Sunday, July 29, 2007

This Just In: Steven Stapleton Artwork Now Available

from the newly formed Babs Santini website:

"Welcome to! The first in a series of fine art prints is now available. These beautiful and bizarre artworks are reproduced with the highest quality light-fast inks on archival, heavyweight, 100% cotton stock. Available individually and as a set, each print is signed and numbered by Steven Stapleton.
Unlike commercial posters, these prints are conservation grade. Therefore, framing is highly encouraged to maintain image quality and long-term preservation of the printing process. Please see our store for more details.
More pieces are to be added over the next months, including original artwork and a few surprises. "
Leave a piece for me, as it's not payday yet:)
Exciting info, though!
Thanks to Andrew Liles for the heads up!

The Sylvie And Babs Hi-Fi Companion

Nurse Wiki
Sylvie And Babs do Discogs
From Brainwashed:
"Track Listing
Side 1
You Walrus Hurt the One You Love [udt18]
Great Balls of Fur*
Sleeve Notes
* featuring the last ever performance of Murray Fontana, a harbinger by nature, who killed himself in the name of music by successive acts of self indulgence.
'The Rhinos of Wrath are Whiter than the Horses of Destruction'
The Murrary Fontana Orchestra John Orr, Ritva Ross, Robert Haigh, Christine Glover, Tathata Wallis, Marc Monin, Jim Thirlwell , Edward Ka-spel , David Kenny, Peter McGee, Ross Canon, David Michael Bunting , Johnathan Stone, Paul Hurst, Flora McCrindell, Glen Michael Wallis, John Fothergill, Mary Dowd, William Bennett , Paul Donnan, Geoff Cox, Fiona Anne Burr, David Elliott, Robbie Sylvester, Sinan Leong, John Murphy, Chris Furse, Lisa Donnan, Brian Williams, Tracy Roberts, Graeme Revell, Laura Calland, Diana Rogerson , Iva Morgan, Steven Stapleton , Marlene, Andrew Cox, Dorothea Bendik, Stephen Holmes, Margaret Evers, Wilf Harris, David Jackman , Trevor Reidy, Darren Kingaby, Nikki, Geff Rushton , Karl Blake, Harpunkt Fix, Barry McCarus
Vocal backing by "THE TWO SHAVES AND A SHINE"
Produced, mixed and edited by S. S.
Recorded at I.P.S. studio Jan '83 - Feb '85
Engineered by David Kenny and Peter McGee
Cover by Babs"

A cornucopia of sound. Perfect with a lovely glass of sherry:)

Friday, July 27, 2007

Persistance Is All Coil Live At Royal Festival Hall 19 Sept 2000

Coil Live Info Here To Here
Higher Beings Command
Amethyst Deceivers
Titan Arch
Blood From The Air
I Am The Green Child
Constant Shallowness Leads To Evil
Fierce, unrelenting, soothing for the troubled soul.
256 - One track

Den Haag Coil Live 7 June 2002

Available on CSO

Coil Live Info Here To Here
Early Version Of The Gimp(Sometimes)
Amethyst Deceivers
I am only guessing on the first title. There are definitely the lyrics from The Gimp, though the sounds are not like the final issuance of that title. 256 - One track.

Thursday, July 26, 2007

The Key To Joy Is Disobedience Coil Live Oslo 17 October 2002

Coil Live Info Here To Here

Sine Waves
Last Rites Of Spring
Are You Shivering?
Amethyst Deceivers
A Warning From The Sun
The Universe Is A Haunted House
I Don't Want To Be The One
Bang Bang
An Unearthly Red

Coil Site

Gotham Lunacy Coil 1st U.S. Appearance Convergence VII 18 August 2001

Available on CSO

Higher Beings Command
Amethyst Deceivers
What Kind Of Animal Are You?
Blood From The Air
The Green Child
Constant Shallowness Leads To Evil

Audience recording. Brilliant, nonetheless.

