[Jandek] UK August 2008

krakow krakow81 at gmail.com
Fri Dec 14 23:51:04 PST 2007

Nice sounding line up. If they managed to confirm Vanishing Voice, Mick
Flowers and Magik Markers it might end up enough to tempt me southwards.

On Dec 14, 2007 6:49 PM, <Darrellhowarth at aol.com> wrote:

>  i'm not sure if this has been mentioned here but i'll post it anyway....
> Sat 23rd & Sun 24th August 2008, Islington Mill, Salford, 25 weekend
> tickets, 3pm starts
> 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!
> 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)
> 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 such detractors.
> 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 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.
> 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 much more.
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