Tuesday, 13 April 2021

Roundtable: Afro/Black and Indigenous Futurisms (10/4/21)

A roundtable discussion with Rasheedah Phillips (A/K/A Moor Mother) of Black Quantum Futurism, Johnnie Jae of A Tribe Called Geek, and DJ Shub, the godfather of PowWowStep, about how artistic work based in Afro/Black and Indigenous Futurisms can envision, mobilize, and grow otherwise worlds. Alisha B. Wormsley, artist and creator of the “There are Black People in the Future” project, moderates the discussion. 
This roundtable is part of the Resound/Revision Festival hosted by the Center for Arts in Society and the Frank-Ratchye STUDIO for Creative Inquiry at Carnegie Mellon University

More information: https://tinyurl.com/4xsf9r9z​ #resoundpgh​
Alisha B. Wormsley: https://alishabwormsley.com
​ Black Quantum Future: https://www.blackquantumfuturism.com

Monday, 12 April 2021

Sonny Simmons R.I.P.

Typical that there is more respect still from say France to the old avant 'guard' of jazzers. Sonny Simmons played with Coltrane's rhythm section Elvin Jones & Jimmy Garrison, Clifford Jordan, Don Cherry and Eric Dolphy amongst many others in the sixties 

Van der Graaf Generator - Godbluff Live (Palais des Expositions de Charleroi, Belgium 27/9/75)

'I’m a person who feels most herself when fully immersed in the world and in order to understand myself I look at things that don’t have anything to do with me' 
Found: Page 25 of the CIA’s Gateway Report on Astral Projection

Widowspeak - Money

The Tao of Shane MacGowan

The FBI win the internet today. No contest

Cheers Norry!
Cave’s cautionary tales

Sunday, 11 April 2021

DJ Andy Smith - Punk, New Wave & 2 Tone (1977 - 1980)

All 7" 45's. Great schoolday memories for me!! Tried to play a few you dont hear too much these days (well I don't) - It seemed fitting to have John Lydon at each end too! - I know the real punks will say its not real Punk (but its what we got as spotty 12 year olds!!) - Picture taken outside Virgin records in Bristol (where I would sneak past the punks to buy some of these tunes (& Disco records!!) & play Space Invaders!)

Tresor at 30

LNS / April 9 / 7pm-8pm DJ Sotofett / April 9 / 8pm-9pm HGR / April 9 / 9pm-10pm  


Originally conceived as a special Semiotext(e) issue on homosexuality at the end of the 70s, "Polysexuality" quickly evolved into a more complex and iconoclastic project whose intent was to do away with recognized genders altogether, considered far too limitative. The project landed somewhere between humor, anarchy, science-fiction, utopia and apocalypse. In the few years that it took to put it together, it also evolved from a joyous schizo concept to a darker, neo-Lacanian elaboration on the impossibility of sexuality. The tension between the two, occasionally perceptible, is the theoretical subtext of the issue. Upping the ante on gender distinctions, "Polysexuality" started by blowing wide open all sexual classifications, inventing unheard-of categories, regrouping singular features into often original configurations, like Corporate Sex, Alimentary Sex, Soft or Violent Sex, Discursive Sex, Self- Sex, Animal Sex, Child Sex, Morbid Sex, or Sex of the Gaze. Mixing documents, interviews, fiction, theory, poetry, psychiatry and anthropology, "Polysexuality" became the encyclopedia sexualis of a continent that is still emerging. What it displayed in all its forms could be called, broadly speaking, the Sexuality of Capital. (Actually the issue being rather hot, it was decided to cool it off somewhat by only using "capitals" throughout the issue. It was also the first issue for which we used the computer). The "Polysexuality" issue was attacked in Congress for its alleged advocation of animal sex.Includes work by Alain Robbe-Grillet, Félix Guattari, Paul Verlaine, William S.Burroughs, Georges Bataille, Pierre Klossowski, Roland Barthes, Paul Virilio, Peter Lamborn Wilson, and more

Nick Kent & The Subterraneans - My Flamingo / Veiled Women

One time member of The Subterraneans Chrissie Hynde with then partner Nick Kent  
Not all music journalists looked like Nick Kent back in the day nor did they write and perform songs as good as this and a lot were certainly nowhere in his league when it came to writing about music. Various members of The Damned played gigs with Kent as The Subterraneans but from memory I am pretty certain that Henry Padovani played guitar on this single (checking just then Discogs says he didn't.) The line "like a deaf mute in a phone booth" came from an interview Kent did with Lou Reed I also seem to recall but again my memory may be playing games with me after all this time. Just one other NK related thing, back in 1980 or so he claimed that he also played guitar on The Flaming Groovies 'Slow Death' which was totally denied by Cyril Jordan. Only Dave Edmunds can tell the truth about that... Finally, there is another version of Veiled Women by Hermine Demoriene who was his girlfriend about this time. Her version was on an EP put out by Human Records. I was actually working at Bonaparte in KingX when they released that. (Bonaparte owned Human y'understand) but the last link is that Human's A&R man was Saul Galpern who I had actually gone to school with in Glasgow. He tried very hard trying to make the goth sorry 'positive' punk scene big (Brigandage?!?) but will forever be known for the fact that he signed Simply Red to WEA or whoever...for that alone he should be put against a wall &... 
See what sort of things I keep in my brain...

