Our erratic mood-lifting-through-pop-video thing hiccups back into life with this joyously ridiculous clip for the new-ish single from Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs. ‘Hell’s Teeth’ is the triumphant finale of Viscerals, the third album from our most fearlessly silly metal warriors. The single release comes with an electronic deconstruction from label mate J. Zunz. This superb video accompaniment is an irresistible ride into danger with an iguana at the wheel, naturally. Really, if this can’t raise a smile it’s time to take the cheap wine to the park bench and wait for the end – all the signs point to it not being long now. But hopefully before that they’ll get to tour this album next spring and we won’t all be terrified to go.
Thumping Ugandan drumming + weird industrial electronics. Terrifying garbage eating bird monster on the front. Absolute greatness. Live streaming at Tusk festival any minute.
Hello there friends. It’s been a while. It’s been weird, huh? Remember back in the day when we all used to read blogs? And moan about the ones that posted too many youtube links because broadband was shakey and dial-up was murder? Yeah you do. Stuart Maconie will be giving it the gruff dismissal /faraway sigh combo on ‘I Love the 00’s’ before you know it. Anyway, now nobody cares or reads blogs but broadband is less shakey (although nationally owned and superfast would be better) we can post all the youtube clips we like and no one will care or, possibly, know.
2020 is a year that has truly united humanity to cry out in the night alone but also with one voice “THIS IS SHIT! I mean, I thought 2017 and 18 were shit but fucksakes are you kidding me with this?”
So, in an attempt to find our dropped smart phone in the chemical toilet that is life right now, I thought I’d post up some videos of great stuff from 2020 to show that even here, in this cavalcade of unbelievable human twattery, there is light and joy and good to be found in people.
As much to convince myself as anything. Why not start with Hen Ogledd? New Album Future Humans is an absolute charmer, very much unlike almost anything else around and ‘Trouble’ is a solid gold pop smash from a parallel, better, world that we can’t afford passage to. Fairly sure it previously had a more home made video clip but this ones nice too.
Have a good weekend.
Apparently it’s a whole year since Supernormal returned as good if not better after taking 2018 off. Forced into another missed year, here’s some pictures I never got around to posting from 2019. A splendid weekend, the weather was agreeable, the company delightful and the music mostly excellent. Here follows a bunch of adequate photographs and random comments . . .
Friday kicked off on the shed stage with Birmingham’s small but mighty HAQ123 churning out the pre-teen doom with considerable aplomb. The band themselves avoid any dressing up foolishness but are joined by an alien and the imposing figure of the reaper himself for a fiery ‘Deathmaker’. It’s no exaggeration to say the kids have grown up at this festival, a couple of years ago the were stage diving to Big Lad and Cattle. In an interesting innovation they complete their set on stage and then crowd surf off to some pre-recorded hold music…
I say Horse! you say… BASTARD!! Not only is their name tremendous fun to say, or just randomly yell, but they call themselves ‘Equestrian blastcore’. It’s clear Horsebastard don’t take themselves entirely seriously. We’re expecting them to be sloppily entertaining but they turn out to be exhiliratingly sharp, furiously well drilled power violence. They go over a storm and are suddenly everyone’s new favourite band.
Meanwhile, in the Vortex, The Utopia Strong are churning out a curious but pleasing blend of modular synth and kraut-prog explorations. Steve Davis twiddles knobs like a snooker champion.
GG Allan Partridge get Sunday going with some feisty, unholy racket. It’s uplifting despite some technical issues. They trot offstage in style accompanied by the Black Beauty theme
Some time ago, back in the days of Basic FM (RIP), I hit on the idea of creating a mix that started with a one second track and went up in increments of one second until the mix was 24 hours long. I did the maths (I’d need 418 songs, the last of which would be 6 minutes long and would need to be faded a bit early) and started to pick the tracks. Then, as with most things, it got forgotten.
Lockdown led me to consider the idea again and I inevitably realised that past a certain point the whole thing stopped being interesting and instead just became a mix of slowly lengthening tracks. Indeed, it seemed to hit this point around the the one-minute mark where doodles and interludes stopped and songs started. So I decided to limit the project to 60 tracks, from 1 to 60 seconds in length.
