2019-03-01

a lucky bag filled with some weird german seven-inch-vinyl-singles from 1955 to 1986



lucky you; i upended my record collection to unearth a good handfill of underdeterminated german sounds from way beyond that noboredy can stand under will for more than two minutes. you will get appsouloudely no kraut or kosmische, but some swabian comedy, some neue deutsche welle (new german values), some underrated jazz from the fifties, some overrated jazz from the seventies, some long forgotten tv and radio advertisements and some happygodelightedly psycho beat for southwestgerman fleamarkets. you can listen to all of the tracks directly, and you can download a .rar file with all of the music and all of the scans and some more way down below.

so here we go-go:

we are starting off with some recordings from the third german jazz festival that probably was celebrated in cologne in 1955, featuring the likes of freddy christman, hans koller, roland kovac and emil mangelsdorff, who ten to fifteen years later left a lot of deep traces in what was to become known as kraut. but here they are as young men playing the bop.


for your listening pleasure side one and two of the record each are documented here seamlessly without any cuts; the line-up of the bands can be found in the scan above.



listen to side one
helmut weglinski quintett - crazy rhythm
johannes rediske quintett - boptical illusion



freddy christmann quartett - passé
hans koller new jazz stars - when you lover has gone

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when in 1973 the new duden, the mandatory german wordbook, was released, a seven-inch-vinyl-single featuring the radiospots to accompany the release was given away free to booksellers and stationers all over germany, so they could listen to the adverisements in advance. you can listen to these spots right now with the benefit of hindsight.




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when the neue deutsche welle german new wave swashed away all the schmaltz and schlager (though it did not) a lot of  kosmische krauts and sozialdemokritische hangabouts tried to cash the wave; piefke und pafke, formerly known as arbeitstitel knochen, were two of the more tolerable out-in-siders buy the time boeing. here are both sides of their first single from 1982:






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and here are some more tv and radio spots; i stole this flexi in the advertising department of the stuttgart ibm in 1984. lürzer's archives (with apostrophe and so on and so on) had given it away for free to let the best of spots be heard and so on and so on. listen to pepsi cola, apple, shell, perrier, or die! (please note the oxford comma!)




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das einrichtungshaus behr is a southwestgerman company for furniture and design, if i might say at least the least, stationed in the metropolis of wendlingen am neckar. in 1978 they released a record with jazz versions of four suebian folksongs by the stuttgarter jazz-trio and handed it out for free to their business partners. the music is rather solid and moderate; and that is what the einrichtungshaus behr is: not even boring.

the stuttgarter jazz-trio of course were werner lener on piano, ludwig stimmler on bass, and elmar wippler on drums. both sides of the record had two tracks each, but you can listen to them right here seamlessly.


listen to side one
bald gras' ich am neckar
mädele ruck, ruck, ruck


auf'm wase graset d'hase
auf d'schwäb'scheeisenbahne

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i bought this record directly from the drummer (or at least a person who claimed to have been the featurd drummer) on a fleamarket in the neverneverlands between plochingen and nürtingen. it's a wondeful little record i want my jockay to play; it reminds me of a light version of the sparks, early undocumented roxy music, or the 39 clocks if they ever would have dared to play pop music. so it's lvely but coumpletelay unmatured. and nobody knows if rainer rohrmose on drums and dietmar ilg on guitars an lyrics really ever happened.






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and lost burst least we have the stuttgart stand-up comedian willy reichert with hiss version of an alltime horrorscope for scorpios, recorded and released in 1959. the first two seconds of this record are absoloudelay great, but for the rest of it you must be more than familiar with the subtleties of the swabian lainguage and the skorpius zodiac sign. but i guess you are.


