Sunday, February 20, 2011


More proactive kookiness from the Neue Deutsche Welle fringes, this one featuring oodles of unfettered chanting and spluttering vocal antics abetted by detuned jangle and bonking little cheap key embroidery.

Happy, horn-y funk fusion moves by this unit whose eponymous LP I posted long ago. To be sure, this is a rather more slick affair than their entho-inflected prog fusion foray from two years earlier. Indeed, I recall hearing somewhere that Wake Up was the theme music from some Italian TV show in the 70's. Whatever the case, this sorta thing is just effortlessly enjoyable to me.

The first of three one-sided singles in this batch and the first of two on the Austrian micro-imprint Syntactic, this superb 100 copy outing from former Loop member turned atmospheric electronic innovator Robert Hampson sets rotating planes of groan, drone, metallic chitter and ghosted vocalese in motion to deeply immersive and disorienting ends.

Super primitive and murky Amon Duul worship pressed on a one-sided flexi for maximal shit-fi, this is nonetheless a fabulous first salvo from these Japanese psychonauts who'd morph over time from noise psych marginals to something more akin to The Grateful Dead (a transformation that's been documented elsewhere on MS). This earliest glimpse of their sonic evolution is pure caveman pound and mantric string repetition styled for maximum psychic noogie effect and shares some of the same spirit as early Ghost material like Sun is Tangging.

Absolutely delirious R.I.O. innovation from this Gallic avant prog genius. With it's simultaneously minor-ish and celebratory tone, this is the recording where the link between Marcoeur's band and Sweden's Von Zamla becomes most obvious, as both Jan Garret and Denis Brely from his ensemble had had just gotten done moonlighting with Lars Hollmer's post Samla Mammas Manna ensemble.

This was the group that Hawkwind's synth splatterer Del Dettmar joined upon his move to Canada, though this single stems from the period right after his departure. This single begins atypically with a sorta poppy Here And Now-like space rock stormer that's somewhat anomalous to their rest of their catalog but great fun on it's own terms, while the flip is pure acid rock manna, with sinuous layers of violin-led entwinement transforming into a kraut-y acid rock scorcher.

The work of this odd and edgy UK post punk crew has garnered them passing comparisons with This Heat elsewhere, though the contents of this single are rather more atypical, with Identify offering up an attack far more scrappy and no-wave splintered than on their other outings while Tiz Hoz Nam wallows around in slithering layers of narcotized guitar scrawl.

Though these songs were penned by one Steev Burgess, Metrophase's line-up renders this almost The Swell Maps in disguise, with Nikki Sudden, Epic Soundtracks and Jowe Head all involved to some extent with this outfit. Their myspace explains their work thusly: "A low budget attempt was made to marry synth, folk and indie instruments at a time of sectarian views in music when certain instruments or indeed haircuts, made you a person non-grata in the various music scenes.". The upshot is a sorta narcotized post-White Light/White Heat sense of drug disabled rock motion. It's a sound that would later reach it's nadir with Peter Stapleton-led New Zealand units like Dadamah and The Terminals and is best expressed by the tracks Neobeauty and Cold Rebellion, which are the crucial bits here to these set of ears.

The second one-sided micro-release on the Syntactic imprint from this batch, this is a Blurt offshoot from the inimitable Ted Milton, and offers up a truly great round of lip flap over bonking rhythm boxes and accordion wheeze; the end result having a strong akin to Terry Day's work on Jean-Francois Pauvros' mid-80's albums.

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Thanks once again to Ola Astrand, who gifted us all last time with the remarkable Tand Morkret compilation (and whose own extraordinary late 70's unit Blodarna is shared elsewhere today), we can now offer up this insanely rare piece of Swedish underground musical history. I'll let Ola himself take it from here:

Thomas Tidholm is best known as a poet and writer. He was born 1943 and was an original member of Pärssons Sound and Harvester, but quit 1969. He made this record Varma smörgåsar (Hot Dogs) with member of Träd gräs och stenar and Arbete & fritid 1974 to almost no recognition at all in Sweden. Except that Kung Tung made a cover of the song Två blodröda segel 1979. Today this is a most forgotten piece of music that really deserves a wider spread and a bigger audience. The songs depicts a Sweden long gone with a small hotel in every little town center, the kind of longing for something different and not knowing how to find it that's been Tidholm's main theme as a poet. The music is maybe more influenced by Stones than Terry Riley but still with a real Harvester feeling to it.

