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are the disappointing sales going to break SFA up??? How come their album didn't reach top ten after good midweek sales (number 7)

paulx, Thursday, 1 September 2005 14:20 (fifteen years ago) link

Love Kraft just no. 19 in the UK - what the fuck???

Sociah T Azzahole (blueski), Thursday, 1 September 2005 14:22 (fifteen years ago) link

six years pass...

Cian Ciaran, the keyboard player, just released his album this past Monday. As a long-time fan, I am pleased and even a little bit shocked at how good it is. The LP is just as good as Gruff's solo efforts.

Here is the Spotify link: http://open.spotify.com/album/0br5g7CaWyvJnLZUsrdTmg

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 27 July 2012 14:41 (nine years ago) link

seven months pass...

revisiting this after not listening to it since release: https://soundcloud.com/acid-casuals/alto-due-pugnali-e-mezzo

damn good track.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 11 March 2013 19:27 (eight years ago) link

Surprisingly, Bunf seems to be the one with the freshest sounding side project: https://soundcloud.com/the-pale-blue-dots

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 13 March 2013 12:41 (eight years ago) link

https://soundcloud.com/the-pale-blue-dots/aquarium

Loving this stuff.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 18 March 2013 15:18 (eight years ago) link

ten months pass...

They've reunited...

Super Furry Animals may currently be on an extended hiatus, but the Welsh psych rock icons are aiming to be top of the hops with the launch of their own beer.

Produced in conjunction with the Celt Experience Brewery, members of the band will be stirring up a storm when their new beer – named Fuzzy (after their debut album Fuzzy Logic) is unveiled at a special event next month.

Those who love their beers can taste the new brew at the one-night only Fire Festival on Saturday, February 1. Billed as ‘a celebration of innovative craft beer, art and smokey food’, it will be held to celebrate the Celtic Experience’s new village development at its brewery on the Pontygwindy Estate in Caerphilly.

The Festival will include free samples of the brewery’s acclaimed craft beers and a live performance from the Super Furry Animals – a live brewing performance that is.

Gruff, Guto, Cian, Daf and Bunf – who have been pursuing their own projects since they released their last album Dark Days/Light Years in 2009, will put the finishing touches to their own collaborative beer, which will be available in pubs around Wales and chosen outlets in London in March.

Fuzzy Beer, follows the launch of Goldie Lookin’ Ale – a collaborative beer between Welsh rappers Goldie Lookin’ Chain and Newport-based Tiny Rebel Brewery last year.

“We’re making it with our own specially formulated recipe, although I can’t tell you what that is,” laughs Furries keyboard maestro Cian Ciaran.

“Me and Daf (SFA drummer Dafydd Ieuan) met Tom who owns the brewery last year and we all thought it would be a good idea to make our own Furry brew.”

Although the band won’t be playing live, several members of the group will DJ on the night.

to brew a beer. :\

http://www.walesonline.co.uk/whats-on/food-drink-news/welsh-rock-icons-super-furry-6530196

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 24 January 2014 18:58 (seven years ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=KHV_6H2hQnM

American Interior is to come in four formats – a 13-song album, to be released on 5 May, which will be Rhys's fourth solo album; a book, described as "a psychedelic historical travelogue in which Gruff traces Evans' incredible journey from North Wales to new Spain, alongside the tale of his own strange American road trip following in Evans's footsteps", which will be published in late May; a film directed by Dylan Goch, documenting Rhys's 2012 tour; and an app consisting of 100 entries telling Evans's story.

http://www.theguardian.com/music/2014/jan/29/gruff-rhys-new-album-film-book-app

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 29 January 2014 15:24 (seven years ago) link

four months pass...

Loving the new Pale Blue Dots song:

https://soundcloud.com/the-pale-blue-dots/slow-reaction

Also got a new Gulp song this past week:

https://soundcloud.com/sonic-cathedral/gulp-seasoned-sun

Not been a bad year for SFA, if you're not looking for an actual SFA album.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 4 June 2014 17:06 (seven years ago) link

Shocked, but not displeased, a publisher picked this up:

Rawlins, formerly digital editor of Artrocker, will document the story of the Welsh rock band's rise to iconic status.

The book, acquired by publishers The Friday Project, will tell the story of the band's time signed to Creation Records.

It will also cover their lavish marketing campaigns, which included equipping an army tank with a techno sound system and making plans to convert an aircraft carrier into a nightclub.

Lead singer Gruff Rhys said of the book: "Revolutionary, crazed and beautiful musical events and conversations that originally happened through the medium of a cracked youthful version of the Welsh language in the mid-nineties are presented here for the first time in quality English.

http://www.digitalspy.com/music/news/a577691/super-furry-animals-biography-for-release-in-2015.html#~oHu8lpFCxBKD8T

Also, new song by The Earth. It's really good:

https://soundcloud.com/strangetown-records/3-baby-bones

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 22:36 (seven years ago) link

I had a feeling Ric would get something like this put out eventually, and given his passion and enthusiasm for the band it should be at the very least pretty good. Why he hasn't gone the whole hog and covered their Epic Records/Rough Trade years too is a huge mystery, though.

