Wednesday, 24 November 2010
Soul Underground covered the explosion in dance music and club culture of the 1980s and 90s in a way that no other publication was able to. In an era that gave us rare groove, go-go, hip hop and house, the magazine delivered consistently brilliant writing about the artists, DJs and clubs at the heart of these scenes (which established titles like NME and Melody Maker largely sidelined). Collecting the best pieces from the magazine as well as all its charts, rare photos and hand-picked news stories, Catch The Beat is a unique and evocative record. It wa… Read more
Sunday, 21 November 2010
Featuring visual appendages to the new single, Ed Holdsworth's video of 'Sit Down Stand Up' and an excerpt from 'The Most Gigantic Lying Mouth Of All Time'.
Tuesday, 16 November 2010
"This dvd tells the story of buckdancing legend Thomas Maupin, who, at the age of 70, remains one of the greatest old-time dancers in America. The film presents a portrait of a man in the twilight of his life reflecting back on his legacy as a father, teacher, and artist. Numerous awards, trophies, and plaques lay stacked in a dresser in rural Tennessee where Thomas spends his weeks tending his garden, feeding the animals, and fixing the occasional lawnmower. However, on the weekends, Thomas travels all over the South performing anywhere there’s a band and… Read more
Wednesday, 03 November 2010
We don't stock a lot of books - but this is just such an enjoyable read we thought it needed to be done. Here are the salesnotes - but seriously, get it! "As the son of the legendary showbiz lawyer Marty Machat, Steven grew up with people like Frank Sinatra, James Brown, Frankie Valli and Sam Cooke. Growing up in that environment, it wasn't surprising that he followed his father into the business and by the time he was in his late 20s, he was proud to see his name alongside his father's on the brass plaque outside their Broadway offices. But Steven discovered from a young age that … Read more
Thursday, 14 October 2010
This month's Wire boasts features on Irish composer/conceptual artist Jennifer Walshe, Belgian composer Wim Mertens, plus interviews with Bjorn Torske and Turner Prize nominees The Otolith Group. You'll also find a primer devoted to Detroit legends Drexciya, and an Invisible Jukebox with experimental pianist John Tilbury.
Tuesday, 21 September 2010
"From the makers of "monks: the transatlantic feedback" (German Adolf Grimme Award 2008) come two new direct cinema style documentary films. One about the pop avant-garde music festival Klangbad, curated by legendary Hans-Joachim Irmler (founding member of the seminal Krautrock band Faust). The second film captures one of the rare live performances by Faust. There are two kinds of rock festivals: the conventional and the adventurous ones. The former present music that everyone knows. Others are more experimental and put… Read more
Monday, 02 August 2010
This issue of the glossy, American-based culture and music magazine contains features on Tectonic label head and dubstep figurehead DJ Pinch, besides interviews with Tes La Rok, James Blake and Ellen Allien. In the artwork section Chor Boogie is given some exposure next to Mike Mitchell and there's the usual reviews section. Big Up.
Thursday, 29 July 2010
Always well worth picking up, a new edition of the Yeti magazine/journal/compilation CD arrives. As ever, it's full of exclusives too: on the music front the CD includes rare and unreleased material by Woodsist band The Art Museums, US Girls, Ko Melina (of The Dirtbombs), new Captured Tracks band Aias, Teenage Panzercorps, Murder City Devils frontman Spencer Moody, new Mississippi Records artist Marisa Anderson and a selection of mightily obscure vintage cuts - the most notable of which are old Indian records lifted from prolific collector Vak Ranga Rao's archive of 78s. In the book you'll find two arc… Read more
Thursday, 15 July 2010
August's edition features one of the their most striking front covers in memory; Chris Watson's face obscured with butterflies (are they real??). The enigmatic sound recordist and ex-Cab talks about his fascinating career and working with everyone from david Attenborough to Z'ev. Surgeon is also afforded a feature article, and this months primer covers the instellar pulse of cosmic disco. Elsewhere, Joe Muggs meets Terror Danjah, coiner of the Hypnagogic genre David Keenan speaks to Julian Lynch about his brilliant 'Mare' album and DIY pop, and improviser Rhodri Davies undergoes the Invisible Jukebox. As always, essential reading.
Monday, 26 April 2010
This live document comes as a belated follow-up to the album Romance, in which Mike Patton teamed up with Norwegian soundtrack composer John Erik Kaada for a highly compelling meeting of styles. Patton's dextrous, eccentric vocal melds into the eerie Kaada soundscape making a kind of awkward sense. This live concert film captures a full-band line-up live at Roskilde 2005, with the whole ensemble smartly decked-out in '50's style suits and cast in a creepy black & white, there's something faintly surreal, and Lynchian about it all. The music has an overwhelmingly macabre feel to it, straddling lounge … Read more
Monday, 15 February 2010
Dope issue of the hiphop oriented Bonafide magazine. #3 features artwork from legendary Stones Throw graphic designer, Jeff Jank, plus interviews with Dâm-Funk, Raekwon The Chef, De La Soul, Mr Lif, Anti Pop Consortium, Malcom Catto and the one armed Jamaican commando, Major Lazer. Plus there's nuff artwork and photos to keep the pickiest design cognoscenti happy too.
