The Five music things thing yet again for whatever it still might be worth. Five? There’s something rather compelling about five, cross-pollination? Five more? Five more while Death Pill hide in their basements and all we can really do is watch thie socail media feeds.
Do we need to do the editorial bit again? Is there another way? A cure for pulling cats out of hats? Is there a rhyme? Is there a reason? Was there ever? What do reasons make? Five more, same as last time (and the time before) five, and no, we never do and the proof of the pudding is in that proof reading. When we started this thing, oh never mind, it doesn’t matter and like we asked last time, does anyone bother reading the editorial? Does anyone ever actually look down the rabbit hole or is it all just method acting? We do listen to everything that comes in, we do it so you don’t have to, we are very (very) picky about what we actually post on these pages or play on the radio or hang in a gallery. Cut to the chase, never mind the editorial there’s loads of music further down the page, well five or so pieces of music that have come our way in the last few days and cut cut slash and cut to the damn chase, who needs an editorial? But, then as we said with the previous Five Music Thing feature a couple of days back, a page that also featured Death Pill (as did the five before that) that maybe this time we do need an editorial? I mean, Ukraine, just a land full of people making music, art, wanting to just live and go to gigs and hang out together and do the same thing most of us do, those of us who aren’t power crazed leaders…
Here’s your five pieces of music for today….
1: Frog Eyes – We all like this, the pigeons like this, the cat would like it is there was a cat living here, the pigeons would not like it is there was a cat living here, it does that that stabbing Hawkwind/Stranglers thing, that Bob Calvert thing. Radio’s sound is the slam of the gate, Is the creak of the stairs as we dance up to them. “Frog Eyes are back with a new album, The Bees out April 29, 2022 via Paper Bag Records, the details are there on their Bandcamp so don’t be kicking your dinner or the motherload off anyone’s table, there’s the music, play it and do with it what you will with their Spirit of the Age…
Hang on, stop the bus, here’s the details of their new album and a second track, Frog Eyes are from Toronto, Canada, I expect we’ll have more to say about them very soon
2: LKY & Alarico – Now we’re Motoring (as Mr Peel once said after playing something wholesome from Doctor And The Crippens), this one from KY passed our way this morning, curiosity never killed the cat, it just took it to new places, or maybe old places in this case? Rather like the old school forward movement of this – “LKY makes a return for the third instalment of hi”s self-release series accompanied by close friend and talented artist Alarico. The 4 track EP was designed to deliver their transcendent vision of techno, personalities, and friendship”.
3: Congotronics International – The big band or supergroup or whatever they are have a new album on the way. Now I know this isn’t the right thing to say but this one rather tasty first track, the only one we can hear from the forthcoming Congotronics International album Where’s The One? Right now this first track does make me want to reach for one of those brilliant Ginger Baker’s Air Force albums that were so ahead of their time – yeah I know, I should be going to Mr Baker’s sources but those albums and his big band were brilliant back there, they still sound fresh now, fifty years later, and this one track does have the feel of those Air Force albums, especailly the second one. This one track, the title track of the new Congotronics International 21 track collaborative album Where’s The One? An album that’s out on April 29th bodes rather well. More details via Bandcamp
There’s some kind of Congotronics International big band playing as Kasai Allstars/Hot Chip which we’re told equals Hot Congotronics at the Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London on June 14th, that link you jsut passed will tell you more
“Collectively created by the supergroup comprising Konono No.1, Kasai Allstars, Deerhoof, Juana Molina, Wildbirds & Peacedrums, and Skeletons’ Matthew Mehlan, eleven years in the making, this epic collaborative new album gathers 19 musicians from across four continents, working together to create a new musical language that combines the traditional music of the Congolese artists with the various experimental rock styles of their admirers based in Europe and the Western Hemisphere.
The album’s 21 songs consist of live concert recordings and studio tracks produced in the years before, during, and after their Congotronics vs. Rockers tour in 2011. The tour brought these acts together for the first time—all in all, ten lead vocalists, five guitarists, three likembe players, five percussionists, two bass players (including Crammed Discs’ Vincent Kenis), and three drummers—for performances at 16 major festivals and venues in ten countries. The recording process continued remotely on and off in the years that followed until it was finalized in 2021 by Deerhoof’s John Dieterich and Greg Saunier and Crammed Discs’ Marc Hollander. The album’s mixing by Saunier serves to elevate its live recordings into a seamless whole alongside the studio tracks.
4: The Post-Everything Collective is “a collaboration between various post-rock artists that adeptly push genre boundaries, balancing post-rock, ambient, progressive and ethereal shoegaze. The prodigious mix of a variety of styles and influences evokes a strong sense of nostalgia, introspection and exhilaration”, well that’s what they say. There’s loads of rather beautiful treasure to be found on this massive 60 track album, this is;nt the time and place to be picking apart and offering any kind of critical meandering, most of it is reflective, most of it,considering what we know (and son’t know) about what is happening t othe ordinary people of Ukraine feels a little sad – it is a positive though, these things maybe little more tha nstokenism, but what else can we do. it is all very much a post rock thing, it is mostly familiar ground, 100% of the proceeds go to help the people of ukraine, what more d oyou want to know
5: Cabo Boing – We should mention this album written, recorded and everything else’d by Brian Esser, Real Gems For Little Jewels. is sketch book pages and bites of New Wave Devo-ness for poisoned electrick heads everywhere. Once of Organ regulars Yip Yap, Find the Cabo Boing a’bum on Bandcamp. Actually the label Real Gems has just come out on, New York’s Haord Records looks to have quite a lot you might want to explore if fizzing no-wave new wave is your thing…
And while we’re here, the second Air Force album is just a classic, we’te talking about it up there, have a listen to that second track Sweet Wine, and then, if you haven’t already, check out the adventures Fela Kuti and Ginger Baker went on together while Ginger lived in Nigeria in the early 70’s