One of the most famous synth synth sounds ever recorded is the bassline on New Order’s Blue Monday. It is in fact a Moog Source. Above Retrosound gets close but I think he needs a little more resonance. Ministry also used a Source in their Twitch era recordings. When I lived in Berlin I used the band Camouflage’s Source and was blown away by it. It’s also in my top five most beautiful looking synths ever. The Source was released in 1981 and Blue Monday in 1983.
“At nearly seven-and-a-half minutes, “Blue Monday” is one of the longest tracks ever to chart on the UK Singles Chart, and is the biggest-selling 12″ single of all time. Despite selling well it was not eligible for an official gold disc because Factory Records was not a member of the British Phonographic Industry association. According to the Official Charts Company, its total sales stands at 1.16 million in the United Kingdom alone, and “Blue Monday” came 69th in the all-time UK best-selling singles chart published in November 2012. The song begins with a distinctive semiquaver kick drum intro, programmed on an Oberheim DMX drum machine. Gillian Gilbert eventually fades in a sequencer melody. According to band interviews in NewOrderStory, she did so at the wrong time, so the melody is out of sync with the beat; however, the band considered it to be a happy accident that contributed to the track’s charm.” – Wikipedia
For more info: vintagesynth.com/moog/sourc
One of the greatest acid tracks ever by Tyree Cooper. Recorded in 1987. Two TB-303s in actions here. He’s from Chicago and now lives in Berlin.
“A fan of both house music and hiphop back in the 80s, the young producer sought to combine elements from both genres into the genre that soon went on to become known as Hiphouse. It eventually lead to the release of the now legendary ‘Turn Up The Bass’ in 1989, a track that –along with Fast Eddie’s ‘Yo Yo Get Funky amongst others’ is widely considered to be an all-time (hip-)house classic.” – beatsandbeyond.com
For more info: en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Acid_house
On Friday night I went to see Leaether Strip perform at the Santos Party House in the China Town section of New York City. In 1989 and 1990 I purchased two LS albums The Pleasure Of Penetration and Science For The Satanic Citizen. That was a great time of music and LS wasn’t close to the best of the bunch but there were songs like Touchdown Breakdown and Flight 232 that I put on my mixtapes. I have some fond memories of my brother and I screaming the LS song “Go Fuck Your Ass Off” basically making fun of LS in general. It’s probably that memory alone that made go to this concert. When I arrived I was surprised to a healthy group of people wearing black outside. I’ve never been to Santos Party House before. It was the perfect venue for a concert like this. It’s a small space with a stage, one bar and DJ booths on the other side of the room. The layout, black walls and properly pink and blue lighting made the night feel 80sesque. I read an article about the opening band Hirsute Pursuit stating it was an exciting subserve gay sex industrial act. I liked the music but I lived in Chelsea for 10 years and I saw more risqué interactions at my local New York Sports Club. I realized this is music for people who never have sex at all. I taunted the lead singer a bit so he decided he would give me a whip. I tried to help him along sticking my ass out but he still missed and what did hit my leg felt like feathers more than a punishment. I was glad to hear DJ Stalagmike take over the music. I danced and had a chance to meet P-Orridge from Throbbing Gristle and Physic TV. Finally Leaether Strip took the stage. Claus Larsen who IS the band doesn’t look like he used to. In fact these days he’s a spitting image of Michael Chiklis the star from the TV show the shield (link). He stood in front and sang to what was surely prerecorded music. An older guy who later someone told me was Claus’s husband was on keyboards far the the back of the stage. You can tell Claus has been doing this for decades as he is a good performer. I wasn’t expecting much and while the show was better than I thought I think I only heard one song from the albums I own. 6/10. To see the full set of photos: click here
“Leaether Strip is the work of Danish electronic dance artist Claus Larsen. Discovered by the German techno artist and producer Talla 2XLC (Bigod 20), Leæther Strip quickly built a buzz as one of the young acts in Europe in the early 90′s. His debut release in 1990 was the album “The Pleasure of Penetration”. By the time of Leaether Strip’s third release, Solitary Confinement, the act also was released in the United States.” – Discogs.com
For more info: facebook.com/events/656506244410726
One of the greatest record labels of all time Wax Trax! is about to relaunch. Before the official store opens they will be doing a one day pop-up store in Chicago on June 15th. This is happening the morning after the band Cocksure performs. Cocksure will be the first release on the reborn label. The pop-up store will be selling the new single, classic pressings and merchandise. The first 40 people on line get a special goodie bag. One of those bags will contain a golden ticket. That golden ticket will get you into a special upcoming concert and other “special” things to be announced. I may head to Chicago for this.
