Who on this.... bastard... loves No Neck Blues Band?

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I do. Not only do I love the artwork, I love their musick. I rarely listen to instrumental music cause it confronts me with myself.

helenfordsdale, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Take this thread away from the Low Lands and dismember it.

helenfordsdale, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Instrumental music? The No-Neckers moan and grumble a lot, too.

hstencil, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

True. But their lyrics are (to me) undecipherable. Or rather I think they don't mean it to be words. More as added texture.

helenfordsdale, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

There are some lyrics (that sounds pretty much made-up on the spot) on the new album.

Anyway, I like their records, but the live No Neck experience is where it's at. Saw 'em a few years ago at Fred Anderson's Velvet Lounge on the South Side, and it was damn good. Fred was a bit perplexed by their amps and appearances, though.

hstencil, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

No Neck -- is that some sort of slam on people who are slightly over weight? That disgusts me. There should be a law against sizism.

Burl Ives, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

No, it just means your brain is slowly but surely sinking to your ass.

helenfordsdale, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

I bought the Revenant record after all the ridiculously glowing reviews (beefheatian Joujouka orchestra, etc.) and really wanted to like it, but I can't think of one thing they do (except maybe the saxophone squawks) that Jackie O Motherfucker doesn't do better. Unlike JOMF I don't sense

charlie va, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Wow, just like the dinosaurs.

Sticks & Stones is a fine, fine disc. Wish there was more NNCK product readily available for consumption. Also wish they played out more (outside of NYC) - of course, they probably have numerous times (presumably in NoHo / EastHo, cavorting w/ the musical posse ensconced there & there, under made-up names & shit), and I missed the boat.

David Raposa, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

... sorry... I was going to say that I don't feel much tension or direction in their music, and I think NNCK almost have to have those things in order for their music to be good... the sounds themselves just aren't all that well-executed or interesting enough on their own. They sound a lot better on paper, at least than they do on the Revenant album (they might be a lot cooler live).

charlie va, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Once played a gig at 33 degrees in Austin with the drummer, I think his name is David, but it was a long time ago.

We were set up with more traditional jazz instrumentation, and the way we had been playing, were floating into a sort of low-key cacophonous background music.

That fellow just plugged a contact mic into an amp and started making the mic crackle and distort at a fairly loud volume.

It was a good way to break up our systems of thought.

Gage-o, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

What is your band, Gage-O?

Mark, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

and for that matter, what about the other totally non-musical band that's garnering a lot of attention these days: jackie-o-motherfucker.

the editors of the wire must be snorting meth if they can really read anything into j-o-m's music beside it being bunch of pretentious pot smokers jamming on some half-developed riffs. their music is a cop out. no effort.

same for NNCK. their music is an even worse cop-out. dreadful, miserably amateurish stuff.

sorry.

fields of salmon, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Loose lips sink ships.

I'm not tellin!

Gage-o, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Fair enough. But one last question out of curiosity: Have I heard of your band?

Mark, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Dependant on how familiar you are with the Austin Music Scene between 1994 and 1999.

Gage-o, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Not likely, unless you're related to Shelia E.

Mark, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Got one track on last months wire CD but also a double LP documenting a live gig on their own label. You can see why Fahey liked them since they have this peculiar take on improvisation and yet they align with this very primitive, undestated sound. They do have a sound of their own though but because it sounds (at first) all really unfocused (and in this post-punk days) it's easy to dismiss this as hippie jamming. But if you like Pelt, for instance, and older records like 'Yeti' (aamon dull II) and Live/Dead (grateful dead) then you'll like this.

Julio Desouza, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

i loves no neck blues band. i actually got interested in them because i loved the terrible metal/core band david nuss was in when i was in high school. the new nnck cd is brilliant, dammit. most of their stuff is quite good, but the actual song-like-ness of it just blew me away, as did the roomlike production. nice. as for their earlier stuff... helps to have an attention span.

your null fame, Friday, 25 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

No-Neck fuckin' rules. They're like if the Godz were actually listenable, or if 'Americana'(i.e. 'Uncut' music) was actually interesting.

dave q, Saturday, 26 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

On the basis of the one album of theirs I've heard thus far, they are to Acid Mothers Temple what the Alpha Band were to the Grateful Dead.

Marcello Carlin, Saturday, 26 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Can anyone comment on the artwork? If Nuss's wife Rita Ackermann work is featured...then I will HAVE to check the band.

