Thursday 24 December 2015

Trumpett's Play & Dance Choir - Somewhere in This Milky Way -1983- (New Year Cassingle EP, Trumpett 0022), Netherlands

Merry Christmas and an Archaic New Year to all friends and followers of the blog!

This special New Year's cassette EP came out in 1983 on the legendary Dutch minimal synth label Trumpett. Trumpett is home to some of the best Dutch synth acts from the early eighties like Freakowitz and Einstein, Ende Shneafliet, Doxa Sinistra, The Actor and many more amazing pseudonym minimal synth acts by people on the label. Personally it's also one of my own favorite record labels. 

Due to the many side-projects featured on the label, Trumpett sometimes published special releases on certain holidays. This cassette came out for Christmas and New Year in 1983 and was published as a  Christmas card. It contains three absolutely amazing minimal synth tracks in a Christmas fashion. The first side contains the Christmas song The New Little Drummer Boy, which talks about a drummer boy who is forgotten on Christmas day. The second side of the tape has an amazing take on Rudolph the Rednosed Reindeer called Rudolph the Rednosed Alien with a vocoder(!). The last song Twinklin' Stars under a Bloodred Sky is a great instrumental Christmas-synth (minimal X-mas) gem. This was posted before, but here is the original cassette. This stuff must be the greatest Christmas music ever. Really.

Get it HERE 

Because of this New Year's post I'd like to take this opportunity to celebrate the underground music blogosphere that roughly exists for a decade now. The Thing On The Doorstep for example is already here since 2006 (congratulations!). Although most of the great music blogs started out in 2007, a year before people had already been engaged in other platforms and it can be viewed as the starting point for most of the alternative music blogs. Some time ago I wrote an article in Knik (magazine of Amsterdam's best underground venue OCCII) about my blog and other strange music blogs and their importance (I might upload that one day). If you just think about how much music history has been rewritten these last ten years and how much forgotten music has been saved, given its deserved attention and has been rereleased it's pretty impressive. Just take this last year and take a look at some of the reissued artists scattered over labels:

Krozier and The Generator, Second Layer, Bernard Fevre, Max Vincent, Aksak Maboul, Heldon, Älgarnas Trädgård, Thi-Tho, Semool, Egisto Macchi, Eela Craig, Pekka Airaksinen, Moral, Van Kaye & Ignit, Ilitch, Bruce Ditmas, Wapassou, Ton Steine Scherben, Vía Láctea, Muslimgauze, L. Voag, Twilight Ritual, Jean Guérin, Wolfgang Dauner's Group, Syntoma, Sogmusobil, Piero Umiliani, Family Fodder, Franco Leprino, Proyecto A, Alvaro, Nuno Canavarro, Popol Vuh, Haku, Lena Platonos, Intersystems, The Cravats, Milan Knizak, Richard Bone, Mariah, Bourbonese Qualk and many many more (just to name a few). 

That's a serious list of reissues coming out every year. It's getting hard to keep up! Also a great deal of this music used to be completely unknown some years ago. It means that we still have a group of people in these mad times pushing forward all of this innovative and totally ahead of its time music. Everyone involved in this shaping of music history and preserving cultural expression is greatly appreciated. Great work for the artists, new generations, history, anything. Aside from that I want to say that there is a lot of incredible new music as well at the moment!

Thanks to all involved in the music blogosphere for a decade! Happy New Year! And see you at the blog next month. I've got some great posts lined up as well as some unexpected donations!

Bence - AI

Saturday 12 December 2015

にんぷたい (I Want Pregnant Women) - Nymph -1987- (Cassingle, Elecuitel Records), Japan


So usually I don't really post stuff if I don't know what it is that I exactly share, but then again that really happens rarely. This is a Japanese cassingle from 1987 of a band which name would be more suitable for some sort of Japanese harsh-noise project. I translated the Japanese band name and found out it meant I Want Pregnant Women, what to think of such a band name? Anyway, it turned out that this is everything but harsh-noise: the music is strange kawai Japanese new-wave pop or something like that.

The three song-cassette contains the song Nymph in two different versions and a cool weird late eighties electronic track with drumcomputers. The only thing I know is that this was released by the Elecuitel label in Japan, which also published the great Dali-Soli flexi disc (might be the same group) that was presented years ago on Habit of Sex, a blog specialized in Japanese underground music. I recommend you -if you haven't done it yet- to walk through the archives of the Habit of Sex and Stalking Duppi blogs to discover endless great recordings from the Japanese eighties underground.

UPDATE: Thanks to a follower of the blog I now know that the sound engineer was Masaharu Tanigawa who made a strange record in the early eighties and also played on the first Ché-SHIZU album. Also the band consisted of about five people playing different instruments. Check out the comments for more information.

Get it HERE