Really digging this new video from Montreal's Low Factor. She has a new record coming out on Intern.et called Leçon du tonnerre: Comment créer un orage. Imagine if Helena Bonham Carter wandered around the set of The Cabinet of Dr. Caligari singing coldwave tunes, and you'd have this. Check out more of her stuff here.
Album: Big Sky ( Sire - 1981)
Genre(s): new wave, power pop, punk rock
Recommended if you like: MSG, Liquid Liquid, Arthur Russell
Worth noting: Arthur Russell played keyboards, cello, guitar and did some vocals on this record.
robert hazard - "escalator of life" (download) (removed)
Philadelphia's Robert Hazard was probably best known as the guy who originally wrote "Girls Just Want to Have Fun," which was later made popular by Cyndi Lauper. In 1982, he had this minor new wave hit for RCA records. Unfortunately, Robert died of pancreatic cancer in 2008 at the age of 60. (Big ups to Jordy Trachtenberg for putting me on to this song).
degada saf - "la rhumba de shanghai" (download) (removed)
Degada Saf were an Italian new wave duo who were active in the 80's. "La Rhumba De Shanghai" is from their 1984 release No Inzro, which was recently reissued by the always-impressive Mannequin label. buy
teai benet - "2:00 love" (download) [audio http://www.divshare.com/direct/14306386-15e.mp3]
Teai Benet (I'm not quite sure how to pronounce her first name) was a scenester during Houston's early 80's punk/new wave days. This song is incredibly catchy. I just found someone selling multiple copies of this 7" on eBay for $2.50 a piece. It's a steal.
the nuns - "anita" (download) [audio http://www.divshare.com/direct/13196200-adc.mp3]
I'll be honest, The Nuns pretty much suck. This album artwork sucks, and every song on this album (2006's New York Vampires) sucks, except for this particular track, "Anita." They even have a cover of Kiss's "Christine" on here, and that sucks too. These guys used to be a pretty raw San Francisco-based punk/new wave band back in the '70's. They even opened for the Sex Pistols. This particular record is weird ethereal goth rock, with the exception of this particular song, which doesn't really fit on the record. "Anita" sounds like it could be an extra dark Suzanne Vega track. Although I can't stand the rest of this record, I really do love this song.