Unknown, vaguely Cardiacsy prog-pop that only MaresNest and I actually like

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Am listening to Stars In Battledress and they're kinda great! The songs 'I Spook The Language', 'Polished Floors' and most of all the AMAZING 'Doing Well' especially! 'Doing Well' might be one of my favourite piano ballads ever. So beautiful and tense. Plus, James Larcombe used to post here!

But this is also a thread for The Monsoon Bassoon. A thread for Silvery. A thread for Zag And The Coloured Beads. A thread for The Display Team. A thread for LAPSUS FUCKING LINGUAE who could have had it all but chose to grace us with fragments of a great confession. And a thread for anyone else who doesn't have their own thread, but made (or still makes) lovely, spangly, awkward music.

that clitties version of "mr. que" (acoleuthic), Thursday, 31 December 2009 18:12 (seven years ago) Permalink

N.B. Lapsus Linguae aren't really from the same school as most of these else; they're Scottish, hadn't heard of Cardiacs, and heavy as fuck. I actually think they're true originals in the purest sense, and that they are possibly the most interesting British band of the decade. But the others are all great too!

that clitties version of "mr. que" (acoleuthic), Thursday, 31 December 2009 18:17 (seven years ago) Permalink

I didn't see this thread! My Stars In Battledress pick is "Oh Engineer". I need to hear Zag and the Coloured Beads.

Did the younger Mr Larcombe post more than once or twice? He is the person who first told me I needed to hear Z+CB and that was a decade ago and I still haven't.

Drawing kind of a blank on other things to mention here, but since you like Cardiacs and you like heaviness, do you like Camp Blackfoot? Also not really from the same school but they did share a split single with Cardiacs. Their tracks on the split are not their best work, which is a shame because the Cardiacs side is ace. They are one of those curious bands that at the time I thought was just OK but I seem to keep thinking about them since they disappeared.

For some reason this kind of weather seems like exactly the right weather for listening to Spratley's Japs. I think I got it one snowy winter and still associate it with snow.

⍨ (a passing spacecadet), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 11:16 (seven years ago) Permalink

The Larcombe brothers other band Defeat The Young are worth a mention, although I'm not sure if they ever actually released anything.

Ork Alarm (Matt #2), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 11:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

They* had 3 tracks on a Day Release "singles club" thing some years ago. I don't know of any others, but there may be more.

* possibly not "they" as I think those recordings may have been just Richard L on his own.

⍨ (a passing spacecadet), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 11:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

I have that Camp Blackfoot split CD somewhere - I recall one track being really standout great. It was pretty hard to find anything else by them at the time, dunno how easy it'd be now. Maybe easier.

Ferry Aid was a popular appeal and it still is (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 11:36 (seven years ago) Permalink

If you should see a Pandemonium Records sampler in a record shop for cheap (originally cost a quid, I think) then I recommend picking that up as it will get you the best tracks (in my opinion of course) by Camp Blackfoot AND Coping Saw.

http://www.pandemoniumrecords.com/uk/cata/ycompi98.html

I would offer copies of anything I've mentioned, as it's probably more or less out of print, but should probably go home and check I can actually find the CDs first. (Yeah, I really am that disorganised.)

⍨ (a passing spacecadet), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 11:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

Louis, have you heard Deaf School yet? I think they might be your thing. Early-'80s punk-prog. Perhaps a little more Jarvis-y than Cardiacs, but still formidable considering they don't seem to have ever registered on the pop map.

dog latin, Wednesday, 6 January 2010 11:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

this sampler is key to this thread:

http://ecx.images-amazon.com/images/I/51XFPAAKFTL.jpg

tracks from the bassoon, foe, lapsus, defeat the young, etc.

http://www.last.fm/music/Various+Artists/House+of+Stairs+Vol+1+-+Useless+in+Bed

was never that into defeat the young/stars in battledress, though I saw them a few times. very, very clever musicians, but I found it a bit cold, pastoral and stuffy for my tastes.

second the camp blackfoot love, though.

and did anyone get kavus bassoon's knife world album last year? very, very good, if not a million miles away from the monsoon bassoon.

m the g, Wednesday, 6 January 2010 11:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

Ah! I have been wanting to hear Knife World for some years and didn't know that I could now actually buy some.

PS since I mentioned Coping Saw above I should poss. mention that they are nothing to do with this thread's sound at all. Just in case anyone with a desire to hear weird-assed chord changes thought it was a recommendation and found that there weren't any chord changes at all. But they have a fine slice of intense, chugging one-chord krautpop on that comp with some more on-topic bands.

⍨ (a passing spacecadet), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 12:09 (seven years ago) Permalink

louis have you checked out brainiac at all? i think you might like em.

jack black is the worst jack black (stevie), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 12:14 (seven years ago) Permalink

Talking of American bands, how about Extra Life? maybe it's just that the singing reminds me a little of Richard Larcombe e.g. on track "I Don't See It That Way" (on their Myspace if you haven't heard it), but they seem to have worked their way around to a similar melodic/harmonic approach from a very different background.

(NB I have v. little formal musical grounding so bear with me if I am out of my depth drawing parallels on grounds of "I think they are doing the same weird thing which I don't understand")

⍨ (a passing spacecadet), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 12:28 (seven years ago) Permalink

Took me quite a while to come round to Extra Life but I've a lot of time for their album from last year - some pretty thumping metal riffs on there too iirc

Ferry Aid was a popular appeal and it still is (DJ Mencap), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 12:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

extra life are fantastic. 'secular works' is possibly the best math-metal-prog-madrigal album of last year.

m the g, Wednesday, 6 January 2010 12:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yep Yep, I sent Louis a copy of the HOS sampler, thought he might be interested.

Joe Pass Filter (MaresNest), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 13:40 (seven years ago) Permalink

I started this thread after receiving that sampler!! It's great!!

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 14:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

CAMP BLACKFOOT - ILX poster 'everything', in sending his now-legendary consignment of Cardiacs CDs to moi from Canada in late '06, also sent a few MOTLEY odds and ends such as CRITICAL SEED VS THE SPARTAN SOCIETY by CAMP BLACKFOOT. Hence I have that album. It's VERY GOOD. Especially the mental 14-minute opening track. It fills me with joy whenever a song from it comes on my shuffle. A gnarled, jazzy, heavy monster-truck of weirdnoise. Confrontational and fiendishly clever.

Didn't hear Knife World. I need to. Oh yes.

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 14:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

Brainiac were neat! Crazy mental punk. The world needs as much of that as it can get. Will relisten...

spacecadet, you mentioned on the Max Tundra thread that you knew of a couple of places to find out about this sort of music. Prithee?

*heads to Extra Life myspace*

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 15:04 (seven years ago) Permalink

ok this is a FYI to everyone on ILX

if you hear a band like Extra Life, the FIRST thing you do is PM me their name

kthx

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 15:24 (seven years ago) Permalink

it's like a pop Kayo Dot!

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 15:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

Oh, well, I only meant that (I assume) such things get talked about on the Cardiacs forum and in Organ zine/website. Though last time I read Organ the ratio of bands I like to e.g. Raging Speedhorns was unpromisingly low, and now I look at the "other bands" section of the Cardiacs forum there aren't many bands I haven't heard of on the front page, so I may have been mistaken in those assumptions.

Well then, we will just have to make this thread the place to go to find out about this sort of music. Whatever this sort of music is. Right, let's get to it!

⍨ (a passing spacecadet), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 15:37 (seven years ago) Permalink

the Cardiacs forum

which I post to sometimes! Found out about a band called 4.P.A.t.T. there. Seemed promising but sadly they're a band who prize being wacky and silly about 20x more than writing, you know, good music. Hence they come off as being really quite annoying. A couple of good songs, mind. The 4 is actually an a but I've googleproofed them because they're so obscure this kind of adverse publicity may not be ideal.

Also found out about Silvery. They were MUCH better. :D

I don't read Organ at all.

Like I say, that Extra Life is IMMENSE. Well, what I can hear of it is.

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 15:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

And yeah, THIS is the new home of awkward tuneful avant-rock!!! Wooooooooo! Come, all ye damaged.

