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Act uses TV to target holiday consumers Is U. Anthony and Jennifer Lopez and opening Aug. The infamous online music site a ll ofmp3.
Russ,an The Moscow Times reported that allofmp3. N cluded Anthony and Ruben Blades. The move opens the door for exclusive deals between emerging digital music entities as the forthcoming Amazon download service and the Otrax and SpiralFrog adsupported services. Latin -themed musicals have long been a rare commodity in the theater business.
But an upcoming production based on the life of late Cuban music queen Celia Cruz has potential to reach Latin and mainstream audiences in a major way. Cruz, who died in July at 77 years old, was one of the most universally beloved fig- ures in Latin music. Since her death, she has been remembered with a handful of biographies, TV specials, greatest -hits albums and her very own traveling Smithsonian exhibit. A musical would undoubtedly draw Cruz fans, but it could also grow from there.
Infante will also act as musical director and lead a nine -piece house orchestra. Her name will no doubt ring a bell for thousands oftourists attending New York theaters.
CMN is also near closing a deal with a major retailer that encompasses partnerships with makeup and fashion brands, presence at mass consumer events and advertising. Negotiations are ongoing with Spanish and mainstream TV networks Walkin Same Way - Difference - High Fly (CDr spon- sorship and promotionai packages, and deals are being finalized with an airline carrier, a candy company and a potential beer sponsor. Several venue holds are in place in major markets for potential Van Halen dates.
The tour, negotiations for which were first tipped by Billboard on Jan. Its new Mobile Jukebox service operates much like the others -users can buy tracks over the air and receive one file formatted for the phone and another formatted for the PC using Microsoft's WMA digital rights management technology.
TMobile has struck licensing deals with all four major labels and many indies for a total available catalog oftracks. After six months, CD sales for are down But where CD album sales in the first quarter declined The most marked declines are being seen among frontline new album releases and current albums in general, and in the hip -hop and country genres -both off at least 10 million units from their sales totals at midyear However, four of those albums -all except for the Jones and Linkin Park titles -came out in either or, in Underwood's case, In con- trast, nine of the 16 albums that had reached the million - half of The Billboard -are underperforming the overall market, down Meanwhile, catalog records continue to show some resilience compared with the industry's overall decline, slipping Among genres, rap and country are suffering the most drastic declines.
Rap has fallen off Country album scans total In general this year, current titles -those records that have lion copies. One factor that's had an im- pact on country, Universal Music Group Nashville executive VP of sales marketing and new media Ben Kline been released in the last 18 months, along with older ti- says, has been broadband penetration into rural areas.
Within album sales, across the board, digital album scans totaled TEAs are calculated by equating 10 individual track downloads to one album sale. So far this year, song downloads have reached And this year, the top 10 selling titles have scanned The No.
But with a stronger release schedule expected in the second half of the year, one top major label distribution executive predicts that by the end of the year, the album sales decline will narrow. It is one of 11 tracks that have been M downloaded at least 1 million times, compared with the M 50M 02 04 JULY 14, www. C MUS'. Columbia Records, which struck a worldwide deal for the album, will handle the record in other territories.
Daily newspaper the Financial Times reported July 4 that 02 is about to sign a deal to become the exclusive U. The company last month quietly introduced its free Video Remixer service, which lets users create their own version of select videos using clips from the original video, archived MTV footage, photos and other media.
MTV then airs the top rated submissions. The strategy for both relies on raising the value of videos online. There's no downside to having more video impressions on the Web. The remix contest, meanwhile, received more than submissions in less than a month.
About five ofthese were viewed more than 1, times, with the most popular surpassing 2, Approximately 30 gained more than viewers, while received less than Meanwhile on Eyespot, more than 1, members have sub- 16, with new entries added daily.
Collectively, the remixes have been viewed close to 40, times; one alone has had more than 10, From a promotional view, it's difficult to draw a direct causeand- effect relationship. But increases, so do ad rates. It's become standard practice for record labels to demand a cut of the revenue for ads sold around online music videos.
The more videos watched, the more money the labels and the remix services get. Here are three other online music video destinations attempting something similar. Additional artists are being lined up for the coming weeks. MTV joins a growing cadre of video services that give users increased creative control over an artist's vision -not to be confused with other services that simply add background music to photo slide shows- including Eyespot, Gotuit and, soon, Sony Music Box. Their goal is twofold: provide labels and artists with a new pro- EYESPOT Unveiled last year, the Eyespot site offers video streaming and remixing services for not only music videos, but movies, TV and other fare.
It also directly licenses its remixing technology to such content providers as NBA. No word yet on when it will officially Leading British independent specialist retailer Fopp has gone bust. The company issued a statement June 29 confirming industry speculation that the chain was going bankrupt after 25 years in business. Just five days earlier, the retailer stopped taking credit cards at its chain of nearly 50 stores, ceased stocking new releases and halted accepting orders online.
Industry observers have speculated that Fopp overstretched itself in February by buying bankrupted rival 67store chain Music Zone for an undis-Juliana Koranteng closed sum. A widely expected counterbid from Warner Music Group had yet to occur by deadline.
Terra Firma's deadline extension gives WMG or rival private equity firms more time to propose a counteroffer. The new deadline is July The loss was mainly attributed to a Revenue from audiovisual broadcast TV and radio was up 0. However, sales jumped 3. In a June 28 statement issued to the London Stock Exchange, HMV attributed the slump to still- decreasing CD sales and its market share being snatched by supermarkets and online rivals. As part of its improvement strategy, HMV Group has pledged to enhance its online delivery platforms and tailor its inventory for specific outlets.
Llederlander Concerts 9, Lire Nation -U. Nation -U. Check out Zune. It's a gorgeous, revitalizing return to form for the prolific singer -songwriter, who's known for his lively release schedule, which included three CDs in and nearly 11 albums' worth of tracks streamed on his Web site in late For research and pricing, call Bob Allen.
Bonscores should be submitted to: Bob Allen, Nashville. Concert Grosses Arne, Atlattn. First, Larry King did not call Ringo Starr the wrong name of George as he has been ruthlessly and relentlessly accused.
And in a related story. When did the drug dealers take over TV? Is this some ironic, cynical, anti -tribute to the anniversary of the Summer of Love? Only BROS. I'm calling my high school girlfriend to comcholesterol, bad cholesterol, creepy crawly rest- plete some unfinished business-or the Guinness less leg syndrome and of course, sex to the Book of World Records, whoever answers first.
See you on the radio. After moving to the United States from Chile at age 10, she eventually returned to her native country as an adult -only to discover she was more American than she realized. But what Ballas-Traynor really wanted was to create an entire channel that would speak to Latino youth. Are there completely original MTV Tr3s shows on your pro- gramming slate?
I'm sure there are other similar concepts out there, but that's ours, and it actually surfaced from a focus group. I remember this particular young man, and I don't remember his name, but he lives somewhere along the border. He has grown up in this country undocumented, and there is a scene of him in a bathroom cleaning toilets. He talks about how he got very good grades [in school], but because he is undocumented, he can't get a license.
He can't get a [better] job. And he is doing what his mom did when she moved to this country, and this is one of the stories. Are these produced inhouse? They actually have a very optimistic outlook. They see themselves in a much better position than their parents, and they see themselves getting ahead and getting out and you really want to focus on that.
Are you saying that advertis- somewhere else? There are artists that have started on mtvU -in fact, on campuses that have made it to MTV, so we see it the exact same way. In markets like L. The biggest challenge, which is baffling to me, is selling this demo.
For three decades, Latino has been defined in this country by Spanish- dominant, foreignborn, older- skewing Latinos. If you look a little deeper, you will see that the median age of Latinos is That has been the chal- We leverage the overall structure that MTV has, yet we have our own dedicated personnel that provides what I call the Latino filter.
Yes, but some of the distributors don't either. What was most shocking to me was that we always thought it was a language issue. You know, like the kids are gatekeepers because they are more English -proficient. But it goes beyond that. Picture that most of these kids' parents have not attained even a high school level education. Picture going to a store to buy wireless. It's no longer just about language; it's about being comfortable with the transaction. There is the story of the year-old that negotiated a mortgage for [his] parents.
Perhaps not this year, but in three years or so we will see commercials with messages that are integrated into the channel, in a more organic manner, that will talk to [the viewers]. Wireless and automotive [advertisers] have been very aggressive. Do you think awareness of the Menudo brand, which MTV Tr3s is helping to revive, is out there among younger kids? Oh, yeah, and what we have found is that Latinos are a lot less generational than non -Latinos.
We see that in the way they do shout -outs and dedications. Although they are young, cool and hip, they are shopping with their mom. JULY 14, I www. This two -day event, programmed by Billboard's Ray Waddell, will feature informative panels, controversial discussions, invaluable networking opportunities, and an awards reception targeted to promoters, agents, managers, venues, sponsors, and production professionals.
