Πέμπτη, 3 Οκτωβρίου 2013

Οδός 55- Οδός 55 7"

Real fresh music by Οδός 55. Here's their new 7" single released once again by Eirkti. The great synths from Athens are back and they're sharing their music with everyone for a "price we name". The single's description:
"From the noisy guideposts’ mystery
to the walking-on-limits of the invisible wakeful and again…

Long before the end of colored light’s merciless percussions in the sky, long after the juvenilia plans for survival amid sound... coast continues washing up vigil in storm, continues washing up alertness within a confusing warren. Taking over from the self-titled album’s nervous musical compositions (2012), Οdos 55 resurface analogous tension yet, generating a transition from mystery to reflective elation and vice versa. Two new tracks…, two new points within the plane of electro-synthetic wandering that recount minimalism. First, “Από την άκρη της νύχτας”, (i.e., From the edge of the night), an electronic composition that slowly roams its reasoning-sowing message while stretching sounds, extending ambiances. Following, the track entitled “Ο αόρατος άνθρωπος” (i.e., The invisible man), a straightforward sample of minimalistic punk, accordingly framed in noisy maneuvers. Available in a limited edition of 700 numbered black vinyl copies."

NOTE:Anyone that has browsed before at this blog,should have noticed that when I upload songs or albums that have Greek titles,I try to translate them to English,so that everyone can understand them and not only Greeks.Yet some of them cannot be translated,because some words and/or expressions can only be understood in Greek.Therefore these bits have remained as they were.

1. Από Την Άκρη Της Νύχτας (From The Edge Of The Night)
2. Ο Αόρατος Άνθρωπος (Live, 1ος Όροφος, Θεσσαλονίκη, 23/2/13)  [The Invisible Man (Live at 1ος Όροφος -1st Floor-, Thessaloniki, 23/2/13)]

Πέμπτη, 22 Αυγούστου 2013

Keep Shelly In Athens (2010-2013)

Keep Shelly In Athens have been hosted at this blog before (although the download link is not valid). Since then, they have released numerous releases, and most importantly, they played at the Coachella music festival. They keep rising steadily, making local fans and musicians feel really proud. This is how The Guardian described KSIA's sound: "...If St Etienne are about evoking memories of a London so idyllic it's almost illusory, Keep Shelly do the same for every European beach resort, from Ayia Napa to Ibiza. This is the sound of lack and loss, of what My Bloody Valentine termed "emptiness inside". It'll transform your recent holiday romance into the most resonant bliss imaginable."

In Love With Dusk (2010)
This is the debut 12" EP released by Forest Family Records for only 500 copies.What Pitchfork said for the album: "...downtempo, Balearic-tinged sounds that sound like what would happen if someone tried to remake Air's Moon Safari to correspond with the present day's fashions..."

1.Running Out Of You
2.Fokionos Negri Street*
3.Cremona Memories
4.Rainy Night
5.Don't Be Afraid
6.In Love With Dusk
7.You Can (Keep Shelly In Athens Remix)**

* Fokionos Negri is the name of a street at Kipseli where the band comes from
** "You Can" is a song by Body Language

Campus Martius E.P. (2011)
Campus Martius is another 12" EP by KSIA, only this time released by Planet Mu Records.

1.Cub (Keep Shelly In Athens Remix)*
2.The Chains
3.Campus Martius
4.Struggle With Yourself

* "Cub" is a song by Solar Bears

Our Own Dream (2011)
A second 12" EP for Forest Family Records.FF Records presenting the album: "Almost a year after their debut, the aptly-named In Love With Dusk, Keep Shelly In Athens will be returning with 12” EP Our Own Dream. The Grecian downbeat-pop duo meanders through almost-forgotten electronic salad days and R&B beats of yesteryear. Melding an Ibizan ethic with new age, atmospheric synthesizing, KSiA continues to push the convention of electronic music to the brink, a challenge to the Balearic norm. Like their previous releases, the duo continues the erotic down-tempo tones and visceral back-beats, however at times Our Own Dream heats up—containing well-formed torrid, trance beats to compliment the soft female vocals. Forest Family is proud to announce this 12” EP will be released on white & silver vinyl in a very limited fashion of 500 (250 each color)."

