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    New York Noise 2016 EditionSoul Jazz Records

    This is the new edition of Soul Jazz Records’ long out of print first New York Noise collection, Dance Music From The New York Underground 1978-82.

    This new 2016 edition features classic New York post-punk, punk funk and no wave tracks from Arthur Russell/Dinosaur L, James White and the Contortions, The Theoretical Girls, Mars, Konk, Material, Bush Tetras, Lizzy Mercier Descloux as well as new tracks by Alan Vega (Suicide), Chain Gang and Implog.

    • The Dance – Do Dada
    • The Contortions – Contort Yourself
    • Theoretical Girls – You Got Me
    • Konk – Elephant
    • Mars – Helen Fordsdale
    • Dinoaur L – Clean On Your Bean #1
    • Chain Gang – Son Of Sam
    • Arto / Neto – Pini, Pini
    • Bush Tetras – Too Many Creeps
    • Alan Vega – Bye Bye Bayou
    • Mars – 3E
    • Konk – Baby Dee
    • Lizzy Mercier Descloux – Wawa
    • Material – Reduction
    • Bush Tetras – Can't Be Funky
    • impLOG – Breakfast
    KaS ProductBlack & Noir: Mutant Synth-Punk from France 1980-83Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records are releasing a collection of lost recordings by French mutant experimental synth group Kas Product, all originally recorded in the period 1980 – 83. 

    Kas Product formed in 1980 in Nancy, France, as an electronic duo comprising ex-psychiatric nurse Spatsz on electronics and rhythm machines and Mona Soyoc on vocals and guitars.

    Kas Product feature on Soul Jazz Records’ recent 'Punk 45 – Les Punks: The French Connection'. Mainly recorded on early tape, synth and drum machines Kas Product’s mixture of Spatsz’ hypnotic, electronic and angular hard-edged beats matched to the spiky vocals and guitar work of Soyoc led to comparisons with Suicide, Liliput/Kleenex, Cabaret Voltaire as well as to the group being forerunners of the cold wave/ synth wave movement. Perhaps closer still is the Industrial sound of bands such as Throbbing Gristle and Einsturzende Neubaten. At the start of the decade Kas Product's 'So Young But So Cold' was also the title track of a defining collection of rare underground electronic French coldwave/synthwave bands on the Tigersushi label.

    The recordings here are taken from their early releases on the local Punk label from Nancy, France at the start of the 1980s, mostly recorded on a 2-track recorder in their bedroom, which led to them signing to RCA in 1982. These songs were first put together on CD by the French Fan Club label in 1990.  Essentially the group split-up in 1988 but Kas Product still come together to perform live today most recently in Paris, New York and Los Angeles. In 2012 their major label debut album was re-released in France.

    Soul Jazz Records are releasing this album on limited-edition 1000-copies worldwide vinyl LP (with download), CD and worldwide digital.

    Reviews and Articles:

    Read large feature in Noisey (in French) here

    • – Mind
    • – Black & Noir
    • – Seven
    • – Take Me Tonight
    • – In Need
    • – Malena
    • – Crash
    • – Mezzo
    • – Electric
    • – Party
    • – Doctor Insane
    PUNK 45: Les Punks - The French ConnectionSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Punk 45 release documents the first radical underground punk bands to come out of France including Metal Urbain (the first group ever to be signed to Rough Trade Records), Marie et Les Garçons, Asphalt Jungle, through to the earliest experimental cold wave/minimal wave electronic groups such as Kas Product, Charles de Goal and A3 Dans le WC who emerged at the start of the 1980s.

    The accompanying large 44-page outsize booklet shows how punk in France emerged out of the country’s history of rebellion and revolution (from Serge Gainsbourg to the Paris ‘68 riots) as well as a love for American punk and proto bands like The New York Dolls and The Stooges, and was kick-started by witnessing the first UK punk bands (including the Sex Pistols who played in Paris in Sep 1976).

    It also explains how French revolutionary, artistic and intellectual ideas influenced the birth of punk in both New York (Dadaism and Surrealism, Rimbaud and Voltaire) and in Britain (Situationism), how Paris based art collective Bazooka influenced the work of Jamie Reid and The Sex Pistols, and more besides. 

    The booklet features extensive text, exclusive photography as well as interviews with key French figures in the movement including Marc Zermati (Skydog Records), Patrick Eudeline (Asphalt Jungle), Michel Esteban (Ze Records) and Eric Debris (Metal Urbain).

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Punk 45 album comes as a heavyweight double vinyl LP with gatefold sleeve, inserts, full sleeve notes + download code and also as a deluxe CD pack + 50-page outsize booklet and as a digital album.

    This is the latest in Soul Jazz Records’ Punk 45 series which documents punk around the world, following on from earlier releases Punk 45: Kill The Hippies (USA punk), Punk 45: There Is No Such Thing As Society (UK punk and post-punk), Punk 45: Sick on You (proto-punk), Punk 45: Burn, Rubber City Punk (Akron), Punk 45: Extermination Nights in The Sixth City (Cleveland) and Punk 45: Chaos in the City of Angels and Devils (Los Angeles) as well as the book Punk 45: Singles Cover Art of Punk with Jon Savage

    REVIEWS

    Read PITCHFORK article here

    • Marie et Les Garçons – Rien A Dire
    • Metal Boys – Sweet Marylin
    • Fantomes – I Wanna Be Your Dog
    • Gazoline – Sally
    • A3 Dans Les WC – Photo Couleur
    • Asphalt Jungle – Planté Comme Un Privé
    • Warm Gun – Broken Windows
    • Metal Urbain – Paris Maquis
    • Electric Callas – Kill Me Two Times
    • KaS Product – Mind
    • 84 Flesh – Salted City
    • Les Olivensteins – Euthanasie
    • Angel Face – Wolf City Blues
    • Guilty Razors – Hurts and Noises
    • Dogs – Here Comes My Baby
    • Charles De Goal – Dans Le Labyrinthe
    • Guilty Razors – I Don't Wanna Be A Rich
    • Marie et Les Garçons – A Bout De Souffle
    • Calcinator – Électrifié
    PUNK 45 : Chaos In The City Of Angels and DevilsSoul Jazz Records

    Chaos in the City of Angels and Devils’ is the new instalment of Soul Jazz Records’ Punk 45 series featuring an array of first generation Los Angeles punk bands including X, The Germs, The Zeros, The Urinals, The Weirdos through to second generation hardcore groups like The Circle Jerks, Adolescents and T.S.O.L.

    Unlike the other major cities of New York and London, Punk in Los Angeles was pretty much ignored by the major record industry. As bands sprang up, Los Angeles punk gave rise to a wide range of its own DIY independent records with labels like Dangerhouse, Bomp!, What? And Upsetter documenting the nascent emerging scene.

    Original Los Angeles punk came in two distinct phases. The first punk groups (c.77-79) all centred around The Masque club in Hollywood, and the birth of the first ever hardcore groups who emerged in the surrounding Los Angeles suburb and beach areas (c.1979-81), mixing punk, skate and surfer ideologies. This album includes music from both periods.

    Chaos in the City of Angels and Devils’ documents this in detail. The 64-page outsize CD booklet features extensive notes, exclusive photography from celebrated original photographers Jenny Lens, Melanie Nissen (Slash magazine) and Edward Colver, original cover art as well as interviews and features on bands and labels (including The Urinals, Flesh Eaters, Dangerhouse, Posh Boy, Frontier, Upsetter and more!).

    The deluxe double vinyl comes in gatefold sleeve, inner sleeves, insert + free download (+ full sleevenotes and photography). This is the sixth Punk 45 release on Soul Jazz Records and follows on from the earlier releases covering punk from Cleveland, Akron, UK, USA and proto-punk, as well as the book Punk 45 – Cover Art of Punk written in collaboration with Jon Savage.

