Sunday, February 28, 2016

Best of: Megon's European Vacation

We meet again, and so soon!

As I said in my Uniplux post, I have returned from vacation refocused, re-energized and with a LOT of new records and music. I actually fainted from exhaustion on the plane on the way home, my guess because I hauled 40 LPs and 25 7"s in my carry-on luggage through Heathrow for six hours. BUT, I got moved to first class and everyone was super nice to me, once I convinced them I hadn't taken any drugs. Anyhoo, since I have neglected the blog for soooooo long, I thought I would just dump some of my favorite things I picked up on my travels on here for your listening pleasure since I still don't have the time or energy to post about everything individually.  

I must say, one of my fave records from my trip is this Phosphor album Youth & Immorality, a lovely gift from my friend Marco from over at White Circles. I love the ambiance of this album and have been playing it a lot since I got back. This and the Des Jeunes Gens Modernes Vol. 2, which is mind-blowing and you can listen to HERE.

Next up: The lovely Michael from Weyrd Son Records was nice enough to drag me around Brussels for three days and I was fortunate enough to be there when the Carol reissues showed up at Weyrd Son headquarters. I feel honored I got to play with them before they were shipped out to their new homes. If you need one, and let's face it, you probably do, you better act fast HERE. 

Michael also introduced me to this super rad video by Brussels-based :codes which I am now in love with.

Since I'm not made of money, I grabbed the reissue of the Pas De Deux comp mostly for this Cheiron track which I have always loved. 

Honestly, I know nothing about this band, but I play this song a lot when I DJ and I fucking love it. Ridiculous, danceable and catchy jam. 

Evidently, I have never scrolled down to the bottom of the Mo-Dettes Discogs page I guess because I was totally caught off guard by the existence of this flexi featuring the Mo-Dettes doing a cover of Twist & Shout. Alright, it's not the GREATEST cover and flexis sound like shit but as a die hard
Mo-Dettes fan, I'm happy to have it. 

Many of you probably know Paraf from their punky Prekinuti Koitus: 1978 - 1979 reissue that came out a couple years back, but for my money, I prefer their wave stuff like this song from their second album, Izleti, out in 1981. This Yugo stuff is very trendy right now so it's getting more expensive by the day but def recommended if you come across it. 

Hm, what to even say about this Helena Hauff record? Happy to have found a copy in some random shop I passed in Berlin. I only went to two real records shops while I was there which still seemed weird to me. Well, and also the Aufnamhe + Weidergabe office where I dropped a mint, so I guess that accounts for it actually. 

So, another thing I picked up in Brussels was the Nuit Blanche comp which features this off-putting Diseno Corbusier song which also appears on their 1986 album El Alma De La Estrella. There are a couple other gems on this comp that I will try to get uploaded for you soon because they are worth hearing. In the meantime, feel free to be made uncomfortable by this. 

Okay, that's all I will dump on you for now. Hope you find something you like in these totally random picks from my totally random vacation. I'll try to be back soon with more stuff for you but it's me so who knows!

Love, Megon

Saturday, February 27, 2016

Uniplux-Maledetto Rock 7" (Italy, 1984) & S.I.B.- The Third World War LP (Italy, 1981)

I'm not even going to make excuses for how long it's been since my last blog post, but here I am! I have actually just gotten back from Europe, loaded with new records and full of renewed energy for lots of things in my life, including this blog. Isn't that great? So, despite the fact I did not go to Italy on this trip, I did buy this Uniplux 7" in Berlin and thought I would share it. And since my brain can't think in a linear fashion, I thought I would also add in a little bit about another Italian group I love, S.I.B. Anyhoo, here's that non-linear bit in action, but I'll try to remain focused. UNIPLUX. 

I actually didn't know this band before stumbling across the record at Static Shock but the cover (pictured above) was enough to tell me it was for me. I'll spare myself the legwork and send you over to Why Do Things Have To Change if you would like to read about this group a bit or download this 7", which you should, it's a rockin' ripper. But, you can judge for yourself by listening below:

The A side, Maledetto Rock, is super catchy but for my money, the B side, Sally, is the real hit on this record. Anyhoo...

S.I.B. There isn't too much more info on this band than appears on their adorably typo-riddled Discogs page HERE. They only put out one LP on LM Records and consistent with the era, it's pretty varied, but overall prolly worth the hefty price it's pulling down these days. Here are a couple examples, the last of which appears on the My Girlfriend Was A Punk! comp along with a bunch of other personal favorites. Without further ado:

I'm gonna try to scrape together a post about some of my recent favorites so keep your eyes and ears peeled. And, thanks for your continuing interest and support. I continue to receive your kind words and interest despite my long periods of absence and idleness.  

Love and big kisses,