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Friday, May 26

The Outlaws (UK band) - Spring Is Here

The Outlaws: "Dream of the West"
HMV, 1961 (Space Western)

Spring is Here (2.6 MB)
Great spacey-cowboy music.
"The Outlaws are an english instrumental band that recorded in the early 1960s. They were produced by Joe Meek and were the house-band of his studio in 304 Holloway Road. As such, they were used for recordings, demos and auditions. Many of their songs (the whole L.P.!) were written by Meek and credited to his pseudonym Robert Duke.

Billy Kuy (lead guitar), Bobby Graham (drums), Charles Hodges (bass), Reg Hawkins (rhythm guitar), all songs written by Robert Duke."

Tuesday, May 23

DJ Screw / ESG - 187 Skills

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DJ Screw: "Einstein"
Screwed Up, 1996 (Screwed & Chopped Hip Hop)

ESG - 187 Skills (9.6 MB)
This is my favorite track from my favorite DJ Screw tape out of the 80 or so that I have. It's one of the best recorded examples of DJ Screw's scratching, not to mention the fact that the song itself is trill az fuck. It's "common knowledge" that DJ Screw died of a heart attack induced by codeine (from the cough syrup that his style is accompanied with), but apparently his autopsy states that methamphetamine was also found in his system. He wasn't a user of this drug, so some believe he was sabatoged by someone close to him.

Thursday, May 18

Black Tambourine - For Ex-Lovers Only

Complete Recordings"
Slumberland, 1999 (Indie Pop)

For Ex-Lovers Only (5.6 MB)
"The short-lived Black Tambourine endures among the truly seminal American indie-pop bands of the 1980s, creating a dark, feedback-rich sound that predated the shoegazer movement of the decade to follow—a period when the now-defunct group's members all went on to enjoy even greater notoriety within the flourishing Amerindie scene."

Wednesday, May 17

Michael Hoenig - Sun And Moon

Michael Hoenig - Departure From The Northern Wasteland
Michael Hoenig: "Departure From The Northern Wasteland"
Kuckuck, 1978 (Progressive Electronic)

Sun And Moon (7.8 MB)
"Hoenig was one of many German composers to emerge from the innovative, electronic underground scene thriving in that country during the '60s and '70s. He first came to recognition in the progressive rock group Agitation Free in the '70s. After a short stint with Tangerine Dream, Hoenig went on to produce what is considered by many to be one of the most important albums to come out of the German electronic school. He has since moved to Los Angeles, where he currently pursues a career as a film composer."

Aphrodite's Child - The Four Horsemen

Aphrodite's Child - 666
Aphrodite's Child: "666"
One Way, 1972 (Conceptual Psych)

The Four Horsemen (8.1 MB)
A Greek psych band who may have hit the LSD one too many times. Excuse the AMG quote, as I am pressed for time: "An amazingly bombastic concept album about the Apocalypse of St. John seen as a rock spectacle. Demis Roussos wails the lyrics in a frantically operatic falsetto, while the band pound fiercely through Vangelis' furiously complex music."

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Tuesday, March 7

The Russell Brothers - The Party Scene

The Russell Brothers - The Party Scene
The Russell Brothers: "The Party Scene 12" Single"
Portrait, 1983 (Hip Hop)

The Party Scene (SV) (9.5 MB)

This 12" single is the only release by The Russell Brothers, and as far as I know, it was merely a demo that wasn't officially released. That is a huge shame, as this record is simply outstanding considering the date of it's release, 1983. The production is years ahead of its time, and no other early hip hop producers came near making a sound like this. The lyrics come off as nearly cliché, but I'm sure that at the time of the single's release they were more original. Even by now, 23 years later, this single has not gained the recognition it deserves, or even reached many fans of early hip hop who would greatly enjoy it.

Monday, March 6

The Screamers - In A Better World / Vertigo

Screamers - Demos, 1977-78
The Screamers: "Demos, 1977-78"
N/A, 1996 (Synth Punk)

In A Better World (5.28 MB)
Vertigo (4.89 MB)

Although the Screamers never released an album, they were one of the biggest bands of the late 70's LA punk scene. All of the tracks on this demo were recorded "live" in one session during the Summer of 1978, and recorded on a 4 track. This demo is a good introduction to the band, seeing that it is the closest thing to a studio album they made. The absence of guitar and bass, which seem to almost be standard in punk music, and the presence of keyboards gives this band an amazing sound that has more intensity than any other punk group of the era. In my opinion, both of these tracks are the two most energetic on the demo, but don't let that fool you. The Screamers possesed an original sound that integrated complex musicianship and had much more to offer than your average punk band.