The last shows at the club are currently filled with a slew of hardcore bands like Agnostic Front and some old mainstays like the Dictators, but not a lot of the New Wave sounds that took over between punk and hardcore. Maybe it’s that New Wave isn’t in vogue like it used to bemaybe it’s that the hardcore bands might beat them upbut they still deserve a little sampling.
» Listen to Obey the New Wave at WFMU’s Beware of the Blog
Make sure to listen to Furious Pig’s version of the ketjak, otherwise known as The Ramayana Monkey Chanta Balinese music drama performed by 100 people sitting in a circle simultaneously chanting. The echo effect is haunting, and somewhat similar to the The Langley Schools Music Project.
» Listen to The Ramayana Monkey Chant at ubuweb
After New Wave, No Wave eventually came to NYC, which had neither synthesizers nor speed. The compilation No New York was considered the beginning and end of the genre for a while, but there’s plenty to be found outside of that boundary. In Florida, for instance, Teddy and the Frat Girls were screaming minimally to their hearts’ content.
» Listen to Teddy and the Frat Girls at Post-Punk Junk
Just like how Lester Bangs is known for pointing out the music coming out of CBGBs in the ’70s when nobody else was, Julian Cope is the krautrock equivalent. Besides putting out his own albums, he’s also known for being a Warren Buffet-type character: Any band he mentions should be considered epic until listened to and proven otherwise. I’d been able to collect most of his highly essential Krautrock Top 50 list, except for Walter Wegmüller’s Tarot, which had been a slippery eel until a few days ago.
» Listen to Walter Wegmüller at 8 Days in April
Be sure to also check out Julian Cope’s Head Heritage, which provides streams of his recommended album of the month as well as his own song makings.
What else is there to say about CBGBs that hasn’t been said a million times already? Maybe that they never booked enough Brazilian psychedelia. Well they’ll have the opportunity to make up for this indiscretion in their new Las Vegas location, but until then Jards Macalé will have to fill in the gap.
» Listen to Jards Macalé at Brazilian Nuggets