Monday, December 27, 2010
Ziro Baby is/was the man/kid behind Tronics and Zarjaz, as well as anything "Freakapuss" related. Probably one of the most interesting and strange characters to come out of the Punk/New Wave era, especially by constantly reinventing himself into whatever he felt like doing. After Tronics, he began Zarjaz as an exercise in "Baroqueabilly," which sounded a lot like Wendy Carlos' Bach recordings on A Clockwork Orange. Then, out of nowhere, Zarjaz releases this "Inter Block Rock" EP which is a DiY noise-pop record. Maybe just to prove that he can do it as good as anyone else at the time? One of these songs ("TV On In Bed") is a revved up version of the Tronics track on "Love Backed By Force."
There's a good chance of all Tronics/Zarjaz material being reissued on a friend's label. Exciting news, I'll update when that happens.
A great interview here: http://everetttrue5.wordpress.com/2009/07/21/plan-b-the-archives-18-the-tronicsles-zarjaz/
Link to EP: http://www.mediafire.com/?1mld6xlbbkz65qr
Video greeting from Ziro.
Sunday, December 26, 2010
The first and only 7" by Swedish post-punk/synth act Lektion. Some nice noises on here. The b-side is an instrumental.
Saturday, December 25, 2010
Another Boston post-punk band, this 7" came in a pretty non-descript sleeve with basic labels and pretty much no information. The tracks are a nice American take on "Movement" era Joy Division, maybe a little "rockier" with guitar playing not unlike John McGeoch's work in the Banshees.
Orange Disaster (named after an Andy Warhol piece) was the first incarnation of The Perfect Disaster, who wound up on the great Fire Records label by the mid-80's. Phil Parfitt, the songwriter, was also nebulously involved in Spacemen 3/Spectrum recordings later on in the 80's and 90's. All 3 tracks on this 7" are great, with sparse drum machine, cutting guitars, restrained vocals and tasteful (don't be scared) saxophone. The last two tracks are definitely "psychedelic" in the repetitive Suicide/Spacemen/Seeds way.
I'm sure this has been on a Messthetics or "Kilt By Death" but I don't think the entire 7" was on either. Excellent proto-indiepop DiY from Edinburgh, Scotland. Sharing a bit of the Scottish sound you hear on early Orange Juice, Skids and Josef K records. All three songs are great. I wonder what happened to these guys and if there's more material out there. "Event To Come" is particularly fantastic.