Monthly Archives: April 2010

La Düsseldorf – Viva

La Düsseldorf is the brain child of German Krautrock pioneer Klaus Dinger (Neu! and early Kraftwerk member). They only released 3 albums, this one being the centerpiece, all of which are fantastic. Their sound was more expansive than that of Neu! creating a wonderful world of its own. Their sound has been said to cause “a crazed cosmic Bavarian knees up” – shit yeah. With La Düsseldorf, Dinger had created what I would maybe call…fantasy punk rock (the track ‘Rheinita’ could totally be in The Neverending Story). And with this album, Dinger even brings politics into the picture.

Excerpt from album notes:
The year before the ‘Viva’ release, a national crisis-engulfed West Germany. 1977 became “der Deutsche Herbst” (the German Autumn) as the anti-capitalist Red Army Faction (RAF) attacked a US army base, kidnapped the head of a bank, murdered three police officers. A siege mentality gripped the whole country as Lufthansa flight 181 to Frankfurt was hijacked with demands for the release of RAF prisoners
Not an easy topic for West German musicians, artists and writers to address; any attempt at even the merest hint of debate about the socio-economic root causes of the RAF violence was to risk being accused by a deeply conservative media and public of sympathizing with bloodthirsty terrorists.
Yet Klaus Dinger shared the RAF disgust at the widening gulf between new money and the traditional working class, even if he rejected their violently misguided methods…And ‘Viva’ is his manifesto. 30 years on it still calls to us everywhere; to keep alive the countercultural faith; the anger, cynicism, idealism, love, compassion, humor, the sheer ‘joie-de-vivre’ of being alive.

Viva Klaus Dinger!


1. Viva
2. White Overalls
3. Rheinita
4. Vogel
5. Geld
6. Cha Cha 2000

Check out this live performance of ‘Rheinta’ with some interpretive dance…

And here’s Klaus Dinger (in white overalls) with Neu!

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Psychedelic trip aids patient in study

Psychedelic medicine back in the news WTF!! I thought as I was sitting in a south Berkeley restaurant. I was happy to hear that doctors haven’t given up on these forms of drugs to help people cope with their illnesses. This is an interesting new article on the subject and gives some examples from test subjects of today….

April 23, 2010|By Malcolm Ritter, Associated Press
New York – — The big white pill was brought to her in an earthenware chalice. She’d already held hands with her two therapists and expressed her wishes for what it would help her do.

She swallowed it, lay on the couch with her eyes covered, and waited. And then it came.

“The world was made up of jewels and I was in a dome,” she recalled. Surrounded by brilliant, kaleidoscopic colors, she saw the dome open up to admit “this most incredible luminescence that made everything even more beautiful.”

Tears trickled down her face as she saw “how beautiful the world could actually be.”

That’s how Nicky Edlich, 67, began her first-ever trip on a psychedelic drug last year.

She says it has greatly helped her psychotherapeutic treatment for anxiety from her advanced ovarian cancer.

For researchers, it was another small step toward showing that hallucinogenic drugs, famous but condemned in the 1960s, can one day help doctors treat conditions like cancer anxiety and post-traumatic stress disorder.

The New York University study Edlich participated in is among a handful now going on in the United States and elsewhere with drugs like LSD, MDMA (Ecstasy) and psilocybin, the main ingredient of “magic mushrooms.”

The work follows lines of research choked off four decades ago by the war on drugs. The research is still preliminary.

“There is more psychedelic research taking place in the world than at any time in the last 40 years,” said Rick Doblin, executive director of the Multidisciplinary Association for Psychedelic Studies, which funds some of the work. “We’re at the end of the beginning of the renaissance.”

He said that more than 1,200 people attended a conference in California last weekend on psychedelic science.

But doing the research is not easy, Doblin and others say, with government funders still leery and drug companies not interested in the compounds they can’t patent. That pretty much leaves private donors.

Edlich, whose cancer forced her to retire from teaching French at a private school, said recurrences of her ovarian cancer had provoked fears about suffering and dying and how her death would affect her family. She felt “profound sadness that my life was going to be cut short.”

The homey NYU room where Edlich had been getting psychotherapy was the setting for her drug experiences. She had brought along photos of her son, grandchildren and partner. She met with two therapists she’d come to trust, knowing they would stay with her through her hours under the influence.

