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WEEK STARTING 17 Sep

Genre pick of the week Cover of Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16 by Bob Dylan.

Bob Dylan

Springtime In New York: The Bootleg Series Vol. 16

    The latest chapter in Columbia/Legacy's highly acclaimed Bob Dylan Bootleg Series revisits an often-forgotten, rich vein in Dylan’s vast and complex catalog, shining fresh light on the provocative new musical directions Dylan was taking as a songwriter and a recording artist from 1980 through 1985. In the early 1980s, while the music industry was grappling with the arrival of new trends and technology, from MTV to compact discs to digital recording, Bob Dylan was writing and recording new songs for a new decade, creating an essential new chapter in his studio catalog. Bob Dylan - Springtime In New York (1980-1985) celebrates the rich creative period surrounding Dylan's albums Shot Of Love, Infidels, and Empire Burlesque with previously unreleased outtakes, alternate takes, rehearsal recordings, live performances and more. 

    On The Corner's 'Double Drop' series contniues, pairing together twp EP's from two different members of the OTC family. Citing environmental and production constraints as the main motive from moving away from 12"s and into full length albums or journeys as the label states, listeners are treated to a 40+ minutes musical landscape, cosmically alligned via the two artists involved. 

    On the A-Side, and hot on the heels of the "Dub Protection & The Sportswear Mystics" cassette, The Diabolical Liberties present their "Birds Of Paradise" EP. This EP all but sold-out and follows the dynamite success of the duo’s debut long player “High Protection & The Sportswear Mystics” and it’s follow-up hype cassette of dubbed out versions (as well as a series of self-released and long sold-out white labels that included collaborations with Nyasha (a moniker of Nubya Garcia) and a super limited On The Corner 10” dubplate.)

    On the flip, having debuted on last year’s sold out "Door To The Cosmos" LP, Edrix Puzzle are back with a stonking new EP "Rise To Eris". A modern spiritual jazz number with traditional set up, enhanced slightly with some up-to-date electronix, production and tinkering. There's nods to Adrian Sherwood's merger of reggae and industrial whilst remaining bouyant and light hearted enough for mainstream appeal. Exploring themes and energies in the territory of noir instrumental jazz the cinematic energy is unpinned with driving breaks and psyche fusion meanderings into the extra terrestrial landscapes akin to "Mwandishi" era Herbie Hancock.



    TRACK LISTING

    A1. The Diabolical Liberties - Everything’S Possible Until It’S Not
    A2. The Diabolical Liberties - Birds Of Paradise
    A3. The Diabolical Liberties - Getting Off The World
    A4. The Diabolical Liberties - Mostly Indoors
    A5. The Diabolical Liberties - Herman Chugs On
    A6. The Diabolical Liberties - Pacify My Night Bus
    B1. Edrix Puzzle - Rise To Eris
    B2. Edrix Puzzle - Lapetus
    B3. Edrix Puzzle - Eris Fall

    Moon Duo

    Circles - 2021 Reissue

      Circles is the product of a long winter’s isolation in the Rocky Mountains, though the road to its fruition stretched over six months and several locations. The groundwork for the album was laid at the band’s home in Blue River, Colorado in the early months of 2012, where all songs were written, and the preliminary tracks recorded. For two weeks in early April, Moon Duo moved into a small apartment above Lucky Cat Recordings in San Francisco for an additional recording session with engineer Phil Manley (Trans Am, Life Coach). Like it’s predecessor, the album was mixed and tweaked at Kaiku Studios in Berlin.

      Inspiration for many of the songs themes, as well as the title Circles, came from Ralph Waldo Emerson's 1841 essay by the same name, on the symbol and nature of "the flying Perfect." From the opening lines: "The eye is the first circle; the horizon which it forms is the second; and throughout nature this primary figure is repeated without end." And so it goes. Rust never sleeps.

      STAFF COMMENTS

      Andy says: Do you like The Stooges and Suicide and driving, hypnotic grooves? Then you will love Moon Duo's beautiful third album proper. Now on glorious green vinyl.

      TRACK LISTING

      A1. Sleepwalker
      A2. I Can See
      A3. Circles
      A4. I Been Gone
      A5. Sparks
      B1. Dance Pt. 3
      B2. Free Action
      B3. Trails
      B4. Rolling Out

      Moon Duo

      Mazes - 2021 Reissue

        Formed in San Francisco in 2009 by Wooden Shijps guitarist Ripley Johnson and his partner, Sanae Yamada, Moon Duo’s first two critically acclaimed EPs, Killing Time (2009) and Escape (2010), fused the futuristic pylon hum and transistor reverb of Suicide or Silver Apples with the heat-haze fuzz of American rock ‘n’ roll to create tracks of blistering, 12-cylinder space rock. Now their debut album Mazes, recorded in San Francisco and mixed in Berlin during 2010 as the band prepared to move to the mountains of Colorado, explores a far broader, lighter, sound.

        That’s most clear on the dreamy organ and skipping riff of the title track, which recalls the Velvet Underground, or the handclaps and swinging organ bloops over the potent shredding and guttural riff delivered by Johnson in When You Cut. Throughout, Mazes is the sound of Moon Duo carving out their own identity, looking to the horizon, and moving forward.

        Ripley says that, as a guitarist and songwriter, delineating between Moon Duo and Wooden Shijps “happens naturally. I focus on one project at a time, and the way the two bands operate is very different. And there are certain limitations that Moon Duo is forced to accept, not having a drummer for example, and I really like that. I like the creative challenge of working with limitations. Having done so much home recording cultivates that. Working with one other person is much different from working with four.”

        This meant a vastly different recording process to Moon Duo’s first two EPs, which were recorded fast and at home. Mazes was a more drawn-out process, involving proper recording studios for the first time including the trip to Berlin to mix and re-record certain parts and the track ‘Run Around’. “The working title was Die Blumen [the flowers], so going into the mix sessions we kind of felt like it was becoming our ‘Berlin record’, but in the end it retained the stamp of San Francisco and we liked Mazes title better anyway.” And ultimately, Mazes is a definably American record, recorded against the backdrop of the Johnson and Yamada’s move from the Californian coast to the heights of Colorado. “I think a lot of our music has something to do with the mythology of the road,” muses Moon Duo’s Sanae Yamada. And if Mazes is a quest, a journey through American landscape and music, Johnson concludes that its key is “finding one's place in the world; moving forward, and the different paths one takes moving through life, trying to reach various goals, literally moving; love; pain; change. Or just getting by, and making sense of things”.

        STAFF COMMENTS

        Andy says: Stripped to a two-piece and featuring keyboards and a drum machine, there's still plenty of roving Ripley guitar lines to keep the Shijps-heads happy on this, their second album.

        Nancy Sinatra

        Boots - Reissue

          “Dumb stuff, as Lee used to call it. Dumb doesn’t mean stupid. It means human and understandable. It was the sound of three guitars, drums, and bass. It was simple, very, very simple. I can still see the room, the studio. With Carol Kaye, Glen Campbell, Donnie Owens… I can still see them all sitting there and chunking away. I guess simple was the best way to explain it, uncomplicated.” – Nancy Sinatra.

          Light in the Attic is proud to present the next installment of the Nancy Sinatra Archival Series with a deluxe reissue of Nancy’s first album, Boots.

          The 1966 debut million-selling debut LP, introduced the sassy, blonde, go-go booted icon. Built around her Lee Hazlewood-penned hits, “These Boots Are Made for Walkin’” and “So Long, Babe,” the folk-rock era milestone album features songs by The Beatles, The Rolling Stones, Bob Dylan, Hazlewood and more. The catchy and jangly pop hooks performed by the famed Los Angeles session musicians, The Wrecking Crew and Billy Strange’s innovative arrangements provided the perfect sound to help Nancy capture the attention of the world. The new reissue includes two bonus tracks recorded during the album sessions, the non-album b-side “The City Never Sleeps At Night” and the previously unreleased “For Some.”

          Remastered from the original analog tapes by GRAMMY®-nominated engineer John Baldwin, the reissue is complemented by a new Q&A interview with Nancy and GRAMMY®-nominated reissue co-producer Hunter Lea.

