Oct 31, 2008
The movie is a fictional biography of the great baroque painter with the scandalous (for the era) work and the adventurous life. Derek Jarman emphasizes innovatively in the visual part of the movie... and Simon Turner composes a diverse soundtrack. A perfect mirror for the eclectisism of el label.
Oct 30, 2008
Fresh, delicate, cosmopolitan semiacoustic pop with influences from 60`s, from Cherry Red`s early days and bands like MARINE GIRLS, MONOCHROME SET etc. Main personality is the Singapure-born singer JESSICA GRIFFIN. One of the el classics.
The beginning of momusic...
Momus - Circus Maximus (1986)
01.Lucky Like St. Sebastian
02.The Lesson Of Sodom (According To Lot)
03.John The Baptist Jones
04.King Solomon's Song And Mine
05.Little Lord Obedience (5:13)
06.The Day The Circus Came To Town
07.The Rape Of Lucretia
08.Paper Wraps Rock
09.Rules Of The Game Of Quoits
Oct 28, 2008
Departing from Cherry Red and after a short involving with Blanco Y Negro (Warner bros) legendary indie guru, artist and label man Mike Alway founded EL RECORDS, perhaps at first as a home for artists who were too "strange" to sign straight in major label.
The first numbers were really amazing: the SHOCK HEADED PETERS, MOMUS, VIC GODDARD, MONOCHROME SET albums & singles demostrated the start of a really different approach: diverse & unsual, while new artists joining the label (Louis Phillipe, Simon Turner, Would-Be-Goods, Marden Hill, Anthony Adverse, Always...) defined El`s characteristic profile of stylism, eclectisism, intellectualism, weirdness, englishness, loungness, pseudosnobbism, "imaginary fashion" following, retro, amateurlike sound.... and other eccentrities.
El Records was a backlash to the middle-eighties death of indie electric form, a backlash to dark, warmless, freshless, miserable, stupid post punk situation...
Due to its peculiar image, El Records had neither underground nor overground recognition (apart from Japan), soon was taken over by Cherry Red (1989) and declined... receiving (as expected) some afterdeath cult status honours.
Nowadays, as a subsidiary label of Cherry Red, El has been releasing good retro material, still diverse and often surprisingly great.
See Mike Alway interviewed about El Records story at :
Oct 27, 2008
San Francisco short-lived post punk outfit released one 7`` single, one EP, and this LP.
Disbanded in 1981. Singer, Ricky Williams moved to FLIPPER. He died in his sleep in 1992. The rest members joined outfits like Toiling Midgets, American Music Club, Tuxedomoon, Torcher...
Ricky Williams - vocals
Michael Belfer - guitar
Paul Draper - bass
Tim Mooney - drums
Alex Gibson - guitar
Mike White - guitar
Ron MacLeod - bass
Brian MacLeod - drums
Tom Reccion - drums
Monsters Of Love (92mb)
Oct 16, 2008
Accompaniment to CIRCUS MAXIMUS long play album, this 3-track EP shows the european/folk/ballad origins of Nicholas art. Inspired momus spoken adaptions of Jacques Brel tunes constitute a respectful homage to the (greatest of the greatests) belgian songwriter... but Momus whimsical idiosyncracy drips like poison from the heart of the songs.
Oct 15, 2008
Patrick`s "brutal" drawings of lovelessness & cruelty has an elegiac depth, but from title to the last song... this art keeps no distances; seeks for the limits of its own approach; it is itself, a deeply conscious part of the painful situations that exposes.
Oct 13, 2008
" YES!! ", his 1997 release, sounds a bit "tired" and at times boring. The bonus disc though, that escorts " YES!! " is (in my opinion) more interesting. It contains, prologued by CHRIS, ten songs himself like to perform live. Some of them deserve placing in a possible anthology. If an anthology were enough in his occassion...
Oct 12, 2008
Oct 10, 2008
Highly lyrical, haunting sound monument in remembrance of Monk`s daughter who died just two years after her father`s passing away. RAN BLAKE directs a flowing of emotional images the way the music becomes an almost natural bridge between memory and sentiments, knowledge and imagination, between life experience and action of dreams. Apart from 3 originals ("short life", "impresario of death", "pourquoi laurent"), SHORT LIFE includes also some standards and other really "reinvented" compositions from a less known world area.
Ambient electronica, downbeats, and guests like Nobukazu Takemura, The Gentle People, a.o., try to modernize (with middling success) an approach that actually remains stuck to the dark artistic visions 0f 80`s and the sounds of TUXEDOMOON, MECANO, FLUE etc. Although they copy overtly the originals, there are moments here that can excite the friends of romantic, dark, melancholic soundscapes and really deserve to be chilling past reminders. BLAINE REININGER plays violin on two tracks, while LYDIA LUNCH`s participation on some spoken words is one of the lowest points of the album.
Oct 9, 2008
Apart this small gem they also made an LP called "TO ALASKA". Pieces of history for ones checking the genre.
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Oct 8, 2008
Oct 7, 2008
ReR Megacorp CD edition cover
L to R : CHRISTIAN ANDERS, CHRIS CUTLER, ALFRED HARTH, HEINER GOEBBELS
Oct 6, 2008
Images that sometimes keep annoying my sleep, too.
I don't know about yours...
A poem and some more (poems and facts ) through a video.
The Current (Fires-1983)
These fish have no eyes
these silver fish that come to me in dreams,
scattering their roe and milt
in the pockets of my brain.
But there's one that comes--
heavy, scarred, silent like the rest,
that simply holds against the current,
closing its dark mouth against
the current, closing and opening
as it holds to the current.
From the PBS television documentary To Write And Keep Kind, 1992.
More about Raymond Carver:
Oct 4, 2008
Oct 3, 2008
Ο JOSEPH BERARDI (κρουστά, ακορντεόν, τσέλο, πλήκτρα και παρελθόν στους Fibonaccis) και η μούσα KIRA VOLLMAN (μπάσο, πλήκτρα, κλαρινέτο, φωνή) παγιδεύουν τις αισθήσεις μέσα σε αύρες ψιθύρων και δυσοίωνους ίσκιους γύρω από μισόφωτα που υποκρίνονται τον ερχομό της αυγής.
Αναφορές οι RESIDENTS, οι SLAPP HAPPY, οι FIBONACCIS, o NINO ROTA, ο FR. FELLINI, ο DAVID LYNCH, ο σουρρεαλισμός, ο μυθικός κόσμος του τσίρκου, τα σαουντρακ τρόμου, το καμπαρέ, η θεώρηση ενός πλούσιου ποικίλου καλλιτεχνικού σύμπαντος, η υπερβολή...
Στους "χώρους της διακύβευσης" που παραστατικοποιούνται εδώ συμπεριλαμβάνεται φυσικά και η βαθιά καλλιτεχνική υποβολή που οι ίδιοι ασκούν.
Oct 2, 2008
CITRUS, MY LOVE contents three parts: the three movement Passage North, the eight movement Citrus my love, and the composition Patience & Thyme, all commissioned by various parts, composed in 1990-91, recorded in 1992 and released by RecRec in 1995.
GUY KLUCEVSEK plays on a very thin and sometimes paused seeing line among mourning, natural melancholy, quietness and meditation. He combines classical, minimal and folk, american and (central, east) european influences with Far East beeing present as atmosphere and artistic tradition, as the gentle expression of impressions and sentiments following a ceremonial process.