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Artist: DIE RADIERER
Title: Punk! Pest! Pop! Sammelband 1978-1984
Format: 4 CD Box
Label: Tapete
Country: Germany
Price: $58.00
"Three guiding principles of Die Radierer: 1. A band may originate from a provincial German town such as Limburg, but may still sound as great as DEVO; 2. Things become really interesting when one cannot tell when serious conceptual art starts and a childish wish to provoke ends; 3. Its always worth aiming to destroy the myth of "serious" rock music, or at least to die trying. Die Radierer ("The Erasers") were founded in 1978. This was a time when the domestic German new wave/post punk and "Schlager" music scenes collided and generated the German phenomenon of the so called Neue Deutsche Welle ("New German Wave"). Mostly relevant for the German-speaking countries, artists from that era that had their brief moment of fame internationally ranged from Trios "DaDaDa" to Nenas "99 Red Balloons". Die Radierer released their first single in 1980, in an era when many new opportunities opened up for young and enterprising musicians, or in case of Die Radierer, even for people strictly referring to themselves as serious "non-musicians"; Art school drop-outs with an attitude. The Radierers debut single, "Angriff Aufs Schlaraffenland", also proved to remain their most successful release. A heavy, yet thin beat, a childish melody, and a cheapo keyboard sound, accompanied by Dada-influenced lyrics, became to blueprint for the groups sound to come. The Punk! Pest! Pop! four-CD boxset contains the original three long players Eisbären & Zitronen (1981), In Hollywood (1983), and Gott Und Die Welt (1984), all originally released on the legendary ZickZack label, plus a fourth CD with 21 tracks ranging from singles, demos, plus some rarities. And, yes, there is a nice, detailed booklet included, but its only available in German." - Tapete.

Artist: DIE ZIMMERMANNER
Title: Die Wäscheleinen waren lang
Format: 5 CD Box
Label: Tapete
Country: Germany
Price: $79.00
"Complete early works by this German NDW (Neuen Deutschen Welle) band from the early 80s, including albums, singles and unreleased demos originally released by the ZickZack and Ata Tak labels. In the early 1980s in the proud city of Hamburg, Germany, two bands fused together in grade school. One band had the atypical name Junge Rümpfe, the other band had a somewhat old-fashioned name, Freddie & The Ready Teddies. At the time, the band played ska music, and therefore named themselves Skafighter. Original founders Timo Blunck and Detlef Diederichsen were joined by Bluncks sister Rica and their friend Christian Kellersmann. They played at parties and school festivals. Alfred Hilsberg, a well-respected Hamburger and founder of German new wave was at one of the parties, and was so impressed by Skafighter that he offered them a deal on his label ZickZack. Between studio time and their first album release, Skafighter changed their name to Ede & Die Zimmermänner, a name coined after the journalist Eduard Zimmermann who moderated the television show, True Crime. Eventually Rica Blunck left the band (she was the "Ede"), so the group shortened the name to Die Zimmermänner. Under the name Die Zimmermänner, they released 80s classics, such as the albums 1001 Wege Sex zu machen ohne daran Spaß zu haben, Goethe and the EP Zurück in der Zirkulation. To document the long history of Die Zimmermänner, Tapete is proud to release a limited box set that includes the albums 1001 Wege... and Goethe, singles and EPs, as well as previously-unreleased demo and live recordings. Also contains five (German-language) booklets with photos and essays by Timo Blunck, Detlef Diederichsen, Tom Holert, Eckhart Nickel, Jürgen Teipel, Oliver Tepel and Helmut Ziegler. Limited to 500 copies worldwide." - Tapete.

Artist: MONOCHROME SET, THE
Title: Cosmonaut
Format: LP + CD
Label: Tapete
Country: Germany
Price: $24.00
LP version. Includes CD." At the end of the 70s, The Monochrome Set were part of the first wave of "post-punk" bands. Right from the beginning, the band earned a solid reputation as purveyors of fine pop, gaining praise from 80s contemporaries such as Morrissey and Edwyn Collins. In later years, this praise has continued with artists such as Franz Ferdinand, The Divine Comedy and Graham Coxon, all citing the band as a key influence on their own work. The Monochrome Set sound has often been described as "timeless", and that alone explains why, over the years, the band has continued gaining admirers. The Monochrome Set is black & white, at the same time, with no grey. Thats what the name always meant - delivering mirth and melancholy, pleasure and panic, delight and dread, wrapped up in tuneful pop songs with curious lyrics. The band seem to occupy a parallel universe, with a rich panoply of sounds and words, all somehow evocative of something just beyond reach or remembrance - yet the songs have an immediate simplicity and power. Cosmonaut, the bands 13th album, is a perfect example of this exhilarating mix. The title track opens with a Theremin cyber fly buzzing towards your skull before the song hits, launching you into a mirror dimension that is both familiar and alien. The whole album is a trip that starts with a hallucinating cash-till lady, then travels through dream-sets involving cannibalism, disaffected squirrels, strange gods, dying sweethearts, sexual depravity, Alzheimers, backward evolution, and ends in an operating theatre, amid a sea of medical tentacles. In short, a camping holiday. The trademark Monochrome Set guitar is ever-present, but this time complemented by delightfully busy keyboards, which give an added richness and spice to the album. In just 30 minutes, Cosmonaut catapults the listener into orbit and takes them on a zany, hallucinogenic joyride - not in outer space as it turns out, but in and around the arcane and fantastical recesses of Bids imagination. Cosmonaut comes with minimal risk of explosion, persistent floatiness and no disappointing space food." - Tapete.

