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New Bums is the grudging match-up of Donovan Quinn (Skygreen Leopards) and Ben Chasny (Six Organs of Admittance, Comets on Fire, 200 Years, Rangda and who’s hiring?).
They didn’t like each other at first, but now make sweet and sour music together over the light of the magical Sterno. The ideas go back and forth between the two in what seems to be a true partnership. Their songs are all that: songs, with lyrics set in a space to speak to the human buried in you. People’s music, with all the stark confessions, tall tales, bleak humours and punch lines the people can bear. The voices are two, spinning harmonies, both heavenly. Behind the acoustics and voices is lots of space, but there are a few extra instruments that come and go as the boys move from stately processional to street corner sing-around to bluesy weeper to low-rolling rock ‘n roll and back again. This is guitars music – slide-guitar lines erupt in the dark night air and classical-tinged filigrees curl around the tarnished and rusting edges throughout.
Picking their direction and floating along on a pair of acoustics, New Bums are the sound of Old Drunk America, dancing out of the shadows, coming forth again to stand in the light, in the hopes of re-populating those sad old single-occupancy hotels before they’re all torn down. After releasing the “Slim Volume” single earlier this year, the duo is set to release debut full-length, Voices in a Rented Room, on February 17th, 2014 via Drag City Records.
Preview New Bums’ sharp-cornered clarity below via Voices In A Rented Room’s opening track, “Black Bough”
Featuring members of Coliseum, Gnarwhal, Nameless Cults and more, to date YAUTJA have released a live cassette, a five-track EP and a split 7″ with Enabler. Recorded at Dark Art Studios with Mikey Allred (Inter Arma, Across Tundras, Hellbender), their debut LP, “Songs Of Descent”, presents the act’s most ruthless metallic, grind-infused, tone-heavy aggression yet. Forcefield Records will release Songs Of Descent via download and 12″ LP in early February 2014; the digital version mastered by Mikey Allred and the vinyl mastered by Zack Allen of Obsidian Eye Studios (Loss, Recluse, Sky Burial).
Here is a demo of a single from the previous EP.
COP PROBLEM recently self-released “Buried Beneath White Noise” digitally, this week the band announced plans for a physical release of the EP. The 7″ pressing will be released in February 2014 through an international joint effort between British DIY label, Prejudice Me, for Europe, and NYC-area-based and Earsplit-operated, The Compound, for North America. Preorders will be available immediately following the start of the year.
A EXHUMED/IRON REAGAN split 12″ will be released via Tankcrimes on January 7, 2014. The upcoming vinyl-only release comprises eighttracks of highspeed hardcore, two of which find EXHUMED performing covers of Minor Threat’s “Seeing Red” and Negative Approach’s “Ready To Fight.”
Chicago doom metal outfit INDIAN have a new album called “From All Purity” which will see its official release via Relapse Records on CD/LP/digital on January 20th in the UK.
Candlelight Records will release Candlelight Legion II via all digital outlets on January 7th. The low priced album features selections from SHADE EMPIRE, WOE, PESTILENCE, CNOC AN TURSA, DEMON LUNG, OCTOBER FILE, CROWN, HAVOK, IHSAHN, PALEHORSE, ORANGE GOBLIN, SADGIQACEA, THE MEADS OF ASPHODEL, VOICES, MAEL MORDHA, THRONE OF KATARSIS and more.
OOZEPUS released their first recordings earlier this year in the form of a three-song demo issued through Three Plugs Records/Pagan Result, the material displaying a bruising, hypnotic metallic style comparable to early Swans, Godflesh, Scorn and no wave with a molten, organic persuasion. Domestic Genocide has just signed the Tokyo-based trio and new material will be coming soon.
Armoury Records, in conjunction with earMUSIC, has welcomed ANETTE OLZON to their expanding roster of powerful frontwomen. Best known for her time fronting symphonic metal band Nightwish for five years before leaving in 2012, the Swedish born songstress has established herself as a true apex among female rock singers globally and will continue the trend with her forthcoming solo release entitled Shine. Produced by Stefan Örn and Johan Glössner, co-produced by OLZON alongside Johan Kronlund and mixed by Kronlund, Nicklas Flykt and Ronny Lahti (known for his work with Loreen and Roxette), Shine is a logical next step in OLZON’s flourishing musical journey.
French Grindcore band STUNTMAN‘s “Incorporate The Excess” album is reminiscent of turn-of-the-century pioneers Botch, Keelhaul, Deadguy, Unsane and Knut. Recorded and mixed by Amaury Sauvé at Studio La Senelle and mastered by Nick Zampiello and Rob Gonella at New Alliance East, the nearly twenty-seven minute album will be released through Solar Flare Records on January 18th, 2014 digitally and as a 12″ LP, in both black and clear/splatter color schemes, in addition to a CD release through Head Records and a cassette version through Lost Pilgrim.
