Sunday, April 29, 2007

Various - COSMIC EXCURSIONS (2006)

Italo-Disco, Disco

Tracklist :

01 Nexus - Stand Up (Instrumental 12" Mix)
02 John Forde - Don't You Know Who Did It
03 Gaznevada - Special Agent Man (Instrumental 12" Re-Edit)
04 Venus Gang - Space Woman (Original 12" Mix)
05 Jo Jo - Mind Games (Original Vocal 12" Mix)
06 Barrabas - Woman (Original Full 12" Mix)
07 Doris Norton - Norton Computer (Original Mix)
08 Doris Norton - Personal Computer (Original Mix)
09 Alan Parsons Project, The - Mammagamma (Instrumental)

Bonus :
10 John Forde - Stardance (1977)
11 John Forde - Atlantis (1978)
12 Monks & John Forde - I Can Dub Anything You Like [12'' Original Mix] (1981)

links to download: bonus

"Double LP which as its subtitle suggests is "a journey into deep disco, italo electro and proto-techno" - from well known underground disco gems such as Barrabas's "Woman" and the recently resurrected Gaz Nevada track to lesser known tracks such as the Metro Area-ish "Stand Up" from Nexus to the italo "Personal Computer" from Doris Norton!"

some info:

is a project of Maurice Cavalieri (Ago; Charlie - spacer woman; Firefly; Kano) ."Stand Up" is originally released in 1983

John Forde
I wasn't able to find useful info on him except he released a disco 12" Ep in 1977
He sounds pretty good so I have attached more songs as a bonus.

this Spanish funk-rock act was active from the 70's until the mid 80's with 8 albums and some hits as "Woman" (their biggest success) originally released in 1972.Im thinking about to bring here -at least-their three albums came out in the 80's

Gaznevada & Doris Norton
Gaznevada is one of my favourite new wave bands from Italy .So more info and discography is coming later. Other nice one is Doris Norton with her unique early 80s experimental -electonic works, also will be here.

Alan Parsons
is a famous English musician who worked with many artists/bands as The Beatles ,Pink Floyd,The Hollies, Cockney Rebel, John Miles & Al Stewart and released many wonderfull albums -balancing between pop-rock and instrumental synth sound- since the late 70s untill now. One of my next posts will be his works


RADIO HEART (feat. Gary Numan) -Radio Heart (1987)

PETER SYNTHETIK - Captain Berlin (1982)


Electro, Minimal

Tracklist :

01 Retter Der Welt (Recorded 1982) (4:10)
02 Captain Berlin Live (Recorded Live at The Loft, Berlin, 14.02.1984) (2:30)
03 Mr. Synth's Ultra-Revolver (0:08)
04 Captain Berlin Gegen Hyxar (Recorded 17.04.1983) (11:53)

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This 12” is a soundtrack for a film by Jörg Buttgereit. He was a filmmaker in Berlin in the eighties who worked with the Super 8 format.
On this 12” there are three versions of the same song, entitled ‘Captiain Berlin’. The original version (1982) is a nice piece of pulsating minimalism and will attract a good crowd on the dancefloor. There is also a live version (from 1984), which is a little harsher and more monotonous, somewhat like early DAF.
The B-side is filled with a twelve minutes long remix from 1983. This mix has elektro elements in it like vocoder vocals and a clearer beat. Although this remix is still in the typical 80’s style I prefer the original version and the live version. Maybe also because of the duration of the remix.
Captain Berlin is a nice cult piece like you can expect from the Kernkrach label.

some about Jörg Buttgereit:
Jörg Buttgereit (born December 20, 1963) is a German writer/director known for his controversial films. He was born in Berlin, Germany.
He is maybe best known for his 1987 film Nekromantik, which was described by John Waters as the “first erotic film for necrophilia"

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EIGHT SECONDS - Almacantar (1986) (Req)


Bass - March Cesare/Drums - Scott Milks/Guitar - Andres Del Castillo , Marc Parent/
Keyboards - Frank Levin/Mixed By [Assistant], Recorded By [Assistant] - Andrew Scarth/ Mixed By, Recorded By - Stephen W. Tayler/Vocals [Additional] - Rupert Hine/
Vocals - Andres Del Castillo , Frank Levin , Scott Milks/Written By - Eight Seconds

Tracklist :

01 Sincere (4:26)
02 Kiss You (When It’s Dangerous) (4:06)
03 Call And A Cry (4:10)
04 Just Pretend (4:33)
05 Commissioner St. (4:41)
06 Where’s Bula (4:38)
07 Zoe (4:53)
08 Wings (4:44)
09 Listen (5:18)
10 Land Of The Monster (4:36)

11 Kiss You (when it`s dangerous) (rare extended mix)
12 Tell Diane from (from"Big Houses")

13 Moving Day (from "Big Houses")
14 Picture (from"Big Houses")

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"Perhaps it's because of the slight rasp in Andres DelCastillo's voice or March Cesare's funky bass but Eight Seconds recalls the Fixx. The culprit is most likely Fixx producer Rupert Hine, who gives Almacantar an unmistakably '80s rock radio sheen. The Fixx was a British band that sounded American; Eight Seconds, on the other hand, was a Canadian group attempting to sound like an English band that sounded American. Best known for the single "Kiss You (When It's Dangerous)," Eight Seconds knew how to craft a hook just like their idols in the Fixx; Almacantar is bursting with them. The giddy synthesizers and sweaty vocals of "Kiss You (When It's Dangerous)" create a sensual atmosphere; the lyrics aren't deep -- you're supposed to be dancing, not thinking -- but catchy lines like "I won't kiss you if you want me to/It's much too easy with someone like you" are made for singing in the shower. "Call and a Cry" and "Sincere" borrow the Fixx's otherworldly keyboards and anthemic pop. If imitation really is the sincerest form of flattery then the Fixx should be blushing because Eight Seconds does it so well. Nearly every track on Almacantar could have been an FM hit -- even the oddly titled "Where's Bula" is hummable. The lads were also kind enough to include a moving ballad, "Just Pretend," for the ladies seduced by "Kiss You (When It's Dangerous)." ~ Michael Sutton, All Music Guide

Eight Seconds got its start as an entity when the members became aware of each other in various bands playing the Ottawa club scene. It was 1982 and Castillo, Levin and Milks had all just graduated from high school; encountering each other continuously in the local bars fostered a sort of mutual admiration society between them and they by the end of the summer of '82 they'd decided to form a band. They wrote and demoed their material to hone their chops until finding Cesare and Parent, and then hit the bars as Eight Seconds. They managed to slip the occasional original into their set of covers, one of which was "Where's Bula"? This song won them CHEZ 106's Sharechez '83 homegrown contest, so they contacted Corvideocom to make a video which got airplay on MuchMusic and MTV's Basement Tapes show, as well as winning the 1984 Canadian Film and Television Association's Best Music Video of the Year. These achievement's plus the band's potential attracted the attention of Allan White, owner of the video company. He sent them back into the studio to record a five-song EP, 1985's 'Ottava Rima' (pronounced Oh-ta-va Ree-ma), which charted in Ottawa both on CHEZ 106 FM and CFRA AM. Greg Torrington, music director at CHEZ 106, sent the EP to producer Rupert Hine (the Fixx, Howard Jones) in England, who was so impressed he went on the air in Ottawa and stated publicly that he wished to produce the band. This attention from Rupert caught the attention of the major labels and eventually the band signed with Polygram Records and then went to England to work with Hine. The result was their first full-length release, 'Almacantar', in 1987, and a Top 30 hit with "Kiss You (When It's Dangerous)". A second album was recorded in 1988 but management hassles and red tape kept the material on the shelf. By 1990 things had been worked out and WEA had come calling with a new deal, and their second album, 'Big Houses', was released. In 1987, however, Parent left the fold, and so they added an extra player for their live dates in 1990. The band was lost in the dissolution shuffle of their American record label, ATCO, and the band remained in limbo, effectively causing Eight Seconds to disband. Eight Seconds reunited, briefly, in 2002 to record a track for the 2004 Bullseye Records release "It Was 40 Years Ago Today: A Tribute To The Beatles" with their remake of the classic track 'Hey Jude'. (

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Tuesday, April 24, 2007


Electronic, Rock
Style: New Wave, Art Rock, Power Pop, Synth-pop, Experimental

LENNY AARON -- keyboards
CURT COSENTINO -- bass machine, synthesizer
CATHERINE OBLASNEY -- vocals, percussion
BILLY ROBERTSON -- guitar, vocals
TOMMY ROBERTSON -- guitars, electronics, violin
JOSEPH YANNECE -- drums, percussion, backing vocals


Philip Glass -- piano, additional keyboards
Kurt Munkacsi -- engineer
Dominick Maita -- engineer
Hugo Dwyer -- engineer
Nick Sangiamo -- photos
J.J. Stelmach -- art director

Producer - Kurt Munkacsi,Philip Glass

Tracklist :

01 Romantic Me (3:09)
02 Green For Go (3:40)
03 This Song (2:15)
04 Go West (3:22)
05 Your Dragging Feet (5:00)
06 No Love Lost (2:55)
07 Body Me (2:41)
08 Sound Alarm (3:01)
09 Bucket Rider (2:55)
10 Shut Your Face (2:13)
11 #7 (2:57)

Link to download :

First time on CD for this brilliant debut by the New York new wave band. Produced by Phillip Glass, this eclectic 1980 effort garnered the band excellent reviews and plenty of airplay on Alternative and College Radio as well as fledgling video shows (pre-MTV). The double A-side single 'Your Dragging Feet’ and ‘Romantic Me’ reached #69 on the Billboard Club Play Singles charts

"Polyrock could be pitched as Talking Heads under the tutelage of Philip Glass. Their music owes as much of a debt to Television and Brian Eno (specifically “Third Uncle”), but the Heads/Eno parallel seems to hold up the best. Yet by the time Polyrock arrived at the party (1980), the best hats were already taken, and somehow they got swept into the second wave of new wave artists like Suburban Lawns and Flying Lizards. Polyrock deserved better, but timing is everything in music. Led by brothers Billy and Tommy Robertson, this sextet made intelligent, agitated music that threw giddy melodies into the boiling stew of atonal angst and restless rhythms. Equally at home with instrumentals that sound like Peter Gunn on speed (“Bucket Rider”) and songs that suggest Ric Ocasek having a very bad day (“Romantic Me”), it’s still not a very big home. The eleven songs are driven by the same engine, loopy but never silly, as if in an alternate universe somewhere The B-52’s took themselves seriously. With all the name dropping I’m doing, you may be tempted to pick this up, and I sure wouldn’t stop you. Just a caveat: For me, Polyrock’s music has never come from musicians, and without a recognizable brand behind the band, this becomes principled and intelligent but ultimately faceless product. It’s not their fault, but if the band ever did any marketing (videos, radio singles, tours) it missed me, and I was paying attention to this sort of thing in 1980. Maybe it won’t trouble you this long after the fact, but I’ve always felt unsure about according them a high place in the heavens, maybe because sometimes the brightest stars aren’t the biggest, just the closest. If Philip Glass’ tight organ patterns push some of your buttons, however, Polyrock might push all of them."

