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Punch Brothers Punch is on semi-permanent hiatus.



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Wonderful design from Joe Hales heralds a huge showcase of sound art, experimental musics and exhibitions at St James’s Hatcham Church, New Cross, South East London. SHO-ZYG will feature work from more than 50 Goldsmiths based artists alongside exhibitions detailing the life and works of Daphne Oram, Hugh Davies and Lawrence Upton. Throughout the week, nightly events explore electroacoustics, audiovisualisation, soundscape and more. The showcase runs for a week long duration, September 21-27 and is free to enter.

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Quintet (1967-1968) – Hugh Davies

Four Aspects (1960) – Daphne Oram

Tumblewash – Daphne Oram

Echo Lake – Wild Peace

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Echo Lake will be releasing their debut album ‘Wild Peace’ through seminal South London label No Pain in Pop on June 25th 2012, whilst over the pond on the same day you’ll be able pick it up on Slumberland Records. Diarise.

Lovely artwork by Natalia Stuyk

Omi Palone – Lindsay

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Omi Palone are another incredible band out of London recently. This track ‘Lindsay’ has been on heavy rotation for me over the last few months.

I’m waiting impatiently for the fruit of their current recording sessions, you should be too.

Buy their first cassette, see them live

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Omi Palone – Lindsay

Drop Out Venus – Tapes

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Jawdroppingly good, and the most refreshing sounds I’ve heard in a long long while, straight out of Deptford. See them live.

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Tapes – Drop Out Venus

Oscar Peterson

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Oscar Peterson – Can’t Help Lovin’ Dat Man

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Oscar Peterson – The Way You Look Tonight

(from the Jerome Kern Songbook, here)

Lord Kitchener – London Is The Place For Me

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Lord Kitchener – London Is The Place For Me

Susumu Yokota – Tobiume

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‘Tobiume’ is taken from the album ‘Sakura'(1999)

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Susumu Yokota – Tobiume

The Proper Ornaments – Who Thought

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Very happy to see the No Pain in Pop site back up online

The Proper Ornaments debut 12″ is out tomorrow, and you should order it here


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Very, very nice from Maria Fischer.

Balam Acab

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Balam Acab – Welcome

The Duke of Uke

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The Duke of Uke, needs your support! Come along to one of these two great fundraising events, happening tomorrow and Friday at the Crypt in Spitalfields. There is a great post here from Darren Hayman about the situation facing the Duke of Uke and why you should get involved. I’m particularly excited to be seeing Omi Palone and the Wave Pictures playing at the first event tomorrow.


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Mr Lawrence

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It’s interesting when you come across a track that has been revisited by an artist over a number of decades.

I’ve been tormenting/blessing my housemate Alex with the first and last of these every morning for the last few days now. Going to save the David Sylvain version till last!

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[1983] Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence – Ryuichi Sakamoto

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[1983] Forbidden Colours -Ryuichi Sakamoto & David Sylvain

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[1996] Merry Christmas, Mr Lawrence – Ryuichi Sakamoto

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[2006] Ax Mr.L – Alva Noto & Ryuichi Sakamoto


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Charlie Parker blows my mind, consistently.

Something happens after Bird’s solo on this Kern penned masterpiece that is unlike anything I’ve heard in jazz before.

The recording is lovely, and features Dizzy Gillespie on trumpet and what sounds a lot like Max Roach on drums.

All The Things You Are – Charlie Parker

“Bebop has been around for seven or eight years, and something of a fad for two, but experts still disagree over what it is, and whether it will last. Gusty, oldtime Blues Singer Chippie Hill says flatly and hopefully that “It won’t last. My 16-month-old niece does it when she drinks beer out of her bottle, and does it better than any of them.” To the naked ear its shrill cacophony seems anarchistic; on repeated hearings it becomes clear that the players planned it that way. Duke Ellington, now a disc jockey, has been kind; old Satchmo Louis Armstrong, critical. The feud now raging between partisans of the New Orleans school of jazz, who enjoy their music, and the “progressives,” who seem to undergo theirs, is reminiscent of 12th Century theological squabbles.”

TIME Magazine, Monday December 20th, 1948

The recording at the bottom of this post, ‘Bebop‘ was made live at ‘The Royale Roost’ with Charlie Parker on Alto Sax, Kenny Dorham on Trumpet, Al Haig on Piano, Tommy Potter on Bass and once again, Max Roach on drums. The indomitable  ‘Symphony Sid’ introduces the Charlie Parker Allstars for the evening broadcast from the ‘The Royale Roost’, a Chicken restaurant that turned into a focal point for the NY jazz scene after its opening in 1948 at 1580 Broadway.

