Underground & Indie Music Index

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Gypsy's Column for Peace & Freedom, No. 6, Vol. 2, Summer 1989

Let's check out a few good compilations that have been doing the rounds in the last few months. First off: TRY SOME NEW, brought to us by: Teddy Bear Music, c/o Reiner Nikolai, Depenauer Weg 25, 3167 Burgdorf, West Germany, that's in case you would like to feature on one of his productions. The tape is distributed by Jar Music, Lima Str. 18, 1000 Berlin 37, West Germany. Some of the bands on this tape are Jar (himself), me (myself), Two Man's Answer, Geteiltte Kopfe, Laura Goes Blue and S. R. Hastings, in fact, that's all the bands that appear. The tape comes with contact addresses of the bands. 

Weed Sampler 3 is another comp. From Duren. On this you'll find Andi Xport, Les Larmes, Local Scandal, Cryptic Flowers, Lord Litter & Rattus Rex, and many others. This tape also comes with contact addresses. Available from Weed Music, c/o W. Pickart, Neue Julicherstr. 20, 516 Duren, West Germany. 

A Guide to Healthy Listening 3, OBS6, is another one from the Obscure Delight stables. On this one you'll find such artists as The Now, The Leisure Victims, Shadowplay, Contact Obsession, Them Geezers Over There, and Frei Gerard... yes, and it also comes with contact addresses. This gem is available at Obscure Delight, c/o Trevor Hall, 58 Peel Rd., Chelmsford, Essex, CM2 6AL, England. Bored with compilations now, we move on. Dreamstate is a new collection of work by Donald Campau. Narration/music. If you want to find out what this is all about, write to Lonely Whistle Music, c/o Donald Campau, P.O. Box 23952, San Jose, California, 95060, USA. 

There are a few new tapes on my label (Rodent Tapes), which I'd like to mention here. Entropy Guild – just about everything recorded by them. Das Freie Orchestra Freiwild – this is music from the East Side of Berlin. Pretty interesting stuff, but don't take my word for it, write and order a copy. They're £2.50 each, which includes P&P. A few LP's worth mentioning: One of the tracks on Spacemen 3's “Playing with Fire”, called “Let Me Down Gently”, is the best piece of psychedelic music that I've heard in recent times, and I'm not going to compare it with anything else, well, maybe, Abba's “Fernando”...  The rest of the Spacemen's LP is in the same vein. 

Another record that's been around a while is by Gil Scott-Heron, the album's called “Reflections”. I suppose the music's jazz, but then again, it's Reggae, most of all, it's good. The main feature is a track called “'B' Movie”. The lyrics are worth a listen, somewhat out of date now, but there you have “Reflections”. 

FUGAZI -  need I say more, it's a neat LP. The track that comes across best is “Suggestion”, but we've all seen SNUB TV, haven't we. Well, the rest of their material is just as good. Fugazi – got it. 

Just came back from my weekly outing to the local Record Lenders where I came across this LP called “Vienna Art Orchestra”, a very interesting piece of work. The music was commissioned by the Viennese “Serapiontheater”.  Serapion is a theatre company that occupies a truly original place of its own in the Viennese theatre scene, being the only ensemble in Vienna that qualifies as an unconventional company far beyond the country's borders. It sees itself as a visual theatre, devoting a very large space to music, a circumstance which, so far, has led to a noticeable result in the production of unusual stage music, which in turn brought the company closer to dance. For more information contact: Moers Music, P.O. Boz 1612, D-4130 Moers 1, West Germany. 

What else have we here worth putting to paper? There's going to be a new compilation out by ITN soon. The man brings out some real good stuff, if you want to find out more about that, the contact address is: ITN, c/o Jeff Centrall, 5230-D Tamarack Blvd., Columbus, OH 43229, USA. 

