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.

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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.

 

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HEADCLEANER (rewind)

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“As he pulled out onto the ring road Jim pushed the headcleaner into the tape deck and turned the volume up full, pleasing waves of droning, grinding sound filled the car”

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J.G. Ballard’s former Shepperton home is on the market. Reasonably modest three bed semi, almost half a million quid – that fact alone a dystopian window into our housing crisis and the desperate failure of infrastructure that haunts our immediate future. Seems a reasonable excuse to plug this Drivetime/Headcleaner mix again as it got rather left behind in the wake of the Black Friday gloomathon. This is a lot more fun, much shorter too. Click on the title here for a download.

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God Bullies – Peace and Love
Whores. – Bloody Like The Day You Were Born
Giant Swan – Bring Back Fives
John Carpenter – Abyss (JG Thirlwell Remix)
Public Enemy – By the Time I Get To Arizona
New Kingdom – Mexico or Bust
Captain Beefheart & His Magic Band – Low Yo Yo Stuff
PJ Harvey – Hip Shake (live)
Rattle – Sorcerer
Helen Money – Leviathan
Killdozer – I Am, I Said
Bongwater – The Power of Pussy
The 180 Gs – Christianity Is Stupid
People Like Us – Drive Carefully
Xiu Xiu – Audrey’s Dance
Einstürzende Neubauten – Headcleaner/Das Gleissen/Schlacht
Breeders – Drivin’ On 9

Is the worrying state of the world and your own sorry excuse for an imagination getting you down? Is the rain running down the windscreen a mirror of your soul? Do you need the inside of your fizzing, polluted mind scouring? Let hickeysonic get you back on track – Air guitar! In your car!! What could be better than smacking the steering wheel and joining lustily in with a bit of Neil Diamond? Not much people that’s what, here’s an overstuffed hour of recent diversions featuring all the best anthems to keep you entertained on those long drives, ease those teethgrinding commutes to work and drown out the little angels on the school-run! J G Ballard, J G Thirlwell, PJ Harvey, John Carpenter, Giant Swan, Rattle, Public Enemy, Captain Beefheart, Einsturzende Neubauten, Killdozer and more

* does not contain ‘Warm Leatherette’, ‘Cars’ by Gary Numan, ‘Crash’ by the Primitives or ‘Bat Out Of Hell’. Sorry about that.

* bonus game – play ‘spot the Beatles’

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also, from earlier in the year, in a ‘High Rise’ inspired outburst . . .

The Music From The Balconies Nearby

 

 

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Drive Time with J G Ballard

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“As he pulled out onto the ring road Jim pushed the headcleaner into the tape deck and turned the volume up full, pleasing waves of droning, grinding sound filled the car”

Is the worrying state of the world and your own sorry excuse for an imagination getting you down? Is the rain running down the windscreen a mirror of your soul? Do you need the inside of your fizzing, polluted mind scouring? Let hickeysonic get you back on track – Air guitar! In your car!! What could be better than smacking the steering wheel and joining lustily in with a bit of Neil Diamond? Not much people that’s what, here’s an overstuffed hour of recent diversions featuring all the best anthems to keep you entertained on those long drives, ease those teethgrinding commutes to work and drown out the little angels on the school-run! J G Ballard, J G Thirlwell, PJ Harvey, John Carpenter, Giant Swan, Rattle, Public Enemy, Captain Beefheart, Einsturzende Neubauten, Killdozer and more

DRIVE TIME HICKEYSONIC HEAD CLEANER

* does not contain ‘Warm Leatherette’, ‘Cars’ by Gary Numan, ‘Crash’ by the Primitives or ‘Bat Out Of Hell’. Sorry about that.

* bonus game – play ‘spot the Beatles’

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How Did I Die?

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It’s Armistice day. Which is the perfect time to revisit this, Einsturzende Neubauten’s extraordinary ‘Lament’ commissioned to mark the centenary of the great war. If you need a break from non stop Leonard Cohen today or over the weekend this is a pretty high quality, only slightly incomplete film of a performance in Prague. As ‘Lament’ was conceived as a live performance rather than a recordng I found watching some the footage of it helped me get more from the album. There’s plenty of other performances there in a wide range of qualities if you go looking. Two years ago this was a striking way to mark a hundred years since the great war, to remember the suffering and insanity of the two wars that tore the continent apart in the past century and affirm the common sense sentiment ‘never again’. In our current moment, as the US have just elected a dangerously unpredictable new President, Putin does his grinning sabre dance and here in the UK we decide to turn our back on Europe, on an imperfect union that has nonetheless ensured the longest peace, it seems the spectres of war are once more stepping out from their bunker. In that atmosphere remembrance seems to be a less solemn and more urgent concern.

Neubauten have been on near constant rotation this month since they announced the release of a Greatest Hits collection (out Nov 25 – an ideal xmas gift for that hard to buy for relative). the one track included from Lament is ‘How Did I Die?’ Which is possibly the best song on the record and something of a distillation of its concerns. As always with such things it’s a potential magnet for fan outrage – no Headcleaner! I sputtered aghast – the first, metal banging phase of the band, their creation myth and ur text is ignored altogether, the earliest track is a new remix of Haus der Luge, included it seems because they could now afford a brass section they wanted at the time. ‘Total Eclipse Of The Sun’ is the only one of their singles included, not that they were ever a singles band, and it doesn’t split neatly at the departure of F.M. Einheit and Mark Chung either. But then why would it? A loosely assembled, home ripped version of the tracklist has been a pretty daily companion of late and it’s a brilliant selection, smartly programmed, whihc shines new light on the music it contains and reflected light on other stuff I’ve listened to again as a result. And then there’s the Musterhaus stuff, which I never knew about I don’t think. Deeply experimental recordings for subscribers to the project released in 2007 through their website. The last of these was called ‘Weingeister’ and is made of recordings of the band drinking wine. 2004 Moscato Giallo

 

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