In April ‘Symphony Sid’ and promoter Monte Kay, who had already staged a number of successful bop concerts and sessions locally, convinced the owners of Ralph & Bill’s
Chicken Roost, a nondescript Broadway nightspot that had flirted unsuccessfully with jazz in the past, to try out a onenight-a-week bop policy. Sid talked up the sessions on his
nightly broadcasts. The initial Tuesday night mini-concerts were such popular events that within a month the newlynamed Royal Roost had adopted a nightly modern jazz policy and was rightly billing itself as “the house that Bop built.”

Sleeve Notes to ‘Bird at the Roost’ record written by Bill Minder


Bebop – Charlie Parker Allstars

The Proper Ornaments – Recalling

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The Proper Ornaments – Recalling

Stop Sharpening Your Knives 4

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The Norwich based poetry collective, Stop Sharpening Your Knives, released their fourth anthology at the start of 2011.

It’s a beautifully produced and fascinating collection featuring 28 poets in total. Particular highlights for me are the pieces from Sam Riviere, Jack Underwood and Matthew Gregory, whose works are visceral, funny and at times downright disturbing.

2011 feels like the beginning of a golden time for British poetry, with a burgeoning scene created by the hard work of poetry collectives including SSYK and Clinic.

You can purchase SSYK 4 here.

No Pain in Pop / Forest Swords / Echo Lake

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No Pain in Pop have had a formidable start to the year, with January and February seeing the release of two of the best debut EPs I’ve heard in recent months. Forest Swords’ ‘Dagger’ is  a stunning 6-track by Wirrall based producer, Matthew Barnes. The tracks are a consumate and direct vision of Barnes’ musical landscape – one populated by the spectres of Lee Perry, Pierre Schafer and Ennio Morricone.

You can buy the ‘Dagger Paths EP’, in a variety of formats, from the No Pain in Pop shop here.

Echo Lake’s debut EP, ‘Young Silence’, is an entirely different affair. Released on 14th February 2011, their reverb drenched guitar jams create a fragile and distant prospect, one made intimate by some truly haunting vocal melodies. The EP release party, at the Old Blue Last on February 19th, was a wonderful night with the Proper Ornaments providing an incredible support slot.

The video for the title track ‘Young Silence’, produced by Dan Nixon and Dom Jones using Microsoft’s Kinect sensor, is something very special indeed;

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Forest Swords – Miarches

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Echo Lake – Young Silence


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Over at PBP we get pretty mellifluous about the independent publishing world in London.

So it is with great excitement that we note the release of the 4th, 5th and 6th issues of No.ZINE by the incredibly talented Patrick Fry

You can purchase and find more information about No.ZINE here – the quality of the contributors, layout and  design is exceptional. Grab copies while you still can.

Here’s a sneak peek…

(Photographs copyright Patrick Fry)

In other news, we hear whisperings of a new zine by name of ‘TEAM‘, winging its first edition your way imminently. The content they’re had in already, visible via the tasters on their blog, looks absolutely amazing. To whet your appetite, here are two examples of the work of Katie Scott, the latest confirmed contributor to TEAM. You can see more of her work on her flickr here

(Head and Hands by Katie Scott)

(Pineapple Shirt by Katie Scott)

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Broadcast – Colour Me In


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From all of us here at PBP we wish you a very Merry Christmas.

This post is particularly aimed at my cousin Al, currently residing in Tokyo, Japan and making waves in the software development world:

If you haven’t come across Orange Juice, I reckon you’ll love them – you can hear the influence that Dogs Die In Hot Cars and countless other Scottish bands have drawn  from their work – Edwyn Collins was their front man and  you might know them for ‘Rip It Up’ a staple of Indie DJs everywhere. ‘Hokyo’ is a lovely rare B-Side I came across recently in a spate of mass record digitisation – I’ve been loving it for its weird synth inflected curves – the version below is a rip from a 12″, hence the crackiliness.

The Air track, ‘Alone in Kyoto’ features in the film ‘Lost in Translation’ – it’s a lovely slice of gallic electronica and through its use in the film is always going to remind me of Japan (and Scarlett Johansson!)

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Orange Juice – Hokoyo

Air – Alone in Kyoto


It’s Gonna Rain

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After a rare sunny winter day in London, I found myself listening to both parts of ‘It’s Gonna Rain’ by Steve Reich yesterday evening. This recording is vital for a number of reasons; firstly it contains an incredible sample of an African American Pentecostal preacher, Brother Walter, hailing the end of the world in San Francisco’s Union Square in 1964, secondly it’s one of the first examples of phasing and is a landmark in Minimal, Looping  and Process based music. These pieces were Reich’s first major works. They were created in 1965 using two Wollensak tape recorders.

