Saturday, May 21, 2011

The Day After The Sabbath 43: Transfusión de Luz

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TDATS 43 is a collection of Latin American bands. [Editor's note: there have now been four Latin rock volumes: 84 (Brazil), 89 (Mexico), 104 (Peru) and 43 (general)] One name stands out here, with contributions to the three tracks from Aeroblus, Pappo and Miguel Abuelo. Norberto Napolitano, nick-named 'Pappo', started playing guitar at the age of ten, and developed a distinctively heavy, aggressive and fuzz-laden style. He became very active in Argentine rock from its beginning and made his name as guitarist of Los Gatos, the first rock band to enter the mainstream charts in Argentina. He continued in music right up until his untimely death in a 2005 motorcycle accident.  

Pax, the latin word for Peace, were from Peru, a country that produced a lot of good bands. The others on this comp being Longhonia and Tarkus. Along with Tarkus they played a very heavy proto-metallic style, while Laghonia created some great psych.  

Argentina is the most recurrent country here, and Plus were a great Argentine band that produced 3 albums beginning in the late 70's, they had a well-rounded professional sound from the start and the track here has an emotive doomy atmosphere, something which is shared with fellow countrymen Color Humano. There is little information on the few singles produced by 'Rosario', the artist is reportedly from Mexico and the track here is a frantic slice of psych with some great strangulated fuzz guitar. Piel De Pueblo's track offers a cool string-lead motif and their eccentric single album 'Rock de las heridas' is an entertaining listen. Opus Alfa and Climax are two bands from the early 70's which have a great sound from the time that Psych was turning to hard rock and finally I mention El Reloj and Módulo 1000, two bands who are a treat for any heavy prog fans out there.

01. Aeroblus (Argentina) - Aire en movimiento (1977)
02. Pax (Peru) - A Storyless Junkie (1970)
03. Rosario (Mexico) - Rengalaz (1972)
04. Plus (Argentina) - Ocultame Hermano (1977)
05. El Reloj (Argentina) - Aquel Triangulo (1976)
06. Dug Dug's (Mexico) - Yo No Se (1973)
07. Laghonia (Peru) - Someday (1971)
08. Opus Alfa (Uruguay) - Calma De Un Dia (1972)
09. Pappo (Argentina) - Sandwiches de Miga (1973)
10. Luis Alberto Spinetta (Argentina) - Era De Tontos (1971)
11. Piel De Pueblo (Argetina) - Por Tener Un Poco Mas (1974)
12. Climax (Bolivia) - Transfusión de Luz (1974)
13. Miguel Abuelo (Argentina) - Señor Carnicero (1973)
14. Tarkus (Peru) - El Pirata (1972)
15. Color Humano (Argentina) - A Traves De Los Inviernos (1973)
16. Módulo 1000 (Brazil) - Nao Fale Com Paredes (1970)

Cheers, Rich

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Sunday, May 8, 2011

The Day After The Sabbath 42: Nazi Apocalypse (Punk)


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The idea of TDATS 42 was to find tracks that have punk rock attitude, but also fit in with the proto-heavy sounds of my other compilations. It's a varied mix of acts. Some are retrospectively regarded as proto-punk (Simply Saucer, Rocket from the Tombs and Death) and some sound to me like they have the spirit of punk, be they obscure singles, odd-tracks out from albums that are otherwise not overtly punk (like Pau Riba and My Solid Ground) or tracks from 70's heavy albums that happen to be the fastest or most attitude-filled.

Gedo
Gedo, a Japanese band I have used once before on the Japanese vol 36, kick things off with a track from their '74 debut which conveys the energy of their live shows.

Third World War could be regarded as one of the very first UK punk bands, having leftist political themes with a working-class sneer, preaching violence in 1971.



Third World War
There are a number of 60's garage psych bands that are compared with early punk, this track from Outcasts is one of the rawest and fastest I have found. 'The Up' was a band that developed in the same Detroit scene as The MC5 but missed out on the fame. Deciding instead to disappear into a world of drug-fuelled White Panther anarchy. Kalemaris hailed from Denmark, by dint of their teenage years and lack of musical proficiency they played fast and aggressive.

Death
Death were an all afro-american band I have used once before, the recent unearthing of their 1974 recordings has revealed extraordinarily forward-thinking rock that was akin to hardcore punk. They never released an album but a retrospective collection "...For The Whole World To See" was released by Drag City in 2009. I found Pau Riba while researching the Spanish vol 39 and was immediately struck by this crazy track.

Sound of Imker
Obscure Brazillians 'Bango' recorded one unusual album in 1970, and this question was once posed to the Dead Kennedy's Jello Biafra: "In (the) book, American Hardcore, they hint that 'The Middle Class' record was possibly the first hardcore record ever. What do you think was the first hardcore punk record?".

Jello replied: "Either The Middle Class or Sound of Imker Train of Doomsday single in the late '60s in Holland. The only true '60s hardcore record I know."



Pink Fairies
The Pink Fairies' history is intertwined with that of a certain band who's name combines a bird of prey and a meteorological phenomenon concerning the atmospheric circulation of air, sharing the same do-it-yourself punk ethic. They played a number of  'alternative' shows together, infamously so at the 'Canvas City' mini-fest that they assembled near the (by that point dangerously huge) UK Isle of Wight festival in 1970. While the increasingly disillusioned hippie culture got nailed to the spot stoned with Hendrix and The Doors on the big stage, the new breed of amphetamine-fuelled anarchist space rockers was heading for other planets.

Coloured Balls
Coloured Balls were heros of 'Sharpie Rock', a yobbo scene and fashion that began in late 60's Australia, similar to but pre-dating Punk rockers by a few years. They included talented guitarist and aussie underground rock legend Lobby Loyde who was previously in Billy Thorpe's band The Aztecs.

Finally, Dust is probably a band known to many of you, they were an early job for drummer Marc Bell who went on to fame as Marky of The Ramones.




Tracks

01. Gedo (Japan) - Scent (1974)
       from album 'gedo'
02. Third World War (UK) - Preaching Violence (1971)
       from album 'third world war'
03. Outcasts (US) - 1523 Blair (1967)
       single
04. My Solid Ground (Germany) - That's You (1971)
       from album 'my solid ground'
05. Death (US) - Politicians In My Eyes (1974)
       from retrospective '...for the whole world to see'
06. Bango (Brazil) - Rock Dream (1970)
       from album 'bango'
07. Sound Of Imker (Holland) - Train Of Doomsday (1969)
       single
08. Pau Riba (Spain) - Brian A Clown (1975)
       from album 'electroccid  àccid alquimístic xoc'
09. Kalemaris (Denmark) - Staldfræseren (1974)
       from album 'staldfraes'
10. Simply Saucer (Canada) - Nazi Apocalypse (1974)
       from retrospective 'cyborgs revisited'
11. Pink Fairies (UK) - The Snake (1971)
       single
12. The Up (US) - Together (1971)
       from retrospective 'killer up! 1969 - 1972'
13. Rocket from the Tombs (US) - 30 Seconds Over Tokyo [edit]
       from retrospective 'the day the earth met the rocket from the tombs'
14. Crushed Butler (UK) - My Son's Alive (1969)
       from retrospective 'uncrushed'
15. Figures of Light (US) - It's Lame (1972)
       single
16. Coloured Balls (Australia) - Heavy Metal Kid (1974)
       from album 'heavy metal kid'
17. Dust (US) - Learning To Die (1972)
       from album 'hard attack'

Cheers, Rich.

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