22 May 2011

How minimal can you get? #35

Concrete – Ghoulish Practices 7" (1981)
“Concrete once got yanked off an Xmal Deutschland bill for showing up to play with four Sony Walkmans and a banjo…” Chuck Warner (Hyped to Death)

Not sure if they considered themselves a minimal band, but one thing I am sure of: they got attitude and they must had been fun lads to hang out with.

Concrete – Uranium Plant
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Originally posted June 27, 2008
Hose was the first band by now legendary cult figure Rick Rubin. What got my attention was the fact that Rubin was a really huge Flipper fan, and also that both releases made by Hose were not so well known. Maybe were those records not so great? Was Hose just a bad copy of Flipper? I couldn't disagree more! Hose was great noisy artcore – or call it as you want – at its best. Because let's face it… how can you go wrong with slow bass intros and feedbacks?

 Rick Rubin

“A chubby NYU student from Long Island wearing tight leather pants and bullet belts, Rick was quick to throw dad's money around. His first Rock Biz foray – an uptown/downtown fusion gig with Heart Attack, Liquid Liquid and Treacherous Three at the Hotel Diplomat – was a total flop. Before he got involved with the Beasties, Rubin played in THE PRICKS and in HOSE – a funny Flipper-style act who'd do ultra-slow versions of Rick James' Superfreak and Black Sabbath's Sweet Leaf.” Steven Blush (American Hardcore)

Rick Rubin and Mike Espindle performing at Maxwells around 1985. The Mystical Beast

“Flipper was a conceptual art project masterminded by a group of (relatively) old San Francisco punk hippies. No doubt, the first few singles and the Generic Flipper LP are crucial records, among my favorites. And Hose desperately wanted to make records that sounded like Flipper. But Hose were an uncalculated, reckless and downright foolish band, just happy to be there, pissing off their neighbors. Flipper is smart, Hose is dumb. And dumb usually wins in rock.” James Barber (Reckless Country Soul)

“Released in the same year as their other record, but unlike on the 12", their NYC adaption of the Flipper sound works pretty well here. Mobo and Zoo are extremely noisy mid-tempo hardcore songs with really evil feedbacs, similar to Flipper but not as weird; Girls is a fast simple thrasher. Cool EP.” Burkhard Järisch (Flex! #3)

Hose – Only The Astronaut Knows The Truth

Hose – Mobo

More info: Where’s Your Bag? and Rick Rubin, The Early Years (bottom of the page).

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Last but no least, endless thanks to Rockin' Rex for being so extremely kind to send me the mp3 files and to Mike Cutlet for getting in touch.

In search of the catchiest garage-pop song ever recorded Pt. I

Crystalized Movements – Mind Disaster LP (1983)
Grow-Up – A Manchester Collection V/A LP (1979)
The Numbers – Sunset Strip 7" (1980)

Crystalized Movements – Sandy Roy
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Grow-Up – You Are The One
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The Numbers – Sunset Strip
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21 May 2011

How minimal can you get? #34

Six Minute War – 33.3 EP (1980)
Six Minute War – More Short Songs EP (1980)
Six Minute War – Slightly Longer Songs 7" (1981)

“Six Minute War arrived on the scene a bit late (1980), exploring minimal lengths as well as minimal lyrics and instrumentation. It'd be a stretch to call them England's answer to the Urinals, but you get the concept: their 11-song debut (…) was called 33.3; the next was More Short Songs (though there were only 5 of them). Their 4-track swansong was (naturally) Slightly Longer Songs. After that a couple of them morphed into Fallout, and Rob Taylor later joined Andrew Beer in Concrete and 400 Blows.” Chuck Warner (Hyped to Death)

Six Minute War. Messthetics #107

“One fanzine gave us a right panning because we never looked 'punk' enough – Charlie, Steve and I all had long hair… Another review said 'I know appearances aren't supposed to matter but the singer is a fat Angus Young clone and the rest aren't much better.” Rob Taylor (Six Minute War)

Six Minute War – Camera
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Six Minute War – Sell Out
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Six Minute War – Weathermen
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How minimal can you get? #33

Anne Bean & P. D. Burwell – Low Flying Aircraft 7" (1979)
“Pulp: ‘Low Flying Aircraft’ is what happens when avant-garde meets punk on neutral ground, a wonderfully delirious disaster area. I love it.” New Musical Express 

Anne Bean & P. D. Burwell – Low Flying Aircraft

More info: Pulp Music

Our record label could be your life #3

NB Records
“(…) I met Nag and Bendle busking in Finsbury Park Underground station and stopped to join in. They had NB Records and when I said I wanted to make a record they said they'd put it out.” Giblet (The 49 Americans)

The only three bands that were part of NB Records were:

#1: The Door And The Window – Production Line 7" (1979)

“Having faithfully followed D.I.Y.'s minimum prescriptions for musicianship (none, initially: they learnt as they went), production values (ditto), and packaging (blank labels with stickers, hand-folded sleeves, thank-you credits listing just themselves), Nag and Bendle took it all one step further by abandoning all pretext of melody. (Their lyrics remained enjoyable but conventionally witty/Marxist/anti-rockist.) After two resolutely unhummable EPs on their NB label (for 'Nag & Bendle'), The Door and the Window's glorious din had annoyed and enraged much the press and large segments of the DIY 'establishment' as well… but it was pure aural catnip for anti-pop icon Mark Perry (Sniffin Glue/ATV) who promptly recorded two similarly tune-free 45s for NB –and modestly accepted a position as The Door and the Window's drummer. This line-up recorded TDATW's landmark LP, Detailed Twang.” Chuck Warner (Hyped to Death)

#2: The 49 Americans – The 14-Track Single 7" (1980)

“The idea of The 49 Americans was not to be a band. I hated the pictures of bands posing and the idea of 'finding a sound'. So I created the band as a kind of democracy that allowed anyone to be in it, regardless of ability, no fixed line-up, no fixed style.” Giblet (The 49 Americans)

#3: Mark Perry + Dennis Burns – You Cry Your Tears 7" (1980)

“What might seem to others to be harsh reviews were to us wonderful complimentary fodder; 'swamped in kettle and saucepan percussion', a 'hearty shabbiness', 'amateurism viewed as a material virtue rather than a spiritual one', and the best quote of all, 'makes Swell Maps sound like Led Zeppelin.” Nag (The Door And The Window)

2 May 2011

Limbo District

Limbo District – Carnival (Athens, GA, 1983)

More info: Limbo District – Athens' Biggest Puzzle (At Least To Me)

How minimal can you get? #32

Doof – Exist 10" (1981)

Doof – Treat Me Like (The Man I Am)
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Campaign for musical destruction

How to be a 12 year old virtually destroying a recording studio, not once but three times.

The Prats – Inverness
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Revo – Blah Blah Blah
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The Silver – Do You Wanna Dance?


The Sextons (pre-Lärm) – Do You Wanna Dance?

How minimal can you get? #31

Partly Cloudy – Excess Verbiage LP (1986)

Partly Cloudy – Bus Ride
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