elcome to the Digital Meltd0wn Music Blog. The aim of this blog is to introduce the readers to music that is out of print, commercially unavailable, released under a creative commons license, or with approval by the featured artist. The majority of the music posted here would be considered underground. Don't let that fool you into thinking that the music featured here might be any less enjoyable than that of the mainstream artists you hear on the radio, as this couldn't be further from the truth. Please keep in mind that the majority of the artists that appear on this blog, along with their respective record labels, are not wealthy and need your support. If you enjoy the material that you find here, please support the artists/labels by purchasing their material afterwards. If you are an artist/label that would prefer to have your material removed from this blog, simply leave me a comment, and I would be more than happy to promptly remove the offending post. In addition to running this blog, I also work on a few other projects during my spare time. You can find links to those, as well as a few other important links associated with Digital Meltd0wn in the menu bar above.

Monday, December 21, 2009

Bush Tetras - Boom in the Night (2003 - 320kbps)

Download: Bush Tetras - Boom in the Night

Sunday, December 20, 2009

Rudimentary Peni - Cacophony LP

Chris & Cosey - Exotika

Since Sab started guesting here & Zer0 has interweb again, I have felt a great burden lifted from my shoulders (said with tongue firmly planted in cheek). Now the only pressure on me is my own self-imposed ‘A to Z’ shite. Well, I posted up a couple things that came to mind from one of Sab’s posts & before I get back on the letter trail, here are a couple for ALTCERF who was nice enough to comment on the last Chris & Cosey entry. Then I might post another Bush Tetras slab before going to ‘O’, because the last one has been getting hit hard & not one comment, so...

This one was recorded at Studio 47, Norfolk, England, U.K. It features Chris Carter & Cosey Fanni Tutti, of course. The album states, “SOME SOUNDS ON THIS ALBUM ARE AT A SUBCONSCIOUS LEVEL”.

Year of Release: 1987
Label: Play It Again Sam (Belgium) BIAS 69
Genre: EBM, Synth-pop,

Side A -
Side B -
Dancing on Your Grave
Dr. John (Sleeping Stephen)

Download: Chris & Cosey - Exotika
Download Size: 94.5MB (ripped at 320Kbps)

Chris & Cosey - Heartbeat

Performing on Heartbeat: Chris Carter - vocals, guitar, synthesizers, keyboards & electronic drums; Cosey Fanni Tutti - synthesizers, keyboards, cornet & tape; Alex Ferguson - vocals & guitar (“Useless Information”); Mick Garoghan - vocals (“Useless Information”). Recorded July-August 1981. Over-dubbed & mixed at Meridian Studios, London.

Year of Release:1981
Label: Rough Trade (UK) ROUGH 34
Genre: Synth-pop

Side A -
Put Yourself in Los Angeles
This is Me
Radio Void
Just Like You
Side B -
Bust Stop
Useless Information
Moving Still
Manic Melody

Download: Chris & Cosey - Heartbeat
Download Size: 92.5MB (ripped at 320Kbps)

Saturday, December 19, 2009

Hedningarna - Fire (1996)

Deutsch Nepal - Tolerance--How The Servant Utilized his Masters (1994)

Friday, December 18, 2009

VA - Sitar Beat! Indian Style Heavy Funk Vol. 2

Following the success of the first Sitar Beat compilation CD, a collection of Indian and Indian-inspried European funky selections from the 60s and 70s, the crew knew they had to come deep for the sequel. So for Volume 2, they go straight to heart of India with some of the rarest, and best tracks recorded between the years of 1970 and 1984. Nearly all of these tracks are appearing on CD for the first time. Sixteen tracks of rare and funky Indian flavor, blending heavy beats with the sounds of the sitar and the inimitable vocal sounds of beloved Indian singers such as the ubiquitous Asha Bhosle and producers/songwriters like Kalyanji Ananji and R. D. Burman. Most of the tracks are culled from Bollywood sound tracks from the 70s and early 80s. Enormously popular, often wild and packed with action and romance, these films put the intense music of star composers like Burman and Kalyanji & Anandji at the forefront. The strange, psychedelic sounds possess their own cultural mish-mash of flavors combining traditional Indian instrumentation and melodies with film music s intensity, and incorporating styles from American/Western music from about 5 years or so behind the trend. Funk, psychedelic rock, disco and proto-electro jump out from the grooves of Sitar Beat Volume 2 and hit you harder than a mouth full of spicy masala. This is soul from the Sub-continent at it's best.

Track List:
1. Babla And His Orchestra - The Witness
2. Kalyanji Anandji Ft. Asha Bhosle - Awara Sadiyon Se
3. S.D. Narang - Everybody Dance With Me
4. Kalyanji Anandji Ft. Lata Mangeshkar And Mohd Rafi -
Wada Karle Sajna
5. Kalyanji Anandji Ft. Asha Bhosle - Nigahon Ka Adaon
6. R.D. Burman - Freak Out Music
7. Laxmikant Pyarelal - Dushmun Title Music
8. Kalyanji Anandji Ft. Lata Mangeshkar - Pyar Zindagi
9. Usha Khanna - Tera Jasia Pyara Koi Nahin
10. Hemant Bhosle Ft. Asha Bhosle - Phir Teri Yaad
11. Ajit Singh Ft. Asha Bhosle - Main Akeli Raat Jawan
12. Laxmikant Pyarelal Ft. Amit Kumar And Shailendra
Singh - Bekaraar Bekaraar Bekaraar Kiya
13. R.D. Burman Ft. Asha Bhosle - Aaj Mera Dil
14. Laxmikant Pyarelal Ft. Mohd Rafi And Chorus - Dard E
15. Keith Kanga - Butterfly (Version Two)
16. Kalyanji Anandji ft. Amit Kumar, Kanchan and Chorus -
Laila O Laila

Download: Sitar Beat! Indian Style Heavy Funk Vol. 2
Download Size: 93MB

Thursday, December 17, 2009

VA - Sitar Beat! Indian Style Heavy Funk Vol. 1

The Sitar Beat series was built with the DJ in mind - collecting some of the wildest, heaviest and most psychedelic Indian Funk recorded and presenting it loud on wax, ready for the turntable. Now, due to popular demand, we’re collecting the heaviest cuts from this vinyl series and presenting them on a limited edition CD. The first four volumes were lessons in just how ahead of their time India’s Bollywood composers were in the 60s, 70s and early 80s. They dug into Indian deep funk and psycho-psychedelic masterpieces recorded for the Bollywood film industry. Alongside full length killers like the funkiest track from the rare “Qurbani” soundtrack, there were Bollywood funk fiestas by acclaimed composers such as Kalanji Ananji and R.D. Burman, with extended breakbeats and re-edits that upped the funk to the boiling point. Together with Ravi’s nephew Ananda Shankhar’s instrumental Sitar freak outs were diva Asha Boshle’s soulful wailings. Culling its music from rare vinyl and utilizing tasteful restoration and remastering, Sitar Beat was the first time that many of these songs are heard by the record-buying public - at least in this form. Edits remove any bobbing and weaving, leaving funk that only flies straight ahead!

Track List:
1. Klaus Doldinger - Sitar Beat
2. Klaus Doldinger - Sitar (Bonus) Beats
3. Kalyanji Anandji - Dharmatma Theme Music (Tommys Edit)
4. Sapan Jagmohan - Meri Aakhon Mein (Edit)
5. Asha Boshle w/ R.D. Burman - Dum Maro Dum Live (Edit)
6. Serge Gainsbourg - New Delire
7. Serge Gainsbourg w/ Michel Colombier - Pyschastenie (Miles Drum Edit)
8. Ananda Shankar - Dancing Drums
9. R.D. Burman - Rocky Bonus Beats
10. R.D. Burman w/ Asha Boshle & Kishore Kumore - Aa Dekhen Jara (Edit)
11. Raghunath Seth - Orchestral Music (Edit)
12. Kalyanji Anandji - Somebody To Love (Edit)
13. Kalyanji Anandji - Bairaag Dance Music (Edit)
14. Kalyanji Anandji - Banarasi Babu Beats
15. Usha Khanna - Hotel Incidental Music (Edit)
16. Kalyanji Anandji - Theme From Don
17. Annu Malik w/ Asha Bhosle & Chorus - Sun O Dilruba Dil Ki Yeh Sada (Edit)
18. R.D Burman - The Burning Train (Kous Edit)
19. Biddu - Qurbani Bonus Beats
20. Biddu w/ Manhar & Anand - Hum Tumhe Chate Hain (Edit)
21. Ananda Shankar - Sa Re Ga (Edit)

Download: Sitar Beat! Indian Style Heavy Funk Vol. 1
Download Size: 100MB

Wednesday, December 16, 2009

I'm Back

Tuesday, December 15, 2009

Der Blutharsch - Der Sieg des Lichtes ist der Lebens Heil! (1998)

Sunday, December 13, 2009

Faust and Tony Conrad - Outside the Dream Syndicate (1973)

Guest Blogger: Sab

Hello hello! So i guess i am a little new in this here landscape... Zer0 asked to walk around a little bit, so here i am! I don't really know how to make a proper introduction... I invited myself here, so that means I will be  sharing with you guys most of the things I love to tickle my ears and eyes with. Hope you'll enjoy at least some of them and, of course, any suggestion is most welcome!

Tuesday, December 08, 2009


Under the alias Clint Ruin, J. G. Thirlwell, the man behind such projects as Foetus, Manorexia, and Steroid Maximus collaborated the Swans' Roli Mosimann to form Wiseblood. Released in 1987, Dirtdish combines the demented big band sound familiar to fans of Foetus with grinding, heavy percussion.

Track List

1. Prime Gonzola
2. 0-0 (Where Evil Dwells)
3. Stumbo
4. Someone Drowned In My Pool
5. Godbrain
6. The Fudge Punch
7. Motorslug
8. Stumbo (12" Version)
9. Death Rape 2000
10. Someone Drowned In My Pool (12" Version)

Download: Wiseblood-Dirtdish
Download Size: 64.31 MB

Sunday, September 20, 2009

Help Wanted

Saturday, September 19, 2009

Barry 7's Connectors: 21 Rare Library Tracks

This was a great find I recently came across at the local used music shop. This disc features a compilation of library music from the libraries of of Chappel, Southern & PIL. The compiler of these tracks is none other than Barry 7, formerly of the analog synth force of nature Add N to (X) and currently of the supergroup Lung, Rotter & Seven which features Barry alongside Lung and Chris Rotter of Tokyo Windbag. [Lung, Rotter & Seven exclusively make tracks utilizing the Korg DS-10 application on three seperate Nintendo Ds systems...interesting stuff to be heard following that link]

The sounds on this disc are as eclectic as a library music compilation should be. Some tracks have a lounge vibe, some are fascinating soundscapes of electronic experimentation, and some are simply enjoyable and melodic compositions by too often overlooked artists. This compilation is a lot of fun and I hope you fellow Digital Meltd0wners will enjoy it.

