My housemate Guy bought me Andrew Coltrane’s Systems of Chaos LP for my birthday on Friday. It arrived today and is absolutely fantastic. Here is an except from Side A and a picture of the album cover, which is a lovely silk-screen print.
My parents came to Sheffield yesterday to celebrate my birthday and buy me lunch. Lunch was great, as were the presents, cake and flapjacks which they brought with them. Just as excitingly, however, they also brought with them the record store purchases which I had made in my home town of Norwich during the Easter holiday. I didn’t dare try and transport them back to Sheffield myself in my rucksack for fear of damage, so I’ve not been able to listen to them for two months.
The Floating Points single-sided 10”, Sais Dub, has too much bass for my cheap-ass stylus to handle and I blew the bass out of my speakers a long time ago so I’m not really sure how good that is. I remember it sounding pretty tidy in Norwich though. Maybe at some point I’ll buy a better stylus and give it a go with my headphones.
The Earth double-LP Angels of Darkness, Demons of Light 1, is just as good as I remember it and is just a lovely object to own and look at. Side D has a picture etched upon it rather than music. The music on side A-C is not what I was expecting at all, given that the only Earth I’d heard was Earth 2 and was hence expecting full on distortion, feedback and drone. Angels is more like slow, chilled out, psychadelic, bluesy southern rock and it’s superb.
Rolo Tomassi’s Eternal Youth was the one record that I have been able to listen to recently because I got the standard free MP3 download that comes with purchases from the Holy Roar website. Despite that, listening to the triple-LP of Eternal Youth has been the real surprise. The record is a collection of Rolo Tomassi’s early work, rarities and B-sides and though I own copies of many of the tracks present already (either on CD, 7” or 10” singles) the sound quality on Eternal Youth seems much better. I don’t know if the tracks were remastered for this release or it is just the fact that the record is at 33rpm rather than 45. Maybe I’m just imagining it. The track order is also different on the LP to that on the MP3 download and - presumably - the CD. That’s probably just down to the practicalities of fitting everything onto the LPs, but I think it is better on the LP. Ironically, it seems to flow better despite the necessity to switch sides and records. Perhaps being forced to make a break every so often actually helps, since there is no reason to expect these sporadically and independently released tracks to cohere perfectly. Incidentally, none of the remixes on the MP3 version are present on the LPs, which might help.
I have no real conclusion to make at the end of this, except to say that my obsession with Rolo Tomassi obviously isn’t going to end any time soon.
EDIT: here is a photo of me with my records and the cycling glasses I received as a present from my parents.
“[Rachid] Bouchareb, French of Algerian descent, trades in righteous anti-colonialism; a pro-nationalist, anti-Western sentiment that, while earning brownie points from the pious left, makes for dreary, self-righteous, politically exploitative and immensely irritating cinema. It’s tempting to tell him to get over it, but that might be an imperialist thing to do.”—Little White Lies reviewing Bouchareb’s latest release, Hors La Loi.
We’ve been slightly delayed in announcing this and some of the more eagle eyed ones of you may have noticed dates on Last.FM but we can finally announce we’re coming across to RUSSIA to play some headline shows, as well as a show in the UKRAINE.
This decision over in the UK where an unpaid intern collected back payment because she was working instead of being trained should serve as a wakeup call for those who use interns for free labor. (via)
“This judgment says that if someone is taken on as intern, and is doing a proper job rather than just being trained, then they will be regarded as a worker for the purposes of the national minimum wage.”
“And even if that is an oral agreement, as it was in Keri’s case, the evidence was sufficient enough for her to be judged as a worker,” says Mincoff. In other words, even if there is an agreement to volunteer for free, if an intern is doing real work, they still have to be paid.
The Harley have been super nice and have given us 15 spaces on their £4 cheap entry list. So reblog this (or just the bit in bold haha) with your name and we’ll let you in for £4. That’s nearly half price!! Also lest we forget, Blood Sport Journal Vol:2 is now out, and will be available for the…
Downloaded a new tumblr dashboard widget called, imaginatively, ‘tumblr widget’. Previously had ‘Tumblet’ which has a better name but doesn’t allow for video and picture posts as tumblr widget does. I never used Tumblet and don’t expect to use tumblr widget again, but maybe I’ll be tempted by the extra functionality.