James White & The Blacks - Off White LP (White Vinyl)
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Definitive reissue of this no wave classic, originally issued in 1979. The 21st century has produced a new generation of young contenders of all kinds, who have, within months, spread a new string of names across the planet such as The Rapture, Playgroup, LCD Soundsystem, Liars, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Radio 4, and the likes, just to name a few. Once again, the heat was initiated in NYC, even though its Lower East Side epicenter "cleaned up" by Giuliani and Bloomberg, has moved a few blocks east and across the river to Brooklyn and Williamsburg. It might be wise to remind the younger ones among us that the origins of this new musical cycle is, for the most part, rooted in the no wave movement of which James Siegfried aka James White, aka James Chance is undoubtedly one of its most prominent figures. New York City was hands down the artistic telluric center of the second half of the 20th century, especially from the '70s, on. Rising from the ashes of the Velvet Underground, a slew of local bands redefined the aesthetics of rock n' roll which the merchants of the temple hastened to rename under various designations, such as punk, new wave, no wave, jazz-funk or even disco and disco-punk without forgetting to mention the original electro designation pioneered by the band Suicide. One of the indispensable and emblematic figures of the mid-70s is of course James Chance. Previous reissues of the Contortions and James White albums on Infinite Zero have been deleted for the better part of a decade. These are all officially sanctioned by the originating label, Ze Records. White vinyl.