Storm Stereo #21: Abstract Romanticism

ss21Čau my loves,

There’s a lot happening around the world right now, but I have, no surprise, yet again dodged the radar. It’s nice being in a place where no one really knows you and you don’t particularly want to know anyone. There’s a refreshing, often underappreciated sense of space that comes from not understanding the language either – verbal communication drops, audiovisual and informational clutter decreases, and sound and vision take on a more fluid, abstract form. It becomes more about observing than interpreting.

Being in a new place is also the perfect opportunity to clean the slate – tabula rasa. We waste so much time doing things and being around people who are useless or even damaging to us; chipping away at our dented armor, getting under our skin. I’d rather be alone than around “most people,” and to compromise for the sake of strangers seems counterproductive. My head has occupied a different space to my body most of my life – seemingly never present in both the right time and space simultaneously – why come back to Earth now? Existence is just a state of mind.

Silence is nice sometimes. I like visiting the space it shares with sound, and here are some tunes to echo around your ears when the noise of the crowd rings hollow. Until next time, don’t forget to love yourself and not the haters.

With love from outer spacz
—Obsessionist

Storm Stereo #21

PIERO UMILIANI – Nel Villaggio
LLOYD MILLER – Gol-e Gandom
PEDRO SANTOS – Sem Sombra
KISSOON RAMASAR AND FAMILY – Shiva Shankar Ho
IMAM BAILDI feat. SOFIA VEMBO – Poso Lypame
BARRY SISTERS – Franz Kafka in Love
BONNIE BEECHER – Come Wander With Me
SUSO SAIZ – Un Hombre Oscuro
TIM HECKER – Haunt Me, Haunt Me, Do It Again
WILLIAM BASINKSI feat. PABLO NERUDA – Melancholia II feat. Si tú me olvidas
THE CARETAKER – You and the Night and the Music
DON BRADSHAW-LEATHER – Distance Between Us
HELM – Blue Scene
MARIE DAVIDSON – The Voyage Out
ALESSANDRO CORTINI – La Sveglia
ION – Stay With Me in Dreams Forever
PUCE MARY – The Temptation to Exist
BODY SCULPTURES – Before She Allows the World to Judge Her, She is Entitled to Create It
VARG – Champagne Ceremonies
MECANICA POPULAR – Siempre Tú
SOMALI EXTRACT – Chains
OMAR S – The Further You Look, The Less You Will See
DEAD CAN DANCE – Yulunga (Alvaro Suarez Edit)
SAHALÉ – Nlreb Mra Alrrih
OSCAR AND THE WOLF – Strange Entity (Friend in Paris Edit)
PALMISTRY – Lil Gem
MSSINGNO – Baiders
ANSWER CODE REQUEST – Strange Days
CROATIAN AMOR – Keepers
BLADEE – Into Dust
ONEOHTRIX POINT NEVER – I Only Have Eyes For You
SPOOKY BLACK – Remember Me
JENNY HVAL – Conceptual Romance (The Twinner Eccomix)
TRIAD GOD – So Pay La
JOE MCPHEE – Cosmic Love Organ Alone

Storm Stereo #20

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Greetings my lovelies!

Another installment of Storm Stereo aka my life soundtrack ready for your audio consumption, this time broadcasting from Prague. A new career in a new town indeed – and the private notion of my life as a David Bowie song continues. Here are 2.5 hours of music for when your heart inhabits the necessary darkness found in joy’s temporary shadow.

A mix of soft chords, dreamers pop, experimotional trips, outernational love songs and more. For those moments when we run from home and grasp imaginary straws looking for heaven. We dance and dream, uplifting the heart’s heavy wings, helpless, walking around looking for something, a wild combination. Just you and me and the start of everything. Heaven in the grooves, creeping through the night, your face always on my mind, your picture on my wall.

True love will find us in the end. Until next time, stay posi and take care.

