Mar 20, 2019

RhoDeo 1911 Aetix


Today's artists are from Tel Aviv, Israel were one of the little-known post-punk acts outside of the usual suspects. Formed in 1981 by vocalist Samy Birnbach, bassist Malka Spigel, and guitarist Berry Sakharof, they incorporated native Middle Eastern sounds into dark European rock, breaking ground that groups would eventually cross. What prevented Minimal Compact from becoming completely obscure because of their geographic roots was that they relocated to Amsterdam early in their career and therefore found support within the European music community. The band wanted refuge from their native land's provincial attitudes; moving to Amsterdam enabled them to fulfill their dream of international recognition. The group was signed to the Belgian label Crammed and released a self-titled EP in 1981. A year later, Minimal Compact issued their first LP, One by One. Minimal Compact's arty sensibilities and adventurous, experimental spirit made them true cult favorites.  ......N-Joy

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Between its foundation in 1980 and its dissolution seven years later, Minimal Compact played an important role in the European rock scene. Malka Spigel (bass, vocals), Samy Birnbach (vocals, lyrics) and Berry Sakharof (guitars, keyboards, vocals) left their native Tel-Aviv in 1981 for Amsterdam in search of an escape from the provincial attitudes of their own city. Of the trio, only Berry was a "real" musician. Malka was "learning to play the bass", while Samy was better known as a DJ (Morpheus) and a music fan who dabbled in poetry. They recorded a 2-song demo at home, and became one of the first artists signed to the Belgian Crammed label.

During the recording for a speculative 7" in a little studio in the Belgian countryside, it became quickly evident that the trio had hit upon something worthy of development and their first, self-titled, mini album Minimal Compact was the fruit of this. Their burgeoning style was a heavily Middle-Eastern coloured brand of post-new wave, based on driving rhythms, scratchy guitars and their own very un- "Anglo-American" style of vocalisation. In this way they both prefigured alternative dance and later fascinations with so called world music. This mini-album (now re-released on CD along with its successor "One by One") features "Statik Dancin' " which remained a live staple throughout the band's career, and "Creation Is Perfect", based on a text by the beat poet Bob Kaufman.

One by One, the second album, was recorded in London in 1982, and like its predecessor co-produced by Dirk Polak (from Mecano (Dutch band)) and Crammed supremo Marc Hollander. It includes tracks such as "Babylonian Tower", "Disguise" (another live staple), "It Takes a Lifetime". With this release Minimal Compact had become a "real band" with the addition of the native Amsterdammer Max Franken on drums. Now Minimal could play live, this was to prove a strong element in their career. As Minimal began to tour more extensively they went from strength to strength as a live band. Deadly Weapons, produced by Gilles Martin and Tuxedomoon's Peter Principle dates from 1984 and is considered by some their most experimental album. Nonetheless it threw up a "club classic" of the time in the shape of "Next One Is Real" (famously remixed by Dick O'Dell, one time boss of the Guerilla label). The sleeve was by Neville Brody. On this album the "classic" 5-person line up became complete with the addition of guitarist/vocalist Rami Fortis a long time Minimal cohort from Tel Aviv who was arguably Israel's most innovative post-punk musician with his solo debut Plonter (knots). Fortis had previously collaborated with Malka on their "7 codes" tape (a low-fi home tape effort which had been sold in the indie shops in Amsterdam).

Touring by this point took them further and further afield, everywhere from Palermo to Kyoto fell to their conquest, although British success was limited to an NME single of the week and a John Peel session. Raging Souls was released in 1985. Produced by Colin Newman,[1] with artwork by Eno/Sylvian collaborator Russell Mills, it has proved their most popular album, with tracks like "My Will", "When I Go" (which was included in Wim Wenders' Wings of Desire movie soundtrack), "The Traitor", "Autumn Leaves" all of which became live favorites. By this time Minimal had become established in Brussels and were at the hub of the local "International Indie Scene" which featured at various times, Tuxedomoon (both individually and collectively), Bel Canto, Colin Newman, Sonoko, Gilles Martin and Benjamin Lew. As a follow up Minimal Compact recorded a 12" Immigrants Songs (featuring a Led Zeppelin cover) with Israeli Uri Barak. Like "Next One Is Real" before it the 12" received extensive US college/dance attention and figures amongst their most enduring work.

