Wound With List

Not sure why I’ve only just gotten round to plugging this other project of mine on this here blog. I guess I’m just that lazy. Anyway, for the uninitiated, about a year ago I started a blog in which I attempted to review an album by every single artist on the notorious Nurse With Wound … Continue reading

Gawp at This: Dutch Uncles

Top-notch math-y pop, this. New album out next month, and if the singles are anything to go by then it might just be a belter!  

Review: A Clean Kitchen Is A Happy Kitchen

Nestled somewhere near the centre of the math/noise/post-rock venn diagram, A Clean Kitchen Is A Happy Kitchen is the self-titled debut from this Antwerp-based outfit, centred round guitarist Craig Ward (formerly of dEUS, amongst others) and drummer Butsenzeller (a.k.a. Geert ‘Bootsie’ Budts of DAAU, etc.). Between them they grind out a brash and exuberant brand … Continue reading

Review: ANT-BEE – Electronic Church Muzik

ANT-BEE is essentially a studio project with Billy James assembling a kind of dream-team of 60s/70s psychedelic/progressive/avant-rock veterans including former members of Captain Beefheart’s Magic Band and Zappa’s Mothers of Invention as well as Peter Banks, Jan Akkerman and both Daevid Allen and Gilli Smyth from Gong (this is by no means an exhaustive list, … Continue reading

Gawp at This: Peter Hammill Interview

Here’s a lovely in-depth interview with Peter Hammill about the upcoming Van Der Graaf Generator album A Grounding in Numbers. There’s also plenty of time devoted to the band’s considerable history. Fascinating stuff! Watch it here: http://bcove.me/q2l9xjbl

News: New Guapo album due next year!

I have two words for you: FUCK YEAH.   Following a year’s hiatus in 2010 Guapo are currently resuming work on a new album for Cuneiform Records. It is with regret we announce our split with keyboardist Daniel O Sullivan but are happy to announce his replacement as Emmett Elvin. Both David J Smith and … Continue reading

Gawp at This: The Estonian Piano Orchestra

Through a combination of insomnia and happenstance this unusual group flopped into my ears more or less unbidden last night and I was immediately smitten. Watch this and you will be too:

News: Leader of the Starry Skies – Now available on fancy vinyl!

To quote the lovely email that flopped into my inbox this morning: Hello everyone! Please excuse the intrusion. We have decided to launch phase two of the Tim Smith tribute album – and the lovely Believers Roast label are pleased to announce that The Leader Of The Starry Skies album is to be made available … Continue reading

Gawp at This: Matching Mole on French TV!

Wonderful rare footage of Wyatt’s post-Soft Machine band in action!

Review: Led Bib – Bring Your Own

Following its Mercury Prize nomination, Led Bib’s fourth album Sensible Shoes garnered an unprecedented amount of critical acclaim from mainstream sources for an artist signed to the ever-reliable (but far from fashionable) Cuneiform label. Whilst I never fully agreed with the hype merchants who hailed them as some kind of hip new saviour of jazz, … Continue reading