Friday, 7 October 2016
Wednesday, 14 September 2016
Saturday, 10 September 2016
The perennially wonderful Audio Antihero have introduced a new off-shoot label. It's called Old Money Records and if what it's going to release is anywhere near as good as this first offering, we're in for a treat.
Tuesday, 6 September 2016
Monday, 22 August 2016
Sunday, 31 July 2016
Monday, 9 May 2016
Thursday, 5 May 2016
Thursday, 28 April 2016
Sunday, 24 April 2016
Thursday, 21 April 2016
Clearly there's a lot more to come in this fascinating and highly enjoyable series so keep an eye on the band's bandcamp site for more. They'll also be recording a second session for my Dandelion show later in the year.
Thursday, 7 April 2016
Monday, 4 April 2016
A couple of years ago, there seemed a real and very concerning possibility that Vert:x might be about to suspend activities indefinitely. Thankfully that was a threat that proved to be short-lived.
Neil Whitehead's project returned, now with Vinnie C as his established musical partner, releasing the storming twenty-minute single 'Pure Golden Light' at the end of last year and now comes a fresh release of 'Annwn', produced by Earthling Society's Fred Laird, to remind us, if we'd been stupid enough to forget, why we love them so much.
The lovably intense drone at the heart of the band still remains, but there's an equally lovable playfulness in evidence this release. Frowning over their instruments they clearly are not: ten-minute opener 'A Witch!', complete with telling exclamation mark, is the work of a band enjoying what they do and possessing the musical dexterity to transmit that with familiarly laid back ease.
It's an upbeat mood that permeates the whole release, from the swirling synths of 'Atom a.k.' to the nineteen-minute frantic head-shredding extravaganza of closing track 'Y ol i Annwn'. I'm playing 'Surf Crayola' in my Dandelion Radio show this month, a track that puts space rock tools in the hands of a sixties garage band. The result are, predictably, shambolically brilliant.
You can download some of the tracks here but it's seriously worth getting hold of the full CD version. They'll also be recording a session for my show for broadcast some time in the summer - not to be missed, I would suggest.
Friday, 1 April 2016
This month in my Dandelion Radio show, we present a unique session that comes from legendary 'lost' Dusseldorf band Crowdrock.
We can't, on this occasion, claim that the tracks were recorded for the show. Rather they've been rescued and exclusively remodelled for broadcast by the estimable Phil South. What follows are details on the four tracks, all of which you can hear in my April Dandelion Radio show, streaming at various times through the month. There are no dates on any of this stuff but it's all almost certainly from the period 1975-1978.
Thursday, 24 March 2016
Sunday, 20 March 2016
Monday, 7 March 2016
Friday, 4 March 2016
Tuesday, 1 March 2016
Tuesday, 23 February 2016
Saturday, 20 February 2016
Tuesday, 9 February 2016
Saturday, 6 February 2016
Thursday, 4 February 2016
Bloomin' Nora, the information on the bandcamp site tells us, is a 56 year old retired RE teacher/novelist and her musical mates. Which makes a welcome change from being told you're about to hear an 'alternative rock' band with no ideas of their own or some other such promised mediocrity
Even more reason to suspect this was going to be great was prior knowledge that those 'musical mates' include Phil South and Brent Jackson, whose musical CVs, separately and collectively, include such fascinating musical adventures as The Sinatra Test, Late Road Lunatics and Anonymous Bosch (incidentally, check out Phil's brilliantly curated Crowdrock project - more of that in my March Dandelion show).
Here they step back and let 'Nora' take centre stage, her darkly deadpan spoken word pieces brilliantly complemented by their fractured instrumental soundscapes. I'm playing title track 'Nowt O'clock' in my Dandelion Radio show this month. Here the vocals produce their own rhythm as they collide in demented harmony with the bastard jazz musical going on underneath.
Other pieces - such as opener 'I'm Not Invisible' - see music and vocals clashing brilliantly, the poetry sometimes running ahead, sometimes stopping to do battle with the wild sonic collage, or 'This Is Now', where something akin to an eccentric dance groove emerges from the intoxicating vocal repetition and battered percussion. The result, as you'd wish, is something like a high scoring draw.
Nowt O'clock is a hugely arresting, unique listening experience. and it's available from bandcamp for only 99p. So what are you waiting for?