I deliberately did no research so I’m sure this has been done before, probably better.
For the third year, Gary Lang (St James Infirmary etc) has organised The Great August The First Exhibition, inviting submissions from the ‘public’ (ie the shadowy cabal of disgruntled artists and malcontent musicians that make up his social circle) to be made on or before August 1st. As the man says, it’s an opportunity for us all to say “‘I made this today’. it can be anything you like,a poem, a song, a drawing, a hinge, an omelette, a painted toenail, owt that takes yer fancy. Just a way to be able to say at the end of the day,, no matter how good or shitty, I made this today.”
This seemed like the ideal forum for my 60 Seconds Of Madness* mix so here it is.
(* apologies to Coldcut)
There were a surprising number of decisions needing to be made to put this together, so here are the ‘rules’ I made myself:
- Track lengths would be based on what was displayed as the ‘length’ in a Windows explorer folder (see below)
- Any track that had too much dead air at either end was discounted.
- Tracks were mixed very slightly if at all.
- Other than that, first thought best thought – I just grabbed the most interesting looking track (the only editing being the avoidance of more than one track by one artist).
Here’s the tracklisting:
01 Rewind Vox (Reggae Sound FX Collection)
02 Unknown – Mr Custard
03 The Descendents – No, ALL!
04 The Million Dollar Quartet – Too Much Monkey Business
05 Plone – Bibi Plone Loop
06 The Bob’s Burgers Cast – Buckle It Up
07 Joni Mitchell – I’s A Muggin’ (Rap)
08 King Britt Presents Sister Gertrude – Religion From Her (Scene 2)
09 Cornershop – King Kongs
10 Matmos – Extending The Plastisphere To GJ237b
11 Gravediggaz – Just When You Thought It Was Over (Intro)
12 Modest Mouse – Dig Your Grave
13 Tomita – Infernal Dance Of King Kastechi
14 Gil Scott Heron – I Was Guided Interlude
15 Coil – Tunnel of Goats XVI
16 The Fatima Mansions – Concrete Block
17 The Country Teasers – Success
18 Robyn – Bionic Woman
19 Roots Manuva Vs Wrongtom – Dub Decay
20 Bauhaus – Wasp
21 Faust – Exercise
22 David Holmes – Voices, Siren, Rain
23 Unknown – We Walk Around The Streets
24 Brakes – Pick Up The Phone
25 Saint Etienne – Here Come Clown Feet
26 Can – Pnoom
27 Einstürzende Neubauten – Bertolt Brecht Und Der Weltempfänger
28 Link 3 – Welcome To The Night
29 The Books – It’s Musiiiiic!
30 MDC – Church & State
31 Graeme Miller & Steve Shill – The Moomins Theme Outro
32 Broadcast – A Goblin
33 Sophie Cooper – Oh Dana
34 Frank Sidebottom – Puff’N’Blow
35 Boards Of Canada – Energy Warning
36 Broken Family Band – Roman Johnson One
37 Teeth of the Sea – Leder
38 Minutemen – Three Car Jam
39 Butthole Surfers – Lonesome Bulldog II
40 The McCrary Sisters – Let’s Go
41 Wire – Brazil
42 Monkees – Seeger’s Theme (Version 2 – Mono Mix)
43 The Mekons & Kathy Acker – I Want To Tell You About Myself
44 Carl Orff – Instrumental Dance
45 Minor Threat – Straight Edge
46 zoviet: france – Waiting At The Gate
47 Shadowy Men on a Shadowy Planet – Shadowy Countdown
48 Peaches – Fuck Or Kill
49 Tony Allen – Atuwaba
50 Clinic – DJ Shangri-La
51 Kate Bush – Night Scented Stock
52 Brainiac – Indian Poker Pt 3
53 Krzysztof Komeda – Sarah In Bath
54 Chumbawamba – When An Old Man Dies
55 Thelonious Monk With John Coltrane – Abide With Me
56 DJ Yoda – 9 To 5
57 John Cage – Radio Music (edit)
58 Raymond Scott – Bufferin’ Memories
59 Sonic Youth – Nic Fit
60 Keith LeBlanc – Ending
At times like this we need heroes. Praise be then for Joe Colossus, who has decided to invest the vast fortune he’s amassed from Hey Colossus, Henry Blacker and being a logistics industry kingpin, by setting up an indie record label. Old school style – 100-run vinyl releases, personal taste curation, all that good good stuff.
