Archive for October, 2008

Current Band Corner: Mt. Sims

Posted in 2000s, berlin, electronic, experimental, hungry eye records, LA, los angeles, mount sims, mt. sims, post-punk, synth on October 29, 2008 by Frankie Teardrop

Allow me to take this little bit of necessary blog downtime to talk about a newer artist. Back in this blog’s salad days, I posted a handful of tracks from new and exciting post-punk/synth/wave acts, and I’ve been meaning to revisit this format every now and again to mix things up a bit, so while I’m stuck with the daunting task of reuploading this blog’s entire back pages, I figured I’d offer you kids a little modern, yet equally relevant content.

That said, the band on the slab is none other than Mt. Simms. A featured artist on Montreal based Hungry Eye Records, Mt. Simms is a full collective developing from Mount Simms, a similarly styled one-man experimental/electro-pop outfit originally hailing from LA. Led by Matt Sims, a resident DJ/performance artist, Mount Sims released two stunning synth records throughout the new millenium, expanding the boundaries of both electro-pop and performance art. By the time 2005′s Wild Lights hit the shelves, Matt added two members to back up the band’s growing live presence.

After the subsequent tour, Mount Sims disbanded as Matt relocated to Berlin to start work on a third record as Mt. Sims. The new outfit consists of Randy Twigg on bass and Andre Lange on drums. Despite the mild change to the band’s moniker, subsquent sounds explored different territory, adding a much darker and chaotic post-punk edge to the previously solid electronic aesthetic. The results, however, are equally captivating.

Happily Ever After, Mt. Sims’ first full length release (featuring mixing and production assistance by Thomas Stern of Crime & the City Solution), was released just last week, but was predated by a 12” single. I am pleased to offer one track from each respeective Mt. Sims release for your enjoyment. The first is the title track from May’s A Grave EP, and the second is a featured number from Happily Ever After:

download Mt. Sims- ‘Grave’
download Mt. Sims- ‘The Bitten Bite Back’

If you dig these tracks, please say so, and do pick up Matt’s releases both new and old. Mount Sims material is easily purchased from Amazon.com and the Itunes Music Store, but Matt’s latest work can be found on the Hungry Eye webstore, linked below. Alternately, click below for the Mt. Sims myspace page, chock full of information, photos, and more songs to learn and sing:

Mt. Sims on Hungry Eye Records dot com
Mt. Sims on myspace

Last but not least, for a brief taste of the band’s live show, click below to view a three-song performance, filmed by Tobias Knipf in March of 2008:

update

Posted in Uncategorized on October 27, 2008 by Frankie Teardrop

reuploaded:
1000 Ohm
Ruth
Ellysgarden
Blue in Heaven x2
Experimental Products
Venus in Furs x2
Vicious Pink
Mass
The Happy Family

More to come. Expect few new posts until the old links are reuploaded.

The Reegs- Return of the Sea Monkeys LP

Posted in 1980s, 1990s, 1991, post-punk, the chameleons, the reegs, uk on October 22, 2008 by Frankie Teardrop

The End of Data LP from months passed has been reuploaded. Slowly getting around to fixing all the broken links, but don’t have the time to check them all out. Again, see the previous post to leave comments on dead/constantly cycling downloads, and I’ll tackle them as soon as I can.

That said, tackling an older request today, for the first LP by British post-punk/dreampop act The Reegs. Those familiar with post-punk 101 may recognize some of the key players in this band, as half of its lineup consisted of ex-members of the Chameleons (Dave Fielding and Reg Smithies), who drifted apart after the 1987 Tony Fletcher Walked On Water LP. Joined by singer Gary Lavery, the band released two LPs, both which combined the post-punk/dreampop edge of the Chameleons prior work with synthesizers and a more Manchester-based sound, developing in bands like the Stone Roses and Happy Mondays. Their first record, uploaded below, is more of a compilation, gathering together two 1988 singles and two covers. Only two tracks on the record were “new.”

The band would support the Wedding Present during their ephemeral run, and would release a handful of EPs up until 1997, just a few years prior to the turn of the century Chameleons reunion. Dave is currently active in Coconut DF.

Without any further adieu, here’s the information for the 1991 debut record, Return of the Sea Monkeys:

The Reegs- Return of the Sea Monkeys
1. See My Friends (Kinks cover)
2. Is There A Mother-In-Law In The Club?
3. This Savage Garden
4. Chorus Of The Lost
5. Pond Life
6. Start To See
7. These Days
8. Turn It Up
9. All Tomorrows Parties (instrumental Velvet Underground cover)

*download it here*

There seems to be an official Reegs myspace page, complete with a few rare videos of projects both past and present. Click below to check it out:

The Reegs on myspace

on reuploading

Posted in Uncategorized on October 21, 2008 by Frankie Teardrop

It’s been brought to my attention that after the great zshare crash of last week, most of the files uploaded on these back pages are caught in an infinite relooping, and won’t download. I’ve fixed the 1000 ohm upload as of last night, but have quite a few to work on over the next few days/weeks/etc. That said, if any aren’t working, please leave a comment in THIS post and let me know, so I can keep track and tackle them one by one. No guarantees if you leave them in the old posts, as I’ll most likely forget.

