Six and a half years ago, the duo of Pocketknife (Skooby Laposky) and Cousin Cole (aka Cousin Culo) released handful of remixes, edits and re-works, compiled under the name Tambourine Dream
) on their joint Flagrant Fowl label
. The label only lasted a few years, and it seems the duo are now operating alone. Cole/Culo is still solidly
in remix/rework territory
, with self-selected highlights including the moombahton
" & volume 2
mixtape/EPs he made with Phi Unit
, while Laposky
has ventured into a few tributes
to Arthur Russell
), in the form of a mix of Russell's tracks
, and releasing a recently discovered track
(which he remixed as Pocketknife
) on his label, Wilde Calm Records, where he also released an album of "piano not piano" house music
created solely with a prepared piano and raw drum programming, under the name Boonlorm.
Treading a line between post-punk and dance, the English band Shriekback had only a few minor hits (My Spine (Is the Bassline)
) and then vanished into obscurity, more of a "who were they then" than a "where are they now". They were Carl Marsh, Dave Allen (formerly of Gang of Four), Barry Andrews (formerly of XTC), and Martyn Barker. One notable fan was Michael Mann, who used the band's music in his movies Band of the Hand
from Oil and Gold
) and Manhunter
("This Big Hush"
from Oil and Gold
), and also in at least one episode of Miami Vice ("Underwaterboys"
from Big Night Music
They put out two records on Y Records (Tench
(1983)), two on Arista (Jam Science
(1984), Oil and Gold
(1985)), and two on Island (Big Night Music
(1986), Go Bang!
(1988)). This last album was an obvious push to appeal to a wider demographic. It tanked, and the band soon dissolved.
Except they didn't. [more inside]
mentioned back in in 2012, The Argument
, a concept album with influences from Milton's Paradise Lost and William Burroughs
, has at last appeared. [more inside]
The Savage Wit Of Mark E Smith
, frontman and only consistent member of English post-punk band The Fall.
Rites of Spring, Live at 9:30 Club, 1985:
(and another 1985 version
from BCC Comm. Center) [more inside]
The Godfathers of German Gothic
and the Ghostriders of German Gothic
gave voice to lesser known acts of the punk-punk era. Collated initially by Schwarze szene
notable band musician Jay Kay
it was an attempt to collect the mainland European 'gothic' experience. [more inside]
If you only have three minutes to spend on this post, listen to this song.
The Yummy Fur was an unfairly obscure Scottish art-rock group active from 1992-1999. The group is best known for having two band members who currently comprise half of Franz Ferdinand, but that says little about the Yummy Fur proper. The group has a low-fi, angular, sound with mostly-spoken lyrics - the most familiar analogue might be the verses from Pavement's "Stereo
" [more inside]
On May 15, 1981, at The Ritz in New York City, Public Image Ltd.
performed as a last-minute replacement for Bow Wow Wow. It didn't end well
. (previously) [more inside]
On May 22nd, 2011 at the Bowery Ballroom in New York, a number of bands put on a concert
hosted by Eugene Mirman
and Janeane Garofalo
to celebrate the 10th anniversary
of the publication of Michael Azerrad
's Our Band Could Be Your Life
. [more inside]
Little footage exists of early Wire
performing live. Here is a full concert
on German TV, from 1979. [more inside]
...this particular technicolour trench coat is stitched together from black leather, and fastened with a lot of safety pins and zippers: its sinister sounds are both haunted by the past, and haunting us toward the something-to-be-done. Like the saying goes: the darkest hour is just before the dawn. Our traumatized collective unconscious - the victim of social, political, cultural, and environmental shocks - is not a blank slate, but rather a pile of rubble that requires considerable rebuilding. There is much work yet to carry out. And really, why be blank when you can be bleak?
The New Bleak: Trauma, Haunting And The Cultural Obsession With Darkness
is a blog dedicated to punk, DIY, powerpop, grillfat (pre-punk Australian hard rock) and NWOAHM from Australia 1975-1984. It follows projects like Do The Pop
, Lethal Weapons
, and Inner City Sound
in documenting Australia's fertile underground rock and roll scene. While those blogs and books are focused on the past, I-94 Bar
is documenting the scene as it stands today and interviewing the various survivors.
