Saturday, March 19, 2011

A Record a Week: Black Cat #13 - The Experiment Vol. 1



SIDE 1.
I AM A CHILDISH ROBOT
I REMIX WITH ASTRONAUT
ALMIGHTY CIVILIZATION CAT DAUGHTER (Originally by The Phantom Pregnancies)
PLAY THE TEAM
WWW.BLACKCAT13.CJB.NET
SPINNING HEADS
MY SMILE IS PINK (Originally by Oh No the Modulator)

SIDE 2.
CHRONOEXPANDER (Performance by Oh no the Modulator)
HO HO HO (Performance by Oh no the Modulator)
SILENCER ENJOY (Performance by Oh no the Modulator)
CHEMISTOGROPHY (Performance by Oh no the Modulator)
THE GIRL WITH THE WIRE SKULL (Remix by Hi-Fi Texta)
THE GIRL WITH THE WIRE SKULL (Remix by I am Robot and Proud)


I suppose you could call this the first appearance of MSTRKRFT. Oh No The Modulator featured Al P. and JFK was in Black Cat #13, as well as being Casino Steel, who remixed side A of this album.

If you are unfamiliar with Black Cat #13, you may know their members from later projects (Sick Lipstick, DFA1979, Femme Fatale, etc.). They were in the same vein of hardcore-dance-yell-but-not-scream music. This album takes that and adds on computer sounding tracks and beats, layered to make an interesting re-mix of already interesting music. Two of the songs (www.blackcat13.cjb.net and Spinnig Heads) are actually remixes of songs that were on the Black Cat website (had existed up to a few years ago, but no longer does, I checked).

If you are feeling historical about the roots of DFA1979 or Sick Lipstick, start with this band, though you might want to check out their original music first. Then check out Standing 8 as well, if you can track down any of their stuff. That reminds me, I am sticking to 12" Records only...Perhaps I should do a series of 7"/10"'s one weekend. We'll see if I remember that.

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