With love from outer space,

—Obsessionist

DAVID BOWIE – A New Career in a New Town
JOHN DUFFY AND THE COUNTRY GENTLEMEN – 500 Miles¹
BERT JANSCH – Running From Home
VASHTI BUNYAN – Love You Now
JACKSON C. FRANK – The Visit
PETER SARSTEDT – Where Do You Go To My Lovely?
DENNIS WILSON – Love Remember Me
NINO FERRER – Looking For You²
ARIEL PINK – Baby
吉村弘 / HIROSHI YASHIMURA – Dance
DIRTY BEACHES – Lord Knows Best
CLEANERS FROM VENUS – Helpless
FURNITURE – Why Are We in Love?
GILB’R – Beesan Rum (A Song for Anna)
ARTHUR RUSSELL – That’s Us / Wild Combination
EQUIKNOXX – I Really Want to Write on Her Purple Wall
KALBATA – Al Shark (Part Two)
QUILTLAND – Uplift the Heart’s Heavy Wings (Horizon Version)
SPOOKY BLACK – We Were Together Once
VARG feat. YUNG LEAN – Red Line II (127 Sätra C)
BEN FROST – You, Me and the End of Everything
YVES TUMOR – Perdition
VASILISK – Heavens Above
DANIEL SCHMIDT AND THE BERKELEY GAMELAN – And the Darkest Hour is Just Before Dawn
MIDORI TAKADA – Long Song of Urfa
BALIGH HAMDI – My Love Story
AMEEN MOKDAD – Viaggio³
ANTONIO SANCHES – Pinta Manta
LATA RAMASAR – The Greatest Name That Lives
ROBERTO MUSCI – Claudia, Wilhelm R and Me
PEDRO SANTOS – Dual
DANIEL JOHNSTON – True Love Will Find You in the End
THE LANGLEY SCHOOLS MUSIC PROJECT – To Know Him is to Love Him

 

1 = I first heard this song in Monterey, California in 2013. I was born there 31 odd years ago and left when I was a baby, and only went back for the first time when I was 26. I was in the Redwood forest, at one of the little stop-offs, with cafés, restaurants, souvenir shops and a small stage that had live country shows at night. It was dusk and there weren’t too many people around. We were getting ready to leave so I went to the outdoor bathroom. There was no one sitting round the stage but an old man that looked like Willie Nelson sat on a stool in the middle of the stage fiddling with a guitar. A few minutes later, as I’m squatting, thinking how surreal it is to be back after so long, I heard a song come from the distance. Just the soft sound of a guitar and the old man’s voice came wafting along the breeze and into my ears, and I cried right there and then mid-pee thinking of what a perfect moment it was. That night I connected to the shitty hotel WiFi and spent about two hours digging through YouTube to find a version of this (apparently popular) country song that sounded even remotely like what I had heard the bearded old man play in the middle of the forest. And John Duffy and the Country Gentlemen comes pretty darn close!

2 = So YouTube has become my new favourite way of discovering music (also I have stopped interacting with people cause most of them suck so I stay home a lot) and while autoplay and recommended videos definitely fall short after a while, Youtube really wanted me to hear this song. It came up in my feed multiple times and the cover initially made me ignore it. Then I listened to it and boy, am I glad I did. A gem of a love song that – probably much like Midori Takada’s Through the Looking Glass, a once-obscure record that has now met worldwide critical acclaim thanks to YouTube – will become (has become?) an internet sensation.

3 = Ameen Mokdad is a local Iraq hero if ever there was one. He risked his life in Mosul to keep playing music amidst war-ridden destruction after Isil took over the city, and if his playing doesn’t give you chills up your spine and make your heart tighten then you’re not human and can stop listening to this podcast.

 

Greek Punk Mixtape

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A few months ago MRR Radio asked me to do a guest show for them focusing on Greek punk. Based on that, I figured i would do a mixtape with some of my personal favourite Greek punk tracks from 1983 to 2016. You can listen to that radio show below.


As for the tapes: Final wholesale orders went out today (12/4/17) and I will try and do another run of 100 or so tapes after the summer – maybe get a bunch made in the UK as well – I’ll keep you posted. In the meantime, you can get copies, while they last, at the below distros.

