Whatever Happened to Cassette-Only Albums?

Oh yeah…still with us. Curiously it makes more sense now than it probably did then. An advert from US based music magazine Trouser Press from June 1983.

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Lost In Kling Klang

How long did this take to see the light of day? Nearly 30 (32 probably for the initial recordings) years since this was not released (bar track one, the single).80’s concept band. Two ‘sultry singing’ models. Musicians culled from the local immigration centre and a Bremen based DJ, Ralf Behrent. All recorded in Kraftwerk’s studio and produced by Slits producer Dennis Bovell.

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Crumar Midi Master Keyboard AKA Unique DBM

I’ve owned this back breakingly heavy midi master keyboard since the dawn of time itself but I’m about to sell it on and have taken the opportunity to scan the original manual. Crumar keyboards were only around for a short period and this one boasts  a very solid  all steel construction. A 72 note weighted keyboard, 3 way keyboard split with overlap and a nostalgic 4000 note 4 track sequencer built in ( I mostly used external sequencers myself).

As I mentioned I’ve just laboriously scanned the original manual which I’ve placed on scribd for others who may find themselves in possession of this keyboard whether badged as a Chase or as was the case in the US as the Unique DBM.

PDF can be downloaded here

Tape Archive: Diz Watson Live 1985

Diz Watson’s Jambalaya live session 1985

A smaller sized but equally high quality AAC+ encoded* version is available here

(*AAC+ audio files require this Plugin(Win) or a compatible player such as Songbird (Win,Mac,Linux), VLC(Win,Mac,Linux)or Winamp(Win) however Quicktime and i-Tunes will play file at half the audio bandwidth and in mono only)

Songbird Music Player Recommended

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The Post Golden Age Of Pop?

Every artistic form has its golden age, and unfortunately I think the golden age for whatever I do probably ended about 1990.

In the post-golden age, I think we have gone from a non-ironic time to an ironic time. And now I think we’re evolving past irony into parody. I see a lot of artists who are parodying artists and they’re getting across.

I hear a lot of people singing in funny voices, and singing like they’re stupid. Singing in a deliberately fey and dumb and childish way. And I find it to be a disturbing trend.

Daryl Hall talks to the BBC

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