Sunday, October 13, 2019

Belfast Ghetto - Live At Millennium, New York City

I found this one many years ago, I'm pretty sure on some Sonic Youth forum or something like that, but can't recall, so much respect to whoever recorded/ripped/upload it back than. I left the folder same as it was so if you recognize and want a credit send message.
Belfast Ghetto, better known as Beirut Slump, better known as another Lydia Lunch project.
All in all they performed only four shows, active around the same time as Teenage Jesus.
If you've never heard Beirut Slump you should check them out first via Shut Up And Bleed compilation, including their only single plus a few more studio and later live tracks, all in better quality than what is presented here, this one is.. for fans.
This is their debut show, the only one under the name Belfast Ghetto, at the Millennium Film Workshop, 66 East 4th Street, Manhattan. As you can expect audio quality is not the best, but hey, at least it's FLAC..
Other than Mrs. Lunch who only plays guitar here, another worth mentioning name to catch your eye will be Jim Sclavunos on drums.
Gotta give last credit to From The Archives where you can get much more info on this and other Lunch (and other's) projects.

1. Untitled
2. See Pretty
3. Untitled
4. Try Me
5. Sidewalk
6. Staircase

Saturday, September 14, 2019

Mildew - Flat On The Face / +

Original '98 cover
So after Israeli group 3H split up, both drummer David Oppenheim and bass player Reem Hareuveny moved to new york, forming there short living trio called One Two Four Nine (nice alt. rock, I'll post their album somewhen), than, same year (1995), going even further, towards much more extreme and experimental realms, acting as the semi-active to this day, menacing metallic noise duo Barbara.
In 1997 David's solo project Mildew, Ovesh in Hebrew, released it's first cassette [if you have it, please share]. Mildew was his first shift towards electronics (at least recorded, as far as I know), using samples, keys, computer and triggers.
After a few Barbara demos, Reem had to come back to Israel in 1998, due to personal problems, leaving David alone, to concentrate on Mildew. Flat On The Face is the only full length, recorded straight after Reem left, and it is one of his finest creations in my opinion (and let the record show that I truly admire a lot of his stuff, and he has released a vast variety).
Musically I always get an image of the Scorpion VS Johnny Cage fight, while trippin badly on a large dose of ketamine, and that Fear Factory remix in the background getting a minimal remix by Duran Duran Duran having a program crash. A Y2K version of Chu Ishikawa's Tetsuo OST. Or as his own legendary label Heart And Crossbone states "super slow, dark & repetitive electronics, drum machine gone out-of-control, a digitized binhexed godflesh floating in cyber-outer-space".
This was self released as an "interactive piece" with an external controller, I'm uncertain about the meaning of this, since I own only the 2005 repackaged re-release. But there it is on bandcamp, enjoy.

An interview with David a bit after, but same era, if you're willing to know more about
Bonus track for fans, unreleased - Shir HaShiryem (I think it was recorded after the album, but not quite sure)

boy man machine
Now for the plus meaning - just paying your attention to a new release coming up next month, Drose - boy man machine +
Those agonizing long "end of the year" list I've written on this humble blog, are filled with great albums, but to be honest, only a few truly lasts with me afterward. 2016's Drose is still a one I come back to, that's why I give it's upcoming exciting re-release this very special honor.
Cmptr Stdnts, what seems to be like a promising label (responsible for last year's Big'n EP), are in charge for giving boy man machine a new life, both again on vinyl and more important, first time on CD, with bonus songs and a very thoughtful design.
Do I need to write again about the brilliant dissonance between the soulful emotional vocals to doomish industro music on this one, harmonized together in a wonderful biomechanical album ? I think not..
Do yourselves a favor and pre-order it here

Wednesday, July 3, 2019

Pain Teens

So.. this blog has been up a couple of years now, and so far not even one Texas band posted. I'm very ashamed and take full responsibility for this disgrace. Hence a Pain Teens bootleg archive filled with goodies for whomever it may concern.
This post includes both audio and video bootlegs recorded by many different brave souls whom I don't know, and so comes in varied qualities, some better some worse, all descent enjoyable level in my opinion.

If in any case you've wasted your teen years not knowing who Teen Pains are, you might wanna do yourself some favor and check them out. Lucky for you all of their full lengths (and the long sought rare tapes) are available on singer's Bliss Blood Bandcamp page.
So thanks Miss Blood, Scott Ayers, Pain Teens, and all those anonymous original recordes.

