Slušaonica: “Hammer Party”

Test Dept. 1982-83 / Ecstasy Under Duress.

HISTORY – Strength of Metal in Motion (self-released) 1983
Gdansk
Death Of God
Ecstasy Under Duress (Pleasantly Surprised) 1984
Hunger
Efficiency

Recorded at Maida Vale Studio 4 on 15 August 1983. Broadcast on John Peel Show, BBC Radio 1, on 22 August 1983.

Shockwork
State Of Affairs
Compulsion 12″ (Some Bizzare) 1983
Compulsion (Machine Run)
Pulsations 2 (Human Run)

Flex your muscles!

After-party with Robert Wyatt.

Shipbuilding

Record Label: Doomtown Records

Doomtown Records – survivalist punk label from Zagreb NOW!, that has been around for 10 years or so. Three recent releases issued last summer plus one Cold War bunker re-issue.

If I had a cassette deck player…

PARNEPAR (Zagreb)

Above average minimalist art punk. Playful. Moglo je biti snimljeno u u studiju “Druga maca”. 1981. Artistička radna akcija – pozdrav iz Zagreba!

Dobar dan, izvolite (cassette album, 2020)
Karaoke satri
Se Bastijan
Čovjek prosjek

APSURD (Beograd)

Belgrade’s hardcore punk tradition lives on. U svakom slučaju, ugodno iznenađenje za mene. Sviđa mi se kad mi ne bude prijatno, ponekad.

Derealizacija / Svemu će doći kraj (LP, 2020)
Apsurd
Mučnina
Derealizacija
Svemu će doći kraj

Apsurd’s Derealizacija/Svemu će doći kraj 12″ is the band’s first output in the form of vinyl format. Actually, it’s a collection of two EP’s. A-side brings you six songs previously released as a tape “Derealizacija” while the B-side includes six entirely new songs recorded last year in the bands practice room on primitive 4-track machine.

THE CELETOIDS (Zagreb)

Lautarpunk rules! Always awesome, in any band format or appearance.

Optic Nerve (cassette EP, 2020)
Light Beam
Graveyard Signals

And back from the grave:

PSIHOKRATIJA (Beograd)

Occult electronic session ’88. Darkwave. Theatrical Synth Pop/EBM crossbreed. Goth. Gloom. Confessions of a mask. Doom. Noćas me nazovi crnim stršljenom!

Album mentalnih fotografija (cassette album, RE, 2016)
Who Is Alive, Who Is Dead
Fantazma
Ponoćni hod

Doomtown’s reissue version of this tape is the official reproduction of the 1988 tape remastered from the original master tapes and approved by the band and Gorjan Krstić. Limited to 125 copies!

bandcamp: Doomtown Records

Online Store / Big Cartel: Doomtown Records

Record Label: Fox and His Friends

Will you survive? A couple of electronic songs or even full albums [via Fox & His Friends], for (temporarily) socially distanced and self-isolated version of clubbing, might occupy your extra free time indoors. First the esoteric political theory mixed with pop art [via NEP] and then the (living room) dance floors.

Fox & His Friends releases music without genre boundaries, tends to discover rare, obscure and forgotten stuff, the sounds that have timeless value, both contemporary and vintage. All releases are made from original master tapes, carefully remastered and pressed to please the smartest of music connoisseurs. The label is run by Leri Ahel and Željko Luketić, long time professionals in the field. Label offices are in Rijeka and Zagreb.

Zagreb: NEP

NEP were founded in Zagreb, New Europe in 1982. The members and collaborators of the collective were from all over Yugoslavia. In New Europe, allegedly, everybody is in. NEP became more visible in the second half of the decade. I accidentally omitted NEP from the “cul-de-sac” Zagreb post. Here they are in a deluxe LP edition, for your vintage industrial archive:

NEP – Pop Not Pop (Songs For New Europe 1985-1989) ‎(LP, Ltd., 2020)