After swallowing the white pill, Edlich perused an art book for about a half-hour while waiting for the psilocybin to take effect. Then she lay on the couch with headphones and listened to music with eyeshades over her eyes.

Did the drug experience help?

“I think it made me more aware of what was so important and what was making me either sad or depressed. I think it was revelatory.”

Experts emphasize people shouldn’t try psilocybin on their own because it can be harmful, sometimes causing bouts of anxiety and paranoia.

This is a video from the great Timothy Leary.

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Various Artists // South Side Soul Volume 2

I’ve had this comp for a while now, I finally thought I’d share. I can’t find anything on this album at all other than it’s playlist. Anyways, mostly songs of tragedy and a few of love…all of them with SOUL! Perfect for the rainy weather that is in the forecast for tomorrow. I am yearning for continuous sunny days. Great piano, vocal combination’s, horn sections, and drum patterns make this collection of songs listenable from beginning to end. Stand out tracks for me are I’m So Devoted by The Epsilons, which is a happy upbeat love song, and the classic Desperate For Your Affection – The Caesars. Good times.

1. Lonely Eyes – The Pretenders
2. Take It From Me – Traci
3. Just To Keep You Satisfied – The Monitors
4. Wait Till I Get There – Tippie & The Wisemen
5. Never Could You Be – The Impressions
6. Chapel Bells Are Calling – The Insiders
7. I’m So Devoted – The Epsilons
8. Never Will I (Make My Baby Cry) – The Magnificent Seven
9. The Valley Of My Sleep – Alan D. Flores
10. (You Better) Go Now – Honey & The Bees
11. Hearts Were Made To Love – The Pretenders
12. Betcha Can’t Guess Who – The Newcomers
13. Maybe Tomorrow – Willie G.
14. And Now – The Jades
15. I’ve Been Trying – The Mayfield Singers
16. I’ll Take You Back – The Enjoyables
17. Desperate For Your Affection – The Caesars
18. I Don’t Want To Have To Wait – Barbara & The Browns
19. That’s A Good Reason – Sharon Clark & The Product of Time
20. Let Your Heart Be the Judge – God’s Gift To Women
21. That’s All – Allan D. Flores
22. I Wanna Be With You – Bobby Hill
23. We’ve Been Together – The Chicago Gangsters
24. You’ll Be Sorry – The Fascinators
25. I’m Still Waiting – Bob Marley



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Police State 4: The Rise of FEMA

I am sure by now you know about my ongoing love and fascination with anything to do with global conspiracy and ruling elite. This is another new documentary from Alex Jones. I sometimes have my doubts about this guy being the real deal or he could possibly be a COINTELPRO spokesmen sent to mislead the public even more! That would be a mind fuck for sure. haha. \

Anyways here are some words on Alex’s latest work:
POLICE STATE 4 chronicles the sickening depths to which our republic has fallen. Veteran documentary filmmaker Alex Jones conclusively proves the existence of a secret network of FEMA camps, now being expanded nationwide. The military industrial complex is transforming our once free nation into a giant prison camp. A cashless society control grid, constructed in the name of fighting terrorism, was actually built to enslave the American people. Body scanners, sound cannons, citizen spies, staged terror and cameras on every street corner — it’s only the beginning of the New World Order’s hellish plan.

This film exposes how the “Continuity of Government” program has established an all powerful shadow state. Prepare to enter the secretive world of emergency dictatorship, FEMA camps, and a shredded Constitution. Witness police and military savagely attacking innocent citizens as our own government unleashes false flag operations to justify its oppression. Then watch as Alex Jones takes on corrupt mercenary police and exposes mainstream media brainwashing.

