Thursday, December 19, 2013
"I used to be carried in the arms of cheerleaders..."
Wednesday, December 18, 2013
The band filmed Episode 4 of A Band in Building in Lancing.
The video is one of series from Elm Street Studio. The idea is to record sessions with bands in acoustically interesting empty building in the local area.
There is great page with our Lancing based artists here.
This gem is the lead track off the new LP Old Souls.
Official Website - http://www.deafhavanaofficial.com/
Friday, December 06, 2013
- Frontier Ruckus – Eternity of Dimming
- Courtney Barnett – The Double EP/A Sea of Split Peas
- Kisses – Kids in La
- John Murry - The Graceless Age
- Karl Hyde - Edgeland
- Ghostpoet - Some Say I So I Say Light
- Young Echo - Nexus
- Heirlooms of August – Down at The Five Star
- Waxahatchee - Cerulean Salt
- MBV – MBV
- Deaf Havana – Old Souls
- These New Puritans – Field of Reeds
- Pet Shop Boys – Electric
- Prefab Sprout – Crimson Red
- The National – Trouble Will Find Me
- King Krule – 6 Feet Beneath the Moon
- Tricky – False Idols
- Zomby – With Love
- Jessy Lanza – Pull Back My Hair
- Laurel Halo – Chance of Rain
- Deerhunter - Monomania
- Bill Bragg - Tooth & Nail
- Kanye West – Yeezus
- Livity Sound – Livity Sound
- Aluna George – Body Music
Tuesday, October 15, 2013
Some unseen photos of The Smiths playing at Moles Club in Bath back on 16th September 1983. The photos have been published over at the great A Scene Inbetween website.
The photos are across two blog posts and Moles is almost completely empty. I have been to Moles on many occasions and its rare to see it quite that empty. The whole crowd amounted to about 30 people in total!
Morrissey is dressed in a flowery t-shirt (shades of Ian Brown in the Stone Roses), beads and well worn jeans with that famous quiff already in place. In the interview photo's he has a long sleeved polo shirt with the band in jumpers, jeans and jackets.
It quite interesting to see the clothes that the sparse audience are wearing as well. A mixture of goths, leather jacketed indie fans and waistcoat wearing youths.
The band were gigging hard at the time with them playing 27 gigs in August, September and October 1983. As a big Smith's fan is great to see some new photos of the band and ones that have a very loose personal link as I lived in Bath for 20 years and spent many an evening in club.
The two sets of photos are here:
Set One - http://www.asceneinbetween.com/2013/09/the-smiths-unseen-pics-from-bath-moles.html
Set Two - http://www.asceneinbetween.com/2013/10/the-smiths-part-2-more-bath-83-unseeness.html
Thursday, August 29, 2013
Friday, August 09, 2013
Friday, June 28, 2013
The Smiths were a controversial addition to the bill as they were deemed to be too popular by the hardcore new age travelers who were the core audience at this time. I think The Smiths managed only two top ten singles in their lifetime so it wasn't like putting on Duran Duran!
The gatefold photo from Hatful of Hollow was taken backstage at Glastonbury before the gig.
These are Johnny Marr thoughts on the performance:
"...When the Smiths played Glastonbury in 1984, we were slightly out of our element. Previously, we'd always played to manic, devoted audiences who were more like supporters at a cup final, but at Glastonbury we were playing to people who largely hadn't seen us before. It wasn't like when Jay-Z played, but we were very "urban" compared to the other acts. Our songs were so fast that we got through our first four in about the time it took for the other bands to finish their intro. Eventually, I did manage to instigate a stage invasion, which raised a few eyebrows. One fan was trying to climb on stage, I helped pull him up, and then a few more people followed, and all of a sudden we'd managed to turn it into a Smiths gig.
What people don't realise is how mellow and low-key Glastonbury used to be. It wasn't televised, and it wasn't a career-defining moment back then. You'd turn up to find just three fields – and they would be by no means full. You had a choice between the shit field, the field no one cares about, or the muddy one. Today's video screens would have seemed like an utter abomination.
