What Are You Listening to? 2020

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10cds of Coltrane in '62 with the original classic Quartet live in various parts of Europe including several Scandinavaian, French and Italian venues, noticeably not the UK who had apparently not given him th ebest reception presumably the year before. I got this in FOPP for £15, was kicking myself on leaving London last year for not grabbing either this or the previous year box set. '61 has Eric Dolphy alongside the Quartet. Wondering if this could possibly be the same copy I didn't grab, hope that isn't likely. Particularly with every other mainstream record shop in town closing.
Has long improvisatory work outs on several tracks from popular musicals as well as his own compositions. I hear this stuff as very influential on later psychedelic jamming.

this lot particularly picked up on the work of Coltrane. They did a long version of his India live.
This is their 2nd lp which it has taken me way way too long to pick up. I had heard that it was less psychedelic and more country rockish. On actually getting it I can hear country flavour in it but it's a lot more floaty and psychedelic.
I think I now have pretty much everything this group has recorded in either of its better known incarnatiions, also have the Habibiya lp which was cut by part of the band alongside Susan Graubard Archuletta who had been in the New Age alongside pat kilroy, habibiyya has her with her then husband Conrad. Don't have anything by Ace which was the band Bam King later went onto or the Reg king solo lp. May look into getting some of what the other members went onto. Chilli Willi & The Red Hot Chilli Peppers sounds interesting.
I got this lp in its extended form as part of the new box set of their complete recordings At a Point Between Fate and Destiny which came out on Grapefruit (through Cherry red) just before Xmas. Great set which seems to be pretty good throughout including the unreleased, unfinished lp though Glastonbury sounds a bit disorganised.
Got the Action box set for Xmas the year before from the same person. Have loved them since hearing the Edsel compilation The Ultimate when I was like 14. that covers their mod blue-eyed soul era through to the beginnings of their psychedelic era. Didn't go as far as the Brain/Rolled Gold material which I think was unknown at the time. It had been the first time they'd really been compiled though.

psychedelic ish stuff I picked up in Rough Trade over Xmas.
Enjoying this, just realised that the male voice doing a talkover in one opf the tracks is ex-Can member Malcolm Mooney.
NIce melange of influences on here. I think I need to investigate her further.

Stevolende, Saturday, 4 January 2020 21:20 (ten months ago) link

Quick turnover isnce I'm working through the cds I picked up over Xmas
NOt sure I was aware of the existence of this before coming across it in Sister ray over Xmas. '73 funk live from the Stax festival in Watts LA. I finally got to see the film a couple of years ago. Can't think offhand what of this was in that.
Band's pretty good live , lots of wah wah and stuff.
NOt sure how the live lp from the time compares to this think this is pretty great anyway. Came out in 2003 apparently.

most recent lp by the free jazz rock band led by Weasel Walter, bought from thei rmerch stall at the LOndon gig before Xmas.
Wire review says they took the sound of electric Miles and gave it their own twist. I hear echoes of the sound of Miles around Dark Magus though there's no trumpet.
Nice psychedelic noisy stuff.
Very glad i got to the gig and now need to investigate the back catyalogue more thoroughly and whatver other Weasel Walter projects.

working my way through the box set.
This time was the disc of rehearsals for the 2nd lp, Jug Of Love. It's a bit earlier and mainly instrumental.
This and Glastonbury may be the least essential discs on here.

Stevolende, Sunday, 5 January 2020 10:58 (ten months ago) link

For some reason Jug of Love never really hooked me, I'll have to try again sometime. Love the s/t.

Listening to the Myrrors, one of the few modern bands to remind me of Trad Gras och Stenar et al

"Third of the Storms" Jazz (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 5 January 2020 14:09 (ten months ago) link

I need to pick up more of the recent 3EB remasters. The s/t one was good at least.

the Animal label lp, a bit weird possibly a slight swing away from the previous couple in the oddness direction.
Has some good stuff on it.
BUt maybe isn't the best thing to put on in musically conservative company. Or at least has its quikiness written large so not likely to grab the floating voter. possibly.

1973 lp by soul/whatever artist . I got this as part of a 5cd box in whatever series the label does.
Pretty good funky experimental stuff. Starts with him conducting an orchestral piece and goes into some more spacey stuff.
Need to listen through the rest of teh box which i think is pretty much most of his catalogue.

earlyish lp from him, from '72.
Great psychedelic tranced out jams as with most of his stufff.
This came with a couple of extra tracks from an unreleased single which sounds like he's less along the route to developing Afrobeat.
I still need to hear the 60s stuff like the Koolo Loobitos recordings, but assume they must sound more like the extra stuff here.

Stevolende, Monday, 6 January 2020 10:59 (ten months ago) link

Mar-Vista Visions of Sodal Ye

"Third of the Storms" Jazz (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Tuesday, 7 January 2020 11:16 (ten months ago) link


no lime tangier, Wednesday, 8 January 2020 00:15 (ten months ago) link

THe first of his lps to get the long awaited remaster. Psychedelic pop funk. Quite salacious in places.
Need to pick up 1999 which was about the first lp by him i was aware of.
Quite enjoying this, came with a cd of various outtakes etc which has some interesting contemporaneous stuff on.

picked this up in the wake of reading the book on Anadolu Psych which made it out to be not as good as the 1976 lp and the 1979 one not as good as it. I need to pick up those other 2 lps. & stuff by a few other artists who sound somewhat similar.
Do like this stuff mid 70s Turkish blending traditional sounds with elements of Western rock of the psych kind.

a band I'm not very familiar with, blends a number of different genres into its alternative rock. I'm hearing bits of psych, possibly no wave, world, The Minutemen and a few other bits and pieces and this lp was produced by a dance producer.
Another band I need to pick up more things by.
Recommended, but probably find that I'm the last person to the feast, so you already know that.

Compilation of Birmingham punk band the Prefects recordings. I think a lot of this was unreleased at the time but has been released previoulsy on other compilations of the band. Looking for the image for this I found taht there was an existing compilation from about 15 years ago with the same tracks in a different order.
The band went on to be The Nightingales, I think the lineup was similar at least initially. Nightingales went onto being peel favs for years.
Pretty rough stuff but I think trying to break away from identikit punk even at the time.

compiles pretty much everything by postpunk band featuring future Ant Marco Pirroni on guitar and ex-original Ant Dorothy Max prior on drums alongside several people who were better known later as the Wolfgang Press and Renegade Soundwave.
A band I wasn't really aware of until recently. I did think Big Black's take on their track Rema rema was pretty great when I heard it on Sound of Impact but knew nothing about the original. Not sure why I never looked into that tends to be the way I find out about other bits of music I get heavily into.
POstpunk, noisy, a bit psychedelic though very dark..

Stevolende, Sunday, 12 January 2020 11:23 (ten months ago) link

Love that Rema-Rema comp! I only had the Wheel In The Roses EP as mp3s for a long time so I was pleasantly surprised more existed.

Martsman Kerner

Bassy, DnB/step-influenced electronics. Really dug one of the guy's other projects //no, which is dubby techno, but this stuff gives me Skull Disco vibes.

Corduroy Stridulations (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 12 January 2020 13:03 (ten months ago) link

"walking with mr wheeze" total cardiacs

massaman gai (front tea for two), Monday, 13 January 2020 09:12 (ten months ago) link

3 lps on 2cd by Joe Harriott who I have had recommended to me for ages. Love his Hum Dono which I picked up a couple of years ago.
This is modern but not very abstract. Well at least the first disc which s what I'm listening to here. MIght be different on the lp of the same name.

this comes with a free 2nd cd of early country artists called Rough Guide to Country Music Pioneers which is what I'm actually listening to this week. Pretty great stuff i think I need more by several artists on .
THe sound is pretty decent considering the vintage.
Bought this as an Xmas present for someone then found something else for them later in the trip. Keep expanding the country they're listening to after having been introduced to them being a Johnny cash fan. Seems like they got a good overlap with a lotof this stuff in being bought the compilation cd tied in with the Ken Burns series anyway. & they wound up with the Richard & Linda THompson Live '75 set instead which I wasn't aware was still around.

THe original lp plus about the same duration again of bojus material. Mops up most of their recordings.
I hadn't realised that Sean Byrne wwas the main songwriter as well as rhythm guitarist when I played Psychotic reaction to fulfill my irish origin music quote while doing a radio show a couple of years back. Did know he came from Dublin originally.
Finding the music slightly more complex in places than i might have expected. & they seem to be more Who fixated than most other uS bands of the time there are 2 direct covers from the My Generation lp on the actual lp and a few that sound like they're would bes.THough its the Yardbirds taht are always cited as the influence on the title track.
The bonus stuff gets a bit more diverse including more soul derived stuff and psychedelic pop and stuff.
Do like this band . Shame to ghear that Sean Byrne spent the last years of his life in bad financial straits.
I'm still interested in finding out what of the garage psych lps are actually necessary since I have a number of compilations taht aren't the straight released lps.

