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An exclusive interview with Jürgen Engler (Die Krupps)

Jürgen Engler of German industrial metal/EBM band DIE KRUPPS is this week’s special guest of The Blackout Radio Show with Mike Pougounas.

Die Krupps formed in 1980 by Jürgen Engler and Bernward Malaka in Düsseldorf, Germany.

We discussed about the band’s latest album “Vision 2020 Vision”, the history of the band and the way he sees international politics now as well as many other issues.

AN INTRODUCTION

The following is taken from the band’s official website :

Critics worldwide hail them alongside KRAFTWERK and EINSTUERZENDE NEUBAUTEN as pioneers of Electronic and Industrial music, bands like FRONT 242 and NITZER EBB called them their inspiration, and their musical ideas found their way into the sound of a wide spectrum of music, from DEPECHE MODE to the innovative pioneers of Detroit Techno. Over 30 years and many internationally successful albums, DIE KRUPPS have developed an unmistakable signature sound that is meant to stay!

After monumental and industrial beginnings with the album ‘Stahlwerksinfonie‘, the foundation for Electronic Body Music was laid by the single ‘Wahre Arbeit Wahrer Lohn‘ (both Album and Single Of The Week in the British NME), and the following albums ‘Volle Kraft Voraus‘ and ‘Entering The Arena‘, which created international interest in the band’s characteristic synthesis of hard electronics and highly danceable beats. European wide releases secured the band a large following, that was only meant to increase in the ’90s.

After a 3-year break, international chart positions of a remake of their classic track ‘Wahre Arbeit’, now called ‘The Machineries Of Joy‘, which was a collaboration with NITZER EBB (U.S. Billboard Dance Charts Top 10), marked the next chapter in the history of the band. The following widening of their musical spectrum, which saw the addition of a more metal inspired aggressive vocal style and guitar riffs on the album ‘I’, and the essential single track ‘Metal Machine Music‘, was like a slap in the face of conservative critics and listeners alike. The mini album ‘A Tribute To Metallica‘ underlined this daring step, gaining the attention of Lars Ulrich and Co., who helped to secure the band a deal in the U.S.

The highly successful albums (european-wide chart positions, Germany Top-20) ‘II – The Final Option‘, ‘The Final Remixes‘, which consisted of remix interpretations of DIE KRUPPS tracks by fellow bands such as NINE INCH NAILS, THE SISTERS OF MERCY, FAITH NO MORE, CLAWFINGER and many others, and the album ‘..III – Odyssey Of The Mind‘, were again inspiration to many upcoming new bands, such as RAMMSTEIN, whose song ‘Tier’ was a direct adaptation and tribute to DIE KRUPPS’ ‘The Dawning Of Doom‘ from the album ‘I’.

After several worldwide tours, and another chart-topping album, ‘Paradise Now‘ (Germany No.17), on which the band collaborated with Arthur Brown (‘Fire‘), it was decided to bring a temporary stop to the bands extraordinary career.

2005 marked the 25th anniversary of DIE KRUPPS, which was reason enough for the 2 original members Engler and Doerper to prove to the rest of the world that DIE KRUPPS are far from being dead. The reunited group played festivals across Europe and proved that their live shows are as energetic as ever. The audience response was overwhelming and proved that the band had not lost any ground during its absence.

In November 2007, DIE KRUPPS’ new album ‘Too Much History‘ was released. The album included re-recordings of the greatest hits from almost every album the band had released in the past, plus several unreleased new tracks, including ‘The Great Divide‘, ‘5 Millionen‘ and several collaborations, with Client B from the band CLIENT, and again Douglas McCarthy from NITZER EBB.

The end of 2008 saw the release of a remix album of the 1982 album ‘Volle Kraft Voraus‘, entitled ‘Volle Kraft Null Acht’. KMFDM, FUNKER VOGT, PROJECT PITCHFORK, LEAETHER STRIP, SPETSNAZ and MODULATE are only a few acts who besides many others contributed to the project. The 2 singles ‘Volle Kraft Voraus’ and ‘Ende Der Träume’ topped the German Alternative Charts for weeks.

