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This week has been REDUCTIONS week. So everything thats been there for a bit too long gets a major price drop. All of the vinyl (apart from the 45s) have now been reduced; with the CDs being done over the weekend I believe. Make sure you check the Cheaps, the new Reduction sections on the Dance side as well as the normal sections for reduced bits. Some sections got hit pretty hard, some not so much. If you like Prog Rock, Hardcore Punk, Blues, US House or Minimal Techno you are in for a treat. Its certainly not all chuff thats been reduced – there are some genuinely wicked records in there. Some records that I noticed getting reduced to next to nothing were some of the Too Slow To Disco comp LPs, lots of La Vida Es Un Mus catalogue (including blazing releases from bands like Barcelona and Los Crudos), Colloseum UK originals and top twelves from Daniel Wang.
We had a big restock of all of our T Shirts this week too. So we got all of the sizes back now. We also got a very limited amount of hooded sweatshirts made.
The buying was a little slower this week – which is fine every now and then as we are sitting on a lot of stock. But heres some of the bits that came in:
1) Huge pile of SACDs – John Coltrane, Steve Reich, Elton John, Creedence Clearwater Revival, Bob Marley, Dvorak, Eagles, Marvin Gaye, Chet Baker, Miles Davis, Stevie Wonder etc.
2) Lots of Classic Rock – including a decent copy of the Manfred Mann Chapter Three LP, some nice Doors UK originals, more Creedence Clearwater Revival, Blondie, Neil Young, The Beatles etc.
3) Clean copy of Scoobys Dreaming by the always amazing Tom & Jerry. Quite nuts that we are getting Tom & Jerry 12″s in about once a week. This is one of my favourites I gotta say. A load more Hardcore and Jungle came in too – Ratty, Cool Hand Flex, Nookie, Dillinja, Remarc etc.
4) Pretty much a full run of 45s from The Damned. Including lots of foreign picture sleeves that I have never seen before. The Damned – the perfect 45 band.
5) Lots more Hardcore, Punk and Doom/Black Metal; Blood Brothers, Wolves In The Throne Room, ISIS, Boris, Neurosis, Deafheaven, Torche, Merzbow, Deftones, The Residents, Hey Collosus etc.
6) More Punk – some top melodic Punk and Pop Punk titles have been coming in from this nice bloke – Screeching Weasel, Ramones, All, Descendants, Fugazi, Penetration, Chelsea, UK Subs, Husker Du, Furious George, Snuff etc. These are generally super clean. I used to love this sound so much growing up in Thanet when literally nothing happened – getting drunk and going to see Pop Punk bands at the Cardinals Cap in Canterbury – bands like the Parasites, Zoinks, Snuff, Scared of Chaka saved me from having UK Garage and Rave as my only option.
7) Interesting Jazz, Reggae and Folk collection – including some Latin LPs, out of print Mississippi records titles, Count Ossie/Grounation, Junior Delgado, Staffan Abeleen, Congo Trio, David Murray, Maffay Falay, Don Cherry etc. Some very nice bits here.
Plenty of collections coming up this week; but for now – come in for a bargain!
This week we are proud to have a Top Ten from the legendary Doug Shipton of Finders Keepers Records!!!
Doug has done a top ten ex-Yugoslavia list to go hand in hand with a new cassette mis he has coming out called “Beskrajne Dimenzije”
1. Korni Grupa – Korni Grupa (PGP RTB)
Square one for a lot of people dipping their toes into the world of ex-Yugo rock. A household name in their native homeland and amongst eastern European prog obsessives, the sprawling family tree that gave fruit to Korni Grupa epitomises the complex network of inter-communal collaborations and band hopping which was rife throughout the scene. With branches that reach into other important bands such as Had, Elipse, Indexi, Ambasadori, Zlatni Dečaci and more, Korni Grupa released a grip of beat driven sunshine pop psych singles before hitting their stride with this debut album in 1972.
