The High Llamas: C or D?

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There's even a song where Sean takes lead vocals. Sounds totally Llamas. The instrumentals sound heavily influenced by Sean as well.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 10 July 2018 20:46 (two years ago) link

Sean O'Hagan - The Peacock Hunter
Sean O’Hagan has spent 30 years in music as a performer and writer, first as the co-founder of Microdisney in the 1980s, then as the founder of the still current High Llamas as well as being a part time member of Stereolab. Sean has made a living as an arranger, in film, art and event writing. In 2014 Sean wrote a staged musical narrative called Here Come The Rattling Trees set in Peckham, his home for 30 years. Here Come The Rattling Trees is now the High Llamas's 10th studio LP. In 2017 Sean was commissioned by Hull City of Culture 2017 to write We Start Counting, a tribute to Basil Kirchin.

The Peacock Hunter, the show which will be performed this evening, takes you on an impressionistic trip from a Coventry production line to the last days of a collapsing Middle Eastern dynasty, using original music and text and archive images. Music written and performed by Sean O'Hagan, Marcus Holdaway, and Dominic Murcott, with text written and delivered by Liam McNeive. Liam McNeive has originated or collaborated in various musical and filmic creations, including a BBC-produced virtual reality world.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 18:36 (two years ago) link

Looks fun!

Jeff W, Tuesday, 24 July 2018 19:23 (two years ago) link

Tickets have gone on sale now too

stet, Tuesday, 31 July 2018 15:40 (two years ago) link

two months pass...

Peacock show is on Saturday.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:29 (one year ago) link

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 21:30 (one year ago) link

I thought I’d bought a ticket but seems like I hadn’t! Glad there are some left.

stet, Wednesday, 10 October 2018 22:17 (one year ago) link

I can't wait to hear how it goes.

I wonder if this is connected to the Basil Kirchin project they were working on.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 11 October 2018 16:45 (one year ago) link

Ta for the reminder, I was planning to go to this and nearly forgot. Herne Hill's a mainline service as well so coming from Luton I've no excuse, the train comes practically right to the door of the venue.

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Friday, 12 October 2018 17:27 (one year ago) link

Sean vs The Banging Door and Sean vs The Hand Drier = one for the ages

Jeff W, Sunday, 14 October 2018 09:08 (one year ago) link

Seriously though, a great show in a lovely venue (the above mentioned drawbacks notwithstanding). The Peacock Hunter bears no relation at all to We Start Counting (the Kirchin project), it's much closer to Here Come The Rattling Trees in terms of structure, but with a single story arc rather than a series of loosely linked narratives.

Jeff W, Sunday, 14 October 2018 09:15 (one year ago) link

I wonder what planning lunacy led to the toilets being directly behind the stage area, it was farcical. I genuinely thought Sean was going to kick off when they had to stop Bramble Black, he must've been fuming.

Lovely set though apart from the "technical issues", glad to've caught it.

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Sunday, 14 October 2018 14:15 (one year ago) link

two months pass...

Magical show by @mercuryrevvd at Oslo. Exquisite versions of tracks from Deserter’s Songs, a cover of Here by Pavement and a quite staggering surprise guest appearance of Sean O’Hagan to lead them through Checking In Checking Out by The High Llamas. Incredible night.

— Steven Johnson (@_SPJ_) December 18, 2018


afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 19 December 2018 10:47 (one year ago) link

very nice, that song sounds like it was pulled directly off of Pretzel Logic

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 19 December 2018 16:28 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Fuuuck, I hoped that was going to be a video. Wonder if anyone thought to record it?

Also I had no idea Sean and the Rev boys had collaborated before, many years ago, on a cover of I Only Have Eyes For You

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Thursday, 24 January 2019 21:09 (one year ago) link

one month passes...

Amazing how you just keep uncovering things as you trudge along the net:

Anyone ever heard this song 'Shang'? Sounds brilliant. Sean doing vocals.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 21 March 2019 20:32 (one year ago) link

three weeks pass...

There it is. Soooo good.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 16 April 2019 18:50 (one year ago) link

three months pass...

Sean O'Hagan is unjustly despised on this site.

He's a fuckin' genius.

