Monday, 3 August 2015

Hilarious (but sutble*)

*there's your clue

Nick Cave / Charlie Haden / Toots Thielemans / David Sanborn - Hey Joe (Live, Night Music 1990)

Maâlem Mahmoud Guinia R.I.P.


Some other things...

Lawdamercy! Doesn't time fly? This is where I was 36 years ago this past weekend and here's a couple of photos taken then that have just turned up thanks to Charlie Charles. Echo & The Bunnymen making their London debut as a three piece and Joy Division. Man I seriously wish that I did still have that mixing desk copy of the Teardrop Explodes and the Bunnymen that Sharon from Final Solution gave me of their performances that weekend
Anyway onto some other things...
Ai Weiwei to attend the NGV expo here in Melbourne. While travel expenses are in the news out here in Australia here's some funny stories about moon travel claims. Scorsese has rebuilt Max's Kansas City. RIP Buddy Emmons. Some of Ollie Olsen's favourite records. Peter Capaldi and Craig Ferguson's punk band. The children of ISIS. The torture centre. Cool at 13, adrift at 23. The global war for sand. Michael Franti gets a great review. On the road. First we take Manhattan. How El Chapo builds his tunnels. Russia's prisons. Captain Sensible's guitar up for sale.
Australia's problem with racism explained perfectly. Funny how the Adam Goodes' affair is defined by old white men in the media out here. Bolt. Jones. Newman. McGuire.

This is the best response. We must stand against racism. Anyway talking of racists...
The party of ALA. Erikson hacked again eh?...and Blair seemed like such a nice boy. How unfortunate that with all the musicians demanding that Reclaim Australia/UPF stop using their songs they have to rely on the calibre of this and this. Talk about (c)rap. I almost preferred Burgess's neo nazi hardcore stuff...
Finally onto real music, the past three Thursday nights has seen me attending one of rock's true gentlemen Ed Kuepper's solo residency at my local The Northcote Social where Ed has played new unrecorded music in the first half of the show followed by audience requests in the second half. The final song in the series was a wonderful version of 'Eternally Yours' which also happened to be my request. I am really looking forward to hearing this new album when it is released as this is really strong material. Here's a recording from last Thursday of one of my favourites of the new songs 'Some Said'

Saturday, 1 August 2015

Kathy Acker (South Bank Show 1984)


Kathy Acker & The Mekons
The Last Days of Kathy Acker

Neil Kulkarni: Music & Politics Conference (Warwick University 8/2/12)

NASA's Golden Record: The Sounds of Earth

Launched in 1977, the two Voyager spacecrafts were each loaded with a golden phonograph record documenting life on Earth should either probe ever contact aliens. Their mission was to explore Jupiter, Saturn, Uranus, and Neptune before floating out of our solar system into interstellar space, hurtling away from the sun at 17 kilometres a second. Famous space guy Carl Sagan called the project a "bottle in the cosmic ocean."
The recordings contain greetings in 55 languages, from Akkadian to Wu, as well as an assortment of sounds representative of life on earth, like a heartbeat, a mother kissing her child and the whistle of a train. The golden records also carry 90 minutes of music (not upped to SoundCloud, presumably for copyright reasons), including standards like Chuck Berry's "Johnny B. Goode" and Beethoven’s Symphony No. 5, First Movement.

Psychic TV - Live @Göttingen (17/5/84)

How Boomboxes Got So Badass

Paul & Dan Kelly - Live @Audiotree Chicago (13/9/11)


Ed Kuepper - Never Too Late (Northcote Social Club 30/7/15)

Taken from The Last Cab To Darwin soundtrack. Well I must say that having seen all three of Ed's NSC gigs this new album material is sounding very strong

The Libertines - Gunga Din

Daniel Johns - Going On 16

Flipper reuniting with David Yow on vocals

Bruce Loose is retired from Flipper! He has suffered from a broken back since 1994. It has gotten to the point now where Bruce finds it impossible to continue with performing and touring.
We want to thank Bruce for being part of what was a hell of a run from 1979 to now!
With all the ups and downs and craziness that is all part of the punk rock package we managed to make “music history” with this band. For that and all the fun we had, we are eternally grateful.
Bruce is moving on to do solo projects and Ted Falconi along with Steve DePace are going to carry on with long time 5th Flipper, Bruno DeSmartass on bass and we will be performing 3 shows in Italy with David Yow, formerly of Scratch Acid and The Jesus Lizard.