My favourite band at the moment has to be Schockabilly. Besides doing the best covers that I've ever heard, and I'm sure somebody has heard better, they also write some pretty neat stuff themselves. Their music is varied in style, ranging from thrash-y to full-blown country with the odd classical bit thrown in. I know of three LP's by the band, they are “Colosseum”, “Heaven”, and “Vietnam”, which has an amazing cover version of that love classic, “Signed D.C. “Heaven” also boasts a pretty versatile version of “Life's a Gas”, from what's his name. Well, got to mention the cover on Colosseum now, and it's “Eight Miles High”, 'be nice to know who hasn't covered that one. Anyway, some good stuff on those LP's, worth checking out, I'd say. 

Some radio stations for you home tapers to send your music to are: Radio 100, Potsdamer Str. 131, 1000 Berlin 30, West Germany; DT64, Redaktion “Parocktikum”, Lutz Schramm, D-1160 Berlin, West Germany; David Newgarden, Upsala college, 345 Prospect Street, East Orange, NJ 07019, USA... all types of sound, but prefers unusual. Well, that's it for now, bye.

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Gypsy's Column for Peace & Freedom, Vol. 6, No. 3, Autumn/Winter 1989

Um, well, I'm not really that much into HC or thrash, but let me just throw two names at you. Iowa Beef Experience/Coolass Gravytrain - great name for a HC band - even some of the tracks appealed to my warped taste of music. Then there is Human Error/Unseen Terror - some really interesting lyrics - notably "Garfield for President". If HC is what turns you on, both these LP's are as good or bad as any - you just got to have Iowa Beef Experience in your collection - I have.

Back to the mundane. Up the road from me lives this Grateful Dead freak. Among his collection, I came across this Robert Hunter double album, "Amagamalin Street". I've always liked tracks that go on for 16-20 minutes. On this LP, one side is dedicated to a track called "Roseanne" - the rest of the album ranges from slow ballad type songs to the heavy country style. It should be fairly easy to get hold of, now all Dead and related material seems to be coming out of the woodwork.

I've stated before that what makes a record for me is the singer, being a voice man myself. There is a record that has been out since 1988 and for some reason didn't seem to do as well as it deserved. The artist, Toni Childs, the album, "Union"... This lady has a voice that can chill a heart. Brilliantly written songs.

Here is a bit of info that may interest gigging bands. There is now the possibility to have a live video of an hour made. The whole thing will cost you not more than £100 + travel costs for the crew members. The film will be shot with two cameras. If this is of interest, contact me, and we can look into it.

There is a German band that may well be appearing on our shores soon. The name of the band is Jesus Burning Liquor. Name of the album is "Steifen" - and I'm not going to translate that... If you would like to know more about this band, a track by them is on the "German Connection (Zone Two)" - available from Rodent Tapes, or you can write to: Drome... Hamburg, W. Germany - to get a price list or info. In case there are any bootleg fans reading this, write to: Glactus/AP... St. Albans, NY, U.S.A... Ask for his list of tapes for trade - you'll be amazed...

I, myself, am now working with a promotion company in Germany. If there are any bands that would like to have gigs in Germany, send me a tape of your material and I will pass it on for consideration. We are looking for material like Twelve 88 Cartel/Cranes/Entropy Guild. You will then be informed on the progress made. This venture has only just started. If you want more details about this project, please write to me at Rodent.

P. Kaa, in Belgium, who sings for Chapter 69, also does a fair amount of solo work. Tapes by him are available from: De Klank VZW... Westerlo, Belgium. He will either sell or trade with you... Some interesting work going on there, so get in touch, if you'd like to know more.

So, this will have to be all this time round... Hope there were some interesting pieces of information there for you. Thanx for your time.

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Gypsy's Column for Peace & Freedom, Vol. 7, No. 1, Spring 1991


There is a really good label in Germany, Irre Tapes. They recently released a very good compilation tape featuring: Sektor, Angels of the Odds, Trigger and the Acid Dream, X-Ray Pop and many more. The address to write to is: Irre Tapes... Kindsbach, West Germany. The name of the tape is: "Night & Daydreams", ITO12.

Robin Chuter... Tervuren, Belgium, runs a label called Fools Paradise. I've known Robin from since before he had his label, and he has really built up a good label there. Some of the stuff he has released is pretty amazing, well worth the 20p stamp to chick it out, he will reply.

