Sunday, August 31, 2014

The Glass Set

The Glass Set is an indie / shoegaze band with an 80's postpunk influence from Boston, MA.
Their third album "First Image" is to be released early september. Previous albums are "The Glass Set" and "Something Unknown".
The Glass Set is Joel Cohen (guitar), Allen Esser (drums) and Lea Callahan (vocals). Leah also sang for Betwixt and Turkish Delight.

You can stream / download The Glass Set on their bandcamp page:

The Glass Set

Wednesday, June 18, 2014

Privacy//Policy - This Is Our Mandate

First album of Privacy//Policy, a young band from Cleveland, Ohio. The three guys got together about a year ago.
Main influences are Joy Division and The Jesus And Mary Chain.
Their 9 track album can be streamed/downloaded from their Bandcamp page.
I also found a page with a band interview on On The Beat.
Really cool sound and support DIY!

Sunday, May 25, 2014

It's Raining - Awaken At Twilight LP

Third and final release of It's Raining, a moody indie rock band from Detroit.
Matthew Smith seems to be the main man behind It's Raining as he wrote most of the songs, did the production, and was the only constant member of the band.
11 tracks with lots of variety. 'If I Drift' is a short and moody instrumental.
Special guest is Keir McDonald of Viv Akauldren playing keyboards.
The album comes with a poster, a postcard and a leaflet with info on the band. The latter is scanned and included in the file.
It's Raining took their influences (and looks) from the moody guitar wave bands from the UK.

I also ripped the 'Radioland' 12" and 'The Party She Cried' 7" again as HQ MP3's and FLAC. Should be the complete discograpy. (original post here)

Awaken At Twilight LP (Certain Records-CER 1003-1987)
1. Days That Don't Begin
2. Another True Door
3. Moments Like These
4. If I Drift
5. Winter
6. Repeat
7. Christine Is Not Herself Today
8. Upstairs
9. Again
10. In Empty Harbors
11. Awaken At Twilight

Awaken At Twilight (320)

Awaken At Twilight (FLAC)

It's Raining 12"+7" (320)

It's Raining 12"+7" (FLAC)

Sunday, March 23, 2014

V/A Painting The Fence Red LP

 Late 80's comp. album on Idealogical Sound Records, the label of Easter & The Totem.
four bands on this one. The record starts with Best Foot Forward!. Bass, drums, sax and vocals give us poppy, funky stuff. The least interesting band on this one.
Next is Easter & The Totem themselves. Their records are very hard to find but they released a discography album 'Agit Pop 1981-2011' which you can buy/download on CD Baby. The tracks on this comp. are included as well.
On side B  we have Keeping Up With The Reagans, an indie band I know nothing about. 'Brixton Riots' is the standout track.
Last is Cultural Thugs AKA Nigel Laybourne. Only a few tracks on a handful of compilations were released by Cultural Thugs. If you dig the electro bands on labels like Rouska or Concrete Productions, you need to hear this. Nigel is a wellknown producer of UK hiphop acts like Blade, The Herbalizer and London Posse.
This album should come with an insert with info on the bands but my copy hasn't one.

Painting The Fence Red LP (Idealogical Sound Records-TOTEM 2-198?)
1. Best Foot Forward! - With Or Without You
2. Best Foot Forward! - How Can I Let You Know?
3. Best Foot Forward! - Sexual Thing
4. Best Foot Forward! - Crying Out
5. Easter & The Totem - The Tyranny Of Reason
6. Easter & The Totem - Greater Than Ourselves
7. Easter & The Totem - Duplicity
8. Keeping Up With The Reagans - Just Thought Of You
9. Keeping Up With The Reagans - Brixton Riots
10. Keeping Up With The Reagans - Rainy Season
11. Cultural Thugs - Force

Painting The Fence Red (320)

Painting The Fence Red - Side A (FLAC)

Painting The Fence Red - Side B (FLAC)

Sunday, March 09, 2014

Distorshaus - Plastic Angel EP

This record falls out of the timeframe I usual post music of but it's quite rare and quite good as well.
Could find some info on Distorshaus on the net. Seems the band was active from 1994 to 1997. The band, minus the female vocalist Helen would later form punkmetalgoth band 9xDead. Guitarplayer Adam was in punkband This System Kills in the 2000's.
Distorshaus were from Newport, Wales and the 'Plastic Angel' 12" was released in 1994 (according to discogs).