The Figure One Cuts was their last studio album, recorded in 1987 with producer John Fryer (Cocteau Twins, This Mortal Coil, Fade Gadget). Tracks include "Nil-Nil"", "Inner Station", "New Clear Twist", "Piece of Green". The Lowlands Flight instrumental album was released at the same time in Crammed's "Made To Measure" series. The touring continued but their goal of following up their record success in the USA was never achieved as several planned tours were cancelled because the US immigration authorities refused to grant them visas. Minimal Compact Live was recorded in 1987 in Rennes, France, this last album came out after the band split in '88.

In 2003 there was a minor flood of releases: There's Always Now (Remixes & Remakes) and Returning Wheel (Classics, Remixes & Archives). In 2004, The band reformed briefly for a series of shows in Israel and a European tour. Crammed published a "best of" compilation and a box set containing unreleased material and remixes to coincide with the reunion. Berry & Fortis are currently collaborating under the name Fortisakharof, Malka & Max are in Githead & Samy continues to DJ and make music under the name DJ Morpheus. In July 2008, the band reunited for series of live shows in Tel Aviv, Israel, starting on July 8, 2008, marking the 60th birthday of Samy Birnbach. Raging and Dancing - The Anthology was released in 2011, it was announced that Minimal Compact would be reuniting for a short tour of 5 dates in Israel in January–February 2012. The band would perform in Tel Aviv and Jerusalem, between January 25–February 2, 2012. Minimal Compact reunited once again for 2 dates in Israel in January 2016. The high demand caused the band to extend the short tour to 4 dates, the band would perform in Tel Aviv, between January 20-26, 2016

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"One" is Minimal Compact's originally self-titled debut mini-album, which was recorded and released in 1981. The band was still a trio at the time (consisting of Samy Birnbach, Berry Sakharof and Malka Spigel). They were assisted for this recording by Dick Polak (from Dutch band Mecano, who played accordion), Marc Hollander (woodwind & organ), Corrie Bolten (synth) and drummers Pieter Bannenberg and Stephane Karo. Containing a.o. the emblematic Statik Dancin', which became a classic, this mini-album immediately put Minimal Compact on the map.

"One By One" was the first full-length album by the band, who had become a quartet with the adjunction of drummer Max Franken. It was recorded during the Spring & Summer of ‘82, first in Dordrecht then in London’s Berry Street Studio. Dick Polak and Marc Hollander co-produced and guested on various instruments. The MC sound of that period is best exemplified by a song like “Babylonian Tower”, with its driving rhythm, funky guitar, apocalyptical lyrics and Middle-Eastern flavouring.

Minimal Compact - One + One By One ( 289mb)

01 Statik Dancin' 3:47
02 Creation Is Perfect (I Am A Camera) 4:28
03 Ready-Made Diary 4:37
04 To Get Inside 5:18
05 Happy Babouge 3:29
One By One
06 Invocation (For Things To Come) 3:17
07 Cold Life 3:55
08 Take Me Away 2:45
09 It Takes A Lifetime 3:01
10 Disguise 4:42
11 Babylonian Tower 3:30
12 Orkha Bamidbar (The Wandering Song) 4:25
13 Head Section 2:20
14 Morpheus Secrets 4:48
15 Ships 1:55

Minimal Compact - One + One By One (ogg  124mb)

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Despite the Colin Newman ties, Minimal Compact made long-limbed post-punk from a bleaker, less-spastic perspective. Deadly Weapons emphasized the situational decay of a lot of what had become standard in early-'80s anti-pop. Minimal Compact's world was stiff and artificial, made to underscore the bizarro funk of the brass and the woefully droning and distorted vocals. Everything, in fact, was swollen with a phobic sense of performance, as if the band was afraid to touch their instruments. "There's Always Now," an exaggerated shadow play of the Cure's Pornography, is still fantastically depressing; the title track is almost synth pop in spirit; and "The Howling Hole" is a mangled interpretation of a repetitive, barely decipherable, tribal-drum Middle Eastern snarl. Underappreciated, if nothing else.

