Tuesday, January 28, 2014

We moved here, http://fm-shades.tumblr.com/


Pipedream (90s Kosmische Canada, pre-Sinoia Caves)

"The Journey from Hamburg to Iceland Begins"
1996 - Vancouver, Canada - CD

Killer 90s space rock group featuring Jeremy Schmidt of Sinoia Caves & Black Mountain.

Here's a good review from years back,
"Discovering Pipedream was one of those rare occasions when my instincts were spot on... I saw this strange disc in a local Columbus shop, with hardly a word written on the cover, just the band's name and the title. Even the liner notes were minimal and gave me the idea they might be a techno/dance outfit. But I just had a feeling...and after seeing it several times over a period of a few weeks, I went for it. Maybe it was the mention of Hamburg in the title, where Cluster recorded one of my favorite electronic works 'Sowiesoso.' Or maybe it was just the mystery of it all.... what exactly *was* this album all about?!

As I soon learned, Pipedream is a very adventurous trio of space rockers (I guess you could say) from Vancouver in British Columbia, current home to Hawkwind's old knob-twiddler and axe handler Del Dettmar. Perfect! This album, entitled 'The Journey from Hamburg to Iceland Begins' (1996, Futura001CD), itself is full of wonderful spacey sounds and effects, but there's much more to it than that. Percussionist Dr. Roberts is a chief member of the group, his hypnotic beats (coupled with Jupiter Six's 'tremolo bass') laying the solid foundation upon which the layers of electronics fly (duties shared between Jupiter Six and D.T.). The results are outstanding...the four lengthy explorations that the three undertake last almost an hour and every moment sounds fresh and exciting. What an unknown gem this is!

"Venus Fly-Trap" and "Public Address System" (the first part of Track Two) are similar in some respects, both long, pulsating jams bolstered by Dr. Roberts tom-heavy, but not quite Dingerlike, drumming style. The transition from "PAS" into "Pompeii" is a climactic point in the album, the trio turning things up a bit to present a wondrous and majestic statement as if we've just emerged from behind a planetary shadow to gaze upon a star's birth. Next, the six-minute "Passing Trains" is Green-era Hillage re-done (sans guitar), but I honestly think this tune is superior to anything on that album... and these keyboard sounds are among the best I've heard in the 90s. The finale, "Saturday Disaster" is presented in four parts lasting over twenty minutes, and is actually the most adventurous work. Part One is very minor and unsettling (not unlike my beloved Circle from Finland) with (from what I can gather) D.T. switching over to slide guitar and using lots of echo effects. Part Two is more of a freak-out, the rhythm track appearing more subtle beneath the outbursts of crazed feedback guitar. The quiet, spacey stillness of Part Three lulls us into thinking the album is set to drift off into nothingness when to top it all off, the three treat us to a more spirited reprise of the beginning.

Everything presented here was recorded live in the studio, and it's difficult for me to see how just three musicnauts could flawlessly produce so much music of such a poignant nature. Over the past six months or so, 'Journey' has probably seen more rotations in the ole' CD player than anything else.
(Keith Henderson, Aural Inovations)

Interview and article here,

Download here,
Pipedream - The Journey from Hamburg to Iceland Begins.zip

Monday, January 27, 2014

Michele Musser - Eye Chant (80s Synth Noir)

Michele Musser - Eye Chant
1986 - USA

Awesome mid-80s Synth album. I've been trying to dig up info on Michele but there really isn't much out there. Been pretty transfixed with this one recently. Lots of pretty new age digital synth moments mixed with elements berlin school synthesis. Also some really great use of voice sampling and weirdo art moments.


Download here,
Eye Chant.zip

Tuesday, May 14, 2013

J.J. Burnel - Euroman Cometh (Synth Rock 1979)

J.J. Burnel ‎– Euroman Cometh

Fans of Suicide, Neue Deutsche Welle, Uk Post-Punk should dig this one!

Euroman Cometh is the 1979 debut solo album by The Stranglers' bassist J. J. Burnel. Musically, it was an attempt at incorporating electronic sounds into rock. Lyrically, it evolved around the idea of United States of Europe, in the Cold war context. "A Europe riddled with american values and soviet subversion is a diseased sycophantic old whore: a Europe strong, united and independent is a child of the future." states JJ Burnel in the inner sleeve.

Guest musicians were Peter Howells of The Drones (drums on tracks 3,5,6), track 9 featured Brian James of The Damned (guitar), Lew Lewis (harmonica) and Carey Fortune of Chelsea (drums). All other instruments were played by Burnel himself.

The album reached number 40 in the UK Albums Chart in April 1979. The track "Freddie Laker" was released as a single on 13 April 1979, backed with the non-album track "Ozymandias".