1991.02.21 - Live at Tegentonen Festival, Paradiso, Amsterdam, Netherlands
Recorded by VPRO Radio
Scott Ayers, Bliss Blood, Kirk Carr, David Parker
Live at Paradiso, 1991, by Bauke Koster

1. Intro
2. Noh Jam
3. Bannoy
4. My Desire
5. A Knife
6. She Shook Me (David Bowie Cover)
7. New Woman
8. Bad In My Head
9. The Poured Out Blood
10. Pleasures of The Flesh
11. Preppy Killer
12. World of Destruction
13. In Every Dream Home A Heartache (Roxy Music Cover)
14. Ballad of Dwight Fry (Alice Cooper Cover)
15 I Got A Right (The Stooges Cover)

1991 - Live Video at Trees, Deep Ellum, Dallas, Texas (Partial, Youtube Link)

00:00 Body Memory
04:17 The Basement
07:55 My Desire
11:47 Shallow Hole
15:23 Pleasures of The Flesh
19:00 Sacrificial Shack
Scott Ayers, Bliss Blood, Frank Garymartin, Kirk Carr
Live In Dallas, 1991
22:50 Bad In My Head [cut-up in the end]

1991.09.19 - Live at The Kennel Club, San Francisco, California

00:00 Wild World (The Birthday Party Cover)
05:08 Preppy Killer
08:05 My Desire
12:05 The Poured Out Blood
16:18 Noh Jam
20:15 Bad In My Head
23:45 She Shook Me (David Bowie Cover)
28:56 New Woman
34:00 A Knife
38:12 Pleasures of The Flesh
42:30 Sacrificial Shack (cut-up near the end)
45:22 [pretty sure that's a cover, but can't remember which song]
48:48 Body Memory [I think, early version]
53:08 Bannoy
58:05 Sweetheart (Zeni Geva Cover)

1992.09.30 - Live at English Acid, Los Angeles, California (Partial)

1. Wild World (The Birthday Party Cover)
2. The Basement
3. My Desire
4. A Knife
Scott Ayers, Bliss Blood, Kirk Carr
Live in Houston, 1992
5. The Poured Out Blood
6. Say It With Suicide [cut]

1992.10.10 - Live Video at CBGB's, New York City, New York (Youtube Link)

00:00 Wild World (Bad Seeds Cover)
06:35 Death Row Eyes
08:55 My Desire
13:14 The Poured Out Blood
17:49 Say It With Suicide (Culturcide Cover)
22:34 Shallow Hole
25:49 Pleasures of The Flesh
29:46 Body Memory
34:49 Bannoy

1992.10.20 - Live Video at Khyber Pass Pu, Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Youtube Link)

00:00 Intro
02:56 Wild World (Bad Seeds Cover)
09:15 My Desire
13:20 Death Row Eyes
Scott Ayers & Bliss Blood
16:50 Living Hell
20:40  The Poured Out Blood
25:18 Say It With Suicide (Culturcide Cover)
30:13 Sacrificial Shack
34:15 Shallow Hole
37:30 Body Memory
42:22 Pleasures of The Flesh
46:18 New Woman
50:10 The Basement
54:00 Bad In The Head
58:00 Bannoy

1993.03.06 - Live Video at Khyber Pass Pub,  Philadelphia, Pennsylvania (Youtube Link)

00:00 Intro
04:00 Tar Pit
08:38 The Basement
12:40 Wild World (Bad Seeds Cover)
18:35 Living Hell
22:20 Body Memory
26:08 Say It With Suicide (Culturcide Cover)
30:43 Pleasures of The Flesh
34:56 My Desire
39:05 A Knife
43:00 The Poured Out Blood
48:15 Drowning

Destroy Me Lover release show
1993.07.24 - Live Video at Catal Huyuk, Houston, Texas (Youtube Link)
Destroy Me Lover release show

00:00 Shock Treatment [with lyrics ?]
06:10 Cool Your Power
09:30 Prowling
12:57 Tar Pit
17:30 Living Hell
21:35 The Basement
26:00 Dominant Man
29:43 Lisa Knew
34:15 Body Memory
39:00 Say It With Suicide (Culturcide Cover)
43:50 If You Were Mine (Billie Holiday cover, Bliss Blood alone)
45:35 Shallow Hole
49:17 New Woman
52:50 Drowning [?]
57:10 [short tuning noise jam]
58:30 Teenage Whore (Hole Cover)

1993.09.17 - Live at Masquerade, Atlanta, Georgia

Scott Ayers & Frank Garymartin
1. The Poured Out Blood (Cut)
2. Prowling
3. Tar Pit
4. Lisa Knew
5. Cool Your Power
6. Body Memory
7. Say It With Suicide (Culturcide Cover)
8. Pleasures of The Flesh
9. My Desire

1993.09.22 - Live at Club Babyhead, Providence, Rhode Island

1. The Poured Out Blood
2. Shallow Hole
3. Tar Pit
4. Lisa Knew
5. Cool Your Power
6. Body Memory
7. Say It With Suicide (Culturcide Cover)
8. Pleasures of The Flesh
9. Destroy Me Lover

If you deserve a credit for a photo/recording please, please send a message,
If you can help identify any of the tunes I couldn't please send a message,
If you have any show or comments to add, please send a message,
Enjoy, please send a message.

