marc bolan and t. rex live at the birmingham town hall on the 23rd of february 1976: two versions of the same concert: one very loud, the other complete

it was early 1976 and punk began to lurk around when the futuristic dragon overran the united kingdom and gave the young gods a good kick in the ass. marc bolan was loud and harsh and funny, and he even says "motherfucker" at a certain point of the concert. and this was all that a poor boy needed back in those days.
unfortunately i could not find any additional information on this 2-cd-version of the concert they executed on the 23rd of february 1976 at the birmingham town hall (though there are a lot of single-cd-versions of this concert circulating amongst collectors), but the linernotes have it all. the double-cd once was distributed via the mail-order-shop on the site marc-bolan.org, but is no longer available as far as i can see; i bought my copy in 2010.
cd 1 was recorded on a portable tape recorder by the sixteen year old fee warner, situated very close to marc bolan's monitor on the stage, it is a very harsh and authentic recording, and for a lot of reasons only 13 tracks survived, while the semi-professional recording on the second cd brings you all of the 15 tracks t. rex played that evening as a rather clear but rather distant audience recording way back behind from the balcony of the town hall. so listen to marc bolan on vocals and guitar, steve currie on bass, gloria jones on keyboards and vocals, davy lutton on drums, dino dines on keyboards and tyrone scott on keyboards and vocal.

cd 1:
01 - 20th century boy
02 - jeepster
03 - funky london childhood
04 - new york city (listen directly)
05 - solid gold easy action
06 - children of the revolution
07 - teenage dream
08 - telegram sam
09 - debora / one inch rock
10 - ride a white swan
11 - life's a gas (listen directly)
12 - dreamy lady
13 - get it on

(mp3 / all scans included / direct download) 

cd 2:
01 - 20th century boy
02 - jeepster
03 - funky london childhood
04 - new york city (listen directly)
05 - solid gold easy action
06 - children of the revolution
07 - teenage dream
08 - telegram sam
09 - debora / one inch rock
10 - ride a white swan
11 - life's a gas (listen directly)
12 - dreamy lady
13 - london boys (listen directly)
14 - hot love
15 - get it on

(mp3 / all scans included / direct download)

by the way you may find a third version of this concert on sugarmegs: insert "bolan birmingham" in the search box and go. and then don't go, but stay there to explore the wonderful world of sugarmegs with hundreads of townsends of live recordings by the likes of the grateful dead, the beatles, the velvet underground, patti smith, the 39 clocks, kraftwerk, the new york dolls, iggy pop, jimi hendrix and more and more and more. it's unbelievable!


a collection of 19th century works for organ by some half-forgotten composers from wuerttemberg in southwest-germany

always expect the unexpected: the music in this=here blog will always be different and always the same. today we are going to be visiting two churches in my very neighbourhood in the western district of stuttgart in southwestgermany, and we will be listening to some organ music from the romantic era. those are the roots of kraut: speak german or die!

this cd featuring works for organ by eleven wuerttembergian composers was released in 2005 to celebrate 150 years of the altruistic work of the deaconesses' asylum in stuttgart. it was recorded in the paul-gerhardt-church and in the deaconesses' church by ulrich mangold. wuerttemberg by the way nowadays is the swabian part of baden-württemberg, but it was the independent kingdom of württemberg back in those romantic days.

a lot of information on most of the composers can be found on the very profound page schwäbische orgelromantik; the cd as an artefact can be found no=where at all.

so listen to these angry young men:

01 - christian fink
02 - christian fink
03 - heinrich lang
04 - heinrich lang (listen directly)
05 - johann georg frech
06 - heinrich lang
07 - friedrich fink
08 - andreas barner (listen directly)
09 - heinrich lang
10 - wilhelm nagel (listen directly)
11 - johann georg frech
12 - heinrich lang
13 - ewald strässer
14 - hans schink (listen directly)
15 - andreas barner (listen directly)
16 - matthäus koch (listen directly)
17 - heinrich lang
18 - heinrich lang
19 - reinhold seyerlen (listen directly)
20 - heinrich lang
21 - johann georg frech
22 - johann georg frech
23 - johann georg frech
24 - johann georg frech (listen directly)
25 - johann georg frech
26 - johann georg frech
27 - johann georg frech
28 - johann georg frech (listen directly)
29 - johann georg frech

(mp3 / all scans included / direct download)


spirit live at the texas international pop festival 1969 plus a promo-sampler from 1992 plus an unhidden bonus track

this is a slightly revised and revisited version of a post i did way back in the early summer of 2007, and since the download-files have long been lost in the process of growing old, i decided to re-make and re-model the whole thing. for your pleasure the original post can still be found with almost no stone left not unturned.

