Happy vernal equinox! To commemorate this most equitable of astrological events (50/50 day and night deal, y’all!), we’ve got a little light and dark to spread around this week. What’s that? Your seasonally insensitive supervisor has been exceptionally troll-like this week? Kick over that Ikea shelf he calls an office wall and give’m a taste ‘o some kiwi justice, AXEMEN-style! Life is for the livin’, and no one knows more about it than the AXEMEN! After you’ve come down from your adrenaline high (and 7 irish car bombs), you’ll probably be ready to transition into the “nox” portion of your equinox festivities – and we’ve got just what the doctor ordered! A little nacht music from France, Canada (not French-Canada) and even the good ole U.S.of A.! So get in here and illuminate your hemispheres – ’tis the season.
Pieces of the Axemen puzzle have been slowly coming to light over the last few years via a slurry of short-run reissues. While much of this output is not for the faint of heart, those who lost the trail (or never found it in the first place) would be well-served to check back in for Derry Legend. By far the tightest and most tuneful the band ever was, we get a full-flowering of the dormant pop tendencies that had always bubbled below the surface. Kurt Cobain, known for his voracious musical appetite and impeccable taste, copped Derry Legend while on tour in New Zealand with Nirvana, and the album quickly became a fave – working it’s way into steady rotation on his mix tapes. An overlooked gem in the Flying Nun catalog, Derry Legend feels like an album who’s time has finally come.
A real sleaze-oid rarity, La France Interdite will be chum in the water for fans of grindhouse and sexploitation films of all stripes! Straight from the golden age of synth, Georget’s soundtrack complements the surreal and mysterious French underworld that beats at the dark heart of this film perfectly. We get all manner of sexual deviance and perversity served up here: peep shows, porn auditions, S&M clubs, transvestite behind-the-scenes – whatever’s your pleasure! And if you need help visualizing these stimulating scenes, the insert poster features stills from the film, which offer PLENTY of eye candy while you take in the Moroder-esque soundtrack. Limited to 300, these won’t be around long. Get naz-teeeee!
Two fascinating and essential documents of North American post-punk / early Industrial on the always-compelling Dark Entries label! Psyche hailed from Edmonton, Canada and featured a young Dwayne Goettel, whose first recorded work appears here. Goettel would go on to join Skinny Puppy, and his sampling and synth-work became integral in developing the group’s unique aesthetic. Psyche betrays the same DNA that would inform Skinny Puppy and the whole Wax Trax proto-Industrial / Goth / Techno movement – Cabaret Voltaire and Suicide being prime influences. Great gritty, primitive studies!
Meanwhile Crash Course In Science were coming to their own conclusions on the other side of the continent. Comin’ straight outta philthy Philly, you can almost taste the grit and dirt of old industrialized east coast urbanity emanating from these tracks. Crude drum machine and synth form the framework of this EP, reflecting the stark atmosphere and mechanized clamor of the shipping pier where the group practiced and recorded these tracks. Despite the dark minimalism on display here, a couple of these tracks managed to become minor club hits in the early-80′s – a phenomenon hard to imagine in the era of Euro-disco revival and BIG CLUB ANTHEMS. Anyone remotely interested in Throbbing Gristle, minimal synth, or the history of Industrial music will wanna get on this ASAP.
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