Been going through h the entire Llamas discography and aside from the not very good solo debut and the middling Santa Barbara, it's just delight after delight. Every album its own little universe, a mini masterpiece after another. It's breathtaking.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 2 August 2019 14:46 (one year ago) link

Wait, who despises him? I don't think I've ever read anything negative about him on here.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 2 August 2019 15:49 (one year ago) link

There are a couple Stereolab threads where the comments on him are overwhelmingly negative.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 2 August 2019 17:18 (one year ago) link

1. Here are some drawings from a new video/animation I was asked to make for former @High_Llamas frontman and songwriter Sean O’Hagan @seano_arsenal. This for the first single from the ‘Radum Calls, Radum Calls’ album on @dragcityrecords (25/10/2019)... #animation

— Paperface (@paperfacetweet) August 13, 2019

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 15:16 (one year ago) link

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 15:24 (one year ago) link

Sean's second solo album in 30 years reflects the bold new sounds of today embedded in the plush sound-world he's built for The High Llamas, Stereolab and many others – thick low end synths under light orchestra strings, dubby percussion atop bossa-nova beats and rumbling drum sounds driving Sean's tounge-in-cheek ditties. Guest vocals from former Microdisney partner, vocalist Cathal Coughlan add to the surreal bloom of Sean’s new musical conception.

Woah @ Cathal.

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 16:44 (one year ago) link

There’s at least one song from The Peacock Hunter on the album, judging from the track titles on the DC website.

Jeff W, Tuesday, 13 August 2019 23:42 (one year ago) link

I wonder who actually plays on this record. It sounds like The High Llamas. I only recently started appreciating Jon Fell’s Bass work. It’s extraordinary.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 01:29 (one year ago) link

Yeah, I don't exactly get how he distinguishes his solo stuff from High Llamas exactly. It's a bit of a weird track, but maybe a bit more adventurous than some of the stuff he's done in recent years. Looking forward to the album.

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 02:01 (one year ago) link

There’s at least one song from The Peacock Hunter on the album, judging from the track titles on the DC website.

― Jeff W, Wednesday, August 14, 2019 12:42 AM (seven hours ago) bookmarkflaglink

I hope the full Peacock Hunter material is destined for a separate release, as I thought that was some of the best stuff he's done in years.

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 07:40 (one year ago) link

I love O'Hagan, he's done some incredible stuff over the years. Snowbug is one of the greatest summer albums ever made by anybody.

He seems like a nice bloke too.

does it look like i'm here (jon123), Wednesday, 14 August 2019 12:22 (one year ago) link

He also did a Basil Kirchin tribute a couple years ago. What I heard online sounded incredible. The music was original, but influenced by, aside from a cover of “I Start Counting” with Jane Weaver on vocals. Too good not to record.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 14 August 2019 14:16 (one year ago) link

i was graced with a promo copy

it's incredible

first track is a pretty weird 'psychedelic' song with cathal coughlan on lead vox

i love it when sean breaks out the synths. he always gets the best sounds out of them.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 19 August 2019 14:18 (eleven months ago) link

This album is ridiculously good. Like best in years. Why'd they give it such an unassuming cover?

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 20 August 2019 19:01 (eleven months ago) link

two months pass...

Good review. Comes close to my initial thoughts:

Sean's definitely on his own track and continues to make wonderful music.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 23 October 2019 16:20 (nine months ago) link

He just canceled a bunch of shows because of 'health issues.'


afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 24 October 2019 17:36 (nine months ago) link

What shows?

Michael Oliver of Penge Wins £5 (Tom D.), Thursday, 24 October 2019 17:41 (nine months ago) link

From what I understand, everything.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 24 October 2019 17:44 (nine months ago) link

I was just about to buy a ticket for one of them!

Michael Oliver of Penge Wins £5 (Tom D.), Thursday, 24 October 2019 18:22 (nine months ago) link

Yeah. I am bummed out. The new album is great. I am happy he got to release a quality LP under his own name. That first Sean O' album is not one of my favs.

