SPOTLIGHT 327

02/12/2011 11:24

the Spot Light #327  

d.d. Monday, December 5th, 2011  

NEW RELEASES

CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS 

  SIENA ROOT - ROOT JAM (2LP/HEADSPIN)  Now in stock, the awesomely far-out and luxurious Siena Root double live-LP 'Root Jam', available on coloured and black vinyl. The CD-edition (out on Transubstans) of this extended serving of ultra trippy psych rock recordings -including many tracks from the earlier days- has been collecting rave reviews during the last two months, and not without reason.

  CIRCLE - PROSPEKT (CD/ESSENCE MUSIC)  Brazilian import! Non stop motorik grooves, relentless circular rhythms, megaton riffs and krautified geniality played to the exhaustion, putting the listener into a trance-like state of mind. The Finnish masters of hypnorock and the reissue of one of the absolute best records of the 2000s. The bonus track is a nearly 18 minute version of 'Työläisten Laulu', originally included on the long out of print vinyl version of the album released back in 2002. In miniature replica LP-sleeve.  

  CIRCLE - SOUNDCHECK (CD/ESSENCE MUSIC)  Brazilian import! The most contemporary document of a Circle concert experience. Reinforced by an expanded line-up -Circle's brothers-in-arms Pharaoh Overlord-, the band explores the experimental possibilities of concert staples further than possibly ever before. Originally released as a very limited vinyl edition via Full Contact Records and instantly sold out, 'Soundcheck' is now back to life. In miniature replica LP-sleeve and limited to 800 copies.

  ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO U.F.O. - LIVE IN OCCIDENT (CD/ESSENCE MUSIC)  Brazilian import! Recorded during many live dates in 1999, 'Live In Occident' is the very first Acid Mothers Temple live album and features the classic freak out line-up with Cotton Casino. Originally released as a double LP back in 2000, the flat mastering on the vinyl didn't do this album justice. Rescued from the original masters, the cosmic and incredibly powerful sounds emanated by the band at the time are now available to be fully experienced and appreciated the way they were originally meant to be. Limited to 500 copies.

  AIDAN BAKER - NOISE OF SILENCE (CD/ESSENCE MUSIC)  Brazilian import! As a member of Nadja Aidan Beker produces thick walls of doomgaze, but  under his own name he manages to explore a much more personal world. 'Noise Of Silence' is a majestically structured 50 minute opus of swirling processed guitars, tape loops and outbursts of noise. Originally released as a micro edition on CDR. Now fully revised and remastered by James Plotkin and with great six panel artwork. Limited to 400 copies.

  QUANTUM FANTAY - BRIDGES OF THE OLD FISHINGMINE (CD/BASSICK)  One of the many interesting contemporary prog bands hails from Belgium. This release offers the music from their excellent album 'Bridges of Kukuriku', performed during an amazing live show. There also are renditions of songs from previous releases.

  HOODED MENACE - FULFILL THE CURSE (CD/DOOMENTIA)  Digipack CD-issue of their masterful debut album. Nine deadly tracks of utterly heavy death/doom metal! Features Lasse Pyykko from legendary early '90s Finnish death metal cult band Phlegethon!

  ELECTRIC MOON - THE DOOMSDAY MACHINE (2LP-CD/NASONI)  The new long player by the psychedelic rockband Electric Moon is enveloped by a gloomy atmosphere. It includes their YouTube hit 'Kleiner Knaller' and many other mind expanding trippings. The LP is available on black and coloured vinyl. Wonderful and fitting fold out artwork by the highly regarded Ulli Mahn.

  UNDER VULTURES/466-64 - SPLIT EP (10"/ODIO SONORO)  A surprising split 10" between two brutal Spanish bands. Under Vultures are a grind hurricane with black/death influences and '466/64' will shred your ears with mad power violence!

  MOKSHA - SANG DE ROURE (LP/ODIO SONORO)  Moksha combines straight forward metal and punk passages with dynamic rock'n'roll moves. And then there also are elements of hardcore, crust and more. Suitable for fans of Converge, Entombed, Napalm Death, Cult Of Luna, a.s.o. 

