Sunday Selection: Akofa Akoussah, Hoodna Orchestra, Derya Yilderim, Kamaal Williams, Dominique Guiot & Jungstötter

Lets go in for a tour of some lovely new and reissued records, that stuck my mind the last days at this stormy sunday.

Lets start with eclectic Soul from Togo by Akofa Akoussah whose sole Lp from 1974 with the same name is re-released by Mr. Bongo.

The LP is just around 27 minutes long but this half hours is so rich: 8 songs from afro beat, latin to fuzzy psychedelia. The highlight for me is an incredible heartbreaking ballad called “ramer sans rame“.

Listen to this lovely song via the  mr. bongo playlist though there´s no video.


From Tel Aviv comes Hoodna Orchestra,  whose “Alem” 7″ in 2017 war an amazing mixture of afro, ethio jazz and oriental club sounds.

Here´s another great 7″ called “Ofel” (and listen to the weirdest prodigy cover on the flip side  I’ve ever heard up to now)


Let´s continue with oriental tunes with a new EP by Hamburg / Berlin based Derya Yilderim & Grup Simsek out via Bongo Joe / Catapulte.

They continue the amazing melange of traditional turkish flavoured Saz – beats with 70ies psych – grooves like on their first outstanding EP Nem Caldi. Especially the instrumental “Kürk” is incredible.


And here´s a new EP called “new heights” with two jazzy club tunes by Henry Wu aka Kamaal Williams out on black focus.


Now to sth. completely different.

Jungstötter, (Fabian Alstötter from Austria)  formerly played in a quite boring pop band  Sizzar,  released an fantastic deep album called “Love is” (Rough trade/ PIAS) a few weeks ago and played some incredible sold out concerts in Berlin, Roter Salon, Leipzig (see video with soup and skin´s Anja Plaschk) and elsewhere, I unfortunately missed.

But listen to the LP and think of Mark Hollis, Scott Walker,Robert Wyatt or Nick Cave, which aren´t the worst references. He´s still on tour. Go see him if you can & get the LP. 


At last, some space – kraut by french synth – pioneer Dominique Guiot whose L´universe de la Mer is rereleased by we release whatever the fuck we want 


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Visions of Otherness / Pirates Declare War – an Homage to the vanishing world of the cd-r culture


Streaming kills music & I´m afraid, as well the beauty of self & handmade designed cd – r´s, artist released, not having a proper label, often sold on tour in editions of 50 ex. or even less, sometimes with handwritten artwork or with a note by the artist.

So here are two mixtapes (a long and a short one) with different tracks taken from some of my beloved releases  exclusively (or first time) on cd-r´s, mostly released in the early 2000s – rare treasures, you won’t find on shazam or spotify

Please write or post some of your favorite cd- r ´s in the comments if you like!

the microphones / rozy plain / plankton wat / cam deas / high wolf / devendra banhart / visitations / c. ström / half asleep / sir richard bishop / desolation wilderness / kurt weisman / black moth super rainbow / tara jane o´neil / a.p. chapman / micah blue smalldone / thanksgiving / ducktails / julian lynch / bob corn / castle music / seabear / my two toms / moses nesh / frank fairfield / andre herman düne / jamie harrison / high wolf / silver pyre / sleeping states / pants yell / sandro perri / steve gunn / mv & ee / privacy / donovan quinn / cubs

2h 27 min,
by joe le taxi


w/ castlemusic / visitations / microphones / little wings / moses nesh / sean proper / tara jane o´ neil / natural snow buildings / c. ström / kurt weisman/ my brother the native / forest swords / dirty beaches/ jeffrey lewis & kimya dawson / andre herman dune / wave pictures/ pants yell / frank fairfield
– write me for detailed tracklist.

65 min,
by the little dog laughed


ps. thanks for the dying for bad music blog for keeping the cd-r tradition after 2010 alive – four tracks of amazing cd-r´s are featured here – c.ström / sean proper / a.p.chapman & moses nesh,  all released by dying for bad music.






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Ascention Day: Mark Hollis, Talk Talk & Rustin Man

The death of Mark Hollis is such a deep loss, no words can ever describe. His music with Talk Talk as well as his single solo release “Mark Hollis” are timeless treasures, eternal.

I remember, when I was a child, around 13,14 years old, I was a big fan of their synth pop singles like Such a Shame, It´s my life and Dum Dum Girl. Listening to the LP “The Colour of Spring” in 1986  was like a shock to me. I was disappointed and curious at the same time, listening to the songs over and over again like a maniac, looking desperately for a catchy phrase or a hit, but there was none. Just 8 complex songs, each around 5 – 7 Minutes.  I started to repeat them over and over again and slightly liked them and later, much later, really loved them.

When I lately had a deeper look at the sleeve, I found out, that I even stopped the time (digital 80ies alarm clocks!) of each song and wrote it by hand onto the sleeve like  “6:54” for “Happiness is Easy”. It seemed to me important. Another mysterious thing, that stuck my mind were the handwritten lyrics on the sleeve.

And the track “april 5th” the most fragil song I ever heard in my life since then – my birthday was april 2nd. Was there some connection? Stupid thoughts of a boy, hardly understanding anything of the english words.

Around 25 years later, I was djing at a Festival near Berlin called “Am Ende der Wald” and I had a slot around 3 – 6  a.m. in the morning at a lovely lake, in the middle of the woods. So I played some danceable tunes by forest swords or some hypnagogic tracks that were quite en vogue that time.