Also, while I'm sure most of you are already aware of it, if you dig library music I cannot suggest a better blog than The Library Hunt.

Enough of my blabber and linking. Enjoy this compilation!

01 Jiri Bezant & Jiri Malasek - Erotica 2
02 Nino Nardini - Catch That Man
03 Stringtronics - Dawn Mists
04 Georges Teperino - Weird Sounds No. 1
05 Paul Guiot & Paul Piot - Amour, Vacances Et Baroque
06 Paul Bonneau - Preambule No. 36
07 Sven Libaek - Solar Flares
08 Anthony King - Forgotten World
09 Sven Libaek - Quasars
10 Doris Hays - Scared Trip
11 Eric Peters - Electronic Rhythm
12 Paul Bonneau - Univers Sideral
13Roger Roger - Coconut Coast
14 Cecil Leuter - Electro Sounds No. 8
15 Roger Roger - Roger Rhythm No. 1
16 The Johanna Group - Hors Phase
17 Anthony King - Maladjusted Moogie
18 John Matthews - Electro - Exotic 1
19 Paul Bonneau - Preambule No. 37
20 Torrie Zito - Mobile
21 Gary Bellington - Merry Go Sound

Thursday, September 17, 2009

Digital Meltd0wn Turns 3

Monday, September 14, 2009

Troy "Trombone Shorty" Andrews & Orleans Avenue - Live at the All Good Music Festival 2009

Sunday, September 13, 2009

Regarding My Absence...

Sunday, August 09, 2009

Shadow Project - Dreams For The Dying

It goes from hard rock riffs to poetry backed by soundscapes of synth in the blink of an eyeI originally posted this back in May of last year after Psyche Zenobia had also shared it on his own blog, Nitegaunt Media. Since that time the download link has expired, and a few people have requested for me to reupload it. I don't have time to upload albums and write new blog entries at the moment, and I will explain why in further detail as to why that is within the next couple of days; however, I will be going through the archives and updating old posts which do not have active download links. I hope you all will enjoy this foray into the archives until I am able to post new content once again. Here is the original review written by Psyche Zenobia:

This is the second album by Shadow Project following their self-titled debut. I'll try to post it here soon. These albums are hard to come by nowadays. Shadow Project released only three studio albums and one live album but they were sort of a super group of death rock. The band featured Rozz Williams (Christian Death) on vocals and Eva O. (Super Heroines) on vocals and guitar. Jill Emery from Super Heroines played bass and the band also featured some weird synth work from a guy named Paris who eventually went on to record his own stuff as EXP. In my opinion Shadow Project represented some of the best and most fully realized of Rozz and Eva's work. It's hard to describe their sound but it goes from hard rock riffs to poetry backed by soundscapes of synth in the blink of an eye. I was fortunate to see them on the tour for this album in Atlanta and the show remains one of the best I've ever seen. I even still have my poster signed by the late Rozz Williams. Anyway, here you go. If you like it come back and grab the first album. I actually think it's even better.

(Year of Release: 1998)

Track List:
1. Static Jesus
2. Days Of Glory
3. Funeral Rites (With Equestrian Sympathies)
4. Zaned People
5. Thy Kingdom Come
6. Knight Stalker
7. Holding You Close
8. Lord Of The Flies
9. The Circle And The Cross
10. 23-13

Download: Shadow Project - Dreams For The Dying (79MB)

Saturday, August 01, 2009

Sixties Archives - Volumes 1-8

I posted this back in 2007 but a few of the download links have died since then. I also noticed that I neglected to write any type of description, so I can only assume that I posted this during a very busy time in my life. Apparently times haven't changed much since then, as I still have precious little time on my hands, but I'll offer up this short review for those of you who haven't had a chance to listen to this collection:

The Sixties Archives collection compiles a broad selection of proto-punk, garage rock, and psychedelic tracks from the 60's, with the majority of the bands featured being obscure. The collection is spread out over eight discs, each of which focuses on a particular regional scene in the United States. Those of you who are aficionados of underground 60's rock might recognize a few of the bands scattered throughout; however, there are several bands which are unique to this collection, as well as previously unreleased tracks from some of the more well known artists. This is comparable to the legendary Nuggets series which I'm sure most of you are familiar with, and although the overall quality doesn't equal that of Nuggets, it outshines the overwhelming majority of the 60's rock compilations that I've listened to thus far.

Volume 1 - The Sounds of the Sixties:

Track List:
1. Count Five - You Must Believe Me
2. Question Mark & the Mysterians - Smokes
3. Syndicate of Sound - Little Girl
4. Five Americans - I See the Light
5. Kim Fowley - The Trip
6. Rivieras - California Sun
7. We the People - You Burn Me Up and Down
8. Creation - That's How Strong My Love Is
9. Shake Spears - The Shake Spear (2:46)
10. Belfast Gypsies/Them - The Gorilla (1:50)
11. Sir Henry & His Butlers - Giddy Up a Ding Dong (2:46)
12. Animals - Talkin' About You (3:01)
13. Nashville Teens - Find My Way Back Home (2:26)
14. Maze - I'm So Glad (3:39)
15. Sorrows - You've Got What I Want (2:00)
16. Hairy Ones - Get Off of My Cloud (2:33)
17. T-Bones - I'm a Lover Not a Fighter (2:34)
18. Primitives - Oh Mary (2:08)
19. Yardbirds - Baby What's Wrong (2:45)
20. Ingoes - In the Midnight Hour (2:38)
21. Episode Six - I Can See Through You (3:27)
22. Mojo Men - Dance with Me (2:32)
23. Music Explosion - 96 Tears (2:37)
24. Trashmen - Kuk (2:06)
25. Electric Prunes - Ain't It Hard (2:15)
26. Mitch Ryder - Turn On Your Lovelight (3:38)
27. Vejtables - I Still Love You (2:26)
28. Other Half - Mr. Pharmacist (2:32)

