Tuesday, December 26, 2006

The Legendary Pink Dots, Part 4: Prayer For Aradia

This tape came out in 1982, it was reissued on CD sometime in the mid-90's. I have included the one previously unreleased bonus track but left off the Chemical Playschool tracks that were also added to the reissue... they are on the tapes I upped earlier. This CD has been out of print for a while, hope the Pink Dots reissue it soon.

Prayer For Aradia

Monday, December 18, 2006

The Legendary Pink Dots, Part 3:

The Kleine Krieg tape was yet another 90-minute outing for the Dots, also released in 1981. It shares some songs with the Chemical Playschool tapes below, but usually they are in new versions.


Sunday, December 17, 2006

The Legendary Pink Dots, Part 2:

Chemical Playschool #2 (90 minute tape, 1981)

Side A

Side B

This is a real high point of early LPD work... recommended. Again, only a very small bit of this has ever made it to CD.

Saturday, December 16, 2006

The Legendary Pink Dots, Part 1.

I'm going to do a series of rare Pink Dots tapes for ya, in conjunction with work I'm doing elsewhere.

First up is the double 90-minute tape Chemical Playschool #1/#2. Conceived of as a "best of" for their first year together, most of this has never been on CD. Here's the first tape, C.P. #1:

Side A

Side B

I'll be uploading the second one tomorrow, then three more out-of-print tapes!

Monday, December 04, 2006

3 Teens Kill 4 were a New York City band from the early 80's. Loosely grouped in the post punk and/or no wave scene, their EP was requested somewhere else in a comments section, I forget where. I thought I'd rip my copy and post it.

Wikipedia says, in a brief entry on the band, that "They are most notable for featuring David Wojnarowicz, a famous artist, as a member." That seems unfair to me, the record is fairly good on its own.

My copy of this mini LP (or EP, or whatever) is on the original Point Blank label. There was also a reissue on the French label Invitation Au Suicide.

"Hut" and "Bean Song" are listed as one track on the albun, I kept it that way.

3 Teens Kill 4 - No Motive

Wednesday, November 29, 2006

Crawling With Tarts - Bled Es Siba (Part One)

Michael Gendreau and Suzanne Dycus-Gendreau have been making music as Crawling With Tarts since sometime in the mid-80's. They were a big part of the "Cassette Culture" scene, and their tapes from that era really stand out. Later on in the 90's they turned into more of a Mills College academic style of music, putting out CD's of cutup opera 78's and double singles of motor sounds. Not really that exciting compared to this stuff.

I am giving you my favorite tape here, less song oriented than some of the others that I will post later. This is the first tape in a double set, unfortunately I do not have the second one. Long, utterly alien tracks that sound like being inside of some creepy hive of insects. Truly unique and highly recommended.

Side 1

Side 2

(reupped on 3/1/11)

Friday, November 24, 2006

Pussy Galore - Exile On Main Street

This tape was supposedly a response to Sonic Youth's musings about recording a cover version of The Beatles' "White Album". Circa 1987, cassette only. An abridged version was released on LP but I can't tell whether or not it's a bootleg even though I own a copy. This version is complete, except perhaps for a bit at the end (even I can't tell), and is a copy of an original tape. Encoded via LAME just for you, dear listener.

Next up we will be getting back to our roots with some rare tapes by Crawling With Tarts, much more interesting than their more recent output!

Wednesday, November 01, 2006

The Cravats - In Toytown

Some newer blogs have been putting up various neat-o obscurities from the mighty Cravats, aka The Babymen, aka DCL Locomotive, aka The Very Things. Thanks to all of you!

Here is the first Cravats LP, released on Small Wonder Records around 1980. An anthology reissue is forthcoming on Overground Records, buy it!

Saturday, October 14, 2006

Sun City Girls - Tibetan Jazz 666

This hasn't been reissued yet in Eclipse Records' series of LP versions of the seemingly endless series of tapes this band put out in the 80's. I am eagerly awaiting further installments, perhaps you are too. Here's a little something to fill the time. Not from an original, I got this from the net. Still, it has a good bitrate. Enjoy!