"A better class of jangling jerking new wave. The surging hypnosis of "Your Dragging Feet" stands out & needs to be heard."

"Contains "Cries and Whispers" and "Love Song". Another great album by a talented band. Their stuff is hard to find but when you do find it, get it. You won't be disappointed."

"this is just as relevant as anything that came out of NYC in the late 70's - early 80's... why this band got treated so badly with time is one of music's great mysteries... excellent stuff from a band that is long overdue on getting the recognition it deserves."



Tracklist :

01 Intro
02 Green For Go
03 Interview
04 Shut Your Face
05 #7
06 Interview
07 Romantic Me
08 Go West
09 Interview
10 Sound Alarm
11 Station Identification Break
12 Return From Station ID
13 No Love Lost
14 Your Dragging Feet & Interview
15 Body Me
16 This Song
17 Philip Glass Interview 1
18 Philip Glass Interview 2
19 Bucket Rider
20 Outro

Link to download :

This is a collection of radio specials featuring the Interview with Philip Glass and his co-producer and Music


Philip Glass -- additional keyboards/Jill Jaffe -- violin/Maxine Newman -- cello/Kurt Munkacsi -- engineer/Mike Getlin -- engineer/Joaquin J. Lopes -- engineer/Dominick Maita (RPM) -- engineer

Producer - Kurt Munkacsi , Philip Glass

All songs written by Billy & Tommy Robertson unless noted

Tracklist :

01 Changing Hearts (2:55)
02 Love Song (4:46)
03 Quiet Spot (1:26)
04 Cries & Whispers (3:31)
05 Mean Cow (2:29)
06 In Full Circle (3:43)
07 Like Papers on A Rack (3:29)
08 The New U.S. (3:54)
09 Slow Dogs (3:46)
10 Hallways (2:24)
11 Rain (4:00)

Written By - John Lennon , Paul McCartney

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First time on CD for this brilliant sophomore album by the New York new wave band. Produced by Phillip Glass, this 1981 release continued in the same vein as the debut, although it contains more musical textures and a maturity in songwriting.

"this is one of the best albums of its time, a great listen from begin to fin, and a killer cover of "Rain" by the Beatles... In 2007, post-punk is alive and well, and perhaps now these guys will get the attention they rightly deserved all these years."

"Changing Hearts improves slightly on the band’s debut by opening the sound up with guitars to breathe a little freer. The compact arrangements, fast rhythms and repetitive melodies remain, but the end result is more varied and more fun. “Like Papers on a Rock” and a cover of The Beatles’ “Rain” are two of the album’s better tracks, and both show the band’s willingness to try something different. In trying to find a parallel for this music, I still struggle to get unstuck from Polyrock’s idiosyncratic sound; Wall of Voodoo mostly comes to mind. As with their debut, roughly half of the songs are instrumentals. That doesn’t cost the record the momentum you might think, though trying to distinguish between a “Slow Dogs” and “Hallways” could hurt your brain. In the field of alternative rock circa 1981, Polyrock fell on the artistic side of the fence. Their melodies are actually meticulous textures, crafted to achieve correct angles like a sonic sculpture. Presumably, that was the Glass influence at work, though the pop market was never going to accept a Glass factory the way they did Warhol’s tenants. The Heads’ success, which Polyrock might have shared, was predicated on the band’s energy as much as their strangeness. Watching David Byrne sing was like watching James Brown; you kept waiting for the guy to hit the wall and collapse. Polyrock never generated that kind of energy; perhaps they were too rigid. It’s the same reason why Utilitarianism never caught on, I suppose; it just wasn’t “sexy” enough. Changing Hearts may not be a sexy record, but it’s fundamentally sound as an amalgam of art and rock, perhaps reason enough to place Polyrock on a tiny pedestal of their own."

"I suppose I could gripe that both "Polyrock" and "Changing Hearts" could easily have fit onto one compact disc; but frankly I'm so delighted that both of these titles are finally available in the digital format that I'm not going to complain. Having worn out vinyl copies of both of these albums years ago, I can testify to the utter brilliance of this music. Still sounding as modern today as it did 25+ years ago, fans of Philip Glass, minimalism (God, I hate that word) and dance music will find much to adore here. That neither of these albums set the music world on fire shouldn't surprise anyone. Commercial, it's not. Intelligent, well-played and spectacularly-produced, it is. Open your ears, buy these discs and hear what you've been missing."


Bass [Electric] - Robert Belzer/Engineer - Bobby Nathan/Marimba - Bobby Nathan/Producer - Billy Robertson

Tracklist :

01 Working On My Love
02 Call Of The Wild
03 Chains Of Iron
04 Broken China
05 Indian Song

Link to download :

"Sometimes disappointments come from the other side. Polyrock went kaput far too soon. Or maybe they were just a half step from breakthrough... Finally, after about 20 years without, I've got me some Polyrock again, and I feel all the dumber for letting them escape my direct attention for all these years. If you've heard and liked Cowboys International, you'd like Polyrock."


