Wednesday, March 14, 2018

Tox Modell

André Bach, Xavier Serge Martin, Marc Tegefoss and Arjen Schrama
Live at first Ultra night at Oktopus, photo by Ronnie Kroes 1980.09
Ultra, as you can read on quite a few places online, was an Amsterdam movement/scene/whatever happening around Oktopus club and Vinyl Magazine, circling experimental/post punk/electronics groups bla bla bla

The most interesting group among these, were undoubtedly Tox Modell, comprised of four guys line up, two guitars, bass and vocals, no drums, often switching duties among themselves. They were probably the closest things to the industrial "punk" of early SPK singles back than. They managed to create the same psycho-robotic sonic mayhem of the aussie pioneers.

Unfortunately only 3 songs were descent quality studio recorded (hopefully for some to pop up on the web as things always do) and released as a split with fellow Ultra's Plus Instruments, on a flexi disc included in a Vinyl Magazine issue.
Other than that, two gigs were released on tape by Lebel Period (run by the group's guitar player Marc).

1981.03.21 - Live at Groote Keyser, Amsterdam (Flac)
1. Electric Intermissions
Live at Parkhof, photo by Arie de Jong 1981.04.11
2. Numbers Two
3. Paris St. Lazare
4. Dustland
5. Stalingrad
6. Obedience
7. P.C.F.
8. Subanarchy
9. Marrakesh
10. Some Gaims

1981.04.11 - Live at Parkhof, Alkmaar
1. Numbers Two
2. Paris St. Lazare
3. Bye Bye Dutchland
4. Stalingrad
5. Obedience
6. P.C.F.
7. Marrakesh
8. Some Gaims
9. Sub Anarchy !!!!
10. Electric Intermission (Live at Simplon, Groningen, 1980.06.14)

1981.05 - Split with +Instruments (recorded 1981.03.26)
1. Paris St. Lazare
2. Stalingrad
3. Numbers Two

Ultra harsh and raw (including all three releases)
You should check out those live videos of Stalingrad and Numbers Two to know what you're facing with.

Monday, February 19, 2018

Toll - No Doubt

In 1984 Ramleh took a break willing to discover more musical areas and gathering new ideas. That's when Toll were formed and served as a first step for Gary Mundy's evolution from the "conservative" early power electronics. This evolution will continue in various forms like playing in Breathless, participating in Anne Clark's albums, and creating the eccentric Hole In The Heart (which is in a way a missing link between early and late Ramleh), thus experiencing and experimenting different aspects and musical forms.
Well.. that's at least how I see it..

Croydon based Toll were Mundy, Tim Soar and Matthew Frith (which for my understanding was initially a recording guest), and together they released Christ Knows (cassette and LP) and No Doubt (cassette only), both in 1986, featuring wide vary of directions within the noise-industrial-ambient-soundscape spectrum and even some minimalitic post punk vibes, and while some is as harsh as early Ramleh, it is much more "musical".
Recordings of the "studio-written tracks with no pre-planning" included few other guests (mostly of the Broken Flag rooster) such as Tim Gane (Stereolab, than- Uncommunity), Paul Lemos (Controlled Bleeding), Pierre Jolivet (Pacific 231), Zag Ring and Gavin (thank you for your violin whoever you are).

Christ Knows was re-released on CD in 2006 by Cold Spring Records, and you can and should get it through their bandcamp or the online shop. Remastered and with three bonus tracks off of the second Toll cassette titled No Doubt.
For a reason which is beyond my knowledge (please enlighten me), both cassettes, shares pretty much the same tracks, some in different versions, so I've left out of the file all the tracks that appear (with better sound) on the Christ Knows' re-release. So don't act surprised, the file is only partial!:

1. Broken Frame (Instrumental version)
2. There Must Be More Than This [Released on Ohrenschrauben compilation, Also re-recorded for Ramleh's Grudge For Life]
3. As We Live And Breathe
4. Forge
5. Parch (Parched instrumental different version)
6. Out From Your Shell
7. Matter of Fact (Instrumental Version)
8. Perfecting Naivety
9. Radio Moscow
10. Unfinished (A bit longer version, ends different)
11. Matter Of Fact
12. Christ Knows
13. Broken Frame (Dub)
14. Brute Freeze (Dub)
15. Out From Your Shell (Dub) [Released on Riposte compilation, titled Out 2]

As said, all bolds are unique for this cassette, the rest of the tracks included in the re-release
No Doubt (128kbps, sorry), enjoy.

