From nothing to nothing is no time at all.
Midnight was still some way off and the party was dragging, so I had the idea to turn the clock forward. As The Monster Raving Loony Party had realised in their proposal to decimalise time (thereby ingeniously banishing the cold months of January and February forever!) a time and date is only a number, so in the spirit of Interstellar why not bend it?
Formalities over early, we wandered back to Dave’s flat to catch Jools Holland’s (ironically pre-recorded) Hootenanny. …
Terry Riley is a keyboard player from a Californian town near San Francisco. That’s a very brief summary. To expand a little for those of us not familiar with the music of Riley we can add the following touch points:
organ, delay, experimental, minimalist, glass, reich, rainbow in curved air, in c, raga, indian, jazz, kronos quartet, loops, drones, tapes, cage
…and here is the music-map:
Come on Sabbath lovers. Never Say Die!, Ozzy Osbourne’s final album with Black Sabbath (before the 2013 reunion) is actually a cracking good album! Like Technical Ecstasy before it, it only suffers relatively from comparison with the earlier albums, that were even better, but as a standalone rock album from 1978 it knocks the spots off most competitors.
Granted the sound is different from what we were used to, with a more conventional rock sound — the tracks are more upbeat, the guitar is tuned higher and the overall production is super polished. …
A big fan of both Cluster and Harmonia (the latter a short lived “supergroup” being the Cluster duo of Hans-Joachim Roedelius and Dieter Moebius plus Neu! guitarist Michael Rother) Brian Eno collaborated with both groups in the mid ‘70s, co-recording 3 albums.
Tracks and Traces was actually the first recorded in 1976 (just before Eno began work on Bowie’s Berlin albums) but oddly not released until 1997. Cluster & Eno followed in 1977 and a third After The Heat (not reviewed here) came in 1978.
When Brian Eno first alighted upon the Harmonia grouping he proclaimed that they were the “the most important band in the world”. …
Eddy continues his bid to name-check every band under the sun this week with 4 brand new artists and 2 making only a second appearance:
Edgar Froese Epsilon In Malaysian Pale
Nucleus Plastic Rock
Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate Out Of Mind
Soft Hair Soft Hair
Nils Frahm All Melody
Firstly the 2: Edgar Froese’s sumptuous Epsilon In Malaysian Pale easily slots into the Tangerine Dream early to mid ‘70s canon of classic Berlin school albums somewhere in between Phaedra and Rubycon. Eddy went all green and moist over Epsilon in a recent review.
There was also a degree of moistness with the Nucleus album which Eddy discovered in log #125, Plastic Rock easily claiming the “record of the week” spot in his Roger Dean retrospective. …
Sometimes one needs a complete change and following some relatively light folk over the last couple of weeks I just wanted to blow some cobwebs away with some heavy rock for week #178.
Radiohead — Kid A
Black Keys — Attack & Release
Black Sabbath — 13
Black Sabbath — Never Say Die
Budgie — The Best Of
AC/DC — High Voltage
The Black Sabbath listening has been part of my research for my latest ranking article which you can find here >>
Over the last couple of weeks I’ve played 24 Black Sabbath albums which has been an illuminating experience. I already knew the first 8 albums well (the vintage Ozzy years), plus the first couple of Ronnie James Dio albums. I also had a copy of the 2013 comeback album 13 which I last reviewed favourably here…
An entirely personal run through music questions I rarely get asked…
What’s the best Can album to get?
Well, I’d have to start with the record I’m named after, Ege Bamyasi. If this fires your imagination then proceed to work through the rest of my ranking here.
Incidentally how do you pronounce your name?
I can’t say I’ve heard it said out loud that often but I use Bam-yay-zee, not Bam-yass-ee which I’ve heard some people call me. I don’t know what’s right. My parents just called me Jon. …
Were The Doors just a phase one went through when growing up, like the recently discussed Rush? Or did they really have depth and staying power?
They aren’t a band I return to very often (and in fact this is their first appearance in the (b)log in 2 years and nearly 250 artists!). This is surprising really as the music is actually excellent and the band should really be viewed as much more than a mere Jim Morrison vehicle. But has the cult of their revered and charismatic singer over shadowed their actual music? …
A few new entries in the box this week. First a word on a great young band I saw in Brighton last night. Sam Jordan and the Dead Buoys (nautical spelling deliberate after a clash with a US band of the same name). I told them afterwards they sounded like Bear’s Den which they took as a compliment, hence the new entry in the player. Both bands specialise in beautiful sensitive acoustic melodies and gorgeous vocal harmonies, the right side of the Mumfords.
1. Bear’s Den — Islands
2. Various — Trojan Dub 3 CD Box Set — CD no. 1
3. Matthew E. White — Fresh Blood
4. Kings of Convenience — Riot on an Empty Street
5. Wilco — Being There
6. Afro Celt Sound System — Anatomic (vol. …
Highlight this week is Klaus Schulze’s Audentity double album. But cover topping is provided by the Sunlight of Tangerine Dream’s Ricochet ‘cos it’s just gorgeous (it’s a shot from a beach on the west coast of France). Lowlight is the Arcade Fire album which was disappointing to be polite. Midlight we have two very interesting Radiohead albums.
Arcade Fire — Everything Now
Radiohead — Kid A
Radiohead — Amnesiac
Tangerine Dream — Ricochet
Klaus Schulze — Audentity CD1
Klaus Schulze — Audentity CD2
In the words of Phil Mogg of excellent UK rock outfit UFO: “Oh My”, this was a surprise, but not in a good way. The pappy pop of Arcade Fire’s Everything Now reminds me of… ugh Vampire Weekend and Noah’s whatever… Or Mercury Rev (and even a bit of Prince* which is fine btw but not what I was expecting)… or any number of similar anaemic watered down independent US guitar pop bands. …