In 2010 the mini-album ‘Als Wären Wir Für Immer‘, consisting of all new material, hit the stores. It also stayed in top positions of the Deutsche Alternative Charts for many weeks, and re-entered during the NITZER EBB/DIE KRUPPS European tour in April of 2011. The tour, which was launched under the motto ‘Join In The Rhythm Of Machines‘, was a huge success. A joint NITZER EBB/DIE KRUPPS EP, consisting of re-worked versions of each band’s favorite songs, was sold exclusively at the shows. Those songs were also played live, followed by the definite highlight for many fans, the anthemic ‘Machineries Of Joy’, which saw both bands perform the song together for the first time.

At the end of 2012, the first single from the upcoming album ‘The Machinists Of Joy‘ was released. ‘Risikofaktor‘ made it No.1 in the German DAC Charts again, and stayed in the pole position for a full month.

2013 was to become the year when DIE KRUPPS machinery went back into full swing. The machines were greased, the dust shaken off, the factory gates opened again. After shift operation was restored, the long-awaited new prototype ‘The Machinists Of Joy’ rolled off the assembly line on 25.10.2013. With this most recent effort DIE KRUPPS seamlessly picked up the streak of their genre-defining releases in the ’80s and ’90s. DIE KRUPPS still deliver ‘Metal MACHINE Music’ – heavy, danceable, sometimes epic machine-music, adorned with well-placed guitar attacks and the ever-onward hammering of the ‘steel-o-phone’, paired with critical contemporary lyrics, setting themselves off from what has become the norm today.

Referring to their top-10 Billboard-hit from 1989 ‘Machineries Of Joy’, the album title already hinted at a stronger focus on electronic sounds, rather than guitars, which dominated the current outfit of DIE KRUPPS. Nevertheless, hard guitar riffs were interwoven with the pumping signature sequencers. The album also made it to No.1 in the German DAC Charts, where it was holding the pole position again for several consecutive weeks. The second single of the album ‘Schmutzfabrik‘ peaked at No.2, staying there for 7 weeks.

In mid-February 2014, the factory bell rang in the night shift on European stages, to be known as ‘THE MACHINISTS OF JOY’-TOUR 2014. 12 dates on which DIE KRUPPS were going to present their first studio album of the new millennium in sweat-inducing manner!

On August 28th 2015, DIE KRUPPS returned with their new release ‘V – Metal Machine Music‘. Back to the distinctly guitar-based sound from the late ’90s, the new songs showed a much increased level of aggressiveness! DIE KRUPPS had never before combined such heavy guitars and powerful sequencers. The upcoming shows proved that this direction was well reserved by the audience Europe wide. Alongside mastermind Juergen Engler (vocals, steel-o-phone), the line-up was machinist Ralf Doerper on Korg MS-20 synthesizer, Marcel Zuercher on guitar, with Volker Borchert from former metal band Accuser on drums, and Nils Finkeisen on second guitar. The album ‘V‘ made the official sales chart in Germany and cracked the Top 40! The singles ‘Battle Extreme‘ and ‘Kaltes Herz‘ both made it to No.1 in the German DAC Charts, the latter stayed in the pole position for 6 consecutive weeks!

Steel, hard work, muscle strength, sweat, machines … but also structural change, unemployment, dislocation, xenophobia and anxiety about the future: powerful words that DIE KRUPPS have always used and filled with content, that they attach visions to, that they transform into a solid base for their music – their very own, unique sound that has consistently evolved over the past four decades and that continues to be unmistakable.

“Vision 2020 Vision” is their latest masterpiece, a concept album: music, artwork and lyrics are inextricably linked, they fuel and cross-fertilize each other. The world of Engler and Dörper is monochromatic and grim, but the imminent world they see through their lens, ought to, and indeed must, frighten you.