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He will play one song, and one song only. And there are restrictions. Standing in the basement of a studio in Burbank, Calif. After all, in its brief career, Gnarls Barkley has set out to create and maintain a mystery with steely resolve.
Burton and Cee -Lo have been cagey about what the name of the act means, and each live performance is an opportunity to play dress -up as tennis players, astronauts and chefs, among many other get -ups. And whereas many artists today are doling out as much behind -the -scenes footage as possible, Gnarls Barkley is holding back, rarely giving fans the personal look the Web has made commonplace.
They were JULY 14, www. We want the fans to know everything 24 -7 because of the Internet, and they have the opposite approach. Getting straight answers isn't always easy from this pair, which portrays its mainstream acceptance as a happy accident. And now, despite the deadlines from Atlantic, as well as the label's decision to present Gnarls Barkley as one of its blockbuster, holiday -timed releases, Burton appears out to prove that Gnarls Barkley was not then, and never will be, a singles act.
He stresses his dislike for the Internet and doesn't want a song to overshadow the new album, which has a name he declines -of course-to give.
Some of the songs may be exactly the same, and some may end up being very different. That one feels good, so I played it, and I had to offer some sort of proof that there another record.
It's truly something that we just can't explain, you know what I mean? So why try to explain it at all? It just is. He was paid out of pocket. Speaking on a cell phone while out for a pasta demo.
But if Burton sounds as if reach No. I'm not a big Internet person, and I never have been. I like ggoin to record stores. His thoughts on the Internet reflect his view of today's music business, as well as his approach to Gnarls Barkley. If Burton and Cee Lo have encircled mystery around their pairing, it's partly driven by Burton's distaste for the modern distribution of music.
I don't like the idea that I'm associated with the Internet. I like going to record stores. I like the idea of listening to an entire record. People have to have patience and use their imagination. Those are the people who make it fun to make music for, and you don't want to ruin them by trying to get more money. It will be a more subtle approach than most follow -ups to a platinum -plus debut. We're starting to learn that as an industry.
Here's the artist, and here's the music, and here's the video. Normally, we want a four -month lead time, but they might want to make it sooner. I have no idea, to be honest. But keep pressing Cee -Lo as to why he says he won't tour with Gnarls for months on end, and it cuts straight to his vision and goals for the act, as well as the fear that he and Burton share about being a little too honest, a little too open and a little too overexposed.
It will be revered and sought after. Somebody from my generation has to be the Dylan and the Tom Waits -these iconic figures who never exploit themselves or stretch themselves too thin. You know them when you see them and you feel them. Can you dig it? Find out what the future will hold for the mobile entertainment business at this one -day conference the official mobile entertainment event of CTIA -The Wireless Association, guided by Billboard's global editorial team and an advisory board on industry experts.
Billboard profiles the upcoming releases that are dressed for success in the fourth quarter. In addition, the album packaging was designed by famed Japanese pop artist Takashi Murakami. Our plan is to give him multiple looks in the marketplace. Mary J. Chesney put the finishing touches on the project during days off from his ongoing Flip -Flop summer tour. You Album) to put your ego aside and say, 'This is the best song for Rascal Flatts to cut at this point in time.
Boxed sets devoted to the evolution of folk rock and the heyday of Ike and Tina Turner are on the way from Time Life. Russ Solomon, who just opened his R5 record store in Sacramento, Calif.
Ofthe aforementioned acts, several already have domestic boxed sets in print. But that is not an indication that consumers won't snap up another. What's more, some of the hottest recent boxed sets have been exclusives from Wal-Mart and Best Buy.
Concord Records GM Gene Rumsey says come the holidays, the industry shouldn't underestimate the sales power of boxed sets that carne out earlier this year. But I want to be able to push and push a little further, especially nowadays with all the technology that you have. Below, a look at the hopeful sound- tracks for this holiday season. The excitement I had making this record was the same excitement I had making the first System record.
The album will be available exclu- self working in that atmosphere. Here are the top -selling holiday releases of The set was taped at London's famed Abbey Road Studios using a 67 -piece orchestra and four choirs. The new-age- meets -pop act, the brainchild of Chip Davis, returns with a collection of holiday tunes chosen by its 1 legion of fans.
He also hand -picked all of his collaborators, including Gary Nichols and Chris Tompkins, whom Bice has known for more than a decade. But after a month's worth of recent sessions in Los Angeles with producer Steve Lillywhite, Matchbox emerged with a dozen new songs, up to six of which will appear on this best -of. UC The group has logged time in Fez, Morocco, with longtime production collaborators Brian Eno and Daniel Lanois, who have been active in the songwriting process for the first time.
So can the - record labels, who pine for big releases and as many as possible -leading up to DeAnd while cember's gift -o -rama. But never fear. There's always exchanges. Kelly, Baby- come a rarity in the music industry: a career artist. The Las Vegas upstarts are still writing and aren't expected in the studio until late summer or fall.
At least it gives her time to generate a few more tabloid headlines. Recording is set to happen in hitmaking hot spot Miami. She's rock but soulful as well. I am thankful and blessed at how this music is coming out. Although they are a slight change of direction in that some of the others are a bit more guitar-heavy or indie- sounding, Simon is the glue that holds them all together.
When she spoke to Billboard early this year about her next effort, she expressed optimism that she'd be more involved in the songwriting this time around. Songs are leaking out or being leaked. Cryptic blog posts show up on the band's Web site. And, no new label deal has been announced yet. This will be the Crowes' first new album in six -plus years.
The former may still surface this year, but the latter isn't likely until next. But he remains committed to securing the services of the members of Pink Floyd for an as -yet- unnamed track.
For a change, RZA yielded some of the production duties to a handful of major names he isn't quite ready to reveal. TBA Would one expect anything less than a double album from the Cure on the occasion ofits 13th studio release? Shadow says of the new sound.
Some sessions have taken place on the Caribbean island of Anguilla. Its follow -up is being whittled down from two dozen songs produced by Brad Wood. That kind of sound would be really cool. What follows is a quick snapshot of what to expect in the months leading up to Christmas, with approximate release dates and tentative working titles, where available.
The group is set to play Mexico City's Auditorio Nacional in November after it presents this September release in hometown Guadalajara. The trio goes on tour in February. This time around, she wrote much of the all- original material here, with ranchera ballads predominating.
Now, he returns with a new studio album of previously unreleased material. The set will be released with a DVD. Like her previous two efforts, which together have sold nearly 1 million copies in Mexico according to trade group Amprofon, her asyet- untitled original debut will be produced by Javier Calderon.
After a steady stream of catalog and compilation releases, and a more than two -year absence from the recording studio, a much -anticipated new album is finished with contemporary pop production by Rudy Perez. Buyers of the new album at a to -beannounced major retailer will have a chance to attend one of three private concerts. The set was taped during a string of live shows performed last year in Puerto Rico.
After sellingU. At least two collaborations are expected on this album, which was penned in Juanes' home of Medellin, Colombia. Production comes courtesy of Juanes and collaborator Gustavo Santaolalla. To date, the enjoyment of digital music has largely been limited to the files stored on any given device, but no more.
The addition of Wi -Fi wireless networking technology to several recent and soon-to -be released devices will give users an unprecedented ability to acquire, share or discover music from hardware that until now has only been good for simple playback. Beyond Apple's iPhone, here are five other new gadgets to keep an eye on this holiday season. Slacker customers today can use the beta version of the online service to create customized radio stations and stream them from their home computer.
The portable device will detect nearby Wi -Fi hotspots, connect to the service and then cache several hours' worth of the stream on the device for later listening. It hopes to also introduce a satellite car kit that will update the device using satellite broadcast channels. While limited to Yahoo Music subscribers today, plans call for including other service providers in future Connect products.
Expanded Wi -Fi capabilities are expected -presently, they are limited to sharing tracks with other Zunes. But the most likely upgrade is adding access to the Zune Marketplace music subscription service to the Xbox game console. This home media adapter solves that problem by connecting the computer to the home entertainment center via the home Wi -Fi network. Users can stream content or play files temporarily stored on its 40 GB hard drive.
ZUNE Apple has not released official sales data, but analysts estimate consumer reaction has been tepid at best. However, things may pick up come the fourth quarter should Apple continue to widen the content available. In May, it added the ability to view YouTube videos on the device, and rumors are circling that Apple may introduce a digital movie rental service in the near future.
Like the Apple TV, it allows users to wirelessly stream video, audio and photos from their computer to the home TV and stereo. It even supports iTunes purchased files from a PC, but not Macs. Unlike the Apple TV, it doesn't have an internal hard drive, but does provide access to Flickr photos, Internet radio stations and BitTorrent downloads.
It can load any content stored on the home computer, in almost any format, while Apple TV requires iTunes to manage all content. And, with the Internet radio feature, it can access content directly from the Internet rather than remain tethered to a computer. The big battle will then be between the and PS3.
Its predecessor, the PS2, remains the most popular console in the world, with In the long run, almost every analyst is betting that, within five years' time, the PlayStation will finish this console generation as the dominant player yet again. The previous installment of the series set the one -day sales record for videogames at 2. These are the kinds of games that motivate garners with older PlayStation 2 or Xbox consoles to finally upgrade their systems.
And neither of these games, nor most of those expected to be this year's hottest, will be available on the Wii platform see story, right. Microsoft and Sony aggressively solicit outside developers to their platforms, resulting in a large pool of titles that attract the hardcore gamer. If the roster for the Wii isn't strong enough to hold Walkin Same Way - Difference - High Fly (CDr interest, consumers may begin turning elsewhere.
Already, several high -profile games formerly exclusive to the PS3 have jumped ship and agreed to make versions for the Xbox as well. Microsoft has denied rumors ofa pending price cut. Whether it will happen by this holiday season is unknown. At this point, there's not a whole lot to cut.
It's usually the first thing new Wii owners buy and is the second -bestselling game package for the first half ofaccording to NPD figures. As the videogame industry's transition to the new -generation consoles is now complete, game developers and publishers have now had ample time with the new platforms to create some truly exciting games, many of which are scheduled to be released this holiday season. The onus is now on Nintendo to churn out enough new titles to keep customers returning for more.
In that regard, the Wii s innovative controller is as much a liability as it is an asset. While Nintendo can create wildly imaginative and interesting games on its own, the ability for third-party developers not as familiar with the unusual technology to do the same is a concern.
You have to really exploit what this system can do. Mobile Phones Becoming More And More Music -Focused ed on by the hype surrounding the newly released iPhone from Apple, the rest of the more traditional mobile phone manufacturers are expected to take a decidedly high -end, multimedia approach to their products this holiday season.
But the lack of third -generation 3G network access, inability to download full songs from iTunes over the air and the price could all result in limited sales. The Prada device shares many characteristics with its much -hyped rival, including a full touch- screen user interface and music and video capabilities, not to mention a hefty price tag.
What a view with the pyramids visible in the distance. Our aircraft was to stay for several days but we were kept busy with the odd servicing that passed through. My old unit happened to be up the road so I thought a trip to say hello was in order. So on the third day I hitched up a lift to see them. We spent the time having a chinwag. I was made very welcome so decided to stay until the morning, catching the ration wagon hoping they had not gone without me.
Another two airmen had been added so we had less room than before, and we were even more cramped. We had an enjoyable journey. Cairo was all lit up which was certainly a sight. Towards dawn I headed up to the cockpit and we spotted a large plane about ft in, heading in our direction.
It was a Sunderland and it passed us so close we were able to wave to each other. It looked rather incongruous flying over the desert. Soon Habbanya Iraq was on the horizon and we landed in time for a welcome breakfast. On looking around we were all struck by the apparent peace time atmosphere.
The whole area was clean and tidy, with all personnel spick and span in neatly pressed khaki drill. Our presence was marked by stares - we still wore our shabby khaki battle dress with a few added adornments. We had to say who we were and give an explanation as to why we were not so neatly dressed. Being the only corporal all eyes fell on me so I answered, we were RAF and we had just come from a war and we were on our way to another one in Burma, hence the battle dress.
The sergeant sighed and then went on to mention as I was a corporal I should be sitting at a different table. This resulted in a coughing fit from the lads mentioning that such a luxury was not usual in our circumstances.
After an eventful meal we went back to our plane for take-off to the east. From Habbanya we flew east to Bahrain landing late afternoon. It was then announced that a show would be given at hrs by non other than the Glen Miller band. The concert was held on the sand, under the stars and moonlight.
It lasted for 2 hours and I can still visualise the scene on hearing any Glen Miller music. Our aircraft needed nothing doing to it so we were back on our journey again by mid morning the next day. We covered more desert area and soon landed in Karachi.
This was ideal for most of us and the thought of discarding the battle dress and donning the khaki drill and feeling warm pleased me. This was only another overnight stop and we were on our way to Bilasper in no time. Bilasper was not far from Calcutta. It was a melting pot of old and new ground crew.
It was also the place for the forming up of the squadron. It was a week of intense activity and hard work. The actual camp was fairly comfortable with accommodation in bashas huts complete with charpoys beds. It seemed to be a new drome that had possibly been built in case the Japanese had moved westward. Whilst at Bilsper everyday we were inundated with Indian school children on trips with their teachers as they had never seen an aircraft close up. They also had never seen Englishmen close up either.
We learned that some of the children had walked up to 40 miles to visit us. After a week the squadron started to move on Imphale, Assam and so once again we were on an overloaded aircraft flying east. This time we were to start our real work. We were to start dropping supplies and flying out the wounded, but that is the start of another story. I found it very difficult to readjust to civilian life. Firstly civilians and I were a world apart, they had no idea of our experiences.
Work was very difficult to explain. I married soon after my demob. I managed to sustain myself, wife and child through great hardship for many years but it was a struggle. It is very sad to see this country being run and taken over by foreigners who have no right or business to be here at all. Being an Englishman it is galling to feel that I and thousands of dead and living service personnel feel badly let down whilst this country is pandering to the so called refugees and immigrants who take advantage of benefits, which we have earned and paid for in our taxes.
Our children are not taught our true history or our Christian heritage, which is being withered away. Many of my age group and many younger people I have talked to are very angry that all we fought for is being whittled down to accommodate people, who have their own country and customs, and who come here to tell us what to do. It is time to call a halt before there is serious civil unrest on a large scale. Yours Faithfully D.
S at that time you could opt as volunteer for service locally. I had an interview and accepted to enter W. S at Falmouth. Shortly afterwards Father lost his life and unknown to me I was delegated to work at G. O Truro to train as a teleprinter operator.
He died in an air crash after taking off from Gibraltar on the evening of 4 July The RAF Liberator from Transport Command, crashed into the sea shortly after take off, killing the 25 people aboard, the pilot being the only survivor.
The Generals death came at a time of tension between the Polish Government in exile and the Soviet Union, following the discovery of the Katyn mass graves. Up to 22, Polish military officers, policemen and civilian prisoners of war had been executed in a forest by the Soviets. Although it is still officially recorded as an accident, conspiracy theories continue to this day.
Sent later to work on various local projects ie. All khaki paint, three layers, undercoat, camouflage spraying done by men only. Early spring sent to work with three others to run a telephone switchboard at U.
S Army 14th Field Hospital on the outskirts of Truro. Mostly this was in large Nissan Huts. We were given officer status, as were all the nurses.
Finished on 24hrs notice after D-Day. All of this may be of no interest, but sorry, did not have the life I had envisaged and hoped for. Sarah Dear Sir Having read your article in the local paper, I thought I would put pen to paper to give you my views.
I am a war veteran, served in the RAF for 6 years. During my service life, I was posted to; Outer Hebrides, India, Ceylon, Singapore and finished in Japan in with the Occupation Forces, so I saw many countries, demobbed in and worked until my retirement at I am now 83 years old. I lost a brother serving in the 8th Army and is buried out in Italy, which I have visited many times with the British Legion.
The cemetery has nearly 3, servicemen of all denominations. I often look back over the years and am sorry to say Great Britain has deteriorated in many ways. We are great no longer. I am sorry to state my views this way and to know the numbers of people who were killed and suffered during the two wars.
Even this day, our troops have to endure the hardship of other countries, our politicians of all parties only look after themselves. We should welcome immigration, but when people come to live in our country they should abide to our culture. Yours Truly Name Withheld. I was desperate to join up. I soon learned that I had defective colour perception and for a while it seemed as if nobody wanted me.
Our training, of course included all the naval elements including naval gunnery, fire-fighting and in my case 6 weeks MMG. Loaded into a launch and headed for, what turned out to be the Queen Mary. Accommodated in what was normally the library.
Sailed that evening still in the dark. Next morning the detachment, about 24 strong, were fell in being briefed on our task and it had hardly started when Mr and Mrs Churchill and some of his party approached and acknowledged the salute from our O. I seem to recollect it took about 36 hours. We escorted the P. M and his entourage to the Chateau Frontenac where they were to be accommodated and where some of the conferences were held. We were then taken to the Citadel, an old castle being used as a barracks for the Canadian Army, the R.
P and us. Our duties were quite varied from being guards, couriers, orderlies, some of which was done by watchkeeping, four on, four off.
Another one was to make my first ever flight from Quebec to Fredericton, taking documents and briefs for the PM by rv with his train returning from the USA, where he had been with President Roosevelt. We stopped in Malta for a couple of days when the PM did an island tour to thank the Maltese people for sticking it out in spite of continuous air raids and severe food shortages.
We carried out attacks on the Burma coast and the various islands in and near Burma and as far south as Sumatra. With the war in Europe coming to an end, the Renown was ordered home, being replaced by more modern ships. I was kicked off and soon found myself in Southern Burma with a provost unit, with a wide range of duties until a few weeks after the war, when after numerous delays I was on the way home and on to foreign service leave.
Got married and went back to see about getting out and resuming my engineering career. Turned down flat. However, seemed to take it in my stride and served until Dec, largely in administrative appointments. I ended up doing 35 years. I also spent nearly three years in 40 Commando in Malta and Cyprus Eoka.
On becoming a Civvy, I was totally shocked by almost every avenue of life. The hypocrisy of our politicians at every level is staggering, our services at every level a disgrace. Management apparently immune from responsibility or accountability.
I now realise how responsible and correct we were in HM Forces. I was in the ATS for six years I received the princely sum of nine shillings per week 45p to you. When I got to pension age it was rather more than that, but only very recently has it increased to an amount on which one can live comfortably; The so called pension credit, Take it!
Your Sincerely or perhaps I have the honour to be, Your obedient servant A reminder that although the term Unknown Warriors was used by Churchill inthe Great War of was the war that gave us the original Unknown Warrior, whose unidentified body was brought from France and buried in Westminster Abbey on November 11th, A black marble slab from Belgium was placed over the top with the following inscription composed by Herbert Ryle, who was Dean of Westminster at the time.
This was one of them. He joined up before his eighteenth birthday He was one of the bright and promising boys at Danby School. His service with the forces was soon cut short. He died from shell gas poisoning. Out of eight-hundred of the battalion who went into action only thirty came back to the English lines. Among the brave men Craggs was proud to be numbered. Dear Mr Pringle You were asking for memories and opinions from war veterans.
The country and its inhabitants have changed beyond belief. I served in the army from December to Mayinitially as a driver with an R. C Royal Army Service Corps - now none existent training battalion. Then I was doing clerical work as a member of permanent staff until mid when I decided that I wanted to see what the war was about, silly me and was eventually posted abroad as a wireless mechanic to a base camp in Egypt.
From there I joined an armoured brigade at Alamein and continued as such through the desert campaign, invasions of Sicily and Italy and finished up with the equally perilous activities of the Greek Resistance, which no one knows about viz fighting the Greeks. As far as I can recall, the transition from the army back to civvy st was rather a sad occasion - leavings ones mates with whom you had been sharing the ups and downs of wartime army life, and having to adjust to family life which was quite different and much more restricting.
I certainly had to watch my language, and I found it difficult to relate to girls when I returned to work in the civil service. Anyway, it took a while to adapt to civilian life but fortunately I met up with other ex service colleagues, men and women at work, so a little group of us went around together, had holidays together; and everyone had wartime experiences to talk about.
Eventually the army faded away as all things in life do. I kept in touch with half a dozen army mates but now there are only two and one of those is in a home. That is one of the saddest aspects of spending ones youth in the forces - ones close friends become only distant friends living too far away to maintain a close relationship. We never see a policeman who does? The present government appears to have no feelings of patriotism or tradition and you feel at times that professing to be a Christian and English - and heterosexual is a criminal offence.
The current national activities seem to be sex, drinking, vandalism and violence. And watching the interminable football of course. Few people appear to be capable of speaking English judging by what you hear on television and respect and service are just echoes from the past. I was born in on the 3rd Oct which makes me now 83 years old, I hope and was conscripted to the army in at 18 years of age and demobbed in having almost exactly five years service.
He was at the Battle of Bulge in and was in Brussels on VE Day and witnessed the crowds celebrating on the day of liberation. At the end of the war he was posted to Palestine and was stationed close to St Davids Hotel when it was bombed by Jewish guerillas killing hundreds. They viewed the British as an obstacle to achieving a permanent homeland. He was demobbed in How apposite, what with primitive cultures flooding our societies and our leaders apologising for the slightest reason.
Not what we wanted or expected in those old days. Incidentally, my wife; and we have been married for 56 years, is now disabled so I have to look after her. Well I must sign off now. I have to inform you that I enlisted in the Territorial Army in early I was commissioned as a pilot officer in May and shortly afterwards, I volunteered to join Bomber Command.
I was stationed at RAF Strubby, a bomber airfield 5 miles south west of Mablethorpe, a seaside resort on the east coast of Lincolnshire. I completed my tour of 30 operations at the end of which I was awarded the DFC.
Distinguished Flying Cross I was demobilised as a flight lieutenant in JuneI am currently aged I feel that the government could do more to bridge that gap. Since the end of the war, I believe that there has been a steady but noticeable decline in the standard of behaviour in this country. As we enter the 21st century, I am appalled at the lack of respect for the police, the steady increase in the crime wave in the use of knives and fire-arms and the easy acquisition of drugs. I have yet to be convinced that the extension of the drinking hours has not led to binge drinking.
I am dismayed at the attitude of members of the the public who feel that they have a right to deposit their used chewing gum on the pavement, imposing an unnecessary expenditure on local authorities who have to clear up the mess. The flouting of the law by motorists who drink and drive or who use mobile phones whilst driving is a concern of all law-abiding citizens.
So one day after work I went and joined the WLA and went home to tell my parents. I was living in a hostel at first. That was an eye opener, with girls from all over the country from all types of backgrounds. Every day we went out to a farm and were picked up in a little van and dropped off. After a while I went and lived in on a general farm; cows, general field work etc. I was treated very well. The farm was run by a middle aged couple, they had no children and I was treated like one of the family.
One young boy about 16 thought I was a great joke and he pushed a mouse down the back of my neck. We were a bit of a joke to the locals.
We used to get a lot of remarks. We had local dances at Wem in Shropshire and went dancing with the Yanks. There was a camp near the farm. We had overalls for work and the uniform was riding breeches, shirt and green jumper. We were last to be recognised by the Government. Although it was a brief time, 3 years - it changed my life completely. My husband served in the 7th Armoured then the 11th abroad except for 9 months training after being called up.
He was paid 14 Shillings a week in our money of which he had to send 7 to his mother. The difference then was we helped them in anyway we could. The majority of the young people have no respect for themselves or anyone else.
What can you expect when there is no way anyone is allowed to discipline anyone today or as a Christian country speak our minds so not to offend anyone. I was called up to do factory work, repairing and inspecting aeroplanes who had to be overhauled after so many flying hours or had crashed. The worst ones were the ones that had come down in the sea. I saw what I thought was seaweed but found out it was a piece of helmet.
I left for work at 6. We worked on a rota system for our days off. The train station was in a lonely place and was in total blackout. We had mountain ponies who would stray down looking for food and sleep.
Can you imagine how scary it was when suddenly one would cough or start to run, but we did it because we had to. My mother died 30 years ago and my father 22 years ago and I would never speak to them like young children do today. On the plus side the young men respected us and we respected ourselves.
Also children could play outdoors in safety. We made our own fun Walkin Same Way - Difference - High Fly (CDr we had no pocket money like the children of today. Everyone must have everything on taps. My unremarkable service details are as follows. As the bombing became less intense, was transferred to Fleet Air Arm, destined for Japan but the atom bomb put paid to that.
Became a civilian in Certainly had to fend for oneself from the very beginning, had my job to return to, but no houses of any kind. Always owned my own properties, tough times but have been so very fortunate, happily married for nearly 60 years, two great sons and three grandsons. I am most disappointed with my country, in particular this area. I mourned them then, But now surviving in a world Indifferent to their hopes and dreams, I grieve more for the living.
I tread dangerous ground now, so it may not be politically correct, but here we go. Local born seem to have a very low priority in the scheme of things in all matters. Some sections cannot ask for too much. We are surrounded by five bedroom new builds, they are now beginning on seven bedroom properties.
If they were spontaneous, how come some had petrol bombs all primed and ready from the start, and all the pubs in the affected area were fire bombed? I could never have afforded a five bedroom house and paying my rates each month not subsidised the rents being paid are laughable. Happily my family have left the district, soon only the aged will be left, then it will be taken over completely.
I have been very restrained, believe me. Yours Faithfully Name Withheld p. My role was a Telegraphist. I enjoyed my 56 days demob leave. No vacancy in the clerical job from 16 to joining up, as five other ex-servicemen before me. Dad got me a job at Treasury Solicitors as a temp civil servant, then decided I needed a job with long term prospects, so to insurance co. Did I struggle to adapt to Civvy Street?