Monday, September 25, 2006

Flipper - 1982 Demos

There has been some talk about these lately, given the fact that almost none of Flipper's recordings are in print. These have never officially come out, but have apparantly been released as a double CD bootleg. I would hate for y'all to have to spend money on something that should be free, so here you go...

Part 1
Part 2

Monday, September 18, 2006

Amor Fati aka Amaury Perez was an intriguing underground figure of the 80's who had a simple 4-track basement approach to recording long before some 90's zine came up with the term "lo-fi". His enigmatic releases in plain white covers with paste-on black & white covers and inserts mixed Nitzchean philospohy, noise, classical music, and post-punk to an amazing degree.

He has a new CD and a current website HERE. I highly recommend downloading the MP3 of "Rock And Roll: Economics 101" from his website, a personal favorite.

I'm going to start off with one of several cassettes he released. This, his third release after a 7" EP and a tape, is appropriately entitled Amor Fati III.

As always, please support the artist if you can.

Saturday, September 09, 2006

Nurse With Wound, Part 2: Lumbs Sister LP

Breaking with tradition here and giving y'all a rare NWW LP. This was part of a 3LP box set along with Sol Invictus and Current 93. The C93 record has been reissued as the Horsey CD, but the NWW tracks are still out of print. Don't know about the Sol Invictus. On the Cerne label, which I think was from Germany.

NWW - Lumbs Sister

Liner notes:

Some of the music from the film by Chris Wallis

Lumbs little sister
was as much willow and twig
as he was oak root
she was as supple
as he was stiff
and could bring the dead back to life
as easily as she could plait her hair
she kept the pieces
of his wooden heart
in the same place
she kept the day and night
each evening she goes to bathe
in the dark green spring
the dust she washes off
becomes the spark
in the eye of the child
the surge in the veins of the lover
the speck of hope
in the eyes of the dying
she dissolves arrives
in the softness of time
and inscribes their history in the ashes of hate
she weaves
the rope that guides the blind
from nothing to something

music S. Stapleton
painting Om
dedicated to Tabatha Raspberry & Grizzle

Tuesday, September 05, 2006

Back in the day, Lustmord recorded for Sterile Records, Third Mind, and other noisy 80's labels. It took them a while to develop their "dark ambient" schtick and the early recordings are much more varied. Dark Vinyl reissued their debut LP on a CD with some bonus material a while back, but this tape (on Sterile, if I recall correctly) has never been reissued to my knowledge. I can barely find info about it on the web, but I did find out that it was released in 1983. This is a dub of a friend's original copy, burned to CD on a standalone player and then ripped to MP3 with LAME (like almost all of what I will offer here - it takes longer, but is worth it).

I don't have the track titles, if somebody knows them please leave info in the comments.

Lustmord - Lustmordekay cassette

UPDATE: Here is a link to the cover art and release info (it was indeed a Sterile release).

Sunday, August 27, 2006

SPK's "Last Attempt At Paradise" cassette is one of several tapes documenting the early 80's live version of this band. Released by the Lawrence, Kansas label Fresh Sounds.

SPK - The Last Attempt At Paradise

here is more information on the release, including liner notes.

Monday, August 14, 2006

Well, the SPK is ripped and ready to go, but in the meantime I threw up these Liz Phair tapes for some other folks.

The Girlysound demos are somewhat legendary, and rightfully so. There are a number of great songs that never made it to LP, and many early version of songs from her first two albums.

(link no longer active)

Sunday, July 30, 2006

Too many amazing blogs. Once again I am inspired to up a bunch of stuff. I did this back in the day of single MP3 blogs, but it's exploding again.

My focus on this blog will be the cassette culture of the 80's and 90's. My first full-length post will be SPK's The Last Attempt At Paradise live tape.

For starters: here are some rare Boredoms tracks...

1. Car ABC
2. Surfing Jah
3. I Am Johnny Rotten

These three tracks are from an acetate recording given to the Happy Flowers back in the late 80's.


And in response to a request, here are the complete Boretronix tapes, all three of them. Enjoy!