Tuesday, 1 January 2019

WIRE (A WORK IN PROGRESS)


For my money Wire are by far and away the best band from the 1976/77 explosion of punk, a bold statement I know and I am sure many punks will be shouting at their computer screens right now, While I struggle to listen to the almost pub rock sounding strains of "Never Mind The Bollocks" and generally struggle with a lot of bands and albums from that era,  I've always found Wire to be the best of them always forward thinking and original their debut album "Pink Flag"  which, for the time, contains a whopping 21 Tracks they really did take the shorter,faster,louder thing seriously! Wire were different from their pers because they tempered the rage and vitriol of their punk peers with a deep sense of melody , great structure and crafting brilliantly catchy "pop" songs within a punk framework, they did more with songs clocking in at under 2 minutes than anyone else i can think of, Oh.. and Wire could actually play!!!

Wire were a band for never standing still as soon as a an album came out they were already touring primitive versions of the next album eschewing almost any older material and they were a very progressive band. Though Wire are still going today and have remained a band pretty much for the last 40+ years and their current output is great it's their era on Harvest/EMI which will always be the best era for me the trilogy of albums they did from 1977 - 1979 "Pink Flag" "Chairs Missing" & "154" respectively were astounding (as were the attendant Non-Album singles that came out around that time as well) and testament to their genius their music has not dated and remains influential to this day.

Wire are a band obviously aware of how important their back catalogue is they run their own label Pink Flag which has reissued many live albums and various other things from their long career and their first 3 albums have been reissued a couple of times and remastered already which brings me to the point of this post.

In 2018 with little fanfare or at least I didn't hear anything about it Wire did some massively expanded, deluxe, hardbook cover reissues of the first 3 albums.whilst this is exactly the kind of treatment any fan would be crying out for but with a price tag around £25 - £30 a set which is not too bad for what is on them and the great packaging but to buy all 3 one would need around £75 which is a lot by anyone's standards.

So having been reissued multiple times what's so good about these sets? Well Firstly Pink Flag has been expanded to 2 discs and both Chairs Missing & 154 have been expanded to a massive 3 discs containing not only the Singles from the albums but also ALL the demo recordings from the era. Pink Flag contains the first 3 studio demos from May & August 1977 plus some alternate mixes of the album tracks, however both Chairs Missing and !54 have seen a massive expansion 154 Contains the album plus a second disc of the singles from the era and a 3rd disc of the 4th, 5th and 6th demo sessions a whopping 26 tracks, 154 has seen a similar treatment with a 2nd disc of singles,including the 4 track 7" that came free with the original vinyl pressings of the album and a 3rd disc containing their  6th demo which is 16 tracks.

Whilst normally these sort of demo expansions would normally not be that exciting a prospect for me Wire are a band who have consistently morphed their songs from the demo stage to when they eventually become an album track for example have a listen to the demo version of "The Other Window" from 154 it sounds more like an outtake from Chairs Missing than the final album version. so in this case the demos are totally worth having.

So here you go all 3 2018 multi disc expanded and remastered versions of the first 3 Wire albums I have decided this is going to be a work In progress I am going to expand this post further but as i already had these albums uploaded I thought I'd go ahead and start the post now and update it over the coming months with more music. For me this is the absolute CREAM of Wire's output and all 3 of these albums are definitely given heavy rotation here even before they were expanded  and if you are new to Wire i cannot recommend a better place to start than with these 3 astoundingly great albums!

PINK FLAG DELUXE - Mediafire

CHAIRS MISSING DELUXE - Mediafire

154 DELUXE - Mediafire




















Monday, 31 December 2018

PREGNANT NECK DISCOGRAPHY



Pregnant neck are a band SO obscure i couldn't even find a picture of them for the top of this post! Back in the early 90's I used to help and occasionally DJ at a local alternative night in my hometown of Perth, Scotland we were very sparsely attended because we played weird as fuck and noisy stuff and we were in direct competition with another (ahem) "alternative" night across town who were vastly more successful as they played it safe with the indie hits of the day and made sure there was plenty of tunes for the locals to stare at their shuffling feet while hiding behind their lank hair wishing they had a girlfriend! We also mixed up some of those indie hits with the other stuff but we also tried to open peoples minds to the more obscure and weird and noisier things basically if you wanted to hear stuff like Revolting Cocks, Lard, Nomeansno The EX, Minutemen and more you'd hear them at our little night and nowhere else!

So nostalgia trip aside Pregnant Neck's debut EP "Scaffolder Olcer" (Pictured above) was discovered by one of the guys who ran the night and the song "Pie And Mash" with it's Insane bouncing bassline, shredding guitars and refrain of "GOT ANY PIE & MASH LOVE?" became a firm dancefloor favourite!

I had completely forgotten about this band till one of my friends from this era posted up a youtube vid of the very song I mention above "Pie and Mash" on facebook! I was very glad of the reminder and immediately set about looking to see if someone had ever done a CD retrospective or if they had any CD's at all, but it would seem this band were destined to languish in the DEEP obscurity from whence they came. I found they had only done one album an EP and a demo all of which I managed to download from various sources.

The reason I am doing this post is because off the back of my mate posting about this band I discovered a lot of people remembered them from that era and i decided to upload the discography to mediafire for my mates and seeing as it was there and I also like to provide the readers of this blog with the weird wonderful and most obscure of music I figured I'd share the link here with you!

Pregnant Neck, if the name hadn't already alerted you are not for everybody they play that Scratchy guitar, loud heavy bass,unhinged vocals and crazy drumming style of Noisy post punk that was very popular in the early 90's with bands like Stretcheads, Dawson,The EX, Dog Faced Hermans etc but if nothing else the song "Pie & Mash" that instigated this whole post should be listened to, you can find it on youtube here https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=QMt9gmofLJU then decide if you think the rest is worth listening to I for one think this band are great, but for me I was there when this music was around, I saw some of these bands live and it brings back fond memories of a pre-internet time of sharing and discovering new music simply by taking a chance on a cover or a heads up from a friend!

Their discography & existence was brief so there's only one file this contains their debut cassette/demo "Stomach" The 7" EP "Scaffolder Olcer" and their only album "Shenanegan-Esque Rapscalianismz!!" So you now have the chance to dive into a full discography of one of the most obscure bands i have posted on here.

Note: Unfortunately due to the fact that no one seems to give a shit about these old obscure bands these files are vinyl / cassette rips and not of the highest quality but i have done the best i can with them and they are all properly tagged with appropriate cover art (I really struggled to find a picture of their album cover as well!!!) but it's all there in it's scratchy noisy glory so hopefully it will reach a few more people than it ever did back in the 90's!


Pregnant Neck Discography - Mediafire

ENTOMBED - CLANDESTINE LIVE



Entombed 2016 L-R Eddie Aftonfalk, Uffe Cederund, Orvar Säfström, 

Nicke Andersson, Alex Hellid


Some of you may have been to my previous Entombed post (See that HERE ) and it was a mission to do that post and i was gonna just tack this onto that post I figured as it was such a special release it deserved a post of it's own I've linked you to the other Entombed post above so if you're looking for more go there.

Back in 2016 it was announced that 3 of the original members of Entombed enlisting the assistance of Orvar Säfström (Ex Nirvana 2002 ) on bass and Eddie Aftonfalk (Vocalist for Swedish OSDM band Morbus Chron) on vocals, were getting together for a special project, they were going to perform their classic "Clandestine" album in it's entiritey live, but not only that they would be playing this at the famed Malmö Concert Hall in 2 Acts one of the band playing the album in it's entirety and then a full orchestra version with the Malmö Symphony Orchestra!!!

Now with the horrors of previous metal/Orchestral crossovers in mind I'm sure this is an abhorrent thought for many of you ("S&M" anyone??) However there's more to this than you think so read on...

Whilst the Band version of the live performance is a simply RIPPING run through the "Clandestine" album there's the addition of an encore of "Left Hand Path" which is simply flooring and is worth taking the time to download just to hear, however it's the Orchestral act that is of most interest certainly to me at least! I had expected a horrific mash of Entombed's punishing death metal backed with an orchestra trying to punctuate such a brutal sound and if you have heard "Clandestine" you know what I mean! However this is not the case what you actually get is a complete orchestral reinterpretation of the album with Entombed sitting in as part of the orchestra rather than being the main musicians and the orchestral version switches from Eddie Aftonfalk handling the vocals on the band disc to Orvar Säfström for the orchestral. What is interesting about this is it strictly classical music but the occasional punctuation of death metal vocals and the stripping away of the heavy riffs ( Alex, Uffe, Thomas and Nicke only providing guitar, bass and percussion accompaniment within the orchestra and not with their trademark heavy instrument sounds) for me was mindblowing and by far one of the most unique and interesting uses of orchestra within "metal" I have heard to date!

The subsequent results were recorded on both video and audio and released as a lush 3 disc hardbound book package with a poster of the Clandestine artwork redone by original artist Dan Seagrave (see pic below) that was only available to people who had pledged for it through Entombed's official website (kinda like a kickstarter?) so as it wasn't made available as a commercial release and even though it was probably not too difficult to find to download , again, it was a case of I uploaded for a friend and it's a nice addendum to the previous Entombed discography post I had done!

I can't stress enough that I am not a big fan of classical music but for me this is classical interpretation of dark source material and heavy riffs accompanied by the band themselves along with the unusual dynamic of having Death metal vocals punctuate the dynamic as part of an orchestral set might sound like it could be an unholy mess it actually works fantastically, And for me this really works I thoroughly enjoyed listening to it and I have actually listened to the classical disc more than the live band version!!!

I could spend hours detailing the personnel and other information but I have been trying to keep the write ups short so you can get onto the music and who reads these anyway ha ha! so below is your link go give it a listen and see what you think and here's a link to the discogs page so those of you with trainspotting tendencies similar to me can check out all the info.

https://www.discogs.com/Entombed-Clandestine/release/10967406

Here's the Music.

Entombed Clandestine Live 2016 - Mediafire


OBLIVIANS



Ok so I'm gonna admit, despite being a fan for 20 years I don't know a lot about Oblivians I was introduced to them by chance in about 1998 by a good friend of mine from Scotland who came to visit me after I moved to England with a folder full of new music he had discovered (I also got turned on to the amazing early Danko Jones stuff and Jon Spencer Blues Explosion the same day! WHAT A DAY) at that time i had no reference point for their lo-fi garage rock other than to say "WOW these guys sound like The Stooges" however I have become quite a fan of Garage Rock over the last 20 years and now understand that The Stooges may have been the first to play that style but they weren't the last! I have remained a firm fan ever since and to be honest I didn't really feel that knowing a lot about them was more important than just having my ass kicked by their destroying garage rock!

Oblivians formed in 1993 in Memphis Tenessee, 2 of it's members being from the band Compulsive Gamblers and opting for a more raw and stripped down sound than their previous band and all 3 members assuming the surname Oblivian They lasted from 1993 - 1998 and then broke up, They reformed several times in the 00's for reunion shows but ultimately ended up reforming for a new album "Desperation" which for me was not really a return to former glory and had more in common with the more melodic Compulsive Gamblers who had also been reformed in the interim!

There's not a great deal more i can tell you than that if you really thirst for information you can always go and check wikipedia because basically if i continue this write up i will basically be retreading what wiki says anyway but if you are truly too lazy then here's the link to their wiki page....

https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Oblivians

So Onto your links...

I have basically uploaded everything Oblivians did up till 2013 including the reformation album "Desperation" this is not quite a full discography as there has been one 7" released this year that I haven't got yet but as I have said i wasn't that impressed by the reformed Oblivians so I'm in no rush if i get round to it I'll add it to the post. So the album links are self explanatory but here's a breakdown of what is in the links Singles Pt. 1 & Pt. 2

Singles Pt 1.

Never Enough 10"
Best Of Worst of (Unr. Tracks)
On The GO - The First Recordings
Six Of The Best 10"

Singles Pt 2

Blew Their Cool 7"
Call The Shots 7"
Go Pill Popper 7"
Kick Your Ass 7"
Split W/ Two Bo's Maniacs
Strong Come On 7"

Never Enough, Six Of The Best & Kick Your Ass are all taken from the CD "Sympathy Sessions" ripped from my own disc 320KBPS as you'd expect and split into their respective releases with their appropriate cover art, Best Of The Worst of was a compilation of Oblivians tracks from their various releases but on there were 10 previously unreleased tracks so I have trimmed off the album and single tracks and just left you with the unreleased stuff.

So here you go a pretty comprehensive pretty much discography of one of the first and best bands from the 90's Garage scene these guys are raw, lo fi and they simply just destroy if you haven't heard Oblivians before i reccomend the "Soul Food" album it's a great starting place and for me contains the definitive versions of some of their best songs and if you aren't thrashing round the room to opener "Vietnam war Blues" well maybe these guys aren't for you!

Enjoy


Singles Pt.1 - Mediafire

Singles Pt. 2 - Mediafire

Soul Food - Mediafire

Popular Favorites - Mediafire
Desperation - Mediafire




Thursday, 2 August 2018

SYSTEM OF HATE "THERE IS NO MADNESS HERE" REVIEW



I was completely unaware of these guys until recently, I was contacted by Pat (guitar) with a view to having me review their current and 2nd album "There is No Madness Here" I thought it was a good name and figured it would be some intense crust punk! I was completely wrong!

System Of Hate formed in Barnsley, Yorkshire from the ashes of Total Confusion in 2012 recording their debut EP "Immortal" in the same year followed by 1st album "Unhallowed Ground" in 2016  When i first listened to this album I was initially put off by the slightly gruff/throaty vocals in the first song and almost called a halt to getting involved right there, but I thought it was only fair to give the whole album a listen and I am so glad I did! The first thing that is apparent here is that the production, for an underground release is HUGE the drums pound the guitars soar and klang and the bass underpins it all with a great clean bottom end and the big surprise for me was I didn't notice at first but there are also keyboards (supplied by Martin Roberts Ex-Danse Society) now whilst the word keyboards may have sent punks running in this case they work really well in pushing the bands already impressive dynamic to a higher peak! I also noted that the throaty vocals that had put me off in the first song become slightly less throaty and make much more sense with their sound as the album progresses!

This band have definitely got their boots firmly planted in the post punk arena, whilst a lot of bands/artists with a long history in punk seem to be leaning more to a post punk influence and sound  particularly when forming new bands (Tau Cross for example) these guys are going the full hog here but this isn't retro leaning or boring old rehash these guys have taken the sound and made something entirely their own of it it wears it's Killing Joke influence very clearly but doesn't just straight up rip off that sound it's more just a feel i get from the music this sounds fresh and vital not like some lost relic from the 80's.

What i like about this band is the sense of drama they create within the music "We Who Walk With God" & "Black Fire" being good examples of this But they also have songs that burst with the youthful energy that attracted us all to punk in the first place like the 3 & 1/2 minute "Your God Is Dead" and the slightly longer "Ressurected" which just bursts out of your speakers!!! but never forsaking the dramatic keyboard sweeps or pounding drums that are crucial to the sound for the sake of sheer velocity, and the combination of elements within their sound manages to convey the anger of youthful punk influence with the restraint that comes with a whole lot of life experience!

This album is a fantastic listen it's at once a kinda familiar and comfortable listen because it's sound does have it's foundation in a genre that is a good 40 years down the line now but on repeated listens  there's so many surprises and unexpected twists and turns and plenty of variety in the song writing it's not just one song after another of a similar theme it continues to keep your attention from track to track and is definitely forward thinking despite it's vintage influence.

If there's one drawback to this album it's that because they aren't teenagers and their sound does in part pull from older bands it's likely that the appeal of this band might be limited to older heads like myself who have been thrilled by the likes of the aforementioned Tau Cross and the recently resurrected Antisect (though it would seem i am pretty much alone in liking "Rising Of The Lights") If that's your sort of thing and it is mine then you will absolutely love this album but I can't help but think that the songs are so well written, memorable, dramatic and dynamic and dare i say in some cases downright  danceable ("Rising" definitely had me wanting to boogie!) I can't help but think the younger kids who live for their vast array of sub-genres and worship stuff with similar influences made by black clad bands barely in their 20's would most likely love this album! I hope with this review and the help of others giving them a push that this album could break to an audience of people under 40.

The album is out on John Robb's Louder than War records on CD & limited Vinyl tomorrow (Fri 3rd of August) I shall furnish you with all the links you need below. here's hoping Robb's seal of approval gets this band out to a wider audience as I had never heard of them till they contacted me and I am gutted they are on their 2nd album before i did! A proper good surprise a fantastically crafted album and will most definitely have me going back for more!

here's a little teaser for you....






SYSTEM OF HATE

Band Website - HERE (links to their various social media here too)

Facebook - HERE

LOUDER THAN WAR RECORDS
Website/Mail Order - HERE

Facebook - HERE






Saturday, 28 April 2018

APHEX TWIN DISCOGRAPHY



UPDATE - IT WAS REVEALED TO ME THAT THE LINK TO "SYRO" WAS NOT IN FACT APHEX TWIN AT ALL BUT SOME OTHER ELECTRONIC ARTIST. I DOWNLOADED IT PRE-RELEASE AND HAVE BEEN LISTENING FOR 4 YEARS THINKING IT WAS JUST A BAD APHEX TWIN ALBUM! HOW MUCH OF A FUCKING IDIOT DO I FEEL? GOOD THING IS I NOW GET TO ENJOY A FULL APHEX ALBUM FRESH AND NEW TO ME! LINK HAS BEEN REPLACED WITH THE ACTUAL "SYRO" ALBUM, NOW!

Aphex Twin is an artist that seems to unite everyone, I know many people who live and die for their specific genres of music be it metal,punk,rock,indie etc that can't help but love a bit of Aphex Twin and he inspires slavish devotion from his fans in fact my Soundcloud Playlists post (see that HERE) is one of the most visited and most downloaded on this blog! His back catlog is both vast and confusing here is a man who gave away near 3GB of music on soundcloud and claims to be barely scratching the surface of his archives! The man is a true maverick and i think that along with his stellar music is what makes him appeal to so many people despite creating some of the most angular and "difficult" electronic music around.

I see no point in going into his long history because it's been done many times before and to be honest while I wouldn't consider myself an expert I think i know enough about him but i think you'd be better off doing your own research I would assume if you're here at this post you are already a fan? I'm simply here to provide some music for you.

In the Aphex Soundcloud post I linked you to above I offered access to my full Aphex Twin files (6GB worth excluding the already uploaded soundcloud playlists) and despite the original post being years old, no one took me up on it but I did however receive a couple of comments in the last month asking for lists and one reader made some requests so I decided to start this mammoth task Right now!