NEP was a loose multimedia collective formed in 1982 Zagreb, ex-Yugoslavia. The founder Dejan Kršić collaborated with various artists in a quest of re-thinking the stale concepts of art history, position of the author and the barriers between pop and elitist high culture. Heavily influenced by Walter Benjamin and Andy Warhol in theory and Brian Eno and Kraftwerk in music, Kršić created NEP as an umbrella term (NEP meaning Nova Evropa or New Europe) of diverse rule-breaking activities, covering graphic design, music, photography, video, news-media and theoretical work. Musically NEP focused on experiments in ambient and tape-music, self-released and on hard to find compilation tapes like “The Cassette Played Poptones” (1988). Deeply immersed in pop-culture, politics and art theory Dejan Kršić’s search for perfect pop music with cutting critical edge peaked in 1989, the year ‘Decadance’ track was conceived in studio. Fox & His Friends team (Leri Ahel & Željko Luketić) published the extended 12” single in 2017 with Snuffo Remix on B-side. It received rave reviews in music media like MixMag and DJ Mag and it is still played on dance-floors around the world. But the story around the NEP is musically (as well as artistically) much wider: for the first time Fox & His Friends team compiles best cuts from unreleased and rare NEP self-released tapes, covering the period from 1985 to 1989 on seminal POP NOT POP album...

bandcamp: NEP

NEP samples from self-released “Nova Evropa” (1988) / VA – “The Cassette Played Poptones” (Sestra Wazelin, 1988):

NEP ‎– Nova Evropa (self-released tape, 1988)
Naš cilj – komunizam
Kada se forme lome (When Attitudes Become Firm)
Novi poredak

What about capitalist realism? Is there really no alternative? Is it possible to imagine an alternative to capitalism that is not some throwback to discredited models of state control?

Beograd: The Master Scratch Band

Recorded at “Druga maca” studio in Belgrade and originally released as mini-LP “Dégout” by Jugoton in 1984.

The Master Scratch Band – The Breakwar ‎(LP, Ltd., 2020)

Fox & His Friends in collaboration with Jugoton dived deep into archives and is releasing a full, complete version of the rare “The Breakwar” tape, with tracks “Tonight” and “Pocket” never pressed on vinyl, all sourced from original studio reels. This is not „Dégout“ 12” repress, but complete studio album that was never meant to happen, up until now. With the kind help of Zoran Vračević on credit list and liner notes, this is now the ultimate The Master Scratch Band album.

Equipment used: Commodore 64 Computer, Roland MC-4B Microcomposer, Prophet Pro-One, RSF Cobol II Expander, Korg Mono-Poly Synthesizer, PPG Wave 2.3 Synthesiszer, PPG Waveterm Computer, Boss DE-200 Digital Delay, Drumtraks Digital Drum Machine, Roland TR-808 RH. Composer, Electro Harmonix Vocoder, Linn Drum MKII, Juno 60, SH-101, SVC-350, VP-330 Vocoders, Polysix & MS10, Simmons drum module

Online Store by Big Cartel: Fox & His Friends

SFRJ: Various Artists, Jugoton

Are you perhaps a (nostalgic) dancing queen? 40+ party time!

Various Artists – Socialist Disco. Dancing Behind Yugoslavia’s Velvet Curtain 1977-1987 ‎(2xLP, Comp, Ltd., 2020)

Alternative backside title: “Socijalistički disco. Ples iza jugoslavenske baršunaste zavjese 1977.-1987. Odabrali Leri Ahel i Željko Luketić.” All tracks licensed from Jugoton / Croatia Records. Mastered from original studio reel tapes. Tracks D2 and D5 were originally published only in cassette format. All photographs are authentic vintage technical inventory of disco club Neboder in Zagreb, from the personal collection of Dušan Cvetojević. Gatefold sleeve with glossy cover.

bandcamp: Fox & His Friends

An Anniversary: Šumski

The 30th anniversary of Šumski is a nice occasion to listen to their back catalog & to give some extra praise for mature and masterful album “Ostrvo ledenog kita” (2018).

Šumski were founded in Zagreb in January of ’91 and as a peculiar band of their generation represent the last youth of SR Croatia. Šumski’s primary source of inspiration was an album by original hippy psych collective Amon Düül I, whose playful jamming music had briefly opened Kornel Šeper’s psychedelic third eye. Brimming with amateurish enthusiasm and carelessness young group even found the way how to enter YURM ’91 festival (the last one). Modest and now legendary Kekere Aquarium cassette label followed soon with notorious first issue KA001. When they properly learnt their instruments Šumski started to resemble a band that had some things in common with music issued under Rough Trade in early to mid ’80s – arty and quirky soft* rock, combined with Zagreb’s new wave legacy. Even if in recent times melancholy can reign supreme in their repertoire, Šumski were always and still are creatures of light.