Download: Sixties Archives - Volume 1 (93.3MB)

Volume 2 - Texas Punk:

Track List:
1. Undertakers - Unchain My Heart
2. Undertakers - It's My Time
3. Society - High and Mighty
4. Society - Summer Sunset
5. Cynics - You're a Better Man Than I
6. Cynics - Train Kept a-Rollin'
7. Blue Things - Twist and Shout
8. Blue Things - Ain't That Lovin' You, Baby
9. Chessmen - I Need You There
10. Chessmen - Sad
11. Them - Dirty Old Man (at the Age of Sixteen)
12. Them - But It's Alright
13. Outcasts - 1523 Blair
14. Outcasts - Smokestack Lightning
15. Mouse & the Traps - I Satisfy
16. Mouse & the Traps - Good Times
17. Coastliners - I'll Be Gone
18. Coastliners - Alright
19. Y'Alls - Please Come Back
20. Status Quo - They All Want Her Love
21. Reddlemen - I'm Gonna Get in That Girl's Mind
22. Passions - Lively One
23. Pirates - Cuttin' Out
24. Circus - Bad Seed
25. Kempy & the Guardians - Love for a Price
26. Continentals - I'm Gone
27. Pack - Baby I Ask You Why
28. Danny & the Counts - You Need Love

Download: Sixties Archives - Volume 2 (77.8MB)

Volume 3 - Louisiana Punk:

Track List:
1. Better Half Dozen - I'm Gonna Leave You
2. Better Half Dozen - I Could Have Loved Her
3. Threshold of Sound - She's Mine
4. Little Bits - Girl Give Me Love
5. Echoes of Carnaby Street - No Place or TIme
6. Jimmy & the Offbeats - Miracle Worler
7. Dr. Spec's Optical Illusion - Tryin' to Mess My Mind
8. Dr. Spec's Optical Illusion - She's the One
9. Tiaras - Sticks and Stones
10. Roamin' Togas - Bar the Door
11. Young Men - Go Away Girl
12. Souls of the Slain - 7 and 7 Is
13. Souls of the Slain - Can't Go On
14. Bad Roads - Too Bad
15. Bad Roads - Blue Girl
16. Persian Market - Flash in the Pan
17. Playgue - I Gotta Be Goin'
18. Bad Boys - Love
19. Ron Gray & the Countdowns - No More
20. Gaunga Dyns - Stick with Her
21. Gaunga Dyns - No One Cares
22. One Way Street - Tears in My Eyes
23. One Way Street - See the Light
24. Surrealistic Pillar - I Like Girls
25. Bad Roads - Till the End of the Day
26. Moon Dawgs - Keep On Pushing
27. Joe DeGrinda - Smokestack Lightning
28. Satans - Makin' Deals
29. Satans - Lines and Squares

Download: Sixties Archives - Volume 3 (76.5MB)

Volume 4 - Florida & New Mexico Punk

Track List:
1. Tasmanians - Baby
2. Tasmanians - Love, Love, Love
3. Plastic Blues Band - Gone
4. Plastic Blues Band - Dead Seed
5. Mark Markham & the Jesters - Goin' Back to Marlboro Country
6. Mark Markham & the Jesters - I Don't Need You
7. Talula Babies - Hurtin' Kind
8. Talula Babies - Mine Forever
9. Mons - Empty Heart
10. Mons - Sweets for My Sweets
11. Esquires - Heartaches Stay the Night
12. Esquires - Heat
13. Palace Guards - No Comin' Back
14. Palace Guards - Gas Station Boogaloo Downtown
15. Shy Guys - Black Lightning Light
16. Kreeg - How Can I
17. The Kreeg - Impressin'
18. Ear of Sound - Girl in the Miniskirt
19. Burgundy Runn - Stop
20. Plague - Go Away
21. Movin' Morfomen - Run Girl Run
22. Lincoln St. Exit - Sunny Sunday Dream
23. Lincoln St. Exit - The Bummer
24. Fi-Fi-Four Plus Two - I Wanna Come Back (from the World of LSD)
25. Fi-Fi-Four Plus Two - Double Crossin' Girl
26. Grass - I'm Getting Tired
27. Outer Limits - Don't Need You No More
28. Nobody's Children - St. James Infirmary
29. Axis Brotherhood - Signed D.C.
30. Chow - We're Pretty Quick
31. Chow - Ain't Gonna Eat Out My Heart Anymore

Download: Sixties Archives - Volume 4 (69.4MB)

Volume 5 - U.S. Punk From the 60's:

