Fascinating Things : Issue 62

in And the summer rolls in with it’s misery inducing mix of ridiculous heat and torrential rain, there’s quite a lot going on but frankly I can’t be bothered getting out of my sweat soaked chair to attend. Instead a ramble through some of the better things that have been sent my way in recent weeks…..

A current obsession is The Drones (no not the ones from Manchester 1976 but the Australian current band). Their recentish album “Feelin’ Kinda Free” manages to do what a lot of people cannot seem to deliver these days which is sound like nothing else that’s prowling around the ether at the moment. The exciting thing (and it takes a lot to get me excited these days) is their unique use of guitars to create new sounds and the adoption of some interesting dance flavoured rhythms on the album. Their back catalogue is equally fascinating and is worth investigating.

From Atlanta, Georgia Gringo Star  (it took a while to sink in with me but the relevance of the name becomes more apparent when you hear the music) have just signed with Nevado Music and have a new album called “The Sides And In Between” out on August 26th.  Pending that they have a single out called ‘Rotten’ which according to the promo:

“presents Gringo Star’s love for nostalgic sounds of rock in the style of The Kinks. Sat between The Shins’ folky twang and Tame Impala’s generosity on the reverb, the melody beautifully shines through the raw psychedelic finish.”

My immediate reaction on seeing the vid was it felt like the The Beatles to some extent, it may have been the Rickenbackers that sparked that thought, or maybe there’s a bit of Yardbirds in there somewhere. The forthcoming album, which I haven’t heard yet, is described elsewhere as a the bands own version of British invasion rock with the sounds of The Animals, Tame Impala and Buddy Holly. I get The Animals reference.

On our record label we have the excellent Bouquet of Dead Crows from sunny Cambridge, and they can seen working as the backing band for Gavin Chappell- Bates who has a single out on the back of his recent album. It is the opening track from the album “Church of Rock and Roll”. Sadly I don’t have a video or a soundcloud at this point but search him out on You Tube and you will see what he is up to.

Alternative electronic producer Dean Garcia, the man behind seminal alternative rock band Curve and electronic dream pop duo SPC ECO, has joined forces with Preston Maddox of post-punk noise-rock band Bloody Knives in a new project, called S T F U. Their debut LP ‘What We Want’, planned for release on July 29, is all about unfolding hypnotic loops that gradually progress to uptempo electronics, trip-hop laden beats, lush noise entwined with shimmering synths, and Maddox’s hazy trance-like vocals. Dreamy with a shoegaze backbone this is epic stuff.

Vogue Dots are Canadian and deliver moody, layered pop styled music…..comparisons with Beth Orton have been made, which means nothing to me, but it sounds nice….

Two years after releasing ‘Best-Selling Dreams’ to wide acclaim around the world, Novanta will soon release his new album “Hello We’re Not Enemies” on Seashell Records. The first single from this release is ‘Goðafoss’. Novanta is Manfredi Lamartina, a musician who is originally from Palermo but has been based in Milan for many years now. On this album, Novanta further evolves his sound, falling effortlessly between shoegaze, post-rock and electronica. Sounds like relentless euro-pop to me…..

Those lovely people at Acid Cosmonaut Records have shared a preview from the second album from DSW.  I got a serious 70s flashback when I heard it, pretty heavy blues rock with a metal undercurrent. Lots of wah-wah going on here….!

Wolves In The Throne Room  re-release their 2006 debut album “Diadem Of 12 Stars” through their own Artemisia Records on 17th June. . Its raw analog sound in many ways pays homage to the band’s varied influences: the harsh black metal of Norwegians Ulver and Emperor or their American counterparts Weakling and Ludicra, the monolithic heaviness of Neurosis and Swans, the sorrowful Funeral Doom of My Dying Bride and in places, the mournful goth of Dead Can Dance.  Described by guitarist Nathan Weaver as the rawest and most “punk” of their five full-length releases Diadem Of 12 Stars was recorded live to tape in Oakland by Tim Green. Joined in the studio by Jamie Myers (Hammers Of Misfortune, Sabbath Assembly) and Dino Sommese (Asunder. Dystopia), every song was recorded in one or two takes and the album was mixed without the aid of a computer. Originally released on a small DIY label and unavailable physically for many years, this reissued version has been carefully remastered by Jason Ward at Chicago Mastering Service. It’s intense stuff but worth the effort if you want a different take on the sub-genre.

