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Julien Temple – The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson (documentary, 2015)

I often repeat myself by saying that we survive on this planet by luck and that we are lucky enough to wake up every day.

We have to appreciate and enjoy life, and this is precisely what Julien Temple is about in his documentary “The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson

Temple makes a universal, poetic film about life and death around us, focused on Dr. Feelgood’s guitarist, Wilko Johnson, who was diagnosed in 2009 with incurable pancreatic cancer.

While Wilko recounts his feelings and thoughts when his doctors told him that he had 10 months to live, Temple uses footage from movies like Ingmar Bergman‘s “The Seventh Seal” and Philip Saville‘s, “Hamlet at Elsinore“and has Wilko playing chess with “death”.

Wilko, an avid book lover, reads Shakespeare, Milton, Medieval Icelandic Literature and talks about astronomy.

He is calm when he receives the diagnosis of the forthcoming end.

He feels an elation and realizes that he does not have to create any other memories for the future, simply because there is no future for him.

He refuses chemotherapy and decides to enjoy every moment of his remaining life putting together a farewell tour with bassist Norman Watt-Roy and drummer Dylan Howe

It’s not the first time that cancer shows up on his doorstep.

This is how he lost his wife Irene 10 years ago…

Wilko enjoys playing the character of Ser Ilyn Payne, the executioner in “Game of Thrones” and while the mass started pushing into other organs in his body, he records the album “Going Back Home” with Roger Daltrey.

The album turned out to be successful but Wilko knows he is going to die…

Julien Temple’s documentary “The Ecstasy of Wilko Johnson” is not a documentary about rock’n’roll, Dr. Feelgood or English politics.

It’s a poetic movie about isolation, about the transitional stage in which a man is waiting in the anteroom of death, trying to experience the ecstasy of existence for the last time.

You can watch it here…

 
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Posted by on January 18, 2019 in Documentaries, Uncategorized

 

She Past Away U.S. Tour Dates Announced

photo by marilia fotopoulou

She Past Away have just announced a string of tour dates for North America with more shows to be announced soon.

These tour dates coincide with Metropolis Records reissuing both “Belirdi Gece” and “Narin Yalnizlik” from this beloved Turkish band.

Both of these albums will be released on January 18th, 2019 on CD, limited edition vinyl and through all digital formats.

July 17th-Brooklyn, NY @ Brooklyn Bazaar
July 18th-Chicago, IL @ Chop Shop
July 19th-Tampa, FL @ Crow Bar
July 20th-Austin, TX @ Elysium
July 26th-San Diego, CA @ Brick By Brick
July 27th-San Francisco, CA @ Neck of the Woods
July 28th-Los Angeles, CA @ Echoplex

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Posted by on January 17, 2019 in New Wave / Dark Wave

 

Twilight Fields – Songs From the Age of Ruin (1 February 2019)

Twilight Fields pays homage to Bruce Cockburn’s wisdom ahead of new LP ‘Songs From The Age of Ruin’

As a tribute to Canadian songwriter activist Bruce Cockburn and a reminder that these issues are just as relevant now as they were in 1984, when he released his ‘Stealing Fire’ album, Twilight Fieldspresents his own rendition of ‘Lovers in a Dangerous Time’.

This track is one of 14 found on the new album ‘Songs from the Age of Ruin’, slated for release in early 2019. This new single follows up the  rather politically-charged single ‘Demagogue’, an expression of anti-populist sentiment.

Twilight Fields is the solo moniker of singer-songwriter Allister Thompson, who single-handedly handles all writing, playing, engineering, mixing, mastering for this project, in addition to designing everything himself from his home studio in North Bay, Ontario.

‘Songs from the Age of Ruin’ is a warning to the present and an apology to a possible future. This uneasy but compelling song cycle begins with the bombing of Hiroshima and absurdities of the atomic age and proceeds to tackle such difficult topics as homelessness and economic inequalities (‘Lazarus’), the evils of populism and political repression (‘Demagogue’, ‘Taken Away’), the toxicity of social media communication (‘Offended’), animal rights (‘The Animal’s Song’), and the utter stupidity of war (‘Soldier Song’). It concludes with a three-part “climate change suite” (‘Loss’, ‘Barren Planet’, ‘Why Did We Do It?’) that lays bare the tragic human consequences of catastrophic climate change.

