Dow Jones – Just A Techno Groove

The year is 1989 and somewhere in a recording studio in France (maybe Belgium) someone created a band called Dow Jones and the song Just A Techno Groove.

“Feed your cat” – Dow Jones

For more info: discogs.com/Dow-Jones-Just-A-Techno-Groove/release/195659

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on October 21, 2013 at 8:17 am, filed under music and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



LTD Edition Fire Funmania

I am extremely pleased to announce that a Limited Edition of my newest album Fire Funmania is available. Made in Germany and limited to 100 copies you get the album on 12″ Vinyl, CD with 2 exclusive Bonus Tracks and an Armband. The set is only 20 Euros so they will disappear quickly. Thanks to Steffen Kuschel and Maurice Roy for making this happen.

“just received it from sbmonline.de . Great package!” – JF.Gore

Buy now: sbmonline.de/2013/e/temartic.php?nr=TTC23

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 19, 2013 at 5:20 am, filed under music, promotion and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



You love to kill

Here are some stills and the official music video for my (The Horrorist) upcoming EP with Radical G. The EP is called Here Comes the Storm and we have remixes from The Hacker, David Carretta and Al Ferox. Special thanks to UnleashedVisuals for creating this.

“You are the storm. Cyclone of death. Master of Doom. Born to Slaughter! You are the storm. Cyclone of death. You love to kill. All in your path! Here comes the terror! Here comes the storm! Here comes the terror! Here comes the storm! There’s no mercy in the storm path!!”

For more info: facebook.com/pages/UnleashedVisuals

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 13, 2013 at 10:01 am, filed under music, video and tagged , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



When The Body Speaks

Martin Gore performed a reworked version of the Depeche Mode song When The Body Speaks at Jones Beach last night. This live version makes my heart explode. If anyone knows of a full length recording of this specific concert and song please let me know.

“To the soul’s desires. The body listens. What the flesh requires. Keeps the heart imprisoned. What the spirit seeks. The mind will follow. When the body speaks. All else is hollow. I’m just an angel. Driving blindly. Through this world. I’m just a slave here. At the mercy of a girl” – Depeche Mode

For more info: depechemode.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on September 9, 2013 at 9:33 am, filed under live performance, music and tagged , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Halo Harp

Last night I went to a birthday party in Williamsburg, Brooklyn. When it was over I went out with some friends and was surprised to find out that Michal Matejcík was performing at the Sullivan Room. I raced over there to him. I’ve mentioned him on this blog before. He plays covers of Depeche Mode songs on the harp. Check out the video I recorded of Michal performing Halo.

“The night will kick off at 10pm with a unique performance by the renowned Slovakian harpist Michal Matej?ík who presents Depeche Mode songs rearranged for the harp combined with audio mixes as well as visuals on screen. Michal performed as an opening act for Depeche Mode in two shows this year…” – DJ Shred

For more info: michalmatejcik.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on August 24, 2013 at 4:36 am, filed under live performance, music and tagged , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Music For the Cursed

Sometimes all you can see is blackness. There is a soundtrack for those times. These above are in that soundtrack.

“In particular, “curse” may refer to a wish that harm or hurt will be inflicted by any supernatural powers, such as a spell, a prayer, an imprecation, an execration, magic, witchcraft or God.” – Wikipedia

My Music For The Cursed Playlist: youtube.com/watch?v=Eye9S…

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 27, 2013 at 5:20 am, filed under music and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Forum – Let’s Call Each Other

How about some Russian synthpop from 1984? This is the band Forum and their song Let’s Call Each Other. It’s good to know while our governments each had hundreds of nukes aimed at each other most of us were doing far more important things such as synthing out.

“USSR: utterly sick synthesizer rhythms” – Jack Saba (Youtube)

For more info: http://www.discogs.com/forum/12

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 10, 2013 at 9:10 am, filed under music and tagged , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Philippe Laurent – Distorsion

Philippe Laurent is from France and Distorsion was recorded sometime in the early 80s. It was re-released in 2011 on Minimal Wave Records. Be sure to head to Philippe’s Facebook page to see some of his great live show photos as they have a super 80s aesthetic: click here

“Philippe Laurent is a plastic artist, musician and designer. Whether working with graphic codes or digital codes, plastic arts or music, Laurent’s approach is one of research, specifically having to do with people’s perception of signs and symbols. As a multi-media artist, he has always been open to new technologies, whether he is composing musical works or creating graphic works. During the 90s, he reached a landmark with his inter-disciplinary work via shows in France and Germany, by designing complex pieces that mixed various advanced techniques. His paintings, the illusion of calligraphies on monochromic funds, pose a question about the relationship between signs and meanings.” – minimalwave.com

For more info: minimalwave.com/artists/artist/philippe-laurent

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on July 9, 2013 at 4:36 am, filed under music and tagged , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



New York City Club Scene 1984

In the video above you see the emerging dance scene in NYC. If you ever listen New Order’s Confusion and thought wow this is well produced and really works well in a nightclub now you can know the reason. Producer Arthur Baker tells how he tested the track in club specifically to sound good there. At that time most music heard even in clubs had melody and lyrics. At 13:58 in the reporter amazingly has an epic thought and asks Baker if he thinks if eventually dance music will just be rhythmic without vocals or melody. He knew the future!

“The other question is what would be the next? Because things are becoming more and more rhythmic. Do you think we will end up with just complete rhythm records with no melody whatsoever?”

For more info: wikipedia.org/wiki/Confusion_(New_Order_song)

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 19, 2013 at 5:30 am, filed under live performance, music, political and tagged , , , , , , , . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



Claps – Wreck

I found this band Claps randomly on Spotify last night and quickly fell for them. In my book the song Wreck is a 10/10. Can’t tell if every step that I’m taking is one forward or another one back.

“Cemented in their belief to play analog instruments without the aid of computers, Minnesota-based Claps are a trio with strong ideals. Channeling the ‘70s synth sounds of Depeche Mode and Joy Division, they perform minimalist measures with dark, foreboding themes…” – popmatters.com

For more info: clapsus.bandcamp.com

This entry was written by Oliver Chesler, posted on June 18, 2013 at 6:41 pm, filed under music and tagged . Leave a comment or view the discussion at the permalink and follow any comments with the RSS feed for this post.



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