Tracklist :

01 La So La Me (home demo)
02 Warm And dry (live Irving plaza)
03 Ever (demo)
04 Sounds Of Love (demo)
05 Me O My (demo)
06 Broken China (demo)
07 Toy Soldiers (demo)
08 #7 (Live at Hurrah)
09 Body Me (Live at Hurrah)
10 Lion's Share (Live at Irving Plaza)
11 Green For Go (Live at Hurrah)
12 Go West (Live at Hurrah)
13 Romantic Me (Live at Hurrah)
14 Indian Song (Live at Irving Plaza
15 No Love Lost (Live at Hurrah)

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"No Love Lost" is a posthumous collection of 1980 and 1983 live performances, plus unreleased studio demos dating up to 1984

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Formed in 1978, Polyrock was one of the first New York groups to explore post-disco/new-sensibility dance music. The sextet led by ex-Model Citizens singer/guitarist Billy Robertson gained unquestionable artistic credibility through the patronage of Philip Glass, who (with his producer, Kurt Munkacsi) produced and played on their two original albums. Polyrock combines minimalist repetition (the Glass influence) with electro-pop and smart, aware songs, then strips it all down to skin and bone for extremely singleminded dance music. Fascinating in its extremity.
Changing Hearts follows the same basic pattern but loosens up the sound, occasionally breaking away from austere dance music for a taste of straightforward pop, including a reworking of the Beatles' "Rain." Otherwise, Billy and Tommy Robertson write some of the most vulnerable songs this side of David Byrne, with solid (if lean) performances and production.
Following Tommy's departure (which left Polyrock a notably improved five-piece), his brother produced Above the Fruited Plain, five tracks with more character and melody than any of the group's previous releases. No Love Lost is a posthumous collection of 1980 and 1983 live performances, plus unreleased studio demos dating up to 1984.
Billy Robertson and backing vocalist Catherine Oblasney returned in 1990 with the band Nine Ways to Sunday, largely abandoning electronics in favor of acoustic instruments, though Robertson’s songwriting and vocals remain a case-study in caffeinated nervous energy. The opening track, "Midnight Train" is the album's best, but the rest is also enjoyable, a not-spectacular collection not far removed from the Woodentops or early James. For trainspotters, the lineup of Nine Ways to Sunday also included future Nine Inch Nails percussionist Charlie Clouser and cellist Enrique Tiru-Velel, who would flash in the '90s pan with the band Psychotica.[Steven Grant / Ira Robbins / Brad Reno]

Polyrock was an American post-punk/new wave band formed in New York City in 1978 and active until the mid-1980s. Strongly influenced by minimalism, the group was produced by the composer Philip Glass and Kurt Munkacsi. The band, led by singer/guitarist Billy Robertson (formerly of the group Model Citizen), had a keyboard-heavy, pattern-based sound strongly reminiscent of Glass's work; in fact, Glass performed on their first two albums.Polyrock's lineup also included vocalist Catherine Oblasney, guitarist Tommy Robertson, drummer Joseph Yannece, and keyboard player Lenny Aaron. The group signed with RCA by 1980, and delivered their debut album that same year. Two albums followed in 1981 (Changing Hearts and Electro-Romantic), but Polyrock disbanded in 1982.They were often compared by critics to Talking Heads, another band of the same era, though they never approached that band's fame

"Hi my name is Lenny Aaron, one of the original members of Polyrock. I'm not sure why I'm writing to you except to thank you for your interest in our long deceased band. I do believe it was a great time for music. I will give you a quickview of the band members. Me & Tommy Robertson and still very good friends and see each other often. Billy Robertson is living in Europe. Curt Cosentino died a few years back. I was very close with him and it was incredibly sad. I haven't heard from Joey Yanecce in years but he was living in New Jersey and doing well. Cathey Oblasney I believe is living in Brklyn. I was so surprised a few years ago when a friend downloaded all our music from [a well-known P2P service] and gave it to me on cd. Also I recently took the cassette tape ROIR released and burned it to cd. I don't know if you know but we were never happy with the production of our albums. We were much better live. BTW, I saw Philip [Glass] recently and he lives near me in the East Village and just had another child which he was glowing about. Saying something like, Wow, look at me 63 and still going. Anyway, thanks for your interest and kind words about our band. It really felt good to me and Tommy when we discovered it together surfing the net. Regards,Lenny I want to say thank you to everyone who has written to me about Polyrock over the last several months and I apologize for not responding to all of you personally. The offers of money to create CD's, requests for any copies of the music, and just thank you notes are being forwarded to the band in small increments. I know that they appreciate your kind words as well. In order to keep the music being heard, a MySpace page has been created for the band at where you can stream some of the tracks that were previously hosted here.


Alternative Pop/ Rock

William Robertson -Acoustic Guitar/Vocals
Charles Clouser - Drums/Percussion/Vocals/Electronic Sounds
Catherine Oblasney - Background Vocals
Dave Dale - Guitar/Vocals/Producer
Brian Stover - Background Vocals/Engineer
Sacha Frey - Harmonica/Keyboards/Vocals
Kenny Boyd -Vocals/Acoustic Bass
David Kloss, John Mrvos - Producer/Mixing
Henri Tirú-Vélez - Cello/Vocals
B.J. Ziemmerman - Background Vocals
Kari Steinert - Background Vocals
Amanda - Background Vocals

Tracklist :

01 Midnight Train
02 Get Back Home
03 Restless
04 Love and Money
05 Come Tell Me Now
06 Dance for Me
07 Only the Innocent
08 The Means Becomes the End
09 Fire and Rain
10 I Survive

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"Billy Robertson and backing vocalist Catherine Oblasney returned in 1990 with the band Nine Ways to Sunday, largely abandoning electronics in favor of acoustic instruments, though Robertson’s songwriting and vocals remain a case-study in caffeinated nervous energy. The opening track, "Midnight Train" is the album's best, but the rest is also enjoyable, a not-spectacular collection not far removed from the Woodentops or early James. For trainspotters, the lineup of Nine Ways to Sunday also included future Nine Inch Nails percussionist Charlie Clouser and cellist Enrique Tiru-Velel, who would flash in the '90s pan with the band Psychotica."

"Nine Ways to Sunday enter the ‘90s with an undying affection for the decade that preceded it. The band's self-titled debut from 1990 is almost like an essay on mid-‘80s college-radio sounds: crooned vocals; jangling guitars; shimmering keyboards; and hyperactive, propulsive drums. Like the Ocean Blue, Nine Ways to Sunday is an American group with an English crush. However, their sound is more stripped down than the Ocean Blue's. Nine Ways to Sunday could be seen as predecessors to Jars of Clay, at least in spirit. As with Jars of Clay Nine Ways to Sunday perform acoustic rock that transcends the limitations of the genre. "Midnight Train", the opening track, has toe-tapping percussion which quickly snag the ears. "Get Back Home" is as pretty and moody as the British artists -- probably The The or Echo & the Bunnymen -- that most likely inspired it. The lyrics aren't deep or weird like much of the songs from the band's ‘80s new wave heroes, but they're sung nicely. "The Means Become the End" is a dead ringer for Lloyd Cole and the synthesizer-laden "I Survive" could easily be mistaken for a New Order rarity. Released a year before grunge kicked new wave and most English music off of alternative radio, 9 Ways to Sunday is a fond farewell to the crystal days of ‘80s post-punk." ~ Michael Sutton, All Music Guide

"I am not sure why I am writing this review but maybe it is because there are no other reviews for this title. I own the CD and have for several years. It was bought on a whim at a local pawn shop and it was a very pleasant surprise. I like the sincerity of the music as well as the vocals. If you like rock fused with rockabilly and a touch of banjo, you will like this effort. They do a great job of carrying you from one song to the next and making you feel as if you are going through the same issues as they are. It is very real and very pleasing. "

Perfect Zebras -Zebra (1983)

Next time : Model Citizens and related (Model Citizens was the band of Billy Robertson before went on Polyrock) as The Dance

Monday, April 23, 2007

THE VELS posted by DJ Wave

Genre :
Electronic, Rock
New Wave, Synth Pop

VIDEO (lot of) :


Tracklist :

01 Tell Me Something
02 Secret Garden
03 Can't You Hear Me?
04 Coming Attractions
05 Look My Way
06 Day After Day
07 Private World
08 Hieroglyphics

Link to download (192 kbs) :

"These three Steven Stanley-produced Philadelphians don't just dance in their heads. Not only do they command the spare formal pop eloquence that many popdance minimalists claim and few get next to, they have a generous regard for pop pleasure. Their simple hooks add up to full-fledged tunes, their basic-English lyrics are more than runes. And singer Alice DeSoto is unaffected and vivacious, a rare combination. "


Tracklist :

01 Danger Zone
02 Girl Most Likely To
03 Way With Words
04 Face To Face
05 Hand In Hand
06 House Of Miracles
07 Souvenirs
08 Guardian Angel
09 Buried Treasure
10 Once Upon A Time

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From Philadelphia, Pennsylvania. Led by Alice DeSoto (Alice Cohen)(vocals) with Chris Larkin (keyboards) and Charles Hanson (bass). White dance pop with some of the first white girl rap ever to hit the pop charts, but this band had a distinct synthpop sound. Alice's mom was a popular big band leader in the Philadelphia area. After the band folded, Alice went on to play in Athens, GA band Die Monster Die and now records in the New York City based Espadrille. 1984-89 (
Chris Larkin later
worked together (wrote songs too) with Kenn Kweder . Info of Alice Cohan : see below

More info: Alice Cohan on myspace a new song from Alice

Many thanks Wave!!!:)

Sunday, April 22, 2007


Moulin Rouge are:
Alenka Smid Cena = Vocal
Matiaz Kosi Matiage = Keyboards, Programming and Vocal (he was a member of the Ex-Yugoslawien synth-poppers ,VideoSex)

Italo-Disco, Hi NRG


Boys Dont Cry


Tracklist :

01 Boys Don't Cry
02 High Energy Boy (More Energy Remix)
03 D.J. I Wanna Be Your Record
04 Stranger
05 Out Of Control
06 Baby I Miss You
07 You And Me
08 Sugar Candy Kiss
09 Don't Call The Stars From The Sky
10 Boys Don't Cry (Club Mix Version)

link to download :

TEA FOR TWO (1991)

All music & Lyrics by Matjaz Kosi - Matiage.Recorded at Moulin Rouge Studio - Ljublijana.Mixed at Palace Recording Studio - Udine by Furvio Zafret.

Tracklist :

01 Tea For Two
02 Get Over You
03 Fooling Me Too Long
04 Promised Land
05 Stop Wasting All My Love
06 Tell Me Daisy Tell Me
07 Killing My Soul
08 I Love You Baby
09 Good Bye Baby

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Moulin Rouge is a European italo disco group who had hits in the late 80's with the singles "Boys Don't Cry" and "High Energy Boy".

Wednesday, April 18, 2007

DAVID JAVELOSA and his early 80's projects

Electronic, Rock
New Wave, Electro

DAVID MICROWAVE - David Microwave EP (Posh Boy) 1980

Tracklist :

01 I Don't Want To Hold You
02 Clear Eyes
03 Echo Night
04 Last Night
05 No Way
06 Off Track Betts
07 Permissive
08 Record Player
09 Today's Days
10 Young & Ready

Link to download (192 kbs) :

LOS MICROWAVES - Life After Breakfast (Posh Boy) (1981)

Tracklist :

01 Time To Get Up
02 What's That Got To Do (With Loving You?)
03 Reckless Dialogue
04 T.V. In My Eye
05 Home Alone
06 Forever
07 Postponed Is Not Forgotten
08 La Voix Humaine
09 Coast To Coast
10 Is There Life After Breakfast?
11 You Bet
12 If You Want It....
13 Radio Heart

Link to download (192 kbs):

"Los Microwaves — David Javelosa (aka David Microwave), Meg Brazil and Todd Rosa — were a San Francisco trio in which synthesizers predominated. Although they issued 45s as early as 1979, their debut album came out in 1981, by which time leader Javelosa (who's done other production/playing jobs since) had done a five-song, 12-inch EP on his own, using musicians outside his band.
Life After Breakfast shows promise, employing machines to make music that is arty but not obtuse; the vocals (shared by Brazil and Javelosa) don't display the same restraint, too often wandering off into dissonant unpleasantness. On the whole, while the album has its moments, too much draggy material and annoying passages ankle it.
Javelosa's solo effort is much better, offering straightforward (for synths, that is) pop music with swirling keyboards (including familiar-sounding organ), acoustic drums and engaging vocals. The record shows polish, but retains a slightly amateurish sense, making it paradoxically complex and simple at the same time.
Baby Buddha, which involves Javelosa and some of Los otro Microwaves, is a concept piece — one side of his originals, the remainder irreverently synthed-up covers of such standards as "My Generation," "Stand by Your Man" and "All Shook Up." Although portions are both funny and fun, too much of it is merely an overly weird in-joke."[Ira Robbins]

"Posh Boy's synth/wave band. Like their previous single, this is generic early 80's synth pop with sound effects you just can't listen to anymore today. Some of the tracks aren't that bad, but all in all this remains a third-class clone of second-class UK bands"

"The FLEX! Discography of U.S. Punk and Hardcore very unfairly trounces upon this album by Los Microwaves, a squelchy synth outfit who were contemporaries of Tuxedomoon, Factrix and Dead Kennedys in the San Francisco scene. I originally heard of them through the more snotty and modern band
Le Shok, who did a great cover of the Los M. song “TV In My Eye” back at the end of the last century; upon digging deeper, I found the original Microwaves sound to be a little bit unsettling. Even when the band tried to sound happy — it came out weird! Who knows if this was intentional or not, but in any case, their album’s lead-off track, “Time To Get Up”, gives off the feeling of the ground underneath the listener buckling."

BABY BUDDHA - Music for Teenage Sex (Posh Boy) (1981)

Credits :
Charles Hornaday - vocals, guitar, electronics, drums
David Javelosa - vocals, electronics, clarinet

Tracklist :

01 We Are Not
02 Stand By Your Man

Vocals - Kathy Peck , Meg Brazill
03 All Shook Up
04 Your Cheatin' Heart

Vocals - Kathy Peck , Teena Rosen
05 Then I Sleep
Drums - Todd Rosa
06 My Generation
07 Little Things

Poet Laureate - Robbie Fields/ Vocals - Meg Brazill
08 All Night Long
09 Robot Police
10 Stand By Your Man - Part Two
Synthesizer, Vocals - Meg Brazill/Vocals - Kathy Peck

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Born from late night improvisations in the San Francisco new wave club scene, the live band featured different players from several other bands in the scene at the time. Performances would include music, projections, dance and performance art in both clubs and gallery spaces. In 1980, Howie Klein's 415 Records released their first single of Tammy Wynette's Stand By Your Man at 45 rpm on one side, and as an extended mix at 33 rpm on the flip side.
In 1981, "Music For Teenage Sex" was the first full length recording project with Poshboy Records. It featured Los Microwave's Meg Brazill, Poshboy Record's Robbie Fields, and Kathy Peck as "Tammy Why-not", who later went on to found H.E.A.R. The album was toured winter '81-'82 with a variety of different artists on each coast. The 1987 release of "Everyone Is My Age" on Hyperspace Communications, included players from both the east and west coasts. Guest artists included most notably: Kathy Peck, singer/songwriter Bonnie Hayes, soul diva Todd Lyon, ex-GoGo/BrianBrain bassist Margo Oliveria, journalist/guitarist Fred Schuster, and Meg Brazill as "Maria De Janeiro".Still performing together as a duo in Southern California after the turn of the 21st century, and continuing to evolve as a recording project, Baby Buddha looks forward to performing more music festivals, club venues and special events.