    • The Middle Class – Out Of Vogue
    • X – We're Desperate
    • The Flesh Eaters – Disintegration Nation
    • The Weirdos – A Life Of Crime
    • The Urinals – I'm White and Middle Class
    • Iggy & The Stooges – I Got A Right
    • The Germs – Forming
    • Agent Orange – Bloodstains
    • Black Randy & The Metrosquad – Trouble At The Cup
    • The Urinals – Ack Ack Ack Ack
    • The Zeros – Don't Push Me Around
    • The Randoms – ABCD
    • Circle Jerks – What's Your Problem
    • The Bags – Survive
    • The Adolescents – Amoeba
    • The Dils – Class War
    • The Deadbeats – Brainless
    • The Simpletones – I Like Drugs
    • T.S.O.L. – World War 3
    • Eyes – TAQN
    • The Hollywood Squares – Hollywood Square
    • The Deadbeats – Final Ride
    PUNK 45: Burn Rubber City Burn!Soul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records' new 'Punk 45' album Burn, Rubber City Burn charts the rise of the music scene in the mid-west city of Akron, Ohio at a time when the city and the rubber industry it was associated with was in deep decline.
    Featuring a fantastic collection of Akron groups including Devo, The Bizarros, Rubber City Rebels, Jane Aire, Chi-Pig, The Waitresses and more.
    The album comes complete with extensive text as well as exclusive photos and original record artwork. CD comes with large booklet and thick slipcase. Vinyl edition is on deluxe gatefold double-vinyl with free download code.
    The album follows on from Soul Jazz Records' earlier Punk 45 albums about USA and British punk (Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! and There Is No Such Thing As Society) as well as the cover art book Punk 45.
    Burn, Rubber City Burn, coincides with the release of as a second album about Ohio’s early punk scene, Extermination Nights in the Sixth City – featuring the music scene of nearby Cleveland.
    REVIEWS:
     “Soul Jazz Records’ story of American punk opens up a whole 1970s history that is still underexposed.” The Guardian
    Read PITCHFORK piece on the album here.
    Read Quietus feature here

    • The Bizarros – I Bizarro
    • The Waitresses – The Comb
    • Hammer Damage – Laugh
    • Devo – Mechanical Man
    • Tin Huey – Squirm You Worm
    • The Bizarros – Lady Doubonette
    • Chi-Pig – Ring Around The Collar
    • Devo – Auto Modown
    • Rubber City Rebels – Kidnapped
    • Denis DeFrange and Mark Frazier – The Manikin Shuffle
    • Jane Aire and The Belvederes – When I Was Young
    • Tin Huey – Puppet Wipes
    • Chi-Pig – Apu Api
    • The Bizarros – Nova
    • Rubber City Rebels – Such A Fool
    • Denis DeFrange – Sector Wars
    • Ralph Carney – Closet Bears
    • 15 60 75 Numbers Band – Narrow Road
    PUNK 45: Extermination Nights In The Sixth CitySoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records' new 'Punk 45' album charts the rise of underground punk in the mid-west city of Cleveland, Ohio, which for many people is the true birthplace of punk music in the mid-1970s.
    Featuring a fantastic collection of punk 45 singles from Cleveland groups including Pere Ubu, electric eels, The Pagans, Rockets From The Tomb, Mirrors, X–X and more.
    The album comes complete with extensive text written by Jon Savage as well as exclusive photos and original record artwork. CD comes with large booklet and thick slipcase. Vinyl edition is on deluxe gatefold double-vinyl complete with with free download code.
    The album follows on from Soul Jazz Records' earlier Punk 45 albums about USA and British punk (Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! and There Is No Such Thing As Society), pre-punk (Sick On You! One Way Spit!) as well as the deluxe cover art book Punk 45.
    Extermination Nights in the Sixth City coincides with the release of as a second album about Ohio’s early punk scene, Burn, Rubber City, Burn – featuring the music scene of nearby Akron.
    REVIEWS:
    “Soul Jazz Records’ story of American punk opens up a whole 1970s history that is still underexposed.”  The Guardian
    Read PITCHFORK piece on the album here.
    Read Quietus feature here

