avant . leftfield . post-rock . drone


Genre pick of the week Cover of New Heavy Sounds Volume 3 by Various Artists.
Another album sampler of heavy aural riffing assault, from some of the newest and heaviest labels around, representing the harder, heavier, more abrasive end of the indie (ROCK) scene. Not metal bands but bands with gutsy guitar riffs to appeal to the Metal, Doom, and Hardcore fraternities who find themselves looking for something new. Likewise, bands accessible enough for the indie kid looking for a step towards a more solid, hard-rocking scene.

"An album simmering with background chaos worthy of prime-era Buttholes or Royal Trux. The real surprise is how Derry Legend clears room for pop chops, making it possible to see the Axemen's relation to bands like the Clean and the Gordons. A wonderful testament to the power and limits of form-bloat. Ahoy! -- Byron Coley.

Long overdue re-issue of this cracked pop classic and Flying Nun rarity, Derry Legend was one of Kurt Cobain's top NZ platters and a staple of his mix-tapes.

Once I saw this band play live and thought "Ugh! What is this crap?!" I tried to listen to their truly awful "Three Virgins" album, but just couldn't see (hear?) the point. So the other day when a flatmate bought this "new" album (it appears to have been recorded in 1987, actually), I just shook my head and thought "so some people still buy records just because they like the cover art."

Then a strange thing happened: by accident I heard the last song first and thought "Hey that's quite good." I played the first side next - better still! - then the whole second side - FAR OUT! Since then I've been playing this over and over and it just cracks me up how good it is.

The music is like childhood memories of the first time you ever heard rock 'n roll; the first time you ever heard slushy-pop; the first time you ever heard rap (!). Listen to "He's Leaving Home" and wonder what George Benson LP the band sat around and assimilated; hear "The Wharf With No Name" and wonder why the Beatles never thought of it first; hop on one leg to "That's Finland, Dear" and understand why Acid House was just a nine-day wonder while Chuck Berry's rhythms still cascade like thunder. - Bevandra's Ears.


LP Info: * 100% analog remaster from the original tapes.
* Licensed and produced in full co-operation with the band.
* LP includes digital download of entire album.
* Two newsprint poster inserts w/ bonzo photos and verbiage.

The second of April‘s pair of ace new 12“ singles features the third release for Tim Gane‘s killer post Stereolab project “Cavern of Anti-Matter“. Following an exclusive 12 for Rough Trade and last year’s amazing full length “Blood Drums” for Grautag Records in Germany.

Tim Gane, Joe Dilworth and Holger Zapf formed the band in Berlin in 2012. Essentially a power trio of sorts, the bands’ incredible full length was recorded in mono and electronically processed for stereo. Pulsing, geometric electronics with an industrial kraut edge….

The tracks here; “Interlude Music” (parts one and two) were recorded live to two track half inch tape in Berlin in January this year. The idea for which was to record something to run as a backdrop live -faded in and out via Tim’s guitar amp- to run between tracks yet able to offer interaction onstage. Clocking in at around an hour- Tim has edited the piece down to two parts here, so what you have here are two sides of around 22 minutes each…

A fabulous record which sits superbly well with “Blood Drums”- released on vinyl only in a beautiful Ivan Liechti sleeve, pressing of 500 only expected to move quick. A tasty companion piece to the likes of Umberto, JD Emmanuel, Expo 70 and Colin Potter in the sold out Deep Distance cannon. Get on it!

"We need bands like Led Bib to make the world safe for dangerous music." - Observer Music Monthly

Mercury Prize-nominated, UK electric jazz group LED BIB greet 2014 - their 10th anniversary - with two new releases.

The People In Your Neighbourhood is the group's sixth studio album, continues their avant-jazz/euphoric-rock explosions that have gained them worldwide notice. The album was recorded under the watchful eye of Grammy winning engineer Richard Woodcraft (Radiohead, Neil Young).

The band experienced widespread acclaim following the release of their 4th album Sensible Shoes when it was announced as an Album of the Year in the Barclaycard Mercury Prize. The ensuing media storm saw them reach in excess of 20 million people as they performed on TV & Radio sessions throughout the UK.

The band has performed at festivals and venues all over England and Europe and is continuing to do so throughout 2014.

Lord Tusk makes his vinyl debut with “The Natural Partnership EP” on the esteemed Levels eries. A veteran of London’s underground as a selector, Lord Tusk’s influences run deep: electro, hip-hop, old jack swing, film scores, P-funk, roots and culture and dub. A devotee of sound system culture and martial arts, both are reflected in his approach to music making which is free of restrictions. There are no specific tempos, genre limitations or fixed methods he works by. With Lord Tusk it is all about sensation, emotion, stimulation and inspiration from the sounds, instruments and effects. These are raw sounds for the big speakers, with early support from Benji B (Radio One), Lakuti and Tama Sumo (Panorama Bar).

Space Age Recordings are pleased to announce the long awaited re-issue of ‘Spectrum’ the debut album from Sonic Boom.Spectrum was the most high-profile and straightforward of the projects undertaken by Pete "Sonic Boom" Kember after the demise of the trance-rock avatars Spacemen 3. As his work as a member of the Experimental Audio Research coterie allowed Kember the opportunity to explore ambient textures and tonal constructs, Spectrum satisfied the singer/guitarist's more conventional pop leanings, while never losing sight of the hypnotic otherworldliness which became his music's trademark and legacy. The name Spectrum initially appeared as the title of this first Sonic Boom solo album, released in 1990 before the break-up of Spacemen 3; a collection of ethereal, nearly formless songs, Spectrum openly acknowledged Kember's debt to Suicide with its cover of the duo's "Rock 'n' Roll Is Killing My Life."

This is the first in a series of Spectrum re-issues: the albums ‘Soul Kiss (Glide Divine)’ and ‘Highs, Lows and Heavenly Blows’ are due to follow shortly.

A hugely popular cut in it’s edited form on Matt Hill’s 1st LP “From The Grave…” in 2009, the full length version (clocking in just short of 12 minutes) appears here for the first time. As does the flip, a remix by ‘Silvio’ which is far more beat driven and aimed at the dance floor; imagine some hybrid Daft Punk / Kraftwerk collision and you get kinda close…

The original in it’s unedited form is a classic. Heavy on that uniquely chilling atmosphere present over Umberto’s back catalogue, and drawing on a more percussive take to the fright night / Carpenter / Giallo / Goblin sounds commonly associated with Matt’s previous output.

A beautiful record on the eye and ear. Killer Tim Goodwillie sleeve art and a pressing of 500 on white vinyl ready for the latter stages of the current Umberto European tour (Including UK legs in the last week of April, first 2 days of May). Be quick…

The Wire

Issue 363 - May 2014

    The Compiler
    A 22 page survey of paradigm-busting compilations, anthologies, mail order lists, mixtapes and other collections

    Marshall Allen
    Val Wilmer reveals the true story of the Sun Ra Arkestra leader’s formative years in the Paris interzone

    Invisible Jukebox - Okkyung Lee
    The nomadic cello virtuoso gets strung up with The Wire’s mystery record selection. Tested by Kurt Gottschalk

    Inga Copeland
    Former Hype Williams vocalist doing it for herself. By Joseph Stannard

    The war’s not over for ex-Rock In Opposition campaigner Mick Hobbs. By Mike Barnes

    Nat Birchall
    The UK saxophonist is evangelizing for spiritual jazz. By Francis Gooding

    Jack Ruby
    70s New Yorkers who forged a path between punk and synth madness. By Edwin Pouncey

    Collateral Damage
    Neil Young’s Pono player simplifies the debate over digital sound. By Philip Brophy

    Global Ear - Delhi
    Josh Feola enters the Indian city’s electronica underground

    Cross Platform - Eric Chenaux
    The Canadian musician amps up his AV project with Eric Cazdyn. By Clive Bell

    The Inner Sleeve
    Peanut Butter Wolf on Prince’s Controversy poster

    Arto Lindsay lists his significantly other musical moments

    Print Run
    New music books: Serge Gainsbourg’s masterpiece, boring formless nonsense, knowledge for mutants, plus: Is It My Body? Kim Gordon’s critical writing. By Britt Brown

    On Screen
    New films and DVDs: Ernst Schmidt Jr’s Viennese action films

    On Site
    Recent exhibitions: Carole Schneemann plus Sexing Sound: Aural Archives And Feminist Scores

    On Location
    Recent festivals, gigs and clubs: AV Festival, North East England, UK; Evolving Music, New York, US; Nathaniel Mann + Dead Rat Orchestra, Oxford, UK; Monomania, Cambridge, UK; The Necks, London, UK

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