Wednesday, May 29, 2019

David Linton - Orchesography

Early examples for Linton's unique bashing rhythm qualities, can be heard listening to him playing percussion and drums for some NY groups on the less known side of no wave scene, such as I/S/M, Interference or Plus Instruments.
1986's Orchesography, is his only solo album, released via Branca's Neutral Records, self produced with the help of Bruce Tovsky and Roli Mosimann.
Definitely an early bird, experimenting with noise gate on drums to generate samples, and while not the first, this album has it's own magic for me, mixing upbeat tense rhythms along with mostly classical theatrical samples. Fits well with his other art involvements.
If you like early Keith LeBlanc, looking for an instrumental, less new wave jumpy Foetus version, or have any electro-acoustic tendencies, give this one a listen.

Wednesday, May 22, 2019

3ח aka שלוש חית                                                                                                                                        3H aka Shalosh Hait
David Opp, Ran Slavin, Reem Hareuveny
Photo by Ofer Azulay, at Pargod
This enigmatic name belonged to a somewhat legendary (for me at least) Jerusalem trio active in the late 80's. They were part of a local "scene" circling a few bands which mostly played at Pargod theater, which is the name the scene was known as. "Rock sessions" often occurred, comprised of different members of the scene, free-thinking, improvising and experimenting with each other.
3H began more as an idea of such art rock act, going through name variations (3H-B, B-3H, etc..) on each show, without committing to a specific sound, often involving industrial acts, sampling (one of the first to do so in Israel), inviting guests (for instance a street violin player they met a day earlier) and on and on. After some time they've settled on 3H and began performing with more "proper" songs.

Their roots lay in 1982's Cholera, the first hardcore (and actually first punk) band in Israel, including both David (Dudik) Oppenheim and Ran Slavin, drummer and guitarist for 3H. After Cholera, Slavin took off to London for a couple years, and came back to form the group with Dudik. Both of them at the time art students, were joined by Reem Hareuveny on bass, thus creating what I see as one of the most important groups here in local alternative music.
Still retaining the pissed and abrasive energy they had in them, 3H were playing their own kind of post punk, unlike anything I can think of. You can hear the vast wide influences through Crime & The City Solution, Swans, This Heat, Neubauten and generally, anything that was worth listening to at the time, but yet again, just as influences. They didn't imitate any of these, or anyone else.

Their only album recorded in 1990, released 1991, limited to 500 copies, is the one above. You SHOULD check it out. An absolute all-time fave for me, featuring ten tracks of their varied repertoire and one hell of a menacing cover of Carole King.
That's the re-mastered version up there, re-released in 2009, also limited to 500, this time with an extra disc filled with unreleased live bonuses, rehearsal material, and some from their second unfulfilled album. Making justice to a local group which never got the respect it deserved.
Flyer for Aaliya Ve'rock Ba Marathon
Local bands marathon.

1989.05.10 - Live Bootleg at Aaliya Ve'rock Ba Marathon, Gerard Behar Center, Jerusalem

1. I Feel The Earth (Carole King Cover)
2. In The Field
3. London Time
4. Brara
5. Jerusalem 80's
6. מפולת של עובש [Mold Avalanche]
7. Scarface Runner
8. רחובות אדומים [Red Streets]
9. Trashman
10. Mystery Dance (Elvis Costello Cover)
11. Kankan
12. [audience]
13. הג'ונגל האוסטרו-הונגרי [Austro Hungarian Jungle (cut up in the end)]
14. Scarface Runner [Reprise]

There's plenty of material that still lays in dust on tapes somewhere, and it's a shame. Here's some stuff I managed to scavenge, mostly ripped it off a short series of radio specials called "Soundman of Pargod" by Eli Shargorodsky, who was among other things, the soundman of Pargod, recording many shows and stuff, handling a great archive. So much much much respect to him (and if by any chance you read this, please continue sharing Eli !)
Ran, Dudik, Reem

Bonus unreleased material

198X - Bass I
198X - Mystery Dance (Elvis Costello Cover) + מעדן חלב [TV Commercial cover, radio rip]
198X - Scarface Runner [Live at Pargod, radio rip]
198X - Untitled
198X - שחרחורת [Ha'breira Ha'tiv'it Cover, without Slavin, with Eli Shargo, radio rip]
1987 - רחובות אדומים [Red Light Streets]
1989.01.23 - Untitled + Film [Live at Pargod, radio rip]
1989.08.10 - Untitled [Live at Pargod, radio rip]
1989.08.10 - Untitled [Live at Pargod, radio rip]

Eventually 3H dissolved around 92, as all three members proceed exploring and innovating for more than a three decades length careers, via many other brilliant musical projects and through other art forms. I'll probably post some more of their music, I have nothing but pure appreciation for these guys.
Ran Slavin | David Opp