Free Noise #3

Undergound Indonesia cover Artist: Various
Title: Injak Balik! (Underground Indonesia)
Source: Vinyl 7″ EP
Bit rate (kbs): 320
Running time (h:m:s): 00:14:50
Size (mb): 34
Label: Tian An Men 89
Year: 1997
Notes: Some minor background noise

1. Puppen – Freedom To Defecate
2. Closeminded – Born Bad
3. Savor Of Filth – My Own Hate
4. Deadly Ground – Fear
5. Piece Of Cake – Tak Perduli
6. Runtah – Mega
7. Jeruji – Pi Anjingeun
8. Turtles Jr. – Die My Girl
9. All Stupid – Sia

A little while back I raved on about one of my favourite micro-labels, Tian An Men 89 Records. The label’s been a bit quiet this year, but there are still loads of absolutely unique recordings available to the more discerning and adventurous punk. Fancy an album of Uzbek Paxta-core? You know where to go.

This compilation features 9 bands from the city of Bandung in West Java, Indonesia, regarded as the birthplace of the Indonesian scene. They’re pretty decent demo-quality recordings ranging across the punk / hardcore spectrum. It’s a good insight into the early days of punk in a country with a vibrant underground. For both a bit more history and to find out what’s happening now, try Googling ‘indonesian punk’ and checking out what pops up.

OP’s opinion: Three half

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Free Noise #2

The Ex / Alerta sleeve and label

Artist: The Ex / Alerta
Album: The Red Dance Package
Source: Vinyl 12″ EP
Running time (h:m:s): 00:14:14
Bitrate: FLAC
Size (mb): 96.6
Label: CNT Productions (defunct)
Year: 1983

The Ex:
1. Crap-Rap
2. Long Live The Aged

Alerta:
1. Park Avenue
2. Violet Days

It’s hard to believe that The Ex are still going strong, nearly 30 years on from their first appearance on the Dutch punk scene at the tail end of the 70’s. Not just going strong, but aging like a very fine wine. These days they can be found collaborating with Ethiopian musicians or composing pieces for theatre companies, as well as still touring with their own unique brand of leftist agitprop. This lot are still defiantly pushing the boundaries of politics and punk with their eclectic avant-garde approach to it all. Hurrah!

This is one of their earlier offerings and is a fine example of the potential to come. Jarring guitars, punchy bass, staccato vocals, abstract piano and the familiar military drumming style favoured by many of the early anarcho bands (albeit with a lot of added polish), sit together in an almost free-form jazz-punk mash-up that grabs you by the ears and won’t let go until the last beat. Reminds me to some degree of the Poison Girls. Classy stuff indeed.

Crap-Rap lyrics from insert

I don’t know that much about Alerta other than they produced one side of this record and an album. What I can say is that here they create a sound that resembles a slightly more discordant Astronauts getting jiggy with Flowers In The Dustbin. Violins sit well alongside the more traditional punk instruments and it’s always good to hear people using less familiar noises. There’s a really good write-up of the band (in English) on Niels’ blog Eet U Smakelijk.

OP’s opinion: Four

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Noise Solution Part Two

A few posts back I told you what my all-time top ten punk albums are. To give you a fuller flavour of what I’m banging on about, I’ve put together a compilation with a track from each of the records (with the exception of the Pistols track, which is from the pre-NMTB, and much better IMHO, ‘Spunk’ LP), just on the offchance you don’t know what these bands sound like. It goes as follows:

Artist: Various
Album: Noise Solution compilation
Source: As shown
Running time (h:m:s): 00:39:08
Bitrate: V0 VBR (unless stated otherwise)
Size (mb): 75

1. Conflict – The Ungovernable Force (vinyl)
2. Stiff Little Fingers – Tin Soldiers (vinyl)
3. Crass – I Ain’t Thick, It’s Just A Trick (CD, 320 kbs CBR)
4. The Ruts – Jah War (CD)
5. MDC – I Remember (vinyl)
6. Antisect – Tortured And Abused (vinyl)
7. The Mob – Prison (CD, 320 kbs CBR)
8. Operation Ivy – Sound System (vinyl)
9. The Levellers – One Way (CD)
10. Sex Pistols – Nookie (Anarchy In The UK) (vinyl)

You should still be able to find all of the albums that these were taken from for sale in some form or another at a fairish price. Whether you think the bands or labels are worth your money is up to you to decide.

OP’s opinion: Five (but I am definitely biased)

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Free Noise #1

I’ve been impressed with the generosity of the online punk blogging community in sharing their old punk stuff. So I’ve decided to get in on the act by putting up occasional gems from my own collection. You can read more about the whys and hows here. Enjoy.
Karma Sutra sleeve and label
Artist: Karma Sutra
Album: The Daydreams Of A Production Line Worker
Source: Vinyl 12″ LP
Running time (h:m:s): 00:38:55
Bitrate: FLAC
Size (mb): 253.1
Label: Paradoxical Records (defunct)
Year: 1987

1. Roleplay
2. Intelligent Life
3. Pillow Talk
4. The Package
5. Dismantle The Lie
6. Absent Friends
7. The Spectre Of Capitalism
8. The Very Last Night Of The Proms
9. When The Music Stops
10. Indifference Kills
11. Shroud
12. Collectivise
13. Goodbye Cruel World
14. Masters And Slaves

This has to be one of the finest records ever to have come out of the 80’s UK anarcho scene. Not for Karma Sutra the simple political polemic and jarring guitar noise. No, lyrically this lot included situationism, anarcho-syndicalism, love and class war all wrapped up in strong melodic tunes.
Booklet detailKarma Sutra made it quite clear that they encouraged non-commercial copying and distribution of this record as much as possible – at one point they even planned only to sell it to public libraries so that no-one actually owned it (although they were defeated in this by local government logistics and the fact that some communities don’t have music libraries!). The label says it all really. See, all you torrent kiddies, we were fighting the fight way back!

OP’s opinion: Five

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