Electric Universe (wherever that is) (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 6 January 2010 15:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SctpF4SfMuU

m the g, Friday, 8 January 2010 11:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

that wasn't bad! a bit shrill maybe tho? will try it again

what i wanted to say is that stars in battledress were really onto something with 'polished floors' and could have explored that expansive kitchen-sink wall-of-production vein a little more fully. tim smith plus a big strings remit equals joyness

Inspiration for the sex robot sprang from the September 11 attacks (acoleuthic), Tuesday, 12 January 2010 18:02 (seven years ago) Permalink

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=3mpprg8Bt1U&feature=related

They were pretty eclectic, kind of straddling pub rock and glam and punk and costello and lounge and roxy, but very original all the same.

dog latin, Tuesday, 12 January 2010 23:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

Sleepy People, '90s Festival band which may have formal Cardiacs connections buried somewhere in its twisted history. morphed into Ultrasound, more or less, and the much weirder Blue Apple Boy. track down Typhoid and Swans for the songs, live cassette Blunt Nails In a Sharp Wall for the craziness.

Speedvark. they sound like a mix of Cardiacs, Ankst-era SFA, Gentle Giant, and, i dunno, something dubby and offbeat, like Leslie Winer's album as (C) or prime Moonshake. track for track, their lone album (Pigeon Pop) is nothing if not an unpredictable listen. not every track is a gem, but there's enough promise here to make one wonder what might have been had success come knocking.

Eggs. another band that never went as far as they could have (for that there's Sisterhood of Convoluted Thinkers), but [i]Exploder</i? always seemed very Cardiacs-influenced to me. for all their talk of reinventing "white funk," they weren't doing anything Tim & Co. hadn't already done. and the growth they displayed between their Unrest Jr. phase and their sudden implosion was amazing.

Mr. Hal Jam, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 04:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh, i've got it! Long Fin Killie! that's what Speedvark sounds like. eerily so, sometimes. but "Gentle Giant" + "something dubby and offbeat" may already have conveyed that.

Mr. Hal Jam, Wednesday, 13 January 2010 04:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

consider me intrigued! especially in speedvark. am already a big fan of that ultrasound album, i ought to investigate their various offshoots/forebears...

Do the english boil pizza? (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 13 January 2010 15:15 (seven years ago) Permalink

Wow the new Extra Life album is pretty immense - I really hope more than ten people buy it, this probably won't happen but I do think a world where they crossed over enough to snuffle up some of 2010's stockpile of Dirty Projector $$$ would be a fair and just one. It's a lot less abrasive than the last record, though, so I dunno a lucky break maybe?

i swear on my life i feel so powerfull (musically) (DJ Mencap), Tuesday, 19 January 2010 08:53 (seven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

looooove the new extra life, but I'm intrigued by the fact that you found it 'a lot less abrasive' - seems to me on the whole to be far heavier, more dense, more muscular than the first one. 'secular works' was pretty airy by comparison.

the increased density is especially true of the last track, 'the body is true', which is just colossal.

m the g, Friday, 5 February 2010 18:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

^^^am gonna be on this shit ASAP

meanwhile, having seen the excellent but cardiacs-unaware thomas white a coupla times recently, i've struck up an entente with his drummer, one Damo Waters, who performs as Muddy Suzuki, and who IS cardiacs-aware

to spectacular effect

http://music.myspace.com/index.cfm?fuseaction=music.artistalbums&artistid=1440525&albumid=12760785

recommend 'chorus tortoise', 'after you' and 'escher sketch' especially, but WOW. mostly at 'chorus tortoise'. and hey check out those new tracks on his main myspace! 'tanks for all the enemies' is EPIC http://www.myspace.com/muddysuzuki

can vouch for this guy's character as well. he is A++++++++++++++++. and *astonishingly* talented.

ilxor lookin' boy (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 17 March 2010 00:42 (seven years ago) Permalink

oh and check out this other band he's in! http://www.myspace.com/ataraxylondon

really nice alt-pop, 'la muneca' and 'ice on skin' especially - the lady from this band was also at TW and is similarly delightful!

ilxor lookin' boy (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 17 March 2010 01:18 (seven years ago) Permalink

also 'amaretto'...these ppl nail SOMETHING i can't quite put my finger on - some sort of relumed 90's pop vibe that hits a spot