          The CD edition is housed in a digipak and features a 28-page booklet, while each vinyl set is presented in an expanded gatefold jacket (featuring a 20-page booklet)


          TRACK LISTING

          As Tears Go By
          Day Tripper
          I Move Around
          It Ain't Me Babe
          These Boots Are Made For Walkin'
          In My Room
          Lies
          So Long
          Babe
          Flowers On The Wall
          If He'd Love Me
          Run For Your Life
          The City Never Sleeps At Night (Bonus Track)
          For Some (Bonus Track)

          Richard Spaven & Sandunes

          Spaven X Sandunes

          Spaven x Sandunes is a collaboration of musical worlds, where London meets Mumbai, the new project from Richard Spaven and Sanaya Ardeshir is a mix of forward-thinking drum language and intricate synthwork weaving together a moody electro acoustic tapestry which we go absolutely wild for here at Picc HQ!

          Suitably smokers-friendly for the iconic !K7 label, the album creeps through shadowy soundscapes punctuated by wild breakbeats and guided by some lost, shamanic instrumental language spoken through dazzling arrays of strings, raptous reeds, sparkly synth work and mountainous bass.

          Polyrhythmic throughout, with a keen grip of movement and repetition, it's at times Can-esque, at others reminescent of Floating Points' spiraling electro-jazz epics. Deployed with a focussed intensity, whilst still remaining unhurried and free-flowing, the tracks seek to elevate the listener into clouds of shimmering, electro-boosted, dreamy jazz - and it's absolutely wonderful! 


          TRACK LISTING

          A1: In Readiness
          A2: Tree Of Life
          A3: Evelyn
          A4: Don't Ask Feat. MC Altaf
          B1: Can't Say That To You
          B2: Little Ships
          B3: Sustain
          B4: 1759 (Outro)

          Various Artists

          Surf Music Vol. 1

            Part one of a great series of surf music comps. 

            Kicking off with Miserlou by the legendary Dick Dale And His Del Tones. Of course you know this one from Pulp Fiction. Put there are other gems here including Peter Gunn by Duane Eddy and tracks by Johnny & The Hurricanes, The Tornadoes and The Frantics.

            So what are you waiting for? Grab your board and head for the coast!

            TRACK LISTING

            A1. Dick Dale And His Del Tones - Miserlou
            A2. The Chantays - Pipeline
            A3. Duane Eddy - Peter Gunn
            A4. The Mar-Kets - Surfin'
            A5. The Scarlets - Stampede
            A6. Don And The Galaxies - Avalanche
            A7. The Frantics - The Whip
            A8. The Frogmen - Underwater
            A9. The Packabeats - Gypsy Beat
            B1. The Tornadoes - Bustin' Surfboards
            B2. The Sentinals - Latin'la
            B3. The Bel-Airs - Volcanic Action
            B4. Johnny & The Hurricanes - Sandstorm
            B5. The Gamblers - Moon Dawg!
            B6. The Fabulous Playboys - Cheater Stomp
            B7. The Rhythm Rockers - Get It On
            B8. Kenny & The Ho-Daddies - Surf Dance
            B9. The Hunters - Teen Scene 

            Various Artists

            Surf Music Vol. 3

              Rounding of this great series of surf music compilations, (and including the best album cover of the series) Volume 3 includes more gems from LInk Wray & The Wraymen, The Challengers and The Jetstreams to name but a few.

              Hang five dudes!

              TRACK LISTING

              A1. The Challengers - Bulldog
              A2. The Lively Ones - Guitarget
              A3. Billy Vaughn - Wheels
              A4. The Noblemen - Dragon Walk
              A5. The Piltdown Men - The Great Imposter
              A6. Keith Zeller And The Starliners - Yellow Bird
              A7. The Twisters - Count Down 1-2-3
              A8. The Atmospheres - The Fickle Chicken
              A9. Rhet Stoller - Chariot
              B1. Link Wray & The Wraymen - Rumble
              B2. Bruce Johnston - Do The Surfer Stomp Pt. 2
              B3. The Jetstreams - Bongo Rock
              B4. Nero & The Gladiators - Entry Of The Gladiators
              B5. The Surfmen - El Toro
              B6. Sandy Nelson - Let There Be Drums
              B7. The Rockin' R's - Nameless
              B8. Jan Davis - Sabre Dance
              B9. The Wailers – Shanghaied 


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