Sunday, September 30, 2007

Golgata (tape, Res Publika, 1988)

Another donation from Phapio23, and apologizes for not posting this sooner. This is an interesting compilation tape from Sweden, with some well-known artists, who had various releases out, such as Bourbonese Qualk, Pacific 231, Hula, Twice Man, Die Form, Tasaday, Omala and Vox Populi. Great industrial rhythm tape.


Saturday, September 29, 2007

Nasmak Plus Instruments/Instruments Plus Nasmak (LP, Plurex, 1980)

One of those albums I sadly missed when it came out, although I had other stuff by Nasmak in those days, like the earlier posted '4Our Clicks'. Nasmak started as Nasmaak, a band with lots of dressing up, and with a leading role for Truus de Groot. But sheer experimentation took over when they release Nasmak Plus Instruments, their first LP. The a-side shows them in conventional line up, whereas the b-side is more about Truus and her crackle box. She will soon leave the group to work with Plus Instruments (their two albums can be found on other blogs). I just got a solo tape from her, which I'll post next week. This LP was John Peel's favorite continental record back then, and Nasmak was the first Dutch band to do a Peel Session.


Friday, September 28, 2007

Tent - Uncertain And Wild (LP, Emi, 1984)

My remark about Tent's second album led to the fan of this blog of sending me this album. I must admit it's as nice as the first one, and still I know nothing about them since my previous post about them. Serious modern pop music.


Thursday, September 27, 2007

The Tapes - Party (LP, WEA/Passport Records, 1980)

A long long time ago I bought a great 7", 'Blue Thighs/Call Me' by Amsterdam new wave group The Tapes. It was a cut-out and played it to death. The Tapes were called The Netherland's answer to Talking Heads. The band was Dennis Duchhart (Keyboards), Igor Roovers (bass), Michiel Brandes (guitar), Peter Meuris (drums), Rolf Hermsen (guitar, vocals). They started in 1977 and a year later Plurex releases their first LP, 'You Just Can't Sleep', which is well-received (and which can be found on some blog, but I forgot which one). Originally 'Party' was to be released by Plurex, but ultimately it is released by Wea/Passport. The story will continue as soon as we get to their final record. That one, and this one, plus the posts of tomorrow and saturday were donated by a fan of this blog, who wishes to remain anynomous.


Wednesday, September 26, 2007

Die Klopferbande - Die Fliegen (tape, Datenverarbeitung 0005, 1981)

Datenverarbeitung released a bunch of great compilation tapes, but also some nice works by just one band, Cultural Amnesia and Hunting Lodge for instance and both can be found on blogs elsewhere. Who and what is Die Klopferbande I don't know, but 'Die Fliegen' was I believe music to a theatreplay by Sartre. It's an electronic piece, quite slow and a bit experimental. Lately I heard something else by Die Klopferbande, which sounded like NDW, and I didn't think it was that great. this is from a CDR re-issue


Tuesday, September 25, 2007

Friends (LP, Stichting Muziek Nieuws, 1986)

And the final compilation by Stichting Muziek Nieuws, which is musically the one that comes closest to the Contact Disc releases, a curious combination of interesting electronic/industrial bands, such as Gerrit Hoekema, Das Ding, The Klinik, Solenoid, De Fabriek and Kapotte Muziek and odd balls like The Bearcage and Michel Timmerman. The cover shown here is actually a limited edition of I can't remember how many. The 'real' cover is blue and red, the 'limited' is a negative print thereof.

Nico Selen wrote: This was the first compilation Stichting Muziek Nieuws released along the principle of '17 to 7 on 33'. The whole edition was 550 copies, of which 50 have the 'negative cover'. The red side was for popmusic, and the blue side for experimental music, but it was a bit unbalance, so Michel Timmerman ended up on the blue side. In hindsight it would have been better to swop him with Das Ding/L.Y.I. The album was sponsored by 'Elpee', a record shop from Enschede which no longer exists


Monday, September 24, 2007

Motop 1 (LP, Stichting Muziek Nieuws, 1989)

As promised here is the second compilation by Stichting Muziek Nieuws. Motop means motor in Russian, and the plan from the label was to make various albums with thematic approaches. Motop was the industrial music one, but none of the other plans ever materialized. Frans de Waard of Kapotte Muziek compiled this album from his many friends in the world of cassette, including Gazza November, who turned out to be Freek Kinkelaar, his future Beequeen partner. Also included are Merzbow, Vidna Obmana, Con-Dom, Dva Met Dva Nichts and others. Motop 1 is not that noisy and loud, but it's the most coherent compilation LP that this label put out.


