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Indie Rock Music

Sharon Van Etten & Josh Homme – (What’s so funny ’bout) Peace, Love and Understanding?

Despite my favourite version of this classic Nick Lowe tune being the wonderful version by the cast of the amazing Marvel TV show Legion, I have a lot of time for both Sharon Van Etten & Josh Homme. They don’t dissappoint here as they deliver an epic, melancholic pop version of the song, complete with orchestral percussion & reverb drenched piano chords. This is probably more in Van Etten’s wheelhouse than Homme’s, but he seems to adapt to it perfectly well.

I’m loving Josh Homme’s pink bunny onesie in the artwork. Tempted to end this sentence with a smiley.

And as bonus, because I mentioned it, here’s the Legion Cast recording. If you haven’t seen it, please watch. It’s so weird that I suspect the producers were trying to give David Lynch a run for his money.

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Industrial Music Post Punk

Einstürzende Neubauten – ALLES IN ALLEM

German Industrial Post-Punk pioneers Einstürzende Neubauten release new album, ALLES IN ALLEM.

I’ve never really listened to Einstürzende Neubauten as much as I should have but I’ve always enjoyed what I’ve heard. I particularly like their use of bizarre percussion, such as metal sheets, which gave their music that distinctly industrial sound. This industrial sound went on to influence the formation of the entire Post-Punk sub-genre we now call Industrial.

ALLES IN ALLEM is relatively downtempo from the get go. Opening track, Ten Grand Goldie, revels in electronic kick drums and bizarre metallic clangs. The melodies are incredibly simple and eerie. Dark. The vocals throughout the album have a haunting, chanted quality which fits well with the dolorous soundscapes.

As with the majority of their material, industrial percussion is embedded deep in the sonic texture. Möbliertes Lied seems to have grinding glass and/or bags of stones being played as instruments. There’s a high pitched sound, somewhere between a klaxon and a road drill, at the start of the following track, Zivilisatorisches Missgeschick. It soon breaks down into a minimal composition of delay-drenched xylophone-esque sounds and synth stabs. Occasional cracks & clangs of white noise based percussion cut through the gloom like an air raid.

This may be outside of some folks comfort zones, as it is incredibly dark & incredibly weird experimental. It’s an exercise in unusual sound design and dark vibes. Unfortunately, this writer cannot comment on the lyrics as he does not speak German but I can still feel the emotions in the melancholic vocal melodies.

ALLES IN ALLEM is out now on all the usual streaming services. Check out this excellent video for the title track and then head on over to Spotify (or wherever) & give the album a listen. You (hopefully) won’t regret it.

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Music Prog

‘Nostalgia for Infinity’ – Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate

Space rock-aligned prog-rock isn’t normally a genre that I would seek out. Which is strange. Because I love it. As you may have noticed if you’ve …

‘Nostalgia for Infinity’ – Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate

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Song of the Day (A-Z): Belle & Sebastian – Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying

Day 7 (G) and we’re going with some delightfully twee, melancholy pop music. Belle & Sebastian’s Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying is an ode to feeling constrained by your environment. About the overwhelming desire to break free from the monotony of everyday life.

Taken from their second album, If You’re Feeling Sinister, this is one of my favourite Belle & Sebastian songs. I hope you’ll agree.

As there is no official video fro Get Me Away From Here I’m Dying, I have found this fan made video which which utilises edited footage from the film IL POSTO. It seems to work very well, in my opinion.

Ooh! Get me away from here I’m dying
Play me a song to set me free
Nobody writes them like they used to
So it may as well be me
Here on my own now after hours
Here on my own now on a bus
Think of it this way
You could either be successful or be us
With our winning smiles, and us
With our catchy tunes, and us
Now we’re photogenic
You know, we don’t stand a chance

Oh, I’ll settle down with some old story
About a boy who’s just like me
Thought there was love in everything and everyone
You’re so naive!
After a while they always get it
They always reach a sorry end
Still it was worth it as I turned the pages solemnly, and then
With a winning smile, the boy
With naivety succeeds
At the final moment, I cried
I always cry at endings

Oh, that wasn’t what I meant to say at all
From where I’m sitting, rain
Washing against the lonely tenement
Has set my mind to wander
Into the windows of my lovers
They never know unless I write
“This is no declaration, I just thought I’d let you know goodbye”
Said the hero in the story
“It is mightier than swords
I could kill you sure
But I could only make you cry with these words”

Oh, get me away, I’m dying…

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Art Glitch Art Visual

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Music Prog Synth Pop

Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate – Chasing Neon

I’m just finishing up a review of the latest album by prog band, Hats Off Gentlemen It’s Adequate for With Just A Hint Of Mayhem. It should be published in the next couple of days but, as a preview, I just wanted to share this excellent song and video with you.

This kind of retrofuturistic electronic rock music is pretty unique and the intense forward motion of the video calls forth nostalgic memories of listening to everything form Pink Floyd to Autechre through my old PlayStation’s CD drive and the insane visuals the console generated on our CRT televisions alongside it.