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Nikki Sudden – Waiting on Egypt / The Bible Belt

Another gem that I picked up at Other Music in NYC. I’ve been a huge fan of Swell Maps for years now and somehow I’ve been totally oblivious to all of Nikki Sudden’s (singer of Swell Maps) solo albums. Well, that was the case until recently when browsing through Other Music’s slim but solid selections that I came across the majority of Sudden’s discography mixed in with the other Swell Maps albums. So on a whim, I picked one out of the bunch (a 2xCD) and proceeded to the front counter where the guy at the counter assured me that these albums were “fuckin great” and were the perfect starting point for Nikki Sudden. These 2 albums display Nikki Sudden taking leaps in his songwriting capabilities, drawing from the likes of T Rex, Syd Barrett, and maybe even the Stones. Thank you Other Music worker…


DISC 1 (Waiting on Egypt)
1. Back To The Coast
2. Knife My Heart
3. Still Full Of Shocks
4. I’d Much Rather Be With The Boys
5. Stuck On China
6. Channel Steamer
7. Ringing On My Train
8. Curfew Island (The Low Bridge)
9. Fashion Cult
10. Forest Fire
11. New York
12. Johnny Smiled Slowly
13. All The Gold
14. Back To The Start (bonus track)
15. Waiting For The Siege (bonus track)
16. Looking Out (bonus track)
17. Redlands (bonus track)
18. Opium Pits (bonus track)
19. Act Together (bonus track)

DISC 2 (The Bible Belt)
1. Gold Painted Nails
2. English Girls
3. Cathy
4. Chelsea Embankment
5. Bethlehem Castle
6. The Road Of Broken Dreams
7. Six Hip Princes
8. Out Of Egypt
9. The Angels Are Calling
10. Missionary Boy
11. The Only Boy In Heaven
12. Cheyne Walk (bonus track)
13. Gold Painted Nails (vocal)
14. Six Hip Princes (version)
15. Missionary Boy (NS vocal)
16. The Angels Are Calling (instrumental)

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Cosmetics // Soft Skin 7″

After seeing Cosmetics fail due to sound complications I felt obligated to buy their new 7″. I am really glad that I did, nothing better than moody dance songs with too much reverb and delay on the vocals. Pretty much what I need to hear after a few joints. The synth and drum programing are on point pretty minimal at times but all around good stuff.

Here is what Part-time Music had to say:

Another 7” from my Capture Tracks five-pack, Vancouver duo Cosmetics’s Soft Skin was the biggest surprise in the bunch. Going from not knowing anything about the band beforehand to instant fan after the needle raised on the A-side, the group’s seductive minimalist dance music is good enough to hook anyone after one listen.

With S&M tinged titles “Soft Skin” and “Black Leather Glove”, it’s no surprise that sex plays a role in the music. However, instead of using not-too-discreet Prince-like references to “the act”, the Cosmetics’s approach is more indirect and a lot more subtle — with the sensual feeling being mostly set by the tone of the music rather than sexually explicit lyrics. With a throbbing electro-bassline and bare-bones percussion reminiscent of The Raveonettes’s “Aly Walk With Me”, no doubt both tracks on the 7” could easily fit into a DJs rotation at one of those crazy underground dance parties where pretty much anything goes.

Track List
black leather gloves
soft Skin


Here is a video clip I took of them playing at 21 Grand…

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Blank Dogs/Cosmetics/The Soft Moon/21Grand Oakland, CA

Bay Area based Club Sandwich is an all ages show collective which focuses on bringing together under-the-radar national acts with the best local talent. This time around they joined forces with Ground Control Touring to bring Blank Dogs, Cosmetics, and The Soft Moon to 21Grand in Oakland.

When it comes to contemporary dark synth punk Blank Dogs come with it. With upcoming releases on Captured Tracks and In The Red Records, Mike Sniper and company have just opened up the West Coast wing of their national tour, accompanying them on the west coast are the Cosmetics, a 3 piece group which makes moody dance songs.

The openers were a San Francisco band called The Soft Moon, they put on an amazing set that was not only musically pleasing but visually as well with stunning projections behind them. There were 2 synth/keyboard players, a powerful and talented drummer, and a Guitar Player. All had amazing stage presence and rock n’ roll style.

I was let down when they took the projector down after TSM set and a long delay of game due to having issues with the monitor speakers, which made the Cosmetics leave stage mid set. After some Boo’s and heckling from the crowd they came back on and played there single Soft Skin, which sounded great. Kudos for them apologizing for the tantrum when the show was over.

By the time Blank Dogs hit the stage the crowd was thinning out, I figured most people got their on foot or bike because there was plenty of parking when we arrived. Blank Dogs came with it. Switching from a live drummer to MPC based drums, gave them a more electronic feel, but the guitars and vocals kept them true to their punk rock roots.

All in all a good show minus the sound issues.