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Tuesday, March 19, 2013

OS BRAZOES (Brazilian Psych Tropicalia)

Brazil 1969

An obscure slice of late-'60s Brazilian psychedelia. Os Brazoes main claim to fame was being picked by Gal Costa for her backing band when she was making her hugely influential early forays into Tropicalia. Turns out her sidemen had a pretty great album in them as well; they created a similar synthesis of North American rock & roll and local Brazilian forms, with very similar results, as those being explored by Tropicalia ringleaders Os Mutantes and Gilberto Gil (whom they cover here). There's a great version of Jorge Ben's classic "Carolina" included, as well as lots of fuzz guitar, phasing, and studio trickery loading up all the tracks. They never get too far away from the samba however and the entire record ends up with a pretty sweet party vibe throughout.

One of my favorite Brazilian Psychedelic Tropicalia Albums of the 60s!

Saturday, September 22, 2012

Bugskull - Phantasies and Senseitions (LoFi Portland 1994)

Bugskull - Phantasies and Senseitions
Roadcone Records - 1994
Portland, Oregon

Classic early 90s underground from the fertile NW scene of the era. Bugskull released numerous cassettes and albums throughout the 90s.  "Phantasies and Senseitions" I think of as their high point, blending their indie pop sensibilities and experimental 4-track adventures. This is the west coast underground at its best circa '94. Think Good Horsey, early Grifters, and Thinking Fellers Union Local 282. 

Download here,
Bugskull - Phantasies and Senseitions

Friday, September 21, 2012

FM SHADES is back!

Re-uploaded all the deleted links.
       Stay tuned for some new posts!

Thursday, June 28, 2012

fm shades limbo

So FM SHADES has had all the DL Links suspended by mediafire.. It may be the end to the blog, I'm not sure yet... if I keep it going it will be awhile before everything is reposted.

Of course there is much debate about music blogs and I do have a problem with many of them posting new releases. FM SHADES was about opening people's eyes to a deep world of music that is unheard yet very important. Any time a artist asked me to remove a link I would comply. When I was young in the late 80s/early 90s I had great programs like CBC's "Brave New Waves" to turn me onto new sounds . Without it I would have been lost. Now in this modern digital wasteland blogs have been many folks education to the past before them. And a lot of the time those people go out and buy the records they've been turned onto.

We've all made mix tapes, tapes shows with VCR's, Burnt CD's, and played music in a public place. ALL technically copy write infringement. I look forward to the time when we look back at all this business and laugh.

Here's some words from a fan email a few years ago to summarize things,

"hey i've been following your blog for a while now but this is the first time i've commented. I've really enjoyed a lot of the albums you've posted. I'm 16, so this is like a whole new world to me and I wouldn't have access to it any other way, so I am very grateful for your efforts. My favorite albums have been definitely been Parameter, Jakob Olausson, Wicked Lady,THE INDEX!!!!, and Destroy all Monsters. You've also turned me on to Joe Meek and the Sun City Girls. Without you i never would stumbled across any of this music, and i would be less of what i am now. To be honest a lot of the stuff i've downloaded from blogs has been crap, but when you come across that song, that special song that speaks to you, the song that transcends it's humble age and obscurity, it just floors you. It's amazing how the same feelings inspired music back then, just as they do now. I really look forward to whatever you bring us in the future, and i'm very thankful for what you've done in the past.Thanks, tcf "

regards, fm shades

Thursday, April 19, 2012

Eroc - 1 (Classic Krautrock Kosmische 1975)

Eroc - Eroc 1
Brain Records - 1975

One of my favorite krautrock nuggets than many folks still don't seem to know about. Drummer of Grobschnitt's solo project. While I never liked Grobschnitt very much this record is stellar and like nothing else of the era.

"Eroc (Joachim Heinz Ehrig) started his solo career in 1975 while he was currently the drummer of Grobschnitt. His self titled album can be considered as a cross between Gorbschnitt’s typical symphonic amazing music and electronic/ synthscapes dominated by numerous original sound manipulations. Despite that he was originally recognised as a drummer, here Eroc is the man behind the machines, controlling solid essays in synth experimentations and electronic collages. His first album is an absolute must in Kraut/ electronic genre, very abstract, emotional and a mix of different moods. This album is an opponent worthy of Klaus Schulze’s first realisations in space/ “kosmische” electronic music."

Highly Recommended!

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Monday, December 05, 2011

Jandek - Your Turn to Fall (1983 Original Vinyl)

Corwood 0745, LP, 1983
Original Vinyl Rip.

Absolutely my favorite Jandek Lp. In my mind the B-Side is one of the best sequences of Jandek songs. All very strong flowing outsider blues. The A-Side is quite stark and features the first instance of drums or a guest musician in the Jandek catalog. This is the original Outsider Blues. If you've never really gotten Jandek I invite you to start here.

I hate to say it but the CD reissues of the Jandek catalog fall very short in sound quality to the original Lp's. I'm guessing Corwood has someone do extreme noise reduction to the recordings which takes away a lot of the room sound and vibe. It also added some bad digital artifacts to the sound.

Ripped by your Truly, and so Highly Recommended!!!

Download here,
Jandek - Your Turn to Fall