Stevolende, Monday, 13 January 2020 10:33 (ten months ago) link

is the image that didn't show I hope

Stevolende, Monday, 13 January 2020 10:34 (ten months ago) link

I bought a 4CD Proper box by Joe Harriott not long ago but haven't gotten around to it.

Currently listening to Grand Funk Railroad, Live: The 1971 Tour, which has to be played at abusively loud volume to really be appreciated. I fucking love it.


shared unit of analysis (unperson), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 01:38 (ten months ago) link

not the best caroliner album but a nap was had.
forgot how ugly the cover for anthony manning's "chromium nebulae" was:

massaman gai (front tea for two), Wednesday, 15 January 2020 13:58 (ten months ago) link


Bstep, Wednesday, 15 January 2020 17:31 (ten months ago) link

Just got a physical copy of this which was reissued in 2001. I have the cds either side of this already. & at least one Trad Gras Och Steinar. NOt sure why its taken me so long to get this other than having other things i wanted. THink I had soundfiles for it at some times anyay.

Stevolende, Friday, 17 January 2020 23:18 (ten months ago) link

last couple of days

Rolling Stones- Live in Texas 78
Tangerine Dream- Encore
Faces, the- First Step
Rolling Stones- Live in Texas 78
Trower, Robin- Caravan to Midnight
Walsh, Joe- So What
Motorhead- Overkill

Trouble- Trouble
Trouble- Trouble
AC/DC- Flick of the Switch
Uriah Heep- Sweet Freedom
Dylan, Bob- Highway 61 Revisited
Funkadelic- Hardcore Jollies

earlnash, Saturday, 18 January 2020 02:24 (ten months ago) link

Trouble - Trouble does kind of demand repeated listening

Corduroy Stridulations (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Saturday, 18 January 2020 02:42 (ten months ago) link

I've been on a calypso kick this week. Looked up info on Mighty Sparrow's "Robbery with a V", discovered that it was indeed a dis track aimed at another musician, that musician being called Mighty Dougla. youtube comments on dougla's songs are all from his relatives looking up his music.

wasdnuos (abanana), Monday, 20 January 2020 11:03 (ten months ago) link

Basehead. Dunno why it isn’t on spotify. So searched for it in the attic.

nathom, Monday, 20 January 2020 18:59 (ten months ago) link

V3. Dug up old records. Found this and a slew of others.

nathom, Tuesday, 21 January 2020 17:12 (ten months ago) link

https://img.discogs.com/gUvXceBl4zYuF-rSl1dL4PhAG0Y=/fit-in/600x591/filters:strip_icc():format(jpeg):mode_rgb():quality(90)/discogs-images/R-1742380-1483824232-9560.jpeg.jpg the recordings' S7T on megaphone- skronky godco circus nowave harmolodic luttenbachers fun from 1990s willett, dierker, & co. you know the score

massaman gai (front tea for two), Wednesday, 22 January 2020 09:20 (ten months ago) link

the 2cd remaster of this, I think I've mainly been half asleep when I've heard this version and had it on pretty quiet but these remasters seem to sound pretty great.
Keep wondering if Neubauten were fans of thsi record as well as early pink Floyd. Need to look up the Maoist perpetual village.
Anyway deep sace funky rocky stuff with ambient touches in places. Great great stuff.

2nd lp by great mancunian band. Showing some prog roots but helping invent post-punk. NOt sure what direct influence they had but would like to find out if anything showing their influence was as inventive as them.
Barry Adamson went onto various incarjnations of teh Bad Seeds and his own solo stuff is great.
John McGeoch went onto the Banshees and then a later, quite good version of P.I.L. in the late 80s. Shame he died so young.
I found this at the bottom of a pile fo stuff while tidying up last year still in th package it came in. Which is a major oversight. Should be way more familiar with the band.

focus more on the backing band than their main singer. THough he does feature.
I think I'm hearing things I'm more used to being Public Enemy samples featuring prominently.
Great set but I think I need to check chronology of things I'm hearing.
Picked this up from Honest John's recently and should have been much longer ago. Do love a bitta JB.

