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!
We’ve covered M Geddes Gengras’ trippy double CD album, Ulver’s mighty new EP, authentic Afghan folk meet desert psych and our beer page has finally updated with a whole bunch of new entries including accounts of the finest bars in the South West of the USA and a delve into the original bourbon barrel aged stout. All the music reviews include embedded Bandcamp links and all the beer was lovely.
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!
We have a radio show again
Ennio Morricone – Lonesome Billy
Monica Beale – Interface
Cardiacs – Ditzy Scene
Dead Otter – Eye Elevator
Laibach – The Sound of Music
J Dilla – Dillatronic 5
Andrew Bernstein – Deus Ex Machina
Lime Eyelid – I Saw Waves
Father Murphy – A Purpose
Suzuki Junzo – Behold A Pale Horse
Zu93 – Confirm The Mirror Emperor
UT – Sharp’s Loose
HHY & The Macumbas – Danbala Propaganda
Dead Rider Trio feat. Mr.Paul Williams – Glistening Sap On Trees
bvdub – You and Me, Forever Reaching
Kerri Chandler & Naim Johnson – Music Saved My Life
Jarboe & Father Murphy – Truth or Consequences
reviews, eh? Written in pen? Got ’em. Now you can see our thoughts on the debut album from One Eleven Heavy, the new Alexander Tucker album, Dead Otter, underground sounds from behind the iron curtain, Andrew Bernstein, Dead Rider Trio and Lime Eyelid. Its all at http://www.wasistdas.co.uk/Features.htm
As the founder of the best English website with a German name in all of Arizona I was interviewed for Italian radio by Freddie from Father Murphy. You can hear the results here:
Listen to “Episode 5 – Phoenix (ENG)” on Spreaker.
The latest radio show is now up online on Mixcloud for repeated plays. After the last two shows being themed mixes, we’re now back to the regular format of just playing new releases and yapping a lot about them.
Ennio Morricone – The Vice of Killing
Dave Evans – Magic Man
Eleanour Cully – Hard To Shout In Loud Rooms
One Eleven Heavy – Valley Bottom Fever
Andy Bown – Tarot
The Fall – Living Too Late
DG 307 – Co Sme?
Acid Mothers Temple & The Melting Paraiso U.F.O. – Pink Lady Lemonade (Electric Dream Ecstasy)
The Grateful Dead – That’s It For The Other One
Father Murphy – Mercy & Truth
Sunn Trio – 6
Lana Del Rabies – Prophet
Cardiacs – To Go Off & Things
Sophie Cooper – Fake Fever
Galloping Coroners – Másféle Taj
The Weather Station – Thirty
Wooden Wand – Hall of Mirrors
Sunwatchers – New Dad Blues
Zu93 – (the Absence of the Mirror Emperor)
Alexander Tucker – Visiting Again
Katalin Ladik – Oplakivanje
What do John Renbourn, Hellvete, The Fall & The Star Pillow all have in common? They’re all from Yorkshire. No. wait, I meant all just been added to our http://wasistdas.co.uk/Features.htm. Though I reckon they’re all secretly from Yorkshire too. Even the Belgian.
I know probably every other bugger has used the same headline but somethings just can’t be resisted. Here’s the official music video for Laibach’s version of “The Sound of Music”:
The Sound of Music was conceived when Laibach were infamously invited to perform in North Korea in 2015. The band performed several songs from the 1965 film’s soundtrack at the concert in Pyongyang, chosen by Laibach as it’s a well-known and beloved film in the DPRK and often used by schoolchildren to learn English. Laibach are joined by Boris Benko (Silence) and Marina Mårtensson on vocals and the album gives the Laibach treatment to tracks such as ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Edelweiss’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and ‘Maria’, here reworked as ‘Maria / Korea’ (“How do you solve a problem like Maria / Korea?”).
While the majority of the tracks on the album are from the film, the band also included ‘Arirang’, an interpretation of a traditional Korean folk song considered the unofficial national anthem of both North and South Korea (and released recently to mark the historic summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un), as well as their own workout of the Gayageum, a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument performed by students from the Kum Song Music School in Pyongyang and a recording of the band’s “welcome” speech to Korea from Mr. Ryu from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Committee for Cultural Relation.
“The Sound of Music” is out November 23rd on vinyl, CD and digital. The arrival of this news today is oddly timely as yesterday I began working on a big in-depth overview of all Laibach’s albums for this very page. Expect it to be ready long, long after the album comes out.
The second edition of my book “An Electric Storm: Daphne, Delia & The BBC Radiophonic Workshop” is now onsale. The story has been updated and there’s plenty of new reviews added going right up to the Record Store Day release of Paddy Kingsland’s classic soundtrack to “The Changes”.