In all this, DIE KRUPPS’s themes are as topical and relevant as ever: “Extinction Time” and “Vision 2020 Vision” describe our world on the edge of the abyss. Chaos and violence rule the streets, governments are powerless. The great flood will come, wash everything away and leave nothing but darkness. “Alllies” and “Fuck You” are directed overseas; where egoism, borders and ruthlessness are dictated from the very top while Europe looks on passively, turning into a compliant minion. “Human” is a reckoning with the whole human race which has been regressing for several decades. Civilizations increasingly turn into hordes of wild, murderous barbarians.

The title song puts in a nutshell where this development is bound to take us: “Violence will soon explode, frustration reaches overload, revolution is imminent, we’re in the year of discontent” (quote: “Vision 2020 Vision”). What remains is the hope that Jürgen Engler will be proved wrong in this instance.

Side-projects: Die Robo Sapiens – Male

Apart from the songs of the new DIE KRUPPS album as well as a couple of old ones, I am spining tracks taken from the new releases of Rotersand, Adoration Destroyed, Cubanate and many more.

The show goes on air as follows:

Mad Wasp Radio [UK] – Saturday 19:00 – Wednesday 00:00
Wicked Spins Radio [UK]-Thursdays 19:00 – 21:00
KOWS 92,5FM [CA-USA]- Tuesday 22:00-00:00
Fasching Web Radio [CANADA]- Wednesdays from 17:00 – 19:00
Mercury Radio [Greece] Wednesdays – 22:00-00:00 (EET / UTC+3)

 
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Posted by on May 11, 2020 in Electronic, Interviews, Radio

 

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Οι Bad Religion στην εκπομπή του Steve Jones και η στιγμή της εξομολόγησης

Εχω αναφέρει στο παρελθόν πως εκτιμώ πολύ τον Steve Jones ως μουσικό και νομίζω πως μάλλον θα έχει μεγάλη πλάκα να τον κάνεις παρέα, πέρα απο το να παίξεις και μουσική μαζί του.

Είναι ενας άνθρωπος με χιούμορ που συχνά αυτοσαρκάζεται και ανεβάζει κάποια πολύ αστεία βίντεο στον λογαριασμό του αλλά υπάρχουν πολλές φορές στιγμές που στα λόγια του κρύβεται μια γέυση πικρίας για κάποια πράγματα που έκανε στο παρελθόν.

Παρακολουθώ τις ραδιοφωνικές εκπομπές του και περίμενα ανυπόμονα την εμφάνιση που έκανε πέρσι τον Οκτώβριο στο Roxy του Hollywood με τους Generation Sex, δηλαδή με τον φίλο και κολλητό του στους Sex Pistols και στους Professionals, Paul Cook, τον Billy Idol και τον Tony James απο τους Generation X (μπορείτε να δείτε το βίντεο της εμφάνισης ΕΔΩ).

Με την ευκαιρία λοιπόν της κυκλοφορίας του νέου άλμπουμ των Bad Religion, το οποίο παρουσίασα κι εγω στην εκπομπή μου, ο Jones τους είχε καλεσμένους πριν δύο ημέρες στην δική του ραδιοφωνική εκπομπή, Jonesy’s Jukebox, την οποία μπορείτε να παρακολουθείτε και σε βίντεο στο YouTube.

Εκτιμώ πως τα πρώτα 10 λεπτά της συγκεκριμένης εκπομπής είχαν πολύ μεγάλο ενδιαφέρον, οπότε θα προσπαθήσω να μεταφέρω εδω ενα μέρος οσων ειπώθηκαν…

Για την ιστορία, και για όσους δεν γνωρίζουν οτι ο Jones έχει ραδιοφωνική εκπομπή, πρίν να γράψω τι είπαν, να βάλω εδω αυτά που αναφέρει η Wikipedia σχετικά με το Jonesy’s Jukebox…

