Wednesday, 13 August 2014

Music I Listened to in July

This is the new music was listening to in July 2014:

1.7 Black Bananas promo stream from Mutante 
out 23.6.14 on Drag City Records

3.7 CDs from Vinyl Exchange
Ultravox! - Ha!-Ha!-Ha! 1977
The Young Gods 1985
Thela - Thela 1995
Bruce Russell - Gilded Splinters (tape works 1995-2005)
The Body - Christs Redeemers 2013
The Baptist Generals - Jackleg Devotional to the Heart 2013

3.7 Two LPs from Piccadilly Records
The Night Marchers - Allez! Allez! 2014
Mudhoney - Live at Third Man Records 2014

4.7 Two promo CDRs given to me by Brett Savage of Dead Sea Apes at their gig at Kraak Gallery with The Oscillation
The Oscillation - Cable Street Sessions 2014
Anthroprophh - Precession 2014

10.7 Two CDs from King Bee Records, Chorlton
J Church - The Drama of Alienation 1996
J Church - The Ecstasy of Communication 1997

13.7 Three LPs on Golden Lab Records bought from Nick Mitchell direct on returning from our trip to Liverpool to see Neil Young and Crazy Horse
Desmadrados Soldados de Ventura - Dieter Dierks Jerks 2914
Chalaque - Switching Center 2014
Howling Hex - Rogue Moon 2009

15.7 Two promos delivered to my friend David Armes, guitarist of Last Harbour, as my mail sometimes gets stolen by a skunk addled idiot son of an alcoholic woman on the floor below or his stupid friends
Black Bananas - Electric Brick Wall (Drag City) June 2014
Trans Am - Volume X (Thrill Jockey) released 11.08.14

17.7 CDR given to me by Rob Allen of Robot Alien at their gig at The Castle supporing Claw the Thin Ice
Robot Alien - Putdown EP

18.7 Two song CD single given away at Dulcimer gig
The Creature Comfort - Sauce

21.7 Three 50p bargain bin promos from Vinyl Exchange
Shield Patterns - Contour Lines 2014
Ovo - Abisso 2014
New War - New War 2013

23.7 I exchanged nine records and nine CDs in Vinyl Exchange and brought home
Makoto Kawabata - Inui 3
Okkultokrati - Night Jerks 2014
Emma Ruth Rundle - Some Heavy Ocean 2014
Ed Kuepper and the Kowalski Collective - Jean Lee and the Yellow Dog 2007
Kim Salmon and the Surrealists - S/T 1995
Nirvana - Nevermind 2CD remaster 1991/2001
Minor Threat - First Demo Tape 1981/2003
Oneida - Come On Everybody Lets Rock 2000
Hugo Race and True Spirit - last Frontier 1998
Phantom Tollbooth and Robert Pollard - Beard of Lightning 1988/2003
Go Back Snowball - Calling Zero (Robert Pollard) 2002
Velvet Monkeys - Everything is Right 2011

24.7 After Ex-Easter Island Head played a mind-blowing afternoon free gig at St Ann's Church I bought two LPs from them
Ex-Easter Island Head Large Electric Ensemble
Ex-Easter Island Head - Mallet Guitars Three
David Armes gave me a promo CD of the fourth release on his Little Crackd Rabbit label
Black Walls - Communion
Later I went to Fopp and bagged some cheap CDs
Neil Young and Crazy Horse - Life 1987
Neil Young - Live at the Cellar Door 1970
Neil Young - A Treasure
Damon and Naomi - False Beats and True Hearts
Savage Republic - Varvahios
The Wire magazine with Wire Tapper 35 compilation, an "epiphany" by Graham Lewis of Wire and an interview with Trevor Wishart   

28.7 I took some CDs, books and records to King Bee Records in Chorlton and bagged two LPs
The Seeds - Fallin' Off the Edge
Lydia Lunch - 13:13
and five cheap CDs
Richard Thompson - Amnesia
Black Sabbath - Sabbath Bloody Sabbath
The Damned - Final Damnation
Stiff Little Fingers - Hanx!
Neil Young - Silver and Gold

Later at the UV Race / Sex Hands / Dinner Party gig at Kraak Gallery I bought the very last new music to be played in the flat I'm moving out of and that was the Dinner Party Live tape.

