Monday, December 30, 2013
No time for a lengthy description... but I believe this is Mad Room's debut release. They were an Aussie wave band that put out another 7" and LP (+ possibly more) and made some compilation appearances. I have heard a few scattered tracks over-the-years that never really grabbed my attention... though I think fans of minimal, coldwave, and post-punk will likely be pleased with "Kisses Touched With Madness" off this one.
Mad Room - The Cruelty of Beauty 12" (1983, Talk of The Author Records)
01. Kisses Touched With Madness
02. Host of Others
03. Play For Me
Saturday, November 2, 2013
Obscure late 80s UK synth/electro-pop band. Not 100% sure if the band's name is The Shrine, The Shrine K, or The Shrine KK due to the K's in the middle of the sleeve and labels on the vinyl... though the few sources online list this one as simply "The Shrine".
The Shrine - Obsession 7" (1988, DAPO)
02. Obsession (Version)
Friday, October 25, 2013
Great 7" for fans of a more raw, DIY '81-82 era Cure that coincidentally just happened to be released by Robert Smith himself on his own Dance Fools Dance label. The last track, "Foreign Lands" is a bit more goth-oriented, but the other two tracks could have been Pornography-era Cure demos.
An apparent quote from a Facebook page that might no longer exist:
Robert Smith (The Cure) also played a big part in the career of, then 16 year old, Leon Muraglia and his band, Animation. Leon said: "I played a bit with The Obtainers at school, I knew Robert Smith through The Cure's Porl Thompson, who worked at L+H Cloake in town (the record shop). He lived round the corner from me, so I’d often pop round on a Sunday and sit and talk - sounds a bit weird, I know! And sometimes he'd invite me in and give me a guitar to play. He ended up producing and putting out the Frame One 7-inch on his label, Dance Fools Dance in 1982. We pressed 500 singles, which Smith left in the back of his car (a white Vauxhall VX1800 estate), for a few sunny days when he went on a drinking binge with Steve Severin of Siouxsie + The Banshees so half of them were badly warped."
Animation - Frame One 7" (1982, Dance Fools Dance)
01. Secret Life
03. Foreign Lands
Monday, October 21, 2013
Great DIY compilation featuring four bands from 's-Hertogenbosch in The Netherlands. The Parlinone track seems to be most widely known song off this release in collectors circles for minimal synth fans, Factory Toys deliver a gritty goth atmosphere, Bolero has a doomy garage sound, and Goudhaantjes end up sounding the most conventional out of the lot to my ears simply due to sounding like a lot of other Dutch post-punk/new wave bands - when likely they would have been the oddballs on many other compilations.
VA: Trash Records 7" (1984, Trash Records)
01. Bolero - Hotel Holland
02. Goudhaantjes - This Is
03. Parlinone - Dodubdada
04. Factory Toys - Vapouring Pictures
Sunday, April 7, 2013
Their lone, but nice little post-punk / dark wave single from this Boston area band featuring Wally Gagel, who later became a well-known producer, engineer, musician, and songwriter in the 90s. Wally also played drums on Jeff & Jane Hudson's "Special World" 7", and a quick check on discogs even reveals he offered his talents on a Hannah Montana / Miley Cyrus album some years back! You would have never guessed hearing this one.
The Production Club - Excitement 7" (1982, Advanced Research Records)
Saturday, March 23, 2013
Highly obscure Belgian goth band with a great primitive sound you might expect from a private pressing. Some Sisters influences for sure, but also reminds me of some of the German goth bands from the later half of the 80's.
Candy Stripe - As Above So Below LP (1990, Disques-Editions TLP)
01. Missing Words
02. Between The Lines
03. I Am Crazy For You
04. What I Feel Right Now
06. In The Cold Night
07. Out of The Screen
08. What I Feel Right Now (Accoustic)
Dreary Danish post-punk from the cult Irmgardz label. This is the only release I've ever encountered by the band.
Week 20/21 - Action Before Silence 7" (1982, Irmgardz...)
01. Action Before Silence
02. Another Kind of Action