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“Cassette Culture, Homemade Music And The Creative Spirit in the pre-internet Age” by Jerry Kranitz – 320 page book – 2 CD compilation

Ok I’m biased but I think it’s not exaggerated to say this is some kind of masterpiece.

If you research the expression *cassette culture* on today’s internet you’ll get an almost bizarre mixture of results. From books about a huge *cassette culture scene* in India, I never heard about before, to descriptions of update youngsters who rediscover the unique flair of releasing own music on the cassette medium.

The real *core* of cassette culture was the worldwide scene that came alive in the late 1970s / early 1980s and existed until ca. 2000. The final release on Europe’s biggest Cassette Distribution, Mick Magic‘s Music & Elsewhere was in 2003. Then everybody started releasing CD-Rs or CDs because via digitalisation the whole culture of planet earth had changed.

As an oposition to the “lawgiving” and sterile commercial music world this cassette culture scene allowed complete freedom in creation and distribution.

This book tells you why, how and who.

If you were there – you need this book. If you want to know how it was to be there – you need this book.

If you want to know how a real *Social Network* is defined, how it works and why I think today’s *Social Networks* are a perversion of the expression and are nothing but a money making machine for the owner, with no *in depth* spirit whatsoever – you need this book.

The book was several years in the making, was checked by Hal McGee, underground activist since the early times, in regards of spelling and nasty grammar errors, which is not that usual these days, one of the reasons you get so many faulty products today. And the book is based upon in depth interviews with many artists from these years, plus it’s presenting a variety that defined these years.

This last point is very important because this was one of the main aspects of those years and was leading to the effect this movement had. Whatever one wanted to do/produce was ok and would find interested underground artists and fans, who then kept spreading the word. So one could enter with a mellow folk release and suddendly would get in touch with a harsh electronic sound that was offering a new fascinating world of culture Being open minded and the will to disscover, was part of this spirit of variety.

Too often those years were defined or described as a *In Crowd* group of experimental noise makers. That is a absolutely missleading one tracked presentation of the Cassette Culture Scene. In fact the one who had a huge influence in the early years was releasing very melodic guitar pop – Martin Newell (Cleaners of Venus).

But wait – what did I just say? There are two CDs included with truly great, challenging underground music from those years. Unfortunately these CDs completely fail to present the before mentioned variety. Too many of the here included tracks sound like being tortured by your dentist. *Torturing* was an important aspect of the sound of this scene, which definitely was an oposition that wanted to *hurt* – but – I was there in these years and I know this was absolutely not the real profile of the scene.

I did a Cassette Culture Scene radioshow here in Berlin. Regularly on air from 1987 to 1991 in Berlin and later via other stations, some in the USA on internet. I had from the pop to the rock to the soundscape to the punk to the folk to the noise to the spoken word – from complicated constructed songs to total chaos .. I had them all on my show.

If you want to come close to the real variety produced in those years, I recommend to listen to Don Campau‘s original No Pigeonholes Shows:
7.19.1992 https://archive.org/details/NOPigeonholes7-19-92/NPA+7-19-92-1.mp3
3.26.1995 https://archive.org/details/nopigeonholesarchives3-26-95/NPArchivesa+3-26-95-1.mp3

That will give you 4 hours of incredible true variety of the cassette culture scene. In those days Don Campau was the one to *teach* me what Cassette Culture Spirit really means. The name of the show “No Pigeonholes“, was chosen for a reason!

However – the book “Cassette Culture, Homemade Music And The Creative Spirit in the pre-internet Age” is the best you can get if you want to know about these early days of undergound spirit of the modern age, it’s fun to read, you get 2 CDs of great attacking underground music – and – it’s a 100% labour of love project!

VERY much recommended!

Lord Litter, august 2020

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Posted by on August 29, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

KRAFTWERK’s Wolfgang Flür Collaborates with U96

There are few genres in which German artists play such a central pioneering role as they do in electronic music, be it techno, electropop, trance or rave. At the frontline for many years were Kraftwerk and U96, two absolute trailblazers of this musical direction. While Kraftwerk wrote international music history mainly in the 1970s with cult albums such as Autobahn (1974), Radio-Aktivität (1975), Trans Europa Express (1977) and Die MenschMaschine (1978), U96 had a profound influence on the global pop music, rave and techno scene of the 1990s with hits such as Das Boot, “Love Sees No Colour, “Night In Motion and “HeavenTranshuman, scheduled for release on Radikal Records/UNLTD Recordings on September 4, 2020, will feature a spectacular collaboration between U96 (Ingo Hauss and Hayo Lewerentz) and Wolfgang Flür, Kraftwerk’s drummer in the years between 1972 and 1987 and therefore involved in the most seminal albums by the group from Düsseldorf.

This remarkable cooperation was first announced and implemented by two joint numbers on U96’s 2018 offering RebootTranshuman sees U96 and Wolfgang Flür develop their creative exchange across a full album, creating fascinating sonic worlds. The title song “Transhuman” and an updated version of “Zukunftsmusik (Radiophonique)” will be released as lead singles, including, as we’ve come to expect from U96, experimental video clips. That New York record label Radikal Records immediately secured the rights to the album for the US and Canada points to major interest in this project, not only on these shores but also across the Atlantic.

Transhuman is a stylistic mélange of our different histories,” describe Wolfgang Flür and U96 masterminds Hauss and Lewerentz an offering that is spectacular in many respects, featuring, along with typical U96 tracks such as “Clone” and “Specimen“, numbers such as “Transhuman”, “Planet In Fever” and “Sexersizer” that are inspired by Flür’s past. Notably, the content has been reduced to the sheer basics, in other words: sparingly used associative statements with deep, but at times also playful and mysterious messages that the listener feels rather than consciously registers. The lyrics are about the transformation of people through technology and our massive interference in life on our planet.

“Pieces like ‘Zukunftsmusik’ and ‘Transhuman’ don’t tell a story in the classic sense,” says Hauss. “They articulate emotions and associations in very few words, bringing to mind recordings such as RadioAktivitätAutobahn and Die Mensch-Maschine. In addition Transhuman, features a number of melodies created on the basis of computer algorithms, in other words fractal music which takes us even further back in history, to Klaus Schulze, Stockhausen, the electronics laboratories of the fifties and sixties and the musique concrete compositional technique.”

U96 and Flür met in person for the first time in the early 2000s, but they had felt mutual respect for each other for a long time before that.  Explains Hayo Lewerentz, “Of course there was no way past Kraftwerk for any German artist who worked with electronic music, synthesizers and creative studio options in the eighties. We were occupied day and night with how that band created their incredible sounds.”

Later Flür offered Lewerentz, who ran the electro label Major Records, new songs for release, and the latter went on to remix Flür’s track ‘Beat Perfecto’, among others. Subsequent to the creative collaboration between Hauss, Lewerentz and Flür on Reboot, the trio exchanged more than forty fragments of ideas online over the past two years, which eventually spawned the 14 songs on Transhuman. Says Lewerentz, “In addition there are two more tracks, which will feature on Wolfgang’s upcoming album Magazine at the end of the year.”

Joint concerts by U96/ Wolfgang Flür are also in the making.  “We’re hoping to do a few shows together next year,” add Lewerentz. “There’s definitely been a lot of interest from the promoters.” No doubt about it: There’s a lot of interest not only from the promoters!

DISCOGRAPHY

DAS BOOT (1992)
REPLUGGED (1993)
CLUB BIZARRE (1995)
HEAVEN (1996)
OUT OF WILHELMSBURG (2007)
REBOOT (2018)
new: TRANSHUMAN (Release date: September 4, 2020)

 
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Posted by on August 26, 2020 in Uncategorized

 

Julian Shah-Tayler – Evolution (21 August 2020)

California’s Julian Shah-Tayler (The Singularity) presents ‘Evolution’ single feat. MGT

Julian Shah-Tayler aka ‘The Singularity’ presents his new single ‘Evolution’, which also involves a collaboration with MGT (Tricky, The Mission UK, Peter Murphy, Ashton Nyte, The Wonder Stuff). This one is for those who have been through hard times in love and the need for new experiences.

Hailing from Leeds, England and now based in Los Angeles, singer, writer and producer Julian Shah-Tayler makes electro rock new wave ‘intellipop’ for the 30th century. This song was written, produced and performed by Julian and recorded in his TARDIS home studio in Los Angeles, with additional guitars by Mark Gemini Thwaite and Gene Micofsky.

“Evolution is about the difficult process of evolving towards loving kindness through the layers of love and loss in a society that cares nought about the human heart, and more about ‘norms’. It is about holding on to the pure ideal of the heart despite the cynicism of the intellect,” says Julian Shah-Tayler.

Having spent much time as a touring musician, Julian has experienced the pain of meeting and “breaking up with” people every night.