    • The Pagans – Street Where Nobody Lives
    • Jazz Destroyers – Love Meant To Die
    • Pere Ubu – Final Solution
    • The Broncs – Tele-K-Killing
    • electric eels – Splittery Splat
    • The Pagans – Dead End America
    • X-X – Approaching The Minimal With Spray Guns
    • The Defnics – 51%
    • Pere Ubu – Heart Of Darkness
    • The Human Switchboard – No !
    • X-X – A
    • Pressler Morgan – You're Gonna Watch Me
    • The Pagans – I Juvenile
    • Poli Styrene Jazz Band – Drano In Your Veins
    • The Mirrors – Hands In My Pockets
    • electric eels – Bunnies
    • Styrene Money – Everything Near Me
    • Rocket From The Tombs – Life Stinks
    No SeattleSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records new release takes us on a serious road trip into the North-West region of the USA, 1986-97, to explore the amazing lost and forgotten sounds of the Grunge era.
    This Deluxe massive 28-track Double CD with 44 page outsize booklet features extensive text, band features and interviews, exclusive photos.+ Also Worldwide digital release + Also Ltd.Edition Two seperate double-vinyl albums with full notes and free download code.

    The underground music scene of the North-west of America arose from the early 1980s, strung out in isolated towns across the vast state of Washington. In its early days bands who showed an allegiance to their roots of punk. Yet, by 1991,Nirvana, the biggest band in the world, had been born from this community of outsiders.


    This compilation features some of the many divergent bands who emerged out of the North-west during this era. Intensely researched and documented this album features many bands who have now disappeared from history after releasing maybe just a couple of singles, or an album, or even never making it onto vinyl – alongside some bands that continue to this day.
    Perhaps most fascinating is the wide-ranging styles that these grunge bands  incorporated - from punk to metal, experimental and more.


    All Roads lead to Nirvana: 17 of the bands featured here played alongside Nirvana in the period 1987-93. All 23 bands featured feature members who shared a stage with Nirvana. Jack Endino (The Ones) produced 37 Nirvana songs. Dave Foster (Helltrout) was Nirvana's 3rd drummer. Bundle of Hiss became TAD who played more gigs with Nirvana than any other band.
    With fantastically in-depth sleevenotes, interviews with most of the bands, exclusive photography and all sonically remastered tracks this is a comprehensive double CD (and 2 volumes of 2xLP vinyl releases) bringing together the hidden, lost and forgotten sounds of the North-west grunge era.


    Reviews & Articles:
    Seattle Times feature here.
    Irish Times here.
    Read article by compiler Nick Soulsby in Nirvana Legacy here 
    Read second article by the compiler here.
    Read article about the artwork here.

    • Starfish – This Town
    • Vampire Lezbos – Stop Killing The Seals
    • Nubbin – Windyyy
    • Saucer – Jail Ain't Stopping Us
    • Machine – Blind Man's Holiday
    • Medelicious – Beverly
    • Hitting Birth – Same 18
    • Nubbin – Wonderama
    • Crunchbird – Woodstock Unvisited
    • The Ones – Talk To Me
    • Pod – 123
    • Thrillhammer – Alice's Palace
    • Yellow Snow – Take Me For A Ride
    • Helltrout – Precious Hyde
    • Bundle Of Hiss – Wench
    • Starfish – Run Around
    • Thrillhammer – Bleed
    • Chemistry Set – Fields
    • My Name – Voice Of A Generation Gap
    • Small Stars – It's Getting Late
    • Shug – AM FM
    • Treehouse – Debbie Had A Dream
    • My Name – Why I Fight
    • Soylent Green – It Smiles
    • Kill Sybil – Best
    • Calamity Jane – Magdalena
    • Saucer – Chicky Chicky Frown
    • Attica – The System
    Punk 45: Sick on You ! One Way Spit !Soul Jazz Records

    This new Punk 45 album is a collection of tracks of twisted, raw and energized proto-punk music from the early 1970s, ahead-of-its-time music which led the way for the birth of punk in the second-half of the 1970s.

    This new album is compiled and has extensive sleeve-notes by Jon Savage.

    Punk 45: Sick on You! One Way Spit! After the Love & Before the Revolution: Proto-Punk 1969-77 is the third volume in this series, following on from the two earlier albums as well as the massive 400-page Punk 45s cover art book published last year.

    While the first in the series, Punk 45: Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself!, focused on the rise of underground punk in America, and the second album, Punk 45: There is No Such Thing as Society did the same for punk and post-punk in Britain, this album draws upon some of the stripped-down hard garage and post-glam sounds of mainly obscure bands that existed in the early 1970s - that were to prove the template for the forthcoming punk movement.

    This is a unique and fascinating collection of proto-punk tracks from across the USA - Cleveland’s Electric Eels, San Francisco’s Crime, Los Angeles’ Zolar X, Baltimore’s George Brigman and more – as well as from the UK –  with Joe Strummer’s pre-Clash 101ers, the speed- induced r’n’b of the Count Bishops and others also included.

    As usual the album comes complete with text, biographies on each of the bands, exclusive photos and original record artwork.

    The album is released on CD with outsize large booklet and thick slipcase and limited-edition super-loud, super-heavy double vinyl edition complete with full sleeve-notes and free download code. These Punk 45 releases are also the first that Soul Jazz Records are making available as worldwide digital releases.

    'Top 50 best reissues of 2014" Rolling Stone magazine

    • Debris – One Way Spit
    • George Brigman – Jungle Rot
    • Death – Politicians In My Eyes
    • The Hammersmith Gorillas – You Really Got Me
    • Crime – Hot Wire My Heart
    • Mirrors – She Smiled Wild
    • The Hollywood Brats – Sick On You
    • Pastiche – Derelict Boulevard
    • Cabaret Voltaire – Makes Your Mouth Go Funny
    • Jack Ruby – Hit & Run
    • Victoria Vein and The Thunderpunks – Rear Guard Action
    • Electric Eels – Cyclotron
    • The Count Bishops – Ain't Got You
    • Rob Jo Star Band – Acid Revolution
    • The 101ers – Keys To Your Heart
    • The Killer Kane Band – Mr Cool
    • Simply Saucer – Here Come The Cyborgs Part 2
    • Zolar X – Space Age Love
    • Hector – Wired Up
    • Stavely Makepeace – I Wanna Love You Like A Mad Dog
    • Radio Pete – Just A Patsy
    Punk 45: There Is No Such Thing As SocietySoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Punk 45 album charts the rise of underground punk and post-punk in the UK from 1977-81.
    Punk 45: There is No Such Thing As Society. Get A Job, Get A Car, Get A Bed, Get Drunk! Underground Punk in the UK 1977-81 is the second volume in this series, released following on from Soul Jazz Records’ recent massive deluxe 400-page Punk 45s cover art book edited and compiled by Jon Savage (author of the seminal book on punk, England’s Dreaming) and Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records).
    While the first album in this series, Punk 45: Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself!, focused on underground punk in America, this album charts the rise of punk and post-punk in Britain in the years 1977-81.
    This new Punk 45 album features a collection of seminal, classic, obscure and rare punk and post-punk singles from the likes of The Art Attacks, The Mekons, TV Personalities, Swell Maps, and many more – charting the rise of independent music and Do It Yourself culture that exploded in Britain in the wake of punk.
    The album comes complete with text, biographies on each of the bands, exclusive photos and original record artwork.
    The album is released on CD with outsize large booklet and thick slipcase and is also available as a limited-edition super-loud, super-heavy double gatefold-sleeve vinyl edition complete with full sleeve-notes.
    Vinyl comes with free download code.
    Also available as worldwide digital release.
    Review:
    "Famous punk bands such as The Sex Pistols and The Clash grabbed headlines as they captured the spirit of discontent in mid-Seventies Britain. Meanwhile they inspired thousands of teenagers to learn the very rudiments of music, shout about one thing or another and, if they got their act together, record a single or two before disintegrating. Punk 45: There Is No Such Thing As Society proves what diamonds in the rough those singles so often were."
    THE TIMES ****


    MORE REVIEWS:
    "wide and smart collection of the fascinating scene ... A companion piece to a substantial and enlightening first volume" Sydney Morning Herald

    ******** "witty, wonky compilation" Uncut

    “rarities and underground gems” Le Monde, France

    “pure energy” l’Express, France

    “This compilation is yet again a wonderful collection of the cultishly revered...” Neue Züricher Zeitung, Switzerland

    “A great journey into a world in which music represented attitude – attitude and risk.” Westzeit,

    • The Users – Sick of You
    • Art Attacks – Neutron Bomb
    • Johnny Moped – Incendiary Device
    • The Jermz – Powercut
    • Mekons – 32 Weeks
    • The Rings – I Wanna Be Free
    • The Now – Development Corporations
    • Killjoys – Johnny Won't Get To Heaven
    • Disturbed – I Don't Believe
    • Television Personalities – Part Time Punks
    • Puncture – Mucky Pup
    • The Lines – White Night
    • The Scabs – Leave Me Alone
    • Cravats – You're Driving Me
    • Swell Maps – Real Shocks
    • The Nerves – TV Adverts
    • Eric Random – 23 Skidoo
    • O Levels – East Sheen
    • Josef K – Radio Drill Time
    • The Cigarettes – They're Back Again, Here They Come
    • The Shapes – Wot's For Lunch Mum
    • The Freeze – For J.P.S.
    • Roses are Red – Can't Understand
    • Prefects – Going Through the Motions
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    Punk 45: Kill the Hippies! Kill Yourself! The American Nation Destroys Its YoungSoul Jazz Records

    Soul Jazz Records’ new Punk 45 album charts the rise of underground punk across the United States of America in the years 1973-1980. The album coincides with the release of Soul Jazz Records’ massive new deluxe 400-page Punk 45s cover art book edited and compiled by Jon Savage (author of the seminal book on punk, England’s Dreaming) and Stuart Baker (founder of Soul Jazz Records).

    Watch Guardian newspaper video review here.

    Read Guardian newspaper 2 page album feature here.

    Read Quietus feature here.

    The Punk 45 album features a collection of seminal, classic, obscure and rare punk and proto-punk 45 singles from the likes of Pere Ubu, The Zeros, The Randoms, Electric Eels, The Pagans, The Deadbeats, The Lewd and many more - a  lightning rod journey across the states of America - Cleveland, Detroit, Los Angeles, Akron, New Orleans, Philadelphia – tracing the rise of punk music in these various towns and cities. The album comes complete with extensive text, biographies on each of the bands, exclusive photos and original record artwork.

    The album is released on CD with outsize large booklet and thick slipcase and is also available as a limited-edition super-loud, super-heavy double gatefold-sleeve vinyl editions with full sleevenotes. This is also the first release that Soul Jazz Records are making available as a worldwide digital release.

    Punk 45: Kill The Hippies! Kill Yourself! The American Nation Destroys Its Young - Underground Punk in the United States 1973-80 is the first in Soul Jazz Records’ Punk 45 series of album releases coinciding with the new book and will be followed at the start of next year by Punk 45 Vol. 2 Underground Punk in the UK.

    REVIEWS:

    "Soul Jazz's excellent compilation, Punk 45,  …intelligently compiled and beautifully annotated..."  Alexis Petrides, The Guardian

    *****  Mojo

     “rarities and underground gems” Le Monde, France

    “remarkable”  Les Inrocks, France

    “pure energy” l’Express, France

    “A project very much in the tradition of this label: twenty-one crackers… a fat high-gloss booklet with educationally valuable liner notes and many beautiful pictures... Very poignant, very good.”  SKUG, Austria

    “…whoever is in search of an introduction to the US punk scene… should get ready for their exams now with this CD and its very comprehensive booklet.” Ox Magazine, Germany 