A bit, not much advice. Did I enjoy post war years? Yes, friends returning from war getting together for Friday and Saturday booze ups. I think the current belief that the post war years were depressing is a myth. Nearly 3, bombs landed, resulting in 8, deaths and 25, civilians being injured. Over 2, Allied airmen lost their lives attacking the launch sites on the continent.
Their efforts in attacking and damaging the sites saved the lives of thousands of Londoners and that their sons and bastards would not be killed or wounded. Rationing and shortages were nothing compared to being at peace. I feel I have had a good life. I think there is still a lot wrong with my country, too much poverty, shortage of affordable housing, too much booze drinking, too much bad behaviour, following Neo-Con American President into illegal war, costing so many lives, especially of our servicemen.
A and at the outbreak of WW2 soon found myself in France, proceeding to the Belgian frontier. At the start of May we advanced into Belgium with the French Army on our right and the Belgians on the left. Within a few days, the Belgians laid down their arms and when the Germans crossed the Maginot Line on 10th May the French forces left us on our own.
The march to Dunkirk I have never forgotten. I hope not to bore you Album) what I endured through the war years may explain my attitude to life later. Today living does not compare with pre-war and early post-war. Life was harder, but was accepted by the majority, so that law and order prevailed.
As a youngster I lived in some of the tough parts of South London and never once saw or was involved in what happens today. There are answers to our present status quo, but very weak leadership, lack of proper of proper punishment to criminals, the influx of societies to defend wrong-doers against the loss of rights and bending the knee to Europe would make my old buddies furious, whilst I have to live through things that disgust me.
I must stop. Your Sincerely Ken Rodden T. Waiting off Normandy beaches I was to go ashore On our section, Juno, we had before leaving the U.
K, been attached to the Canadians and they were due to land at 6. I was now just over that age, being called up on 4th March, at Before I go any further I will give you some more service details. Born 19th January, and after call up found to be medically fit, but A2 due to my flat feet. Rank- private, then after various courses, my rank was changed to driver, in the R. Courses; Initial training, driving course the Army way.
Water proofing vehicles, so that they could drive through 3 feet of water, for 3 minutes, before blowing the water proofing off, by putting the plug into the inspection lamp socket.
W amphibian vehicle weather was too rough to complete. Then after a spot of leave I was transferred to R. We were ferrying German troops, that had surrendered, across the River Elbe, to an assembling area, where there must have been hundreds if not a thousand already assembled.
K, because they were lease lend, not only that they were heavy on using petrol. We were now doing duties, one was ferrying displaced persons into the Russian zone, not pleasant. With these we loaded coal at Bockam coal fields then onto Hamburg, the weather was now getting very cold. Then G. T broke up and I was posted to Bonn in Germany. There I took over an gallon petrol tanker, where I would load up at the Pluto pipe line and delivered to various filling stations in the Rhine area.
Then the Belgians took over and we were posted to Bielefelt, then Kiel and other places. From Germany I was posted to Austria, while serving there I got demobbed. Damage I saw: Caen, badly damaged by massive air strikes. Cologne was the same, but the strange part was the bridge which we travelled over and cathedral was still standing among this destruction.
This is where I felt sorry for the German people, what it must have been, the nights all those bombs and incendiaries came raining down.
How did we get on during the occupation, with the enemy? It was said that we may have won the war, but the frauliens won the peace.
There came a time when the lads started to help the Germans. There was this one time, it was bitter cold and we were on detail. It was getting dark so we pulled into a farm, on the outside of a village, hoping to bed down for the night under a roof.
So we went up to this house or if you like building, opened the door, and there sat round a stove were about a dozen women and children, and you know what they were eating- apples.
We had been hoping to cook our meal. We had a few biscuits instead and we all agreed that our rations were took to them inside and gave them to be shared amongst themselves. We slept in the vehicle cabs that night.
It had been that cold during the night, I had difficulty opening the cab door, to get out the next morning. It was frozen. Back home whilst on my first leave since going to Normandy, there was some prisoners of war, who had just walked past. It was nice to be home, after spending each day as if it was a bonus. My mate and I went to a local dance at the village hall, while on this leave, and you know what, we spent the evening talking to German prisoners of war, that were camped nearby, as if we were all comrades in arms.
In Wales, on Cardigan Bay coast line there was the D. W, waiting and refresher course. I was kitted out, and at the end of the course I packed my kit in my kit bag, my service number then stencilled on the outside, to be put in storage, and told before leaving, that I may be called up on a moments notice.
But who do you think was using the heavy artillery firing range out to sea, on target practice, yes German troops. I missed the lads, even in the hard times, there was something that you could not get in Civvy Street, comradeship. The country seemed on the down, still had rationing, the job I came back to seemed to have no job prospects, so I applied to join Post Office Telephone and was successful, then it became B.
T and I was there until I retired. My feeling now, I have seen this country, what lads died and were killed for, thinking they were defending this country from what they were told was a brutal enemy, but they have not been able to see the way this has country has been taken over by quislings,to minority groups, who pass laws to hand cuff the law abiding citizens knowing they will obey.
We now have people entering our country thinking these laws are not made for them, only the English. K were not able to read and write before the war, so we were brought up to speak the truth. Your word was your bond and your handshake sealed the deal, but what has been put in place? Over the years I have read newspapers and listened to other news media and the way they are used to manipulate a story so that we must feel sorry for certain groups.
Sexism, racism, human rights, but this is all designed, freedom of ones handcuffs for others, but you know who the others are. I am beginning to wonder if the Second World War was started not because Hitler went into Poland, but that they would not stop persecuting the Jews. Even at the Nuremburg Nazi trials, that have just been shown on T. V, the Jewish question is the main theme. He had Muslim women talking on his show about wearing the veil. I had just passed an area full of immigrants, my thoughts when out were to all those lads buried in Normandy.
Got killed to keep one race from taking over, and we are now a country like Noahs Ark, with every race under the sun. The best part about it is that they are allowed more of a say about running this dear old land than the real populous. But when I met the Germans during the occupation, and their soldiers when taken prisoners, my thoughts were they are no different than you and I. Where was the fanatics I was told about?
I see men let their women make the decisions now to save a lot of arguments. When you think of it, it took a lot of hard work and persuasion to get the standard of life we are enjoying today in this country. Just when you think we can sit back, in they come in their droves.
I was a civilian aged 32 and had worked as a clerk in an assurance society. I travelled up and down everyday from London to Chessington or Kingswood, where the office had evacuated.
The summers were lovely, but the winters were dour and cold as there was not enough heating. The electricity often failed about 4 and the train journeys were depressing, only lit by a little blue light in each carriage. Most girls brought plain knitting that they did whilst chatting. The rationing was very difficult and I have found out since that the very big towns were harder hit by the stringency of the rationing. However, we who were more or less in the same position had to do part time civil defence.
My part time was one night a week at the run down fever hospital as a first aider. When the war was over and the chaps started returning back some found their wives had had illegitimate children, or on the other extreme, were cold and distant to their returning husbands. The men also found it difficult to put up with the food rationing, which went on for quite a long time. I believe it finished completely in clothes. The civvy suits the ordinary ranks were supplied with fitted anywhere.
My husband wore his for weddings and funerals. He died in and the suit was still in his wardrobe. No doubt you have been pouring over old photographs and the jolly girls in suits were girls who had been in the forces. We who had not were a bit skinny. He and I lived in a terrible grotty top floor flat in an old house.
We were asked to distemper the kitchen as a requirement to having the flat. His mother and father paid that, also in a shocking little house, which had daylight all down one outside corner, and there were rats. There was an outbreak of contagious Impetigo and people walked about with purple stuff on their faces. Seems a miserable existence, but we were all happy to be free of bombings and people being killed. It was a time to get on with our lives. I am 93, served an apprenticeship in the G.
R Locomotive Works ; afterwards joined an engineering firm to carry out work study, estimating prices etc. I joined the R. Following damage in air raids on Belfast in the Lewes was repaired and took part in convoy escort duties. The ship was scrapped in Sydney in a few months after the war ended. After demobilization, I joined Humphreys and Glasgow Ltd in London as an estimating engineer to do pricing, cost analysis and the technical aspect of budgetary control.
I liked the job and felt sure that my ability was appreciated by our managing director. The snag was that many of my colleagues did not understand my function in spite of being blessed by the board. When the old M. D retired ina new smooth type was appointed. He was an ex-salesman who despised ex-servicemen and dismissed three of us with the usual excuses. Over the entire 10 years my own boss told me that we ex RN people had a good time in the war and disclosed he was a communist.
After the war I had difficult times at home. I spent my leisure on country rambles and hated noise. Now to my opinion about today. For the very first acquaintance to the band I would recommend songs "Mimich Land Uber Alles ", "I Speak Very Well" and "J'suis Pas Fou" though the band is so non-standard for a modern punk - stage, that acquaintance to it will please anyone, and even the most experienced music fan! Write to them about concerts! PS: from 27 songs of this disk 16 of them are studio, other are recorded "live".
