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Friday 31 August 2018

Vomit A Sbreghe Balon/I Rabiosi-Meglio Sotto Terra Che Su Un'Italia Di Merda-(Split Tape-Tocai Recs-Italy-1996)

With lo-fi recordings and some political lyrics, those 2 bands from Udine share a cassette taped with a  home-recorder in an illegal rehearsal room. They pressed more than 100 copies, the first 100 are hand numbered. The folded cover sleeve reports lyrics, thanx, info and few pics.
They both play a kind of minimal HC Punk, somehow melodic, only apparently demented yet funny.
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Wednesday 29 August 2018

SMERSH-The Tuna Is An Ugly Fish-(Atlas King-USA-1986)

Beat studio guru Mike Mangino (Pink Noise, Pop-Tarts) and Chris Shepard (Pop-Tarts) formed Smersh as an experimental big-beat techno/industrial project and began releasing cassettes in 1981. Smersh recorded improvised cuts every Monday night, released countless cassettes on their own label, Atlas King, and were featured on more compilations than you can track down. They never played live, never played the same track more than once.(from Discogs)
Here a very interesting interview with Mike Mangino conducted by Dmitry Vasilyev in August 2000. 
Atlas King was the tape label of Smersh, founded by Chris Shepard and Mike Mangino in 1981.
In 1994 the last tape was released.
The follow-up label is Mirandette Popular.
 This is their official webpage where you will find lots of info, discography, and artworks.
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Monday 27 August 2018

UK RESIST N2-(Fanzine-UK-1990)

Anarcho-punk zine made in Surrey in spring 1990. 

Interviews with Citizen Fish, Maniacs, Decadence Within, Comrad and Hototalacio, music reviews, letters, columns,anti-fascist news, gig events page + some cool graphics and anti poll tax news.

Very old school yet cool.
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Saturday 25 August 2018

SPORTCHESTRA!-101 Songs About Sport-(Agit Prop Records-UK-1988)

Amazing double vinyl containing in fact 101 songs about the sport, it came out with a gatefold cover. 8 page Lp-sized booklet with lyrics.
For the most curious Sportchestra is a fake name used by the famous Chumbawamba,a British band that formed in 1982 and ended in 2012. The band constantly shifted in musical style, drawing on genres such as punk rock, pop, folk, and experimental. Their anarchist or libertarian socialist political stance exhibited an irreverent attitude toward authority, and the band has been forthright in their stances on issues including animal rights, pacifism (early in their career) and later regarding class struggle, feminism, gay liberation, pop culture, and anti-fascism.
Agit-Prop Records was an independent record label founded in 1985 by the members of the punk band Chumbawamba.
Before starting the label, Chumbawamba had distributed their records and tapes using the Sky and Trees label. As well as releasing their own recordings, Agit-Prop also put out a number of records by other groups.
Agit-Prop was run in co-op form adhering to anarchist philosophy. (from Wikipedia)
This is pretty rare, great album, excellent lyrics.
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Wednesday 22 August 2018

v.a.-Okupa E Preocupa-(Confronto + Olhos De Raiva-Portugal-1994)

Eclectic and obscure compilation tape edited by those two unknown Portuguese labels Confronto and Olhos De Raiva in 1994. 
10 bands from different countries playing HC punk, folk punk, dub and punk rock mostly with political lyrics.
The title of this sampler is obviously referred at the squatting politics of the last millennium.
The cover sleeve reports only the song-titles and the overall quality of the recordings is pretty good.
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Tuesday 21 August 2018

Aborted Society n5-(Fanzine-USA-2002)

Interesting fanzine focusing on politics, music and personal writings. 
All mashed up with punkish graphics and ideas.

Some letters, ideas about revolution and work, punk scene gossips, few b/w pics and more random rants.

Very entertaining.
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Friday 17 August 2018

CADABRA-Second Skin-(Self Released-Italy-1999)

The first demo for this Italian trio playing a kind of pop form of new wave, good recording, few info + lyrics on the cover sleeve.

The songs are well played and arranged, and everything reminds me of some stuff from the 80s.
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Wednesday 15 August 2018

Pisschrïst-Pisschrïst-(Broken Noise Recs+Disarmament Recs-Malaysia-2005)

Crust punk masters Pisschrist released this tour demo in 2005, this is the Malaysian version by Broken Noise and Disarmament Recs.
9 killer tracks of pure d-beat crust punk,the lyrics included in the folded cover sleeve,a nice art-work + a great professional recording make this demo a fantastic one. 
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Monday 13 August 2018

Book Of Delights,The Sex Maniac`s Ball & Erotic Awards-Enjoyment,Respect & Etiquette-(Booklet-Sexual Freedom Coaliton-UK-2003)

