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[Audio] – 1981 ‘Briefcase’ Tracks, Part 10 (Decayes, Deep Freeze Mice, Department S, Deutsche Wertarbeit, Din A Testbild)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on May 31, 2009

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Various – Tracks from the ’1981′ Briefcase Disc, Part 10

This is the tenth batch of tracks from the ‘1981 Briefcase,’ the catch-all mp3-CD found in the ‘1981‘ box set (the nine main mixes of which are now available in full for download at Musicophilia). Moving forward with the “D’s,” we’ve got five who certainly didn’t make it to the top of the pops, but were busy carving out their own little burrows at the edges of the post-punk ant farm.  Decayes present punchy kookiness that lives next door to the mass-media-pastiche madness of Negativland.  Deep Freeze Mice create low-fi power-pop that fits somewhere between Television Personalities and Monitor.  Department S offer shiny, bouncy New Pop that will appeal to fans of Duran Duran.  Finaly, we have two DNW-ish synth-based acts who present very different visions: Deutsche Wertarbeit live in a Kraftwerkian Utopia, soaring majestically on an autobahn to heaven; whereas Din A Testbild paint a nearly schizophrenic world of the mind, full of hazy chaos.

Decayes – “Dance Hall”

Deep Freeze Mice – “Dr. Z”

Department S – “Age Concern”

Deutsche Wertarbeit – “Deutscher Wald”

Din A Testbild – “Logischer Gerfriepunkt”

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[Audio] – 1981 ‘Briefcase’ Tracks, Part 9 (Lol Coxhill, Crispy Ambulance, Dalek I Love You, Danse Society, Dark Day)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on May 17, 2009

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Various – Tracks from the ’1981′ Briefcase Disc, Part 9

Here is the ninth installment from the ‘1981 Briefcase,’ the catch-all mp3-CD found in the ‘1981‘ box set (the nine main mixes of which are now available in full for download at Musicophilia).  Finishing the “C’s” and moving into the “D’s,” these five tracks comprise a nice little slice of the abstract/experimental and “dark-wave” sides of post-punk.  First up is Lol Coxhill, who is a stretch as a post-punker being generally associated with the Canerbury scene (and Kevin Ayer’s finest work especially); but by 1981 he had become associated with Cherry Red and its arty post-punk experimentalists, and here gives us a lovely little mournful sax-based instrumental.  Next is Crispy Ambulance, with an extended workout in the Factory Records house sound of the day, somewhere between Joy Division and A Certain Ratio (more remarkable for the proto-late-90s graphic design of the 12″s cover, IMO).  Dalek I Love You present a squelchy, odd little bit of avant-New Pop, while Danse Society morph Vangelis-like soundscapes into a gothic pop tune.  Dark Day bring it all back to the instrumental abstract side with an echoing cavern of backwards instrumentation.

Lol Coxhill – “The Calm”

Crispy Ambulance – “The Presence”

Dalek I Love You – “Heartbeat”

Danse Society – “Continent”

Dark Day – “The Exterminations, Part 6″

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[Audio] – 1981 ‘Briefcase’ Tracks, Part 8 (Club Tango, Colours Out of Time, Commercials, Concrete, The Conservatives)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on May 3, 2009

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Various – Tracks from the ’1981′ Briefcase Disc, Part 8

Today we’re making up for lost time, with two installments from the ‘1981 Briefcase,’ the catch-all mp3-CD found in the ‘1981‘ box set (from which eight of the nine main mixes are now available for download at Musicophilia). This is the 8th set of tracks.  Keep track of new sets with this tag; and don’t miss Part 7, posted earlier today.

In this set are five almost-unknowns.  Perhaps best are Club Tango, with a nice bit of bouncy, wry dance-punk.  There’s also the Colours Out of Time, who one might broadly lump with Echo & The Bunnymen or their American counterparts the Urban Verbs.  Rounding out the set is Scotland’s Commercials with a bit of that proto-indie Postcard feel; similarly lo-fi but considerably darker Concrete with some handmade nuclearphobia; and The Conservatives with a taste of things to come (at least in Southern California) with some 1981-style hardcore punk that will appeal to fans of bitchin’ Camaros.