Plastic Angel EP (Mystic Records-MRD99401-1994)
1. Plastic Angel
2. Tender Pain
3. Nothing
4. Haunted

Distorshaus (320)

Distorshaus (FLAC)

Sunday, March 02, 2014

Geschlecht Akt - Foreplay 12"

UK postpunk band Geschlecht Akt only released this 12" on cult label Criminal Damage. Nothing spectacular but if you dig other bands on Criminal Damage, it's worth hearing.
I have no info on the band but I think the drummer went to play for The Men They Couldn't Hang.
The name of the band is German for intercourse and looking at the title of the record and the song titles I suppose the lyrics have an erotic twist.

Foreplay 12" (Criminal Damage Records-CRI 12-119-1984)
1. Miss Fortune
2. Libido Twist
3. Temptress

Geschlecht Akt (320)

Geschlecht Akt (FLAC)

Sunday, February 16, 2014

V/A The October Country LP

Great comp. album on Nate Starkman & Son of US indie/underground artists.
Dark Arts is actually Stephanie Payne. Her first release 'A Long Way To Brigadoon' has been posted here before. Two albums followed in the 90's, the 'Carnival Of Lost Souls' and 'Something Once Whispered To Cava'.
Marnie was a member of Party Boys but later went solo. Her first album 'You Hurt Me' is well worth tracking down despite being hard-to-find these days. Two more albums followed in the 90's which I never heard before. In 2004 a kind of best of comp. was released containing the songs of The October Country.
Autumnfair was a dark postpunk band from ther late 80's. A 10" was released in 1990. In 2002 Mobilization released a discography CD although 'Naomi' is not on it.
The Soul Brothers can also be found on the 'Viva Los Angeles II' comp. They released a few cassette-only albums.

V/A The October Country LP (Nate Starkman & Son-We Buy 6-1988)
1. Dark Arts - Egeria
2. Marnie - The Courtesan
3. Marnie - Shanghai My Heart
4. Autumnfair - Naomi
5. Dark Arts - These Are Made Of Love
6. Soul Brothers - Tuesday Morning
7. Soul Brothers - I Buried Paul
8. Autumnfair - Black Spring

The October Country (320)

The October Country - Side A (FLAC)

The October Country - Side B (FLAC)

Sunday, February 09, 2014

Rhythm And Faith - Time To Run 12"

Sole release of Rhythm And Faith, issued on Future Records in 1983.
Rhythm And Faith's origins lie in Italy as two members of postpunk band Style Syndrome moved to the UK to form a new band. Both Anna and Stefano felt that Style Syndrome was getting nowhere in their homeland so they decided to move to the UK to get more recognition. Not that this helped a lot as I don't think Rhythm And Faith lasted for a long time. To be honest, I don't think that the UK was waiting for another Siouxsie & The Banshees as the songs of Rhythm And Faith remind me a lot of them.
On this 12" they had the help of  Rab, drummer of punk band The Wall.
Style Syndrome never officially released anything back in the day (except contributing a track to the 'Gathered' comp.), but there's an album of  remastered demo tape recordings  released in 2012 on Synthetic Shadows (vinyl) and Infrastition (CD).

Time To Run 12" (Future Records-12 FS 8-1983)
1. Time To Run
2. Young Too Young Girl
3. When The Wind Blows Love Will Die
4. Illusions

Rhythm And Faith (320)

Rhythm And Faith (FLAC)

Sunday, February 02, 2014

Deception Bay - s/t MLP

Got a request to post something of US band Deception Bay. I only have their first self-titled mini-album from 1989.
Deception Bay already existed from 1984 as Independent Project released a 10" of early recordings in 1991.
Long, repetitive songs with a gloomy atmosphere reminding the early Factory bands, especially Section 25.
Deception Bay released another album in 1991 'My Color Flag' and then seemed to disappear.

Deception Bay MLP (Independent Project Records-IPR 22-1989)
1. Since You Followed
2. Hook This Chain
3. Not Far From This
4. Ride
5. For The Season

Deception Bay (320)

Deception Bay - Side A (FLAC)

Deception Bay - Side B (FLAC)

Friday, January 31, 2014

Cheshire Cat (The Bouncing)

Clothilde of Cheshire Cat (The Bouncing) asked for some promo on her band. Cheshire Cat (The Bouncing) are from Lille, France and only has two members, one on drums and one on bass and vocals. No guitar or keyboards but the band really doesn't need those. Great basslines and vocals create a minimalist but nice postpunk sound. Stated on their bandcamp page, they are influenced by punk, garage and the 80's batcave bands.
Cheshire Cat (The Bouncing) released an album 'Shows Its Tail' in 2012 on Alone Prod. Download has an extra song with Jacquy Bitch (Neva).