Artist: MONOCHROME SET, THE
Title: Spaces Everywhere
Format: LP + CD
Label: Tapete
Country: Germany
Price: $27.00
Includes CD. "On one hand, the music is very melodic and cheerful. The lyrics, however, deal with death, decay, change... no wonder we are rather popular with the undead," says singer, guitarist, and songwriter Bid of Spaces Everywhere, The Monochrome Sets twelfth studio album. A very particular humor. And a unique sound: although this time banjos, Hammond organ, female backing vocals, and even flutes can be heard, experts and laymen alike will recognize: this is The Monochrome Set. Undistorted, nervous guitars, like the soundtrack to a French new wave film... but one starring Michael Caine, Louis de Funès, and Jean-Paul Belmondo and directed by Andy Warhol. Peculiarly timeless, it is a sound that cannot be categorized. Although rooted in the 1950s and 60s (the guitar sound, for example, is a hybrid of Duane Eddys and Sterling Morrisons), it still feels oddly modern. Then there is Bids voice, which this time is more reminiscent of the great American crooners than of Lou Reed. Bid wrote most of the songs in May and June of 2014, and the band recorded them in Brixton, London. Perhaps the bands popularity among the undead will diminish upon hearing the springtime air that can thus be detected in this music. While music historians and critics continue to grapple with the baffling reasons for this bands lack of mainstream success, the in-crowd has always known what they have in The Monochrome Set. Time and again, the story is repeated: Johnny Marr found a single by the band in Morrisseys record collection and decided it might not be a bad idea to start a band with the somewhat eccentric singer. The influence of The Monochrome Set on bands like Felt, Franz Ferdinand, Belle and Sebastian, and The Strokes can hardly be ignored. In early 80s Germany, the band heavily influenced one band in particular, Die Zimmermänner. And like every band that has borrowed more or less from Bid, Lester Square, Andy Warren, and Steve Brummell, they happen to be pretty good. So its fitting that Timo Blunck of Die Zimmermänner was the one to mix Spaces Everywhere in Hamburg. The Monochrome Set present an album that will become a modern classic like Eligible Bachelors and "Strange Boutique." And where is the best place to listen to the album? Bid: "In a deconsecrated church, without a mirror." There he goes again." - Tapete.

Artist: MONOCHROME SET, THE
Title: Volume, Contrast, Brilliance... Unreleased & Rare Vol.2
Format: LP
Label: Tapete
Country: Germany
Price: $23.00
“At the end of the 70s, The Monochrome Set were part of the first wave of post-punk bands. Right from the beginning, the band earned a solid reputation as purveyors of fine pop, gaining praise from 80s contemporaries such as Morrissey and Edwyn Collins. This praise has continued in the decades since, with artists such as Franz Ferdinand, The Divine Comedy, and Graham Coxon all citing the band as a key influence on their own work. The Monochrome Sets sound has often been described as timeless, and that alone explains why, over the years, the band has continued to gain admirers. Volume, Contrast, Brilliance... Unreleased & Rare Vol.2 is the sequel to the 1983 compilation Volume, Contrast, Brilliance... Sessions & Singles Vol. 1. Its a wonderful collection of previously unreleased and rare tracks spanning 1978 to 1991. These gems range from DIY works to high-quality studio recordings, some of which were improperly recorded or never released due to a variety of reasons (bad timing, odd decisions, forgetfulness) fully explained in the liner notes. The range of styles on display here is typical of this iconic and highly influential band -- slices of their sound can still be heard in indie and mainstream music worldwide.” - Tapete.