After Ian Moss left Hamsters (Manchester)  in early 1981 the band continued with drummer Steve Middlehurst’s wife Tricia taking the vocalist position before she in turn left due to pregnancy . At this juncture , now down to a three piece, guitarist Bobby Williams became lead vocalist . Wayne Edwards found a studio in Middleton and the band was captured for posterity after explaining to the engineer they most definitely were not after a Wishbone Ash sound. Lo-fi, wonderfully cack-handed, and cocking a snook at the wider music world these three tracks are previously unreleased

 

 

 

 

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Fascinating Things : Issue 42

Part two of this weeks rush of new material…..

Neurot Recordings have announced a full-length collaborative debut between apocalyptic doom duo, The Body, and grindcore/harsh noise outfit, Full Of Hell, this March. Fittingly titled “One Day You Will Ache Like I Ache”, the album includes eight new offerings along with two bonus tracks.

2015 was a busy year for SUNN O))). Following the recent release of  “Kannon” – their first full length album since 2009’s “Monoliths and Dimensions” – a series of European appearances, culminating in their curation of four days at Utrecht’s Le Guess Who? festival, news has emerged that their live album DØMKI RKE will be re-released 5th February 2016.

Kannon, in its earliest incarnation, was inspired from live compositions of SUNN O))); elements of which were present at DØMKIRKE. DØMKIRKE was recorded at the Bergen Cathedral in Bergen, Norway during the Borealis Festival in 2007. The four-song double album was initially released in September 2008 and is available on vinyl only, with one track featuring on each side of the records. This performance features intrinsic members of SUNN O)))’s line-up, including Attila Csihar (vocals), Tos Nieuwenhuizen (Moog), Lasse Marhaug (noise), Steve Moore (organ, trombone) with Greg Anderson (guitar) and Stephen O’Malley (guitar) vitally remaining at the centre of the SUNN O))) constellation.

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Artwork by Tania Stene

The sixth Black Market Karma album “The Sixth Time Around” is now out and is very good……

Ritual Productions follow up their signing announcement of Helsinki’s primitive elementalists Horse Latitudes with the first insight into the sound of their forthcoming full-length, “Primal Gnosis”, by way of an album trailer. The Finnish four piece are known for their slow, primordial and powerful music, combining suffocating doom, black metal and hypnotic psychedelic repetition.

The near seven-minute trailer offers sonic snippets of three songs – ‘Incantation’, ‘Spirals’ and ‘New Dawn’. The dark ambient textures and solemn, sombre moods are cut with pummelling bass lines and howling. Very atmospheric.

Beauty Sleep, a new 3-piece from Belfast have been drawn to my attention. Born at a local house party, the three musicians bonded over spelling naughty words on a fridge magnet crossword. Made up of Ryan McGroarty, Cheylene Murphy and Aimee Williamson, the naughty words led to musical discussions that required further investigation, post-hangover. The hashtag says “dreampop”, and it’s one of those annoying ones that your forebrain says you shouldn’t be liking but your hindbrain says keep listening,

‘Facepunch Transport Layer’ sounds like a name Mark E.Smith would have come up with in around 1982 and is the appropriately-titled first single to see public release from Black Shape Of Nexus’ impending fourth LP, “Carrier”.  The best description is probably slightly unhinged, and rather flippin’ marvellous, a bit like Arthur Brown with a motorik bass line. Unfortunately it’s one of those occasions where Soundcloud hasn’t got an embed option but you can listen to it here. I recommend you do.

photo credit: Bernhard Hoell
photo credit: Bernhard Hoell

Conny Ochs‘ forthcoming third solo album, “Future Fables” – set for release in late February via Exile On Mainstream – has been trailed, Interesting stuff. Future Fables will see release through Exile On Mainstream on February 26th, 2016. Preorders have been made available through the label, on both CD and LP

Mamiffer (the duo of Faith Coloccia and Aaron Turner) forthcoming LP, “The World Unseen”, is officially confirmed for release via SIGE Records on 1st April. Here’s a snippet from the album, Ethereal and dreamy with a hint of GSYBE, Sadly no embed again  but have a gander here.

A few snippets of forthcoming releases from German Shepherd Records to close….