is a West German post-punk group from Hamburg. Members Mark Chung and FM Einheit would leave the group in the early 1980s to join the Berlin-based band Einstürzende Neubauten. Their best-known recordings include the single "Computerstaat"
("Computer State") (1980) and the LP's Amok Koma
(1981) and Der Westen ist einsam ("The West Is Lonely," 1982), the latter in particular being regarded as a classic of West German postpunk
The Wipers were a tight and catchy post-punk band founded in Portland in 1977. Today they're best known for covers by The Vivian Girls
and Nirvana (Return of the Rat
, and esp. D7 - studio
, live 1 2 3 4
). But the originals are pretty interesting too. John Peel said of their first album "Is It Real": " 'It is one of punk's great albums by perhaps the most unappreciated band of all time'." [more inside]
Obscure, overlooked, early '80s new wave/electro/artpunk. JOHN FEKNER CITY SQUAD
: Player on left. Try 2 4 5 7 9 11. Or better
just listen to them all. Eighties synth wave doesn't get much better than this. Sound collage at the next level. Throbbing synths + icy guitar: Beautiful Skin - Harsh distraction
. Gods of psychedelic coldwave, Lives of Angels
(Gallis Pole). Trees
: Sleep Convention
. And Necropolis of Love
(yes, that is how we danced in the eighties).
Do It Yourself
: The Story of Rough Trade
(goog vid, BBC, 1:28) The history of the legendary indie label/shop, home to such bands as Scritti Politti, The Smiths, The Fall, Cabaret Voltaire, The Feelies, Robert Wyatt, The Slits, and many more.
A new album
from The Fall
is slated to be released by Domino
April 26th. [more inside]
'This is the story of how Factory pioneered
Briton's independent pop culture, imagined a new Manchester, and blew
of money:Factory - Manchester from Joy Division to Happy Mondays
is a long running series of videos of live underground music in NYC shot by Joly MacFie
. Each video is usually one song. The Internet Archive hosts its videos
and offers downloads in a variety of formats. MacFie also has a YouTube channel
with 480 videos
and a video podcast [iTunes link, feedburner link]
. Here are a few bands that caught my fancy: The Icicles and The Besties
, The Slits (1
), Andrew W. K.
, Oneida (1
), The Long Blondes
, The Gossip
, Acid Mothers Temple & Cosmic Inferno
, Art Brut
, Be Your Own Pet
, Cansei de Ser Sexy
, Lesbians on Ecstasy
, The Fall
, Fred Frith
, Rose Melberg and Jennifer O'Connor
, The Horrors
, The Homosexuals
, Bat for Lashes
, Radio 4 and Teddybears
, Kimya Dawson and Tiny Masters of Today
, Yeah Yeah Yeahs
and Nikki Sudden
Dan Treacy and his band Television Personalities
have had a long and storied history. Here's a nice little documentary (part one, two, three, four)
on 'em. [more inside]
Back Porch Videos
"Way before the internet and YouTube, there was public access cable television. And so...we proudly present these vintage clips from the 1980's alternative music video show, "Back Porch Video." Premiering January 28, 1984, this pioneering program was crewed and hosted by high-school students from the Dearborn/Detroit, Michigan area. Stay tuned for the ultimate best (and ultimate tacky) in retro-80's videos - from pop alternative, to hair bands, to rock and some of the most exclusive hardcore!!!"
Almost 700 videos of post punk brilliance.
"Sharkey's Day" by Laurie Anderson
Rare Iggy and the Stooges - MC5 Footage
"Beat Box" by Art of Noise
"Kiss Me on the Bus" by The Replacements
"Our Lips are Sealed" by Funboy Three
"Let Me Be Your Pirate" by Nena
"Rainy Season" by Howard DeVoto
"Save it For Later" by the English Beat
"Boys in the Street" by Eddie Grant
"Too Loud" by Robert Plant Student Video
, bassist of seminal industrial post-punk outfit Killing Joke, has died after suffering from a heart attack
at his home in Geneva, Switzerland.
The site French New-Wave
isn't what you think it is. Neither dedicated to the film movement nor the band Nouvelle Vague
it instead catalogs French new wave music from the 1980's. It has interviews
and much other information, but the real treasure is the media section
which includes a photo gallery
, streaming radio
and, most importantly, links to sites
where you can listen to French new wave songs (unfortunately, some of the links don't work).
Motor City Rock 1980-1990
A great archive of Detroit's most overlooked and ignoble musical era. Highlights include Bittersweet Alley
, The Trash Brats
, Vertical Pillows
, The Dick the Bruiser Band
, and many more.
Great to listen to while you read the relauched (and vaguely sad) Creem.
Hey kids! Guess who's first cousins with our new Secretary of State?
why, it's Vaginal Creme Davis!
Juicy tidbits from the multitalented first cousin Ms. Rice would rather you not know about, and who wishes that Ms. Davis wouldn't mention to anyone. Very
juicy, and NSFW probably. : >