2. Miša Blam – Gorila (Diskos)
An in demand slab of instrumental drum heavy jazz funk from the legendary Serbian jazz bassist. Featuring axe man Josip Boček (Korni Grupa/Dinamit), this is a prime example of the wave of incredible jazz funk that emanated from the region. Miša Blam cut his teeth in the New York jazz clubs in the late 60s before returning home to rule the Yugo jazz airwaves, eventually founding the first Balkan jazz magazine the Jazz Tribune. His sole long-player Sećanja is also worth a listen but don’t expect lightning to strike twice.
3. Darko Domijan – Pastir Kraj Vatre (Jugoton)
A middle of the road Croatian pop singer with rock’n’roll roots, Darko Domijan’s radio friendly proggy blues rock second album stands up as a career highpoint. Released on the verge of his wilderness years during which he would pack away his fuzz pedals before returning to become a full-time crooner, this record has been on the radar of beat miners and fuzz fanatics for some time.
4. Igor Savin i Orkestar Stanka Selaka – YU Disco Expres (Jugoton)
As a composer for the likes of Josipa Lisac and Zdenka Kovaćićek’s (for whom he wrote a big chunk of her seminal self-titled album) and as a session player for Ljupka Dimitrovska and Arsen Dedić, Igor Savin had already established himself as an important figure on the Yugo rock scene before releasing this his 1979 debut album. Backed by trumpeter Stanislav Selak’s group this tome of disco/jazz funk afforded the highly versatile Igor the opportunity to indulge his more experimental tendencies to great effect. A bent he would take a step further with the release of his classical jazz hybrid follow-up and his ambient electronic masterpiece Childhood.
5. Kornelije Kovač – Između Svetlosti I Tame (PGP RTB)
The debut solo album of former Indexi and founding Korni Grupa member, here he enlists old band mate Jocip Boček and premier jazz drummer Ratko Divjak (Tihomir Pop Asanović/Josipa Lisac/Pro Arte/September/Time) to inject a little Italo bluster into proceedings and produce arguably one of the more consistent and original Yugo prog records of the late 70s.
6. September – Domovina Moja (RTV Ljubljana)
The swan song of another important group of the time that throughout their four year existence counted a slew of big jazz rock names amongst their ranks (Tihomir Pop Asanović/Petar Ugrin/Marjan Maliković). Having taken time out of their 1978 US tour to record this album in Florida they disbanded for good the following year with only two albums and three singles to their name.
7. Kozmetika – Kozmetika (ZKP RTVL)
Three years in the making this is the one and only album from the short-lived Serbian new wave group that rose from the ashes of Dijamantski Psi (Diamond Dogs) spearheaded by the Serbian John Peel, Slobodan Konjović. Widely considered to be the forerunners for the Serbian new wave scene, studio procrastination rooted in experimental production techniques and exacerbated by an extended list of collaborators and guests pushed the band to breaking point but not before they turned in this gritty synth-pop masterpiece.
8. Various Artists – Originalna Muzika Iz Filma Nacionalna Klasa (PGP RTB)
An amazing disco rock soundtrack to a 1979 comedy based (from what I can tell) around the glamorous world of Yugo racing (the car not the country). There’s a few choice cuts on this record but the standout is definitely Serbian icon Slađana Milošević’s dance floor scorcher Inem Sve.
9. V/A – Gitarijada 69 (Beograd Disk)
One of the first ex-Yugo finds to really prick my ears to the scene. This split 7″ features Bezimeni and Kameleoni on the flip, however, it is Karmeleoni’s sprawling pigeon English freakbeat workout Moon Moan that makes this a must.
10. Iliriana Riza – Calif De Funk (Vojvodinakoncert)
This record is guaranteed to have any ex-Yugo dealer wincing in disbelief at the prices it has been capable of fetching in recent. Released in minuscule runs on vinyl and cassette by the obscure Vojvodinakoncert label not much appears to be known about the singer but it’s of little importance as the real heat on this album lies in the completely out of place blistering instrumental fusion scorcher Valla Brava buried at the end of side a.
Of course you know Finders Keepers but if for some mad reason you don’t check: www.finderskeepersrecords.com
Till next week!