Monday, March 31, 2014

In Trance 95 – Code Of Obsession (The Trance Dance Alternatives Vol. 1)




















Label: Wipe Out! Records – WOR 029
Format: Vinyl, LP, Album, 33 RPM, 45 RPM
Country: Greece
Released: 1990
Genre: Electronic
Style: EBM, Electro [discogs]

Tracklist
A1 Obsession Day 4:32
A2 Now & Then 3:51
A3 Lacerta 3:27
A4 Shamandance 3:18
A5 Giudizio Finale 2:54
B1 Dance Thing 3:37
B2 Love Thing 3:16

Credits
Co-producer, Engineer – Coti Kyriakos (tracks: A2, A4, B1, B2)
Design [Sleeve], Photography By – Alex A. Macheras
Engineer – K. Socialis (tracks: A1, A3, A5)
Producer – In Trance 95
Written-By – Alex A. Macheras, In Trance 95, Nik J. Veliotis

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In Trance 95 are a duo from Athens,Greece. They were formed by Alex Machairas and Nik Veliotis in May 1988 and until Nik's departure in 1992 they released two singles,one 12 inch and one album,while they also appeared in a number of compilations of the time.
Their debut 7 inch,the double A Sided "Desire To Desire / Brazilia" was released in December 1988 and it is one of the few known releases of synth pop - cold wave that came from Greece in the 80's.
After a period during which Nik Veliotis left to undertake other projects Alex Machairas continued with new member George Geranios in various guises including a subtle change of name to Itenef. A full reformation took place when they were invited by ex Depeche Mode member Alan Wilder to open Recoil's Athens gig in April 2010.
But already from 2006 there was a renewed interest in the band that was generated through the increasing popularity of the minimal synth / cold wave sound in the underground circles of mainly New York and central Europe. The birth of "Minimal Wave" as a genre brought many obscure electronic artists from the 80's in the surface including In Trance 95. Many of their early tracks eventually got regular airplay at the Minimal Wave program of NY's East Village Radio and eventually in 2010,the duo signed to the New York based label.
With Minimal Wave's help, IT95 completed the album "Cities of Steel And Neon" which is a collection of their early tapes compiled and remastered by the duo themselves and the label's founder Veronica Vasicka. In March 2011, In Trance 95 presented their album in a live set before Vasicka's first appearance in Athens during a three-day event dedicated to analogue synthesizers and D.I.Y. tape recorder music of the 80's.[Wiki]


In Trance 95 Interview



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Friday, March 28, 2014

John Lee Hooker : The Best Of 1991


John Lee Hooker (August 22, 1917 – June 21, 2001) was a highly influential American blues singer, songwriter and guitarist. Hooker was born in Mississippi,

He was beloved worldwide as the king of the endless boogie, a genuine blues superstar whose droning, hypnotic one-chord grooves were at once both ultra-primitive and timeless. But John Lee Hooker recorded in a great many more styles than that over a career that stretched across more than half a century.

"The Hook" was a Mississippi native who became the top gent on the Detroit blues circuit in the years following World War II. 




And he just kept rolling along :the 01'Man River of the Blues was going as strong as ever in his seventies , when "Boom Boom" charted in 1992 courtesy of the sales power of global advertising .Three years earlier he'd released "The Healer", not really a comeback as , unlike
many others Bluesmen , he'd managed to dodge oblivion , but a triumphant confirmation of his stature .

Bonnie Raitt , Robert Cray and Carlos Santana were queueing up to play alongside Hooker , who'd
similary worked with Canned Heat and Van Morrison in the early 1970s . In 1989, he joined with a number of musicians, including Carlos Santana and Bonnie Raitt to record the album The Healer, for which he and Santana won a Grammy Award. Hooker recorded several songs with Van Morrison, including Never Get Out of These Blues Alive, The Healing Game, and I Cover the Waterfront. He also appeared on stage with Van Morrison several times, some of which was released on the live album A Night in San Francisco. The same year he appeared as the title character on Pete Townshend's The Iron Man: The Musical by Pete Townshend.

