, working culture and the voice of the downtrodden public on the verge of snapping. In the case of Anagram Sam the lyrics consist entirely of anagrams (Anagram Sam, he’s one of those NAMELESS SALESMEN, his LIFE is a FILE of anagrams, he’s the SENATOR for TREASON etc etc….you get the picture!!) whilst the album’s closer, “baNAMA Republic” is a delicate slow building acoustic song spanning seven minutes and sung by Aoife Destruction detailing the fall of the Irish economy and the corruption that facilitated it.
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"when...?"
Year:    2013
Country:    Ireland
Label:    Overground
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    12
Time:    38 min.
Lyrical themes:    anarchism, pacifism
Genre:    rock
Style:            Avantgarde            Punk



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"escape from the austery complex"
Year:    2012
Country:    Ireland
Label:    Overground
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    14
Time:    40 min.
Lyrical themes:    anarchism, pacifism
Genre:    rock
Style:            Post Punk



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"beware of the God"
Year:    2010
Country:    Ireland
City:    Dublin
Label:   FOAD
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    13
Time:    38 min.
Lyrical themes:    anarchism, pacifism
Genre:    rock
Style:           Avantgarde            Punk



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 "Reagan stein"
Year:    1988
Label:    Foad
Format:    EP
Tracks:  5
Time:    12 min.
Genre:    rock
Style:            Post Punk



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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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"cicuye"
Year:    2011
Country:    US
Label:    none
Format:    CD
Tracks:    2
Time:    60 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Experimental            Ambient



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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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