Glastonbury's rise in popularity has a lot to do with rave culture. People were getting together in warehouses at the end of motorways just to avoid the police, and then they realised Glastonbury offered thousands of people a chance to get together legally. Suddenly, Glastonbury no longer seemed an outdated idea, whereas in the 80s, it had been caught between the ideals of the 70s and something which had yet to be defined.
Worst Glastonbury moment The first 10 minutes of the Smiths' performance in 84, because the sound got screwed up on stage. My guitar was coming out of the bass amp, and the vocals were, too. They pulled things together . . . by the time of the last song...."
- Nowhere Fast
- Girl Afraid
- Handsome Devil
- This Charming Man
- William, It Was Really Nothing
- Heaven Knows I'm Miserable Now
- Still Ill
- Barbarism Begins At Home
- Hand in Glove
CND Festival, Worthy Farm, Glastonbury, Somerset, England 23rd June 1984.
From the first time I saw mention of the Kosmischer Laufer tapes something struck me as odd. Before I had even heard the tapes or read any of the interviews it all seemed a little lucky that someone had unearthed these tapes of training music for East German athletes and that they hadn't surfaced before now.
It has turned out to be a hoax but a highly entertaining, well presented and planned one. From the fake biography to the music itself the whole ruse is amusing. It great to see someone spend sometime exploiting the wholes in history and the internet to come up with something as "complete" as the fiction created around the music they had recorded.
Surely all artist and bands are to some degree a work of fiction and at least this showed a degree of imagination and elan sadly lacking from much of today's music scene.
Although not official confirmed as a hoax (why would you break the spell) it does appear to have been recorded by two electronic musicians in Scotland. They run the label (well the Bandcamp Page) that contains the recording.
They also went to the trouble of creating a website, Twitter Feed, YouTube channel and Facebook Page for the "artist".
This is from the biography page on the main Kosmischer Laufer website:
"...In East Germany in the early 1970’s Martin Zeichnete worked as a sound editor for DEFA, (Deutsche Film-Aktiengesellschaft), the state-owned film studio. Like many young East Germans of the time he would listen furtively to West German radio at night and became infatuated with the Kosmische Musik or ‘Krautrock’ epitomised by the likes of Kraftwerk, Neu! and Cluster emerging from his neighbouring country. Martin, a keen runner, hit upon the idea of using the repetitive, motorik beats of this new music as a training aid for athletes.
After sharing his concept with colleagues Martin was taken from his studio to East Berlin, quizzed by the authorities about his ideas and, fearing the worst, was surprised to find himself put to work by the Nationales Olympisches Komitee immediately. Installed in a cold Berlin studio with the few electronic instruments the state could supply, (Martin asked for a Moog but was refused), he began one of the strangest journeys in music. Know to the government as State Plan 14.84L, Martin and his fellow musicians informally called it ‘Projekt Kosmischer Läufer’ (Cosmic Runner).
For the next 11 years Martin would be spirited to Berlin to work on tracks with little notice. He created hours of music fusing traditional rock instruments with synthesizers, early drum computers, tape slicing and looping techniques he and his engineer formulated themselves. His output included tracks for running at various paces, warm up pieces, ‘ambient’ music to play in gyms during training...."
You can discover the weird and wonderful world of Kosmischer Laufer via the following links
Thursday, June 27, 2013
It includes the first ever live outing of Blue Monday with full vocals.
Full track listing is as follows:
- Chosen Time
- Dreams Never End
- We All Stand
- Your Silent Face
- Blue Monday
Thanks to whoever uploaded this to youtube.
Friday, June 14, 2013
A great set of dub reggae mixtapes over at Aquarium Drunkard. They started this series of mixtapes back in the summer of 2010 and are about to release the new one in the next couple of weeks but its worth going back and downloading the old versions as well.
The weather in England this weekend looks like the typical summer mix of sunshine and showers so there is no better way to bring some sunshine into your life that with some old school dub.
