Thursday, 18 March 2010

British Wildlife Festival Souvenir Prints

British Wildlife Festival Souvenir Prints will be ready next week to purchase at the festival. There will be an extrememly limited run of them so make sure you bag one early.

Tuesday, 23 February 2010

Spoils & Relics

Spoils & Relics (Fri)
Leeds | Blackest Rainbow, Terror Tapes

This duo now trio have been hiding out in various Leeds six basements since 2005. Slowly stewing away developing their own language of nocturnal psychedelics built around punked electronics, tape constructs and whatever objects/ devices are within reach. Releases have hit cassette decks courtesy of Middle James Co (Fossils), Blackest Rainbow and Spoils member Johnny Scarr’s own Mantile Imprint. Look out for an upcoming split LP with Big Road Breaker on HARBINGER sound. Disclaimer : the guy in the photo ain’t innit..

Monday, 22 February 2010

Audrey Chen

Audrey Chen (Fri)

AUDREY CHEN is a Chinese-American musician who was born into a family of material scientists, doctors and engineers, outside of Chicago in 1976. Parting ways with the family convention, she turned to the cello at age 8 and voice at 11. After years of classical and conservatory training in both instruments, with a resulting specialization in early and new music, she parted ways again in 2003 to begin new negotiations with sound in order to discover a more individually honest aesthetic. Now, using the cello, voice and analog electronics, Chen’s work delves deeply into her own version of narrative and non-linear storytelling. A large component of her music is improvised and her approach to this is extremely personal and visceral. Her playing explores the combination and layering of a homemade analog synth, preparations and traditional and extended techniques in both the voice and cello. She works to join these elements into a singular ecstatic personal language.

Recently, her primary focus has been her SOLO project but she is also involved in many various collaborations. Among musicians, she has worked with Phil Minton, Tetuzi Akiyama, Toshimaru Nakamura, Ko Ishikawa, Elliott Sharp, Aki Onda, Phill Niblock, Frederic Blondy, Jerome Noetinger, C. Spencer Yeh, Alessandro Bosetti, Mats Gustafsson, Mazen Kerbaj, Michael Zerang, Tatsuya Nakatani, Le Quan Ninh, Joe Mcphee, Susan Alcorn, Michele Doneda, Paolo Angeli, Gianni Gebbia, plus many more. Some current projects include: duos with Phil Minton, Frederic Blondy, Robert van Heumen, Katt Hernandez, Nate Wooley, and Id M Theft Able. Trio with Nate Wooley and C. Spencer Yeh. Plus three new quartet projects with Jeff Carey/Morten J. Olsen/Raed Yassin, Miya Masaoka/Hans Grusel/Kenta Nagai and also with Frederic Blondy/Michael Johnsen/Jerome Noetinger. Chen has performed in Europe, Russia, Australia, New Zealand, China, Japan, Taiwan, Canada and the USA. She is currently based in Baltimore, MD USA but primarily maintains an active touring schedule throughout Europe.

Monday, 15 February 2010

The Hipshakes

The Hipshakes (Fri, replacement for Take a Worm for a Walk Week)
Sheffield | Goner Records
The Hipshakes play drums, bass and guitar very fast and loudly. They have several singles and an album out and tour in USA and Europe sometimes. They will probably one day tour Australia/New Zealand/Japan.

Blood Crips

Blood Crips (Sun)
Leeds | Unsigned
The most rocking party band in Leeds by a long shot; they haven't been around for long but already people have been grabbing the mic and singing along in mental basement parties in LS4 - the new LS6. An Upright, with a Broken Arm; one Real Loser.


Wooderson (Sat, replacement for Mugstar)
Sheffield | The Audacious Art Experiment