Listen on Bandcamp.
There's more links to be found on that page as well.
Clothilde has a site with her artwork as well:
Clothilde Sourdeval

Sunday, January 19, 2014

Man From Missouri - s/t LP

Originally posted by Rainy Day Sponge on Lost-In-Tyme. Managed to find a copy myself some years ago. My copy is the US pressing with different artwork then the Greek version(on Nate Starkman & Son). Both are not so easy to find.
Prior to the album, Man From Missouri released a 10" flexi posted here before (includes one song not on the album).
Those interested in indie/underground stuff on Independent Project and Nate Starkman & Son definitely need to listen to it.
Check the links for more info on Man From Missouri.

Note: tracks 8 & 9 are ripped as one track.

Man From Missouri LP (self-released-1986)
1. Cover Tailor
2. Eat My Iron
3. American Dogs
4. Accident
5. No Title
6. Hygiene
7. Labor Day
8. No Title
9. Bwayer Tatalingus Debate
10. Epitaph

Man From Missouri (320)

Man From Missouri (FLAC-Side A)

Man From Missouri (FLAC-Side B)

Sunday, January 12, 2014

Spahn Ranch - Thickly Settled LP

Spahn Ranch were from Detroit, MI and released 'Thickly Settled' on Insight, the label run by Eric Cope of Glorious Din. Not to be confused with the 90's band from LA.
Don't think they were Manson worshippers but the music feels like an introduction to some obscure cult. Cool mix of psyche and postpunk.
From their MySpace:
Spahn Ranch was formed in August of 1986 in Detroit, MI. Although the name would suggest a connection with the Manson Murders, the band had no affiliation. In it's infancy, the band played in many local venues on the bill with various local bands. Quickly a strong following developed, which immediately precipitated a self titled cassette release of six tracks on the Ikthus Network label. After having missed their own billing at a show, the band was introduced to Eric Cope of Insight Records from San Francisco, CA. He offered them a contract with Insight after reviewing their cassette and video work. The band accepted and began recording their first LP, 'Thickly Settled' in California where they were welcomed by receptive audiences. 'Thickly Settled' was hailed as one of the best albums of the year by England's Underground Magazine, and also met favorable reception in the U.S. of A. None of the members of Spahn Ranch had any formal music training and had not played an instrument prior to forming the group. "The sound they create is tense and raw, not polished to distract from the music itself. Drummer Odell Nails lays down a thick, almost tribal drum beat, accompanied by Hobey Echlin's bass foundation for the music. Guitarist Brad Horowitz adds the energetic, consuming guitar melodies, changing the tunings for each song in order to make no two sets alike. Bob Sterner's vocals with a touch of folk influence, mesh with the instrumental sounds that give the finished product, intense music which envelopes and audience." 

Odell and Hobey played in shoegaze band Majesty Crush in the 90's.  Recently Odell also plays with Robin Guthrie (Cocteau Twins). 
This album was originally posted on Lost In Tyme.

Thickly Settled LP (Insight-SR-1291987-1987)
1. Witness
2. Lo & Behold
3. Echoes Of The Day
4. Wonder And Perish
5. Dissipation
6. Each Time Centered
7. Atonement
8. Trial
9. Count Down
10. Thickly Settled
11. Crutch
12. ......

Thickly Settled (320)

Thickly Settled - A (FLAC)

Thickly Settled - B (FLAC)

Sunday, January 05, 2014

Cyan Revue - Four Wounds LP

Wish you all the best for 2014. This blog has been quite inactive the last year. I'm planning to post some records of blogs that are deleted/inactive. I ripped the records from my own collection.
Here's the second release of German postpunk band Cyan Revue, with Tobias Gruben (Die Erde, Heroina) on vocals, who sadly passed away in 1996. Originally posted on the Fritz Die Spinne blog but now deleted (hope you're doing fine Fritz!).
The other albums of Cyan Revue are posted here as well (mp3 only). Both are great as well.
Sleeve scan taken from the net as Windows ICE refused to do a decent job with the front cover.

Cyan Revue - Four Wounds LP (Yellow Ltd.-EFA 2205-1986)
1. Consecration
2. Permanent Days
3. Animal
4. We Dive
5. The Retire
6. In Distant Lands
7. The Unknown
8. Procez (The Strain)
9. Rats
10. Peoploids

Four Wounds (320)

Four Wounds - Side A (FLAC)

Four Wounds - Side B (FLAC)