“Each human contains great beauty within, and it is impossible to disregard a connection however brief once made,” notes Shah-Tayler.

After completing a philosophy degree at York University, Julian moved to London as a singer-songwriter with classical training on piano and self taught on guitar. After several abortive record deals with music industry legend Alan McGee, he joined the hip electro clash outfit Whitey as co-writer/ guitarist, recording many of those songs in his nascent home studio.

After parting ways with his bandmates, Julian moved to L.A. to launch his own project The Singularity. There, he has had considerable success with TV and film licenses, known for his work on ‘Plush’, ‘Riot on Redchurch Street’ and Disney’s ‘Maleficent’.  He won a Golden Trailer award, along with Daisy O’Dell, for his work with Lana Del Ray on the trailer for the latter film.

In addition to scoring music with O’Dell for the two-time Emmy winning ‘Actors on Actors’ TV show, his music has been performed for Robert De Niro, Bill Clinton and Martin Scorsese via the Unite for Humanity charity at the Oscars.

Julian also recorded an unreleased album with Joaquin Phoenix and Antony Langdon (Spacehog), as well as directing Island Def Jam artist Kerli 4 for songs he co-wrote with Siobhan Fahey (Bananarama, Shakespear’s Sister). His remix of Nico’s ‘These Days’ with Daisy O’Dell was featured as KCRW’s “one to watch”. He also cofounded the ‘Art Angeles’ charity, teaching underprivileged kids music in Watts.

When he is not writing and recording original material or producing other arists, Julian Shah-Tayler is selling out venues with his David Bowie tribute band ‘The Band That Fell To Earth’, his Depeche Mode tribute band ‘Strangelove’ and moonlighting as singer-keyboardist in The Cure tribute band ‘The Cured’

Shah-Tayler is currently working with the legendary Robert Margouleff (Stevie Wonder, Devo) on his next album. We’ll need to sit tight and wait that one out. In the meantime, ‘Evolution’ came out on August 21 across digital outlets such as Apple Music and streaming platforms like Spotify.

CREDITS
Written, Produced, performed, mixed and mastered by Julian Shah-Tayler
Additional guitars by Mark Gemini Thwaite and Gene Micofsky
Recorded at TARDIS Studio, Altadena
Artwork by Julian Shah-Tayler
Cover photos by Eva Wolfe-Warden

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Posted by on August 24, 2020 in Electronic

 

Jim McHugh – Should Have Lied (August 14)

Should Have Lied is the newly minted single from Co.Monaghan singer songwriter Jim McHugh. The indie rocker is back with his first taste of his forthcoming 3rd album.

In an original twist on the age-old song of apologetic remorse, ‘Should Have Lied‘ unveils the singer’s regret following a misguided act of truth telling. With a catchy melody and driving rock & roll licks, the song will have listeners grooving and shaking along to this unabashed story of a romantic blunder.

Being his first offering of new music since the release of his highly praised album My Nuclear Radio in 2019, McHugh picks up where he left off with his own unique blend of rock, indie and traditional styles.

From the Farney drumlins of Co. Monaghan, Ireland, multi-instrumentalist Jim McHugh drew upon his past and recent musical experiences to record his debut album entitled ‘Noise Machine’ in 2016, nicely summed up by Pete Whalley as ‘Indie folk-driven rock that has a vibrant beating heart’.

Jim’s second album ‘My Nuclear Radio’ followed in 2019 and gained Jim more recognition with singles added to RTE 1 Recommends and getting Album Of The Week at KCLR.

Should Have Lied features Paul McCabe on Bass, Butch McNeill on Drums and Alex Borwick on Trombone.

Jim will perform a special Facebook live online gig to celebrate the release on August 21st.

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Posted by on August 21, 2020 in Rock

 

PXPRS – Coup de grâce (Komplex Recordings 3 August 2020)

PXPRS .. part x part r section release their debut single ‘Coup de grâce’ via Komplex Recordings

PXPRS .. part x part r section present their debut single ‘Coup de grâce’ via British/French label Komplex Recordings. This is 3 mins 22 secs of scathing vocals, searing guitar noise, overdriven organs and a supersonic rhythm section.

“This is a kinda voodoo spell cast on idiots. A rock n roll howl of rage and despair, kicking against the pricks of disloyalty, duplicity, dilettantism, amateur hedonism and blatant treachery, all the while refreshingly unencumbered by politeness. They know who they are,” says singer Nikki Thomas, also front woman for the band Client.

“While working on the new Client album with producer David Francolini and the Pylon King in lockdown, this just fell out but it didn’t quite fit stylistically with the record we are making, so we did some extra remote recording with Angelo Bruschini from Massive Attack (guitar), Dayna Fischer (bass) and Aaron Forbes (guitar) and the racket that is  ..part x part r section was born.”

‘Coup de grâce’ is out now and can be found on SpotifyApple Music and other digital retailers.

CREDITS
Produced and engineered by David Francolini
Recorded at Komplex Studio
Mixed by Cenzo Townsend at Decoy Sound
Mastered by Brian Lucey at Magic Garden Mastering.
Written by Francolini/Thomas/Pylon King
Releasd by Komplex Recordings

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Posted by on August 17, 2020 in Alternative

 

ReMission International – TOS2020 (SPV Records 28 August 2020)

Wayne Hussey and friends remake classic Mission ‘Tower Of Strength’ anthem in support of key workers dealing with Covid-19 globally. 
Proceeds to charities have been personally chosen by each contributor

ReMission International – TOS2020
Digital release date: August 28
12” vinyl and CD release date: October 2

Collaborators include: Andy Rourke, Billy Duffy, Budgie, Evi Vine, Gary Numan, James Alexander Graham, Jay Aston, Julianne Regan, Kevin Haskins, Kirk Brandon, Lol Tolhurst, Martin Gore, Michael Aston, Michael Ciravolo, Midge Ure, Miles Hunt, Rachel Goswell, Richard Fortus, Robin Finck, Steve Clarke, Tim Palmer, Trentemøller

From Wayne Hussey: “When Covid-19 hit I started receiving messages asking ‘why don’t you re-issue Tower Of Strength for the front line workers?’ The song had apparently been adopted as an anthem by some NHS workers, and it got me thinking that I would like to contribute something to the greater cause at this unprecedented time and the only thing I could really contribute is music. So in conjunction with my good friend Michael Ciravolo, I came up with the idea of recording a new version of Tower Of Strength for charity by enlisting the help of musician friends and acquaintances. Tower Of Strength was first released by The Mission as single in 1988 and then again in 1994. It charted twice in the UK top 40 and has proved to be probably our biggest song and the one we generally close our shows with. It is anthemic. I wondered if recording a more well known song might have a greater reach but neither Michael or I could come up with any suggestions that seemed to fit lyrically without getting too corny. So Tower Of Strength it was then.”

“Usually I detest things that are done for charity that are also self-serving, but I came up with a plan that satisfied my conscience. I spoke with my fellow Mission band members who co-wrote the song – Craig Adams, Mick Brown and Simon Hinkler – and we agreed to give up any publishing income generated by the new version to nominated charities, including mechanical and performance royalties and 100% of any revenue raised by sales. TOS2020 has been renamed to divert funds from the original version, and the charities will all be personally nominated by the people involved in its recording and release. Because the musical contributions are global our idea is that the proceeds will be divided and distributed equally among all the beneficiaries.”  Wayne Hussey, Sao Paulo, Brazil, 23rd July, 2020.

Produced by Wayne Hussey and co-produced and mixed by Tim Palmer. Except
* remix by Trentemøller and ** remix by some bloke named Albie Mischenzingerzen

TRACK LIST for TOS2020 – ReMission International

Vinyl Side A (cat no: SPV 243541 LP)
1. TOS2020 (Beholden To The Front Line Workers Of The World mix)
2. TOS2020 (single)

Vinyl Side B
1.    TOS2020 (Trentemøller remix)*
2.    TOS2020 (Albie Mischenzingerzen remix)**

CD (cat no: SPV 243542 CD-EP)
1. TOS2020 (Beholden To The Front Line Workers Of The World mix)
2. TOS2020 (Trentemøller remix)*
3. TOS2020 (Albie Mischenzingerzen remix)**
4. TOS2020 (single)

Digital Bundle (cat no: SPV 24354D)
1. TOS2020 (single)
2. TOS2020 (Beholden To The Front Line Workers Of The World mix)
3. TOS2020 (Trentemøller remix)*
4. TOS2020 (Albie Mischenzingerzen remix)**
5. Tower Of Strength (original new remaster) – The Mission (free bonus track with bundle only)

From TOS2020 collaborators:

“Being given the chance to do some good to raise money for people and animals struggling in these frightening times by singing one of the best songs ever written was such an easy thing to say yes to. An absolute honour to be involved.” – Gary Numan

