Tuesday, 31 March 2009
The fourth in the Congotronics seies from Crammed Discs is by Staff Benda Bilili (Look Beyond Appearances) who hail from the streets of Kinshasa and live in the grounds around Kinshasa Zoo. A group of four disabled musicians form the core of the band, backed by a younger, acoustic rhythm section and a hand made (wire, a tin, a bent stick and a radio mike) electric one string lute called the Satonge.
"I later learn that this lean, gentle-looking kid, who goes by the name of Roger Landu, invented the instrument he's playing with such dazzling virtuosity. The raw materials of the satonge consist of a milk-powder tin, a section of fish basket frame and a single electrical wire. A few days later, at our hotel, Roger makes up satonges to order and sells them to us for $20 (14) a pop... good business for a shegue, or homeless kid, who was surviving by busking for pennies in the Kinshasa central market."
Full article here.
Another good background article here.
Reviews of their excellent album 'Tres Tres Fort' here and here.
Crammed Discs have a lot of really good information on their releases and you can listen to a number of recordings.
'Avramandole - Sala Mosala - Staff Benda Bilili'
Monday, 30 March 2009
Jah Wobble - £27.00
Tilda Swinton - £102.00
Fergie - £430.00 (that is the pop star NOT the Duchess!!!)
Johanna Lumley - £31.00
Nick Cave - £112.00
Jordan - £132.00
(Yes, that is John Major's face.)
(I think if the organisers had thought this out more they could have attracted some serious money from Japan!)
Interesting that there have been NO bids on the Banksy painting as yet.
Wobble's thong now stands @ £40.00
Sunday, 29 March 2009
Saturday, 28 March 2009
Jah Wobble put this documentary together (broadcast on January 20th 2009) on the life and times of a certain Simon/John Ritchie/Beverley, better known to us all as Sid Vicious for BBC Radio 4.
Interviewing amongst others Viv Albertine & Marco Pirroni, it tells the story of a truly mixed up kid who was destined to leave this world too early.
There were originally four Johns: Lydon (aka Rotten), Wardle (aka Wobble), Ritchie (aka Vicious) and John Grey.
John Grey was someone I knew back in those old days in London and I would love to get back in touch with again.
So if anyone knows who I am talking about and can get the message to him then please either get in touch with this blog or tell John to contact me or Richard Thomas, the old Fall manager (who knows who I am).
If you are reading this yourself John then as I say if you get in touch with Richard ALL shall be revealed or if you have a good memory then think back to the fact that I used to work in Honky Tonk in Kentish Town & against the grain we shared a love for KB's 'The Dreaming' & Trouble Funk or the night that your brother accompanied us to a Rip, Rig gig just off Tottenham Court Rd. and his behaviour didn't really mesh with my head full of acid, especially not helped when Deb (Woolf- my partner of the time, who went on to direct those vids for Wobble) seemed to take your brother's side on the tube home...or was that all just my imagination?
At one point just before I was leaving to go to Amsterdam I did ring and speak to your Mum to see if she could pass on a message if you were interested to go & see the Brotherhood of Breath at the Roundhouse but you were feeling a bit poorly at the time.
As I say if you or anyone who knows John sees this plese get in touch. it would be really nice to catch up after all this time.
Radio 4 Documentary 'In Search of Sid'
'The Making of Metal Box' from Pirate Cat radio LA/SF (features interviews with Wobble/Martin Atkins & Richard Dudanski)
Friday, 27 March 2009
Duet of 'No No No' by Clea Rose and Gu Yinji.
I suspect that this will be in my top 3 CD's of the year come December.
Always been a Wobble fan but this is just superb.
This will get you 5 new Wilco songs.
2 untitled songs from Neil Young's Bridge School Benefit last month.
'One Wing' (Live at Lollapalooza in Chicago in August) and 'Sunny Feeling' from last March.
Also included is 'Wilco - The Song' as performed on 'The Colbert Report' on the 30th of October.
Bets on Wilco and Bruce Springsteen to perform at Obama's inauguration?
More details about the new album from Pitchfork here.
Thursday, 26 March 2009
Wednesday, 25 March 2009
The late Lizzy Mercier Descloux pictured here with Richard Hell and at top with Patti Smith.
You can get the 'Rosa Yemen' (L.M.D. - vocals & guitar and JD Barnes - guitar) EP which came out on ZE Records in 1979 here.
This was one of my favourite releases in the first wave of ZE 12" which included James Chance, Mars and DNA.
Bonus track of 'Morning High' (a bi-lingual reading of Arthur Rimbaud's poem 'matinee d'ivresse') by L.M.D. & Patti Smith here.
Tuesday, 24 March 2009
Monday, 23 March 2009
- Event: 26/04/09
- Locations: Jerusalem/New York
- Links: Deep Tones For Peace
Hebron St. 28 Old Train Station/Abu Tor, 26 April, 7PM - 1AM local time. New York City CUE Art Foundation, 511 West 25th Street, 26 April, 12PM - 6PM local time. Click here for more info.