One half of Staggs, m.t. scott  has a new release.   Pending new Staggs material he has delved into his archive and enhanced a collection of excellent tunes which merge trip-hop, ambient, cinema soundtracks and sprinklings of guitar and piano. Blessed with the usual Scott world weary and sardonic narrative the songs capture a feel somewhere between Before and After Science era Eno, John Barry and european neo-realism.  Entitled “The Broken EP” it will be released on 19th February via Bandcamp and the  usual digital outlets.

Intelligent, emotional and thought-provoking this is one not to be missed for lovers of fine music.

Iron Mouse (formerly Ion-Morph) and Space Museum celebrate the next phase in their partnership with a five track EP “Treatments” released on February 12th. This is their first release under the new name.

The duo’s usual obsessions are in play with tunes about the treatment of mental patients, abusive patriarchs, religion, retro music and cover bands, and politics/duplicity, all wrapped up in layered post-rock electronica.

Here’s a video of lead track “Treatments”,

Salford/Manchester/Chester band Kit B will be releasing an EP  this year.  Featuring “The Junta” aka Monty on bass as well as other local music legends Danny Cusick (The Hidden Gem), Mike Powell (Exchange, Night Operations) and Peter Slater (Vee V V, Tunnelvision) the band deliver cutting edge Manchester indie and are gaining a growing reputation since their self-released EP “Be Your Own God” from 2015. It will feature this track “It Always Rains (On Sunday)”.

In the parallel universe where the folks who run German Shepherd live Moff Skellington is a national treasure, spoken of in the same hushed tones as such notables as Ivor Cutler, Vivian Stanshall, and Mr Fong who used to run the chinese chippy on Lower Broughton Road in Salford (probably the best Spring Rolls in the known universe). In the “normal” world he is steadfastly ignored by the great unwashed mass of Adele. Coldplay and Mumford fans. I firmly believe this must change . “Neither Whiff Nor Spoor” is Moff’s 28th album and continues the tradition of the blend of music, art and performance known as Eddodi. Bringing together such diverse influences as Pere Ubu, Tom Waits, The Fall, The Mothmen, and Captain Beefheart with his own particular form of traditional english music, Moff once again delivers a heady stew of words, sounds and emotions. Simply put there is no other artist in the world who is producing material like this. The subject matter is. as usual wide and varied, and very unique. Here is a preview track.

 

 

 

Fascinating Things : Issue 38

Things tend to slow down at this time of year music wise, if only to make space for all the nonsensical tat that gets offered to willing punters in the shape of “Xmas” frippery.  In the best traditions of Scrooge I tend to try and ignore most of the so called holiday period as possible, it has lost the charm it used to have with the relentless commercialisation and capitalist fervour that appears to apply these days. In any event despite the attempt to ram yet another “christmas single” down my throat from a good number of the promo people I remain steadfastly obdurate and only share with you music which is of value and lasts longer than past 25th December.

Doctor Kloos is back with a new one which as he says was “Made specially for my first London gig on the 12th December 2015, a nice breezy compilation of latter day Kloos tracks, which is sure to get under your skin. There are physical copies of this on CDR, called “Sounds Like Kloos” with unique individually made sleeves if anyone wants to order a copy, contact me at johannkloos@hotmail.com.”. As supporters of Kloos-mania  we recommend this to you.

And while I’m at it I seem to have completely missed his October release “Carousel” which is very remiss of me…..

The tenth in a series of monthly (mostly) EPs from Mark Corrin is called “Xenomorph” and is a marked change from the previous nine.  Mark describes it as a “……more experimental post-rock / ambient collaboration with David Fox. It’s certainly got some influence from the likes of Mogwai and later era Talk Talk”. As with the rest of the 2015 series there is plenty here to get excited about.

And that’s your lot for 2015. Fascinating Things will be back in 2016 with more news and views about music.

 

 

 

 

 

 

Fascinating Things : Issue 37

The last few days has been dominated by bringing together, for German Shepherd records,  the much needed and anticipated release of the collected works of Southend’s Stripey Zebras. A  band that just about survived 1980/1, they were heavily influenced by The Fall,  and the album “We Are Mighty, We Are Stripey” combines the bulk of their historical recordings (and I use that word loosely as they are mostly mastered from a cassette). It will be released in January. It’s the sort of lo-fi post-punk DIY music that was around in those days and has a timeless charm. Musos will no doubt moan about lack of fidelity or “chops”, but I think it is wonderful. You should expect a more fulsome review in due course. It’s a 24 track release combining home and live recordings, with a hidden bonus for those who purchase.

