What's the best beat happening album

Beat happening

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Beat happening were an American indie pop band from Olympia, Washington. Singer Calvin Johnson met Heather Lewis (drums) and Bret Lunsford (guitar) during his studies, with whom he released on his own label K Records.

Originally founded for a cassette release by the band Supreme Cool Beings and operated out of Johnson's kitchen, K Records became a hub of the local scene, spearheaded by Beat Happening. On "Our Secret," the group's first single in 1984, Beat Happening highlighted their own shortcomings (initially the set of instruments included a second-hand electric guitar and a pair of maracas) rather than masking them. Her self-titled debut album from 1985 is today considered a Lo-Fi milestone, which encouraged numerous artists to become musically active themselves. The song "Cast A Shadow" from the album "Black Candy" (1989) has been covered frequently, including by Jens Friebe.

Beat Happening became one of the main indie bands by fusing minimalist art-pop in the spirit of The Velvet Underground with grassroots aesthetics and DIY ethos. Her last album "You Turn Me On" was released in 1992. Calvin Johnson has been solo and in many other projects since then, for example with Dub Narcotic Sound System.



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Beat happening with Klaus Hückstädt

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Beat Happening - A foray through the nursery of indie pop Klaus Hückstädt serves up all sorts of sweet and quirky things from Jonathan Richman, the Violent Femmes, Beat Happening and many more.

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good & happy music

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Silver Liner is his third album. Happy more Mister Jones! Beat Happening can definitely be classified as the cradle of DIY indie rock. Beat Happening produced 5 albums in the mid-80s to the beginning of the 90s. Great inspiration for Kurt Cobain and many more.

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Antifolk with Louisa Stank

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The fact that no one knows what it means, including me, makes it kind of mysterious. " In today's show, musical influences such as Jonathan Richman, Beat Happening and Daniel Johnston alternate with the Moldy Peaches and current songs by Frankie Cosmos and Girl Pool.

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What is DIY music?

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., Zigarettenrauchen, S.Y.P.H., Bikini Kill, Evolution Control Committee, Bow Wow Wow, Traxman, Beat Happening, DJ Solo, Bernadette La Hengst

Sunday service

Beat Happening - Look Around

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The band surprisingly returns with the album “Find What You Love and Let It Kill You”, but Andy Bell is no longer there. Beat Happening's first album was released 30 years ago. On this occasion there is a retrospective of the influential band around Calvin Johnsen with “Look Around”, which never split up, but unfortunately have not released any new records since 1992.

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Jealous & BraBraBra

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The Beliner “Girl-Group” specializes in wonderful art-pop oddities, somewhere between the herb hypnosis from Stereolab and the lo-fi hymns from Beat Happening. After Fenster and Highest Sea, Jealous and Brabrabra are the next bands that we would like to introduce to you in our new series LiveBytes Berlin - this time in a double pack: Both bands will play on 23.

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in the morning: Gun outfit and fun fare as guests of Marten Schröder

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They initially toured as a trio without a bassist and musically oriented themselves towards bands like Hüsker Dü or Beat Happening. In the meantime Gun Outfit have moved to southern California, have two more multi-instrumentalists with Adam Payne (bass) and guitar maker Henry Barnes and have already released their fifth album, “Out Of Range”.

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Fog and Beats

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Beat Happening sing about the foggy eyes, Bibio publishes a track about flower petals and Max Graef & Glenn Astro dedicate a track to basketball player Magic Johnson. Feat. Salute, Wu 15, Bibio, Rustie and Octo Octa.

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Inbetween (I don't have any hope but the weather is nice)

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Between the years the world is a bit of a lo-fi on its way. Beat Happening is just as important as Beck, after all, associative tidying up is the order of the day. But the focus is on young musicians who like to joke and are not averse to post-punk like Car Seat Headrest, Video, Traams or The Garden.

Uncharted territory

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Also included are the new albums by Sven Kacirek, Der Nino from Vienna and Martin Kohlstedt, Bill Wells and Beat Happening, Adele is there and Arca (whose impressive artwork you can see on the left) as well as a classic album: The Jesus and Mary Chain's debut album is celebrating a milestone birthday, Psychocandy turns 30 this week.

Tickets for Deep Time

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Photo by Angel Ceballos (Hardly Art) Jennifer Moore and Adam Jones published two years ago under the name YellowFever charming-minimalist catchy tunes, somewhere between Young Marble Giants, Beat Happening and Stereolab. After the Austin, Texas duo was sued by another band called Yellow Fever, they had to change their name, and with the name change to Deep Time, Moore and Jones' music changed too: the duo's songs became more complex and detailed, the Earwigs stayed.

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The Power of Love

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A suitable title for the run-up to Christmas. Not only for this occasion there are box sets from e.g. Go Betweens, Die Sterne or Beat Happening. A "Best of" or "Portrait" by Yann Tiersen also fits in well with the "Season of Love".

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Who's Afraid of White Old Men? You can do it differently.

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Calvin Johnson, on the other hand, has just turned 54 and is still a, uh, party beast. "This Party Is Just Getting Started" is the name of the new album by the K-Records & Beat Happening founder with his hedonism-heavy project Selector Dub Narcotic. Don't be afraid of white old men.

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Beat Happening & K Records

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Together with Heather Lewis and Bret Lunsford he formed his own band at the same time; Beat happening. From 1985 to 1992 the band released 5 formative LoFi albums. The current compilation (Best of) with the title "Look Around" is working on these years again.

Tickets for Die Heiterkeit Birthday Bash

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Die Heiterkeit (Photo: Alina Simmelbauer) After the media hype about her debut album, many critics have already conjured up an early end to Die Heiterkeit and dismissed them as further epigones of the Lassie Singers, Beat Happening or Tocotronic, but the Hamburg trio should punish precisely those lies. Now the bad mood formation is celebrating its half-round birthday and is inviting some associated musicians such as Chris Imler and Jens Friebe, Andreas Spechtl from Ja, Panik, Nadine & The Prussians, Sleeping Policemen and Ludger.

LiveBytes Berlin # 3: Jealous & Brabrabra

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Instead, Brabrabra create wonderful art-pop oddities, somewhere between Stereolab's herb hypnosis and Beat Happening's lo-fi anthems. Desolate glam rock and artful art pop After Fenster and Highest Sea, Jealous and Brabrabra are the next bands that we want to introduce to you in our new series LiveBytes Berlin - this time in a double pack: Both bands will play on 23.

Mac DeMarco and Shamir cover Beat Happening

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On the occasion of Record Store Day 2018, the duo has now released a joint split single on which the two Americans interpret songs by the legendary lo-fi band Beat Happening. The single begins with DeMarco's version of the classic "Indian Summer", which he performs in his typical deep relaxation.

A whisper from oblivion: The serenity

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You have to think clearly of early Hamburg school bands like Tocotronic, Blumfeld but also the American band Beat Happening swinging in the door. The singing of Stella Sommer is strongly reminiscent of a strained organ of smoke that has been rubbed off like a diamond in the rough by too many visits to the pubs of the city.

Selector Dub Narcotic (Calvin Johnson) & Aries (Jever Live motor ship concert on October 31st on the MS Stubnitz in Hamburg)

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The guitarist, singer, songwriter, producer and DJ from Olympia was not only a founding member of bands like Cool Rays, Beat Happening, The Go Team and The Halo Benders, he also runs the indie label K Records, on which artists like Mecca Normal or Karl Blau are or were at home.