Together with Thomas Mera Gartz lp Sånger this is this the best off shots from the Pärssons Sound/ Träd gräs och stenar, and they are both really good records. Thomas Tidholm made another record 1985 called Obevakade Ögonblick and Mera Gartz made Luftsånger 1984.
Some of Tidholms poems in english here:

Bo Anders Persson
Piano, sång, gitarr

Jakob Sjöholm

Katarina Abelli
Fiol, sång

Sten Wallin

Thomas Gartz
Trummor, fiol

Thomas Tidholm
Sång, gitarr, fiol, blås

Torbjörn Abelli
Bas, fiol

Urban Yman

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Blodarna (or, in English, The Bleeders) were a short lived outfit featuring our current patron saint of underground Swedish sounds, Ola Astrand. This 7" EP from the late 70's appears to be their sole output, but eegads is it a monster! For anyone who thought that the spirit that animated iconic Swedish underground bands like Parsson Sound, Harvester, International Harvester and Trad Gras Och Stenar to create their celebrated mantic psych/drone/folk/trudge continuum was a done deal by the end of the 70's, Blodarna were there to prove them fools. As before with the Hot Boys LP, I'll now once again turn you over to Ola himself for further elucidation:

Stry Terrarie is one of Swedens front figures in punk rock and famous from bands like Kriminella Gitarrer, Garbochock and Ebba Grön. But in the short lives band Blödarna (The Bleeders) it was far from punk rock. In this record the music has more in common with Pärson Sounds than Sex Pistols The song is divided on both sides. Blödarna also contributes to the compilation cassette "Eldbegängelse" från 1981.

Both Stry Terrarie and Mikael Westergren later continued in Garboschock and Eva Sjuve in Kabinett Död.

Side 1 and 2:
Diggar ditt hål
Heartwork Records
Stry Terrarie: vocals
 Ola Åstrand: guitar 
Mats Svensson: drums 
Sjuve: organ
 Mikael Vestergren: Bass 

Recorded live in Lund/Seden
spring 1979.

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On his second solo effort here, one time Palais Schaumburg member and overarching Neue Deutsche Welle figurehead Hiller (two of whose singles have been featured elsewhere on MS) has excised much of the rock element that underpinned his first full length outing Ein Bündel Fäulnis in der Grube. What we have here in lieu of that here is a queer mix of quasi-symphonic and sampler centric bombast and art pop fracture, portioned out with lots of gaps of space in the mix and mixed up with bouts of mischievous chamber R.I.O. of the ZNR, Comelade or Look De Bouk school, occasionally even migrating into Danny Elfman Pee Wee's Big Adventure territory.

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Here's another winning round of phantom molecular flows, radiator hums, shortwave transmissions and subatomic sandblasting courtesy of Finland's Jani Hirvonen. This instantly deleted 3" CDR, while corralling his concerns with the organically abstracted into a smaller pen than the epically expansive Ground's Dream Cosmic Love from three years later (and which I shared back in July of last year), is still a wonderfully evocative and heavy lidded waking dream of an album.

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Thursday, February 17, 2011


This has been the most furiously busy time for VDO in recent years, with a flurry of upcoming releases and label activity that'll be announced over the coming weeks, but it's also served to thwart every attempt to get shit posted in a timely fashion this go 'round. Expect to find the long-awaited return of the Alphabetical Uploads Of Whacked Out Singles series when posts finally do go up over this coming weekend.

