Or, the Artist Formerly Known as YazMindsNomi82

As my new username suggests, I love deeply weird, experimental, avant-garde, off-the-beaten-path music, especially of an electronic nature, though other styles are in my wheelhouse, too. I primarily collect and listen to the following genres/styles of music:

-Synthpop, post-punk, new wave, industrial, gothic rock, musique concrete, plunderphonics, deathrock, avant-prog/Rock in Opposition, post-bop, classic R&B, soul, Eurodisco, ska, 2-tone, reggae, bebop, swing, ambient, minimal synth, minimal wave, mutant disco, sophisti-pop, free jazz, Great American Songbook/standards/vocal pop, jump blues, electric blues, film scores/soundtracks, western swing.

My top artists (any genre, any era) are The Residents, Wall of Voodoo/Stan Ridgway, Louis Jordan, Gary Numan/Tubeway Army, Siouxsie and the Banshees (plus side projects like the Creatures), Les Paul, Thelonious Monk, Hank Williams Sr., The Waitresses, Cabaret Voltaire, Throbbing Gristle (plus Psychic TV, Chris & Cosey, and other related side/solo projects), Zoogz Rift, Renaldo and the Loaf, Negativland, Screamin' Jay Hawkins, Dizzy Gillespie, Martin Denny, Kraftwerk, George Gershwin, Bob Wills, Howlin' Wolf, James Booker, Professor Longhair, Japan/David Sylvian, OMD, Ultravox (both Foxx and Ure eras), Kate Bush, Bobby Short, Yello, Tuxedomoon, Ennio Morricone, Django Reinhardt, and the B-52's.

Record labels I love/collect the most are:

-I.R.S. (primarily 1979-1983)
-Some Bizzare
-1940s-era Capitol
-Blue Note
Recent Activity
posted a comment on Negativland. 19 days ago
These guys are absolute heroes of mine. Not just artistically, but for what theyve done in terms of promoting media literacy, satire, commentary on the absurdity of US copyright laws, and overall ethics. Though they are best known for the U2 single... See full review
posted a comment on Various - The Other #1. 4 months ago
Does anyone have mp3s of this cassette and scans of the accompanying booklet? I'm interested in this release, especially for the Johanna Went, Douglas Kahn, and Zoogz Rift contributions.
posted a comment on The Waitresses. 10 months ago
Surprised to not see any comments for this massively underrated, but still pervasive (Thanks to the enduring power of I Know What Boys Like and Christmas Wrapping), new wave band. Patty Donahue has to be one of the most unique frontwomen in music... See full review
posted a comment on Zoogz Rift. 11 months ago
By far my favorite artist who ever recorded for SST Records (though Negativland would be tied with the late Liquid Moamo for that honor), Zoogz Rift is far more than the sum of his influences. Zoogz's music reflects the frustration of being a true... See full review
posted a comment on Human Hands. 11 months ago
Unjustly short-lived and overlooked art punk/new wave group that grew out of the Los Angeles Free Music Society in Pasadena, CA. Human Hands played so much in their original incarnation (1978-1987) but so little of their work was properly documented... See full review
posted a comment on Various - The Indie Scene 81. about 1 year ago
I just received this CD last month, and I can confirm that the Aztec Camera track is also not the original version. Instead, the re-recorded version from High Land, Hard Rain is on this disc.
posted a review of Various - The Tyranny Of The Beat - Original Soundtracks From The Grey Area Limited Edition CD + Video. about 1 year ago
Besides signing some of the finest electronic, postpunk, and other leftfield musical acts, Daniel Miller's Mute Records have also acted as cultural custodians through their Grey Area reissue sublabel. Beginning in 1989, The Grey Area's mission has... See full review
posted a comment on Whitehouse - Total Sex. over 2 years ago
Thanks, Penance! I'd have never guessed that that photo was of a mummy! All this time I thought the mummy was a monster from a horror movie.
posted a comment on Various - Left Of The Dial: Dispatches From The 80s Underground. over 3 years ago
That would have made for an interesting transition, much as I despise later Ministry. I'm glad you found my review in the link in my comment.
posted a review of Various - Left Of The Dial: Dispatches From The 80s Underground. over 3 years ago
Part 2 of my missive against Left of the Dial, now available for your reading pleasure:

-Too many important bands missing. Licensing or otherwise, there is no excuse to omit the following from a box set purporting to survey the '80s music... See full review
posted a review of Various - Left Of The Dial: Dispatches From The 80s Underground. over 3 years ago
Although this boxset seemed like a noble endeavor in 2004, its flaws have become more glaring with the march of time. To wit:

-Too many repeats from the Postpunk Chronicles series. Hell, the title is lifted from the second disc of that series (Left... See full review
posted a comment on Whitehouse - Total Sex. over 3 years ago
Anyone have an idea where that monster image was lifted from for the LP cover?
posted a review of Throbbing Gristle - Adrenalin / Distant Dreams (Part Two). over 3 years ago
One of Throbbing Gristle's more accessible songs (well, about as accessible as this industrial foursome would allow themselves to sound), Adrenalin answers the immortal question: What would Throbbing Gristle sound like if Giorgio Moroder produced... See full review
posted a review of Green On Red - Green On Red EP. over 3 years ago
If ever there was a band that shot its creative load on its debut release, and then proceeded to diminish in quality with each succeeding work, it's Tucson, AZ transplants Green on Red. Their self-titled 1981 EP is damn near impossible to find in the... See full review
posted a comment on Various - Postpunk Chronicles: Going Underground. over 3 years ago

Since my review was published back in May, I've mulled over how this disc's track selection could have been improved. In keeping with the subtitle of the CD, I would have gone with more obscure post-punkers and rounded out the tracklist... See full review
posted a review of Various - Postpunk Chronicles: Going Underground. over 4 years ago
The saying “in with a bang, out with a whimper” is sadly all too applicable to the final volume of Postpunk Chronicles, Going Underground. Primarily centered on guitar-oriented postpunk, there isn’t as much stylistic diversity here as on Scared to... See full review
posted a review of Various - Postpunk Chronicles: Left Of The Dial. over 4 years ago
With Left of the Dial, the second chapter in Rhino's Postpunk Chronicles, the theme isn't so readily apparent. The subtitle would have you believe that the eponymous Replacements song is present here. Alas, it isn't, but considering the Replacements... See full review
posted a review of Various - Postpunk Chronicles: Scared To Dance. over 4 years ago
The inaugural (and easily the most satisyfing) volume of Rhino's Postpunk Chronicles series collects 16 outstanding tracks that explore the electronic and danceable sides of postpunk. It's refreshing and pleasing to have the early periods of seminal... See full review