First up is a new album from Reigns, the crazy sound of young Wessex. And judging by the full tilt folk horror eeriness of the lead track it’s going to be great.
After that, new releases from Sweet Williams and Acidliner (aka Rhys from Hey Colossus).
This is all very inspiring stuff. Pre-orders already flying out so don’t sit on this.
Here’s a spur of the moment, seat of the pants, hot off the press mix of mostly new but sometimes not sounds. Harshed buzzes, unplugged electronics, nauseating bass lurch, deep space exploration, Baba Yaga throbs, stethoscope excursions and demented skank. Tyneside represent!
- Kevin Richard Martin Feedback Cycle 7 – Angel Of Death
- Daniel Herskedal – Våkenatt
- Dextro – Connect
- Nick Edwards – The Same
- Deep Space Duo – Saturn’s Mystery Moon, “Peggy”
- Delia Derbyshire & Barry Bermange – Land
- IX Tab – The Empty Shell (II)
- Wreaths – Moss Cauled
- Nathalie Stern – Blade Patch
- Teleplasmiste – Possessors of the Orb
- Radiophonic Workshop – Not Come To Light
- Staraya Derevnya – 13.10.17 (Excerpt)
- Chlorine – Vowel Rembor
- Sly & The Family Drone – My Torso Is A Shotgun
- Workin’ Man Noise Unit – 1970
- Mummise Guns – Dog Cocked
- Grey Hairs – Piss Trangressor
- King Cannibal – Doomsday Dancehall
- Coil – Broken Aura (Bjarki Pandemix)
- Craven Faults – Eller Ghyll (President Bongo Rework)
- Mike Bourne – Hop The Railings
I was honoured to be asked to knock up a mix by the mighty Opal Tapes, and since I’ve been all melancholy country and soul and whatnot lately, I got deeply into making something deep and dirty and bassy and abrasive. And here’s the result. There’s a lot of looking back fondly to the glory days of breakcore and Brixton and 414 and Ambush Records in here too.
And thanks to John Convery for the brilliant photo he let me use for the artwork
Here’s the tracklisting
- Killing Sound – Thousand Hands (Blackest Ever Black)
- Ossia – Dub Hell (Blackest Ever Black)
- Wayne Lyrics – Shot A Lick (X-Rated)
- El Mahdy Jr. – Primitive Methods (Boomarm Nation)
- Vivian Jackson & King Tubby – Tubby’s Vengeance (Micron Music)
- New Kingdom – Shining Armor (Gee Street)
- Kid Baltan – Song Of The Second Moon (Philips)
- Sonic Subjunkies – Railton Road Blues (Praxis)
- Unruly Milk – Inside Sarah’s Coffin (Blackcat)
- Terry Lynn – Kingston Logic (Acapella) (Phree)
- Ore – Skarn (Baker Edit) (Box)
- Techno Animal – Monosphate (Force Inc)
- I-Sound & DJ Scud – Short Sharp Shock (Ambush)
- Team Shadetek ft Skepta – Reign (Sound-Ink)
- Monolake – Cern (Monolake / Imbalance)
- clipping. – Wriggle (Sub Pop)
- Felix K – Fundamentals (Onar Anxiety Remix) (Blackest Ever Black)
- L.Pierre – Dumbum (Melodic)
- Hacker Farm / Libbe Matz Gang – Crass In Africa (not on label)
- Ghislain Poirier and Seba – L’art de la Fellation (Version) (Shockout)
- Mohamed Al Ali – Mili Alay (Sway To Me) (Sham Palace)
- $un $keletons – Winding Down The Gramophone (Cruel Nature)
The mighty Blóm are dangerously close to releasing their debut album Flower Violence (on Box Records) which is coming out just after their tour supporting Pigs x7, a double whammy that proves once and for all that Newcastle roolz and Birmingham droolz.
And here’s a video for the single, Be Kind. So much pink, so much RAAAARRRGGGHHH!
Rumours that the B-side is a version of Sea Coal backed by The Wilson Family could not be confirmed as we went to press.