Sound is simply impregnated with psychodelic spirit of the '60th; the strong, bit rhythm section in " Fly - High "and "Talkin ' To Myself" gives heat by completely not bit rhythms Corey Shrapell - dr.
Add a reverberation and "pure" "garage" recording! More shortly: most pensive and nostalgic recording of this review! Be sure to find and listen!!! It sounds like if Shellac play the covers of Captain Beefheart: a shrill guitar, convulsive, permanently varying rhythm and unexpected changeovers of musical subjects: from aggressive - alarming intonation the transition to a happy melancholia and almost to optimism follows. The art of performance - is higher than all praises well, try to make the ordinary musician to play a level of Albini and Captain Beefheart!
It is high time to name their names: K. Brown - guitar, J. Gardiner - drums, C. Preston - bass. What a pity, that there are only three songs on the CD Yes, and more! They do not sing at all. Believe me - in this case it is completely not bad. Loa Loa "No more, thank you for emotions" Retrotrasher; p. Long time, thanks to Punch and my own inquisitiveness, I knew about existence in Moscow some strange collective with one hundred names: Kartonka, Kartinka, Loa Loa, Unconform and so forth.
According to hearings, nobody from participants of this group was a skilful musician, however, being in good graces of members from Moscow HC Crew, they arranged some crazy concerts-performances. For three years we heard nothing about them well, maybe they played concerts somewhere there in Moscow untill Mihalych has not written to me that they record an album in a spirit of Mr.
Some time passed and I've received this disk Generally, it hasn't reminded Mr. Bungle to me. More likely, it is the closest to the whole wave of the bands which played in the middle of the '90th - the whole shaft of mad collectives from Latin America and Japan - such as Mexican Power Authority, Gerogerigegege was, Boredoms - well you have understood, what I'm talking about.
The power inherent to hard- and grind-core plus a spontaneity and frank hooliganism in arrangements compare to the defiantly magnificent too magnificent! Bungle and, the most unpleasant, with incredibly disgusting vocal exercises of Patton himself.
Or you like his howls?!!! Yes, about the vocal Aleksej Shvedov criticized Loa Loa - that it is not possible to understand the words! Well, for me it is better not to hear words, than to listen to marasm by Brighter than Sun or a positive reality of all Moscow hardcore-party! Second, all texts are in the booklet to echo all the same will fail - see below.
In the third, due to very original manner of singing I yet did not hear such vocal in Russian! Though who else? My favourite compositions are: "Phone calls are listened", "Collars", "TV paralyses", "Kropotkin has uplifted me to the sky" all the time some hidden presence of Punch is felt - have you noticed?
Here and there between tracks easy negotiations of musicians are inserted during rehearsals - I yet have not understood the deep sense of this act. It is very similar to the early American punk well, the Heartbreakers, Dead Boys and others The power and pressure of the Lopsided will give odds to any hardcore-band, their melodism and rock-n-rollity "will get" any garage punks!
Actually, who would know that in France there are such powerful bands! Despite of "alive" recording everything is superb played, and numerous breaksscattered in songs and transitions please the hearing with absence of any mistakes. If you think you are the punk-rocker it is necessary to know such bands. Los Tres Puntos "Si Oh! For a long time I haven't heard such a vigorous beginning of the ska-album recently I don't like to listen to ska at all - such nightmare the so-called third wave of ska has made!
First two songs instrumental "Si Oh! And here you won't be right. Los Tres Puntos play already enough forgotten partially version of ska, that is rather difficult to hear now - nobody play like it! Influence of Mano Negra is doubtless.
Some desperate drive inherent to the majority of the French punk-groups is evident I speak about an emotional background of the songs. Social and political implied sense is inherent in the majority of songs from the album, and also support and following the ideas of DIY by musicians of the band is typical for modern European collectives. The second half of the last track reminds a song about baby-duck by mad Soviet dadaists "Strange Games". You've never heard them and won't hear it.
It is a pity The quartet Low Flying Owls is meanwhile not so known in Russia though certainly these two songs should draw attention of the most different amateurs of music to the band. Having spat on all canons, this quartet has recorded an album applying on not less than opening of a new musical direction - the Gothic garage punk.
If somebody has made something similar earlier, but such integrity and, the main - such quality, nobody has ever achieved! Continuing to be surprised by indefatigability of Lucas Trouble Except for him in this band there are also: Charly Markarian - ex-Snappin' Boys, Caligula Gibus - ex-Silly Things and Laurent Folleatwho has recorded, mixed, produced, but also played on a bass-guitar and all keyboard as, however, he frequently does on the majority of releases of the label Nova Express.
I should note his delightful charm shown in all his projects! Necessarily estimate the "minor" version of "Satisfaction", "Lonesome Train" and rather courageous version of "Swallow My Prideep by the Ramones.
Though, having started listening with the first song - magnificent seven-and-a half-minuite "Candy Cranium Memories" you'll simply "swallow" the album entirely! In general, if the album "Phantasmagoria" of the Damned seems too pop and not rock-n-roll, and hundreds of records of psycho-bands insufficiently lyrical and inventive to you, then, as they say, you are welcome here!
The style? Hm, take one third from the V. On a disk there are 6 more excellent songs. Believe it! The project by ex-participant of Eisengrau simply amazes by it's mad drive and, simultaneously, with violent desire to spoil any sound do you like Lo-Fi-sound? It is just for you! It seems to me that similar music would be desirable both to fans of radical electronics, and admirers of such rigid styles as grindcore and hardcore. Though, if you wish, it is possible to dance under Murnau - it is a very rhythmical music!
This band should be released on the Eurovision!!! Myrakaru "Tammetoru" Expanding Records; www. What is interesting, having started their activity inthey have already recommended itself as a radical electronic collective, both in a measure noisy and chaotic, however on this disk we hear absolutely others Myrakaru - very thoughtful, hardly melancholic electronic music with inventive rhythmic figures and little bit reminding Kraftwerk melodic lines.
On a background of modern post-rock abracadabr Myrakaru sound very "warmly" and intelligently, submitting hope that the talent of the musician can not go in a cut with "listenningability" of their products. Yes, by the way, it is impossible to dance under it. PS: Still they have written a soundtrack to a cartoon film "Jippo The Hippo's Adventures" which author of the script is the 9-years boy.
Stylishly and with taste. Despite of seeming minimalism, in each composition there are a little bit independently developing levels due to which at close listening the magnificent effect of multilayered meditative mix is created. An ideal music for listening in headphones. Neils Children - 7" "St.
Classical riff of the '60s from the sort, as I call it "rocking"powerful sound and magnificent quality of recording. The only at what it would be necessary to carp - the guitar solo: to tell you the truth, in such a song I expected for something more aggressive-desperate. From two songs - two hits. A quite good beginning. No exaggerations - 4 songs self-titled demo consists of 4 shocking HC-punk-hits! Want the Japanese HC-extremism?
The European nonstandard arrangements? The American professionalism? Eventually, to spit - if HC or only punk is pleasant to you - you receive all this, having heard this fantastic demo! By the way, they have ideal sound for such music. Listen their demo and demand a high-grade album from them!!! PS: My friend has compared Nicolaj with late Refused and, not for the benefit of the last.
Wow, it is necessary to try very much to combine so much rigid and radical! More shortly, bend your fingers: grindcore not its farting version, but it's very technical and rigidindustrial imagine it - on the grindcore speeds?!!!
Sounds very rigidly but due to excellent melody and numerous "lyrical" -he-he Actually, it is a rare case - really radical thing is listened perfectly. The excellent work showing an opportunity of creation of innovative products from already ordinary and bored components. Last track - the minute quintessence of an album overflown with unexpected finds and courses! Basically, if to extend it, then it would become a cool album As well as on the subsequent album, all musical and voice parts, also texts and even the design of this disk - are made by Chris Stepniewski.
What about the contents? Mad grind-industrial with incredibly refined arrangements. Sometimes reminds heavy parts from Knife Fur Frau Muller, however, in my opinion, the last are not so malicious and mad -?!!!
All the songs have passed necessary remastering and consequently sound not simply modern, but even very brutal and actual!. The material is not obsolete, but also has not lost the originality and uniqueness.
The real extreme! From the ideological point of view there is nothing to claim. Generally, in the band the bass player was the particpant of the known punk-band Molodoi. With their ideology everything was all right! Musical part has afflicted me a little It is a pity, when interesting ideas clothe in a trite platitude Certainly, everything is not so hopelessly, however, it would be desirable to hear on the following album more independent material, instead of clones of the American sandwich-punk I am afraid i won't get following album after this review!
Obdurate "Misty Flip! Last 15 years were simply absent: Operation Ivy had just parted and immidiately Obdurate appeared: "Hey, guys! Don't be afraid! We shall pick up the fallen banner of ska-punk! We'll do everyone with our skills, drive and real american spirit checked up by years!
And impossibly large sponsor's money are put in the project! And even on a photo of the band there is the photographer's copyright! And on the t-shirts of each participant of the band there are no antigovernmental slogans, but trade marks of their sponsors!
If it is punk, what is punk in general?! Most likely, I live very badly to estimate similar music adequately PS: It was better to release only one song - "Misty Flip! Knowing my attitude to metal in general and to the musicians playing this music in particular you for certain expect the devastating review!
You are wrong! In some pieces their music even reminds Austrian Kurort in the middle of '90s a little, and those were not indifferent to metal too As a positive moment of the band we can add a "true" political position and this problems in metal is very seldom and certainly their creative boldness!
My advice to musicians: don't be afraid of experiments! With your skills you can get up to the most mad things!!! Obomatic "Holy Uncontrollio!!! This is a really super-band: in it's structure there are musicians from Any Questions?
Very unexpected music: a mix of "new romanticism" with very schizoid "new wave" Devo, early Tuxedomoonexecuted with HC aggression. Sound oversaturated with every possible synthesizers is perfectly supplemented by "alive", very "tasty" on sounding guitar.
Vocal - is loved by me from Punch Drunk a heart-rending robo-recitative. I recommend to listen to it right after Punch Drunk. Odyssey "11 Reasons To Live. As by default we -readers of the Real Art magazine consider that stereotypes and stamps are bad, then the given release of this Brazilian quartet should please us! American fans of SxE-hardcore will be wiped, but it is much better than the majority of yours fucking bands!
Magnificent skills, wild power and simply physically felt drive - it is very a much drive thing! On heat of passions and emotionality Odyssey will give odds to any emo-bands! Plus powerful, choral refrains and heart-rending - expressive vocal of Paulo Selhorst! He-he, add here all possible metaler's things, much scattered on songs - as I do not like metal I simply prefer not to notice them. Except for the album "11 Reasons To Live.
As for me, it is great when the Brazilian group is released on Russian label - it should be very long to wait until such excellent release will appear on some American label. PS: I should note the insert booklet: texts are in English and Russian, excellent polygraphs and design!
Omnid "Live Akosm" omnid optonline. On a disk there are only two quarter-of-hour compositions, while listening them there was one question: why, when 4 or 5 people record similar music in smart multichannel studio, with uncountable imposings and attraction of -!!! About the records similar to these, they would thoughtfuly mutter something like " Here is the real post-rock - in the ideological and technical plan.
No aggression though, you won't find any pacifications here, he-he It is interesting that listening of this disk renders on a brain amusing stimulating effect contrary to expected meditative and lulling actions - I advise to try Omnid "Thermo" omnid optonline. However, on this disk I would note wider sound palette and a doubtless variety of the submitted tracks number 5. By the way, you will not name this music minimalistic - it has sated, multilevel sound mix which is not turning into porridge, but it is somehow dense and particularly occupying all sound range.
I should note the most exciting of compositions: "White Shadow" and "White Shadow 2" in the last "pay attention" to the second plan!!! To tell you the truth I was very upset: hard garage-punk'n'roll with the stylish sound this sound of a bands from the Crypt Records has been forgotten long ago. That is why I don't like them now! I'll wait unpatiently their new release! PPS: Don't change anything!!! Cafe ; oec iol. Oversaturated collage sketch for 45 minutes, consisting basically from every possible sounds of near-war subjects: marches, hymns, gallant speeches, explosions, shouts and other things exciting an imagination of impressionable teenager.
It is interesting but one my familiar, having seen the name of a label, has not gone mad nearly for delight " These are those Old Europa Cafe!!! They do not have bad releases!!! Other my comrade, wishing to look extraordinary radical, somewhere has got audio records of Hitler performances and now shocks all his guests In my opinion, the best product about war - "Adventures of gallant soldier Shvejk" by Y.
Gashek, and all the rest - either from fools, or from those who has never been on war! This, second album, was released by the most interesting Spanish label HPR in October and, after listening, has made some revolution in my brains. Tell me, please, who does not love the music sounding in "Twin Peaks"? Be three times damned fucking rascal Badallamenti, but that mood, that extremely minimalistic by way of expressive means, the melancholic romanticism, has hooked on many.
And so. Yes, of course, causing minimalism. Plus: fantastic melodies and simply magic sound analog hissing of something there And so we are entertained here.
PS: the sound of a guitar see for example: "Violet In Violet" or "Bridge And Tunnel" it is possible to pour on jars and to sell for the big money! For this time they've written down some albums, mini CD and splits with various collectives. Now about this release. Not listening attentively in texts, it is possible to come in a real despair The main point is in texts.
Texts are radical and extremely political here and in general, will give odds to any extremely puking HC-formation. One of songs is devoted to Carlo Giulianis "July 20th"who was shot in Genoa by the policeman at attempt to break his head by the fire extinguisher during the anti-globalization demonstration, of course. Together with CD "goes" the page booklet -!!! I can imagine you starting to lick lips!
However, the elder brother is the elder brother. There where in Faux Jean's stuff there were youthful ardour and energy, in Polara's music we hear constrained, applying on solidity seriousness. As for me - it is like if the wings have cut off Everything is very "correct" and predicted here. It would be desirable for more self-irony, less pop.
And to listen to a new album. PS: Guitar solo could be not so persevering. Punch Drunk "Unload The Past. Initially having rejected the sound of "normal" -he-he! The records of submitted on a disk one song - live! Devo-similar androido-rhythm in a combination with refined hooliganism like Alien Sex Fiend and desperate, quite human vocal - are the basis of all songs by Punch Drunk. Take into account also very dense sound and limiting rigidity and, sometimes, speed of compositions while listening to "Karma Mechanics" and "Hardware" I was impressed!
Joe's Alive". In general, it is not clear for me, how good fellows from Kill Rock Stars could miss such a "bomb" and not fill up their catalogue with such a brilliant, as the Quails! To describe their music will be difficult. Take for a basis the Slits, Gang Of Four and Fall, add some soul and no wave, after that - ridiculous vocals three of them singrefined sets of the bass guitar, nonstandard manner of drums playing, original melodies and "wrapped up" arrangements.
Six plays for 35 minutes, capable "to hook" on the amateur of the European avant guarde, it is good for the listenners of non-standard embient and to admirers of the minimalistic jazz. On intonations it is very close to Mark E. Smith Mark E.
Smithexecution reminds melancholic The Velvet Underground and in rare moments Pere Ubu these were glorified by distortions with their own sound! All musical a guitar, a pipe, a violin, a violoncello, percussion, the synthesizer and a bass and voice parts Daniel Patrick Quinn executes himself - worthy respect egoism. It impresses till the heart!!! In Alt. It was very rare before. All 15 songs of the album can be easily divided in three parts: 1 classical surf-songs.
I have not yet mentioned "Arizona Strip" - with excellent tunes and absolutely mad arrangement! Well, I've described everything so beautiful and delicious - but it is so. Probably, the drummer have to be more brave a little, and it is better to raise slightly the volume of all rhythm-section.
But without all that - we have received an excellent album of garage R'n'R, full of new and unexpected ideas and also quality performed quotations and hints of the classics of this style. On the one cassette there is the debut LP "For The Cause", 2 songs from the 7" split from Ensign, 3 songs from the 7" split from Bloodpact, 1 track not released before plus 15!!!
To get acquainted with the HC band 1 in Holland it is more than enough! Their music is the most powerful old-school HC with aggressive vocal and furious choral refrains. The texts - I take off a hat - very honor and sincere in the booklet they are on Polish and English! And on the fucking great end - there are the covers of S. Last years amusing tendencies appeared in HC: from the leveling of musician's appearance huge quantity of menacing tattoos, athletic bodies like any fucking Arnold has and their behavior an image of such a street hooligan with incredibly thin emotional feelings is in a style nowadays to monotonous lowering their texts on a family-household level as it is written in the reviews " Fuck you with all your private world!!!
Rifu: the texts are quite suitable for the program of some radical left party sometimes it reaches citing "International" plus perfectly played at the present HC-bands quality always was a weak place and brilliant recorded HC.
By the way, the music is very inventive and various inserts in different styles will result you in easy confusion more than once. My favorite songs are: "Youth Of Today" and "Turn Us On Turn Us Off" though when you like the whole album and are penetrated by genuine respect for the band it is difficult to point out something Rifu "Dead End Street" www.
Excellent design of the booklet radical political pictures and photos, texts of the songs and 2 articles: talking about technical progress and about essence of the musical industry!