Grace Slick, Jerry Garcia and Bill Graham discuss punk rock amongst other things

Richard Witts: The Velvet Underground - A Contextual Study of the Band and Its Music (Free Download)

Though The Velvet Underground existed for no more than three years with its original lineup, it is considered to be not just the "ultimate New York band" but one of the most influential rock groups ever. Among its devotees are David Bowie, The Sex Pistols, Patti Smith, Joy Division, and Nirvana, along with hot new groups such as the White Stripes and the Strokes.
Witts places the band and its genesis in the cultural context of Manhattan’s beatnik bohemianism, its radical artistic environment, and the city’s reaction to California’s "Hippie" counterculture. Lou Reed’s Brill Building background is also considered, while his Primitives (1964–65) and Velvet Underground (1965–70) songs are examined within the stylistic context of rock music. The band’s sound world is likewise considered in this light. John Cale’s experimental contribution is assessed, especially his work for LaMonte Young (The Theatre of Eternal Music), and what he carried from that experience into the Velvet’s sound.
Andy Warhol, known to the group as Drella, became the band’s manager and producer in 1965. He installed his "superstar" Nico in the line-up (which already included a female drummer). Witts examines the radical nature of the Velvet’s Warhol-period performances, vis-à-vis issues of gender, sexuality, and the drug culture which was associated with the Warhol Factory scene, and contemplated in many of Reed’s songs.
Witts studies the musical influences of The Velvet Underground on punk, post-punk, and subsequent rock movements, culminating in the group’s 1993 reunion. He also indexes the variety of media constructions that the group endured through the years and how these affected the attempts of Cale, Nico, and Reed to establish solo careers.
Nico: The Life and Lies of an Icon
You may have to sign up for to download but it is free. Other papers/reviews etc are available to download from Richard's site HERE

Thursday, 30 July 2015

Nils Petter Molvær Live

Technics JazzPort Festival, Hamburg (2001)

Nils Petter Molvær - Trumpet
Eivind Aarset - Guitar
Audun Erlien - Bass
Rune Arnesen - Drums/perc
Raymond Pellicer - Beats
DJ Strangefruit - Programming

San Sebastian JazzAldia (2009)

Nils Petter Molvær - Trumpet
Eivind Aarset - Guitar
Auden Kleive - Drums

Tbilisi Event Hall (2013)

Nils Petter Molvaer - Trumpet
Stian Westerhus - Guitar
Erland Dahlen - Drums

Nasjonal Jazzscene (2014)

Nils Petter Molvær - Trumpet
Geir Sundstøl - Guitar
Jo Berger Myhre - Bass
Erland Dahlen - Drums

Material - Black Lotus (Tokyo 2005)

Nils Petter Molvær - Trumpet
Bill Laswell - Bass
Hamid Drake - Drums
Abegasu Shiota - Keyboards
Aïyb Dieng - Percussion

Trilok Gurtu Quartet - Festival Jazz en Baie (2013)

Trilok Gurtu - Percussion
Jesse Milliner - Piano
Jonathan Ihlenfeld Cuniado - Bass guitar
Nils Petter Molvær - Trumpet

Wednesday, 29 July 2015

Andrew Weatherall - Music's Not For Everyone (NTS Radio 23/7/15)

1. Space Funk With Springs by Nurse With Wound
2. L'esprit De L'escalier by Domenique Dumont
3. Hey Baba Rebop RRR by Holger Czukay
4. It's Hot (Columbus Hotel Mix) by The Loose Control Band
5. John Coltrane Stereo Blues by The Dream Syndicate
6. Deutche Frau by Plus Instruments
7. Public Image by Jah Wobble
8. Live trap (a.k.a Death Trap) 12" Mix by Tommy McCook
9. Oh City Of Zion + Zion Dub (Dub Plate) by King Tubby
10. By This River Again by Creeping Pink
11. My False True Love by Orlando & Tom Furse
12. Polly On The Shore by Stewart Lee & Stuart Estell
13. The Denial by Lowroad
14. Human Fly by Finn Thomas
15. Joseph Bueys Flies Again by Wild Billy Chyldish
16. Blessed State by Wire
17. Irony. Utility. Pretext. by Algiers
18. Untitled by Woodleigh Research Facility
19. All Of The Sun by X.E.N.
20. The Hunt by Vox Low
21. Pacman by Tut Vu Vu

Phil Manzanera, Paul Simonon and Tony Allen form new 'supergroup'

Phil Manzanera and Paul Simonon have teamed up with Tony Allen and a number of other musicians to perform at an Italian music festival.
Manzanera, Simonon and Allen will be joined by Italian musician Ligabue, Columbian singer Andrea Echeverri and London-based violinist Anna Phoebe for a performance at the La Notte della Taranta, taking place in Salento in the south of Italy on August 22.
Manzanera serves as the festival’s Maestro Concertatore this year.
“I’m delighted that La Notte della Taranta has attracted such wonderful artists,” says Manzanera. “And it’s a tribute to the fine local muscians and dancers that they want to be part of this incredible concert. I’m hoping that this year, all of us performing can ensure that one of Italy’s best kept secrets, reaches a wider international audience.”
You can find more details about the festival by clicking here.