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The announcement from Relapse records about the new three track 25 minute release from Agoraphobic Nosebleed, complete with teaser video, is very tempting. Hopefully i’ll get a review copy. There work to date has been well above average and the snippets sound very exciting indeed. It’s called “Arc”.

Gordy Duncan Jr who happens also to be a member of the excellent Girobabies has a new solo album out – from the sampler track it sounds excellent.

The new Sugarmen single is good in a bouncy, indie, jagged guitar sort of way. It came out on Rooftop Records on December 4th.

Blackpool based instrumental rock band Goonies Never Say Die have finally released a mini album of material. Recorded from October 2012 to February 2013 the project was abandoned by the band who felt they were retreading old ground too much. The recording was recently listened back to and was deemed not to be as bad as they thought. The recording was made by one of the numerous previous line-ups of the band, the current line up are half way through writing a new album that will probably also be held back for 10 years and released on cassette tape delivered by pigeon one random rainy day!

Diminished Men – featuring Steve Schmitt on guitars, drummer Dave Abramson (Master Musicians of Bukkake, Eyvind Kang, Secret Chiefs 3, Climax Golden Twins, Grails, etc.), and Simon Henneman on bass, release a new album on February 26th. Titled Vision In Crime, the latest record from the three piece is a full length album that moves through jazz, ethnic  and soundtrack territories. Here is a taster:

The first German Shepherd release for 2016 will be a single from Loop-aznavour. Bury’s finest purveyor of theremin soaked punk will be delighting your ears with “The Dance of the Chicken Lady” and “Charles’ Neurotic Fear of Giraffes”.

Recommended newish releases received during  the last week are:

  • The Holy Soul – Fortean Times  – Sydney band with a stunning new album……really like this a lot, don’t be fooled into thinking it’s a specific style by the first track it gets seriously different and interesting as it goes along. As heard on Dave Graney’s excellent Banana Lounge Broadcasting Radio Show this one immediately goes into the “Best of 2015” list
  • The Cavemen – The Cavemen  – WIld Cramps style garage rock with a punk edge, good for head-banging after six pints of industrial strength cider.
  • Kharlos – Don’t think about dying – more wild garage stuff…..pretty intense stuff!
  • Peacers – Peacers – Mike Donovan out of Sic Alps doing his usual slacker lo-fi pop thing, there’s a nod towards Don Van Vliet somewhere in the DNA of this type of music.
  • Holy – Stabs – Swedish band – lo-fi aesthetics, garage sensibilites, and soaring psychedelia it says in one review i’ve read. It’s  OK but it won’t change the world.
  • Heather Leigh – I Abused Animal – you’ll either love this or hate it. One woman with a pedal steel guitar and a voice doing amazing things. Heather is well known on the avant garde jazz improv circuit and to some extent this seeps into a remarkable album which combines acapella folk, mesmerising songs  and loud distorted guitar noodlings. A challenging listen but well worth it.

The last German Shepherd release of the year will be a single from the ever excellent Staggs  called “Funk Me Jesus” which includes a remix from Space Museum.  The band were recently described (by me) somewhat like this:

“Small fractures in the space-time continuum create sonic leakages leading to the release of snippets from the cultural whirlpool of late 20th/early 21st century music, art, film, politics, and television. Ridley and Scott curate a melting pot of these snippets of sound, add a tablespoon full of irony, an ounce of righteous anger, a liberal dose of self-deprecation, and a splash of good humour. They create an aural feast of unique and yet familiar sound. No one is safe from Scott’s viperish wit as the peccadillos of the great and good, and those who should know better are exposed, eviscerated and served with a delicious brandy butter sauce. The music of Staggs is socially relevant, robust, makes you laugh and what’s more you can dance the Watusi to it. Be safe and warm and listen to Staggs!”

Whereas The Shend came up with the more pithy  “Guaranteed floor-fillers at the Hieronymus Bosch Disco Fun Night”. Whatever they are best described as  their new single is great and I commend it to you.

