Took a drive across the Forth and ended up
somewhere beautiful.. You know how the rest of that tune goes... These are the days of summer starting.. and the hills are simply
CALLLLLLLLLLING!!!!! Must admit.. missed BLACK MEDICINE..
But I've seen them before.. so KNOW it was GROOVY as F*ck.
29 April: BLACK MEDICINE @ Henry's Cellar Bar
28 April 06
Emperor's new clothes, I presume..'
should be MOGADON.Or MASTODON�
something about the music.. lumbering doggedly (or elephantly) along with an
apparent sense of purpose, but no finesse.Those three note intros� Ding Dong DUNG!!!! Ding Dong DUNG!!!! And
everyone cheers, recognising yet another slab of shapeless dirge�Great music
for the stoned coal-face.If you
were down in the pit.. it would probably LIFT your spirits to listen to Mogwai�
Couldn�t quite figure it out.. especially as their chubby balding �men at
work� look gives them that �on tea break� from a plumbing job appearance.They could be packing up and fixing the toilets at Usher Hall for all I
know.And yeah.. Major COMPLAINT!Usher Hall IS a toilet... a very stately one, but still... �6 for a pint of bottled
what the audience loves is that Mogwai don�t seem to give a monkeys!But .. oh they do.. they do.. they do very very much�.Granya
(sp) and co.Enuff said..
and I missed the 10pm replay of Eastenders on BBC3..
Starvation Box (read previous
review) and DEFINITELY no trip to the Venue to catch the mogwai afterparty
DJ set..can�t imagine what they
listen to.It won�t be Cannibal
Corpse or.. uh.. CRUE!
for Choice??? Thurs 27 April: TheGOuLaG @Ego with The Addicts
and Starvation Box 10:30pm & @ The Venue - MOGWAI After
Party DJ Set 11pm - 3am.
27 April 06
Jocelyn Pook.. and Ditto... and DIDO!'
weekend... I kinda casually said to a friend, "you
know.. I think.. All the scenes are dead."
Last Night @ The Filmhouse: "METAL:
A HEADBANGER'S JOURNEY'
proved me wrong
andtook us home. Brilliant
film from Canadian 'to the death' (is there any other kind?) metal fan Sam
Dunn, who also managed to get a degree in Anthropology when he wasn't
plugged in to SLAYER.
Funny, insightful interviews with all the usual suspects (Ronnie James Dio
was hysterically funny, on the money and still has the voice to
launch a thousand trips) and some unusual ones.. i.e. Rob
Zombie... Even Malcolm
Dome (who I haven't seen in a
while!) showed up and so many other people I've met in my travels.. a WHOLE
and f*ck Yeah!! THE MUSIC!!! He traces the multi-branched metal tree back to a particularly
heavy 60's psychaedelic band in sunny Cal called BLUE
CHEER and of course Mick
Mars and Steppenwolf's
seminal 'BORN TO BE WILD' (on the unforgettable 'Easy Rider'
soundtrack) which introduced the now carved in stone '...heavy
Just so happens 'Born To Be Wild' is my favourite single of all time and
I AM the proud owner of a BLUE
CHEER album with the killer track
'PILOT' on it.. Favourite quote from Norwegian black-metallers 'Mayhem': "We
never bargain with ourselves. If they don't like it, FUCK THEM!"
if you ever get the chance.. hear it/ see it... BE it @ www.metalhistory.com
PS - the
beauty of The Filmhouse and the Cameo (aside from the superb films
on offer).. you can take your pint in with you.
26 April @ The Filmhouse:Tryptych presents: METAL: A
HEADBANGER'S JOURNEY - a definite MUST SEE for me!
Dot Allison at Cabaret Voltaire accompanied by Kenny Brady
and two other guitarists (one from DEATH IN VEGAS - whose names escape me..
forgive the onset of Alzheimers). A groovy, soulful, fragile and
seductive set of Dot's newer songs highlighted at the end by an acoustic
version of the first ONE DOVE hit.
Allison @ Cabaret Voltaire Saturday 22 April 2006
Yes and last night we did @
Sleazy Cheesy, Studio 24!
We rode de-Range
to Bareback Mountain, rode the bucking bronc-ing bull, (fell off twice.. first
time within seconds) and watched a heck of a lotta Can-Can girls and other
burlesquey types entertain us (that was just the guests). While we warmed
up for cattle-roping madness, and several young dudes strapped on their spurs, DJ
Hope Eternal did a rousing rendition of 'STAND BY YOUR MAN' with a
Greek Chorus of many voices (Electra included) and Cuntry Western Kings, The Mending Hearts came on and played loadsa Johnny
Cash.. but nothing beats my favourite DJ pick: Nancy Sinatra's 'These
Boots Are Made For Walking'... Danced 'jive' all night with an old guy (I
mean an ELDERLY gentlemen..he remembered dancing in the First World War!) no
matter what the music. SO.. yeah... enhancements always help. Don't
leave home without them.
Mid-Month, psych-rock ALTRES
once again storm the Mills Observatory in Dundee under a FULL MOON (Thurs
13 April 06), with special guest Vocalist ELECTRA... an ode to the Spring
Equinox - be there or be
version of 'Misappearance' recorded at the Mills Observatory is
available at the ALTRES My Space site:www.myspace.com/altresElectra's ethereal vocals are tentative and shy. Apparently she hadn't
heard the track before and just joined in when Brian turned on the mic.
