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machineryelf
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Edited Jun 11, 2017, 21:40
Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 10 June 2017 CE
Jun 11, 2017, 19:20
Man - Original Album Series Vol 2 a box of Man Live so really their greatest hits - cracking version of Mona on Christmas at the Patti sounding very much like Spacemen 3 proving there's nothing new under the sun

Can – The Lost Tapes some cracking stuff here but I can't help feeling that a trim could have produced a killer single CD, having said that I listened to all 3 cds and enjoyed every minute

Klaus Schulze – Black dance more MIG reissues, more complaints froms Mrs Elf about gloomy hippy shit, life would be dull if we agreed about everything as I think Voices of Syn is a stone cold classic

Depeche Mode – Delta Machine decided to concentrate on this, along with youtube interviews of DM , Mr Gahan begins to look very weary of being asked about clinical death after being asked for the 255th time, every now and then someone mentions the music and Andy Fletcher gets to answer the question which seems strange as he appears to have nothing to do with it.
Depeche Mode band politics are now an endless source of fascination to me

The Sonic Shamen – Tribute to Lemmy does what it says on the tin and very well, though it's Hawkwind era Lemmy, not a lot of Motorhead but otherwise a superb release. Features Earthling Society, Vert X and Oresound Sound Collective folk, the latter two of which I shall investigate further, luckily I'm up to date with ES

Black Sabbath – Sabbath Bloody Sabbath classic

Jefferson Airplane – Volunteers also classic

The Stranglers – The Old Testament The UA Years Raven/Meninblack period

Natural Snow Buildings/Isengrind/Twin Sister Moon – The Snowbringer Cult droning and wheezing, scratching and screeching but in the best possible way

V/A – Strangefish vols 1-4 set of modern psychish/electronic/folky types

V/A – Rubble vols 1-20 probably not all volumes have been played this week, but a fair chunk have

V/A – A Gathering of the Tribes vols 1-5 the point at which pysch becomes hard rock, much Iron Butterfly keyboards and pentatonic noodling within, supposedly this is the golden age of psychedelic music but I'm suspecting that many of the songs were written on the brown acid, also the cd labelling is completely shot which adds to the spaced out feeling

V/A – The Purfumed Garden vols 1-5 yet more 'pysch' obscurities, again this one seems more dope than LSD veering towards the beginnings of 70s rock, does include the original version of Warning, later covered by Sabbath and a host of other gems, at least you know which song is which on here
Moon Cat
9677 posts

Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 10 June 2017 CE
Jun 11, 2017, 21:30
Mastodon - Emperor of Sand. Magnificent!
Grand Magus - Iron Will
Iron Maiden - Piece of Mind/Book of Souls?brave New World

Beatrix Players - Magnified. Having seen them tease the promise of these songs in a couple of small club gigs , it's a delight to hear them fully realised and with a pleasingly sympathetic production too. Fans of "Kick Inside" era Kate could do worse than have a listen to this. V good!

Detective - st
Audioslave - Revelations
Firebird - Hot Wings / Deluxe
Fu Manchu - We Obey
Toad - st
Lucifer's Friend - st

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Popel Vooje
5324 posts

Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 10 June 2017 CE
Jun 11, 2017, 21:53
veneta1 wrote:
Popel Vooje wrote:
Stories - About Us


Massively underrated album.

Love it.


Indeed - it's a shame they kicked Michael Brown out because the third album that they did without him isn't quite as good, IMO. Doesn't seem to have been much love lost on the part of either party though by all accounts.
thesweetcheat
thesweetcheat
5927 posts

Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 10 June 2017 CE
Jun 11, 2017, 22:25
The Who - My Generation
Bob Dylan - Blonde On Blonde
The Monks - Black Monk Time
Simon & Garfunkel - Parsley, Sage, Rosemary & Thyme
The Electric Prunes - Too Much To Dream
The Who - Singles
The Kinks - Singles Collection

The Clash - Story Of ... volume 1

Japan - Assemblage
Elvis Costello & The Attractions - Imperial Bedroom
Billy Bragg - Brewing Up With ...
Billy Bragg - Between The Wars EP
The Cult - Love
The The - Infected
The Durutti Column - The Sporadic Recordings

The Sundays - Reading, Writing & Arithmetic
PJ Harvey - To Bring You My Love

Editors - The Back Room
iLiKETRAiNS - Progress Reform
Editors - An End Has A Start
iLiKETRAiNS - Elegies To Lessons Learned
iLiKETRAiNS - "Spencer Perceval" CD single

PJ Harvey - Let England Shake
CTMF - Die Hinterstoisser Traverse
Black Tempest - Enfolding Light
Darkstar - Foam Island
AFX - Orphaned DJX Selek 2006-08
Fatalist
Fatalist
923 posts

Edited Jun 11, 2017, 23:02
Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 10 June 2017 CE
Jun 11, 2017, 22:51
The Focus Group – Stop-Motion Happening. Latest from Ghost Box. TFG specialise in a particular brand of cut & paste sampling, with loops overlapping to sometime disorientating effect. But there’s something weirdly compelling about it too: https://soundcloud.com/ghost-box/sets/stopmotionhappening

Moon Duo – Occult Architecture Vol. 2. They could do this stuff in their sleep now, and most of this sounds like that’s exactly what they’ve done.