Thursday, 10 December 2009
Another indispensable tome from Yeti publishing: 192 pages, featuring a brilliant Eliane Radigue interview, plus text on Harry Partch (with photographic accounts of the instruments he created), Bishop Perry Tillis, the late Southern American musician/producer Jim Dickinson, Explode Into Colours and Zola Jesus. On the maxed-out, 27-track CD you'll find rare or previously unreleased tracks from Vaselines, White Rainbow, Inca Ore, Pete Swanson, Little Claw and Ty Segall among a good many others.
Tuesday, 16 June 2009
Maybe the strongest Yeti issue thus far, this seventh issue of the music, arts and literature journal comes with articles on Wooden Shjips, Jack Rose and the Black Twig Pickers, Grouper and Ilyas Ahmed interviewing one another plus a host of features about lesser known figures from musical history, such as minstrel singer Abner Jay and Nancy Dupree, who made incredible soul music with school children, as exemplified by the haunting 'Docta King' included on the CD. Yeti compilation CDs are always pretty great, but this one is unceasingly great, featuring rare or exclusive cuts from Grouper (her track 'Fa… Read more
Thursday, 09 April 2009
This month, Plan B takes in interviews with Fever Ray, Hauschka, Tim Exile, The Thermals, brooklyn racketeer Blank Dogs and of course, cover stars PJ Harvey and John Parish. In addition to all that, plus the usual reviews and whatnot, there's a retrospective on the amazing Judee Sill.
Wednesday, 18 March 2009
Monday, 24 November 2008
A great package combining an audio CD capturing a live concert from San Francisco with a brilliant, often hysterical tour documentary DVD, which captures the french group in performance (romping through their own hits and even having a go at a particularly speaker-thrashing Master Of Puppets mash-up) behind the scenes on the road, getting arrested and brandishing firearms, which is actually a slightly worrying spectacle: they don't seem like the most responsible bunch. Given how 'shenanigens'-heavy the documentary is, the CD seems like an entirely necessary document, reminding you that J… Read more
Thursday, 30 October 2008
Definately one of the best reads about music around right now: in depth, and actually very interesting. On the CD: Rare & unreleased tracks from: the Clean/the Great Unwashed (plus covers of Clean/ G.U. songs by Times New Viking & Crystal Stilts), Megapuss (debut of Devendra Banhart's new band!!!), Sun City Girls, Frankie Rose's awesome noisy demo of the Vivian Girls' "Where Do You Run To"), Mingering Mike, Cause Co-Motion!, Eat Skull, Brothers Unconnected (Richard + Alan Bishop), Collections of Colonies of Bees, Blank Dogs, Sad Horse, Dixon Brothers, Ilyas Ahmed, E*Rock & Mat Brinkman, Grass Widow, Way… Read more
Tuesday, 28 October 2008
*96-PAGE BOOK OF ARTWORK AND ILLUSTRATIONS WITH A 15-SONG CD* "The book contains drawings and paintings Tara has made, mostly since 2003. You may have seen TJO's artwork before on her album covers, in books and magazines, or in galleries - but those only hinted at the depth and breadth of her artistic output. Here at last they all gather together in one place, this book, filled to the brim and layered deep. Like TJO's music, her drawings and paintings are spare, layered, and luminous, seeking to map interconnectedness and relativity. The album is a musical companion to th… Read more
Monday, 20 October 2008
Back in stock. While we're waiting for the impending new LP by cut & paste avant-rockers Gang Gang Dance, we've got this DVD and CD set to keep us going. The Retina Riddim DVD marks the band's first release on that format and takes the form of a kind of abstract tour documentary-come-art film, splicing together footage of all manner of off-topic imagery as well as the band in performance and just generally pottering about. As you'd imagine, the film (made by band member Brian DeGraw) is very tightly linked to its accompanying soundtrack, which incorporates the band's music with found soun… Read more
Wednesday, 25 June 2008
*EXTREMELY LIMITED COPIES* A most beguiling little item from Nick Cave and Brit artists Sue Webster and Tim Noble (the duo responsible for the light sculpture on the sleeve of the current Bad Seeds' album), charting the genesis of Dig, Lazarus, Dig!!!, featuring handwritten lyrics by Cave, various photos and artwork you won't find anywhere else, plus a miscellany of ideas rendered in scrapbook form, all scrawled on hotel notepaper or across old photographs. Furthermore there's an interview between Cave, Webster and Noble, plus a 3"CD harbouring the song '… Read more
Thursday, 15 May 2008
