February 28, 2012

February 26, 2012

No Roses - Shirley Collins and the Albion Country Band [1971]

Pinnacle of UK folk rock achievement. No contest. Essential.

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February 25, 2012

Six Musicians Getting Unknown - Father Murphy [2005]

Italian bizarro psychedelic/art-rock trio's 1st. Rooted n twisted psych melange channeling Os Mutantes, Barrett and compatriot pop psychonauts Jennifer Gentle.

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February 24, 2012

The Wishing Chair - 10,000 Maniacs [1985]

That rarest of beasts: well-turned out folk rock noise from the 80s. Heady UK influence in J. Marr guitar jangle and trad. song choice. 'Triffic.

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February 22, 2012

Blood Between Her Lakes - Burial Hex [2008]

Not unlike a troop of ardent wiccans let loose in a disused scaffolding warehouse....

or as of whom M'Lud Yatesbury would have it in this month's patented enthusiastic  Address Druidion...

"work of high ritual first conjures up its own sonic pantheon, nurtures then enslaves them, then conducts them as they writhe. Stupendous. Brothers‘n’sisters, they’ll be including this fucker in the future future mysteries when the earth has returned to Goddess worship. Imagine that Wendy ‘Walter’ Carlos had composed some lost electronic soundtrack to THE WHICKER MAN [sic]. Massed vocals, analogue pulses, mucho percussion and mucho grumbling, so all of it mainly acoustically driven stuff. Indeed, should you shoehorn a baby grand into some Mediterranean rockcut tomb and perform this material therein, it’s a synch the natural echoes of those places would replicate these recordings...pulls off a low budget Carl Orff for the Igjugurjuk Generation, or I ain’t no Inuit Shaman! Mercy me"

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February 19, 2012

Sticky Fingers Sessions - The Rolling Stones [1971?]

Less weary than all-bum proper but mighty ramshackle roister doister all ye same. La decadanse and Chateau Villa Nellcôte beckoned. Oh yes.

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February 18, 2012

The Singing Nun - Soeur Sourire [2008]

No mere novel buffoonery. Jeanine Deckers aka Sister Luc-Gabrielle aka Soeur Sourire delivers fine homespun folk bent vaguely unsinister religious. Songs more sweet than our sister's 1985 suicide. Not much to smile about there.

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February 17, 2012

Mizutani - Les Rallizes De Nudes [1970]

Takashi Mizutani dials down wind tunnel squall and ups Velvets 3rd album laid back vibe. Sweet.

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February 16, 2012

Patience (After Sebald) - The Caretaker [2012]

Leyland Kirby's custodial nom de plume references Jack Nicholson's character in The Shining, inspiration also for his early musical stock in trade: sampled, manipulated 78s a-crackle with sweet-desolate-stranded 1920s/1930s dance tunes. Archival meditations on appropriation, memory, and the accretion and disappearance of cultural objects, Kirby's tracks dangle, turn slowly like rods on a disintegrating mobile.
Soundtrack to a film about writer W.G. Sebald, in place of spectral jazz-age ballroom, Patience draws from Franz Schubert, crafting melody saturated and motif uncanny. Kirby's thaumaturgy mixes emotional states - memory, decay, loss, childhood and life ahead filled with possibility - like no other.

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February 15, 2012

Balaklava - Pearls Before Swine [1968]

Tom Rapp's translucent exercise in constructive melancholy.

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February 14, 2012

Liquid Acrobat As Regards The Air - The Incredible String Band [1971]

These are the true troubadours of the last two centuries. They explore divinity and magick from a lyrical chivalric dimension. Combine this with the interdimensionality and you have works beyond compare. SUBLIME!
Genesis Breyer P-Orridge
New York City, April 2004

And I shall dance for you,
The sweetest dance that I can do.

Final true entry in the canon. Worlds they rise and fall. Last thrilling, if poignant, outing for ham-fisted Heron sitar. Talking of painted chariots, Darling Belle and the end.

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February 13, 2012

Planxty - Planxty [1973]

Gay devils take warning. Planxty tempered steel pays right smart. Instantly now, and see what might betide...slainte.

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February 11, 2012

Tetsuo: The Iron Man - Chu Ishikawa [1988]

"Inside the flesh of an ordinary salaryman terrible things have begun to take place".

And then some.

Enervating industrial hammering and skittery hyperkinetic rhythms. A nerve shredding delight.

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February 10, 2012

Merrinology / メリノロジー EP - Lion Merry / ライオンメリー [1983]

Now, where were we? Incommensurably wonky popfolktronic cross-dressing fiddlage from Japan...that would be about right.

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February 09, 2012

World Shut Your Mouth - Julian Cope [1984]

Righteous posturing. Retrenchment. Burned, bummed elegant middle-finger salute to chiselling mf knobshiners everywhere.


