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

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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

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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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You can check out the MRR radio show page here and don’t forget to subscribe to MRR and, if you can, donate to support the world’s longest-running, all-volunteer run, hella rad punk zine, radio and archive.

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

 

 

Year End Top 10: 2016

Another year is gone and a new one is already here and, as tradition has it among list-makers, music-lovers, record collectors and obsessive freaks like me, the yearly Top 10 beckons. I had originally said to myself I wouldn’t compile one – most of these records have already been written about a lot (they deserve it after all) and I can’t say I had the time or mental capacity to keep track and listen to every new release like I used to other years. That’s also because I mainly jammed Molly Nilsson’s “Mountain Time” and this song on repeat. However, the lovely Lughole punks asked me if I wanted to write a few words for a retrospective zine they’re putting together (stay up to date on that here) and, well, I couldn’t say no. So, for the record, here are eleven (because life is too short to confine yourself to ten) records I got most excited about in 2016; an extended ‘Punk in 2016’ playlist will soon follow with many more bands that came near and dear to my heart. Thanks to all the bands and labels that made 2016 a bit more tolerable. Fully biased reviews in alphabetical order.

a2111924034_10ANXIETY – S/T MLP (La Vida Es Un Mus)

Seriously, what can I say that would be worthy? Call me weak or a weirdo, but I physically had trouble listening to this record without falling into a neurotic pit of existential angst followed by breathless euphoric nihilism – it’s that good. It’s a challenge from start to finish and I love that in a record, even if it does mean locking myself in the house for the day as a result. It’s angular and uncomfortable, musically uncompromising, emotionally confrontational, psychologically haunting, crudely honest, manically unafraid while introspectively reflective and I feel the meta image of a broken mirror within a mirror within a frame fits in somewhere here but honestly… I don’t feel I can write about this record, my jumbled stream-of-consciousness just doesn’t do them the justice they deserve and there is surely a lot that can be written about this band – their sound and imagery, their outlook and output – and there have been numerous, better written pieces about them and you should read those. However I feel the ingenious band name encompasses and compounds it all much better. Their choice of name alone, and an analysis of their lyrics, could easily spawn a 2,000-word essay on the meaning, use, decomposition and reconstruction of language in post-modern underground music counterculture. They push buttons and boundaries, exploring new ground while staying true to their inner freak power that fuels this stunning, beautifully unnerving concoction of stress-and-release. I first saw them live in March and to this day remember how utterly inspiring they were, how energized I felt, it was like a revelation. Call me slow, but months later it’s still sinking in how phenomenal this release is – it will ripple and go down in punk history, I swear.

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BARCELONA – Pueden Ser Ellos 7” (La Vida Es Un Mus)

One of the Barcelona greats. Growling vocals, frenzied, trance-inducing drumming with crashing cymbals, and relentless, screeching and blown out chords carry you through four tracks in five minutes of pummeling, primitive, insurrectionist hardcore musick. Opener “Caudillo” is flawless in all its monotonic, blazing, 47-second glory, crashing into “Infierno de Cobardes” that sounds like it’s literally falling over itself with power and passion. The guitar on “Quien Coño Manda” scorches like fire, seamlessly shifting pace and hurtling into closing stomper “Dios Te Salve.” Stripped down in structure but glowing red hot from within, this is the naked, ugly, angry spirit of punk and it’s perfect. The artwork by drummer Oriol Roca – a brilliant artist in his own right and defining factor of the band’s sound and aesthetic – is tailored for the release and is of course superb.

a1796109479_16CHAIN OF FLOWERS – S/T LP (ALTER)

New favourite band of the year for sure. I saw them live before listening to the record and, while they sound different on both occasions, Cardiff’s CHAIN OF FLOWERS do both magnificently well. The record is a well-produced mix of shoegaze and post-punk, with catchy and melodic vocals, soaring and evocative chords, dreamy and melancholic keys, and tight, passionate drumming. The songs seamlessly mesh with one another, making you push the needle back to the start again and again before flipping to repeat. Live, I saw them in the UK on a mini-tour with DIÄT a handful of times, and every time I fell for it even more: dynamic and intense playing that’s powered by their tight-knit connection and captivating collective energy. When we got back to Berlin, to make it through post-tour blues, Iffi and I jammed this record on repeat every single morning for a week both at home and the record shop. “Crisis” became the aptly titled personal anthem of my year.

a1715811942_10DHK / MAQUINA MUERTA – split 12” (Metadona)

I got this record on the 30th of December 2015 when I went to Barcelona for the first time and saw a bunch of wicked local bands at a squat now sadly evicted (RIP Transformadors). Maquina Muerta played (now based in Mallorca by way of Mexico) and were as powerful as the record. I love the speed and intensity, the steamrolling, nightmarish sound, the reverbed vocals totally blowing me away. DHK from Peru play unpretentious, raw D-beat with an urgency and despairing aggression that seeps through every aspect of the band: the grating guitars and vocals, the violent, bleak realism of the lyrics, the shambolic clatter of the drums, the flooring bass. A poignant collaboration with haunting artwork linking everything together.

a3661276530_10EFIALTIS – S/T 7″ (Static Shock)

I think this might be one of the bands I spoke most about in 2016 – definitely year of the NIGHTMARE. Pulling three tracks from their demo plus one new one, London’s EFIALTIS sound even more powerful on vinyl – and their second 2016 EP on LVEUM is only further proof. Opening self-titled track “Efialtis” is their pièce de résistance, their Imperial March, and is the definition of a banger if ever I heard one, stomping right in, dominant and unafraid, forceful and disruptive. For me this record is a giant finger to all the men who can play the fuck out of their instruments but still choose to make boring ass music with no soul or attitude, two things EFIALTIS possess in abundance. With members now scattered across the globe, it’s a darn shame I never got to see them live, as I know their abrasive energy translates differently on stage. Check out the interview I did with them for MRR. The EFIALTIS is dead. Long live the EFIALTIS.

a3803631329_10GUTTER / ΧΩΡΙΣ ΟΙΚΤΟ – split 7″ EP (Scarecrow)

NWGHC: A great release and a much-needed breath of fresh air for the current Greek hardcore landscape, this split features two of the best bands in Athens right now. On the one side, newcomers ΧΩΡΙΣ ΟΙΚΤΟ (read horís íkto, meaning ‘without mercy’) unload three tracks of brooding hardcore, with despairing, gravelly vocals in Greek, burning riffs and up-beat D-beat drumming that give this a defining edge and distinct texture. On the flip are GUTTER, a solid hardcore band that’s been going strong for half a deacde or so, with tight, straight but catchy hardcore with ’80s infuences – my fave vocals in Greek HC right now. Between the two bands, members also play in (also worthy bands) ANTIMOB, CUT OFF, SARABANTE, ARHI TOU TELOUS and more.

a2857544673_10HEAVY METAL – LP LP (Static Age)

The oddest of them all, this Berlin-based wildcard took everyone by surprise. Running like a drugged up mixtape, flying all kinds of freak flags, each track marches to a different beat – with rock beats alternating with dance beats – while still sounding distinctly HEAVY METAL. They don’t confine themselves to any one genre, giving their sound a seemingly limitless range of options, from noisy beat experimentation and mean-riffed post-punk explosions, to stripped down rock’n’roll and spite-dripping noise-punk. “Don’t Call Me Brother” is guaranteed to get the bodies moving, while closer “Total Bullshit,” the record’s crown jewel, is a flawless punk manifesto for the modern age. Insane or ingenious, does it really even matter?

a1096271411_10LUST FOR YOUTH – Compassion LP (Sacred Bones)

Quite the sensation, Denmark’s LUST FOR YOUTH are more than music – they’re a brand, a lifestyle, an artifact of decadent indulgence. LFY create a haven to go back to again and again – like a magic hotel room in a world through the looking glass, full of fabulous people, expensive drugs and an unlimited supply of bottled desire/despair sponsored by Dom Perignon. It could have been the best of times, it could have been the worst of times, LFY create a cinematic, stylized soundtrack to what otherwise might have been painful or ugly memories, capturing and coating them in deep beats, dreamy vocals and delicate melodies, adding their distinctively chic sonic filter to everything they touch. Music for lovers and losers, for elevator sex, hotel room sex, sex with strangers, your emotions on drugs, dancing high at the club with tears in your eyes, leaving the show without saying goodbye, kissing in Ubers and crying on planes, falling in love and mixing pleasure with pain and cocaine.

screen_20shot_202016-01-10_20at_209-13-31_20am_originalNARCOESTADO – S/T 7” (Going Underground)

I played this record so many times this year I think I know all the lyrics by heart (best way to improve my poor Spanish). Mexico’s NARCOESTADO made a record that’s like comfort food to me – reliable and nourishing for the soul. Every track is catchy and familiar-sounding, like someone you just met but feel you’ve known your whole life. There’s just enough melancholy to the vocals, lyrics and riffs to speak to my rotten heart, while still sounding aggravated and rough enough to match my angry disappointments. It’s the soundtrack to those confused and lonely nights, after the party has ended and the fight is over (you lost), and you’re left walking home alone in the cold wondering what the fucking point to any of it is. So you turn the music up and keep walking.

a3281916634_10ΟΔΟΣ 55 – 2 LP (Eirkti)

ODOS 55 (meaning ‘street 55’ in Greek) deliver noisy minimalism drenched in dystopian angst, and the follow up to their stellar 2013 LP is just as daunting and haunting as I’d hoped. The scarce vocals are mechanical and hypnotic, angry and yelled out in Greek, a textural collage of sounds layering slowly, creating a neurotic, claustrophobic mise-en-abyme of synths and beats. There’s a liberating kind of mania to it, with beats arising like an industrial pulse from an underground vent, and synths bleeding their way through the tightly soundscaped compositions. Excellent local and international influences inform but don’t overshadow ODOS 55’s own creative vision, making this two-piece the most interesting and original project in Greece right now. Sounds for a life of cemented dreams and shifting sidewalks.

a1147212805_10THE LOWEST FORM ­– Personal Space 12” (Harbinger Sound/Iron Lung)

Sophomore albums are tricky, but the UK’s THE LOWEST FORM return to outdo themselves. Moving away from the rather general and confining ‘noise not music’ section of hardcore, they’ve created a whole new ‘noise as music’ section just for themselves – yes they basically play like a hardcore band, but the compositions and execution, the production and aesthetics behind the finished result, they all prove TLF to be so much more than a mere hardcore band. Darker and more focused, in a transcendent kind of way, they plod and gallop (literally, there are horses on this record) through two sides in less than 20 minutes – like frantically elbowing their way through a noisy crowd in search of the record’s elusive title notion (best record title of the year BTW). They change pace relentlessly, layering for perspective and density, yet everything speeds up and slows down, fades away and comes together in all the right ways and at all the right times – including when you least expect it. While the writing is still characteristically off-kilter – cerebral yet simple, never letting you get too comfortable with any one state, veering off into seizure-like strumming and burning solos, breaking out into thick beats – they seem to have given the songs more breathing room (with still no track exceeding the three-minute mark) making this their catchiest, most consistently explored release to date from start to finish. The playing is bursting with force and thanks to the production (that’s a touch less noisy but adequately textured) every twisted chord, grated bass line and signature drum-roll sounds just right (including when it’s buried or distorted), the fire-breathing vocals and heady lyrics setting the tone throughout. The negative ecstasy continues and it sounds wicked.

