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.

Saturday, December 24, 2011

Life... But How To Live It? - Self-titled LP

UPDATE: This post was re-uploaded & added to on 04/15/2014. Enjoy, NØ. 

Monday, August 01, 2011

Counterblast - Balance of Pain (1996)

Wednesday, July 27, 2011

Grimple / Logical Nonsense - A Darker Shade of Grey (split LP, 1994)

Thursday, July 21, 2011

Clinging To The Trees Of A Forest Fire/Nesseria Split (2011 - 320kbps)

Tuesday, July 19, 2011

Death Side - Wasted Dream (1989)

Friday, July 15, 2011

Amebix - Monolith (1987)

Friday, July 08, 2011

Ween featuring The Shit Creek Boys - Live in Toronto Canada (2001)

Sunday, June 19, 2011

Sleater-Kinney - Live @ The Crystal Ballroom - Portland, OR - 12-30-2005 (320 kbps)

Thursday, June 16, 2011

Wiht - Wiht (2009 - 320 kps)

Sunday, June 12, 2011

El Bandit Moor - Demo (2008)

Sunday, June 05, 2011

The Nuclear Beauty Parlor/Awake split 7" (1983-320Kpbs)

Nuclear Beauty Parlor..."Want to look good for the arms race? At the Nuclear Beauty Parlor you can curl up & dye. Have an MX perm with B1 curls. You can be the envy of all the girls." This is some avant-garde weirdness from the early 80s that needs to be heard. It seems most appropriately at home at Digital Meltd0wn.

In the early 80s in San Francisco there were a group of art fags acting in performance art troupes like Monster Girls or Nuclear Beauty Parlor. This single is the second release from NBP. Both sides were written basically by Vicki Krohn. Re Styles of The Tubes fame sings the A-side while Vicki & some friends do the B-side. There are some other now famous musicians on this gem: Larry Batiste; Clayton (aka Claytoven) Richardson; & Will Kennedy. The cover illustration & design was done by Sub-Genii Paul Mavrides.

Year of Release: 1983
Label: NBP Records TFS 0002
Genre: Abstract, Industrial, Avantgarde, Minimal

Side A...Re Styles & the Final Rinse - The Nuclear Beauty Parlor
Side B...V.K. & SCI-FI - Awake

Download: The Nuclear Beauty Parlor/ Awake split 7"
Download Size: 19.5MB

Thursday, June 02, 2011

Out of The Circle - Unfinished Samples (2011)

Friday, May 20, 2011

John Stepp - Compilation (2009 - 320kbps)

Monday, May 09, 2011

Qafas - Al Ahlaam (2010 - 320Kbps)

Saturday, May 07, 2011

The Mekons - Original Sin (1989)

Sunday, April 24, 2011

Thamud - Remnants of Time (2010 - 320Kbps)

Saturday, April 16, 2011

JoyRide - We Come in Peace (2008 - 320Kbps)

Zer0_ii thought that this month we ought to highlight some unsigned artists, give them a bit o’ the old web & ear time.

Unsigned artists...shit, from my years of doing EAT POOP! ‘zine I have so many demos, self-produced cds, or independent label materials I could do a whole blog on just it alone. But not many folks are looking for one-offs or obscure tuneage from long gone bands. I get sent all kinds of new musick over at NSS with review or post-up requests, but I’m sure hundreds of other blogs get the same stuff, so I only post it sporadically at best.

However, as a way for me to start off, I’m going to offer up some neo funk from a friend of mine. I was personally involved in this disc’s genesis & I believe its story is interesting, if tragic.

I used to work my wage-slave day job with Rick ‘G Funk’ Smith, guitarist extraordinaire. He was working with some other musickians who had all been in the business for many years, playing alongside the likes of Sly Stone, Larry Graham, & other great funkateers. He had an idea for an album & needed some help to make it happen. So I signed on as manager of the project & turned over my living room to weekly practices.

The disc We Come in Peace I am presenting now is the results. Shortly after the birth of this baby, Rick’s oldest son Alec ‘Young Ace’ Smith (who does the vocal intro & outro) was killed at a local Yuba City party. Thus sounded the funereal knell for this project that sadly I gladly share with you all now.

JoyRide is: Rick ‘G Funk’ Smith - guitar & vocals; Ken Miller - bass; Dwight Hogan - bass; Doug Smith - keyboards; Jarrett Aitkens - drums; & Kym Botts - vocals.

Year of Release: 2008
Label: Self released/JoyRide Music
Genre: Neo Funk, Urban Funk

Here We Come
True Passion
I’m Alright Now
We Come in Peace
Just a Melody
Coffe with Mary
The Light
You Still Have Me

Download: JoyRide - We Come in Peace
Download Size: 117Mb

Monday, April 11, 2011

Hox Vox - Marcel Duchamp (2010)

Saturday, April 09, 2011

VA - Ar-Ra'd (2010 - 320 kbps)

Tuesday, April 05, 2011

Shinichirô Ikebe - Dreams | Rhapsody In August | Madadayo (1990, 1991, 1993)

Sunday, March 27, 2011

芸能山城組 Geinō Yamashirogumi - 恐山/銅之剣舞 Osorezan / Dou No Kenbai (1976)

Saturday, March 26, 2011

World's End Girlfriend - Dream's End Come True (2002 - 320kbps)

World's End Girlfriend - Dream's End Come True

Thursday, March 24, 2011

虚装束 Karasyozoku - Mischievous Sigyn 1923 cassette (2008 - 320Kbps)

On September 1, 1923, the great Kantō earthquake (関 東 大 震 災) struck the Kantō plain on the Japanese main island of Honshū. First hand accounts reported the duration of the earthquake at between 4 & 10 minutes, believed to be 7.9 on the Richter scale. The power & intensity managed to move a 121 ton statue of Buddha almost two feet. An estimated 100,000 to 140,000 people lost their lives. In present day Japan, September 1 is Disaster Prevention Day. Schools, & both public & private organizations host disaster drills. Because of these practices, the Japanese people were more prepared than most populations for the current disaster.