Y brawd be back.

February 08, 2012

Wavering, not drowning

WB followers and fellow travellers, what lovely folks you are....

2 years and 500+ posts have been lost...yup, burned down wholesale by MF - it's official - and these will not be re-upped....

Howevers, Y brawd dabbles with notion of carrying on, year zero stylee. 

Any advice out there? Rapidshare's incessant nagging to upgrade....what else out there? Thoughts?

(Whatever, would advise all MF bloggers employ guerilla circumspection re. file visibility and folder naming conventions.)

Watch this space a little longer....

Oddi wrth
Y brawd

February 07, 2012

End of the road?

Well folks. Appears Mediafire have reacted to MU take down by taking WB down. They've only gone and deleted all previous posts.

If this is the end of the party, thanks for coming. 

Keep it weird.

Oddi wrth
Y brawd

February 06, 2012

Kronos Quartet Performs Philip Glass [1995]

Glass signature -  you knows the drill: rapid, repetitive patterns, underlying reductive “melody”  - takes welcome back seat to poised ensemble folderol.

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music wid repetitive structures

February 04, 2012

Strange Music - Moebius & Beerbohm [1982]

Electro-industrial dubby malarkey with cheeky post-punk pop twist. Tasty.

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February 03, 2012

Lucifer Rising OST - Bobby Beausoleil [1980]

Serpentine back story:

Early 60s, Bobby grooving with psychedelic chamber group The Orkustra;  creepy filmmaker Kenneth Anger is impressed, asks the young musician to play title role in upcoming potboiler Lucifer Rising. Beausoleil agrees, provided he scores the music; The Orkustra piss off, hello The Magick Powerhouse of Oz. Beausoleil and Anger fall out, latter de-camps around UK, while Beausoleil hooks up with charismatic fellow named Charles Manson; murder of double-crossing drug dealer and Beausoleil lifetime sojourn in maximum security ensue.

Meanwhile.....Anger commissions Jimmy Page to score partially shot Lucifer Rising. Page produces but a trickle; project goes nowhere. Back in California, Beausoleil forms prison band, sends demos to Anger who is impressed enough (again)  to give Page his marching orders and re-commission Beausoleil to score Lucifer Rising. With the nod from obliging prison warden, Beausoleil builds scratch recording studio within prison walls and slowly over next few years records sound track with help from fellow inmate musicians dubbed The Freedom Orchestra.


Disc the first
Sound track proper. As through a kosmische melange, darkly. Shadowy orchestral realm of electronic psych-rock exploration. Stygian Popol Vuh. Stew of DIY synth and homemade effect units recorded guerilla style. Inspiring. This needs to be heard.

Disc the second
Vintage Orkustra and Magick Powerhouse efforts plus early Freedom Orchestra demo. Intriguing.

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morning star
son of dawn

February 02, 2012

Privilege - Ivor Cutler [1984]

Oh, the mordant wit and sinister resonance of prime Mr. Cutler. (Produced by pioneering ambient egg-head David Toop). Y brawd hadn't realised IC was a good synagogue going boy...though it all makes sense...these pieces sweat with dark sonorous Jewish melodies.  Humane, skew whiff, moving.

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at last it moves silence

February 01, 2012

Fluxus Anthology - Various [2001]

Fluxus is...
  • attitude; not movement or style.
  • intermedia: what happens when different media intersect; how found and everyday objects, sounds, images, and texts mix to create new combinations of objects, sounds, images, and texts.
  • simple: small scale, short texts, brief performances.
  • fun.
In other words, carte blanche for pissing about. Quite literally in La Ono's case. Y brawd invites you the listener to sort vacuous piffle from the really rather good. Let it flow.

01 Walter Marchetti: Per la sete dell'orecchio (1976)
02 Juan Hidalgo: Tamaran (1974)
03 La Monte Young: Dream house (1973)
04 Ben Vautier: Some ideas for Fluxus (1989)
05 Wolf Vostell: Elektronischer dé-coll/age. Happening Raum (1968)
06 Milan Knizak: Broken music composition (1979) 3:26
07 Robert Filliou: Imitating the sound of the birds (1979)
08 Alison Knowles: Natural assemblage. Le vrai courbeau (1984)
09 Emmett Williams: Duet (1968)
10 John Cage: Radio Music (1956)
11 Joseph Beuys: Sonne statt Reagan (1982)
12 Yoko Ono: Toilette Piece (1971)
13 Dick Higgins: B.B. finally dreams about life, B.B.'s you play it (1962)
14 Philip Corner: Car passing at night, country road in Maine (1988)
15 Eric Andersen: The untacti[c]s of music (1968)
16 Robert Watts: Interview (1963)
17 Nam June Paik: My jubilee ist unverhemmet (1977)
18 Ken Friedman: Orchestra requiem variations (1967)

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