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Donkey Skin (Peau d’Ane)

“Children do not marry their parents.” In the fairy tale Blue Kingdom, beloved monarch Jean Marais grants his dying queen Catherine Deneuve’s last request: if he remarries, it must only be to a princess even more beautiful than herself. But the only one who fits the bill is his own daughter (Deneuve again), who tries putting him off with seemingly-impossible demands: dresses that rival the sun and the moon and “the color of the weather,” and then — the absolute limit — the skin of the kingdom’s treasurer, a donkey that poops gold and jewels. But just as it looks as though Mother Goose will go Freudian, it’s Deneuve’s ultra-chic fairy godmother Delphine Seyrig to the rescue, airily lending out her magic wand (“I’ve got a spare”) and then whisking Deneuve, disguised as malodorous scullion “Donkey Skin,” to the neighboring Red Kingdom. Still to come are a crone who spits frogs, a talking rose, a singing parrot, a cat and bird bal masqué (complete with an orchestra of mice), a one-size-fits-one ring that will determine the fate of charming prince Jacques Perrin, and the most insouciant of wrap-ups. Exquisite. . . the film lasts in the memory, because it gives pleasure. – Stanley Kauffmann of Film Forum

A Fantasy French Pop Musical….what more could you ask for?

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Stax of Funk Vol 1-The Funky Truth

I came across this gem of a compilation the other day and it’s been playing continuously. Memphis based Stax Records is known for the likes of Booker T & the MGs, Ottis Redding, and the song writing skills of Issac Hayes, this collection of tunes features a lot of the unfamiliar B artist from their catalog. My favorite off of this comp is a grimey sounding tune called Funky Hot Grits by Rufus Thomas. Call and response vocals, some killer bass licks, and Rufus’ laugh makes this tune a stand out.

1. Do Me – Jean Knight
2. Patch It Up – Roy Lee Johnson
3. Turn Your Damper Down – Rufus Thomas
4. She’s My Old Lady Too – Lee Sain
5. Movin’ Dancer – Bobby Holley
6. Brothers And Sisters (Get Together) – Kim Weston
7. Running Out – Mable John
8. Slipped And Tripped – Sweet Inspirations
9. Watch The Dog That Brings The Bone – Inez Foxx
10. I’ll Kill A Brick (About My Man) – Hot Sauce
11. Man Never Knows – Chris & Shack
12. Eli’s Pork Chop – Little Sonny
13. Sock Soul – Bar-Kays
14. Grab A Handful – Art Jerry Miller
15. Broadway Freeze – Harvey Scales
16. Funky Hot Grits – Thomas, Rufus
17. Hoppin’ John – Melvin Van Peebles
18. Dryer – Roy Lee Johnson
19. Getting Funky Round Here – Black Nasty
20. Life Is Funky – Round Robin Monopoly
21. Who Is She (And What Is She To You) – Soul Children



Femmes De Paris Vol. 1

Another dose of some fantastic French Pop….who doesn’t like those damn sexy breathy vocals. This collection features Brigitte Bardot, Christine Pilzer, and Miche’le Arnaud among many other femmes fantastique flaunting their vocal super skills. Among numerous great original songs there are several stylized American Pop covers, including Marie Laforêt covering the Rolling Stones’ “Paint it Black”….weird. Anyhow, this here is a sweet little time capsule. Ye-Ye…


1. Marie douceur, Marie colère (Paint It Black) – Marie Laforêt
2. 7 Heures Du Matin – Jacqueline Taieb
3. Ces bottes sont faites pour marcher – Eileen
4. J’ai des problèmes décidement – Violaine
5. Tu es le roi des menteurs – Tiny Yong
6. Les papillons noirs – Miche’le Arnaud
7. Nitty Gritty – Jocelyne
8. Partie de dames – Liz Brady
9. Fille ou garçon (Sloop John B) – Stone
10. Je suis sublime – Elizabeth
11. Dracula – Christine Pilzer
12. Idéalisation – Cosette
13. L’adorable femme des neiges – Christie Laume
14. J’ai peur parfois – Adele
15. Mes rêves de satin – Patricia
16. Baby love – Annie Phillipe
17. La fille de paille – Brigitte Bardot
18. Les framboises ( You’re so good to me ) – Stone
19. Le printemps à Parisv – Jacqueline Taieb

Preview tracks below….

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