Trauma Cleaners

This is the London that I remember

I moved down to London from Glasgow in 1977 and left in March 1984 with a one way ticket to Amsterdam and twenty quid in my pocket. I had no idea where I was going and what I was going to do. I do just remember that London was just depressingly grey and that I could no longer live under Thatcher. Having just celebrated my 29th year in Melbourne I have to say it was the best move I ever made
Don't be fooled. Reclaim Australia won't fade away if starved of publicity

Tuesday, 28 July 2015

Rwandan man with Amasunzu hairstyle (1923)


The Clash - White Riot

Bowie: Nazi Salute Or Not? (1976)


While the video above shows Bowie just waving do bear in mind that he had form in this department having said in 1974:
'Britain is ready for a fascist leader… I think Britain could benefit from a fascist leader. After all, fascism is really nationalism… I believe very strongly in fascism, people have always responded with greater efficiency under a regimental leadership…'
And in the September 1976 Playboy issue carried this quote:
BOWIE: Rock stars are fascists. Adolf Hitler was one of the first rock stars.
PLAYBOY: How so?
BOWIE: Think about it. Look at some of his films and see how he moved. I think he was quite as good as Jagger. It’s astounding. And boy, when he hit that stage, he worked an audience. Good God! He was no politician. He was a media artist. He used politics and theatrics and created this thing that governed and controlled the show for 12 years. The world will never see his like again. He staged a country […] People aren’t very bright, you know? They say they want freedom, but when they get the chance, they pass up Nietzsche and choose Hitler because he would march into a room to speak and music and lights would come on at strategic moments. It was rather like a rock ‘n roll concert. The kids would get very excited – girls got hot and sweaty and guys wished it was them up there. That, for me, is the rock ‘n roll experience.
It is interesting that most people will just shrug Bowie's 'salute' off and blame it (if indeed it happened) on his excessive use of cocaine at the time. 
Clapton's drunken onstage racist monologue from the same year is (rightly in my opinion) never really blamed on the alcohol though

Sly & Robbie meet Nils Petter Molvaer, Eivind Aarset & Vladislav Delay - Live @Warsaw Summer Jazz Days (2015)

Sly Dunbar - drums
Robbie Shakespeare - bass
Nils Petter Molvaer - trumpet
Eivind Aarset - guitar
Vladislav Delay - percussion, keyboards, sampling

Monday, 27 July 2015

Evan Parker: Deciphering The Noise
‘Flakka’ and the Brain

Klankschap presents "To turn my mind off" a Coil special

J.G. Thirlwell aka Foetus at home in his Brooklyn loft (April 2005)


Keiji Haino pays tribute at Albert Ayler's grave


How Ink Is Made

When American Children Donned Castro Beards for Playtime

Rahsaan Roland Kirk - The Inflated Tear (Live in Prague 1967)

Tehran's Promise
Unity is death

Chicago 1968

Allen Ginsberg, William S. Burroughs, Jean Genet and Richard Seaver (right to left) marching through Grant Park, Chicago, arm in arm during the Democratic Convention 1968

First Rock Against Racism Carnival (30/4/78)

More than 60,000 people marched through the streets of London on Sunday (April 30) in response to a call by the Anti-Nazi League, a new group which is determined to halt the political progress in Britain of the National Front, a right-wing party with racialist policies. The marchers gathered in Trafalgar Square with their banners, and accompanied by music groups they walked through the multi-racial East End of London, which was deliberately chosen because the National Front has been trying to make political gains there. The march and rally passed off peacefully, and ended with a free rock music concert in Victoria Park, Hackney
I was there. Old time Antifa action. The Clash headlining at Victoria Park. I marched practically all the way from Trafalgar Square with my late friend Mike Hart's son Stephen on my shoulders. If you don't know the story of  why RAR was formed thEn read this

Sunday, 26 July 2015

Some other things...

To start with some amazing pics of Paris circa 1900. How noise became music. Music while you work. Where's Australia? (I arrived wherever it is 29 years ago today.) Putin & polygamy. Best TV news bomb ever. An amazing piece by Oliver sacks on facing death. Death is never easyFuckerMore fuckers. You've been misled on boat people. The true cost of outsourcing. Vollmann. Fuck you Turkey. Murdoch's paper lying? HA! Will the NRA ever get it? Was there a riot? Grandmaster Flash loses his valuables. The world's first drum machineLegalise psychedelics. eL Seed. The alphabet redesigned one letter a day. I like this Kobe Bryant font. Inside the strange dynamic of Reclaim Australia's rallies. I'm going for the Trojan Horse. The next UPF rally is set for Cronulla?!? Nice to see that Blair says all of us Antifa types will be executed or sent to labour camps after they have won the revolution lol. They've been having a bit of a problem with rallying music. Remember we are not who we think we are.
Finally Labor you made a BIG mistake not electing Albo as leader...