Sunday, September 23, 2007

Mark Lane - Misselijkheid Is Niet Intellectualistisch (7", De Fabriek, 1985) / The Force Dimension/De Fabriek - Fabrieksforce (7", De Fabriek, 1988)

This is the first of several posts with 7"s on De Fabriek Records & Tapes. All of these 7"s are long, usually 9 minutes per side, so I'm doing two at a time. Mark Lane is a nice guy making nice, a bit strange synth popmusic. The Force Dimension were a duo of Tycho de Groot and Rene van Dijck from the southern part of the Netherlands, who later signed to KK Records. De Fabriek side of this 7" I couldn't seperate into two tracks. This 7" is packed in a big paper with paint smeared over it, and other 'handmade' things that gave 'handmade limited editions' a bad name. The record is not particularly well-pressed either.


Saturday, September 22, 2007

E-Lok 1111/Transistors & Chips (LP, Stichting Muziek Nieuws SMN 703, 1987)

Inspired by Plurex and Contactdisc, Stichting Muziek Nieuws (the follow up to New Bulwark who released the ORDUC LP posted before), started to release a few of those pay along albums, of which 'Motop' (number 1 on LP and 2 on CD, the latter can be found on Mutant Sounds), of which this one is the last. It's a bit of cryptic affair this one, as the label announces them as two 'mini-lps', but in reality it is just a split LP. One side is called 'E-Lok 1111', which has sort of standard popmusic, with bands Heads Over Heels, Cancel, White House White, Dier, Point Blanc, The Bearcage and Rasta Robert and the other side is called 'Transistor & Chips' with electronic music by bands as The Force Dimension, Absolute Body Control, Gerrit Hoekema, Liquid G, Man Decade, Clemp Yod, Szarkov Strike Force, Doc Wor Mirran, A.D. Eker, Block 57 and Kapotte Muziek. The mentioning of 'Pop Eye' on the cover is from a local (Enschede) record store who sponsored this LP (not the others). 'Motop 1' and 'Friends' I will post later on, as well as the only LP this label released by one band, Kapotte Muziek's 'History Is What Was', but I am more busy than in the summer time, so I can't really do more than one LP per day.

Nico Selen wrote: This was the second compilation Stichting Muziek Nieuws released along the principle of '17 to 7 on 33'. Originally intended to be two seperate albums, but RTC pulled back a long track, so they became one album. The album was sponsored by 'Pop Eye', a record shop from Hengelo which still exists


Friday, September 21, 2007

Effenaar (7", compilation, 1982) / Niew Hip Stilen (7", 1981)

Effenaar is a pop/rock stage in Eindhoven and when the city existed for 750 years they gave the stage some money to produce a compilation 7". Off hand I can't think of any band from that time who would have been suitable to put on this, but certainly not the two bands on the a-side, which seem quite experimental. The b-side is more common (post-) punk. Quite a curious item. Edwin of Vovokai will later start Zombies Under Stress.
Mutant Sounds brought last week the LP by Niew Hip Stilen, here is their 7". I believe there are three cassettes by them also, so anyone who has them, please send me an e-mail (

Niew Hip Stilen/Paw Beat (7", Q.I. Records
QIR 001, 1981)
Effenaar (7" compilation, EHV 750, 1982)

download just nieuw hip stilen

2017 update! The Effenaar 7" has been re-issued as a 7"; order a copy today here

Thursday, September 20, 2007

Tecnoville (tape, LeBel Period, 1982)

The follow-up to Tox Modell was the short lived Tecnoville, a four piece with Andre Bach and Marc Tegefoss on guitars and two guys named Herman on bass and drums. No last names for them, in true punk spirit. They were before this member of The Workmates. Tecnoville recorded this demo tape, which was officially released, and 'Input Out' made it to a flexi disc for Vinyl, which is hardly a surprise as Tox Modell helped starting it. Then they make a 12", 'Glow', which I don't have, on Vinyl Records, before calling it a day. Andre and Marc already started Det Wiehl during all of this, but after the split of Tecnoville it will be become their main project. This mp3 was donated by DMDN (whose band Lewd will play in Tilburg this coming saturday at SXSW. It's their first concert in 10 or so years).


