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Can was founded in 1968 by Irmin Schmidt, Holger Czukay, Michael Karoli and Jaki Liebezeit who formed a group which would utilize and transcend all boundaries of ethnic, electronic experimental and modern classical music.
Tago Mago, Can's third studio album originally recorded in 1971 is the first album with Damo Suzuki on vocals, and features the Can line up of Holger Czukay on bass, Michael Karoli on guitars, Jaki Liebezeit on drums and Irmin Schmidt on keyboards.
The band's powerful influence has never diminished, and their indelible mark is apparent in the bands who freely acknowledge their importance - from Portishead, James Murphy, New Order, Factory Floor, Public Image Ltd, Mogwai, Kanye West (who sampled 'Sing Swan Song') and Radiohead - as well as across other disciplines such as visual art and literature.1. Paperhouse
3. Oh Yeah
6. Peking O
7. Bring me Coffee or Tea$25.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
IVThe rock canon has many anti-heroes, Black Mountain being the latest. In the past, Can's Tago Mago established that the only rule in rock and roll is that there are no rules. Pink Floyd's prodigious output in the 70s showed us that architecture can be cool, while unskilled laborers Black Sabbath demonstrated you can make a lot from not that much. Now Black Mountain teach us that you don't have to be afraid of the past to move bravely into the future, defining what it is to be a classic rock band in the new millennium. IV is their Houses of the Holy, an unapologetically ambitious record made by a group of musicians who are at the peak of their powers.LP 1
1. Mothers Of The Sun
2. Florian Saucer Attack
4. You Can Dream
6. Line Them All Up
1. Cemetery Breeding
2. (Over And Over) The Chain
3. Crucify Me
4. Space To Bakersfield$23.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
Angels & DevilsIt's after the end of the world, don't you know that yet...
With recent reports from various think tanks predicting we have somewhere in the range of 15 years left before the collapse of society begins, it would seem like Kevin Martin's sonic predictions of dystopian London that were set out on 2008's London Zoo were pretty accurate. And if we are in fact declining rapidly to chaos, there's no better time then the present to take the focus of that sonic assault from earthly domains and blast it to the netherworlds above and below.
The aforementioned London Zoo is where Kevin Martin, found his true voice. Pulling the fringes into a collective, unilaterally hateful assault. A psychological warfare driven by bass that on one hand captured a moment of London, yet also encapsulated a global message influenced by years of timeless and classic out-music.
The latest offering from the The Bug, Angels & Devils, escapes the London cage, drawing on it for influence yet blowing it up into a world-view now seen from Kevin Martin's new Berlin home. A record that simultaneously draws on London Zoo, completes a triptych cycle which started with his Bug debut Pressure, and fills the spaces between and inserts what was missing previously. Both a year zero re-set and a continuation of what has been. Like the Bowie/Eno classic Low, or Can's Tago Mago, the album is split into two distinct themes and explorations of light & dark. Bringing the angel & devil voices together under a single common banner. Antagonist at times, but not solely for the sake of being antagonistic, there's a beauty and lush sparseness to be found within, even when at its most chaotic. Truly only The Bug could find the common ground between Liz Harris (of Grouper) & Death Grips and make it seamless. Angels & Devils stretches the polarity of its predecessor in both directions simultaneously and is even more extreme for its new found seductiveness and added intensity. Deep space is explored, and physical assault is administered. In these days of YouTube quick fixes, and single tune memory spans, its a joy to witness Martin actually charting a cohesive narrative that rejoices in celebrating life through sonic sex and violence, beauty and ugliness. This is an audio thriller that delights in pursuing its own singular path/vision.
With the Angel side(s) up first, things kick off with Liz Harris (of Grouper) in the submerged lushness that is Void. Followed by contributions from ex Hype Wiliams half copeland (Fall), the blissed out patois of touring partner Miss Red (Mi Lost), two truly zoned Bug instrumentals, and rounded out by Gonjasufi on Save Me. It's a collection of heady, dubbed out cinematic blissfulness with a lurking darkness before giving way to devils...
Devils leads off with the return of long time collaborator Flowdan on the mic and the guitar of Justin Broadrick (Godflesh / Jesu) bringing a complete about face to the proceedings and setting the tone with The One. Roll Deep's Manga steps up next with the instant Bug classic Function, which is being currently smashed on dubplate, by Mala, Kahn and Logan Sama. Death Grips raise the antagonistic bar with Fuck A Bitch. Flowdan & Justin Broadrick come back for the cinematic death crawl of Fat Mac. Warrior Queen steps in for hands down the nastiest vocal she's ever delivered (which is saying a lot) for Fuck You, and finally Flowdan steps up again to round it all off with a Devils battle cry of sorts dirty, fuck that murky....
The concept is completed by the artistic expression it's packaged in, courtesy of Simon Fowler (Cataract). Known for his work for Sunn O))), Earth, and others, Simon has delivered a stunning hand drawn illustration, that sort that would make Bosch proud, showing the duality of the proceedings.
Utopian/dystopian, black/white, complexity/singularity, negative/positive... Angels/Devils.1. Void (Featuring Liz Harris)
2. Fall (Featuring copeland)
4. Mi Lost (Featuring Miss Red)
6. Save Me (Featuring Gonjasufi)
7. The One (Featuring Flowdan)
8. Function (Featuring Manga)
9. Fuck a Bitch (Featuring Death Grips)
10. Fat Mac (Featuring Flowdan)
11. Fuck You (Featuring Warrior Queen)
12. Dirty (Featuring Flowdan)$29.99Vinyl LP - 2 LPs Sealed Buy Now
DisconnectTV Ghost's third full-length for In The Red, Disconnect is a journey to the center of dreams. The Lafayette, Indiana, band displays a newfound maturity, incorporating churning rhythms and psychedelic drone into a lush torrent of gaseous keys, sprawling guitars and eerie melody. Think Porcupine-era Echo and the Bunnymen and Tago Mago-era Can run through a Cure Pornography blender.
"TV Ghost's 2009 debut LP, Cold Fish, is a maelstrom-10 hectic songs ripped out in 25 minutes. Stuffed to the seams with wiry guitars, trembling keyboards, crashing beats, and Tim Gick's mad-man warble, it has the creepy tension of a post-punk haunted house where the Cramps, the Scientists, or Pere Ubu might leap out from the shadows at any moment. The band deftly balances precision and abandon-every moment sounds lunatic and unhinged, yet no track collapses into complete anarchy.
"That abandon has subsided a bit on Mass Dream, which doubles the length of its predecessor despite having only one more track. That's by design-Gick says that his intent was to "space things out more, let the songs breathe." And while I miss Cold Fish's farther-flung moments, the band has countered that loss with songs that are deeper and more open. Now, along with all the post-punk echoes rattling around, unexpected reference points pop up. At times I hear the enervated drama of Echo & the Bunnymen's Ian McCulloch, or the stridency of Ian Svenonius during his Nation of Ulysses days. And TV Ghost prove as adept at stark dread as they are at fevered bedlam...."
- Pitchfork1. Five Colors Blind
3. Placid Deep
5. Dread Park
7. A Maze of Death
8. Cloud Blue Moments
9. Others Will Be Born
10. Siren$18.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now
The Obscure DepartmentIn the follow-up to his acclaimed debut "Woodland
Conspiracy", the guitarist and singer-songwriter Robert
Coyne has now released his second album on the Meyer
Records label, entitled The Obscure Department.
Featured on the cover next to Robert Coyne is Jaki Liebezeit, the legendary
Can drummer and percussionist, who has collaborated with the son of the
British multitalent Kevin Coyne on this latest 12-track offering. Supported by
Liebezeit's subtle, yet incisive drumming, the simplicity and intimacy of
Coyne's lyricism, together with his mellifluous and sophisticated vocals,
combine to conjure a compelling and evocative sound. A fascinating and
highly successful experiment.
Jaki Liebezeit is a drummer probably best known as a founding member of
Can who has been called one of the few drummers to convincingly meld
the funky and the cerebral. ,,In the mid-1960s, he was part of Manfred
Schoof's quintet, who were early exponents of European Free Jazz.
He subsequently moved towards the new possibilities being opened by
psychedelic music as a member of Can. His drumming was prominent in the
band's sound, particularly in his much-admired contribution to the side-long
Halleluhwah on Tago Mago. Liebezeit is best known for his exceptional
metronome style of playing; other members of Can have suggested that
he sounds as though he is half man, half machine.
In 1980, he became a member of Phantomband, and has formed drum
ensembles such as Drums off Chaos and Club off Chaos. Later he recorded
with numerous musicians, such as Jah Wobble and Philip Jeck, with whom
he produced an album for Jah Wobble's 30 Hertz Records, and has
contributed drums and percussion to many albums as a guest throughout
the years, such as the Depeche Mode album Ultra and Brian Eno's album
Before and After Science. Recently, he has worked with Burnt Friedman on
the Secret Rhythms albums and with Schiller on the Atemlos album.1. Signature Song
2. Delicate Flower
3. Dove Of Peace
4. The Wonder Of Me
5. Why Would I Remember You
7. 21st Century Magic
8. White Residue
10. Laugh Now
12. The Obscure Department$40.99Vinyl LP - Sealed Buy Now