...and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and SAW! (Turrican), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 23:09 (seven years ago) link

Vol 2

Mark G, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 23:12 (seven years ago) link

I just feel like there's, max, a dozen people out there that want to read this story. I'm not complaining, though. I've wanted an SFA book for years.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 23:25 (seven years ago) link

Gruff's book doesn't count.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 17 June 2014 23:26 (seven years ago) link

Even though I care the least I probably ever have about this band right now, I'll definitely be still giving this book a read. Partly because I enjoy reading books of this ilk, and partly because I'm interested to see how much depth the book actually goes into. Hopefully I'll learn something new from it, or it'll give me a new perspective on albums and tracks I've played to death in the past. It'll be interesting to see how much it sells, too... I can't help but feel that the perfect time to do something like this would have been around the time of Songbook, and covering the years 1994-2004.

...and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and SAW! (Turrican), Tuesday, 17 June 2014 23:52 (seven years ago) link

It would be annoying to put out the biography and then for them to reform five minutes later

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 18 June 2014 10:22 (seven years ago) link

Well, they're technically not broken up... And it seems likely they'll get together sooner than later. So that'll probably happen.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 18 June 2014 14:21 (seven years ago) link

I wouldn't be fazed if they never got back together again to make music, and I wouldn't feel much of a loss either. At one point the thought of SFA splitting up would have been incredibly depressing, but I'm really unsure if they've got anything more to give.

...and the trees are all kept equal by hatchet, axe and SAW! (Turrican), Wednesday, 18 June 2014 18:03 (seven years ago) link

I don't think they'll ever release an epic album that changes the world, but I think those days are behind any band any of us knows about. Hopefully their time apart has taught them some new tricks. I think it has, but I know you're not really fond of anything they've done since DD/LY.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 18 June 2014 18:34 (seven years ago) link

The Friday Project picked up the last two Kristin Hersh album/books, it's not that much of a stretch for them

katherine, Thursday, 19 June 2014 01:56 (seven years ago) link

I guess you're right, 'cause I have no idea who that is.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 19 June 2014 13:48 (seven years ago) link

I meant Season Sun, the name of their album. Oops.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 1 July 2014 22:48 (seven years ago) link

Gulp is officially out. You can listen on Spotify

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 8 July 2014 22:22 (seven years ago) link

two months pass...

Got to see Gruff in Manchester a couple weeks ago. It was one of the best live performances I've ever been to, and he was all on his own. The show was equal parts lecture and music performance. I never realized how naturally charming and funny he is.

In other news: https://soundcloud.com/strangetown-records/sets/the-earth-keltic-voodoo-boogaloo

The Earth's second LP is streaming. The Earth is Daf's band. Someone from Catatonia is also in the band. I know people around here hate Catatonia. The Earth's front woman also sings for the band Slowly Rolling Camera. I think this is a pretty decent record. It's a lot better than the first one.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 24 September 2014 14:45 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

https://soundcloud.com/strangetown-records/sets/the-pale-blue-dots-lots-of/s-eSrBc

Bunf's new album is streaming.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 10 October 2014 14:15 (six years ago) link

two weeks pass...

The Pale Blue Dots' new album is no longer streaming, but some new tracks available for stream. The album comes out next Monday (digital only). The Pale Blue Dots are also in session on Marc Riley tonight:

https://soundcloud.com/strangetown-records/reach-for-the-keys

https://soundcloud.com/strangetown-records/devastation

https://soundcloud.com/strangetown-records/slow-reaction

Some words from a website called Clash Music:

http://www.clashmusic.com/news/track-of-the-day-2110-the-pale-blue-dots

The ongoing hiatus of Super Furry Animals has dulled one of the most potent psych-pop voices around.

Thankfully, it has allowed the various members of the Welsh ensemble to engage in all manner of weird and wonderful projects.

Huw 'Bunf' Bunford is the band's lead guitarist, but recently struck up a friendship with composer Richard Chester.

Swapping ideas, the pair quickly descended into the studio to lay down some of fragments on tap. Piecing the whole thing together, The Pale Blue Dots were born.

Matching psychedelic flourishes against sweeping arrangements, a Bowie strut with lush harmonies, the project's debut album 'Lots Of Dots' is forthcoming.

Bunf says: "This is our Jekyll and Hyde moment. We love pop music, but we also like to lie down, listen to something, and not have to get up to press 'next track' for at least half an hour. The album definitely has a number of songs that could find themselves on the radio, but over the coming months we’re looking to take people on a journey into sound. By distributing found sounds online, and forming new compositions using archive material, The Pale Blue Dots is going to set out to demonstrate the pure pleasure in just listening."

