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January 21, 2010
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Random Trouser Press Tuesday: BEASTS OF PARADISE

January 12, 2010

I have flat-out forgotten for a few weeks. Sorry ’bout that! Here it is!

BEASTS OF PARADISE

Nobody Knew the Time EP (City of Tribes) 1994
Gathered on the Edge (City of Tribes) 1995

Picture five musicians shadow dancing on a butterfly’s wings, and you’ll begin to understand the fragile grace of San Francisco’s Beasts of Paradise. Eda Maxym’s vocal incantations oscillate far above the earth, even as the multitude of instruments used to make the music flutter and spin span its far reaches. At the center are Nancy Kaspar’s double bass, Geoffrey Gordon’s exotic array of percussion and Stephen Kent’s didgeridoo-though it’s not as prominent as with his other outfit, Trance Mission. Combined, they create enough gravitational pull to balance Maxym’s drifting vocals and Barbara Imhoff’s feathery harp(…)

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Since 1974, Trouser Press has been covering the Other Music beat and currently resides on the web at www.trouserpress.com

I will be posting a random link from Trouser Press on every Tuesday until I just flat out forget.

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Trouser Press Tuesday: BLACKBIRD

December 1, 2009

BlackBird (Iloki) 1988
BlackBird (Iloki) 1989
BlackBird (Ger. Fundamental) 1991
BlackBird (Scotti Bros.) 1992

After leading the leftist agit-punk Dils and cowpunk-pioneering Rank and File, California brothers Chip and Tony Kinman (originally of the punk Dils) reinvented themselves as BlackBird, a brooding duo whose clattery low-tech electro-garage sound and dystopic lyrical attitude presaged some of what would come to be known as industrial music. But, while most such combos generally attach a mechanical sound to equally machinelike compositions, BlackBird uses its technology as a counterpoint to its consistently well-crafted songs, which do not stray so far from the brothers’ punk and country roots(…)

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Since 1974, Trouser Press has been covering the Other Music beat and currently resides on the web at www.trouserpress.com

I will be posting a random link from Trouser Press on every Tuesday until I just flat out forget.

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Trouser Press Tuesday: GARY LUCAS

November 3, 2009

GARY LUCAS
Gods and Monsters (Enemy) 1992
Skeleton at the Feast (Enemy) 1992
Bad Boys of the Arctic (Enemy) 1994
KILLER SHREWS
The Killer Shrews (Enemy) 1993

Gary Lucas has toured Europe with Leonard Bernstein playing his Mass and was a member of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band in its final recording lineup (on Ice Cream for Crow, after a cameo on the previous Doc at the Radar Station). He has produced albums for eclecticist Peter Gordon and jazz saxist Tim Berne and is a mainstay of Manhattan’s downtown avant-rock scene. He also joined Joan Osborne on her Relish album and co-wrote songs that appeared on Jeff Buckley’s Grace. Most of which efforts manifest the salient fact here: he’s one mutha of a guitarist(…)

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Since 1974, Trouser Press has been covering the Other Music beat and currently resides on the web at www.trouserpress.com

I will be posting a random link from Trouser Press on every Tuesday until I just flat out forget.

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Trouser Press Tuesday: Veil

October 27, 2009

VEIL
Surrender (UK Clay) 1985

Attempting a gothic sound comparable to mid-period Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bryan Gregory’s first post-Cramps project, the aptly titled Beast, was nothing like his old group. The Beast’s three 45s in the early-’80s were of mixed quality, and Gregory soon faded into obscurity. His three bandmates, however, moved to the UK and forged ahead as the Veil, releasing an underrated album of dark poptones like “Manikin,” “Twist” (both singles) and “Love in a Dying World” (a Beast remake). Vocalist Andrella’s wispy voice and quasi-Egyptian shtick manage to charm even when some of the material does not.(…)

Since 1974, Trouser Press has been covering the Other Music beat and currently resides on the web at www.trouserpress.com

I will be posting a random link from Trouser Press on every Tuesday until I just flat out forget.

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Trouser Press Tuesday: Veil

September 29, 2009

I’ve been slacking and forgot to do one of these last week. Sorry ’bout that!
Here it is:

VEIL
Surrender (UK Clay) 1985

Attempting a gothic sound comparable to mid-period Siouxsie and the Banshees, Bryan Gregory’s first post-Cramps project, the aptly titled Beast, was nothing like his old group. The Beast’s three 45s in the early-’80s were of mixed quality, and Gregory soon faded into obscurity. His three bandmates, however, moved to the UK and forged ahead as the Veil, releasing an underrated album of dark poptones like “Manikin,” “Twist” (both singles) and “Love in a Dying World” (a Beast remake). Vocalist Andrella’s wispy voice and quasi-Egyptian shtick manage to charm even when some of the material does not.

Since 1974, Trouser Press has been covering the Other Music beat and currently resides on the web at www.trouserpress.com

I will be posting a random link from Trouser Press on every Tuesday until I just flat out forget.

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Trouser Press Tuesday: The 4 Skins

September 15, 2009

4 SKINS
The Good, the Bad & the 4 Skins (UK Secret) 1982
A Fistful of 4 Skins (UK Syndicate) 1983
From Chaos to 1984 (UK Syndicate) 1984
A Few 4 Skins More Volume 1 (UK Link) 1987
A Few 4 Skins More Volume 2 (UK Link) 1987
The Wonderful World of the 4 Skins: the Best of the 4 Skins (UK Link) 1987
Live and Loud!! (UK Link) 1989

One of the mainstays of second-wave Brit-punk, London’s harsh and serious 4 Skins — not as intense as Crass, but far more earnest than Sham 69 — endured major lineup changes (they went through four lead singers including, at one point, the quartet’s manager) long enough to record three albums in the early ’80s.

The studio side of The Good, the Bad & the 4 Skins starts out with a delightful ska-beat tune (“Plastic Gangsters”) and then turns angry skinhead generic for shoutalongs like “Justice” and “Yesterdays Heroes.” The seven-song live side is equally forbidding (Panther’s vocals are especially unpleasant)(…)

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Since 1974, Trouser Press has been covering the Other Music beat and currently resides on the web at www.trouserpress.com

I will be posting a random link from Trouser Press on every Tuesday until I just flat out forget.

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