Thursday, May 18, 2017

Tuesday, May 16, 2017

the other stuff rated by some going on at the time #2

many of the smartest pop minds of our time would disagree, vehemently....  probably scornfully

but the truth is I have never really seen it / heard it / felt it with the PSB...

 "West End Girls", very nice, yes (what's it about though? I don't really care actually)...

Introspective, I liked a bit, for half-a minute...

 "Being Boring", bit boring

Overall, as sound it seems thin, as expression it feels mild...   the other elements (lyrics, image, framing, interview) are clever (-clever)

pop without the !POP!

for his comments about Nirvana's "Smells Like Teen Spirit" ("sounds more like a rave record than rock") and for inventing the concept "imperial phase", Neil T deserves a knighthood, or at least a CBE

but otherwise

file under "music journalists who should have stayed music journalists"

Saturday, May 13, 2017

flamenco glam and kraut rumba

via Marcos Gendre of Rockdelux magazine in Spain, word reaches me of the phenomenon of glam flamenco!

also rumba glam

not sure where the glam is in this

this is postpunk flamenco (says Marcos)

acid rock flamenco (although to me it sounds more blues-rock - good drumming though)

also rated by Marcos, although I'm not sure if there's much flamenco or any glam here (again neat drumming)

and a contemporary band he rates highly - purveying "post-punk kraut-rumba"

bonus suggestion from Fernando Ramirez Ruiz in the comments - "a song to glam, "The King of Glam", who is forever in 73 with Bowie and T-Rex according to lyrics"

Thursday, May 11, 2017

Tuesday, May 9, 2017

independent fellers - independent ladee

Eno said Donna's "State of Independence" was the best single of the year.

I wonder if he'd have said the same of Jon & Vangelis's original, if he'd have heard it.

I think I might prefer the original

Both have that odd loping, chuntering groove.

What is the lyric about then? If it's Jon it's probably something New Agey or hippy-dippy.

I have never properly "done" Yes  (I've done a cursory whizz through the famous albums, surprised to find some of it rather rhythmically dynamic and groovy, but never returned)

but I do have this on vinyl and rather like it

Sunday, May 7, 2017

rockism on the rocks

"verses and choruses... they all sound the same... no computers... Herman's Hermits"


release irrationale:
"Visions Congo is yet another moniker from Discrepant’s head honcho, Gonçalo F Cardoso, taking Africa as a starting point to evoke the memories and re-imagined experiences of his 6-month stay in the region back in 2015. Most of the recordings and compositions were done in the great lakes of Africa region of Uganda, Congo (DRC), Tanzania as well as the island of Zanzibar. Meshing impromptu in situ compositions with old dusty samples and his own field recordings is the go to modus operandi of Gonçalo F Cardoso's various monikers (ie Gonzo, Papillon), creating deep layered 'exotic/alien' soundscapes of various moods and feels. Here’s another series of surreal and augmented field recordings that try to brace the listener with fresh alien authenticity before toying very pointedly with antiquated constructs by mixing avant-garde dustbin synth music with concrete field recordings and humorous, tongue in cheek intersections - not to ‘ever’ be taken too seriously."

Friday, May 5, 2017

the other stuff, rated highly by others, that was going on at the same time #1

the next level of nostalgia: when you start taking an interest in the stuff you didn't care for much at the time

there was always something a bit... not-pulled-off about the Style Council's attempts at being funny

like the deep true British soul of Weller is his humourless fanaticism

the very thing that is worthy of respect

that made the Jam powerful

whereas Style Council felt like an attempt to move beyond those real strengths (earnestness, stiffness, urgency, gawky intensity, uptightness, sour vision) into zones of actual weakness (jazz - come off it mate! funk - pull the other one)

moments of getting there, of almost-love

this first one was the one that I really liked, unreservedly

Wednesday, May 3, 2017

njálbmi musihkka (only yoiking)

Sami as it ever was...

"The yoik is a unique form of cultural expression for the Sami people in the North of Sweden. The songs are not merely descriptive, but yearn to capture the subject in its living sense. It is not about something, it is that something. It does not begin and it does not end. Like the wind."

Monday, May 1, 2017

Miệng nhạc

full album

"Since the end of the 90s, Laurent Jeanneau, also an integral Sublime Frequencies contributor, has been recording the music of mostly endangered minorities of South East Asia. Alongside his relentless pursue of remote exotic and unpublished musical traditions, he also started creating electronic versions by combining raw recordings with natural sounds, archive material and electronically treated sounds. 
For Voices, Laurent based his alternate re-versions around the extensive voice recordings he made on location in the southern regions of Yunnan and Guizhou in China as well as in Sapa, North Vietnam and Phongsaly, Northern Laos. 
The compositions contain unedited acoustic recordings, computer modified parts, sound collages and acoustic recordings of people and instruments. All tracks were recorded on location and re-arranged by Laurent Jeanneau in Dali, China."


"Erhai Floating Sound" is a spatialized live sound performance which took place on Erhai lake in Dali, Yunnan, China in may 2010, involving Laurent Jeanneau aka Kink Gong and Julien Claus. The electronic sounds were produced on a small fishing boat inside the lake connected by underwater cables to other four boats, each of them carrying a speaker.
This tape is a stereo version of the quadraphonic performance of Kink
Gong and it's about an hour long.

Laurent Jeanneau is an electroacoustic composer, ethnomusicologist and Sublime Frequencies contributor, who has released more than 150 cds concerning recordings of ethnic minority music, mostly from south-east Asia taken in more than 15 years of activity. The electroacoustic activity of Kink Gong is based on the deconstruction of the original recordings, which focus mostly on vocal and local instruments like gongs, mouthorgans and string instruments, into soundscapes and cut-ups. 

shroom music

"bioelectrical recordings of living plants and fungi"

the secret soniferous life of plants