“Τον Φεβρουάριο του 2004, ο Jones άρχισε να φιλοξενεί ένα καθημερινό ραδιοφωνικό πρόγραμμα στο Λος Άντζελες, το Jonesy’s Jukebox, στον Αμερικάνικο ραδιοφωνικό σταθμό Indie 103.1 FM, όπου θα μπορούσε να κάνει ό, τι ήθελε (σύμφωνα με τους κανόνες του FCC-του ΕΣΠ ας πούμε…), χωρίς παρεμβάσεις από τη διοίκηση του σταθμού. Ο Jones έπαιζε ενα επιλεκτικό playlist κάνοντας ταυτόχρονα ζωντανές και συχνά χιουμοριστικές συνεντεύξεις με τους επισκέπτες που καλούσε και που κάλυπταν όλο το φάσμα της μουσικής και κιν/κής βιομηχανίας.  Συνήθιζε να έχει μια ακουστική κιθάρα στο στούντιο και συχνά έπαιζε εναν αριθμό γνωστών τραγουδιών σχετικά με το τρέχον θέμα της συζήτησης. Μερικοί απο του φιλοξενούμενούς του ήταν ο Eddie Vedder, η Chrissie Hynde, ο Johnny Ramone, ο Billy Corgan, η Susanna Hoffs, ο Leif Garrett, ο Brian Wilson, ο Pete Townshend, ο Iggy Pop, ο Josh Homme, ο Robert Plant, ο Gary Oldman και ο τραγουδιστής των Sex Pistols, Johnny Rotten.

Η τελευταία εκπομπή του Jonesy’s Jukebox στον Indie 103.1, ήταν στις 14 Ιανουαρίου 2009. Ο Indie 103.1 έπαψε να υπάρχει ως ραδιοφωνικός σταθμός στις 15 Ιανουαρίου 2009.  Τον Νοέμβριο του 2009, ο Jones βρέθηκε στο BBC Radio’s 6Music να κάνει πέντε Κυριακάτικες εκπομπές, με τίτλο “A Month of Sundays with Steve Jones”, έχοντας επιλέξει να παίξει μιά λίστα τραγουδιών από την παιδική του ηλικία έως την τρέχουσα μέρα. Τον Δεκέμβριο του 2009, ξανάκανε την εκπομπή μέσω του διαδικτυακού σταθμού IAmRogue.com του παραγωγού Ryan Kavanaugh. Οι εκπομπές αυτές τέλειωσαν στα τέλη του Μαρτίου 2010. Τον Οκτώβριο της ίδιας χρονιάς ο ραδιοφωνικός σταθμός KROQ απο το Λος Αντζελες, προσέλαβε τον Jones για να συνεχίσει το Jonesy’s Jukebox. Μια συνεργασία που κράτησε μέχρι τον Μάρτιο του 2013.

H εκπομπή επέστρεψε στο ραδιόφωνο στα τέλη του 2015 μέσω του 95,5 KLOS κι αυτός απο το Λος Άντζελες. Από την 1η Ιανουαρίου του 2016 η εκπομπή επεκτάθηκε σε πέντε ημέρες την εβδομάδα, από Δευτέρα έως Παρασκευή. Για κάποιον ειρωνικό λόγο, ο KLOS είναι ένας mainstream σταθμός που παίζει κλασικό ροκ με μπάντες όπως Van Halen, Aerosmith και Pink Floyd. Οι επισκέπτες της εκπομπής αντανακλούν συχνά το πνεύμα στο οποίο κινείται ο KLOS και συμπεριλαμβάνει τους Paul Stanley, Ozzy Osbourne, Lenny Kravitz, Juliette Lewis, Bill Burr, Mike Tramp, The Zombies, Brian May, Jack Black και Ace Frehley καθώς και ορισμένους εναλλακτικούς καλλιτέχνες όπως ο Dave Grohl, Jerry Cantrell, Mike McCready και Anthony Kiedis.”

Προχθές λοιπόν όπως ανέφερα, είχε καλεσμένους τους Bad Religion.

Ηταν εκει ο ιδρυτής της μπάντας Jay Bentley, ο κιθαρίστας των Bad Religion, Brian Baker ο οποίος είχε δημιουργήσει στο παρελθον τους χαρντκοράδες Minor Threat, ο κιθαρίστας Mike Dimkich, ο οποίος έχει παίξει στο παρελθόν τόσο με τον Steve Jones οσο και με τους Cult, Channel 3 και τους Suckerpunch, και ο Brett Gurewitz ο οποίος εκτός απο κιθαρίστας των Bad Religion είναι και ο ιδιοκτήτης της Epitaph Records. O Gurewitz ηχογραφεί στα άλμπουμ αλλά δεν παίζει στις συναυλίες μαζί τους.

Σε κάποια στιγμή λοιπόν άρχισαν να μιλούν για κιθάρες.

Για την ακρίβεια, ο Jones έλεγε στο συγκρότημα πως έχει φέρει μαζί του δύο κιθάρες σε περίπτωση που θέλουν να παίξουν κάτι.

“Βασικά η Gibson μου έδωσε ενα αντίγραφο της κιθάρας με την οποία έπαιζα παλιά. Ειχα κάμποσες αλλά είχα την άσπρη κι αυτήν εδω… πως λέγεται αυτή? Κάπως λέγεται αυτό το μοντέλο…” ρωτάει τον Dimkich.

“Είναι χειροποίητη κιθάρα… το μοντέλο λέγεται “Fretless Wonder...” απαντά ο Dimkich»

“…Fretless Wonder! Μπράβο!” συνεχίζει ο Jones “έχουν περίεργους μαγνήτες αυτές οι κιθάρες… τέλος πάντων, είχα αγοράσει κάποτε μια για 800 λίρες και για τότε ήταν πολλά αυτά τα λεφτά. Δεν είχα ιδέα τι έπαιρνα…” κάποιος απο το ακροατήριο του λέει κάτι κι εκείνος απαντά “δεν ήταν κλεμμένη. Φαντάζομαι όμως πως θα είχα κλέψει τα λεφτά για να την αγοράσω… (γέλια)… αλλά δεν ήξερα τι αγόραζα… δεν ανήκε σε κανέναν και δεν είχα ιδέα πως αυτή η κιθάρα σήμερα θα έκανε 60 χιλιάρικα…”

“…Ισως φτάνει και τα 80… εξαρτάται…” συμπληρώνει ο Dimkich.

“Λες?” ρωτάει ο Jones “Γνωρίζω κάποιον στην Αγγλία που την αγόρασε τώρα, οχι, δεν την έκλεψε (γέλια)… εγω θα την πούλησα τότε για κανα σακουλάκι πρέζα φαντάζομαι… αυτό έκανα με οτι είχα ετσι κι αλλιώς, οπότε τι να κάνουμε? Μια κακία την κρατάω ακόμα στον Phil (εννοεί τον Lynott) ξέρω πως έχει πεθάνει, αλλά το άγαλμά του σε εκείνο το μουσείο στην Ιρλανδία κρατάει μια White Falcon (σ.μ. μοντέλο κιθάρας) που είχε πάρει απο εμένα για ενα σακουλάκι πρέζα…”

“Πάμε να την πάρουμε…” του λέει ο Gurewitz

“Πολύ θα το ήθελα” λέει ο Jones “αλλά… c’est la vie, ετσι είναι η ζωή… έγινε οτι έγινε, οπως ξέρετε, δεν υπάρχει εμπιστοσύνη ανάμεσα στα πρεζάκια… αλλά αυτό που είναι ακόμα καλύτερο σε αυτή την ιστορία, είναι πως αυτή η White Falcon ήταν αρχικά του Sylvain Sylvain (των New York Dolls) μετά πήγε στο Joe Strummer (των Clash) μετά ηρθε στα χέρια μου και κατέληξε στον Phil Lynott. Αλλά και η άσπρη Les Paul μου ήταν των New York Dolls, την οποία δεν είχα κλέψει… Ο Μalcolm Μclaren την είχε κλέψει… και μου την έδωσε… Αν και θα πρέπει να αποζημιώσω μερικούς κιθαρίστες. Βασικά προσπάθησα να αποζημιώσω τον Ariel Bender απο τους Mott the Hoople γιατι έκλεψα μια απο τις κιθάρες του κάποτε. Δεν ήταν τότε στους Mott the Hoople, ήταν σε κάποια άλλη μπάντα εκεινη την εποχή (o Bender επαιξε με τους Spooky Tooth απο το 1967 ως το 1970, τους Stealers Wheel το 1973 τους Mott the Hoople το 1973-1974 και μετά ξεκίνησε σόλο καριέρα μεχρι που σχημάτισε τους Widowmaker). Το θυμάμαι πολύ καθαρά, ήταν σε ενα κατάστημα επίπλων και υπήρχε ενα προβάδικο στο υπόγειο με ολα αυτά τα χαλιά, και ολος ο εξοπλισμός τους ηταν εκεί γιατι μάλλον προβάρανε και περνώντας απο εκεί σούφρωσα οτι μπορούσα… Αλλά βρήκα αργότερα τον αριθμό τηλεφώνου του και του άφησα ενα μήνυμα στον αυτόματο τηλεφωνητή για να τον ρωτήσω «τι θα μπορούσα να κάνω για να επανορθώσω?» αλλά δεν με πήρε ποτέ πίσω, οπότε… οχι, σοβαρά τώρα, θα ήθελα να επανορθώσω…”

