Songs From Under the Floorboard, Vol. 1

Let´s start the year with a wonderful compilation of hardly known dark wave and postpunk tracks by portlands Accident Prone Records.

Text taken from, where I bought the LP physically – currently sold out.

From truly humble beginnings—believing it would simply be a show documenting the origin years of post-punk (1977-1983) that DJ Dave Cantrell lived through in San Francisco and London—radio show Songs From Under the Floorboard on Portland’s XRAY FM very quickly evolved onto one of the world’s premier sources giving focus to the hyperactive, current-day post-punk synthwave and darkwave scen across the globe. From that weekly blast has come Songs From Under the Floorboard Vol. 1, a compendum featuring rare and exclusive cuts from ten US and European bands. This is the first of a yearly series benefiting LBGTQ and fem-fronted service organizations—this initial release residual profits being funneled to Planned Parenthood. Features tracks from Shadow Age, Annex, Perralobo, Otzi, Vice Device, Golden Apes, Ghost Noise, Sculpture Club, Bernays Propaganda Feat. Mike Watt, And Forever Grey.

All profits from the sale will be donated to Planned Parenthood.

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Re: 2018 – Part 3: Songs, Films & Misc.

So here´s the last part of my personal 2018 favorites.

7″ & 10″, 12″

This is my song of the year – a monster of a soul – hookline, played by an indie musician, rest in peace, Richard Swift – broken finger blues (the hex, secretly canadian)


Die Nerven – Niemals (Fake, Glitterhouse)

Songs wie “frei” und “niemals” sind in der Tradition der frühen Blumfeld fantastischer Diskurspop, wie die Spex das genannt hätte: finde niemals zu dir selbst


Understand what Black is – the last Poets (Mala remix, studio rockers)

(they took the youtube link down, listen to it via my mix instead, track 15 ,from 1h.-08 min on)



Shimshon Miel – Amsterdam to Nueiba (12, fortuna)

Far out psych – folk from israel, hope the only proper cd by shimshon miel will be rereleased as well soon


Matthew Halsall – Journey In Satchidananda
(Gondwana 12″)

Amazing Alice Coltrane cover accompanied by the gondwana orchestra


Sudan Archives – Sink EP (Stones Throw, 12″)


Sickerman – Off the trail (blank records, 12″)

Actually more of a full album, amazing  experimental instrumental ambient kraut tunes played with electric cello


Abderrahman El Khamissi – Music from the soundtrack ‘Respectable Families’  (10″ – Radio Martiko)


Innov Gnawa – Aicha (12″, pique-nique)

Nice little 4 song 12″ EP with great Gnawa – songs played by a nyc based Gnawa band

Voudou Game – tata fatiguée (7″, hot casa)


Altin Gün – Tatli Dile Guler Yuze (Bongo Joe, 7″)


the Liminanas – Dimanche (7″, beggars)


Kalima – Where is the Sunshine ? (reissue, chuwanga, 7″)


Angelo de Augustine – Carcassonne (7″, asthmatic kitty)



Otis Sandsjö – y-otis (we jazz, tape)

We jazz records like Gondwana records is one of the most interesting jazz labels the last years.


Uzun Havalar – Anadol (Kinship)

Amazing turkish flavoured kraut tunes



faces,places (Augenblicke) – Agnes Varda


Cold War – Pawel Pawlikowski

A film with a lot of faults and questions, e.g. why did he work for the british secret service after living in France? – bad cutting etc. but anyhow, a great movie.


Leto – Summer (Krill Serebrennikov)


Gundermann – Andreas Dresen


Styx (Wolfgang Fischer)


loveless – Andrej Swjaginzew


Last but not least

Roma – Alfonso Cuaron

The only critique is to make it available on Netflix, which leads to people, seeing this masterpiece possibly on a 7″ smartphones, this is a shame apart from that i could continue watching for another 2,5 h. on and on.


Desintegriert Euch ! – Max Czollek (Hanser)

(in German – sorry)

Das richtige Buch zum unsäglichem “Integrationstheater” der Politik der letzten 20 Jahre, erfrischend radikal links und erleuchtend.


Virginie Despentes – Vernon Subutex III

The end of the Subutex trilogy – a masterpiece


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Re: 2018 – Part 2: Reissues & Compilations

So let´s continue with some 2018 faves concerning Reissues and Compilations with just some short remarks though I have written about most of them already here.


Kreaturen der Nacht – Deutsche Post – Punk Subkultur 1980 – 1995 (Strut)

A collection of really hardly known German Postpunk, Kraut and other weird music 1980 – 1995


Minimal Wave – the Bedroom Tapes 

Another amazing post – wave compilation.


