Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives w/e 29th April 2012 CE
Apr 29, 2012, 22:27
Matching Mole Little Red Record
This Esoteric version does sound quite a bit better than my previous copy. The instruments can all be differentiated instead of the mushy wash that you got on bits of the older one. You could hear there was a good record there on the old one now its clear.
loving the spoken word stuff on Gloria Gloom by Julie Christy and pals. That's also the track that Brian Eno adds drone to
I basically love this lp, now even more so.
High Tide Sea Shanties
Esoteric version of this is even more crushingly heavy than the old 2fer.
disorientingly trippy lp, violin of Simon House vs the guitar of Tony Hill. Wondering if there is any live material around by the band, surprised I haven't come across any.
Sleevenotes mention an lp that is largely backed by the High Tide cut around the same time - Denny Gerrard's Sinister Morning . I was hoping for more of this trepanning psych but the review here doesn't sound as promising as I'd hoped http://rateyourmusic.com/release/album/denny_gerrard/sinister_morning/
looks like Esoteric have that out too, and further reading through online reviews make it sound a bit more promising, if not quite to Sea Shanties level.
MAlicorne 2nd s/t or Le marriage anglais
Beautiful french lp based in Breton folk but beginning to add in electric instrumentation. There's an instrumental track on the 2nd side of the lp that features fuzz guitar that had me thinking of things like Finntroll though it's still more Breton based. This came out in '75, and I think it's pretty classic.
Gabriel Yacoub had been in Alan Stivell's group in 1971 and you can hear connections here. They're a bit like a french equivalent of early Fairport Convention or maybe Gryphon one of whose members went on to join them.
Sylvester Anfang II s/t (2009)
really loving this mainly instrumental space rock band. Not sure what else by them is essential but may investigate further.
Eddie Gale Ghetto Music
Sun Ra alumni's 1968 lp starts off with great folk-jazz crossover track The Rain and goes on through 4 more tracks of radical bigband grooves. I think the band has about 17 pieces plus Eddie's wife Joan on chanted vocals. Music is riff based in a bigband jazz way rather than a metal one. Sun Ra may be one touchstone/marker but this does seem to be based more on folk motifs or something. Very compelling, great lp that I fear may be out of print again. There was another similar lp by the band the next year that I neglected to pick up when it was reissued at the same time as this, now I'm rediscovering this I wish I'd grabbed it.
Cover is utterly classic, band in hoods looking downright fearsome.
keep neglecting this lp. Very other innit? sitting through it this afternoon just reminded me that i should have stuck Why Don't You Eat Carrots on my walkman so it could sneak up on me unsuspected.
Mark Fry Dreaming With alicce
great acid folk lp cut by a still teenage Fry and uncredited Scottish rock band in Italy in the early 70s. The heavy raga guitar jam on The Witch reminds me of The Velvets and has me thinking I need to find out what other raga rumble is out there.
Otherwise production seems to be just out of focus so very dreamy.
a lot of other stuff i can't think of offhand.
Walkman throwing up some wonderful stuff most noticeably might have been a track by Area. Really want to get hold of their material in good sound quality. also loads of rockabilly, country, jazz, psychedelia etc etc
Simon Reynolds Retromania
just finished this this afternoon. Enjoyed but seeing some factual inaccuracy.
Mark Cerasini Wolverine Weapon X
enjoyed this novelisation of Wolverine's partial origins. This saw the adamantium skeleton being added. Thought it was reasonably well written for something I picked up for 20c. Held my attention when i should probably have been reading something else.
Ed Sanders Fug You
just got this memoir of the main Fugs 60s. Very interesting so far. Think it might prove a bit difficult to put down and I have a few library books I've had out for months that I want to go through.
No Go The bogeyman book on the negative male stereotype in folk culture.
Joseph Conrad Omnibus got 5 novels by him of which I've partially read Lord Jim.