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Just a little post to reassure you there is life in our bones.

I’ve been away in foreign lands playing computer bopping music to people in dark rooms and then we had a break for christmas as we 3 wise men went our own ways back from whence we came. Now, all is back to normal. 3 cheers!

Will post up a hefty back of goodies shortly.

Happy new fears to you all!

VV.

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Harmonia.......HARMONIA!!

Being a Krautrock nut, it’s quite likely that I will fire off many posts dedicated to the awesomeness of motorik (boom boom tshk! boom boom tshk!) and ambient (plink, plonk…hum) rock n roll. Today’s post from me (sorry we have been a little slack in the last week, but we have land to plough and women to attend to) features a piece by Harmonia the uhh, i suppose “super” group of kraut rock. The line-up was mainly comprised of Micheal Rother from Neu with Roedelius and Moebius from Cluster over several studio albums, the last of which also featured Eno as one of the principal players. Please fly like winged beasts hungry for the flesh of knowledge to this quivering carcass HERE.

Harmonia – Immer Wieder

Buy the album from Amazon – HERE

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Jan Jelinek turns “parp” and “oo-wee-twoo” into “click” and “pop”.

It’s very nice too.

Several years ago he made a rekid called Loop-finding-jazz Records. It was comprised of many, many micro samples and processed recordings all from jazz music records. I find it perfectly inhabits a place, a medium between dance and ambient music.

jazzzzzz....innit

I’ve used the song below in many dj sets, it kicks click & hiss ass and the waves come over you like the ocean to a doomed mariner! Boom! Here’s a video for another song of the same album. I find it hard to believe this was on MTV…ha, awesome.

Jan Jelinek – Rock in a Video Age

Buy the album direct from ~scape records – HERE

Ok, that’s your lot for today, we be busy men. There’s women to plough and land to attend to.

Here’s two tracks I love that I ripped from my vinyl copies last weekend before going up to Glasgow for Kaput! First up here I have some wonderful dub from a 7″ that was released to promote a Mr Scruff compilation a few years ago.

Dry and Heavy

This is the b-side and is by a Japanese dub group called Dry & Heavy, this is a really hot track and I had to put it up here. Could’ve done without the crackles but hey it shows it’s been played and (mis)handled over the years. Listen for the propeller whirling above you and those glistening keys dancing around in a world of echo, almost losing themselves were it not for that solid bass line keeping this cosmic body tethered to the earth. Sweet.

Dry & Heavy – Night Flight Pt2

May Day and The Car-Crash set….

Here’s a killer reggae disco cover by Grace Jones flanked by Sly & Robbie. Really tight version of The Normal’s classic and the perfect example of New York hitting Bahamas for some disco-fed, bastardised roots and the unmistakeable drawl of Jones as she takes us though her re-telling of the Ballard-influenced masterpiece.

Grace Jones - Warm Leatherette

Grace Jones – Warm Leatherette

One giant swell rises and envelopes what went before…as in turn shall be done to it.

“New Wave” is such a wonderfully colourful yet now ultimately (due to it’s ubiquity) almost redundant phrase …as in the case with most selections of words describing music. Many of us petty mortals and clodhoppers take perfectly good words and cobble them together rather badly. Luckily, however…we can blow our brains all across blog land, learn big words and stare at the pictures in The Wire for inspiration and heavy knowledge (I only get Wire for the chicks).

I saw Soft Pink Truth aka Drew Daniel at Sonar a few years ago on his small tour in support of his own re-interpretation of certain new wave of punk rock and hardcore songs. As most of you will already have heard and loved the album Do You Want New Wave Or Do You Want The Soft Pink Truth? I wont go into it much here…Just know it’s great, original and really, really fun. Find out a little more HERE. Drew’s back in town this weekend to play at The Rocket in N1 for Wire Magazine’s month long series of shows to celebrate it’s 25th Anniversary. What a good age for a magazine to be. Anyway, I’ll be there…chicks dig guys in noise bands.

Soft Pink Truth covering “Kitchen” by The Homosexuals.

Strobes, quilt capes and chroma key are staple items in Drew’s Big Gay Heaven of modular synthesis and Musique concrète. Bang!

I bet he gets loads of Bjork fanatics coming to his shows alot. “Knock ’em out the box, Rick. Knock ’em out….”. Anyway, this track “Confession” is the fucking shit…a depraved, reach-around of a cover….the sort of track that takes your average electrohouse producer, bundles him into a car at midnight, headed for the border he’s bound, gagged and awaits his new, albeit short life of white slavery and physical abuse. A real kicker.

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Soft Pink Truth – “Confession”

From the waters of sin to the waters of march….

New wave, new beat…bossa nova. I have loved the work of Tom Jobim for a long time. Whilst he wont be a stranger to many of you, I feel that with this blog we should post music not only of the obscure but perhaps of the old and maybe forgotten…This is a gem right here…”Insensatez”….. A wandering piano melody walks across dunes of string and pattering percussion. Chords then widen, keys lift and those big octaves wrap around you ….almost perfect.

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Antonio Carlos Jobim – “Insensatez”

I like guitars. I was a metaller as a kid and while I’ve changed alot since then I still get a kick out of a certain fuzz from the likes of Sleep, Scott Reader and a plethora of people influenced by Messrs Iommi and Butler.

However, there’s that sound and then there’s just all out warfare. All guns firing, shells clattering round your feet as you deliver lead justice to the (war)pigs of the world. Something which I find in abundance within the belly of the amazing Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster. A poisoned apple in contemporary, they are not as “big” as they should be…Their vibrant sexbeat is a potent mixture of Bauhaus, Gun Club, Cramps and a slew of other groups powered by sweat and crude oil.

Here’s their new video…it’s a pretty good song, not their best but still pissed over most of the “edgy” indie stuff out there. Their debut album Horse of the Dog is well worth getting so gather up your glass cheques and get it.

I’ve been playing Caetano Veloso a lot recently and only really learned much about him from here. He’s been such a huge artist and my gaze has only been brought his work a short time ago that i’ve been diving in deep to get into this man’s wonderful music.

This is his face. Look at it….

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Caetano Veloso – Empty Boat

Captain Beefheart – Hot Head