DIE TRIP COMPUTER DIE-BLIND PUPPIES, CDR, ????, +SHORTER CIRCUITS, CDR, ????, + ALL SHAG RINGO, CDR, ????, UK
What we have here is, in some respects, the rarest ever Homosexuals-related material. Never particularly intended for public consumption, the still-going duo of Jim Whelton (i.e. Xentos, L.Voag etc) and Lepke Buchwater (Milk From Cheltenham) have, to date, issued 3 "proper" releases: Stadium Death, We Are Your Friends and Die Like A Rock. There have however been three more private releases (at least that I'm aware of) that were only ever handed out to the band's inner circle. As I am not one of the band's inner circle, I only have xeroxes of the covers, but I think the importance of having this material in circulation renders that factoid irrelevant in this instance. Absolutely zero information is available online about these releases (hence the question marks for release dates), other than that they've been played on Tony Coulter's superb WFMU radio show.
Blind Puppies- The unctuous applications of "avant schmaltz" (to lift an L.A.F.M.S.-ism) that have helped to define DTCD's zany public profile (whatever that means for a group this sub-underground) are still much at play here, but, so too is the sort of faux spookiness that I also associate with L.A.F.M.S.; in this case their contemporary manifestation as Extended Organ. Cosmic electronics get rudely cross-cut by sampladelic sub-moronic cultural soundbytes and a damaged extended mix of their twisted pop classic "America's Burning" bleeds into an etude for Muzak and effected gargling. And so it goes for 70 minutes...
Shorter Circuits- Starting out with a particularly extended atmospheric foray for the boys here (at least by their antic standards), though atmospheric in this case refers to an eerie digital distention of easy listening. Sample triggered dada disruptions continue to jocularly stagger into the mix, but often enough, so too does a hazing out of the sample source that integrates rather than fragments whatever it counterpoints. The second half of this iterates a different set of DTCD's aesthetic obsessions, in that it hews to the most winning dimension of their publicly available work: the dada pop song constructed from the pop culture's sonic detritus.
All Shag Ringo- Inane half heard samples bleed though tidal drifts of 10th-generation-copy 70's soap opera soundtracks, occasionally cycling within spitting distance of Sylvie And Babs and operating in direct parallel to the cultural-autopsy-as-easy-listening aesthetic of Shorter Circuits Vol. 1.
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