“I wanted to pay tribute to one of the greatest protest singers in music history, my fellow Canadian Bruce Cockburn,” explains Allister Thompson. “This is his most famous song, but probably also his best, known for its timeless lyrics. However, those lyrics about keeping faith in dark days have never been more timely, 35 years after its original release. My version pays homage to the original arrangement while amping things up a little. The video shows environmental destruction but also the brave people who fight against it.”

This album pays grateful homage to such artists as Billy Bragg, New Model Army, Killing Joke, Midnight Oil, and The Levellers, as well as other artists influencing his music like Leon Rosselson, Bob Dylan, Robert Wyatt, and Phil Ochs. Apart from the current single, the album also features a cover of Thin Lizzy‘s song ‘Holy War’.

“While growing up, certain passionate, activist musicians were very influential to me. So much so that I’d say they changed and shaped the person I would eventually become. There has never been a more crucial time for musicians to step up and add their voices to the chorus of reason necessary to take us back from the brink of total destruction,” says Allister Thompson.

“The year 2019 finds the human species standing at a crossroads, with only two possible directions: survival or extinction. Artists should contribute their strong and clear voices to dialogues that could lead to our survival and renewal.”

Allister Thompson has had a varied musical career, initially playing with Toronto-based glam-rock band Crash Kelly, together with Sean Kelly (now guitarist for Nelly Furtado), and opening for such notable artists as The Black Crowes and Alice Cooper. He later veered towards making traditional folk music, progressive rock and ambient music, recording several ambient rock albums as Twilight Fields and numerous albums of ambient / Krautrock / psychedelia under the monikers The Gateless Gate and Khan Tengri.

‘Demagogue’ is now available via online stores and streaming platforms, including Spotify and iTunes. The full album ‘Song From The Age of Ruin’ LP will be released on February 1, 2019 and can be ordered via Bandcamp.

TRACK LIST
1  Prologue: The Ruined City
2  Bomber
3  Lazarus
4  Demagogue
5  Offended
6  Taken Away
7  The Animal’s Song
8  Soldier Song
9  The Holy War
10 Maximum Darkness
11 Lovers in a Dangerous Time
12 Why Did We Do It? (The Last Ones)
13 Loss
14 Epilogue: Barren Planet

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Posted by on January 17, 2019 in Rock

 

Evi Vine – Black Light White Dark (Solemn Wave Records, 22 February 2019)

Evi Vine announces new LP, previews ‘Sabbath’ feat. The Cure’s Simon Gallup. Video by Mogwai videographer Craig Murray. New show announced with Brendan Perry.

As a powerful teaser for their new album ‘Black Light White Dark’, due out in early 2019, London’s ethereal alt-rock outfit Evi Vine presents ‘Sabbath’ featuring The Cure’s Simon Gallup on bass and Peter Yates of Fields of the Nephilim on guitar.

They have also unveiled a new video for this track, created by Craig Murray, known for his extensive work with Mogwai. After asking Evi for ten words to describe the video they wanted, Murray took his favourite things, horror, liquids, hair and sealife to create a semi narrative film.

“We saw Craig Murray’s work for the first time when Mogwai released Teenage Exorcist, and we just wanted to work with him. The idea has been in the ether for a few years, we just needed the right track & for the stars to align. He’s an incredible filmmaker, art and music go hand in hand,” says Evi Vine.

Simon Gallup spoke about working with Evi Vine: “Hammersmith …me drunk …meet Evi for the first time I mumble that I’d love to play on a couple of tracks …don’t hear anything for ages then an email out of the blue …Three songs …feel nervous but really enjoy the songs …a day trip to the coast  and a lovely welcome with dogs ..have beer and made to feel even more welcome ..worry that what I’m playing isn’t right or not going to fit in but enjoy myself and the warmth of everything ..have to dash as there is a prom on …a very bad hill start and a dash back down the motorway ..a quick day that had started 20 months before.”

Produced by Dave Izumi (Nordic Giants, Ed Harcourt, Magic Numbers) and mixed by Phill Brown (Talk Talk, Jimmy Hendrix, Led Zeppelin, John Martyn, Robert Palmer), this album also features contributions from other celebrated artists, including Martyn Barker (Shriekback, Billy Bragg, Marianne Faithfull, Goldfrapp) and Geraldine Swayne (Faust).

As a group, Evi Vine is joined by Steven Hill, Matt Tye and David ‘GB’ Smith. Their music explores the dark elemental nature of the human heart, as well as environmental and post-apocalyptic themes. Sublime and haunting, they create a unique and uncompromising atmosphere with gossamer vocals and precise orchestration. Reverential, physical music, it evokes a rare experience that is beautiful, sparse and deeply intimate.

“I know a lot of people are being shaped by experiences in our lives, ghosts of childhood, self-destructive pain and sorrow, all our personal struggles, doubt, and change. I can feel the earth dying and it makes me so sad. We write reflective songs about the circular patterns of man, and reflecting beauty and violence in the world,” says Evi Vine.

photo by Steven Hill

Evi Vine’s debut self-released debut album ‘..And So The Morning Comes’ was heralded as “the underground gem of 2011” by Drowned in Sound, and championed by Simon Raymonde (Bella Union, Cocteau Twins) as his album of the year. Directed by Oscar winning Nick Brooks (Fight Club, The Matrix, The Girl with the Dragon Tattoo), Evi joined with internationally acclaimed photographer Patrick Fraser to make the stunning video ‘For the Dreamers’.

Their second LP ‘Give Your Heart to The Hawks’ (2015) was co-produced by Richard Formby (Mogwai, Spacemen 3, Wild Beasts) and mixed by Phill Brown. It featured Martyn Barker, Peter Yates, Tatia Starkey (My Vitriol/Lola Colt) and Billy Cote (Madder Rose).

Evi formed this band while living in LA, quickly getting a support show opening for Slash at the Whiskey-agogo. She has collaborated with Graham Revell (SPK, The Crow Soundtrack), The Eden House, Tony Pettit (Fields of the Nephilim), and Peter Yates (Fields of the Nephilim).  In 2016, Evi sang on Phillip Clemo’s ‘DreamMaps’ album, together with Talk Talk’s Simon Edwards and Martin Ditcham, subsequently making appearances on BBC6, BBC3 Late Junction and Jazz FM.

Evi Vine contributed backing vocals on The Mission’s 2016 album ‘Another Fall From Grace’, which hit the UK top-40 album chart, and collaborated with Michael Ciravolo on the debut album from LA-based Beauty in Chaos, involving members of The Cure, Ministry, The Mission, Cheap Trick, The Offspring, King’s X and Ice T, among others.

In recent years, Evi Vine has toured with The Mission, Chameleons Vox, Wayne Hussey, And Also The Trees, Phillip Boa and The Voodoo Club, and Her Name is Calla. After hearing Evi Vine’s debut album and including it among his top five albums, Wayne Hussey invited them to tour with him in 2016 and subsequently with The Mission in 2017. Invited on stage to sing three songs by The Mission, the seed was sown and Vine joined The Mission as featured vocalist for their 30th Anniversary Tour.

photo by Paul Harries

“The new album is intense – dark, layered, wonderfully atmospheric, fragile, and at times stripped bare – an album to get lost in….and then surface with Evi’s haunting and delicate vocals and the endless space,” explains engineer Phill Brown.

‘Sabbath’ is available now via online stores and streaming platforms, including SpotifyiTunes and Bandcamp. The full ‘Black Light White Dark’ album will be released on February 22, but can already be pre-ordered on vinyl or CD via the band’s website with a full bundle package also available. The first pressing is limited to 300 copies worldwide.

On February 6, Evi Vine will perform at Petit Bain in Paris in support of Brendan Perry of Dead Can Dance fame. Evi and Stevie have noted that they feel deeply honoured to support Brendan as both Dead Can Dance and his solo work have always been a huge inspiration for them.

TRACK LIST
1. I am the Waves
2. Afterlight
3. Sabbath
4. My Only Son
5. We Are Made of Stars
6. Sad Song No.9

CREDITS
Music by Evi Vine, Steven Hill, Matt Tye, David Gb Smith
Evi Vine – Vox, Guitars, Production
Steven Hill – Guitars, Keyboards, Production
Simon Gallup – Bass
Matt Tye – Bass
David ‘GB’ Smith – Drums
Peter Yates – Guitar
Produced & Mixed by Dave Izumi @ Echozoo Studios, Eastbourne
Engineered by Phill Brown
Additional Production & Engineering by Christophe Skirl
Mastered by Aneek Thapar
Publicity by Shauna McLarnon at Shameless Promotion PR

Video built, shot and edited by Craig Murray
Featuring Ranthi Medhina Batubara
Titles by Adrian Stone

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Posted by on January 14, 2019 in Alternative

 

ShapeShiftingAliens – Fade Away (The Sublunar Society 31 January 2019)

Sweden’s ShapeShiftingAliens presents haunting futuristic ‘Fade Away’ single

Sweden’s ShapeShiftingAliens presents their new single ‘Fade Away’, following up their latest video for Showing My Face’ earlier in 2018.

‘Fade Away’ is the second single off the band’s self-titled album ‘ShapeShiftingAliens’, the CD release of which will take place in mid-February via Stockholm-based label The Sublunar Society.

ShapeShiftingAliens is a Swedish duo, consisting of Johan Cléve on vocals and Niklas Rundquist, also known as solo artist by the monker Brainshadow. Together, they create music and unusual and eccentric videos.

‘Fade Away’ is about a civilization and a world on the verge of collapse as a result of the endless drive for greed and power, but this song is also about the temporary nature of everything nowadays. The accompanying video perfectly reflects this thematic. Niklas Rundquist created, produced and directed the video, eerily bringing the lyrics of this dystopian song to life.

ShapeShiftingAliens signed to The Sublunar Society in 2016. They have since released several singles, followed by their self-titled ‘ShapeShiftingAliens’ LP. ShapeShiftingAliens’ inventive approach was noted by Nolan Cook of The Residents, leading them to collaborate on ‘Shadows’, the final track from their debut album.

Rundquist and Cléve met when they were working with Iodine Jupiter. Cléve is a producer, composer, live and studio musician (guitar) for film, as well as touring and performing artists. Inspired by various film music composers and especially horror films, their music has also been influenced by David Bowie, Lou Reed, Goldfrapp, Air, Radiohead, Smashing Pumpkins, and Massive Attack.

Niklas Rundquist / Brainshadow collaborates with other artists as an electric violinist, remixer and mastering engineer. Most recently, he cooperated with Big Paul Ferguson of Killing Joke and Mark Gemini Thwaite (GMT, The Mission, Gary Numan), Lima 13, and Sonisk Blodbad. He is also a member of The Leather Nun, whose history runs back to the 1980s. He also composes music for films, documentaries and commercials, and various artists on the London scene.

The Sublunar Society is a record label and publishing company, founded by Marie Lundvall and Peder Bjoerk in 2013. Sublunar releases music and publishes literature for the international and national markets. The company also produces exclusive limited edition art products for collectors. The guiding spirit behind The Sublunar Society is one of artistic freedom and creative exploration beyond the conventional.

‘Fade Away’ is now available across online stores and streaming platforms like Spotify, as well as Bandcamp. Not long after that, the ‘ShapeShiftingAliens’ album will be released on CD on February 15, and can already be ordered now.

LYRICS
Everything will fade away with time
Days are counted, now don´t look behind

A new world order stained and tagged in grime
Illusions trapped when our religions disappear
The flight of footsteps, am I sure they´re mine?
Don´t fall asleep, you might be next to be aware

Everything will fade away with Time –
There´s nothing to do but get on with life,  not do what you´ve been told
Days are counted, now don´t look behind –
Fate´s tailing our footsteps, hunting us down until we´re dead and cold

My days are haunted, yet I´m feeling so alone
Illusive pictures flickering in a twilight zone
In my dreams you show up as a white clad bride
Her plea is of confusion, and guess what, so is mine

Everything will fade away with Time –
There´s nothing to do but get on with life, not do what you´ve been told
Days are counted, now don´t look behind –
It´s  tailing our footsteps, hunting  us down until we´re dead and cold

I know my world has fallen down, my life has gone berserk
I must have died a thousand times, but never, ever open-eyed

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Posted by on January 11, 2019 in Electronic

 

Parisian Cold-Wave Trio FTR Release Video for “Collision”

Parisian Cold-Wave Trio FTR, have just released a video for “Collision,” a song on their highly anticipated upcoming album entitled Manners. That album will be simultaneously released in February by Metropolis Records in North America and Third Coming Records in Europe.

 
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Posted by on January 11, 2019 in Post Punk

 

Pas Musique – The Phoenix (Alrealon Records 1 March 2019)

Brooklyn electronic outfit Pas Musique announces ‘The Phoenix’ LP, previews 2 tracks

New York-based electronic collective Pas Musique has announced details of their new album ‘The Phoenix’, to be released via the Alrealon Musique label on March 1. Ahead of that, they are previewing two very different tracks – A Finnish Bedtime Story’ and ‘Electronic Brain’.

Comprised of 7 tracks, ‘The Phoenix’ presents a diverse palette of experimental electronic music – with some tracks flowing and building, while others are packed with industrial crunch and a notable hint of krautrock.

This album follows up the latest album solely from the collective, ‘Inside the Spectrum’, a 2015 limited edition album inspired by space and philosophy. The title track was originally released by Wire Magazine as part of its ‘Wire Tapper’ compilation. In 2018, they also released ‘Composited Reality’ in collaboration with Rapoon, based on field recordings that originate from Brooklyn, Indonesia and Newcastle, England.

Founded by Robert L. Pepper in 1995, Pas Musique emerged from Brooklyn, New York as a solo project around abstract sound. Since then it has developed into a collective that has gone through many variations of experimental, electronic iterations.

Today, Pas Musique remain as a four piece consisting of Jon V Worthley, Michael Durek, Jesse Fairbairn and Robert Pepper, pursuing the musical elements of electronic, experimental music with krautrock undertones. Pas Musique have collaborated with many great musicians, including Faust, Rapoon, ZEV, Philippe Petit, HATI, Chester Hawkins, Jim Tuite and many more.

Their sound has been influenced by the likes of  Zoviet France, Faust, Coil, Rapoon and Alien Sex Fiend.

Pas Musique are a successful touring entity, having performed in 18 countries and all throughout the United States. In fact, ‘The Phoenix’ was developed during the Pas Musique 2016 Indonesian tour and their 2017 European tour.

“This music was influenced by the experiences we had while during these tours. There are no lyrics but there are vocals, which are improvised sounds,” says Robert Pepper.

“When growing up, I listened to a lot of punk and metal. Most of the time I couldn’t understand what the vocalists were saying unless I read the lyric sheet, but the sounds the vocalists made were amazing. So I try to use the same idea but producing improvised vocal sounds by mimicking the style of punk/metal vocalists.”

‘The Phoenix’ will be available for digital download across online stores and streaming platforms. It will also be offered on red vinyl as a limited edition release. Already now, it can be pre-ordered via the label’s Bandcamp.

CREDITS
Peformed by Robert L. Pepper, Michael Durek, Jon V. Worthley, Jesse Fairbairn
Recorded, mixed and mastered 2016-2018
Audio sample on “A Finnish Bedtime Story” is from Kenneth Kovasin ([ówt krì])
Mixed and recorded in Brooklyn at the Pas Musique studio
Mastered By All Real Sound
Released by Alrealon Musique
Catalogue number ALRN082
Original cover photo by Chris Carlone
Record Design by The Glue Mill

TRACK LIST
1. The Phoenix
2. Miss Globule
3. Electronic Brain
4. Ancient Culture in a Warp Drive
5. Xlalo
6. A Finnish Bedtime Story
7. New Sheriff in Town

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Posted by on January 10, 2019 in Electronic