Even a tree can shed tears – Japanese folk & rock 1969 – 1973 (light in the attic)


Basement Beehive: The Girl Group Underground (numero group)

A collection of mesmerizing  female 3 – minutes soul and early r & b tracks


Doing Our Thing – More Soul from Jamdown, 1970-1982 Part II

Almost as good as the first “soul from jamdown” complication a few years ago.



The Love You Save // All Of This Goes Too // the Truth is a Lie 

American Soul Music 1955 1972

(Mississippi / Cairo –  3 parts,  each with 2 LP´s, unofficial)

A really essential soul bootleg with versions of the Counts “enchanted sea” or the full 2 parts of Lee Moses´ Bad Girl uninterrupted, really hard to find those tracks on vinyl.


Uneven Paths: Deviant Pop From Europe 1980-1991 (Music from memory)

Interestingly, the most interesting track “Empire (Quart De Tour, Mon Amour)” by piscine et charles is not on the bandcamp site available but to find on the physical LP or here


Moontribe – Moontribe

Mysterious and eccentric.


Abu Obaida Hassan & his Tambour (ostinato)

Hypnotic music from Sudan, not a real compilation nor a real reissue but the first proper release of Abu Obaida Hassan of songs that spread the last 40 years


Sorry Bamba Du Mali (Songhoi)

The amazing 1976 debut album reissued


Pierre Vassiliu – Face B (born bad)


Attention, l´armée! – Atarpop 73 (Staubgold)

Maybe the soundtrack of the ongoing riots in paris …


Two rare soul classics, both released just this single album

Gloria Barnes – Uptown (Maple)


Ike White – Changing times (trio)


Shams Dinn (Smiling C)

something completely different – a french – tunesian rapper, for the first time released, these tracks of the 80ies


the Ivytree – unburdened light (recital 46)

Unfortunate no one will listen to these collection of amazing fragile songs of Glenn Donaldson recorded in the early 2000´s released for the first time


Songs: Ohio – Travels In Constants
(temporary residence)

two long tracks – “the” howler is a masterpiece


Eric’s Trip ‎– Forever Again & Purple Blue (Sub Pop)

Julie Doirons´ legendary first punk band


Jeffrey Lewis – It’s The The Ones Who’ve Cracked & city and eastern songs (rough trade)
& the Moldy peaches (s/t, rough trade) 

Where is the anti folk revival? the moldy peaches reissue comes with a nice 7″ country fair/rainbows 7″ single as a bonus


Alela Diane – The Pirate’s Gospel (believe)

Fortunately, Alela´s masterpiece is available again plus some bonus LP with demos.


at last:

Far out and beautiful

Goodbyes and Beginnings by Suzanne Menzel


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Re: 2018 – Part one: Records


no news – no ads by jochen schwarz, 2018 

2018: Ein Scheiß – Jahr geht zu Ende – um noch einmal einen SPEX Titel vom letzten Jahr (oder war es das vorletzte? – Egal, es passt auch für alle der letzten 3 Jahre) zu zitieren, die SPEX, die dieses Jahr mit der letzten regulären Ausgabe im Dezember / Januar neben der INTRO selbst auch Geschichte sein wird.


2018 was a bad year to quote John Fante´s novel “1933 was a bad year”. But let´s not talk about politics – but about beloved music & films.

Sometimes in a world of crisis, the counter – culture is getting better and better, mirroring the society. 



ameel brecht / gwenifer Reymond / a hawk & a hacksaw / Caoilfhionn Rose / melody´s echo chamber / feu! chatterton / the saxophones / ghost bag & tine fetz/ thom yorke /onyx collective / nat birchall / camera / lonnie holley / richard swift / the last poets (mala edit) / people skills


2018 full length records 

(in no order) 

Lonnie Holley – Mith (jagjaguwar)

Maybe the song “I woke up in a fucked up america” is the comment of the year.


Khruangbin ‎– Con Todo El Mundo (night time stories)

Somewhere between easy listening pop, eastern psych – rock and avantgarde, this is their second great LP. The concert at Lido in february was one of the best i´ve seen in 2018.


Wooden Shijps – V (thrill jockey)

It´s all one song (neil young)


J.Mascis – Estastic Days (Sup Pop)

the older, the wiser


the Molochs – Flowers in the spring ( innovative leisure)

Together with J. Mascis, one of the few international interesting rock albums this year.


Sandro Perri – in another life (constellation)


Low – Double Negative (sub pop)


Feu! Chatterton – L’Oiseleur (Barcley)

Not so good like their outstanding first lp, but still extraordinary and the live concert in Bataclan in Paris in april was amazing.


Richard Swift – the Hex (Secretly canadian) 

Tragic, magic – his last album before he passed away, r.i.p.


the Saxophones – Songs of the saxophones (Full time hobby) & 

Phosphorescent – C´est la vie (dead oceans)

Both lp´s are always at the edge of kitsch –  but there is something magic in their voices so I can´t resist listening to the songs over and over again.

Caoilfhionn Rose – Awaken (Gondwana) 
Gondwana records is one of the most interesting labels  this year – not only for jazz records.


You Never Were Much Of A Dancer – Gwenifer Raymond (Tompkins Square) 

America primitive guitar drones at its best

I Need to Start a Garden  – Haley Heynderickx (Mama Bird)
Another difficult name – songs are in the line of Alela Diane, rooted deep South.
Melody’s Echo Chamber – Bon Voyage (fat possum)
What a creative tour de force, meandering between indie, club, electro and french house – you want to slow it down permanently  – or better listen to it over and over again
Ameel Brecht – Polygraph Heartbeat (Kraak)
Another treasure from KRAAK. Ravens´ Ameel Brecht plays intimate guitar drones. beautiful, maybe in my top 5 this year.
Mount Eerie – Now Only (P.W.Elverum & Son)
The sequel to a crow looked at me. Still sometimes unbearable to listen to the lyrics,
but beautiful like always.
Mint Field – Pasar De Las Luces (innovative leisure)
Mexican youngsters with a stunning kind of post – rock debut



the Necks – body (northern spy) 

Incredible eclectic tour de force throughout post – / kraut rock / jazz / ambient


Nat Birchall – Cosmic Language (jazzman)

My favorite album of the year actually – simply majestic


Makaya Mc Craven – Universal Beings & where we come from (international anthem)

Eclectic and postmodern jazz. As Breathtaking as Nat Birchall.




Onyx Collective – lower east suite pt. III (big dada)



Thom Yorke – Suspiria (XL) 

German Postpunk / Kraut 

Since quite a while,  angry young men from rich Stuttgart, always in a bad mood,  like Karies or die nerven stepped into the Postpunk scene and the 90ies “Hamburger Schule” heritage of Goldene Zitronen or Blumfeld – Stuttgart rules.


die Nerven – Fake (Glitterhouse)



Karies – Alice (this charming man) 


Camera – Emotional Detox (Bureau B) 

The 4th lp is as good as all the others.


Beloved books, films, 10″, 7″, tapes and reissues still to come…


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Leto (Summer)

Lovely wild movie about the russsian underground scene in leningrad / st. petersburg of the 8oies and the music of victor tsoi and the band Кино (Kino).

See it still in berlin indie cinemas like krokodil, b-ware or wolf.

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teenage dropouts & flashback carusos

Inspired by latest compilations by Chicago´s Numero Records label, here´s my mix of beloved hardly known two and a half minutes R&B and soul tracks mostly from the late 60ies embraced and contrasted with some remarkable indie, kraut and postpunk tracks by Piscine & Charles, the Departmentstore Santas or Little Wings.

It´s all about love and nostalgia b.t.w. : “lost at the sea – that´s where you’ll find me”


Tracklist by request.

It´s a one – take recording with some tiny faults, so sorry, most tracks are vinyl cuts of some mono recordings, so if you want to listen to clear sound, better go away and listen to spotify.

Photo of a graffiti seen in Málaga last week.


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Sunday Selection: Sandro Perri, Tess Parks & Anton Newcombe, Phosphorescent, new releases by Arşivplak, Radio Martiko & Numero´s Basement Beehive Compilation

So let´s starts this beautiful autumn sunday with a short walk through latest releases and reissues that stuck in my mind:

First let´s talk about Toronto´s Producer and solo musician Sandro Perri´s first LP since years, called In another life out via constellation records.

Two long tracks, the first one “In another live” 24 Minutes long, the other one “Everybody´s Paris”  split up into three variations of the song by Perri himself, Andre Ethier and Dan Bejar.

The track “In another life” is a masterpiece of a song. Listen:


The way how the electronic patterns counteract with the fragile repetitive melody is amazing and reminds of early Sandro Perri songs like Requiem for a fox (on his debut EP plays Polmo Polpo) or Double Suicide (tiny mirrors).
The song could simply last forever.