1.Lazy Noon
2.Our Own Dream
3.California Birds (Keep Shelly In Athens Remix)*
6. A) The Rogue Superhero B) Ready To Pay The Price

* "California Birds" is a song by ABADABAD

Hauntin' Me (2011)
"Hauntin' Me" is a 7" single released by Transparent Records only for 300 copies.

1.Hauntin' Me
2.Song To Cheer You Up

Keep Shelly In Athens (2011)
Keep Shelly In Athens is a cassette released by Sixteen Tambourines Records two years ago. The release was limited to 150 copies. This EP consists of tracks mostly from the "In Love With Dusk" EP -as well as a remix of "Running Out Of You" by Memory Tapes- , the "Hauntin' Me" single and a new song called "Yellow Man".

1.Running Our Of You
2.Cremona Memories
3.A Tear In My I
4.Yellow Man
5.Hauntin' Me
6.Fokionos Negri Street
7.Don't Be Afraid
8.Running Out Of You (Memory Tapes Remix)

Πέμπτη, 2 Μαΐου 2013

Some compilations..

There is an up and coming tendency of Greek independent record labels, to release compilations featuring songs from bands that form their roster, and give them away for free. Splendid idea, for obvious reasons. Here I will write about two different record labels that I've spotted, that have released excellent compilations. Dig in.

Spinalonga Records, is is an non-profit collective based in Greece, established in 2005. And that's exactly what they do. Under the label, they have collected a number of beautiful and diverse bands, that make great music. Over the years the have released many compilations, usually celebrating each release with a live gig (with free entry most -if not all- of the times). Here you can find all the compilations for free download.

A Sampler Darkly (2013)
This is the latest compilation released by Spinalonga Records, and it contains a number of fucking unbelievable tracks. Some of the bands that you'll hear here, will be uploaded at the blog in the future. I seriously advise you to listen to this compilation.

1.A Possible End -This Is Nowhere
2.Jesus Wants Her To Kill -Psychedelic Trips To Death
3.A Big Win For Boredom -One Leg Mary
4.When All Disposed -Their Methlab
5.Money Is Bliss -Rita Mosss
6.Drive -Cube
7.Motherfuckin' Blues -De Sades
8.Star54 -45Rats
9.Sex And Depression -Tuber
10.Rings Of Saturn -Lunarmare
11.Eastern Patterns -Circassian
13.Zaira -Meanwhile In Mexico
14.Move Your Sexy Butt -Wham Jah
15.Wreck -Adolf Plays The Jazz
16.Why -Savage Land

Fuzz Overdose Records, is also a record store residing at Exarcheia in Athens. A very interesting record label, it consists of mostly garage/psychedelic rock bands. At the blog, I've uploaded The Mongrelettes, who are part of the Fuzz Overdose Records roster, and who you can find here, as well as The Social End Products. So far, they've released only one compilation, that -as it's already said- you can download for free.

Better With Fuzz Babe! (2013)
All the fuzz and garage you can get.

1.John Waynes Got Blues -Earl And The Losers
2.Baby -Jacks
3.Once Upon A Time -The Psykicks
4.Let Me Down -The 60's Second Swingers
5.Kaleidoscopic Path -The Social End Products
6.State Of Oblivion -The Dark Rags
7.Hey Mister -The B-Sides
8.Agent -O- -The Teddy Boys From The Crypt
9.Banana Boats -The Nackers
10.No More -The Meanie Geanies
11.Things She Does To Me -The Gruesomes
12.Hey -The Frantic Five
13.Mon Mec à Moi -The Mongrelettes
14.When I Met You -The Lizards
15.Lean On Me -Dustbowl

Σάββατο, 27 Απριλίου 2013

Jake Leg

Jake Leg were formed as 4-piece in the summer of 2005 in Thessaloniki, Greece. From the beginning they started working on original material. In 2006 they recorded a demo CD of their early work. They produced and mixed the CD themselves in the band’s home-studio (a.k.a. ‘The Basement’) . It received several positive reviews from music magazines and websites.They continued working on original songs forming their own distinct sound: a mixture of alternative/indie rock with bluesy pop melodies and some rocking moments. Having enough material they recorded several songs in the RunDevilRun Studios in Thessaloniki between July-September 2008. The recordings were produced by Nikodimos Triaridis. Part of these recordings are featured on Jake Leg’s debut album.

