Monday, 28 November 2016

Curlew 'North America' 1986


Curlew were an avant-garde jazz outfit that previously hosted the likes of Bill Laswell and Fred Frith. I always preferred them to the Lounge Lizards, who were more funk inflected than these noise-partial skronkniks. Alongside Mercury this is one of their best. 

N. America

Friday, 25 November 2016

Eddy Detroit & King Heathen 'The Philosopher's Journey'

When I first listened to Detroit's 'Immortal Gods' I became briefly obsessed with tracking down his other records. Something about his brand of stripped down pseudo-occult rock hooked me bad. I found this near-impossible to find record and a rare interview he gave with Muckraker magazine back in the 90s, that I will post up if I can find it in my old bedroom.


Thursday, 24 November 2016

Sense Data 'Organic Architecture'



Debut work from Sense Data soon on Cellar. 
Think analogue synth takes a trip to the underworld and back.
Space exploration in more ways than one.
Out on CDr and Cassette this December.

Wolf Eyes '02.08.14'

This was recorded live at Cafe OTO in London, an unusual venue for Wolf Eyes. If you go/have been there regularly, you will remember this as perhaps the only time that a mosh pit has ever occurred. 
It's a great performance which catches them doing more of their song-structured pieces.

Tuesday, 22 November 2016

The Grass Magic 'Self Titled'



Ever think you would see Clay Ruby and James Ferraro in the same group? Me neither, but it happened. Here is another re-upload from the old Surreal Applications blog, for those who missed this record back in 2008. Blown out, abstract drones as you might imagine.

Monday, 21 November 2016

Monopoly Child Star Searchers 'This Year in Coconuts'


It still amazes me how far one artist has managed to make the SK-5 work so hard for their music. I have uniformally come to love everything that Spencer Clark releases and this is no exception. This tape was originally issued during the 2011 'Ship Happens' tour. 

Sunday, 20 November 2016

Sachiko 'You Never Atone For...'

Ex-Overhang Party member makes excellent noise/drone. Vocal based exercises in space and texture that makes a nice change to your usual wall-of-noise harshness. 

Sun City Girls 'Pelican 92'

This is another re-upload from the old Surreal Applications blog. If there is anything there that you would like to see again please leave a comment.
Pelican 92 was recorded live in various US venues. It shows SCG at their improvisatory best and often in a (rarely) tuneful mood. There is also something about the recording quality that is undeniably SCG. Includes a cover of Eddy Detroit's Immortal Gods (!).


Saturday, 19 November 2016

Zdeněk Liška 'Marketa Lazarova'

Stunning soundtrack to Czech cinema milestone Marketa Lazarova. A film adapted from the original novel by Vladislav Vančura. It is a startlingly different interpretation and well worth the watch. Zdenek composed hundreds of soundtracks during his lifetime, and indeed most Czech filmmakers during this period seem to have turned to him for music. This however is certainly a standout, perhaps alongside his musique concrete pieces for sci-fi classic Ikarie X-B.



John Zorn 'Impressions of Africa'

Killer improvisation from a one off Zorn lineup in 1984, live at Sound Unity Festival in NYC.
Unsure whether this was released as a physical bootleg, but it did the rounds many years back on some of the best underground music places.
Duckcalls, skronk, and all his usual calling cards for you to revel in.


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