“We will be hiding one special “Golden Ticket” in one of the random shopping bags throughout the day. This ticket will allow the ticket holder into a special Wax Trax! event later in the year. We can’t give everything away, but trust us, this golden ticket would be a very, very good thing to have.” – Wax Trax!
For more info: waxtraxchicago.com
Here’s a cover of Depeche Mode’s song To Have and to Hold. The Korg Volcas and Arturia Microbrute help out. From the greatest album of all time Music for the Masses.
“I need to be cleansed, It’s time to make amends. For all of the fun. The damage is done.” – Depeche Mode
For more info: depechemode.com
Delectro – Corrupted Electro Techno Set – 28-03-14. by Delectro on Mixcloud
Here’s a great new DJ Set from Colombian artist Delectro titled Corrupted Electro. There’s a lot of Things to Come Records, The Horrorist, Stamba, Ionic Vision, Millimetric and more on this one!
“die ganze nacht” – Ionic Vision
For more info: mixcloud.com/Delectro/delectro-corrupted-electro
Next week I will go to see Kraftwerk 3-D at the United Palace Theatre in NYC. It’s amazing to think how far in the future we are now. I saw them about 10 years ago and it’s was one of the best concerts I’ve ever seen.
“From the Rockpalast Archive Mixed Media Show Soest, Germany. Winter 1970 0. Intro 1. Stratovarius 2. Ruckzuck 3. Heavy Metal Kids 4. Improvisation 1″ – Henry Owings
For more info: kraftwerk.com
A person named SammyIAm created Moppy which is a “Musical controller for an Arduino-floppy drive set up.”. He then posted a video of Moppy performing Soft Cell’s Tainted Love. Marc Almond found the video and decided to repost it this time with his own vocals on top!
“Several people showed me the brilliant floppy drive rendition of Tainted Love by Gigawipf here on YouTube so I thought it might be fun to add the vocal! :-)” – Marc Almond
For more info: github.com/SammyIAm/Moppy
On this Valentine’s Day I am very happy to release a new single to the world! This is a special release for me as this time the music is centered around someone else’s vocals. Andi is a DJ in the EBM, synthpop, coldwave world. She runs the night Synthicide in New York City. She also has a wonderful 80s post punk book coming out later this year called Some Wear Leather Some Wear Lace. We co-wrote about 6 songs. Our band name is Schadenfreude and this EP is called Spectra. We picked the best two and then I redid the music in my home studio. I fell in love with these songs over the past few months and I am really pleased to let you hear them. From a technical standpoint you are hearing some nice equipment including a lot of my Eurorack modular and Ensoniq ESQ-1.
“The blood it drips through my hand. I watch it pool I take the command. I don’t think only what I feel. I’m not sure if this can be real.” – Schadenfreude
Buy now: iTunes, Amazon and Bandcamp.
Since we are waiting to hear the Roland Aira to see if they will deliver a new TR-808 here’s a classic track featuring the king of drum machines. Perfect High from Peppermint Lounge has the elements of an early 80s new wave track I love. Sad lyrics, meloncholy arpeggiators, pads, stuttering samples, vocoder and a TR-808. Produced by Jörg Burckhardt and written by Matthias Elvers in Germany in 1983
“Because getting high was all he cared to do.” – Peppermint Lounge
For more info: discogs.com/Peppermint-Lounge-Perfect-High/release/779563