Tuesday, February 1, 2011


Ola Astrand, the artist and curator behind the exhibition catalog and compilation CD at hand (and whose own amazing work with the group Blodarna will be featured here in the coming weeks) has chosen to make this compendium available to all of our suggestible ears and for that we owe him some gratitude, as the music that accompanies this catalog (published by the Gothenburg Art Museum) proves to be a perfect crash course into some of the more peripheral and eccentric Swedish underground musical tangents explored over the course of the 10 year span covered by this survey. Ola's gift came complete with extensive liner notes by co-curator Andreas Hagstrom detailing the work of each contributor, so without further ado, I hand you over to him to give you all the particulars:

1. Thomas Tidholm & Hot Boys – Vansinnets Ballonger, 1974
Thomas Tidholm debuted as a poet in 1966 with the collection Försök att se. In1968, he became joined the group International Harvester. When he left the band the year after they changed its name to the Träd, Gräs och Stenar. Vansinnets Ballonger is taken from the LP Hot Sandwiches released on Silence. On the record, except Thomas Tidholm (vocals, guitar, violin, horns), are among his former band mates: Bo Anders Persson (piano, vocals, guitar), Jakob Sjöholm (Guitar), Catherine Abelli (fiddle, vocals), Stone Wallin (guitar), Thomas Gartz (drums, violin), Torbjörn Abelli (bass, violin) and Urban Yman (Accordion).

2. Radiomöbel – Vi hatar stenar, 1975
The group was founded in Lund in 1973 and consisted of the main musicians Andrus Kangro (Guitar), Carin Bohlin (vocals), Goran Andersson (Bass), Mikael Skoog (Drums) and Richard Moberg (Keyboard). Radiomöbels song Vi hatar stenar is at length a typical ambient proggsong, especially in its slow parts. But in the chorus the tempo is drawn up and also the frustration in the voice of the singer, and we can imagine the punk music that a few years later would land in Sweden. The fact that Radiomöbel instead becoma a symphonic rock band can also be heard in this track from 1975 published by the privately pressed LP Tramseböx recorded by Lars Schultz in Andrus basement in Lund.

3rd Fax - Svärdet, 1980
The group started playing together in 1978 and consisted of members from Malmo and Lund. Fax included Conny Malmqvist (vocals), Aldo Iskra (guitar), Fredrik Sundstrom (guitar), Rolf Gottfries (bass) and Hans Åkerhielm (percussion, keyboards and guitar). Their musical references were Kraftwerk and Iggy Pop, while the scenic apparence was inspired by glamorous and theatrical bands like Ultravox and Roxy Music. The band had no drummer, but used pre-recorded machinelike drum sounds or a rythmbox, and their lyrics romanticized about armed revolution. They disbanded in 1980. Svärdet is the only song by the gruop excisting on a recording which is the compilation LP Vykort från Malmö published by Amalthea 1980th

4.Rävjunk - Delirium (Raw version), previously unreleased, 1977
The group was formed in Uppsala in 1971 and was originally known Libbet Sväller. Delerium was recorded in March 1977. The group consisted of Chris Lindahl (guitar), Wilhelm Wallin (bass) and Peter Ericsson (drums). This krautlike song was never released on their first LP, Uppsala Stadshotell Brinner, which was published in 1977 at approximately 500 copies. As a band they are perhaps most remembered for later have had their track Bohman Bohman blacklisted by the Swedisch Radio after it was played on the radio program "New Wave.

5. Dom Dummaste – Sams Son, 1980
Dom Dummaste was founded in 1979 in Stockholm by Martin Rössel and Lars Cleveman. The song Sams son is from their first cassette, which they recorded 1980 during night time in the Electronic Music Studio in Stockholm. On the cassette named Lars Cleveman, Martin Rössel & Dom Dummaste whichwas released on the label Sista Bussen the musicians Henry Stawa (bass) and Anders Hernestam (drums) also attended. Later, a number of different musicians have been members of the band, among others, Olle Schedin, Nils Personne, Ralf Nygård, Hakan Soold, Caroline Frigren and Carl-Johan de Geer.

