Yep, it’s a Bandcamp thang, but it is a real who’s who of alternative music with Vibracathedral Orchestra, Richard Youngs, Chris Corsano with Paul Flaherty, MV & EE with the Golden Road, Silvester Anfang II, Sunburned Hand of the Man, Heather Leigh, Bardo Pond, Tom Greenwood (of Jackie-O Motherfucker), Gate, Bird People, Tom Carter himself and, literally, loads more.
Let’s face it, most of todays finest musicians probably don’t even make as much as the UK’s national minimum wage and to suddenly be unable to play live, to have to pay for a new transatlantic flight home and all the healthcare costs must be a real nightmare
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.
Holy shit, erstwhile Nurse With Wound member (and regular Current 93 collaborator) Andrew Liles has suddenly gone and released an album on his bandcamp page that lasts a record 24 hours. Titled “Incommensurable Magnitudes”, it takes in 26 tracks to cover the 24 hours. Obviously I’ve not had the chance yet to experience all of it but what I have taken in suggests a dark, insidious drone work akin to “Soliloquy For Lilith” or “Salt Marie Celeste”. It’s a bargain at £24 for the sonic equivalent of Man vs Food.
One our favourite labels has just started taking pre-orders for two very tasty sounding vinyl releases.
First up is “Four Eyes” EP by Carlton Melton. A taster to get you in the mood for a forthcoming album on Agitated, it is a limited edition of 600 copies with only with 300 of them on coloured vinyl.
Then there’s the brand new record from Hellvete aka Glen Steenkiste, founding member of Silvester Anfang and their more recent incarnation Sylvester Anfang II. Currently Glen is also frequently collaborating with his fellow Anfang member, Ernesto Gonzalez (aka Bear Bones Lay Low) in their free-drone project Gonzalez & Steenkiste. But whilst being active in these projects he still finds time to craft his own music. “Sint-Denijs” is his second solo full length vinyl release following his “De Gek” lp for Kraak Records from 2010, and several great cassette and CDR releases for fantastic labels like Funeral Folk, Sloow Tapes, Audiobot and SicSic Tapes.
It’s a sudden flurry of Spacemen 3 news, would you believe it?
Sadly, they’re not reforming like Loop kindly have, but Fire Records are reissuing the first three albums on coloured vinyl
And there’s a previously unreleased instrumental version of “Why Couldn’t I See?” along with new tracks from Sonic Boom’s Spectrum and MGMT on a forthcoming GPS anniversary 7″ [was due to come out about now but MGMT’s label have asked GPS to wait a bit]
Souljazz records are issuing a second volume of their “Deutsche Electronische Musik” series. Available as download, double CD or two seperate double LPs, this time the track listing is:
1. A.R. & Machines – Globus (2:57)
2. Can – Halleluwah (4:42)
3. Roedelius – Le Jardin (4:26)
4. Michael Rother – Karussell (5:22)
5. Popol Vuh – Der Grosse Krieger (3:10)
6. Michael Hoenig – Sun and Moon (4:13)
7. Agitation Free – You Play For Us Today (6:15)
8. DAF – Co Co Pino (3:23)
9. Harald Grosskopf – Emphasis (4:54)
10. Amon Düül II – A Morning Excuse (3:17)
11. Conrad Schnitzler & Wolf Sequenza – Fata Morgana (5:12)
12. Bröselmaschine – Nossa Bova (8:06)
13. Eno, Moebius & Roedelius – Base & Apex (4:30)
14. Gila – In A Sacred Manner (4:41)
15. Wolfgang Riechmann – Himmelblau (8:44)
1. A.R. & Machines – Als Hätt Ich Das Alles Schon Mal Gesehen (5:28)
2. Gila – Sundance Chant (4:10)
3. NEU! – Isi (5:00)
4. Pyrolator – Danger Cruising (3:15)
5. Sergius Golowin – Die Weisse Alm (5:55)
6. You – Electric Day (5:48)
7. Niagara – Gibli (5:26)
8. Popol Vuh – Ja Sie Sollen Gottes Kinder Heissen Agnus Dei, Agnus Dei (2:42)
9. Rolf Trostel – Der Prophet (9:42)
10. Electric Sandwich – China (8:08)
11. Asmus Tietchens – Zeebrugge (7:01)
12. Faust – Krautrock (11:47)
Good news, kraut-heads, the amazing Can set “The Lost Tapes” is coming out as a 180g 5 LP set on December 3rd. If you’ve not heard it yet, have a look at our glowing review. It will come with a 24” square poster and a 28 page booklet with sleeve notes by Irmin Schmidt and Ian Harrison.
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
a new Godspeed You! Black Emperor album sleeve, recently
In an typically unexpected move, Godspeed You! Black Emperor have just announced they are about to release their first new album in a decade in less than two weeks time. “Allelujah! Don’t Bend! Ascend!” comes out on Constellation on October 15th as CD, download or a 180g LP with a 7”.
The album consists of two twenty-minute instrumentals previously known as “Albanian” and “Gamelan”, now properly titled as “MLADIC” and “WE DRIFT LIKE WORRIED FIRE” respectively and two six-and-a-half minute drones (stitched into the album sequence on CD; cut separately on their own 7″ for the LP version).
GYBE will be performing two dates in the UK at London’s Kentish Town Forum on 4th and 5th of November. You can find more information on the Constellation website.
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.