-, Saturday, 26 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

don't know if ackerman's work is used, but there was a kind of side-projecty thing called diadial that featured some no neck blues band members. ranged from weird, kind of yoko ono stuff to nnck expansion. one lp of music, one covered with etchings.

your null fame, Saturday, 26 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

that guy with the beard is in this band Suntanama with my friend John Allen, they're into this neo-beard-rock thing that i find creepy. like grossly literal repetition of rock history, after neo-psych comes neo-getting-it-together-in-the-country. they're all into The Band & shit.

duane, Saturday, 26 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

i know a couple of... we'll say hangers-on to the whole nnck/suntanama posse and they - SERIOUSLY - talk about how great black oak arkansas is. it's the whole new thrice-removed anti-irony thing that people like the yutzes behind flemish masters think is so neat. "yahoo."

your null fame, Sunday, 27 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Since the Flemish Masters have been mentioned, would this be a good place to ask about SWEET? I mean, guhwah?

David Raposa, Sunday, 27 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Raposa - NNCK haven't played near you, to my knowledge (not that I keep up with that sort of thing these days, but it's hard not to when all those people you linked to are in your backyard and half of them go to your school), but you're right, part of NNCK played the Hampshire tavern under a made up name back in the summer.

Otis Wheeler, Monday, 28 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

i likes em but i weren't quite so imprest wiv der revenant album as i was wiv "letters from the serth" wot i thot was one of best cromagnon psychedelic levitations evah.

bob snoom, Wednesday, 30 January 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

one month passes...
whatever you got to say the no neck are here to stay. whoever bought the rev. cd and nothing else comparing 'em to jackie-o and all that is a supersucker to say the least, you're beat, and will get beat by the suntanama who'll sweep up the floor with their sound and sweep your girl off her feet. so check your luggage at the gate and ride the midnight aeroplane, get hooked on a feelin' if you don't think doin' it yrself ain't the best thing to do if you really want to do yrself in...

Steve K, Thursday, 28 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Early NNCK blows away the new Rev cd - there's a good bit more 'rock' and structure here (Rev cd) (sometimes too much for my taste) as with each new NNCK album, it seems - so there I can see a Jackie-O vague similarity, but still not much. (???) If you're really 'patient' try the a tabu one and a tabu two lps (eps?) - completely ungraspable, the gift that keeps giving

Much of the earlier stuff is still avail in NYC record stores btw

Are any of you in NY and know them (NNCK)? I wanna find about about where/if there is an easter show this year, and also volunteer my roof if one is needed...718-349-8349 will

will, Thursday, 28 February 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

Picked up two of their dbl cds - 'Letters From The Earth' and 'The Birth of Both Worlds' - secondhand in Reckless/Berwick St a couple of weeks ago - best 'find' I've had in ages. Along with the Revenant alb have been listening to 'em pretty solidly ever since. The Godz comparison is OTM, and I also hear The Fugs and, because of the 'sinister' otherworldly aspect, early Ghost. The real deal - super stoned scary freak out improv jams that will have you phoning round the whole of London in search of further 'enlightenment'...

Andrew L, Friday, 1 March 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

After I posted this I put on the second disc of 'Birth...' and there's this amazing bit on 'Why Is Love Wrong?' where, after 10 mins or so of the usual trancey freaky noodling, they suddenly start to sound just like a Chain Reaction/Basic Channel group, I shit you not.

Andrew L, Friday, 1 March 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

hell yeah, I know exactly what you are talking about on disc 2 - that track rocks (but I don't know this reference to basic channel/whatever)...The 'letters from the earth' 2cd is one of my favortie nnck things ever. this is gonna sound realy cliche, but...once I woke up really stoned while listening to that (it weas on really loud) and it was TERRIFYING! ha ha ...those atavistic, caveman voices...

will, Monday, 4 March 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

the last track on the rev. CD is a killer cut, something ultra super special I think...

c'mon, start a suntanama thread, I dare you...

Steve K, Tuesday, 5 March 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

two weeks pass...
Okay: I saw 'em once and...oh god help us all.....

No, really, I wasn't into it, but that Whip-or-wil (sp?) song is annoyingly catchy. I can't beleive I still remember it from hearing it just once. If you like NNCK...well, suntanama has nothing in common I think - different universe

correction from earlier: the 2 related eps/lps I referred to are actually both called A Tabo Two - just 2 totally different records, art and all..Why has the nnck abandoned the Drone?

will, Friday, 22 March 2002 01:00 (seventeen years ago) link

one year passes...
The No Neck Blues Band will be touring Europe and the UK from May 14th through the 24th. For dates and other information visit----
http://www.theserth.com

theserth (the serth), Saturday, 10 May 2003 00:05 (sixteen years ago) link

Okay, I'm drunk and don't want to seach the archives. Answer me this: do they still play at the Hint House on a regular basis for whoever wants to show up? I'm making my annual NYC trip this summer, and I think they'd be a very good thing to check out.