Wednesday, September 19, 2007

Ze Popes - Sexy Pyjamas (12") & Hi-Jinx (7")

Two easy going new wave records from The Netherlands. I must assume Ze Popes were extremely glad of their 'Sexy Pyjamas' piece, which they first recorded for Plurex, and which comes in two different versions on their 12", along with three new pieces. It doesn't have the same energy as the 7", I must admit. Orpheus Roovers, who will later play drums for Minny Pops, is a member of this band. The Hi-Jinx 7" I have ever since it was released, but just today I checked the website of the dutch popinstituut ( to learn that Gert van Veen is the main man of this band; later he is the big shot of Dutch techno music. Also Rene van Barneveld of Urban Dance Squad and Erik de Jong, a.k.a. Spinvis (the alternative music hero for normal people in The Netherlands, much unrightly so, me thinks) are members of this. Never too old too learn something. There is a 12" by them, which I don't have. Anyone?

Hi-Jinx - 7", Rosegarden RS1, 1980
Ze Popes - Sexy Pyjamas, 12", Universe Productions turn 2, 1980?


Tuesday, September 18, 2007

Portion Control - Shot In The Belly (tape, Third Mind (TMT 07), 1983)

Another fine release of both Third Mind and early Portion Control. Nothing much to say about this. More early work later on. Both sides unindexed.


Monday, September 17, 2007

Tent - Without Shelter (LP, Wereldrekord, 1983)

Another case of 'Modern' popmusic signed to a major, where Tent, who were from Kennermerland, and consisted of Anja Bienold (keyboards, vocals), Karel Van Dijck (bas), Kees Wassenaar (drums) and Tjebbo Van Dijk (keyboards). I am not sure if their second LP 'Uncertain And Wild' is any good, but 'Without Shelter', their debut from 1983 certainly stands the test. Good electronic popmusic that doesn't sound too strange or weird, and 'Miles And Miles' is the best one of the lot. I have no idea what happened with them, or wether they ever played live.


Sunday, September 16, 2007

Tox Modell - Live In Parkhof (tape, LeBel Period, 1981)

Of the so-called Ultra movement Tox Modell were one of the most striking forces. Two guitars, one bass and a vocalist. The guitars were fed through some sort of tape-delay system, which sounded highly minimal and the lyrics were quite political. Tox Modell were also active forces in the squat scene. LeBel Period was the label run by Marc Tegefoss, one of the two guitarists, who will later be briefly form Tecnoville (more on them this week) and then later Det Wiehl, a duo with the other guitarist of Tox Modell, Andre Bach. Back in the day I never saw them live, but they played a great reunion concert maybe ten years ago in The Hague. No cover for this tape, which was kindly donated by DMDN of Antenne Record shop.


Saturday, September 15, 2007

Nasmak - 4Our Clicks (LP, Plurex 2300, 1982)

I think it was Phoenix Harpins who suggested to do some posting on Nasmak, once the hottest and most avant-garde band in The Netherlands, but who seem to be largely ignored on the blogs. Nasmak, a four piece band from Eindhoven, were always moving to new structures and new sounds, but certainly on their records stayed in a rock format, later spiced with some dance music influences. Their tapes show their development as a band. '4Our Clicks' is their second LP, and probably much acclaimed one. I will post 'Silhouette' soon, and probably also 'Duel', but I seem to be missing a track or two (don't have the album myself). Anyone who has the first LP and/or any of the six cassettes they released, please contact me (


Friday, September 14, 2007

Bazooka - Last Two Records

As promised here are the last two records by Bazooka. This is were I think they got very interesting, playing a kind of modern classical music, but using old structures to play them. The end came when main composer Theo Hoek wanted to leave the the rock format and compose classical music which he still does to this day. Three years ago there was a reunion concert of Bazooka in Nijmegen in which they had a big band (rock musicians and wind instruments and female vocalist) playing some of the old songs, which was surprising.