Track List:
1. Morning Reign - Satisfaction Guaranteed
2. Morning Reign - Our Fate
3. Bare Facts - Bad Part of Town
4. Bare Facts - Georgiana
5. Precious Few - The Train Kept a-Rollin'
6. Precious Few - I Don't Mind
7. T.C. Atlantic - Faces
8. T.C. Atlantic - Mona
9. Apollos - That's the Breaks
10. Apollos - Target Love
11. Sands - Open Your Eyes
12. Sands - Can't Find a Way
13. Black & Blues - Come to Me
14. Black & Blues - Bye Bye Baby
15. Track 15 was removed at the request of the artist
16. Mystic Tide - Mystery Ship
17. Eastern Alliance - Love Fades Away
18. Dave & the Squires - The Girl from My Dreams
19. Joint Effort - Country
20. Wanted - Here to Stay
21. Driving Wheels - One Year Ago from Today
22. United Travel Service - Drummer of Your Mind
23. Sean & the Brandywines - Codine
24. Crystal Chandelier - Setting of Despair
25. Brigands - (Would I Still Be) Her Big Man
26. Just Luv - Valley of Bate

Download: Sixties Archives - Volume 5 (91.5MB)

Volume 6 - Texas & Michigan Psychedelia:

Track List:
1. Love - It's the Marlin Baby
2. Iguanas - Leaving You Baby
3. Iguanas - I Can Only Give You Everything
4. Iguanas - Black Suit
5. Mechanical Switch - Spongeman
6. Mechanical Switch - Everything Is Red
7. Sons of Barbee Doll - Psychedelic Seat
8. Yesterday's Obsession - The Phycle
9. Those Guys - Lookin' at You Behind the Glasses
10. Satori - 1000 Micrograms of Love
11. Conqueroo - I've Got Time
12. Conqueroo - 1 to 3
13. Bourbons - A Dark Corner
14. Boubons - Of Old Approximately
15. Midnight Shift - Never Gonna Stop Lovin' You
16. The Free - Decision for Lost Soul Blue
17. The Smoke - Half Past the End
18. Strange Fate - Hold Me Baby
19. Preston - This World Is Closing In on Me
20. Black Rose - Man Is Blind
21. Dick Rabbit - You Come On Like a Train
22. Chosen Lot - Time Was
23. Glass Sun - Silence of the Morning
24. Phlegethon - You're No Good

Download: Sixties Archives - Volume 6 (78.7MB)

Volume 7 - Michigan Punk:

Track List:
1. The Old Exciting Scot Richard Case - Get The Picture
2. The Soulbenders - Seven And Seven Is
3. The Trademarks - If I Was Gone
4. The Aardvarks - I'm Higher Than I'm Down
5. Count & The Colony - Can't You See?
6. The Pack - The Colour Of Our Love
7. The Emblems - We're Gonna Love
8. James T & The Workers - That Is All
9. Beethoven Four - Oh Pretty Baby
10. The Pastels - 'Cause I Love You
11. The Jayhawkers - Dawn Of Instruction
12. The Rainy Days - I Can Only Give You Everything
13. The Warlocks - Hey Jo
14. The Shy Guys - We Gotta Go
15. The Shy Guys - Lay It On The Line
16. The Psychotics - If You Don't Believe Me, Don't
17. The Spike Drivers - High Time
18. The Aces - Who Do You Love
19. The Only Ones - You're The Reason
20. The Young Men - Go Away Girl
21. The Mushrooms - Such A Lovely Child
22. The Thyme - Somehow
23. The Thyme - Very Last Day
24. The Thyme - Time Of The Season

Download: Sixties Archives - Volume 7 (65.4MB)

Volume 8 - Acid Trip & Heavy Sound For Psychic Minds

Track List:
1. Faine Jade - It Ain't True
2. Velvet Illusions - Velvet Illusions
3. Beautiful Daze - City Jungle Part 1
4. Beautiful Daze - City Jungle Part 2
5. Caretakers of Deception - Cuttin' Grass
6. Wild Woods - Plastic People
7. Painted Faces - I Lost You in My Mind
8. Joys of Life - Descent
9. Davids - I'm Not Alone
10. Davids - Sweet December
11. Nobody's Children - Good Times
12. Nobody's Children - Somebody to Help Me
13. Paysleys - Now!
14. Hunger - Workshop
15. Music Emporium - Nam Myo Renge Kyo
16. Max Frost & the Troopers - Lonely Man
17. Cycle - If You Can
18. St. Steven - Aye Eh Pooh Dye
19. Novells - Love
20. Head Shop - Head Shop
21. Corporation - Yes I Know
22. Whalefeathers - Know Thyself
23. Heavy Balloon - Barnyard Blues
24. Shoppe - Soap and Crime
25. Dragonfly - Blue Monday

Download: Sixties Archives - Volume 8 (83.7MB)

Wednesday, July 29, 2009

Various Artists - What It Is! Funky Soul & Rare Grooves [Box Set]

Liner Notes:
Funk emerged in the 1960s, a scorching sound that amped up the spirit of R&B and became the precursor to hip-hop. While major artists topped the charts with funk hits throughout the '60s and '70s, What It Is! celebrates the smaller ones—the heady, groove-monstrous strain of gutbucket funk that remains a major force in American music.

A four-CD, 91-track compendium that would take incalculable hours to assemble from dusty bins at disappearing record shops, What It Is! is culled mainly from the treasure-filled vaults of Atlantic, Atco, and Warner Bros. Records. It's an unprecedented shadow history of funk, pulling together rare sides from well-known artists and definitive grooves from less-known but supremely gifted masters of the art form.

Artists include Watts 103rd St. Rhythm Band, Eugene McDaniels, Baby Huey & The Baby Sitters, Allen Toussaint, Little Richard, Labelle, Eddie Hazel, Earth, Wind & Fire, Lulu, Wilson Pickett, Malo, The Meters, Cyril Neville, and many more. Deluxe packaging houses a massive booklet with rare photos, liner notes, and track-by-track commentary.

A righteous undertaking of great magnitude, What It Is! Funky Soul and Rare Grooves trawls through a decade-long stretch of the Warner-distributed archive -- taking in the catalogs of Warner Bros., Atlantic, Reprise, Atco, and smaller nodes like Cotillion, Curtom, Alston, and Jonie -- and pulls up 80 soul/funk truffles, almost all of which were left for dead shortly after release. While many of these cuts have been repurposed as vital ingredients of hip-hop tracks, which has in turn fostered a voracious collector's market (it would cost a fortune to collect these songs in their original formats of release), the box is a leagues-deep trawl through an otherwise forgotten past. There are few well-known names on these four discs, but even they tend to be represented by selections that are not obvious. Curtis Mayfield's "(Don't Worry) If There's a Hell Below We're All Going to Go" is likely the best-known inclusion, and after a substantial number of cuts that can't be considered truly rare, there's a sudden drop into (sweet, sweet) oblivion -- unless you're of the small minority whose spines tingle at the sight of names like Grassella Oliphant and Rasputin's Stash. The chicken-scratch guitars, wild Hammond B-3 runs, group chants, and blaring horn punches are served by the dozens, but the box also illustrates an evolution that took place through the '70s. Since the sequencing is, for the most part, chronological, those changes are all the more perceptible. Funk Factory's "Rien Ne Va Plus" and Faze-O's "Riding High" churn and float slowly, steeped in synthesizers, electric pianos, and studio effects, while legions of artists have attempted to replicate the sound and spirit of Stanga's "Little Sister" and 6ix's "I'm Just Like You" -- two songs graced by the hands of Sly Stone in tripped-out, otherworldly There's a Riot Goin' On mode. It's not one big party, either. Check Baby Huey & the Baby Sitters' harrowing "Hard Times" (written and produced by Mayfield), where the poor and paranoid protagonist subsists on Spam and Oreos and keeps his curtains drawn so he won't see those who peer in on him. The themed playlists and imaginary compilations hiding within this compact box are innumerable, bound to take the average overthinking funk freak to new levels of nerd-dom. There are region-specific sets to be made, as well as sets with possible titles like Latin Funk and Flute Funk and The Early Arrangement and Production Work of the Late Arif Mardin, in addition to a remarkable batch of covers, a tight collection of instrumentals, and a not-very-exclusive list of tracks that have been sampled throughout the years. The accompanying booklet could be sold separately, as it contains scads of seldom-seen photos and scholarly track-by-track notes. Rhino also deserves applause for resisting the urge to house these discs in a massive synthetic afro or an oversized wah-wah pedal. You can snugly tuck this thing between your arm and chest and sense its power run through your whole body. Bring on a second set that extends past the disco era and involves the likes of Slave, Mass Production, Brides of Funkenstein, and Dinosaur.

Year of Release: 2006
Label: Rhino/Wea
Genre: Funk/Soul
Bitrate: 128kbps
File Format: .m4a

Thursday, July 16, 2009

V/A - Guitarrorists

Tuesday, July 14, 2009

We're Late For Class - Another Collection

What should be the punishment for someone who hijacks a tribute blog for their own selfish reasons? A harsh verbal warning? Banishment? To be hanged, drawn and quartered? No! How about their own tribute blog post? And who said crime doesn't pay? Thanks to the recommendation of fellow blogger, NØ, We're Late For Class drew my admiration instead of my fury. I strongly urge any fans of experimental psych-rock, fans of legal downloads, and fans of faded, black XXXL t-shirts to check them out. But don't take my word for it; read it straight from the horse's mouth.

"We're Late For Class is an improvisational psychedelic college collective who've been posting free albums on line for over 2 years. Another Collection is their 40th. 2-CDs, 142 minutes, of uncharted improvisation and drug fueled excess, including a seance with Jim Morrison, a musical romp with O.J. Simpson, a homage to producer Jimmy Miller, the theme song for a low budget cable comedy sketch show, one too many accidental nods to Hawkwind and stoned tributes to Ali, Guess Who guitarist Kurt Winter, Pink Floyd and whatever was on the box that given weekend. It's all culled from their previous 19 releases (#21-#39). Last year's #20 A Collection features highlights from #1-#19. WLFC is also prone to 20, 30 & 40 minute space jams, but didn't have the space to include any this time. The best part? It's all free for the taking. You can find We're Late For Class at any local hash bar or at their blog, We're Late For Class"


Disc 1

Herd Mentality (3:05)
Low Budget Cable Sketch Comedy Show Instrumental Theme Song (2:48)
Transmission From Jimmy Miller's Car Phone (6:46)
Ali Ali (4:57)
Under 30 Second Tribute To Kurt Winter (0:29)
Lab Animal (3:16)
Checkers (5:42)
Wind Of The Hawk (4:20)
67 (4:23)
The Lumbering Rex (Remix) (5:05)
Universal Cardigan (Live At Pompeii) (9:08)
Dirge Experience (In Easter Hay) (5:31)
Buttery Hog Mosh (8:49)

Disc 2

Sequel To The Return Of The Son of Monster Magnet (11:00)
The Premiere & Final Performance of Jazz From Outer Space (10:31)
Liquidity (The Spastic Conductor) (11:25)
The Jim Morrison Seance Tapes (13:57)
Trippin' In A Plymouth Belvedere (10:25)
Particle Alert (12:55)

Download: Another Collection Disc 1
Download Size: 142 MB (@320 kbps)

Download: Another Collection Disc 2
Download Size: 150 MB (@320 kbps)

Monday, July 13, 2009

Sci-Fi Novelty, Break-In Records, and Copyright

Greetings Digital Meltd0wn readers! I’m really honored and excited to contribute to this blog and I’d like to start my guest blogging here simply by thanking Zer0 for all the work he does for the music-blog community at large.