So whats on offer then? OK There's no way to gauge a true Aphex Discography if you have seen the list of his various pseudonyms and projects it's beyond ridiculous but this for me is pretty much a Discography but it seems that this mammoth task I built this up to be was not the mammoth task i thought it would be as when i went back to the files to see what was left to upload i realised that it was actually less than I had already uploaded! So I have added the last of the links while the title of this post is APHEX TWIN DISCOGRAPHY no one other than Richard D James knows what the complete Discography is and i have missed out all of his early rave stuff that was done under names such as power pill etc as it doesn't really move me and there's a lot of it! So i have added the remaining links now and below you will find everything I have by Aphex Twin! here's what's in your links


"I Care Because You Do" (2017 reissue 20 tracks)"Syro", "Selected Ambient Works '85 - 92" ,"Selected Ambient Works II" (2017 Reissue which has the fabled "track 19" that was only available on the original cassette and Vinyl versions of "SAW II" reinstated, plus a bonus track) , Aphex Twin EP's (Contains "Come To Daddy" EP  8 tracks, the "Girl/Boy" EP & All tracks from the various versions of "Windowlicker" this is the first volume of "EP's" I will add more packs of EP's as the post expands) Caustic Window Discography (Contains the original Caustic Window Compilation and also the Unreleased Caustic Window album that was recorded in 1994 and released in 2014 digitally by RDJ) Polygon Window Discography (Contains the "Surfing On Sine Waves" album the "Quoth" EP and the "Portreath Harbour" 12") Those were the reader requests along with these I have also uploaded the following... AFX : Analord Series of 12" singles includes all 11 of those 12" singles plus, as all those are from vinyl rips I put the "Chosen Lords" compilation CD in there as well which features 10 tracks from the series chosen by Aphex Twin all in one handy pack, Peel Sessions 1 & 2 (never officially released), Analogue Bubblebath 1- 5 (Includes the Different Vinyl & CD Versions of AB 3 and also the rare Analogue Bubblebath 3.1) So not to confuse here but there are a further 2 "Packs" of EP's , EP's Pt. 1 which contains "Donkey Rhubarb", "Hangable Auto Bulb" 1 & 2, "On" (EP & Remixes EP) & "Ventolin" (EP & Remixes EP). EP's Pt.2 which Contains Later EP's "Cheetah", "Computer Controlled Acoustic Instruments" , "MARCHROMT30a edit 2b 96" EP "Orphaned Deejay Selek 2006 - 2008" & "Orphans". Odds & Sods is a pack containing some Digital only Aphex Twin releases and other EP's including "2 Remixes by AFX", "2 Tran 1" "Korg Trax & Tunings For Falling Asleep" "AFX & LFO" Split EP "Modular Trax" & the "Smojphace" EP. The Tuss Discography Richard James side Project from 2006/7 which Includes The "Confederate Trough" EP "Rushup Edge" album and the "Rushup Edge" 2017 reissue with 7 bonus tracks!!!! "26 Mixes For Cash" (comp of 26 Aphex Twin remixes) "Drukqs" , Early EP's ("Xylem Tube" EP & "Digeridoo" EP"Melodies From Mars" (An unreleased Aphex album from 1995 that was bootlegged heavily) "51:13 Singles Collection" (Japanese comp of singles feat alternative edits and versions of tracks from "Donkey Rhubard" "On" & "Ventolin") "Richard D. James" (expanded digital reissue with the "Girl/Boy" EP as bonus tracks) and lastly Other Projects which has The "Gak" EP , Mike & Rich "Expert Knob Twiddlers" "Mescalinum United" EP and Universal Indicator Discography ("Red" 12" "Blue" 12" and "Green" album) I have also moved the links for his recent releases from the Soundcloud playlists page to here so additional extras Houston, TX 12.17.16 12" , London 03.06.17 12" Aphex Mt. Fuji 2017 Cassette


So there you go Folks if this plus the 3GB of soundcloud stuff isn't enough then bloody well go find whats missing yourself ha ha!!! Some of these Packs are pretty big but if you only want one thing from a pack then sorry i did not want to list every single release separately but you can still get whatever you want by downloading the "packs" and i have utterly crap broadband speed and the biggest of these packs would still only take me around 20 mins to download. I'm sorry for the lack of in depth blurb but how the hell do you go about charting the complex history of an insane genius? His story is filled with rumour, legend and myth Many have tried  but I don't think anyone will ever get to the true heart of Aphex Twin and that's fine with me there's not enough mystique in music anymore and I personally like to imagine Richard D. James perpetually locked away in a room buried under a stack of unfathomable knobs and wires continuing to create the most distinctive and appealing electronic music of our time!

Here's your links.. Go NUTS & ENJOY.

SyroMediafire

Selected Ambient Works 85 - 92Mediafire

EP'sMediafire

Polygon WindowMediafire

I Care Because You Do (Expanded Reissue)Mediafire


Selected Ambient Works II (Expanded Reissue)Mediafire

Caustic WindowMediafire

Analord EP's 1 - 11 & Chosen Lords CDMediafire

Peel Sessions 1 & 2Mediafire


Analogue Bubblebath 1-5 Mediafire

EP's Pt. 1Mediafire


EP's Pt. 2Mediafire

Odds N SodsMediafire

The Tuss DiscographyMediafire

Early EP's
Mediafire


Richard D. James (Expanded Digital Issue)Mediafire

Melodies From MarsMediafire

51:13 Singles CollectionMediafire

DrukqsMediafire


26 Mixes For CashMediafire

Other ProjectsMediafire


Houston, TX 12.17.16 12" - Mediafire

London 03.06.17 12" - Mediafire


Aphex Mt. Fuji 2017 Cassette - Mediafire








Monday, 19 February 2018

JUSTIN BROADRICK : REMIXES & MORE UPDATED FEB 2018


UPDATE Feb 2018 

As readers of this blog will know I'm nothing if not OCD so I have updated this post quite a few times for you lovely readers but every time I share it on my facebook page I get comments and messages (and comments here on the blog) saying "you missed this remix" or something along those lines so as this sets my OCD senses twitching I have decided to update this post a 4th? 5th? time who knows? So If you have been to this post already then scroll down to where it says UPDATE in green OK? Enjoy


Ok folks well LONG time NO POSTS I decided this one needed a serious Updating so I have taken the original post here and edited the text it as I have spent the best part of a whole day finding compiling and sorting what, according to Discogs, is a complete collection of Justin Broadrick's remix work in his various guises! Anyone who follows this blog will no I am nothing if not obsessive so here I present you with a massively expanded version of my original post from 2014....

