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I toyed with changing the name of the mix to just Whiplash, taking a note from the Post-Concussion Mix of 2010, due to this past weekend’s events leading to whiplash & insurmountable pain. Not to mention, the lovely cover by Colette Saint Yves mimics whiplash & reminds me of a doll I have named Princess Death, named after you guessed it: Death from The Seventh Seal. Cover replaced on 3/16/13.

Now on to the Smelt mix!

Side A:

  1. Bene Gesserit – Kull Wahad
  2. Further Reductions – Void of Course (Demo)
  3. Freez-E-Style  – Slo Motion
  4. Traversable Wormhole – Closed Time Like Curve
  5. Age Coin – B.1
  6. Rrose – Shepherd’s Brine
  7. Entro Senestre – SB Dauntless

Side B:

  1. Parade Ground – Moan on the Sly
  2. Geisha – Aavelaiva
  3. Void Vision – A Version
  4. Andi Arroganti – Hom-O-Hetero
  5. Sods – Roller Ball
  6. Figure Study – Divide
  7. Delphic Oracle  – Watching The Fern
  8. Faten Kanaan – The Rises
  9. *secret track

256 kbps; 59:15  Please listen with headphones.

Finished on HalloweenSmelt is a 60 minute mixtape that is quintessentially a MIX, the Farced way.

Side A (first 29 minutes) starting with Bene Gesserit‘s spastic and “spooky” industrial, tape comp-only released gem preceding a hauntingly comforting New Beat sounding Further Reductions demo leading this techno-laden portion into a Marc Trauner sobriquet release. Alongside Traversable Wormhole,  Age Coin’s ticking time bomb, (initially released on cassette via Posh Isolation, soon to be issued on vinyl), Rrose & Entro Senestre who just had a release on L.I.E.SFurther Reductions will have their first LP released soon on Veronica’s Cititrax.

Synth laden Side B includes a wonderful mix of  rarities & more singles from ever inspiring peers. Starting off with a lesser known played, but typically emotional Parade Ground track leading into rare Finnish post-punk by Geisha, contemporary one woman wonder & synth goddess: VOID VISIONAndi Arroganti whose website  reads “This Internet site is exclusive, even so exclusive that it de facto is no internet service'” (note to self), Danish Post-Punk from 1980, demo from buds Figure Study, Christiana’s Delphic Oracle single that I’ve been wholeheartedly obsessed with, and queen of ArabWave herself, Faten Kanaan‘s dreamlike single that is absolute mirth finished off by the underwater world created by Hanjo Erkamp, ex member of Ende Shneafliet.

All in all, there are a lot of unplanned synchronicities in this mix with the lyrics, titles and sampling, as there are in life but I couldn’t be more happier about it.

This past September marked seven years of Farced being in cyberspace. I dabble in thinking of pulling the plug all the time, especially now that it’s been seven years. 7 is a number of completion and frankly the amount of money I spend on webhosting & the srsly.tv domain per year, out of my own pocket with no ads is adding up, considering I don’t post regularly. However, I do get messages, especially lately about my blog & mixes. So Farced will be up, with small updates here and on the F*acebook page. More mixes here.

If my back weren’t fucked, I’d post a photo of me bowing out, but alas, see you on the flipside.

ETA: 11/2017 Limited run tapes can be purchased here.

This Sunday, March 27th I will be filling in for Veronica Vasicka on the Minimal Wave show on East Village Radio with guests Streetwalker (Elon Katz and Beau Wanzer) in town from Chicago. I am also filling in for the following two Sundays: April 3rd and April 10th, so please tune in at 6PM for the Farced takeover(s).

I never made a post with the full playlist for the Minimal Wave show I covered alone at East Village Radio during that crazy blizzard on December 26, 2010. I was running late due to all the trains running snow so you gotta skip through past Severed Heads after the guy announces that I am running late. The computer for updating the playlist froze about an hour into it so I luckily jotted down the rest.

