13 Feb 2014

How minimal can you get? #70

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band
John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band LP (Apple Records, 1970)

John Lennon/Plastic Ono Band – My Mummy's Dead

Spike In Vain

Spike In Vain – God On Drugs
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How minimal can you get? #69

“Discharge took the minimalist ethic of the Ramones to its absolute extremes on a handful of multi-song singles and two blistering albums, Why and Hear Nothing See Nothing Say Nothing, ultimately paving the way for thrash metal. The most ferocious of pacifists, Discharge's attack consisted of monstrous high speed guitar riffs and demented proto-thrash solos, submachine gun drumming and Cal's hugely embittered shout, which makes the almost-banally blunt lyrics virtually indecipherable. Not given over to verses and middle-eights as such, you could fit the words to the group's minute-long songs onto the backs of matchboxes.Punky Gibbon

“The music of the UK band Discharge was brutally fast and angry. The band's brilliance lay in it's sparse use of lyrics… the songs were almost like Japanese haiku poetry, but were concerned with the horrors of the modern world and the drive towards war.Mark Vallen

Discharge Realities Of War 7" (Clay Records, 1980)
Discharge – Realities Of War

How minimal can you get? #68

Y Pants
“Y Pants were an all female band from the infamous No Wave scene of late 70s/early 80s New York. The band was formed in 1979 by Gail Vachon and the photographer/film-maker Barbara Ess. Virginia 'Verge' Piersol soon joined the band as drummer despite her lack of experience. Their sound was labelled 'small music' (stripped down sound that drew from minimalism, dance music, and world music) and was performed using an ukelele/bass guitar, drums, and toy piano. Glenn Branca, who had played with Ess in The Static, produced their debut EP. After playing various clubs and art spaces in New York, the band went on tour to Europe before recording Beat It Down with Wharton Tiers, who is perhaps best known for his work on records by Sonic Youth, Dinosaur Jr. and Glenn Branca. Ess has gone on to perform music with The Glenn Branca Ensemble and the experimental film-maker Peggy Ahwesh.RYM

Y Pants ‎Beat It Down LP (Neutral Records, 1982)

Y Pants – Obvious
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