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This Weekend I’ll Mostly be Listening to… the following selection of music, some old some new… July 5, 2014

Posted by WorldbyStorm in Culture.
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No particular order…

The Bags – We Don’t Need the English

Let’s start with The Bags, excellent West Coast early punk band who released next to nothing but what they did release was brilliant. Patricia Morrison, later of The Gun Club, Sisters of Mercy and the Damned was a member, and so was Alice Bag, a great feminist and fascinating person.

Repo Man Title sequence

From the soundtrack to the film of the same name this is a fine slice of early to mid-80s hardcore inflected music with an excellent descending riff, apparently played by Steve Jones. The song from the sound track with one Mr. Iggy Pop is a little different. The film is pretty great too (check out the title sequence) as is the soundtrack, though, no women groups on it which is a dismal – and telling – omission.

Ancient Wing – Golden Record

Here are an excellent all-woman post-rock/stoner/psychdelic outfit from the US who, oddly sound like a collision between Hawkwind and US punk/post-punk both lyrically and musically. They’ve a mini-album available on band camp which is fantastic. One of the best things I’ve heard all year.

Syd Arthur – Garden of Time

And here’s something which is also psychedelic inflected. I’m listening to a lot of neo-prog at the moment, and here are leading exponents of same, UK based outfit Syd Arthur who manage to incorporate jazz, rock, prog and psychedelia in their songs. It’s all doors in your hair stuff – as the Mighty Boosh would have it, but great.

Kitten Pyramid – English Rosa

Another group in the prog scene. Again English, but a mixture that incorporates a more varied range of influences than Syd Arthur, including punk, metal and erm… pretty much anything. Reminds me of Cardiacs in places.

Knifeworld – Clairvoyant Fortnight

Knifeworld are on the point of releasing their second album proper. Vocals are shared by prime mover Kavus Torabi and former member of Sidi Bou Said, Melanie Woods. Genuinely great.

Plank – La Luna

Taking their name from Conny Plank, which should be recommendation enough, they’re a bit more rock oriented than their hero. And none the worse for it.

Rival Sons – Open My eyes

A guilty pleasure, here’s a band who do that Zep/heavy rock thing down to a tee and who are better than they have any right to be. Mildly reminiscent of Jane’s Addiction, though that might simply be form following function.

Luke Haines – Lou Reed Lou Reed

No introduction necessary – from Haine’s latest album. Some have complained of its stripped down simplicity, but surely that’s the point?

10 ChameleonsVox – Sycophant

Mark Burgess of the Chameleons, and now the only one of the original band still out on the road, offers an intriguingly bitter song.

Thyx – Hate

Another acquired taste, particularly in relation to the vocals… Stefan Poiss of the peerless Mind.in.a.box, still flying the flag for EBM/Futurepop in this new incarnation (and one has to wonder what the name THYX means, if anything).

Lone – 2 is 8

It’s astounding to me how well regarded Lone, or Matt Cutler (for it is he), is these days – and I don’t mean that as a criticism. When I first heard his output it was very much – and avowedly – school of Boards of Canada but somehow in the intervening years it has become ever more critically acclaimed. Don’t let that latter fact put you off, it’s still good!

Stellar OM Source – Energy

A fantastic track from Christelle Gualdi (hat tip to Eamonncork for inspiring this one). Joy One Mile, her most recent album will be the subject of a This Weekend I’ll Mostly Be Listening to soon.
Killah Priest – From Then Till Now

Perhaps – though perhaps not – one of the most unusual of the group around Wu Tang Clan, here’s Killah Priest from the amazing “Heavy Mental”, all the way back from 1998, strangely compelling.

By the way, here’s where the sample is taken from .. http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0snAALoUxDc

15 Brian Jonestown Massacre – This is the one thing we did not want to have happen

Quite some trick Anton Newcombe has to appear in “Dig” with the Dandy Warhols and still, despite everything, come out as by far the most sympathetic character involved (which granted, isn’t necessarily saying much). This little tune, reflective of that line the BJM seem to love crossing back and forth between the derivative and the inspirational, is a sort of wilful mash-up of Joy Division tracks, which sort of typifies their music (while sounding not much like most of it) which uses a range of post-punk, garage and other reference points.

And BJM are in Ireland this coming week.

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1. doctorfive - July 5, 2014

Christelle Gualdi is in Galway – and I presume Dublin and Cork – at the end of this month too.

pure bliss

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2. WorldbyStorm - July 5, 2014

Lucky person. I love Joy One Mile, but her earlier work, particularly Heartland’s Suite, is great (not sure about the cover though to the latter).

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3. Phil - July 7, 2014

Loved the Gualdi and the Plank, although the latter was very 70s. Speaking of, I would have loved the Kitten Pyramid track 40 years ago, sandwiched between Hawkwind and the Hatfields; now, I’m not sure there’s room in my life for it. The Knifeworld track is clearly brilliant, but by the time it finished I never wanted to hear it again – too much!

But thanks as always – and, as always, I’m amazed at how much music you must be listening to!

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WorldbyStorm - July 7, 2014

Funnily enough rockroots and I were only discussing that a couple of weeks back how there’s so much music and how different it is listening to it now. I have a sub to emusic, about enough for three albums a month, but I’m increasingly getting individual tracks or one or two and the odd thing on iTunes and then going back and listening to my own record or CD collections – there’s a lot of leads. People I know, stuff in the media, obscure podcasts! The new prog stuff I like a lot, in contrast to the old prog (and I know exactly what you mean re the Knifeworld track – brilliant but hyperactive). Gauldi and Plank are great (the guitars and keyboards on the latter are none more 70s as you say). I wonder how much of all that I’ll be listening to again in say ten years, but I think Stellar OM Source definitely, possibly Ancient Wing, Syd Arthur, Lone, ChameleonsVox and Luke Haines are in a different category because been into them for decades…. Lone I’ve been into since he started.

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4. EamonnCork - July 7, 2014

Towering post-punk classic about the Birmingham Bombings.

Have to admit I found Paul Hill’s comments after the death of Gerry Conlon out of order, hierarchy of victims crap which would be unacceptable from either side. And, yes, he had a lot to put up with personally but so, for example, did Norman Tebbitt.

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WorldbyStorm - July 7, 2014

I couldn’t work out was he misinterpreted or was the meaning as presented by others. Very odd way to put it one way or another. And I’d tend to agree re the dangers of a hierarchy of victims.

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EamonnCork - July 7, 2014

I think he fell into the trap of hyperbole which can happen..
But it’s worth bearing in mind that the families of the Birmingham victims have received the same kind of justice as those of the Dublin bombing victims.

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