Circle (the Finnish band): S/D

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been listening to tower a bunch lately. this one doesn't seem too popular but I think I love it. the ramshackle percussion + droney, modulating fender rhodes sound just really works for me.

original bgm, Tuesday, 2 June 2009 14:01 (eight years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...

The Taantumus reissue arrived this morning - one listen at work and it sounded top notch, so exciting to get an album from a band I love so much that I've never heard before and because of their odd nature have no clue beforehand what it might be like... and then to find that it totally rocks! Glorious times.

I also got a copy of Zopalki (on Bad Vugum from 1996) for relatively cheap off eBay recently. I prefer the true hypno-kraut-groove stuff, but it's got some solid moments after a couple of listens. I never really dug Meronia, so guessed that this would be a slight progression on but along the same lines.

Also scored a couple of the early-ish 7''s (the one on VHF, "Crawatt", and "Ghatarian" on 4th Dimension) for sensible prices, so I'm getting pretty deep. If anyone has any Circle-related goodies that they decide to part with then I'm your man... $$$'s ready and waiting!

Anyone else got the Circle fever atm?

Oh yeah, I missed the DVD from Ektro, so still haven't got hold of that, not that I ever really watch DVDs anyway, but you know...

krakow, Saturday, 20 June 2009 21:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

too expensive to buy em all

pfunkboy (Herman G. Neuname), Saturday, 20 June 2009 21:42 (eight years ago) Permalink

Gotta catch them all. NWOFHM >>>> money

krakow, Saturday, 20 June 2009 21:49 (eight years ago) Permalink

i don't think i could really get circle fever. i mean, i like them, but very few of their albums excite me that much. prospekt, forest and earthworm are pretty great though.

liege & leafblower (GOTT PUNCH II HAWKWINDZ), Sunday, 21 June 2009 08:17 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Finally picked up Hollywood while shopping in Ann Arbor yesterday, though we got back home so late last night that I didn't have a chance to rip it to my iPod - so it'll have to wait until tonight for a spin. Also ordered the Taantumus reish from Aquarius, so um, yeah, my Circle love is in full force still.

3 mods 1 banhammer (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Monday, 10 August 2009 13:19 (eight years ago) Permalink

Anyone looking for Circle cd's would be well-served to check out the Omega webstore. They have a half-dozen or so Ektro cd's and shipping is free. I just got "Meronia" there a few weeks ago, which is growing on me. Hopefully they'll get "Taantumus" in before too long.

Robert Necrofrost, Monday, 10 August 2009 19:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

One thing that makes coming back to work after a shot vacation better? Seeing a package from Aquarius sitting on your desk that contains Taantumus, Telescope, and La Dusseldorf's Viva. Cannot wait to dig into the Circle tonight! Did krakow ever get around to running another Circle poll?

3 mods 1 banhammer (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 18 August 2009 15:32 (eight years ago) Permalink

That should be "short" vacation, although I would already like to shot another vacation.

3 mods 1 banhammer (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 18 August 2009 15:33 (eight years ago) Permalink

The one band that Circle remind me of every now and again is Loop. Both perfect names for what these two bands do too.

Peinlich Manoeuvre (NickB), Tuesday, 18 August 2009 15:35 (eight years ago) Permalink

Also Oneida - the O.

Peinlich Manoeuvre (NickB), Tuesday, 18 August 2009 15:36 (eight years ago) Permalink

Funnily enough, those are the exact three bands I've listened to the most this year!

3 mods 1 banhammer (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 18 August 2009 15:37 (eight years ago) Permalink

Some circular headspace you have going on there.

Peinlich Manoeuvre (NickB), Tuesday, 18 August 2009 15:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

Yes, that may explain some things actually. But yes, Loop was one of my happiest discoveries this year.

3 mods 1 banhammer (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 18 August 2009 15:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

I've not done another poll yet, but if there's interest I'll work on doing so, probably next week, including all the new releases. Might be a good opportunity, since we're in a bit of a lull from them.

krakow, Tuesday, 18 August 2009 22:50 (eight years ago) Permalink

Isn't there a Circle poll?

Alex in SF, Tuesday, 18 August 2009 22:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

There was one back in 2007, the idea has been kicked around as an update.

3 mods 1 banhammer (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 18 August 2009 22:51 (eight years ago) Permalink

Oh I guess it's old.

Circle :: what album is their best

Alex in SF, Tuesday, 18 August 2009 22:52 (eight years ago) Permalink

It's kind of too bad we can't link all the polls and threads together like a master thread.