Though similar to the early Delta blues, his music was metrically free. John Lee Hooker could be said to embody his own genre of the blues, often incorporating the boogie-woogie piano style and a driving rhythm into his blues guitar playing and singing. His best known songs include Boogie Chillen' (1948), I'm in the Mood (1951), and Boom Boom (1962)—the first two reaching #1 on the Billboard R&B chart.


Hooker's recording career began in 1948 when his agent placed a demo, made by Hooker, with the Bihari brothers, owners of the Modern Records label. The company initially released an up-tempo number, Boogie Chillen', which became Hooker's first hit single.

His early solo songs were recorded under Bernie Besman. John Lee Hooker rarely played on a standard beat, changing tempo to fit the needs of the song. This often made it difficult to use backing musicians who were not accustomed to Hooker's musical vagaries.

Hooker fell ill just before a tour of Europe in 2001 and died in his sleep on June 21 at the age of 83, two months before his 84th birthday. He was interred at the Chapel of the Chimes in Oakland, California.[20]

His last live in the studio recording on guitar and vocal was of a song he wrote with Pete Sears called Elizebeth, featuring members of his Coast to Coast Blues Band with Sears on piano. It was recorded on January 14, 1998 at Bayview Studios in Richmond, California.


"I'm a man , I love women ,
but I don't put nothin' ahead of my music .
That's my life .
I am the Blues .
I'll never get out of them alive "

Tracks

01. I'm in the mood
02. Boogie Chillum
03. It serves me right to suffer
04. This is hip
05. House rent boogie
06. I'm so excited
07. I love you honey
08. Hobo Blues
09. Crawlin' Kingsnake
10. Maudie
11. Dimples
12. Boom Boom
13. Louise
14. Ground hog blues
15. Ramblin' by myself
16. Walkin' the boogie
17. One Bourbon,one scotch,one beer
18. Sugar Mama
19. Peace lovin' Man
20. Leave my wife alone
21. Blues before sunrise
22. Time is marching

Format : CD

Label : Music Collection International
Serial Number : MCCD020


Friday, March 21, 2014

ΓΙΑ ΜΕΝΑ


Φθάσανε στιγμές να νιώθεις Κανενός
να μη σου ανήκουν κάποιοι κάποτε κι εσύ να μην τους ανήκεις
Κοίταξες μπροστά , είδες μονάχα ο γκρεμμός
και θες αυτόχειρας να γίνεις , ο αυτουργός μιάς νίκης .


Κάτω εκεί και κάπου μακριά
δεν βρήκες τα σκοτάδια πως να σχίσεις
τα όνειρα που έζησες , τα έζησες δειλά
κι όλο το μύρο της ψυχής σου που να φτύσεις ?


Μιά αγάπη νόμισες πως βρήκες μιά στιγμή
και θα'θελες γιά πάντα να την έχεις
ξεχνάς όμως δεν είσαι ο τρελός ο εραστής
μεσ' την καρδιά του άλλου γιά να τρέχεις .


Ασ' το καλύτερα όσο είναι καιρός
γιατί καιρός είναι , σε λίγο , ίσως πεθάνεις
αυτά που νόμιζες και έκρινες σωστά
ήταν αυτά που έκανες και τίποτα δεν κάνεις .


Κι είναι αστείο τώρα να χαμογελάς
να παίζεις θέατρο πως όλα πιά θα φτιάξουν
κι είναι αστείο τώρα πιά να σου μιλάς
πως τα κομμάτια απ' το παζλ θα ταιριάξουν .

Wednesday, March 12, 2014

Dirty Beaches : Badlands 2011


Dirty Beaches released a number of EPs and instrumental - focused albums on cassette-only labels, before releasing the full-length Badlands in March 2011. Badlands was subsequently nominated as a long listed nominee for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize.


Dirty Beaches has also released singles including "True Blue"/"Sweet 17," "Lord Knows Best" and "Lone Runner," as well as videos, many of them directed by Zhang himself. Zhang has also recorded several original film soundtracks, such as for the documentary Water Park, by Evan Prosofsky.