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Fascinating Things : Issue 36

Lest you should think I am being tardy, or indeed god forbid, indolent, dear reader, my excuse for lack of ramblings of late is down to the paucity of new material worth writing about. Such is the nature of the music business, there are floods of amazing things , followed by periods where sometimes the will to live (or at least listen) is stretched to the limits of elasticity. My mood is not assisted by some frankly inept writing by so-called “industry experts” viz the latest in a long line of “The Best Bands In Manchester” and so……

Radio X have just published an on-line list of the best 15 bands from   Manchester “and the surrounding areas”. It doesn’t include The Fall. I could stop there and you would see my point entirely but I would add to my rising frustration by noting  that a few of those listed were not from Greater Mancunia at all but were students in Manchester or Salford University. In addition it is worth reflecting with the exception of a couple of the others none of the rest are actually from the City Of Manchester geographically speaking. The glaring omissions from the list go way back to the 60s and up to the present day, how you can have a list of best bands from Manchester without 10CC is beyond comprehension. And for the record Buzzcocks were nurtured in Salford, not Bolton, in the basement flat of 380 Lower Broughton Road. I know because I could hear Pete and Howard practising through the floorboards. Anyhow there is a lengthy discussion on Facebook by myself and some like minded individuals on this should you care to read it.

Enough of the negative ranting, what can I tell you about that’s worth a listen? Well I’ve had a pile of newish things pointed in my direction by my erstwhile chum Mr Gibbins of sunny Northampton so i’ll wend my way through those for a while:

  • Toronto’s Dilly Dally are exceptional. Katie Monks has echoes of Kat Bjelland and vocally is everything Mrs Cobain tried to be but failed to achieve. There’s also that loose familiarity that Courtney Barnett that has in her voice.  Their new album “Sore” (out in October but I’ve only just got around to it) kicks off at full tilt, goes for the jugular and continues to a climax shaking up a currently tired music scene. Perhaps it gets a bit too “grunge” in places but I’l forgive them that given it’s so full of energy and purpose

  • “Bonnie’s State Of Mind” by Freak Heat Waves is an interesting one. It was released in February and is available via Bandcamp. They are from Victoria, British Columbia and deal in a mixture of spacey ambient meanderings and moody percussive electronica with a large smidgeon of post-punk moodiness, and some no-wave guitar angular Gang of Four funkiness (think Depeche Mode meets Talking Heads via Slint but darker and more menacing)  which hit all the right spots to my ears. You will be aware of the sub-genre but they modernise it and make it current. The nearest current comparison is Ought I guess.

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  • I am very impressed by the latest release from James X. Boyd “You Taste Like The Real Thing”. It’s the fourth in a series of releases on Bandcamp. The first three were OK in their own way but this latest release (23rd November) is a tour de force melding spoken word with loose improvisations/guitar meanderings. There’s a touch of Jim Morrison in the delivery (albeit an Antipodean lizard king). There’s very much a home-made feel about it with volume drops, retro drum machines and amp buzz which adds to it’s lo-fi charm. Very enjoyable indeed.

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  • If you want something to jive to I recommend the new one from Phylums which is called “Phylum Phyloid” and you can nab from Bandcamp at a reasonable price. It is described as “stripped-down, primitive rock n’ roll……  members of Wisconsin acts Goodnight Loving, Head On Electric, and Holy Shit! started banging out three-chord homages to the Sonics, Creedence, the Monks…any band with a simple message and no-frills attack.” That’s a good summation of a recognisable garage sound, well delivered and recorded.

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You can hear these and much more on next weeks Aural Delights Podcast (10th December).

 

 

 

A rush of blood to the head

So here is a pile of new albums, these days they come as regular as some right wing rag having a go at Jeremy Corbyn about something he said 30 years ago taken totally out of context.  So in an uncharacteristic attempt at doing every all in the one sitting  and after a vast 8 hour listening session here are some brief notes on some of the better recent releases.

To kick off, I’m somewhat confused. If you are a Mogwai fan no doubt you will have most or all of their stuff, or if you wanted to get into the band a triple CD/six album collection comprising over three and a half hours of material might be just a little too much as a primer. So I don’t quite see the logic of “Central Belters”. Post rock is something I have to take in small doses and trying to absorb thirty four tracks worth of the scottish bands material is a long way out of my comfort zone, After Slint and Godspeed I guess they are one of the most influential groups in the sub-genre, and the vast bulk of the material in the set is their finest work, but i’m sure I want consume it all in one sitting.