On March 4th, Exile On Mainstream will release KRISTIAN HARTING‘s profoundly personal debut solo album, “Float”, which channels this into a genre-bending form, exorcising the demons he had to battle in his most recent past. In a very personal approach, the title refers to what he describes as survival-strategy in a period of his life characterized by an extreme personal, emotional and financial turmoil, so chaotic and exhausting that it almost devastated him. Inspired by sufi-music, mali-blues, Western low-fi pop and avant-garde, Danish-born HARTING composes songs using his guitar, voice, circuit-bending and effects, pushing to create sounds that are gritty and noisy yet beautiful, culminating in diverse electronic and acoustic trips.
Week 7 of my A-Z of the less well known members of the jazz world has reached the letter “G”……………..
- Don Grolnick – Nothing Personal
- Jimmy Giuffre 3 – Sweet Song
- Kenny Garrett – The House That Nat Built
- Joe Gordon – A Song For Richard
- Dennis Gonzalez – Anthem For The Moment
- Grant Green – Stream Of Dreams
- Benny Golson – Modern Touch
- Bennie Green – Green Street
- Johnny Griffin – Rhythm-a-ning
The podcast can be streamed from here
- Weaver of Dreams (1990) - The first of his two CDs for Blue Note, featuring an all-star septet including the Brecker Brothers, Bob Mintzer, Dave Holland, Peter Erskine, and Barry Rogers.
- The Life Of A Trio : Sunday (1989) - The second night of the 1989 reunion in New York of the 1961-1962 Jimmy Giuffre 3 with pianist Paul Bley and bassist Steve Swallow.
- Songbook (1997) - Featuring his touring quartet — pianist Kenny Kirkland, drummer Jeff “Tain” Watts and bassist Nat Reeves
- Lookin’ Good (1961) Gordon with altoist Jimmy Woods, pianist Dick Whittington, bassist Jimmy Bond, and drummer Milt Turner.
- A Matter Of Blood (2009) with Curtis Clarke, the legendary Reggie Workman, and Michael T.A. Thompson.
- Street of Dreams (1964) - Grant Green’s second session with organist Larry Young, the album also includes drummer Elvin Jones and Bobby Hutcherson on vibes.
- Modern Touch (1958) - Golson’s second album as a leader with trumpeter Kenny Dorham, pianist Wynton Kelly, bassist Paul Chambers and drummer Max Roach.
- Mosaic Select (2003) - taken from the original 1958 release Back On The Scene and featuring Charlie Rouse.
- You Leave Me Breathless (1967) – Griffin in Copenhagen in 1967 with Kenny Drew, Nils Henning Osted Pedersen and Albert Heath
More brand new releases from the noisier end of the rock and roll world together with a catch up on some material from earlier in 2013 ….. grab it from Mixcloud
- Valdur – Enter
- Valdur – Conjuring The Fire Plagues
- Across Tundras – Pining For The Gravel Roads
- Surgeon – The Creeple
- Calm The Fire – Paralysed
- Drunk Dad – Ritual
- Drugs of Faith – Insanity
- Godhunter – Vulture’s Wake
- I Klatus – Pillar of Boaz
- Earthling – Wilderness Throne
- Lair of the Minotaur – The Black Heart of the Stygian Drakonas
- Full of Hell – Molluck
- Anakim – The Wimper of Whipped Dogs
- Iron Reagan – Cycle of Violence
- Bat – Primitive Age
- Album – “At War With” – released December 13th 2013 on Bloody Mountain Records - www.facebook.com/pages/valdur/54163319709
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- Album – “Electric Relics” - available for free/name-your-price download now via Bandcamp, where orders for the deluxe vinyl edition — being pressed on 180-gram vinyl - can also be placed.
- Album – “Chemical Regin” - www.facebook.com/Surgeonmusic
- 7″ Split with Full of Hell – D Beat Hardcore band from Poland
- 12″ – “Morbid Reality”
- Album - “Architectural Failures”
- 7″ Split with Anakim
- Album “Kether” – second album from 2012
- Album “Dark Path”
- EP – “Godplayer
- 7″ Split with Calm The Fire - originally came out on Holy Roar Records as a limited import-only edition – this out of print, hard to source release features the same tracks as the original only with different colour artwork – released on A389 records.
- 7″ Split with Godhunter
- From Magic Bullet Records Sampler Volume 1
Streaming from 4th December 2013 via Mixcloud
As is usual during December I look back at the best of the year and provide a synopsis of some of the outstanding musical treats that have been featured on the podcasts and on the blog. There will be no doubt buried somewhere in the blog information about all of these bands and artists so feel free to use the handy search feature at the top right hand side of the page.
