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colin sharp "csharp53" (England)

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2 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Whole, 11 July 2009
This review is from: Hole (Audio CD)
This is a great addition to the Static racket collection.
Perhaps more heavily veering towards the electonica side of their sound, but full of the twists and turns, sudden swerves and change in sonic tonic dynamic which are part of the 65 days.
The opening Hole is a great example of what they do best- creating a sense of mystery with sounds drifting in and out which are often impossible to identify- is that underwater? someone drowning? a whale's song? Unnerving and enervating.
A fab remix of "The fall of math" and a reworking of the twitchy "retreat, retreat"- the mothboy remix- which sounds as though it could be the inner workings of a moth or a butterfly- the guys keep you guessing.
Packaged in an oddly shaped sleeve, in a weird shade of yellow/orange pale with an image on the cover that looks hideously like an electric chair- great, unsettling stuff.
I found this on the rack at the back of the nick knack section- a worthy extra to my post-rock eclectic select-ion.

Kingdom of Rust
Kingdom of Rust
Price: £6.41

1 of 2 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars domain of trust, 8 July 2009
This review is from: Kingdom of Rust (Audio CD)
This is a beautiful, melodic, symphonic, almost a concept album- travelling through nothern wastelands, reflecting and commenting, but with real soul and energy. There is a sense of motion and space, very much like the more expansive Hannett productions each setting as appropiate to the mood and tone of the different songs, framing the lovely vocals without detracting from them.
Doves have grown in stature and dignity and confidence afer years of gigging and building up to this album.
A refreshing change from some of the post-rock, post-punk. They remain true to their souls, existing in their own world.

Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews
Totally Wired: Postpunk Interviews and Overviews
by Simon Reynolds
Edition: Paperback
Price: £19.99

5 of 20 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars again and again and again...., 8 July 2009
There is apparently a new hefty work of non-fiction soon to be published by John Paul Middle Reynolds called "More notes..." in which he/she/they have gathered notes that were written on scraps of paper, backs of enveloppes, found in bins, written whilst various music books were written then gahered together in this book with a cut up collage of previous covers, shopping lists and reminders such as- take cat to vet- and some indecipherable phone numbers.
Rather lengthy at 927 pages, including notes about the notes and a bibliography that is 194 pages and some very dark family photos.
But its a must for any true fan of post-punk-rock-hip-glam-electro-jazz-folk-funk.

"Rip it up and start again" was a great piece of work. Do we need this as well? Discuss in no less than 50,00 words

Goodbye Enemy Airship The Landlord Is Dead
Goodbye Enemy Airship The Landlord Is Dead
Price: £10.87

5.0 out of 5 stars We are the tenants: at last we can savour our liberty, 17 Jun. 2009
Another blinding title from the post rock funsters. There is an underbelly of sadness and sudden euphoria similar to their fellow travellers like Godspeed, Sigur Ros and in places very alike to Silver Mount Zion, a similar sense of fun, lightness of touch and unexpected musical twists and turns. Takes you on a musical journey to marvelous places.A real sense of drama and dynamics with sudden percussive out bursts and sweet lulls.
This album and its ilk is full of imagination and creativity, putting most 'rock' in the shade whereas these fellas fill the darkness of the void with shards of luminosity and rays of heavenly light.
Halo to them and their spirit.
Gorgeous sleeve and cover too.

Songs They Never Play on the Radio: Nico the Last Bohemian
Songs They Never Play on the Radio: Nico the Last Bohemian
by James Young
Edition: Hardcover

1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Naked Breakfast, 15 Jun. 2009
This is one of the last great biographys which reads like a William Burroughs novel of low life characters, addiction, pop art and the original authentic factory -scene- Andy Warhol's circus of actors, artists,dancers and musicians among whom was the genius Velvet Underground and chanteuse, ice maiden Nico.
This book is mainly about the later/last phase of Nico's life by when she'd moved to Manchester, England and their own little 24 hour party Factory.
By then, as explored so vividly in the book, Nico's heroin addiction had escalated and her singing had diminished as her voice became increasingly difficult to control.
The book describes in real detail the sordid surroundings, the cast of charismatic and crazy friends- JCC, Toby the drummer, John Cale and others.
There's little mention of her flagging career, the few recordings with Martin Hannett and sporadic live outings. By then Nico preferred to stay inside, in darkness, in squalor,palying games involving spurting blood at the walls from hyperdermics- all of which is captured with wit, panache and compassion and real understanding.
Nico's life ended tragically in a bike accident, a tawdry end to the femme fatale and to all tomorrows parties.

Shadowplayers : Factory Records 1978-81 [DVD] [2006]
Shadowplayers : Factory Records 1978-81 [DVD] [2006]
Dvd ~ Joy Division
Offered by zoreno-uk
Price: £10.92

6 of 12 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars shadowy, 14 Jun. 2009
This is a slim dvd of mainly talking heads with little on intro, context, analysis, music or visuals. It doesn't even stand as a documentary.
There is something dry, academic and purist about the style and presentation which gives it a geeky, obsessive feel for the mildly autistic- collect the whole factory set, swap the stickers.
The diametric opposite to 24 hour party people and the sex,drugs, madness, wit, rock, art and post punk roll that was at the heart and soul ,guts and blood of the late 70s manchester, Factory records scene. This is like stamp collecting and has no insight ino the psychology and psychosis of the real thing.
In its favour it has been put together with great attention and dry,shut down affection and is a good academic historical document of a now over hyped period.

Factory: The Story of the Record Label
Factory: The Story of the Record Label
by Mick Middles
Edition: Paperback
Price: £9.99

6 of 7 people found the following review helpful
3.0 out of 5 stars The more it's the same thing, 14 Jun. 2009
This is quite clearly an update on Mick Middles previous Factory book and has a bright new yellow jacket and facesque lettering like a number of recent books that explore similar territory.
Unfortunately there is not enough new material or fresh angles to really warrant another 'factory' book.
There's a Tony Wilson biography, or two, on the way and with the plethora of recent publications, it's becoming a bit like the post Beatles industry- "I was Lennon's chef" etc.
Maybe time now to move on and let the dead dogs lie.
Having said that this is on the whole well researched, good on anecdote without really delving too deeply into the music itself or the whole dysfunction of the factory family and the early deaths.
The zeitgesit has moved on from the laddy madchester scene and second generation post punk.
The interesting and creative explorations are in the planet post-rock.

All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone
All Of A Sudden I Miss Everyone

5.0 out of 5 stars Euphoria and melancholia, 14 Jun. 2009
This like some of Silver Mount Zions titles has a wonderful, mysterious and evocative title which reflects the instrumental contents that lie within.
It's a wonderful, atmospheric peice of intricate, sensitive work that combines craftmanship and imagination.
Unlike other fellow travellers down the post rock, math rock, symphonic route, the variations in dynamic aren't so intense as for instance in the oeuvre of early Mogwai, the thunderous 65 days of static or the more metallic cadences of Red Sparrowes or Pelican. They remind me somewhat of a generation of earlier explorers on the sonic classical/prog rock interface- Brian Eno, Harold Budd, King Crimson, Pink Floyd, Fripp.
They create passages of real beauty and calm wtih appropiate titles- "Welcome, ghosts" and "so long lonesome" that add up to that feelin- "all of a sudden I miss everyone"- a concept album?

Zidane - A 21st Century Portait
Zidane - A 21st Century Portait
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5 of 6 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Close up and personal, 12 Jun. 2009
Like the film this is so close to the subject, so intimate in it's instrumentaion and design.
It is very controlled like Zidane's playing with the odd unexpected violent breakout and change in pace and dynamic. At times it is almost claustrophobic.
This is the mighty Mogs at their most controlled and complex, only occasionally going for sonic goal or polyphonic penalty.
Delivered by the lords on the post rock non dance.
The playing is tight and ensemble and works like a well drilled team with solo sparks.
Enough of the football analogies, a great work of post rock soundtracking

He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts Of Light Sometimes Grace The Corner Of Our Rooms
He Has Left Us Alone But Shafts Of Light Sometimes Grace The Corner Of Our Rooms
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1 of 1 people found the following review helpful
5.0 out of 5 stars Grace, light and space, 11 Jun. 2009
Possibly the best title I,ve come across and the contents reflect the mystery,spirituality and uniqueness of that title.
There is a palpable sense of tension, fluctuating with subdued ecstasy, a sense of grace , subtle dynamics and infinite sonic possibility.
The use of found sound, electro-acoustic, hymnal voices, varied instrumentation, an undertow of melancholy and loneliness is captured and transmitted with ease, confidence and limitless imagination. It's up there with Godspeed, Sigur and in parts not unlike 65 Days, Explosions in the Sky and other artists working away on the fringes of post rock, electronica and experimentalism.
A shaft of light and loveliness which illuminates the room and your soul

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