Coil Live Info Here to Here

p.s. this site has incredible documentation on this show.
Coil Site

Saturday, July 21, 2007

In My Father's House Are Many Mansions...excerpts

For some, Andrew Liles will be a familiar name through his work with Nurse With Wound.
Here, I would like to introduce you to his further collaborations, not only with Stapleton and Colin Potter, but Aranos, Aaron Moore from Volcano The Bear, Jonathan Coleclough, Irr.App.(ext.) and more.
Due to the availability of this disc, I will not post the whole thing, however, I feel more people should hear the work of Liles, so an excerpt is here.
Full tracklisting (excerpted herein are marked with an asterisk):
Paul Bradley Journey Remix
*Colin Potter All Doors Open
*Aaron Moore Auto Manipulator - Trumpet Mix
*Jonathan Coleclough Aviophilia
Ruse The Ether Reel Rendered
Band of Pain Apathy in the UK (Blast# 3)
*Bass Communion Something to do with Hans Bellmer in a Pub at Last Orders using 15th Century Rural Magic
*Aranos Auto Manipulator - Gong Mix
Darren Tate Lite
*Irr. App (Ext)Ape Greasing Resonant Curvature Around Antiseptic Orifice
The Hafler Trio Song of the Ergophile
Unsong Te Whare Ao Aitu (Waits In Double Bed)
vidnaObmana 8 O'Clock
*Nurse With Wound Soliloquy for Lile(s)th
Freiband Reis
Please stop by the Andrew Liles site, as there are many titles available, mp3s and 4s, plus new titles in the works. I'll be excerpting parts of The Vortex Vault soon, so please check back.
If you like his collaborations, wait til you hear the solo work:)
I've pulled the link for The Dead Submariner, as it is still available from Beta-lactam Ring Records as part of the deluxe edition of The Dying Submariner. I shall likely replace it with an excerpt similar to this, with more infos. (By the by, BlR has a killer catalogue, including tons of stuff other than, but including, their releases.)

Review for "In My Father's House..." excerpt from Vital Weekly:
"At times the mixes remain close to the original gentle collages (like the mixes by Bradley or the very recognizable piano theme Potter uses) or more like soundscapes such as the tracks by Coleclough, Tate, Nurse With Wound (a Soliloquy no less) and Bass Communion. Ruse and The Hafler Trio deliver trademark, more abstract versions and Freiband submits, compared to the other tracks, the noisiest piece of them all. It is interesting to note that as much as these tracks are made by individual artists with individual styles, this CD still sounds as a coherent project, which makes for enjoyable listening and is probably why this is released under the name Andrew Liles. Another intriguing and highly enjoyable addition to the already impressive Liles-catalogue. (FK)"

Friday, July 20, 2007

Mything Pieces III

Further info can be found here.
Full concert from Essen, but as with other shows from the lads, it's hard to hear over the crowd.
Odds and ends include appearances on Jukebox Jury, various interviews, and the boys on Public Ear.

Thursday, July 12, 2007

Livin' Fear Of James Last Disc A

Review from Pitchfork
NWW @ Scaruffi

Now dig, y'all. This is a two disc set, only the first of which I am posting here. It's very much still in print and available on just about all continents, so I urge you to purchase this title. There are so many titles, I thought this might be a good opening for some to Nurse's earlier sounds.
Bon appetit!

From Brainwashed :
2005 August 2xCD UK Castle Music CMEDD1161
In jewel case
Track Listing
Disc A
1. The Six Buttons of Sex Appeal (Edit) from the album 'Chance Meeting on a Dissecting Table of a Sewing Machine and an Umbrella' [ihm2] [ud01]
2. Dirty Fingernails (Edit) from the album 'Gyllenskold, Geijerstam and I at Rydberg's' [lay3] [lay30] [ud038cd]
3. Stick That Chick and Fell My Steel Through Your Next Meal from the album 'Automating Vol. 1' [lay10] [ud019]
4. Subterranean Zappa Blues from the album 'Second Pirate Session' [ud043]
5. Ag Canadh Thuas Sa Spèir from the album 'Man With The Woman Face' [ud0102]
6. Die, Flip or Go To India from the album 'Bright Yellow Moon' with Current 93 [goppa0045] [udor8]
7. Cold (Edit) from the album 'Thunder Perfect Mind' [ud040]
8. The Strange Play of The Mouth from the album 'Automating Vol. 2' [nwwckg] [ps1] [tm1] [tmt04] [ud015] [ud030]
9. Swansong (Edit) from the album 'Alas The Madonna Does Not Function' [ud027] [ud042]

Mything Pieces II

As with part 1, BLZ has this to say about the series:
" An internet-made compilation of the unreleased or upgraded tracks found on Strawberry's Mythology series."
From their television appearances in December 1963 on "It's The Beatles" and January 1964 back at the Palladium on a Sunday Night, a couple of tracks aired on BBC's "Top Gear" later in 64, to another appearance on "Blackpool Night Out" in August 1965, this collection continues their media legacy, with a final track from Lennon's appearance on "Frost On Sunday" when in the final seconds of the broadcast, the first public airing of the new track "Hey Jude" occurs to John's surprise, with his leading the audience in a sing-a-long of the chorus. Priceless!

Saturday, July 7, 2007

Mything Pieces I

Further info here.
From BLZ:"An internet-made compilation of the unreleased or upgraded tracks found on Strawberry's Mythology series."

