Let the music do the talking, never mind the editorial bit at the top. Another five slices of music thing again and however you slice it and of course it was sushi and here comes the introduction that heralds the latest Five Music Things thing and whatever the hell the five music thing is actually all about. Five? There’s something rather compelling about five. Cross-pollination? Five more? Do we need to do the editorial bit again? Is there another way? A better way? A cure for pulling flying pigs out of the clouds? Is there a rhyme? Is there a reason? Was there ever a reason? What do reasons make? Five more, everything must go and same as last time (and the time before that) 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 why we started this thing 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 really try to listen to everything that comes in, we do it so you don’t have to, we are very (very) very very picky about what we actually post on these fractured pages or about what gets played on the radio or indeed what we 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 it, who needs an editorial or words or worms in general? Just facts and links then. Here you go, play the music, grab your five, eat your greens, go eat some art, go eat some dirt and don’t forget whatever it was we said you shouldn’t forget last time…
Here we go, five (or so) more musical things in no particular order and for no particular reason other than…
1: Rien Faire – “I hope you are well. I am delighted to announce the release of Rien Faire’s second album, Peuple, on February 3rd. Welcome to Rien Faire’s French indie pop, something between experimental songs, dada rock and yéyé a bit destroy, Rien Faire draws – consciously or not – the contours of a pop music we all dreamed of”.
Oh yes, we like this, here’s a delicate first couple of tastes that really do speak for themselves. There’s something rather delicious about Rien Faire, something delightful, okay, soemthing delightfully French about their breezy way, the ease of it all, the uncluttered natural economy, that and the warm detail (as well as that hint of Gryphon). Here’s the Bandcamp and the order details, that song called Peuple is just gorgeous. The album is out in early February, lots more from us at the start of next year, this is jsut a first taste
Here’s what the label say
“Two years after «Rien Faire», their first eponymous album, the trio (bass, keyboards, drums, vocals) from Lyon delivers their latest contribution to the revival of songwriting made in France. Nine small surrealist poems whose soft consonant sounds blossom through falsely naive melodies and which, in spite of their complexity, resound like so many evidences. A pop of goldsmith coiled in a rough and noisy case considering the stripped arrangements, borrowed of roughness and of a gracious beauty.
Raw sophistication. Economy of means. The Rien Faire don’t make a big deal of it, the songs are enough by themselves. A noisy rictus, an elusive bass line, a vocal harmony with solar accents: each ingredient keeps its own flavor without being totally melted in the mass, getting to the whole a sometimes disconcerting freshness. But as often in the productions of the label Dur et Doux, it is better to abandon its projections to be carried by the musical proposal. Because if by certain debonair aspects, we imagine very well our three acolytes sitting in circle on the beach modelling some sand blocks with the strange contours and being ecstatic in front of the evocative power of these spontaneous realizations, we detect with the wire of the listening of Peuple this will, oh so worked, to be constantly «on the wire». Between experimental song, dada rock and yéyé a little destroyed, Rien Faire draws – in a conscious way or not – the contours of a pop music of which we all dreamed”.
2: Dalila Kayros and a track (and new video) from an album the Italian singer released back in June of this year. The video has just been released, the album can be found on Bandcamp, Seed is rather typical of the colour you’re going to find on the rest of the album. The album is called Animàmi, “Animàmi is the name of the shadows, entities living in the unconscious and forming a chaotic matter melted with thought and emotions…”.
3: Mike Dillon & Punkadelick – “Pandas” from the album f ‘Inflorescence’, find it on Bandcamp and find it on bubblegum pink vinyl if you’re take by the idea of things bubblegum pink. They’re from New Orleans, the album is out on January 27th 2023, there’s more about it under the YouTube thing…
Mike Dillon & Punkadelick have released “Pandas,” the second single from their forthcoming album, Inflorescence, due January 27 on Royal Potato Family.
“‘Pandas’ was composed in my apartment above Checkpoint Charlie’s off Frenchman Street in New Orleans,” explains Mike Dillon. “I had been mediating on the destruction of natural habitats for human convenience all the while painfully aware of the homeless situation in our own cities. So you might say the song is a meditation on the helpless nature of the panda bear’s imminent demise, but alsol a metaphor for our own social fabric hanging by a thread.”
