Σάββατο, 9 Νοεμβρίου 2013

Gavin Friday - Adam 'n' Eve (LP, vinyl rip). 1992.

This is the second LP by the singer of Virgin Prunes. He's still teaming with the inspired musician Maurice "The Man" Seezer.

  Their love for the cabaret - style music and melancholic miniature songs is obvious here. 
   From the twisted euro-pop of  "I want to live" to the T.Rex homage "King of trash" and the melodramatic atmosphere of "Falling off the edge of the world" (fantastic duet with the American singer Maria Mc Kee - sister of Bryan Mc Lean, guitarist and sometime singer of the groundbreaking 60's psychedelic band Love) the record is a continuous adventure!

My favorite track is "Where in the world", a darkwave masterpiece that taking us back to the glory days of Virgin Prunes.
The file contains all the artwork and the lyrics and its ripped from the original vinyl record to 320 mp3.

Σάββατο, 12 Οκτωβρίου 2013

Died Pretty - Free Dirt (LP, vinyl rip). 1986.

   Dusty psychedelia from the heart of the Australian desert!
   Died Pretty was formed in 1983 in Sydney and they were a dirty diamond inside the Australian rock scene. Influenced by The Stooges, Velvet Underground and punk rock they let their imagination free so they created a unique sound that can sink your mind in a hazy psychedelic nightmare!

   This first LP was released in 1986 and it remains a milestone for the alternative scene. 
   This is no "indie rock" - this is Stooges tripping with LSD!

The band released eight albums from 1986 till 2000.
For more information check here

 One of my most favorite records ever.

Ripped from the original vinyl to mp3 320.

Τετάρτη, 28 Αυγούστου 2013

Ding An Sich - The Wanderer And His Shadow (LP, vinyl rip). 1995.

Ding An Sich is one of the oldest and the best wave bands of Greece
They started their career in the middle '80's with a darkwave sound but they soon  developed their music adding ethereal elements together with electronica, pop and experimental. 
The band proved to be an open minded and talented group of musicians, earning one place in the history of the European wave scene.
This is their second LP. While their early work is mostly based on guitar, this LP is mainly based on synths
The lighter side of this LP includes dance beats mixed with ethereal female vocals and dreamy melodies.It also contains some surprises, like the use of traditional instruments (oud and small bouzouki) in the second song.
Check out this post for their first vinyl single.

This is an excellent LP strongly recommended! 
Ripped from the original vinyl to mp3 320.
Take it from here

Παρασκευή, 23 Αυγούστου 2013

Re-uploads - Shit Hit The Fan EP (1995) / The Birthday Party - The Bad Seed EP (1982).

 Shit Hit The Fan EP

Greek punk industrial band from 1995.
Ripped from the original vinyl to wav.


 The Birthday Party - The Bad Seed EP

The last record - four excellent songs! Ripped from the original vinyl to wav.


Τετάρτη, 21 Αυγούστου 2013

Fragmenta IV (va compilation, vinyl rip). 1992.

   This compilation was released with the issue #6 of the great greek fanzine "Stis Skies tou B-23" in spring of 1992.
  It contains some of the best greek rock groups of the 90s covering a wide range of styles. 
   We travel through the gothic rock of Illusion Fades, Three Miles Away and Outland to the dark electronic fields of Raw (Yannis Papaioannou and Makis Faros, the two main members of Rehearsed Dreams are here) and the record ends with four of the best hardcore punk bands of the greek scene in the 90's. 
   "Stis Skies tou B-23" was one of the best fanzines of the underground rock culture in Greece ever (alive from 1988 till 1996). Five of the issues contained vinyl records with underground greek bands.
   This is a part of the history of greek rock and some of the songs here are killers. My favorite bands are Black House's, Kinonika Apovlita (Social Waste), Illusion Fades (5 excellent gothic rock records by this band) and Raw, but all the songs are in a very good level.

                                       Arnitiki Stasi

This has never been released in cd. Ripped from the vinyl record to 320 mp3.
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Τρίτη, 23 Ιουλίου 2013

Brigade Internationale - Regard Extreme (LP, vinyl rip, 1984 recordings). 2009.

This is one of the best darkwave (or "coldwave") records that France gave to the world! 

Recorded in 1984 and published in tape, remained a legendary piece of art and very hard to find untill 2009, when the greek record label Ειρκτή records re-mastered the songs and released this wonderfull vinyl record (500 copies only).

The name of the band comes from the international revolutionary brigades that came to Spain to fight against fascists in the civil war (1936 - 1939). 

Brigade Internationale was an excellent band. Their music is based in bass and keyboards that create beautifull melancholic melodies. The use of trombone gives a specific character to the personality of the band. The result is cold and dark soundscapes that make this band special and this LP one of the best records of the so-called "coldwave" scene of France.
A true 80's diamond!

