17 dicembre 2018


Per il suo nuovo album Bing Selfish torna in parte sui propri passi, convoca a vario titolo i fedeli Windsors e con loro saluta affettuosamente Simon King, evocandolo tra strade, stradine, parchi e negozi di Wolverhampton: In Off​-​On​-​a​-​Tangent Park.

Recorded and produced by Matt Armstrong in JC Montague’s Shed of Earthly Delights, this is at once the most intimate yet most expansive Bing Selfish album; yeah, even more expansive than Space College. Bing shuffles the members of The Windsors in various combinations, with Matt Armstrong at the controls, and produces a real human warmth on every track, even the ones where he’s slagging off curators, bankers, destroyers of the earth, etc. You’ll be taken from the posh parts of London to the crazed surfaces of Shanghai and onwards, outwards to the shopping centres of Wolverhampton and environs. But don’t worry, everywhere we go, we’ll take you to the park first. Heartbreakingly for us and for you, the final recordings by Simon King.

https://bingselfish.bandcamp.com/album/in-off-on-a-tangent-park
http://www.bingselfish.com/bingmailorder.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6pfx00x9T80

16 dicembre 2018


Se è pur facile entrare nell'Isola dei Lupi immaginata da Bob Drake - e splendidamente raffigurata in mappa da Joe Mruk - non altrettanto lo è uscirne, tanta la meraviglia e tale il suo incanto. Lo stesso autore indicherebbe Hollowfang’s Tower e Sleepy Critter, o le parti strumentali di Spotty Under the Trees, però titubando. Forse bisogna cominciare a scriversi tutto?

https://tinyurl.com/isoladeilupi
https://tinyurl.com/yb5ma263
https://tinyurl.com/yc24wsro
https://bdstudio.bandcamp.com/track/quintet-1-12-2018
http://www.bdrak.com/sounds/BD-quintet_number_one-12-2018.pdf

15 dicembre 2018


Un omaggio a Robert Wyatt si è tenuto lo scorso primo ottobre nel tempio del cool israeliano ('live music shows and good alcohol'), il Levontin 7 di Tel Aviv. Alcune scene sono su YT: Alliance, Memories, At Last I Am Free, Alifib e Sea Song.

https://www.facebook.com/levontin.seven
https://www.facebook.com/events/306009843316686

14 dicembre 2018


The Watts (Yumi Hara, Chris Cutler, Tim Hodgkinson) incontrano Haco in una delle date di fine novembre del loro tour in Giappone e quando lei intona Tidal e Shooting Stars in Your Eyes non rimangono impassibili. E' su YT: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ELSsGLb_0ew&t=15s

13 dicembre 2018


Per due rapide battute consecutive, una di là (Ramsgate, NJ) e una di qua (Montreuil, alle porte di Parigi) dell'Atlantico, la fazione avanguardista dei Pere Ubu - Moon Unit - si è fatta in quattro, anticipando quel che verrà: David Thomas, Gagarin, Keith Moliné e Chris Cutler.

http://www.ubuprojex.com/calendar.html
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4pEsbCP8QXs
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=qXIJffT5SGg

12 dicembre 2018


Una scarsa dozzina di brani d'assalto oggi quanto allora, introdotti da un illuminante scritto di Chris Cutler e raccolti in una confezione acre e pungente finanche al tatto: The Work, con i magnifici Mick Hobbs, Rick Wilson, Tim Hodgkinson e Bill Gilonis ritratti a sbalzo tra il 1981 (Fingers and Toes) e il 1994 (Stone). Quattrocento copie offerte dalla parigina Jelodanti Records. Per far bello l'alberello...

https://jelodanti-records.bandcamp.com/album/compilation
https://www.discogs.com/it/The-Work-Compilation/release/12393535

11 dicembre 2018


Tre lussuose edizioni in vinile colorato di Made AvailableRepeat/Metal e Live 80-81 completano il ciclo di ristampe dell'imperdibile catalogo This Heat operato da Modern Classics Recordings per Light in the Attic. Per far bello l'alberello...

Formed in 1976 in Brixton, a multicultural, and – at the time – down-at-heel part of south London, This Heat were born into a music scene in rapid flux, first thanks to the punk explosion and then via new wave and its myriad offshoots into pop, rock and art-rock. But while many sought to apply punk attitude to chart-friendly sounds, This Heat were concocting some of the most experimental ideas ever committed to tape, taking influence from musique concrète, krautrock, the burgeoning industrial scene and even the dub reggae blasting out in their home borough.
In many ways, the nuanced sound worlds created in the studio by This Heat are tailor made for sedentary headphone listening. But pulling off such complicated, genre defying compositions live was surely something to witness. Until now, there was no real official document of the group’s live performances. Compiled by Charles Hayward and Charles Bullen from rough cassette tape recordings of European gigs in Tilburg, Nijmegen, Ärhus, Apeldoorn, Vienna and Rheims between April 1980 and June 1981, Live 80-81 is an essential document of This Heat’s powerful live performances.
Following Modern Classics Recordings’ 2016 reissue campaign to mark the band’s 40th anniversary, these new releases Made Available, Repeat/Metal and Live 80-81 round out the story. Each release is sanctioned by surviving members Charles Bullen and Charles Hayward and features newly remastered audio sourced from original tapes.

https://lightintheattic.net/artists/1292-this-heat

10 dicembre 2018


La storia dei canterburyani olandesi Supersister nei loro anni cruciali - da Present from Nancy a Spiral Staircase Sass - è raccontata nuovamente nel cofanetto Memories Are New compilato poche settimane fa da Universal Music, con l'aggiunta di qualche singolo e un paio di inediti (e un bel po' di refusi nei testi e nelle immagini del sommario libretto di accompagnamento). Assai meglio sarebbe rivolgersi alle estese riedizioni curate dieci anni fa da Esoteric, ma in tempo di corsa ai regali un box antologico prêt-à-porter fa sempre comodo. Per far bello l'alberello...

Onlangs is er een aantal fraaie boxjes verschenen van Nederlandse bands, waarvan de ene wat meer voor de hand lag dan de ander. Supersister valt in de laatste categorie aangezien het nu niet de naam is die als eerste genoemd wordt als je vraagt naar legendarische Nederlandse bands. Dat dit een misverstand is, blijkt uit dit fraaie boxje waarin alle studioplaten van de band gecompileerd zijn en waaraan bovendien nog een bonus-cd’tje toegevoegd is met singles, een onuitgebrachte single en een lange liveuitvoering van Wow. Het uit 1970 stammende Present From Nancy laat gelijk horen dat Supersister een eigenzinnig band is, die niet alleen virtuoos musiceert, maar daarnaast ook haar eigen pad trekt. Zijn op de eerste plaat de nummers nog veelal kort, op To The Highest Bidder uit 1971 zijn de nummers, op het afsluitende Higher na, lang en uitgesponnen. Pudding En Gisteren uit 1972 is het tot dan toe meest vocale album. Waar Pudding En Gisteren, misschien door de naam, nog wel eens voorbij komt, lijkt Iskander uit 1973 grotendeels vergeten, terwijl dit een fraaie plaat is, Ditzelfde geldt voor Spiral Staircase Sass uit 1974 waarop Cesar Zuiderwijk en Jan de Hont in het nummer Sylvers Song nog een gastrol verzorgen. Hoewel toetsenist Robert-Jan Stips misschien wel het bekendst is, is ook de fluit van Sacha van Geest dominant in het geluid. Met een geluid dat soms jazzy, soms poppy en soms er Zappa-esque is, is Supersister niet echt in een vakje te stoppen. Het is alleen daarom al een plezier om naar deze box te luisteren.

http://www.retsisrepus.nl

09 dicembre 2018


Il rinnovato interesse per l'oggetto-audiocassetta sta mietendo vittime anche a Rennes (Francia) presso la patafisica InPolySons, che pure dai piccoli numeri ha spesso tratto vantaggio per le proprie affascinanti produzioni. Ora, esaurita in pochi giorni l'intera tiratura del primo volume di TrucCabinet de Curiosités, a qualche bimbo buono resta solo da sperare che un esemplare appaia magicamente in dono, prossimamente. Per far bello l'alberello...

Truc is a series of 9 thematic, curious, frenzied, improbable, crazy, unique and quirky compilations. Truc will take the form of tape boxsets (+ digital download). Truc was born of MonsterK7 and InPolySons’ shared interest in strange music. Truc brings together musicians that don’t care about naming genres. Truc follows its own rhythm: the volumes composing the series will be enumerated according to the Syracuse mathematics sequence. Truc wants to bring about the unexpected.

For this first volume in the series, called “Cabinet de Curiosités”, we asked 22 musicians to rummage through their archives for obscure-music gold: their most startling unreleased tracks. With: A&E, Alain De Filippis, Art & Technique, Carton Sonore, Chow Mwng, Daniel Padden, David Fenech, Domotic, Ergo Phizmiz, GNG, Guido Möbius, Les Tailleurs de Notes, Lionel Fondeville, Look de Bouk, Mami Chan, Micusnule, NIT, Quenotte (aka Madame Patate), Sacha Gattino, Tom Wilson, Toupidek Limonade and Wevie Stonder.

http://inpolysons.free.fr/fr/truc-6-cabinet-de-curiosites.html
http://inpolysons.free.fr/en/truc.html
http://monsterk7.com/catalogue/cabinet-de-curiosites

08 dicembre 2018


E da ReR si dispongono in piccola quantità altre perle rare dalla collezione privata di Chris Cutler, due volumi di Missing Chapters in cd-r che vanno ad aggiungersi al primo concesso qualche tempo fa con sigla CC100: stavolta ci sono estratti dal suo primo concerto in solo tenuto in Giappone nel 1998 con batteria e oggetti amplificati, musiche per L’Anatomie d’un Fauve di Josef Nadj, una diversa versione di p53, un incredibile condensato d'origine Art Bears (Three Bear Rooms), un duo con Fred Frith a Tel Aviv e altro ancora con Jean-Marc Montera e Jean-Francois Pauvros, John Greaves, Daan Vandewalle e Jon Rose. Per far bello l'alberello...

http://www.rermegacorp.com

07 dicembre 2018


ReR propone anche una simpatica antologia di musica surf sperimentale selezionando otto titoli dalla multiforme produzione di Alan Jenkins: The Kettering Vampires perform Nico and the Velvet Underground, The Best of Aaaaaaaaxb, Culpho Dog Gymkhana 1, That Wraps it Up for The Sea, Considerably further Beyond the Sea, The Magic City, Free Surf Music 3 e Free Surf Music 4Per far bello l'alberello...

Scrive Cutler: "Some insufferably great music that’s hard to categorise. Somewhere in the mists it evolved away from the classic guitar instrumental, tweaking and stretching and mixing it with psychedelics and experimentalism, offering an alternative evolutionary history of popular music. Alan Jenkins ranks highly in my personal pantheon because he’s funny, very musical, doesn’t much care about what's fashionable and sometimes comes up with the unthinkable. Plus, of course, it’s all a pleasure to listen to. So, in the interests of anyone giving a damn, we decided to put a bunch of these lost gems in a box and sell them enticingly cheap - commissioning a short but illuminating pamphlet from Alan about fractures in the ESM community."

http://www.cordeliarecords.co.uk

06 dicembre 2018


Dice ReR che ha ancora qualche esemplare del mitico Rural Class Struggles in Ambridge di Fred Borage, The Book of Leviathan di Peter Blegvad e Nøodutgang Bødo 28.10.11 degli Artaud Beats. Per far bello l'alberello...

http://www.rermegacorp.com

05 dicembre 2018


Il gruppo belga The Wrong Object - in cui milita Michel Delville - affina alcune proprie inclinazioni e approda finalmente all'omaggio zappiano, giusto in tempo per il venticinquesimo anniversario della scomparsa: Zappa Jawaka.

