Mekanik Kommando - ~~~~~~~ ++/+- (1981, NL, electronic/new wave) 
Tuesday, December 5, 2006, 06:55 PM - Music, - NL, English
Dutch band from Nijmegen. Although I lived in Nijmegen at that time, I managed never to see them. This was a free flexi-disc that came with the first issue of the Dutch modern music magazine 'Vinyl'.

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See also my other Vinyl flexi-discs posts:
Fad Gadget - Untitled (1983, UK, electronic/new wave)
The Danse Society - My heart missed another beat (1982, UK, electronic/gothic)
Chris and Cosey - Night Shift (1982, UK, electronic)
Soviet Sex - Tokyo (1981-1997, NL, electronic/punk rock)
A Flux in 3d - Divide (1982, NL, electronic/new wave)

Signal(s) (1981, NL, new wave) 
Monday, December 4, 2006, 06:00 PM - Music, - NL, English
Flexi from Dutch Vinyl magazine issue 2.
Signal(s) came from the south of the Netherlands (Maastricht, Eindhoven).
The music is, Joy Division like, Doom.

On a French web site they ask 30€ for a copy. Here you can get it for free!

Frank van de Tillaard: vocals, guitar
Hans Nijssen: synthesizer, tapes
Hay Bedaux: bass
Jaques van Erven: drums, vocals, tapes

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Helmut Zacharias - Light my Fire (1971, DE, lounge) 
Saturday, December 2, 2006, 03:28 PM - Music, - DE, Fun, English
Helmut Zacharias is a classical trained German violinist, orchestral leader and arranger. On this lp he assaults some well known pop songs.
I knew him from the wonderful Ultra-Lounge on the Rocks cd samplers and a few days ago I saw this lp for 5€ and I couldn't resist buying it.
Most of these tunes are also available on his cd Respect 1968 Capitol. On previous link you listen to fragments.

Side one:
1 Light my fire (The Doors)
2 Baby love (The Supremes)
3 Little green apples (Bobby Russell)
4 Those were the days (Mary Hopkin)
5 Ob-la-di ob-la-da (The Beatles)
6 Naturally stoned (Avante Garde, James Bond theme)

Side two:
1 Respect (Otis Redding, Aretha Franklin)
2 The house that Jack built (Aretha Franklin)
3 Step inside love (Cilla Black, Lennon-McCartney)
4 I say a little prayer (Burt Bacharach)
5 Brown eyed woman (Barry Mann and Cynthia Weil)
6 Satisfaction (Rolling Stones)

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Cabaret Voltaire - Seconds too late (1980, UK, electronic/new wave) 
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Eric Swan - Jingle Encore (FR, electronic/library music) 
Monday, November 27, 2006, 10:05 PM - Music, - FR, English
Once you arrive at library music you are lost.
Library music is produced to be used in radio and television shows that cannot afford their own composer. It came out on lp's and was never available for the public. The lp's were bought by broadcast companies and stood in the library, waiting...
Until the libraries were cleaned up and all the lp's came on second hand markets.
Luke Vibert made a nice collection of this kind of music in his Nuggets-cd series. And Barry 7 with the Connectors series did too.
Well known library music makers are Roger Roger, Nino Nardini and Cecil Leuter(=Roger Roger).
Here I post an unknown lp from the French Mondiophone label. I could not discover when it was made, but I think early 70's, because Popcorn is used as a reference. These are all jingles, not background music. And all 24 have different versions with different lengths from 2 to 30 seconds.
Most interesting is side two where a synthesizer was used to produce the jingles.

The names of the tunes are a description of the kind of music. This made it easier to choose from. The titles are translated from French.

Side one:
01 - Amaible gavotte
02 - Lightly amusing
03 - Lightly amusing
04 - Light polka
05 - Mini moto perpetuo
06 - Little march, delicate and rustic
07 - Lullaby in 3/4 time
08 - Rural 3/4 (with birds) (without birds)
09 - Comical miscelaneous
10 - Nursery music with soft flutes
11 - Barrel organ waltz
12 - Barrel organ march

Side two:
13 - style Pop corn
14 - Lento grotesque
15 - style Pop corn with gimmicks
16 - Comical slow march
17 - style Pop corn
18 - Fast staccato 6/8 with a whimsical flavour
19 - Mechanical 3/4
20 - Nonchalant with jew's harp effect
21 - Mechanical 2/4 with gimmicks
22 - Medium tempo with gimmicks
23 - Gallopade with gimmicks
24 - Leisurely ramble

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(download links may not work with translated pages, for downloading go to the original site)
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Tuxedomoon - Scream with a view (1979, US, new wave/electronic) 
Sunday, November 26, 2006, 06:40 PM - Music, - US, English
I always liked this second 12" (and 4th release) from Tuxedomoon and it gets a 6 on the White Noise Scale. I saw Tuxedomoon again last year and they were exactly the same as 25 years ago, including the (nowadays) lame light show. No fun anymore.

a1 Nervous Guy [4:00]
a2 Where Interests Lie [5:05]
b1 (Special Treatment For The) Family Man [5:05]
b2 Midnite Stroll [3:17]

See also my other post of Tuxedomoon.

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Sunday, November 26, 2006, 12:13 PM - Music, Fun, English

Found on Japanese blog 音楽方丈記 (which means "Music priest's chamber description" according to Babel Fish).
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