'Zwevende Vlakken', LP, Akzidanz Records, akzi 1, 1983
'De Platte Pet', LP, Akzidanz Records akzi 3, 1984

download no longer works as it available on CD

Thursday, September 13, 2007

Visions (tape, Third Mind 09, 1983)

Of course Third Mind released that awefully great 5 cassette compilation 'Rising From The Red Sand', but this 'Visions' release is also great. More in one style though, that of synthesizer music along the lines of Klaus Schulze, Tangerine Dream and such like. Artists are: Dave Jones, Ian Boddy, Paul Nagle, Carl Matthews and Colin Potter. Nagle and Matthews have multiple tracks on this. Sound quality isn't the greatest one. Unindexed.


Wednesday, September 12, 2007

The Kitchen - Tape Jazz Planet 3 (tape, Irre Tapes, 1991)

One of my favorite early nineties tapes by this band of whom of course I know nothing. Lots of samples from various sources are used in this electronic piece, which is kinda like early ambient house, but not as house. Well, you catch my drift, right? Tape is unindexed.


Tuesday, September 11, 2007

Ultra (tape, LeBel Period, 1981)

Ultra was how the Dutch called post-punk and an evening with the same name was organised by Wally van Middendorp (Minny Pops), Rob Scholte and Harold Schellinx (both of The Young Lions) from 29-9-1980 until 18-2-1981. All the concerts where taped and videoed and LeBel Period, the label of Tox Modell released this excellent compilation. It contains already featured bands in this blog, such as Mekanik Kommando, Suspect, Puber Kristus, Young Lions but also Tox Modell, Plus Instruments, Meat, Minion, Vincent 2, Fritura All Stars and many more. A very lively post-punk and experimental compilation. What 'Colonial Vipers' is for Dutch experimental music from the living room, this is the one for the live recordings (and no, I won't put Colonial Vipers here, since you can buy it on CDR from the Trumpett Tapes wesbite, and I recommend it straight away). And I got this indexed version from DMDN/Antenne recordshop. If ever in Tilburg vistit his shop.



Monday, September 10, 2007

Bazooka - First Three Records

Bazooka were, like Vice, Mekanik Kommando and Das Wesen from Nijmegen, and released five records in total. 'Zwevende Vlakken' and 'De Platte Pet' I will do soon. 'Is Er Meer Dan Dit Hier' was their first 12", followed by the split 7" with Das Wesen (their side was already posted here). After that the band became more interested in classical music and recorded 'A Igor S', dedicated to Stravinsky. More about them later.
Actually I found some unsleeved copies of the 7", if anyone wants one, please contact me Also Das Wesen 'Anyone' I have a few copies of. 'A Igor S' kindly donated by paphio23.

'Is Er Meer Dan Dit Hier', 12", Rukpiloot Records, 1980
Serie Serie, 7", Interface Records IF 1, 1981
A Igor S, 12", Torso 1210 VR 22080, 1982

download no longer works as it released on CD

Sunday, September 9, 2007

O.R.D.U.C. - Pink & Purple (LP, New Bulwark Records & Tapes, 1981)

The name stands for One-O-Seventh Royal Dutch Underground Company and was led by Nicko Selen, who ran also the label, and later on IF Records (more of those records later), along with friends who played guitars and drums. Highly naive electronic music, partly inspired by krautrock. Released in an edition of 500 copies in five different coloured vinyls, each 100 copies. I think I have a lathe cut somewhere too, if I find it I will post this one too, one day. The band apparently still exist, they even have a myspace page.

Nico Selen wrote: this album was released in an edition of around 1080 copies and is still available from:
The following colors were made
black ± 350
green black ± 300
Blue ± 200
Orange ± 080
Green ± 060
Red ± 030
Blue-black ± 030
Varios mixuteres ± 030
O.R.D.U.C. still exists! This year two new pieces were recorded and the basis for a third piece. Hear one of the two here
more on O.R.D.U.C.


Saturday, September 8, 2007

Three Plurex Singles

These three 7"s show the diverse output on Plurex, the Minny Pops label, and besides other material on Plurex I posted before, I have nothing else. The '17 To 7 On 33' is perhaps the mother of all 'pay along to release this', like the Contactdisc, releases by De Fabriek and IF Records. O.R.D.U.C.'s LP we will post later. Heavy Mental is the same Mental who did a flexi for the Vinyl magazine, and Bleistift is a forerunner for W.A.T. The other bands, Terminals, Red Rizla & The Stubs and Eight Voices don't ring no bell. Ze Popes was a Dutch new wave band and Band T + Instruments has perhaps (!) something to do with Plus Instruments. They thank Steim. Strange one, that one.