In which is covered roughly a year in the life, starting mid-1963 with recordings made for the BBC radio programme "Saturday Club", continuing through their TV performance from "Sunday Night At The Palladium", on to a command performance at London's Prince Of Wales Theatre, back to TV with the "Morecambe & Wise Show", some odds and ends, rounding it out in mid-1964 with television's "Blackpool Night Out". Talk about some busy human beings! At the "further info" link, you'll find dates and verifications. More Mything Pieces to come.

Thursday, July 5, 2007

Soundcheck in Tokyo Dome, Tokyo, Japan - November 12, 1993

Blues jam
Blues Jam 2
Let Me Roll It
Just Because
San Francisco Bay Blues
Midnight Special
Every Night
We Can Work It Out
Blues Jam 3 / What's Goin' On
Don't Let The Sun Catch You Crying
C Moon

The closest thing to this I can find at BLZ is called "Welcome To Soundcheck" which is split onto 2 discs and part of which I do not have. What I do have, however, is a fantastic and intimate sounding soundcheck acquired from God knows where (tho I am thankful for't), that I am sharing with you here.
While I am not the biggest Macca fan (outside of The Beatles), this set changed many preconceived notions about Macca as a musician and more importantly, a band leader. Seriously. Good stuff here. My favourite Macca-penned (and perhaps fave of the set en toto) is "Every Night". Originally rleased on his first solo album, here it benefits greatly from full band and vocal complement. Hope you like. (And for the record, I think Macca's latest single sounds way too much like a version of Lennon's "Oh Yoko" I have, but that's just me...)

Wednesday, July 4, 2007

Stereolab Live At The Variety Playhouse 1999

Above image culled from KickBrightZine , wherein a fan details seeing this show and following Stereolab to Athens for the next night's performance.
Here , another fan in 2002 describes their take on Stereolab live in most positive terms.
I didn't go to this show, but love this recording as though I did. Taped from the audience, it's nice to hear the band's rapport, the fan's appreciation, and that voice!
Miss Modular
Infinity Girl
Escape Pod
Free Design
Op Hop Detonation
Metronomic Underground
Avant Garde M.O.R.
Blips Drips and Strips
People Do It All The Time
Analogue Rock
Blue Milk
The Seeming And The Meaning
Come And Play In The Milky Night
Low F:
John Cage Bubblegum

Stereolab Proper
Sterolab Wiki
Stereolab Radio

Above: Les Yper Sound [live on Jools Holland]

Monday, July 2, 2007

The Power Of Pussy

Originally released in 1990 on Shimmy Disc, "The Power Of Pussy" was the third album for Bongwater (consisting of Ann Magnuson and Mark Kramer (founder of SD)) and in my opinion was the most cohesive album from them, although they did some amazingly fucked up covers, as evidenced on "Double Bummer "(Dazed And Chinese). After the band broke up, their titles went out of print. I know that as recently as 2004, there was a repressing, but don't know that they are still in circulation. Something in circulation is Ann Magnuson's recently released "Pretty Songs And Ugly Stories" , though, so swing by her site to check that out.
From the opening title track of "The Power Of Pussy" (with Fred Schneider on guest vocals) and throughout, while the humour tends to be tongue in cheek, the social commentary is biting and in-between is some well-crafted music. I still remember the first listen I had of this album and want to share that feeling with you. Only somewhat dated in its referents, quite timely for current life.
Below is an excerpt from Julian Cope. In his article proper, he glows about the band, particularly this album, and breaks it down track by track:
""Folk Song"An incredible finish and a very clever take on the 1960s protest song rant.The starting is hilarious too- a sample of the very beginning of 'Roundabout' by Yes, which cuts to a female 'La La La' and then goes back to 'Roundabout' played by Kramer, mimicking someone just on the verge of learning the opening refrain.The track then highlights what is probably the crowning glory of Magnuson's biting genius lyrics and delivered in a way that has to be heard to be believed.It such a tour-de-force, yet just voice, acoustic guitar, bass and minimal hum keyboards...."....whatever makes you happy....whatever gives you hope....even if it's a truly tasteless joke......"Anyone who has never heard any of Bongwater's material before and is looking for something soothing yet different and with the bonus of great and often very surreal humour, then these are the folks to visit. "
1 The Power Of Pussy Vocals - Fred Schneider
2 Great Radio
3 What If?
4 Kisses Sweeter Than Wine Banjo - Peter Stampfel
5 Chicken Pussy
6 White Rental Car Blues
7 Nick Cave Dolls
8 Bedazzled
9 Obscene & Pornographic Art
10 Connie
11 What Kind Of Man Reads Playboy?
12 I Need A New Tape
13 Women Tied Up In Knots
14 Junior
15 Mystery Hole
16 Time Is Coming
17 Folk Song