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 27 October 2014 14:48 (six years ago) link

Also, a new Cian Ciaran single came out a couple weeks ago:

https://soundcloud.com/strangetown-records/sets/ciaran-wilding

The first track is a cover of a song by an artist I'd never heard of before. The second track features that artist's vocals. I actually kind of prefer the second track

I get the feeling no one around here cares about this stuff, but I hope someone out there might. I still see the odd "SFA ARE THE BEST BAND EVER" on the internet, so I hope this news reaches someone.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 27 October 2014 14:51 (six years ago) link

Not bad tunes in the Love Kraft vein, but pretty inessential. Damn, I miss this band.

hardcore dilettante, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 01:21 (six years ago) link

Don't think it's happening until Gruff stops making his own albums. Everyone else in the band is recording and producing their albums together.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 02:05 (six years ago) link

Hi! I'm a lurker and a regular visitor to ilxor and this thread in particular. Super Furry Animals were and still are one of my favourite bands ever since I heard Mark Radcliffe play Hometown Unicorn on his late night BBC Radio One show. I can remembering him marvelling at the guitar solo on the song.

I've really enjoyed watching Gruff's solo shows since his first solo record, he's become a really engaging and entertaining performer. I wonder if the band got back together again would the live shows be a lot more interesting than they used to be. I can remember a show on the Phantom Power tour being a bit hard going with too many slow and midpaced songs all in a row.

I'm looking forward to hearing Bunf's record and am hoping that it gets released on vinyl or at least CD, the clips I've heard sound great. From that Clash interview it sounds like they're trying to do something interesting.

calimero, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 17:50 (six years ago) link

ha! i was just subjecting my coworkers to Love Kraft and Hey Venus yesterday!

AKA Thermo Thinwall (The Cursed Return of the Dastardly Thermo Thinwall), Tuesday, 28 October 2014 18:09 (six years ago) link

Calimero, I agree that Gruff's solo show is a lot better than many of the SFA shows I've been to. Two of his shows were some of the most memorable I've ever been to. The first one was a Candylion show that also featured Tony Da Gatorra. He also had some other guys on stage with him. I'm not sure who they were.

The second one was his totally solo American Interior show. My wife, who has almost zero interest in Gruff or SFA, enjoyed the American Interior show as much as I did. He really refined his act for general consumption. I wish I'd seen him with Y Niwl and Kliph Scurlock backing him, but I still loved it.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:51 (six years ago) link

SFA are very stationary and ehearsed and also rely a lot on backing tracks. That's been my issue with their shows in the past. I've still seen a couple really memorable shows. The one where they wore those fiber optic boiler suits was awesome.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 28 October 2014 19:52 (six years ago) link

I also saw Gruff on the recent American Interior tour in a church, there was a drum kit and amps behind him which made me think Kliph and Y Niwl would join him at one point. It turned out the gear was for the church band! Despite this disappointment it was a great show, the songs sounded fine without a band, and Gruff was an entertaining and interesting storyteller.

I didn't really appreciate Yr Atal Genhedlaeth until I saw Gruff play a gig for it a few months later and then saw how he builds up the title track. It was interesting to see him play it again, and slightly differently, on this recent tour.

Like your wife, my partner had zero interest in the band, but now loves him after seeing a few of his gigs, the two films and an American Interior q&a. I don't think that would have happened if I'd taken her to a few regular SFA shows!

Gulp and The Earth recently played my town but I will was too lazy to see them, has anyone here seen either of the two bands live?

calimero, Wednesday, 29 October 2014 17:52 (six years ago) link

I have not seen either band. I hear Gulp is pretty good live. There are a couple nice videos online. I'm sure it's a lot more stationary than a Gruff show. I don't know much about The Earth, but I will say I really enjoyed their new album (I said that already, I think). It sounds much fuller and more varied than their first LP. I know it's not an essential release, and the vocals aren't going to pull in a lot of SFA fans, but I recommend it.

Strangetown, the record label that's put out all this other stuff, just sent .wavs of the new Pale Blue Dots album. It's unfortunately extremely short (under half an hour), but I love the whole thing. I never knew how much Bunf contributed to the band's sound. I always kind of at Gruff and Cian as the holy alliance. Honestly, The Pale Blue Dots' album comes closest to capturing the sound I fell in love with so many years ago. I understand that they are going to record more songs in the studio, so I guess Lots of Dots is more of an EP than an LP. There is an odd dance-y track with Bunf on lead vocals at the end of the album that I did not expect to like, but I can't get it out of my head.