I hope you enjoy it and look forward to presenting my review.

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Art Glitch Art

Glitch Art Gallery

I’ve added a gallery of my Glitch & Glitch-aesthetic art to the blogs main menu. This page will be updated regularly.
Here’s a couple of images to whet your appetite (or wet your whistle, if you’d prefer).

Cosmonaut Björk
Self Portrait


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Song of the Day (A-Z): Dinosaur Jr – Feel The Pain

Day 6 (F). Feel The Pain is an essential indie anthem. The urban golf video is just wonderful too. I generally prefer the classic Dinosaur Jr lineup of J. Mascis, Lou Barlow & Murph, but there’s still plenty of good stuff to be found in the ‘90’s lineup.

I feel the pain of everyone 
Then I feel nothing 
I feel the pain of everyone 
Then I feel nothing 

I feel the pain of everyone 
Then I feel nothing 
I feel the pain of everyone 
Then I feel nothing 

Is it up to me? 
You won’t wait to see 
Screwed us both again 
About as close as you dare 
I feel the pain of everyone 
Then I feel nothing 
I feel the pain of everyone 
Then I feel nothing 

Is it up to me? 
You won’t wait to see 
Screwed us yet again 
About as close as you dare 

Hey now, take it back 
Get off me, you’re sad 
Trailin’ on your scene 
Just try and keep it clean

And because I want to share it and we could all use some wholesome content right now, here’s a pic of J holding a koala:

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Pink Floyd in New Earswick: second update

Okay, so overnight I have heard from Roy Hughes, the DJ/compere from the Tinned Chicken Club. He tells me that he remembers meeting & enjoying Pink Floyd but has no further recollection of the event. This is quite reasonable as it was 53 years ago. He suggests that, as New Earswick Folk Hall is a particularly obscure venue, the archivists from the Pink Floyd Archive sites may have assumed that it was part of the University in Hesslington. This seems reasonable.

Roy Hughes & several people in the York Past & Present Facebook group have confirmed the date I was originally given, 21st October 1967. Richard Fearn explained that he was in a band playing a gig at Guppy’s club the same night and that their gig was particularly quiet that night because everyone was at the Folk Hall in New Earswick watching Pink Floyd. He says he kept detailed notes of his performances & that the Guppy’s was similarly quiet on the night of the Procol Harum gig on the 4th June 1967.

I mentioned in the previous update that the support act on the night were the Scarborough band, Mandrakes, fronted by a young Robert Palmer. Sadly, I was unable to find any recordings by Mandrakes.

Scarborough band, Mandrakes – featuring a young Robert Palmer

Many members of the Facebook group remember another band also played in support. York band The Roll Movement. The Roll movement appear to have been very popular around York. They disbanded in 1968 after a brief but successful career which saw them release a single & support acts including Ike & Tina Turner, and Cream. I was sent the YouTube video below by a friend, check it out, it’s pretty good.

York band, The Roll Movement

Roy Hughes tells me that it’s very likely that both bands played in support as the Procol Harum gig also included two support acts, Angel Pavement & Yo-Yo. Below are a picture & YouTube video of Angel Pavement. I was unable to find any information about Yo-Yo.

Angel Pavement

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Song of The Day (A-Z): Nadine Shah – Evil

Day 5 (E). Today I’ve chosen Evil by Nadine Shah, Tyneside-based singer/songwriter of Pakistani/Norwegian heritage. Evil, from her excellent 2017 album Holiday Destination deals with her sense of identity and heritage through the lens of the post-Brexit spike in anti-immigrant hate crime.

I love the energy & confident visible in this excellent live performance.

All these folk, they think that I’m evil
Like I am the living devil himself
All these folk, they think that I’m evil
Like I am the living devil

Look, I’m standing right here before you
I can only offer what I’ve been taught
And you look on with eyes from another
How can I compete with an ingrained thought
And tell your followers that I’m crazy
If it stops them questioning anymore
Oh, keep them tidy, keep them beside you
And keep them coming back for more

All these folk, they think that I’m evil
Like I am the living devil himself
All these folk, they think that I’m evil
Like I am the living devil

Look, I’m standing right here before you
I can only offer what I’ve been taught
And you look on with eyes from another
How can I compete with an ingrained thought
And tell your followers that I’m crazy
If it stops them questioning anymore
Oh, keep them tidy, keep them beside you
And keep them coming back for more

All these folk, they think that I’m evil
Like I am the living devil himself
All these folk, they think that I’m evil
Like I am the living devil himself
All these folk, they think that I’m evil
Like I am the living devil himself
All these folk, they think that I’m evil
Like I am the living devil

All these folk, they think that I’m evil
Like I am the living devil himself
All these folk, they think that I’m evil
Like I am the living devil himself
All these folk, they think that I’m evil
Like I am the living devil himself
All these folk, they think that I’m evil
Like I am the living devil

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