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Silver Monk Time: A Tribute to the Monks

In 1966, five American ex-GI bar band vets, re-christened the Monks, presented Germany with Black Monk Time.
“Uberbeat,” they dubbed it: drums directing bass volts, organ jolts, guitar feedback, electric banjo as percussion, echoing harmonies, and pre–Slim Shady chatter, jumping in and out of the mix, right on cue. “It’s Monk Time, it’s Hop Time,” they called, before and after ragging on “Mad Vietcong,” James Bond, and “What army? Any army.”

Silver Monk Time compiles 29 covers and homages as follow-up to the 2006 documentary Monks—The Transatlantic Feedback. The Fall expertly probe the ripples of “Higgle-dy Piggle-dy,” Jason Forrest folds Monks demo tapes into the birthday-suit salute of “Monk Hop,” and the Raincoats simultaneously croon and hammer “Monk Chant” ’round the mountain. All this while the 5.6.7.8.’s “Cuckoo” spins right off its peak, brushed by the smoke-ring feathers of Nista Nije Nista’s “Kuchhuche.”

Doc Schoko’s doom-swallowing “Sei Still” smirks at its English-speaking doppelg
änger, “Shut Up,” as rolled by the stoic-to-furious International Noise Conspiracy and tapped out by the tremulously tight toot-toot-tootsies of Floating Di Morel. Eventually, the Monks’ own frontman, Gary Burger, appears in the belligerent belly of Faust’s “Beware….” “The war is never done,” he reports, and also, “The war has not begun.” If anybody can jump past such looming contradictions (two sides of a meta-War on Terror?), it’s a Monk. And Silver Monk Time buys us all some more hop time, finally!

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A few years back, in the great tradition of “new wave,” the American record industry branded a certain wide-ranging genre of music “electronica,” thinking it would make lots of money. It didn’t, at least not for long, which might explain why so much interesting stuff only comes out overseas nowadays. Micro-genre purists (the same ones upset that Prodigy’s more-fun-than-trendy new album just got nominated for a Grammy, the same ones who somewhere along the line secretly decided “techno” was a more specific category than everybody else thought) hate the word “electronica” to death. All the more reason to use it, probably.


CIARA FEATURING MISSY ELLIOTT

“1, 2 Step”

(LaFace square-bizzed electro-dance single)

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DJ THOMAS

Tropical Hot Dog

(Myutopia Recordings dance-oriented post-punk-and-otherwise DJ mix album)

JASON FORREST

The Unrelenting Songs of the 1979 Post Disco Crash

(Sonig import dance-mash-up album)

“Stepping Off” (MP3)

GHOST CAULDRON

Invent Modest Fires

(!K7 import undie-hip-hopped rocktronic dub-dance-duo album)

“Fear” ft. Anti-Pop Consortium (MP3)

“Whole World” (MP3)

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GLIMMER TWINS

Serie Noire 2

(Eskimo import electro-dance DJ mix album)

Listen to and Watch Live Glimmer Twins Sets

KID SPATULA

Meast

(Planet Mu import avant-electronica double-disc album)

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K.I.M.

Miyage

(Tigersushi import ambient vegetarian avant-and-ethnic-detritus DJ mix album)

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MYXCHA

“Still Not Free”

(Phenom Latin-freestyle-style “theatrical pop” single)

Stream “Still Not Free”

PRODIGY

Always Outnumbered, Never Outgunned

(Maverick big-beat rocktronica album)

SUPERPITCHER

Here Comes Love

(Kompakt import glam-rocked microhouse album)

Stream “Traume” and “Happiness”

SUPERSILENT

Supersilent 6

(Rune Grammofon import electronic-improv shoegaze-noize album)

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BEST OF DANCE ANTHEMS VOLUME 1

(UBL trancepop disco compilation)

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