Built upon a hypnotic vibraphone figure laid down by Mike Dillon, a high lonesome melodica melody played by Brian Haas floats across the landscape before Nikki Glaspie’s lilting rhythm enters, giving the performance a pastoral, dream-like drift. There’s an elegance to “Pandas,” that stands in contrast to the band’s name. The punk and funk are present, however, if more in their ethos and underlying approach to music than in a literal sense.
“We’re students of the titans of music. We grew up listening to punk and rock ‘n’ roll but we also love instrumental music—particularly the forefathers of Black American Music. In our minds, Led Zeppelin and Milt Jackson, Parliament-Funkadelic and The Minutemen, The Bad Brains and Frank Zappa are interconnected,” says Mike Dillon. “All that comes together in how we approach instrumental creative music. Punk rock, funk and jazz are not prefab things, they’re about freedom. We have no genre restriction in this band, and people who get it really respect that.”
“Pandas” release today coincides with the announcement of 24 additional Punkadelick shows in Winter and Spring 2023. Having just completed a West Coast run this past weekend, Mike Dillon—a notorious road warrior who is also a member of Les Claypool’s Bastard Jazz and Rickie Lee Jones‘ band and prior to the pandemic would typically perform over 250 shows a year—will lead Punkadelick, featuring keyboardist Brian Haas and drummer Nikki Glaspie,on a tour that covers territory in the Midwest, Colorado, the Southeast and Northeast, including both headline dates and support slots with Marco Benevento. Punkadelick also make their debut performance on Jam Cruise 19 setting sail in early February.
4: Jerry A. Lang, the founder of American punk rock band Poison Idea, is releasing his first solo album. While Lang has participated in other music projects outside of Poison Idea, such as German metal punk band Crime Scene and Amsterdam-hailing garage punk band Savage Beat, this is his first dive into a solo project. The 12-track album is tilted From The Fire Into The Water. Thealbum is out in a couple of days, you can only hear one track on the Bandcamp page right now, not clear how much of an indication that one track is in terms of the whole album – that one track sounds like a classc bit of Everything Must Go to us, sounds like he’s loving rather than hating music though. We can tell you From The Fire Into The Water drops on December 16th via American Leather Records. There will be a record-release party in Portland, Oregon at the art gallery Wyrd War, we maight well be bac kfor more if and wghen we’ve heard more.Always up for a slice of an Idea. Don’t thin kmuch of athe aslbum artweork, good to see things launching in an art gallery.
5: PoiL Ueda – The much anticipated first album from tthe united thing that is Poil Ueda comes out in March 2023, we’ve just heard the full thing, we’re as impressed by it all, PoiL never fail to impress. you can hear one track from the album via the Bandcamp page, more from us in the new year.
“The Album: An unexpected encounter between Junko Ueda, eminent figure of the Japanese medieval epic storytelling, whose warm and profound voice summons the terrestrial energies, and the organic madness of the monster PoiL practicing with cosmic rock without net. Poil Ueda detonnates the limits of rock and world music. By the magic and respect of the “Ma (間),” the two universes mesh and converge in perfect osmosis. The album opens with Kujô-Shakujô, a Buddhist shômyô chant practiced by monks to ward off evil spirits. The second part of the album plunges us into the naval battle of Dan no Ura and the grievous decline of the imperial Heike clan facing the Genji clan. Junko’s stories surf freely on PoiL’s tumultuous wave pulsing with brashness and precision
The Band: PoiL Ueda is the result of a collaboration between Junko Ueda, a vocalist and satsuma-biwa player from Japan, and PoiL, a French rock/contemporary music band. The creation is based on the 13th-century Japanese epic tale “Heike-Monogatari. The composition is based on traditional epic singing accompanied by the satsuma-biwa and Buddhist Shomyo chant. Through the fusion of an ancient Japanese traditional music with a hyper modern European musical formation, this project offers the opportunity to discover a unique musical universe. An innovative performance where PoiL’s unrestrained experimental rock blends with the mellow and sinuous voice, the compelling narrative, and the remarkable charisma of Junko Ueda”.
Here’s a couple of videos…
And while we’re here, It’s Koenjihyakkei‘s Taku Yabuki perfoming “Angherr Shisspa” last year, you can find the track on this album and well, if you don’t already now, then there’s bagloads of musical treature from Koenjihyakkei to explore, don’t miss out