03 November 2012

Nikki Louder: Our World Died Yesterday (2011)

After hearing them live a couple of times I was pretty disappointed when I heard this album. I think it doesn't capture their right sound and it doesn't do justice to the band.

01- Hypechimp
02- Elephant
03- Hips like Elvis
04- Hipsters
05- Oversized Sunglasses
06- Yo voy
07- Audrey Horne
08- Attacked
09- Quiet Buzz

Get it here.

29 October 2012

Nikki Louder: Silent Bird (2008)

Every once in a while you stumble upon some strangely named underground band and often, after giving it a listen, you just can’t believe how good they sound. A revealing moment that shows music can still progress and find new sonic territories; a burst of joy for those who are always on lookout for new sounds. So is the deal with Nikki Louder.

01- Second
02- Another bomb went off
03- We were thrown to the stars for a moment
04- I ain't coming home no more
05- Purpose unknown

Get it here.

02 October 2012

Riot: Old School Demo (1998?)

Celje based old school hardcore group. Very angry youngsters at the time. The band finally evolved (well, some of the members!) into punk rock band Multiball.

01- Riot Barmy Army
02- I Don't Care
03- Let's Switch Places
04- ???
05- Stand By Me

You can get the demo here.

01 October 2012

Drugi Disko: Drugič (2003)

Based at Sežana in the Karst region, the band has created rock music since 1998 as a trio, adding an additional drummer in 2001. In 2003 they released their second album Drugič (Second Time) with label Domači Posnjtki. Their music borders on rock, jazz, Chicago, Balkan and Karst music. 

01- Rosella
02- Kaj Človek Misli Si
03- Nila Smisma
04- Botanična Oaza Norosti
05- Sultans Of Peltans
06- Kosmatega Medveda
07- Hruška
08- Bella Donna

Get it here.

27 September 2012

Štefka's Vomit: Štefka Vomits Alive, Krško (1997)

Dynamic, humourous duo from Brežice. Štefka's vomit features only drums (Cepo from S.F.U., Tenacious Zhgantci, Incubator of death, Dickless Tracy and many more...) and vocals (Gujda a.k.a. Count Gooyda from Dickless Tracy). This is a very good live recording and if I'm not mistaken this was recorded  when they opened for Cripple Bastards in Krško. Someone correct me if my information is wrong or my memory has played some tricks on me... Enjoy!

01- Tebe (Ni)mam Rad
02- Podoknica
03- Authority
04- O.G. (Original Gluesniffer)
05- Do You Wanna Dance
06- Laganica
07- Popuši Mi
08- Ja Bi Jebo
09- Kriv Je Nekdo Drug
10- Anal Kanal
11- Jajčno Pivo
12- Stop Them!
13- Rudej
14- Sisoje
15- Pičkolovac
16- Plastika U Modi
17- Asti Punx

Get it here.

Uja Von Heartattack: Demo (1997?)

Scream-punk-core band with (at the time) a teenage singer / screamer :)

01- My Way
02- Krivica
03- Wrong Side
04- Destroy
05- Can't Stop War
06- Freedom
07- Against The law

Get it here!

26 September 2012

Tožibabe: Dežuje (1986)

First Slovenian rock band with all-female members. Hardcore!

01- Dežuje
02- Ti
03- Lutke
04- Thrash

Get it here.

03 August 2012

S.F.U.: Demo '99 (1999)

S.F.U. was a great punk-hardcore band from Brežice. The three letters can stand for Sranje Fušanje Užas, Samantha Fox Uživo, Senzacija Fantomskih Udov or anything that comes to mind. From this band later came grind core sensation Dickless Tracy.

01- Ali-En
02- Tama
03- Konobar
04- Our City Life
05- Shadow Bad
06- ... Or Die
07- #8
08- Lenčuga
09- Request & Denied
10- Pionir
11- Nothing
12- Something To Get Through
13- Brian
14- Forbidden Silence
15- Stigmatized

S.F.U. live on Vimeo.

Download from here.

03 June 2012

M.U.K.: Demo (1996?)

I was told that M.U.K. stands for "Marš U Kurac" loosely translated as "Go Fuck Yourself". If that was true, why the dot after U in M.U.K.? Nevermind... This was a punk band from Brežice (I think).

01 - Šolske Klopi
02 - Devil
03 - Špijuni
04 - Fate

You can get the demo here.

Man In The Shadow: Man In The Shadow (2001)

Man In The Shadow "best of" CD. Also contains tracks from both Man In The Shadow and Pax Americana 7" singles. 

01 - Lažnivec
02 - Rez britve
03 - Sence preteklosti
04 - Mora
05 - Prepad
06 - Slavolok
07 - Praznovanje
08 - 6 Milijard
09 - Spanec
10 - Strah pred svobodo
11 - Sovdatski boben
12 - Moje, Tvoje
13 - Lajež
14 - Spolzka Lestev
15 - Brez Sence
16 - Vrba Žalujka

You can get this one here.

02 June 2012

Man In The Shadow: Pax Americana 7'' (1999)

Pax Americana is MITS's second single released by their own record label Choose Life Records. On these four new songs they continued to combine emo-core with politics (anarcho-emo?). It's harsh, it's emotional, it's revolutionary and it is definitely more then just good music. Fuck it, it's punk..... 

01 - Strah Pred Svobodo
02 - Moje, Tvoje!
03 - Brez Sence
04 - Lajež
You can download it from here.

Or get it here.

01 June 2012

Man In The Shadow: Man In The Shadow 7'' (1997)

Man in the Shadow from Slovenia, Nova Gorica played emotional and political hardcore. In their 4 years of existence they released 2 singles, a few tapes in different countries and contributed to many hardcore compilations. After they broke up local record label Choose Life released complete discography on CD.

01 - Lažnivec
02 - 6 Milijard
03 - Rez Britve
04 - Prepad

Members later played or still play in different bands: Scuffy Dogs, Elvis Jackson, Entreat., Analena, Elodea, Ravenblack, HellCrawler.

You can get this 7-inch here.

31 May 2012

Pizda Materna: Pidza Materna (1997)

This is a great band that I only saw live once. I think it was on Flatusss festival, but I'm not sure as 15 years have passed since. Hardcore with great lyrics and hard activist stance. I recommend this one!

01 - Nič Za Prijavit
02 - 30 Sekund
03 - Brez Naslova
04 - Življenje
05 - Logika Profita, Logika Zločina
06 - ...

It's up for grabs right here.

30 May 2012

Scuffy Dogs: Scuffy Dogs (2000)

This is the second album of these legendary Slovenian punk-ska-rockers. They were also known for their energetic live show and in that sense I am really sad that I have never seen them perform live so I seek solace in two great albums that they left behind...

01 - Delavska
02 - Zega Ivan
03 - V Moskvo
04 - V boj
05 - Moja generacija
06 - Peter
07 - Sam
08 - Vesolj-ska
09 - Nikoli
10 - Tvoji idoli
11 - Religija
12 - Police in helicopter

Here's the link: click!

29 May 2012

Scuffy Dogs: Scuffy Dogs (1997)

Scuffy Dogs were a punk band with ska and hardcore touches from Nova Gorica, Slovenia formed in 1994. They were well known for their live shows, political stance and were highly influential for the developing Slovenian hc scene. Various Scuffy Dogs members later played in Pizda Materna, Elvis Jackson, Man in the Shadow and Krik Diznilenda. They released two untitled albums.

01 - Nočna kronika
02 - Heroj
03 - Utopija
04 - Človek
05 - JNA
06 - Psihopat
07 - Reggae (Smoke & Enjoy)
08 - Tonight
09 - Ponižani in žalostni
10 - Scuffy Dogs
11 - Revolucija
12 - Proud Mary
13 - Za domovino
14 - Polda
15 - Sirene
16 - Bullshit
17 - Dobro jutro
18 - Jazzcore
19 - Vahid
20 - Konec

You can get the album here.

28 May 2012

Stekli Psi: Koga Briga! (2010)

Although I'm a more rock'n'roll guy I really enjoy intelligent, quality rap. Stekli Psi (Rabies) are in both categories. Backed with a band this album sounds really organic and the fact that the guys rap in Prekmurje dialect brings their music to another level. Flow is great, rhymes are good, everything is in place. Great stuff!

01 - Fraze
02 - Nindri Indri
03 - Nam Se Miga
04 - Daj Paper
05 - Bumerang
06 - Ka Koli
07 - Živa Istina
08 - Ka Koli
09 - 1919, Prekmurje RAPublika
10 - Mi Ti Damo Praf
11 - Mi Smo Nej Odvisni
12 - Drugi Smo Nivo
13 - Lejko Je Gda Grata
14 - Palimo Bong

You can get the rabies here.

You can visit them on Bandcamp where the album is also avaliable for download (in various bitratres).

Stekli Psi on bandcamp:
This super collective has been dominating the Prekmurje rap scene without any real competition. Stekli Psi released their debut album "Koga Briga!" in 2010. The rap language barrier is broken by the incredible flow, and uncompromising activist stance. Backed up by a live band trio (guitar, bas and drums), providing the groovy-heavy-bass-rhodes background.

25 May 2012

Raz-Plaz: Šljaken Zi Bitte (1997)

Š.Z.B. from previous post became Raz-Plaz and this a digital version of their 7". Musically they are still somewhere in the noise-hardcore area although this recording is much more polished as the live one (obviously as it was recorded in a studio).

And just to be sure where we are, here's the lyrics for their "hit" song Segedin:

Včeraj, sen brez dlake na jeziki
vse vun poja iz riti
kaj bomo jeli gnes
ker lačen sen kak pes

Vogla ni ker vali
žoge ne ker ne je
luč pa v kleti več ne sveti
Dober den!
Pisker je kozlarije pun
lačen pa kak kun
zaj pa gremo srat
300 ur na sat

Pleha ne ker ne ve
driske ni ker prdi
klobas pa iz riti vsi smo siti
Dober den!

Končno najeli smo se vsi
zaj pa pit se nam mudi.

Raz-Plaz offer the translation:

without a hair on my tongue
I've eaten all from my bottom
but what shall we eat today
'Cos I'm hungry like a dog

No the bird, 'cos it's makin' birth
not a ball, 'cos it's in the goal
and in the cellar the light is out
so, a good day with

the pot is full of throw up
to castor oil with noodles mixed hot spoiled soup
after that you must take shit
three hundred miles on hour is your limit

an iron not, 'cos it's out of thought
diaorrhoea is gone, 'cos it's makin' storm
and we all are sick from goin' sausage stick
so, a good day with

So while our stomach's feelin' cool
take your bottles and drink it full

You can get the 7" rip here.

Š.Z.B.: Live in KLjUB (1996)

Š.Z.B. stands for Šljaken Zi Bitte. Noise-punk-hardcore band from Ljutomer (I think) played this concert back in 1996 along with S.F.U. from Brežice. I remember the gig as one of the most energetic concerts thanks to S.F.U. crew. Š.Z.B. were really loud and not so in tune, but as we were pissed off youngsters we wouldn't like them in any other way... I can say that for Š.Z.B. part it was one of the best worst concerts if you dig what I mean. Hear it for yourself, but (!) this is a tape rip and the quality is really bad. As the band was, hehe...

A1  Dirty Danka    
A2  Nesmisel Idealov
A3  Segedin
A4  Obsojeni Na Smrt
A5  Svije    
A6  Jutros Butros
A7  Dirty Laundry
A8  Demon
A9  Flatusss
A10 Gema Šlafen
A11 Karton   
A12 Radenska

The B side of the tape will be here in time, but for now you can enjoy Šljaken Zi Bitte. Get the tape rip here.

Kleemar: Selected Demos 2 (2004)

Some facts about Kleemar from his MySpace account:
Matej Koncan (alias Kleemar) - a passionate experimenter with analog electronic devices and a curious explorer of new digital creative options - plays a significant role in this movement. Owing inspiration as much to contemporary music visionaries of all genres as to legendary sound researchers, electronic music pioneers, and cult movies, Kleemar creates warm lyrical harmonies, serene sounds, and - with high sensitivity he recycles old audio materials into new sound qualities. With Kleemar on synthesizers and three additional musicians (Saso Benko, David Halb, Ivor Knafelj) on drums, basses, guitars, samples and synthesizers, this full band version takes Kleemar's music to energetic post-rock dimensions and impressively reflects his intolerance for purism and categorization in music.
This time you can enjoy in his selected demos, part 2.

01 - Everybody Loves Raymond
02 - Somone Who You Nod To
03 - Loveful
04 - Simple Kleemar
05 - Kleemar Kills IDM
06 - I Lick It
07 - Infantic
08 - Fuckin' CC
09 - The Hell Outta Dodge (Sick Mix) Originally Performed By Psycho-Pat
10 - The Hell Outta Dodge (Groovy Mix) Originally Performed By Psycho-Pat
11 - Fawn (Rmx) Originally Performed By Manul

You can get them here.

