Archive | October, 2009

New Boris video

22 Oct

More messed up than ever before, this is the brand new Boris video Heavy Metal Rock Hits Vol.2. A really awesome video of riff heavy Japanese metallic hardcore (think Tokyo Yankees, GISM, Deathside, Paintbox etc…)


And…you will be pleased to hear that the second of three new Boris 7″s is available now! Volume Two, “H.M.A. – Heavy Metal Addict”, features two newly recorded tracks. On Side A, the title track “H.M.A.” is a heady slab of heavy metal tropes, alternating between spacey industrial SFX, hard-driving guitar and the mantra-like chants of the titular acronym. Side B continues with “Black Original”, which echoes the spacey, electronic drive of “H.M.A.”, but cuts out any pretense towards the heavy rock vibe of Boris’ work, instead leaning towards a very basic electro-industrial approach. Cover features the controversial photo (ala Cold Lake era Celtic Frost!) of Atsuo. TRULY GRIMM!


Happy 10th birthday Capsule!!!

22 Oct

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Capsule Birmingham UK
10th Birthday Celebrations 1999 – 2009

Capsule – crafting extraordinary events for adventurous audiences

December 2009 sees the 10-year anniversary of Birmingham’s most innovative art and music producers Capsule. For 10 years they have been bringing some of the most exciting, frightening, and gorgeous music to the city, and now invite everybody to join them in celebrating this feat. The hearts and brains behind the prestigious Supersonic Festival, an annual exploration into the finest art and music, Capsule have drawn an international audience to the city of Birmingham. Also creators of the Home of Metal heritage project, a celebration of the music that was created in the West Midlands, Capsule have been key to the culture of Birmingham.

And as it is such a momentous occasion, it seems fit to stretch this party out into a month long program, Capsule will be taking over Vivid  an arts space in deepest darkest Digbeth where you can expect a number of exciting concerts, exhibitions and workshops with special guests including LIGHTNING BOLT, GEOFF BARROW of PORTISHEADS latest project BEAK>, MODIFIED TOY ORCHESTRA and many more. There will also be a night at the very prestigious Town Hall Birmingham with old and new friends as well as an evening with two heavy weight doom merchants SUNN 0))) + OM and of course plenty of cake.

Tuesday 1st December
Launch party
Plus a selection of special guests Beestung Lips + Cum Dogs + Esquilax
Vivid 140 Heath Mill Lane Birmingham
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The launch party of Capsule’s 10-year retrospective exhibition features a number of special guests Israel’s garage rockers Monotonix, who certainly know how to start a party, rock you senseless and leave you wanting so much more will be headlining the opening show. In celebration of some of the ground breaking local music Capsule have championed Esquilax will be performing a special one off live performance, alongside Cum Dogs, a new project from Modified Toy Orchestra’s Brian Duffy. Infamous locals Beestung Lips will also be joining the proceedings.

Wednesday 2nd December
Six Organs of Admittance
Lightning Dust
Bela Emerson

Town Hall, Victoria Square Birmingham
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An extraordinary night of entertainment at the spectacular Town Hall Birmingham. Special guests include old friends Tunng who combine a perfect mixture of skewed electronica and pastoral English Folk music. Six Organs of Admittance, psych-folk-pop, hippie jams updated for the kids of today. Lightning Dust, the side project of Amber Webber and Joshua Wells, both members of Canadian band Black Mountain. Complimented by the bewitching Bela Emerson, an innovative and prolific performer of electric cello, electronics, tenor viol and musical saw.

Tuesday 8th December
Lightning Bolt
Tweak Bird
Pete Prescription

Vivid 140 Heath Mill Lane Birmingham
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The mighty Lightning Bolt will be performing an intimate gig in Vivid art gallery as part of Capsule’s 10th birthday celebrations. This strictly limited capacity show re-lives the first time Lightning Bolt played for Capsule back in 2004 in what is now the theatre space of the Custard Factory. Nothing less than a thrill to witness, Tweak Bird’s heavy, progressive psychedelia has earned them a reputation as an exciting new live act.  The man behind the world’s only and best Happy Hardcore covers band, Pete_Prescription completes the line up, expect Krautrock, melody, Noise or something else entirely.

Thursday 10th December
Sunn 0)))

The Asylum, Hockley Birmingham
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Capsule’s favourite cult doom outfit Sunn 0))) will be performing their ‘Monoliths and Dimensions’ album, illusory, beautiful and not entirely linear Sunn 0))) have become one of the most important experimental acts in the world. Om provide support to create what should be a show rich in darkness and intensity.

Sunday 13th December
Capsule and 7inch Cinema present:
Afternoon Tea – a light buffet with a healthy serving of films

Almost since day one, 7 Inch Cinema have been crouching in a corner at Capsule gigs with a video projector gaffa-taped to a stool showing films of hairy men shouting and small dogs in space. To celebrate the grannies’ remarkable and unexpected longevity we shall be gathering up some filmic highlights from the last decade and showing them at Vivid, alongside the customary mix of light snacks and word-searches.

Vivid140 Heath Mill Lane Birmingham FREE Event

Wednesday 16th December
Beak> (Geoff Barrow – Portishead)
Thought Forms

Vivid 140 Heath Mill Lane Birmingham
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BEAK> were formed in January 2009 by three Bristol musicians, Billy Fuller, Matt Williams and Geoff Barrow. Geoff Barrow is a musician and producer best known for forming and producing music group Portishead and part owner of the independent record label Invada Records . Einstellung blend glorious monotonous Krautrock with melodic tones and heavy slabs of Sabbath riffage, whilst finding time to declare sonic warfare on those tinnitus victims who have passed the point of no return.