  HAPPINESS PROJECT - TRACKED LOVE FROM THE ELECTRIC (10"/ODIO SONORO)  Happiness Project from Spain is a powerful outfit that combines post hardcore, heavy metal and post rock. On white vinyl including CD.

  DEMONIC DEATH JUDGE/SEMTEX/FROGSKIN - 3 WAY SPLIT CD (CD/ODIO SONORO)  Three mega cool sludge bands from Finland together on one CD!

  ROMA AMOR - OCCHI NERI (CD/OLD EUROPA CAFE)  Sounding somewhere between the melodic folk-inflected charm of Italian '60s songwriters and the cabaret swoon of French chansonniers, Roma Amor's new album is acoustic, intimate, romantic and sophisticated. Comes in a nice digipack, including lyrics. 

  HOROLOGIUM & K. MEIZTER - DECORATED SILENCE (CD/OLD EUROPA CAFE)  Some five years after their previous work 'Eight Studies In Transition' K. Meizter (Beyond Sensory Experience) and Horologium return with their sophomore collaborative release. This is dark industrial ambient of superb quality.  

60’s & 70’s & 80’s (RE-)RELEASES AND ARTISTS + OTHER OLDIES

  PASSION POLKA - OBSESSIONS (12"/ANNA LOGUE)  Highly rated early '80s analogue electro pop from Liverpool. Passion Polka featured Peep Show-members Steve Cottier (also in Scope, Kinetics, a.o.) and Keith Leary. These tracks previously appeared on a (now impossibly rare) 7", their only official release back in the day. Now they are available on 12" (180 gram vinyl), carefully remastered and with two additional recordings dating from '83. Includes poster.

  BEOGRAD - TV (7"/ANNA LOGUE)  Electronic sounds from early '80s Belgrade. Named after their hometown, this duo had a couple of ground breaking releases in the period '82-'83. This 7" EP features both tracks from their only single, one track from their LP and two rare instrumental demo recordings. A relevant release for fans of cold wave and minimal electro.

  RED FETISH - THE FUTURE IS NOW IN YOUR HANDS (7"/ANNA LOGUE)  Four classic minimal electronic synth pop hits recorded back in 1982-1983, using a rather minimalistic set-up comprising a Korg KR-55, Korg 770, Korg SD-900 and Yamaha CS-10. Red Fetish hailed from Stoke On Trent and featured Neale Potts and Mike Richardson. Limited edition on red vinyl, including lyrics, info and postcard.

  RONNIE SELF - YOU'RE SO RIGHT FOR ME/ROCKY ROAD BLUES (7"/SLEAZY)  Two great slices of rockabilly'n'roll, showcasing Ronnie Self's trademark manic vocals. Turn up the volume and enjoy!

  JANIS MARTIN - BAREFOOT BABY/LOVE AND KISSES (7"/SLEAZY)  Janis Martin was one of the few women working in the male-dominated rock and roll music field during the 1950s and one of country music's early female innovators. She was nicknamed the "Female Elvis" for her dance moves on stage. This 7" offers two ultra cool cuts.

EXPECTED RELEASES

CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS

  HOUNDS OF HASSELVANDER - THE NINTH HOUR (LP-CD/BLACK WIDOW)  Hounds Of Hasselvander's sound is firmly rooted in the early '70s, but nevertheless it's unique. One can even state that the melodic heavy metal three piece from Massachusetts invented a genre of their very own.

  MASTER - SLAVE TO SOCIETY (LP/DOOMENTIA)  For the first time on vinyl, this is Master's third full length, recorded by the band's longest running line-up. You get a solid dose of death metal taken to the extreme, with front man Paul Speckman at his most pissed off. Includes the original artwork.

  FRÄKMÜNDT - HEIWEHLAND (CD/PERCHT)  Sixteen expressive and headstrong songs grant the listener a passionate glimpse of the alpine areas of Inner-Switzerland. On 'Heiwehland', accordion, guitars, hurdy-gurdy, bass, flutes, and percussion (contributed by Merlin from Eluveitie) blend together to form the unique and unconventional Swiss Alpine "Ur-Folk".