"Even in 1981 we had to be careful with the law ... the model used for this front cover shot was in her 20s even though she looked 12 or so. San Francisco's 415 Records had issued a single of BB's off the wall techno rendition of Stand By Your Man. Its interpreters, Charles Hornaday and David Javelosa then approached me about doing a full length effort. As "borrowed" vocalist Kathy Peck was still involved, I agreed. Kathy is now executive director for the H.E.A.R. foundation, educating the public and musicians in particular as to the dangers to hearing posed by amplified music. "

About Los Microwaves
Formed in 1978 during the height of the San Francisco punk/new wave scene, Los Microwaves was in the vanguard of synthesizer bands. The trio of Meg Brazill (bass guitar and vocals), David Javelosa (keyboards and vocals), and Todd “Rosa” Rosencrans (drums and bass) polished their signature techno-salsa groove (think Kraftwerk meets Tito Puente at the B-52’s house) as they toured the United States and Canada.

David Microwave
David Javelosa is a composer/technologist and game industry specialist based in Santa Monica, California. Previously he worked with Yamaha Corporation of America as an evangelist for their game audio technology. David is currently an instructor at Santa Monica College's Academy of Entertainment and Technology teaching interactive media; and composes electronic music for the Internet and live performance. He has created soundtracks for most of the major game consoles and has been involved with digital media since its inception. His interests include vintage synthesizers, remixing pop bands and sci-fi soundtracks, yoga, scuba diving, skiing and raising his protégé. Examples of his work can be heard at: David Javelosa, AKA David Microwave, began by releasing a solo EP in 1980 with catchy Synthpop and the Zonk (Zolo+Punk) "Record Player". In 1981, his Los Microwaves group puts out "Life after Breakfast", which contains Zolo, Synthpunk, and New Wave. The same year he collaborates with Charles Hornaday and members of Los Microwaves in the group Baby Buddha, which releases only "Music for Teenage Sex". That album includes dissonant electronic cover tunes and some wacky originals. All work on the Posh Boy record label. From San Francisco.

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Can you imagine as Air playing with Cocteau Twins and Brendan Perry (Dead Can Dance) together?

Real Name:
Örlygur Þór Örlygsson


ÖLVIS (2004)

Tracklist :

01 Goodnight
02 The Sea
03 Go Very Far
04 Say
05 Tonight
06 Fonia
07 Orion
08 Do You See The Light?
09 Look Around
10 The Sun
11 Waterfall

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"The Resonant label seems to be fast making a name for itself as one of the most consistant leftfield / acoustic hybrid labels working in the UK today. Following on from excellent debuts by Borko, Stafrann Hakon and Sk/Um, Resonant look towards the unusual climes of Iceland once again for another fine discovery – Olvis. The music here inhabitsmore familiar territory, concentrating almost solely on warm, engaging guitar-based instrumental pieces - hugely accessible but without being generic or staid in any way. The first release of 25 year-old Orlygur Thor Orlygsson, this also features contributions from several leading lights on the vibrant Reykjavik music scene, but the album is essentially the work of one man; all written, recorded and played by Orlygur, with drums and synth added by his guests. There is a serene, twilight quality to “Olvis” that makes itself familiar from the first listen onwards – a cinematic glide of tracks will no doubt work its way onto adverts and countless film scores once discovered by the “right” people. In the meantime, keep it close to your chest. Wonderful."(


Tracklist :

01 Acid Trip Festival (3:54)
02 Time Capsule (3:33)
03 Pacific Island (3:34)
04 Mental Freedom (3:47)
05 Moving to Mars (3:23)
06 Warfare & Welfare (4:06)
07 Jupiter (3:47)
08 Sound Sleep (3:09)
09 Whispering Glades (3:30)
10 Blue Sound (3:34)
11 End of a Night (5:04)

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Album Description
Second album from Orlygur Thor Orlygsson, almost exactly a year on from his self-titled debut - an album that garnered rapturous praise in certain quarters. Orlygur is a 26-year old philosophy student from Reykjavik who has been interested and involved in music for half of his life. The overall feel of "The Blue Sound" follows on from where his first album left off, packed with warmth and emotion, and without any obvious comparisons in the current musical climate. Whereas his debut was effectively instrumental, aside from occasional understated background vocals, "The Blue Sound" heralds a massive progression for Olvis; six of the eleven tracks here feature Orlygur singing in Icelandic, layered over epic, lush orchestration, to stunning effect. Intriguingly, the album also features SIGUR ROS drummer Orri Dyrason on four tracks, and fellow Sigur Ros member Georg Holm on two tracks - the first time they've appeared together as guest musicians on a record. Similarly, also guesting on "The Blue Sound" is Maria Huld Markan Sigfusdottir, violinist with AMINA, Sigur Ros' string quartet. Elsewhere on the album are members of APPARAT ORGAN QUARTET and SK/UM, as well as other highly respected Reykjavik musicians. The entire album was written and produced by Orlygur himself, and has undoubted crossover potential, with potential appeal to the chillout crowd (a track from his debut album opens the new Global Underground "Afterhours 2" compilation) as well as followers of Sigur Ros, Stafraenn Hakon and beyond."

