Archive | November, 2010

Constellation continue to shine with the new Elfin Saddle release

10 Nov

It has been in the pipeline for a while, being fine tuned and lovingly assembled and finally Elfin Saddle’s Wurld is ready for the world to see. Reading on you will learn that the efforts of both the creators and Constellation in putting together this beautiful collection have fully paid off, as the results are astounding…

Wurld is a year-long installation piece constructed, tended and developed by Emi Honda and Jordan McKenzie (the co-founders of Elfin Saddle) in the back yard of their Montreal apartment, using stop-motion video to document the evolution of the sculptural elements of the work as well as to enact various animated sequences as part of a larger narrative arc for the piece.

The resulting 23 minute film Wurld premiered at the Vienna Film Festival in 2009 and received a Canadian premiere at the Montreal Museum of Contemporary Art (MACM) in spring 2010.

The Wurld DVD/10″+DVD release features the film (shot, edited and with musical score by Emi and Jordan) and includes an additional 65 minutes of video material (including an Elfin Saddle concert video filmed at the MACM) and 30 minutes of new Elfin Saddle music (includinga 15-minute re-mastered version of the Wurld soundtrack).

On the Constellation website there is a video preview of one of the extras from the forthcoming Wurld DVD release – the “Deleted Scenes” segment (featuring outtakes not used in the final film). This clip is also set to the song “A River Of Horses”, one of three new Elfin Saddle tracks being released with the DVD.

Plenty more details including streaming audio can be found on the official release page on the Constellation website.

I will leave you with a snapshot of the superb packaging.

No Means No are on the road again

9 Nov


Punk-rockers NoMeansNo have got stamina. At least once a year they grace us with their snarling presence and perform songs from their ever-so-catchy (not to mention extensive) back-catalogue and starting tomorrow, they are hitting the road again. Included in this jolly jaunt across the continent and our fair isle is an appearance at this year’s ATP Nightmare Before Christmas, where they’ve been invited to play by fellow Canadians Godspeed You! Black Emperor. Exciting!

Full dates are as follows:

10th November Nijmegen, Holland @ Doornjoosje
11th November Bochum, Germany @ Zwischenfall
12th November Metz, France @ Les Trintiraires
13th November Bern, Switzerland @ Reithalle
14th November Freiburg, Germany @ Cafe Atlantik
16th November Macon, France @ La Cavazik / La Cave a Musique
17th November Montpellier, France @ Tout a Fond
18th November La Roche-sur-Yon, France @ Fuzz’Yon
19th November Brest, France @ Espace Vauban
20th November Poitiers, France @ La Confort Moderne
21st November Bourges, France @ Emmetrop – le Nadir
24th November Leuven, Belgium @ Stuk
25th November London, England @ Underworld
26th November Leeds, England @ The Brudenell Social Club
27th November Glasgow, Scotland @ The Arches
28th November Belfast, Northern Ireland @ Auntie Annies
30th November Galway, Ireland @ Roisen Dubh
1st December Cork, Ireland @ Crane Lane
2nd December Dublin, Ireland @ Button Factory
3rd December Derby, England @ The Old Bell
4th December Minehead, England @ ATP curated by Godspeed You Black Emperor

Be sure to catch them if you can!

Rarely Unable’s ones to watch…33

4 Nov

For a new band, South Wales based bruisers 33 have some pedigree.
Born out of the cream of local bands, 33 was conceived as a vehicle for nihilistic singalong hardcore emulating the likes of Sheer Terror, Blood For Blood and Negative Approach. After alternating bouts of activity and hiatus, a solid line-up cemented and what was previously a sideline for all concerned moved to centre stage mid 2010.

The backbone of the band remains guitarist Graham Rofe from Cardiff City Hardcore stalwarts IRONCLAD and local luminary Benjamin Phillips on vocals. Bunking the Intercity down from London are co-vocalist Anthony Sylvester (ex Dukes Of Nothing) and guitarist Barry Thirlway (ex Strength Alone). The whole thing is anchored by Ironclad drummer Andrew Paget.

Lineup in place, work rate has been rapid – 8 songs recorded with James Atkinson at Mill Studios, Bradford (The Horror, Rot In Hell, Wiley) and a 5 date UK tour booked for late November 2010 w/ Black Breath, Gallows and Rise & Fall amongst others

Stay tuned for more news about their first split release on vinyl.

Here are their upcoming tour dates:

21 NOV – BORDERLINE, LONDON (supporting Black Breath)

22 NOV – CARDIFF MILLENIUM MUSIC HALL (playing with Gallows & Crossbreaker

23 NOV – MANCHESTER MOHO, MANC (playing with Gallows & Rise & Fall)

24 NOV – THE WELL, LEEDS (playing with Gallows & Dead Swans)
25 NOV – BUFFALO, CARDIFF (supporting Black Breath)