[Jandek] UK August 2008
Darrellhowarth at aol.com
Darrellhowarth at aol.com
Fri Dec 14 10:52:57 PST 2007
i'm not sure if this has been mentioned here but i'll post it anyway....
ROWF! ROWF! ROWF!
Sat 23rd & Sun 24th August 2008, Islington Mill, Salford, £25 weekend
tickets, 3pm starts
ROWF! ROWF! ROWF! 4 STARRING
We are honoured and thrilled to bring you a rare appearance from the
reclusive Texan hero of chilling, solitary heartbreak, free from the chains of
confinement since 2004 and set to jam with some of Manchester's most notable
experimental musicians. His bands have, in the past, included such luminaries as
Chris Corsano, Richard Youngs, Alex Neilson and Phil Todd. The R!R!R! set will
be recorded for possible release by Corwood Industries. Quite clearly a
pant-wetting thrill for one and all.
Since the late 1980s, Richard Youngs has imposed his flurry of vibrant sound
experimentation on the choiceless few that were fortunate enough to become
addicted to it. And, over the past 20 years, that experimentation has tested
the limits of songwriting as equally as it has of noise, drone and improvised
rock. His latest opus Summer's Edge, for example, sees him singing an epic,
23-minute a cappella, repetitively phrased beyond the point of irritation,
forcing the listener into a passivity that soothes and caresses the soul. He
almost never plays live.
Directing Hand from Glasgow is the brainchild of free-drummer extraordinaire
Alex Neilson. Skilled in the black-art of ecstatic improvisation, Neilson and
his crew of sound-searching souls journey into verdant fields of
free-psych-drone, delicate-bubbling-noise and traditional UK folk.
Texan duo comprised of Tom Carter and Christina Carter. One of the most
important improvisational units in the world today. As Marcus Boon wrote in The
Wire; "...here is a truly 21st century experimental ethnic music that explores
quietness and stasis... in the same way that musicians in the second half of
the 20th century discovered amplification, noise and speed."
MV&EE is a group of musicians focused around Matt Valentine (formerly of
neo-psych heroes The Tower Rercordings) and his partner Erika Elder. Their style
is self-described as "lunar ragas", with many of the lyrics dealing with
celestial imagery. They combine beautiful Indian raga style composition with
Appalachian folk and post-psychedelic electrical experimentalism. Get gone!
TIGHT MEAT DUO
A duo of the fantastic free drummer Alex Neilson and the fiery sax of David
Keenan. A powerful onslaught of free jazz with David providing some high
energy saxophone screams alongside Alex's plethora of rhythmic energy. "Like all
the great visionary thinkers of our time, from Iggy Stooge to Arthur Doyle,
David Keenan and Alex Neilson are autodidactic polymaths devolving advanced
thought back to punk-primitive motion." (Tony Herrington)
THE HUNTER GRACCHUS
Named after the title and protagonist of a short story by Kafka, Sheffield
drone druids The Hunter Gracchus provide a soundtrack to the story as eerie and
aimless as the Hunter himself. Wonderful tripped-out, monotonal, fragmentory
bliss courtesy of the people that brought you Peril Hill and the man who
brought you Ross Parfitt, Ross Parfitt.
If Skip Spence were somehow, instead of finding his white-frocked self stuck
in the rat-infested hole that was Bellvue, transplanted to the pine forests
north of Malmo, Sweden, in a sonic nest of gimbri, bells, shakers and clothed
in Tibetan silk, one would come slightly closer to the reality of Jakob
Olausson’s migratory whims. To be sure, that foggy and only slightly inland empire
of synapse-twisters like Ben Chasny offers a step on the trodden trail, but
this isn’t the same road we’ve traveled before. Olausson’s compositions
slowly fade down the walls of four-track bedroom artistry into atemporal suites
that shrink huge expanses and are a bellows to the microcosmic.
Where many of today's rock musicians turn to an eastern aesthetic in pursuit
of a sprituality not found in the rock with which they honed their chops,
Serfs simply take that rock back to its primordial state by stripping away
everthing until the tones of the electric guitar are all that's left. Gone are
melody, structure and rhythm; in their place are incredible soaring half-solos
and a western drone that dazzles the spirit and warmw the heart. If
Manchester's musical history is laughable, then Serfs put furrows in the brows of all
English psychedelic noise project centered upon Phil Todd, active since 1991.
Releases through labels such as Betley Welcomes Careful Drivers, Siltbreeze,
Jewelled Antler, American Tapes, Menlo Park, E.F. Tapes and Freedom From
incorporate extended droning and atonal extrapolations. Critic James Blackshaw
described the Ashtray Navigations sound as "sub-aquatic synth bubble,
busted-up cassette-tape hiss and distorted electric guitar hover that sounds like a
mythical god banished from the realm of light and trying desperately to
clamber his/her way out of a dark bottomless void where time itself stands still."
The Wire's David Keenan has described Phil Todd/Ashtray Navigations as "a
trashcan antidote to LaMonte Young."
Duo of Serfs' guitar hero Tom Settle and EYE HAI member Nick Mitchell,
occasionally featuring the mind-bending horn of EYE HAI's Andrew Stavely. The
keyboard/guitar/French horn combo pursues the same astral trail as Sun-Ra with
stabilisers. Untrained, unkempt and unutterably good. Pop yrself into a trance
and bliss one off.
BIRDS OF DELAY
Birds of Delay is the duo of Steven Warwick and Luke Younger. The Birds have
blossomed into one of the best offerings from the UK noise scene, with a
prolific outpouring of material, through a never ending list of labels,
including Chocolate Monk and American Tapes, and their continually evolving live
performances. While their sound is underpinned by some almighty drones, the pair
bring out an ever-changing array of instruments and electronic trickery to
create some of the most intrciately rendered "noise" around.
THE PISS SUPERSTITION
Ex-VibraCathedral Orchestra member Julian Bradley brings us one-man noise and
drone heroics on guitar, mics, tapes and electronics. This
hypnotic-endless-universal-intercourse induces waves of tepid despair as it trawls noise's
gravelly bottom for sub-Thurston tones, drones and half-licks. Feet are stomped
on a digital keyboard, riffs are ditched mid-flow. This is the stuff of
one's best nightmares.
and TO BE CONFIRMED...
THE VANISHING VOICE
MICHAEL FLOWER BAND
ASTRAL SOCIAL CLUB
and much more.
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