The best two paragraphs you will read today

Why the last snow on Earth may be red


Kevin Richard Martin & Hatis Noit - Saisho no Arashi (BBC Radio 3's Late Junction 2018)

+ ...and Kevin explaining why you have to listen to music fugn L O U D

Hania Rani - Live from Studio S2 Warsaw

The full live set video was premiered on the evening before the annual Piano Day worldwide celebrations (March 29th). The motivation to make the recording of the live performances which became the release ‘Live from Studio S2’ came from the invitation from the Berlinale Film Festival. 
'In the beginning of February 2021, I was asked to record a live set as a part of EFM sessions, which are the part of the Festival. I thought that bringing back my piano and equipment to the hall where I recorded my live session videos for my debut album 'Esja' would be a nice idea and the right cinematic choice. The iconic Studio S2 is one of the recording studios of Polish Radio in Warsaw. The hall is fully covered with light wood, which reminds me of other Radio Studios all around the world - like Funkhaus in Berlin. It felt very special to be in the hall where we recorded a video for "Glass", one of my most liked videoclips. There is a kind of intimacy when playing the little piano in this huge and also very high venue' 
Video: Mateusz Miszczyński 
Sound recording: Agata Dankowska 
Mixing: Piotr Wieczorek

Edwardian Bison Horn Chair

Scott 4

Scott 4 (Named for Scott Walker's 4th album)were an unusual band existing from 1997 till 2002 and then kinda quietly disappearing, they went from obscure indie releases to being signed by Sony doing a brilliant album a few singles went back to the indies then disappeared for a while, re-emerging as The Scott 4 Free Rock Orchestra in 2005 and releasing one album before disappearing again! and I can't find any trace of it's members having done any other musical projects. Allmusic describe Scott 4 as "Electronic cowpunks for their blend of country-blues, hip hop and indie-punk" and that pretty much sums them up!

I have to say this mob have been one of my hidden treasures since picking up two of their CD's for a dollar each about 15 years ago. Why have they been almost completely forgotten? Guess we will never know but I do know that I have been searching for a mention of them on the web every so often over the years and nothing until now...But this is what music blogs are for and hopefully Dave, the Scott 4 revival starts thanks to your post
I mean these videos have been up for a year for a grand total of (at time of posting) 67 views!

The Scott 4 Free Rock Orchestra 'Country Krautrock' I mean honestly how can you go wrong!

Alex Trocchi by Christian Chapiron (A/K/A Bazooka's Kiki Picasso)

From the 1999 French edition of Cain's Book

Gang of Four - Elevator (Demo)

From the forthcoming 77-81 boxset

Saturday, 10 April 2021

Fifty one years ago...

...now that's a double bill

Documentary on 'Dr. Gonzo' captures Oscar Zeta Acosta's wild ride

So I only just found out about this programme that was shown in the US four years ago. I remember reading Acosta's book a LONG time ago (late seventies I'm guessing) and tho did find out more about the man and his work and disappearance, every time I went looking for a second hand copy of 'The Autobiography Of A Brown Buffalo' the prices were higher each time... 

Skintologists - Db 105

Released March 3 2021
Skintologists are Fritz Catlin from 23 Skidoo, Last Few Days & Laibach and Mike Joseph, bassist and co founder of Welfare Heroine with the late Dele Fadele

A FB post from Fritz caught my eye with part of the periodic table pictured and the comment "Who thought Db 105 was a listening volume suggestion?" 
Got to say very clever and made me delve into this particular element more..."an artificially produced radioactive transuranium element in Group Vb of the periodic table, atomic number 105"...  sorry. You can induge yourself here if you so desire. Now I have to come clean and say I actually have an O Level in chemistry. God alone knows how as the only things I remember now are test tube, bunsen burner, the view out of my class window and the size of my teacher's tits. (Let me just say that it's the little things that stay with you)
Oh and I also found this from 2009...

