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Frank Iero And The Patience / The Homeless Gospel Choir (live at Omeara)

London 21 October 2017

Frank Iero And The Patience live October 2017On 21 October 2017, I was lucky enough to go see Frank Iero And The Patience at Omeara in south London. I did not arrive in time for the opening band, Paceshifters, unfortunately, but I did make it for the second half of the The Homeless Gospel Choir.

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Wucan – Reap The Storm

MIG

Wucan - Reap The StormThis is Wucan’s second full-length album release and comes hot on the heels of their amazing performance at Desertfest this year. After the Vikarama EP and the album Sow The Wind, this time Wucan present us with a double LP in which they explore their sound, and start taking it in other directions.

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Meriheini Luoto – Metsänpeitto

(self-released)

Meriheini Luoto - MetsänpeittoMeriheini Luoto is an improvisational violinist and a recent graduate of the Sibelius Academy. Her love of the forest and how sound can interact with that most glorious and mysterious of environments led her to produce this binaurally recorded, five-part piece which nods to Nordic folk music as well as a looser, more immediate style that dovetail well.

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Windhand / Satan’s Satyrs (live at The Borderline)

London 9 October 2017

Windhand live October 2017It’s been a few months since I last went to see a band at The Borderline, so I was somewhat shocked as I entered the venue as it seems like a totally different place. The one little bar has now been replaced by a massive long bar and an elevated standing area has been removed.

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Godspeed You! Black Emperor – Luciferian Towers

Constellation

GYBE - Luciferian TowersI remember the first time I heard Godspeed You! Black Emperor; having my mind blown by the sheer enormity of the scale of that first album, the bleak drama and the frazzled audacity of it. With the second album, this ragged bunch of Canadians reached the apogee of what could be done using the basic constructs of rock music

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UUUU – UUUU

Editions Mego

UUUU - UUUUAn exquisite corpse figuring the familiar Edvard Graham Lewis and Thighpaulsandra, UUUU make for a interesting fusion. Matthew Simms, guitarist and singer for the lo-fi curiosity It Hugs Back and drummer Valentina Magaletti, who once played with Bat For Lashes, but is best known for her dapplings with prepared percussion in Tomaga are the unknowns here

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Nick Nicely – Sleep Safari

Tapete

Nick Nicely - Sleep SafariNick Nicely is a bit of a mystery. It would appear that he has been recording and releasing music for the best part of the last forty years, but this album released on Tapete is only his third non-compilation full-length record in that time. A series of psychedelic singles were released in the early ’80s and then a series of dancefloor-filling twelve inches in the nineties

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Welcome To Night Vale – All Hail

Apollo Victoria Theatre, London 1 October 2017

Welcome to Night Vale - All HailFor the last five years, a growing audience of podcast listeners have been being amused, entertained and just plain weirded out by the small-town cosmic absurdism of the mighty Welcome To Night Vale – community radio from a little town somewhere in the desert

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Jon Hassell – Dream Theory In Malaya: Fourth World Volume Two

Tak:til

Jon Hassell - Dream Theory in MalayaYears ahead of its 1981 timestamp, Jon Hassell‘s Dream Theory in Malaya was inspired by Kilton Stewart essay about the Dream Tribe of Malaya (now Malaysia) called the Senoi – a people whose equilibrium was based on dreamtime.

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The Doomed Bird Of Providence – Burrowed Into The Soft Sky

Front & Follow

The Doomed Bird Of Providence - Burrowed Into The Soft SkyThe Doomed Bird Of Providence‘s latest album shows a marked departure for the band. Initially known for their dark and mournful songs about Australian colonialism, Burrowed Into The Soft Sky takes a far more abstract approach.

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Bjørn Hatterud and André Hardang Borgen – Dalstrøka Bortafor

Picadisk

Bjørn Hatterud andAndré Hardang Borgen - Dalstrøka BortaforBeing part of the Norwegian experimental underground scene for more than twenty years, Bjørn Hatterud and André Hardang Borgen have finally released an album together.

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Dig Deeper – In Central European Time

Alien Agency

Dig Deeper - In Central European TimeFor Dig Deeper‘s third long-player, leader Einar Kaupang has chosen to cast a light on the plight of refugees as seen from the perspective of a Norwegian citizen; one who is discontented with the inhumane attitudes and “close the border” mentalities of that government

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Lee Ranaldo – Electric Trim

Mute

Lee Ranaldo - Electric TrimAfter thirty years spent as Sonic Youth guitar wrangler, plus his intermittent and incredibly varied solo career of experimentation, collaboration and wild ideas, I thought I knew a little of what to expect from this latest release from Lee Ranaldo. The stark, contextless cover image of tyre marks on a rural road further confirmed my assumptions, only to have them dashed completely

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Coil – Time Machines

Dais

Time MachinesIntended as a psychedelic thoroughfare that cures you of time, if only for its duration, this was one of Coil‘s many crowning glories for me. Along with the Spring Equinox EP “Moon’s Milk”, it opened the floodgates towards a richness that is still sorely missed, even all these years later.

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Papir – V

Stickman

Papir - VPapir are a young power trio from Copenhagen plying an expansive take on instrumental guitar music. Together since 2010, V is, as the Roman numeral suggests, their fifth album and squeezes just seven tracks onto two discs, lasting as a little over an hour and a half. Brevity is not their strong suit.

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