Wednesday, December 25, 2019

The Christmas Gift

I have been wanting to post these when this blog was a daily concern, but I didn't do. I don't know why. Anyway, I won't tell you what it is. These are four CDRs made (in a series of six, but I don't have the other two) released by a radio show who commissioned Christmas songs from musicians passing their studio as a holiday present for relations. Made in the late 90s/early 00s and so perhaps out of the normal scope of this blog. That certainly can be said from the music, which includes alternative rock, singer song writers, experiment, dance music and much more. You can Google and try and find more information, but you can unwrap this gift and enjoy.
Oh, one of these four seems like a mis-pressing; the cover (and you will find Discogs as well) has a song that should be 3:25, but it lasts five seconds here. I have no idea how that happened, I got this CDR like that from the original source handing them out. I didn't notice back then? I can't remember.


Wednesday, December 18, 2019

z.B.u.ä with Kapotte Muziek - Unformal Sound Report #5 (cassette, 1991)

I don't make enough space for advertising other great blogs, but Bleak Bliss a great blog for obscure music. I stumbled upon this post and it says: ""Original cassette was 'Unformal Sound Report #5', which was released at 5/Feb/'91 and contained 2 long pieces. Each parts were reformed concerning each themes." I have no idea what Unformal Sound Report was ..."
Luckily we do! Thanks to the archives of Kapotte Muziek we can present this highly obscure cassette (not yet on Discogs; and yes, someone will add it and then some other smart person will post a comment 'it is on Discogs, dude' and then that comment gets deleted) and it includes the original cassette cover, the backside with a comment, and a handwritten cover with more information. Mister Kapotte Muziek couldn't remember much about this project when asked. Must be the age, I guess.

Monday, September 2, 2019

De Zandkorrels (cassette)

From the person who gave me this tape: "De Zandkorrels were the Black Sheep after Geoff Leigh left, for normal people. They had a set in the dutch language with simple songs (i think Colin McClure wrote all the songs, later i when i joined them for some gig i noticed the all had exactly the chords, something like A/D/E, Colin joined Dull Schicksal a few years later)."

Sunday, August 4, 2019

O. Olsen ‎– Solo Recordings (cassette, Extreme DEX 4666, 1987)

from Discogs: Ollie Olsen has produced much innovative music in Australia. Studied electronic music mid-70s under Felix Werder, a German composer living in Australia who had studied under Karlheinz Stockhausen. In the late 70's Ollie formed one of the first electronic bands, Whirlywirld, releasing a number of recordings on Missing Link Records. During the next ten years Ollie formed experimental outfits Hugo Klang and Orchestra of Skin and Bone, then the hard-core industrial techno band, NO. 

In the 1980s Ollie was invited to be the music producer for the movie of the sametitled compilation album "Various - Dogs In Space (Original Motion Picture Soundtrack)". He provided much of the soundtrack himself, including writing the hit song Rooms For The Memory for INXS front man, and the movie's star, Michael Hutchence. After a brief collaboration with U2 on the single New York, New York by Ecco Homo, Ollie was approached by Michael Hutchence to produce an album with him. The result was Max Q. Ollie also worked at this time with American producer Todd Terry and UK producer/DJ Paul Oakenfold

From the success of Max Q came a major record company deal and Ollie formed the band Third Eye. The group made one album before Ollie decided to concentrate on instrumental electronic music. Thus the label Psy-Harmonics was born, with the Third Eye's LP Ancient Future as the first release. Ollie had a role as A&R for the Psy-Harmonics label, also producing a great deal of work for Psy-Harmonics. He has collaborated with other musicians on such projects as The Visitors, Antediluvian Rocking-Horse, Psyko Disko, Fluro Conspiracy, Higher Spin States, Assasin Device, Shaolin Wooden Men, and many others. His own album, Emptiness, explores Ollie's roots in avant-garde / experimental composition. 

Besides work in Psy-Harmonics, Ollie also lectures on electronic music and continues to compose for film and television. Film and television credits include 1998 feature film "Head On" from director Anna Kokkinos (which earned him an AFI nomination), "RAW FM" and "Eugenie Sandler" for ABC TV. He collaborated on interactive projects with Troy Innocent and worked on the electronic component of Australian composer Richard Mills (2)'s opera, "Batavia". 

Ollie can be seen in live experimental music performances and he performed occasionally with the Australian Art Orchestra. In 2002, he collaborated on a major orchestral project with AAO Director Paul Grabowsky.

Friday, July 26, 2019

Forever Einstein - 1/2 Album Cassette (cassette, ??)

Different than the band listed on Discogs; this trio is C.W. Vrtacek (amplified acoustic guitar), Marc Sichel (bass) and John Roulat (drums & percussion)

Saturday, July 20, 2019

FNTC - RE (cassette, Exart Tapes EA 033, 19??)

FNTC is a group with Willem and Cora de Ridder, Hessel Veldman and Nicky Nicole. The music is a radio play, recorded live. Not yet on Discogs

Friday, July 5, 2019

Klimperei - Qui A Vote Le Gros Caillou? (cassette, Old Europa Cafe, 19??)