Club Tango – “Performance”

Colours Out of Time – “The Waiting” (BBC)

Commercials – “Simon”

Concrete – “Uranium Plant”

The Conservatives – “Suburban Bitch”

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[Audio] – 1981 ‘Briefcase’ Tracks, Part 7 (Chameleons, The Chefs, Chemicals Made From Dirt, Christian Death, The Clash)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on May 3, 2009

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Various – Tracks from the ’1981′ Briefcase Disc, Part 7

As it was missed last weekend, today there will be two further installments from the ‘1981 Briefcase,’ the catch-all mp3-CD found in the ‘1981‘ box set (from which eight of the nine main mixes are now available for download at Musicophilia).  This is the 7th set of tracks.  You can see previous installments and keep track of new ones with this tag; and be sure to check out Part 8, also posted today.

Both of today’s sets continue in the C’s.  Of course you know The Clash, but perhaps not quite like this: a dubby disco remix of “The Magnificent Seven,” which, along with “This Is Radio Clash” comprises the works of The Clash for people who don’t like The Clash.  Then there’s The Chameleons, better known for their post post-punk, New Pop albums, here with an early Peel session; Chemicals Made From Dirt, championed by Hyped2Death; Christian Death with a little SoCal Gothicism; and The Chefs, with a silly little ditty about hanging-on, gossip, and the soul-crush of scenesterism.

1000ohmChameleons – “Here Today” (BBC)

The Chefs – “Someone I Know”

Chemicals Made From Dirt – “Ike”

Christian Death – “Dogs”

The Clash – “The Magnificent Dance”

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[Audio] – 1981 ‘Briefcase’ Tracks, Part 6 (Buzz, Cancer, Cardboards, CCCP-TV, Ceramic Hello)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on April 12, 2009

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Various – Tracks from the ’1981′ Briefcase Disc, Part 6

Here is the 6th bunch of tracks from the ’1981′ box set’s ‘Briefcase’ disc, from amongst 250 further bands and tracks not found in the nine themed mixes in the set. You can see previous installments and keep track of new ones with this tag.

Moving on into the Cs, all credit is due Hyped2Death, where I heard most of these tracks, so go over there and buy a few things (I recommend the Zoomers).  This batch would largely fit right in on the ‘Cassette‘ mix from the set–in fact, a couple of these tracks were on the early versions of that mix.  The jubilantly named Buzz brings us an arpeggiated, galloping little rumination on the absurdity of life and death; whereas the morosely named Cancer bring a silly slice of nonsense-vocals about. . . who knows what, but it doesn’t sound that horrible.   The Cardboards shuffle along odd keyboard work.  CCCP-TV bring you something that sounds like an American single on Postcard Records about sex, and accompanying terrors and secretions.  Finally, Ceramic Hello create Ballard-informed darkwave electropop that can’t help sounding lovable and homemade, despite lyrics like “I lie in bed, laugh. . . and DIE”.  Fun stuff, really.

Buzz – “Life Ends”

Cancer – “000010″

Cardboards – “On the R to TZ”

adam-and-the-antsCCCP-TV – “Fear That Mindless”

Ceramic Hello – “Gestures”

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[Audio] – 1981 ‘Briefcase’ Tracks, Part 5 (Boom, Bouncing Czechs, Bow Wow Wow, Braque, Bunnydrums)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on April 6, 2009

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Various – Tracks from the ’1981′ Briefcase Disc, Part 5

Only a couple days late, here’s the 5th group of tracks from the ’1981′ box set’s ‘Briefcase’ disc, from amongst 250 further bands and tracks not found in the nine themed mixes in the set. You can see previous installments and keep track of new ones with this tag.

