Monday, 21 December 2020
Thursday, 12 November 2020
Thursday, 15 October 2020
Sunday, 11 October 2020
01 Zbyněk Vostřák - Scales Of Light
02 Miloslav Ištvan - Isle Of Toys
03 Václav Kučera - Two Parts From The Kinetic Ballet 2) The Labyrinth
04 Václav Kučera - Two Parts From The Kinetic Ballet 3) The Spiral
For anyone that is interested; here is a tasty slice of Czech Musique Concrète.
01 Droge CX 9
02 The Lions and the Cucumber
Monday, 28 September 2020
01 No Ghosts
02 River of Heaven
03 Spiralling Skeleton Memorial (Live)
04 The Broken Hourglass
06 Are You Alright? (Chump Change)
07 Between Tides
Here's a round up of hard to find, non album Blackshaw tracks. Makes for a good 30 minute EP. The tracks are from:
No Ghosts - taken from the Various Artists album 'Gold Leaf Branches', Digitalis Recordings, 2005.
01 Undo The Taboo
02 In The Fullness Of Time
03 Turn The Tide (Sub-Aqua)
04 Go To Sleep
The first (and only) single release from the 'Highs, Lows And Heavenly Blows' LP. This period also marks the end of Sonic's / Spectrum's time with Silvertone Records.
02 Brigid Dawson and the Mothers Network - Ballet of Apes
03 Pye Corner Audio - Magnetic Acid Part One
04 Country Joe & The Fish - Section 43
05 Valium Aggelein - Triumph Of The Metal People
06 Sandro Brugnolini - Vortice
07 Saffron - Vision is a Lonely Word
08 Robert Hermel - Industrie Spatiale
09 Craven Faults - Deipkeir
10 Bulbils - New Island
11 Andrew Wasylyk - Dreamt The Breakers Spill
12 Zbynek Vostrak - Scales Of Light
13 Ennio Morricone - Bambole
New mixtape for your pandemic times.
Saturday, 29 August 2020
Rag Baby Records 1966
01 Bass Strings
02 Thing Called Love
03 Section 43
I don'y always like the music of Country Joe, but I've always been interested in their idea of using records as propaganda and promotion of counter culture ideas.
This E.P. (their second release) became legendary in San Francisco and was sold for $1 a copy. Despite it's cottage industry origins, it appeared in underground record shops in New York and London.
Moving away from folky protest, the band move into bay area psychedelia.
01 Lay Back in the Sun
02 The Slide Song
03 Spread Your Wings (Instrumental)
04 Lay Back in the Sun (Instrumental)
The final release from the Pure Phase / Electric Mainline period of Spiritualized.
01 So You Want to Be a Rock 'N' Roll Star
02 Have You Seen Her Face?
03 C.T.A. - 102
04 Renaissance Fair
05 Time Between
06 Everybody's Been Burned
07 Thoughts and Words
08 It Happens Each Day
09 The Girl With No Name
10 Mind Gardens
11 My Back Pages
The Byrds re-imagined alternate history continues. This time, it's 1967 and the album 'Younger Than Yesterday'.
To be fair, the original album is one of the band's finest and it hasn't been altered too much.
The track 'Why?' has been removed, an earlier (in my opinion better) version was recorded the previous year and I used that on my own 1966 version 'Byrds '66'. The outtake 'It Happens Each Day' has been added, it's a complete mystery why this Crosby original was left unreleased. 'Mind Gardens' has been substituted for an earlier take and finally, the original single version of 'My Back Pages' has been used with it's lovely Leslie Speaker lead guitar for extra psych.
Monday, 20 July 2020
Friday, 19 June 2020
Tuesday, 19 May 2020
01 Princess Of Dawn
02 Winter Sun
04 Tom Bombadills Dance
08 Deep Sea
12 Gotic Velvet
13 Green Cherub
17 Flea-Dance II
19 Up And Down
20 Desert-Rock II
24 Singing Bell
Deuter is a new age artist that has an extensive back catalogue. This record from 1973 is actually a library record, it's contents for use in film and television.
Krautrock flavoured new age ambient.
Note: the above cover is from the 2018 reissue on Black Sweat Records.
