Pick of the Week (Past/present/future)

 

I’m going to bang this post together super quick: it’s late but I still want to hit my usual Sunday blog post sweet spot if possible, because I’ve got more great things to share and I don’t want to wait another week! Also I’m trying to get these things out more regularly. So apologies for the inevitable mistakes, omissions, etc…

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I went to the launch event of Weird Canada‘s Wyrd Distro project today in Quebec City. Fun!

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It was held at a record shop called Le Knock-Out

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A cool band called Machinegun Suzie played and I made a video of a couple of their songs…

I bought myself a couple of random tapes because the cases are nice, and got some badges and a magnet for free, *fist pump*!

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If you’d like to know just what the hell Wyrd Distro is all about, you can watch the short video below…

 

Now for some musical picks:

I came across this beautiful EP of songs by Kristin McClement because she will be playing at an evening of haunting melodies along with the wonderful Lutine, who I have just sent some questions for an interview in Wyrd Daze.

 

Check out this awesome cosmic groove album called We Were Eggs, by Starving Daughters 

 

Even more great music coming out on the new Active Listener label (see my last post too). Rather than the kinda male vocal Broadcastlike band White Candles, my pick of the new is this Goblin-ish mythical soundtrack by La Casa Di Omicidio

 

This entirely vocal-manipulated composition by Katie Gately is outstanding

 

The Secret Cosmic Music of the East German Olympic Program: 1972-83 (Volume One) !! by Kosmischer Läufer

 

Some psychedelic space rock: The Red Eyed Queen by The Space Spectrum

 

Finally, Stone Tape Recordings have recently released the first of a series of 7″ singles. This first one is by Crafting for Foes – limited to 150 copies!

 

And there’s a great interview with the label’s head Steven Collins HERE

 

 

 

Also…

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Pick of the Week (past/present/future)

Howdy doody droogs!

Wyrd Daze Issue 4 is out now, and is yet another bonanza of creativity. If I may, I’d like to direct you over to the blog: HERE, where I detail the contents of said issue. There’s even a sample PDF for you to download. 

It’s super cheap to subscribe (5 Canadian dollars – less than £3), yet your money has great value, as it creates a revenue with which to pay contributors for their original creations for the zine.

 

My alter-ego The Ephemeral Man has provided the first in a series of occasional mixes for the Wyrd Daze podcast. Web of Wyrd: First strand.

 

The excellent Active Listener, love-blog to psychedelic music and beyond, has expanded it’s Bandcamp presence to full-blown label status, and is issuing albums as well as samplers. 

The pick of an great crop for me is the magnificent collection of dreamsongs Like a Beehive, the Hill was Alive by Trappist Afterland Band. Listen below (be sure to skip back to track 1 for the full experience).

 

 

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Omnia are an self styled “neoceltic pagan folk” band, and they have a new album, Earth Warrior due out this spring. Their impressive live album Live on Earth is streaming in full on this Tumblr dedicated to the band.

 

Orange Milk Records have a new batch of tapes out, and while I’m not digging this bunch as much as I have some of the previous batches, the below release: Portrait of a Dog by Ryan Emmett, is a great excursion into experimental electronica.

 

Opal Tapes too have a new batch of releases, and my pick is this hazy faze-out Growth Window by Body Boys

 

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The excellent Folklore Tapes is now streaming it’s previous releases on Bandcamp. I don’t know how long this may last, and their releases always sell out quickly, so this is a rare chance to have a listen if you haven’t had a chance. Go HERE

 

Here we have perfect music for pretending that it’s not still fucking extremely freezing outside with snow everywhere and still no life to be seen anywhere so going for a walk is like Scott of the Antarctic with survival questionable.

Pleasant field recordings and drone from Organic Industries, this is Silver of Heavens (skip back to track 1, why dontcha?)

 

Finally, he’s some rousing stoner psych-rock by Manthra Dei to leave you reeling good.

 

 

P.S Anyone with an interest in the weirder sides of folk, hauntologcal musings, and art, should be following the A Year in the Country blog HERE

 

Pick of the Week (past/present/future)

 

Here’s wishing you a very splendid Imbolc! While most of the Northern Hemisphere enjoys the beginning of Spring, here in Quebec we console ourselves that at least there’s only another couple of months left of Winter…. (sigh). 

Also, it’s now been two years that I’ve been here in Quebec, so yippe, there you go! Welcome to another pick of stuff I’ve been enjoying recently!)

 

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I’m starting with , an eight piece group that combine folk, hip-hop, and strange stories of life, the universe, and everything. 

Folk and hip-hop? I hear you scoff. What the actual..? And I riposte oh my very yes – take a goosey gander at this brilliant video below, as I am confident it will convince you that there is sweet method to this madness…

 

 

If you enjoyed that, you’ll certainly have some interest in the album below…

 

 

The first of Alrealon Musique‘s compilations celebrating 5 years of the excellent  diverse label is out now, and features great music from John 3:16, FluiD, Rasplyn, and Laica, among others.

I have a track on the second part, which will be released 25th February

 

 

Next up, some top-notch song driven psychedelia by Rose Window. I’ll definitely be giving this repeat listenings. (I’ve also just started listening to Sleepy Suns, another accomplished American psychedelic band.)

 

 

Here are a couple of abstract komische-inspired minimal electronica releases, perfect for deep inner or outer space exploration. The first by Bastian Void, which is a brilliant name, called Phonics, on the excellent Chemical Tapes label.

 

 

The second: In White Rooms by Casi Cada Minuto on the Exitab label.

 

 

Next the new release by synth supremo Steve Moore: Pangaea Ultima – sample four tracks below. 

 

 

Have I mentioned Motion Sickness of Time Travel‘s Moon Ballade series here? There’s been a release for every moon since September last year, and below is this month’s: Ballade for a Wolf Moon. Great concept, great music.

 

 

Ah – here we delve into the deep abstract with this release from Endgame called Fragile: a gateway into a world of accomplished sonic experimentation.

 

 

And here is some rousing Kraut-noise to groove the wool from your ears: Cavedwellers Month by Jovontaes on the Fire Talk label.

 

 

A video has emerged of The Future Sound of London‘s Gaz Cobain with his psychedelic band The Amorphous Androgynous live in Russia, from a 2008 gig. Well worth a watch.

 

 

 

Finally: later today (Sunday 2nd Feb), Kemper Norton will be a guest Stuart Maconie‘s excellent Freak Zone on BBC Radio 6. It’ll be available to listen for a week, and can be found HERE.