Thursday, January 31, 2008

Architects Office - Caswallon The Headhunter LP

Posting this in a very late response to Cranio's request. Sorry, I used to have the AO353 cassette as well but I sold it. It wasn't really very good. THIS, however, is top notch weirdness of a very special nature. Released on PGR's label Silent back in 1986, the lengthy LP is an audio journey describing the Roman conquest of the British Isles. It presents a mix of real time story, historical perspective, and various digressions into modern topics. Written by Jane Brakhage, narrated by several different people, and with background music by AO. Fascinating.


Wednesday, January 30, 2008

The Embarrassment - Retrospective

Another tape-only classic from the Fresh Sounds label (which also put out an SPK tape!). A tad unusual for this blog, but this is such a good example of Midwestern 80's pop punk in America. Pretty cool tunes, some of which are still unreleased in any other format. Almost all of their releases seem to be out of print. Someone oughta reissue this pronto. My tape definitely suffers from "cassette sound", so caveat emptor. This goes out to all the Indiana dudes, yo.

Note: After painstakingly recording, editing, and ripping this original cassette copy, I allowed the iTunes autotag to misspell the name of the band before I uploaded the zip file. Please fix the tag (insert "embarrassed" joke here).


Saturday, January 19, 2008

Amor Fati - Birth of Tragedy

Dense, longform stuff from this lovely 80's artist. Recently his work has been discussed among some comrades of mine and I am happy to provide this murky piece of bleak angst. Tape release on his own Flesh Records from who knows when, maybe 1984. Not listed on discogs, or perhaps under a different name. Support the artist at his website. Thanks to Ken G and his old girlfriend for the opportunity to preserve this tape.

Also recently got some positive feedback via word of mouth, which is always nice. I know it's been slow around here, but I assure you the folks in my sidebar have been making up for it.