Thursday, October 14, 2004

Organizatory: Tomorrow, I am going on vacation to Halle, Germany, visiting my girlfriend; the vacation goes until the 31th of October. So during this time, there will be no new posts. I'll probably be able to sporadically check my mail, though, so if you want to ask or tell me something, or if you just want to know how things are going, write me. And in the meantime, check out the link list to the right, in the sidebar, in case you don't know the mp3blogs listed there yet.

Wednesday, October 13, 2004

Sadly enough, Fad Gadget opened for Depeche Mode in 2002; ironical, considered that DM once opened for Fad Gadget back in 1980. The project, pioneering in electronic music born from the post-punk era in the eighties, has been pretty much forgotten. Personally, I'd rather listen to a revitalised Fad Gadget show from 2002 than to Depeche Mode recordings from whenever, especially considering FG didn't fuck up the old songs that much from what I've heard. The show, though, obviously did become more goth-compatible. The whole thing went in that direction after the first couple of years anyway.
Here's a live version of "Back to Nature", performed in 2002 in Bielefeld, Germany. I'll post some older Fad Gadget stuff later on.

Tuesday, October 12, 2004

Yet again, it's Twin Tuesday here on Antificial Radio Weblog. I wasn't really hoping to find some more good AFX stuff, as far as I can remember, when I stumbled upon the "Hangable Auto Bulb" EP (both of them actually - there was a second one, plus "Melodies from Mars", which I discovered approximately around the same time); I was pleasantly surprised. Bein full of tracks of "Richard D. James Album" quality, "Hangable Auto Bulb" is an unequitably hard-to-find recording. I first thought I'd just give you the title track, but "Children Talking" is actually just too good for you to miss.

Sunday, October 10, 2004

EmptyFree once wrote about Laibach's "Tanz mit Laibach" from "WAT", mentioning it was heavily derived from D.A.F.'s song "Der Mussolini". Now, I've heard the Deutsch-Amerikanische Freundschaft track for the first time today and must agree with that. In fact, this clears up something about certain lines in "Tanz mit Laibach" which I before that had found surprisingly naive:

"Americano Freunde
und deutscher Kamerad,
wir tanzen gut zusammen
wir tanzen nach Bagdad!"


Now it has become obvious that the first two lines include a reference to D.A.F. and their above-mentioned song; this cuts into the seeming naivety.
Before "Der Mussolini", I'd only known their "Die Kleinen und die Bösen". Basically and as far as I remember, it was drumming, noise and a voice that would buzz or scream (something like "Eating then sleeping then eating sleeping then eating then eating" or "Work is boring! Sex is no fun! Work is Boring! Sex is no fun!", all that in German of course), altogether quite great fun. I think I should deal with some of their later albums as well.
Here's "Der Mussolini".

Wednesday, October 06, 2004

I feel that the unaware should be enlightened about where the tagline of this blog came from. Here's the story (of the whole title), basically: I had an idea for a title of a musical project, "Antificial Intelligence", playing with the AI term and at the same time with the titles for the (in some sense groundbreaking) Warp "AI" compilations and with the term "anti". No concrete musical projects, however, have been named so since then, but I called my SHOUTcast "radio station" "Antificial Radio", which had the known tagline taken from the title of a Negativland song (where it's referred to sound). And that's where we come to the mp3 linked in this post: "Methods of Torture". Enjoy and be sure to visit their site as well, among other things including instructions on how to download Negativland's video work "The Mashin' of the Christ".

Tuesday, October 05, 2004

Twin Tuesday! A not really rare Aphex Twin track this week, having been included on the "Classics" compilation (originally coming from the "Xylem Tube" EP) Here's "Polynomial-C". I definitely do not agree with the common opinion that this is his best track, but it's worth listening to, nicely illustrating at least parts of his work in the first half of the nineties.

Monday, October 04, 2004

Totally Fuzzy celebrates one year of blogging activity today, and I suggest you all walk over and check this blog out in case you do not know it yet. Personally, I'd like to mention that herr k. hasn't only put up some good tracks I hadn't known before, but also massively helped this and many other blogs gain popularity by linking hand-picked entries of other people.
My congratulations.

And here are a couple of files I uploaded on the occasion of this jubilee:

Brian Eno - "Baby's on Fire" (live) (from that live recording with Nico, Cale and Ayers)

And one by a singer of yiddish songs once introduced to me by Windofviolence (and thank to her for that):
Chava Alberstein - "The Secret Garden"
We haven't had any Squarepusher tunes here on this blog yet, so I uploaded a track that many supposedly do not know: "Plate Core" from the "I Am Carnal, and I Know That You Approve" EP he did with Richard Thomas. There's a review on Feedback Monitor saying Jenkinson didn't really have much to do with the four tracks featured on it, but I find this adjudgement doubtful: The tracks sound far too Squarepusher-like. Have a listen.

Sunday, October 03, 2004

Due to Mr Smith, I now have all four discs of the "Entartete Musik" compilation which I posted an mp3 from on Thursday. I uploaded a rather impressive speech by Klaus Mann from 1947 where he speaks (in English) about his interview with Richard Strauss, which obviously happened during World War II and about Nazi Germany.

And in other news, some large comments providing some background information about Zappa were made to my previous entry, go and check them out.

Saturday, October 02, 2004

I listened to Mothers' of Invention/Zappa's astonishing debut album "Freak Out!" for the first time in its entirety today and I was particularly awed by the last track. What do I hear there? Wait. Hip hop beats? Now. What the FUCK?
I check AMG for the release year.
1966.
What the FUCK?
Was Zappa such a connoisseur of black and African music? Have I missed something? Whatever it is, it's a wild, great track anyway so I uploaded it for you: "The Return of the Son of Monster Magnet".

In other news, the author of his blog has in collaboration with PL recorded Joy Division's "New Dawn Fades" just this evening. Have fun (you'll have to turn the volume up strongly but should pay attention at the end if you're using headphones):

Pan Codami & PL - "New Dawn Fades" (Joy Division cover)

Oh yeah, and R.E.M. have a new album. Do you give a shit about that? Personally, I don't.
Thanks to Engelmacherin for introducing me to Tiny Tim with a song from his first album, "God Bless Tiny Tim". There seem to be at least two sites that claim to be his official site, and although the fact of his death in 1996 makes these claims look a bit strange, the Tiny Tim Memorial Site at least seems to have more content from what I have seen of both resources.



It appears that he was a one-hit-wonder in the sixties with "Tip-Toe Through the Tulips", definitely entirely too little attention, judging from the only song performed by him that I know so far. Listen to this wonderful version of "Livin' in the Sunlight, Lovin' in the Moonlight".