Thursday, April 29, 2010

New York Alcoholic Anxiety Attack the Collection EP

New York Alcoholic Anxiety Attack the Collection EP

Sound quality - this is a collection of demos so it varies, the 1st 2 tracks have some tape his but are clean not muffled and after that it's pretty much a professional sounding session.

All tracks are form the CD except Lullaby Us which is new and added here as a bonus. it's my personal favorite track.

The cd has been give away free by the band, my pressing is the 2nd and from what I understand from the demo folder on their myspace page had seen 4 pressings.

Lullaby Us has been offered to people on the bands mailing list as a free download twice in the recent past. If you dig these guys get on their mailing list (see links below) for updates and the like.

This cd is being hosted by me with consent from the band. They decided to not give the cd away any more and I asked if it would be ok to host it here. They said yes. (thanx guys)

They are getting ready to issue a full length album produced by Justin Sullivan (of New Model Army) and in case you didn't notice Joolz also does their art, and might be their manager too I dunno but she seems pretty devoted to this band.

Justin and Joolz support is understandable, NYAAA really brings it. I'm hoping NMA bring them here on their next tour.

With a sound that at times reminds me of early NMA (I mean that as a compliment) and other times not at all, I highly recommend this set of demos to anyone who likes the styles of music on this blog, for NYAAA seem to embody the spirit we seek.

A great place to start is the bonus track Lullaby Us taken from their upcoming album entitled Sunriders.

Art work taken from their myspace page, is the same artwork of the cd I am luckily enough to own, sent to me by the awesome folks at the NMA shop with an order some time ago.

01 Guns & God
02 Sunriders
03 Rainbows & Rust
04 Breathe
05 Sacrifice Love
06 In the Light

Bonus Track
07 Lullaby Us

For those still asking "dude wheres the new NMA boots?" I have 2 ript but am having a hard time getting the mix ok, I am working on them, 2 are demo sets with a few goodies on there and I want to get the sound as good as I can .. My plan is to have them up here with in the next week .... life permitting.

Monday, April 12, 2010

Radio Berlin Recorded Works 1998 - 2003

Radio Berlin Recorded Works 1998 - 2003

Sound quality is 'A'.

Radio Berlin, if we want to talk about over looked bands, if we want to talk about bands that deserve in the light of justice and truth to be given their proper due my 1st example since they broke up in 2004 has been Radio Berlin.

Sure anyone who knows me has heard me speak of plenty of bands that deserve some just due and most of them have it on one level or another and would we (who ever 'we' are) or I (got a decent grasp on who 'I' as in 'me' is .. or perhaps not and maybe thats half the fun) want these bands to get that type of spot light from every tom dick and dave mathews band loving sheep no taste tool around? A quick siting of Janes Addiction would bring most of us to a firm "No".

But I' not going on about the New Model Armys or Southern Death Cults of the world, bands most educated music lovers have at least heard of, I'm talking about the Positive Noise and the Organs, the Radio Berlins of the world.

Names when I say to people who are educated look at me and go "who". And sadly and excitingly as a music lover it's always a rush when someone who you feel understands what music means to you can actually turn you on to a band you don;t know squat about. Sad for the band but great for those of us who get to add a new group into our personal mix.

So I post Radio Berlin out of love and respect, and I used to get to talk to Jack every now and again thru the interweb thing and I used to kinda do a lil thing on some corner on the interweb thing about new sounds and I did include Radio Berlin and always had the support of the band in doing so. Maybe this post will spark hugh sales and they'll reform ... no no dont wake me up it's pretty cool here right now.

You my ask, well who was this Radio Berlin and in all truth it would depend on the era within the band, they did have a shifting about of members but only 2 and only the once from what I understand.

They formed from a few defunted Vancourver bands (that I had never heard of until I heard Radio Berlin) and for the 1st 4 or so years it was Jack Duckworth git/keys/vocs, Chris Frey bass/vocs, Warren Hill keys/piano and Joshua Wells drums/git/keys for a year or so it was Jack Duckworth, Chris Frey, Brad MacKinnon drums and Lyndsay Sung keys/piano and then for the last 2 years or so Joshua Wells re joined the band.

I don't know if Brad ever had any material recorded and put on an album, but Joshua was/is one hell of a fuckin drummer. Focus on the drums in Aftermath for ref point #1 ... amazing.

Radio Berlin is rumored to have quite a few singles in the UK but I know of none really, so if anyone has info on them drop a line, here is their discography as I know it to be (Keep in mind I got into these guys in 2001 with the the lp Selection Drone)


1998 Self Titled cassette only release
1999 Sibling
2001 Selection Drone
2003 Sister Sounds
2003 Glass

(In 2003 Action Driver reissued both the 1998 Self Titled, 1999s Sibling & 1999s Heart Of Industry 7in as a 2 cd package.)


1999 Heart Of Industry 7in
1999 Split with Kid Commando, Radio Berlins song on this is great and I will rip it anmd post it soon but Kid Commandos songs are I think all renditions of the same song and suuuuuck.

There was to be a CDEP in early 2004 that never saw the light of day, for some time I made it my job to email the company who was to issue the EP to see when and keep the pressure up but to mine and many others disappointment it never came out, Radio Berlin disbanded and it was shelved.

I have tried over the years to get Jack to send me mp3s of the tracks just so I can hear them, but they are not fully mixed tracks and for some reason, be it legal or what not he's never sent them along. Bummer...

It's been a little over a year now since I talked to Jack, I know he and others have moved onto other projects and I used to have them all written down to look into but have since lost the paper so I can't at the moment be of any help in that department.

I'll admit I was a big supporter of the band and would email support pretty often but alas Jack once told me after the band was over "wrong time in the space of time" but I disagree, with all the "Post Punk" shit out there over the last decade, some good and some just a horrid embarrassment, Radio Berlin were in the proper space, they, like may 'REAL' bands were just that, seekers of a truth that only the 1% are also after, the other 99% are just tools.

So we lost another great band to mass media of the interweb age.

It took me some time, media fire only allows for 100 meg files and I wanted to keep this to 1 zip file so it was hard to pick the tracks but .....

For your listening and spiritual freedom pleasure I present to you ..... Radio Berlin.

Mp3 audio source: cds

Thanx to the photog.

01 Aftermath (Glass 2003)
02 A Suitcase (Glass 2003)
03 Change Your Mind (the Selection Drone 2001)
04 Eyes Like Lenses (the Selection Drone 2001)
05 All Systems Go (Der Nacht Version) (1998 Self Titled issued with 1999s Sibling)
06 Gauze (Glass 2003)
07 Hyphen (Glass 2003)
08 I Want To Fall In Your Garden (Sibling 1999)
09 My One Voice (Sibling 1999)
10 Selection Drone (the Selection Drone 2001)
11 Rote Lippen (Glass 2003)
12 Sequence Is Over (the Selection Drone 2001)
13 Sibling (Sibling 1999)
14 Twelve Fingers (the Selection Drone 2001)
15 Stroke (Clubland Ver) (Mixt by Radio Berlin) (Sister Sounds 2003)
16 16 Radio Berlin - Twelve Fingers (Mixt by Epidemic) (Sister Sounds 2003)

((((((((((((And to anyone paying attention, yes the pc is working and I was able to get my sound editing software back on the pc, not tested yet but really it should be ok ... so I do have 3 NMA tapes set up to be processed over the next week as long as the Stanley Cup Playoffs allow me to get them done <;-) GO BLACKHAWKS!!!)))))))))))