'ice on skin', 'chorus tortoise' and 'tanks for all the enemies' are the songs you HAVE to hear from tonight's i-just-met-these-people-and-they're-great propaganda sesh

ilxor lookin' boy (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 17 March 2010 01:26 (seven years ago) Permalink

also 'd-punk/shimmering' is rapidly growing on me

ilxor lookin' boy (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 17 March 2010 03:23 (seven years ago) Permalink

ok this Extra Life is fucking IMMENSE. closing track has just started.

ilxor lookin' boy (acoleuthic), Thursday, 18 March 2010 00:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

the last track is the clear winner, imo.

m the g, Thursday, 18 March 2010 00:44 (seven years ago) Permalink

ok that was HUGE

but on first listen I think 'The Ladder' might be my fave

this strikes me as the kind of music that will just get better every time. Kayo POP amirite

ilxor lookin' boy (acoleuthic), Thursday, 18 March 2010 00:48 (seven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

sea nymphs album predictably lovely

the c4venger extort plan (acoleuthic), Wednesday, 7 April 2010 18:30 (seven years ago) Permalink

Told ya

You Weaked It! (MaresNest), Wednesday, 7 April 2010 18:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Knifeworld album is great! How did I only get round to it now?

coalition to me (acoleuthic), Monday, 17 May 2010 10:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

also I note MaresNest has a playing credit on the album. DUDE YOU SHOULD TELL ME ABOUT THESE THINGS

actually it reads like a big happy Cardiacsy/Monsoon Bassoony reunion party; Max Tundra, J Larcombe of Stars In Battledress and most of TMB turn up in there

coalition to me (acoleuthic), Monday, 17 May 2010 10:59 (seven years ago) Permalink

ok this fucken closing track

(not that the rest isn't brilliant but come the fuck on)

coalition to me (acoleuthic), Monday, 17 May 2010 11:33 (seven years ago) Permalink

finally some video (albeit shaky and with dirty audio) of the guae on youtube. full set from 2006 gig at Bull & Gate.

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murkle, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 07:43 (seven years ago) Permalink

fucksake html fail

murkle, Wednesday, 26 May 2010 07:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Extra Life's 'Made Flesh' is EVEN BETTER on returning, if that was possible

jeez what an album

also hurrah for the Guae footage, will dive in...

acoleuthic, Saturday, 21 August 2010 01:31 (seven years ago) Permalink

I am late on this thing but I just found a podcast of Kavus Torabi-related stuff and things and an interview! I ran over here to post the link before I'd even listened, so please don't hate me if it's not very good. But how could it be?
http://www.epilepticgibbon.co.uk/

Also hanging my head because the previous two show tracklistings include Joff Winks, who was local to me in Oxford for a while but I never saw, and Alright The Captain, who were local to me in Belfast for a while but I never saw. I suck, OK? (Haven't listened to those either, so maybe they do too, mind.)

vampire headphase (a passing spacecadet), Friday, 27 August 2010 21:34 (seven years ago) Permalink

Should probably have linked to the permalink for future generations.

vampire headphase (a passing spacecadet), Friday, 27 August 2010 21:35 (seven years ago) Permalink

You go in hard LJ, have a care :)

MaresNest, Wednesday, 26 October 2016 20:30 (one year ago) Permalink

sea nymphs will wash away all this discord next week anyway

imago, Wednesday, 26 October 2016 20:31 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah, which reminds me, I must puchase

MaresNest, Wednesday, 26 October 2016 20:34 (one year ago) Permalink

Joanna Wang has a new song and I think a new album on November 11 (or it might be an EP, I'm not sure):
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ew99FiYS9Q0

MarkoP, Saturday, 29 October 2016 00:09 (one year ago) Permalink

It's very, very exciting :D

She's only gone and gotten more Cardiacsy

imago, Saturday, 29 October 2016 00:19 (one year ago) Permalink

Of course she also released an EP earlier in the year that was very pop:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=6v8GAfhUoME

So you can never quite tell what she's gonna do next.

MarkoP, Saturday, 29 October 2016 00:25 (one year ago) Permalink

Yeah I wasn't sold on that last EP - file under 'odd experiment' - but the new song is amazing

imago, Saturday, 29 October 2016 00:37 (one year ago) Permalink

I get the impression she has to put out things like that EP occasionally to keep Sony happy so they'll let her keep doing her own stuff.

