let’s revisit an old 4th July Panic & Carousels show here, bunch of American artists and their conflicting ideas about music and US culture and so on and so forth. Loads of great stuff included from harcore punk to modern classical via plain weirdness. fun for all the family on this special day. Does not feature Yo La Tengo doing ‘We’re An American Band’ or any God Bullies. Or Fugazi. hmmm. Might be time to think about doing another one some time. D/L by clicking the handsome pic there. No Unsane! No Whores . . . does have all this good stuff though ->

Negativland – Ramones – Culturcide – Sonic Youth – Hüsker Dü – Minor Threat – Butthole Surfers – Cheap Trick – Shellac – Arcwelder – Guided by Voices – Live Skull – Oozing Wound – Pain Teens – The Melvins – Thinking Fellers Union Local 282 – Love Cup – Pissed Jeans – Guerilla Toss – Crash Course in Science – Negativland – Trans Am – Oneohtrix Point Never – Drexciya – Dan Friel – Dan Deacon – Steve Reich – John Cage – Sonic Youth – Earth – The Body – Swans – Prurient – Moondog – Tuxedomoon

Dynamite Monster Boogie Concert

Dynamite Monster Boogie Concert

I don’t get much time on here these days, so props to Thee Monkey’s Claw for keeping things ticking along. I don’t get time to do the Panic & Carousels blog for NARC. magazine at the moment either, although people keep sending me good stuff. I get what I can in the mag itself, and I listen to it all. But hey, here’s a mix – all either not long out or not even released yet.

Some of this stuff might just contain enough rage to give you some sort of release as this whole fucking island topples into the abyss.

Also, pop.

Here’s what’s on it:

  1. Jac Berrocal, David Fenech & Vincent Epplay – Alienor en Aout (Pt 1)
  2. The Cosmic Dead – Psych Is Dead
  3. USA Nails – Play It Again, Johnny
  4. Ho99o9 – United States Of Ho99o9
  5. The Bug Vs Earth – Snakes Vs Rats
  6. El Mahdy Jr – Time To Sell The Golden Teeth
  7. The Pessimist – Peter Hitchens
  8. pHarmerz – Sheena Is An Acid Casualty
  9. Basic House – Janet Terminal Blue
  10. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Icon (Chlorine Remix)
  11. Pye Corner Audio & Faten Kanann – The Darkest Wave
  12. Portland Vows – Applications
  13. Nicholas Britell – Chiron’s Theme (Chopped & Screwed)
  14. Sophie Cooper & Julian Bradley – Love Letters
  15. Gnod – Bodies For Money
  16. Temple Ov BBV – What Happens To Memories When You Die?
  17. Part Chimp – Lies
  18. Bad Guys – Dickhead For Love
  19. Petrol Girls – Phallocentric
  20. Fret! – Surf
  21. Hey Colossus – Experts Toll
  22. King Champion Sounds – Fool Throttle
  23. Oxbow – The Finished Line
  24. White Hills – Attack Mode
  25. King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizards – Hot Wax
  26. Mary Ocher ft Your Government – Zah Zah Pt 1
  27. Phantom Dog Beneath The Moon – All I Meander Even Ever
  28. $un $keletons  – Winding Down The Gramophone


Spring Communication

Freshly made for you! and cynically nicking its name from the Children of Alice’s new record and only slipping in a short exerpt of the track  – this is a mix that takes in a lot of the stuff from the recent EU postcards posts and shakes them like multi coloured sprinkles over the whipped vanilla cone of european unity. or something. Make mine a 99.

harbinger of spring

Jonáš Gruska  –  V dolinách/Píly
Children Of Alice  –  The Harbinger of Spring (excerpt)
Einstürzende Neubauten  –  Hymnen
Sias  –  Spring Communication
Unholy Satan  –  Let Satan Speak Through Your Anus
TapeWorm  –  Nahnitý mozog
Maoupa Mazzocchetti  –  Portion
Microlith  –  Acid in a Church
Pierre Bastien  –  Gnostic Illicit Song
Lumisokea  –  Jenseits (Dub)
Driftmachine  –  Gaukelwerk
Oranssi Pazuzu  –  Luhistuva aikahakki
Black Candle  –  Gray ritual
Mirt  –  Michael’s Theme
Leyden Jars  –  Industrial Estate Revolution
Banabila, Machinefabriek  –  Awake
Machinefabriek  –  Vowls
Jenny Hval  –  Untamed Region
S Olbricht  –  Rien
Gondwana  –  A Gospel Of Dirt
Jonáš Gruska  –  Teba hľadá duša má, pokoja nikde nemá /Pasa II.


Sun Kissed Gap Year Pop

It’s fair to say that Thee Monkey’s Claw has been doing all the heavy lifting round these parts for the last few months, I’ve been fannying around mostly. Including writing the Hickeysonic-related Panic & Carousels column for the NARC. Magazine website (the most recent being here). A recent expansion in my NARC. role means even that very occasional column is gonna have to go on hiatus for a few months, and some of the albums I might have written about there might well crop up here instead.

In the months since the last column there’s been a fucktonne of new stuff I would have written about and now probably won’t, but the least I can do is let you listen to it. So here’s a lengthy mix of things that would have been in the new Panic column, had I written it. And some other stuff that’s not even out yet that may crop up in NARC. at some point.

Hey, it’s better than a poke in the ear with a sharp stick, although that might sound better.

Hickeysonic Presents Sun Kissed Gap Year Pop.jpg

You can stream Hickeysonic Presents Sun Kissed Gap Year Pop here.

And this is what’s on it:

  1. Lawrence English – Somnambulist
  2. Unruly Milk – Endless Unlit Lobbies
  3. Part Chimp – Namekuji
  4. Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Sweet Relief
  5. Moon Duo – Cult Of Moloch
  6. Emptyset – Axis 1
  7. Sherwood & Pinch – Gun Law
  8. Loscil – Red Tide
  9. Uniform – The Lost
  10. Gnod – Real Man
  11. Sex Swing – Murder Witness
  12. Free Nelson Mandoomjazz – You Are Old, Father William
  13. Blurt – I Wan’ See Ella (live at Cafe Oto)
  14. Julie’s Haircut – Deluge
  15. Bardo Pond – Crossover
  16. Deutsche Ashram – Draze’N’ Cuss
  17. Kreol Lovecall – Social Spaces
  18. Richard Youngs – Like An Astronaut
  19. Polypores – Wastes 1
  20. Portland Vows – Paper
  21. Time Attendant – Elementary Electronics
  22. Kek-W – Tetrad
  23. Blanck Mass – The Rat
  24. Casual Nun – Everyman’s Folly
  25. Hey Colossus – The Drang
  26. Death Pedals – Kronk
  27. Grey Hairs – The Chin Pt 2
  28. Tough Tits – Nipslip
  29. Wire – Short Elevated Period
  30. Fret! – Cawlett
  31. Sleep – Clarity
  32. The Memory Band – By The Truth Of My Right Hand
  33. David Colohan – NASA Says Not To Worry
  34. Graeme Miller & Steve Shill – Leaving Moomin Valley



walk softly and wear a tube top









so our most recent ‘Golden Hour’ of tunes kicked off with the mighty Big Stick contemplating shooting the president, both fun and timely but any fool will tell you their ‘Drag Racing’ smash is where it’s really at. Always fun to be reminded of it, even 30 years on. It would appear the seemingly undead ‘Stick are still working in hiding, have apparently recorded with Fred ‘B-52’s’ Schneider and have a new record on its way this year. Interesting. If Swans can come back better than ever, why not Big Stick? Never afraid to be stupid, trashy or wrong surely their time is once again come. I’ve never heard them say that the name Big Stick refers to President Teddy Roosevelt’s famous line “Walk softly and carry a Big Stick.” It might do, or it could just be about popsicles, which would probably be more in keeping and would almost certainly be the line they’d take regardless. Here’s a disturbing photograph in which the crew of USS Theodore Roosevelt wear their dress white uniforms to spell out the words “Big Stick” on the flight deck and beneath it a wonderfully crappy, low rent, piss taking, self made rockumentary should you wish to enter the past of the Big Stick.

you can belatedly download the golden hour show/mix/thing here should you care to . .

990915-N-5526-001-TR802 Onboard USS Theodore Roosevelt, CVN-71, 15 September 1999... Hundreds of crew members of USS Theodore Roosevelt wearing their dress white uniforms stand on the flight deck spelling the words "Big Stick". "Big Stick" refers to the quote of former President Roosevelt "Walk softly and carry a Big Stick." The nuclear powered aircraft carrier USS Thoedore Roosevelt is currently transitting the Atlantic Ocean on its way home to Norfolk, VA, after a six month deployment operating in the Adriatic and Arabian Seas. Photo By:PH2 (AW) Robert R. McRill








 *clears throat*

The President is merely the most important among a large number of public servants. He should be supported or opposed exactly to the degree which is warranted by his good conduct or bad conduct, his efficiency or inefficiency in rendering loyal, able, and disinterested service to the Nation as a whole. Therefore it is absolutely necessary that there should be full liberty to tell the truth about his acts, and this means that it is exactly necessary to blame him when he does wrong as to praise him when he does right. Any other attitude in an American citizen is both base and servile. To announce that there must be no criticism of the President, or that we are to stand by the President, right or wrong, is not only unpatriotic and servile, but is morally treasonable to the American public. Nothing but the truth should be spoken about him or any one else. But it is even more important to tell the truth, pleasant or unpleasant, about him than about any one else.

— Theodore Roosevelt, The Kansas City Star, 18 May 1918

The Golden Hour


wash away the horror with a golden hour of filthy yet cleansing noise  – big stick, hey colossus, clouds taste satanic, palehorse, sex swing, terminal cheesecake, girl band, oranssi pazuzu, peter brötzmann, oren ambarchi and so on. Here’s a lovely poster by Mr Billy Childish. God bless him and his fulsome magnificent moustache.