Storm Stereo #27

light stairsWhat’s new my darlings?

Another month gone by, another show comes to be. I feel like I’ve been living on double time lately, burning the candle at both ends cramming a weekend’s worth of work and play into each of my days and nights. They say if an object accelerates enough it eventually disappears completely and I can tell you the ride is exhilarating.

I’ve managed to get a lot done this month and have a couple cool things waiting in the wings. To start, this here show is also going to be airing on Intersonik Radio, straight outta Athens, starting December. You’ll be able to catch me break the silence every Wednesday 22:00-00:00 EET. I’ve already got an excellent From the Silk Road and Beyond set, curated by my old friend and world music scavenger Yiannis Panoutsos, an expressive musician and artist in his own right (he’s got an exhibition coming in 2018, more on that at a later date), I’ve got a soundtrack special half-collected, and I’ll finally get back into the pit with some new and old punk sets and specials I’ve been rounding up, plus your usual autobiographical sonic narratives. Expect more updates on all of that soon…ish.

What better way to jump-start my Second Coming than with Static Shock Weekend 2017? I’ll be in London for a week, so hit me up! I was going to do a SS Weekend special like last year, but Paco and Tom know how to get shit done and run a fest, so they already put together a wicked show.

As usual I’m getting ahead of myself, so let’s get to the music. This show, we start off with an amazing track a friend sent me, come across by chance at a Hugo Boss fashion show! Not unlike the fashion world to tailor quality soundtracks for their shows and ads (from hip Victoria Secret all-star performances to Gucci coating its 2016 Cruise campaign in vintage Alive She Died) but ‘Confirm Humanity’ truly blew my mind. We follow it up with a trip to Algeria and the smooth, moving tunes of Lili Boniche.  From Algeria we move to Nigeria, courtesy of Steve Monite who came out of the blue for me – a romantic Afro boogie that has taken the music world by storm, thanks to this year’s reissue by Presch Media GmbH, who seem to have put out a tasty, eclectic selection of wax.

We also have two tracks off a superb, mixtape-like compilation featuring Australian underground and experimental folk artists, including Joyce Heath’s breathtaking chronicle of lost chances and bad timing, ‘Dream of It’ – a track so painfully honest and relatable it created a lump in my throat instantly upon first listening. On the same comp is Gary Davenport’s ‘Sarra’ – which was the accidental background soundtrack to a short video a friend sent me a year or so ago. For months the catchy lyrics played over and over in my head  – all 20 seconds I had access to. I was hooked, it was beautiful and haunting. I knew the song was supposed to be off a comp from Australia, but that’s about all I knew. I figured it would be from some obscure, impossible-to-find tape comp. After weeks of asking, searching, googling, singing to friends in case it rang a bell, I gave up. Months later I’m in a record store in Athens checking out Skygirl (I didn’t recognize a single artist, naturally it piqued my interest) and lo and behold, there it was.

Just today I found out Boy Harsher are coming to Athens, a band I am most intrigued by; a band that sounds like they time-traveled from the ’80 while still sounding very, very current. Also I swear the last couple notes from ‘Underwater’ are a Twin Peaks homage, hence the May Roosevelt theremin prelude to their track. Boy Harsher’s latest EP, Country Girl, is out now on Ascetic House Records – a label so unique and creative in everything it does, I’m blown away by their output every time, from the harsh noise to the ambient drone. An Ascetic House mini-special is already in the works, most probably to be accompanied by similar mini-specials to labels I think are doing a great job of documenting the present with their releases and aesthetic – part of a connected, global force of creatives who are pushing the experimental envelope across disciplines, from graphic design and audiovisual art to music installations and experimental performances. What a time to be alive.

We close it all off with the most spine-chilling thing I heard this month – Ataque de Caspar, an underground (cult?) band from Madrid that so fantastically encompass some of my favourite elements of Spain’s prolific and uniquely distinct experimental / post-punk scene in the 1980s: noisy and warm, direct and diverse, even delicate, rough around the edges but solid at the core, unafraid of honesty in both lyrics and expression. This sound, this aesthetic and approach to music, seems to seep through and across regional genres, locations and decades and it’s utterly enchanting, whether that involves twee noisepop acts or raw punk bands.

