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

shungaWhat’s new my loves?

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

A Brief History of Greek Punk for MRR Remote Radio

As promised, I prepared a special edition of Maximum Rocknroll Remote Radio, introducing you to a brief history of Greek punk from 1983 to the year 2000. Nowhere near enough time to play everything and talk about each band – let alone discuss context, history and perspectives – in just 60 minutes, but my plan is to do another Greek special again soon. Until then, you can read a bit more about Greek punk here. If you feel like exploring, go to anexartisi.gr where you’ll find an almost exhaustive list of Greek punk bands, past and present (info is in Greek, but it’s a fantastic resource none the less). For further reference, see also these labels: Wipe Out!, B-Other Side, Enigma, Creep.

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In other news, an ULTRA interview will soon be in MRR – check it out, and listen to their music here. Until next time, stay posi (it’s hard, I know, but we gotta do our best) and take care of yourselves and those you love. Life is fucking short.

With love from outer space

—Obsessionist

Intro song:
ADIEXODO (Dead End) – Soundtrack for Street Fighting / ΑΔΙΕΞΟΔΟ – Σάουντρακ για Οδομαχίες

I AM YOUR NIGHTMARE
METRO DECAY – Remnants / Κειμήλια
EX-HUMANS – Pointless Survival / Ανώφελη Επιβίωση
STRESS – Anxiety / ΣΤΡΕΣΣ – Άγχος

CHAOS, NO HOPE
GENIA TOU CHAOUS (Chaos Generation) – No Hope / ΓΕΝΙΑ ΤΟΥ ΧΑΟΥΣ – Καμιά Ελπίδα
ΑΝΤΙ… – Human Vegetables / ‘Ανθρωποι Φυτά
ORA MIDEN (Zero Hour) – Death to Poets / ΟΡΑ ΜΗΔΕΝ – Θάνατο Στους Ποιητές
GULAG – Big Talk / ΓΚΟΥΛΑΓΚ – Μόνο Λόγια

MISERY, ROUTINE, THE SAME OLD STORY
NAFTIA (Nausea) – Golden Youth / ΝΑΥΤΙΑ – Χρυσή Νεολαία
KINKING APOVLITA? (Social Waste?) – Death Youth / ΚΟΙΝΩΝΙΚΑ ΑΠΟΒΛΗΤΑ; – Νεκρή Νεολαία
ANTIDRASI (Reaction) – State of Danger / ΑΝΤΙΔΡΑΣΗ – Κατάσταση Κινδύνου
PANIKOS (Panic) – Lias / ΠΑΝΙΚΟΣ – Ψεύτες

NEGATIVE END
CHAOTIKO TELOS (Chaotic End) – We Live in the Dark / ΧΑΟΤΙΚΟ ΤΕΛΟΣ – Ζούμε Στο Σκοτάδι
ARNITIKI STASI (Negative Stance) – Pandora’s Box / ΑΡΝΗΤΙΚΗ ΣΤΑΣΗ – Κουτί της Πανδώρας
HIBERNATION – Glass Metropolis / ΧΕΙΜΕΡΙΑ ΝΑΡΚΗ – Γυάλινη Μητρόπολη

YOUR VOTE IS YOUR PUNISHMENT
CHAOTIKI DIASTASI (Chaotic Dimension) – Politically Dependent / ΧΑΟΤΙΚΗ ΔΙΑΣΤΑΣΗ – Κομματικά Εξαρτημένοι
OREXI GIA TIPOTA (In The Mood for Nothing)- Girl Rapes Boy / ΟΡΕΞΗ ΓΙΑ ΤΙΠΟΤΑ – Κορίτσι Βιάζει Αγόρι
FREE YOURSELF – Addiction / Εθισμός (GULAG cover)

Outro song:
PANX ROMANA – Alarm / Συναγερμός

Storm Stereo #15 – PUNK2016

What’s up my loves?

Almost end of January so time for one final, quick look at 2016. It was a good year for punk and hardcore I would say – many great releases from existing bands, but also a number of new bands we can expect to hear more from. This is by no means an exhaustive retrospective, merely a supplement to my Year End Top 10 list, and a small sampling of what punk and hardcore sounded like in the year 2016.

Until next time, stay strong and may the force be with us.

—Obsessionist

PUNK IN 2016

PRIME TIME – Pervert

HEAVY METAL – Total Bullshit

SIEVEHEAD – Try the Mirror (Pure Gold remix)

CHAIN OF FLOWERS – Death’s Got a Hold On Me

GENERATION SUICIDA – Key Mas Keres De Mi

NARCOESTADO – ¿Donde Estan?

NADIE – Nothing much and everything

WILD AT HEART – Blank Disguise

THE DETERGENTS – Catastrophe

RIXE – Hexagon

REMNANTS – Prison Walls

SILENT ERA – Don’t Go Out

SYNDICATE –Bad Days End

NOTS – New Structures

BELGRADO – 1000 Spektakli

RAKTA – A Busco do Círculo

CHROMA – Intervención y Disciplina

EFIALTIS – Efialtis

VANILLA POPPERS – It’s Love

MOLLOT – Charlatan

LUMPY AND THE DUMPERS – I’m Gonna Move to New York

GOOD THROB – Slick Dicks

SCRAP BRAIN – BPD

WOOLF – Taunting Me On My Own Street

ODOS 55 – Einai Autoi

ANXIETY –Delayed

SEMI – Total War on Hard On

DAUDYFLIN – Vid Erum

MAQUINA MUERTA – Veveno Letal

KRIEGSHÖG – Temptation

ODIO – World

HORIS OIKTO Argos Thanatos

LUBRICANT – Die

G.L.O.S.S. – Give Violence a Chance

PRIMAL RITE – Nightingale

CELL ROT –Stabbed in the Face

NEGATIVE STANDARDS – XVI

OHYDA – Ymarli

HARAM – دم (Blood)

KRIMEWATCH – ゴキブリ (Cockroach Man)

EXOTICA – Pesadilla

SKIPLICKERS – Another wasted day

STRUTTER – Excluded

IN SCHOOL – Bloodlust

WARTHOG – Culture?

VAASKA – Grito Surburbano

LOS CRUDOS – Nada Cambia

ULTRA – Fuerza de Trabajo

ANARQUIA VERTICAL – Vaciamiento

BARCELONA – Caudillo

CULT SYNDROME – Banality

ARMS RACE – No Sense

FIREWALKER – Darken my Door

TRIAGE – Hide in Shame

PISS – Sex Pact

IDIOTA CIVILIZZATO – Idiota Civilizzato

LIFE FUCKER – Deathwatch

THE LOWEST FORM – Evol