24 May 2012

Kleemar: Selected Demos 1 (2004)

And now for something completelly different. Not geographically though, as we are still in the Prekmurje region, but musically. From rock'n'roll to electronic music. Kleemar's idm is a definition of enjoyable music. One of the best concerts (when performing live Kleemar has a real band line-up consisted from Psycho-Path and Sphericube members) I have ever witnessed, when they were touring with their mates from Sphericube (2003 or 2004). Kleemar can paint the most beautiful landscapes you need to open your heart to him. I highly recommend this.

01 - Someone Who You Nod To
02 - Simple Kleemar
03 - Kleemar Kills IDM
04 - Kleemar's Talking Moon
05 - Orion Stand By!
06 - Fuckin CC
07 - Fawn (rmx)
08 - Sajkolefanje (live)

You can get the selected demos here.

23 May 2012

Kweefpossum: Me Feel So Possum (2007)

A two man band from Prekmurje region, whose main characteristics are (besides that they no longer play) the simplicity of its music and the raw, uncompromising performance, garage, stoner, fuzz thingie going on… It's roots come from Manul and Plüg.

01 - Tarmalate
02 - Cheap And Nasty
03 - Right On
Download here.

22 May 2012

Manul: The Kind of Music You'll Tell Your Children You Were Into, Even Though You Weren't (2004)

This is the album that never so the light of day. I think Manul split up just as they wanted to release this recordings, had a couple of awesome gigs behind themselves and were winning the public. Great post rock album.

But as always new bands emerge from the ashes of former ones... So next time we will meet Kweefpossum...

01 - Post-Rock For Jerinho
02 - Headjob
03 - Wet Gravel
04 - All I Ever Wanted
05 - Maladie Du Bonheur
06 - The Kind Of Music...
07 - I'm Silver
08 - Spit Mandrake
09 - Toy Phone
10 - Fawn
11 - A Mine-Like Object
12 - Rubber Lighthouse

Get The Kind of Music You'll Tell Your Children You Were Into, Even Though You Weren't here.

21 May 2012

Manul: Demo (2004)

We have closed the story of Psycho-Path, but we're staying on the East of our little country. Manul was a great band from Murska Sobota that played very good alt-stone-rock. This is their demo from 2004 (I think). They never released any albums, but that doesn't mean they haven't recorded one...

01 - I'm Silver
02 - Wet Gravel
03 - All I Ever Wanted
04 - Spit Mandrake
05 - Rubber Lighthouse

You can get Manul's demo here.

18 May 2012

Psycho-Path: The Ass-Soul Of Psycho-Path (2008)

The last chapter on the psycho path. Awesome album brings 11 tracks that will not leave you cold. Psycho-path will always be one of my favourite Slovenian bands.
Get the ass-soul here.

07 May 2012

Psycho-Path - Désinvoltura (2004)

This is the third (or fourth if you count Terminal) album of Psycho-Path. IMHO their best piece of work.

Review by Exclaim.ca here.

You can find the album on this link.

06 May 2012

Psycho-Path: The Hell Outta Dodge (2004) single

This single brings the album version of the song and two remixes. Whether they are both made by Kleemar I don't know, one of them sure is. Plus one of the best videos!!! Pure monochromatic awesomeness!!!

Get it here or get the hell outta dodge!

05 May 2012

Psycho-Path: Terminal (2000)

Terminal isn't an album per se... It is recorded live for a dance theater show, but then converted into a listener friendly shape of an album. Khm... Anyway... It's a solid recording that stands on its own. And it hides a bonus in a shape of Scott McCloud from Girls Against Boys.

Too much of a good thing can fuck you up... Get it here, if you dare...

04 May 2012

Psycho-Path: Autoerotic (1999)

Second album brings heavier sound (just listen to that wall of sound in Machina del tiempo), heavier riffs and more self exploring lyrics. Awesome to sum it up in one word.

You can get it here.

03 May 2012

Psycho-Path: Jiu Jitsu (1997)

First full lenght album of Psycho-Path offered a first hit single of the band. Dehydrated was probably the most wanted song on their concerts with its punkish rhythm and melodic. The album presents some very good riffs and very specific (and recognizable) vocal of their lead singer. Powerful voice of Meli became their trademark and no other vocal in my opinion could interpret the lyrics of Psycho-Path better than her.