Ακολουθεί το βίντεο απο το οποίο είναι παρμένος και ο πιο πάνω μονόλογος…

 
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Posted by on July 21, 2019 in Interviews, punk rock, Radio

 

Exclusive radio interview with The Underground Youth

Listen today on our Music Player:

Pete Dennis meets Craig Dyer of The Underground Youth for an exclusive interview for The Blackout Radio Show with Mike Pougounas.

You can also discover what the new releases of The Membranes, The Claypool Lennon Delirium , New Zero God, Basnia, Cliff and Ivy, Dave Allison , Jon Magnusson, The Meeting Places, Kim Thompsett, Blair Boulevard and The Claim hold for you…

 
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Posted by on May 7, 2019 in Radio

 

SUNDAY RADIO INTERVIEW – Michael Ciravolo

Michael Ciravolo has been recording and touring with Human Drama for about 30 years.
He has also played live and recorded with Michael Ashton’s Gene Loves Jezebel since 1998.
This year, Ciravolo, who is perhaps best known as President of Schecter Guitar Research, decided to put together his personal project, Beauty In Chaos, and released in September the album “Finding Beauty in Chaos“.
The abundance of guest stars on this album is phenomenal. Members from The Mission, Cheap Trick, The Cure, Gene Loves Jezebel, The Offspring, Kings X, Human Drama, The Awakening are adding their personal touch.
So we came together to discuss about this beautiful album…
To listen to the show CLICK HERE
 
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Posted by on December 9, 2018 in Interviews, Radio, Rock

 

The Sunday Blackout Interview: Lusterlit

Lusterlit is Bushwick Book Club founder, Susan Hwang and producer, Charlie Nieland from Brooklyn, New York, playing their songs about books. They believe it’s a little nerds gone wild.
Lets hear what they have to say cause they have a new single out…
To listen, click HERE
 
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Posted by on November 25, 2018 in Interviews, Radio

 

The Blackout Radio Show with Mike Pougounas with special guest: Mick Magic

I decided I should post every Sunday, some radio interviews I do for The Blackout Radio Show.

On this week’s Blackout I have a special guest: Mick Magic will enlighten us regarding the Cassette scene of the 80’s and 90’s, his band Magic Moments At Twilight Time and his cassette label Music & Elsewhere which became the main English distributor of the Cassette scene.

All songs will be taken from the compilation “United World Underground Collection” which he put out recently, introducing us to 30 albums that the label released back then…

Click HERE to listen to the show.

The show goes on air as follows:
Mad Wasp Radio [UK] – Saturday 8AM – Sunday 11PM – Tuesday 4PM
Wicked Spins Radio [UK]-Thursdays 7PM – 9PM
KOWS 92,5FM [CA-USA]- Tuesday 10PM-12 Midnight
Fasching Web Radio [CANADA]- Wednesdays from 5 – 7PM

If you’d like more details or if you’d like to order the collection “United World Underground” click HERE

Mick Magic’s band “Magic Moments At Twilight Time” saw these day the re-issue of their album “CREAVOLUTION REBORN – The Brain Dead Studio Analogue Remaster” (order enquiries should be sent to marcbell386@btinternet.com).