Blending the cosmic energies of nu-jazz with modern rock sensibilities and live electronic devices, the music of the Wrong Object is influenced by a vast array of artists ranging from Canterbury Scene prog rock à la Soft Machine and Gong to Squarepusher, Béla Bartok, Amon Tobin, Aka Moon, Sun Ra, Charlie Mingus and Frank Zappa. With their aesthetics still rooted in an array of storied inspirational models, Belgian prog jazz heavyweights The Wrong Object ventures further into hybrid musical territories - pushing the boundaries of progressive jazz, rock and contemporary music.
After more than fifteen years of an existence marked by extensive touring, recording and numerous collaborations with international jazz and rock luminaries (Elton Dean, Harry Beckett , Annie Whitehead, Alex Maguire, Robin Verheyen, Ed Mann, …) and a recent collaboration with the Brussels Philharmonic and the Vlaams Radio Koor (200 Motels-The Suites), Zappa Jawaka marks the band’s first tribute release to the Grand Zazou, one which contains idiosyncratic, fiery version of such favorites as I’m the Slime alongside lesser-known and rarely performed works. This album is sure to please hardcore FZ geeks as well as the uninitiated with a fresh ear for alternative popular entertainment.

http://off-recordlabel.blogspot.com/wrong-object-zappa-jawaka.html

04 dicembre 2018


Alcuni musicisti presenti in Ici-bas si ritrovano ospiti anche nel nuovo album di John Greaves, registrato e prodotto all'Elfo di Tavernago (Pc): Life Size.

https://www.manticorerecords.com/life-size

03 dicembre 2018


Si rivolge invece a Gabriel Fauré il progetto Ici-Bas del quartetto francese Baum (Olivier Mellano, Maëva Le Berre, Anne Gouverneur, Simon Dalmais), con un omonimo album appena uscito per Sony Classics, una straordinaria messa in scena teatrale già ammirata l'estate scorsa al Festival d'Avignone e una lista di ospiti e interpreti da capogiro: Jeanne Added, BabX, Camille, Élise Caron, Judith Chemla, Hugh Coltman, Étienne, Daho, John Greaves, Piers Faccini, Philippe Katerine, Kyrie Kristmanson, JP Nataf, Sandra Nkaké, Himiko Paganotti, Brendan Perry, Thomas de Pourquery, Albin de la Simone e Rosemary Standley.

Donner à entendre sous un jour nouveau les mélodies de Gabriel Fauré tout en restant fidèle à l’esprit intemporel du compositeur et à son univers musical, ainsi est né le désir de la création Ici-Bas. Écouter ces mélodies, c’est aussi faire résonner la poésie de Paul Verlaine dont Gabriel Fauré disait qu’elle était «exquise à mettre en musique», celle de Théophile Gautier, Sully-Prudhomme, Villiers de l’Isle-Adam, Charles van Lerberghe et d’autres encore… Au cœur de ces textes et de cette musique, nous sommes suspendus, en apesanteur dans un monde lointain fait d’aubes naissantes, de crépuscules orangés, de baisers rêvés et d’amours incertains…

https://www.oliviermellano.com/ici-bas-les-melodies-de-faure
https://www.baum-ici-bas-les-melodies-de-faure
https://www.soul-kitchen.fr/85304-faure-et-le-coeur-fait-baum
https://www.youtube.com/channel/videos

02 dicembre 2018


Si rivolge alla poesia di Emily Brontë in occasione del bicentenario della nascita, ad alcuni scritti della prima guerra mondiale e alle cronache di ben tre naufragi occorsi nel 1968 nel porto di Kingston upon Hull il nuovo ciclo di lavori prodotto in forma di trilogia letteraria da The Unthanks: Lines.

The lines in Part One - Lillian Bilocca - were written by actor and writer Maxine Peake and again turned into song by McNally, the songs originally being performed live by The Unthanks in The Last Testament Of Lillian Bilocca, the acclaimed site specific theatre event written by Peake, about the Hull Triple Trawler Disaster of 1968 in which 58 men lost their lives. Taking place in the Autumn of 2017 and set in the atmospheric rooms and corridors of Hull's grand Guildhall, the show came top of audience feedback ratings for all events commissioned by Hull City Of Culture.

The lines for Part Two - World War One, are those of poems and letters from the time. Written and performed in the opening centenary year (2014) for A Time And A Place - a live audio visual work commissioned by Sounds UK and the Arts Council, the songs include writing by Adrian McNally, Sam Lee and Tim Dalling. Of particular note are the poems Socks by Jesse Pope and the startling and heart-wrenching War Film by Teresa Hooley; two poems offering lesser heard female voices from the time, and that speak against war with such humanity that they could apply to any side of a conflict and to any time. The piano for Part Two - World War One was recorded on the very piano that Holst wrote The Planets on, between 1914 and 1916.

The final record in this trilogy is collection of ten poems by Emily Brontë, turned into song by Unthanks pianist Adrian McNally. Commissioned by the Brontë Society to mark Emily's 200th Birthday, McNally wrote and recorded them on her original piano in The Parsonage where she grew up, performed with bandmates Rachel and Becky Unthank. With the Brontë Parsonage now a working museum of course, the writing and recording had to take place after nightfall. Composer, pianist and producer Adrian McNally wrote the music for the whole record in his first evening at Emily's piano (a rare example of a 5 octave cabinet piano probably made in London between 1810 and 1815), before spending the rest of the residency working on the songs by day on a beautiful German upright at his lodgings in nearby Ponden Hall - another house associated with the Brontës. He would then take his work-in progress into the Parsonage to road test them on Emily's piano in the evenings, before weeks later, returning with Rachel and Becky Unthank to record the songs.

http://www.the-unthanks.com

01 dicembre 2018


Tre giorni di festeggiamenti per il ventennale della gloriosa London Improvisers Orchestra con incontri, laboratori, prove aperte e concerti pressoché a tutte le ore, da oggi al 3 dicembre negli spazi del Cafe Oto londinese. Con un caro pensiero per gli amici assenti. Auguri!

Improvisation permeates our existence, surfacing in most of our behaviour and interactions: conversation, relationships, work and the market place; in art, in spirituality … (and in conflicts, with their unpredictability and IEDs). Even thinking – taking into account our inner world and our surroundings, both ever-changing, and then trying to reconcile these in a way that creates some meaning and does violence to neither – contains a large serving of improvisation. It is probably the case that the larger the group involved, the more difficult it is to create a collective improvisation that is effective and allows space for everyone. The London Improvisers Orchestra has been tackling this challenge by rehearsing and performing in London once a month for the past twenty years, exploring free, conducted and devised large-group improvisations, and developing an extensive and unique vocabulary of signals for improvising musicians.

For these anniversary events we have brought together a stellar line-up of local and international musicians and composer/conductors who have played with the London Improvisers Orchestra at different times over the past twenty years. Remembering absent friends: Harry Beckett, Lol Coxhill, Tony Marsh, Paul Rutherford, Ray Warleigh.

https://www.facebook.com/londonimprovisersorchestra
http://www.londonimprovisersorchestra.co.uk/20thAnniversary.html
https://www.cafeoto.co.uk/events/twentieth-anniversary-london-improvisers-orchestra