I guess I have to give Richard Chester some credit, too. There are some great strings on the album.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 29 October 2014 21:09 (six years ago) link

I always kind of viewed*

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Y22dwqhMXSU

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 29 October 2014 21:11 (six years ago) link

http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p029nbdr

The Pale Blue Dots sounded kind of rough on their first outing, but they'd only rehearsed the night before. I enjoyed Daf coming in with his "Ice Hockey Hair" drums every couple minutes.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 31 October 2014 13:56 (six years ago) link

Yeah, I've had a similar new found appreciation for Bunf's contribution to the band. These days I'm able to recognise his voice more easily!

calimero, Friday, 31 October 2014 17:51 (six years ago) link

I never realized how prominent Cian's voice is on certain songs. Take for instance "Chewing Chewing Gum." It's almost his first lead vocal.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 31 October 2014 19:06 (six years ago) link

The Pale Blue Dots' album is streaming again (it's officially out today):

https://soundcloud.com/strangetown-records/sets/the-pale-blue-dots-lots-of

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 3 November 2014 14:45 (six years ago) link

I stole a fuse from their tank at Phoenix Festival 1996. Not many bands you can say that about tbh,

Willl, Monday, 3 November 2014 22:00 (six years ago) link

Can we just say they've split up now yet?

PaulTMA, Tuesday, 4 November 2014 00:46 (six years ago) link

If gruff embarks on another multimedia extravagnza, sure. All the rest of them are recording, producing and releasing their music together.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 4 November 2014 01:13 (six years ago) link

Can we just say they've split up now yet?

― PaulTMA, Tuesday, November 4, 2014 12:46 AM (21 hours ago) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

In my mind, they pretty much have.

Welcome To (Turrican), Tuesday, 4 November 2014 22:31 (six years ago) link

I'm still in denial. If they announced it, it would feel like when Supergrass split up. A band that always seemed to be there putting out good to great albums every couple of years. Both bands that make me incredibly nostalgic.

Kitchen Person, Tuesday, 4 November 2014 22:50 (six years ago) link

If they were split it up, wouldn't they just say they're split up? Gruff keeps insisting there'll be a 10th album.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 5 November 2014 15:33 (six years ago) link

From what it sounds like, it doesn't seem like any of the band members have or are aware of any concrete plans for Super Furry Animals, and none of them seem particularly enthusiastic about it either, which makes me feel that the ship as sailed. I can't help but get the impression that there's a gulf between Gruff and the rest of the band, too. If they have split up and they're keeping quiet about it, then that's somewhat of a shrewd move, really. People will be more accepting of/tolerate even the shittiest of solo products if they feel a new Super Furry Animals album is eventually going to happen: like "hmm, yeah, okay this Neon Neon/Cian/Earth/Pale Blue Dots album is a bit shit, but that's okay, they'll get around to giving us the real stuff soon". Remember also that Blur never actually announced that they'd "split up" either following Think Tank, but they may as well have done for all that's happened since.

I'm still in denial. If they announced it, it would feel like when Supergrass split up. A band that always seemed to be there putting out good to great albums every couple of years. Both bands that make me incredibly nostalgic.

― Kitchen Person, Tuesday, November 4, 2014 10:50 PM (Yesterday) Bookmark Flag Post Permalink

When Supergrass split up, my overall feeling was one of unrealised potential. As good as records like In It For The Money and Road To Rouen are, I still think they had a lot more ground to cover and a lot left to explore as a unit. The album they were working on when they split, Release The Drones sounded very promising.

By comparison, I think the Super Furry Animals have explored every avenue they possibly can together. I honestly don't see where else they could possibly go from here. It would be a good time to leave it, I think. They've already released 10 records if you count Out Spaced as a "proper" album, anyway.

Welcome To (Turrican), Wednesday, 5 November 2014 20:20 (six years ago) link

Gruff's certainly drawn more attention to himself, with his most critically-acclaimed album and a fantastic stage show. The rest of the guys clearly have their work set out for them. we'll agree to disagree on the quality of the other side projects, though I've never been a neon neon fan.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 5 November 2014 23:39 (six years ago) link

Can't say much about Supergrass. I always found them pretty slight. "Alright" is a nice song and their self-titled album seemed to draw more flack than it deserved. I kind of left them behind. I know most that read this thread probably rate SFA similarly, but that's life.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 5 November 2014 23:46 (six years ago) link

That probably has a lot to do with where they fit in the broader conversation of pop music, or alternative music or whatever. At one time they were a very "now" band, and really engaged in that conversation. And sort of gradually withdrew from it over the course of 3 LP's on Epic. Which, yeah, is a pretty common thing for a band that's been around +/- 10 years.

I think Gruff, in his second career as a "national treasure" has been more engaged in the present moment than he was in SFA during their 'mature' period. Not musically, except perhaps in the sense of downscaling his live productions, etc. But in that he's shown an understanding of the diminishing audience investment in music and musicians, that it's no longer really enough to just make records and promote them and tour them. So he's added performance art, research, comedic anecdotes etc to that...

Deflatormouse, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 17:27 (one year ago) link

He's fully embraced the traditional role of a bard, the reversion to old fashioned minstrelsy that new modes of record distribution have demanded and that other artists have struggled to negotiate. And it really suits him.