HONOURABLE MENTIONS:

DAUÐYFLIN – Drepa Drepa 7″ (Erste Theke Tonträger)

Red-hot hardcore from ice-cold Iceland with a dirty and shambolic sound, furious vocals and memorable tracks. Don’t snooze on this one!

CAROL – Breakdown/So Low 45 (Weyrd Son)

Minimal coldwave with a strong dreamy pop element from the ’80s, a perfect single that captures the beauty and pain of desire.

EXOTICA – Musique Exotíque #1 Demo Cass. (La Vida Es Un Mus)

Exciting and fiery punk that’s catchy with lots of energy. Wanna sing along and pogo to this in the pit!

GOOD THROB – The Queen Sucks Nazi Cock 7″ (La Vida Es Un Mus)

Can this band outdo itself any more? Most original band of the decade, another tongue-in-cheek/gnashing teeth release.

HARAM – What Do You See? 7″ (Toxic State)

One of the most radical releases of the year, everything about it is challenging and different, from the songs and vocals in Arabic to the visual and lyrical concepts within. In this day and age bands like Haram are sorely needed and this interview is worth your time.

KRIMEWATCH – Demo Cass. (self-released)

Catchy, up-beat but sharp and pissed off hardcore  – the vocal twists are some of my favourite of the year, as is the track sung in Japanese, a total 10/10!

LUMPY AND THE DUMPERS – Huff My Sack LP (La Vida Es Un Mus)

The kings of snark on what feels like a concept record for mockery and loathing. “I Wanna Move To New York” played on repeat for months.

SIEVEHEAD – S/T 7″ (Static Shock)

Tense and intense post-punk that spears right through the heart. I’m glad to say I saw them live a couple times and they take it to a whole other level, with hella tight playing and exploding energy to spare.

STRUTTER – S/T 7″ (Static Shock)

Attitude-filled hardcore punk with fire riffs, their EP was on constant rotation all summer and they were a highlight at Static Shock fest in November.

WARTHOG – Culture? 7″ (Beach Impediment)

Post-modern hardcore critique of an insidiously oppressive world. Hardcore with force and brains that works! ‘Culture?’ is a fucking anthem, current and reflective of the here and now in a spine-chilling way. Fantastic set at Static Shock festival!

Storm Stereo #14: Corazón Maldito

paco-ibanez-backStuck in what feels like groundhog month, the days they fly by and I’ve reserved myself to an early hibernation, ducking disaster and financial ruin by hiding away in a concrete tower, surrounded by a moat swarming with fascists, the communication lines severed for safety. Escapism is my drug, and music my dealer.

You know how sometimes songs or artists just come at you out of nowhere? Showing up at the perfect time — like a good quote or a fortune cookie prediction — they sometimes provide surprise answers, or in the very least some form of cosmic comfort. And that’s actually my favourite way of discovering music: when the music comes to me. In light of this, the next couple of shows in store are with music from places that seem to circle my sonic periphery and pop up on my mental timeline so as to speak. Places that call my name like a siren, seeping their way into my subconscious through work, friends, family, and sheer randomness.

I’ve asked myself many times: is this timing a coincidence, or am I just seeing and hearing what I want to see and hear? Maybe all the answers have been there all along, I just wasn’t looking for them yet, or I wasn’t asking the right questions. Maybe the universe is indeed sending me signals and messages through music and records and poems and songs. It doesn’t matter one way or the other I guess, because thankfully for (and unlike) us, music stands the test of time.

This time, we start in Texas by way of Mexico, with Lydia Mendoza, whose voice and compositions are enchanting as the lyrics are haunting, her ‘Tango Negro’ telling the story of how her heart fell into the abyss after losing her lover. I first heard Lydia Mendoza about four years ago, thanks to my friend Mariam (hi Merm! <3) and have returned to her beautiful and rather dark songs often since then. Mariam also turned me on to Ranil’s Jungle Party, a record by an outfit I read out incorrectly on air — lo siento! The right name is Ranil Y Su Conjunto Tropical and you can read a bit more about their fantastic mix of tropical cumbia here.