"Having released his first album 'Enter' in 2007 on Ninja Tune, DJ Kentaro stepped up to another level as creator and performer on his 'Enter The Newground' Japan Tour 2007, for which he toured 12 cities all over Japan. For the final show at Liquidroom, DJ Kentaro planned the "Audio Visual Set You're Never Gonna See Again" integrating the stage and the visuals using 6 projectors and a giant screen. In this unique show he throws in everything from his DJ career and, together with a mad vibe from the audience and stunning visual set, he creates an atmosphere not to be forgotten. This … Read more
Thursday, 27 March 2008
The freshest riddim rag around returns for a second issue, covering all you need to know about reggae, dubstep and grime with textual contributions from a plethora of scene heads and genius photography from Georgina Cook aka Drumsofthesouth. This issue features a large interview with grime saviour Durrty Goodz, toasting legend Tippa Irie, hardcore heroes Shut up and dance, and the very on form Scuba, chatting about his forthcoming album, alongside the essential reviews section. In this day and age of the blogosphere and message boards/forums etc. it's seriously refreshing to have some proper p… Read more
Monday, 03 March 2008
When classic Italian directors get extensive coverage beyond their native land, it tends to be the usual suspects: the Neoealist crowd (Rossellini, De Sica, Visconti, Antonioni et al) or horror icons of the '70s like Argento and Fulci. Consequently you'd seldom run into a career retrospective of Mario Monicelli, an incredibly prolific, influential filmmaker, but one whose output leans towards comedy, which inevitably means that Monicelli misses out on some of the international attention he deserves. While we might not hear his name dropped too often nowadays, Monicelli was cour… Read more
Monday, 19 November 2007
**Includes Limited Edition 44 Page Picture Book** Daft Punk's Guy-Manuel De Homem-Christo and Thomas Bangalter make their directorial debut with this bizarre sci-fi road movie. Don't expect any actual Daft Punk tunes accompanying the surreal antics of the two robot leads, instead the stark, slow moving mise en scene features a host of droning ambient accompaniments, engine sounds, bits of Brian Eno, Sebastian Tellier, Chopin, plus the odd Todd Rundgren hit thrown into the bargain. I'll avoid any spoiler material (although plot wise there's not exactly much to spoil) but in the first half of the fil… Read more
Monday, 05 November 2007
Updated edition of the seminal hip hop movie, containing over an hour of new bonus features... Wild Style 25th Anniversary Reunion featuring Chief Rocker Busy Bee, Grand Wizzard Theodore and The Fantastic MC's; Wild Style 20th Amphitheater Jam with Grand Master Caz, Chief Rocker Busy Bee, Fab 5 Freddy and more; 2006 interviews with Fab 5 Freddy, Charlie Ahearn, Busy Bee, and others.
Monday, 24 September 2007
** MVI Format DVD - plays in PC or Mac & DVD players - comes with bonus material includings download MP3's of concert & make your own remix of "The Yeah Yeah Yeah Song" feature and much more! **
Wednesday, 01 August 2007
Easily one of the most discerning magazines out there, Waxpoetics is always a damn good read from cover to cover, throwing two fingers at internet only magazines everywhere. This time there is a cover feature on sonic shape-shifters Mandrill, a killer live-poster feature on James Brown (typically lavishly printed I might add), an article on Portishead man Andy Smith, and writing on Brazillian musician Marcos Valle among many others. It's the kind of magazine that you can't help but learn from, priding itself in solid writing and being feature packed rather than dumbing down like … Read more
Monday, 02 July 2007
Tuesday, 08 May 2007
Legendary Factory Records post-punkers Section 25 are on the cusp of releasing their latest album so it seems just about the right time to launch this live DVD on the world. Formed back in 1978 when the planet was just that little bit easier to get along with, the band ended up touring with Joy Division, Durutti Column and A Certain Ratio among other bands and released four albums for Factory Records before disbanding in 1986. Eventually the band reformed in 2001, and the performances captured here are from their 2006 tour. This is stunning stuff showing the return of an under-appreciated part … Read more
Thursday, 01 February 2007
This double-disc DVD features footage from two different shows on two different tours. The concert on the first disc is taken from the second of the band’s three-date sold out stint at Brixton Academy back in 2004, during the Abbottoir Blues European tour. The second disc features footage culled from the Hammersmith Apollo show on the Nocturama tour of 2003, alongside some great bonus material like a behind the scenes look at the ‘Bring It On’ video shoot and the short film, ‘Abbottoir Blues / The Lyre Of Orpheus’. In addition to all this, you get music videos for seven … Read more