Σάββατο, 13 Ιουλίου 2013

Red Temple Spirits - "If tomorrow i were leaving for Lhasa i wouldn't stay a minute more..." (LP, vinyl rip). 1989.

Red Temple Spirits was a post punk band from Los Angeles formed in 1987. They created  hallucinating music influenced by 60's psychedelia and 80's dark wave

   You can easily trace Roky Erickson and Pink Floyd together with Cure and Savage Republic in their music but the personality of the band is strong enough to create their own wonderful style. This record ends with a breathtaking version of "Set the controls for the heart of the sun", the psych mastepiece of Pink Floyd.

Their genius mix of psychedelia and gothic rock was also melded with Native American (in their first record) and Tibetan mysticism (in this one).

  They had only two LPs ("Dancing to restore an eclipsed moon" in 1988 and "If tomorrow i were leaving for Lhasa i wouldn't stay a minute more..." in 1989), and one single ("New Land/ Exodus from Lhasa" in 1989) but these were enough to keep the legend of the band alive through the decades.

                                              Get ready for a real trip!

Dream a little dream here

Τρίτη, 2 Ιουλίου 2013

Re-uploads: Stained Veil - Metro Decay - The Reporters

 Stained Veil - Livin on leavin (LP, vinyl rip). 1986.
 The legendary and rare LP by this excellent darkwave/punk band from Thessaloniki, Greece.

Metro Decay - Ypervasi (LP, vinyl rip). 1984
The best greek "dark wave" -or whatever- LP of all times in my opinion. Taking the path of Joy Division and Durutti Column as far as possible, they create magical moments. No need to say more, this record has been re-released some times, this is ripped from the original vinyl, in 320 mp3.

Download  here

Metro Decay - Keimilia / Skies (7" single, vinyl rip). 1983. Their first vinyl release. The two best songs of this incredible band!
Ripped from the original vinyl to wav

Download  here

The Reporters- Computer world / I wanna know (7" single, vinyl rip). 1982. Greek new wave at its best! 
Ripped from the original vinyl to wav.

Σάββατο, 22 Ιουνίου 2013

Wipe Out! presents 12 raw greek groups (compilation, LP + single, vinyl rip). 1988.

   The legendary compilation of a legendary record label! 
   Wipe Out was one of the biggest independent record companies in '80's and '90's in Greece, as it released a lot of greek rock records (from punk and thrash tο electro and darkwave) by some of the greatest bands of that time.
   This compilation was released in 1988 and it contains 12 bands from all over greece (Lp plus a 7" single containing the last three bands). Psychedelic garage - punk is the predominant kind of music here - but not the only one!
   Some of the bands here are top class! Villa 21 (they play an excellent cover of Neil Young's classic "Hey Hey My My" which is ably mixed with Pink Floyd's psychedelic masterpiece "Set the controls for the heart of the sun"), Melting Ashes (fuzzy garage psych-punk), New Rose (with an almost Paisley Underground sound) and Flowers of Romance (their first appearance on vinyl with an unbelievable gothic punk elegy) are my favourites.
   Anyway the whole compilation is high quality hallucinating garage from the heart of the '80's!

1. New Rose - Down to the riverside
2. Scoria - Man of the crowd
3. Brush - Obsession
4. Groupies - Lisa says
5. Panx Romana - Kykneio asma
6. Melting Ashes - The midnight bar
7. Hip T. Wah - Fear
8. Tripmakers - This little woman
9. Villa 21 - Hey Hey My My
10.Feedbacking the Grass - Evil Touches
11.Dreamrunners - Angie says
12.Flowers of Romance - Autumn kids

Download  here

Δευτέρα, 17 Ιουνίου 2013

Greek darkwave - 5 vinyl singles from the past!

Into The Abyss - International Comedy - Clown - Fear Condition - Ding An Sich.
Some new - some re-uploads.

   Into The Abyss - La Soeur D' Icare / Banner of the fray (7" single, vinyl rip). 1994.
Into The Abyss was a greek/german gothic band active through the '90's and the '00's, based in Frankfurt - Germany. They released 3 excellent albums. The man behind the band was the singer and guitar player Yanis Kalifatidis (great voice!). Today Yanis Kalifatidis plays with Penny Dreadfull. This vinyl single was released in 1994 and contains two of their best songs in different version.

 International Comedy - No Escape / It's obvious (recorded in 1985, 7" single, vinyl rip). 2012. Plus 3 songs from the 1984 compilation "Sounds and noises of the SKG". 
This is the hidden diamond of the greek dark scene of the 80's. 

Clown - Clown / Lefka Kelia (7" single, vinyl rip). 1983
I guess you can find this in other blogs too, but i really love this single! It was the only record from this minimal synth trio, re-released by Ειρκτή records in 2012. Two anxious songs - a glorious moment of the past of the greek underground!

