Saturday, December 24, 2005

Merry Christmas

Ah, I put irr app (ext) on the stereo and let the shadows curl around me as I curl my fingers round some mulled wine... and dream of rampaging turkeys - I'll leave you with this lovely seasonal number from PTV...

may you get everything you wish for...

Sunday, December 18, 2005

P-arty time

... that jumbled jigsaw aesthetic, re-arranging the staple tools of rock into spiky alchemic contours of jiggle-y-tastic elastic – producing the type of free range music that makes you go mad on the dance floor showing up all those pallid shoe shufflers in true body flinging style ( call the paramedics boys this man’s fitting) …click here and shake yer booty...

please tour the UK soon Mr Wasser… meanwhile I'll be

dancin’ with the Cats till boredom takes me else where...
oh just heard that The Wire's top band of 2005 ' The Books' are coming to the Cube in early 2006 - a great start

Winter Warmth

Went for a seasonal stroll through the illuminated wonderland of Westonbirt Arboretum and dare I say it - it left me feeling quite festive...pagan worship in eelectric...

this last one gave me a feeling of deja vu (see below)
wonder where the photoshoot took place?

somebody directed my attention to some
seasonal goodies from Sufjan Stevens the other week - enjoy - i have, with a glass of Glogg or three.

Wednesday, December 07, 2005

Fursaxa, Alexander Tucker and Sharron Kraus

@ Cube Bristol - Sunday 4th Dec

The most intimate 'Cube' show yet with only about 20 people at the gig, I suppose the combination of Sunday night and winter being too much for most.

First up was Sharron Kraus from Oxford. Not really a big fan of traditional folk but she did a good job of converting me with her fancy finger work, gorgeous vocals and tales steeped in murder and longing. Didn't feel staid or dusty at all - Loved the added bonus of Fursaxa supplying accordion and supporting vocals for the last song of her set.

Sharron Kraus and Fursaxa

Alexander Tucker

Alexander Tucker

Alexander Tucker

Alexander Tucker was next - a master of the overlay, swapping instruments whilst piling on the textures with his network of effects boxes. He supplied psyched out versions from his recent release, the song 'of late' was a particular winner with his multi-tracked voice entering the realms of sci-fi robot or the Cecil B. DeMille like 'voice of God', but the doom metal cords he added later on in the show were defiantly the cream - bass heavy depth charges that reverberated in meaty majesty. I’m liking his 'Old Fog' album more and more but live he's more enigmatic-taking Folk music far beyond its perceived frontiers.


The combination of blurry accordion breeze and free-floating polyphonic voice was an incredible opener to Fursaxa’s (Tara Burke) set and it just got better with every song. Like Mr Tucker she created a varied textural base for her ethereal vocals, conjuring machine phantoms from her sound sources and distorting their vaporous shapes into unearthly drones. Lots of different instruments were fed into her box of magical effects - tiny toy guitars, shakers, Tibetan bells, whistles and flutes some warped until unrecognisable. Towards the end of her set fellow label mate Mr Tucker supplied some low-key atonal noise to Tara’s keyboard drones…an amorphous mass that swirled round those bewitching vocals like a festive garland.

Fursaxa and Alexander Tucker