Jeff Sumner (Jeff Sumner), Saturday, 10 May 2003 04:10 (sixteen years ago) link

the last show there was a couple months ago. Haven't heard about anything coming up, but I'm sure there'll be something. Last thing I saw was Orthodox Easter concert in the park.

hstencil, Saturday, 10 May 2003 04:16 (sixteen years ago) link

i do

dave q, Saturday, 10 May 2003 10:30 (sixteen years ago) link

dave- come along and watch no neck blues band (a couple of other ILXORS will prob turn up i think)

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Saturday, 10 May 2003 10:39 (sixteen years ago) link

might do (check yr inbox)

dave q, Saturday, 10 May 2003 10:56 (sixteen years ago) link

NNCK opened for my band back in 1994 or '95, and were just about the worst thing I've ever heard. Plus they played for, I think, over 2 1/2 hours. Despite what Julio says above, I love Pelt and _Yeti_, but these guys, eewww.

Douglas (Douglas), Saturday, 10 May 2003 11:00 (sixteen years ago) link

heh. dave you have a reply.

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Saturday, 10 May 2003 11:05 (sixteen years ago) link

but that was 94/95 duglas. they might have changed quite a bit no? I did chat to hstencil on aim (he sez they can be really up and down: he's seen 'em 3 times).

I love Pelt ('empty bell ringing in the sky' is fantastic stuff) and 'yeti' as well (though I'm thinking that NNCK are quite diff to a lot of that, in fact i was convinced they have some incredible string band in them but that's prob bcz I've been hearing lots from them lately).

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Saturday, 10 May 2003 11:09 (sixteen years ago) link

sorry I forgot this was the old thread and miss my prev post (making the one above this look really stupid) (all these NNCK threads have been revived today as well).

Julio Desouza (jdesouza), Saturday, 10 May 2003 11:17 (sixteen years ago) link

one year passes...
so, Orthodox Easter...this Sunday
is it happening ?

JZ, Saturday, 30 April 2005 05:59 (fourteen years ago) link

apparently it is. totally bummed i'm gonna miss it. The last two times I've seen them they were fantastic

Roger Fidelity (Roger Fidelity), Sunday, 1 May 2005 06:48 (fourteen years ago) link

oh shit, i wonder if Gage-O is still around these parts, since i definitely played that show with 'im. apparently the audio of that night is killer. even though Bitch Bob (co-owner of 33) played the tape on the radio the next night, he refused to give us dudes a copy.

apparently, Known-Eck are back something fierce.

Beta (abeta), Sunday, 1 May 2005 14:51 (fourteen years ago) link

at the hinthouse, this afternoon: nnck, pajo, sightings. bummed i have to miss it too (i'm at work).

hstencil (hstencil), Sunday, 1 May 2005 16:35 (fourteen years ago) link

comment upthread re: '94/'95 - i saw nnck open for charles gayle in '94 and they were amazing. didn't realize who they were at the time.

hstencil (hstencil), Sunday, 1 May 2005 16:43 (fourteen years ago) link

i've been asking around to see if anybody recorded their set (specifically the first one) opening for Simon Finn. Asked Nu$$ about it and he said he didn't know anyone who recorded it. Stence, you know anybody who did?

Roger Fidelity (Roger Fidelity), Sunday, 1 May 2005 16:46 (fourteen years ago) link

i dunno, i can ask around. they didn't open, they headlined. that was an amazing set tho it was too hottt/stinky for me to stay inside for most of it.

hstencil (hstencil), Sunday, 1 May 2005 16:54 (fourteen years ago) link

what is the essential nnbb album? sorry if this has been asked already

rizzx (rizzx), Sunday, 1 May 2005 20:36 (fourteen years ago) link

all and none

Roger Fidelity (Roger Fidelity), Sunday, 1 May 2005 21:37 (fourteen years ago) link

i'd go with the latter.