Info from 'The Wire'.
The first time was in London in the 70's and the person who said this to me has since been knighted for services to the British Theatre. (He is a playwright.)
The second time was here in Melbourne by a then co worker, who is now the musical director of 'Circus Oz'.
So you would imagine they both know what they are talking about.
I should be worried!
I am worried!
I am a klutz!
Thanx to the 'TWILIGHTZONE' for reminding me of these gems!
Sunday, 22 March 2009
"...Dead babies, mothers weeping on their children's graves, a gun aimed at a child and bombed-out mosques - these are a few examples of the images Israel Defense Forces soldiers design these days to print on shirts they order to mark the end of training, or of field duty. The slogans accompanying the drawings are not exactly anemic either: A T-shirt for infantry snipers bears the inscription "Better use Durex," next to a picture of a dead Palestinian baby, with his weeping mother and a teddy bear beside him. A sharpshooter's T-shirt from the Givati Brigade's Shaked battalion shows a pregnant Palestinian woman with a bull's-eye superimposed on her belly, with the slogan, in English, "1 shot, 2 kills." A "graduation" shirt for those who have completed another snipers course depicts a Palestinian baby, who grows into a combative boy and then an armed adult, with the inscription, "No matter how it begins, we'll put an end to it..."
Another story here alleges that IDF soldiers were given orders to fire upon the rescuers of injured Gazan civilians!
Following the damning testimony the other day from IDF soldiers involved in the January assault on Gaza that unarmed civilians were deliberately killed, do you still think that you have the most 'moral' army in the world, Mr. Barak?
More soldier's stories here.
(Thanx to 'Renegade Futurist' for pointing me in this direction.)
However this has me stumped and Babelfish isn't really helping me either.
This original question:
"¿es verdad lo del organo masculino erecto en el castillo de la sirenita y la palabra sex en el rey leon?"
gets translated as:
So if you speak Spanish & English maybe you could explain it all for me.
* Problem solved thanx to Nachete from the 'Commercial Zone' blog - see comments.
Sunn O))) live at Corsica Studio London 22/02/09.
Just Stephen O'Malley and Greg Anderson playing live to celebrate the 10th anniversary of the 'Grimmrobe Demos' release.
Saturday, 21 March 2009
Friday, 20 March 2009
Thursday, 19 March 2009
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Tuesday, 17 March 2009
Exile's Canberra correspondent sees Labor's Minister for Environment, Heritage & the Arts rock Canberra but not take drugs*
Last Friday night I saw the mighty Oils in Canberra who were performing two full shows as a rehearsal for the charity concerts yesterday at Melbourne and Sydney. They were incredible. Astonishing really given they had not played in many years. It was like they had never stopped. There was the odd wrong chord or incorrect/ mistimed lyric but for the most part it was flawless. Peter Garrett was in fine voice and was as energetic as ever with his trademark dance moves on full display.
It was a great setlist containing many of there classic live songs. In fact if I was to choose the setlist it would have contained about 90% of what they played. Unlike the Thursday show, this one included many of there old classics - Lucky Country, Armistice Day, No Time for Games and Don’t Wanna Be the One. So I think I chose the right night. The encore also included US Forces which was not played the previous night. There had been a lot of debate leading up to the concerts whether he would play it given his position. But in the final encore he basically said bugger it, it might not please some of those in my party, but lets just play it.
It was a pretty subdued Peter Garrett on stage. There was a bit of friendly banter between songs but none of the rage or lengthy political statements we are used to. I guess that is to be expected. He certainly didn’t compromise himself.
The atmosphere was the best I have ever seen at a concert. I’ve never seen a crowd so hyped. They were at fever pitch. Audience participation was fantastic.
I have seen the Oils a few times and this was as good as any of those performances. They have still got it. Lets just hope this is not the last time they ever play together.
From memory, here are some of the songs they played in no particular order. There are quite a few songs missing so it is not complete.
No Times for Games
Blue Sky Mine
Read About It
Power And The Passion
Stars of Warbuton
King Of The Mountain
The Dead Heart
Beds Are Burning
Best Of Both Worlds
Thanx to David from 'OPH' for that first hand review.
Fair play to everyone involved.
The Australian Red Cross Bushfire Appeal has now raised 250 million dollars!
Having said that I was not brought up in Australia and a lot if not most of the bands that played really did not interest me in the slightest.
(As for the 'international' bands Coldplay & Kings of Leon...sorry my Mum said if you have nothing nice to say then say ...)
So kudos to Midnight Oil (& especially Peter Garrett) for playing 'US Forces'!
(Even if I think it is a really bad song with plodding, leaden & uninspired lyrics!)
You can hear for yourself what they sounded like in Melbourne last Saturday here.