We haven’t done that five slices of music thing for a little bit have we? We haven’t mentioned Lice yet, we need to mention Lice, here’s their horse, you don’t need any editorial, five and a bit bits of music, links details and why can’t new band’s ever check out to see if the name they came up with hasn’t already been used by an internationally renowned band already? And hey, too damn hot to proof read, you’ve got the music, you’ve got a really cool picture of a really cool horse, you can proof read, stop complaining,,,,,
1: LICE – really is about time we posted or scratchy slice or two of Bristol’s “satirical art-punk band” Lice. Lice are good for you, here they are, and yes, you might ask why have we taken so long to post a slice of lice, we’re busy here right, paint to throw, studio floods to stay on top of, Red issues to deal with, paintings to drop, well never dropped, always carefully hung. Lice, here they are, Idles have been going on about then, indeed Idles have signed Lice to their newly formed record label
Outside of their release of Idles’ own “Brutalism”, Lice are the first signing to Joe Talbot’s Balley Records and further strengthens Idles relationship with both Lice and what is becoming a burgeoning, powerful scene in their hometown of Bristol.
Joe says the following about LICE: “As we watch the world seemingly burn; solace is found in the boundless passions of our peers and the hard workings born from that. LICE are a force beyond the rabble. We are in love. Up the open-minded and up the open-hearted.”
1 and a half – ICE AGE, not the metal band though, another Ice Age, imposters, the ones who couldn’t come up with a name of their own, here’s a rather impressive track rrom the new album ‘Beyondless’ out May 4th on Matador Records.
Here, have some preciously unreleased Eno goodness….
2: BRIAN ENO – We have some previously unreleased beauty from Sir Brian here, a piece that you’ll find on his forthcoming box set thing, a previously unreleased track ‘Kazakhstan’, a track from his upcoming ‘Music For Installations’ box set that’s due to be released worldwide by UMC on May 4, 2018.
“If you think of music as a moving, changing form, and painting as a still form, what I’m trying to do is make very still music and paintings that move. I’m trying to find in both of those forms, the space in between the traditional concept of music and the traditional concept of painting.” Brian Eno
As annoying as it can be when someone describes themselves as a “thinker”, here comes the press release (okay, he might not have called himself a “thinker”, someone at the label or PR company probably did, it is annoying though, it is a pet hate, hey look at me, I’m a “thinker”, I’m cleverer then you you dumbass non-thinking idiot, I “think” about things…). I’m off to midlessly throw paint with some with the help of some loud Roxy Music without a thought for anything, early Roxy of course, is there any other sort? Here’s the official blurb on the new box set and the rather good looking art, well I thinking it looks good, wonder what the thinkers think?
“Musician, producer, visual artist, thinker and activist Brian Eno first came to international prominence in the early ’70s as a founding member of Roxy Music, and immediately followed with a series of critically-praised and influential solo albums. His visionary production includes albums with David Bowie, Talking Heads, Devo, Laurie Anderson and Coldplay, whilst his long list of collaborations includes recordings with John Cale, David Byrne, Grace Jones and James Blake.
Less widely discussed although equally notable and arguably even more prolific are his visual experiments with light and video. These are the fertile ground from which so much of his other work has grown, they cover an even longer span of time than his recordings, and have in recent decades paralleled his musical output.
These highly-acclaimed works have been exhibited all over the globe – from the Venice Biennale and the Marble Palace in St. Petersburg to Beijing’s Ritan Park and the sails of the Sydney Opera House.
‘Music For Installations’ is a collection of new, rare and previously unreleased tracks, all of which will be available on vinyl for the first time. All of the material was recorded by Eno for use in his installations covering the period from 1986 until the present (and beyond). Over this time he has emerged as the leading exponent of generative music worldwide and is recognised as one of the foremost audio-visual installation artists of his time. Designed by Brian and long-time collaborator Nick Robertson, this beautifully bound package comes with a 64-page booklet featuring rare and unseen exhibition photographs and a new essay written by Eno”.
3: TANCRED is, so she says, “thrilled to share the latest single from her forthcoming new album ‘Nightstand’, out June 1st on Polyvinyl Record Co. ‘Queen of New York’ debuts today via a brand new Shervin Lainez directed music video” – I think I rather like it sp here it is
I don’t know, I’m not one of those thinking types, or at least the sort who would say so in a biog or a Twitter intro, I think I like this though, it doesn’t need a lot of thought. This is a breezy sunny delight and lastnight’s make up is still on and it kind of feels like a million 90’s alt indie pop bands from back there in the last century in a gloriously good way, maybe it sounds good because the sun is out at last? Or because it sounds like Verruca Salt or Angel Cage or Julianna Hatfield or bit like Sugar and Bob Mould or so many others from back there in those carefree days of sunshine and, well, it just hits the spot in the way those mostly North American indie alt.pop things did back there
Jess Abbott (aka Tancred) shares further that “the song is primarily about the internal reflection the next day, but I also wanted to include the smallest impression of moments therein where you really connect with someone in an emotional way, even if you both know it’s just for the night.” Tancred is currently wrapping up an American spring tour with Julien Baker. more on Tancred via Polyvinyl
4: COURTNEY BARNETT – ‘City Looks Pretty’ is taken from Courtney Barnett’s upcoming album ‘Tell Me How You Really Feel’ out on 18th May 2018, she hasn’t come up with anything as good as that brilliant slice of pop called pedestrian At Best from the “Sometimes I Sit And Think, And Sometimes I Just Sit”album, although, we can’t really say we’ve heard all of the new album yet and we can put her on a pedastal yet. Here’s the new thing, we like her things, well I do, not sure where everone else around here stands or sits or thinks… thinkers?
5: ATOMIC APE are from LA, they came to our attention via the always vital thing that is Cheer Accident, they’re on a Web of Mimicry, a shame really, as fine as that label is, what a arrogantly rude arsehole that guy who runs the website for that particular label is, if the band and the music wasn’t so good, we’d be thinking, ah its on WoM, we won’t bother, but hey, all about the music….
“Traversing surf-rock sounds, avant-rock, rhythmic complexities, jazz improvisations, and folk melodies, Atomic Ape is a musical amalgam of the utmost rarity. Composer and multi-instrumentalist Jason Schimmel—having honed his craft in Estradasphere, Secret Chiefs 3, Orange Tulip Conspiracy, and others—leads this ever-shifting ensemble with energy, melody, layers, and dynamics as only he can”
That’s enough, here’s some proper Ice Age, get yer own name you Danish imposters, ice Age are from Sweden….