Below is the track listing for the first in the series
Big Youth :: Some Like It Dread
I-Roy :: Musical Pleasure
Hopeton Lewis :: Sound and Pressure
B.B. Seaton :: Summertime
The Heptones & Lee Perry :: Why Must I
Sly & Robbie :: Asian Roots Dub
King Iwah :: Give Me Power (Version 2)
Lloydie & The Lowbites :: Birth Control
Soul Directions :: Su, Su, Su
Max Romeo :: Sexy Natty
Burning Spear :: She’s Mine
Lee Perry :: Nuh fe run down
Bim Sherman :: Lightening & Thunder 12″
Wailing Souls :: Divided and Rule
Count Sticky & The Upsetters :: Dry Acid
Jackie Mittoo :: Stereo Freeze
Dennis Brown :: Whip Them Jah Jah
Dr. Alimantado :: I Killed The Barber
Lee Perry :: Soul Fire
The Flaming Arrows :: Weary Head
Black Uhuru :: Sorry for the Man
The Congos :: Feast Of The Passover
Ranking Joe :: Slave Driver
The page with all three current files is here - http://www.aquariumdrunkard.com/2013/06/13/bomboclat-island-soak-jamaican-vintage-volumes-1-3/
Bring the sunshine :)
Wednesday, June 12, 2013
- Mission Rock Resort
- I Love You But Your Dead
- I've Been a Mess
Tuesday, June 11, 2013
I am not sure if I have posted before about the wonderful series of Tiny Desk Concerts over at NPR (National Public Radio). A very simple idea, get a band or artist to turn up in their offices and perform a short gig behind a desk! It's like MTV Unplugged without the staging and rehearsals.
In the promo blitz that The National are currently undertaking they have recorded a session which is now live on the NPR website.
The band played a short four song set of tunes from the new LP:
- This Is The Last Time
- I Need My Girl
- Pink Rabbits
- Sea of Love
They are great stripped down acoustic version with the band in fine form.
You can watch the whole thing here:
You can download the audio directly here:
Saturday, June 01, 2013
I am sure I have posted before about how much I love the Largeheared Boy and A Radio Blog. It's mixture of music resources and those amazing Book Notes posts always make it a blog worth reading.
This last week they posted a link to 21 cover songs by The Decemberists. The list of cover versions includes some cracking stuff including Ask by The Smiths, Begin the Begin by R.E.M., Up The Junction by Squeeze and Bring on The Dancing Horse by Echo and The Bunnymen.
The complete list of cover versions is here:
Sat 06.07.13 Cambridge (UK), Portland Arms -- 4pm set
Sat 06.07.13 Reading (UK), Double Dot Bash -- 9pm set
Sun 07.07.13 Bristol (UK), Cube Cinema
Mon 08.07.13 Brighton (UK), The Hope
Tue 09.07.13 Edinburgh (UK),Sneaky Pete's
Wed 10.07.13 Glasgow (UK), Nice N Sleazy
Thu 11.07.13 Manchester (UK), Night & Day Café
Fri 12.07.13 London (UK), The Lexington
Sun 14.07.13 Kutna Hora (CZ), Creepy Teepee Festival
There is a great piece in this weeks Guardian
Below is Skreams Disco Mix from last summer.
Tuesday, April 30, 2013
|Cover of The National|
Great to hear that The National are returning with a new LP in May 2013. Trouble Will Find Me comes in a great vinyl package that you can pre order from 4AD.
Details of the LP below
Trouble Will Find Me, The National’s highly anticipated sixth album will be released on May 21 on 4AD. Formed in 1999, the Ohio-raised, Brooklyn-based band consists of vocalist Matt Berninger fronting two pairs of brothers: Aaron (guitar, bass, piano) and Bryce Dessner (guitar), and Scott (bass, guitar) and Bryan Devendorf (drums).
1). I Should Live In Salt
3). Don't Swallow The Cap
5). Sea Of Love
7). This Is The Last Time
10). I Need My Girl
12). Pink Rabbits
13). Hard To Find
Thursday, March 28, 2013
|Cover of The Smiths|
Just when you think that all the possible live tapes of The Smiths had been unearthed and shared this long lost gem appears.
The band recorded a full set of songs on a cassette recorder with a single mike as a reference for Tory Tate before the ill fated sessions for the bands debut LP.
The quality of the recording is not the best but considering both its age and production values (or rather lack off) its still a great listen.
As the tape was recorded live there are not the multiple guitar parts that surface on the official studio recordings.
The version of Accept Yourself is slower longer with different phrasing and is a really interesting find. Real Around the Fountain is once again slower than the official released versions with Morrissey's vocal full of ache and longing. You also get a "Fifteen minutes with you, I could just never say no..." which switches the emphasis from unrequited lust to something else completely.
Musically These Things Take Time opens which a barrage of frantic drumming far removed from any of the official releases and Morrissey sings in the first verse:
"Slipped into blinding fire and wrestled with serpent sand, oh I am saved, oh I am saved, you took my hand"
There is a cool blog post about it here at Slicing Up Eyeballs:
The owner of tape explained "....In May 1983 (exact date unknown), while preparing to record their debut album, The band ran through & recorded a selection of songs at a rehearsal in band manager Joe Moss’ jeans warehouse (Crazy Face). The cassette tape was recorded for Troy Tate in order to give him something to work with before going into the studio. It’s pretty rough, but considering it was recorded on cassette with a stereo Mic pointing into the room, the quality isn’t too bad. Morrissey’s vocals are a bit distorted – maybe singing too close to the mic or maybe the cassette Mic was too close to the PA but everything else is surprisingly clear. There is some tape flutter at various points. I was lent the master cassette by a source close to the band who made the recording, let’s call him Pablo Cuckoo, in 1997 with a view of trying to put it out as a semi-official release. As it was recorded before the band had signed to Rough Trade, technically he had the rights to the recording. But a combination of poor sound quality & threats from Warner Bros. meant that the idea was shelved..."
1. “You’ve Got Everything Now”
2. “Accept Yourself”
3. “What Difference Does It Make”
4. “Reel Around The Fountain”
5. “These Things Take Time”
6. “I Don’t Owe You Anything”
7. “Hand In Glove”
8. “Handsome Devil”
9. “Miserable Lie”
This is there Facebook Page - https://www.facebook.com/pages/The-Kingsgate-Chorus/373057796040348
Wednesday, March 27, 2013
"...Throughout their characteristically compact seven-minute performance, Croft and Sim avoid eye contact, as they visibly try to ignore the huge throng and cameras positioned maybe 10 feet away from them.
What comes out of their performance is not just beauty, but humanity — the sense that, in all of The xx's songs, all the calm chilliness in the world can't quite contain an exposed heart..."
Tuesday, January 15, 2013
The XX followed up their beautiful debut with a collection of songs that have refined their hollowed out sound even further. Music for the early hours all 3am shivers and half heard drum beats. Its Sunday morning coming down.
The video below is of The XX performing Reunion and Sunset live on KCRW
Tuesday, January 08, 2013
The video is of the haunting debut track
This video is from a session for the Guardian a performance of Buy A Motor Car
Thursday, January 03, 2013
It's like Joy Division covering Winter Wonderland ! Enjoy
"...PARALLEL_°41 _Over the past months, Julia Kent, Barbara De Dominicis and Davide Lonardi have been making a musical/visual/improvisatory record as Parallel 41 _the imaginary parallel that ties Naples and New York on the same latitude line. The tracks evolved from a series of extemporary and improvised recording sessions made outdoors and held between September 2009 and august 2010. These sessions are now an album and a little story in images..."
The video below showcase the sound and vision of the band in live setting
My favorite track was the amazing - New York Times
There are some cool videos over at the official website - http://www.simonefelice.com/video/
The two tracks I really love are the title track
I Know What Love Isn't
The World Moves On
There are also some great free tracks over on his website - http://www.jenslekman.com/presents.htm
|Craig Finn (Photo credit: sidmuchrock)|
2 Grasscut – Unearth
3 Ixtab- Spindle and the Bregnut Tree
4 Mark Eitzel – Don’t Be a Stranger
5 The XX – Coexist
6 Raime - Quarter Turns Over a Living Line
7 Paul Buchanan – Mid Air
8 Parallel 41 - Parallel 41
9 Simone Felice - Simone Felice
10 Jens Lekman – I Know What Love Isn't