Today’s offering is a bit different from a lot of the posts on Digital Meltd0wn. The actual compilation being offered is entitled “Out of This World Flying Saucers “ and it promises to be “A compilation of 31 of the all-time best flying saucer novelty recordings.” As host of a sci-fi radio show I couldn’t pass this up. Upon its arrival I realized something about this compilation; yes, it is a compilation of flying saucer novelty songs, however, the majority of cuts featured on this compilation are from the “break-in” records that were so popular in the late fifties/early sixties. I offer the compilation in full, but I want to say a bit about the “break-in” recording and its place in musical history. Break-in recordings are, perhaps, the starting point for the “sampling debate” we find still continuing in the realm of contemporary music. As such, they are a rather fascinating bit of music history.

The first thing we should probably do is to offer an idea of just what a “break-in” recording is. Essentially, “break-in” recordings are a specific type of novelty song. The gag is this: usually there is a brief clip of a song playing that is interrupted for some important breaking news (the break in). From there, it cuts to a reporter who is interviewing eye witnesses of an event, various experts about the event, or sometimes even fictional characters about whatever the breaking news has been reported to be. The responses to the reporter come in the form of snippets from popular songs of the time; in other words, there isn’t an actor playing the eyewitness, instead, you hear samples from various songs played back that respond to the reporter. That, in a nutshell, is what a break-in recording is.

Bill Buchanan and Dickie Goodman are often credited as the originators of this type of recording. Their first “break-in” recording (and, really, THE first) was the 1956 hit “The Flying Saucer” (this usually appears on compilations, including this one, as The Flying Saucer (Part One) and The Flying Saucer (Part Two). This recording became wildly popular and spawned a league of others who were keen to get in on the “break-in” phenomenon.

Now here is the interesting bit. Think about what Buchanan and Goodman are doing. This is long before sample-based hip-hop or electronic music enters the scene. As familiar as we are nowadays with sampling in music and audio entertainment, Buchanan and Goodman were innovators at this time. Some claim The Flying Saucer to be one of the earliest if not the earliest example of sampling within a pop recording ever. If nothing else, it seems to be the first recording that relies upon sampling that reached such a level of popularity.

So did this go without controversy? Of course not. Copryright lawsuits were just around the corner for the originators of the break-in record. However, the results of the legal proceedings may surprise you. A judge ruled that the Goodman’s work could be properly classified as burlesque/parodies and should be considered as new works in-and-of-themselves. The various lawsuits facing Goodman were, apparently, settled out of court after this decision. However, it seems that this case is one of the first, at least to my (limited) knowledge, legal cases where the art of sampling was defended within a court of law.

The point of all this? Well, the point is more historic than anything else. I just found it interesting that we can easily trace the sampling debate all the way back to the fifties.
That said, here is the track listing for this compilation. Note: not all of these are break-in recordings. The Jesse Lee Turner track “The Little Space Girl” is simply a novelty recording and there may be one or two others that are not break-ins on this compilation.


Track Listing:
Out of this World Flying Saucers (Pt. 1) - Dave Barry & Sara Berner
Out of this World Flying Sauvers (Pt. 2) - Dave Barry & Sara Berner
The Flying Saucers in Brooklyn (Pt. 1) - The Merry Martian w/ The Marching Band
The Flying Saucers in Brooklyn (Pt. 2) - THe Merry Martian w/The Marching Band
The Flying Saucer (Pt. 1) - Buchanan & Goodman
The Flying Saucer (Pt. 2) - Buchanan & Goodman
The Answer to the Flying Saucers - Sid Lawrence & Friends
The Little Space Girl - Jesse Lee Turner
The Flying Saucer the 2nd - Buchanan & Goodman
The Space Man - Geddins & Sons
The Flying Saucer the 3rd - Buchanan & Goodman
Man in Orbit - The Space Men
The lying Saucers Go West - Buchanan & Goodman
A Moonflight - Vik Venus
The SPace Ship - The Missiles
Santa & The Satellite (Pt. 1) - Buchanan & Goodman
Santa & The Satellite (Pt. 2) - Buchanan & Goodman
Luney Landing - Captain Zap & The Motortown Cut-ups
Henry Goes to the Moon (Pt. 1) - Ruff & Reddy
Henry Goes to the Moon (Pt. 2) - Ruff & Reddy
The Space Man - Alan Freed, Steve Allen & Al ‘Jazzbo’ Collins
Santa & The Purple People Eater - Sheb Wooley
Cape Canaveral (Pt. 1) - Manny Sootz & The Thieves
Cape Canaveral (Pt. 2) - Manny Sootz & The Thieves
I Saw Elvis in a U.F.O. - Ray Stevens
Luna Trip - Dickie Goodman
The Return of the Flying Saucer - Jon Goodman* [This is Dickie’s son and was a sort of tribute to the original if memory serves me]
Our Space Man Came Back - Jeff Hughes
Hey E.T. - Dickie Goodman
You-Eff-Oh (Pt. 1) - Those Five Guys
You-Eff-Oh (Pt. 2) - Those Five Guys

Tuesday, June 30, 2009

Michael Jackson Tribute (August 29, 1958 – June 25, 2009)

This blog traditionally strays away from mainstream material, but I would be remiss if I did not mention the passing of who I consider the greatest entertainer of all-time. Although I have been quite promiscuous with music; experimenting and dipping my fingers in any honey pot I could find, you never forget your first love. Michael Jackson was my first love. In a sad attempt to reconnect with that little girl singing "Heal the World" into a hairbrush, I purchased tickets to what was supposed to be Jackson's final tour in London. The purchase highlighted my European vacation planned for mid-July, but obviously upon the news of his death; plans have been altered.