Artist: SLAPP HAPPY (WITH FAUST)
Title: Acnalbasac Noom
Format: LP + CD
Label: Tapete
Country: Germany
Price: $24.00
180 gram vinyl. Includes CD. Edition of 500. "Tapete present a reissue of Slapp Happys Acnalbasac Noom, originally released in 1980. Left-wing intellectual film critic Uwe Nettelbeck, who had good connections to Polydor, had set up his own studio in rural Wümme, disrupting the mainstream with pioneering sounds by the likes of Faust, inventively engineered by the "boffins boffin", Kurt Graupner. By the time Anthony Moore, one of Nettelbecks charges, approached his third album in 1972, Polydors accounting department was fast losing patience with all that experimentalism. So Nettelbeck suggested to Moore that he might write some straight songs (relatively speaking), which in turn prompted Moore to invite his old school friend Peter Blegvad over to Hamburg to form the band Slapp Happy. Dagmar Krause, a young singer from Hamburg and Moores girlfriend, joined them both on their trip to Wümme to record what was to become Sort Of (TR 355CD/LP), using Faust as a backing band. A second album emerged, eschewing, even more clearly than the Sort Of, the heavy rock idioms of the era for an anti-macho playfulness that presaged the sparseness of post punk and the dry jangle of early indie. Nonetheless, Polydor pulled the plug, and Uwe Nettelbeck signed Faust and Slapp Happy over to Richard Bransons nascent Virgin imprint. At the Manor, they would rerecord their second album with UK musicians, bells and whistles for a 1974 release as Slapp Happy, burying the original version in the vaults not to reemerge until 1980 as Acnalbasac Noom. After being asked which version they prefer today, the band does not take long to choose: "For the more direct approach it would have to be Acnalbasac Noom. It had a naïve spontaneity to it. Naïve in the nicest sense of the word." - Tapete.
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Artist: SLAPP HAPPY (WITH FAUST)
Title: Sort Of
Format: LP + CD
Label: Tapete
Country: Germany
Price: $24.00
180 gram vinyl. Includes CD. Edition of 500. "Tapete present a reissue of Slapp Happys Sort Of, originally released in 1972. Left-wing intellectual film critic Uwe Nettelbeck, who had good connections to Polydor, had set up his own studio in rural Wümme, disrupting the mainstream with pioneering sounds by the likes of Faust, inventively engineered by the "boffins boffin", Kurt Graupner. By the time Anthony Moore, one of Nettelbecks charges, approached his third album in 1972, Polydors accounting department was fast losing patience with all that experimentalism. So Nettelbeck suggested to Moore that he might write some straight songs (relatively speaking), which in turn prompted Moore to invite his old school friend Peter Blegvad over to Hamburg to form the band Slapp Happy. Dagmar Krause, a young singer from Hamburg and Moores girlfriend, joined them both on their trip to Wümme to record what was to become Sort Of, using Faust as a backing band. A second album emerged, eschewing, even more clearly than the Sort Of, the heavy rock idioms of the era for an anti-macho playfulness that presaged the sparseness of post punk and the dry jangle of early indie. Nonetheless, Polydor pulled the plug, and Uwe Nettelbeck signed Faust and Slapp Happy over to Richard Bransons nascent Virgin imprint. At the Manor, they would rerecord their second album with UK musicians, bells and whistles for a 1974 release as Slapp Happy, burying the original version in the vaults not to reemerge until 1980 as Acnalbasac Noom (TR 356CD/LP). After being asked which version they prefer today, the band does not take long to choose: "For the more direct approach it would have to be Acnalbasac Noom. It had a naïve spontaneity to it. Naïve in the nicest sense of the word." CD version includes one bonus track and comes in an edition of 500." - Tapete.
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Artist: TABAKIN, JON
Title: s/t
Format: LP + CD
Label: Tapete
Country: Germany
Price: $27.00
180 gram vinyl. Edition of 500. "Tapete present the first reissue of Jon Tabakins self-titled album, originally released in 1975. After spending his teen years in local bands, Tabakin had a motorcycle accident at the age of 19. This experience turned his attention inward, focusing on musical composition and poetry, rather than performing. After graduating, he wanted to sell the songs he had written during that time, which would become his sole record. He bought a Teac 4-track and laid down keys, guitar, and vocals himself, in his apartment. The rhythm section was added on later in the studio, with Tabakin overdubbing the bass. The record was pressed up under the banner of Larrow Records and sold a few copies locally, but ultimately went nowhere. Disheartened by the lack of interest, Tabakin switched his focus from pop writing to more classically-influenced piano improvisations. Tapes of these recordings ended up with RCA, who thought he was ready to "break-out" -- but his reluctance to tour as an improvisational pianist nixed the deal. After this second opportunity petered out, he all but turned his back on music and went on to graduate studies, eventually becoming a psychoanalyst. Tabakins self-titled effort is one of the best kept secrets of pop music. Now a highly-coveted collectors album, the songs sit together and mesh so perfectly, despite each track having its own distinct personality. Its an ode to pop music, all-encompassing and intensely personal at the same time. Some internet comments about Jon Tabakin: "I cant tell you how happy I am to own this LP. Its fantastic lo-fi, very authentic Todd Rundgren inspired pop. His voice isnt perfect, but thats fine, his passion is infectious. This is not a record filled with radio ready pop songs but its a grower; it has a slow burn. Its a perfect expression of one guys musical enthusiasm." "Incredible and super obscuro homemade 70s outsider folk rock singer songwriter. Hard to classify, especially because the instrumentation varies from song to song. Theres a strong Brian Wilson west coast 60s sunshine pop recluse undercurrent throughout, with the strange addition of prominent 70s progressive keyboard/organ moves on several tracks. This guy obviously spent many hours orchestrating this material, and theres plenty here to keep things interesting for repeated listens." - Tapete.

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