Nearly rounding out the “B”s, the first two here I discovered via the music-geek Godfather at Hyped2Death and his ‘Messthetics’ and ‘Homework’ compilations: we’ve got a cute one-off bit of political satire Reagan-era style from Boom; and surprisingly catchy prophesying about a post-apocalyptic world, looking back on a Cold-War-gone-hot 1992, from the Bouncing Czechs.  Then there’s Burundi-lite from Bow Wow Wow, who’re fun and actually pretty innocent despite Malcolm McLaren’s best efforts at controversy; zany hyperactive goofiness from Braque; and a Philly take on Mutant Disco/no wave dance-punk from Bunnydrums, who’d later carry on the post-punk torch into moodier and less twitchy  territory.

1000ohmBoom – “Nancy Packs A Piece”

Bouncing Czechs – “1992″

Bow Wow Wow – “Why Are Babies So Wise?”

adam-and-the-antsBraque – “Jeannette”

Bunnydrums – “Little Room”

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[Audio] – 1981 ‘Briefcase’ Tracks, Part 4 (Blah Blah Blah, Blancmange, Blondie, Blue Angel, B-Movie)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on March 28, 2009

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Various – Tracks from the ’1981′ Briefcase Disc, Part 4

Five more tracks constitute the 4th installment from the ’1981′ box set’s ‘Briefcase’ disc, which housed over 250 further bands and tracks not found in the nine themed mixes in the set. You can see previous installments and keep track of new ones with this tag.

Still in the “B”s, again we have a playful grab-bag including the familiar, the not-yet-famous, and the more or less forgotten.  Blah Blah Blah and Blancmange are here from the ‘Some Bizzare Album‘ compilation, the former with an oddly entertaining spoken-word ghost story, the latter with a diminutive little organ-beat-and-guitar doodle in the instrumental Young Marble Giants/Essendon Airport mode.  Then there’s one that needs little introduction from Blondie (though the “rap” part probably needs an apology, even from the days of fairly stilted flow).  You might think the Buddy Holly-inflected music of Blue Angel sounds familiar–and you’re probably right, if you were alive in 1983-1988 or so: it’s Cyndi Lauper’s band, and it’s pretty catchy and cute.  Finally there’s B-Movie, with a track that’s for some unknown reason stuck with me more than it probably warrants; but it has an infectiously urgent feeling and a nice full-stop-restart chorus, keyboard hook, and piano accompaniment that makes it remind me a little of the Suburbs, who’re featured a couple times on the main mixes.

1000ohmBlah Blah Blah – “Central Park”

abc__tears_are_not_enoughBlancmange – “Sad Day” (Edit)

absolute-body-controlBlondie – “Rapture” (Edit)

adam-and-the-antsBlue Angel – “Can’t Blame Me”

flock-of-seagullsB-Movie – “Remembrance Day”

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[Audio] – 1981 ‘Briefcase’ Tracks, Part 3 (Babylon Dance Band, The Bangs, Beranek, Dara Bimbaum, Black Sheep)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on March 21, 2009

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Various – Tracks from the ’1981′ Briefcase Disc, Part 3

Here’s the third installment of tracks from the ’1981′ box set’s catch-all ‘Briefcase’ disc, which featured over 250 further bands and tracks beyond the nine themed mixes in the set.  You can see previous installments and keep track of new ones with this tag.

Moving on alphabetically to the “B”s today, we’ve got a grab bag of playful tracks, including some from the zany end of the post-punk spectrum, along with a spot-on representative from the tiny but soon to be significant proto-C86/Paisley Underground 60s pop-rock revivalist school.  Babylon Dance Band (from Louisville, who would become Yo La Tango comrades Antietam) bring a little Midwestern lo-fi dance party not far in sound from the Bloomington, Indiana sound of the era.  The Bangs–who would quickly be much better known as The Bangles–are here with a little slice of 1967 pop with roots in the even earlier Girl Group sound.  Beranek were a Norwegian group working very much in the DNW idiom, albiet its sunnier side here.  Dara Birnbaum present a tiny bit of fast-paced collage from the ‘Just Another Asshole’ LP, a collection of minute-long tracks from arty New Yorkers.  Finally, Black Sheep of the RIO/ReR coterie convey a British take on a Devo/Midwestern-US post-punk “quirk rock” feel.