Jiu Jitsu is available here.

Psycho-Path: Kiss & Kill Trax (1996)

We're moving to the East of our conutry to visit one of my favourite alternative rock bands. Beginnings of Psycho-Path reach back to 1993 and I think this tape is their first offical (?) demo that will be followed by the first album Jiu-Jitsu a year later. Stone rock at its best.

You can download the tape from here.

02 May 2012

2227: Vse Živo 1995 - 1999 (1999)

Successive hit number 2-2-2-7 final!

After an especially successfull split-up of the band in summer 1999, the ultimate act of the 2-2-2-7 number followed: descent from the underground to the ground floor! Some years of unintentional transposing of old tapes, search for the lost or misplaced audio-tapes with mostly by chance recorded shows from the rich tours of the 2-2-2-7 band, prospered with two CDs: selection of practically all that has been preserved in the period of 1995 (with the show in MKNŽ in Ilirska Bistrica) and 1999 (last documented show of the band, Schuetorf, D, April 1999) is some kind of  “the fejst of 2-2-2-7”, - you can find on both discs 28 (!) songs from all three 2-2-2-7 albums plus raritetes from the single and samplers. All songs are recorded live - as 2-2-2-7 should be the best live (as the authorities claim). On the CDs you can also find some ultrasignificant radio jingles and halfdrunk concert intermezzo’s, which come quite natural. Therefore a part of the history.

Here (unfortunatelly) ends the story of (one of) my favourite Slovenian bands. You can visit them here.

You can get Vse Živo CD1 here, and CD2 here.

2227: Bi Bi Bi Sabí (1998)

1998: Bibibisabi?

During the creation process of their new album 2-2-2-7 suddenly realise that the most decisive revival in the flood of various revivals would be if the group would start to imitate no one but itself. But since 2-2-2-7 never really understood themselves, the ensuing outcome is interesting: perhaps their most mature record entitled Bi Bi Bi Sabí. Even before its release the band tours in Norway (a nice country), with stops in Denmark and Germany. Once again they perform as a classic rock quartet with drums, bass, guitar, and vocals.

The title of the new record is adapted from Basque (in original: bi bi bi zazpi), while the lyrics are written in the "sandwich-language" package: four songs in Slovene, three in English, one in the Slovene-English mixture, two in the late SerboCroat; one title is translated into French, one text in Slovene has a SerboCroat title, and one text vice versa; in between, chickens cluck centrifugally and sheep bleat naturally. Moreover, the record includes two violin instrumentals from the Fourklor performance. Regretfully, Tijuana Toads did not get the copyrights.

The producer and music engineer of Bi Bi Bi Sabí is Franci Rainer. The basic material was recorded in Robi’s place, Studio Poludio in Svetinje, and vocals, saxophone, and percussion in Gajic’s Faktor in Kodeljevo, Ljubljana. The material was mixed in Studio Tivoli as a customer of Borut Berden’s Studio Ritem. Besides the Macek-Bozo-Jani-Jovo quartet the following guests appear on the record: Sergej on saxophone, Marjan Stanic on tarabuca and bongos; Maja Pavlin with her accompanying vocal; and Vuk (persisting only in the bonus track). Again, the CD booklet was designed by Strip Core, while the photographs are the work of photographer Damjan Kocjancic, who also designs lighting at 2-2-2-7 concerts.

This time, the CD and tape are released in the co-production of Strip Core (Forum Ljubljana) and Helidon (ZOM).

Together with the record comes first a videoclip for the song Lolitka - The Girl with Ice-Cream Eyes, directed by 2-2-2-7 and the well-noticed rolling circus of Ana Monro, and produced by Forum Ljubljana and VPK.

Download  Bi Bi Bi Sabí from here.

2227: No Brains No Tumors (1995)

1994-1995: With Brains and Tumors, Please!

Then come several concert tourings in 12 European countries (Slovenia, Italy, Austria, Hungary, Czech Republic, Germany, Switzerland, the Netherlands, Belgium, Luxembourg, France, and Yugoslavia), and the consolidation of the outlined course of development.