    "nothing less than a historical chronicle…opulent" WDR 5, Germany 





    • The Urinals – I'm A Bug
    • The Normals – Almost Ready
    • The Hollywood Squares – Hillside Strangler
    • electric eels – Agitated
    • Pere Ubu – The Modern Dance
    • The Randoms – Let's Get Rid Of New York
    • The Bizarros – Ice Age
    • The Zeros – Wild Weekend
    • Tuxedomoon – Joeboy The Electronic Ghost
    • X Blank X – You're Full Of Shit
    • Flamin' Groovies – Dog Meat
    • The Deadbeats – Kill The Hippies
    • Theoretical Girls – U.S. Millie
    • The Skunks – Earthquake Shake
    • Knots – Action
    • Crash Course In Science – Cakes In The Home
    • The Pagans – Not Now No Way
    • Pastiche – Flash Of The Moment
    • The Lewd – Kill Yourself
    • Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers – Chinese Rocks
    • The Controllers – Neutron Bomb
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    135 Grand Street, New York, 1979DVD - Dir. by Ericka BeckmanSoul Jazz Records

    Available now on DVD (and separate bargain-priced CD soundtrack with bonus tracks).

    “135 Grand Street, New York, 1979 is invaluable. No Wave music and cinema didn’t just share a name. They were perhaps more intimately related than any other concurrent movements in the history of those two media.”

    “Ericka Beckman’s film finds these ensembles deconstructing rock with unpretentious vitality and uncompromised vision. … Remarkably kinetic performances.” Marc Masters (Author of ‘No Wave’) THE WIRE

    Ericka Beckman’s film captures the driving energy and posturing of early No Wave bands’ performing live in a sparse downtown loft. Featured bands include Theoretical Girls, UT, A Band, Rhys Chatham, Chinese Puzzle, The Static, Morales, Youth in Asia, Morales, Steven Piccolo and Jill Kroesen.

    ‘135 Grand Street, New York, 1979’ is a unique film capturing both the aural and visual aesthetics of New York’s No Wave scene in its ascendant. Punk rock and non-musicianship fight it out with art world attitude. Garage band line-ups in varying degrees of musical destruction sit alongside post-everything poetry and experimental noise terrorists. Ericka Beckman’s film matches the rawness, minimalism and radicalism of the music - a fitting document and visual statement of new forms created out of New York’s anti-everything musical nihilism, circa 1979.

    ‘135 Grand Street, New York, 1979’ is history. It includes the only known footage of the Theoretical Girls, The Static and a number of other No Wave bands of the period. This is a film about bands filled with painters, filmmakers, actors - and occasionally musicians - thriving and thrashing in the pulsating, vibrant post-punk world of New York where high art met low culture, where Glenn Branca, Rhys Chatham, Wharton Tiers, Taro Suzuki and the others featured here made the connections between John Cage and Joey Ramone, between the questioning of art and ? and the Mysterians.

    The film is currently showing as part of Sonic Youth’s ‘Sensational Fix’ touring art exhibition as well as being screened before Glenn Branca’s most recent shows in New York City (Sep 2009).

    "If you wanna see what the Soho side of No Wave looked like this is the only place you're ever gonna find it" Glenn Branca

    • Theoretical Girls – Glazened Eyes
    • Theoretical Girls – Contrary Motion
    • Ut – Sharp's Loose
    • A Band – Sand and Sea
    • A Band – Mirror, Mirror
    • Rhys Chatham – Guitar Trio
    • Chinese Puzzle – Great Wall Of Prague
    • The Static – Spectacular Commodity
    • The Static – My Relationship (CD only bonus track)
    • Morales – Gay Girl In a Gay Bar
    • Youth in Asia – Talking Heads pt.1
    • Youth in Asia – Amnesia
    • Steve Piccolo – Superior Genes
    • Steve Piccolo – It's Hard to Be in Love in Times Like These (CD only bonus track)
    • Jill Kroesen – Fay Shism Blues (CD only bonus track)