Wednesday, December 14, 2011

Arab On Radar - Swimming With A Hard On

1 - Swimming With A Hard On
2 - Samurai Fight Song

Released on Load Records with a silkscreened cardboard sleeve. Some copies came in pink marble vinyl.

Load 023


Tuesday, December 13, 2011

Edward Ka-Spel - AaΔzhyd China Doll

Edward Ka-Spel's catalog is vast with 40+ Legendary Pink Dots records, nearly 30 solo albums, and a dozen Tear Garden albums, all while actively touring for 30 years. I'm a big fan of Edward Ka-Spel's earlier solo work. Lo-fi bedroom recordings with intriguing storylines, trippy synths, carnival sounds, drones, and remnants of Eastern folk.

I believe this was the fourth release from the China Doll series. Recorded at the Dolls house in Amsterdam. I've found some new reissues from the other China Doll albums but I think this one has been out of print for 20 years.

1 - AaΔzhyd China Doll
2 - Flesh Parade
3 - The Qa' Spell
4 - The Unfortunate Demise Of The Fabulous Puccino Brothers
5 - Nuts In May
6 - Traitors' Gate
7 - Blowing Bubbles (Part III)
8 - The Fool
9 - The Witchfinder Suite (Parts I-VI)


from an interview in 2004

- Do you have any idea of how many albums you've done so far?

I have no idea at all. It seems to me like a waste of energy to start counting.

Saturday, November 19, 2011

Cabaret Voltaire - Live October 25, 1980

Supported by Young Marble Giants, The Sleepers, and Gears at the Keystone in Berkeley, Ca, USA.

Cabaret Voltaire released two live albums that both sounded like they were recorded in a toilet of the bathroom at the show. This unreleased cassette is crystal clear compared to those other documents. The Western Mantra track at the end clocks in at close to 20 minutes. A very creepy groan comes in and out of the droning dance beats. The vocals were modulated into a dying cyborg, atonal buzzsaw guitars waved about, reel to reel samples were fucked with, and a dainty drum machine thumped along into a trippy mess.
Original C90 had an interview from the KJFC Los Attos radioshow.

1 - Photophobia
2 - Kneel to the Boss
3 - This is Entertainment
4 - Expect Nothing
5 - No Escape
6 - Seconds Too Late
7 - Western Mantra