Justin Broadrick is a man who's career I have followed for a long time from my first hearing of his guitar work on the A side of Napalm Death's "Scum" through the stunning work of Godflesh to his more contemporary projects such as Jesu and Pale Sketcher I've been a fan for a long time, he has been nothing if not prolific with around 20 projects and collaborations over the years not including his own "main" bands but it would seem that his love of restructuring his own music as well as his restructuring others music has largely gone unnoticed.
I decided in 2014 that this was something that needed rectifying and here now in 2017 I figured I wanted the whole story so why not share it with you readers!

So just to be on the safe side i am not going to claim this collection of remixes to be 100% complete but according to my research this is all that i can find any information on and at a mighty 63 tracks, 918 MB and 7 hours of music I think if I've missed anything considering i spent a total of around 8 or 9 hrs researching, downloading, tagging and compiling these in as near as possible chronological order ... well... if you're gonna complain that something unbelievably obscure I have missed  isn't there...well.. I've said this many times before..GO START YOUR OWN DAMN BLOG!!!!

I have omitted most of his remixes of his own work due to the fact that there are in some cases whole albums of his own material remixed, however I've had to pay for a few of the tracks or in rare cases had to buy the physical release to get the JKB mix! And there are some cases where i felt a JKB mix of one of his own projects was worth having in this collection in other cases like the near 30 mins worth that is the 2 remixes of Godflesh's "Crush My Soul" that maybe it was a bit much and the EP's containing those remixes are easy and cheap to find.You will find this a varied and eclectic selection of bands and sounds as I have said I've arranged it in chronological order  from his first steps into remixing, the Biomechanical Mixes for Pantera & Mark Of Cain in the 90's to the latest remix for Mortiis that's only a few weeks old!

The mixes on display here range from epic length to the achingly beautiful and to the crushingly heavy and sometimes all of that in one mix!!! But I've listened to this collection many times and it has never ceased to impress me although many of the bands on here that JKB has remixed may be familiar to readers of this blog (Isis, Killing Joke) some of them are so damned obscure it was a serious mission to source them (Iroha?? Deathless??) but the one thing they have in common is regardless of the source material there's no denying who has constructed the versions presented here. Below is a list of what is in each of the 3 packs they are a hefty size but even with the lamest of internet connections you should be able to download each file in around 10 - 15 mins so you can pick and choose which parts you download if you want to. So here's your track list...

JKBRMXI

1: Pantera : Fucking Hostile (Biomechanical Mix)
2: Pantera : By Demons Be Driven (Biomechanical Mix)
3: The Lemonheads : Style (Godflesh Style)
4: Deathless : Inexstasis (JK Broadrick remix)
5: Godflesh V's Justin Broadrick : Wake (from Hellspawn Comp)
6: Mark Of Cain : You Let Me Down (Biomechanical Mix)
7: Mark Of Cain : Pointman (Unclean Mix)
8: Pigface : Burundi (Overload Mix)
9: David Kristian : Cookies (Justin K. Broadrick Remix)
10: Quoit : Plug 8 (Cylon Remix) (Cylon is a JKB alias)
11: Isis : Celestial (Signal Fills the Void) (Mix By JK Broadrick)
12: Isis : Hym (Justin Broadrick Remix)
13: Pelican : Angel Tears (JK Broadrick Remix)
14: Earth : Harvey (Justin Broadrick)
15: 5ive : Soma Remix By JK Broadrick (Stage 1)
16: 5ive : Soma Remix By JK Broadrick (Stage 1)
17: Agoraphobic Nosebleed : Untitled (Flesh Of Jesu Mix)
18: Knut : H/armless (JK Broadrick)
19: Maninkari : Particpation Mystic (Remix By Jesu)
20: Explosions In The Sky : The Birth And Death Of The Day (Jesu Mix)
21: Genghis Tron : Colony Collapse (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
22: The Pyramids : The Echo Of Something Lovely (Jesu Remix)

JKBRMXII

1: Fog : I Have Been Wronged (Jesu Remix)
2: Lustmord : Dub Awakening (Justin K Broadrick Remix) (From Transmuted)
3: School Of Seven Bells : Face To Face On High Places (Jesu Remix)
4: Constants : Those Who Came Before Pt.I (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
5: Bear In Heaven : Dust Cloud (Justin K. Broadrick Remix)
6: Majeure : Teleforce (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
7: Killing Joke : European Super State (Justin Broadrick Remix)
8: Circle Of Animals : Invisible War (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
9: Blood Of Heroes : Remain (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
10: Iroha : Last Day Of Summer (Jesu Remix)
11: Extra Life : Made Flesh (Justin K. Broadrick Remix)
12: Ceremony : It's Too Late (Justin K Broadrick)
13: My Disco : All I Can Do (Justin K Broadrick's Warmer Remix)
14: My Disco : All I Can Do (Justin K Broadrick's Heavier Remix)
15: Mogwai : George SquareThatcher Death Party (Justin K Broadrick Reshape)
16: Vidna Obmana : Out From The Garden Reminded (Jesu Remix)
17: Challenger : Life In The Paint (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
18: Miracle : Good Love.(Pale Sketcher Remake).
19: Lustmord :Dub Awakening (Justin K Broadrick Remix) (From Other Dub)
20: Cult Of Luna : Vicarious Redemption (Remix By Justin K. Broadrick)
21: Violetshaped : cX310 (JK Flesh Reshape)

JKBRMXIII

1: Empty Flowers : Car Fires (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
2: Dirk Serries : There s A Light In Vein (Justin Broadrick Remix)
3: Endon : Etude For Lynching by Family (Justin K. Broadrick Remix)
4: Pale Horseman : Fork In The Road (Justin K. Broadrick Remix)
5: RA : Paz Podre (JK Flesh Remix)
6: Amantra : Rituals (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
7: Coliseum : White Magic Punks - Sorcerer Remix  (JK.Broadrick Remix)
8: Atlanta Industrial Sector : Immanence (Justin K. Broadrick 'Destroyed Version')
9: Solypsis : Unperfect.(Justin K.Broadrick Reshape)
10: Invertia : The Sidewinding (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
11: La Fin Absolute du Monde : Black Sheep (Justin K. Broadrick Remix)
12: Pelican : The Cliff (Justin Broadrick Remix)
13: AnD : Non Sky Signal Noise (JK Flesh Reshape)
14: Nicholas Godin : Widerstehe Doch Der Sünde  (Justin K. Broadrick Remix)
15: The View Elictrical : Treasures (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
16: Frank Rosaly : Malo III (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
17: The Bug V.s Earth : Dog (feat. JK Flesh)
18: The Bug V.s Earth : Pray (feat. JK Flesh)
19: Drug Honkey : Pool of Failure (JKB Remix)
20: Mortiis : The Great Leap (Godflesh Extended Version)


So there you go a finer collection of his remix work you are unlikely to find

I cannot suggest strongly enough that even if you own some of these that you download ALL 3 parts of the remixes and listen to it as a whole as to my mind as a collection it's a staggering musical journey for even the most casual Jesu, Godflesh, JKB fan especially as I have done this chronologically it's great to see how he progresses from the early mixes of metal bands into more experimental territory Even if you were to put it on in the background whilst doing something I can assure you that much, if not all of this work will still grab your attention. It has all been sourced from the best quality i can find and though not all clocking in at 320kbps there's nothing lower than 192kbps and certainly there is NO lack of quality throughout.For the uninitiated this is probably not the best place to start with JKB's work but if you are a fan of his various musical projects but are unfamiliar with his remix work then this would be a mindblowing experience for you I'm hoping that some of the readers who come across this post will be fans of Justin's work and if not will maybe take my wholehearted recommendation as an indication that this is a post well worth you precious music listening time.

Well that's it for now just leaves me to give you your links I hope some people will come across this and appreciate the work that went into this as I am a big fan of Justin's work and this was a labour of love for my own personal collection and enjoyment and something I have not seen elsewhere on anyone else's blog at least nowhere near as expansive as this collection... ENJOY!

JKBRMXI - Mediafire

JKBRMXII - Mediafire

JKBRMXIII - Mediafire
****UPDATE****

Ok so here we go again after much research and a little friendly help I have compiled a FOURTH volume of this remix series As i said in my updated intro I kept getting people telling me this remix or that version was missing so i went ahead and started compiling them for myself and for sharing with you lucky people. I originally did this series in chronological order as best i could however this 4th volume contains remixes going back to the 90's as well as the most recent remixes (up to September 2017) So this section is entitled "Remixes 2017 & Supplemental" So here's what is in it...

1: These Hidden Hands : Dendera Light (JK Flesh Remix)

2: Isaurian : Hologram (Jesu Remix)

3: Jack Colwell : Beneather (Jesu Remix)
4: Survive : Other (Justin K Broadrick As JK Flesh Remix)
5: Health : Men Today (JK Flesh Remix)
6: Multiple Mono : False Prophet (Pale Sketcher Remix)
7: Final : Inanimate Air (JK Flesh Remix)
8: Vidna Obmana : Out From The Garden Reminded (Final Remix)
9: Controlled Bleeding : Swarm (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
10: JK Flesh : JK Flesh Merges Prurient I
11: JK Flesh : JK Flesh Merges Prurient II
12: The Membranes : 21st Century Man (Godflesh Remix)
13: Cloaks : Rust On Metal (JK Flesh Remix)
14: David Christian : Cookies (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
15: Dirk Serries : There's A Light In Vein (JKB Remix)
16: Invertia : 16 The Sidewinding (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
17: Murder Inc. : Last Of the Biomechanical Urgents  (Justin Broadrick Remix)
18: Necessary Intergalactic Cooperation : Big Smoke Dub (JK Flesh Remix)
19: Necessary Intergalactic Cooperation : Materialismo (Jesu Remix)
20: Necessary Intergalactic Cooperation : Say U Sick (JK Flesh Remix)
21: Necessary : Insist On Racial Name Calling (JK Flesh Remix)
22: Necessary : IORNC (Pale Sketcher Remix)
23: Yakuza : The Blinding (Justin K Broadrick Remix)
24: Submerged : Dead (Feat. Justin Broadrick)
25: School Of Seven Bells : Face To Face On High Places (Jesu Remix Instrumental)

Maybe not as meticulously compiled as the first 3 volumes especially with the 5 N.I.C./Necessary tracks in a row but it's free right?? If that further 2 & A HALF HOURS + of remixes isn't enough I had previously posted The Dirk Serries & Steven Wilson : "The Continuum Recyclings" (More Info HERE ) where Justin Reworks a whole album's worth (around 70 mins) of material from their Continnum Series and also Khost : Needles In The Ground (Deconstructed & Reconstructed By Godflesh) EP (More Info HERE ) where Justin tackles 3 tracks by Khost in Godflesh mode however my original upload I am told had corruptions in the Dirk Serries material making them unplayable so i had removed it but I have downloaded it again and checked and this time the files are corruption free and you will find both discs in there both the Dirk Serries & Steven Wilson Original & The JKB remixes so I have re-upped those as well

So Here's your links i feel there's no need for further blurb if you are a JKB fan you want these if you're not move along nothing to see here

Remixes 2017 & Supplemental - Mediafire

Dirk Serries & Steven Wilson & Khost - Mediafire

I am sure something else will come up having me come back to this post again and again he's certainly a prolific artist but in the meantime enjoy the updates.

(For some reason no matter what I do the new part of this post keeps appearing in red it's not meant to be red but you can read it ok i guess? sorry folks technical difficulties!!!)



Sunday, 22 October 2017

user48736353001 The Aphex Twin Soundcloud Playlists UPDATED


UPDATE - This post has been expanded if you have been here already as per usual scroll down to where it says UPDATE in green for the new stuff... ENJOY

So I have never made my love of ALL kinds of music a secret however I have mostly avoided putting up any electronic music as generally even with the most open minded of music fans IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) can be an opinion divider, it seems beats and bleeps are not everyone's cup of tea, however one electronic artist who seems to crossover into most open minded music fans collection is Aphex Twin someone I have been a fan of since about 1992.

Richard D James is what you might call a classic British eccentric and unless you have been living under a rock since the early 90's and the fact that his music has been used for advertising and many other media I can't see how you could not be aware of his music or his activities! So I feel there is no point in me delving into his history here you can find a million better articles on Richard/Aphex Twin with a quick google search should you wish to do so...

So Aphex Twin has been making music under various guises since about 1985 (tho did not release anything till the early 90's) and has been nothing short of prolific over the years tho he recently put out a slew of releases in the last 6 months he had been fairly quiet since his "Analord" series of 12 Inches ended in 2005 however as some people may or may not be aware a Soundcloud account was started under the name user48736353001 This person claimed to be a friend of Richard D James and claimed to have been making electronic music around the same time that was heavily influenced by Aphex Twin's output and began uploading quite a lot of tracks to Soundcloud eventually it became clear and was finally confirmed that user48736353001 was none other than Richard D James himself. The account was closed shortly thereafter and all the archive material gone (He now has 2 other soundcloud accounts with bits and bobs on but that's down to you the reader to go check out!!!)

Now people who are a fan of Aphex Twin will know that Richard D James has often said he has a VAST archive of unreleased material, it would seem that he has compiled greatly more unreleased material than what has actually been released so he began to upload big chunks of this archive material to soundcloud. Now this is no well kept secret here and I came to this whole Soundcloud thing late however I checked it out and found that the vast amount of stuff on there was too intimidating for me firstly I hate streaming and then I thought what should I listen to first? what will  he delete? etc etc so i had a look thought "Pretty cool" and left it at that and kinda forgot about it! Because I was late getting to it there was just too much stuff to go through.

However a few days ago I was looking for something else and i came across a 2.5GB download entitled "user48736353001 the soundcloud playlists" the user name rung a bell and I realized this was a download of everything that Aphex Twin had uploaded to Soundcloud on that account so I thought why the hell not so I downloaded it and kinda regretted it immediately what I was confronted with was a huge messy playlist with 207 tracks all in one long list however it was numbered 1 - 6 so i took that to be playlists uploaded at different times so I broke it into 6 slightly more manageable chunks retagged it all sorted it out into a more easily digestable format and that's what I present to you here.

Now I did some research and I will say that these tracks are no secret there are links on several well known internet pages to downloads of this stuff however when i did my research I found most of the links to be dead so I decided I would put up my "version" of these infamous tracks for you readers!

OK so onto the music firstly these are huge files the smallest being 138mb the largest around 450mb!!! the bitrates vary from 128kbps to 320kbps and the total playing time of all 6 parts is a mighty 17 hrs the tracks are taken from all eras of Aphex Twin from before he released any music to bang up to date however I have no idea which is which and he hasn't said either but if you are familiar with Aphex Twin then you will know his sound is completely unique and whilst always progressing his music forward he has also remained consistent again it's a case of when you hear Aphex Twin you know it can only BE Aphex Twin and no one else. I cannot claim to have listened to all of this music (yet) but from what I have listened to sounds as good and in some cases better than his released music. Whilst I am sure someone will either officially or unofficially release some sort of box set or something in the mean time i present you with 207 tracks 17 hrs of unreleased Aphex Twin material comprising demos,remixes some live stuff and just general Aphex Twin madness.

So before your links I want to mention something else Aphex Twin is probably best known for his 2 most popular albums "Selected Ambient Works" 1 & 2 when i downloaded the file originally as well as the playlists I've already mentioned there was another folder entitled "Selected Ambient Works 1.5" now I don't know anything about this why it is entitled that as i said i was late to the party with the whole user48736353001 thing however reading between the lines it would seem this folder contained tracks that were intended for the "Selected Ambient Works" series but never used now I have not uploaded this here because it turned out ALL the tracks in the Selected Ambient Works 1.5 folder were actually in the other 6 playlists anyway but just for fun here is the track list and in which playlist you can find them and you can make it up yourself as this seems like too precise a selection from 207 tracks to have not been put together by Aphex Twin himself ....

"Selected Ambient Works 1.5"

1: Sams Car (Playlist 1 track 22)
2: AFX Orig Theme (Playlist 1 track 18)
3: Red Alert (Playlist 1 Track 16)
4: Suzanne (Playlist 1 track 5)
5: Dance And Play (Playlist 3 Track 13)
6: Nova Robotiks (Playlist 3 Track 18)
7: 21 Forgotten T (Playlist 4 Track 1)
8: Lannerlog (Playlist 5 Track 6)
9: Bimbongo (Playlist 1 Track 6)
10: Symbonsad (Playlist 1 track 14)
11: Original Chaos Riff ( Playlist 1 track 2)

And below is the cover that appeared in my media player (tho it would appear there was a different picture for each track)....



So there you go you can D.I.Y. as i felt it would be stupid to give you 11 repeat tracks on top of the 207!!!

Right so below you will find links to the 6 playlists i would suggest downloading them all if you have the space because there are some stunning alternate version/different takes on some of his most well known work as well as a goldmine of unheard stuff and i for one have enjoyed everything I have listened to so far it may seem like an awful lot of music by one artist and I have not listened to it all myself yet but broken down into 6 chunks as I have done here even though they are far from bite size means you can dip in whenever you like rather than try to digest 17 hrs of music in one sitting.

Aphex Twin whether because of his eccentricities or the sheer originality of his amazing music is by far the most popular IDM/Electronic music artist around and the one who has had the longest career within that genre the albums he has released have all been real masterpieces of the style and the quality of the Vast amount of unreleased material here (and these 207 tracks are apparently a mere glimpse into his archive) shows that there's a good reason why he is that popular.
Here's your links Enjoy......


(Please note there was a TON of artwork for all these playlists there is a folder entitled Artwork that includes all the art plus the above cover (which i used for all 6 parts) plus all the individual pictures for various tracks this folder is included in Playlist 1 OK)

Part 1 - Mediafire

Part 2 - Mediafire

Part 3 - Mediafire

Part 4 - Mediafire

Part 5 - Mediafire

Part 6 - Mediafire

Not Included in the artwork are some notes from a Solid Steel Radio Show Mix that was done by DJ Food here it is if you save then open it in a picture viewer you can read some notes about this music by someone who was actually there at the time (The DJ FOOD mix is not enclosed on this post)....


Also you can find a full breakdown and all the information you could need on these tracks HERE
UPDATE

I was chatting with a friend on Facebook about these soundcloud playlists and he was kind enough to contact me with a link on archive.org which he said had a ton more of the 
user48736353001 tracks and the user18081971 tracks (the second Aphex Twin soundcloud account after he closed the first one)  so I went to have a look and there it was 280 tracks (my original set here was 207 Tracks) I originally thought it was a FURTHER 280 tracks on top of the 207 I had already posted here So I downloaded the lot even though in the back of my mind I was thinking "Really am i ever gonna listen to another 280 tracks of AT when I have barely digested half of the 207 I had as well as all the other AT stuff?" Plus it was such a hefty task sorting out the first 207 I was thinking i wasn't really up for another massive editing session but lo and behold it turned out that it was actually mostly what I already had but there were 73 further tracks that were not in my original download and also VERY luckily the order of the archive.org download was exactly the same as my original download and the 73 tracks were mainly on the end of the list!!! So it was still a mission to sort & tag these 73 tracks but not so much of a mission as i had first expected it would be! So I took the 73 tracks split them into 2 parts and without any further ado here you have the soundcloud playlists part 7 & 8 a further 73 tracks & 5 hours of  UNRELEASED Aphex Insanity....

Part 7Mediafire

Part 8Mediafire

If you want to have a look for yourself or prefer to download this Aphex Archive from there here's where i got these extra 73 tracks from, but it does have all 280 tracks available in one massive rar file if it makes it better for you to have them that way it's here..

https://archive.org/details/AphexTwinAllUser18081971SoundcloudTracks

So there you go folks a LOT of Aphex goodness in this post here for you!! sorry I haven't given much information but trying to figure out what's going on in Richard D. James's head?? Well you might as well tackle the large Hadron Collider or try to cure cancer it's exactly his insane style and his mysterious approach that endears us all to him and has like minded people seeking out posts like this one! there are literally hundreds of thousands of articles, interviews and archives on Aphex Twin online and if like me you are curious you can go seek them out I just don't have the space on here or the time to copy and paste or write a history! Love him or loathe him I'm just giving you the music whether you choose to investigate is entirely down to you! Hope you enjoy the updates.



Wednesday, 28 June 2017

Abominate




I have been wanting to do a post on this for a while but I have tried to get other people to review us but no one wanted to sadly so let's begin...

Abominate are a Merseyside UK based band who began life as S.O.Y.G. (Spit On Your Grave) in late 2016 influenced by Old Death & Thrash and Some Hardcore They were rehearsing as a 3 piece and looking for a vocalist as 2 of them were friends of mine I said i would be up for trying out I went down for a rehearsal and it worked out so well I was asked to stay, when i joined I brought more Old School Death Metal and Thrash Metal influence into the band which was much to the guitarist (and main songwriter) joy and it was decided the name S.O.Y.G. no longer suited the direction of the band thus Aböminate were born! (The umlauts over the "o" were the bassists idea)

Line Up November 2016 - May 2017

H - Guitar
Rob - Bass
Stu Harris (Ex Devoid) - Drums
Me (Dave) - Vocals

The songs were coming together quickly so by April 2017 we were more than ready to do a recording and we entered the studio and did an, albeit short, 3 track demo this was originally available on CD with cover and lyric sheet free of charge but after giving away 100 of them it was decided that was the end of physical copies!!! The demo is available free at bandcamp see the links below

We were invited to play on a bill last month at a local venue and we managed to sell the venue out as the opening band and we played a set we were very happy with and we went down really well, so things are going pretty good however due to what we will call Personal and musical differences we parted ways with Rob - bass and we are currently seeking a new bass player and are very close to filling the slot so a few things have changed some parts of songs have been changed or dropped and the umlauts over the "o" of abominate have been removed!!! Here you can check out our full live set in good quality both picture and sound (tho bear in mind it was a small local venue so sound wasn't amazing and it was filmed with one camera NOT a phone)


 

That pretty much brings us up to date I can't go into too much description here because I think it would not be right to review my own band but you can download our demo below and judge for yourself I will say that even though it's only been 2 months I personally am only still very happy with the 3rd track "Pathogens". Opening track "Idolatry" has had a re-write as we were all unhappy with the middle part but for a first demo it's got a great sound it's heavy as FUCK and the drumming is astounding!!! If you like Old School death and Thrash metal with a touch of Hardcore then this is something you will enjoy.

If you like the music then go like our facebook page and please share around and spread the word we are not even a year old so we really need the support! WE will be recording a second demo/EP in the next 8-10 weeks so keep you're ears peeled for that as it is gonna DESTROY the first demo!

Thanks readers here's your links....

Abominate Demo on Bandcamp (FREE)HERE

Facebook pageHERE

Abominate Demo from mediafireHERE

Abominate demo on youtubeHERE

So it doesn't end there our Good friend Steve Hargraves of the bands Ballpein & Monstrance as well as making the t-shirt design you see at the top of the page here,he also put together a promo video for our demo song "Pathogens" and here it is...




Thanks for reading my shameless self promotion and hope you enjoy our music

Cheers,

Dave B.

SOULSEEK


I know soulseek is one of the oldest platforms on the internet for sharing music however I have only recently, in around the last 2 months, been introduced to it i had always avoided soulseek as i was a bit, if I am being honest, "intimidated" by this peer to peer program. However I have now got onto it and I have to say it's an utter goldmine of stuff almost everything I can't find through google I have found in soulseek! If you are a user then you know how it works but for the uninitiated you can only download things from a person when they are online and have the soulseek program open! Now I was happily downloading when i kept getting messages popping up saying variations on "You are not sharing please share something before downloading" anyway because of this i decided to take the plunge and share i thought it would be a pain in the arse but turned out it was VERY easy!

So my point in telling you this? well I have pretty much shared about 3/4 (800 TB!!!!!) of my music collection on soulseek so if you are a user or you are interested (which i think you would be) then you can look me up on there my user name is

dukowski 

I am online most days from morning (7 or 8 am) to early afternoon (around the 1pm mark) GMT (I am based in the UK) so if you fancy browsing a HUGE chunk of the music collection of the person who runs this blog then that's where you will find it! If you are not already a user then I would strongly suggest you download the soulseek program and get started i was astounded by the vast array of amazing and obscure stuff that's on there! Also if you are taking from my collection i will not block or prevent you in any way even if you are just taking music and not sharing it's all there for you to help yourself and enjoy!!!

CHEERS


Dave B.