ETA 10/14/15: Soundcloud & Mixcloud streams of show below: 

Nuit Des Stars – Plan Actuel
Factual – For The Song
Bazooka – Alive
Moderne – Dilemma
Ultimatum – Countdown
Near Paris – Believe Me
Vienna – Rendez-Vous sur La Mer Noire (7″ version, I have to rip the 12″ instrumental of this)
Further Reductions – Not Unknown
Die Dominas – Die Wespendomina
Neud Photo – Semiotics
EUC – Shattered Glass
Trisomie 21 – Moving By You
Light Asylum – Skull Fuct
Automelodi – Schéma Corporel
Fad Gadget – Love Parasite
Mito – Droid
JYL – Computer Generation
Carol – So Low
Deutscher Kaiser – Danse

undocumented tracks below:

1. Futurologischer Congress – Rena
Die Partei – Föhn In Den Bergen
Ti-Tho – Die Liebe ist ein Abenteuer
Vox Populi! – Avaze Djodayi
Michelle Vernon – Y’a Pas De Mystère Dans L’air
Paul Nova – Famous Boys
Aaah…! – Slip Away
Corps Diplomatique – Les Métamorphoses
Jo Lemaire & Flouze – Je Suis Venir Te Dire Que Je M’En Vais
Chris & Cosey – October (Love Song) ’86 version

I’ve included the elusive & mysterious Paul Nova’s “Famous Boys” from his solo career (he was one half of the duo Bizarre Unit). The video below for his song “You Could Be Good” was uploaded to the Farced youTube channel, several months ago. Both songs are from his 1984 LP Trees Without Leaves. The whole Paul Nova discography is superb and usually fetches some pretty foreign currencies on eBay & discogs. Also included with this post (for those of you reading via feed) Michelle Vernon‘s track from 1990 which reminds me of music of that time from my childhood in Haiti…

Last but not least, I’m including my boys EUC‘s track “Shattered Glass” from their Prey EP which just got released on cassette by Permanent Records in Chicago. You can buy it here. I’ve been meaning to make a post for EUC but have been so busy… hopefully a full post and some announcements soon. Photo below is how 1st Avenue looked at 8pm once the show was over, I ended up stranded in Manhattan.

You can download tracks from the first Minimal Wave show I did with Jacob Gorchov on November 14, 2010 here. Tune in Sunday or come visit!

P.S. Installed Facebook, Twitter & Google Buzz share buttons to spread the word. Farced.net and farced.org direct to here now. Happy Friday and thanks so much for reading and subscribing.

Having had this post as a draft since last May, it’s finally come to fruition since I am blasting Xmal Deutschland in preparation for my favorite monthly darkwave dance party aptly titled “No Soul.” Ixmal doytschland has been described as the “German Siouxsie and the Banshees,” I can somewhat concur for people unfamiliar with the initially all-girl group. Watching Anja sing brings feelings of awe only Dalida can summon (and fine, Siouxsie too).

Though people familiar with Xmal may know them as a primarily “Gothic Rock” group, they started out in the NDW scene with two of my favorite releases on the German avantgarde, punk and new wave label Zickzack. Zickzack was something like Germany’s Rough Trade of the 80s, started by Alfred Hilsberg, the man who coined the term Neue Deutsche Welle. Nearly all of my favorite German records of that era were on Zickzack, what I would do to get my hands on the whole discography! Anyway, Xmal Deutschland released singles Schwarze Welt in 1981 and Incubus Succubus (I not II) in 1982 on Zickzack before taking on an entirely Gothic sound.

I am including “Blut ist Liebe” (Blood is Lust) B-side of the Incubus Succubus 7″ and  first single “Schwarze Welt.” Also included in this post is my favorite dance track from their first album Fetisch, “Qual” which the boys always play to try to get this dance machine started. I feel that I should mention “Blut ist Liebe” being my current phone ringer, la la la.

22 songs, 1:16:32 total time; 192 kbps

01. Today Your Love, Tomorrow The World – Cult of Youth
02. The Days Arrive – The New Underground Entertainment
03. Suicide Commando – No More
04. Vichy Girls – Martial Canterel
05. You – Boytronic
06. Crème de la crème – Waylon
07. OMFIL – Home Service
08. Pour Mon Bibi – Sentimentale Jugend
09. Anoumam Sandrofia – Bony Pascal & Les Cantadors de la Capitale
10. Zuerst Ich – Silvia
11. Almenrausch – Bergtraum
12. Austauschprogramm – Die Partei
13. Six Days and One – Romeo Void
14. Keeping All the Time – Blank Dogs
15. Die Liebe ist ein Abenteuer – Ti-tho
16. Is Anybody Home? (Part 1) – Trisomie 21
17. Schlaraffenland – Carmen
18. Nite Line (Writer’s Demo) – Michael Jackson
19. Danse – Deutscher Kaiser
20. Exakt Neutral – Deo
21. The Fall – Siglo XX
22. Je Suis Venu Te Dire Que Je M’en Vais – Jo Lemaire & Flouze

Finally, a mix! This is to make up for the lack of mixes in 2009, unless you count this mock mix from nearly a year ago. Replete with mostly German and French jams with Afro, Disco & recent goodies thrown in. Heavy on the synths that will get that body gyrating. I am too tired now to give a breakdown, as much I really would like to get into detail about each track, especially my favorites. As usual I’d love to make this into one big crossfaded mp3 for you guys that like that format, perhaps at a later time.

Download the zip file below, extract, upload to iTunes, sort by track number, make sure crossfading is on and enjoy!

ETA 2014: Zip file removed. Stream via Soundcloud below:

Favored tracks are italicized. Download more mixes here.

I am routinely obsessed with this 1982 Neue Deutsche Welle collaboration between otherwise unknown singer Silvia and underrated electronic wunderkind Tommi Stumpff, with Rainer Assmann aiding in production. From Stumpff’s own account, this project occured due to having unused studio time on their hands with Silvia doing a style overhaul from “punk” to “new wave” for the cover.

One of the songs I am posting from this LP is likely to be included in the mix I am working on, though I am sure most people don’t download the mixes and the tracks I post.

I find it amusing that the track “Sex Im Aquarium” reminds me of dancehall reggae, notably Mad Cobra’s “Flex (Time to Have Sex!)” Concurrently Tommi Stumpff’s “Crêve Petit Con” from his 1982 release Zu Spät Ihr Scheißer sounds like something out of Kingston ten years later. I am also including this French versed track by Stumpff for those of you reading via the feed .  I’ve tried to figure out why Podpress only includes one track in the feed, with no luck.

Naturally like every release I could ever want, this little known record is going for restrictively absurd amounts of money. One can dream, right?

On repeat a lot lately is a track from the first solo [vinyl] release by Alexander Von Borsig (currently active as Alexander Hacke) of Einstürzende Neubauten fame. Relaxed but dancy “Japanisch” from his 1982 Hiroshima 12″ EP is totally not expectant of someone in Neubauten. Quite a treat and one of my new favorite tracks that will likely make way to the mixtape[s] I will be working on this week. I just added some rips of the sole release of his band Sentimentale Jugend (Sentimental Youth) with his infamous ex-girlfriend Christiane F. to my computer. Naturally their very industrial sounding cassette release Borsig Werke from 1981 is going for 100 Euros on discogs.  “Hiroshima” on Borsig’s release first appeared on said tape release in 1981, roughly two minutes shorter and much more “rough.”

Shopping for luggage has left me wanting to scream. Who knew it could be so difficult to shop for a durable piece of luggage? Not that I need to let the world know of my travel plans, especially since people I don’t want knowing squat about my going-ons check up on me here. But honestly, all I want is a spinner piece of luggage (with four “spinning wheels”) that won’t fall apart when I get it back from the baggage claim. I’m thankful for the internet in providing customer reviews to warn me of faulty pieces of luggage (even Samsonite produces crud, apparently), but christ this is annoying. Should I buy this 29″ purple stunner even though buyers warn of going over the new 50 pound limit with the valise that you have to PAY to check in DOMESTICALLY anyway? Fuck the world.

Track is from one of my favorite NDW albums from 1981. Die Partei was a project of Walter Dahn and Tom Dokoupil (most notably a member of Die Radierer). “Föhn In Den Bergen” is pretty fun, synthy magic that sounds like you are inside of a video game party a very trippy King Tut’s tomb. Naturally, the “psychedelic electronic wave pop” sounding La Freiheit Des Geistes isn’t cheap. Look for a rip of this album online, look hard. So worth it.