For copies, visit:

Static Shock Musik in Berlin, Germany

Trapdoor in Münster, Germany

Kostas in Stockholm, Sweden (garidisk@gmail.com)

Juan Carlos in Texas, USA (thisisaustin.not.that.great@gmail.com)

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If you like what you hear, consider checking out the bands online and buying their records or going to their shows. Greece is not the easiest place to get to (or leave!) and we always enjoy and appreciate the international connection! I am not in Athens at the moment, but am working on a post for punks who are traveling here with some ideas for things to do and places to see, so stray tuned for that too at some point.

Until the next episode of Storm Stereo, coming soon, go here to check out previous episodes, or go here to download MP3s of both Storm Stereo shows and the Greek Punk Mixtape. Please note the MP3s and the mixtape tracks are not exactly the same, and not in the exact same order, but it’s basically the same set of songs. Either way, MP3 tracklisting follows below.

If you have any questions about this tape, the radio show, Greek punk or anything in between, don’t hesitate to drop me a line at lydia_ath@yahoo.co.uk.

Until next time, stay posi, stay strong! With love from outer space

—Obsessionist

GREEK PUNK MIXTAPE – SIDE A

METRO DECAY – Kimília / Remnants (1983)

EX-HUMANS – Enófeli Epivíosi / Pointless Survival (1984)

ΣΤΡΕΣΣ / STRESS – ‘Anghos / Stress (1985)

ΑΔΙΕΞΟΔΟ / ADIEXODO – Soundtrack yia Odomahíes / Soundtrack for Street Fighting (1985)

ΓΕΝΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΧΑΟΥΣ / CHAOS GENERATION – Kinoniká Ypoproiónta / Social Byproducts (1985)

ANTI… – ‘Anthropi Fytá / Human Plants (1986)

ΟΡΑ ΜΗΔΕΝ / ORA MIDEN – Thánato stus Piités / Death to Poets (1988)

ΟΡΑ ΜΗΔΕΝ / ORA MIDEN – Mona Liza (1989)

ΝΑΥΤΙΑ / ΝΑUSEA – Hrysí Neoléa / Golden Youth (1989)

GULAG – Apología / Apology (1989)

ΧΟΑΤΙΚΗ ΔΙΑΣΤΑΣΗ / CHAOTIC DIMENSION – Kommatiká Exartiméni / Political Party Dependant (1993)

ΠΙΣΣΑ ΚΑΙ ΠΟΥΠΟΥΛΑ / PISSA KE POUPOULA – Xypnáte, Pethéno! / Wake UP, I’m Dying! (1993)

PANX ROMANA – Synágermos / Alarm (1993)

ΧΑΟΤΙΚΗ ΔΙΑΣΤΑΣΗ / CHAOTIC DIMENSION – Tréxe / Run (1996)

ΟΡΕΞΗ ΓΙΑ ΤΙΠΟΤΑ / OREXI YA TIPOTA – Korítsi Viázi Agóri / Girl Rapes Boy (1997)

FREE YOURSELF – Ethismós / Addiction (GULAG cover, 199?)

GREEK PUNK MIXTAPE – SIDE B

ΟΡΕΞΗ ΓΙΑ ΤΙΠΟΤΑ / OREXI YA TIPOTA – Gnísios ‘Ellinas tu 2000 (1997)

VODKA JUNIORS – Athens (2001)

ΧΕΙΜΕΡΙΑ ΝΑΡΚΗ / HIBERNATION – Yálini Mitrópoli / Metropolis of Glass (2000)

GO FILTH GO – Future No! (2010)

LAST BREATH – ‘Ιsos Miá Méra  / Maybe One Day (2010)

ΠΑΝΔΗΜΙΑ / PANDIMIA  – Vasílio tis Parakmís / Kingdom of Decline (2010)

ANTIMOB – Dógma (2012)

ΟΔΟΣ 55 / ODOS 55 – Attiki Victoria (2012)

ERA OF FEAR – Mizéria (2013)

GUTTER – No Chances, No Choices (2013)

DIRTY WOMBS – Derail (2014)

YOUTH CRUSHER – Incurable (2016)

ΧΩΡΙΣ ΟΙΚΤΟ / HORIS IKTO – Argós Thánatos / Slow Death (2016)

 

Storm Stereo #19: Constant Flux

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What’s up my loves?