I’ll try to keep this one at the top of the page until this issue is sorted out, but keep all comments and reupload requests to this post, pretty please.

Otherwise, I’m still going to stick with zshare, as it’s the only hosting site that hasn’t given me trouble. Until now, that is. Eventually, I’d like to upgrade all the old divshare material to zshare, as my bandwidth there expires too fast and I’m generally out of free storage space. Stay tuned.

Fad Gadget- Under the Flag LP

Posted in 1980s, 1982, experimental, fad gadget, frank tovey, mute, synth, uk on October 20, 2008 by Frankie Teardrop

Before I get to today’s post- Zshare seems to be working again. That said, I’ve been receiving several email requests to reupload records, but after checking out the links, they still all seem to be up and running, so just give ‘er a refresh now and see if that sorts out the problem. If there’s anything that truly has expired, let me know.

That said, I’ve been meaning to post this record for some time, but it took a request for me to finally upload it proper. Though I already touched on Fad Gadget back in the blog’s early conception, it’s only appropriate to finally upload a record that sits comfortably in a top 20 of all time list. Or a top ten. Regardless, this 1982 album is a favorite, through and through. See the linked post for more on the late, great Frank Tovey, but otherwise, let’s get to the nitty gritty.

Fad Gadget- Under the Flag LP
1. Under the Flag I
2. Scapegoat
3. Love Parasite
4. Plainsong
5. Wheels of Fortune
6. Life on the Line IV
7. The Sheep Look Up
8. Cipher
9. For Whom the Bells Toll
10. Under the Flag II

*download it here*

A quick bit of trivia about the record: The album cover and photos throughout are shot by the infamous Anton Corbijn. Also, one of the many female backing singers was none other than miss Alison Moyet, who found fame a few years later as half of Yazoo. Neat!

Stay tuned this week for a few treats…I’ve a few requests for some more Venus in Furs, and I may dig out some more rare minimal wave as time allows.

Zshare

Posted in Uncategorized on October 17, 2008 by Frankie Teardrop

Zshare seems to be under some very heavy maintenance at the moment. I reckon all will be fine when the dust settles. If I must, I would reupload material, but I figure the kinks will work themselves out sooner than later. Hang tight, ducklings.

Weep update

Posted in 2000s, astrobase go, nyc, post-punk, projekt, shoegaze, weep on October 15, 2008 by Frankie Teardrop

I promised a Weep update once the Never Ever CD went on sale. Well folks, that time is now! Check out this clever ad below and click to be taken to the Projekt.com order form, where you can nab Never Ever for 8 bucks! If you dug the five tracks I uploaded earlier in the year, be sure to pick the CD up and support some stellar music:

1000 Ohm- A.G.N.E.S. 12” & Love In Motion 12”

Posted in 1980s, 1981, 1984, Belgian, minimal, synth, wave on October 15, 2008 by Frankie Teardrop

Back to the grind, ladies and gentlemen. Just recently married, I haven’t had much time to think about posting, but now that the dust has settled, let’s get this blog back up and running. I’m still aiming for a twice a week goal for now, so let’s see how that goes.

Today’s band is 1000 Ohm, a two man Belgian minimal synth project formed in 1979. Originally, 1000 Ohm was the brainchild of Frank Van Bogaert, but as the outfit continued into the 1980s, Johan Van Herck joined in to flesh out the band’s sound, joined by an unnamed third member for live shows (if anyone knows the third member’s name, please chime in). The first release uploaded today, the 1981 A.G.N.E.S. 12”, features just Frank at the helm, while Van Herck joined in time for 1984′s Love In Motion 12”.

The duo split in 1987 after several more 12” singles (including ‘The Claim’ a shameless synthpop jam), and Van Bogaert went on to produce several local artists before purchasing ACE studios in Antwerp. As the nineties came to a close, Frank began to release a series of his own organic synth recordings, some of which have won German awards. He still records to this day.

Without any further adieu, here’s the info for these two synth-pop gems:

1000 Ohm- A.G.N.E.S. 12”
1. A.G.N.E.S.
2. A.G.N.E.S. (2nd mix)
3. Look Around

1000 Ohm- Love In Motion 12”
1. Love In Motion
2. Love In Motion (Instrumental)

*download them here*