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PHOTO: The Jesus & Mary Chain

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PHOTO: The Banshees sign Siouxsie’s cast after she dislocated her knee in 1985

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PHOTO: Stephen McRobbie - The Pastels (photo ©Jim Barr 1986)

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PHOTO: Siouxsie Sioux

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PHOTO: Siouxsie and the Banshees, ca 1977

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PHOTO: Pauline Murray of Penetration performing at The Vortex, London 1977

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PHOTO: Pauline Murray of Penetration performing at The Vortex, London 1977.

 

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MIXTAPE: Under The Radar #39 (25.12.2014)

MIXTAPE: Under The Radar #39 (25.12.2014).


Discovering the new indie & alternative pop rock music.


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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Bauhaus – “Dark Entries”

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Bauhaus – “Dark Entries”.

 

Bauhaus’ second single, and its first for long-time home Beggars Banquet (via the 4AD subsidiary), “Dark Entries” rides in on a squall of feedback and percussion, crashing on for some 45 seconds before Peter Murphy finally unveils one of his most breathless vocals.

 

A raw prototype does appear on the deeply posthumous (1997) Live in the Studio 1979 EP, but “Dark Entries” underwent considerable reworking before re-emerging the following year.

 

Recorded live in the studio, it was a far punkier offering than the band’s then prevalent reputation allowed for, an exhilarating thunderstorm of sound, its breakneck pace unrelenting even when Murphy launches into a virtual spoken word passage — behind him, the band continues to thrash, with the constant repetition of the title a speeding bulldozer of energy.

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LIVE SESSION: Gang of Four – “Natural’s Not In It” (Live on Rockpalast, 1983)

LIVE SESSION: Gang of Four – “Natural’s Not In It” (Live on Rockpalast, 1983).

 

Live from german TV Show “Rockpalast”, 10th March 1983.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Gun Club – “Walking With The Beast”

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Gun Club – “Walking With The Beast”.

 

B-side of “The Fire Of Love” single, August 1982. Also on the LP “The Las Vegas Story”, 1984.

 

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LIVE SESSION: Wall Of Voodoo – “Ring Of Fire”

LIVE SESSION: Wall Of Voodoo – “Ring Of Fire”.

 

Wall of Voodoo’s pulsing, synth-driven cover of “Ring of Fire” is one of their best recordings, and earned the group some early praise.

 

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PHOTO: Fugazi

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PHOTO: Jack White - Prague 13/11/2014

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Television – “Marquee Moon”

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Television – “Marquee Moon”.

 

While Television was among the earliest trailblazers in the 1970s new wave explosion, and the first to make a mark at New York’s punk Mecca CBGB (they even built the stage that they and thousands of other bands played on), their basic style had little to do with the aggressive 4/4 drive of the Ramones and the Dead Boys; guitarist Tom Verlaine often cited Moby Grape as a crucial influence, and the psychedelic undercurrent in the band’s approach was rarely clearer than on the title song from their brilliant 1977 debut album, Marquee Moon.

 

Perhaps reminded of Moby Grape’s tightly meshed three-guitar lineup, the framework of “Marquee Moon” is rooted in three interwoven rhythm parts — a double-timed guitar riff that hits on the first and third beats in the left channel, a trilled guitar pattern in the right channel that rides through the third and fourth beats, and a two-note bass riff that surrounds the first and third. Brought together, the three fused into a single melodic pattern that was spare but hypnotic, and strong enough that guitarists Tom Verlaine and Richard Lloyd could veer off into extended solos without the structure falling apart.

 

While “Marquee Moon” had a lean, muscular sound that set this band apart from, say, the Grateful Dead, there’s no mistaking that Verlaine and Lloyd loved a good jam, and the tune’s ten-plus-minute length on Marquee Moon gave both of them plenty of room to explore the sonic landscape. The original studio version is one of the great guitar moments in rock history (Verlaine’s final solo is nothing short of sublime), and Television’s live renditions of the tune (preserved today on a handful of bootlegs and the semi-authorized live document The Blow Up) are, if anything, even more impressive.

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LIVE SESSION: This Mortal Coil – “Song to the Siren”

LIVE SESSION: This Mortal Coil – “Song to the Siren”.


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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Jesus and Mary Chain – “Snakedriver”

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Jesus and Mary Chain – “Snakedriver”.

 

In 1993, The Jesus and Mary Chain released their EP ‘The Sound of Speed’ of which contained four new tracks, among them the now classic ‘Snakedriver’. This track was also part of the soundtrack for Brandon Lee’s cult film ‘The Crow’.

 

“Snakedriver” is a classic Jesus and Mary Chain song in the sleazy, bluesy, “Beach Boys on lots of smack” mold.

 

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UNDER THE RADAR: Spoon — “Do You”

UNDER THE RADAR: Spoon — “Do You” .

 

For the 20th installment of the Urban Outfitters Music Video Series, Spoon teams up with director Hiro Murai on the song “Do You” off Spoon’s new album They Want My Soul.

 

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Wah! – “The Story Of The Blues”

THIS IS OUR MUSIC: Wah! – “The Story Of The Blues”.

 

Pete Wylie is a British singer/songwriter and guitarist, best known as the leader of the band variously known as Wah!, Wah! Heat, Shambeko! Say Wah!, JF Wah!, the Mighty Wah! and Wah! the Mongrel. He was credited by Melody Maker with coining “rockism”, a post-punk term for anything considered too “old guard”.

 

Their biggest hit single was “The Story of the Blues”, which was released in late 1982, and reached number 3 in the UK Singles Chart.

 

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LIVE SESSION: St. Vincent performs “Birth in Reverse” – Pitchfork Music Festival 2014

LIVE SESSION: St. Vincent performs “Birth in Reverse” – Pitchfork Music Festival 2014.


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PHOTO: Joy Division

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PHOTO: Julian Cope

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PHOTO: Johnny Rotten & Joan Jett

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PHOTO: Elvis Costello, London, 1979

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PHOTO: Fugazi

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IN CONCERT: Talking Heads – Live 1978 Syracuse, NY, USA

IN CONCERT: Talking Heads – Live 1978 Syracuse, NY, USA.

 

Amateur video recording of Talking Live at Onondaga County War Memorial Auditorium, Syracuse, NY, USA, November 8, 1978.

 

Setlist:

01 – The Big Country
02 – Warning Sign
03 – The Book I Read
04 – Stay Hungry
05 – Artists Only
06 – The Girls want to be with the Girls
07 – The Good Thing
08 – Love Goes to Building on Fire
09 – Electricity (Drugs)
10 – Found a Job
11 – Take me to the River
12 – I’m Not In Love
13 – No Compassion

 

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