I believe the reason for SFA's hiatus from 2009 had a lot to do with that, actually. They weren't light enough on their feet.

Deflatormouse, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 19:04 (one year ago) link

I think you're right, yet his songwriting feels much less vital and interesting as a solo artist. I guess that's where the 'theatrical productions' like the Candylion & Praxi Makes Perfect performances step in, as you have said.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 19:16 (one year ago) link

...because in SFA, his songs were used to showcase instrument textures and record production? In particular, the 70's soul instrumentation + ultrafuturist Germanic/Japanese electronics was just icy cool, a frigid combination. It was never really about the base layer folk-punk ditties?

SFA without Cian = boring SFA.

Deflatormouse, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 19:30 (one year ago) link

It wasn't songwriting that made Radiator an exponentially better album than Fuzzy Logic, etc.
SFA albums varied in direct proportion to the ingenuity of their production, with songwriting as a relative constant.

Deflatormouse, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 19:38 (one year ago) link

Actuàlly idk, Mwng is pretty great.

Deflatormouse, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 19:43 (one year ago) link

...We were, after all, promised an album of electronic music that never materialized in addition to the album of Welsh language songs that did.

― Deflatormouse, Tuesday, January 28, 2020 3:10 AM (yesterday) bookmarkflaglink

cian confirmed fairly recently that the hard drives containing those files were either lost or had been corrupted, I can't remember which

lefal junglist platton (wtev), Wednesday, 29 January 2020 22:05 (one year ago) link

That is heartbreaking.
Still a little unclear as to whether the lost electronic album and the lost Das Koolies album are one and the same. What is fairly clear now, in light of that Quietus itw from 2015, is that the material on that Furry Techno leak is not the Das Koolies thing. The band claimed that those tracks were demos for Guerrilla, and I didn't really buy that for whatever reason. But at least two of 'em turned up on the reish.

Deflatormouse, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 22:50 (one year ago) link

Brent D asked Gruff about the techno demos at some show many moons back and they claimed the longest track on the disc was called steelworks in stone and was a Das Koolies song. If I remember correctly it sounds like an acid casuals track called music machine

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 22:57 (one year ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=4a_87I8nxe8

No idea what a Moog Taurus sounds like, but I suppose identifying it on here would lend credence to what Gruff said. They are notoriously forgetful so I wouldn’t be surprised if he was just talking shit.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 23:01 (one year ago) link

Thanks for the link. Right, I was thinking Furry techno wasn't a Moog Taurus + steel drums record. The bassline in Music Machine doesn't sound obviously like a Taurus to me (the bassline in All About the Dolphins does), but it's also not so far off that I can conclusively deny what it is. A bunch of their tracks feature the Taurus sound pretty heavily; that really farty, buzzy synth bass. Smokin' for one.

Deflatormouse, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 23:14 (one year ago) link

...and I don't seem to have Furry Techno on my hard drive anymore. ughh.

Deflatormouse, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 23:14 (one year ago) link

Actually starting to entertain a possibility that this lost album never existed and it's an elaborate prank they've played on their fans. Now that they're emptying the vaults, the hard drive is corrupted - how convenient!

In all seriousness I think it's far more likely that they exaggerated the quantity of unused material from the Guerrilla sessions to the press. Although Mwng certainly gives credence to the claim that they potentially had albums' worth.

Deflatormouse, Wednesday, 29 January 2020 23:38 (one year ago) link

I hope the Diana song resurfaces at least. They claimed it had one of their best pop hooks.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 30 January 2020 15:05 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

LP with split coloured black & white vinyl Early in 2016 Ali Chant texted me, asking if I still wanted to record some stuff at his studio - as property developers were about to knock it down.Another creative space bulldozed away for capital gain.Politically it was a shit year.The noise building for the Brexit referendum that would fuck with the future of the young was in full swing.Bowie died, and on the morning of the first recordings I had the worst migraine.I left the building and threw up in the street.I wanted to commit to the lyrics and sing live so I think I was stressed about getting them ready to sing.I had a batch of songs I wanted to record but I didn't have a record label or any plans of what to do with them.I gathered incredible musicians from my square mile in Cardiff in the van and drove to Bristol.Kliph on drums, Steve on bass and Osian on piano.I sang and played guitar - We recorded live takes for 3 days then I sat on the songs for almost 2 years.Eventually handing them to composer Stephen McNeff to work on orchestral arrangements.I called the album that was mixed by Samur Kouja; Babelsberg - and I'm very happy with it.This album meanwhile is an exploration of how it came to be - and the songs in their raw state.A companion piece rather than the definitive article.Most tracks are similar to the final work except for Selfies in The Sunset which is pre-duet and much longer.At some point it would be great to release the amazing orchestral elements too.Maybe both records could be played at once.In the meantime please enjoy the fruits of Kliph Scurlock's mixes and demo digging for (Don't) Welcome The Plague As A Blessing.I'm very grateful to Lisa Jen and Mirain Haf from the band 9 Bach for singing the background vocals.Kliph for overseeing this project, Rough Trade for their enthusiasm and thanks to the designers; thanks Uno Moralez for agreeing to have his incredible Babelsberg sleeve illustration carved up, and ace designer Mark James for this final article. Further thanks to Ali, Steve, Osian and also to Robin Turner for lending his ear at the time.1. Frontier Man2. The Club3. Oh Dear!4. Limited Edition Heart5. Take That Call6. Drones in the City7. Negative Vibes8. Same Old Song9. Architecture of Amneisa10. Selfies in the Sunset