It looks like it’s going to be a busy winter. I’ve finally started doing something with the many field recordings I’ve accumulated over the years, so hopefully something concrète will come of that in the coming months. I’m also excited to be working with Andreas (Odos 55, dE – who has a new release out today) on a more electronic/sound architecture project, and to be collaborating with Víctor (Ciudad Lineal, Acción Diplomática) on an audiovisual little something. Also plan on DJing a couple spots around Athens, so come say hello if you see me.

Off to prep my set for this coming Friday, where I’ll be spinning wax (16:30 – 18:00) at Homcore Records in Sydagma. Drop by if you’re about town.

Practicing patience and compassion until next time.

With love from the omniverse

—Obsessionist

 

SS27 TRACKLIST

HENRIK SHCWARZ – Confirm Humanity
LILI BONICHE – Ana Fil Houb
RAY LYNCH – The Oh of Pleasure
THE ROBER WEBB SOUND – Moon Bird
STEVE MONITE – Only You
EDDIE KENDRICKS – If You Let Me
LOLLIPOPS – Naked When You Come
JOYCE HEATH – Dream of It
THE GAYLADS – This Time I Won’t Hurt You
PATSY CLINE – I Fall to Pieces
GARY DAVENPORT – Sarra
I, LUDICROUS – A Pop Fan’s Dream
YOUNG MARBLE GIANTS – Looking for Mr. Right
MAY ROOSEVELT – Fallin
BOY HARSHER – Underwater
DECIMA VICTIMA – Tan Iejos
ATAQUE DE CASPA – Viaje a Egipto

 

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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 #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

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

 

 

Storm Stereo #12 – Chilean Punk Special

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Los Pinochet Boys

Hola mis amores,

I hope you enjoyed the revelations of the recent eclipses—I know I hid  under the covers for the better part of the month. A new season is here and things are still super slow and chill in Athens—so slow and chill they’re almost going back to the Iceage—but I thought I’d pop in and share a very special show, prepared and hosted exclusively for all you guys by Murphy, a Santiago-based punk I met a few months ago at an epic ANTI… gig in Athens.

He spoke so passionately and informatively about South America and Chile, its history, politics, culture and punk scene, that I thought I’d ask him to make a mix for me. From early punk pioneers los Prisioneros and Pinochet Boys to current post-punkers Diavol Strain touring Europe this fall and the sickest cumbia by Anarkia Tropikal, I hope you enjoy the next 64 minutes. I’ve got about five shows worth of music backed up, with more specials and guest slots to come at some point, so yeh…stray tuned or whatever.

With love from inner space,

—Obsessionist

 

PLAYLIST
LOS PRISIONEROS – Estrechez de Corazon

LOS PINOCHET BOYS – Pinochet Boys
EMOCIONES CLANDESTINAS – Te Tengo Atrapada
LOS MISERABLES – Mata al Enemigo
LOS FISKALES AD-HOC – Odio
LOS PEORES DE CHILE – Funcion Nocturna
D-LINKIR – Kastigo y Aislamiento
MARCEL DUCHAMP – No Tengo Banderas en mi Casa

DIAVOL STRAIN – Abulia
SOBRAS DEL DESCONTENTO – Basural
KORIOR – Venganza
MUERTE TOTAL – Escuela
GRANGRENA SURF – Frencuencia Pirata
VIEJO EN BICI – Dark
DESPERFECTO – Vida Prometida
HUELGA DE HAMBRE – Plantitas
OTTO SLAM – De Noche

NA DIE – D.I.Y. (autogestion)
VICTOR JARA – Caminando, Caminando

TOUR DATES
DIAVOL STRAIN
SOBRAS DEL DESCONTENTO

OTHER RECOMMENDED PODCASTS AND DOCUMENTARIES ON THE CHILEAN UNDERGROUND
Caso Bombas documentary
The Chicago Conspiracy
The ex-worker podcast on Chilean anarchism

Maximum Rocknroll blog post on the disastrous Doom show in Chile.

Bands who want to tour Chile can reach Murphy at: punkpossum@riseup.net