Pheeel, Saturday, 29 October 2016 11:12 (one year ago) Permalink

I find it absolutely incredible that she's still on Sony, and able to release such music under their banner

imago, Saturday, 29 October 2016 11:14 (one year ago) Permalink

It's a full Cardiacsy rock-opera! Not sure it's quite better than the amazing Bob Music, but wow, what a joyride :)

imago, Friday, 11 November 2016 12:04 (one year ago) Permalink

hah, it just popped up in my RYM feed, deal me in

frogbs, Friday, 11 November 2016 13:41 (one year ago) Permalink

That is because I added it to RYM lol

imago, Friday, 11 November 2016 13:50 (one year ago) Permalink

my man

frogbs, Friday, 11 November 2016 14:03 (one year ago) Permalink

just got your friend request...browsing the 5 stars and seeing so many records that I've only heard you talk about :)

frogbs, Friday, 11 November 2016 14:29 (one year ago) Permalink

I've definitely tried to listen to your five-starred records before. A lot of the YMO-affiliated ones are quite hard to find, but I'll definitely give it another go. My list definitely skews British. Hope you can forgive my 0.5-star album :p

imago, Friday, 11 November 2016 14:33 (one year ago) Permalink

Anyway, some highlights are emerging from this - aside from Isn't It Exciting, we have The Rightful Heir and When I Dream In Technicolor. And probably some others - it's hard to wrap my head around it all so far!

imago, Friday, 11 November 2016 14:37 (one year ago) Permalink

Liar and the chicken calls are legit hilarious too

imago, Friday, 11 November 2016 14:38 (one year ago) Permalink

Sound of Silver 0.5 wow! What did that record ever do to you???

frogbs, Friday, 11 November 2016 15:13 (one year ago) Permalink

It's a bit of an ILX in-joke tbh

imago, Friday, 11 November 2016 15:22 (one year ago) Permalink

I never worked out that frogbs=JAMOOL ffs

ultros ultros-ghali, Friday, 11 November 2016 15:26 (one year ago) Permalink

The Art Of Bullying probably has the album's best Cardiacs impression (ending in its best Queen impression, lol)

imago, Friday, 11 November 2016 20:34 (one year ago) Permalink

In fact,

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WQl3TZUmzYM

I've made her her own thread now too

imago, Friday, 25 November 2016 13:36 (one year ago) Permalink

one month passes...

https://zofff.bandcamp.com/album/zofff-1

Zofff - longform psychedelic jam not really in the spirit of Cardiacs, but many familiar faces here including Jo Spratley and Bic Hayes.

dance band (tangenttangent), Sunday, 22 January 2017 13:54 (ten months ago) Permalink

six months pass...

Popped up as a BandCamp advertorial today but their content is often kinda interesting, to me it's strongly reminiscent of Monsoon Bassoon or Thingy/Heavy Veg.

https://palmnewyork.bandcamp.com/album/shadow-expert

MaresNest, Monday, 14 August 2017 21:25 (three months ago) Permalink

*caveat* this track at least

MaresNest, Monday, 14 August 2017 21:26 (three months ago) Permalink

oh I like this! good find :)

imago, Monday, 14 August 2017 21:31 (three months ago) Permalink

it fits nicely with my 2017 year of discovering cheer-accident vibe

imago, Monday, 14 August 2017 21:32 (three months ago) Permalink

how has early oingo boingo not been mentioned in this thread? can't think of anything more "cardiacsy"

kurt schwitterz, Monday, 14 August 2017 22:16 (three months ago) Permalink

Idk, they had zero impact in the UK at the time though.

MaresNest, Monday, 14 August 2017 22:27 (three months ago) Permalink

Scouring their first record on Youtube right now and it sounds like herky jerky new wave, Devo/XTC/Split Enz or Bill Nelson's Red Noise.