Gold Class, yet another band from the fertile music city of Melbourne, sound like they should have been around Sheffield or Manchester in the early 1980s. Their new one “It’s You” came out in September but has only just made it’s way to me.  Adam Curley has a distinctive vocal style and their marriage of early Smith’s jangling and Slint (them again) dynamics make for a damn fine listening.

Atlas Revolt is the brainchild of Toronto bassist Bret Higgins and created as a vehicle for his original instrumental compositions. Formed in 2013 the group explores genre defying instrumental music that draws inspiration largely from film scores, jazz, orchestral, pop, rock, and elements of Eastern European and South American music. Their first CD was released on John Zorn’s Tzadik Records where the klezmer oriented violin and John Tuhas’ surf guitar, that occasionally punctuate the jazz-rock-funk grooves, fits perfectly.  Fans of Pachora and Zorn’s lighter lounge work will enjoy this.

Back to post-rock for Inventions, and back to me moaning about bad genre labelling, if this one is post-rock then it’s moved on a few dozen steps from what I know.  Inventions is the collaboration of long time friends Matthew Cooper of Eluvium, and Mark T. (Not E) Smith of Explosions In The Sky. The second album “Maze of Woods” is fine example of modern mood music with a variety of textures mixing with glitchy, off- kilter rhythms to create a very more-ish soundscape. OK it does drift off into epic post-rockery in places but for the most part it is inventive (pun intended) and slightly shoe-gazey.

Dave Heumann is the chap from Arboretum, “Here in the Deep” is his debut solo album.  Cited as being markedly different Arbouretum’s output, I struggled to agree with that proposition. OK it is less obviously fuzzy folky than the main band but there’s not a serious amount of difference. It reminds me of some of those folk-rock bands that were hanging about in the early 70s that weren’t Steeleye Span or the Fairports. There are some interesting little stylistic excursions during the 41 minutes so it’s worth a listen.

In sort of the same area are The Black Lillies who manage on their new one “Hard To Please”  to be soulful at the same time as hitting those Americana roots in blues and country.  If you are from Knoxville, Tennessee I guess this is what you are going to sound like.  After a while this type of music tends to get a bit blurry in my mind as there are hooks, motifs and changes that carry over and around. Beautifully played and recorded and often hitting a high note, especially track 2 “That’s The Way It Goes Down” which builds from a country track to a nice little rocker.

Rabit (Eric Burton) is from Texas, and though his music has generally maintained a loose association with UK grime, His new one “Communion” is an unrelenting attack on the senses with samples, percussion and synths creating a disturbing sound. In the spirit of Throbbing Gristle and Coil, this is the most ground-breaking release of the set of albums considered in this review. Definitely an album that requires repeat listening if only to try and absorb the many different things going on in the soundscape.  Very interesting.

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Fascinating Things : Issue 32

Short, sharp and sweet this time around with a handful of excellent new things appearing at the end of the week. Most of these will be featured in podcasts over the next few weeks.

Next Friday sees the release of the debut album from Cambridge alternative rock band Bouquet of Dead Crows , don’t be put off by the name, they are not a doom/death etc metal outfit but instead a very melodic band, with a strong dynamic sound. Available as digital and CD, it can be pre-ordered now.

‘Chip Off The Heart’ is Rah Rah’s second single off their upcoming album ‘Vessels’. Superior pop stuff,

UK Tour dates are:

08.12. London – The Islington
09.12. Liverpool – Studio 2
10.12. Preston – The Ferret

Manchester’s finest agit-pop foursome Ill are back with wacky video and fine single. I was especially struck by the excellent “Slithering Lizards”

A staple in Los Angeles avant-garde culture for years, Anenon is the newest addition to the Friends of Friends roster.  Anenon’s ‘Camembert’ EP is out now and will be followed by a full-length in 2016. ‘Camembert’ sees a collision of free jazz, ambient, hip hop and techno, all tied together with a deft touch and an air of whimsy.

Dave Graney has a second volume of demos from the 1980s and 1990s out called “Once I Loved The Oceans Roar”.  With 17 tracks and over 70 minutes of music this is a real bargain. It’s great to hear the early version of  both solo Graney and Coral Snakes tunes. Especially good is an early version of the fascinating “Dandies Are Never Unbuttoned”. Highly recommended.

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