Like most true music fans, I felt a pang of sadness when Lavinia Blackwall announced she was leaving Trembling Bells. I first heard her mighty pipes on James Blackshaw’s “The Glass Bead Game” and have been quite in awe of what she does with her voice ever since. So, it was with great delight that I received a link to this wonderfully tongue-in-cheek retro video and to read that a solo album is on the way. Viva la Vinny!
Have a look at this video for “Little Cave/Howling On The Hill” by Cubs. Its from the album “Darkr Earlyr” on Ireland’s very fine Rusted Rail label (which is how it caught my eye). The album features members of A Lilac Decline, Phantom Dog Beneath The Moon, United Bible Studies, The Driftwood Manor and Loner Deluxe. It was recorded in unnamed parts of Ireland and Sweden as well as Berlin and my old hometown of Huddersfield!
a new Carlton Melton album is always a prospect that generates warm enthusiasm round here, so it gives me great pleasure to post a track off the next one. The new album is called “Out To Sea” and comes out July 4th. Here’s a taster for you:
14/11/2013, Berlin, Volksbuhne
15/11/2013, Copenhagen, Loppen
16/11/2013, Stockholm, Kagelbanan
18/11/2013, Gothenburg, Truckstop Alaska
19/11/2013, Hamburg, Hafenklang
20/11/2013, Siegen, Vortex Club
21/11/2013, Geneva, l’Usine
22/11/2013, Bern, Dampfzentrale
24/11/2013, Paris, BBmix Festival
25/11/2013, London, Village Underground
26/11/2013, Birmingham, Rainbow Warehouse
28/11/2013, Leeds, Brudenell Social Club
29/11/2013, Camber Sands, ATP festival
30/11/2013, Kortrijk, Sonic City
01/12/2013, Utrecht, Le Guess Who
Bonnie Prince Billy is releasing an EP on Drag City on July 24th of new versions of old songs. Entitled “Now Here’s My Plan”, here’s the first taste:
Spoon Records and Mute are delighted to announce the release of Can – The Lost Tapes, the long awaited box set of unreleased studio, soundtrack and live material.
The Lost Tapes, out on 18 June 2012, was curated by Irmin Schmidt and Daniel Miller, compiled by Irmin Schmidt and Jono Podmore, and edited by Jono Podmore.
When the legendary Can studio in Weilerswist was sold to the German Rock N Pop Museum, they bought everything, including the army mattresses that covered the walls for sound protection, and relocated it to Gronau.
Whilst dismantling the studio, master tapes were found and stored in the Spoon archive. With barely legible labeling, no one was sure what was on these until Irmin Schmidt and long time collaborator Jono Podmore started to go through over 30 hours of music.
What they found was years of archived material, not outtakes, but rather tracks which had been shelved for a variety of reasons – soundtracks to films that were never released and tracks that didn’t make it onto the final versions of albums due to space.
Irmin Schmidt explains “Obviously the tapes weren’t really lost, but were left in the cupboards of the studio archives for so long everybody just forgot about them. Everybody except Hildegard, who watches over Can and its work like the dragon over the gold of the Nibelungen and doesn’t allow forgetting.”
The final cut of tracks, dating from 1968-1977, features studio material recorded at Schloss Nörvenich and Can Studio, Weilerswist with the Can line up of Holger Czukay on bass, Michael Karoli on guitars, Jaki Liebezeit on drums and Irmin Schmidt on keyboards, and on most tracks, vocals from Malcolm Mooney or Damo Suzuki.
Can was formed by ex-student of Stockhausen Irmin Schmidt, who, fired by the sounds of Jimi Hendrix and Frank Zappa abandoned his career in classic music to form a group which could utilise and transcend all boundaries of ethnic, electronic experimental and modern classical music.
According to Spin CDs, the box set will be a “very limited edition, numbered 10” square, old fashioned tape box style packaging with 24 page 10” booklet.” and retail for less than £30. They also have a tracklist:
The Lost Tapes – Part 1
2. Waiting For The Streetcar
3. Evening All Day
4. Deadly Doris
6. When Darkness Comes
7. Blind Mirror Surf
8. Oscura Primavera
9. Buble Rap
The Lost Tapes – Part 2
1. Your Friendly Neighbourhood Whore
2. Waiting For The Streetcar
3. The Agreement
4. Midnight Sky
6. Spoon (Live)
7. Dead Pigeon Suite
8. Abra Cada Braxas
9. A Swan Is Born
10. The Loop
The Lost Tapes – Part 3
1. Godzilla Fragment
2. On The Way To Mother Sky
3. Midnight Men
4. Networks Of Foam
5. Messers, Scissors, Fork and Light
7. E.F.S 108
8. Private Nocturnal
10. Mushroom (Live)
11. One More Saturday Night (Live)
Jimmy Page is releasing a vinyl only release of “Lucifer Rising and Other Sound Tracks” on March 20th to mark the Spring Equinox. However, there will only be a run of 418 numbered copies, sold from his website www.jimmypage.com
Had the pleasure of catching His Naked Torso’s frentic live show recently in Cardiff, so I was delighted to learn they’ve made a tribute to Amy Winehouse’s version of “Valerie” but in their own experimental style.
Ahhh, a bit of Astral Social Club action for you lovely people, from a forthcoming LP called “DESTINY SNFU” on the Ultra Eczema label.
As you can tell from our review, we really loved Christina Vantzou’s new album “No.1” on Kranky. Well, here’s a video for “Prelude for Juan” so you can see why we’re raving so much about this one: