o13–Time Wave Zero (Favorite new band, best record of 2013 so far)

o13–Time Wave Zero

Featuring Mark C from Live Skull, Stuart Argabright from Ike Yard, and Kent Heine from The Holy Ghost, o13 (formerly Outpost 13) has made the record of the year, actually of the past few years, with their new release Time Wave Zero.  It’s a sophisticated mix of new wave, no wave, krautrock, dub, electronic, and ambient music that sounds wholly original and inspired, invoking the present, past, and future (bridging the gaps from 1978 to 1985 to 2013 and beyond) in a totally unique way.

I’m tempted to say that only veteran experimental/underground musicians who never hit the big time and have been keeping the torch alive, making art and music in the background for the last few decades, could make a record that sounds as effortless and evocative as Time Wave Zero.   If pressed for comparisons I’d say this would fit in nicely with some Can, Philip Glass, Live Skull, Orb’s Orbus Terrarum, Suicide, Joy Division, Brian Eno, all in their prime!!!  It’s super-accomplished and stylized, the type of album that all fits together perfectly, evoking a number of moods and emotions that you just can’t get anywhere else.  It’s about time–an album this good and consistent hasn’t come out in many years, especially out of the indie/postpunk arena–maybe the last records this interesting were Battles’ Gloss Drop and Mirrored?

Spotify: o13 – Remote Purity Control

Desire Records: 013 (CD) (vinyl)

Newsflash: Desire Records is also re-releasing some Live Skull records on CD and vinyl, and they’re on Spotify too!  It’s about time, Live Skull is basically as good or usually better than Sonic Youth in their own inspired and unique way (only Sister and Daydream Nation are on par with the best Live Skull records) but many of their best records have never been released on CD until now (or soon, currently in preorder)!!!  A dedicated post on this monumental (I’m serious) news  soon!


Siouxsie and the Banshees–Arabian Knights & Cities in Dust

Some classic Siouxsie from the early 80s…such a great mixture of experimental and pop sensibilities…

Siouxsie and the Banshees–Arabian Knights

Siouxsie and the Banshees–Cities in Dust

The Cure’s Fascination Street is Inspired By Kool and the Gang’s Fresh; Radiohead’s The National Anthem Inspired By the Cure’s Fascination Street

**UPDATE** See the video which demonstrates how The Cure’s “Fascination Street” is based on Kool & The Gang’s “Fresh” in this post: The Cure’s “Fascination Street” is Based on Kool & The Gang’s “Fresh,” and The Dazz Band’s “Let it Whip” is Based on The Sweet’s “Love is Like Oxygen” (See the videos!)

Kool and the Gang–Fresh. Check out the bassline, some of the changes, the guitar, etc. Then check out The Cure’s Fascination Street…definitely inspired by Kool and the Gang’s Fresh!

Cure–Fascination Street

For those of you doubting this, here’s a less controversial one: did you ever listen to The Cure’s Hot Hot Hot (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=1sJovcqtdh8) and then Chic’s Good Times (http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8g6bUe5MDRo)? The bassline, guitars, and drums are very similar; i.e. the songs are very similar. The Cure liked to make their own version of disco/funk songs. there’s nothing wrong with that, musicians like to make their own versions of hit songs, it’s just what they do.

I always thought the bassline of Radiohead’s The National Anthem was kind of in a similar vein to the Fascination Street bassline, but just in terms of mechanics, not the melodic component. Kind of sounds like Can too.

Here’s a cover of Joy Division’s Ceremony by Radiohead..


Here’s an original Radiohead song I think is really good

Radiohead–Weird Fishes/Arpeggi

Radiohead’s Scotch Mist live DVD is amazing!

Magazine–Motorcade, Cut Out Shapes, Permafrost


Magazine, my current favorite band ever.  Mix the best parts of Joy Division, Roxy Music, Brian Eno, Siouxsie and the Banshees, Josef K, Birthday Party, PIL, Bauhaus, T Rex, Flying Lizards…Pink Floyd…etc.

Magazine–Cut Out Shapes


The Most Overlooked 70s/80s New Wave Album Ever–Magazine: Secondhand Daylight


Magazine–Secondhand Daylight (mp3s on Amazon)

This is the best.  They combine the best of postpunk, pop, and yes, prog rock.  First track Feed the Enemy distinctly sounds like the best parts of Pink Floyd songs like Have a Cigar, the tempo, the bassline, the analog synths, with a distinct postpunk new wave angle.  Same with their song Thin Air.  Other standouts are Cut-out Cruelty, then insane Back to Nature (what kind of a futuristic song/rhythm is this???), and Permafrost.

Then unbelievably, the opening/main riff of Belive that I Understand sounds like My Bloody Valentine, Swervedriver, a whole host of late 1980s/early-mid 1990s shoegazer bands.  And this was made in 1979!  The remaster comes with a cover version of Captain Beefheart’s “I Love You Big Dummy”!

Top notch stuff, my favorite album at the moment.  Also see some almost-as-equally great Stranglers albums, including the great Raven and Black and White, which some of Secondhand Daylight tracks are simliar to.  Other reference points: Brian Eno, Roxy Music, David Bowie, Bauhaus, Joy Division, Birthday Party, Siouxsie and the Banshees (the guitarist went on to play in Siouxsie and the Banshees), Blur, Gorillaz, Stereolab, and…Radiohead, which covered a Magazine song or two.

Check out some of their album Magic, Murder and the Weather, I especially like the song Great Man’s Secrets, which is a great disco/ska/dub/new wave electro dance song that bands like !!! and Hercules and Love Affair only wish they could write.

See this post,  Magazine–Motorcade, Cut Out Shapes, Permafrost for some of their live/promo videos.