1000ohmBabylon Dance Band – “When I’m Home”

abc__tears_are_not_enoughThe Bangs – “Getting Out of Hand”

absolute-body-controlBeranek – “Crystal Dream”

adam-and-the-antsDara Birnbaum – “Kojak Wang”

flock-of-seagullsBlack Sheep – “Non Stop Fun Pop”

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[Audio] – 1981 ‘Briefcase’ Tracks, Part 2 (Alternative TV, Angelic Upstarts, APB, Aquila, Avocados)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on March 14, 2009

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Various – Tracks from the ’1981′ Briefcase Disc, Part 2

Here’s the 2nd installment of further music from 1981, drawing from the ‘Briefcase’ mp3 disc of the ‘1981‘ Box Set from 2004-2005.  Every weekend for the next year or so, I’ll be posting several more tracks.  For a brief introduction to the series, read here; to download the main themed mixes from the 1981 set (which tend to feature somewhat better-known artists), head over to Musicophilia.  You can keep tabs on future updates with this tag.

Continuing on with alphabetical confidence, this week brings us tunes from the simpler, rock-ier DIY territory of post-punk.  Alternative TV and APB bring us ruminations on the awkwardness of young love(making).  Angelic Upstarts come with Ruts-style political rasta-punk, and Aquila give us a ruminating mini-epic.  The star of this bunch for me is the Avocados, who appear to be part of the fantastically fun 49 Americans clan with a perfect little indie-pop-ditty.

alterative-tvAlternative TV – “My Hand Is Still Wet”

angelic-upstartsAngelic Upstarts – “I Understand”

apbAPB – “I Understand”

aquilaAquila – “Without A Care”

avocados-i-never-knewAvocados – “I Never Knew”

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[Audio] – 1981 ‘Briefcase’ Tracks, Part 1 (1000 Ohm, ABC, Absolute Body Control, Adam & The Ants, A Flock of Seagulls)

Posted in Audio by Soundslike on March 7, 2009

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Various – Tracks from the ’1981′ Briefcase Disc, Part 1

For the next, oh, fifty weekends or so, it’s my intention to post several tracks from the ‘Briefcase‘ disc of the ’1981′ box set.  To recap briefly: ’1981′ was a 10-disc set; nine were themed mixes (and can be found at Musicophilia); and the 10th was an alphabetically-arranged mp3-disc catch-all, including over 250 tracks by an additional 230+ bands not heard on the main mixes.  The crazy thing about 1981 (representative of post-punk in general) is that there almost isn’t a bottom of the barrel–certainly the tracks on the ‘Briefcase’ disc don’t scrape it, in my opinion.  So if you like what you’ve heard on the mixes proper, you’ll probably want to keep tabs here at Musicophilia Daily–all future installments can be found at this tag.

So this weekend, we start at the beginning.  1000 Ohm and Absolute Body Control present catchy darkwave/DNW/synth-pop.  ABC are here with their first single, with a rawer, funkier sound (that I find, somehow, reminiscent of later Au Pairs).  And Adam & The Ants exploit the pirate-prince-Native-Burundi thing with a big wink and a little self-depricating/self-glorifying pomp.  A Flock of Seagulls might have already had the haircuts in ’81, I’m not sure; but their sound is almost Devo-esque (till the chorus floodgates open) and less slick than you might remember.

1000ohm1000 Ohm – “A.G.N.E.S.”

abc__tears_are_not_enoughABC – “Tears Are Not Enough”

absolute-body-controlAbsolute Body Control – “Is there An Exit?”

adam-and-the-antsAdam & The Ants – “Prince Charming”

flock-of-seagullsA Flock of Seagulls – “Telecommunication”

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