Pick of the Week (past/present/future)

Ahoy there, me hearties! Welcome to another pick of things that I have enjoyed experiencing over the past week or two.

 

The classic text based The Hitchhiker’s Guide to the Galaxy game has been updated (again) and is playable via the BBC HERE. Re-live the frustration of 80’s gaming!

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Spritz is a revolutionary app that allow super fast reading by flashing words up in quick succession so that you don’t have to move your eyes. All you have to do is relax and absorb, and apparently tests have show that comprehension of information can be increased using this system. The Spritz tagline is Reading Reimagined, and I do feel that this is something revolutionary. While we might not always want to leisure read super fast, the app has amazing potential for learning, study, and mundane tasks such as reading emails.  

You can try out the app on the Spritz website HERE, and hey presto! – there’s already an open source version to use on the web HERE

 

Kosmischer Läufer are back with the second volume of The Secret Cosmic Music of the East German Olympic Programme 1972-83, and oh boy am I in heaven…

 

I’m a big fan of Adderall Canyonly‘s unique brand of cosmic komische, and here is a particularly wonderful new release: The Limits of All Known Ice

 

Released on Christmas Day 2013, More Alien than Aliens is an excellent introduction to the mystical world of Italian Occult Psychedelic group Mamuthones. Dig deeper into the Boring Machines Bandcamp, and you’ll find a couple of Mamuthones albums too…

 

It’s hard to describe the Que Vivan Los Muertos EP by Árbol Pájaro de Fuego, so instead I’ll leave it up to you to discover for yourself. Needless to say, I enjoyed it immensely.

 

I’ve been going through some of the amazing psych-scapes of Umberto again. Journey through Astral Projection is great introduction for the uninitiated.

 

A slightly extended version of the track Globe Inn by excellent progressive band The Future Kings of England has surfaced, and is embedded below. It’s downloadable, and serves as a prompt to seek out the band. The track is from their most recent album Who is this who is coming? inspired by the stories of M. R James.

 

Also, there’s a great mix put together by the drummer of The Future Kings of England HERE

 

There’s a new batch of releases on Digitalis Recordings, and my favourite is this slice of experimental electronica: Her Instrument by Cube

 

New on the consistently great Constellation Tatsu label, Ganymede is the soundtrack by Jonas Reinhardt for an experimental science fiction film. You can listen to three tracks from the album below, and if you buy the limited Vinyl edition, for a mere $16, you get a copy of the film on DVD and a poster too! 

 

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Pick of the Week (past/present/future)

 

Howdy hoo, pop pickers, and welcome to a very brief Pick of the Week.

I promise I’ll share a more bumper crop of goodies next weekend, but for now I’d like to announce the release of Wyrd Daze Issue 5!

Issue 5 is one of my favourites – please do take a look at the showcase over at the Wyrd Daze blog HERE, and listen to the podcast which I’ve embedded below.

On the podcast there’s a play of some of the wonderful music from this month’s Wyrd Daze EP, and also a first play of a track from Kemper Norton‘s forthcoming release on Front & Follow. Finally, there’s an audio collage I sculpted from season one of the sublime television drama Hannibal.

 

 

If you’ve happened across this post a month after it was originally published, you may find the above Soundcloud embed to be invalid, but fear not, as all of the Wyrd Daze podcasts are archived on Mixcloud HERE 

 

I leave you with this wunderbar video by Kosmischer Läufer for the track Flucht aus dem Tal der Ahnungslosen (1981) which is from their forthcoming album: THE SECRET COSMIC MUSIC OF THE EAST GERMAN OLYMPIC PROGRAM 1972-83, VOLUME TWO. Constant readers may recall I featured Volume One on here a couple of posts ago…

 

 

 

Pick of the Week (past/present/future)

Hello there! Some amazing stuff to get through this week, but I’d like to start by introducing a competition for the digital zine Wyrd Daze that I curate. I beg your indulgence to watch the short video below:

Guess when all the snow will be gone from where I live in Quebec, and you could win a 5 month subscription to Wyrd Daze! Current subscribers can enter as well, and will win a special prize. Send your guess to wyrd.daze@gmail.com For more information, see the post on the Wyrd Daze blog HERE

 

The below song, The Natural Selection by The Owl, is magnificent enough to get top bill on this week’s pick of music. The Owl is Svante Sjöstedt and Peter Olof Fransson, who I am aware of through his other odd musical projects such as Retep Folo.

The Natural Selection is a genius slice of psychedelic wonder, and I’m eager for more!

 

It’s been over a year since the last release by the excellent The Geography Trip label, but it was well worth the wait! Low Fantasy EP by The Resource Centre is sublime. Michael Holland, who writes the Ears for Eyes blog, as well as occasional articles for Wyrd Daze, summed it up perfectly:  “An amazing album, full of beautiful clockwork woodland electronica”

 

Sicsic tapes have a new batch out, and oh boy, this release from Brannten Schnüre is amazing: pure primal joy.

You can buy the tape HERE

 

I discovered English Heretic through Jason Simpson, who writes the excellent Forestpunk blog among other things. It was an article he wrote for Wyrd Daze that turned me on to English Heretic, and here is the latest release, Anti-Heroes, your gateway into a raw and compelling world of wyrd revelations:     

The English Heretic blog is HERE

A couple of sublime electronic wonders from the fantastic Field Hymns label next. First the recent Temple Swords by Cane Swords, and second, some komische bliss from Grapefruit, released May 2012.

 

This is interesting: “Synth supergroup Node return with their first new release since 1995! “Node 2” features three of the original members, maverick producer and sonic legend Flood, renowned producer and composer Ed Buller and classically trained Doctor of music Dave Bessell. The band are joined by new member, Hollywood composer Mel Wesson, who has most recently provided the soundscapes for Hans Zimmer’s run of blockbuster films. This extraordinary collective take time out from their high flying day jobs to indulge their secret passion for all things analogue. The result, “Node 2”, is the culmination of two recording sessions that took place over the last year and a half at Battery studios in London.”

 

I previously neglected to mention the most splendid Treacherous Orb by Time Attendant on the remarkable More than Human label. You can listen below, and visit the More then Human website HERE 

 

Some rub-a-dub love dub-techo for you next: National Geographic EP by Camp Inc. You’re welcome!

 

A change of pace now: some psychedelic folk songs by Now Wakes the Sea

 

Another of the new Sicsic batch: this time a split release. To be honest, it’s the first six tracks from Alpár that interest me here, as they voyage into komishe territory, where I love to be…

 

Now some videos, and check this beauty out: a short film by Plastic Horse for the new Nochexxx album Thrusters. This is awesome…

Accomplished drone outfit Concrete/Field have released a 6-part hymn to the open spaces of Northern England. This is the video:

And you can pick up the audio for name your own price at the Concrete/Field Bandcamp HERE

 

I’m a big fan of Gazelle Twin, and there’s a new album called Unflesh forthcoming, which certainly seems to taking a darker tone than her first magnificent opus The Entire City.  Check out the video for Belly of the Beast:

 

Finally, there is a brilliant review of Gareth Rees’ magnificent Marshland: Dreams and Nightmares on the Edge of London on the vibrant Caught by the River blog. Dexter Petley, the author of that review, praises the book with far more insight and eloquence that I could manage, so I’ll leave you to read for yourself. I’ve mentioned it before on this blog, but Mr. Rees’ book truly is a wonder, and I thoroughly recommend it. The review is HERE