My time as acting reviews editor of Narc is coming to an end: once that’s out of the way I’ll enjoy being able to listen to music for pleasure again, and returning to writing the Panic & Carousels column too.
For now, here’s a mix that collects releases that have got my arm hairs tingling over the last few months (including a mere handful of yet to be released selections). Some of this is comparatively old but it’s all fantastic stuff. It’s yr standard Hickey mix of riffs, beats, filth and oddness, and if you get past the fantastically discordant Sly & The Family Drone & Dead Neanderthals / Penderecki double-whammy, there’s some lovely , gentle tunes to see you out including two selections from Kemper Norton‘s stunning Hungan album.
Here’s what’s included and there’s a dropbox link to the file here (although this will only last for a while)
- Bill Doggett – Honky Tonk (from the Blue Velvet soundtrack)
- Circle – Terminal
- Boris – Memento Mori
- Part Chimp – Bouncer’s Dream
- Snapped Ankles – Jonny Guitar Calling Gosta Berlin
- Lone Taxidermist – Hammered In Homebase
- Jane Weaver – The Architect (Andy Votel’s Brutalizt 250kg Ready Mix)
- Daniel O’Sullivan – Apocryphonium
- Impulse Array – Low Orbit Burn
- Ekoplekz – Acrid Acid
- Housewives – Excerpt 5
- Moon Duo – Sevens
- Thurston Moore – Smoke Of Dreams
- Mirrored Lips – S&V
- Downtown Boys – Violent Complicity
- Lower Slaughter – Tuberculosis / Bad Choice
- USA / Mexico – L.A.
- UFOMammut – Warsheep
- Sly & The Family Drone & Dead Neanderthals – Ghoul Whispers
- Krzysztof Penderecki – De Natura Sonoris II
- Kemper Norton – Gull Creek
- Jessica Moss – Glaciers Pt I
- Astrid & Rachel Grimes – Mossgrove & Seaweed
- Blackdamp – Cannily, Cannily
- IX Tab – The Smoke & The Birds
- Kemper Norton – Dinah Hamlyn
Yeah, yeah I know “where’s the Supernormal write up?” So much things, so little time. Have a little Hey Colossusness baby. This is my favourite tune off ‘The Guillotine’ and they’ve made a little stolen footage video for it full of disturbed nuns and strange goins on. I’m firmly of the opinion that the passing resemblance of the self flagellating monk to their singer Sykes can’t have been a coincidence either. Calenture is a tropical fever suffered by sailors, often accompanied by hallucinations in which they would apparently picture the sea as lush green meadows and wish to dive overboard into them. ‘Calenture boy, why not just jump?’. Earlier today the HC boys unearthed this little promo clip from the original release of ‘Happy Birthday’ to celebrate it’s final arrival on the vinyls. In it nonchalant cows and Joe’s then young kids splash about in Somerset’s flooded fields as the grassy meadows become a sea. It seems unlikely that calenture affects cows.
awesome acapella rendition of old murder ballad from Richard Dawson. Not on his ‘best-of-year’ new album but absolute hairs-stand-up-on-your-arms greatness. Even with the mistake.
“let’s go for coffee and pie, how ’bout that?” Here’s that vaguely black lodge-y mix of creepy/beautiful soundscapes and dictaphone field notes and so on from a short while back. Only now with a helpful tracklist, and you can download it by clicking the title there too if you like –
O – Laura Palmer Theme
Kuedo – Under the Surface
Dalhous – Methods of Elan
Puce Mary – The Spiral
Casino Versus Japan – An Ocean Dark Along a Charcoal Line
CukoO – Woodpecker
D.A.R.F.D.H.S. – Fo¨rensligandet – Sva¨lta°ren
Susanna – This – Phenomena
odi me – Open
Banabila – Awake
Casino Versus Japan – Pink Laced Glaze
Shield Patterns – On Needing
Xiu Xiu – Into the Night
Harold Budd – The Room
Best Available Technology – No Tears in Her Eyes
The Caretaker – Into Each Others Eyes
Noveller – Lone Victory Tonight
Leyden Jars – The Fullness of Light
Deaf Center – Path to Lucy
Deep Listening Band – Rain Delay
Julee Cruise – The Nightingale
Supersonic Festival are throwing a little thank you party tonight down in Digbeth, putting this year’s hugely successful festival to bed with a few light refreshments and some dancing. After a year away not only did this year see a bigger, better, fuller programme than it has for the last few but the organisers Capsule have since succeeded in their application to the Arts council’s National Portfolio which essentially secures funding for the next four years. We’ll drink heavily to that. Up top here is a pretty good clip of the Oxbow Choir, partly obscured but sounding incredible – Niko Wenner himself has confirmed there are high quality recordings of this one off performance that may eventually see the light, so that’s something to look forward to. For contrast here also a clip of technology failing dismally to capture the full bore onslaught of Nic Bullen‘s ‘Universal Detention Centre’ performance. There wasn’t a lot to see to be fair although Bullen is mostly obscured by a pillar in the clip. You could even argue there wasn’t that much to hear either, cetainly that translates to phone clips through laptop speakers anyway, it was more a manifestion of sound as a suffocating physical presence. Although that makes it sound a lot less enjoyable than it was. John Matthews, the guy who made both of these videos, has a bunch more on his youtube channel, generally at the better quality end and including a lot of acts I missed on the weekend that I’m slowly catching up on, I suggest you do the same. As far as ‘Universal Detention Centre’ I’m not sure there’s any plan to do anything further with it, Bullen has said he’s retiring this type of performance for a while concentrating more on his gentler electro-acousmatic stuff (And I guess, caveman hate rock combo Rainbow Grave) so this may be your only chance to get an idea of it. Turn it up to 11 and press the speaker against your abdomen or something.
Possibly we can assuage that loss and the unfortunate cancellation due to injury of Art Of Burning Water with their own ‘All Obedient Beasts Worship’. Which takes the loosely similar approach of building a set of noise jams out of samples of their band recordings. It’s free to download and scare the neighbours with. As it’s AOBW there’s at least one great title, this time ‘Feed Me With Your Hiss’. They’ve not put out a lot of information about what happened at Supersonic but happily it seems Grief is now on the mend and although they’ve had to cancel the next few shows, that he’ll recover from his injuries and return to making a racket. Pint?
Oh, also, if you went and haven’t done their little survey about it then you should go do that, only take a few minutes, share your love and so on – click on the cute little sausage doggie here . . .
Did you watch any of that Glastonbury there on your tellybox? As is our wont around here we were reminiscing about the last time we went, just four short years ago, and the last thing we saw there was Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds’ absolutely amazing set on the Sunday evening. Much has changed since then and as they head back out on tour you’re either in the “I’m not paying that much to see them play a sports barn” camp or the “I really wish I hadn’t paid that much and they weren’t playing a sports barn” camp. Visions of watching a tiny little Nick in the far distance having paid £6 for shoddy beer sinking hearts across the board. Inevitably a fair amount of shaky clips have popped up from the current US dates. Mostly pretty poor sound and so on. Still, check this out – incredible quality, up close footage from the third row in Pittsburgh last month. There’s a few short clips throughout the show and three full length songs, both the image and sound quality is brilliant, Cave at several points singing pretty much straight into the camera. It might be pushing it to read too much into the clip but it’s hard not to think of that story he himself tells about watching Nina Simone’s performance transform her, he seems light, set free by the music. The band are predictably great, perhaps a little looser – there are a couple of slightly comic confusions – and Barry Adamson seems to have left his seat at the organ for Ed Balls to unexpectedly step in, in all honesty though it could just as easily be footage from four years ago . . .
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