Tuesday, November 29, 2005

From Quagmire

From Quagmire - Habitats in the Wound

From Quagmire - blissfully de-tuned instruments and hypnotic female vocals creating songs that are sensually dark in a very primal sense - not in a primitive racket way but the type of vibe that evolves from the essence of existence. The latest album is available from VHF, the sound-bites on the site are strangely corrupted (sort of sped up) and bear no resemblance to the stark beauty of the album... but there's an amusing essay on why Oxford isn't what it's cracked up to be...

Sunday, November 27, 2005

Z'ev and Charles Hayward (This Heat) - Friday 25th Nov

live @ the Cube, Bristol


It was an intimate affair with Z’ev being perched just below the stage rather than on it (in the front row – some of the front row seats taped up) with an assortment of bang-able goodies arranged around him including a few metal duct pipes.

Chain smoking with his back to the audience the man’s show was a fascinating exploration into sound creation, all acoustic too, no microphonics to sully his purity of vision – he coaxed some of the most extraordinary sounds and rhythms from what was at first glance a limited palette, The dexterity and complexity at work here was astounding, catching the reverberations, Ze’v was in a playful mood – overlaying textures and effortlessly moving through his equipment. Loved his use of the piping, he created truly industrial beats like only 'Test Department' or 'Neubauten' (circa Kollaps) could.

His suspended custom-made metal box was a marvel to listen to, as the scarred surface brought forth tonal wonders that were infinitely pleasing . However, I think the rubber balls on plastic sticks rubbed along the drum skin was his crowning glory… It just had to heard to be believed
- like something created from the bowels of a PC. If I ever get the chance to see Z’ev again I’m taking it!!!

Some sounds from the Z'ev website


and Nine Chambers Divination/Mediation.mp3

charles heyward

Legendary member of that early 80’s post punk sensation ‘This Heat’ - Charles Hayward used percussion that was more orthodox but by no means ordinary.

Surrounded by at lots different drums he charged into his set, a blur of arms… Energetically cutting up rhythms and twisting them on themselves – his vocals – fiery, poetic and sometimes scary especially when he spat forth ‘Abracaaaadabra!’ - talk about ‘jump out of yer seat’ dynamics – it would seem that he’s still as disgruntled as he was when he started his musical career – which gave the performance plenty of impetus. Brilliant – He’s set me on a mission to get more accustomed to the work of ‘This Heat’ – a group that seems to have slipped completely under my radar…

charles heyward

Saturday, November 19, 2005


pic from www.4ad.com

Those lovely people at 4AD have a
16+ min exclusive mp3 mix of the new Magnetophone album for download with selected out-takes (which is a sweet slice of electro-pop). It seems that the label is being rejuvenated by some interesting new blood - liking the 'Celebration' taster on offer... 25 years and still coming up with the goods - personally I'm looking forward to the CD re-issues of some of the early vinyl only releases like the Mass album (hopefully with some added extras) and Burden of Mules by The Wolfgang Press . . . prostitutes are the spice of life . . .

Sunday, November 13, 2005

I'm a fan don't yer know...

Coil T-Shirt

P16 D4 T-Shirt

Some of my own T-shirt Artwork - I suppose P16.D4 should have been in black 'n' white but i decided to add a little colour to the cheeks

7 year rabbit cycle - Wind Machines is lighting my musical pyre at the moment - love those raw guitars, solid drums and of course those crazy distorted female vocals (like a pre-menstrual cross breed of Harry Pussy / PJ Harvey). Here's cariboo.mp3 from an earlier album to get yer in the mood and Yep where blokey sings (i think)... Enjoy

Thursday, November 10, 2005

Melt Banana, Ribbon Device and Hunting Lodge

Live @ The Fleece, Bristol - 8th November

Hunting Lodge – were a primal soup of sludgey vocals, snarling guitar, pummelling drums and monstrous bass – throttling banshee turmoil that revealled in reams of feedback. The vocalist (Papa Molasses maybe?) staggered the stage vomiting vocal textures all over this testrosterone heavy beast of a performance, its saliva dripping black mouth - a vision of hell. It looked like Anton Maiof (My Ambulance Is On Fire) was contributing lots of yelling too - stoking the temperature even higher… Blistering!

Here's a mp3 from their site - Mighty, the Forward Striding Toes.mp3 (please download) and if you're curious here's some live photos of the boys in action.

After this, anybody would have been an anti-climax, but from the moment the next act stood centre-stage and squeezed an entire tube of KY Jelly into his mouth, I sort of knew something interesting was going to happen. Smashing his face into a peice of contact mic-ed glass, making the grotesquest of faces resulting in some exquisitely distorted sonics... This was Justice Yeldham and the Dynamic Ribbon Device.

Justice Yeldham and the Dynamic Ribbon Device

Justice Yeldham and the Dynamic Ribbon Device

Really compelling stuff alone, but when he broke of a corner of the glass with his own teeth (with a horrible crunching sound) then dragged it across the remaining pane in a blood drenched scrape the performance entered a new realm of extreme. The squeamish (amongst us, me included!) winced. Later the glass fragmented further cutting into his neck causing blood to squirt out I really thought it was hospital time! However he seemed to avoid any fatal injuries. Blood and jelly combined and smeared across the smooth surface as the most gorgeously biological sounds were produced in great whirls of feedback. A real show stealer for definite, apparently he covered some of his merchandise in the evening’s blood – I bet fans were hesitant about a signature, especially if a pen wasn't to hand!

There's a great video of the man in action from a previous gig here. It's a bit on the weighty side (45mb) but worth the wait.

Justice Yeldham and the Dynamic Ribbon Device

Justice Yeldham and the Dynamic Ribbon Device

Melt Banana

Melt Banana

Melt Banana were a real highlight with their own take on 'Speedo-Thrash'. Tentacles of noise whipped the air, making my body jerk in spasmodic response, arms flinging about wildly. Playful chops in the sound and those marvellous vocals warped into unusual shapes by her box of tricks - blew all dusty predictability clean out of the water. They took the term ‘High Energy’ and ran with it, like a speeded up rock documentary or 'attention deficient' teenager (most songs clocked in at just one minute thirty). The band ploughed through song after glorious song, the small faction of the crowd in front of me became a seething mass of twisting limbs, wobbling heads and alcohol spillage with every tune. You’ve just got to love Melt Banana they left me feeling more alive than I ever thought possible.

Melt Banana - Rough Dogs Have Bumps.mp3

Melt Banana

Melt Banana

Wednesday, November 09, 2005

Justice Yeldham and the Dynamic Ribbon Device

Saw Melt Banana last night at the Fleece, Bristol ( more on this amazing show a little later) but one of the support acts was staggeringly brutal in a self harming performance sorta way - the name was Justice Yeldham and the Dynamic Ribbon Device... blood smeared sonics - hope he survives long enough to make a album or three...

Friday, November 04, 2005

Mixing It

Kevin Blechdom

For those of you that missed the recent UK tour of Kevin Blechdom and company you're in for a treat tonight as half of Radio 3's 'Mixing it' programme has them live at the ICA - electro-kitsch-tastic...