*as opposed to hard/heavy or hardcore

Slušaj taj zvuk!

bass, vocals: Kornel Šeper
drums, percussion: Boris Begić, Berko Muratović, Ivo Urli, Petar Šakić
guitar, vocals: Marin Juraga
guitar: Javor Jeić (1991-92)

trumpet: Igor Pavlica

Lov na vile (tape, 1993)
Safari (tape, 1995)
Safari
Mali mišić i Marija
Jacques Tati ide na more
Baba spava (CD, 2000)
Baba spava
Ubićemo
Mali sat
Ronioci (CD, 2003)
Privremeni smještaj
Odlazak se odgađa
Ronioc
Ostrvo ledenog kita (LP/CD, 2018)
Jednog dana
Prijatelji se sele na selo
Duh mladih na verandi

bass, vocals: Kornel Šeper
drums: Viktor Krasnić
guitar, vocals: Marin Juraga
guitar: Franjo Glušac

trumpet: Igor Pavlica

bandcamp: Šumski

Record Label: Šareni dućan / Blind Dog Records

Šareni dućan bookshop from Koprivnica (Croatia) recently became small record label, a joint-venture with Blind Dog Records (Zagreb).

Here is a selection of ex-YU related vinyl issues & official reissues.

The samples (digital files) used for this post originate from previous versions.

HAUSTOR, Zagreb, Croatia

Haustor – Ulje je na vodi 2 x LP (2019)

Haustor on speed! Recorded live on 6th January 1982 at “Kulušić”, Zagreb. Quirk out!

Pali i vuci
Cijeli svijet je bolestan
Radnička klasa odlazi u raj

TALAS, Beograd, Serbia

Talas – Perfektan dan za banana ribe LP (1983, 2020)

New wave synth-pop candy ’83 for daydreamers.

Sama
Brodovi
Banana reggae

LUNA, Novi Sad, Serbia

Luna – Nestvarne stvari (1984, 2020)

Outstanding post-punk album, a local & regional masterpiece. Recorded in September ’83. Nicely reproduced (and remastered) alternative for scarce and overpriced original issue.

Fakir
Nestvarne stvari
Balder na prozoru

Šareni dućan webshop.

Memorie di una testa tagliata

Il Consorzio Suonatori Indipendenti (o C.S.I.) è stato un gruppo musicale italiano nato dalle ceneri dei CCCP-Fedeli alla linea.

Dopo la fine dei CCCP (1990), con la caduta del muro di Berlino, quel che rimaneva dei CCCP originali (Giovanni Lindo Ferretti e Massimo Zamboni, il “nucleo emiliano”) si incontra con il “nucleo toscano” in uscita dai Litfiba, composto da Gianni Maroccolo e Francesco Magnelli, che già avevano collaborato all’ultimo album dei CCCP-Fedeli alla linea, Epica Etica Etnica Pathos, insieme al loro tecnico del suono, Giorgio Canali.

Ko de mondo (1994)
Memorie di una testa tagliata
Del mondo
Intimisto

Chi è che sa di che siamo capaci tutti
Vanificato il limite oramai
Vanificato il limite
Si avvicina l’inverno
Soffice crepitio sulla terra
Pomeriggio dolce assolato terso
Sotto un cielo slavo del Sud
Slavo cielo del Sud non senza grazia

I can’t wait to hear “Linea Gotica” (1996).

(I can. I am a patient boy.)

Stanze

Winter in Italia, again. It’s raining outside. I’ve derailed my back-and-forth racing thoughts at one stop in Bologna for this occasion. As any decade, the ’90s got its pluses and minuses. I simply like music from that period and rarely revisit. Been there, heard some of that exciting music in real time. Not Massimo Volume though. Massimo Volume are perhaps one of those Italian bands that finally caught the vibe of the times and even set themselves ahead on global level, in a noise-rock/art rock/post-rock niche. If Italians were really lagging behind to certain extent in the late ’70s and early ’80s (excepting Italodisco and maybe hardcore punk), with Massimo Volume we find them in the lead. Giusto?

Massimo Volume 1993

Stanze 1993
Stanze
Ronald, Tomas e io
Stanze vuote

bandcamp: Massimo Volume