Monday, November 30, 2009

La Sonorité Jaune - Istania

Cassette, C30
Label : audiofile Tapes, US, 1989

Last and least La Sonorité Jaune cassette, released by one of the best US independant cassette labels ever. Great interstellar ambient music as always.
Other La Sonorité Jaune releases available for download :
The Interstellar Destroyed Music Mail Project
Je Ne Veux Plus Voir Le Ciel
Soundtrack For Breathing Structures

Tracklist :

Istania Part One
A1. Biorta 1
A2. Icraen
A3. Biorta 2
A4. Ilen
Istania Part Two
B1. Biorta 3
B2. Icelen
B3. Oseur

La Sonorité Jaune interview in ND #13 :

Friday, November 27, 2009

Urbain Autopsy & K... - Ashquelon

Cassette, C60
Label : S.J. Organisation, France, circa 1987
Ripped by jx

Tracklist :

A1. The Chess Of Death (3:59)
A2. Tribal Moment (4:13)
A3. Shema Yisrael (2:46)
A4. Tisha B'Ov (1:39)
A5. Torture (0:39)
A6. I Hate Politics (4:38)
A7. L'Orage (4:52)
A8. Zoolologie (2:05)
A9. Rhone Poulenc (3:18)
A10. You ! Yes You (2:17)
B1. Le Peuple Révolutionnaire (1:11)
B2. Le Sang (4:39)
B3. Stalingrad In Blue (3:49)
B4. La Vie En Rose (3:40)
B5. Shall Be Free (3:29)
B6. Numéro 6 (4:29)
B7. Zyklon B (3:07)
B8. Le Retour D'Edgar Le Scieur (5:55)

Wednesday, November 25, 2009

Psycodrama - Nigger

Cassette, C60
Label : S.J. Organisation, France, circa 1987
Ripped by Rubbish

"Psycodrama are two beerbellied, bearded men who long ago went to art school and then went on to Virginia, where they “died.” Listening to their music—a cat wailing over disco beats and songs about Jesus and asses (sticking cocks up them and poop coming out of them)—is for me like looking in a mirror, if only I were a redneck homosexual in my thirties. I write them a fan letter—their only one, I believe, and they immediately invite me to join the troupe. I spend my eighteenth birthday with Gator and Bubba (Brett and Jim) in Virginia making a video where we all eat bacon and sausage and drink whiskey at a restaurant called Grandma’s, and laugh about terrible things until I think I’m going to be sick. And then they drive me around the hills of Virginia drunk, talking over and over about “twee” instead of “three” (I don’t get it, but it cracks both of them up every single time) and their plans to beat up our friend Wha whose mother did heroin so he has very long arms and very tiny legs and their next tape which they will call Nigger. They swerve all over the gravelly road until I’m so scared I start crying. On the train home the next day, I feel like I hate them, but a letter from Brett explaining that what they did to me was “theatre” convinces me that I got what I claimed to want. My favourite authors (all stolen from Andrew) theorize on terror and absurdity, but it was my drive with the hairy, horrible men through the backwoods that was fast and real, with taste (the bacon and sausage kept coming back up) and touch and sound. Suckdog are feral. Psycodrama—the way they play with racism, sexism and homophobia—are more seasoned, more dangerous. I want in." (Lisa Crystal Carver, Drugs are nice, London, Snowbooks, 2006, p. 58-59)

If you want to listen and learn more about mysterious, provocative and crazy act Psycodrama - Costes US alter ego and collaborators -, please go there and there.

