One of this year’s musical highlights was the collaboration of L.A. sound artists Sun Araw and M.Geddes Gengras with Jamaican legends The Congos on “Icon Give Thanks”. Now they’ve released a 5 track live EP including 3 songs from the classic album “The Heart of the Congos” and it can be downloaded for fre
Bad news is, there’ll be no Wooden Wand album out this year to make the end of year list, but the good news is it’s out January and we have a free mp3 off it. In fact, the US release date is my birthday! Its called “Blood Oaths of the New Blues” and is out 7th January Europe, 8th US on Fire Records. The album sees him reunited with fellow musicians from the Briarwood album and he will be touring with David Hickox, Janet Elizabeth Simpson, Jody Nelson, Brad Davis and Les Nuby III early next year. Somewhere along the line Wooden Wand became a BAND
Thurston Moore has announced that Chelsea Light Moving is the name of his new band. This is the same band that he has been touring his last solo album on the road with. His band mates are Keith Wood [Hush Arbors] on guitar, Samara Lubelski [Hall of Fame] on bass and John Moloney [Sunburned Hand of the Man] on drums.
As part of their debut UK tour [of which we proudly promoted one date], Natural Snow Buildings put out a cassette on Tor Press with each of their solo projects taking a whole side of the tape. However, with only 60 copies made, it didn’t even last the whole tour!
Luckily for those who didn’t get one, Tor Press have made the whole thing free to download!
Are you having one of those days where you think “Gee, I’m so bored, I wish I could listen to a recording of Faust live in Brooklyn?” – well, I’ve got news for you, you can.
Up on the Free Music Arhchive is an entire live set from 2009 at the WFMU Fest in Williamsburg Music Hall, Brooklyn. Catch the latest line-up of Faust doing a fresh set of reinvented classics, spontaneous jams and new works. It’s over here. Enjoy!
Sunship have just released one of Conrad Schnitzler’s last works on a limited edition vinyl release of 500.
The label wanted some pieces in the style of “Silvester Anfang” (the song Schnitzler donated to Mayhem to use as the opening track of their debut album “Deathcrush”, see here). However, Conrad could not find these in his archives so he kindly proposed to write new music in the same style. These 4 pieces are totally unreleased and not available as CDr for ordering on the fancymoon site. Here is a link to download for free a song of the album: download link
Barn Owl have a video now for the song “Turiya” from their much-loved “Lost in The Glare” album on Thrill Jockey. You can also download the song off the label’s website from THIS LINK (right click and download, folks)
To further celebrate this landmark album, Abtart gallery in Stuttgart (16 Sep – 5 Nov) (www.abtart.com) and Künstlerhaus Bethanien in Berlin (24 Nov – 18 Dec) (www.bethanien.de) will host *Halleluwah!*, a visual homage to Can. Artists have been invited to interpret Can’s pioneering role in composition, sound, playing technique, and group dynamics.
Comprising painting, drawing, videos, objects, and sound pieces that relate to the broad spectrum of the band’s manifestations and to the facets of the collective, including critical considerations of its being turned into a myth, some works will respond to the covers of CAN albums, others will be investigations or continuations of sound into the present, while yet others will simply be hallucinatory bows before these
great musicians. For further information, and a full list of confirmed artists which includes Albert Oehlen, Daniel Richter, Malcolm Mooney, Carsten Nicolai, go to: http://www.spoonrecords.com/
All 14 of Can’s studio albums have been newly cut to vinyl from the remastered tapes for release as a vinyl deluxe box set in early 2012. This will include CDs of all the albums, extensive booklets, an exclusive never released live album (vinyl only) and a newly remastered “Out Of Reach” (previously missed out of the reissue campaign). The vinyl deluxe box set will be available for pre-order at the beginning of October 2011.
In addition, there will be a box set, “The Lost Tapes*, will be released in March 2012. Curated by Irmin Schmidt and Daniel Miller, and edited and compiled by Jono Podmore, this will include unreleased studio, soundtrack and live material.
To commemorate the 10th anniversary of Michael Karoli’s death on the 17th November 2011, Spoon Records will offer a Best Of Michael Karoli Edit for free download on their site www.spoonrecords.com .