Minimal Compact - Deadly Weapons + Next One Is Real EP ( flac  345mb)

Deadly Weapons
01 Next One Is Real 3:03
02 Losing Tracks (In Time) 3:46
03 The Well 3:04
04 There's Always Now 3:03
06 5Nada 4:19
07 Not Knowing 4:08
0D eadly Weapons 4:24
08 Burnt-Out Hotel 3:55
09 The Howling Hole 3:22
Next One Is Real
10 Next One Is Real (Radio Remix) 3:46
11 Not Knowing (Remix) 3:57
12 Babylonian Tower (Remix) 3:37
13 Hole Version (Incidental Remix) 3:27
14 Next One Is Real (Extended Remix) 5:51
15  EPIntrospection 4:54

Minimal Compact - Deadly Weapons + Next One Is Real EP  (ogg  142mb)

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It is dark, but it's very pleasant, with excellent atmosphere, although drums sometimes sound too harsh, too mid 80s - for years I thought that was rhythm machine. Also, as great as it is, there are some less than perfect moments: first Sananat which isn't bad, but isn't as good as the rest of the album. Secondly, Shouts & Kisses is the weakest song on the album and is pretty unnecessary, still, the rest of the album is just perfect. For minimalism sake, I think it was their best one, their peak of inspiration. In this album you can clearly hear the amazing voice of Malka Spiegel (singer, bass), especially in a lovely brilliant (and quiet) song called "When I Go". It seems the album deals with the powerful emotions of the human nature. It's so good that it's painful for being a little bit short work.

Minimal Compact - Raging Souls ( 225mb)

01 The Traitor 4:27
02 My Will 3:43
03 This World 3:59
04 When I Go 3:14
05 Autumn Leaves 4:26
06 Raging Souls 5:17
07 Returning Wheel 4:30
08 Sananat 4:05
09 Shouts & Kisses 5:45

Minimal Compact - Raging Souls (ogg  91mb)

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When post-punk’s Minimal Compact album The Figure One Cuts ebbed from my stereo I half heartedly swore that David Byrne had to be lurking somewhere in the background, as the music wasn’t so much post-punk, ... it was more of a multi cultural ensemble where art-rock meets world music head on, showcasing a sense of mature refined versatility; yet the band has been able to avoid that scheme of self-conscious artistry that often fails to find either intelligence or tastefulness.  Minimal Compact mange to do all this and more, including the development of every member of the band or perhaps more formally, a troupe, where each member is a character in their own right. Perhaps most evident is the band’s ability to switch gears and interweave British art-rock with Middle Eastern inspired folk, creating a sound thats slightly Afrocentric, mixed with a baroque infused Beatlesque pop, and all with a danceable atmospheric beat.  The producer John Fryer (This Mortal Coil, Cocteau Twins) Produced the album.