However the very last song I played in that grotty firetrap was "Sedan Delivery" by Neil Young and Crazy Horse (Year of the Horse live version): Gotta get away! Gotta get outta there!

Tuesday, 15 July 2014

Records and CDs for Sale

I have a lot of duplicate LPs and CDs and many CDs I have no desire to listen to ever again. Here is a list of some of  them. If anyone wants any of these then email me to let me know how much you want to pay for them, or if you have another record or CD you'd like to swap for them, and I can bring the LP or CD along to a gig. Some of the CDs I will even give away, so you might get lucky!

12" VINYL:

Gumball - Special Kiss (Don Fleming)
New Christs - Distemper (Rob Younger of Radio Birdman)
Babes in Toyland - Fontanelle (red vinyl)
Breaking Circus - Smokers' Paradise (Tod Trainer of Shellac drums)
Big Audio Dynamite - No 10 Upping Street
Ellen Foley - Spirit of St Louis (with some songs written by Joe Strummer and Mick Jones)
Fifteen - Lucky
Ultravox - The Collection
Ultravox - Vienna
Rises - Little Low EP

Bob Mould - The Silence Between Us

Dirty Three - Whatever You Love You Are
Nirvana - Nevermind
Nirvana - In Utero
Sonic Youth - Experimental, Jet Set, Trash and No Star (no cover)
Come - Eleven: Eleven
Ground-Zero - Plays Standards
Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Machine EP
Penthouse - My Idle Hands
Read Yellow - Radios Burn Faster
Read Yellow - Read Yellow EP
Guided By Voices - The Best of Jill Hives EP
Magic Dirt - What Are Rock Stars Doing Today 2CD
Dymaxion - Dymaxion x 4 + 3 = 38:33
Pascal Comelade - The No Dancing (featuring "Love too Soon" with PJ Harvey singing)
Laymar - In Strange Lines and Distances
Helmet - Betty
Ramones - Road to Ruin promo CDR of remaster with ten extra songs
The New Year - Newness Ends promo CDR

John Zorn plays the music of Ornette Coleman - Spy vs. Spy
Ramones Mania
Agent Orange - When You Least Expect It
REM - Reckoning (w/bonus tracks)
Parts and Labor - Stay Afraid
Tarwater - Animals, Suns and Atoms
September Collective
Blood Red Shoes - Box of Secrets
Bloc Party - Silent Album
Adult - DUME
Adult - Why Bother?
Mothlite - The Flax of Reverie
Aquaserge - Ce Tres Cher Serge (w/Makoto kawabata)
Murcof - The Versaille Sessions
Martin Klapper and Roger Turner - Recent Croaks
Health - Health
Breathless - Green to blue 2CD
Adrian Crowley - Long Distance Swimmer
Her Space Holiday - XOXO Panda and the New Kid Revival
Greg Weeks - The Hive
Benjy Ferree - Come Back to the Five and Dime
Skeletons and the Kings of Al Cities - Lucas
Ginferno - Extra Ale
Paul Curreri - California
Low Res - Blue Ramen
The Ruby Suns - Sea Lion
Aufgang - Istiklaliya
Teddy Thompson - A Piece of What You Need
Red Jetson -Other Arms
Anticon label sampler 1999-2005
Trwbador - Trwbador
Soledad Velez - Wild Fishing
Niagara - Otto
Seth Nehil / J Grzinich - Stria
Cremaster - Infra
Beat Milk Jugs - 10 Years of Hangovers
Stumbleine - Spiderwebbed
Wild Honey - Big Flash
Mantler - Monody
Edible Woman - Everywhere at Once
KT Tunstall - Eye to the Telescope
Andrew Pekler - Station to Station
Mira Calix - 3 Comissions (no cover)
Cliffordandcalix - Aperture
Laki Mera - Proximity Effect
Midas Fall - Wilderness
Alla - Es Tiempo
Richard Warren - Laments
Richard Warren - The Wayfarer
Nedry - Condors
Nedry - In a Dim Light
The Visitors - Above You
Laroca - Valley of the Bears
Echoboy - Echoboy
El Perro Del Mar - From the Valley to the Stars
Le Loup - Family
The Spores - Not Now
Jokers Daughter - The Last Laugh
Black Cab - East Jesus
Puerto Muerto - When I Was a Swallow
The Films - Don't Dance Rattlesnake (no cover)
Gauntlet Hair (no cover)
Imani Copolla - The Black and White Album (no cover)

Promo CDR
Leila - Blood Looms and Blooms
The Clientele - Bonfires on the Heath
Digitonal - Be Still My Bleeping Heart
Artery - Civilisation
Marconi Union - A Lost Connection
Snowblink - Long Live
Yacht - See Mystery (DFA)
Sam Thomas - Blind Theatre

Fucked Up - Year of the Pig
Gold Chains - The Game
Skunk Anansie - Charlie Big Potato
Asobi Seksu - Walk on the Moon
Sneaker Pimps - 6 Underground
Gold Blade - Black Elvis
Gold Blade - Strictly Hardcore
Gold Blade - Who was the killer?
Empire of Sponge - 6th Finger
El Perro Del Mar - Dog / Shake It Off
Capitol k - Pillow
Clor - Outlines
Merchandise -Swallowing Curses
Mise En Scene - Hey Velvet
Laki Mera - Clutter
Still Flyin' - Travellin' Man
The Sundays - Cry (one song)

Ultimate Killing Joke Setlist

My ultimate Killing Joke setlist:

Blood On Your Hands
Money is Not Our God
Corporate Elect
Empire Song
Seeing Red
Fema Camp
Night Time
Pole Shift
Follow the Leaders
Fresh Fever from the Skies
The Wait

The Death and Resurrection Show
In Excelsis

Thursday, 19 June 2014

Thalia Zedek interview

I interviewed Thalia Zedek for Perfect Sound Forever.
Read it here

Wednesday, 18 June 2014

Plank "Hive Mind" (Acoustic Anarchy)

Around the time of their debut album "Animalism" the trio Plank lost original drummer Johnny Winbolt-Lewis who now concentrates on Douga. Liam Stewart, who many regulars at the best Manchester gigs will recognise from such bands as Nasdaq, FTSE 100 and most recently Seatoller took over, bringing a heavier style. Whilst "Animalism" had a lot of instrumentals named after animals, "Hive Mind" is a concept album about insects and the trials they face in their existation. Prime Planker Dave Rowe, who plays both guitar and keyboards, has added more overt prog licks to his Neu-ish muse, however the band they share most ground with these days is Trans Am, which makes it appropriate that they should be supporting them when they play Ruby Lounge on November 10th. The single "Aphidelity" comes on like a cross between Pink Floyd's "On the Run" and Blondie's "Heart of Glass" and "Dark Web" throws up some ominous King Crimson heavy riffs that dramatise the peril of a fly in a spider's parlour. "Swarm Behaviour" likewise alternates a skittery calmness with a great big riff, evoking an influx of bees. Perhaps the most telling song title is "Metamorphosis" as this is what Plank themselves have done, brought on by their change of drummer. The track in question is festooned in a synth strings and a light click-clacking rhythm with a positive atmosphere, and a sample of a Slinty American voice is buried deep in the mix. "Mothlover" has a similarly upbeat beauty and features another American talking about moths, ending questioningly before "Drone" drones in. "Waterboatman" sounds like the perfect soundtrack to a close up film of a waterboatman surfacing tension. The last two tracks "Cricket" and "Khepri" segue seamlessly, and together form the highlight of another fine Plank album, climaxing with a triumphant ascending guitar solo. They play an album launch gig at the Klondyke on Burnage Range in Levenshulme on June 27th.

