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Wednesday, 23 May 2018

SMERSH-A Murder Of Crows-(Atlas King-USA-1984)

Smersh was Mike Mangino and Chris Shepard. And from 1981 until 1994 they released far too many cassette tapes. They also contributed to far too many compilations throughout the known world. In the early eighties, they established a unique sound that is known and loved, combining cheap electronics and wild guitar sounds with distorted vocals. They were, in fact, a bit The Ramones of the industrial scene. But were they industrial? The Smersh sound had so many faces that it is next to impossible to categorize their music. Smersh recorded on most Monday evenings for a couple of hours. Each song was improvised over the course of the evening and then recorded. Once it was finished they never played it again. They never rehearsed, they couldn't read music,
 and they never played live.(from their official webpage)
Here a very intersting interview with Mike Mangino conducted by Dmitry Vasilyev in August 2000. 
Enjoy it.

Monday, 21 May 2018

PUNKAMINAZIONE N5-(Fanzine/Bulletin-Italy-March 1985)

Punkaminazione was a bulletin of connection, communication, information and coordination assembled by groups, labels and collectives of the Italian punk scene in the early 80s.

A very similar experience was experimented in the early 90s and it was called La Lega dei Furiosi.
Punkaminazione was not a proper fanzine but a container of experiences shared by people with the same ideas and aims:anti-militarism, squatting, anarchism, punk music as political message.
In this issue we find contributions by different collectives and individuals from many places of the Italian boots:Bari, Aosta, Grosseto, Genova, Savona, Udine, Savona, Lecco, Macerata, Milano... and writings about pollution, green energy, squatting and evictions of social centers, riots, punk gigs.
This is a piece of history of the Italian Punk scene, only in Italian Language.

Saturday, 19 May 2018

v.a.-Elektronik Sampler-(Transmitter Cassetten-Germany-1983)

A rather rare old sampler of  early electronic experiments touching the no wave,the synth pop,the ambient and the mininal wave.
Private release on Transmitter Cassetten (TC 64) 1983.
The Schnitzler tracks are previously unreleased but based on music material from the 6xCass - 'Container'.
Transmitter Cassetten was a German label founded in 1980 by Lutz Berger and Werner Pieper, specialising in esoterica and "media experiments". It was closed down in 1995. It was associated to Grüner Zweig and Werner Pieper's MedienXperimente.
The successor label for CDs is Transmitter
Enjoy it.


A1 Conrad Schnitzler & Gregor Schnitzler Heute, Da Geht's Uns Gut
A2 Dr Aschenbach Lonely Rancheros Ghost Dance I
A3 Fremdkörper & Pyrolator Ihr Haar Ist Tot
A4 Abweichendes Verhalten Die Protopopows
A5 Mani Neumeier Untitled
A6 Fremdkörper & Pyrolator Ohne Text
A7 Thomas Orgel Leben & Arbeiten
B1 Scherige Menschen Schmerzliche Pflichten
B2 Dr Aschenbach Ich Wollt Ich Wär Ein Fussballstar
B3 Conrad Schnitzler & Gregor Schnitzler Taxi, Airport, Bar, Hotel
B4 Thomas Orgel Trautes Heim
B5 Volksmund (2) Winter Ade
B6 Fremdkörper & Pyrolator Sagres Fago Disco Duck
B7 Fremdkörper & Pyrolator Joe Weineck
B8 Ede Zatzek Kranz Mit Schleife

Tuesday, 15 May 2018

PEDAGO PARTY-In Sorgere-(Self Released-Italy-1987)

Amazing demo tape by this old band from Piacenza(Northern Italy), they play a perfect mix of postpunk and goth rock with their personal touch.
They formed in 1983 and disbanded in 1991. They have been very close to the anarchist movement during all their life. A sort of biography is here.
This is very original punk...
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Sunday, 13 May 2018

The Graceland Titbucket Club-(Fanzine-Self Released-UK-199?)

This is another small yet nice fanzine created by by Lee Stokoe noise artist already covered in this blog for his work as Culver and his personal small label Matching Head.
In this one Lee have fun drawing on the top of naked women and adding some Graceland`s Elvis eyes.
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Friday, 11 May 2018

A LONG TIME DEAD-Greed-(Nothing New Records-UK-2011)

4 tracks of pure screamo/HC punk with a hint of sludge in this mini cd by A Long Time Dead, It comes with a color cover sleeve that reports info and lyrics. 
Their FB page is updated till 2013, therefore, I am not quite sure if they are still active.
Enjoy it.

Wednesday, 9 May 2018

v.a-KORM MERZ-(Korm Plastics-Holland-c60-1987)

Legendary Dutch Label Korm Plastics released this tape as an hommage to Kurt Schwitters in a limited edition of 100 copies only, numbered from 1887 to 1987. 
The tape comes in a cardboard envelope with booklet and inserts. Very good artists and graphic works in this c60 sampler, all the artworks provided in this folder.It was reprinted as Cdr is 1999.
About this amazing label here a short introduction taken from their official webpage.
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"Korm Plastics is not really a new label; in fact, it's quite ancient... Korm Plastics started life in 1984 as a cassette-label. In 1992 Korm Plastics released its first compact disc and quickly after that, Korm Plastics became linked with Staalplaat records. Until early 2003 Korm Plastics was part of Staalplaat in various guises and various projects — read more about this in the 'history' part of this website.
As my desire to release music I personally care for became stronger and stronger, I decided in early 2003 that it was time to stand on my own two feet. Korm Plastics goes underground again. I am no longer interested in being a real businessman. There is no schedule, no plan — just ideas and desires. Please do not send me demos of your music — I simply don't have the money nor the time to work on them. I only wish to work with people who I know personally and whose work I like.
The major project is going to be a series of re-issues from The Hafler Trio. All works that are long unavailable.Besides it, I, release music that I like. Simple as that."