As part of the Made for Measure series of records of soundtrack material, Lowlands Flight diverges from Minimal Compact's usual avant-garde rock songs. One side of the disc has music that accompanied a performance by Blue Ran Dances, while the other side contains background music for a Dutch radio program, and as might be expected, most of these pieces are atmospheric and moody instrumentals. Not that some of Minimal Compact's more typical moves don't show up, from the bits of Middle Eastern melody that sift through on many of the tracks to the slow and clunky, but thunderous drum rhythms on "The Conference of Snakes," to the dark but elegant atmosphere that permeates the record. A few tracks like "Scums & Halfwits" have some distorted vocals, and several more pieces, especially on the second half, add in bits of spoken word. There is some nice piano work on several of the pieces, especially "Clock Bird" and "Waterfall." On "Clock Bird" the slow gloomy melody is carried on the low end of the keys while a pair of repetitive chords at the high-end act as rhythm, and on "Waterfall" the piece starts off with a bouncy guitar lick before more complex piano blossoms out of it. "Naked as You Came" is an even stranger piece, even in Minimal Compact's repertoire, as some crooning and Hawaiian guitar are thrown in for a haunting and beautiful piece of avant-lounge. A few of the other pieces don't really rise above their status as "background" music, but Lowlands Flight does offer a different take on Minimal Compact, and is one of the more dynamic records in the Made for Measure series.

Minimal Compact - The Figure One Cuts + Lowlands Flight ( 441mb)

01 Nil-Nil 4:52
02 Everything Is Wonder 4:54
03 Inner Station 4:13
04 Fading Light 3:31
05 This Scent Of Love 4:15
06 Piece Of Green 5:16
07 Is It So? 4:22
08 New Clear Twist 4:47
09 Childhood's End 5:01
10 Night Light 2:15
11 Immigrant Song 3:26
12 I Imagine 4:08

Minimal Compact - Lowlands Flight

01 Clock Bird 6:44
02 Ararat 2:34
03 Scums & Halfwifts 3:08
04 Low Flight 4:07
05 Fatapolis 3:24
06 How Do You Regard Suicide? 4:52
07 The Conference Of Snakes 5:22
08 Waterfall 3:40
09 Naked As You Came 4:02

Minimal Compact - The Figure One Cuts + Lowlands Flight (ogg 190mb)

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Mar 19, 2019

RhoDeo 1911 Omens 4

Hello, a tale of the bungling of Armageddon, featuring an angel, a demon, an 11-year-old Antichrist, and a doom-saying witch, crazy stuff right in sync with the crazy Trump age, still a few months before it premieres end of May at Amazon, so why not get prepared and listen to what BBC radio 4 made of this....

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It is the coming of the End Times: the Apocalypse is near, and Final Judgement will soon descend upon the human species. This comes as a bit of bad news to the angel Aziraphale (who was the guardian of the Eastern Gate of Eden) and the demon Crowley (who, when he was originally named Crawly, was the serpent who tempted Eve to eat the apple), respectively the representatives of Heaven and Hell on Earth, as they have become used to living their cosy, comfortable lives and have, in a perverse way, taken a liking to humanity. As such, since they are good friends (despite ostensibly representing the polar opposites of Good and Evil), they decide to work together and keep an eye on the Antichrist, destined to be the son of a prominent American diplomat stationed in Britain, and thus ensure he grows up in a way that means he can never decide between Good and Evil, thereby postponing the end of the world.

In fact, Warlock, the child whom everyone thinks is the Anti-Christ, is a normal eleven-year-old boy. Due to the mishandling of several infants in the hospital, the real Anti-Christ is Adam Young, a charismatic and slightly otherworldly eleven-year-old living in Lower Tadfield, Oxfordshire, an idyllic town in Britain. Despite being the harbinger of the Apocalypse, he has lived a perfectly normal life as the son of typical English parents, and as a result has no idea of his true powers. He has three close friends - Pepper, Wensleydale and Brian - who collectively form a gang that is simply referred to as "Them" by the adults.

As the end of the world nears, Adam blissfully and naively uses his powers, changing the world to fit things he reads in a conspiracy theory magazine, such as raising the lost continent of Atlantis and causing Little Green Men to land on earth and deliver a message of goodwill and peace. In the meantime, the Four Horsemen of the Apocalypse assemble: War (a female war correspondent), Death (a biker), Famine (a dietician and fast-food tycoon), and Pollution (a young man--Pestilence having retired after the discovery of penicillin). The incredibly accurate (yet so highly specific as to be useless) prophecies of Agnes Nutter, 17th-century prophetess, are rapidly coming to pass.