and this is what i wrote in 2007:
"...when we was young: oh, so very young: we were psychedelic punks: and we used to love wire, danny and the dressmakers, the 39 clocks, nico päffgen, the thunderbyrds, paranormale tonbandstimmen, the church of lennon and cale spedding pistols, marc bolan, lol coxhill and spirit. yes: spirit was one of the very few bands to survive the sixties and to be some thing like important to the seventies psycho beats. only a few days later we discovered thousands of other truthful minds. more no fun at long last.

today you might want to listen to eight tracks the spirit recorded on monday the 1st of september 1969 at the texas international pop festival. this "oh boy"-cd is way too short, of course, but no more sounds seem to be bequeathed from these days..."

and so this is spirit. the first eight tracks were recorded live at the texas international festival on monday the first of september 1969; the band executing these tracks most probably consistered of randy california (guitar and vocals), ed cassidy (drums), john locke (keyboards), mark andes (bass) and jay ferguson (vocals, percussion).

so listen:

01 - fresh garbage
02 - elijah (though probably it shall not be) (listen directly)
03 - improvisation
04 - ground hog
05 - grammophone man
06 - dream within a dream
07 - i got a line on you (listen directly)
08 - aren't you glad 

(and though these are rather confusingly entitled very poor recordings: this is all there is)


the texas festival recordings from 1969 are followed by a german maxi-cd from 1992 promoting the line-records-release of "chronicles 1967-1982", featuring some rare and unreleased tracks. this is what i had to say in 2007:
"...in 1992 the wonderful hamburg line label decided to (re-)release most of the music spirit had played and given to the audiences throughout the years and to add some new information. all we need to know and we are proud to share can be found within the scans, please click to enlarge (some re-recorded and/or otherwise unreleased tracks for your pleasure plus sara fleetwood plus a 23 minutes interview)..."

so listen now:

09 (01) - nature's way (new recording with sara fleetwood) (listen directly)
10 (02) - darlin if
11 (03) - genetic dreams
12 (04) - fallen hero (listen directly)
13 (05) - interview with har wharfield

unhidden bonus track:

14 - the clear radio spot 1969

(mp3 / all scans included / direct download)


cosmic pop! a rather rare 1988 tape by the stuttgart postkraut unit metabolismus expanded with some bonus tracks

and this is the closest that german bands would come up to the faust tapes in the late eighties: the stuttgart soundandart communardists metabolismus with one of their early tapes from 1988: cosmic pop!

and though discogs are listing this tape as their first release and metabolismus themselves are listing it as their third release, it is most probably the sixth release metabolismus or any member of the unit were involved in=with in one way or a coumplaytelayed other, according to the purchase order number on the cover. but nobody knows if it really happened.

the tracklist of the tape is just a listing of reference points of what you are going to hear; both sides are seamlessly assembled de-collages of songs, noise, found soundtracks and incoherent cut-ups. for you listening pleasure both sides can be found in the rar-file below just as they were conceived by the band (tracks one and two), complemented by four short excerpts (tracks three to six) of the original tape, and expanded and enriched by some bonus tracks i found in my collection.

01 - side one:
500 years
down to the city
no offer
ich bin eine eierschale
phoenix (listen directly)
mother's here from tokyo
2000 years
interludum (listen directly)
spike in the desert
shout it out loud

02 - side two:
2000 years again
ausbeuter/schweine/betrüger (listen directly)
imperialism 1-4
how do you feel?
another mother from tokyo
how to compose a song (listen directly)
sad man
that's all
gods and demons

bonus tracks:

03 - phoenix (excerpt from side one)
04 - interludium (excerpt from side one)
05 - ausbeuterschweine  (excerpt from side two)
06 - how to compose a song  (excerpt from side two)

07 - escariol os (from the compilation kamikaze 1 from 2000) (listen directly)
08 - arctic zone (recorded in 1993; found on the metabolismus homepage)
09 - live at the stuttgart waggons on the 17th of august 2012; found on youtube
10 - do they owe us a living! (1991; found on youtube) (listen directly)
11 - my generation; from best of schnäbbls 1992 (listen directly)

(mp3 / all scans included / direct download)


endless music at the stuttgart pop testival 1974: the postfluxuspostkraut artist albrecht/d. live and in rehearsal


and this fnording world wide internet does not know appsoulutelay nononotnothing about the stuttgart pop testival that took place on the 25th of may 1974 in (you guess!) stuttgart in southwestgermany. and so of course we have no idea if it was a free festival or not, if it lasted longer than this one saturday in may, and even more we have no idea who played and performed at this testival.