https://recordstoreday.co.uk/releases/rsd-2020/gruff-rhys/?fbclid=IwAR3C3YSg_nas_aC3J-QLEfLC4dIhpPx0UTYrC18TFkxGWwrVrwPS8EL_LeQ

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 5 March 2020 18:54 (one year ago) link

MEH.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 5 March 2020 20:01 (one year ago) link

Full SFA discog is finally on Spotify.

And they released an edit of 100% without all the ambience:

]https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8woD9dBSyWs

No cookies this time, sic.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 16 March 2020 13:45 (one year ago) link

(not cookies, but 😘)

Dollarmite Is My Name (sic), Monday, 16 March 2020 19:20 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

Cian Ciarán, one fifth Super Furry Animal, meets She Drew The Gun’s Louisa Roach to decry political aggression and search out creative hope, nesting nuanced lines within grizzled beats:

KEEP THE DARKNESS OUT

https://album.link/hcgm7gbpxhv5x

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 8 July 2020 11:38 (one year ago) link

four weeks pass...

Digging this - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=vZjIdv44Rws

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 6 August 2020 18:16 (eleven months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=oV-2mJIn7xU

Availble to order starting August 29, 2020. LP with split coloured black & white vinyl

Early in 2016 Ali Chant texted me, asking if I still wanted to record some stuff at his studio - as property developers were about to knock it down. Another creative space bulldozed away for capital gain. Politically it was a shit year. The noise building for the Brexit referendum that would fuck with the future of the young was in full swing. Bowie died, and on the morning of the first recordings I had the worst migraine.I left the building and threw up in the street. I wanted to commit to the lyrics and sing live so I think I was stressed about getting them ready to sing. I had a batch of songs I wanted to record but I didn't have a record label or any plans of what to do with them. I gathered incredible musicians from my square mile in Cardiff in the van and drove to Bristol. Kliph on drums, Steve on bass and Osian on piano.I sang and played guitar - We recorded live takes for 3 days then I sat on the songs for almost 2 years. Eventually handing them to composer Stephen McNeff to work on orchestral arrangements. I called the album that was mixed by Samur Kouja; Babelsberg - and I'm very happy with it. This album meanwhile is an exploration of how it came to be - and the songs in their raw state. A companion piece rather than the definitive article. Most tracks are similar to the final work except for Selfies in The Sunset which is pre-duet and much longer. At some point it would be great to release the amazing orchestral elements too.Maybe both records could be played at once.In the meantime please enjoy the fruits of Kliph Scurlock's mixes and demo digging for (Don't) Welcome The Plague As A Blessing. I'm very grateful to Lisa Jen and Mirain Haf from the band 9 Bach for singing the background vocals. Kliph for overseeing this project, Rough Trade for their enthusiasm and thanks to the designers; thanks Uno Moralez for agreeing to have his incredible Babelsberg sleeve illustration carved up, and ace designer Mark James for this final article. Further thanks to Ali, Steve, Osian and also to Robin Turner for lending his ear at the time.

1. Frontier Man

2. The Club

3. Oh Dear!

4. Limited Edition Heart

5. Take That Call

6. Drones in the City

7. Negative Vibes

8. Same Old Song

9. Architecture of Amneisa

10. Selfies in the Sunset

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 11 August 2020 18:34 (eleven months ago) link

seven months pass...

Welsh music acts cover Super Furry Animals in tribute album to raise funds for homeless charity @LlamauUK

28 tracks over two volumes free to download from March 26 on Bandcamp with new Pete Fowler artwork.

Donations to Llamau encouraged.https://t.co/e7DKGGENqH@asoundreaction pic.twitter.com/TPQwegtOr0

— SFAA OK! (@sfaaok) March 21, 2021

thinking of checking out the Martin Carr cover at least.

afriendlypioneer, Sunday, 21 March 2021 23:43 (four months ago) link

https://coronalogic.bandcamp.com/album/corona-logic-vol-1

Out now.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 26 March 2021 20:18 (four months ago) link

thanks for the link, i listened to the Martin Carr song. i couldn't remember the original from listening to it and had to look it up, lol.