In the spring 1995 they record the material for their second album in the Pan studio in Krajn, engineered by Franci Rainer and produced by Dare Hocevar (ex-Laibach, Sokoli). The elemental hard-core skeleton and rushing bass lines combine with jazz gags, gallows melancholy and odd ethnic rhythms, out-and-out crossed by expressive violin. The title is a logical consequence: No Brains No Tumors. Besides nine original songs and an adaptation of Tom Waits, the CD also brings four documentary recordings by 2-2-2-7 from 1986.

Again, the CD and tape are released as self-editions under the label of Strip Core in April 1995. Together with Mirko Simic they make a videoclip for the neurotic title song No Brains No Tumors, a highly cracked and definitely the fastest videoclip in which more than 520 shots follow one another in less than three minutes. The video features the Fourklor physical dance theatre, with which 2-2-2-7 later collaborate as composers and performers of music for their dance performance.

In June 1995, 2-2-2-7 participate at the Druga Godba festival (with Marc Ribbot and the Klezmatics). Around that time they release a 7-inch record, Sarlo budi njezan, which is (also) homage to the most unique Yugoslav group (Sarlo Akrobata) of the early 1980s. The blue-coloured single in a transparent cover - and in limited edition - is to acquire the status of nostalgic rarity.

In August 1995, Oliver Marceta, painter and student of animation film in Vienna, shoots his childlike drawings in grounded coffee and makes an animation videoclip for the song Innocent When You Dream (from the single and CD); its strong allegories appeal primarily to fine artists. Later, in the beginning of 1998, the videoclip wins the award for the best script at the MCM Atlas Musique Awards in Cannes.

This time, 2-2-2-7 invite Studio Torax to design the cover of the single and CD. While the single cover is impeccable, the CD cover and the poster provoke auspiciously controversial reactions: behind the inscription No Brains No Tumors features a photograph by Sinisa Lopojda, presenting an aborted human foetus in the arms of a Michelangelo-like angel.

Album No Brain No Tumors is avaliable for download here.

30 April 2012

2227: Šarlo Budi Nežan (1995) 7"

Now this is a rarity. A blue vinyl 7-inch... I first saw it on a record store in 1996 but I didn't have any money on me as I spent all my money on a ticket for Biohazard and Dog Eat Dog concert, hehe... Since then I was looking for it and found it two years ago in Ljubljana. Still sealed and in mint condition... As if it was waiting for me.

So here it is for everyone to enjoy.

Btw, side A features Šarlo Akrobata and Tom Waits covers...

2227: Stripcore (1993)

1991-1993: Reincarnation

In 1991, Jani and Bozo start anew, and they are joined by Macek (drums; ex-Komakino, before also Buldogi, Niet, and Lublanski Psi). 2-2-2-7 become an instrumental trio. They perform in Slovenia, Italy, Czechoslovakia, and the Netherlands. Gradually they widen their viewpoints of music: from hard-core roots emerges a creative mixture of most varied approaches and influences. What results is an unusual music collage which perplexes music critics in their attempts to designate - at least provisionally - their music style. Therefore, 2-2-2-7 simply adopt the name of their cover organisation for the designation of their creativity - the stripcore music. Together with the business manager of Strip Core, Katerina Mirovic, they are finally prepared to embark on their way into show business.

In 1992, Radio Slovenija enables them to record the first three songs. Precisely at that time the band strengthens with a new member - Vuk Krakovic, violinist with a classical musical education (of Belgrade origins), who introduces more subtle tones into the music of the group. Together they record the piece Rolling Stoned. As the result is good, the further co-operation is resolved. The tune Watch-A-Gonna Do? gets the lyrics sung by Macek, while The Big Blues remains a classic instrumental trio. Franci Rainer produces all three pieces.

After hardening with some more concert experiences, 2-2-2-7 enters the Tivoli Studio to record more material for their first album, produced by Aldo Ivancic (Borghesia). The record already has its title – Stripcore. However, complications with publishers continue deep into 1993; the CD is finally released as a self-edition by Strip Core (Forum). Besides ten newly recorded tunes the CD also brings three songs recorded live at the Novi Rock festival. The band also designs the cover of the record.

More and more texts to tunes are being written, and thus the band starts to search for a singer (him or her) – with no success. In the meanwhile, Macek and Vuk sing at the concerts. In September 1993 follows the first media-resounding performance at Novi Rock (again!); Jovo (ex-Howitzer) decides on the spot to accept the offered position of drummer of the band, while Maèek takes over the role of singer.