Dubbed "The King of Pop" and deservedly so with such accolades as 13 Grammys and 750 million records sold. His Thriller album remains the best selling album of all-time, and the 1987, Bad album is the only album ever to produce five #1 singles. ("The Way You Make Me Feel," "Bad," "I Just Can't Stop Loving You," " Man in the Mirror," and "Dirty Diana")

I decided not to go with the more popular of Michael Jackson releases, since the majority of his catalog is so readily available. The first album I have decided to post is The Jackson 5's ABC album. ABC was the second studio album release by The Jackson 5. Although The Jackson 5's Third Album was more successful, I find ABC to be the band's best work. Album highlights include their covers of Funkadelic's "I'll Bet You" and the Delfonics' "La-La (Means I Love You,)" and the title track, "ABC." Although the standout track for my money is by far, "The Love You Save." An absolute gem of a pop song where the group's harmonies seem to be at their peak.

Year of Release: 1970
Label: Motown

Track List:
1. The Love You Save
2. One More Chance
3. ABC
4. 2-4-6-8
5. (Come 'Round Here) I'm the One You Need
6. Don't Know Why I Love You
7. Never Had a Dream Come True
8. True Love Can Be Beautiful
9. La-La (Means I Love You)
10.I'll Bet You
11.I Found That Girl
12.The Young Folks

Download: Jackson 5 - ABC
Download Size: 57.47 MB

The second of the two releases is the E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial Story Book Album Released in 1982, Michael Jackson narrated it while the infamous John Williams provided the music. Jackson received a Grammy in 1984 for Best Recording For Children.

I hope you enjoy these albums. Regardless of what you thought of Michael Jackson as a human being, his accomplishments as a musicians must be respected. I love Michael Jackson and I have no problem saying that about anyone that enriched my life with so much joy. Apparently, I am not alone in this feeling, as evident by the heavy Jackson related traffic on sites such as Twitter and Google. Sales of Jackson's albums have spiked tremendously on digital sites such as iTunes and Amazon as well. My favorite thing during this whole ordeal has been discussing with others their favorite Jackson songs and what the songs meant to them. Feel free to chime in with your comments here or on the Michael Jackson official site.

Year of Release: 1982
Label: MCA Records
Genre: Soundtrack/Audiobook

Track List:
1. Someone In The Dark
2. Landing / Discovery
3. Home / Intrusion / Chase / Good Bye
4. Reprise (Someone In The Dark)

Download: Michael Jackson - E.T. the Extra-Terrestrial
Download Size: 66.78 MB

Friday, June 26, 2009

Otto Kinzel IV - e.p.

Friday, June 12, 2009

Guest Blogger JUnit1

Tuesday, June 02, 2009

Southland Tales OST

Southland Tales is the follow-up to Richard Kelly's debut film, Donnie Darko. Don't be fooled by a film floating around out there called S. Darko which is marketed as a "sequel" but is really a completely unrelated cheap attempt to cash in on the success of the original. In reality, there is no sequel to Donnie Darko but Southland Tales is as close it comes. Kelly uses an incredible ensemble cast to explore familiar themes of time travel, identity, and destiny weaving a tale worthy of eventual cult classic status.

Although half of my reason for posting this is to encourage people to watch the movie, the soundtrack is no slouch either. Original music composed by Moby and a good mix of other tunes make this a decent compilation on its own. The Pixies, Black Rebel Motorcycle Club, and Jane's Addiction are among the more familiar names but there are also some pretty obscure tracks and some that were composed for the film such as a very interesting re-working of the Star-Spangled Banner. Enjoy!


1. Wave of Mutilation - The Pixies (UK Surf Version)
2. Oh My Angel - Bertha Tillman
3. Howl - Black Rebel Motorcycle Club (Extended Version)
4. Look Back In - Moby
5. Me & Bobby McGee - Waylon Jennings
6. Chord Sounds - Moby
7. Lucky Me - Roger Webb
8. 3 Steps - Moby
9. Broken Hearted Savior - Big Head Todd & The Monsters
10. Teen Horniness Is Not a Crime - Abbey McBride/ClarKent/Sarah Michelle Gellar
11. Tiny Elephants - Moby
12. Forget Myself - Elbow
13. Star Spangled Banner, The - Rebekah Del Rio & The Section Quartet
14. Three Days - Jane's Addiction (Live Version)
15. Memory Gospel - Moby

Sunday, May 31, 2009


Saturday, May 30, 2009

Ultra - Ultra

Wednesday, May 27, 2009

Digital Meltd0wn last.fm Group - April & May 2009 Recommendations

I hope that some of you will take the time to explore these recommendations, and are able to find some enjoyment in the process. If you have an account on last.fm please join the Digital Meltd0wn group. We have a great group of people with superb taste, and the best part is that they don't mind sharing their latest musical discoveries for all to enjoy. I hope to see you there.