The Sentinel

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Danielle Dax – The Wheeled Wagon

A journey into the interzone from Dax’s 1983 album ‘Pop-Eyes’.

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The Monochrome Set – Peel Session 1979

1. Fallout (0:07)

2. Martians Go Home (2:29)

3. Viva Death Row (4:20)

4. Goodbye Joe/The Strange Boutique (6:22)

Model 500 – Mind Changes

Classic Detroit Techno from 1992 with a track from Juan Atkins’s Model 500 project. This was from ‘The Passage’ EP, and is the standout track. Hi tech Soul with some synthetic melancholia for good measure.

God – On All Fours

Noice Rock In excelsis here; from Kevin Martin’s bands final album, 1994’s ‘Anatomy of Addiction’.

The Residents – Flight of the Bumble Roach

Garbled vocals abound as the anonymous Louisiana Pop combo perform a ritual to summon up the infamous Bumble Roach. The track is wayward and haphazard, with the familiar weirdo chants discordant horns. One from the ‘Babyfingers’ EP (1979); which was the discarded 3rd side of their abandoned 3-sided LP ‘Tourniquet of Roses’. The other 2 sides were, of course, utilised for the ‘Fingerprince’ LP (1976). Recorded in 76, released in 79.

Jeff Mills – Keaton’s theme

2004’s ‘Three Ages’ album sees Jeff Mills soundtrack the 1923 Buster Keaton album of the same name.  The results are restrained, elegant Detroit Techno; much as one would expect from Techno royalty.

Fursaxa – Russian Snow Queen

Some droney folk for wintery nights from the 2005 album ‘Lepidoptera’.

The Raincoats – Peel Session 1980

1. Using My Eyes (0:07)

2. Family Treet (2:31)

3. Baby Song (6:19)

Thanks, as always, to the Vibracobra23 YouTube channel for these Peel Sessions.

The Residents – Shorty’s Lament

It was the band’s first live tour, which turned out to be an expensive disaster for them all. However, in true residents fashion, they threw themselves into it 100%, and not only did they develop their studio-bound sound for live performance (with a huge helping hand from the brand spanking new Emulators), they also recorded music to be played during the concerts intermission (yep! No bands open for the Residents, they play a long show with a break). The tracks recorded for the intermission get their own release on the 1982 EP/Mini-Album, simply titled ‘Intermission’. This is a firm favourite among Rez heads, and is a classic in its own right. Again the emulator plays a large part on these recordings, as it was the fab fours favourite toy at the time. The tracks on side B of the release definitley have a Moles and Chubs theme (for those familiar with The Mole Show), but side A appears to be different. This track alludes to recent shifts within the band “bye Jay….bye”, and one can only wonder who shorty is. The rolling sampled drums and synthetic mariachi horns are forever remembered once heard, and I hope those who are hearing this for the first time enjoy it as much as those that came before.

Butthole Surfers – Day of the Dying Alive

This is a different version of the 1st half of the track titled ‘Jimi’, which is from the Texan bands 1988 album ‘Hairway to Steven’. A track that is Moronic Evil in sludge rock form, and sees the Buttholes at their best.

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