MaresNest, Monday, 14 August 2017 22:30 (three months ago) Permalink

there are superficial similarities, especially in instrumentation and tempo, but tim smith's composition is way more mindboggling than this, the key is so fluid, and that's a large part of what i understand by 'cardiacsy'

imago, Monday, 14 August 2017 22:56 (three months ago) Permalink

this isn't bad though! btw neil cicierega is a good example of someone who's equally influenced by oingo boingo and cardiacs :)

imago, Monday, 14 August 2017 22:59 (three months ago) Permalink

That Palm EP's very good. Definite shades of 90s Rob Crow bands with some of Battles' 1st album in there too.

ultros ultros-ghali, Wednesday, 16 August 2017 17:55 (three months ago) Permalink

Derial:

Ultros, if you *are* working your way through all the Japan shows? I take my hat off to you sir!

MaresNest, Wednesday, 16 August 2017 22:44 (three months ago) Permalink

oh yeah glad to hear that palm ep getting some ilx love, they've been getting some well-deserved buzz lately.

The Saga of Rodney Stooksbury (rushomancy), Thursday, 17 August 2017 02:20 (three months ago) Permalink

one month passes...

This isn't pop but I'm figuring something this good will find some love here. Polish jazz/punk group Kurws:

All That Is Solid Melts Into Air

Doran, Monday, 9 October 2017 22:16 (two months ago) Permalink

nice! shades of Deep Turtle, except maybe a bit less pop

imago, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 07:45 (two months ago) Permalink

Like this thanks! Makes me think a little of NoMeansNo or Laddio Bolocko.

MaresNest, Tuesday, 10 October 2017 09:54 (two months ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

Digging around and found this really cool old track by a Japanese band called the Moonriders, little echoes of Devo, Cardiacs, XTC the usual, not to mention Japan's P Model.

Frogbs do you know these guys?

Had to upload it meself , no trace of it online.

https://soundcloud.com/nowherians/moonriders

MaresNest, Saturday, 28 October 2017 17:52 (one month ago) Permalink

that was fun

ultros ultros-ghali, Saturday, 28 October 2017 19:48 (one month ago) Permalink

no trace of it? these guys are apparently super-well-known in japan. track title translates as "alphaville". here's the band doing it live in 2011.

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

bob lefse (rushomancy), Saturday, 28 October 2017 22:01 (one month ago) Permalink

yes! I know the Moonriders. That's Keiichi Suzuki's band, I'm sure you've heard of him (he does the music for Earthbound). pretty cool stuff, kind of Zolo mixed with cabaret mixed with New Wave.

fun fact, Andy Partridge has a spoken word cameo on one of their albums (a reunion album called Christ, Who's Gonna Die First?). always wondered how the hell that happened.

their albums are a bit hit and miss for me, but they do have one I really love, called Worst of the Moonriders. it's a live one where they go through the stranger parts of their catalogue and radically rearrange some of their most well-known tunes. good stuff.

frogbs, Sunday, 29 October 2017 03:08 (one month ago) Permalink

I recognise the name Kaiichi Suzuki from Satellite Serenade (famously remixed by The Orb). The original is a lovely ambient fourth-worldy prog enka ballad with that magic steel guitar part. Nothing to do with this thread but it's ace.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5XIuogHN46U

Noel Emits, Sunday, 29 October 2017 08:24 (one month ago) Permalink

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imago, Sunday, 29 October 2017 09:23 (one month ago) Permalink

XXXXXP - Yeah I read up about them a bit and it's a shame but a lot of the stuff on Youtube doesn't grab me, but I wanted that studio version of Alphaville, which I couldn't find anywhere.

MaresNest, Monday, 30 October 2017 11:19 (one month ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

This track off the new Thumpermonkey EP is an absolute delight IMO:

https://thumpermonkey.bandcamp.com/track/woadscrivened

imago, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 14:38 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Zag & The Coloured Beads have their music up on Bandcamp for those seeking some Organ Magazine endorsed, Cardiacs affiliated, late eighties malarkey.

https://zagandthecolouredbeads.bandcamp.com/releases

MaresNest, Tuesday, 14 November 2017 22:01 (four weeks ago) Permalink

Oh awesome! I've seen them put on a great show! :)

Heeeeere's something from this year, am currently ascertaining how good it is https://stephenevens.bandcamp.com/album/bonjour-poulet

imago, Tuesday, 21 November 2017 16:12 (three weeks ago) Permalink


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