  MARCH OF HEROES - LA CHUTE (CD/STEINKLANG)  Following two releases on Rage In Eden, this is the band's third full length, now on Steinklang. 'La Chute' offers martial industrial with neo-classical overtones. Their finest work so far! 

  OUTDOORSMEN - SHIT WILL HAPPEN (10"/RED LOUNGE)  This 10" of 'don't give a fuck' garage-punk by San Francisco's dirtiest comes in a deluxe gatefold sleeve. Get it before it's too late!

  SANCTA SANCTORUM - BLACK SUN (12"/BLACK WIDOW)  The line-up of Sancta Sanctorum includes some of the most respected names from the Italian rock scene. The band was formed in 2007 as a result of the renewed collaboration between Steve Sylvester, mythical singer and founder of the seminal Death SS, and Thomas Hand Chaste, drummer in the first line-up of that undisputed  cult-band from Italy. This 12" offers four excellent tracks, mainly inspired by the heavy rock from the early '70s.

  USURPRESS - TALES OF POSSESSORS (7"/DOOMENTIA)  Four tracks that previously appeared on CDR and demos'. The vocals and guitars are in a death-metal vein, but the drums and song structures lean more towards hardcore and crust punk.

60’s & 70’s & 80’s (RE-)RELEASES AND ARTISTS + OTHER OLDIES

   INCREDIBLE KIDDA BAND - TOO MUCH TOO LITTLE TOO LATE (2LP/RED LOUNGE)  Reissue of über-legendary powerpop-punk. Four sides recorded during the period 1977-1981. Excellent melodies and genuine teenage angst go hand in hand. All neutron bombs, no fire crackers! Includes a bonus track from a  '77 demo. Limited to 500 copies on black vinyl in deluxe gatefold cover.

  FERRIS WHEEL - SUPERNATURAL GIRL (CD/AUDIO ARCHIVES)  This is a new and re-mastered CD edition of one of the UK's rarest stoner-folk albums. 'Supernatural Girl' was recorded in 1974 and it features fourteen original compositions. Includes fresh sleevenotes.

  ALFREDITO LINARES - SALSA A TODO SABOR (CD/LION PRODUCTIONS)  Originally released in 1973 by Peru's IEMPSA label, this is a classic and important work from pianist Alfredo 'Sabor' Linares, which by the way was released in the US of A under the Madison Orchestra moniker. But no need to get confused, because all that matters is that this scorching combination of danceable Latin jazz and Afro-Cuban influences is now available on CD, thanks to Lion Productions!  

  FRANCIS BEBEY - AFRICAN ELECTRONIC MUSIC 1975-1982 (LP/BORN BAD)  Francis Bebey is a very diverse and respected musician from Cameroon. He entered the music scene with his African compositions for classical guitar. But he also was one of the first African musicians to experiment with electronic music. This LP offers a stunning overview of his electronic recordings from the years 1975-1982.

  DORIS NORTON - RAPTUS (LP/BLACK WIDOW)  Doris Norton is an icon of experimental music who often is described as "the Italian Klaus Schulze". This is the 30th anniversary reissue-edition of her third solo-album 'Raptus', which was released in 1981 and recorded with assistance from Antonius Rex,  Lorenz Schulze and Tullio De Piscopo.

NEWS

 The CD-reissue of JOSEPH PUSEY's wonderful LP 'IN MY LADY'S CHAMBER' is one of the upcoming titels from BIG PINK MUSIC. Apart from this American mid '70s psych-folk masterpiece the label has announced CD's of the s/t album by MONTY DUNN & KAREN CRUZ ('69 folk-rock), two LP's by UK folk-pop musician BOB HUGHES ('My Old Man' from '76 and '78's 'The Kids Are OK') and the s/t album by LIBBY TITUS (wonderful female pop from 1968). Enjoy! 