The Basement Sessions (2011)

In 2011 they recorded and produced an EP entitled “The Basement Sessions”. It contains some of their most experimental arrangements, as well as old tunes that have been reworked. 

1.Punch-Drunk & Lollipoppers
2.Bad Situation
5.Not Much Fun
6.Weighin' On My Soul
7.That's Enough

Jake Leg (2012)

In late 2011 – early 2012 they recorded the rest of the songs of their debut album, independently. Sessions took place in the Electroacoustics Lab of Aristoteleion University. Production and mastering were handled by Thanos S. and Demetris Christodoulides. The album was released on November of 2012.

For more info you can check: www.jakeleg.net

1.Always Better
6.The City
7.Drag Me Back Inside
8.White Pulse
9.And I Wonder
10.Miracle Mile
11.My Drivin' Manner

Πέμπτη, 11 Απριλίου 2013

Three Way Plane

Three Way Plane was formed at the end of 2003 and their first gig took place in February of 2004. The band consists of: Stratos (vocals/guitars), John (bass guitars), Dio (drums), Geo (drums) (yeah they have two drummers). They play "indie/punk/post-hardcore/..whatever" and they've played alongside Savage Republic, Senser and Gallon Drunk.In their own words: "We try to be open-minded and create music spontaneously through jamming and improvisation. Therefore we just combine our ideas and write music for our songs." So far they have 3 releases via Spinaloga Records, which they provide for free from their bandcamp page.

Bright Days (2006)
This is their debut EP, which was self-released in 2006. It was recorded at Feedback Studios during Sept. 2005 and it was produced by Haris Zourelidis & Three Way Plane except track 2 by CDJ Reeko & Haris Zourelidis.

1. Smash The Phone
2. My Best Friend
3. Night Owl
4. 237 (Bright Days) (& hidden track)
Give Us Something New To Shout About (2010)
 This is their debut album released in 2010 by Spinaloga Records. It was recorded at Feedback Studios and it was produced and mixed by Mike Tsobanoglou and edited by Kostas Filippidis. The mastering was done by Nikos from Barbara's Straight Son at 4th Floor Labs.

1.Let's Pretend You Don't Exist
2.Wipe Out
3.Bittersweet Hit Of The Week
4.Fade Away
5.Scare The Hippie
7.Tell Me
9.Life In This City
10.Is It Over Or What?
11.Straightjacket Society
12.Let's Pretend You Don't Exist (Barbara's Straight Son Remix)
13.Fade Away (Lowtronik Remix)
14.Dispute (Urbanoise Remix)

Fire (2012)
 Their latest release, the Fire EP, recorded at Feedback Studios again and produced by Haris Zourelidis.

1.Old School Chum
2.Freeze Me
3.Fall In Love With Fire
4.Queen Misery

Παρασκευή, 1 Μαρτίου 2013

Οδός 55-Οδός 55 (2012)