Alex in SF, Tuesday, 18 August 2009 22:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

It was before my time on ILX, so I feel hard done by you see. 2-3 years is a long time in the Circle discography too. There were at least 5-6 more albums in that period, probably more.

krakow, Tuesday, 18 August 2009 22:53 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

Bit of news...

'Triumph', which was originally a recentish limited 2LP release (start of the year), is coming out as a 2CD set at the end of this month, again on Fourth Dimension. It's a recording of a WFMU session from September 25th 2007.

krakow, Sunday, 27 September 2009 09:11 (eight years ago) Permalink

cool. really like that one.

original bgm, Monday, 28 September 2009 14:26 (eight years ago) Permalink

one month passes...

A new album is appearing shortly, a vinyl only release of a live show...

Soundcheck (live)

Full Contact, 2009

Side A
1. Kukkakaalia kapteenit! (3:40)
2. Tuhatsata (20:39)

Side B
3. Virsi (9:25)
4. Nopeuskuningas (14:00)

Live / soundcheck performance at Space Force 1 festival, Torvi 31st October 2009 Lahti, Finland

krakow, Saturday, 21 November 2009 22:40 (eight years ago) Permalink

The Triumph 2xCD is also out now, available in the usual places.

krakow, Saturday, 21 November 2009 22:41 (eight years ago) Permalink

Myself, I hunted down copies of Fraten and Prospekt on CD lately. Not got to Prospekt yet, but Fraten is worming its way into my mind.

krakow, Saturday, 21 November 2009 22:45 (eight years ago) Permalink

Where else is it available? Aquarius only seems to have the 2xLP version.

& other try hard shitfests (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Saturday, 21 November 2009 22:47 (eight years ago) Permalink

Ah, maybe I was being a bit UK-centric, at least so far. I'd seen it on various UK sites (Cargo, Second Layer, Alt Vinyl et al) and imagined that it would have made it to the states as well, but it seems not yet. Ektro have it as well, of course.

krakow, Saturday, 21 November 2009 23:03 (eight years ago) Permalink

Just wondered, thanks for the info. Aquarius has always been my go-to place in the U.S. for all things Circle.

& other try hard shitfests (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Saturday, 21 November 2009 23:12 (eight years ago) Permalink

Aye, I'm sure they'll have it ASAP. I wouldn't be surprised if it's in their next update, since one just appeared today without it.

krakow, Saturday, 21 November 2009 23:16 (eight years ago) Permalink

And for those of you not on the mailing list, Aquarius now has the Triumph 2CD in stock, just ordered mine.

& other try hard shitfests (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Saturday, 5 December 2009 19:08 (seven years ago) Permalink

Just got a copy of the Lusiferiinin Armosta album, which is another Jussi project (and also features in the just-out Aquarius list btw), and it totally rocks.

krakow, Saturday, 5 December 2009 22:00 (seven years ago) Permalink

seven months pass...

OK, I would REALLY like a copy (meaning the actual CD, that is) of the 'Kollekt' compilation CD of the early 7'' tracks & other bonus material.

If anyone has this CD that they might consider selling to a rabid obsessive who has hunted in vain on the interwebs for a fair old time, then please get in touch...

In other news, utterly unedifying for anyone but me, I found 'Hissi' and the original Bad Vugum version of 'Taantumus' recently. Hurrah!


krakow, Tuesday, 6 July 2010 11:19 (seven years ago) Permalink

I wish they'd reissue more of the old stuff. "Taantumus" was the only one I actually managed to buy at the time. I was hopeful that the rerelease signalled that the 90s stuff would follow, but no.

(sorry krakow, can't help you there)

atoms breaking heart (a passing spacecadet), Tuesday, 6 July 2010 11:32 (seven years ago) Permalink

Yeah. When they reissued 'Meronia', I figured that they would just work through reissuing everything in order, since basically all of the early stuff is OOP and requires a fair bit of dedication to find, but then Taantumus being next threw that for a loop.