Grass-Tops Recordings 2013 (Recorded live 1978)
01 Omar Khayyam Country (Live)
When Grass-Tops recordings were in the full swing of releasing and re-releasing Basho material, this wee gem came out via the Basho Soundcloud.
That page, along with Grass-Tops Recordings is now sadly defunct.
Thursday, 23 April 2020
1. Song Without a Song
2. Class Mask
The first new release by We Are The Wooden Houses (Alastair Popple and Myself) in nearly four years.
'Song Without a Song' comes from a stash of material recorded between 2015-2018 for the unreleased album 'Lair'. Pastoral ambient.
'Class Mask' was originally intended as a split single with Twin Beaks. With that project indefinitely shelved, this piece of organ and electronic hauntology now finds a new home on this release.
Artwork comes courtesy of Cumbrian illustrator Emily Ford.
Free download and limited edition CD available from Bandcamp.
Friday, 20 March 2020
TOR071. Released March 2020.
01. The Heartwood Institute - Castlerigg
02. Amy Tweddle - RAF Silloth Abandoned
03. Goatherder - Kingmoor
Last year, I was preparing for a photography exhibition. As I collected together the pictures, I began to wonder about film, and how static film shots differ from still life photographs.
In October, I chose and shot at three different locations. They were the Castlerigg stone circle near Keswick, the abandoned RAF base in Silloth and Kingmoor nature reserve in Carlisle. All locations are in Cumbria.
I had began discussing film and soundtracks with two friends; Jonathan Sharp (The Heartwood Institute) and Amy Tweddle (wearequasaars), and they provide two of the pieces here.The third I made myself.
Three short films about the absence of people.
Links below for both film and soundtrack.
Reprise Records 1968
01 Kyrie Eleison
06 Agnus Dei
In 1968, The Electric Prunes found themselves with even more contractual bad luck. This time, they had to record arrangements for producer David Axelrod's vision of Gregorian chant cum psychedelia opus.
The band split during the recording and the finished result has Canadian band The Collectors filling in with session musicians.
This should result in a bitter disappointment, but it's a psych classic.
Friday, 28 February 2020
Rivista Inc. 1991
01 Enter the Mirror
02 Night of the Assassins
03 Flames of Ice
04 A Memory is Far
05 Strong Out Deeper than the Night
06 The Night Collectors
07 The Last One
My favourite live recording of Japan's extreme noise makers. Devastating and essential.
Young Americans 2012
01 Just For You (Excerpt 1)
03 The Innocents - Savage Noises (Excerpt) (1961)
04 Anchor Butter
05 Manchester 2 (1962)
06 Wool (1967)
08 Hydrogen Tones
09 2001 Effects Tape 1
10 2001 Effects Tape 2
11 Phensic (1961)
12 New Atlantis (1963)
13 Just For You (Excerpt 2)
14 Winters Journey (Intro) (1958)
15 Pulse Persephone (Alternate Parts For Mixing)
16 Light Music (Excerpt)
18 Shell Flight (Excerpt)
19 Anacin Components
20 G.O.S. (Excerpt - 15" Tape Transferred At 7.5" Ps)
01 Costain Outtake
02 London University (Excerpt) (1968)
04 Anacin (Excerpt)
05 Hamlet - Youth Theatre (1963)
06 For Granada (1967)
07 Oramics Demonstration (Excerpt)
08 Electronic Sound Patterns (Excerpt) (1962)
09 Pure Tone Excerpts
10 Canadian Idyll
12 Mermaid (Excerpt)
14 Illustrations (Fireworks / Hardwich High School) (1967)
15 Ursa Major (Outtake) (1962)
16 Ursa Major (Sun Mix) (1962)
17 Oddments (Excerpt)
18 Osram & Rank / Pulse Persephone Experiment (1963)
19 Pulse Persephone Pitch Experiment (1963)
20 Sardonica (Excerpt)
21 Progs (Excerpt)
22 Barclays Bank (Excerpt)
23 Birth Of Baby
24 Speech Test
Compiled from a stash of tapes found in the 2000's. Focusing on the more avant garde and darker pieces composed.
01 Lay Back in the Sun
02 Electric Mainline Pt. 1
03 Good Times
04 Electric Mainline Pt. 2
This record marks the start of the second phase of the music of Jason Pierce / Spiritualized and one of my favourite E.P.'s of all time.