"Klimperei was, at the time, a famous duet playing typical minimalist french music with piano, toys, flutes, percussions... They were reminiscent of Pascal Comelade, Yann Tiersen, Nino Rota. Pieces of life between childish music, nostalgic jazz and funny toys, experimentations. This is music for your childish part: an expressionist theater for puppets. It is now Christophe Petchanatz solo project, more experimental, with many collaborations on records or live..."

not on discogs yet

Tuesday, July 2, 2019

Groningen Underground Vol. 1 (cassette, Found A New Car Records, 1990)

This blog brings you obscure music of all genres, well, many anyway, but in recent years not a lot of guitar/punk stuff. This cassette from the Dutch city of Groningen has punk and rock bands: Windigschrätz, Slow Ones, The Slam, Shattering Flowers, Sex Planet, Hell On Wheels and Hanging Manes. Not really names I heard before, but then, I am not from Groningen. This tape is not yet on Discogs. 

Wednesday, June 26, 2019

Saturday, June 15, 2019

S·Core ‎– Pretension (cassette, Staaltape ST 00V, 1988)

From Discogs: "Active since the mid of the eighties, Japanese musician Yutaka Tanaka released his works under the name S-CORE. Early works are all cassette albums he put out on his own cassette label Afflict Records, many of those were recorded via mail collaboration with many sound artists from international underground scene, such as Stefano Biasin (Italy), Telepherique and Trigger B (Germany), Merzbow (Japan), Al Margolis/If, Bwana (USA), Rafael Flores (Spain)."
I believe he has disappeared from the scene. This is a fresh new rip

regarding zippyshare not being available in some countries, I also found this

Everybody who have problems with downloading files from zipyshare, especially people from UK, Germany & Spain, please visit this site :

All you need to do is visit the page and copy in the Zippyshare URL. Just make sure you pick a non-UK, Spain or Germany server, and you can download files without problem.

Sunday, June 9, 2019

Night$oil 5 Futurists? (cassette, Finger In The Dike , Hole 005, Chaos Breweries Tapes , CBT 03, 1981

I think it was finding this online in 2007 that made we discover the world wide blog thing and obscure music. I have this cassette since 1981, when it came on Finger In The Dike, a Dutch label, and perhaps the start of a live long interest in cassettes. I lost the original download and did a new, fresh rip of it.

Sunday, June 2, 2019

Home-Made Music For Home-Made People Vol. 1: "Noisy But Chic" (cassette, Insane Music INS 28, 1985

Zippyshare doesn't work in some countries and on another blog I saw this on how to get it to work. Don't know if it works, but you can try this too

Thursday, May 30, 2019

Europe (cassette, ?, ?)

Of course I should have posted this a week ago, with the EU voting and all, but I didn't. A pretty obscure release.. Music by Das Frohliche Wohnzimmer, Human Flesh, Trirychlostni Pepicek, Thropple, Dorian Gray, No Unauthorized, Gurk, Dim. Retire, Det Wiehl, Bikini, S.H. Draumur and Loudest Whisper. No date or label mentioned on the cover.

Monday, May 27, 2019

DDV ‎– A Sound Atlas Of Venereology (cassette, Club Moral CM 18, 1982)

DDV is onehalf of Club Moral and did a lot of solo releases on their label. The copy I have of this had no artwork, unfortunately.

Friday, May 24, 2019

Eugene Chadbourne ‎– Constellation Rake (cassette, 1986)

"On his compulsive own, Eugene Chadbourne (previously the guitarist and leader of Shockabilly) has spewed forth a ceaseless stream of records and cassettes (the latter on his own Parachute label) that easily represent the oddest version of country and folk music ever. While the notable left-winger's guitar playing is looser than clams, it harbors wildly unique energy. He also plays the electric rake. The North Carolinian is the master of several different voices, some of them deceptively sincere. Harsh, funny, irritating and packed with ideas, Chadbourne often suggests a politically correct Frank Zappa."
The man has loads of releases but I only have very few. This is one of them.

Tuesday, May 21, 2019

Viola Kramer & Heinz Bielefeld - Alemania-Bolivia (cassette, AMF-Music, 1989)

Weird sort of German thing with text and music. Could be for kids. It's not on Discogs even when there are some releases from this label to be found there

Saturday, May 18, 2019

Insane Music For Insane People Vol. 18 (cassette, Insane Music INS 44, 1987)

Earlier this week I posted Insane Music For Insane People Vol. 19 and it was pointed out it was actually Vol. 18. I now corrected the previous post; that is now Vol. 19 and this is the correct Vol. 18.

Wednesday, May 15, 2019

Quintet De L'Art - Hemoglobine (cassette, Exart EA 036, 1991)

There is one cassette listed by this group on Discogs and it's not this one, but another title by this group. I believe they are from France. The original press text Exart did is enclosed here as well; not that is has much extras...

Sunday, May 12, 2019

Insane Music For Insane People Vol. 19 (cassette, Insane Music, 1986)

More compilations from Belgium. This was surely posted before by others. This is just my fresh new rip of it. Click on the Discogs link if you want to know who is on it

Monday, May 6, 2019

Tuesday, April 30, 2019

H.G. Wells - Pophits (cassette, Blot Records, 198?)