"Either I'm losing my marbles, or Mogwai's 'Rock Action' seems to be having an inordinately large influence on recent releases. The newest artist to stride forth wearing their Scot Post Rock armband is Iceland's Olvis (aka Orlygur Thor Orlygsson) whose second album, 'The Blue Sound', is an orchestra drenched collection of understated songs which radiate naturally towards the less boisterous end of the musical spectrum. Opening with the beautifully fermented beats of 'Acid Trip Festival', Olvis goes on to pull a whole load of jazz from his hat and ends up sounding not unlike the theme tune for 'Tales of the Unexpected'. But in a good way. With an almost 50/50 split in terms of tracks with or without vocals, when Olvis does sing it is always in Icelandic, lending the songs a sense of mystique and heritage that would easily have been lost in English. With loquacious musical flourishes springing up like Juturna, Olvis dabbles in some sunshine-drenched psych-rock on 'Mental Freedom', has a bout pop writing on 'Warfare and Welfare' and thoroughly proves my Mogwai thesis on 'Moving to Mars'. This is a simply exquisite album, those of you who picked up this guy’s debut will more or less know what to expect, those of you who didn’t will have just discovered a real hidden gem. Highly Recommended."

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BRAVADO (2007)

Tracklist :

01 Intro
02 Future Is Now
03 Wintertime
04 Dream On
05 Go Ape
06 War Chant
07 Wake Up Now
08 Fight The Power
09 Space Mission
10 Vincent Price
11 Song For Love
12 Everything Is Energy
13 Bravado
14 Merge With The Infinite

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"Third album from Icelandic maverick Orlygur Thor Orlygsson, following last year's much-adored second full length "The Blue Sound" and the previous year's eponymous debut. Continuing the linear progression evident from first album to second, "Bravado" raises the bar further, with an equal split between lush instrumentals and hypnotic full vocal tracks (in his native tongue). With comparisons and appeal across the board, from chillout to Richard Hawley, Olvis' music defies classification, but ultimately has a heartwarming, relaxing, all-encompassing feel that renders pigeonholing unnecessary.As with "The Blue Sound", "Bravado" features the A-list of Reykjavik musicians as a supporting cast within its fourteen tracks: SIGUR ROS drummer Orri Dyrason plays drums on four tracks, with fellow SIGUR ROS member Georg Holm playing bass on two tracks, along with percussion and drums on three tracks from APPARAT ORGAN QUARTET's Arnar Geir Omarsson and violin from Maria Huld Markan Sigfusdottir from AMINA (Sigur Ros' string quartet) on one track. The whole album was written and produced by Orlygsson himself, and was recorded mainly at Sigur Ros' Sundlaugin studio during the fall of 2005, and lyrically touches upon Orlygur's disillusionment with global capitalism and US hegemony - not that you'd know it, unless you speak Icelandic..." "‘Bravado’ is the reverb-drenched third album from Icelandic feller Orlygur Thor Orlygsson and for those of you not in the know, Ölvis is pronounced Elvis, hence making it funny… or something. Still, as soon as you fire up the amplification circuits on your home stereo system you’ll realise why the man known as Orlygur has named himself this way. Beneath a quagmire of reverb you’ll find some kind of distorted vision of rock ‘n roll, something like David Lynch reworking the Back to the Future soundtrack assisted by Stereolab… yep it’s good stuff and as hazily beautiful as you’d hope. We all fell in love with the man’s ‘The Blue Sound’ a couple of years back for similar reasons, that Scandinavian prog-rock sensibility crossed with some kind of washed-out lounge, but this is even more honed, even more intimately realised and comes across as his best work yet. He even ropes in some famous friends to help him along a little; Sigur Ros drummer Orri Dyrason lends his sticks to a few tracks, his bandmate Georg Holm plays bass, Apparat Organ Quintet’s Arnar Geir Omarsson percussion and AMINA’s Maria Huld Markan Sigfusdottir helps along with some of her haunting violin. It’s a pretty stellar lineup of Icelandic talent so it’s hardly surprising the end result is so effortlessly good. With one foot in 1955 and one in 2010 we get an album which truly feels like it has scope, and while the songs can occasionally wash over you like space-dust the record as a whole is hard not to get caught up in. An exercise in style and effortless cool, I’m sure Mark Lamarr would approve..."


OLVIS 'Olvis (RESCD008) CD 2004
OLVIS 'The Blue Sound' (RESCD014) CD 2005
OLVIS 'Bravado' (RESCD021) CD 2007

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Various - RADIONOME (1982) for Minimal - Wave lovers!

Style: Synth-pop, Minimal

Label: VPRO

Tracklist :

01 Stephen Emmer You See You
02 Van Kaye & Ignit The Heat
03 Van Kaye & Ignit Whirlwind
04 Van Kaye & Ignit Alice Notley
05 Nine Circles Twinkling Stars
06 Nine Circles What's There Left
07 Smalts Werktitel 10
08 Smalts Werktitel 4
09 Cargo Cultis La Peste
10 Cargo Cultis Stick At No Scruples
11 Genetic Factor Action Spot

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One of the best radio programmes of the early eighties was Radionome from Richard Zeilstra (Genetic Factor),the compilation was called after his radio show.
RULES OF ROCK by guitarist Robert Strain 1) All sax players look the same 2) All drummers are mad, and are always late 3) All singers are vain and precious 4) All keyboard players are slightly eccentric - 'boffins' 5) All bass players are sensible (van driving, arranging gigs, doing the accounts) 6) All guitarists are handsome and brilliant - well, I would say that ;-) Actually, all guitarists just want to play guitar (we can't be bothered with all the other nonsense). Well, that and attend to all the women the singer rejects! :)