Thursday, 14 July 2011
The fifth volume in the COI collection, Portrait of a People, proudly looks at Britain and its people. Promoting an idealised notion of Britain has often been at the forefront of COI film production: from encouraging immigration to redefining the nation, the titles in this collection are by turns affectionate, humorous, informative and stirring. Together they paint a fascinating and revealing portrait of a people. Highlights include: Come Saturday (1949), a lovingly-shot picture of the English at play; Oxford (1958), a look at the traditions and students of Oxford University; Dateline… Read more
11th issue of the excellent Yeti publication. "On the CD: all rare/unreleased music - this time, we asked a dozen people for tracks that are as long as their respective track numbers, so that track 12 is 12 minutes long and track 4 is 4 minutes long and you probably don't need any more examples than that. The result is a 78-minute-long disc featuring Snake Hole, Sloppy Heads, Johnita and Joyce Collins, Atole, Gospel Creators, White Rainbow, The Dirashi Tribe, Roy Montgomery, Golden Retriever, Oneida, Phill Niblock, and Happy New Year. Inside the book: interviews with Phill Niblock, Roy Montgomery, and B… Read more
Thursday, 09 June 2011
"'Go Live' is a film / live album double pack of Jónsi's hugely acclaimed solo show of 2010. This beautifully conceived package includes reworked live versions of all of the tracks from the Sigur Rós singer's debut solo album, 'go', as well as versions of all the other new songs he's been playing on a tour that's taken in four continents. The live audio part of the package is the entire Jónsi hour-and-a-quarter live concert as played this summer, and features more exclusive content, including 'stars in still water', 'saint naive', 'icicle sleeves' and 'new piano song', as well as a powerful live version… Read more
Thursday, 19 May 2011
June's edition features cover stars, Battles dipped in paint and interviewed. Demdike Stare are challenged to the Invisible Jukebox, Simon Reynolds reflects on nostalgia in the digital revolution, Joe Muggs chews the fat with Scratcha DVA, and you'll find further reading on Sea shanties, Hong Kong's musical underground, Matana Roberts, Caroline Bergvall, and all the usual reviews, news and listings. Always recommended - but especially so for the Demdike!
Monday, 14 February 2011
Although probably best known for his remarkable drone compositions, Phill Niblock began his creative career working in the visual arts, usually filming and photographing jazz musicians - perhaps most notably Sun Ra, for the 1966 film The Magic Sun (previously released on a DVD edition by Atavistic, but also included on this retrospective). This Die Schachtel disc compiles six of Niblock's experimental 16mm films spanning 1966 to 1969, which are, for your reference: 'Morning' (1966-69), 'The Magic Sun' (1966-68), 'Dog Track' (1969), 'Annie (1968), 'Max' (1966-68) and Raoul (1968-69).… Read more
Thursday, 10 February 2011
Tuesday, 04 January 2011
Stunning CD/DVD package of 17 original Afro-Peruvian recordings made in spring 2010 by Secret Stash label owners Eric Foss and Cory Wong. It comes not long after their ace 'Peruvian Funk' LP but documents a rather more unique and entirely indigenous sound which has been in evolution ever since the first Spanish conquistadors brought West African slaves to the mines and plantations of Peru some 500 years ago. Despite being stripped of their traditional musical instruments the displaced population developed a complex percussive music based around a style of precise foot tapping called Zapateo,… Read more
Wednesday, 15 December 2010
INSIDE THE BOOK: 36 pages from Internet monsters EVERYTHING IS TERRIBLE!; interviews with musician ROBERT SCOTT (the Clean, the Bats) and writer AMELIA GRAY; music profiles of S. Fla's finest, THE JACUZZI BOYS, and UK '90s cult band DISCO INFERNO; FICTION BY STACEY LEVINE; photographs by TED BARRON and GRACIE REMINGTON; art by SAUL CHERNICK, PAVEL TCHELITCHEW, CASSIE RAMONE, ILYAS AHMED. ON THE CD: Noveller, O Paon, Alkibar Gignor, the Weeds, Electric Blood, the Clean, the Bats, Robert Scott, Jousting Vandals, Joan + Anthony, Heavenly Dreamers, Jacuzzi Boys, Abba Ag Gargando, Daniel Kroha, the Gories… Read more
Monday, 06 December 2010
Since the late 1970s, the identical twin Quay Brothers have made a unique contribution to animation in general, and the puppet film in particular. Filtering arcane visual, literary, musical, cinematic and philosophical influences through their own utterly distinctive sensibility, each quay film rivets the attention through hypnotic control of decor, music and movement, evoking half-remembered dreams and long-suppressed childhood memories, fascinating and deeply unsettling in turn. This two-disc set contains thirteen of their classic short films in brand new restor… Read more
Established in 1946, the Central Office of Information (COI) was a successor to the wartime Ministry of Information and was responsible for producing thousands of films which celebrated Britain, its people and their achievements. This second volume in the COI Collection surveys the subjects of architecture, design and fashion. Highlights include: Designing Women (1948), Joyce Grenfell takes us through the dos and donts of home furnishing; Brief City (1952), modernist architecture and design on show at the Festival of Britain; Design for Today… Read more
The provocative work of multi-award-winning animator Phil Mulloy stands as a model of satiric grotesque unparalleled in British animation. The antidote to all that is kitsch and sentimental, these direct, witty and acerbic fables, drawn in brush and ink, perceptively comment on human nature and challenge contemporary values. Having worked as a writer and director until the late 1980s, his six-part series for Channel Four, Cowboys (1991), brought his work to national and international prominence. The success of these highly amusing 'takes' on generic codes and conventions, and their addre… Read more
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
Thursday, 11 March 2010
This format features not only the sixteen-track live album but also the brilliant Emmett Malloy-directed tour documentary DVD. In addition to proper concert performances the documentary features great behind the scenes footage, plus excepts from some of the stranger, side-shows the band played (e.g. on a boat, in a bowling alley - that sort of thing) during their 2007 trek across Canada. The film is a pretty indispensible document for even the most casual of White Stripes fans, and the between-concert material alone makes the film pretty darn essential. On the au… 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.
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
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