Spring has arrived in Athens and with it come some mad tunes. Even though March started out really low, by month’s end I was so high I was moving through the stratosphere. And what better place to be? Taking the new season into account, and with a general concept of new beginnings in mind, here’s a new mood spring mix sans words – from smoky night clubs in lover’s rock corner to drunken jazzy daybreaks across the sonic fourth world. “I love my dreams so I’m going back in.”

Everything is in constant flux, from state to state, from good to bad and back again… only in transmutation, perpetual motion, lies truth. —Asger Jorn

Because I’ll tell you, life is odd and unpredictable and ironic and surreal. You can work and worry yourself sick over something (anything, most things) and yet it feels like nothing will budge. Then one day, around give-up o’clock, by some inconsequential orchestration of events, a force that had been orbiting your stony existence cuts across your trajectory – and the world comes to a screeching halt, and the pigeons scatter, and the noise dies down. In truth it had always been there, living in your blind spot, but only now does it come into full view. And thus everything changes after all.

For those elevated, dimension-shifting moments, and until the noise returns, some musical thoughts.

With love from outer space
—Obsessionist

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STORM STEREO #19 – Constant Flux Spring Mix

MUSIC BOX – 恋の予感 (Koi no Yokan)
FLORA YIN-WONG – Lugere
FINK – See It All (EMIKA remix)
MR. MITCH & PALMISTRY – VPN
ENRIQUE IGLESIAS – Ring My Bell (Big Zouk remix)
MADEINTYO & 24HRS – You
AVRIL – Company
DRAKE – Lose You (instrumental)
伊藤隆太 (RYUTA ITO) – 恋の予感 (安全地帯 [Anzen Chitai] cover)
ASA-CHANG & JUNRAY – Hana
MIDORI TAKADA – Crossing
CHARLES MINGUS – Myself When I’m Real
MILES DAVIS – I Fall In Love Too Easily
SUN RA – That’s How I Feel
THE COSMIC RAYS & SUN RA AND ARKESTRA – Dreaming
BROWN SUGAR – Hello Stranger
ALTOS ELLIS – You Make Me So Very Happy
PHYLLIS DILLON – Living in Love
ARTHUR ALEXANDER – Where Have You Been All My Life?
TIMMY  THOMAS – Why Can’t We Live Together?

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All illustrations by Bjenny Montero.

Storm Stereo #18: Femme Fatale

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In keeping with the idea of semi-themed shows and sets—this is an autobiographical podcast after all—today’s Storm Stereo features badass ladies from punk and post-punk and a look at what it feels and sounds like for a girl. Not in time for IWD but no time like the present, right? It was also just my birthday, which always sends me into a bit of an existential spell, and Venus, the ultimate goddess, is in retrograde, so I’m re-evaluating and reflecting on everything. And so, even though I didn’t pick songs with any specific topic in mind, just some of my favourites, after looking at them a couple themes quickly became evident, so I re-arranged them as such. Of course it would be impossible to sum up anyone’s experience in just 120 minutes of music, plus the list of killer bands to include would be endless, so here’s just a slice of my story. Perhaps some of these songs will give your some strength or inspiration in rough times like they do for me.