Marko Kovacic directs a videoclip for two combined tunes (which somewhat confuses television personnel): I’ve Seen That Head Before is a remake of the Grace Jones classic, while Like It Like It Is Is a quickplay outburst of unobstructed energy. The set design for the videoclip are graffiti made by the members of the group, with which Strip Core has been participating at solo and group exhibitions at home and abroad.

Download from here.

29 April 2012

2227... my favourite Slovenian band

1985-1986: Prehistory

The 2227 group emerges on the very firm Slovene hard core scene of the time: Bozo (guitar; ex-UBR), Jani (bass; ex-Epidemija), Dare Kuhar (drums; ex-Odpadki Civilizacije), and David Krzisnik (vocal). The name of the group was picked simply from someone’s identity card. In 1986 they participate at the Novi Rock festival. At this occasion they are entitled to use - free of charge - the Top Ten studio facilities to record one song. 2227 record four tunes in a single stroke, without breaks. Nobody, not even the producer Janez Krizaj, notices the surplus of three pieces. And tone technicians at Radio Student prefer to play them in sequence.

After 1986, 2227 sink into self-oblivion because of successive enrolments of the members into Yugoslav National Army.

Text taken from this site.

Tomorrow their debut album Stripcore...

Strelnikoff: Bitchcraft (1998)

The final stage in Strelnikoff discography is controvesrial EP Bitchcraft. After Yugoslavian republics went their separate ways democracy has blessed our land. We got freedom of speech! But all that was forgotten when some rockers from Celje that called themselves Strelnikoff, published this EP that featured virgin Mary with a rat in her lap on the cover. Religious feelings were hurt! A blasphemy! It was all over the daily newspapers.

The virgin Mary from Brezje is supposed to be the most holy icon in Slovenia and Strelnikoff put a rat in her lap instead of baby Jesus. Ts ts, you bad boys. The process never had an official ending, but nothing happened to Strelnikoff, thank god (!). They were never convicted. I even think that the case was outdated. The whole scandal only showed how many strings church can pull in a democratic country where real criminals are rarely charged in months. The Strelnikoff process stared just a week after the CD was published!

You can get Bitchcraft here.

Strelnikoff & Marko Brecelj: Hojladrija Svinjarija Diareja Gonoreja (1994)

Next from the Strelnikoff menu is a project with legendary singer Marko Brecelj, also known as a member of Buldožer and a vital activist. 7 tracks of electro punk industrial.

You can get it here.

28 April 2012

Strelnikoff: Heavy Mentally Retarded (1992)

We continue our trip through Strelnikoff's music. This is the only full lenght album they released. Strelnikoff at it's best.

Imagine a dark club full with boys and girls wanting to have fun. The only source of light are four white search ligths hovering above the crowd. There's sax intro of Too drunk to fuck on the speakers and they boys are eagerly waiting for the song to really start so they can prove themselves in front of the girls. Hormones are at it's peak levels. Everybody is drunk and everybody wants to fuck. When the rhythm machine starts pounding, battering, the searchlights are killed by the stroboscope flashing in the rhythm of the song. Pogo starts almost immediately and lasts until the final second. It happened almost every week in our local club...

The other hit song in the iron repertoar of the DJs was I'm So Pretty But She Don't Care. Still gets my heart beating at higher rates... Another one is Gimme A Gun (After Midnight) for which they recorded the only video:

I promised a story of Saynee Ikkorumovidax. I think that Strelnikoff and Miladojka Youneed were partying together, messing around with the tape recorder. Somehow they recorded (if I remmber the story right) jaz, s sekiro v roki (litlerally: me with an axe in my hand) and played the tape backwards. It sounded like saynee ikkorumovidax. A subliminal message of some sort, hehe... Both bands did their versions of the song and the guy publishing the Naša četica koraka renamed the song to Silence as saynee sounds similar to silence (I presume it happened like that).

So, here you have it, one of the best alternative albums ever published in Slovenia. 


ps. The story of Saynee... was told to me by Vasja. It is quite possible that he was just joking around with a curious youngster, so don't hold it against me if you find out that the story isn't true, hehe...

