Thursday, 21 January 2010

The Blank Generation: Blank Tapes NYC 1975-1987

Necessity might well be the mother of invention but poverty is the midwife of genius. New York in the 1970s was broke and broken, falling over and burning down, yet gave rise to one of the most creatively fertile periods in popular music. At the centre of much of the music made during this fruitful period was a maverick producer named Robert Blank. His studio, Blank Tapes, was at the centre of the downtown scene throughout much of the 1970s and ’80s, and acted as a busy crossroads for the disco, Latin, jazz and no wave scenes, among others. The Blank Generation this wildly diverse selection together for the first time, including previously unreleased mixes of Mikki's Itching For Love and Sun Ra's Where Pathways Meet. Other tracks include Bob's own Aural Exciters project with Emile (Night Rate), Wax The Van, his collaboration with wife Lola Blank and Arthur Russell and James Blood Ulmer's foray into funky harmolodics with Jazz Is The Teacher, Funk Is The Preacher.

If you order from before the end of February, the album comes with a FREE mix from DJH's own Bill Brewster featuring a mix of Bob Blank gear (tracklist below). 

Bill Brewster's Blankety Blank Mixtape tracklist:
Sun Ra - Where Pathways Meet
ORS - Body To Body Boogie
Instant Funk - I'll Be Doggone
Lola - Wax The Van (Jon's Dub)
Kid Creole & The Coconuts - Yolanda
Kid Creole & The Coconuts - Adnaloy
James Blood Ulmer - Jazz Is The Teacher Funk Is The Preacher
Bumblebee Unlimited - I Got A Big Bee
Archie Bell - Anytime Is Right
Aural Exciters - Spooks In Space
Gladys Knight - It's A Better Than Good Time
Felix - Tiger Stripes
Kid Creole & The Coconuts - Darrio
The Kay-Gees -Tango Hustle
Indian Ocean - Treehouse/School Bells
Arthur Russell - Tree House
James White & The Blacks - I Don't Want To Be Happy 

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