Yes it’s already that far with Martin Newell, just after Robbie Williams offered his seasonal highlight to the record buying public here he rides the season with his very own free digital EP with a lovely designed used 7″ cover;
Martin Newell on the other side far from retiring with a youthful age of 66 he just published his second Memoir, “The Greatest Living Englishman” (of course…).
No this does not sound pretentious – This is of course a homage to his best-known solo Album which finally put him on the map for wider recognition and left critics overwhelmed with joy due to the Andy Partridge production. Well, just to let you know I think the production is far from superior – at least the tracks I’ve known before sounded more direct and electrifying before this elder statesman of complicated Pop layed hands on them. But it worked and Newell was gained with moderate success so I won’t complain.
In this bound (!) book he tells his story 1975 up to 1995, if it’s as entertaining written as his “Little Ziggy” in which he took a close look on his 60’s let’s hope that he continues up to the revival he went through during the last years general reissue campaigns by Captured Tracks a.o.
So, this is it. The final single by Ric Ocasek was by the reformed Cars’ from 2011. Richard Otcasek died now, aged 75 this September after a long and varied career from early psych-soft rock to The Cars, Producer of Suicide, Bad Brains, Alan Vega, Romeo Void involving mega-stardom at the height of the 80’s with a.o. “Drive”, co-starring on Live Aid 1985, working as A & R Man a few years besides releasing his own solo records.
He was a father to 6 sons (!), a genuine wordsmith and a songwriter par excellence. He lived a live between underground and stardom, 80’s fame including marriage with a model he met during music video shootings.. Paulina Porizkova. He was a guitarist, keyboardist and singer with a own voice. A typical American in the best way who enjoyed his personal freedom and individuality. Always interested in art, photography and life.
In 2012 he published his collected lyrics and prose in bookform, paired with some b/w photographs, had some exhibitions of his pop art influenced paintings over the years.
In 2018 The Cars where inducted into the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame in 2018 – 40 years after their debut and without Benjamin Orr who passed away in October 2000.
The Cars and Ric Ocasek always held a special place in my heart even if they where perhaps the most conventional ‘Rockers’ amongst the American New Wave – DEVO, The B-52’s, Talking Heads, Blondie.
After the 25 Years celebration compilation monster “The United World Underground” issued in 2017, he digged even deeper in his glorious tape label / DIY past to present you (as promised) digitized and mastered works of the dark past where nearly nothing was instantly available nor free nor digital.
This is meant to be the final collection celebrating the past before Mick Magic might make his words true and explore further territories in outer and inner space with a new album by his own Magic Moments At Twilight Time…
See The Magic Net for more downloads and take the chance to get hold of the lovingly remastered reissue of M & E’s top selling CD Album ‘Creavolution’ (read all and more about it here) and get a decent hardcopy at TMR Records.
Click to go to the official info site. Official Release : 06/09/2019. Expect a Bang.
As expected this promises to be another wild sonic ride – from psychedelic, experimental, goth, electro to somewhere else with loads of shades in between. As a first glimpse a bonus virtual C90 is already out with some introducing words by Lord Litter (another survivor) over at the Electronic Cottage.
A new find in the vaults from Mik@ of Contaminated Area fame, released in conjunction with the 10th Anniversary of the ‘Totally Wired’ festival performance.
Freshly mastered and dusted off ambience for the hard wired.
And when you’re there don’t miss the chance to check out other free EP’s like the ‘Beautiful Catastrophe’ Coil tribute (a version was once published on the limited 2CD edition of “The Loneliest Link In A Very Strange Chain” Compilation or the excellent HYBRIDS vs. WEYDAS album.
Actually it will be officially published June 14th, and per ‘Sleepers’ FB page is available here or in Italy. Of course this is another limited release without yet revealed limitation and perhaps available on CD or/and DL later.
The ever busy man behind Walt Thisney – Fernando Cerqueira from Portugal is the founder member of Thisco record label and also the publisher of the excellent Antibothis printed / cd anthologies and book collection THISCOvery CCChannel – released an incredible amount of digital only EP’s during the last years.
At first retro sci-fi influenced Synth Poppy Vaporwave (see a.o. the Album ‘Thiscontinuum’ released about 4 years ago – SP 007), then returning to his elder alter ego Rasalasad partly reworking those and diving more into the direction of classical experimental ambient (as far as anything like this exists) before adapting a new mutation of Whalt Thisney with plenty of lounge Piano on top of mostly hidden drones and noises.
Of course all of these alter egos overleap from time to time, some recommendations are Thiscordizen , a compilation of Piano songs especially created for the Haiku series of Naviar Records, the split-release Switched On This with Rasalasad and the Vaudou Stellaire collaboration with Chromatic and from Rasalasad the Thismorphia Album feat. some well-known guests.
Most of them can be found for free, or are linked from here.
As for the latests Klappstuhl release he agreed to do a special mix with less subliminal noises and the result can be listened to & obtained below – including two exclusive lengthy remixes by 6 9 N & F.