Dirty Beaches' low-slung, lo-fi, post-rockabilly is the project of Alex Zhang Hungtai, who was born in Taiwan but moved to Canada at an early age. Mixing a croon worthy of Elvis or Roy Orbison with Suicide-like drum machines and a fondness for found sounds and hypnotic loops, Hungtai's music is equally familiar-sounding and surreal.


He released a slew of albums, EPs, and cassettes on labels such as Night People and Fixture Records, then moved to Zoo Records for his official debut album, Badlands, which was released in early 2011. Hungtai remained busy, issuing singles on Suicide Squeeze and a split with Xiu Xiu in 2011 and 2012, and released the Waterpark soundtrack on A Records in March 2013 and the double album Drifters/Love Is The Devil that May.


Dirty Beaches is Alex Zhang Hungtai, a Taiwan-born Canadian immigrant who spent a good chunk of his life feeling unmoored and adrift. "I don't really have a place where I can say I was born and raised," he told us last month.

"For me, home is a collage of all these fractured landscapes that I try to piece together." This sense of
displacement, combined with an ear for cinematic sounds-- particularly the eerie, stylized noir of David Lynch, Jim Jarmusch, Quentin Tarantino, and Wong Kar Wai-- fuels his work, which squeezes the sounds of early rock'n'roll and 1950s music through a lo-fi, distortion-drenched filter.

Badlands is an album by Canadian musician Dirty Beaches. It was released in March 28, 2011 by Zoo Music.

This set of influences, which extends to the minimal thrust of Suicide and the Cramps' manic rockabilly, feels unique, simply because it's been largely untouched by indie music during the past decade or so.

It was longlisted as a nominee for the 2011 Polaris Music Prize .



TRAXS

SIDE QNE



    01.Speedway King     3:29    
    02.Horses             4:07    
    03.Sweet 17             3:25    
    04.A Hundred Highways     4:43  

SIDE TWO  




    05.True Blue             2:51    
    06.Lord Knows Best     3:24    
    07.Black Nylon             2:50    
    08.Hotel             2:02    

Format : Vinyl LP
Label : Zoo Music ZM010
Genre : Indie
Style : Rockabilly,Psycho,Dark
Influences : Suicide , The Cramps

Friday, March 07, 2014

Spawn : Godslayer - Brian Holguin 2006


Spawn: Godslayer, created by Brian Holguin, is a comic book series published by Image Comics. The series is a re-imagining of the popular Spawn franchise, taking place within a medieval fantasy setting rather than the main Spawn universe. Spawn: Godslayer is also the name of a special published in October 2006 set before the events of the series.


A dramatic re-imagining of Todd McFarlane's Spawn. Godslayer is a sweeping tale of fallen kingdoms, ancient curses and doomed love.


Spawn: Godslayer is sure to appeal to fans of epic fantasy. Here is a brief synopsis of this new and imaginative story brought to you by the talented Brian Holguin (Spawn) and Jay Anacleto (Aria, Marvels Two). 

THE STORY

In a far distant age of a world not our own, the Old Gods are dying, slaughtered one by one by the dark blade of a mysterious, unearthly marauder...


Under the protection of the Goddess Llyra, the island kingdom of Endra-La, oldest and most storied of the Shrouded Isles, has avoided the cruel fate suffered by lesser kingdoms. But on the eve of a royal wedding, black sails are spotted on the horizon.


Alarms are sounded and fire fills the skies. The Godslayer has come for them at last.


Spawn: Godslayer is set in a world of epic fantasy. A mysterious warrior with a dark blade is waging war against the gods, killing them one by one.


The protagonist is a warrior prince named Bairn from the island kingdom of Endra-La. During a naval battle, Bairn is wounded and thrown overboard.


Sinking to the bottom of the sea and dying, Bairn says he would give anything to see his love, Neva, again. A mysterious, Lovecraftian entity answers his dying plea.


In exchange for saving Bairn, the entity makes the prince his undead servant and orders him to kill the gods of Ur. Neva, thinking that Bairn is dead, devotes herself to the temple of the goddess Llyra and eventually becomes her vessel.