6. Global Infantilists – Sense of belonging, 1983
Global Infantilists was a band that originally consisted of Mare Kandre, Olle Schedin, Mats Wigerdal and Sven Ohlmann and in October 1981 they released a self-titled mini-LP on MNW. After a gig at the Ritz, which ended in total chaos, the band dissolved and Olle Schedin started playing with Dom Dummaste. But Olle and Mare reunited as a duo and they recorded the LP "A sense of Belonging” between April and August 1983 in MNW-studio. On this track Hakan Soold playes the acoustic guitar.

7. Ståålfågel – Hemma, 1980
The Stockholm band Ståålfågel began as a duo with Peter Brown and Erik Dell Fritjofson where the latter also played with Syster Lycklig. The duo recorded their first LP in September 1980 with producer Gregory Allan Fitzpatrick. The song Hemma is extracted from this self-titled LP that was released by the record company Slick, formerly called the Musiklaget. Later the band was joined by Kjell Fox on bass and also Anders Hernestam, who also played with Dom Dummaste and later Weeping Willows.

8. Porno Pop – Say Hello to Porno Pop, 1981
This single was recorded in 1981 in the studio Phototone on Hornsgatan in Stockholm and was released at Castor records the same year. Porno Pop consisted of many people, some who were only participating during concerts and others on the recordning. On this song, the band's only single, the band concisted of iodine Jupiter (vocals, guitar), Jarmo Lönnroth (vocals), Jackie Pazda (bass), Bjarne Zan (guitar) and John Weaver (synthesizers & other machines). On the B-side Peter Bagge played the guitar.
The cover of the single is based on an acrylic painting by iodine painted in 1979 which was presented at the exhibition Mixed Media Extravaganza at Gallery Medmera. The band members are photographed dressed in 1800 century costumes hired from Karl Gerhard's costume studio. For the album cover, photographed by Joseph Doukali, they hung a doll in front of the painting. Parts of the band were also members of the group Kitchen & the plastic spoons.

9. Svart – Ett steg över kanten, 1981
Svart was the duo Caiza Almén and Jan Svenungsson. The song Ett steg över kanten, which is included on the LP Gryning was released on Stranded in 1981 and was first recorded in the music studio Humlan on Humlegårdsgatan 17 in Stockholm in August 1981. At first it was just Caiza and Jan along with an analog Roland drum machine and Tony Dimauro at the mixing desk. Later in the fall, they continued to make additions to the recording in the studio Phototone together with Johan Vävare at the controls, and the musicians Chris Hillman (drums), Ola Jameson (drums), and Peter Eklund (guitar..The LP-cover consists of a photograph taken by Man Ray which includes his metronome with an eye called Object To Be Destroyed.

10. Allein – To whom do I pray, 1983
Allein from Gothenburg has been called Sweden's first goth band. They played together from 1981 to 1985 and consisted of Brandy Wahlén (vocals & guitar), who wrote all the text and music, Johanna Bonte (bass), Elisabeth Johnson (electric violin & vocals) and Charlie Börjesson, aka Let, (floor tom & vocals) . To Whom do I pray is taken from their first cassette Stabwounds and Perfume and was recorded by Hans Andersson and released in 1983 by themselves. Elizabeth also played bass in Camouflage, which was formed in Vänersborg back in 1981. Before Allein disbanded, they released a second cassette in 1984 entitled "On a wave of adrenalin” and Elisabeth and Brandy later formed the band La Solitude.

11. Hennes guldkantade byxor – Chili con Carne, 1983
The Malmö based band Hennes guldkantade byxor existed between 1979 to 1983. The song Chili con Carne which was recorded in 1983 and released on the cassette Sili-Tili on Bo Stefan Lundquist Styrsö-based company called Slask Cassettes that later became Slask Records. The band consisted of Kari Tissari (guitar), Bjorn Lagergren (drums), Lasse Meurling (Bass) and Uffe Carlsson (guitar & vocals).

12.Kabinet Död - Asfyxi, (previously unreleased)
Kabinet Död was an experimental band from Malmö that began playing together 1979. The original band consisted of Eva Sjuve (organ), Lars Magnar Enoksen (guitar), Ola Nilsson (drums) & Eva Clue Brusquini (vocals). The band insisted that they could only be experienced live and did never release any record. They have appeared on some bootlegs, but this is the first time they are released officially.

13. Cosmic Overdose – En av dom, 1981
En av dom is from Cosmic Overdose second and final LP 4668 which was released by Silence 1981. The band consisted of Dan Söderqvist, Ingemar Ljungström aka Charles Gasleben, Thomas Anderson aka Jimmy Cyclone, Kjell Karlgren aka Rainmaker and Thomas Anderson. Cosmic Overdose was an amalgamation of musicians from the bands Anna Själv Tredje and Älgarnas trädgård. After Cosmic Overdose disbanded Gasleben and Söderqvist continued as the duo Twice a Man.

14. Daniella Gordon – Perfect Parts, 1980
Perfect Parts was written in 1976 by Robert Di Matteo for Daniella Gordon when they both worked in San Francisco. The song, which back then usually only was accompanied by piano, was part of a cabaret show by the two that toured in The Bay Area. In Sweden Daniella Gordon rearranged the song together with Freddi Soderling and it was released by the Sonet Grammofon AB on a mini-LP by the same name as the song. On the track is Daniella (vocals), Freddi Soderling (guitar), Dag Lundqvist (drums), Björn Lundqvist (bass) and Ulf Wahlberg (synthesizers & producer). The album was recorded in Park Studio i Älvsjö.

15. DK – I förhållande till närvaro, 1984
DK was a group of artists, active in the 1980s, consisting of Inger Arvidsson, Katrin von Rettig, Lena Zachrisson and Amy Lindau. They had a gallery, did performance- and art festivals, and worked with various forms of audio works. The group had a pronounced radical collective idea. – I förhållande till närvaro, is a song by Amy Lindau, recorded at Studio Lane, Gothenburg, mixed by Per Giöbel and released by DK's self-pressed LP namned codex:midlothian/sluss hek..

16. Mercedes Prata - Hemmen får impulser (live version, previously unreleased) 1984
Hemmen får impulser was released on a EP by Mercedes Prata, with four tracks that were released in 1984 on the Danish label Replik Muzick. The band, who called their music electro-mechanical, formed in 1981 and the myth says that it occurred in a Mercedes. The group consisted of Ingvar Sjöberg (guitar), Bridget Morin (vocals), Tomas Lidén (saxophone), Max Book (bass) and a drum machine.

17. Kitchen and the plastic spoons – Fantastic, 1980
Kitchen & the plastic spoons began playing together in spring of 1980. The band consisted of Anne Taivan, today Larsson (vocals), Helena Lönnqvist (synthesizer), Iggo Karlsson, now Frost Andersen, (synthesizer), Jackie Pazda, today Huber Hofer (bass), Patrik Lindvall (guitar), iodine Jupiter (vocals) and Mats Wigerdal (drums), in which the latter had previously been a member of both the Global Infantilists and Porno Pop. The single, where this song was first released, was called Serve You! and were printed by the band itself in 300 copies and released 1980. The two songs were produced by John Vävare and was recorded in Studio Soundtrack in July 1980. A little later, the single was re-released, now with a different cover. The band broke up in November 1981 after releasing three EPs and contributed several songs to various compilations.

18. TV3 – Telefonterror, 1980
This song with the group TV3 was released on the label Slick in 1980. The band consisted of Gaby Markos (vocals), Matt Wickman (guitar), Ola Andersson aka Skox or Cox (bass) and Andreas Theva (drums) and they played together from spring 1979 to autumn of 1980. They also did a radio recording on Swedish Radio in Gothenburg on the radioshow Rundgång with Tommy Rander. The single Telefonterror was recorded at Studio Decibel, which was located at Slussen on Södermalm in Stockholm. Technichian for the recording was the producer, guitarist and studio musician Thommie Fransson, who among other things played with John Holmes and Ola Magnell. Parts of TV3 appeared later on Stranded Rekords record 37 minuter i Stockholm City as members of the bands Silhuetterna och Förrädarna and Ola Andersson produced the first LP by the band Lustans Lakejer.

19. Bruno K Öijer & Brynn Settels – Blå Bouquet, 1986
This track is taken from the LP Skugga kommer which the poet Bruno K Öijer recorded between 1985-1986 with Brynn Settels. Brynn who called himselves Bumpaberra when he played with Dag Vag. It is said that they spent 800 hours in the studio for this record. Musicians on the album, released on Mistlur in 1986, was among others Ulf Adåker (cow horn, trumpet), Tony Ellis (guitar) and Brian Ernryd (cornett).

20. Raj Hymans – En underbar sång (tidigare outgiven), 1976
The group started in 1975 under the name Raj Hymans besvärjelseorkester named after alto saxophonist Ray Hyman. The band consisted primarily of Dan Backman and Tore Persson with other musicians like Hakan Andersson. In a proggresiv psychedelic free jazz tradition, they created music until the 1990th, however, without releasing any records.

The CD is compiled by Andreas Hagstrom and Ola Astrand. Mastered by Isaac Edh on Nacksving.

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Peripherally related to the To Live And Shave In L.A. axis (Dimthings once played with TLASILA's Rat Bastard in Scraping Teeth), this Floridian kook offers up another winner with A World Of Segregation, a follow up to my posts of several of his other albums a long while back. Here, this one man band offers up another big spasming heap of avant garage, improv noodle and impish Residentialisms, all daisy chained together in his patented crazy quilt D.I.Y. fashion for maximal confusion and/or annoyance. Buxinrut, Iltar,The German Shepherds, Idio Savant, Jason Willett and very early Steaming Coils all occur to me as points of reference here, but this is even more gristly and trashy than any of those, as befits the title.

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A dazzling, whirligig funky fusion masterpiece from one Holland's greatest contributors to the genre and with a seriously monster all star-cast on this one, including both Supersister's Robert Jan Stips and Association P.C./Pork Pie's Jasper Van't Hof on keys, guitarist Philip Catherine (Pork Pie, Sunbirds...a million others) and the legendary itinerant fusion rhythm section of John Lee and Jerry Brown. Flautist Chris Hinze had by this point already amassed a sizeable discography, both with the varying lineups of his Combination and with his solo outings, where he did covers of everything from Bach and Vivaldi to Bacherach. Here, this crew are absolutely sailing, with a super juiced up and fluid approach to the form that sits somewhere between Michal Urbaniak's Fusion and Solution's debut.

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The third and last official outing from the former DDR's foremost exponents of Residents-damaged fuckery, AG Geige, as mentioned before, were also the anarchic former home to the now extremely tasteful minimal electronica maven Frank Bretschneider. On Raabe, they've taken this whimsy mongering and retooled it with a sorta brashly punchy pop dynamism that tugs this closer to the work of Holger Hiller, La Loora and The Blech than to anything on the Ralph label specifically. Fun stuff that sometimes hits with great force, even though "Ich Bin Der Boy" keeps threatening to break out into George Benson's "On Broadway" at any moment.

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Longtime cassette culture vets Suzanne Dycus and Michael Gendreau's work under the Crawling With Tarts moniker had encompassed a pretty wide swath of activity since their inception in 1983, from the most recessive improv experiments to quirky art pop, but circa the early 90's, these two began to take an interest in the degraded sonics of worn antique thrift store 78's, especially those of a self recorded nature, something that used to be available as a novelty item during the 1930's-50's. These they multi-track and mutate with an emphasis on the physicality of the needle drag and interacting sheets of surface noise in a similar spirit to Christian Marclay's Record Without A Cover.

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