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2019-02-22

KRAUT! DEMONS! KRAUT! German Psychedelic Underground 1968 - 1974


in 1995 KRAUT! DEMONS! KRAUT! was the first in a series of compilations bearing mildly amusing puns as a title (followed by HUNGRY KRAUTS, DADDY!, OBSCURED BY KRAUTS and KRAUT-BLOODY-RAGEOUS) and comprising some rare and unreleased pebbles and gems of german underground music aka KRAUT produced end executed way back between 1968 and 1972. in the meanmeanmeanmean time some of these tracks have seen the light on at least semi-official releases, but in 1995 nobody knew if it really happened. all of these compilations have been released on the almighty german-ostalb-label BLUMENKRAFT (which is german for flower power) and had been augmented and vergoldet by comprehensive linernotes by the lolly pope and me. hmphyes. anyway. and can you guess where most of the music came from? who harvestered obscure fleamarkets and garage sales? who collected all this stuff all over the years? no, you can't. öööhm.


so here we go for KRAUT! DEMONS! KRAUT!

01 - Aero Sound - Ready For Take Off
02 - Staff Carpenborg And The Electric Corona - Shummy Poor Clessford Idea In Troody Taprest Noodles (download the entire album here)
03 - Margareta Juvan And Can - I'm Hiding My Nightingale
04 - Trash - Living In A Garden (listen directly)
05 - Motherhood - Negresco # 4
06 - Exmagma - It's So Nice
07 - Günther Kaufmann - Our Love
08 - Heart Of Blues - Smoking Takes You Faster To God
09 - Jo Hamann - Give Me All Your Love (listen directly)
10 - Checkpoint Charlie - Feeling Sad
11 - Just We - Something Like It
12 - Shanandoa - Dies Irae
13 - Giants - He He Ho
14 - Elegy - No Direction
15 - Limbus 4 - Kundalini (listen directly)
16 - Les Étoiles Filantes - Something
17 - The Magic Group - Magical Land (listen directly)
18 - Electric Sandwich - China
19 - The Uncertain Midnigh - Leaving The World
20 - Can - Kama Sutra
21 - Exmagma - Zink Tank

and now read the original liner notes; shut up and enjoy:

Aero Sound - meanwhile it's a good tradition to open a (Prae-) KRAUT-compilation with a track from Austria. An acetate found and probably recorded in Vienna October'69. Sensational sounds, but absolutely no further info available.

Staff Carpenborg & The Electric Corona - Another sensation, another mystery. One of the hidden treasures of experimental sounds. The whole LP "Fantastic Party" on maritim Records is a cosmic trip and compared to most of the stuff bootleggers try to sell you these days, it's the holy grail. KRAUT-history has to be rewritten, because these guys produced their magic sound-web on primitive equipment long before tricky studio wizzardry became fashionable.

Can - For once and ever: here's the true story on the early releases of Can. The "Can-Book" by Buussy/Hall published an incomplete discography that everybody seems to rely on and permanent reprinting wrote misinformation in stone. Can's first record was a single on Deutsche Vogue DV 14785 "Agilok & Blubbo"/"Kamera Song". The band was credited as Inner Space. (Re-released on Prae-Kraut Pandaemonium# 1 and 2) The second single was on Metronome 1969 and mentioned "Irmin" as songwriter. Side A was "Kama Sutra". Whether this ever materialized no-one seems to know.

Trash - Have no fear! It won't get any more scratchy than on the acetate of this '69 Kraut obscurity from Krefeld. Covers exist, but proper records can't be found. Intended for privately pressed 500 copies, the band disappeared before they could establish their oddly named Bi-Spar-Label. Trash had one more track on a 1971 Sampler (Car Records) called "Release".

Motherhood - At least we suspect them to be Motherhood. Found on an unfinished soundtrack tape, written and recorded by Klaus Doldinger in '69. Negresco, the movie, seems to never have made it to a proper cinema, but considering the mediocre quality of the rest of the intended soundtrack this hardly is a loss for occidential culture.

Exmagma - One of the most underrated German bands. Andy Goldner, Tom Balluf and Fred Braceful released their second LP in France only, where the audience was more open-minded for their unorthodox mix of drug-induced space-jamming and electric brassless Free Jazz. A third LP wa srecorded by Conny Plank in '74, but was never released due to contractual difficulties and the ridiculous demands of their record company to remix and to shorten the intended double album. 2 cuts from this session are included in loving memory of Fred Braceful and Joe Lindauer. 2 great musicians and, what's more 2 men who knew how to be a HUMAN being R.I.P.

Günther Kaufmann - From the soundtrack of R.W. Fassbinder's "Der amerikanische Soldat". Recorded in Munich early 1970. Herr Kaufmann sounds like a male Nico, while the uncredited viola player could teach a trick or two to John Cale. Pure magic.

Heart Of Blues - A daring change of direction (towards the rubber room). Produced by: YEAH in cooperation with the Federal Bureau For Medical Education in order to keep kids from smoking. A fairly successful campaign after all. Most of the brats quit smoking tobacco in favour of other weeds immediately...(No label)

Jo Hammann - was a so-called one-man-band who was often seen playing his music in the streets of South Germany. In 1973 he recorded two songs on an old 4-track. He wrote the lyrics, played all instruments and of course sang, From this recording about 100 7"-Singles were pressed and Jo Hamann sold them to the audience in the streets or sent them to potential managers and promoters. With one of these records he even applied for the place of Doug Yule in Velvet Underground. - This is the only known release on Offers-Musik, "Wild Woman" can be found on Prae-Kraut Pandaemonium Vol. 5.

Checkpoint Charlie - Their debut from 1970 is one of the most violent, obscene and brainfried agit-prop sermon ever recorded, (thank god the rest of the world can't understand one word) they finally bother to pick up their instruments and - fuck me stupid - come up with this marvellous little nugget as a bonus for those who still didn't take the needle off. In fact, many people who own the original LP never had the nerve to listen enough to find this hidden treasure.

Just We - We just know nothing abut this late 60's outfit and their sole claim to fame, so we just don't even try to poke about in the non-existant fog.

Shanandoa - Thomas von Celano's medieval sequence of the "Mass for the dead" had quite a comeback in KRAUT after more than 700 years. The Shiver and The Kiss Inc. recorded versions under the guidance of Stephan Sulke, both retitled "Hey Mr. Holy Man" and Golgatha released it as a non-LP Ohr 7". Christian crusaders Shanandoa put all their juvenile energy into this slightly modernized interpretation, pretending to be black slaves tortured by a lynch mob.

Giants - Definitely not Zappo Luengen's Hamburg Giants that recorded Ariola and Polydor in 1966. This obscure 7" was recorded in 1970 and no information is available so far.

Elegy - left England in order to find fame and fortune on the continent. They extensivly toured around Switzerland, Bavaria and Austria, where they recorded this single for the Atom label in '69. When this amazing mixture of Brit Prog and Kraut, the band vanished without a trace. Another Uk group that never recorded at home...

Limbus 4 - This 4'24"-version of Kundalini was recorded live at the matinee-show of the 12th German Jazz festival in Frankfurt/Main on the 22nd of march 1970. Limbus 4 were Odysseus Artner, Bernd Henninger, Gerd Kraus and Matthias Knieper. A totally different version of Kundalini can be found on their second LP.

Les Ètoiles Filantes - Admittedly they are of Swiss origin, but as we hardly expect a "Cheese Demons, Cheese"-compilation within this or the next millenium, we decided to adopt this exciting KRAUT-soundalike from '68.

The Magic Goup - Before the Cosmic couriers started to explore the universe they first tried to head for the international market. Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser even forced the space-folk-duo Witthüser & Westrupp (aka Wicküler and Westwall) to re-record some of their songs in English. But the Masterplan of the space-invasion failed and only a handful of test-pressings survived in a dutch caravan.

Electric Sandwich - had an album in '72, remarkable only for the strength of a lengthy instrumental improvisation called "China". This heavier and much tighter version was released as a single the same year.

The Uncertain Midnight - A pretty brutal slice of total energy found on an acetate recorded in Ludwigsburg '69. Inspite of the obvious brilliance a proper release didn't happen.

(mp3 / all scans included /direct download)

2019-02-08

ici maintenants, here and now, space & time: shake the post-hippie brainstorm, gong n'existe pas, summer solstice 2001



live, sub-analyzed, improuvized: the post-gong-post-here-&-now-band ici maintenantes captured in full flight on a saturday night after the new moon and the summer solstice in 2001. hippie-kosmischen tribal gathering space-rock-notrock with purple flashes, and you may pogo your minds out whilst lysearching on the flokati-rug.


ici maintenantes in 2001 were sheffe sharp de strings (stephen lewry; guitar), kif kif le batter (aka le batteur; frank honest on drums), twink el-toes malone (no, it's the other twink: paul noble. keyboards and synthesizers) and tim "timmah!" flattus (tim hall, bass) plus some friends and relatives


accordeoning to discogs this cd is rather rare, and noboredaddy wants to sell it buy the time being; so there you go. i bought my copy directly from the band way back in 2005, and i am glad i did, and by the way, all homepages (with the exception of planetgong of course, but you cain't find the cd there) mentioned in the liner notes are down, gonegonegone and got lost in the process of growing old.


so sing along withuss:

01 - galaxy valley
02 - dinosaur kebab
03 - beautiful jam (listen directly)
04 - fight no more
05 - shakalayah (listen directly)
06 - tough jam
07 - aya shamaya

(mp3 / all scans included / direct download)



2019-02-01

the late amon düül 2 live in tübingen 2002 with broken strings and broken arrows


a friend of mine provided me with these two cd-r of a concert of the late amon düül 2 he recorded way back on the first of june 2002 at the sudhaus in tübingen, the southwestgerman kapitol of southwestgerman kassettentäter and other boring students. most probably most of the noise on the following two cd-r is provided by chris karrer on guitars, violins and guitars, renate knaup on vocals, lothar meid on bass, john weinzierl on guitars ans daniel fichelscher on drums.

the recording is rather (s)cratchy and chaotic, featuring broken strings, renate in garrulously minds and a vaginervose band unwilling to be cool and ready to jam-away and a mini-disc-recorder refusing to record long tracks as long tracks. so all in all it's the layed amon düül 2 at their very worst and that's their very best. here is no fun!

so let us start with cd #1:

01 - renate talking about schöne menschen
02 - don'turn too stone???
03 - la paloma (listen dicectly)
04 - jam
05 - mikrofonständer (listen dicectly)
06 - apocalyptic bore
07 - riding on a cloud
08 - allthe ye
09 - all the years round
10 - lightning sky????
11 - (die blume vom orient)?
12 - oh; rien
13 - metropolice (listen dicectly)
14 - fragment
15 - fragment of kanaan (listen dicectly)


(mp3 / all scans included / direct download) 





and here we go for disc #2:

 

01 - kanaan (listen dicectly)
02 - renate talks with renate
03 - surrounded by the stars (listen dicectly)
04 - applause
05 - chatter
06 - improvisation
07 - archangel's thunderbyrd (listen dicectly)
08 - applause
09 - renate again
10 - luzifers ghilom et cetera (listen dicectly)
11 - banterchat
12 - deutsch nepal


(mp3 / all scans included / direct download) 


thank you, andreas and david

2019-01-04

chris and cosey: the pagan tango and some synaesthesia mixes from 1991

 
the mission will never be terminated, ladeedies and coumladds, and no expectations will cease to be brok=end. and though these recordings are not all too rare, they tend to be slightly overlooked as a mellow whisper in the hisstory of a throbbing gristle. we got chris and cosey dancing the pagan tango in 1991 and some synaesthesia remixes for your pleasure.


so let us start with the pagan tango album from 1991:

01 - in ecstasy
02 - i belong to me
03 - synaesthesia 
04 - take control (listen directly)
05 - face to face
06 - feel to me
07 - go-go latino
08 - sin (listen directly)
09 - pagan tango
10 - cords of love
11 - balfigore (before the feast) (listen directly)
12 - sacred silence


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the track synaesthesia was released as a 12"-vinyl-single, a maxi-cd, and even as a compact cassette the same year with some different mixes each. in my collection i found the maxi-cd with three mixes of synaesthesia and an additional track recorded the same year.

13 (01) - synaesthesia (daniel miller mix)
14 (02) - synaesthesia (chris & cosey mix)
15 (03) - retrodect
16 (04) - synaesthesia (dm instrumental mix) (listen directly)


(mp3 / all scans included / direct download)