Saturday, 14 January 2017

MÉRYLL AMPE























"void if removed"
Year:    2016
Country:    France
City:    Paris
Label:    Audiotalaia
Format:    digital
Tracks:    4
Time:    28 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Experimental













Méryll Ampe is always working on the physical dimensionality of sound, or on its sculpturisation either live or recorded as an album, as she presents now. The four tracks where fracture, disruption, timber transformations, clashes of textures and the de-composition of noises are the main characters. The constant fracture of the plane, the acceleration and de-acceleration of almost industrial ambiences pushes you deep into a unknown and unexplored sonic terrain: 100% personal and unattainable. It's a scalpel directly operating without anesthesia in your inner ear. A big amount of this sonic sculpture, chopped into a thousand pieces, sits on top of a premeditated process of frequency oxidation, and the metalic sonority that one breaths in throughout the four tracks that compose "Void If Removed". "Vertigo" is specially full of tension and sharpen edges along its almost 9 minutes, after that, through "Odessa" we roll down an ambient tunnel... I met Méryll personally in 2013, since then, a very special connection happened. We shared experiences and sounds in total complicity. Since the beginning I knew I was in front of a top artist and time has just confirmed that to me. Méryll is one of the great ones. And this new work of her might be its best until the date, considering what's to come. (*NOTE = text by Javier Piñango ).
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Tuesday, 10 January 2017

RONDOS























"Red attack"
Year:    1980
Country:    Netherlands
City:    Amsterdam
Label:    King Kong
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    18
Time:    36 min.
Lyrical themes:    social issues, politics
Genre:    rock
Style:            Post Punk             Avantgarde












Punk band from Rotterdam (end 1977 - sept. 1980). The band had simple rythmic tracks as basis for society critical /political lyrics. Members Johannes van der Weert (vocals), Maarten van Gent (guitar, vocals), Frank (bass), Allie van Altena (guitar, vocals) and Willem ter Weele (drums). Also Kees Isings played some time on bass, before Frank. RONDOS were a part of the red rock collective of four bands; RONDOS, RODE WIG, SOVJETS, TANDSTICKORSHOCKS. They do gigs together and share their equipment and the place where they practice. They had their own label; King Kong Records, a fanzine "Raket" and released various material aslike the comic "Red Rat". RODE WIG and SOVJETS never released material. Most members of this red rock collective lived in the same building at 2e Ijzerstraat Rotterdam. Named Huize Schoonderloo a.k.a. de Bunker (as that this was a former bomb shelter) The building was 'lent' instead of squated and converted to a practice and printing space. On their last single "Which Side Will You Be On?" they declare they quit. "the rondos quit. this is our last record. we brought the rondos to a conclusion, because in our opinion we became too succesful. and being succesful means accepted. besides; a great part of the punk-movement is developing in a direction which is not ours; violence, alcohol, confirmation and commerce/business. but the struggle continues! we keep fighting with other means. rondos september 1980".
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Monday, 19 December 2016

RUDIMENTARY PENI























"farce"
Year:    1982
Country:    UK
City:    London
Label:    Crass Records
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    23
Time:    29 min.
Lyrical themes:    anarchism, pacifism
Genre:    rock
Style:            Post Punk














Formed in 1980, Rudimentary Peni were initially inspired by bands such as The Damned, Slaughter and the Dogs, and Discharge. There lease of their first EP in 1981 coincided with their first gig in London, with Flux of Pink Indians. Despite many rumours, no member of the band has ever died, (yet!) and the line up has remained constant on all the recorded releases. Some tracks are written by Grant and some by Nick whilst others are co−written by both members. Rather than try to keep up with any particular musical fashion or trend, Rudimentary Peni have generally just stuck to a policy of doing precisely what they want to do. This has usually taken the form of either 1977−style fast punk tracks or 1980’s−style slower, heavier tracks, being careful to avoid any of the usual trappings of heavy metal. From the mid 90’s onwards, the band have tended to stick to short and sweet 15 minute EPs, and because of this, only the very best tracks that they write are released. With each EP, the band try to correct the mistakes of the previous one, and this ensures that Rudimentary Peni stay within the medium,but keep on honing and improving it. "Rudimentary Peni...were probably the most influential band to emerge from the Anarcho Punk scene... Rudimentary Peni are deities in the world of squats and direct action..." Kerrang!
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Thursday, 8 December 2016

EVGENIJ V. KHARITONOV























ALEXEI BORISOV and EVGENIJ V. KHARITONOV
Year:    2017
Country:    Russia
City:    Moscow
Label:    Nostress
Format:    digital
Tracks:    2
Time:    32 min.
Genre:    electronic, acoustic
Style:            Space            Noise












Alexei Borisov and Evgenij V. Kharitonov Live Performances At 10th Lapa Azora Avant-garde Fest. Live Recorded At NCCA 8 December 2016, Moscow, RU. Recorder: Zoom R8. Final mix created in Reaper 5 DAW. Original Photos for covers by Larisa Aguzarova (aka Lora Fish), 2016, finally released and promoted through record label "Nostress" in january 2017.
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"four pieces for tape recorder"
Year:    2016
Country:    Russia
City:    Saint Petersburg
Label:    Nostress
Format:    digital
Trackks:    4
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Abstract













Evgenij V. Kharitonov is a Poet and Musician, Sound and visual artist. Was born in 1969 in Moscow. Has got philological education, the author of numerous literary publications and many books, works in journalism. Curator of a festival of literary and art vanguard "Lapa Azora", musical festivals "Ours in Space" and 'Green Travel Fest', coordinator of a ambient label '45 Echoes Sounds'. He began "Musical career" in 1985 as a part of the disco theater "Columbus". In the 1980-1990th he played the guitar, sang and wrote songs in rock groups "The We", "The Russian storytellers", "Kharitonov's Fuck Orchestra", "Helter Skelter", etc. In the late nineties he was fond of experiments with electronic sounding — from sound poetry to electroacoustics – and sinthesizers music with many albums released on many labels knowed under music pseudonym EugeneKha. He is the participant and the composer of the Microbit project (Lo-bit an esthetics), Nameless Dancers (Nu-Jazz, Lounge), Spacebirds (Sci-Fi Synth-pop), Yoko Absorbing, I.N.KH.E., etc. In 2005-2011. Evgenij actively developed and popularized a musical esthetics of a lowbit (lobit, lo-bit, low bitrate), some sources call him "the father of the Russian lo-bit". He created music for movies and participated in numerous international projects. In the music he addressed to many directions, often mixing different styles, but big love feels to Ambient music. In real life Evgenij V. Kharitonov is the curator of literary projects of the Russian state library for youth.
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Friday, 2 December 2016

LISTEN LISSE























NNJA RIOT
"some's of bitches"
Year:    2017
Country:    UK
City:    London
Artist:    Lisa McKendrick
Format:    digital
Tracks:    2
Time:    27 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise             Female Voice













Born in New Zealand, Listen Lisse now lives in London. Country girl turned city girl Listen Lisse has released 3 albums of darkly crooning intensity in songs that share their heritage both with anti-folk and punk rock. Listen Lisse played her first gig in London in 2004 and continues to play as a one woman band or with a drummer and has a set up using loops, guitar and sometimes a stomp box. Listen Lisse has released 3 albums. Sunset Over Cairo was recorded live at Cowshed Studios onto tape and released digitally in 2011. Pow Bang the second album was released in 2009. Her first album It's Not You was recorded in Hackney, London in a home recording studio. Band members have also included Eddie Darko (DND) who played live with Listen Lisse during 2006-2008 and played guitar on various songs on Pow Bang. In 2010 Lisse released an independently made video for the song "Raise Me" which was filmed in locations that are of personal significance to the writer. The video is an anti-mainstream music video which suggests a parody of extremely high budget music videos with little substance.  Some gigs have included playing Sunrise Festival 2011 on 3 solar powered stages. Opening for Richard Swift (Secretly Canadian) at a Rough Trade night at the Enterprise in Chalk Farm. Then in Berlin Listen Lisse supported The Meanwhiles as part of their European tour. "Wake me up When Xmas is Over" is an Anti-Xmas song released with label Filthy Little Angels as part of a compilation - Tis the Season to Be Filthy . And then on the compilation "Oh Come, All Ye Filthy (Now, That's What We Call The Best Filthy Little Angels Christmas Album In The World Ever: Volume 5½)". Cover songs that Listen Lisse have recorded are Pass This On - The Knife a haunting acoustic version of the original electronic version and Devil Inside - INXS a minimal version of the pop song.
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LISTEN LISSE
"sunset over Cairo"
Year:    2012
Country:    UK
City:    London
Label:    Born Wild
Format:    CD
Tracks:    10
Time:    40 min.
Genre:    acoustic
Style:                       Anti-Folk














Lisa McKendrick record noise music under name of NNJA RIOT, but she started as a songwriter and folk musician many years ago, in 2000. Listen Lisse's cup positively overflows with self assured attitude. Here is an artist that sounds comfortable in her skin and is more than happy to infuse her music with that attitude. "Sunset Over Cairo" shares it's heritage as much with the hey days of punk as it does with folk drawing out the best of each genre to deliver a well thought out album that lashes out when it want's/needs to.” - Neil King
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ASTRO























 "fracture composition"
Year:   2009
Country:    Japan
Label:    RAP
Format:    CD
Tracks:    3
Time:    54 min.
Genre:    electronic
Style:            Noise            Space


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FLUX OF PINK INDIANS























"Strive to survive causing least suffering possible"
Year:    1982
Country:    UK
City:     Bishop's Stortford
Label:    Spiderleg
Format:    CD , LP
Tracks:    15
Time:    40 min.
Lyrical themes:    anarchism, pacifism
Genre:    rock
Style:            Post Punk













FLUX OF PINK INDIANS were an anarcho-punk band from Hertfordshire, who released 3 completely different LP's from 1982 - 1986. The first was hardcore angry punk, the third, a mixture of protest tunes, dub, funk and drums. The second LP has the most offensive title ever conceived, and is an incredible burst of noise, political fury and melody. Originally released on the band’s own Spiderleg label, One Little Indian will re-issue Flux Of Pink Indians classic 1983 debut album ‘Strive To Survive Causing Least Suffering Possible’ on 7th July 2013. The double vinyl pressing includes the re-mastered album and the band’s original demos, while the 3CD package adds bonus track ‘Tube Disaster’ – the band’s infamous debut single - and a live set from Shepherds Bush Empire in November 2007, the band reforming for a one-off supporting ex-Crass singer’s Steve Ignorant’s ‘Feeding Of The 5000’ show.
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