Agnes Nutter was a witch in the 17th century and the only truly accurate prophet to have ever lived. She wrote a book called The Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, Witch, a collection of prophecies that did not sell very well because they were unspectacular, cryptic and all true. She, in fact, decided to publish it only so she could receive a free author's copy. This copy is passed down to her descendants, and is currently owned by her multi-great granddaughter Anathema Device. Agnes was burned at the stake by a mob; however, because she had foreseen her fiery end and had packed 80 pounds of gunpowder and 40 pounds of roofing nails into her petticoats, everyone who participated in the burning was killed instantly.

As the world descends into chaos, Adam attempts to split up the world between his gang. After realizing that by embracing absolute power, he will not be able to continue to grow up as a child in Lower Tadfield, Adam decides to stop the apocalypse.

Anathema, Newton Pulsifer (one of the two last members of the Witchfinder Army), Adam and his gang, Aziraphale and Crowley gather at a military base near Lower Tadfield to stop the Horsemen causing a nuclear war and ending the world. Adam's friends capture War, Pollution, and Famine. Just as Adam's father, the devil, seems to come and force the end of the world, Adam twists everything so his human father shows up instead, and everything is restored.

Gaiman and Pratchett had known each other since 1985. It was their own idea, not that of their publisher, to collaborate on a novel. According to Gaiman, he originally began the book as a parody of Richmal Crompton's William books, named William the Antichrist, but it gradually outgrew the original idea.
Pratchett and Gaiman planned the novel together over lengthy phone conversations, and shared their writing by mailing floppy disks (remember floppy disks?) back and forth.

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According to the Nice and Accurate Prophecies of Agnes Nutter, the world will end on a Saturday. A Saturday quite soon,...

Events have been set in motion to bring about the End of Days. The armies of Good and Evil are gathering and making their way towards the sleepy English village of Lower Tadfield. The Four Horsepersons of the Apocalypse - War, Famine, Pollution and Death - have been summoned from the corners of the earth and are assembling.

Witchfinder Sergeant Shadwell and his assistant Newton Pulsifier are also en route to Tadfield to investigate some unusual phenomena in the area, while Anathema Device, descendent of prophetess and witch Agnes Nutter, tries to decipher her ancestor's cryptic predictions about exactly where the impending Apocalypse will take place.

Atlantis is rising, fish are falling from the sky; everything seems to be going to the Divine Plan. Everything that is but for the unlikely duo of an angel and a demon who are not all that keen on the prospect of the forthcoming Rapture. Aziraphale (once an angel in the Garden of Eden, but now running an antiquarian bookshop in London), and Crowley (formerly Eden's snake, now driving around London in shades and a vintage Bentley) have been living on Earth for several millennia and have become rather fond of the place. But if they are to stop Armageddon taking place they've got to find and kill the one who will the one bring about the apocalypse: the Antichrist himself.

There's just one small problem: someone seems to have mislaid him...

Dirk Maggs, best known for his adaptation of Hitchhikers Guide to the Galaxy, adapted and directed the radio dramatization along with producer Heather Larmour and, of course, Neil Gaiman himself.

Josie Lawrence as Agnes Nutter and Paterson Joseph as Famine, as well as Game of Thrones actor Clive Russell, Julia Deakin, Louise Brealey, Simon Jones, Arsher Ali, Phil Davis, and Mark Benton. The two lead roles of Aziraphale and Crowley will be voiced by Mark Heap (Spaced) and Peter Serafinowicz (Guardians of the Galaxy), respectively. And, on top of all that, we can expect to hear cameo appearances from both Pratchett and Gaiman themselves.

Gaiman and Pratchett - Good Omens - Episode 4 ( 28min mp3     26mb).