You can check about this album HERE

 

 
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Posted by on November 11, 2018 in Interviews, Radio

 

The War of the Worlds 80th Anniversary

October 30th, 2018 will mark the 80th anniversary of Orson Welles‘ legendary live radio play broadcast of H.G. Wells’ science fiction masterpiece, The War Of The Worlds.

In honor of that occasion, Stardust Records is reissuing the broadcast as part of a limited edition, 2 CD collection that includes the complete original 1938 broadcast along with a rare February 1955 broadcast and a October 1940 conversation between Orson Welles and H.G. Wells.

This set was produced for release by Athan Maroulis who compiled it and penned the accompanying liner notes.

As a child, Maroulis, known primarily as the vocalist of Spahn Ranch, Black Tape for a Blue Girl, and presently in NOIR, became fascinated by this story after watching a made-for-television film about the panic that ensued after the original 1938 broadcast.

Later, Maroulis began collecting memorabilia relating to both The War of the Worlds and Orson Welles, which he put to use during this project.

Painstakingly remastered, this version of The War of the Worlds sounds even better than it did when it first reverberated out of vacuum tube radios back in 1938.

Stardust Records, a division of Cleopatra Entertainment, will release this pioneering science fiction collection on October 19th, 2018 on compact disc and all digital formats.

You can place your order HERE

 
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Posted by on October 3, 2018 in Books/Literary, Radio

 

Blackout Radio exclusive Interview with author and Bauhaus co-founder Kevin Haskins

The Blackout Radio Show with Mike Pougounas goes on air as follows:

The show is aired as follows:
Mad Wasp Radio [UK] – Saturday 8AM – Sunday 11PM – Tuesday 9AM
Wicked Spins Radio [UK]-Thursdays 7PM – 9PM
KOWS 92,5FM [CA-USA]- Tuesday 10PM-12 Midnight
Fasching Web Radio [CANADA]- Wednesdays from 5 – 7PM

Playlist

01 Soft Science – Undone
02. The Lost End – Self Control
03. Squeeze – Innocence In Paradise
04. The Fall – Brillo De Facto
05. Serpent Power – Golden Dawn
06. Ministry – Public Image
07. SPC ECO – Incomplete
08. Bauhaus – god in an alcove (flexi version)
09. Siouxsie & the Banshees – Metal Postcard (Mittageisen)
10. Bauhaus – She’s In Parties
11. Love & Rockets – So Alive
12. Love & Rockets – Mirror People ’88
13. Tones On Tail – Lions
14. Bauhaus – Passion of Lovers
15. Bauhaus – In the Flat Field
16. Schubert – Trio in E Flat, Op. 100 (Excerpt)
17. Bauhaus – Ziggy Stardust
18. Bauhaus – Bela Lugosi’s Dead
19. Love & Rockets – Sweet Lover Hangover
20. Bauhaus – Kick in the Eye 2
21. Love & Rockets – Ball Of Confusion
22. Bauhaus – Dark Entries (Live At Coachella)
23. New Zero God – Shadow Of Wealth
24. Seatemples – The Burning World
25. Savage Cut with Leyla Josephine – Andy From Finance
26. Dsease – Selfist Darky Tender
27. Permanent Clear Light – One in Five

 
 

The Blackout Radio Show with Mike Pougounas – First show of November 2017

The Blackout Radio Show with Mike Pougounas started in 2011 on Wicked Spins Radio.

It is a two hour show covering weekly a wide spectre of music genres, playing mostly new releases of underground bands and artists from all over the globe.

Okay, there is a big chance to listen a bit punk rock and post-punk from other genres but if Mike likes something it is aired…

Mainstream artists are avoided and some old music stuff is added to the show to bring back memories spice up things a little.