A very busy year music wise – busier than any previous year – with an amazing amount of new material being sent my way and over 1500 tunes played on the Aural Delights Podcast alone. So it has been a challenge to review all of this and pick out some highlights. But here are the best 25 tracks of the first few months of the year.
- Total Victory – Holy Cross
- Ummagma – Lama
- Kit B – Slow Burn
- Sky Valley Mistress – Baby Ruthless
- Pond – Hanman
- Dead Rabbits – All You Need
- Camera – E-Go
- Lumerians – Hashashin
- Grace – Stealing Kisses
- The Outreach Project – She’s In Control
- The Deadline Shakes – Sweeten The Deal
- Hot Stuff and the Eye Candy – Hyper Little Monkey
- Dr Tequila – Hills Of Marin
- The Ligaments – Lungs
- Tartufi – Eaves
- Sinister Chuckles – Marilyn Monroe
- Eccentronic Research Council – Wicked Sisters (Disco Version)
- Rapid Pig – Super Jura
- Positronik – Game of Chances
- Kill Pretty – Manchester(Demo)
- Goat – Goathead
- Dead Sea Souls – I Go Where You Go
- The Tracy Boys – Marylebone
- Featureless Ghost – Video Enforcement
- Dusty Moonan – Have You Ever Been To The North?
I have received notification from the Monkey Bunker of various planned releases by the very exquisite Monkeys In Love.
New track ’Circle Of Jerks’ will be released in December on French label With A Messy Head – find out more at http://www.withamessyhead.com
Another new track (they are spoiling us) ’Secret Santa Party In Comic Sans’ will be released on a charity compilation in December – “further details will be announced in due course” says Laura.
Both tracks will also be on a special EP which also features a new version of “***** *******’* Hair Transplant” and live favourite “Oh You Naughty Bird”.
The two new ones will be podcasted as part of my special best of the year shows.
This limited edition EP will be on sale from December at their gigs in Liverpool (December), Wrexham (January), Congleton (February) and Salford (March).
Pending that here they are live
Hailing from Sunderland (UK), Rayne are an emerging alt/rock/indie trio who deliver an epic rock sound with stadium sized choruses. The anthemic songwriting skills of Rayne have drawn them comparisons to bands such as 30 Seconds To Mars, Muse, U2 & The Killers.
Creating a sound much bigger than the sum of their parts, Ben Potts (vocals), Adam Dagg (guitar/keys) and Steven Naisbet (drums) have been steadily building Rayne’s reputation as a ‘must see’ live act on the UK gig circuit since rising to the finals of Live and Unsigned in 2010. Originally forming whilst still at school, these years of developing their craft has moulded the band into an exciting British act with an ever growing fan base both in the UK and overseas.
As one of North-East England’s best kept secrets for many years, Rayne’s music has since garnered strong support from both rock and indie press alike with various singles receiving radio airplay across the world. Joining the roster of independent label Ambicon Records in late 2012, Rayne broke into the new year with extensive tours, live radio sessions and interviews. Both free download singles ‘Fallen’ and ‘Raise The Alarm’ (taken from their debut album ‘The New Enlightenment’) have helped cement the bands reputation as one with the potential to achieve great heights.
Intent on striving for new heights of recognition, Rayne are currently recording tracks for their new album release in early 2014.
Stream ‘Rayne’s music at http://www.soundcloud.com/raynemusic
Free Download of ‘Fallen’ single http://www.noisetrade.com/raynemusic/fallen
Free Download of ‘Raise The Alarm’ single http://www.officialrayne.bandcamp.com
Watch ‘Ground Floor’ Video Single -
So it’s time for letter F in the A-Z of the less well known jazz artists out there….
- Joe Farrell – Outback
- Paulo Fresu & Uri Caine – Blood Money
- Henry Franklin – For Penny
- Art Farmer – Alone Together
- FME – Heavy Light (for Christian Wolff)
- David Friedmann – Four In One
- Bill Frisell – Lookout for Hope
- Yosie Fruchter – Shikora
- Curtis Fuller – Slide’s Ride
You can stream the show from here….
Sources of the music
- Outback (1971) The second and best of Joe Farrell’s dates for Creed Taylor’s CTI label. Recorded in a quartet setting in 1970, with Elvin Jones – drums , Chick Corea – pisno, and percussionist Airto Moreira,
- Think (2009) Fresu and Caine with the Alborada String Quartet.
- Tribal Dance (1977) Henry Franklinon bass, Dwight Dickerson on piano, Sonship on percussion, Jerry Rush on trumpet and flugelhorn and Charles Owens on flute, tenor and soprano.