Got to make room for more vinyl

Phil Puleo - Bugs

Info Info 

As well as being a mighty fine drummer with amongst others Cop Shoot Cop, The Angels of Light, Swans and Human Impact, Phil is also a very gifted artist

The Duke of Deadinburgh by Russell MacEwan

Russell actually called him the 'Chookie Embra'. It was NeilK who supplied the post title. A pun I suspect he may have had up his sleeve for a while
Russell's anatomy of a portrait ...and portrait experiments  



Ad Break

James King & The Lone Wolves - Studio One in Concert (BorderTV 1985)

1 Happy Home 2 Ready To Fall 3 The Angels Know 4 Fly Away 5 I Don't Care If You Live or Die 6 Fun Patrol 7 Step Away 
"One of the most powerful groups in the North of England - Jim King and the Lone Wolves"!!! 
Recorded in Border TV's, Durranhill Studios, Carlisle February 1985
How an online ‘Lego’ gamer infiltrated the White House press corps

Soundmurderer VS The Bug - (Peel Session 12/11/03)

Episode 15 of 'From Inner Room to Outer Space' by AndyN  Tracklist: 
1. The Bug ft Dig - Blue to Black (From In Blue) 
2. The Bug - Run Red Version (From Pressure Versions) 
3. Kevin Richard Martin - The Surgeon (From Sirens) 
4. The Bug V Earth - Broke (From Concrete Desert) 
5. King Midas Sound - Waves (From Edition 1) 
6. Techno Animal - Megaton (From Split with Dalek) 
7. King Midas Sound - Countdown to Elimination (From Split with Porter Ricks - Symbiotics) 
8. The Bug - Countdown to Elimination (From Counting the Conversation) 
9. Kevin Richard Martin - Blizzard (From 'Hazy') 
10. Kevin Richard Martin - Feedback Cycle 2 - Adrift (From 'Frequencies for leaving Earth Vol 2') 
11. King Midas Sound - Miles and Miles (From 'Waiting for you') 
12. The Bug ft Dis Fig - End in Blue (From 'In Blue') 
13. Zonal - Cage Version (From Cage Version / No Version)

Selecta J-Cut - Tackhead: Kings of the Beat Mix

+ Mind At The End of Tether Ticking Time Bomb And remember there is something wrong with Human Nature...
Thirty years later, where is the justice?

The Orb - A Huge Ever Growing Pulsating Brain That Rules From The Centre Of The Ultraworld (Peel Session)

King Tubby's Hometown Hi-Fi with U-Roy (April 1975)

Smith & Mighty - Colston 150 Mix (7/10/17 SWU.FM X)


Three Stripes Mixes

Life Has A Way: The Smith & Mighty story


BBC Radio 1 Essential Mix Smith & Mighty (24/11/96)

Nick Drake Smiling

River Man (John Peel Session Version) 
Recorded at Maida Vale Studios on the 5th August 1969 and first broadcast the following night

Friday, 9 April 2021

Fourty four years ago...

I feel old

Poster for Bowie's first Japanese tour 48 years ago

What exactly is Trump doing at Mar-a-Lago all day?

St. Vincent: Guitar Moves

Billy Nomates (w/ Jehnny Beth) - Echoes ARTE session (7/10/21)

Prince - Welcome To America

Wednesday, 7 April 2021

David Keenan on Peter Laughner

Patti Smith Launches Substack Newsletter Featuring Her First Serial

'In my Substack world, I hope that you, dear reader, will be my notebook'
A quarantine-free trans-Tasman bubble opens on April 19, but ‘flyer beware’ remains the reality of pandemic travel


He really is missed

Tuesday, 6 April 2021

Spring Cannot Be Cancelled by David Hockney and Martin Gayford


David Carson: The Rules of Graphic Design

David Carson posted that book cover on his Instagram feed yesterday. As it says in the blurb to the video above (posted in 2012)
With a new book on the horizon (although not yet finished as he explains during the seminar), David Carson held two seminars in London and Zurich and provided a great evening of entertainment and insight into his work
Hopefully it will be a case of soon come...

Andrew Weatherall guest programs RAGE (1 March 2008)

A lot of love has been put into this recreation of The Guvnor hosting ABC Australia's RAGE show back in 2008 by a couple of guys at The Flightpath Estate and they posted it today on what would have been Andrew's 58th birthday
Staying here in Australia this is the unedited video of a conversation between Andrew and Ben Marshall (Sydney Opera House’s Head of Contemporary Music) Weatherall is in full raconteur mode, talking about the ritual of clubbing, the joy of music discovery and the importance of dressing for the occasion

Daphne Camf R.I.P.

Sad news for the Melbourne music community It was Black Cab main man Andrew Coates that introduced me to Daphne when she sang with Black Cab at the Espy quite a number of years ago. Again it was as they were playing around with versions of songs that would be featured on their Games of the XXI Olympiad album. I have it in my head that she sang on a long version of Supermädchen. I'm pretty certain I recorded that show but the audio will be sadly on a PC that still needs to be got up and running