In music, in my opinion, there were some changes. No, an ingenuity of the arrangements and freshness of the themes have remained on the former - the high level. Touching smack of emo simply appeared. In a combination with the most powerful hardcore it gives - an infernal mix!!! Can You". I strongly recommend!!! An excellent storyteller, Stacie for some reason read: what for executes quiet, hardly melancholic songs from a powerful text component.
Recollecting that nightmare to which Susan Vega "has slid", I shall notice that to listen Stacie Rose much more pleasantly and, due to her own monologue, more cheerfully. If to add madnesses and craziness "with all the heart" - it would turn into Dufus. But when I have got accustomed - "Robert L. Continuous disappointments No, an album is not so bad at all as its cover looks. Soft indie, on the border with pop, with high-quality instrumental execution and professional arrangements.
The part of songs is made in an accoustic key, that only emphasizes the importance of the texts by Stacie Rose.
I liked the most approached to indie, in my understanding, "Promised Land" and "Swimmers and Slaves". Somebody there, give her to listen to something from 4AD of the beginning of the 90s! You, guys, live too well, if dare yourselves to play such songs!
A light spirit of psychodelia of the '60s has pleased me I hope, I was not mistaken?!!! The last track "Your World Will Change" - is in acoustics in Russia it means to record vocal on a dictaphone under the accompany of a broken acoustic guitar.
Satirnine "No Blessings. No Reasons. Their music and power is the closest to the best representatives of the British punk of the '70s such as Penetration and, though it may be strangely enough, to modern production of the American label Kill Rock Stars. If you are not indifferent to classical punk-rock, moreover with female vocal and with magnificent execution and real drive then it is right for you! Yeah, they sing in English It is funny but 8 tracks from it represent all musical interpretations of various bar codes I can easily imagin to myself how "real" guys climb on a stage with bottles of beer asking: "Hey Bro, try this one!
Pardon me, I have distracted All this sounds rather chaotically, however with interesting and even successful moments. For certain, the role of the musician is not so modest as they try to inspire us in attempt to keep the concept One of the tracks - not very distinct experiments with vinyl with the help of Claus van Bebberand the penultimate minute track is recorded with female vocal of Franziska Quandt - it is a very unusual combination of a musical component and live human voice!
Generally, in spite of the fact that bar codes in this case seem "farfetched" to me or probably it is simply an excellent PR joke! Shy Rights Movement 7'' www. Marking melodism and very original mood, inherent to this band, I can not to tell about some slackness and relaxation Though, what do I want - it is melancholy No eclecticism - for 46 minutes [sic] balances on hardly distinct in this case sides between these directions, creating rather integral and self-sufficient product.
A gloomy spirit of the album is created by the basic melodic lines, at minor levels there are senseless arrhythmic and atonal sounds characteristic of post-rock - I know you'll be horryfied having read it!
Actually, it drives and forces the brain to work apparent at first sight ease and meditativeness of the album are dec"tive! We have serious and deep work here! After recording their first demo in '99 in the Swedish language - under the initial name of the project Dace, the band has been renamed on [sic] and has recorded down their debut 8-songs CD in English. Made in the best traditions of Britain Oi! I am sure - you've been waiting for a long time for something like that with some influences of UK Subs in the times of "Another Kind Of Blues".
The texts are very political and are worthy to occur as the slogans on antigovernment and anti-war demonstrations. Their energetic is crazy from the very beginning of the album till the end.
Most likely that many listenners will find much in common at Silence Kit with some post-rock-bands. As I do not understand this musical direction, I shall refrain from a mention of this term further Generally, what post-rock to hell 'm talking! The first track "Transmiss To Fades" has reminded early works by Glenn Branca by the monumentalism and it's variety -?!!! In some places the song reminds a parody on the Pixies as for me the whole album would be in such spirit!!!
Have you heard a lot of similar music? As against the last Silence Kit has beautiful I have not told "pop"! And now overlook all the names and the titles mentioned in this review and agree with me that it would be very short-sighted to disregard such group PS: all of them play "live"!!! The submitted 12 songs are made in a such detailed style, inherent to some american bands of the "supreme garage league": wide punk-n-roll, heavy, aggressive sound, thus all songs are very melodious and professionally well played - serious people, serious music, serious execution!
In general, this record is not similar on the "classical" australian garage-rock represented, for example, by Off The Hip label. I do not think it will frighten you. The producer is Lucas Trouble. He is the quality symbol He decided to start from Baku. He bought the train ticket, any visas were not required yet On the eve of departure he received the parcel post - he had ordered by mail somewhere from Izhevsk some cassettes with local avant guarde. Then in the evening he put one of the cassettes into the tape recorder - there were something like scratches, knoking, sometimes like murmur, in general - it was a quiet complex music, hurriedly you won't understand.
He decided to take these cassettes with himself to listen in the cassette-player on his way, and he planned to arrange a change with some melomans in Baku More shortly, he reached Baku normally. When he left a train on the platform - he has been tied, they showed their documents "State security", pushed him in the car and drove to the local KGB office. They took away his personal things, put him in the chamber. He sat for some days there On the third day he was invited on interrogation.
It appears, that they have noticed him even in a train: with long hair, an earring, in fragmentary jeans and a t-shirt, constantly with the cassette-player. He was identified as the Armenian spy!!! I shall remind that the Karabakh conflict between Armenia and Azerbaijan has been proceeded there. The inspector offered him to confess in all at once. He was not surprised to Rusic's refusal and bewilderment, but only significantly let him know that much about him is known to them. It proceeded for some days while the enraged Baku security officer has not shouted during the next Rusic's refusal to admit espionage for the benefit of Armenia: - Not the spy, yes?!!!
And what is this then?!!! There was no limit to Rusic's surprise! Firstly he tried to understand all he had heard and then he started to be justified - It is music The inspector without speaking a word took one tape and inserted it into the tape recorder: they heard scratches, clicks and howlings typical for the Izhevsk avant guarde.
In some days they understood a mistake. Rusic was droven on the state machine to the train station and sent home to Volgograd due to seeing off side. He finished studying of Transcaucasia after it and turned his glance to the Western Europe, but it is already absolutely other history.
It is surprising that Baku State Security returned him all his things, including the "ciphered" tapes. Coming back to Six And More: on this CD there are compositions from four concerts made in various places, by various structures of musicians recorded in general, it is necessary to notice that Six And More is not a traditional group in a habitual understanding.
It is some kind of musically-improvisation club of the adherents gathering for the period of recording, and in the rest of the time its participants are engaged in their personal projects. It sounds very much wholy and much more academically than John Zorn's similar inventions. Instead of the resume: this music will puzzle any counterspy! In a structure of a duet: Zev Asher - the vocalist from the known Canadian noise-rock-trio Nimrodhe also make documentary films; the second participant of The Sleazy Listeners - Lasse Marhaug - the Norwegian nooise-musician known from the beginning 90 both as solo-actor, and as the participant of such projects as DEL, Jazzkammer and The Nordic Miracle.
And now about the album itself. He-he, you won't believe but it is quite possible to make some absolutely new musical directions considerably distinguished from each other from it! Let's name the analogiest! In my opinion, it is one of the most interesting albums of the innovative music I've got for the last couple of years! Speedball Jr. The debut album of young Belgian band since contains 10 tracks and one video-clip special thanks for the video!
Forget about garage! Forget about sixties influences! Almost - because in the majority of songs in "refrain" it sounds like an abrasive squeal - you've never heard something like that!!!
Unconditional hits: Mars Attack, V8 watch the video!!! Evil and Planet Fairplayers. Spiv "Don'tcha Know? Then there is something outrageous began: acoustic ballads together with electro I hardly wrote "techno"! As far as I know, the wish to be loved by everyone never lead to anything good It is somewhere between Linden and Patti Smith.
By the way, not long ago I've recorded the piracy bootleg CD-R of the Smiths, and the comparison is obviously not for the benefit of sickly-sweet narcissism by Morissy When I praise so much this disk, understand me right: I speak generally about the only one song from the three submitted on CD - "Finger On the Trigger"!
In Europe as far as I know there are many different musical radio stations - if they don't rotate this song yet - then the full cretins are sitting there!!! Two other things are impregnated with a spirit of independent British stage of the second half of the '80s and perceived as rather pleasant and a little nostalgic bonus.
The non-standard of this band is shown as in music executed by them he-he, whether you will find much of the bands inspired with creativity of the Clash, Misfits and late Danzig? It is listened - on one breath! Reproaches in nonmodernity I sweep aside, as full delirium - they sound very "actually", not losing thus of respect to above-named classics of the style.
In last track "Rejoice"according to a present fashion, except for the first part of the song and the pair-minute fragment of noisy bollocks folowing it, we can find the magnificent grandiose-Gothic composition "7th Circle" with the finest vocal of Arianne Carey - the excellent final of the album!
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