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Ding An Sich - And.../Wandering... (7" single, vinyl rip). 1989.
Ding An Sich is one of the best greek bands, active since the '80's. This single is their fιrst vinyl, released in limited copies in 1989.

Fear Condition - One flew over the cuckoo's nest / Living in fear (1985 recordings, 7" single, vinyl rip). 2012.

The legendary 80's darkwave band from Thessaloniki. Two excellent songs. Sax and tribal drums!

All the songs are ripped from the vinyl record to wav for better sound quality (except International Comedy which is mp3 - 320 bitrate). All the files contain all the artwork! Enjoy!

Πέμπτη, 13 Ιουνίου 2013

Catastrophe Ballet - Monologues of the past and the future ( mini LP, vinyl rip). 1991.

   This is the ultra rare first Lp by this excellent german band. Cut only in 1000 copies and mostly sold at concerts is now a legendary gothic record.

   Catastrophe Ballet formed at Pitburg - Germany in 1989 and after the release of this LP they started touring with great bands of the gothic scene (Shadow Project, Cassandra Complex, Die Krupps...).

   They added some electronic and industrial elements in their music later but this first record is guitar based first class gothic rock with the influence of Fields of the Nephilim mix with the influence of Bauhaus and Christian Death. The last song of this mini LP was a huge succes in the start of their career, one of the best gothic songs of that time.

01. Shadow Reich
02. Somnambulists
03. Trust myself
04. Der Taucher (Father Death - Mother Life)
05. Black Fire

Monologues here

Σάββατο, 1 Ιουνίου 2013

The Vietnam Veterans - Catfish Eyes And Tales (LP, vinyl rip). 1987.

   Take this unforgettable trip to the psychedelic world of The Vietnam Veterans! The french band revived the psychedelia of the '60's under the leadership of the genious Mark Enbatta
 They released six albums during the '80's and this is their last studio album. Mark Enbatta himself announces the end of the band in the inner cover.
 Here we have a great band playing long psychedelic anthems with the keyboards having the main role as they create stunning hypnotic melodies.

The record ends with an unbelievable version of the legendary psychedelic anthem "The days of pearly spencer".
 Some years ago The Vietnam Veterans reunited and they released an excellent album.

01. Dead breams don't bite
02. Southern Comfort
03. Maybe you think
04. Time is the worst
05. Crying
06. Catfish eyes and tales
07. Medley
(a. Distant drums
b. Sea horse
c. Days of pearly spencer)

Enjoy  here

Τρίτη, 28 Μαΐου 2013

Berlin Brides - Rejection Junkie / Off the Rack (7" single, vinyl rip). 2010.

   Two extraordinary girls from Greece making fresh, exciting minimal synth music!      
   They have released this 7" single vinyl record and a Long Play vinyl in Inner Ear records.   
   Their influences come from everywhere, starting at synth pop and ending at synth punk!
   They remind me a more pop version of the great synth bands of the 80's (like The Vyllies playing pop!). Their lyrics is another wonderfull thing about them!    Personal (some of them very personal!) confessions of a clever and emotional woman living in today's paranoia.

I ripped the vinyl single to wav for better sound quality.
All of you who love minimal synth music should visit their site and the label's site and order their records.

Dance and think  here

Δευτέρα, 15 Απριλίου 2013

Re-uploads: Ruts DC - Virgin Prunes

      Ruts DC - Animal Now (1981). 
The legendary LP by The Ruts. One year after the death of Malcolm Owen the band returns with a dark masterpiece. Vinyl rip.
Follow the signs

Virgin Prunes - Love lasts forever / True life story (1986).
Vinyl rip. Two excellent songs produced by Dave Ball!
Take it here


Κυριακή, 7 Απριλίου 2013

Re-uploads: Au Pairs - The Sound - ACHMI

The Sound - Iron Years EP (ripped from 12" vinyl to wav). The last record from this beloved band with three excellent songs. Enjoy  here

Au Pairs - Diet / It's obvious. 7" single vinyl record from 1980. Two funk punk dynamites from their first album. "It's obvious" is in a different version. Sorry for the scratches! Follow the dance here.

Nick Sebekopoulos - ACHMI. A dreamy solo work by the guitar player of the legendary greek band The Drops. Electric guitar and greek lyrics create a strange bittersweet atmosphere. Take the trip  here.

Πέμπτη, 4 Απριλίου 2013

The Crazed - Black Skies Roll (EP, vinyl rip). 2012.

  Dark, hellish, raw psychoblilly from Thessaloniki! The Crazed play since 2000 but they released their first LP "Moonlight's Out" in 2010. 

  This is their second vinyl - an Extended Play vinyl (limited copies) with five soul crashing doomed psychobilly anthems. They also play an excellent cover of "Thirteen" by Misfits.