I also recently discovered Violeta Parra, a musician, composer and ethnomusicologist from Chile, whose songs spoke of war, social injustice and loss, among other things. One of her songs recounts the story of her brother getting arrested, while ‘Volver a los 17’ (Return to 17) has a deeply melancholic tone in the lyrics and minor chord progressions. ‘Like a mosquito on a rock.’ Her most famous song, ‘Gracias a la Vida,’ may sound hopeful, as she gives thanks to life for all it has given her, but it is also considered by some a form of suicide note, as she shot herself in the head in 1967. She inspired many other folk and traditional musicians around Chile and further abroad, and also helped shape the neo-folk movement known as Nueva Canción Chilena.

Another  Chilean folk singer who was part of this movement was Victor Jara, a composer, teacher and activist among other things, whom we also heard on Storm Stereo’s Chilean Punk Special a few weeks ago. He was influenced by artists like Parra, as well as by poets like Pablo Neruda, and his songs talk of social injustice, peace and love, which is heartbreakingly ironic because in 1973 he was arrested and tortured under the Pinochet dictatorship and eventually shot dead.

Another musician inspired by Neruda is Paco Ibañez, from Andalusia in the south of Spain, who doesn’t write his own lyrics, but who prefers to interpret poems by the likes of Pablo Neruda, Federico Garcia Lorca, Miguel Fernandez and Raul Gonzalez. We listen to ‘Cancion de Jinete’ (The Rider’s Song) and ‘El Lagarto Asta Llorando’ (The Lizard is Crying), both by the Andalusia poet Lorca, who was executed in 1936 at the beginning of the Spanish civil war by Nationalist forces and whose body is yet to be found…

Part Two of the show explores more modern Spanish output, though still mainly from the ’80s, starting with poppy rockers Moviles, who I think are on the DRO (Discos Radioactivos Organizados) sub-label Héroes De Los 80s. After una obsesión permanente  by ’70s rockers Leño, we move to Parálisis Permanente, followed by a new discovery for me, Polansky y el Ardor, a band with that added sax appeal. We move to the end like ‘Lost Souls’ around ‘Europa’ thanks to faves Décima Víctima and newly discovered Derribos Arias (thanks to this article), and close it off with some industrial love and introspection by Spanish luminaries Aviador Dro and Esplendor Geométrico.

In the future we’ll be exploring siren songs from far-off Japan and long-gone Yugoslavia, among other places, and I promise the #punk2016 #hcnow special is in the works, my form of a Best Of 2016 list. Today’s show was recorded and prepped weeks ago, so any reflections on the year leaving us and the people sadly already gone, will come up in a future edition. Sometimes words just aren’t enough despite their power. Until next time, stay posi, stray strong. Siempre será canción nueva…

With love from outer space

—Obsessionist

 

TRACKLIST:

LYDIA MENDOZA – Tango Negro

RANIL Y SU CONJUNTO TROPICAL – Chinito Rulo

LYDIA MENDOZA – Mal Hombre

VIOLETA PARRA – El Amor

VIOLETA PARRA – Volver a los 17

VICTOR JARA – El Derecho De Vivir En Paz

VICTOR JARA – Manifesto

PACO IBAÑEZ – Cancion de Jinete

PACO IBAÑEZ – El Lagarto Esta Llorando

REBECA DEL RIO – Llorando

MILES DAVIS – Concierto de Aranjuez

MOVILES – Hoy

LEÑO – Sorprendente

PARÁLISIS PERMANENTE – Nacidos Para Dominar

POLANSKY Y EL ARDOR – Chantaje Emocional

DÉCIMA VÍCTIMA – Almas Perdidas

DERRIBOS ARIAS – Europa

AVIADOR DRO – Amor Industrial

ESPLENDOR GEOMÉTRICO –Introspección