Before Bandcamp and Soundcloud became the way for new bands to present themselves, they used Myspace. I never used Myspace much, but one time (in 2008/9 or so) I was searching around a bit and found out that there is a Dutch project that tagged itself "angstpop". I liked the music a lot, but even saw him/them live before the debut 7" came out in 2010.
I guess I knew that material would be released on the Dutch label Enfant Terrible that releases all kinds of strange electronic music, tagging it as "minimal", "minimal wave", "minimal electronics", "dirty disco" and what not. I tried to listen to the music, liked some of it, but I was mostly surprised by the vastness of this scene with tons of bands, projects and labels that I never heard of. From there I bumped into other labels ('kindred scenes'?) and some of the music that I listen to still does.
Much later Distel started a Facebook page and every now and then Nijland announces a release that he cooperated on and so I only recently I discovered Trepaneringsritualen (that I knew by name but stupidly enough never listened to) and recently the Aufnahme + Wiedergabe label from Berlin and the Swedish Beläten label (of Thomas Ekelund of Trepaneringsritualen).
There was a time that I 'accidentally' bumped into all kinds of things new and hip-to-be, nowadays Nijland always seems two steps ahead of me inspite of Last.fm, Deezer, Bandcamp, Soundcloud, etc. My rising age perhaps?
As a sidenote I can add that I sometimes listen to the webradios of Nonpop and Kulturterrorizmus. Yesterday I noticed that Nonpop also plays Beläten music, so there may be another channel to keep an ear on.
Recently I ran into the Noise Receptor weblog. It appeared that there is also a printed version available. I got myself volume 1 (early 2013) and 2 (released a couple of months ago). The journal is well printed on A5 size and nicely bound. Of course the journals look more structured than the WordPress blog, so personally I think it was a good idea to make a print-version. The journal mostly consists of music reviews, but there are also lengthy interviews and more focus on art.
As always, the Wave Gotik Treffen was a nice party. Besides free visits to museums, including an exposition of the recently deceased Hans Rudolf Giger with pieces from the Giger museum in Switserland, the 'heathen village' and the marked in the Agra hall, there were of course plenty of bands to choose from. Sometimes too much, so I had to skip a couple, but the bands we did see are:
Did I forget a few? I should copy my photos to the computer to find out.
TeHÔM "Lacrimae Mundi" CD
See Cycliclaw.com for more information.
DESIDERII MARGINIS 'Thaw' CD
See here for more info.
Thot is a strange band from Belgium making noisy, industrial rock. Not always brilliant, but they have got some moody tracks.
An all-American band that makes a filthy kind of blues rock. The vocals sound like they are shouted into a bad microphone and the music goes from upto rock to more traditional blues. The band has some very nice songs.
Deezer recommended me to play the album "2" of Neu! It proved to be a very nice album. A bit of wave, a bit of shoegaze and more experimental tunes. The album proves to be from 1973! That is not very new!
"25.04.2014 it's release date:
From dark ambient to ambient noise. Quite dirty and here and there quite dark. Nice!
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