Bee OK, Friday, 26 March 2021 21:17 (four months ago) link

one month passes...

I'm a sucker for a gimmick and this is a gimmick I like:

https://www.bbc.com/taster/pilots/seeking-new-gods

The BBC Radio 6 Music listening party will begin at 8PM BST on Wed 19th May.

You can prepare and connect your devices if you hit "try it" above, so that you'll be ready to begin. Once the listening party has finished you’ll be able to come back to listen again when the pilot officially launches on Friday.

Seeking New Gods is a listening experience like no other - this pilot uses the Audio Orchestrator tool to create a brand new way of experiencing Gruff Rhys’s music. Using the everyday devices you have around you (phones, tablets, laptops) the technology creates a web of speakers that surround and envelop you in the music. It means you could have drums playing from your phone whilst vocals come out of your laptop, all synchronised to create a singularly immersive way of experiencing Gruff’s new album. This experience is designed to work best with at least four devices. Writing for the BBC R&D Blog Kliph Scurlock had this to say about creating the experience with Gruff and BBC R&D…

“I had a lot of fun remixing the album for multiple devices and playing around with the placing of the various instruments and voices. I am a child of the ‘70s, so I remember when quadrophonic systems were sort of a thing, and I sought to sort of emulate that kind of experience…If I have done what I set out to do, some songs will just sound like you’re in the room while the band was recording (we did, in fact, record the album all playing together in the same room) and some songs will make those who are prone to motion sickness quite dizzy with the movement of different things. It all kind of varies depending on the song. I wanted to honor the songs first and foremost and play with the format second. You may have cottoned on to the fact that I’m a big fan of Gruff’s. Well, that all began by me being a fan of his music, so that’s what remains most important to me. If you find that the drums are too loud in any song, well, you’ll know whose ego got the best of them while mixing.”
Seeking New Gods was made using Audio Orchestrator, which is available free to makers, artists, creative technologists, and creators as part of Connected Studio MakerBox. To learn more about how we made Seeking New Gods for BBC Taster you can join the MakerBox community where you can

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 17 May 2021 21:15 (two months ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=uBWtjXHjD7M

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 18 May 2021 14:46 (two months ago) link

🚨 Tech guinea pigs needed 🚨

On Weds at 8pm we’re hosting an immersive audio listening party for @gruffingtonpost’s new album via @BBCTaster.

You will need:

✅ 2 or more devices
✅ An open mind

Collab w/ @BBCRD, @ClwstwrCreu & @RoughTrade

More info https://t.co/oC2I8exBxx pic.twitter.com/rx6rYh80me

— BBC Radio 6 Music (@BBC6Music) May 18, 2021

Curious to hear if this actually affects my enjoyment of the music. Singles are ok. Gruff’s definitely settled down quite a bit.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 19 May 2021 22:46 (two months ago) link

Well, Seeking New Gods is very good. I recommend it. Continues the thread began with American Interior, but improves the songwriting quite a bit.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 20 May 2021 15:10 (two months ago) link

Singles sound quite nice in sequence as they open the album and Gruff ventures up his mountain path, or wherever he's headed.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 20 May 2021 15:15 (two months ago) link

Really liking this much more than any album he's made since... um, DD/LY. Found it hard to get replay value out of many of them so far, but spun it four times today, so things are looking good!

PaulTMA, Friday, 21 May 2021 18:46 (two months ago) link

It's most SFA-ish solo album so far, I think... I know that isn't the point, but that's how it appears.

PaulTMA, Friday, 21 May 2021 18:48 (two months ago) link

Agreed. You get more of a band vibe on this record than any of the others. Production really nice as well.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 21 May 2021 22:11 (two months ago) link

Digging it a lot :D

PaulTMA, Friday, 21 May 2021 23:30 (two months ago) link

Two listens in a row last night. I am in love with the opening track.

Have you heard the song that’s not on the album? On a flexi-disc for now, I guess.

afriendlypioneer, Sunday, 23 May 2021 14:15 (two months ago) link

Only just learned of it. Toying with blowing £40 and that edition, but sober atm

PaulTMA, Sunday, 23 May 2021 14:31 (two months ago) link

Nice words on Pitchfork today.

If you are needing more, the “Zaireeka” edition is up on BBC for three months.

https://www.bbc.com/taster/pilots/seeking-new-gods

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 25 May 2021 23:16 (two months ago) link

This is as great as any great SFA album... which is all of them. Absolutely delighted

PaulTMA, Friday, 28 May 2021 23:53 (two months ago) link

I think it's at least as good as some of their lesser albums, which is underselling it in a way, but I'm clearly not a regular SFA fan. I haven't enjoyed an album under the GR name this much since his very first, released in 2005. He's done great. I love his current band.

afriendlypioneer, Saturday, 29 May 2021 16:59 (two months ago) link

"Hiking Through Lightning" and "Holiest of the Holy Men" is my current favorite track pairing. Sounds like Gruff's first prog epic.

afriendlypioneer, Saturday, 29 May 2021 17:00 (two months ago) link

one month passes...