Then I put on the first tunes of “Lifes what you make it”, the only LP I took with me to the festival, that was older than lets say 3 years and I was really wondering, how 20 to 30 year old youngsters would react to a quite slow 25 year old track, but it worked out quite well: After a short moment of consideration, People started moving to the amazing bass line and later were really freaking out to the guitar riff, so a lot of people asked me for the name of the band and were quite surprised, when I said, it´s from 1986.   Never again, I saw people ecstatically dancing to such a melancholic tune like that time.

I guess many people can tell similar short stories about their first listening revelation of “The Colour of Spring “, “Spirit of Eden” or “The Laughing Stock”. I will not talk about the details of his musical genius, other writers are way better in that, e.g Rob Young in the Wire .

Just one thing: After having released two successful pop LP´s, changing the style so radically, consequently and in no way mainstream compatible is simply unique. As another commentary, I read lately wrote (sorry I forgot the name): With “Spirit of Eden” Mark Hollis brought the 80ies to an end.

Here she comes
Silent in her sound
Here she comes
Fresh upon the ground
Come gentle spring
Come at winter’s end
Gone is the pallor from a promise that’s nature’s gift
Waiting for the color of spring
Let me breathe
Let me breathe the color of spring
(April 5th)


Farewell Mark & thank you for the music!



ps. Though the world has to move on, listen to the amazing mysterious Rustin Man release “Drift Code” LP, out via Domino Records in Europe by Rustin Man, aka Paul Webb, the bass player of Talk Talk, Think of Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt or even young David Bowie.


ps. Here´s an old mixtape of mine re-up again with a rare b – side of talk´s life´s what you make it featured here and 65 years of music history as well..

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* Ceremony of Dreams / It Comes with the Breezes (C60 Mixtape) *

This is a “C60″ Mixtape featuring on side A a mix of classical ambient tunes from 7”, I bought lately, some italian and french “Giallo” inspired film music tracks as well as outtakes and excerpts from the record “Ceremony of Dreams” by the Entourage Music and Theatre Ensemble” that has been recently reissued by Tompkins Square .

On Side B, you´ll find more song – orientated folk & post punk tracks from recent tapes, reissues or rare 7″ – write me for detailed tracklist.

Hope you´ll like it.

by joe le taxi 02/19

the cover is a photo still of the E. Holterbach “Leonore “7” featured here as well

Here are some songs, releases by Portlands amazing mama bird label some tracks are featured here in the mix

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“Huis Clos” (Geschlossene Gesellschaft, J.P.Sartre) – Dysfunktionale Familienkonstellationen als Thema in aktuellen Kinofilmen




Kurz bevor die Berlinale morgen beginnt, eine kurze Reflexion über die letzten Kinofilme, die ich gesehen habe.

Roma, Shoplifters, Rafiki and Capernaum

Auffällig, dass diese alle geprägt sind – direkt oder indirekt – von dysfunktionalen Familienverhältnissen. Es sind meiner Ansicht nach alle wundervolle komplexe Filme, die in völlig verschiedenen Zeiten und Gegenden der Welt spielen, (Mexiko in den 70ern, Japan, Libanon und Kenia in der heutigen Zeit) und völlig unterschiedliche Themen beinhalten, jedoch deren Protagonisten alle unter einer nicht funktionierendem oder nicht gesellschaftlich akzeptierten Familienkonstellation leiden.

Es sind immer die politischen, gesellschaftlichen und sozialen Verhältnisse ausschlaggebend, auf die die Akteure reagieren müssen. In Roma hält das Kindermädchen Cleo die gesamte mexikanische Mittelstandsfamilie zusammen, selbst als der Mann die Familie verlässt, bleibt sie der Ruhepunkt der Geschichte – obwohl sie zukünftig selbst alleinerziehend ihr Kind ernähren werden muss, da der Vater ihres Kindes die Militärputschisten unterstützt.

In Rafiki leiden die jungen verliebten Frauen Kena und Ziki an der kenianischen homophonen Gesellschaft und deren christianisierten “Religionswächtern”, die eine gemeinsame Zukunft für beide in Kenia unmöglich erscheinen lässt. Shoplifters und Capernaum erzählen die Möglichkeit ungewöhnlicher familiärer Konstellationen, die zwangsweise aus den Verhältnissen erwachsen – und am Ende an diesen zerbrechen.

Wie der 12-jährige Junge Zain in den Slums von Beirut zunächst mit der illegalen Einwanderin Rahil zusammenlebt und dann alleine für ihr Kleinkind Yonas sorgt ist jedoch ebenso ergreifend anzusehen, wie in der durchstrukturierten hochmodernen japanischen Gesellschaft eine Patchworkfamilie versucht zu überleben am Rande der Gesellschaft.

Zains Anklage in Capernaum , gegen seine Eltern, ihn auf die Welt gebracht zu haben ohne Verantwortung für ihn und seine Schwester Selin (die zuvor zwangsverheiratet wurde und infolgedessen starb) übernehmen zu können ist die Anklage aller Filme, die tradierten oder nicht beweglichen Familienverhältnisse einer geschlossenen Gesellschaft (Huis Clos, J.P.Sartre )zu überdenken und sie neu zu denken.

Lesenswerte auch das ausführliche interview mir der Regisseurin Nadine Labaki auf übern die schwierige Entstehung des Films Capernaum, die Arbeit mit den grossartigen Laiendarstellern und die Einkehr der Realität, als die Polizei die Hauptdarstellerin von Rahil tatsächlich verhaftete wegen irrregulären Aufenthalts. (ab S.10).

Alle Filme sind noch in Berliner Kinos zu sehen, Roma zudem auf Netflix.(Letzterer ist nicht nur wegen der unglaublichen Bildsprache sondern auch wegen seiner atmosphärischen Tonspur im übrigen sehens- & hörenswert)

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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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