Friday, 17 May 2013
Another show that went rather well ... Unfortunately I am still having problems uploading the broadcasts up on to Mixcloud, but if I find a way I will put the link up beneath the playlist. The programme is downloaded onto iTunes on my computer it is just Mixcloud saying it is "corrupt". Still, the programme can always be heard "live" by tuning into 102.5FM if you are in the South Hams and Torbay area or by logging onto www.soundartradio.org.uk and click on "listen now". Programmes are broadcast every alternate Thursday at 9pm GMT. (Although the previous programme is likely to over run by a few minutes ... it's not me spinning the proggy mountain high tracks)!
There was no "session" for this show so I dug out some old Muhviertel recording and gave it an airing, an unreleased piece from 1987 recorded at Silencer Studios in Lincoln and featuring Schuster on Drum Machine. It was lovely to watch the sun set over the Estate grounds, with the smell of the wild garlic and bluebells permeating the air. I do like Dartington at summertime.
1 : Kinit Her : "The Storm Of Radiance" (Pesanta Urfolk) 2013.
2 : Jurgen Eckloff : "Red Queen" (Impulsy Stetoskopu) 2010.
3 : William S. Burroughs : "Curse Go Back" (Sub Rosa Records) 2009.
4 : Genesis P-Orridge & Column One : "Vis Spei Part Six" (Cut-Up Constructions) 1995.
5 : Helm : "Liskojen Yo" (Pan) 2012.
6 : Erdlicht : Der Wilde Jugd" (Licht Und Stahl) 2009.
7 : Genesis P-Orridge & The Hafler Trio : "Alaura" (Stampa Alternativa) 1990.
8 : Current 93 : "Salt" (L.A.Y.L.A.H) 1983.
9 : Throbbing Gristle : "Not That I Am" (Industrial Records) 2009.
10 : Aaron Dilloway : "Corpse On Horseback #1" (Ergot Records) 2013.
11 : Muhviertel : "Deep Throat" (Not On Label) 1987.
12 : Blurt : "The Ruminant Plinth" (Red Flame Records) 1983.
13 : T.A.G.c. : "Pre-Eval" (Anterior Research Recordings) 1995.
14 : Alchemy Of The 21st Century : "Mill Site Stone" (Freak Animal Records) 2011.
15 : They Must Be Russians : "Circus" (Not On Label) 1979.
16 : Kristen Hersh : "Your Ghost (Demo)" (4AD Records) 1993.
17 : Sabbath Assembly : "Hymn To Consecration" (Anja/Feral House) 2010.
18 : Scars : "All About You" (Pre) 1981.
19 : Jah Wobble : "Dreadlock Don't Deal In Wedlock" (Virgin Records) 1978.
1: View from the studio,
2: Dave (The Engineer) with his "request spot"!
Tuesday, 14 May 2013
Have spent a pleasant while listening to the latest release from Bulgarian project MyTrip. I have been listening to MyTrip for the past couple of years, their first release was a great split cassette with Costa Rican "noise" project EUS and since then I have kept an ear on their output. Each release is an upgrade in quality in sound, approach and presentation.
"Scattered" has four pieces spanning from 2009 to 2011. "September Nothing" starts proceedings, a five or six (great band) minute piece of vibrations blowing in the wind, rising, falling, separating. "I Am Abandoned" begins with footsteps and disappears into an alien landscape. The sound is very low level, hardly ever rising above the earth...it drones and scrapes along. Side 2 is most powerful. "I Am Cancer" evokes the sound of Lustmord and Inade (beat less). It has a "lost in space" or journey to the abandoned planet feel. The whole tape has a Sci-Fi soundtrack feel. Tarkovsky would find MyTrip useful. The cassette ends with "Abstinence Insects". A highly menacing drone, dark gourd like blowing interrupted by irritation...scrapings and scratchings, and then it is all lifted onto another plane by a celestial choir. Magickal stuff. Sat listening I am reminded of the Dave Phillips live performance at the Extreme Rituals Event last year.
MyTrip is the solo project of Angel Simitchiev (he is also a part of the excellent Zev Died Orchestra). "Scattered" is a C25 cassette released by US label Worthless Recordings. It is limited to 50 copies and comes with a small 12 page full colour booklet with art work by Lulia V and words by Angel. It costs about 8 dollars from the label. www.worthlessrecordings.blogspot.com, seriously worth a listen.
I have become reacquainted with a single from my youth ... one of my favourite singles.
Last weekend I travelled to a small village in the Cotswolds to visit a long lost school friend, an old flat mate from Lincoln. He got in touch a few weeks ago - the world wide web is a wonderful thing - and a meeting was arranged.
Mentioned many times on this blog, Mark Collins still has his record collection from the past 35 years. Despite moving between Lincoln, Sheffield, London, Kenya and Bristol he has managed to keep hold of his vinyl and tapes. (He never lived in Hulme!). Sitting there in his house thumbing through his old seven inch vinyl boxes was like being back in his bedroom circa 1979. Some of the records were mine...had my writing on them. Apparently I used to give away records back then, I was a generous soul in the old days.
In return (On Returning) Mark handed me a mint copy of Phones B Sportsman 7"EP "I Really Love You". I have been hunting for this beauty for many many years.
Phones was a member of Swell Maps. The sleeve stipulates "No Maps" and rather like the Steve Treatment "5 A Sides" EP I don't really believe it. The "A Side" is sandwiched between songs on "Side B" whereas Side 2 contains the title track of the EP. Confused...you will be.
"I Really Love You" is a tuneless Elvisesque crooning ballad, the title is repeated over and over - a declaration of intent. The B Side begins with "I Woke Up This Morning", a short piece that collapses in laughter and Phones shouting "Shut Up Jowe! This Is My Single". "Get Down And Get With It" follows, this is the A Side. A hot rock n' rollicking Johnny Moped style slice of pub blues. It is a band playing live....which is why I find the "no Maps" motif hard to believe. Back to the B Side, and the next song is "The Wah Wah Track". Phones introduces the song: "This Is About The Things That Mean The Most To Me". He then travels around the studio picking up and playing a variety of instruments whilst claiming "I Like To Beat Up Little Girls. I Like To Beat Up Little Boys". I had totally forgotten how brilliant this single is. "The Olton" is the final track and is a 20 second bass line hidden in "The Wah Wah Track". I did say it was confusing.
Meeting Mark (and his family) has been a great highlight of 2013, and getting to hear this EP again is the cement amongst the fence. If you ever see this record hiding in some secondhand vinyl emporium - buy!
Tuesday, 7 May 2013
I spent a lovely day in the East Devon village of Beer. Admittedly there is little to do other than eat, drink, swim and get a suntan but if you are down in the Devon area and surround it is worth a visit. Beer is part of the "Jurassic coast" and the beach is all pebbles (like Brighton).
First arrival I had to get all the Beer jokes out of my head .. there was Beer Pharmacy (I'll have some Holsten Pils please), and Beer Antique Centre (A pint of Hofmeister please) etc .. but one thing that has to be sampled is Beer from Beer.
Beer From Beer is brewed by the Mighty Hop Brewery based just down the road in Lyme Regis. It is one of the plethora of micro-breweries that seem to exist in Devon and Cornwall. It is 4.7% proof. The blurb on the bottle claims that it has a gentle hint of caramel and orange. I must say that I didn't get the orange but there was definitely a treacle edge making it all a bit "mealy" as we folk from Lincolnshire say. It didn't taste remarkably different from other "local beers" I've tasted whilst being here. A tad flat!
Beer From Beer is available in 500ml bottles and cost me £2.50 a bottle. A bottle is all you'll need.
1: A bottle of Beer From Beer.
2: The stony beach (obscured by sea mist).
3: Edgar & I enjoy the sunshine!
Friday, 3 May 2013
Another broadcast, another lovely walk through the Dartington Hall Estate gardens to get to the station. The pub inside the grounds (The White Hart) has been refurbished and now resembles a trendy city centre niterie than the good old fashioned country inn that it used to ... I will have to stop by Morrison's now on the way in for liquid refreshment!
No exclusives or sessions on the programme. I still have a great piece by Grey Park to play but still the studio cassette machine has not been fixed!
1: The Monochrome Set : "The Monochrome Set (I Presume)" (DinDisc) 1980.
2: The Monochrome Set : "The Lighter Side Of dating" (DinDisc) 1980.
3: The Homosexuals : "Jesus" (Messthetics) 2004.
