Bargain alert. Get all of Union Pole’s back catalogue of 76 tape releases as mp3s for $1 (although you should pay more if you are a person of means). Among the many treasures there are releases by Neil “Astral Social Club” Campbell, Jackie O Motherfucker, Ashtray Navigations, The A Band, Trumans Water, Climax Golden Twins, Prick Decay and many more.
Charalambides guitar-player Tom Carter was taken ill in Berlin with pneumonia on Thursday 31st May. Charalambides were to have played a Was Ist Das? gig in Hebden Bridge on Saturday 2nd June, so we were left with a snap decision to make at the last minute. We didn’t want to seem crass but we didn’t want to leave the venue shut on a Saturday and mess with peoples plans. We decided the best way to carry on was as a fundraiser for Tom. Neil Campbell, Michael Flower & John Godbert joined the bill as a trio to take us back up to 3 live acts.
Just to give the fundraising an extra kick up the jacksie, I suddenly decided that we should put out a CDR, the night before the gig. Luckily, Jonathan Lees of Hibernate Records kindly mucked in and did the beautiful sleeves, not to mention handed over 5 tracks from new and forthcoming Hibernate Releases. I’d say that makes it a joint release with Hibernate and Jonathan’s not the type to argue, so it is.
Add to that the amazing generosity (and swift action) of the likes of Neil Campbell, Bridget Hayden, Rick Tomlinson and more, and less than 24 hours from getting the bright idea, the CDR was on sale at the gig. Had a great response and the remaining copies were mailed up to Volcanic Tongue. Second batch went there too. If the people want it, there will be a third.
1.Ashtray Navigations – Sotto Voce Krispy Oto*
2.Konntinent – Hayashi Drag Track
3.High Aura’d – Methodist Bells
4.Listening Mirror – Outside Heaven
5.Will Bolton – Barbed
6.Bridget Hayden – In Aarhus (live at Musikcafeen)*
7.Isnaj Dui – Nature Of Light
8.Astral Social Club – Stick It On With Its Own Juice*
9.Rick Tomlinson – The Furnace (live at Hole In T’Wall October 2011)*
10.Kyle Bobby Dunn – South By Southwest Calgary*
11.The Failed N.A.S.A. Experiment – Scary Movies*
12.Caught In The Wake Forever – Last Of The Heroin
13.Campbell Nyoukis Stacy – Illuminate The Mare & Eliminate Travel Blues*
Do you remember the days when myspace used to work properly and wasn’t remodelled into a total piece of shit? Back in those days, you could easily keep tabs on Neil Campbell via his own myspace page but as that site degenerates into a sea of adverts and unwanted new features, there’s the need for something else and damn me if google hasn’t just found me something else, he’s got himself his own website via the magic of wordpress:
Irish record label Trensmat are back in action for 2011 after a couple of years off.
They’re kicking off in style by releasing two dirtily limited 7″s in April (with digital extras) from Astral Social Club and Evan Caminiti (one half of Barn Owl). Frankly, just thinking about these releases gives me the horn.
There are little nugget-sized snatches of each side of each vinyl over on the Trensmat website and they’ve also produced a lovely little video to accompany the first side of the Astral Social Club release: