strange-passion-explorations-in-irish-post-punk-diy-and-electronic-music-1980-1983

My second hand knowledge of post-punk from the early ’80s comes almost entirely from Simon Reynolds’ excellent book Rip It Up & Start Again. It covers the period of 1978 to 1984 where as a reaction to punk, bands delved into a more idiosyncratic form of music-making, a discordant complex style characterised by razor-sharp muscular… Read more »

Posted on July 31st, 2012

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popicalisland3

Side A of Popical Island #3 appeared for your streaming pleasure on Monday. 48 hours is just enough time for you to fit in a big digestable listen so Side B is now ready for your indie-pop gluttonous ears and it relies more on distortion pedals, singalong choruses, broken drumsticks, bass and drums being best… Read more »

Posted on July 4th, 2012

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MFSC_FRONT

Darren from Last Days of 1984 put me onto this compilation seeing as I’ve shared a love of Shangaan cassette tapes recently (a few are available in Elastic Witch). The nine-track compilation Music from Saharan Cellphones on the SahelSounds label, as the title suggests, is music that comes from cellphone memory cards. Cheap mobile phones… Read more »

Posted on January 2nd, 2012

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Popical

After establishing a pocket of Ireland’s musical space all to themselves with Volume #1 a year ago, the Popical Island collective have checked back with the finest of the country’s indie-pop and alternative bands, and enlisted some new ones to bring us Volume #2, which will be released on June 25th on CD and download…. Read more »

Posted on May 16th, 2011

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proximal

Los Angeles label Proximal Records will release “a cross-section of LA’s finest beat talents” on August 10th with the Proximity One: Narrative Of A City compilation which features tracks from Dam Funk, Daedelus, Teebs, TOKiMonsta, and Proximal’s own Sahy Uhns, Benedek, Lawrence Grey, Wake and BearClaw. Dam Funk – A Day at the Carnival

Posted on July 21st, 2010

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Nigeria Special

My recommendation for the week is the 2 part compilation Nigeria Special: Modern Highlife, Afro-sounds & Nigerian Blues 1970-76. on Soundway records. It’s a superb document of the vibrant and diverse music scene in Nigeria in the early to mid ‘70s. I bought both vinyls myself, it really is the type of compilation perfect for… Read more »

Posted on March 14th, 2008

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