But maybe they (i.e. Jussi, I suppose) are not so keen on the others. I'm not a huge fan of 'Zopalki' myself, whereas 'Taantumus' is a total winner.

krakow, Tuesday, 6 July 2010 11:45 (seven years ago) Permalink

I'm not a big fan of Zopalki as a whole but "Brilliant Colours for Bright Ideas" is my favourite Circle track and it would be nice to have a real copy

(stupidly I first fell in love with it on a mixtape someone made for me when it was presumably still originally available, but I was new to mail-ordering records back then and buying stuff from overseas seemed a step too far - oh, regrets)

atoms breaking heart (a passing spacecadet), Tuesday, 6 July 2010 11:55 (seven years ago) Permalink

to anyone wanting to know about possible re-issues,why don't you just email ektro (jussi) and ask. you will likely get a response pretty quickly.

drone/a/sore, Tuesday, 6 July 2010 18:21 (seven years ago) Permalink

I was happy just to wait and see what happened. We're just speculating & discussing here, nowt wrong with that at all!

I speak to Jussi whenever I order stuff and occasionally outwith that to hassle him to play Glasgow!

krakow, Tuesday, 6 July 2010 18:39 (seven years ago) Permalink

two weeks pass...


16 September
Paris / La Maroquinerie (FRA)

17 September
Groningen / Vera (NL)

18 September
Tilburg / Incubate festival (NL)

19 September
Leuven / Orange Factory @ Sojo (BEL)

20 September
Duisburg / Steinbruch (GER)

21 September
Berlin / Bang Bang Club (GER)

22 September
Copenhagen / Osram (DEN)

23 September
Malmö / Inkonst (SWE)

24 September
Gothenburg / Koloni (SWE)

25 September
Aarhus / Voxhall (DEN)

26 September

Go Go Gol, Monday, 26 July 2010 11:58 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hopefully getting them to the UK next year. I tried this time but it didn't work out.

krakow, Monday, 26 July 2010 18:13 (seven years ago) Permalink

Hope they make it over here, can they play somewhere other than Corsica Studios in London next time? Wish I'd remembered to nominate Nopeuskuningas in the All Time Metal Poll!

A prog venn diagram for you to think about (Matt #2), Monday, 26 July 2010 19:05 (seven years ago) Permalink

if you can make it, I'd highly recommend seeing these guys. seeing them live made me an instant fan.

original bgm, Monday, 26 July 2010 21:07 (seven years ago) Permalink

two months pass...

Listeing to Telescope this morning, damn do I love this band so much.

he's always been a bit of an anti-climb Max (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Tuesday, 5 October 2010 16:46 (seven years ago) Permalink

three weeks pass...

Anyone heard Rautatie yet? I didn't even know it was released, since it wasn't given the usual "Record of the Week" treatment by Aquarius. In fact, that store's lackluster review makes me wonder if this one might be worth skipping. I mean, the Aquarius dudes showed way more excitement for Hollywood and that was certainly not one of the band's best.

"I am a fairly respected poster." (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 28 October 2010 13:41 (seven years ago) Permalink

three months pass...

Still debating whether to order Rautatie or not. Today's Dusted review is a jaw-dropping failure of a record review. There is only ONE single description of what one track on the album sounds like and the rest is like a capsule history of Circle. Such an awful and unhelpful review.

one pretty obvious guy in the obvious (jon /via/ chi 2.0), Thursday, 10 February 2011 15:01 (six years ago) Permalink

The track included with the review is pretty goofy.

Trip Maker, Thursday, 10 February 2011 15:11 (six years ago) Permalink

eight months pass...

Not only did I FINALLY get to see my beloved Circle play live this weekend at the Supersonic 2011 festival in Birmingham, as well as seeing Pharaoh Overlord (for my second time) the day before at the same festival, BUT I also got to do photoshoots with both bands - Circle in full shiny skintight spandex & studded metal belt theatrical regalia, playing along as we photographed... and they are super nice people too! Good times!

gay for gordon-levitt (krakow), Monday, 24 October 2011 15:36 (six years ago) Permalink

That's awesome! Sounds like a great weekend. I'd love to see them live.

jon /via/ chi 2.0, Monday, 24 October 2011 15:50 (six years ago) Permalink

did you notice how even their sound guy gets dressed up for their set

We All Had Guess Papers (DJ Mencap), Monday, 24 October 2011 15:50 (six years ago) Permalink

Indeed! Similarly, he was fully included in the photos, dressed up and equivalent to the other band members. Did you catch them at Supersonic or the other UK dates?

only NWOFHM! is real (krakow), Monday, 24 October 2011 16:00 (six years ago) Permalink

at Supersonic

I've been every year except a couple but this festival never fails to kick my ass with its quality

We All Had Guess Papers (DJ Mencap), Monday, 24 October 2011 16:13 (six years ago) Permalink

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