Ze Popes - Sexy Pyjamas, 7", Plurex 008, 1979
Band T + Instruments - Special Agreement, 7", Plurex 0011, 1980 (label says Plurex 1100)
17 To 7 On 33, 7", Plurex 0019, 1980

no longer available as a free download as they are officially re-issued digitally here

Friday, September 7, 2007

Chicago 82 (tape, Les Disques Du Crepuscule twi 116, 1982)

This is not copied from the original release, which I don't have, but it still sounds great. This compilation was made by Wim Mertens of Soft Verdict fame about a new music festival in Chicago in 1982. Featured are Jill Kroesen, Harold Budd, Jon Gibson, Meredith Monk, Charlemagne Palestine, Micheal Byron, David van Tieghem, Glenn Branca, Ned Subtlette and that great interview with John Cage, who talks about Branca in less flattering words. unindexed.


Thursday, September 6, 2007

Muziekkamer - Popmuziek (tape, Muziekkamer 2, 1984?)

Muziekkamer were two Dutch men, Martin Keuning and Cees van de Oever, who released four great tapes, all to come here. Everytime something different, sometimes Eno styled soundscapes, sometimes more rhythmic like this one. 'Popmuziek' was what they thought about popmusic I guess. Otherwise I have no clue about them. They never played live as far as I know, and I have no idea what they do now.


Wednesday, September 5, 2007

A Blaze Colour - Demos & Live (unreleased recording)

Absolutely one of my favourite bands from Belgium. The demo I once got from a guy in Sweden and the live recording is from Dutch radio from a concert in Leiden in 1983. You could make a great CD of all their recorded output (which I post later) along with this lot.

Tracklisting Demos: Means To An End, Fisk (remix, Or Lie Again, Through With Life, Follow The Sign
Tracklisting Live: Overdose, Cold As Ever, Nowhere Else, Visions All Blur, Ultimate Fight, Follow The Signs

both unindexed



Tuesday, September 4, 2007

Attrition - Onslaught (tape, Third Mind, 1983)

For me Attrition was once one of my more favorable bands, but after their second LP I lost my interest entirely. 'Onslaught' is one of the first tapes by them, from 1983, when they were still quite a good band. And it's on Third Mind, which was/is one of my more favorite cassette labels.

download link removed, this is re-released here

Monday, September 3, 2007

Sprung Aus Den Wolken (12", Zick Zack ZZ75, 1980)

My second post about this band, this is the first, untitled 12", recorded on a four track cassette, which can be heard. I was pretty sure I had the second one too, but somehow I can't find it anymore. Oh well. This is a nice one too.

no longer available for download, since it is re-released by Klanggalerie

Sunday, September 2, 2007

Ensemble Pittoresque/Nine Circles - Live (unreleased recordings)

Another set of two live recordings taped of the Dutch radio in the 80s. Probably everybody is waiting for those Ensemble Pittoresque live recordings, but Nine Circles are certainly as nice. There is a great CD by them available

Tracklisting are:

Ensemble Pittoresque - Saturday Paper / Tetro Kilo / Auratorium / Maitre Satori / Mouthshut / My Baby Is A Waitress / Down The Factory
Nine Circles: Miss Love / Here Come I / (unknown) / Something Between You And Me

My cassette cover doesn't tell me when these were recorded, probably 1986-1987. It was part of the programm Spleen by VPRO radio.


Saturday, September 1, 2007

Satellite & Atom Cristal - Camouflage 003 (tape, Tago Mago, 1983)

A personal favorite, which comes here unindexed, and also without scans of the tape. Since transferring it earlier this year, I must have misplaced it...

A1 Discotillons (4:35)
A2 Boulevard Circulaire (4:20)
A3 Le Manoir Du Chat Noir (3:00)
A4 15 Août A Puteaux (2:55)
A5 Train De Minuit (6:30)
B1 Boulevard Circulaire Bis (3:45)
B2 Sous Le Chêne (3:45)
B3 Dernière Minute (3:20)
B4 Gougou (3:20)
B5 Bibi (3:30)
B6 Le Manège (2:55)