German webzine Lichttaufe has ended its activities, but a new initiative has arisen: Nonpop. This ‘Musik- und Kulturmagazin’ can be reached atnonpop.de, starting January 1, 2007. To celebrate this occasion, a free sampler with 26 interesting artists can be downloaded from this date.
German webzine/community Neo-Form presents its second free sampler with neo-folk, industrial & avantgarde sounds. You can download 17 tracks and fitting artwork from sampler2.neo-form.de. Among the artists are Allerseelen, Der Feuerkreiner, Tribe Of Circle, Decadence and Of The Wand And The Moon.
Blender.com has compiled a list of The 50 Worst Artists in Music History. According to me, Japan and Skinny Puppy should not be included in there. It must be possible to think of worse acts!
Zwielicht is the name of a new German magazine for ‘Musik, Kultur, Untergrund’, published by Eislicht Verlag. The content of the first issue looks promising with articles about Martin Hannett, Woven Hand, Michael Cashmore, Alex Fergusson, Bad Sector, Forseti and more. Single issues and subscriptions can be ordered from neofolk.de.
Now this is what I call a lucrative auction. A unique acetate record of the first Velvet Underground album, with alternate versions and mixes, was found by a student at a New York street sale for 75 cents! Now it’s up on eBay and with four days to go it has already passed the hundred thousand dollar mark…
A massive collection of historical promo photos of Dutch bands has been gathered online at Het Geheugen van Nederland. Besides many forgotten or uninteresting names, you can find photos of Clan of Xymox, The Essence, Gotterdammerung, Mekanik Kommando, Nasmak, Spasmodique, Voltage Control and The Actor, to name but a few.
Los Iniciados was a side-project of Spain’s legendary minimal electronic project El Aviador Dro. Compared to their bigger brother, Los Iniciados has a darker and less disco-oriented sound. You can watch a nice videoclip of Marca de Anubise. A 7? single with this track and 3 other pieces taken from old cassettes has been released on Minimal Wave. Dutch mailorder Enfant Terrible has it in stock.
The Italian gothic label In the Nighttime released work by Thelema and more, but now also offers a free mp3 compilation. In The Night Time Sampler vol. 1 contains 17 tracks, including live tracks by Siglo XX and Ikon, as well as (known) material by Spiritual Front, Lupercalia, Spiral of Silence, Ludmila and others.
Transmission Magazine offers the new sampler Awake In The Greylight Vol. 2 with 18 batcave tracks, but the downloads seem to be offline now.
Just returned from a short week in Berlin. I roamed around all corners of Prenzlauer Berg, Friedrichshain, Kreuzberg and Mitte, visited exhibitions in the Martin-Gropius-Bau, Märkisches Museum and Museum für Fotografie, bought records at Das Drehmoment, Dense, Hard Wax and some second-hand stores, and visited a ‘Dark Ambient Nacht’ with Karjalan Sissit, Visions and more. In other words, the week was over before I knew it…
This sounds interesting: a book + double cd entitled „Spannung Leistung Widerstand – Magnetbanduntergrund DDR 1979–1989“.
Fascinating: in Eastern Europe, medical X-ray film was used as the base material for new record discs, because of a wartime lack of other materials.