- Yesterday’s Thoughts (1976) 1975 studio sessions recorded in New York for release in Japan by Eastwind. Art is joined by frequent collaborator Cedar Walton on piano, as well as bassist Sam Jones and drummer Billy Higgins.
- Cuts (2005) Free jazz from Ken Vandermark, Nate McBride and Paal Nilsen- Love
- Of The Wind’s Eye (1981) Vibraphonist and marimba player David Friedman has recorded and played extensively since the early ’70s.
- Gone, Just Like A Train (1998) Frisell in Chet Atkins meets jazz mode with drummer Jim Keltner and bassist Viktor Krauss.
- Pitorn (2008) Guitarist Yoshie Fruchter leads a quartet of violin, bass, and drums. Released on John Zorn’s Tzadik label as part of his Radical Jewish Culture series.
- Complete Blue Note UA Sessions (1996) A major post-bop stylist on trombone with remarkable techniques, including wide-octave leaps and whiplash phrases delivered in a relaxed manner.
An abiding musical obsession for me in the early 80s was the formative years of Cabaret Voltaire – especially the first three albums and the early singles, when Chris Watson was a member of the band. However I did not get to see them live until 1982, after Chris had left. and when the band was Mal and Richard with Alan Fish on drums. Two gigs at the Hacienda stick in my memory as some of the most challenging and entertaining music i’ve seen and which broke the boundaries and played with the rules of what sat in which particular musical genre box. Two gigs from the tours during which the Hacienda gigs featured – Liverpool and Sheffield – are part of a new box set. A further gig from 1985 – when the band had moved into yet another musical phase is also featured in the box set. So i’m playing tracks from each of the gigs plus some fairly rare Cabs stuff which turned up on the “Listen Up” compilation, and a classic track from the exceptional “Red Mecca” album.
Add to that lots of new music and you have a rather nice collection of Aural Delights….enjoy!
- The Junta – Parenthood
- Cabaret Voltaire – This Is Entertainment
- Cabaret Voltaire – This Is Our Religion
- Coroner for the Police – Walking With God
- Jimmy Miller – Nostalgia
- The Rain Parade – This can’t be today
- Grass House – Faun
- Cabaret Voltaire – Diskono
- The Seeds – No Escape
- Moff Skellington – Flimsy Runs My Bones
- Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan – Mustt Mustt(Massive Attack Remix)
- Christian Bordeaux – First Grain
- Molo – Hello Goodbye (Om Unit Remix)
- Shaun Maxwell – Waiting for My Man (Passage of Time Mix)
- Star Spangled Banana – Nag Nag Nag (Joe McKechnie Mix)
- Dusty Moonan – Girls from Del Monte
- Kratos Himself – Lucid (Jesse Futerman Mix)
- Mountain Bird – Don’t Mind
- Cabaret Voltaire – That’s The Way It Works
- Cabaret Voltaire – Do Right
- Johnny Dowd – Nancy Sinatra
- Jimmy Miller – Quiet Life
- Cryin’ Queerwolf – Green Carnation
- The Ancients – Diamond Eyes
- Parquet Courts – Master of my Craft
- The See See – Featherman
- Cabaret Voltaire – A Thousand Ways
Stream the show from here
- From the forthcoming album “The Art Of Glass”
- From the new Box Set “Archive #828285 Live”
- From “Listen Up With Cabaret Voltaire”
- From “The Deer and the Bulldozer”
- From “All Gone Tomorrow”
- From “Emergency Third Rail Power Trip”
- From “A Sun Full And Drowning”
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- From “The Seeds”
- From “Gliding Through Stone”
- From “Mustt Mustt”
- From “Fables”
- From “Hello Goodbye”
- Demo Track
- Spookily as I was putting this show together I received this remix track from Joe McKechnie – “Brand new from Star Spangled Banana is this version of the Cabaret Voltaire song Nag Nag Nag. Produced by Joe Mckechnie, it will be released very very soon on Agitated Records. Star Spangled Banana is Aslan Kastanetz, Bob Katz, Midi Hi-Fye, Klaus Action & McGill. Just out is the Star Spangled Banana LP – Pebbles 2000 agitatedrecords.com/releases.html” I remarked to Joe that this sounds a little like The Seeds – and Joe replied “that was the intention”. Completing a nice circle of musical serendipity between The Seeds, The Cabs and Star Spangled Banana.
- Preview track
- From “An Imaginarium Remixed”
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- as 2.
- From “Do The Gorgon”
- as 5.
- From “Battle of the Bette Davis Impersonators”
- From “Diamond Eyes” EP
- From “Dull Tools Light Up Gold”
- From “Red Mecca”