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Y Pants - Beat It Down (1982)


Zespół Y Pants założyły w 1979 roku trzy wszechstronnie uzdolnione dziewczyny z Nowego Jorku: fotografka Barbara Ess, artystka wizualna Gail Vachon i filmowiec Verge Piersol. Miały swój pomysł na muzykę, w tworzeniu której bardzo swobodnie podchodziły do dźwięku  rytmu i kompozycji a dzięki użyciu niekonwencjonalnych instrumentów (ukelele, zabawkowe pianino) uzyskały naiwnie, ale równocześnie unikalnie i ciekawie brzmiącą mieszankę post punka i no wave. Produkcję ich debiutanckiej EP-ki w 1980 roku zajął się Glenn Branca a ich pierwszy i jedyny album długogrający z 1982 roku pomógł stworzyć Wharton Tiers, muzyk i producent znany ze współpracy m. in. z Laurie Anderson, Sonic Youth czy Dinosaur Jr. Tuż po wydaniu tej płyty grupa zakończyła swoją działalność.


Y Pants were an all-female No Wave band from New York City active from 1979 to 1982. The trio, made up of photographer/musician Barbara Ess (previously of Disband and collaborator with Glenn Branca both in The Static and Theoretical Girls), visual artist Virginia Piersol, and filmmaker Gail Vachon, developed a unique sound via their acoustic toy instrumentation of toy piano, ukulele and a paper-headed Mickey Mouse drum kit, augmented by electric bass guitar, Casio keyboards and various low-tech effects.

Y Pants' feminist poetics and toy instrumentation made them a hit in Manhattans's art gallery scene, while their No Wave clout brought them to be regulars at punk rock venues like CBGB's. In 1980 Glenn Branca recorded their debut 4-song EP for the now legendary 99 Records, followed by a full-length LP two years later. Lyrically, most of the Y-Pants' material covered the off-kilter aspects of relationships, with explorations into the perils of laundry ("Favorite Sweater"), materialism ("We Have Everything"), patriarchy ("That's The Way Boys Are"), and a reworking of Bertolt Brecht's "Barbara's Song" from Threepenny Opera. Musically they've been compared to their British post-punk contemporaries The Raincoats for their overlapping vocal choruses and kitchen-sinkish approach to sound, rhythm and composition.

Y-Pants disbanded shortly after the release of their album, reportedly reuniting each year on the various band members' birthdays. Barbara Ess remained musically active throughout the 1980s, frequently contributing tracks to Tellus Audio Cassette Magazine and collaborating with Peggy Ahwesh on 2001's Radio Guitar for the Ecstatic Peace! label. (wikipedia)

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Paul Harvey pisze...

Links to the Y Pants album down already? Damn!

There is the 53MB rip of the album on a couple of blogs but you guys always seem to have the best quality rips out of all the music blogs - so a re-post would be good to say the least.

If it is the same rip as the 53MB version, here is a link to it, that way you can get on with far more important things than constantly updating dead links:

https://mega.co.nz/#!VtZ1lITL!N4g1nxvZc8HLL3Bk6e6_ai0Y_QFyQUiR9WsiZv74_Bo