Fuck yeah, finally.

The 20th Anniversary reissue of Rings Around The World has been remastered from the original tapes which you can enjoy across all formats. The deluxe 3CD and digital albums include a bunch of unreleased recordings that we’ve unearthed from our archives!https://t.co/8fpEt8hjz0 pic.twitter.com/01IZoM3PcC

— super furry animals (@superfurry) July 21, 2021

"The Pus/Worm" by The Smiths (hardcore dilettante), Wednesday, 21 July 2021 13:41 (one week ago) link

I saw the Edinburgh show of this tour and remember thinking that they'd have to do it again some day. This was long before the album-gig era. Here's hoping

PaulTMA, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 13:59 (one week ago) link

I believe the other four guys -- not Gruff -- are finally in the studio recording the Das Koolies stuff as well. So that's good news too. There's lots of Kliph-sourced news on the Steve Hoffman. He has a "friend" that constantly spills all the secrets...

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 15:17 (one week ago) link

Nice!

a superficial sheeb of intelligence (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Wednesday, 21 July 2021 15:19 (one week ago) link

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BTU78E7L1g8

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 18:30 (one week ago) link

Here's some details:

The fifth studio album from Welsh quintet Super Furry Animals was their most commercially successful to date. A musically eclectic record, incorporating pop, prog, punk, jungle, electronica, techno and death metal, the album was shortlisted for the Mercury Music Prize in 2001 and named as Mojo’s best album in the same year. Their major label debut album peaked at #3 on the UK album chart on release, supported by singles ‘(Running) Rings Around The World’, ‘It’s Not The End of the World’ and ‘Juxtapozed With You’. Paul McCartney and John Cale make cameo appearances on the album too.
This 20th anniversary reissued has been remastered from the original master tapes. The double-LP format is on heavyweight vinyl, while the 3CD set boasts 40 previously unreleased tracks including remixes, demos, other curios, as well as sleeve notes from Keith Cameron.
Tracklistings:

Disc 1
1. Alternate Route To Vulcan Street
2. Sidewalk Serfer Girl
3. (Drawing) Rings Around The World
4. It’s Not The End Of The World?
5. Receptacle For The Respectable
6. Touch Sensitive
7. Shoot Doris Day
8. Miniature
9. No Sympathy
10. Juxtapozed With U
11. Presidential Suite
12. Run! Christian, Run!
13. Fragile Happiness
14. Tradewinds
15. The Roman Road
16. Happiness Is A Worn Pun
17. Patience
18. Edam Anchorman
19. All The Shit U Do

Disc 2
1. Gypsy Space Muffin
2. John Spex
3. Miami Vice
4. Sanitised (Rough Mix)
5. Chihuahua (Unfinished, Rough Mix)
? (Drawing) Rings Around The World (Acapella Phones) - unlisted, hidden track
6. (Drawing) Rings Around The World #1
7. (Drawing) Rings Around The World #2
8. (Drawing) Rings Around The World #3
9. No Sympathy
10. Tradewinds
11. Receptacle For The Respectable #1
12. Receptacle For The Respectable #2
13. Happiness Is A Worn Pun
14. Sidewalk Serfer Girl
15. Presidential Suite
16. The Roman Road
17. Patience #2
18. Shoot Doris Day
19. Edam Anchorman
20. Sanitised
21. Fragile Happiness

Disc 3
1. Alternate Route To Vulcan Street (Bench Remix)
2. Sidewalk Serfer Girl (Catatonia Remix)
3. (Drawing) Rings Around The World (Happy Chapel Remix)
4. It’s Not The End Of The World? (Force Unknown Remix)
5. Receptacle For The Respectable (Destructable Mix)
6. Touch Sensitive (Force Unknown Remix)
7. Shoot Doris Day (Wauvenfold Remix)
8. Miniature (Goem Remix)
9. No Sympathy (Kid 606 Remix)
10. Juxtapozed With U (SFA Remix)
11. Presidential Suite (High Llamas Remix)
12. Run! Christian, Run! (Massimo Remix)
13. Fragile Happiness (Brave Captain Remix)

Ned Raggett, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 18:39 (one week ago) link

Happiness Is A Worn Pun 👌

willem, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 18:56 (one week ago) link

I don't get why John Spex s showing up here too. That was a Guerrilla b-side on the last deluxe release and it's just the "laser beam" demo. Maybe it's got vocals this time.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 19:07 (one week ago) link

Super exciting forthcoming release #1!

I had the pleasure of listening to every existing bit of audio connected to this classic piece of brilliance.

Con't........ https://t.co/P9SmtgpwMi

— Kliph Scurlock (@KliphScurlock) July 21, 2021

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 21 July 2021 20:46 (one week ago) link


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