April 06 Fri MGCK
Music..'and we WERE there....
things just make you feel good, Very good. Last night at the
top of Balgay Hill in Dundee.. with the sun gloriously setting in the west and
the moon rising in the east, ALTRES
played a set worthy of those celestial bodies. The incredible natural
beauty of the place combined with the joy of the music and the appreciation of
the crowd scattered below the observatory terrace - these nights can't be bought
for silver or gold or clever negotiation. ELECTRA's vocals
ethereally caressing 'the Bell Song'; drifting effortlessly in and
out through other spacious tracks. The perfect mix of mind, matter, moon
and music. The one 'down-ish' moment: a guy all 'geared' up, shaking,
chewing gum talking a mile a minute, came up to 'meet the singer', to tell her
how great the gig had been, how he loved her vocals... how groovy it all was..
then the punchline: "How
d'you get a gig up here??.. We've got a R-EA-L FUCKOFF
soundsystem!!.. we could be blasting it off this terrace, mon!"
My first thought, 'get yersel' a fuckin' cornfield and HANDS OFF!' Balgay
Hill is sacred ground. No commercially minded dudes need apply. I
like cornfields.. I like raves.. I like madness.. but there's already plenty of
it elsewhere. The beauty of a night like last night was the stark
simplicity of sound and sense and space...and the people who genuinely came to
took some photos, hopefully there was enough light and we can add them here
later. Also, before the gig began, ALTRES were interviewed by award-winning
film-maker, Glenn Millar. Who knows where that footage might turn up.) ah
ha! for video link
We don't often review 'pop' bands old or new,
but contributing freelancer Fifi J has uploaded her review of the 'Erasure'
gig at Usher Hall to the 'Listening To' page.
talks about avian flu, but my feeling is this: we're in the grip of a worldwide Power
Pandemic. Watched a BBC 4 documentary last night by brilliant Italian
satirist Sabina Guzzanti. The terrifying truths about Italian
politics/corruption.. OUR politics/corruption... Tony Blair.. Europe.. the
West... we're fucked kids. Especially if you just sit back and say,
'well.. yeah.. that's just the way it is..' All fucked. You can stick your
IPod up your ass for all it will help.
like the Twelfth Night 'VOCALISTS' album is going to be released soon. We
will keep you posted.
she taking a sabbatical from life????: When
asked what she's doing 'lately' other
than the upcoming ALTRES @ Mills Observatory gig next week... Electra
replied, "Devolving... stepping 'out' of the picture... not
being... not communicating... leaving space... for something
new... to happen. Kinda like a snow-drift..."...
April 06 Wed MGCK
Music"Catch a falling StarFighter...."
Ode to Bob Calvert: ""Anyone
who knows my work would realize that however bad they might think it is, it's all intentional.""
-- Robert .Calvert.
hooked... yes.. hooked.. on Bob
Calvert; poet, genius, front man for Hawkwind
and creator of dozens of his own mind-bending, mind-testing projects.
Revered and 'regarded' and the victim of his own intensity. Died
relatively young in 1988. Jim tells me about being on tour with the Normal
Hawaiians and watching Bob Calvert pacing backstage waiting to go
on... like a caged lion filled with the urge to rend the molecules.. new
truths.. and images... all so groovy. Whatever happened to.... people who
stretched the bounds???????
a story from last month as it's in keeping with the theme THIS month: "Francis
Crick, LSD and the double helix': Trawling
through the remarkable, relatively new, tome by Graham Hancock, "SUPERNATURAL",
I came upon the following passage that doesn't surprise me in the least:
""In late July 2004, the Nobel-prize winning biologist Francis Crick,
co-discoverer of the structure of DNA, died at the age of 88. Soon
afterwards a little known fact of his life hit the press... That when he
was working at the Cavendish Laboratory in Cambridge in the early 1950's, he
frequently used LSD (which remained legal until the mid-60's) as a 'thinking
tool' to boost his mental powers. Crick had privately admitted to
colleagues that he was under the influence of LSD in 1953 at the moment when he
'perceived the double helix shape' and unravelled the structure of
we sound like champions of mind-expansion?? You're right!! We believe
everybody needs to put
more sugarcubes in their coffee:-)
trawling around MY SPACEs with a note from a new duo called The Byrons
(ex-part of My Next Girlfriend - who wanted to be our friends - so,
and exchanged emails then visited their myspace.. came across a
psychaedelic little chick I'll
give you a lead in to.. probably
because her 'music' just 'is' and 'isn't' at the same time.. i.e. isn't music
but IS relatively mad and psychaedelic and dr*g induced and she presents
herself and her myspace VERY WELL... I like the name too: Mademoiselle'Marquee
& le labyrinthe de Marmelade
as always www.clearchannelsucks.net
(note: this site WAS closed down in a court battle with the Media Giant who got
awarded the rights to the website name.. but it has sprung up again in an
Appeal.. gripping stuff..
Enter the official site here... and you can get to the
more commercial/less political presentation, which isn't, for all intents and purposes,
very commercial, as there's nothing we hate more than com-mer-shi-(al)-it-y, but
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