•December 12, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Since we’re based in Berlin and Berlin our home town is, we’re a bit worried what happened with our city in the last years. Sure, it’s a normal development, but sometimes I’m wondering how much changed, positive and negative.
There is this new project which documents Berlin on record covers. First there was a tumblr blog and now it built-up to crowd-funded photo book. I know it’s mostly ridicously funny pictures but it’s pretty interesting how things changed.
•December 11, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Hmm, Sky Needle from Brisbane is hard to catch. They perform a weird and primitive hypnotic style of music played on self-built instruments. Something strangely fascinating encircles this band. Lucky me I saw them on their first and recent Euro tour some weeks ago. A totally strange show with lots of fog and unheard music.
Well, back in Australia they edited a cool tour movie together. Funnily enough the show I attended is not in that video. Maybe I was hallucinating. It’s not hard to believe by seeing the photo I shot at Urban Spree.
Anyway watch their tour video below and listen to Sky Needle’s latest record Debased Shapes here or grab your copy here.
•December 11, 2013 • Leave a Comment
What a great split 7″. Mnmnts from Koblenz teamed up with their friends Withers from Linz. Unfortunately the actual 7″ on Adagio830 is coming early 2014 but you can already listen to both songs by both bands here. Below.
•December 10, 2013 • Leave a Comment
It had been a while since any of us heard from Magik Markers. Okay, we’ve had Elisa’s solo project 200 Years, but the last Magik Markers record is more than 4 years ago. Fortunately they are back with a teaser 7″ and a proper new album called Surrender To Fantasy. The first track up Bonfire is a frenetic and ritualistic noise-rock party. Listen below.
And after seeing them supporting Lee Ranaldo a couple of weeks ago I have to say this band is a fuckin’ live monster. So good.
•December 9, 2013 • Leave a Comment
John Fahey’s The New Possibility: John Fahey’s Guitar Soli Christmas Album is literally my favorite Christmas album. While listening it recently to get in the mood I found this new BBC documentary about Fahey.
Canadian James Cullingham’s documentary celebrates the iconoclastic American guitarist, composer and provocateur John Fahey, 1939-2001. Fahey is often considered the godfather of ‘American primitive guitar’, a style forged in the 60s from blues and old-time music that draws on the past without mimicking it.
Fahey rediscovered forgotten blues legends like Bukka White and Skip James in the early 60s before setting up his own independent label Takoma to release his own acoustic guitar music. He was a prankster mythologist who wove playful mythic stories around his albums and was dismissive of many folk revivalists. In later life Fahey was prone to depression and alcohol and lived in a motel for some time before enjoying a new lease of life in his last decade exploring ‘industrial’ music.
This cinematic exploration of Fahey’s life, times and music features Pete Townshend, Chris Funk of the Decemberists and Joey Burns of Calexico. These stellar musicians, along with Fahey associates and friends such as the famous ‘Dr Demento’ and radio broadcaster Barry Hansen, explore the legacy of this profoundly influential artist. The film was recorded in the Washington DC area where Fahey was born, along the Mississippi Delta from Memphis to New Orleans, in Los Angeles, Toronto, Austin, New York and in Oregon, where Fahey spent his last two decades.
Do yourself a favour and watch the movie below or listen to The New Posibility. It’s more than a treat.
•December 8, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Early December, Christmas is coming pretty soon. Time for presents. Metal label Relapse Records starts with a name-your-price 26 song label sampler. You can find the finest collection of songs from all of their 2013 releases. So, listen to Windhand, Locrian, Ulcerate, Lord Dying, Horseback, Weekend Nachos and some more…..
•December 6, 2013 • Leave a Comment
Hmm, after seeing Matt Pike like last year at a Sleep reunion show nobody expected something new from him in the nearer future. But hey, here he is again with a new High On Fire song. No word on a new album but this creepy video is more than we’ve expected.