Another cassette by H.G. Wells that is not Discogs. It is unfortunately the last one for now from him that I have.

Saturday, April 27, 2019

Vervreemding - De Gevolgen Van De Absolute Top (cassette, Unie van de Opposities Tegen 006, 198?)

This one is not on Discogs but this is another project by Erik Vloeberghs, the man behind Angst, Kwajongens In Bloei and The Parts. I tried separating this into pieces, but I failed. I have no idea why he choose this name, meaning 'alienation'. More obscure weird electronic music.

Wednesday, April 24, 2019

Brume - Apocalypse At 6 A.M. (cassette, Tapes For Masses TFM 003, 1992)

Brume is of course the legendary long running industrial music/musique concrete project by Christian Renou. I never posted many of his tapes, simply because I never had many. Early 2000s he worked for a while under his name, but later on returned to Brume. Never change a winning name!

Sunday, April 21, 2019

Icare (cassette, Orcadia Machina,1990)

A compilation from France from 1990. Mostly French bands but also Dutch Trespassers W and Sahdowplay. From electronic to rock.

Thursday, April 18, 2019

Smexmec (demo, 1983)

I know I said this blog is only about official released stuff (and that Didi de Paris/Jan Pap might seem not like one). Here's surely a real demo. This band, of whom I know nothing, had a tape on the Dutch Cliche label and a track on a Contactdisc 2 compilation which I recently re-upped. That reasons enough to post this short demo buy them.

Monday, April 15, 2019

Das Freie Orchester - Now 1990 (cassette, Kröten Kassettem 1990)

Rock music from the former East Germany. Discogs: "Original members of the band were Bärbel WillnerJörg ThomasiusDieter ZobelGui Gust and Carsten Spindler. By 1990 Thomasius and Willner had left the band and Jörg Dittmar (aka Lord Litter) came to join DFO up until '92 when the band finally broke up. Their music style was a mixture of electronic - experimental - krautrock à la Can, Cluster and Tangerine Dream. They also had numerous sessions, projects and collaborations with artists from West Germany like Harald GrosskopfLutz Ulbrich of Ashra and former Tangerine Dream and Kluster member Conrad Schnitzler."

Friday, April 12, 2019

Didi de Paris & Jan Pap - Tekst & Geluiden (cassette, private, 198?)

This is not on Discogs. Didi de Paris is Belgium poet and writer. I have not read anything from him. This tape he recorded with a musician of whom I also never heard, Jan Pap. This tape is not on discogs

Tuesday, April 9, 2019

Notre Dame 2 (cassette, EE Tapes ‎ET03, 1988)

Belgium's EE Tapes is still going strong, having just released a great CD by Dieter Müh. This is an early release by them, covering a wide field of experimental music.

Sunday, April 7, 2019

Home-Made Music For Home-Made People Vol. 7: "Sexy But Chic" / Ode To Samantha Fox (Soft Blend) (cassette, Insane Music, 1990)

Following the previous post, I thought, why not the other part? This one is not indexed, it gave me a headache

Wednesday, April 3, 2019

Home-Made Music For Home-Made People Vol. 8: "Sexy But Chic" / Ode To Samantha Fox (Harsh Blend) (cassette, Insane Music, 1990)

A lovely compilation poking fun at a beauty. Includes all the inserts... not safe for work I believe is the word people use in such a case

Sunday, March 31, 2019

Debiele Eenheid (cassette, 198?)

more Rotterdam madness, a bit hardcore, a bit free jazz

not on discogs, i think

Thursday, March 28, 2019

Ondergeniepig - Aanvang 8 Uur (cassette, 198?)

I posted some other release by this weirdo rock music group, from Rotterdam I believe. This is a very short cassette.

not on Discogs

Monday, March 25, 2019

Discussiestukken Van De Stalinistische School (cassette, WW Tapes WC 11, 198?)

I posted quite a bit of tapes by Dutch punk band Second Auschwitz, the band of Jan van den Einden. He was very active in the first half of the 80s in Helmond, a small Dutch city down south. He was also a writer and recorded a bunch of Dada inspired spoken word tapes. I guess that is where this comes in; people talking about communism and a bit of music from old records. Is it serious? I wouldn't know. Not on Discogs. Released on Van Den Eijnden's own WW Tapes. His letters were always very insulting and very funny. I wonder what became of him!

Sunday, March 24, 2019

Randy Greif - Live In Los Angeles 3-13-87 (cassette, Swinging Axe Productions)

"Since the mid 1970's, Randy Greif has been pushing the boundaries of auditory arts, often incorporating electronic, computer and concrete music with spoken word, "sound theater", and field recordings. Location recordings in places such as Amazonia, New Guinea, and Thailand have found their way, often manipulated, into some of Greif's music, branding it as "tribal" electronics. Trademark styles are dense layers of atmospherics, cut-up vocals, and shifting minimal rhythms. "Dark" and "hallucinatory" are often used to describe the overall tone of his work." He was also a member of Static Effect and Stylus. Later on he released a bunch of CDs including 5 CDs with reading of Alice In Wonderland set to his music.