Amon (eman), Sunday, 1 May 2005 21:41 (fourteen years ago) link

though i like bits of intonomancy

Amon (eman), Sunday, 1 May 2005 21:44 (fourteen years ago) link

No hot-and-stinky hipster-hippie stew today: it's on the roof.

nabiscothingy, Sunday, 1 May 2005 21:48 (fourteen years ago) link

it wasn't the hinthouse that was hot n' stinky, it was the divey mexican restaurant where the show was at.

hstencil (hstencil), Sunday, 1 May 2005 21:57 (fourteen years ago) link

Yeah yeah but I get the sense that hot-and-stinky is kind of par for the course for gatherings of No-Neck afficionados. Hot and stinky and small children running around.

nabiscothingy, Sunday, 1 May 2005 22:04 (fourteen years ago) link

did anybody go to this?

Roger Fidelity (Roger Fidelity), Sunday, 1 May 2005 22:28 (fourteen years ago) link

nabisco, man, like free your mind from these hurtful stereotypes, man.

hstencil (hstencil), Sunday, 1 May 2005 23:25 (fourteen years ago) link

half of the "re: mr. a fan" lp is awesome -- plus, it has my favorite fake bootleg cover...

Michael J McGonigal (mike mcgonigal), Sunday, 1 May 2005 23:46 (fourteen years ago) link

six months pass...
anybody hear qvaris? i didnt even know this was coming out and happened to see it at a large chain store so i picked it up. after one listen, it is pretty good, methinks

fffnnnsss, Friday, 11 November 2005 04:50 (thirteen years ago) link

They played here this week but I didn't find out about it until the day after the gig. It was in a nice little church too. Methinks I dropped the ball here.

MindInRewind (Barry Bruner), Friday, 11 November 2005 05:02 (thirteen years ago) link

one year passes...
The following function will return the date (on the Gregorian calendar) for Orthodox Easter (Pascha). Note that incorrect results will be returned for years less than 1601 or greater than 2399. This is because the Julian calendar (from which the Easter date is calculated) deviates from the Gregorian by one day for each century-year that is NOT a leap-year, i.e. the century is divisible by 4 but not by 10. (In the old Julian reckoning, EVERY 4th year was a leap-year.)

This algorithm was first proposed by the mathematician/physicist Gauss. Its complexity derives from the fact that the calculation is based on a combination of solar and lunar calendars.

function getOrthodoxEaster($date){
/*
Takes any Gregorian date and returns the Gregorian
date of Orthodox Easter for that year.
*/
$year = date("Y", $date);
$r1 = $year % 19;
$r2 = $year % 4;
$r3 = $year % 7;
$ra = 19 * $r1 + 16;
$r4 = $ra % 30;
$rb = 2 * $r2 + 4 * $r3 + 6 * $r4;
$r5 = $rb % 7;
$rc = $r4 + $r5;
//Orthodox Easter for this year will fall $rc days after April 3
return strtotime("3 April $year + $rc days");
}

Charmmy Kitty's Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (ex machina), Thursday, 8 February 2007 20:25 (twelve years ago) link

I listened to the NNCK mystery gypped live at ken's electric lake double album the other day and it was a true pleasure . . .

Drew Daniel (Drew Daniel), Thursday, 8 February 2007 21:15 (twelve years ago) link

favorite nude photo of an ilxor.

be home by 11 (orion), Thursday, 8 February 2007 21:28 (twelve years ago) link

I'm told that even though it is nude, it is "SFW"

Charmmy Kitty's Hermetic Order of the Golden Dawn (ex machina), Thursday, 8 February 2007 22:44 (twelve years ago) link

I know nothing of this band other than their glorious beards.

billstevejim (billstevejim), Thursday, 8 February 2007 22:59 (twelve years ago) link

I just put out a new album by Egypt is The Magick # (Dave S of NNcK) if anyone is interested - www.woodenwand.net/madmonk

Spine Swine (Roger Fidelity), Thursday, 8 February 2007 23:50 (twelve years ago) link

twelve years pass...

sometimes think about the halcyon days of my NNCK worship.

do these guys still play out at all? Pat Murano puts out records on a pretty regular basis (and they're pretty fucking good), but i've been wondering about the band as a whole.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Friday, 4 October 2019 02:18 (two weeks ago) link

i liked em till i saw them. like hansel's loft space come to life

massaman gai (front tea for two), Friday, 4 October 2019 07:32 (two weeks ago) link

funny, i liked them and then i saw them and they blew me away. really amazing set.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Friday, 4 October 2019 12:12 (two weeks ago) link

and Dave Nuss is a real sweetheart, at least always was to me.

blue light or electric light (the table is the table), Friday, 4 October 2019 12:12 (two weeks ago) link


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