Friday, December 30, 2011

Obscure Fridays

I think what I'm going to do on Friday's and possibly the weekends is post some pretty obscure songs that don't really have any information on them. A lot of these songs are some of my favorites but I can't make a full blog post about every one of them because there simply isn't anything on these artists. Well with all that said here's a few of my favorite songs:

Artist: Paradise Frame
Song: Paradise Theme 

I just discovered this song today and I can already say it's one of my favorite songs. The only thing I know about this record is that it was made in Canada in 1978! The sound is very impressive for the time.

Artist: Brain
Song: D.I.X.O.

A very rare italo-disco/synth-pop tune with a spacey sound. The vocoder on this track is simply amazing and haunting at the same time.

I guess that's all there is for today, though I'm thinking of branching off on the weekends. What I mean is that on weekends I'll go off from just Disco and dance music and maybe cover some other stuff. Well, I guess we'll see, thanks for reading!

Thursday, December 29, 2011

Journey Into The Unknown

Methusalem is the name of the group and not much is known about it. It's an early 80's super rare (or once rare) disco album that had a quick spark of success and was re-relased on vinyl not too long ago. This band was more of a project than an actual band which included Ralf Nowy and Tom Muller. The craziest thing is that there really is only one album called Journey Into The Unknown, and just about every single song on it is excellent, I wonder what would have been if they had made more. Since there really isn't anymore information on this band and there really is only one album and two LP's I'm just going to rant a bit. So turn on one of these fine tracks and scroll down to read.

Song: Zombie
Album: Journey Into The Unknown 

 Song: Robotism
Album: Journey Into The Unknown 

Song: The Black Hole
Album: Journey Into The Unknown 

So I've been thinking a lot about this new year because new years is my favorite holiday or whatever. I like it so much because it's sole purpose is to party your way into the next year. I just don't know what I'm going to be doing this year and since things have been shaky for me recently I feel like I might just end up sleeping at home. I spent the last few new years in Europe and things were always so lively over there, back in the US though its so boring. So I propose this question to you dear readers, what will you be doing this new years? How do you want to herald in the new year? With that special lady, smash drunk, sleeping, or all of the above? Anyway, if you throw a party be sure to give Methusalem a thought. That's all for today, thanks for reading.

Wednesday, December 28, 2011

Ten To Midnight

Some consider newer disco, or disco made anytime after its prominence in the 70's and 80's as Nu-Disco. Nu-Disco mostly attempts to re-create disco and italo-disco while also re-editing or re-pressing of actual disco era music. Though this band called Midnight Magic certainly captures the essence of disco perfectly while having their own unique sound. They have only been around for a few years or so and have already made a few classics. Here are a few:

Song: Beam Me Up
Album: Midnight Magic EP


Song: Calling Out
  Album: What The Eyes Can't See EP

Song: Drop Me A Line
Album: Midnight Magic

Midnight Magic describe themselves as a nine person ensemble bonded by the unwavering desire to make you, the listener, and the rhythm become one; the secret love children of Donna Summer and George Clinton serving up an orgasmic feast of funk, disco, electro and soul. I would say that their description is pretty accurate, especially the part about making the rhythm and listener become one. Luckily since they are a new band and not one in the 80's you can still see them live. You can head over to their very own website at to see where they are playing and their latest updates. That's all for now, keep dancing.

Tuesday, December 27, 2011

Giorgio Moroder

If there was anyone on the disco scene that really earned the title of being the king of disco it would have to be Giorgio Moroder, one look at the mustache on his face probably gives that away already. He was of the 'italo-disco' variety of music and was a producer that could not be matched. His disco songs were unique and usually easy going and cool as opposed to some faster disco of the time. He wrote, as you can imagine, mostly love songs. One of his biggest hits was the song Chase which turned into a hit but was actually written for a movie called Midnight Express.Without further ado, here is chase and a couple of other classics from Moroder.

 Song: Chase
Album: Midnight Express

Song: First Hand Experience in Second Hand Love
Album: From Here To Eternity 

Song: I'm Left, You're Right, She's Gone
Album: From Here To Eternity
(That mustache is just....glorious)

Giorgio Moroder's work has influenced many genres including new wave, house, and techno. He also influenced these genres with his work on various electronic musical equipment such as the synthesizer and the vocoder. After being a producer Moroder went on to own a recording studio and recorded with people such David Bowie, Elton John, Electric Light Orchestra, and Led Zeppelin. Some of you may have heard some of Moroder's songs from the popular Grand Theft Auto games because someone at Rockstar Games is certainly a fan. Moroder's disco music is top notch for dancing or even just easy listening, remember this guy's name the next time you throw a party.

Monday, December 26, 2011


Well I decided to start this blog after being in total awe of the terrible dance music and the state of contemporary music in general. I just want to show people music that is not made in the cookie-cutter and corporate fashion that plagues the music industry today. A lot of this blog will consist of hedonistic dance music of the 70's up until today but I will not limit myself to just that. So stick around and see if anything I post is your cup of tea, there really is only one way to find out.

I think it would be proper to post a few songs by the band that inspired the title of this blog, and it is a song by the German group called Kraftwerk.

Song: Elektro Kardiogramm
Album: Tour De France 

Song: Expo 2000
Album: Expo 2000 

 Song: The Hall of Mirrors
Album: Trans-Europe Express

Kraftwerk formed in 1970 where they became famous for being pioneers of electronic music (There were some earlier ones but more on that another day) where they built some of their instruments for themselves and would be the first to record a fully digital album. Kraftwerk is already an immensely popular band because of the way that they innovated music with their electronic style which is a staple in today's music (but really isn't made as well as it used to be).