Jon Brooks – Autres Directions

Spaceship – A Prospect Of Loughton Brook

The Myrrors – Hasta La Victoria

Jane Weaver – Modern Kosmology

Pye Corner Audio – Prowler. Vinyl only release, found on Spotify. A bit undistinguished to be honest compared to the masterful Stasis.

Wire – Chairs Missing. Probably need to pay more attention to this than I did while cleaning out the loft, but really liked the first track, almost sounds like it could have been from the contemporaneous Hawklords album: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=7dudr9Yx4lQ

Can – Out Of Reach / Can. The late 70s outliers that tend to get passed over. Can themselves disowned OOR for a long time, and it’s easy to see why – it’s not awful, but it is pretty directionless and flabby, with some surprisingly dodgy playing. Can on the other half is two thirds of a decent album, the playing much tighter again. As with other ‘later’ albums, Eno & Byrne owe them a serious debt.

Listen With Father:

Talk Talk – The Colour Of Spring. The first ‘non-rock’ album I bought in my metal/prog teenage years. I loved ‘Life’s What You Make It’, and gratifyingly so do the kids.

Queen – Greatest Hits. The UK’s best-selling album of all-time. My youngest would approve.

I is for…

Immense – Evil Ones And Zeros. Some concerted archival flicking this week. Immense (shit name) were from Bristol, coming just after the whole Flying Saucer Attack scene had fizzled out. It dips a bit in the middle, but this is actually a pretty great example of muscular post-rock, somewhere between Mogwai and Billy Mahonie. Guessing they’re forgotten now (and even at the time they were quickly over-shadowed by their label mates Sigur Ros), but definitely worth a listen if you like this kind of stuff: https://immense.bandcamp.com/album/evil-ones-and-zeros

Insides – Clear Skin. Another one of those bands who’ve been mostly forgotten, but were bigged up by certain writers in the press at the time. This is a 40 minute single track build around repetitive minimalist motifs, nice if not amazing, but... they were paralleling what the likes of Tortoise were starting to do in the US, and I seem to recall they were an influence on Broadcast? https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=x4H7FtKsPzw

Ilk – Canticle. For a couple of years, I was mildly obsessed with Richard Youngs, and this is a self-styled ‘prog’ album he made with a friend in 2004. There’s a slightly ramshackle home-made feel to it (like much of RY’s output), but it’s surprisingly slick in places, folky vocal harmonies plus clangourous guitars and simple keys. My favourite bit is where they bare-facedly nick the start of Rush’s ‘Xanadu’, quite an audacious piece of prog-signalling from an artist more usually to be found in The Wire. https://soundcloud.com/vhfrecords/sets/ilk-canticle-vhf-87

Live:

Hey Colossus / The Wharves – New River Studios, Manor House. I’m still not completely sold on the new album, but the songs really came to life (and other such clichés) played at top volume in a small room, as invariably is the case. Must investigate their back catalogue more, a couple of absolute brain-blasters I didn’t recognise. Nice to see The Wharves too, a bit quirky, but that lady certainly hits the drums hard.
keith a
9183 posts

Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 10 June 2017 CE
Jun 12, 2017, 00:20
Moon Safari – Air

As I Sat Lonely By Her Side – Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

Again – Colder

Ocean Rain – Echo & the Bunnymen

Absurd (CDS) – Fluke

II - Follakzoid

Morning / Evening - Four Tet

Silver Eye – Goldfrapp

Pylon (2 CD) – Killing Joke

King Jammy Presents New Sounds Of Freedom – King Jammy

La Dusseldorf - La Dusseldorf
Viva - La Dusseldorf

Play – Moby

Lime – Mugstar

Lady From Shanghai – Pere Ubu

Revolution Dub – Lee Perry

Disconnect From Desire - School Of Seven Bells

Framed – Sensational Alex Harvey Band
Next – Sensational Alex Harvey Band

Vega/Rev – Suicide
A Way Of Life – Suicide
American Supreme - Suicide

Northern Lights (CDS) – Super Furry Animals

11/6 12/10 - Tarwater
Silur – Tarwater
Remix EP - -Tarwater
Spider Smile – Tarwater