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 24 October 2019 18:43 (nine months ago) link

Get well soon Sean O'Hagan @seano_arsenal

— J. John Foyle (@JJohnFoyle) October 22, 2019

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 24 October 2019 23:23 (nine months ago) link

Jeez, I don't like this news at all, I hope he's ok

Mario Meatwagon (Moodles), Friday, 25 October 2019 00:10 (nine months ago) link

Appears he played a little set at Rough Trade at least.

Here’s a new interview as well:

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 25 October 2019 21:50 (nine months ago) link

Have you officially retired The High Llamas?

Not officially, no, and I don’t consider them as such. But what needs to happen, and I am desperately trying to make happen, is to get the rights back to our label output from the Nineties. They’re owned by Universal, who are extremely reluctant to do anything with our catalog, and I’ve really been wanting to get them remastered and pressed on vinyl, and maybe do an expanded series like Stereolab have done. If we can get that to happen, we’ll tour. Maybe not a full-scale tour, but perhaps residencies where we play one or two albums a night over two or three nights. If we can get those albums reissued, we’ll definitely tour. Maybe we’ll do a new record to go along with them. Then we might use that as an opportunity to officially retire—it would be a great way to close that book, don’t you think?

Agreed. But you know, if you do decide to make one last record, you have to title it Sean O’Hagan.

(Confused) What? What do you mean?? I don’t…(Pauses, then bursts into uproarious laughter). Joseph, my friend, that is brilliant! I simply must do that, you’re absolutely right! What an absolutely perfect way to bookend it all

I love that.

afriendlypioneer, Friday, 25 October 2019 21:55 (nine months ago) link

Some typically fantastic outros on the new one

afriendlypioneer, Sunday, 27 October 2019 14:06 (nine months ago) link

The 6 November London Show at Cafe Oto is still on, I believe (which is good because I have a ticket for that). Only shows planned from 9 November onwards are postponed.

Jeff W, Sunday, 27 October 2019 14:59 (nine months ago) link

He's giving good interviews.

“The music that is coming out of this generation of say, 17 to 37-year-olds, is the best it has been for years. They have finally cast off the past but are able to reference it in a healthy way. There’s this esoteric, creative jazz popping out everywhere. Hip hop is so old now it almost has the legacy and weight of jazz. It’s got such a history and presence that finds itself in this great contemporary music that we hear so much in the UK and US”. He compares Khalid to Marvin Gaye (“that Talk track he did with Disclosure – if Marvin Gaye released that people would be saying it is one of his best songs”) and likens Kadhja Bonet to the 1960s psychedelic soul outfit Rotary Connection. He goes on to praise the likes of Frank Ocean, Steve Lacy, The Internet, Mount Kimbie, Empirical and new(ish) Coventry band Batsch. “I don’t see a demarcation between musical eras. A problem I do see is my personal contemporaries who say there’s nothing interesting being released now. He suddenly remembers Tyler, The Creator – “nutty old Tyler, what a joy!” – and when we talk about some of the amazing short instrumental tracks on Radum Calls, Radum Calls he remarks how he was going to leave them off the album “but then I listened to Tyler, The Creator do them and I thought fuck it – if Tyler’s doing it, I’ll do it!”. It’s refreshing and inspiring to hear a musician who has just entered his 60s talk in such animated, heartfelt, excited tones about contemporary music.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 28 October 2019 14:30 (nine months ago) link

afriendlypioneer, Thursday, 31 October 2019 14:43 (nine months ago) link

Finally got around to putting this up. Might have to try a re-encode though as youtube seems to've fucked the upload :/

Brainless Addlepated Timid Muddleheaded Awful No-Account (Pheeel), Monday, 4 November 2019 20:36 (nine months ago) link

Oh my goodness. That's fantastic. Thank you.

afriendlypioneer, Monday, 4 November 2019 20:40 (nine months ago) link

Ha! Came here to promote ^this (Twitter has just found it). Thanks, Pheeel!

Jeff W, Monday, 4 November 2019 21:57 (nine months ago) link

Great playlist:

afriendlypioneer, Tuesday, 5 November 2019 21:27 (nine months ago) link

one month passes...

Unfortunately, it appears he is dealing with cancer. I wish Sean the best.

afriendlypioneer, Wednesday, 11 December 2019 14:39 (eight months ago) link

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