Sunday, July 13, 2008


This multi-national all star R.I.O. outfit culls together the monster talents of Momo Rossel of Swiss masters Debile Menthol, Bratko Bibic of Slovenian art rockers Begnagrad and Tom Cora (R.I.P) and Pippin Barnett, whose work together in Curlew and separately in Skeleton Crew, No Safety and The Orthotonics helped define the Downtown NY sound of the mid to late 80's, Cora's whinnying approach to cello technique in particular taking center stage here for a sound whose skewed and ethno-tinged effervescence elicits strong comparisons with both Sweden's mighty Samla Mammas Manna and Fred Frith circa Gravity.

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Get pt 2 Here


Anonymous said...

I have this. It's superb, so is Dis Tanz. The really rare one is the self titled first album, which has never been released digitally. The spirited scene spawned by Debile Menthol and Label Usines has been continually fertile for more then a quarter century.

G*WORKS said...

Thanks for sharing. It's so very typical of the era, it's like a documentational report. Your posts with stuff from the 80's have made me revalue that decennial. In this field (avant-garde, so called) it was really a haven, innovative and creative, far better than the 90s and our own decennium (so far at least).

Anonymous said...

Thank you so much. I discovered Roof, and then Nimal on french radio short after tom cora's death, and spent countless hours trying to find a copy, then switched on P2P networks, then, well..forgot. Thanks for sharing.

bobbysu said...

thank you very much