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Gaiman and Pratchett - Good Omens - Episode 1 ( 28min mp3     33mb).
Gaiman and Pratchett - Good Omens - Episode 2 ( 28min mp3     33mb).
Gaiman and Pratchett - Good Omens - Episode 3 ( 28min mp3     33mb).

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Mar 18, 2019

RhoDeo 1911 Re-Ups 181

Hello, Bottas had a great start and left Hamilton in his wake and rode a great race upfront, there wasn't much overtaking apart from Verstappen who took Vetttel's 3rd place, but he lacked the power to do the same to Hamilton, still Red Bull Toyota were very happy with the new car, even if their 2nd driver Gasly got stuck on 11th, and that's the thing with the seasons opening race it's difficult to overtake there, certainly when cars are egually powerful. Ferrari disappointed , however Vettel probably reckoned a Hamilton, win that didn't happen so now he trails 5 points to his perceived main rival, but then Verstappen might enter the titel race and Bottas who knows he might win the next race too...

14 correct requests for this week, 3 too early , whatever another batch of 41 re-ups (12.3 gig)

These days i'm making an effort to re-up, it will satisfy a smaller number of people which means its likely the update will  expire relatively quickly again as its interest that keeps it live. Nevertheless here's your chance ... asks for re-up in the comments section at the page where the expired link resides, or it will be discarded by me. ....requests are satisfied on a first come first go basis. ...updates will be posted here remember to request from the page where the link died! To keep re-ups interesting to my regular visitors i will only re-up files that are at least 12 months old (the older the better as far as i am concerned), and please check the previous update request if it's less then a year old i won't re-up either.

Looka here , requests fulfilled up to March 16th !... N'Joy

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3x Sundaze Back in Flac (Vladislav Delay - Anima, Vladislav Delay - Naima, Vladislav Delay - Whistleblower)

3x Beats Back In Flac (Mouse On Mars - Vulvaland, Mouse on Mars - Iaora Tahiti, Mouse On Mars - Autoditacker)

4x Aetix Back In Flac (Opposition - Promises, Opposition - Empire Days, SO - Horseshoe in the Glove, Opposition - Blue Alice Blue)

1x Sundaze Back in Flac (Philip Glass - Solo)

2x Sundaze Back in Flac (John Foxx and Robin Guthrie - Mirrorball , John Foxx - Tiny Colour Movies)

4x Sundaze Back in Flac (Ryuichi Sakamoto - The Last Emperor, Ryuichi Sakamoto - The Sheltering Sky, Ryuichi Sakamoto - Little Buddha, Ryuichi Sakamoto - Snake Eyes OST)

3x Roots Back In Flac (Gary Clail & On-U - Emotional Hooligan, Andy Fairley - System Vertigo, Tackhead Sound Crash (Mix Sherwood))

4x Roots Back In Flac (Som Imaginario - Som Imaginario, Uakti - Aguas da Amazonia , Olodum - Filhos Do Soll, Olodum - 20 Years)

3x Sundaze  Back  in Flac (Arovane ‎- Tides, Arovane - Atol Scrap, Arovane ‎– Lilies)

3x Sundaze NOW in Flac (Harold Budd - Luxa, Harold Budd - The Room, Harold Budd - Avalon Sutra )

3x Sundaze Back in Flac (Schulze/Namlook- Evolution of DSOTM, Move D / Namlook V - Wired, Move D / Namlook - X - Let The Circle Not Be Broken)

3x Sundaze Back in Flac (Elve - Emerald, Ishq - And Awake, Ishq - Skyspaces)

3x Aetix Back in Flac (The Dream Syndicate - The Days Of Wine and Roses, The Dream Syndicate - Medicine Show, The Dream Syndicate - Out Of The Grey)

2x Sundaze NOW in Flac ( Skyphone - Fabula, Steve Roach- Artifacts )

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