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.
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.
Latvia is the last remaining of the more mysterious, far flung corners on this queasy spin around the European Union. Let it not be said that the Latvians lack humour. Unholy Satan is just under ten minutes of two mates, probably wasted on cheap liquor and glue, deciding to make a satanic black metal record with a tape recorder and an acoustic guitar. It is infantile, debased and hilarious. Lead track ‘Let Satan Speak Through Your Anus’ should leave you in tears of joyous laughter or a fog of utter incomprehension. ‘Satan Is Vegan’ doesn’t quite live up to its amazing title, closer ‘Woods Of Satan’ has some crappy horror organ and amusing growling but despite the brevity of the EP it tails off a bit and I doubt we’ll be eagerly awaiting their album. but for those first two and a half minutes it’s absolute greatness.
Chomsky Chess Club is a sort of funny name. To me anyway. Their music isn’t particularly funny though. Taking a break from all the techno, field recordings and childish noise of the last few posts they’re an actual band with actual songs. As is so often the way, clues can be gleaned from the cover – a flash blown artless family snap of a sleepy child rubbing his eyes. Could be a Sebadoh record. Chomsky Chess Club are indeed a 90’s alt-rock type of deal. Pretty good at it too, the songs are well constructed, well played and recorded and never painfully derivative. I certainly bought worse examples of the genre at the time and I can’t help thinking how well they’d be doing through the established channels if they were from London not Riga. I would probably hate them for it too. Anyway, ‘Knife’ is a pretty good tune.