COOL STORY: Byron Coley’s Feeding Tube Records is releasing unheard (to most of us) material from one of my all-time favorite bands- Mars. The LP is called “Live at Irving Plaza.” It’s a recording (by Brian Eno, nbd) of the No Wave outfit’s penultimate show from August of 1978. Coley and Thurston Moore are printing 500 of these suckers, and for $23, you get the vinyl, the download, and a 20-page informational booklet called “Mars as We Know It.” (I MUST HAZ IT.)
I might personally consider Mars the most adventurous No Wave band of the era. Not quite as experimental as the brainiac-weirdos (i.e. Arto Lindsay and Ikue Mori) behind DNA, but never kitschy or theatrical like James Chance or Lydia Lunch. Basically, Mars was noisy, avant-garde, and PUNK AS FUCK (although I get the feeling this sound was about 100x more shocking in ’78 than it is today.) In either case, go ahead, treat yrself to another one:
Then buy the damn LP.