Trembling Bells singer Lavinia Blackwall bounces back with debut solo video

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.

Soul Jazz to release Popol Vuh compilation

Genre-spanning archivists Soul Jazz are putting out a 3 disc Popol Vuh compilation entitled “Kailash”. The first CD focus on Florian Fricke’s solo piano music, CD2 will be Popol Vuh’s soundtrack to the film “Kailash” and the third disc will be a DVD of “Kailash” itself, a documentary film charting the film-maker Frank Fiedler & Florian’s ascent of a real life holy mountain.

CD 1 – Piano Recordings
01. Spirit Of Peace 1
02. Spirit Of Peace 2
03. Spirit Of Peace 3
04. Mahayana (Karuna)
05. The Heart
06. Earth View
07. Moses
08. Garden Of Pythagoras

CD 2
Kailash – Pilgrimage To The Throne Of Gods (Original Soundtrack)
01. West Tibet – Land Of The Nomads
02. The Garden Morya
03. Manasarowar – The Turquoise Lake
04. Nomads Move
05. Last Village
06. West Face – Place Of Death
07. The Kora – Ritual Circuit Of The Sacred Mountain
08. Valley Of The Gods
09. Buddah’s Footprint
10. Transhimalaya

Kailash – Pilgrimage To The Throne Of Gods

MIE Music offers new subscription service

mie MIE Music, a label we are very fond of, have launched an interesting new subcription scheme.

Subscribers send any amount of money, between £50 & £300 (by the usual methods). In exchange, they get sent every MIE release at a discount until their credit runs out. All new subscribers get either a free t-shirt of their choice or a free single LP from the back catalogue.

You can sign up at

Swans announce US & UK tour dates

Swans_PhotoCreditMatias CorralOne of our all time favourite bands, Swans, have just announced US and UK tour dates. This comes after the recent announcement that they have signed to Mute Records (for everywhere except America where they will continue to release through Michael Gira’s Young God imprint). The band release new album “To Be Kind” on May 12th. Special guests include Little Annie, St Vincent and Bill Rieflin. Once again, they are releasing an album on triple vinyl, double CD and limited double CD with a DVD. Fact fans may recall that Swans released their classic 1987 album “Children Of God” via a Mute imprint.

The Swans dates are:

14 May – Washington DC, Black Cat Mainstage
15 May – Philadelphia PA, Union Transfer
17 May – Boston MA, Royale Nightclub18 May – New York NY, Bowery Ballroom
19 May – Brooklyn NY, Music Hall of Williamsburg
22 May – Manchester UK, Academy 2
23 May – Newcastle UK, Hoults Yard
24 May – Glasgow UK, The Arches
25 May – Aberdeen UK, The Lemon Tree
27 May – London UK, Brixton Electric
28 May – Bristol UK, Trinity Community Arts
29 May – Reading UK, Sub89
31 May – Birmingham UK, Supersonic Festival – Custard Factory
1 June – Leeds UK, Cockpit
2 June – Brighton UK, Concorde 2

Support comes from Jenny Hval on all the May dates.

As previously announced, Mr.Gira is also doing a solo tour of Europe.

1 March – Lyon, FR @ Les Abattoirs
4 March – Porto, PT @ Passos Manuel
6 March – Madrid, ES @ El Sol
7 March – San Sebastian, ES @ Andia Kuxta
8 March – Barcelona, ES @ Sala Apolo
10 March – Paris, FR @ Église Saint-Merri Church
11 March – Amsterdam, NL @ MC Theater
12 March – London, UK @ Church of St John-at-Hackney
14 March – Copenhagen, DK @ Hofteatret
15 March – Oslo, NO @ Blå
16 March – Oslo, NO @ Emanuel Vigeland Mausoleum Museum
18 March – Warsaw, PL @ Pardon, To Tu
19 March – Warsaw, PL @ Pardon, To Tu
21 March – St. Petersburg, RU @ Dada
22 March – Moscow, RU @ Teatr Club
24 March – Odessa, UA @ Bernardazzi Wine Club
26 March – Bucharest, RO @ Control Club
27 March – Bologna, IT @ Locomotiv
28 March – Milan, IT @ Bloom
29 March – Berlin, DE @ Kantine @ Berghain

Current 93 announce church gigs in Glastonbury & Halifax

Photo by Ruth Bayer.

Photo by Ruth Bayer.

Current 93 have announced their first non-London UK shows in……a long time. On Friday 9th May they play Glastonbury’s Church of St.John The Baptist. You can buy gig tickets or gig tickets with coach from Bristol at this link. The day after, Saturday 10th May, they play Halifax Minster. Tickets here. These are both working churches so seats are in the pews, some seats have restricted viewing, so arriving promptly for best seats. The Halifax date will also have a real ale bar!

The band have release their new studio album, ‘The Last Of All The Field That Fell’ on March 3rd. The album features contributions from Tony McPhee & Carl Stokes from UK garage psych legends The Groundhogs, Jack Barnett (These New Puritans), Nick Cave, Anthony Hegarty, Bobbie Watson & Jon Seagroatt from Comus, John Zorn, Ossian Brown and James Blackshaw.  

For more information on Current 93 and the activities of David Tibet, please visit the Coptic Cat website: