Friday, March 27, 2015

Flexipop Retrospective

This week we take a look at the brief history of Flexipop magazine and the colorful 7" singles folded in its pages.

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The Jam - Boy About Town (Issue 02)
Madness - My Girl (Issue 19)
Hazel O'Connor - D. Days (Issue 09)
Bow Wow Wow - Elimination Dancing (Issue 18)

Depeche Mode - Sometimes I Wish I Was Dead (Issue 11)
Fad Gadget - King of the Flies (Issue 11)
Soft Cell - Metro MRX (Issue 12)
B. Movie - Remembrance Day (Issue 12)

Adam and the Ants - A.N.T.S. (Issue 04)
XTC - Looking for Footprints (Issue 16)
Haircut 100 - Nobody's Fool (Issue 17)
The Associates - Even Dogs in the Wild (Issue 20)

Bauhaus - God in an Alcove (Isssue 23)
The Cure - Lament (Issue 22)
Toya - Sphinx (Issue 08)

Marc Almond and Friends - Discipline (Throbbing Gristle cover - Issue 24)

Read an article about the magazine's history written by Flexipop co-founder Tim Lott here.

A colorful, glossy Adam Ant feature from Flexipop No. 4, March 1981:

Friday, March 13, 2015

New Swervedriver Record

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Swervedriver - For Seeking Heat (Mezcal Head - 1993)
Ride - Drive Blind (Ride EP - 1990)
Catherine Wheel - Texture (Ferment - 1992)

The Raveonettes - Killer in the Streets (Pe'Ahi - 2014)
Dum Dum Girls - Girls Intuition (Rimbaud Eyes 7" - 2014)
Thee Oh Sees - Web (Mutilator Defeated at Last - Out 5/18)
Ringo Deathstarr - God's Dream (God's Dream - 2014)

Television - Days (Adventure - 1978)
Mazzy Star - Things (I'm Less Here 7" - 2014)
J. Mascis - Fade Into You (Mazzy Star cover) (Fade Into You 7" - 2014)
Dean Wareham - Happy and Free (Dean Wareham - 2014)

Swervedriver - Setting Sun (I Wasn't Born To Lose You - 2015)
Swervedriver - English Subtitles (I Wasn't Born To Lose You - 2015)
Swervedriver - Days (Television cover) (Setting Sun 7" - 2014)

Friday, March 6, 2015

Existential Disco

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Doldrums - Loops (The Air Conditioned Nightmare - Out 4/7)
Crystal Castles - Vanished (Crystal Castles - 2008)
TR/ST - Slug (?)

Wife - Heart is a Far Light (What's Between - 2014)
Forest Swords - The Weight of Gold (Engravings - 2013)
Young Magic - Something in the Water (Breathing Statues - 2014)
Pye Corner Audio - Black Mist (Black Mist - 2014)

Chromatics - Just Like You (Dear Tommy - 2015)
Pastel Ghost - Clouds (ABYSS - Out 3/10)
Emiliana Torrini - Speed of Dark (Tookah - 2013)

Purity Ring - flood on the floor (another eternity - 2015)
Purity Ring - sea castle (another eternity - 2015)

Friday, February 13, 2015

Friday the 13th!

Happy Friday the 13th. Unlucky you, I'm uploading this one early.

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Harry Manfredini - Theme from Friday the 13th Part III (1982)
Pseudo Echo - His Eyes (Autumnal Park - 1984)
A Flock of Seagulls - Nightmares (Listen - 1983)
Alice Cooper - He's Back (The Man Behind the Mask) (Constrictor - 1986)

The Damned - Born to Kill (Damned Damned Damned - 1977)
Oingo Boingo - Nothing to Fear (Nothing to Fear - 1982)
The Ramones - Makin' Monsters for my Friends (Adios Amigos - 1995)
The Misfits - Mommy, Can I Go Out and Kill Tonight (Walk Among Us - 1982)

The Cramps - Eyeball in My Martini (Look Mom No Head! - 1991)
Adam and the Ants - Killer in the Home (Kings of the Wild Frontier - 1980)
Q Lazzarus - Goodbye Horses (Goodbye Horses - 1988)

John Carpenter - Night (Zola Jesus and Dean Hurley Remix) (Lost Themes - 2015)
Mogwai - Re-Remurdered (Blanck Mass Remix) (Music Industry 3. Fitness Industry 1. - 2014)
Golden Boy feat. Miss Kittin - Rippin Kittin (Or - 2002)

I love this interview (it's probably the best thing about Jason Takes Manhattan). I asked Kane Hodder last summer about it and he said before the interview, Arsenio was visibly spooked so Kane just had to mess with him. The sheer terror is especially evident near the end during the handshake. Watch and you'll see what I mean.

Saturday, February 7, 2015

Waiting for Winter's End

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The Clash - Red Angel Dragnet (Combat Rock - 1982)
Soft Cell - Chips On My Shoulder (Non Stop Erotic Cabaret - 1981)
Adam Ant - Here Comes the Grump (Friend or Foe - 1982)

For Against - Stranded in Greenland (December - 1988)
Ultravox - Vienna (Vienna - 1980)
Duran Duran - Mediterranean (All You Need is Now - 2010)
The Smiths - Suffer Little Children (The Smiths - 1984)

Comsat Angels - After the Rain (Fiction - 1982)
Psychedelic Furs - Shine (Book of Days - 1989)
Talk Talk - Such A Shame (It's My Life - 1984)
Tears for Fears - Memories Fade (The Hurting - 1983)

Bryan Ferry feat. Todd Terje - Johnny and Mary (Avonmore - 2014)

Friday, January 30, 2015

New John Carpenter!

Absolutely nothing for the past year or so has gotten me as excited as the new John Carpenter record, out February 3rd. You bet your ass I pre-ordered it immediately. Eye-tunes apparently has a version with many remixes from people I admire (Zola Jesus, ohGr, JG Thirwell), but I hate how Apple does business so I just picked it up on vinyl like a normal, rational fanatic. But I thought I'd pass the info along.

Anyway, this episode is mostly synth-driven atmospheric stuff, with a dash of prog for that authentic retro feel.

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John Carpenter - Halloween (Halloween OST - 1978)
Goblin - Profondo Rosso (Deep Red OST - 1975)
Zombie Zombie (feat. Roman Turzi) - Assault on Precinct 13 (Zombie Zombie Plays John Carpenter - 2010)
Chromatics - Killing Spree (Night Drive - 2007)

Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury - Lawmaker / Pursuit (Drokk: Music Inspired by Mega-City One - 2012)
Geoff Barrow & Ben Salisbury - Helmet Theme (Drokk: Music Inspired by Mega-City One -2012)
John Carpenter - Night (Lost Themes - 2015)
John Carpenter - Vortex (Lost Themes - 2015)

Padded Cell - Beautiful Gloom (Night Must Fall - 2008)
Blouse - Ghost Dream (Blouse - 2012)
Holy Other - Yr Love (With U - 2011)
oOoOO - Seaww (Emotions split 7" - 2010)

Soft Moon - Into the Depths (Soft Moon - 2010)
Soft Metals - Interobserver (Lenses - 2013)

In the ultimate tribute to John Carpenter, the band Zombie Zombie created this amazing short film/music video tribute to The Thing. It is FANTASTIC. There is no excuse for not pressing the play button:

Saturday, January 17, 2015

Postcard from a Small Town

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Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy (Age of Consent - 1984)
Eurythmics - Here Comes the Rain Again (Touch - 1983)
Thompson Twins - Doctor! Doctor! (Into the Gap - 1984)
Tears for Fears - Watch Me Bleed (The Hurting - 1983)

Soft Cell - Frustration (Non Stop Erotic Cabaret - 1981)
Depeche Mode - Something to Do (Some Great Reward - 1984)
Ramones - I Just Want to Have Something to Do (Road to Ruin - 1978)
Echo & the Bunnymen - Rescue (Crocodiles - 1980)
The Smiths - Nowhere Fast (Meat is Murder - 1985)

Psychedelic Furs - Book of Days (Book of Days - 1989)
New Order - Elegia (Low-Life - 1985)
Japan - Burning Bridges (Gentlemen Take Polaroids - 1980)
Duran Duran - Edge of America (Big Thing - 1988)
Yaz - Winter Kills (Upstairs at Eric's - 1982)

Bonus video time!
Jimmy Somerville performs a stripped-down, acoustic piano version of "Smalltown Boy" in 2014: