I missed this album when it came out on Song, By Toad late last year, but it's been creeping up on me ever since. It's uplands Gothic, all looming horror and unspeakable yawning silences. 'Domino', possible the standout track, is biblically vast.
Mountain*7 - for the person with nothing better to do
There's also an mp3 download at Victory Rose music.
Tracklisting in no particular order:
John Heckle - I & I -
San Laurentino - Just Like Heart
San Laurentino - Space Tourism
Marcello Napalentano Presents Ra Thout & The Brigante's Orchestra - Man From From Messapia
Marcello Napalentano Presents Ra Thout & THe Brigante's Orchestra- The MAn Who Can Do Everything
John Heckle - Healer's Charm
Vagon brei - Welcome to Zeta Puppis System
Simoncino - The China Syndrome
Simoncino - Into Outro Cosmo
Simoncino - Dark Devotional Energies
Missing Nothing is Bang the Bore’s first fundraiser compilation, a 6cdr behemoth featuring music donated by John Butcher, Alvin Lucier, Astral Social Club, Mark Sanders, The A Band, Ashtray Navigations, Bolide and many, many more.
We wanted to release something beautiful that people would want to keep; something that represents the musicians who have played for us during our first three years of events; and something that helps introduce some lesser known bands from our home town of Southampton, UK.
All music was donated by the artists with the intention of helping us raise money to fund our Southampton shows. Initially this will entail purchasing a PA. You can help us by spreading the word, whether that’s via forums, social networking, reviews or however else you see fit.
Missing Nothing will be burned to order, with packaging assembled by hand, in an initial run of 100.
And here's the monstrous tracklist:
Disc 1 (total duration 01:19:06)
1. After the Rain – Distance 3 (2.53)
2. Ignacio Agrimbau – Anatomy of the Self II (9.13)
3. Andrew Clare – Special Relationship (16.47)
4. Dsic – Gentle People/Extrajudicial Execution (5.05)
5. Quamvis Sum Parva – Skinning Gongheads (recorded live in the Castle Vault, Southampton) (14.40)
6. Annie Lewandowski, William Ryan Fritch & Jennifer Wilsey Trio – Light to Thin Lids (6.00)
7. Hákarl & Daniel Alexander Hignell – Some Members of Our Church Family (6.40)
8. After the Rain – The Walk (12.26)
9. Daniel Bennett – The Cherry Tree Carol (5.19)
Disc 2 (total duration 01:18:57)
1. Defibrillators – By Nature’s Hand, By Craft, By Art, What Once Was One Now Fly Apart (recorded live at the Hokaben Festival) (16.15) LISTEN HERE
2. Astral Social Club – Das Oort (15.53)
3. Deepkiss 720 – Recorded on Walkmans Reduced to Mp3 (11.07)
4. Deepkiss 720 – I Don’t Think You Need New Boobs, But If You Do You Should Get Black Ones (extract) (6.15)
5. Deepkiss 720 – Still No Apologies for the Lack of Fidelity (11.11)
6. Deepkiss 720 – The Lost Metal (18.16)
Disc 3 (total duration 01:17:26)
1. Andy Jarvis – Shooting Lasers (4.40)
2. Spoils & Relics – Mainmark (7.47)
3. Ni Dieux Ni Maitre – Mountain State (9.46)
4. Clive Henry – A Lone Sniper in a Liberated Village (9.58)
5. Petals – The Lives and Traditions of Convicts (15.04)
6. Simon Morris Dance Band – Maxime (30.11)
Disc 4 (total duration 01:13:35)
1. Rick Jensen Trio – And When I’m Finished, It’s Gonna be a Bloodbath (recorded live at Bang the Bore V) (29.28)
2. Mark Sanders – Bubbles (recorded live at Bang the Bore VIII) (28.41) LISTEN HERE
3. Hákarl36 (minus Barni Yianni, Huw Webb and Jamie Glew Osborn) – 127 64800ths + 151 25920ths + 401 129600ths (recorded live at the Supernormal Festival 2011, then overlaid) (15.26)
Disc 5 (total duration 01:16:06)
1. Ashtray Navigations – Bovril Bloody Mary (recorded live at Bang the Bore III) (26.07)
2. Bolide – A259 Miami Vice Piss Stop (recorded live at Bang the Bore VIII) (25.14)
3. The A Band – Abutter (recorded live at Bang the Bore VIII) (24.45)
Disc 6 (total duration 01:17:47)
1. Seth Cooke – The Tower (recorded live in a derelict cooling tower) (7.01)
2. John Butcher – High Salt (recorded in concert at Neue Musik in St. Ruprecht, Vienna) (14.12)
3. John Butcher – Low Salt (recorded in concert at Neue Musik in St. Ruprecht, Vienna) (11.46)
4. Team Sports – Team Sports vs Frederick J Fredericks (recorded in a cave on the Craig y Cilau nature reserve) (10.45)
5. Alvin Lucier (performed by Lucy & Stuart Bannister) – I am Sitting In a Room (recorded live at Bang the Bore IX in the Castle Vault, Southampton, by Simon Reynell) (34.03)
Get it at the Bang the Bore website.
Could reality come into direct contact with sense and consciousness, could we enter into immediate communion with things and with ourselves, probably art would be useless, or rather we should all be artists, for then our soul would continually vibrate in perfect accord with nature.
Henri Bergson - from Laughter: An Essay on the Meaning of Comic (quoted in Patrick Keiller's Robinson in Space, which you can watch on line for free at Blinkbox).
Ash Akhtar is on a roll at the moment. The award winning Self Made is now out on DVD; watch his first short film (below); check out his new free EP (belower) and you really must get a copy of his album as Suborno - The Instrument, out on Running on Air (belowest).
Robin Langridge is a musician who was once signed to iconic record labels such as Polydor and Atlantic. Sadly, though relatively successful, Robin’s music career never brought him enough money to support his growing family, leading him to become a taxi driver: a job that has lasted him over 20 years. This short film examines some of the reasons behind his career choices.
Three short reviews from me in this month's collection of Liminal Minimals - Gareth Dickson's Quite A Way Away, Excision by Nadja and Paths by Olan Mill.
Nadja - Excision
This game is all about finding useful signpost comparisons and flailing about for adjectives, and when you come up against bands like Nadja the recourse tends to be towards comparisons to early 80s synth gloom (The Cure) and industrial battering of Godflesh, but neither are particularly satisfactory ways of getting to the nature of their sound. As for adjectives, it’s all vast, sludgy, magmatic: Aidan Baker and Leah Buckareff with mere guitars and drum machines create a sound that seems to exude from the very mantle of the earth. And with Excision, a collection of now unavailable vinyl-only releases from 2007-2009, the duo have reached something of an apotheosis: 8 tracks, all over 17 minutes long and totalling more than two and half hours – a relentless elemental wave of slow crawling brutality. It’s like being suspended in a minutely moving wall of granite. The sixth track here, ‘Kitsune (Fox Drone)’ – a track that previously featured on a split LP with German band Kodiak – might be the best thing the duo have produced, or at least enough of a signature track to act as a kind of Nadja tincture for the uninitiated. It bleeds into the ears, twin rivers of glutinous, fibrous miasma that roil and coalesce as they enter and exit your sonic field. It’s a model of control as much as anything, a mastery of their potential.