Friday, July 30, 2010

Executive Slacks

Executive Slacks were a band from Philadelphia in the early 80s that I got turned onto by Trevor Jackson (after hearing him play The Bus) and James Murphy (after hearing him play 30 Years). I never tire of their album YOU CAN'T HUM WHEN YOU'RE DEAD after picking up a copy on ebay - as I purge my collection down to the records I love I know this is one I'll never sell. I may well play The Bus tonight at the THISISNOTANEXIT night at The Drop as its one of those records that is just ahead of its time and is exactly the sort of out there record that people are too scared to play these days. Check them out playing The Bus live. Seriously, how cool.

Here though is a track of the forementioned album called CINEMA which is the sort of thing I'd love to play to an openminded crowd at 3am to really freak them out or drive them to smash the windows and the walls. Smash it. Smash it in.

I saw you in the cinema
You had no arms and legs
I had to put you in the seat
Sick of falling down

See you at The Drop. Doors 11pm. We'll try and record some of tonight's action and share next week.

Tuesday, July 27, 2010

As you walk through the valley of the damned...

As you walk through the valley of the damned looking for respite from the constant bombardment of media messaging and our iphones connecting my brain to your brain and sending off fire signals at a rate of 72 per second we bring you news that this Friday 30th July we return to new cooler than thou disco basement THE DROP to bring you THISISNOTANEXIT and spread our musical vision like a virus. It will infect you given half the chance. Our message and music will improve your life though. We will be playing things that will open your mind.

The night starts at 11pm and will feature Simon A. Carr and Spectral Empire playing music ranging from minimal wave to post punk to italo-disco plus whatever else we dam well feel like. We'll also be joined by acid-disko revolutionary NIGHT PLANE who will be firing off a series of Night Plane musical missiles direct onto the dancefloor.

Plus its free entry. FREE ENTRY. We're not getting paid - we're just doing it for the love.

We're even going to hand out some Night Plane CDs to those who come and understand our crusade.

It will be ok.

Night Plane will bring you a gift.

In fact here is a gift right now.

Download the stems for Night Plane's debut single CHINESE SHADOWS and do with them what you will. We're giving it all away. We ask for nothing in return on this occasion. There are only a few of us left who believe.

The Dark Esquire has a new single out soon. You'll only get it on a black disc of vinyl loveliness if you follow this link and buy one for £10. That'll get you the 12", plus download tracks plus a big kiss from The Dark Esquire. He'll even write you a nice letter and say thanks. Hell I will too if we reach the target.

Do the right thing. And help us spread the message.

Seriously, a world of labels releasing Mp3's. Who wants that?

Time is running out.

Friday, July 23, 2010


According to an interview: "In 1986 I started recording electronic music under the name Fact TwentyTwo. Initially it was me and another guy - Dave Butler. Dave would sing and I would make music using a Roland 303/606 combo and some Casios and an Ensoniq Mirage sampler. We were in art school in Ohio at the time. We had lots of fun. Eventually, Fact TwentyTwo became my solo project."

Veronika played this on her EVR show last week and I had to hunt a copy of this out. A totally amazing 80s electronic pop track mixed with industrial overtones (and almost Aphex Twin electronics at the end) from an act called FACT 22. Don't know much else about Fact 22 - and it looks as though everything he released was on cassette at the end of the 80s. This will certainly be getting played at THISISNOTANEXIT next week. Dark, sleazy electronic music that's been getting alot of love this week.
Fact 22 - Motivation

Wednesday, July 21, 2010


My friend Mystic Rock who I've known for some time is in search of the thing. I'm not sure he even knows what the thing is. In fact when I asked him he gazed off into the distance blankly and emailed me this mix a few weeks later. This might be the thing. It might not. Whatever it is it certainly rocks like a 3 legged donkey on i-dose. Check out Mystic Rocks wonderful series on Mixcloud and read his wordpress as even though there's only one post it gives a wonderful insight into those few of us left that occasionally part with our jingle jangle gold coins in exchange for potatoes and black vinyly circular shaped records.

Mystic Rock also does his thing at various East London venues - the last one was a disco dancing extravaganza at the coolest new venue in the world THE DROP with Thisisnotanexit's own George Thompson from Spectral Empire delivering thing-ness. Watch out for more.