SELECTED PRESS QUOTES

CONTEMPORARY ARTISTS

  MICHAEL TANNER & SHARRON KRAUS - IN THE RHEIDOL VALLEY (LP/MORC)  reviewed by Marius Roeting for New Folk Sounds (translated excerpt)  All the tracks have a soothing, almost meditative feel. Esoteric, but without any new age vagueness. Rural, but at the same time cosmic.

  SEAN SMITH - HUGE FLUID FREEDOM (CD-LP/STRANGE ATTRACTORS AUDIO HOUSE)  reviewed by Marius Roeting for New Folk Sounds (translated excerpt)  A musician who pairs vision with spontaneity.

  CHUCK JOHNSON - A STRUGGLE, NOT A THOUGHT (CD-LP/STRANGE ATTRACTORS AUDIO HOUSE)  reviewed by Gerald van Waes for Psyche van het Folk (excerpt)  He's very melodic, at times lyrical in his playing...

  JOHNFISH SPARKLE - FLOW (CD/TRANSUBSTANS)  reviewed by Cor for Lords Of Metal (translated excerpt)  This disc offers maximum joy to fans of early '70s rock with tons of emotion and drive. Excellent record!

  FAUN - EDEN (CD/BANSHEE)  reviewed by Marius Roeting for New Folk Sounds (translated excerpt)  'Eden' could very well become the break through album for Faun.

  ONE SHOT - LIVE IN JAPAN (CD/SOLEIL ZEUHL)  reviewed by Wouter Bessels for Progwereld (translated excerpt)  The intensity of the performed material remains at an extremely high level, demanding maximum concentration...

60’s & 70’s & 80’s (RE-)RELEASES AND ARTISTS + OTHER OLDIES

  AMBER - PEARLS OF AMBER (CD/MERLINS NOSE)  reviewed by Ian Fraser for Terrascope (excerpt)  ...sure enough, this is the real thing.

  FOX - SIMPLE SONGS 1971-1973 (CD/GLEN HOLLY STUDIO)  reviewed by Marius Roeting for New Folk Sounds (translated excerpt)  Unpretentious and uncompromised seventies folk that nowadays can still be listened to without any need to feel embarassed.

LIVE

KEEFMEN (KURIOSA)  December 9: Utrecht, NL (dB's) / December 17: Rotterdam, NL (Exit)

BEVIS FROND (WORONZOW)  January 13: Haarlem, NL (Patronaat)

LOVELAND (GROOVIE)  Winter 2012

GEORGIO 'THE DOVE' VALENTINO  t.b.a.

EXCITEMENTS (PENNIMAN)  t.b.a.

GÖSTA BERLINGS SAGA (TRANSUBSTANS a.o.)  Winter 2012

GROUNDATION (SOULBEATS)  Winter/spring 2012

STRANGE FLOWERS (VARIOUS, incl. TEENSOUND, BEYONDYOURMIND)  April 5: Utrecht, NL (dB's)

HORISONT (CRUSHER)  April 12: Tilburg, NL (013/Roadburn)

LORD VICAR (CHURCH WITHIN) April 12: Tilburg, NL (013/Roadburn)

SATURNALIA TEMPLE (THE AJNA OFFENSIVE)  April 12: Tilburg, NL (013/Roadburn)

SPIDERS (CRUSHER, DE:NIHIL)  April 12: Tilburg, NL (013/Roadburn)

ANEKDOTEN (VIRTA, MELLOTRONEN)  April 13: Tilburg, NL (013/Roadburn)

GNOD (BLACKEST RAINBOW, a.o.)  April 13: Tilburg, NL (013/Roadburn)

CHURCH OF MISERY (EMETIC, a.o.)  April 14: Tilburg, NL (013/Roadburn)

BONG (BLACKEST RAINBOW)  April 15: Tilburg, NL (013/Roadburn)

FLESHPRESS (SVART)  April 15: Tilburg, NL (013/Roadburn) 

ELÄKELÄISET (NORDIC NOTES)  April 16: Haarlem, NL (Patronaat) 

CYNICS (GET HIP)  May-June 2012 a.o. May 18: Diksmuide, B (4AD)

OS HAXIXINS (GROOVIE)  Spring/summer 2012

 

 

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