Gawp at This: Cheer-Accident – Filet of Nod

30 minutes ago I was completely unaware of Cheer-Accident’s long-running public access TV show Cool Clown Ground. Now, having witnessed this mesmeric riff-a-thon in its entirety I have an overwhelming desire to inflict it on the rest of the world. Advertisements

Weekly Playlist: 24/01/11

For this week’s playlist I’ve scoured Spotify for rare and tasty gems from everybody’s favourite genre of pseudo-operatic alien jazz-prog. Pin back your ears, it’s Zeuhl time! Weekly Playlist: 24/01/11 So, what have we got here? Well, there’s a lengthy cut from Weidorje (in my opinion the finest of Magma’s myriad splinter-groups), and an intriguing … Continue reading

News: Led Bib – Bring Your Own out soon!

Just a quick reminder that British experimental jazzers Led Bib have a new album due out on Cuneiform very soon (February 7th here in the UK, January 25th everywhere else). 2009’s Sensible Shoes won them a phenomenal amount of media attention following its nomination for the Mercury Prize, so Bring Your Own is set to … Continue reading

Gawp at This: Improv Double-Bill!

Two videos worthy of a gawp today. First up, a brief lecture introducing some fascinating new research (still in its early phases) on the neurological aspects of musical and lyrical improvisation. Fascinating stuff! http://www.ted.com/talks/charles_limb_your_brain_on_improv.html Now, with all those questions bobbing around in your brain like dumplings in a stew, here’s the legendary Henry Cow kicking … Continue reading

Hemulism Loves: The Diagram Brothers

For the first in a sporadic series highlighting bands and musicians which we believe to be unfairly overlooked or simply fancy have a quick shout about, we have chosen the short-lived conceptual Manchester post-punk band The Diagram Brothers. We think they’re great and hopefully by the end of this article you will too. Metronomic post-punk … Continue reading

Review: Jaga Jazzist – One-Armed Bandit

It is official; the world has gone topsy-turvy. Chickens are hatching into eggs, horses are riding on the backs of jockeys, the sun is orbiting the earth. Don’t believe me? Here’s the proof – bands seeking a wider audience are going prog. Chicago avant-rock legends Cheer-Accident did it back in 2009 by toning down their … Continue reading

Weekly Playlist: 17/01/11

So here’s a little something to help drag you through the inevitable drudgery of Monday, the first of Hemulism’s weekly Spotify playlists. I know, I know, you foreigners across the pond can’t access Spotify yet, but there are rumours that this could all be about to change, so take heart. No theme this week, just … Continue reading

Gawp at This: Captain Beefheart documentary

Ah, good old auntie beeb… Remember those heady days before all the celebrity dancing and people falling into water, when the BBC used to make documentaries? Proper ones with facts and archive footage and rostrum camera shots slowly zooming in on still pictures? Good times, weren’t they? Well why not relive them and take a … Continue reading

Review: Nichelodeon – Il Gioco del Silenzio

It’s hard not to be won over by “Il Gioco del Silenzio”, this Italian septet’s first studio album. Though a predominantly dark, brooding affair, it is infused with a splash of wit and charm, and exhibits a degree of macabre theatricality, all of which helps to prevent it from becoming an oppressively or overwhelmingly morose … Continue reading

News: miRthkon DVD coming this year!

Hemulism loves miRthkon more than we love our own legs. Needless to say, this is a press release we deemed well worth a spewing: That’s right folks. We’ve done the market research, we’ve held the focus groups, and the data speaks for itself: consumers want a live, avant-prog musical experience seamlessly intertwined with immersive, mind-altering … Continue reading