Sunday, November 22, 2009

Big City Orchestra - Trail Of Destruction

Cassette, C60
Label : S.J. Organisation, France, 1987

S.J. Organisation has released two Big City Orchestra cassettes. I've discovered BCO through S.J. mail order catalogue. And I bought "Massacre Of The Innocents" and "Trail Of Destruction" cassettes in my first S.J. order... At that time, Pascal Dauzier was planning to release a Big City Orchestra / Gregory Whitehead split LP, that would have been the debut vinyl for both artists. That was never done and both artists unfortunately missed their vinyl career. Why the hell did BCO never had a vinyl career ? At least, a RRR LP should have been released...
More Big City Orchestra in blogland :
A Good Time To Start Something New [Cassette]
Animal Religion [Cassette]
Drone Gnomes [10"]
Greatest Hits And Test Tones [CD]
Magnetic Personality [Cassette]
Massacre Of The Innocents [Cassette]
Our Life In The Bush Of Kate [Cassette]
So Much Quicker Than Tomorrow [Cassette]
The Beatlerape [CD]
The Consumer [CD]
The Four Cassettes Of The Apocalypse [CD]
The Man Of Steal [Cassette]
Tryst 7 [Cassette, Split W/ The Legendary Pink Dots]
Visual Archives
And more to come here soon...

Tracklist :

A1. State Of Decay (26:23)
A2. Journey With The Blockheads (4:42)
B1. Desire Vs. Response (10:16)
B2. Visit With Pilgrims (10:42)
B3. Your Mine (9:55)

Thursday, November 19, 2009

Schlafengarten - Dance / Trance

Cassette, C30
Label : S.J. Organisation, France, 1986

As the side titles suggest, one side is dance music, the other side is trance music.
More Schlafengarten here and here.

Tracklist :

The Danse Side
A1. No Time (2:58)
A2. City (3:21)
A3. Schlaf Rap (3:40)
A4. Danse (3:48)
The Trance Side
B1. Minimal Afternoon (10:41)
B2. Loupe (4:59)

Monday, November 16, 2009

Various Artists - Organisation Orange 2

Cassette, C90 + C10
Label : S.J. Organisation, France, 1987
Limited edition of 150 copies

First in a series of posts related to S.J. Organisation, a french label run by Pascal Dauzier & Sylvie Loquet (La Sonorité Jaune) during the eighties.
Get more excellent S.J. releases :
S.J ORG 003 - La Sonorité Jaune - Heliae
S.J ORG 004 - Various - Organisation Orange 1
S.J ORG 008 - F/i - Threshold
S.J ORG 008 - F/i - Threshold
S.J ORG 009 - Dog As Master - Five Feuilletons Outlined In Red
S.J ORG 011 - La Sonorité Jaune - Ersatia
S.J ORG 011 - La Sonorité Jaune - Ersatia
S.J ORG 012 - La Sonorité Jaune & The Haters - The Interstellar Destroyed Music Mail Project
S.J ORG 016 - Maybe Mental - Lotuses On Fire
S.J ORG 019 - Master/Slave Relationship - Bed Of Perverse Dreams
S.J ORG 020 - The Twins And Rig Veeda - Boy Saves Hedgehog
S.J ORG 028 - Lieutenant Caramel / La Sonorité Jaune - Je Ne Veux Plus Voir Le Ciel
S.J ORG 034 - New Carrollton & Stolen Government Binder Clip - Minor Admittance
S.J ORG ??? - Illusion Of Safety - Finance And Ideology

Tracklist :

A1. Two Witnesses - Only Love (2:20)
A2. Tzilenda Kopfdachtung - Tribut-Tot (4:00)
A3. Pietro Insipido - Remember (4:09)
A4. A.I.Z - La Purge (5:08)
A5. Controlled Bleeding - Body Bags (6:17)
A6. Arnovah - Symetrical Segments (4:44)
A7. Stenka Bazin - La Conscience Immolée (6:48)
A8. S-Ink - Monument (3:24)
A9. Vivenza - Unité Objective (Principe Conducteur) (5:00)
A10. Urbain Autopsy - Overload System (3:37)
B1. Schlafengarten - Looking Glas (2:46)
B2. Moly - Val De Travers (3:46)
B3. Mystery Hearsay - Sunrise In Disguise (7:04)
B4. Ampzilla's Delight - Mindscape (3:50)
B5. Alain Basso - Parliures Et Aveuglements / Les Murmures Du Moribond (3:55)
B6. Controlled Bleeding - Trunk Time (3:35)
B7. Yves Mo - Ecouter Strauss Sous La Douche (2:22)
B8. Mystery Hearsay - Plumtree Spiral (7:19)
B9. Yves Mo - La Femme Est Merveille (3:28)
B10. Société Musicale Marine - Chat De Printemps (6:21)
C. Big City Orchestra - Orange Is The Color Of My True Love Eyes (3:58)
D. La Sonorité Jaune - My Dreams Collapse In The Orange Landscape (Excerpt) (3:29)

Sunday, November 15, 2009

Zone Void - Wu-Nien Voidmusic

Cassette, C60
Label : Cthulhu Records, Germany, 1991
Limited edition of 300 numbered copies

Last cassette released by legendary German label Cthulhu Records.

Friday, November 13, 2009

Entre Vifs - Heavy Duty

Cassette, C60
Label : Cthulhu Records, Germany, 1989
Limited edition of 300 numbered copies

From Le Syndicat website :
"Due to a painful experience of censorship at the festival of new music DMA2 in Bordeaux (France), Le Syndicat decided to build his personal sound system.
Zorïn immerses himself in electronics and starts constructing "The MATRIX" : the electro metallic material intended to be used at the live appearances of Le Syndicat.
It is about an armada of objects over amplified by contact microphones, often discovered in the belly of a trashcan and designed to the manner of dangerous weapons : Low Tech electronic instruments, walkmans, multitrack tape recorders to cassettes used at the same time as samplers and mixing tables, racks of preamplifiers, distorters, ring modulators, delays. 800 meters of cables concentrated on 5 square meters.
The goal of the system was to be able to react as quickly as possible to everything that all other operator porduces. What they named "The reflex piloting", something that holds as much the fight sports or the instinctive monitoring of the other. This live version of Le Syndicat conceived by Zorïn became naturally his thing in 1986 : The bruitiste ensemble (Noisecraft band) ENTRE VIFS".

From inner sleeve :
"We began to build our Noise Complex (generators, switches, intermodulations, mixing) in 1985.
Our Sessions or Training meetings started in early 1986. Some were performed in front of a few selected listeners.
These live excerpts were recorded at our Noisecraft Workshop, Enghien (France).
The instruments used on these tracks are : the Rumbler, the Shriller, the Harrow, the Smashers, the Cracklers, the Screecher, the Rails.
Our voices are picked up by Laryngophones and processed by various distortion units".

Entre Vifs debut CD, "L'Ordre Par Le Bruit" (Artware, 1991), can be downloaded here.

A recent french radio show with an interview of Ruelgo (founding member of Le Syndicat) can be downloaded here.

And of course you can buy :
- Le Syndicat / Entre Vifs / Icon Zero / Ruelgo high quality CDrs on Le Syndicat website ;
- Le Syndicat "Timespace Losses 1982 / 1987" recent CD of early rarities here.

Thursday, November 12, 2009

Monday, November 9, 2009

P.C.R. - The Power Of Blindness

Label : Empty Records, Germany, 1990

From Empty Records website : "This concept album is the only vinyl release this Nürnberg band ever released, and is based upon an obscure story by H.G. Wells. Musically, these nine tracks are somewhere between soft industrial and guitar based new wave".

Tracklist :

A1. Instantaneously Drown (6:04)
A2. Eastward Slip (4:22)
A3. The One-Eyed King (4:36)
A4. Zwischen Knochenrissen I (3:07)
A5. A Great Big Kiss (4:52)
B1. Sacrifice For Love (4:53)
B2. A Man Is Close To Nothing (8:30)
B3. Zwischen Knochenrissen II (5:14)
B4. Blue Deepening Into Purple (3:28)

Thursday, November 5, 2009

Mentocome - Untitled

Label : Giraffe Rec., Germany

Another forgotten but great minimal German act.

Sunday, November 1, 2009

fLEUR dU mINIMAL - Untitled

Label : Pigture Disc, Germany, 1987

Reminds me a little of early The Hafler Trio and Nurse With Wound.

Tracklist :

A1. Geburt (1:00)
A2. Heimat (3:00)
A3. Krieg (3:00)
A4. Sonntag (3:00)
A5. Lust (3:00)
A6. Fortschritt (3:00)
A7. Wald (3:00)
B1. Schönheit (3:00)
B2. Meer (3:00)
B3. Liebe (3:00)
B4. Götter (3:00)
B5. Maschine (3:00)
B6. Wissen (3:00)
B7. Tod (1:00)