4: Current 93 : "Diana" (Cerne Records) 1990.
5: Germseed : "Sons & Bitches Etc" (The Lazarus Corporation) 2013.
6: Cremation Lily : "Fertility Servant" (Harbinger Sound) 2013.
7: Nigel Ayers/John Everall/Mick Harris : "Mesmeric Enabling Device #6" (Solielmoon Recordings) 1999.
8: Zoviet France : "The Leaves Of The Birches" (Alt.Vinyl) 2012.
9: Column One : "Sad Finger" (90% Wasser) 2005.
10: Appliance : "Land, Sea And Air" (Mute Records) 2001.
11: Un-Kommuniti : "Rats About Scientists" (Vinyl On Demand Records) 2013.
12: Aqua Dentata : "Untitled" (Sheepscar Light Industrial) 2013.
13: Thomas Leer : "Private Plane" (Company/Oblique Records) 1978.
14: Nocturnal Emissions : "Accumulator 2" (We Can Elude Control Records) 2013.
15: Storm Bugs : "Car Situations" (Snatch Tapes) 2001.
16: Graph : "Drowning" (Fast Product) 1979.
17: Prats : "Jesus Had A P.A." (One Little Indian Records) 2005.
18: Jane Radion Newton/Adi Newton : "The Denizens" (Antibothis) 2010.
Thanks alot for listening, and big thanks to Dave Mutch the engineer (and whose voice can be heard in the background)! The next programme will be on May 16, same time same channel. I will upload the programme onto MixCloud - barring any hitches some time over the coming weekend.
1: SoundArt Radio Station Studio (After Dark).
2: The DJ (I Presume).
Wednesday, 1 May 2013
Sunday, 28 April 2013
The last few days (great band) have been dedicated to the work of Nigel Ayers here at Hartop Towers. The live performance in Polruan where I managed to pick up a copy of the Nigel Ayers, John Everall, Mick Harris collaboration CD "Mesmeric Enabling Device" on Solielmoon and now the 12"EP "Accumulator" that comes with a bonus CDR of Nocturnal Emissions live at the Brixton Ritzy 1983. Beautiful stuff. The 12"EP is the first piece of "new" Emissions vinyl in quite a few years. The three tracks being recorded in 1982.
Interview with Nigel Ayers:
MM: (me) Why have you released something from so many years ago?
NA: The guys at the label asked me if I had anything unreleased from that period and I gave them those tracks.
Fair enough. I think the tracks come from around the time of "Drowning In A Sea Of Bliss". The sound is raw. Side A is the 8 or so minute track "Accumulator 2". It is the sound of a Roland sequencer. A programmed pattern of bass pulse and throbbing beat with snare snaps and hand claps woven in. Skeletal spine. Work In Progress and sounding very much of its time. That's the technology of 1982. There were others experimenting with the same sound / equipment at this time. Chris & Cosey with their Conspiracy International project and S.P.K. with tracks around their SeppKu period. Nigel had a side project around this time called Spanner Thru' Ma Beatbox, this 12" reminds me of that project (although I haven't heard the LP in twenty odd years). Side two features a "dub version" of "Accumulator 2" called "Accumulator 1". Very (early) On-U Sound with added drums rolling over the rhythm and lots of reverb / echo FX. "So Darn' Hot" is a slow atmospheric instrumental piece with an underlying sense of menace. Again, sounds like work in progress, I am lead to believe that parts of this track are on the "Duty Experiments" cassette that Solielmoon released in 1988.
The 12" is on We Can Elude Control a London based label of whom I know nowt about. There is a free CDR that comes with the record, a piece of "Thatcher Memerobilia". Nocturnal Emissions live on Election Night 1983. This has already been released as a vinyl LP back in 1983, perhaps the greatest live LP ever released. Tracks from the "Viral Shedding" era with classics such as "No Seperation" and "Smash With Love" it's a great document to how live and powerful the Emissions were back then. Essential.
The 12" is available from Boomkat, it is also available as an Mp3 download from the same people.
1: "Accumulator" 12" Sleeve.
2: "Chaos" LP (Cause For Concern Records) 1983.
3: Flyer for the Brixton Ritzy Election Night gig. (Whatever happened to The Avant Gardeners)?