Storm Stereo #22: New Moon Mood

Screen Shot 2017-05-08 at 4.36.28 PMWhat’s up meine Lieben?

Life has been quiet and repetitive in Prague. Between working a corporate 9-6 job, trying to stay on top of my freelance duties (and falling behind admittedly), house-hunting and still trying to adjust to everything, I’m feeling a bit out of sorts, and spread thin. Unlike Athens, finding/making time for quality time alone to re-calibrate seems like a luxury – as do fresh produce, dark curtains, and the ability to be around loved ones, or in the very least people who get you. But, walking is my favourite way to process things, and thankfully this city is very walkable; with rivers, bridges, parks and cobbled streets ideal for pensive walks immersed in thought and moonlight.

Relocating is always a challenge. You’re thrown into a new, transient environment, often radically different to the one you used to inhabit, with people from all over, each one seemingly stranger or more random than the next (an uptight Australian told me, “I guess the term ‘eurotrash’ had to come from somewhere”), confirming yet again how odd you feel among “common people” and what a freak you must appear to some (most?) despite your efforts to hide behind “your favourite pair of black shades” and be left the fuck alone. Answering questions you’ve heard a thousand times, astounded at the things some people believe and say, having to defend your opinions or be questioned about your choices. It’s a strange world out there, sure with lots to discover, but I’m tired, and happy to hide out in my attic room and listen to music, for now.

For this mix, again we keep it rather quiet, with some cinematic-sounding Italian composers and soundtracks from the ’70s (got some cash to spare? Alessandro Alessandroni’s Prisma Sonoro is only about $800 online), some meditative ambient and emotive modern classical (a new fave discovery is violinist Ameen Modkad from Mosul in Iraq, whose moving music is as potent as his message of peace), and some minimal and spacey techno (the whole Ebi Zen record is fantastic, as is the cover artwork!). Also, a couple rougher Spanish and UK industrial/EBM acts (check out Diseño Corbusier’s record out on Dark Entries, Tuning Circuits fanclub reissue is sold out on vinyl, Shining Path LP is grrreat, and Cosey Fanni Ttutti’s memoir is number #1 on my book wantlist) and some experimental sound exploration. What a discovery the Cristal Baschet was – I was watching a Delia Derbyshire video and she mentioned Structures Sonores Lary-Bacschet and, well… good ol’ YouTube took me down the rabbit hole from there. Unique instruments creating unique sounds; spellbinding and otherworldly. Also newer stuff by Chino Amobi, Mr Mitch, Fatima Yamaha and Triad God, some faves by Chicks on Speed (a rare occasion where the cover is a million times better than the original) and Black Marble (don’t know why it took me so long to play them, they’ve been a fave, and somewhat underrated IMHO, for years) and much more.

Coming soon will be that Japanese special I can’t get round to working on, some more ’60s oldies (one of my first music loves), and maybe even a rebetiko special. Also, I’m becoming obsessed with the marimba and other percussion instruments, so maybe more on that too. In punk related news, there’s an interview I did with Berlin’s Life Fucker  in the new MRR and, whenever I get round to it, I’m gonna transcribe a very interesting chat I had with Berlin’s P.U.F.F. when they came through Prague last month, and a review of their recent LP, Living in the Party Zone.

Until next time, stay posi, stay strong, sending love to all my worldies and mates!

with love from the Omniverse

—Obsessionist

 

Storm Stereo #22 Tracklist

1 Walking in the Dark by STEFANO TOROSSI
2 Breve Dialeticca by ALESSANDRO ALESSANDRONI
3 Main Theme, Fantasma d’Amore OST by RIZ ORTOLANI
4 Mister Blues by STRUCTURES SONORES LASRY-BASCHET
5 The Lonely Ones by BASIL KIRCHIN
6 Invisible World by DIE FORM
7 October by TIM HECKER
8 (Wake) Original Work by CRISTAL BASCHET
9 Chronos by JEAN HOYOUX
10 First Momento the Birth by AMEEN MOKDAD
11 Constant Growth Fails by HAUSCHKA
12 Fire in My Heart (Remain Edit) by ESCAPE FROM NY
13 Pretender by BLACK MARBLE
14 Babe Don’t Go by TRIAD GOD
15 What’s A Girl to Do (Dancefloor Edit) by FATIMA YAHAMA
16 Golas Empula Yulun by OCEANVS ORIENTALIS
17 Suis-Je Normale by NINI RAVIOLETTE
18 The Man Waits by MR. MITCH
19 Passion by CHRIS & COSEY
20 Release by THE SHINING PATH
21 Come Again (Sleazy Orgiastic Version) by TUNING CIRCUITS
22 Comida Para Todos by TORESCH
23 Poema Fonético by DISEÑO CORBUSIER
24 Regeneración by ESPLENDOR GEOMETRICO
25 Izlämic Europe by CHINO AMOBI feat. RABIT
26 Euro Trash Girl by CHICKS ON SPEED
27 Faith in Strangers by ANDY STOTT
28 Narcossa by 808 STATE
29 Zen by EBI aka SUSUMU YOKOTA

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