All February I’m taking a foray into the world of pop music. There’ll be a indie-pop, indietronica-pop, synth-pop, psych-pop, trance-pop, avant-pop,Britpop, soul-pop, blues-pop, alt-pop, funk-pop, folk-pop, pop-rock...Pop...Pop...Pop!

If you bear with this long enough, Valentine’s Day will find Cupid’s gifting of A 20 Something Fuck. Sounds romantic, right?

Next day The Man takes us back to Woodstock...“Feel it Still” kinda says what I’m trying to show here:

     “Ooh woo, I'm a rebel just for kicks, now
     I been feeling it since 1966, now
     Might be over now, but I feel it still.

     Ooh woo, I'm a rebel just for kicks, now
     Let me kick it like it's 1986, now
     Might be over now, but I feel it still.”

Everywhere I turn in the blogshere it seems like a bunch of old farts stuck in the past. Praising that album they heard however many centuries ago, claiming there’s nothing nowadays that can even compare. I have albums from all times past that I cherish, sure. But cloaking them in a shroud of nostalgia begs the question: is it really that great?

Some of those cherished relics ARE that great & some aren’t, but the thing they are all missing is that newness, that freshness, that “of the moment” when I would hear something for the very first time. That feeling is what I listen for in new music. I want that rush of fresh air so I’m open to new sounds. I don’t weigh them against the past. I try to let them stand on their own. “ might be over, but I can feel it still.”

I don’t need the digitally remastered XX?? anniversary release with 12,000 shit-turd outtakes, alternate versions, & demos. Gimme somethin’ like nothin’ I heard yet. Gimme somethin’ new.

So this month is dedicated to 21st Century sounds.

09 April 2009

Dark Star

UPDATE: This post was re-uploaded 08/22/2013. Enjoy, NØ.

I snuck into the house again just now. It's raining cats & dogs. I needed to dry off. No one is around right now so I'm gonna slap this one up quick.

Dark Star is a project from the German musician Wolfgang Reffert. It is post-industrial rock with a psychedelic twist that is slightly reminiscent of The Tear Garden. Travelogue I was originally recorded in 1992 to 1994. In its original format it contain 9 tracks instead of 11 as on Travelogue II. The final two tracks have been replaced by 4 new tracks. Travelogue II retains its early 90s vibe. It begins with "Eject!", a collision of dirty electronics & noisy guitars over a beat-box along with Edward Ka-Spel drones; he's unique & abstract, as usual. Travelogue II navigates genres: the gloomy "Opal" finds its inspiration in krautrock a la Chrome; heavy industrial rears its head on the distorted "Frantic Upstream", while "Don't Look 'til it's Gone" is a colossal industrial & psychedelic blend from Hell with Edward Ka-Spel drawling twisted lyrics in the grotesque darkness; "Come To" is perfect dark-pop. The bonus tracks "Solaris I" & "Solaris II" are minimal collages of tapes & samples with mellotron instrumentation. Travelogue II should strongly appeal to The Tear Garden or Edward Ka-Spel fans. A great piece of fuzzy, dirty experimentation of industrial psychedelia with a cool cover artwork by none other than French artist Métal Hurlant Moebius from the graphic novel The Airtight Garage Of Jerry Cornelius .

Dark Star is Wolfgang Reffert - electronics & guitar with guests: Edward Ka-Spel - vocals, keyboards, & lyrics; The Silverman - sampler; Ryan Moore - bass; Gøtz Adler - guitar, bass, keyboard & drum program; Reece Kyó! - electronics & rhuthm reconstruction; Fredbo - Sampler; G-Frex - guitar & bass; Yorgos DK - vocals & lyrics; Rodrigo Gonzalez - sampler; Kurt Maninouk - tapes; Wolfgang Bauer - editing & drum program; & Volkmar Miedlke - mellotron.

Dark Star - Travelogue II, Soleilmoon sol86, 2000.
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Frantic Upstream
The Slice of Life
Don't Look 'til its Gone
Go Beyond, but...
Come To
Solaris I
Solaris II

Stay dry if you can - stay wet if you can - CanCan if you can,

UPDATE: I am adding Headtrip as requested.

Dark Star - Headtrip, Failsafe Productions FSCD 01, 1992
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The Phoenix Asteroids
Cactus Dance
The Shadow Warriors
Desaster Area

Enjoy & thanks for the heads-up Anon & Zanate,


  1. MAN, i´ve been looking for this album for years!!! YOU RULE!

  2. i need this dude, upload again!

  3. Hello Nathan, i was wondering if you know where can we find "headtrip", also from DarkStar... i´m looking for it but unfortunately i can´t find it anywhere.

  4. To Anonymous,
    the link is fixed.
    to Quiscalas,
    I've posted up Headtrip as requested
    Thank you both

  5. Most of the pre-Travelogue oeuvre is available on (with the full support/acceptance of the band, or so I'm told)

  6. MEGA decryption codes
    Dark Star Travelogue II
    Dark Star Headtrip

  7. a lot of the Dark Star early recordings can be found on, links here:

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