Douga "The Silent Well" (Do Make Merge)

Former Plank drummer Johnny Winbolt-Lewis formed Douga to sing the songs he wrote and after some changes in line up he's settled into a duo with John Waddington for "The Silent Well." Raul Carreno plays additional guitar on three songs and the tall man of many bands Dan Bridgewood-Hill (dbh) plays violin on all but the first two songs but didn't play at the album launch gig where they utilised two guitars, bass and drums. "Kids of Tomorrow" opens hopefully, a hard edged dream pop number. "Still Waters" rocks harder and has an intriguing chorus: "I'm not a yes man but I'm lying in the middle of the road, stopping traffic on a habit of mine, I'm not comatose." Then somehow Johnny makes a distorted guitar chime. "Albatross" has a Nick Drake wistfulness, and sad sunset violin strains whilst sampled voices chatter unintelligably. Dan's violin sounds more hoedown on "Accidents" which trots along a gurgling tunnel of psychedelic guitar swirl trapping distant rabbit receivers. "Beat Konductor" and "Blue is Nothing" reflect on depressive tendencies. "Chains" lays it on the line to corporate whores; "When will this be history? An end to all the travesty." Then a jumpy Afrobeat inspired rhythm gets sliced by some clanging guitar strikes. They only made 99 copies of this, so you'd better snap one up quick.

This review was written for Que Vida 2

LOOP & GODFLESH @ Leeds Cockpit 3rd June 2014

Loop were the first band I ever went to see twice on the same tour, in Liverpool and Manchester on the "Fade Out" tour in November 1988. I bought their last two albums "Fade Out" and "A Gilded Eternity" on the days they were released and saw them play five gigs before mainman Robert Hampson moved on to more experimental soundscapes with Main. This co-headline show with Godflesh was the third time I'd seen them since their surprising but most welcome reformation, which was initially just to play and curate All Tomorrow's Parties and has now grown into something bigger. In Leeds Loop opened and their set was very similar to, although a little shorter than their performances at All Tomorrow's Parties Camber Sands and Leeds Brudenell Social Club in December 2013. The big surprise was a change of drummer. John Wills was gone and in his place was the drummer from The Heads. Loop seemed a little tighter than in December. This is probably because they've been playing longer now, but the change of drummer could also be a factor. However it was perhaps telling that "Vapour" had been dropped from the set as the sped up then decelerating coda must be their most tricky drum part. They also had no time for the Can "Mother Sky" medley and yet again opened with "Soundhead," a possible manifesto for Robert's obsession with sound. There is also some irony or relevance in this being the opening song in that the first song is the one where the sound might not be quite right and needs a some tweaking. It sounded fine but they really nailed it with "The Nail Will Burn." Although Loop's aproach to rock is more considered and cerebral, I think their prime antecedents are the Stooges as their songs combine killer riffs with hypnotic mantric effect, Robert's vocals delivered in a an almost monotone. "Soundhead" could be the unholy offspring of "Not Right" (riff) and "We Will Fall" (mantra). "Straight To Your Heart" could be their "I Wanna Be Your Dog", the song lodged deep in the set (fourth actually). Few were caught out by the lull before the psyched out coda, suggesting that despite an abundance of Godflesh T-shirts, people knew Loop music well. One lady near the front was struck by Loopmania and started whooping and shouting, "Robert!" between songs. "Well someone's having fun," remarked Robert. Everyone down the front was having great fun, feeling the "Pulse" as heavy as it should be. The tremelo on Scott Dawson's guitar shimmered, "It'll happen some time," and legs akimbo Neil Mackaye bassed raw power. There were two songs in succession that mentioned hearts; "Fever Knife" cut with deliberate precision, a tunnel for the ultra-familair riff of "Collison" then the highpoint "Arc-Lite" revealing itself with stop-start circularity as one of the best dance tunes ever. At the end of the eighties Loop all looked alike with long black hair hiding their faces. Now Robert sports a silver bowl cut and Neil and Scott have their hair cut short. They might look different but the music sounds the same, a timeless artistic legacy that could last "Forever." They'd played everything but the title track from the first side of "Heaven's End" but I'd really love them to play "A Gilded Eternity" all the way through. There was a little more of that with "Breathe Into Me" then a rewind to their earliest days before Neil and Scott were in the band for a slow "Burning World." Since this gig Scott Dawson is rumoured to have left Loop. Soon after Loop were gone Justin Broadrick and GC Green were battling the drum machine in Godlesh, a more metallic proposition, but sharing with Loop a love of the riff and monotone vocals, although delivered with much more aggression. The only song I recognised was "Antihuman" but I enjoyed their brutal wall of noise, albeit from further back in the room.

This review was written for Optical Sounds 7