Interviews are rare but the following guests have been interviewed so far: Alex Daniele (author of the book “The Mission – At War with Gods“), Nick Schultz (of the band Faces of Sarah), Paul Devine (of the band Siiiii), Piers Sixx (of the band Arcane Winter) Rob Layton (of the band Red Sun Revival), The Expelaires, Trevor Bamford (Nightbreed Rec., Nightbreed Radio, Every New Dead Ghost, Midnight Configuration, Arcane Winter, Death Party UK)…

Nowdays, The Blackout Radio Show with Mike Pougounas is aired via four different stations located on three different countries:

The radio station KOWS 92.5FM based at Occidental, California – U.S.A. and the web radio station Wicked Spins Radio (every Thursday at 7PM UK), Mad Wasp Radio (Saturday 6AM – Sunday 11PM – Tuesday 9AM UK) and Fasching Web Radio  (Tuseday 12-2PM Canada).

There is a facebook group where playlists of the show are posted HERE

The shows are also available at mixcloud every Friday morning.

November’s first show is available HERE

This week’s playlist has as follows:

The Cramps – Cramp Stomp
The Vandelles – Lovely Weather
El Goodo – When
The Poppers – In the Morning
Century Palm – Then You’re Gone
In Letter Form – Wait Now
Mayflower Madame – Into The Haze
Soft Kill – From this Point on
The Twilight Sad – There’s a girl in the corner
Mike Peters and Billy Duffy – Time
Cachemira – Sail Away
Spacemen 3 – Revolution
The Ivory Elephant – Ho Ha
Fabulous Head – White Trash
Pickwick – Turncoat
Frank Zappa – Cocaine Decisions
The Aloof – All I want is you
Eli Chartkoff – Jam Im Real
Talisco – A Kiss from LA
Psymon Spine – Shocked
Public Service Broadcasting – Everest
Cheap Trick – Radio Lover
The Expelaires – Nail Gun Guy
Peter and the Test Tube Babies – Run Like Hell
The Dark – Hawai 5-0
The Wire – 12XU
The Wall – Remembrance
Status Quo – Pictures of Matchstick Men

 
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Posted by on November 4, 2017 in Radio

 

All you need to know about The Blackout Radio Show with Mike Pougounas

In 2012 Mike Pougounas was offered to host a radio show on Wicked Spins Radio, a web radio station based in the UK.

Mike came up with The Blackout Radio Show with Mike Pougounas, a two hour show spinning mostly new underground releases from music genres such as: punk rock, post-punk, goth, industrial, electro, trip hop, jazz, funk, prog-rock and soul.

During these years he interviewed on air the following guests: Alex Daniele (author of the book The Mission – At War with Gods), Nick Schultz (of the band Faces of Sarah), Paul Devine (of the band Siiiii), Piers Sixx (of the band Arcane Winter) Rob Layton (of the band Red Sun Revival), The Expelaires andTrevor Bamford (Nightbreed Rec, Nightbreed Radio, Every New Dead Ghost, Midnight Configuration, Arcane Winter, Death Party UK)…

The Blackout Radio Show with Mike Pougounas was aired in USA for the first time in 2014 through KOWS 92,5FM. A radio station based in Sonoma County, California.

In 2016 the show went on air through a Canadian web radio station in Montreal, the Fasching Web Radio 

Mad Wasp Radio is the fourth radio station that airs the show, and the second based in the UK.

Tune in this week to listen to what The Blackout Radio Show with Mike Pougounas brings: Tunes from the latest albums of Roger Waters, Ride, Smash, Jamie Aaron Aux, Savage Cut, The Raft, Divisionists, Klammer, Chantal O’Brien, Candice Gordon, True Body, Sorority Noise, Carl Broemel , Bill Baird, The Menzingers, Yagow, Poni Hoax and the Greek duet Meat Injection from the Aza Records compilation “A Call to instruments vol.3”. Plus, old stuff that I won’t name here…

The show is aired as follows:

Wicked Spins Radio [UK]-Thursdays 7PM – 9PM

KOWS 92,5FM [CA-USA] – Every other Tuesday 10PM-12 Midnight

Fasching Web Radio [CANADA]-Tuesday 12-2PM

Mad Wasp Radio [UK] – Saturday 6AM – Sunday 11PM – Tuesday 9AM

 

You can also follow the show on mixcloud HERE

 
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Posted by on October 24, 2017 in Radio