I spoke already about Sexual Freedom Coalition when I posted Their annual Report 96/97.
For who missed that post then:"The Sexual Freedom Coalition (SFC) is a pro-sex campaign organization and political pressure group based in the United Kingdom that challenges the laws which take away the sexual freedoms of consenting adults and also challenges the media and official bodies that show disrespect for sex.
The Sexual Freedom Coalition is a national UK voluntary organization whose aim is to campaign for sensible reform of Britain's antiquated and repressive laws concerning consensual sexual practice between consenting adults and ensure no new laws creep in to prevent consenting adults enjoying sexual freedom.
The Sexual Freedom Coalition was formed in April 1996 by a group of people who decided that sex clubs such as Whiplash should not be raided and the 10th Sex Maniac's Charity Ball should not have been stopped by the police, putting its charity at financial risk.
A march was organized starting in Soho and ending at 10 Downing Street where a petition "Sex Please We're British" was presented to the Prime Minister.
Since then, there have been many triumphs and the phrase "the sexual freedom of consenting adults" has become commonly used. The SFC is consulted by the Home Office and the press and is unique in the world. They have joined together with Outsiders and the Erotic Awards to hold conferences and events to allow campaigners to network and work together.
They are a member of Backlash, which was formed in 2005 in order to oppose a new law criminalizing possession of "extreme pornography". (from Wikipedia)
This is the booklet they were giving away at the people taking part in their Sex Maniac Ball in 2003, very interesting indeed... 
Here their webpage:official webpage sexual freedom coalition.
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Saturday 11 August 2018

v.a.-Turn Of The Grindstone-(K.O. City Studio-USA-1989)

Another fantastic issue of the Grindstone series: 4 different compilations dedicated to the synth pop, the new wave, the electro, the industrial, the no wave and similar stuff.
It was released by the amazing K.O City Studio a small label set up by Andrew Szava-Kovats to release his own projects. Now defunct.
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A1 Parade Of Sinners Speech
A2 Gelatinous Citizen Fighting The World
A3 Lewis Francis Vast Listening Audience
A4 Compound (2) Torture With The Best
A5 New Law Nightmare Sleeping Standing Up
B1 New Carrollton / S.G.B.C. Chantilly Stomp
B2 Mental Anguish / Nomuzic Keep Down
B3 Viktimized Karcass The Heat Is Gone
B4 Curious Voltage Media Hunt
B5 David Prescott / Gen Ken Montgomery / Conrad Schnitzler Triangle Prelude

Thursday 9 August 2018

CROMLECH-Descanting The Altered Dimension-(Self Released-Italy-1993)

"The Cromlech is an ancient group of stones consisting of one large flat stone supported by several vertical ones" from the Cambridge dictionary.
There are at the least a dozen bands with such name on the Encyclopedia Metallum yet this one is not listed there. 
This combo is, in fact, from southern Italy and plays a slow form of doom death metal, in this demo, they offer us 4 tracks accompanied by a spartan cover sleeve with few info.
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Tuesday 7 August 2018

Bite The Hand That Feeds The Poisoned Food n5-(Fanzine-Ireland-2006)

Number 5 of this astonishing fanzine already covered in this blog a couple of times.
Cormy`s individual writings mixing his own experiences and music reviews + interviews making this zine pretty personal and original.

In this issue: Interviews to Doomtown, Martyrdom, a critic at Queers In Molotovs(a cafe in Ungdomshuset:Copenagens autonomous center),zine and music reviews + few personal stories. 
The usual punkish graphic layout finishes a cool fanzine.
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Sunday 5 August 2018

v.a.-REALLY FAST Vol II-(Really Fast Recs-Sweden-1985)

Legendary compilation series edited and distributed by the Swedish Really Fast Records old label that seems to be still alive and kicking.
I have already posted other 3 issues of this series.
A very interesting interview with Patrik Jonsson, a founding member of this label, is here.
36 tracks of pure violent old school HC Punk erupts from this vinyl like burning lava from an angry volcano. 
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Friday 3 August 2018

v.a.-The Walls Are Whispering-(EE Tapes-Belgium-2003)

Another astonishing release by the Belgian EEtapes,a label covered in this blog many times.
This legendary label is still active and you can check his cool webpage here. where this compilation cd appears to be sold out.
An interesting and new interview with its mastermind  Eriek Van Havere was just published last week on the WordMagazine webzine.
This compilation is crafted with superb ambient/ritual/esoteric tracks created by a bunch of outstanding artists.
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1 Toy Bizarre kdi dctb 141a (Lost In Gent) 7:09
2 Dieter Müh Stella Polaris 4:51
3 Kallabris No, My Dear, It's Only The Heating 5:39
4 Christian Renou Après, Bientôt Et Encore 8:45
5 VidnaObmana* Cleave Through The Dusk With Swift And Open Flight Those Who Dwell Beyond The Noise Of The Primal Sphere 6:57
6 Steve Roden The Presence Of Copper 5:12
7 Kallabris Nord 7:58
8 Sveen Teetanic 3:52
9 PBK Impulsion 8:14
10 Inade Metaspheres 5:14
11 Troum Makaria 8:05