  All of you who love ghoulish dark roots psychobilly should support the band buying the record. Check the label's site  here.

I ripped the vinyl record to wav so you can enjoy some better sound quality here.

Τετάρτη, 6 Μαρτίου 2013

Venus In Furs - Dead Europe (LP, vinyl rip). 2012.

This is the second and most recent LP by this amazing Greek darkwave band. They formed in the middle '80s when the darkwave was turning into gothic and they became a legendary band. Their first record was released in 2010 including the songs from the '80s and in 2012 another LP was out with new songs.

Their unique talent in making deeply melancholic excellent songs is still there! With the originality of the past and the technology and ideas of now, this is one of the best "gothic" records of 2012.

These songs were released in vinyl only by B-other side records (only 300 copies) so all you vinyl lovers can order your record in the label's site.

01. Kingdom of nothing
02. Paradox visit
03. Gravity shatters
04. Dead Europe
05. Under my house
06. The gift

Take it  here

Κυριακή, 3 Φεβρουαρίου 2013

Killing Joke - Revelations (LP, vinyl rip). 1982.

   Killing Joke’s gothic rock grew exponentially more sludgy and brutal with each passing album; by the mid 80s they were basically a metal band. Still, their early records were terrific: particularly their third, Revelations, which they recorded with krautrock overlord Conny Plank
   During the making of the album the band immersed themselves in the occult, succumbing to the paranoia that such an obsession inevitably yields, especially when paired with heavy drug use.
    In 1982, right after the release of this record, singer Jaz Coleman moved to Iceland, in order to survive the imminent apocalypse, with his bandmates following soon after. The apocalypse never came, and Killing Joke duly lost their mojo (from Fact magazine).
   This third album is characterized by "the wall of sound" production with Kraut rock elements. Two of their best tracks are here: "The Hum" (a gothic/metal/kraut masterpiece) and the speedy metal-punk "Land of milk and honey".

 The file contains the songs and the artwork.
Enjoy here

Σάββατο, 26 Ιανουαρίου 2013

"In Goth Daze" - VA Compilation (LP, vinyl rip). 1989

   This strange and rare compilation (the full title is "In goth daze - Now that's what we call real music") was released in England by Flicknife records back in 1989 and it includes some amazing music of horror and decay by some great bands.
  Mystery, horror, craziness, fun, decay, hallucinations, humor, dance beats, they are all here!
 If you love darkwave, gothic and deathrock you'll enjoy this compilation. I think this has never been released in cd and the vinyl record is really rare. My favorite track is "Vegas" - a monolithic gothic masterpiece!

01. Specimen - Hex
02. Nico - Vegas
03. Alien Sex Fiend - I walk the line
04. 39 Clocks - Psychotic Louie Louie
05. Bone Orchard - Kicking up the sawdust
06. Alien Sex Fiend - Can't stop smoking
07. Specimen - Sharp teeth, pretty teeth
08. Zero Le Creche - Last year's wife
09. In Excelsis - Carnival of the Gullible
10. Play Dead - The Tenant

Take it here

Παρασκευή, 4 Ιανουαρίου 2013

Venus In Furs - New Horizon (LP, vinyl rip). 2010.

   Venus In Furs is another excellent dark wave/gothic band from the Greek '80's. Their sound was early gothic rock with a strange and deep melancholy running through all the songs.
   Despite however, their exceptional live appearances and their 3 demos, recorded from summer 1985 until their final split in 1993, their only musical inheritance was the extremely rare album “New Horizon”, in 13 copies!! The limited number of copies resulted due to numerous technical sound problems that lead to the discontinuance of the album’s production.
   20 years later, the founding members of the band met again to play and record these legendary songs. The result was this beautiful album, released in 2010 by B-other Side records in limited number of copies (250), in vinyl only.

This is authentic '80's dark wave/gothic by a highly inspired band. Venus In Furs still play and they have a new album called "Dead Europe" which you can order here
The file contains the songs and all the artwork.
Take it here 

Τετάρτη, 2 Ιανουαρίου 2013

Not 2 Without 3 - End of the day / Under the flag (7" single, 1985 recordings, vinyl rip). 2012.

   Not 2 Without 3 was one of the most active and inspired bands among the greek new wave scene in the beggining of the '80's.
    Nevertheless their only vinyl appearance was two songs in the legendary compilation "Outsiders" in 1985. 
   Almost 30 years later two more songs are coming from the dark past to the darker present!
   Not 2 Without 3's anxious gloomy sound, inspired from the dark english scene of that time, seems to fit perfectly in today's social atmosphere.
   So if you have a record player you may still have the time to order this excellent packaged vinyl single from the site of Eirkti. The record was released in limited number of copies (400) in vinyl only in 2012.
   Another diamond from the greek darkwave scene of the '80's!

The file contains the 2 songs and all the artwork
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