As predicted by Brother Walter, the skies opened this morning and two of our gutters are leaking everywhere.

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It’s Gonna Rain (Part One) – Steve Reich

It’s Gonna rain (Part Two) – Steve Reich

Today Of The Dead

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Over at Casa Del Malpas we celebrated Día de los Muertos in style last week – I thought I’d post a mix of some of the tracks that accompanied the evening.

My first proper foray into Mexican and Central American music was a pretty mindblowing experience. There’s some wonderful blogs out there covering specifically this, and they’re well worth checking out.

It has been a while since I’ve encountered a genre of music that is so completely unknown to me. Originating from a traditional courtship dance in Colombia and swiftly spreading across the whole of Central America, Cumbia is some of the most full on party music I’ve ever heard!

“Women playfully wave their long skirts while holding a candle, and men dance behind the women with one hand behind their back and the other hand either holding a hat, putting it on, or taking it off. Male dancers also carried a red handkerchief which they either wrapped around their necks, waved in circles in the air, or held out for the women to hold. Until the mid-20th century, Cumbia was considered to be an inappropriate dance performed primarily by the lower social classes.” more here

The songs in the mix are mainly taken from records put out in Mexico and Colombia during the so-called ‘golden age’ of Cumbia – 1950 to 1975.

To give you a little taste of the evening here’s a photo of a handmade Día de los Muertos skull, one of many made by Faye and Havva :


1. Cumbia en do Menor – Lito Barrientos y Su Orquesta
2. Cumbia – Alfredo Gutierrez
3. Cumbia De Sal – Los Falcons
4. Cumbia Arabe – Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán
5. Cumbia Sampuesana  (La Sampuesana) – Chicken Y Sus Comandos
6. Cumbia Mexicana – Desconocido
7. Cumbia Y Guitarra – Los Mirios
8. La Cumbia De Los Cuervos – Juaneco y Su Conjunto
9. El Platanito – Los Dinamicos Del Ritmo
10. El Guamo – Anibal Velasquez
11. El Sucusu-Sucusu – Anibal Y Jose Velasquez
12. Mira Mira (Ella Baila el Pompo) – Los Curramberos de Guayabal with Anibal Velásquez
13. Has Regresado Viejo Amigo – Rodolfo

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Cumbia Mix (320k stereo mp3)

Cumbia Arabe – Mariachi Nuevo Tecalitlán

Cumbia Sampuesana  (La Sampuesana) – Chicken Y Sus Comandos

Just Another Onion Head

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Back when Mr T.Rundgren was the coolest cat on the planet.

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Todd Rundgren – Just Another Onion Head Da Da Dali

An important message about the Arts

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Do Your Thing

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Last Friday I was lucky enough to have one of those rare free days in London, wandering about and perusing some of the finest exhibitions that the capital has to offer. I started at the John Soane museum, a frankly astounding collection just off Lincoln’s Inn Fields near Holborn. The museum preserves the house of Sir John Soane, a British architect perhaps most well known for building the Bank of England. I don’t think I have ever seen a house so crammed with amazing artefacts, paintings and furniture. There’s a few Turners, Hogarths and even a Sarcophagus in the basement. I’d highly recommend a visit, the house looks almost exactly how Soane left it and it’s free to get in.

After a few hours immersed in Soane’s house,  I wandered a few doors down to the Royal College of Surgeons and the Hunterian museum, which, prior to World War II looked like the above photo. Unfortunately bombs took their toll upon the collection, with what was left being rehoused. The current collection is still focused upon the private collection of John Hunter, surgeon to King George III. The collection was bought by the British government in 1799 and presented to the Royal College of Surgeons. Even in it’s current form the collection is utterly mindblowing and an aboslute must for anyone with an interest in science and medicine (as long as you’re ok with looking at human quintuplet foetus’ preserved in formaldehyde!). Again it’s free to access!

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Moondog – Do Your Thing

Henryk Wienawski

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Henryk Wienawski – Caprice (arr. Kreisler) – Itzhak Perlman

Sun Ra

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Sun Ra – Space is the Place

The Bones Go Last

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Some friends of mine are making a documentary about the visionary artist Austin Osman Spare, who spent most of his career in and around South East London. It is entitled ‘The Bones Go Last’ and you can follow their progress and learn more about Spare here.

Around the time that Spare was creating some of his most seminal works, in Paris, Maurice Ravel was writing his ‘String Quartet in F’, a piece of music that has utterly enraptured me over the last few weeks. Here is the third movement from it; ‘Tres Lent’.

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Ravel – String quartet in F – III – Tres lent