Also received a tape from The Netherlands. The address is: Midas Music... Asten, Netherlands. If you want to write, the music they deal with is Experimental, ambient type stuff, so if you like that kind of sound, that's where you'll get some. Is it any good? I don't know, find out...

LP Reviews

Neil Young - Freedom

Yes - forget Bombing the Base, Neil's gone 'n' nuked the place. Crime in the City, keeps getting louder and louder, blaring out, twisting, turning, and I'm going back for more. This song's been around for years, just nobody's written it till now. Neil Young, well, he may have been playing the field in the last years, but with Freedom he ain't touched base. It's all there, everything you're gonna need from a record this year, so, if I was you, I'd waste the odd few pounds on this latest one. Oh, and while you're in the shop why not check out...

The Last Poets

Oh, my, people, produced by Bill Laswell, this was the first time I bought one of their records. I, me, liked it a lot - very different to the mainstream rap stuff that's going around, laid-backish, lovely lyrics, well-written and all that. It cost me £3.99 and I'm satisfied with it, I'll be checking out some of their other stuff.

Kate Bush - The Sensual World

It's okay.

Bob Dylan - Oh Mercy

Don't believe the hype, but it's a good record, laid-back, maybe it is the best thing he has done since "Infidel", but as far as I can make out, pretty much everything he's done in the last years has been pretty much instantly forgettable. Sadly, "Oh Mercy" hasn't got anything on it that will blow you away.

Dylan - "Hey Gypsy, my name equals $$$... I'll continue to turn 'em out, man."

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Gypsy's Column for Peace & Freedom, Vol. 7, No. 3, Winter 1991

Due to personal problems and the loss of Rodent Tapes HQ, the label will only be able to function as an incoming label. This means you can still send in material for consideration that will be used when RT resumes. RT is also looking for LP's of bands. These will directly go into a shop that distributes RT material (7", 12", EP's also welcomed). The address for now is: ... London (write in the first instance, if no reply, contact P&F, as the above is a temporary address - enclose SAE/IRC - Ed.).

Sorry for any inconvenience, it was beyond our means to avert this blow of fate.

Hawkwind Picture Disc

Very good condition. Anthology, Vol. III. Released 1986. Samurai Records. Offers c/o P&F. Enclose SAE. Send no money, the highest bidder will be contacted. Mark the envelope, Hawkwind P.D.

Stamps from other bidders will be used to give them the address of an American based Hawkwind fan with a mass of bootlegs. Bids start at £15.

New World Music

A New World of Experience/New World Connection 1/NWC 180 (Chrome; cover by Edward Burne-Jones)

I received the above mentioned 12-album sampler to review for this 'zine you are engulfed in. To begin, I will mention the artists featured: Terry Olfield, Dennis Quinn, Tim Wheater, Clifford White, Phil Thornton, Peter Howell, John Richardson, Med Goodall, Stairway - all taken from cassettes/CD's on said label.

The pigeonhole this music has been placed in is New Age. Personally, I find it sad that everything needs to be pigeonholed. this tape is music based around synthesized instruments, but there is a lot of guitar, flutes, percussion.

Most of the New World cassettes are for a specific purpose - relaxation (good after fending off Poll Tax bailiffs), meditation - mystical - celestial sounds - Music for Children - ethnic music... sacred chants.

The tape is a "New Age" cassette on the search for the "Mystical Old Age". There is no read need to go into individual artist's tracks. The sampler has been put together with such care that the soundscape it produces comes across as a whole. This does not mean it is boring; each ingredient the individual artist adds to the overall picture leaves this soundscape and you with a picture of tranquility and peace - a journey well undertaken.

Going through the catalogue, you will notice that the covers of most cassettes are beautiful. They are now available as art cards in packs of 12.

It has been a pleasure listening to this tape. I'm one of those people who likes to listen to a tape to help me cross that threshold of the waking world of reality. Again, here, this tape fulfills a useful purpose.

Cassettes are £6.95 each; CD's £10.95. Visionary art cards - 36 outstanding images inspired by Myth-dream, and the Spiritual Quest. Each pack of 12 is £7.95. SAE for catalogue (O/seas add £1 for each item).

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