Karasyozoku’s debut release, Mischievous Sigyn 1923 is based on this natural disaster as well as the political & social events that accompanied it. This is the second release from Lust Vessel in the new wave of Japanese noise. It is a mixture of terrifying heavy electronics, de-constructed organ, tortured female vocals mixed with various field recordings. It has elements of Musique Concrète & old school industrial. It could easily be the horrifying soundtrack of past or current events in Japan. Not for the squeamish.

Karasyozoku is made up of three members: Dr. Torikabuto; Kichi; & Annoying Labia. All tracks were recorded & mixed late 2007 at Sacred Lust Studio. It was released on cassette with a A5 sized 14 page booklet with photos & lyrics, limited to 150 copies, currently out of print.

Year of Release: 2008
Label: Lust Vessel LV#002
Genre: J-noise, Industrial, Musique Concrete

Side A -
Sigyn Turned the Basin Over Her Husband at Last
Strayers Seek Crowd, Even Though They Don't Have the Reason
Balm from the Crucible of Corpses
Side B -
Fact is More Horrible than Drama
To Be or Not to Be; Criminals as Existence
Die Todesfalle und die Dirnen

Download: Karasyozoku - Mischievous Sigyn 1923 cassette
Download Size: 113MB

Saturday, March 19, 2011

三上 寛 Mikami Kan - BANG! (1980 - 320Kbps)

As the earthquake, tsunami, & nuclear disaster in Japan unfolds, we cannot help but feeling overwhelmed as we learn of the increasing death & injury toll, as we see the tremendous destruction. We have never before witnessed the magnitude of events taking place in Japan.

In the coming days & weeks, the Japanese people as well as many others of us around the world will be experiencing intense psychological feelings; extreme anxiety; depression; insomnia; bad dreams; flashbacks of the past horrible events; helplessness; numbing detachment; feelings of unreality; depersonalization; dissociative amnesia where a person can’t recall important aspects of the trauma; & tendencies to avoid anything or any thoughts to do with the trauma.

In other words, everybody will have the Japanese Blues.

The Blues may not be native to Japan, but there is one artist in Japan at the very fore-front of what he himself has named 'Japanese Blues'. That is the legendary 三上 寛 Mikami Kan. Mikami is a guitarist, singer & songwriter, a fixture in the Tokyo musickal underground, the master of twisted Enka Blues, Japan’s king of the surrealist aside & situationist duckwalk. Kan has been around for over four decades, playing his solo material in Tokyo live musick houses regularly. He is a mainstay of the Japanese countercultural underground, having over time worked with everyone from Shuji Terayama & his Tenjo Sajiki theatrical troupe to leading lights of the PSF Records Japanese noise psych camp via his work in Vajra with Haino Keiji & Ishizuka Toshi or the Haino/Mikami/Yoshizawa trio.

When Mikami arrived in Tokyo in 1968 he was overwhelmed with the feeling of violence in modern life as a result of American intervention in Japan. So, harnessing that universal emotion, a whole new species of Blues was born. The Japanese Blues... the 'Mikami mojo'. A unifying thread of violent emotion runs through all of Mikami's recordings. It's a thread composed of brutality tempered with tenderness, angst with empathy. It's a harsh yet graceful sonic melee sung in Mikami's singular silken rasp. Perhaps the most striking of Mikami's muses is his use of anger in a powerful homegrown blend of rustic wisdom & urban cynicism.

Most people associate the blues with depressing lyrics about loss or loneliness, but that’s not completely accurate. As the famous Bluesman Willie Dixon explains, "It's got to be a fact or it wouldn't be Blues." The Blues is about life, the good parts & the bad parts, but the Blues has always been a musick of hope & healing. It reflects humanity’s power to overcome adversity & empathize with others. Here’s hoping that Mikami Kan’s surrealist take on the Blues will ring a unifying note in these surreal days.

Year of Release: 1980
Label: Sound Marketing System SM20-4144
Genre: Japanese Blues, Folk Rock, Free Jazz


Side A:
このレコードを私に下さい (wo watashi ni kudasai)
逢えてよかった (aete yokatta)
華麗なる絶望 (kareinaru zetubou)

Side B:
密漁の夜 (mitsuryou no yoru)
なんてひどい唄なんだ (nante hidoi uta nanda)
赤い馬 (akai uma)
最後の最後の最後のサンバ (saigo no saigo no saigo no sanba)

Download: Mikami Kan - BANG!
Download Size: 109.91MB

Wednesday, March 16, 2011

Friction - Atsureki (1980 - 320kbps)

Ananda Shankar - Ananda Shankar (1970 - 320kbps)

Update: Re-upped as requested on March 16, 2011