Wednesday, December 27, 2017

Days 736205-736570

Imbecile childish writing about good music

Same deal as last year - This list focus on 2017 releases that in my opinion didn't got the headlines they deserved. I see absolutely no reason for another list of "I like this and that and that" which eventually is just another generic list with the same names you see again and again in different rankings. 
Oxbow, PigsX7, Brainbombs, Godflesh, Vagabon, Endon, Woe, Unsane, Ragana, Fäulnis, Circle, Stupeflip, Gnod, Pissed Jeans, Jute Gyte, and that list carries on and on.. and you've all heard them, or saw their name shines in so many lists, so why the hell would you need another one to do that ?

Last year's list was pretty huge, I've tried to do this one much shorter, because a lack of time and will to write so much. For some convenience and order I've written it in four parts.
There is no particular order, enjoy

Saturday, December 31, 2016

The Good Things You've Missed on Days 735840-736205 to the Christian Counting

Aka "How I wrote 33 times noise, 14 times black and 9 times experimental"

I actually never thought I will do any kind of list here, but as you can see there's a major lack of posts, so, why not
This ain't exactly the "best of 2016".. I have no intention to include here all the big names you'll see all over again in different ranks in the big sites. My intention is to give more exposure to albums that did not received the attention they deserve, promoting new names.. (not that this blog has so many visits but it's still something). So if you're looking for another copy-paste Pitchfork, or want to see if I ranked David Bowie or Solange in the first or second, than fuck off.

This is pretty huge post, I guess very few are the crazy ones (like me) who'll go one by one on a list like that, so even if you'll just pick a few random ones, I 100% guarantee you'll fall on something that will knock your mind off.
If you are a crazy one, welcome aboard, but before you start make sure you have extra time and extra space in your head for some new names.

So there it is 
(no particular order of course, this ain't no Billboard)

Wednesday, May 11, 2016

Yuppies With Jeeps - Yuppies With Jeeps

Daniel Kiczales, Noam Yaish.
I think it's from 2002, but that's earliest one I have
Still breathing :) Sorry for lack of posts, I don't really have time to operate this as I thought I would


Yuppies With Jeeps are a jerusalem duo, which released 3 albums during a period of more than a decade. They became a real cult thing for proto-hipsters with their first one (2002) and made a lot of anticipation feelings at their fans with every new album they released.
Honestly, I'm not among their biggest fans, not sure why, maybe because of their weird oriental folk music which makes me think of a bad combination between Beefheart and gagaku music, maybe because I'm not intellectual enough to get their lyrics (I bet 80% of their fans don't get it either), maybe it's the sometimes whiny vocals, and maybe it's just not really that good and those proto-hipsters I mentioned were just looking for a new messiah at the time.
Over the time I learned to appreciate their debut album very much. Maybe someday I will like their next two.
 Anyway, this post is about their first EP, something not a lot of people know, and I think it can interest both fans, people who don't know them, and people like me who knows but not much cherish. Released in 1999 by Fact Records, consisting 5 tracks of the group's early experiments. Semi electronic tracks with cultural samples (Whiteboyday, Japanese In Cotton, Muppets), a noisy rock track with features some elements of their future work, specially the singing (Moron In A Suit), and a beautiful folk rock song (Ocean) which I think is one of Daniel Kiczales's (the singer) finest works.


1. ואייטבוידאי (Whiteboyday)
2. דביל בחליפה (Moron In A Suit)
3. יפניות בצמר גפן (Japanese In Cotton)
4. מאפפטס (Muppets)
5. אוקיאנוס (Ocean)

Self titled EP