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Friday, May 19, 2006

LISTENING SINCE THE PREVIOUS POST:

OLD ROLL DEEP RINSE SET
WILEY- '2ND PHAZE'
WRETCH 32- 'LEARN FROM MY MIX TAPE'
LOGAN SAMA- KISS FM SET
RAMONES- 'IT'S ALIVE'
JENNY LEWIS AND THE WATSON TWINS- 'RABBIT FUR COAT'
MAGIK MARKERS LIVE IN KILBURN
BARR AND CORSANO LIVE IN KILBURN
BIRDS OF DELAY LIVE IN KILBURN
TEMPERATURES LIVE AT KILBURN
NATIONAL SCHOOL LIVE ON A BOAT
INCREDIBLY LOUD CLASSICAL MUSIC IN VAUXHALL STATION
WIGGLE- 'FABRIC MIX'
RENATO RINALDI- 'HOARSE FRENZY'
THEO PARRISH- 'FALLING UP (CARL CRAIG REMIX)'
ALEX UNDER- 'Las Bicicletas Son Para El Verano (Alex Smoke's Rusty Bike Mix)'


apologies for the silence. i've been out and about seeing live music. last night it was the formidable national school (nee Vegetables) on board the good ship 'battersea barge' (which is actually in vauxhall). i am now a total convert to gigs in boats. and drinking in boats. ANYTHING in boats. you get the prettiness of the river with all its twinkly lights, and you get the excitement of being/pretending to be an old sea dog. that's a Big Look, whichever way you cut it. so, get yrself down to the battersea barge, if you please.

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the other gig i saw this week was an upset the rhythm party of noise in Kilburn, the furthest North i've ever gone in London i think. north london, unlike south, is weighed down by history and civilization, you can feel it as yr walking around, whereas south always feels like it's clinging onto the fringes of the city, like it's only just got here and could go at any moment.
so upset the rhythm are DIY noisy/post hardcore gig people. i'm glad that i've found out about them as i spent much of my youth- not enough of it, but still a fair bit- going to DIY gigs in basements and top rooms of pubs in liverpool and manchester and sometimes Leeds, where you'd pay almost nothing to get in, where there'd be stalls selling enticing vinyl, and it wasn't clear how we had all come together for this, and you could never work out what these impossibly cool people did when they weren't at gigs cuz they seemed removed from the boredom of everyday life and wrapped up in this self-sustaining culture, and odd bands that sounded like no one else would play on stages made out of crates, and all the equipment would be bruised and antique, and it was like being let in on a secret, every time.

but in london, that doesn't seem to happen, not so much. but upset the rhythm are bucking the trend. there was a lot of noise at this gig. some of it was pink clouds of noise, gently ebbing away, from Birds of delay. some it was fractured grits of noise, from Temperatures. this seems to be what the kids listen to nowadays, this free noise. i don't know, may be 4 years ago i had the patience and the will to understand this, but i'm not sure i do now. as i get older, more and more i just want to dance.

but i did see the greatest drummer i have seen- chris corsano. apparently he's some kind of living legend. he looks impossibly young, like ian mackaye in the minor threat days, a look of cultured honesty. he's played with all the top boys of improv, i think. nels cline, thurston moore, various old people who play saxophones and probably, definitely, call them 'horns'.

you know.

anyway, at the gig, in kilburn, he was playing with Barr, who's like anticon but not as mathematical. barr talks about his life and his fears in this shower of consciousness in a voice that is, we decided, Very American. he's great, and engaging, and seems to have this innate sense of rhythm so it's like HiphopNotHiphop---riding the beat but in such a weird way that made me thinking of flyfishing, you know when you throw it out in a vast, looping arc and then pull it back in. at the end of the gig you want to be Barr's friend, but i think hearing him on record, in my house, would make my head hurt a little.

but we were talking about chris corsano. his drumming is astounding. it's kind of free-jazz drumming i guess, but really fluid and delicate. it's so milky. it's like his music is like breathing for him. or like a conservation, a proper one, with Barr. i hate it when people talk about improv music being a 'conversation', but this really was. apparently he does solo sets with a bin full of crazy toys and contraptions and electric things that whirr, and he pulls them out of the bin at random and constructs something beautiful. apparently those sets are out of this world.

magik markers were the last band on and it all fell apart. they have two guitarists and neither guitar worked properly, and one didn't work at all. it was like seeing a couple who you're friends have a fight in front of you. it all got too awkward so we left.

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two people who i think are probably geniuses in housey minimal techno at the moment are Alex Smoke (of the lushy 'chica wappa'), and alex under. they have joined forces, kind of, for alex's under's 'Las Bicicletas Son Para El Verano (Alex Smoke's Rusty Bike Mix)'. and it's lovely. it's like a mini dj set, with all these different elements spinning around and being slotted into the pattern one by one. and it has this giddy, hyper-sensitive jittery happiness to it that i like, because it reminds me of that feeling you get just before you're amount to embark on a big night.

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i need to hear that carl craig remix of the delia and gavin tune
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wiley- '2nd phaze'. BIG. will write about it very soon, once it's all been digested.

2 Comments:

Blogger boxmyth said...

Lovin 2nd Phaze.
Best album of the year thus far.

9:36 AM  
Blogger kek-w said...

Chris Corsano: top bloke; great, great drummer.

Yeah, you need Delia & Gavin in yr life, Simon. Super people.

4:22 PM  

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