“Today as we face an unprecedented crisis with COVID 19, we have to be united in purpose to help humanity and especially the disenfranchised and impoverished among us, survive. Music can be a powerful way to join us all together and help those that need it most now.” – Lol Tolhurst

“I’ve seen and heard Tower of Strength played often and I’ve experienced its effect and the impact it has on others. It’s an anthemic song of hope, comfort and joy, with a message that now seems more relevant than ever. I hope this project, in which I am privileged to be involved, brings a little light into the shade, and allows us all to, albeit momentarily, focus on an ‘afterwards’.” – Julianne Regan

“You get a message from Wayne Hussey asking if you can put a vocal (alongside a great list of singers, musicians and friends) on a reworking of a massive track in the repertoire of The Mission to aid COVID-19 charities around the globe – you say yes and get it done as well as you can.” – Kirk Brandon

“I did it coz Wayne asked me to and I love Wayne.” – Billy Duffy

“Being asked to contribute to making a piece of music isn’t overly taxing for a musician. I’m just pleased Wayne didn’t ask me to perform brain surgery or fly a jumbo jet, something which takes some form of skill.” – Midge Ure

“My positive of the pandemic has been connecting to kindred spirits. Honoured to lend a hand.” – Budgie

“I would like it known that, if asked, I would do absolutely anything for Wayne Hussey. Tower Of Strength is utter perfection: it is daring in its intent and supremely executed in both its original recording and every single time I have seen it performed live. To be asked to contribute to this new version was a very emotional experience for me. So many intense memories came flooding back as I sang, there were tears, I can assure you of that.” – Miles Hunt

“Direct Relief is an organisation that helps people in times of emergency like natural disasters or in times of poverty by getting medical equipment and supplies to where they are needed most. At the moment they are obviously heavily focused on Covid-19.” Martin Gore (on Direct Relief, his nominated charity)

“Love and gratitude.” – Robin Finck

“I jumped at the opportunity to be a part of this project – I always loved this song and asked Wayne if I could take a crack at John Paul Jones’ string arrangement, which I have always admired.  Hopefully my take on it does it justice.” – Richard Fortus

“The power we have collectively is transformative … I love and admire Wayne and the band and the warmth and intention behind this release. I know the power of this song and I feel so honoured to have been invited to join so many celebrated artists, this is a beautiful star in the darkest of times and I know the difference it will make.” – Evi Vine

“To be amongst these amazing artists that I’m a huge fan of and have so much respect for is a true honour, especially for such an important cause. The sacrifice that all the amazing NHS staff and key workers have made is truly humbling and inspiring. To be part of an incredible group of people that want to give something back and show their gratitude is something I’m extremely proud of.” – James Alexander Graham

“When I was asked by Wayne to be part of this fantastic charity project, I immediately said yes! If I could contribute to supporting the hard work fighting Covid 19 by making a remix of Tower Of Strength, that was a way for me to make a small difference. I’m very honoured to be a part of this.” – Trentemøller

“I signed on for this project because I felt that it would be a great way to raise a lot of funds for those in need at this time. When I heard all the names of artists who were collaborating, I knew that it would turn out very special. I’m very grateful to be given the opportunity to contribute to this marvellous project.” – Kevin Haskins

“When Wayne emailed me with the idea of contributing vocals to this project I jumped at the chance. Tower of Strength is such an anthemic song it’s only fitting that this has been done to support the various charities.  It’s an honour for me to be a small part of the process and what a stellar line up of people involved.” – Rachel Goswell

“Not every day do you get the chance to play on one of your favourite songs with some of your favourite artists, and to have it be for all the right reasons and for an amazing cause.” – Michael Ciravolo

“So honoured to be part of this wonderful project. It’s also interesting that three of the original performers on our – Gene Loves Jezebel – very first recording, ‘Shaving My Neck’ are reunited by chance some 37 years later: Julianne Regan, J.P, and myself. Hats off to Wayne and the Mission for giving this rendition for charity during this pandemic.” – Michael Aston

“Absolutely buzzed and honestly flattered to be asked to not only add my voice to this wonderful recording, but also give something back to our much loved and beleaguered NHS. The perfect song for these difficult and challenging days.” – Jay Aston

TOS2020 nominated charities currently include:

NHS UK
St. Jude’s Children’s Hospital, Memphis
Music Venue Trust UK
Covenant House, New Orleans
Disasters Emergency Committee
MusiCares
Plan International
Direct Relief
Alzheimer’s Scotland
Liberty Hill Foundation
The Shrewsbury Ark
Memorial Sloan Kettering Center, NYC
Prostate Cancer UK
The Teddy Bear Clinic
Red Rover
Help Musicians UK
Crew Nation
Venice Family Clinic
The Anthony Walker Foundation
Projeto Cáo Communitário
The City Of San Francisco Covid-19 Fund

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Posted by on August 11, 2020 in Goth

 

Jonny Polonsky You Turn Me On (Jim Sclavunos Remix) Ghostworks Recordings 7 August 2020

Jonny Polonsky ‘You Turn Me On’ gets cinematic rework by No Wave legend Jim Sclavunos

NYC-based singer-songwriter, multi-instrumentalist and producer Jonny Polonsky presents the Jim Sclavunos remix of ‘You Turn Me On’.

Jim Sclavunos has been a member of Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds since 1994. Alongside Lydia Lunch, he was an integral part of New York’s No Wave scene in the 1970s as a member of legends Teenage Jesus & The Jerks, plus Beirut Slump and 8 Eyed Spy, before joining Sonic Youth to write and record their first album ‘Confusion Is Sex’. Also noted for a stint in The Cramps, Sclavunos also leads his own group the Vanity Set.

The original version of this track featured on his recently released ‘Kingdom of Sleep’ LP, mixed and mastered by Mike Tholen (Chris Connelly, Revolting Cocks). This new offering follows up Polonsky’s single ‘Sign in The Window’ from that same album.

“You Turn Me On wasn’t written with a specific person in mind. These are just the words and melodies that came up when I heard the music (I recorded all the music before I wrote a melody or words, which is very unusual for me). But then again, as Keith Richards said, when asked which person he wrote a particular love song for, “they’re about all of ‘em,” says Jonny Polonsky.
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With a rich history collaborating with the likes of Johnny Cash, Neil Diamond, Tom Morello (Rage Against The Machine) and Donovan, Chicago-raised Polonsky writes interstellar anthems for a new generation of mindfreaks. Songs of sex and death and love…hymns of despair and transcendence. A celebration of what it feels like to be human; from the exalted, grandest moments of euphoria and bliss, to the universal pain of loss and letting go.

“Jim Sclavunos has been making music for many, many years, and is always involved in something cool–whether it’s with The Cramps, Lydia Lunch, Tav Falco, on and on…Jim is a diehard music lover and creator, my favorite kind of music maker. (Believe me, not everyone is like that. There are so many “just-add-water-makes-its-own-sauce” kinda folk. It’s just not my scene, maaaaaan). His work with Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Grinderman just thrill me to my soul. I love that music so much. It can be like a healing balm on some raw, aching wound, or an icepick through the forehead, their music always delivers,” says Jonny Polonsky.

“Jim hosts a radio show in London, so he’s fairly accessible. I emailed him and asked him if he would do a remix of a song from my last record, Kingdom of Sleep. He liked the music, and voila. Three weeks later out came a bouncing baby remix, all dark and weird and fun and awesome. A Promethean promenade for a perfect pandemic summer playlist.”

Jonny Polonsky has released six full-length records in 23 years. Early DIY demos led to support from music luminaries like Reeves Gabrels (David Bowie, Tin Machine), Marc Ribot (Tom Waits, Elvis Costello), Zander Schloss (Joe Strummer, Circle Jerks), John Zorn, and Frank Black, who produced his first demo recording, leading iconic record producer Rick Rubin to sign Polonsky to American Recordings.

Polonsky’s 1996 debut album ‘Hi My Name is Jonny’ was met with great critical reception from The New York Times and MTV, among others. After touring with Frank Black for several months and the Lollapalooza summer tour, Polonsky took a hiatus.He resurfaced in 2004 with ‘The Power of Sound’ LP and  supported Audioslave on their 2005 American tour. In 2006, Polonsky formed the short-lived Big Nose with Brad Wilk and Tim Commerford (Rage Against the Machine, Audioslave), and collaborated with Maynard James Keenan (Tool, A Perfect Circle) for Puscifer, with whom Polonsky wrote, recorded and toured in 2007-2010.

As of August 7, ‘You Turn Me On (Jim Sclavunos Remix)’ will be available everywhere digitally. The ‘Kingdom of Sleep’ LP is out now on CD, clear vinyl with gatefold sleeve and digitally at www.jonnypolonsky.com/music

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Posted by on August 10, 2020 in Alternative