Dienstag, 20. März 2018

To Damascus

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I featured Sylvia Juncosa many months ago at this place because she was one of those forgotten American punk and metal guitarists that got a little famous when they signed to SST-records. Her first real band was To Damascus and they were active in the early 80's and I didn't remembered them until a friend sent me some ripped songs by them the other days. To Damascus were a band playing their very own sound of punk in these days. Very rough, raw and direct to the audience. After this chapter Sylvia turned into SST with better arranged songs but these origins showed us the real power of new music.

This is a picture from my hometown made in the late 50's and I will introduce you more the next weeks. Hope you enjoy these songs of a upcoming new music.

To Damascus - In The Rising Heat
To Damascus - Soul Arch
To Damascus - Tomorrow
To Damascus - Words Carried Out

Montag, 19. März 2018

Sensational First Records

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It is almost 40 years ago when one of the most important albums of the post-punk era was released. Real Life by Magazine combined everything that was important in these days. Raised on the ruins of The Buzzcocks Howard Devoto created a very unique mixture of guitar-bass-drum sound similar to punk rock and recruited it with the ingredients of new-wave and a bit of art-rock introduced by Barry Adamson. You can still listen to every song on this album and none of it is boring.

Magazine - The Light Pours Out Of Me
Magazine - Motorcade
Magazine - Recoil
Magazine - Defintive Gaze
Magazine - Shot By Both Sides

Sonntag, 18. März 2018


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These days Tracey Thorn released her newest album after several years and it is the kind of thing I expected. It continues at the place she arrived with the album before. Electric beats as a fundament for her voice. Now the beats were still programmed that way but she was assisted by some musicians of Warpaint and Corinne Bailey Rae. Music with warm synths, bells and a snarling bass like New Order; and Tracey Thorn with theirs floats above all still in such a way clarify, light and sure voice.


And as a bonus for Adam:

Samstag, 17. März 2018

Do You Remember

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It is 35 years ago that English poet, spoken-word artist Anne Clark appeared on the scene and it was the first time spoken words were big at our place. Many people translated her poems into German language and were surprised about what she said. After all these years it is nothing at all but the way she performed her lyrics was awesome these days. Bit of avant-garde and probably the first one that tied her words to electronic sounds made her new and unique. In these days I went to see her live and it was one of these gigs I went after half an hour because her words came from a playback tape. From this times on I stopped listening to her until now I got into a mood to listen to their songs again after ages. Without this experience I would like her songs more than now. Afterwards I turned more into another spoken words artists like Laurie Anderson.

Freitag, 16. März 2018

Pale Green Ghosts

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John Grant announced that he will release his new album the next days. I only heard a few songs from this record and it sounds really electric and didn't hooked me listening to this songs by the first times. So I took the chance to go back to his album Pale Green Ghosts from 2013. It was a record I still listen from time to time and can enjoy always. It is this kind of record that was underrated and only less people could see the beauty in it. Almost classic songs, recorded with musicians from Island and guest vocals by Sinéad O'Connor in a slowed down tempo. If  you don't know him - give him a chance and I am sure you won't be disappointed when you got a feeling for classic song writing.

John Grant - It doesn't matter to him
John Grant - Vietnam

Donnerstag, 15. März 2018

Handsworth Revolution

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A few days ago a song came to my ears I didn't listen to for ages. It was Ku Klux Klan by Steel Pulse and I couldn't believe that their first album was released 40 years ago. Later that evening I grabbed out the old vinyl and listened to this album in full length again. It is still a great record and a lot of people agreed to it at these times. Not all the songs have still the power like long years ago but they still have class and it is worth to listening to them after all these years.

Steel Pulse - Ku Klux Klan
Steel Pulse - Prodigal Son

Mittwoch, 14. März 2018

Part Of The Union

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Yesterday my company engaged my to assistance works council election. Not only to assist but further more to be a member of the further work council. I agreed because I have the knowledge about the system and specifications of this job. It took more than four hours until we had the final result and finally they elected me as the first substitute member of work council. I never expected this and therefore it is an honour to represent my associates in the company. Therefore I offer you a very old song by The Strawbs. Almost 40 years ago they released this unusual song for a folk band. This song accompanied me for decades because it was the first song that made me feel like a part of socialism intellectual world.

The Strawbs - Part of the Union