Stevolende, Thursday, 23 January 2020 11:45 (ten months ago) link

The first time I heard "The Grunt" my mind was blown (I was familiar with the PE sample for a long time before that)

Corduroy Stridulations (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Thursday, 23 January 2020 13:05 (ten months ago) link

down with flu so lay in bed and listened through these like 3 times in a row

pretty necessary contemporary garage psych rock with some pretty frantic guitar.
Mike Stax of Ugly Things appears on backing vocals . He has a Bo Diddley tribute band with the guitarist, or did.

so faqr have listened through the 2nd disc the one that's All Of Us and contemporary singles and outtakes.
Glad to find this isn't the mono/stereo set taht i thought it was for a while cos I don't rally want to listen to the same lp twice in a row.
About time i got the 60s stuff in full have enjoyed this band for a few decades.

I hadn't heard this before today and possibly only picked it up to complete the set of lps.
It's pretty interesting though. Different to Daevid Allen era anyway. Atmospheric mainly instrumental material.
Wort6h hearing, but I think the 2cds may be limited editions so may be necessary to grab them soon if you want one.

Stevolende, Thursday, 23 January 2020 22:56 (ten months ago) link

Naum Gabo Fyei 12"

Weird slo-mo techno that sounds kinda like an 80s remix of Kraftwerk played at 16 rpm

Corduroy Stridulations (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 24 January 2020 10:42 (ten months ago) link

Pharoah Sanders, Bill Laswell - With a Heartbeat
i am loving this world jazz album which actually has a thumping heart that is integrated into laswell's bass play. a real trip. great line-up too. pharoah and bill plus trilok gurtu (tabla), nicky skopelitos (sitar & guitar), graham haynes (cornet) and jeff bova (keyboards).

walking towards the sun since 2007 (alex in mainhattan), Saturday, 25 January 2020 07:30 (ten months ago) link


I completely missed these guys when they were around, not bad. In fact, probably better than 70% of the "garage rock" I was actually listening to back in 2004-2005.

soaring skrrrtpeggios (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 19 November 2020 15:53 (one week ago) link

yknow ive listened to this focus group album dozens of times but dang im really feeling and “getting” the humor this time around... this british deadpan absurdist vibe.

brimstead, Friday, 20 November 2020 03:12 (six days ago) link

I watched a bunch of The Day Today clips last night and I keep picturing Alan Partidge’s disembodied head spinning around chanting “gooooaaalll”.

brimstead, Friday, 20 November 2020 03:12 (six days ago) link

all my listening is way too basic for this thread

assert (MatthewK), Friday, 20 November 2020 03:14 (six days ago) link

I probably listen to 5-8 records/cds/playlists a day. I usually throw up the days outlier disc instead of Molly Hatchet, Johnny Winter or Mudhoney.

earlnash, Friday, 20 November 2020 03:22 (six days ago) link

Stooges - Fun House LP (Elektra 80's pressing)

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Friday, 20 November 2020 03:44 (six days ago) link

all my listening is way too basic for this thread

Lol, same

Indieland Phil and Indieland Don (James Redd and the Blecchs), Friday, 20 November 2020 03:57 (six days ago) link

Of Feather and Bone - Sulfuric Disintegration

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Friday, 20 November 2020 04:20 (six days ago) link

was listening to Pat Martino Baiyina and now it's Faces First Step

Splack Packath (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Friday, 20 November 2020 08:15 (six days ago) link


Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Saturday, 21 November 2020 10:58 (five days ago) link

The one studio lp by free jazz supergroup so far more songform than most of tehir releases.
Great visceral impactful psychedelic skronk.
I waited years to get this on cd so was very happy when ESP put this out a few years ago.
Not really sure what is directly comparable outside of the members' own work and probably things like Krakatau which some bits o fthis sound a bit like. May be Brotzmann's use of horns. I'm not sure.
Do love this, not sure how people who came in through the band's live recordings feel about it though.

creepy eerie recontextualisation of various influences . I'm hearing a lot of old timey rural influences though instrumentation seems to be heavily processed. I remember hearing a rhythm section on Meet The Residents teh first lp that sounded like it was lifted straight from the first james brown at the Apollo which really intrigued me.
This is the Preserved edition version and so far the only one of that series I have which I need to remedy.
Pretty other, also heavy Harry Partch influence in the mix along with other stuff.
Apparently this is an lp that's not as heavily rated as the rest of their work but I find it really really good, fits my tastes when i listen to it anyway.

Droning rock stuff . Glad i looked this up again after passing on it in Rough Tradea coupl eof years ago cos it is a great listen.
Reminds me of Killing joke and hawkwind and things. Brutal and abstract and fun stuff.
I should listen to it more.

well had these on for a few days before some stuff I've been waiting to arrive through the post arrived today.

These being Population II A LA O Terre
Alien Mustangs Beat Of The Earth
Herb Craft Trash Heap
& Alison Cotton ONly Darkness Now
oh yeah good to see that Caridnal Fuzz releases have been getting reviews in some of the monthlies this past couple of months. Hope that doesn't mean too much competition. well maybe they won't be quite as limited pressings in future. Hope Dave gets some benefit from that and he keeps putting the good stuff out.

Stevolende, Saturday, 21 November 2020 13:51 (five days ago) link

Currently listening to this


Rollie Pemberton, Saturday, 21 November 2020 23:40 (five days ago) link


no lime tangier, Monday, 23 November 2020 07:51 (three days ago) link

Fripp/Eno - Live In Paris 1975

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Monday, 23 November 2020 20:00 (three days ago) link

Last Exit's Iron Path is basically a Laswell album more than a Last Exit album, but I enjoy it for what it is. My favorite stuff by them at this point is the s/t debut, Cassette Recordings '87, and that one. For a supposedly total improv group, they developed a collective voice and onstage routines very fast.

Currently listening to From Elvis In Nashville, a 4CD set of studio recordings from 1970. These tracks were used for the albums That's The Way It Is, Love Letters From Elvis and Elvis Country (I'm 10,000 Years Old), but a lot of them had strings and a female chorus added, making them kinda gooey. The versions here have all that stuff stripped away — it's just Elvis and the band playing country and rock songs and some ballads, and they're much, much better for it (and I like '70s Elvis, a lot).


but also fuck you (unperson), Monday, 23 November 2020 20:12 (three days ago) link


I just listened to Lamb for the first time in over a decade yesterday

flamboyant goon tie included, Monday, 23 November 2020 21:26 (three days ago) link

This week's ambience...

Bjorn Meyer - Provenance
The War on Drugs - Eyes to the wind (Live)
Mulutu Astake - Tezeta (Nostalgia)
A Split Second - Flesh Jungle
The Weather Station - Tried to Tell You
Cut Copy - Love is all we share (Octa Octa Remix)
Il Quadro di Troisi - S/T
Bleachers - Chinatown (featuring Bruce Springsteen)

Treblekicker, Tuesday, 24 November 2020 09:46 (two days ago) link

Greek space/shoegaze band. Quiite nice melodic psychy stuff. Recent release from Cardinal Fuzz
Happened to be the first thing I bunged on the 3 player i think . Had another couple opf choices which i think I'm looking forward to but not heard yet.

solo set from one half of teh Left outsides. I'd been expecting it to be folky and its long atmospheric stuff which sounds more soundtracky.
Quite good though.
Another one from a set of Cardinal Fuzz sets taht finally arrived last week after apparently being stuck in postal limbo for way too long.

Quite good live set from the LA festival in 1973. Found this cheapish in Sister Ray last xmas.
NIce funky stuff with a few longish monologues.

Stevolende, Tuesday, 24 November 2020 17:59 (two days ago) link

Nihiloxica is sort of this years Cut Hands or Ninos du Brasil for me.


Advanced Doomscroller (Sanpaku), Tuesday, 24 November 2020 18:29 (two days ago) link

blasting Taylor Swift's "1989" for the first time in a couple years, sounds great

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 02:18 (yesterday) link

Tim Berne's Bloodcount - Saturation Point

call mr zbow that's my name that name again is mr zbow (Craig D.), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 03:00 (yesterday) link

all Coil, all day

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:54 (yesterday) link

on shuffle

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:54 (yesterday) link

RIP Peter Christopherson

howls of non-specificity (sleeve), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:55 (yesterday) link

Jon Schaffer's Purgatory

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 15:55 (yesterday) link

jim o'rourke - steamroom 51

fleet doxes (map), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 17:24 (yesterday) link

Iced Earth - Night of the Stormrider

Lover of Nixon (or LON for short) (Neanderthal), Wednesday, 25 November 2020 19:16 (yesterday) link


Vanishing Point (Chinaski), Thursday, 26 November 2020 09:13 (sixteen minutes ago) link

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