Thursday 17th December
Capsule in collaboration with Created In Birmingham host
‘Knowing Me, Knowing You’
Vivid 140 Heath Mill Lane Birmingham
FREE Event

Capsule and Created in Birmingham are bringing some of Birmingham’s most exciting independent creatives together for a quickfire evening of show and tell.
Illustrators, filmmakers, artists, animators and musicians will be asked to let their imaginations run wild; to show off a little and to present their dream project.
They’ll have 3 minutes to say what they would do if they were given the run of a space like Vivid’s. We’re aiming to get a flavour of what they do, what they’re into and what they want to do. Did we mention there’ll be drinks, cake and music to keep the evening buzzing?

Saturday 19th December
Closing Party
Modified Toy Orchestra
Calvados Beam Trio
Una Corda + Stinky Wizzleteat

Plus a selection of special guests
Vivid 140 Heath Mill Lane Birmingham
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The closing party to Capsule’s 10th birthday celebrations will see a gathering of some of Birmingham’s most exciting experimental live acts – paying tribute to the ten years of exciting, genre pushing music that Capsule have produced and provided a stage for. Modified Toy Orchestra are a collection of abandoned and reconstructed Childrens electronic toys, conducted by a selection of musicians to create electronic music in a league of its own. PCM, the dark lords of drum n bass have long been key figures in the Midlands underground dance scene and firm Capsule favourites.

Vic Chesnutt on Quietus

19 Oct

Wyndham Wallace recently spoke to Vic Chesnutt about his career and new album and wound up producing one of the greatest interviews with Vic in recent times.

You can read the interview at length on the Quietus website and check out exclusive tracks from his new album At The Cut and his previous album North Star Deserter as well as countless video footage. It is extensive and well worth checking out.

Picture 11The Quietus are getting praise from other sources too and were listed as one of the top 25 websites in the Independent at the weekend.

Other recommendations on site include their extensive gallery of famous celebrities supporting the latest Sunn0))) album Monoliths And Dimensions. Hilarious.

Little Annie and Paul Wallfisch video preview, forthcoming album and London show

7 Oct


Little Annie (aka Annie Anxiety) and Paul Wallfisch have recently completed their brand new album Genderful which is going to be coming out early in the new year. Their previous album When Good Things Happen To Bad Pianos found them transforming ten existing songs into gloriously heartbreaking torch-songs and poignant ballads, the new album on the other hand, from what I have heard, is one of brand new compositions.

To me, Annie is an absolute legend, what a life she has led. I am happy to be announcing their new album’s arrival on Southern Records and look forward to sending out promos for this later in the year. Prior to the release there will be playing a special one off UK show (their only UK show in 2009 in fact) at Bush Hall on November 23rd.

If anyone was lucky enough to see the duo perform in support of Marc Almond last year in London then you may agree with me when I say that their dynamic is totally sublime, on stage and on record.

One of their new tunes ‘Because You’re Gone Song’ is premiering on youtube now. Check it out for a little taster.


1 Oct

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Rock A Rolla magazine in the UK have a simple manifesto, they claim to be “the world’s only publication entirely dedicated to avant-rock, noise and experimental sounds.” The magazine is available in newsagents, record stores, bookshops and other fine outlets world wide and there is no denying that it is a killer magazine if you are a fan of the aforementioned genres!

Each issue is littered with reviews and features covering an array of awesome artists and a large percentage are often from the SRD/Southern family. This month there is no exception with major features on Mad Love (Ipecac), The Accused (Southern Lord), Eagle Twin (Southern Lord), Celan (Exile On Mainstream) and a label focus on Kranky. Add to that a huge live special of Supersonic Festival which many of our bands featured. THANKS GUYS!!!!

Just wanted to give the magazine some praise on the blog. Please visit their website to learn more!

Exclusive Constellation podcast available on Drowned In Sound

1 Oct


Drowned In Sound have been super supportive of Constellation particularly in recent months. After the demise of Plan B magazine they were given permission to publish transcripts from an in-depth interview with Constellation head honchos Ian and Don that were published in Plan B’s final issue.

As of this week, the website have made available an exclusive podcast showcasing all the latest releases on the label including; Evangelista, Elfins Saddle, Dead Science and Land Of Kush to name a few. The full track listing is as follows:

00:00 ‘Philip Guston’ – Vic Chesnutt feat. Guy Picciotto & Silver Mt. Zion from At The Cut CST060

03:25 ‘You Have My Eyes Now’ – Clues from Clues CST057

07:05 ‘The Slayer (EDIT)’ – Evangelista feat. Carla Bozulich from Prince Of Truth CST061

13:02 ‘Monster Island Czars’ – The Dead Science from Villainaire CST054

16:41 ‘Do (EDIT)’ – Do Make Say Think from Other Truths CST062

21:37 ‘The Living Light (EDIT)’ – Elfin Saddle from Ringing For The Begin Again CST059

25:16 ‘Iceland Spar (EDIT)’ – Land Of Kush from Against The Day CST058

Visit Drowned In Sound and check this out. You will not be disappointed.