the only evidence of this "testival" is a tape we found in the legacy and bequest of the stuttgart postfluxus artist albrecht/d. who obviously performed his concept of endless music within the limited frameworks of this festival. a very short excerpt of this performance can be found on his album abstract energy, but here is some more.

this well known excerpt of the first part of the performance of course features albrecht/d. himself on longstrings and percussion, and bernd jaiser executing some background noise; the complete version remained unearthed and unheard until now. for the second part of the performance they were joined by thomas niggl on guitars and other devices, this part of the performance has never been released before.

and so here are some 74 minutes i edited from a 90-minute-tape for the better or worse: the recording starts with a ten-minute-soundcheck at the jugendhaus mitte on the 25th of may 1974 enriched with a very abstract and theoretical disscourse of albrecht/d. talking about stockhausen and balinese music crossing over to the first set with a/d. and bernd jaiser. this is followed by the second set with thomas niggl as far as we can guess on guitar, followed by a rehearsal room situation that we found on the a-side of this tape, followed by an incoherent excerpt of the live-recording that was annexed to the rehearsal room recordings.

(mp3 / listen directly with leftclick or download with rightclick / don't forget to save the pictures)


munich is the best city in the world of the world: some weird postpunkpostkrautnoise compiled by lorenz lorenz in 1982 and a 1984 compilation promoting the catalogue of the worldfamous molto menz mailorder


these are two rather rare tape-compilations released in munich (münchen) in 1982 and 1984; one of them changing hands for some 50 dollar on discogs, and the other one is not even mentioned there.

so here we go:

in 1982 the postburroughs=writer and postfluxus=artist and postcoum=performer lorenz lorenz asked his fellow munic musicians to contribute some noise to a compilation of postpunk=diy=music to be released on a one=off tape that was conceptualized to sink and to shrink into obscurity, and was meant to be forgotten pretty soon. and the concept did not fail; most of the artists involved can be found on discogs one way or any other, but this=here tape is not even mentioned there. anyway, the very obscure sub-bavaria-wiki at least offers a rather subsubstantial reference to the tape; maybe it will help you.

the tape "münchen ist die beste stadt der welt" came with a rather undersized=midgepetite booklet, xeroxed and cramp-stapled by hand, providing very little information, and it came without a tracklist. so there, the following list is a good, a very good guess, but nothing more. the following cassettetaperecorder=delinquents (kassettentäter) were part of this project, and they most probably can be heard in the following order as follows:

fruchtstäbchen (listen directly)
napalmformunic? (listen directly)

ski und der rest
mauvais temps (listen directly)
mauvais temps 
jah diskowitz
gorilla aktiv
gorilla aktiv
kohlenklau (listen directly)

the download-file includes both the a- and b-side uncut as one track each, plus the four songs i extricated for your listening pleasure, plus all the scans of the tape and the booklet. so there.

download münchen ist die beste stadt der welt
(mp3 / all scans and more included / direct download)


 and now for the 1984 tape:

the acoustic catalogue for the "du bist so gut zu mir" tape and leisure retail mailorder of the gentlemen's gentleman molto menz released in 1984 provides an overview of the obscure sounds that were released on tape in the early eighties.

the catalogue came as two cassette boxes, one carrying a tape with the music, and the other with a deck of something like 40 cards with a strip cartoon on one side, and a listing of by the time having been long lost and vanished in the process of growing old then=there available products on the other side.

the a-side is a collage of ethnic sounds from all over the world, moderated by a pablo neruda poem read by alfredo garli. on the b-side you will find some german kassettentäter bands from way back then and that's rather nice.

a01 - alfredo gali - la musica es el unico idioma
a02 - marina sabina - pilzzeremonie (listen directly)
a03 - the pipes of jajouka - untitled
a04 - oum kaltsoum - untitled
a05 - embryos dissidenten im exil - untitled
a06 - head resonance - untitled (listen directly)
a07 - palo de mayo - untitled 

b01 - zimt - schnee (recorded live in 1983 with sven gormsen on vocals, uli mall on bass, le marquis on guitar an chris haas on drums with a studio intro recorded in 1982 featuring argee gleim on clarinet and ralf van daale with some ambient sounds) (listen directly)
b02 - glomdyke - südsee
b03 - sovetskoe foto - untitled (listen directly)
b04 - zusatzzahl - untitled
b05 - dreieier - untitled
b06 - ankles - untitled
b07 - das heinrich-mucken-saalorchester - untitled
b08 - non toxique lost - ich sah hanoi sterben (listen directly)
b09 - head resonance - untitled
b10 - lothar losner - untitled

the download-file includes both the a- and b-side uncut as one track each, plus the five songs i extricated for your listening pleasure, plus all the scans of the tape and the booklet and the comic and the catalogue. so there.

(mp3 / all scans and more included / direct download)