Samstag, 28. März 2015

Indie Scene 1980

Back in real life after my military service and going to work as a regular employee in my job in a bank. I found my peace of mind spending eight hours in the office to hang around with my pals in the evening. It was also the days we formed a football team sponsored by the owner of the pub we hang around. This pub was hardly frequented especially on weekend. In the early 80s there are only two ways to serve music to your guest. Either you play a tape or you switch on the radio. So the idea grew that me and some friends will DJing on the weekends. And from then on I used to walk into the pub on Friday or Saturday with a wooden box full of records playing them to the audience. I remember some unforgettable evenings in these days. Looking back to the music I think a lot of classic songs were released. It's only a short list but man I love this songs.

D.A.F. - Kebabträume
Modern English - Gathering Dust
Nightmares in Wax - Birth of a Nation
Spizz Energi - Where's Captain Kirk
Wah! - Seven Minutes To Midnight
Woodhead Munro - Mambo Jumbo

Donnerstag, 26. März 2015


Owned me the newest album by Julie Campbell aka LoneLady and I have to say that it's one of the best in this year so far. It's a record that spreads between early Manchester sound like Joy Division, Wire and A Certain Ratio and early Prince when Wendy and Lisa were true his sound. Listening to this record is like a journey between the coolness of the early 80s New Wave and the funk and groove of the late 80s. All in all a record you should give a listen to.

LoneLady - Into The Cave

And this a song she did in collaboration with the mighty Jah Wobble a few years ago:

Mittwoch, 25. März 2015

Let It Happen

Something new arrived from Down Under. Tame Impala released her new single. It's hard to type their sound. Main member and founder is Keven Parker. He is heavenly influenced by late 60s/early 70s psychedelic rock and electronic music. If you listen to their earlier songs you can hear that he borrowed a lot from My Bloody Valentines by the way he uses fuzz, feedback and pedals to create his sound. 'Let it Happen' is a psychic pop song with full of harmonies, disco-grooves that turns into a synthie space-boogie. Like someone said: Space is the place.

Dienstag, 24. März 2015

Twanging Tuesday # 57

As another godfather of Rockabilly should be named Charlie Feathers. Although he had no really chart-breaking hit singles he made a lot of classic tracks that should not be forgotten. As a Mississippi born child of a farmer he moved to Memphis to sign finally SUN-label. I'm very close to the way he plays this kind of music and this will be not the last one in this series.

Charlie Feathers - Jungle Fever

And I found this a video to his song 'One More Time' not sure if it is really old or just made in a retro style:

Montag, 23. März 2015

Giant Peach

Something new from the four-piece Alternative rock band Wolf Alice from Northern London. It's a lot more rock, grunge and garage stuff compared to their early ones. The new single extends the spectrum by influence of faded away shoegaze, space rock and a little bit of Krautrock. The song comes along with a construction rather unusual for a pop song and shows singer Ellie Rowsell vocally in unexpected territories. Loud, great.

And as a free download:

Sonntag, 22. März 2015

From The In-Box

New music galore arrived throughout the last weeks. Now I've got some time to listen to them and sort out that wasn't worth to give a listen.

The first band is called 87 and is located in San Franzisco. That's what they tell us about their music:

We landed in San Francisco from different places. Patrick was born in Atlanta and has spent much time in Athens, Georgia and Seattle. He has always been into unique Indie Rock. Hanako is from Yamanashi, Japan and has spent a lot of time singing and playing Jazz in Tokyo. Nate hales from the tiny Wisconsin town of Black River Falls where he was influenced by Classic Rock while playing in local bands. We think this odd mix of backgrounds and our willingness to experiment leads to songs that are different, interesting and weird. Our genre is kinda hard to pin down. It probably falls somewhere close to these categories: Outsider, Anti-Folk, Psych-Folk, Lo-Fi, Indie Folk and Indie Rock. 

All their songs have a big quality on their own. I like 'Teardrops' for them acoustic, forward leading verve and the bass and harmonies of Hanoko. This song reminds me on the days I used to listen to the Woodentops in the mid 80s. And the ballad 'Aitai' sung by Hanako is just great.

Patrick Bates is located in Richmond, VA and gives us a kind of psychedelic blues ballads. 'In the end' is well produced and arranged. Seldom heard a song that starts slowly with a picking guitar and a tender voice ending with a soft saxophone cascade.

Sheffield gave us Joe Cocker and now David Woodcock, not related to Tony Woodcock who scored for Cologne in the early 80s. But the music he plays with his band The Dead Comedians is similar to him. He played earthy, effective and straight to score another goal. And so is their sound. Directly based on the best of The Replacements or The Clash. Catchy songs and I think if you listen to them live it would be an evening you'll never forget.

Embleton tries to find out how American, Country and Tom Petty could sound nowadays. The result are some fine tunes with acoustic guitars, a suffering country voice played slow. Not the hottest thing around but worth to give a listen to.

From Calgary, Canada comes a singer/songwriter duo named Georgia Sound with songs really over the average. Not only laments of love's gone with a sad and somber voice. No their songs are really optimistic, played up-tempo, are arranged very well and the voices of Ryan Roy and Shannon Magee are superb.

The Sound Position is the project of Michael Dugger trying to find his own place between ambient, downbeat and as he says: experiments with electric techniques, sounds and compositions. The result is mellow tunes to relax and having a tea.

Samstag, 21. März 2015

Indie Scene 1979

1979 seems like independent music has grown up. More and more influences ware taken over so that we have now a bigger musical spectrum. There are still the bands that play the rhythm and blues influenced new wave like The Rumour and Joy Division stuck deeply in their own fantastic sound. It was the year great pop songs were made by independent artists like Kristy McColl or Squeeze. Looking retrospective to this year I have to determine that it was the year electronic sound entered the indie stage. Fat Gadget or Cabaret Voltaire opened our ears for something different and new. It was also the year British kids discovered a type of music that was forgotten but still present in the shade: Two-Tone and Ska. Bands like the Specials, The Beat, The Selecter and Madness gave us the sound of the summer and The Jam weren't the only ones wearing suits any more. For me it was the year I had to do my military service. Almost a lost year staying away from my crowd and less money to buy records. It was also a time when I spent my leisure with five more guys in room listening mostly to Dire Straits, Pink Floyd's 'Wall' and ABBA or something else from the first Disco wave in Germany. Sometimes I got the chance to play one of my tapes and the result was still the same: offering them new music is like throwing pearls before swine. Anyway, here are some songs that might make you a happy start into the weekend.

Enjoy and have a good time

Cabaret Voltaire - Nag Nag Nag
Fat Gadget - Back to Nature
Kristy McColl - They don't know
Madness - The Prince
Selecter - On my radio
The Beat - Tears of a clown
The Rumour - Emotional traffic
Tubeway Army - Are friends electric