Mystic Rock - Double Rainbow mix

Yosemite bear - double rainbow ( )
Brain Machine - Massive dying stars vibrating like giant speakers
Seahawks - Omega beach
Clara Mondshine - landing at full moon
Vangelis - Multi-track Suggestion
Ajello - 2000 light years from home
Sect - Man Of Wisdom
Lemon Interupt - Eclipse
Soul Clap - Dreams
Command V - Lost On Me (Jacques Renault Dub Remix)
Psychick warriors of gaia - rhythms (pull)
Siobhan Donaghy - don't give it up (carl craig dub)
Space teddy - i'm in trance with you (excpert)
Psychick warriors of gaia - rhythms (pull)
Psychick warriors of gaia - exit 23
Orbital - Steel Cube Idolatry (Dave Angel & Dave Dorrell Mutation)
Limelight - limelight (holy guitar mix)

Download here:

Friday, July 16, 2010


This is the sort of music we like to play at the THISISNOTANEXIT night at The Drop. A stone cold electronic classic from 1982. Bizarrely it's from the Hawkwind, Friends and Relations LP and this timeless piece of electronic magic somehow sits amongst a bunch of raaaaawk music. This track could easily sit with some of the early minimal / synth wave stuff from Europe and is a bit of an oddity (hence why we like it). I believe Baldelli and the like played this heavily back then in Italy and you can understand why - especially with the sloping bassline that emerges halfway through. It's short and sweet and has the thing as Horton Jupiter often looks for.

So, downloads so far from Harold Faltermeyer and Michael Moorcock. Are you saving these in a THISISNOTANEXIT: THE DROP playlist? You should. Next Friday we'll post something with a bit more dynamism.

Tuesday, July 13, 2010

The Dark Esquire - LEXICONS VIDEO

Available August 9th at Juno Download.

Download release features single version plus remixes from Premier Rang and Detachments.

Available beginning of September 3D sleeve 12" if you pre-order here:

12" release features extended 12" version plus remixes from Premier Rang and Mirror People.

Sunday, July 11, 2010


Simon A. Carr DJ Chart July 2010

1. Cold Phoenix - La Fleur Du Destin (Airplane)
2. Command V - Lost On Me (An Optimo Espacio Remix) (Thisisnotanexit)
3. Factor Floor - Lying (Chris Carter Remix) (Blast First)
4. Brian Eno & Robert Fripp - Swastika Girls (Polydor)
5. Spectral Empire - Acid Neutraliser Sub (Thisisnotanexit)
6. The Dark Esquire - Lexicons (Premier Rang Remix) (Thisisnotanexit)
7. Night Plane - Str8 2 Ur Heart (Thisisnotanexit)
8. Son Of Sam - Nature Makes A Mistake (Running Back)
9. Simple Minds - Theme For Great Cities (Naum Gabo Reversion) (cd-r)
10. Detachments - Holiday Romance (Andy Blake's Mix For A World Unknown) (Thisisnotanexit)

Friday, July 09, 2010

Harold Faltermeyer - Running Man Theme

We listen to alot of music here at Thisisnotanexit HQ. In fact my headphones seem to be permanently on - constantly searching out interesting stuff. Mainly to play at the Thisisnotanexit night at The Drop - but sometimes just for pure pleasure.

Seeing as most people only visit blogs to get free music we've decided to dedicate Friday's to giving away music each week. We won't be giving away new stuff - instead concentrating on older music that we think deserves a search out and a reappraisal and that has been played heavily during the week. Think of it as our favourite tracks of the week.

First up, to start things off, is a track from Harold Faltermeyer. Most famous for Axel F - and in turn for that dam frog - Harold Faltermeyer also put together an awesome soundtrack for the great 80's film THE RUNNING MAN (go and dig it out and rewatch). I'm a big fan of soundtracks - especially horror soundtracks - but this features some great tracks and has been on repeat all week. Perfect for the early hours of Thisisnotanexit before it fills up and gets going. Spectral Empire turned me onto a couple of other soundtracks from the 80s (all of which seem to feature Arnie) but this is one I happened across that I've been loving this week.

Here then is the first track off The Running Man soundtrack album: "Intro - Bakersfield" - enjoy.

Who knows what I'll post next week. Stay tuned.

THISISNOTANEXIT: The Drop 30th July with Night Plane Live

THISISNOTANEXIT continues its monthly residency at The Drop on Friday 30th July bringing you post punk, synth pop and minimal wave (plus a bunch of other stuff no doubt) dedicated to the art of moving your heart and your feet.

This time we will be joined by the mighty NIGHT PLANE for his debut LIVE show. With the UK summer in full effect his balearic acid disko sound is perfect timing.

Last year Thisisnotanexit released the CHINESE SHADOWS 12" featuring 3x brand new Night Plane productions. THISISNOTANEXIT MANIFESTO #1 also contained a Night Plane track called LET THE RIGHT ONE IN. He's been busy since then working on his solo stuff as well as remixes and edits (check out his Detachments and Dark Esquire remixes) and his hot new tracks for 2010 include STR8 2 UR HEART (which got caned at the WMC and had DFA on the phone) and CRIMES OF THE FUTURE and No REGRETS.

For those of you with a production disposition we'll upload the stems for Chinese Shadows next week so you can have fun making your own interpretation. For now here's some linkage to Night Plane on Soundcloud. Perfect for a sunny day.

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