25 April 2012

Naša Četica Koraka (1989) comp. tape

Although this compilation futures only two songs from Strelnikoff it is interresting because the publisher obviously didn't put much effort into writing down the correct titles of their songs. As the first part of Saynee Ikkorumovidax sounds a lot like silence the publisher felt free to rename one of the Strelnikoff songs (that was also done by Miladojka Youneed another great Slovenian band - more about that band and that particular song some other time). The other Strelnikoff song on the cassette is titled Lari-fari but the correct title is Valhalla. I don't know the reason for that (nor does Strelnikoff' singer Vasja) but it's a cute mistake, intentional or not.

The other bands futured on this tape are KBO!, Ujetniki svobode, Ženevski dekret, Game over etc.

You can get the tape here.

24 April 2012

Strelnikoff: 45% Vol. (1990) 7"

We already know the band from the previous post. This is a 7" rip from 1990 that brings a song that will later become the title song of their only full lenght album (issued in 1993) and a cover of Dead Kennedys Too drunk to fuck.

Download: click.

23 April 2012

Strelnikoff: On 45 (1990)

Strelnikoff are often reffered to as Slovenian Minstry as they both exploit and explore the industrial sounds. Probably the fastest Slovenian band in the early 90's due to the rhythm machine that added solid ground for live played instruments. Strelnikoff were definitely ahead of the time and well known in Slovenia but didn't establish a big (what is big?) fan base. Metalheads were against them because they used the rhythm machine. They were not punk enough (in musical sense) for the punks. They played with NoMeansNo in the early 90's and were know for the fact, that Jello Biafra was their fan.

Another similarity to Ministry were the lead singers Vasja and Sergej that always performed to the max and were crazy-as-shit (in the most positive sense of the phrase).

Sergej and Vasja in the zone

This is their first 12" and it is a vinyl rip.

Get it here: click.

Plüg & ŠKM: Demo(s) Action (2004)

This one is for the post rock fans. Both bands come from the East part of Slovenia, considerably the most talented region regarding alternative music. Many of the bands from Murska Sobota or Beltinci are members of so called Prekmurje Noise Conspiracy an association for promotion of alternative culture.

Plüg used to be a 5 member band with two drummers but didn't live long in that formation. Now (?) it is one man band project. Nevertheless the few concerts they played were very well attended and mostly well accepted. Particulry the two drummers made quite an impression. The low growling vocals of the lead singer were also mesmerizing. Strong, grinding wall of sound that they made combined with the soft, dreamy tunes made your spirit fly to the clouds :)
Two drummers of Plüg
ŠKM is more technical band. Instrumental band that eludes the genre definition. ŠKM stands for Štefan Kovač - Marko who was a second world war hero. Also a club in Beltinci is named after him (if I'm not mistaken).

Anyway, here's the link to this rare record:


02 April 2012

...A Je To!: Juriš V Svobodo (1995)

...A je to! named after a popular Czechoslovakian cartoon were shortlived but made quite an impact on Slovenian punk scene. As the tho characters from the cartoon the band was very optimistic and funny (in lyrics), but also enviromentally engaged.

In short time they gathered a lot of fan base and followers. I remember their gig in our local club in 1995 (I think - or even earlier). It was one of the best gigs in 30 years history of the club. Very energetic, a lot of pogo and sing-a-long.

With the single "Jožica" they even made the national charts, but for me that song was / is the weakest link on the short album. You can find the download link below and the photos are from the above mentioned concert.


22 March 2012

Proletariat: Prevara!!! (1996)

Proletariat is one of the leading punk bands of the 90s in Slovenia. Unfortunatelly they do not play anymore and this is (as far as I know) their only full lenght recording. 13 old fashion punk songs, some of them could also be categorized as hardcore. The first song is in Finnish language (Miksi - Why) all other songs are in Slovenian.
I remember the guys playing in our local club back in '96. They attracted quite a crowd as back then the punk scene was pretty developed and connected in Slovenia. A lot of pogo dancing happened that night.
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01 - Miksi
02 - Bosan'c
03 - Upri Se
04 - Vojaki
05 - Tvoj Pes
06 - U Pol'e
07 - Živci
08 - Vladanje
09 - Mladina
10 - Uniformiran Teror
11 - Vsak Dan
12 - Kaos
13 - Alkohol

You can get it here.


Welcome to the new site! As on the other site I will be posting Slovenian alternative music as the title of the blog suggest. Yes, Slovenia is a microlocation in a global sense, but nevertheless its alternative music scene is well developed. I hope you will enjoy the music, the bands, appreciate the suggestions and hopefully visit our country one day.