Many years after his ordeal, Bairn sails to Endra-La. Commanding a mighty ship, he breaks through the kingdom's defenses. He finds Neva, now an old woman, in the temple of Llyra. She pleads with him, but he kills her without saying a word. Neva forgives Bairn with her final breath. Enraged, Llyra appears, and Bairn kills her as well, completing his task.


Set immediately after the Godslayer special, Bairn returns to his stronghold, with the spirit of his beloved Neva haunting him. Neva is a phantom to Bairn at first, but becomes visible to him when he attempts to remove his memories with nepenthe. Bairn relates the tale of his death and rebirth to Neva, but before he can say more he is summoned by his dark master to slay the Winter God, Urshrek. 


In his absence, Neva seemingly makes a pact similar to Bairn's with the mysterious dark master.


Bairn slays Urshrek, and is rescued from the sea by Neva, who has been transformed into an undead warrior similar to the Godslayer. 


The two sail to Endra-La and recover Neva's bones, which transform her into her original self. She then bids Bairn farewell and disappears.



Bairn, inconsoleable after Neva's disappearance, returns to his mission to rid the world of the gods. He eventually makes his way back to his stronghold, once again escaping into dreamless sleep to forget his sins.



Spawn: Godslayer was canceled after its 8th issue due to low sales. A note from the author in the back of issue 8 mentions that the further adventures of the Godslayer cast and the fate of their universe are tales that will have to remain untold, for now.


BRIAN HOLGUIN

Brian Holguin is an American writer who works in the comics industry. He is known for his work on "Aria", "Todd McFarlane's Spawn" and "Kiss: Psycho Circus".


He also wrote Spawn: Godslayer, a dark fantasy re-imagining of Spawn.

Aφιερωμένο στον Μιλιόκα , τον μαύρο σκύλο

Thursday, February 27, 2014

Gary Numan : Living Ornaments 1979



One of the founding fathers of synth pop, Gary Numan's influence extends far beyond his lone American hit, "Cars," which still stands as one of the defining new wave singles.

That seminal track helped usher in the synth pop era on both sides of the Atlantic, especially his native U.K., where he was a genuine pop star and consistent hitmaker during the early '80s.

Numan was born Gary Anthony James Webb on March 8, 1958, in the west London section of Hammersmith.

Inspired by the amateurism of the punk movement, he joined a punk group called " the Lasers " in 1976. The following year , he and bassist Paul Gardiner split off to form a new group, dubbed " Tubeway Army ", with drummer Bob Simmonds .

When Beggars Banquet rolled out its reissue program for Numan in the late '90s, the limited edition Living Ornaments '79 album got a thorough clean-up and expansion for CD, but the tapes for Living Ornaments '80 couldn't be located for a similar job. The upshot was the appearance of this previously unavailable recording  which turned out to be a good thing, since Living Ornaments '81 easily ranks as Numan's best live album, as well as arguably being one of the best live rock albums ever.

High praise, perhaps, but the two-hour document ( DVD ) of what at the time was billed as Numan's final
show (like what happened with his hero David Bowie, it was a bit of a premature claim) in front of a packed, obsessive London crowd at Wembley Arena starts off great and doesn't stop. Numan's core band of the time had both the ability and the power to readily translate and often cleverly reinterpret the music, whether exquisitely delicate to brutally thrashing, to stadium-scale heights, while Numan himself, in his own uniquely quiveringly-voiced way, matched them just right.


Label : Beggars Banquet Bega 24 (K 58295)
Format : Vinyl Album
Country : UK
Released : 1979
Genre : Electronic, Rock
Style : Electro, New Wave, Pop Rock, Synth-pop

Tracklist

Side one



   1. Airlane – 3:12
   2. Cars – 3:20
   3. We Are So Fragile – 2:33
   4. Films – 3:45
   5. Something's in the House – 4:08

Side two



   6. My Shadow in Vain – 2:50
   7. Conversation – 7:45
   8. The Dream Police – 4:12
   9. Metal – 3:25