Here's the debut album by Οδος 55 (55 Street), an electro/synth band from Athens. The band was formed in 2010 by George and Ilias. They mostly use analog synthesizers, drum machine, and effects from the past. They 're sets, influenced by the characteristic new wave and post punk sound, create a bleak atmosphere from improvisations and the use of programmed sounds and patterns. Their description of the album:
"While being here and now… (in)actively captured by our (non)intimate ambiance and vastly exposed to the present of 2012. A few years after the flash bang… a few years after the bang flashes, some unexpected acquaintances, some unexpected meetings within a different-colored context of morning-hour solitary wandering as the first shore washes up on storm… Odos 55, born in the crossroads of profoundly mature sounds and attitude began to weave their sound in 2010. Today, "Eirkti Records" presents their music dressed up with relevant existentially wakeful lines. Full of electrical intensity, in a minimally while artfully performed noisy sound-frame, their musical syntheses accompanied by expressive words motivate the listener to some kind of direct response. From the vividly performed synthetic attack of Αττική Βικτώρια (i.e., Attica Victoria) to the discrete noisy thoughtfulness of Άδειοι δρόμοι (i.e., Empty Streets). From the minimal-punk frenzied beats of Άσπρη Γη (i.e., White Earth) to the neurotic demonstration of Αεικίνητοι (i.e., Restless). From the seemingly placid track of Αταλάνδη (i.e., Atalandi) to those hauntingly delivered such as Ο Κόσμος Τους (i.e., Their World) and Για Πάντα (i.e., Forever). Seven powerful compositions of a truly inspired musical manifesto."
Their album is available for free download via bandcamp.

NOTE:Anyone that has browsed before at this blog,should have noticed that when I upload songs or albums that have Greek titles,I try to translate them to English,so that everyone can understand them and not only Greeks.Yet some of them cannot be translated,because some words and/or expressions can only be understood in Greek.Therefore these bits have remained as they were.
1.Αττική - Βικτώρια (Attica - Victoria)
2.Άσπρη Γη (White Earth)
3.Ο Κόσμος Τους (Their World)
4.Αταλάνδη (Atalandi)
5.Άδειοι Δρόμοι (Empty Streets)
6.Αεικίνητοι (Restless)
7.Για Πάντα (Forever)

Fantastikoi Hxoi-Κυρίαρχοι Του Σύμπαντος (2008)

Aggelos Baltas is the man behind the name Fantastikoi Hxoi (Imaginary Sounds) and during the last 7 years has become known for the unusual blending of his own original electronic music with rare samples (mostly from the early 60’s). Fantastikoi Hxoi is a re-edit project based in Athens that draws material mainly from obscure Greek psych and folk tunes, among other global music. Using samples from classic or totally forgotten tracks, FH creates a peculiar retro-futuristic sound through complete reconstruction or a drastic re-edit. "Κυρίαρχοι Του Σύμπαντος" ("Masters Of The Universe") is his double debut album, released in 2008, and it was available for free download from his blog.It has gathered international praise and rave reviews by the local music press. It now counts over 15,000 downloads. I also cannot comment on the exquisite artwork made by Mickey Dreamkey. The download link below, will take you to the "downloads" section of FH's blog, where you'll find some additional mixtapes that he's made, as well as some other stuff. 

NOTE:Anyone that has browsed before at this blog,should have noticed that when I upload songs or albums that have Greek titles,I try to translate them to English,so that everyone can understand them and not only Greeks.Yet some of them cannot be translated,because some words and/or expressions can only be understood in Greek.Therefore these bits have remained as they were.

Disc 1
1.Μακρινά Μηνύματα (Long Distance Messages)
2.Άγγελοι (Angels)
3.Άνθρωπε (Human)
4.Μαύρη Τρύπα (Black Hole)
5.3000 Άστρα (3000 Stars)
6.ΑΤΙΑ Πάνω Από Το Άλσος (UFO Over The Grove)
7.Έτος 2525 (Year 2525)
8.Στης Λίμνης Τα Νερά (In The Lake's Water)
9.Μορκα (Morka -?-)
10.Αν Σε Αρνηθώ (If I Deny You)

Disc 2
1.Πυραμίδα (Pyramid)
2.Να 'Χεις Τα Πάντα (Have Everything)
3.Ειδικό Βάρος (Special Weight)
4.Η Παλιά Εδέμ (The Old Eden)
5.Μεταστροφή (Revulsion)
6.Για Το Γένος (For The Kind -not exactly a precise translation-)
7.Κοσμική Απόκλιση (Secular Divergence)
8.Κυρίαρχοι Του Σύμπαντος (Masters Of The Universe)
9.Μακρινό Μήνυμα (Long Distance Message)
10.Η Γη Μας Είναι Τόσο Όμορφη (Our Earth Is So Beautiful)