What it Feels Like for a Girl

THE LOST SOUNDS – Satan Bought Me (US)

BUT WHO IS SHE?
PERVERS – Asozial (Germany)
ÖSTRO 430 – Ich Halt Mich Raus (I Keep Myself Out, Germany)
THE PETTICOATS – Normal (Germany)
AU PAIRS – You (UK)
I.U.D. – Precious (US)
キャ (Kyah) – I Am Bitch Or Not (Japan)
MODERATES – High Heel Shoes (UK)
X-RAY SPEX – Identity (UK)
THE AVENGERS – I Believe In Me (US)
NASTY FACTS – Drive My Car (US)

BY DEFINITION A CRUSH MUST HURT
SUGAR AND THE LOLLIPOPS – Like A Roller Coaster (The Netherlands)
KATE FAGAN – Come Over (US)
YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS – Brand New Life (Wales)
THE AVOCADOS – I Never Knew (England)
DOLLY MIXTURE – Same Mistake (England)
CHIN CHIN – Desires (Switzerland)
THE SHOP ASSISTANTS – I Don’t Want To Be Friends With You (Scotland)
RONNIE AND THE RHYTHM BOYS – I Wanna Be Your Girlfriend (Ramones cover, Australia)

HELL HATH NO FURY LIKE A WOMAN SCORNED
THE PHOTOGRAPHS – Second Best (England)
JANET ARMSTRONG – Inadequate (England)
UNKNOWN GENDER – Possessiveness (US)
SADO-NATION – Gimme You (US)
THE CASTRATION SQUAD – The X Girlfriend (US)
YOUR FUNERAL – I Want To Be You (US)
ZELLOTS – Empty Victories (Canada)
AMY AND THE ANGELS – I Hate Being in Love (Germany)

I DON’T SEE TOMORROW, I CAN BARELY SEE TODAY
MO-DETTES – Paint It Black (Rolling Stones cover) (England)
THE DELINQUENTS – Do You Have A Job For A Girl Like Me? (US)
TOXIC FUMES – Easy Money (US)
THE BAGS – Survive (US)
FANCY ROSY – Punk Police (Puerto-Rico/Germany)
COCADICTOS – 10 Años Buscando (10 Years Looking, Spain)
SUBTONIX – Ashtray Girl (US)
TERMINAL FUN – Great Moments (England)
SCREAMING SNEAKERS – Violent Days (US)

GO HARD OR GO HOME
MAG AND THE SUSPECTS – Erection (US?)
WHAT IF THINKING – I Want That Boy (US)
DOG FACED HERMANS – How We Connect (Scotland)
THE NUNS – Do You Want Me On My Knees? (US)
VULPESS – Me Gusta Zer Una Zorra (I Like Being a Slut, Spain)
NURSE – 欲望 (Desire, Japan)
VICE SQUAD – Latex Love (England)
NENA AND THE STRIPES – Weekend Love (Germany)
THE PLASMATICS – Dream Lover (US)

SS-Say – Care (Denmark?)

Storm Stereo #17: Deep Listening

Inspired by and in memory of Pauline Oliveros and her concept of deep listening, I prepared a show sans commentary. What’s the point of words anyway?

“When I like something, then I discover something that I have been before, that is profoundly already within me. It resonates, like a piano that you hit.”

—Karlheinz Stockhausen on music

“When I hear what we call music, it seems to me that someone is talking – and talking about his feelings or about his ideas of relationships. I don’t need sound to talk to me.”

—John Cage on silence

Our individual probability of existing right now is 1 in 550,343,279,001. Don’t waste time on fear; you never know when you’ll be back at zero.

With love from Cygnus X-1

—Obsessionist Continue reading Storm Stereo #17: Deep Listening

Storm Stereo #16

My loves

Some music for your heavy souls and cardboard hearts. For those times when life feels like you’ve got a load of dusty boxes and no storage space left to put them. For when you accidentally unpack memories you’d rather forget, or when you have something on your mind and can’t sleep late at night. For cutting your losses and counting your blessings, dismantling the wall inside your head to try and build something better some place new.

When you wish you could express yourself but can’t find the right words, or the right time, or the right way. So you let music do it for you while your plan your future failures, compartmentalize your anxieties and ration your irrational responses. Because even in a crowd you’re actually some place else, stuck in between burning indecision and freezing doubt. Cutting back and weeding out. Some gardens bloom and others die out.

“All good things must start with dreams.” All we can do is grow.

With love from Trappist-1

—Obsessionist Continue reading Storm Stereo #16