Psychedelic Shack – The Temptations
All Directions – The Temptations

Dusk – The The

Boss Man's Dub – Linval Thompson & the Revolutionaries

Restless Idylls – Tropic Of Cancer

VU – Velvet Underground

Modern Kosmology – Jane Weaver

Modular Witchcraft - WIKAN

Going South (CDS) – Wolfgang Press
Monganaut
Monganaut
1833 posts

Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 10 June 2017 CE
Jun 12, 2017, 12:46
machineryelf wrote:

Can – The Lost Tapes some cracking stuff here but I can't help feeling that a trim could have produced a killer single CD, having said that I listened to all 3 cds and enjoyed every minute

Depeche Mode – Delta Machine decided to concentrate on this, along with youtube interviews of DM , Mr Gahan begins to look very weary of being asked about clinical death after being asked for the 255th time, every now and then someone mentions the music and Andy Fletcher gets to answer the question which seems strange as he appears to have nothing to do with it.
Depeche Mode band politics are now an endless source of fascination to me


Yeah, I agree with your apprasal of the Can Tapes CD's, there are some absolutely cracking tracks on it, but not all are what you might term 'killer CD' standard. As you say, a bit better editing and you'd have one crucial Can album. Not bought the 'Singles' CD yet, but probably will at some point....just cos' of the completist in me.

A few years ago, I got totally dragged into all things DM (so much so that I seem inadvertantly to own pretty much every album....I don't recall buying half of them! and most don't get played that often). Anyhoo, I read one of the many biogs of the band around at the time, and it seems Andy's role is as some sort of peace maker/ smoother over between Martin and Dave, even before Vince or Wilder left. Andy was always really 'Martin's friend',and was someone for him to go drinking with. He seems to have stuck with them through thick and thin....apparently he had more of a business head on him, and in the studio, I think I read his main role is to make the tea :). Think Dave only got the gig originally cos' they needed an outgoing front man, which I think he still performs pretty well, seeing as the rest are mostly stuck behind things. Not sure about the new record, but at least they are trying to say something politically, even if it is only on their usual People Are People/ Everything Counts kinda level. Their hearts in the right place, bless em'. I always like to imagine them as the electro pop version of Metallica, through all their disfunctionality, they can't seem to survive without each other. A therapy film with DM would be quite entertaining.
thesweetcheat
thesweetcheat
5927 posts

Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 10 June 2017 CE
Jun 12, 2017, 18:27
Not usually that arsed with free DVDs that come with CDs, but the documentary DVDs that came with the remastered albums a few years back are well worth a watch.
Monganaut
Monganaut
1833 posts

Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 10 June 2017 CE
Jun 12, 2017, 20:06
Yeah, saw those during my brief obsession. Some kind soul had uploaded em' to youtube.
riverman
riverman
838 posts

Re: Soundtracks of Our Lives week ending 10 June 2017 CE
Jun 12, 2017, 20:44
Temple of BBV - s/t. Collaboration between Gnod and Radar Men from the Moon released on Rocket Recordings. Finding it a grower - starts cumbersomely but by the end of the first track the band have locked into a repetitive groove that could go on for longer. Ditto the last track on the vinyl (there's a bonus MP3 track).

Hey Colossus - The Guillotine. Another Rocket release. Excellent follow up to Radio Static High.

Hey Colossus - Dedicated to Uri Klangers. Wonderful double vinyl collating a 'greatest hits' from 2003-2013 (released late last year but didn't notice). I didn't get into Hey Colossus at all until their more 'refined' Rocket albums but I'm loving this compilation. You can check it out on bandcamp.

In Zaire - Visions of an Age to Come. I don't think this is as good as previous releases but still a nice collection of interesting heavy guitar/electronic based psych.

GAS - Narkopop. Carrying on from 20 years ago. Really enjoyable.

The Inward Circles - And right lines limit and close all bodies. Classy drone from Richard Skelton.

bvdub - Epilogues for the End of the Sky. New Glacial Movements release. Good value, lengthy electronic ambient/drone, without setting the world alight. Have enjoyed working to this though.

Long Distance Poison - Rheomodes. Cassette release of an audio-visual project inspired by Cold War mind control initiatives. Not quite as organic as previous releases but I guess that's down to the compositional process whereby their images were informing the sounds and vice versa. The release comes with a login link to the video material but not had time to watch yet.

Richard Dawson - Peasant. Another excellent new album.
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