Everybody´s Paris is more of a classical song, with piano (Sandro Perri Version), soprano saxophone (Andre Ethier version). But except for the Dan Bejar (of Destroyer) version, which is with Dan´s way of singing an exceptional interpretation, the b – side is more of a remix album of a single than a proper LP side.

So, please more of “another life”, Sandro Perri.


Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre released a new EP called “Right on” – listen to the title track above – out via their a records label. It´s part of a full LP called simply Tess Parks and Anton Newcombe, out since october on the same label.

The EP contains after first listen two good songs, the title track above with a killer keyboard sound and the psych-rock track grunewald, a kind of NICO hommage. The rest seems a bit uninspired and the voice of Tess Parks reminds of a outdated cover of 90iés grunge heroins like Hole or the Breeders. But hey, it´s work in progress and come on, two songs in a EP is more than ok.


Lets stay a bit with psychedelic, but let´s go east: Arşivplak is a quite new turkish psych folk label that released two years ago some obscure turkish disco moog edits. Now comes a 7 EP with tracks by Şeker Oğlan with 4 amazing turkish dance tracks.

See more at their website.


Radio Martiko

After the amazing oriental krauty arabian nights trilogy by Abdul el Omari and the bellydances by Hany Mehanna, Belgiums Radio Martiko continues the middle eastern dance grooves of the 60ies and 70ies this time with more classical Egyptian music. First is a compilation by Zamaan Ya Sukkar with 60ies jazzy orchestra sounds and a nice little 10″ of film music by Abd al-Rahman al-Khamissi (respectable families). Another two oriental treasures.


Zamaan Ya Sukkar – زمان يا سكر

Compilation (LP+DL). Zamaan Ya Sukkar is a rich musical portrait from the time when Cairo was the vibrant cultural heart of the Middle East and the grandeur of the leading orchestras was incomparable. Unearthed latin and jazz-tinged tracks will let your mind drift off to the glamorous nightlife of 60’s Cairo. Meet some forgotten souls of the Egyptian music scene and cinema world. Sensual voices and Bollywood-like orchestra sounds inflame the senses of the body with an intangible exotic twist! All music is remastered from original 45’s produced by Sono Cairo.

Music from the Soundtrack “Respectable Families”
Abd al-Rahman al-Khamissi – عبد الرحمن الخميسي

Compilation (10″ EP+DL) – Dark Tango, mysterious Twist and psychedelic Cha-cha-cha! Nothing you would expect from a Sixties Egyptian soundtrack. Romanticist and artistic all-rounder Abd al-Rahman al-Khamissi stands out with this absolute timeless musical production for his 1969 movie “Respectable Families’. Four abstract instrumental dances to express poetry through music!


Basement Beehive, the Girl Group Underground

(whole playlist)

Last one of today is Numero´s compilation Basement Beehive, the Girl Group Underground. Last week, there was a Numero label pop-up store action in berlin in Acud. To be honest, I was a bit disappointed with the way they sold their releases. Although there were some rare 7″ and some subscriber only lp´s like the echoes del africa LP, the prices were almost as high than those in stores, so no way of trying out some more far out stuff (although I spend a lot of money anyhow).

But this little compilation of female girl groups of the 60ies with 28 sweet soul songs on the lp and even 56 songs digital and on the cd  made my day and I am ok with Numero again.


Who do we become when we live our dreams? It’s all here—the high hairdos, the dreams and schemes, the tender camp, the wedding bell fantasias and chaste tragedies. Sister acts, studio receptionists, classmates, angelic voices of the 1960s; some legendary, many hidden in the basement of expired rainbows. Gathered on this deluxe double CD are 56 (28 on the 2LP) foiled escape attempts, now free to soar in girl group heaven.


Annex 22.10.

At last,  let´s talk about Matthew Houck´s band Phosphorescent, who played an amazing concert at Franzz club last saturday in Berlin. Last time I saw him was around 2003 maybe 2004, just around the corner together with Castanets in old nbi club. He was wearing a jacket with some glimmering lights, playing solo guitar. It was an incredible intense concert that time. Now around 15 years later, with a bigger label (dead oceans) in the back, a big truck outside the club, having moved to Nashvile from NYC, he came with full band: Two drummers, 2 keyboards, 2 guitars. And it worked out pretty well, although personally, the 3 songs he played solo with guitar – guess it was c´est la vie, wolves and there from here, were still even more outstanding and heartbreaking.

Same for the album – except maybe for the boring title of the LP, c´eat la vie – he still keeps the tension between  great pop melodies, Neil Young kind of country folk and rock n´ roll, always with an melancholic look.

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