Friday, 14 November 2014
Some genius, some beauty has plumbed in a working cassette deck to the motherboard at SoundArt Radio studios. I learnt about this a couple of weeks ago so I tentatively put in a couple of "cassette" tracks by Aural Hypnox and Dave Phillips just to see if the machine was quality .. it worked! So, expect more cassette releases being played in the coming weeks.
This programme featured a few artists who will be playing at this weekends "Harbinger Soundclash 2" in Belgium as well as a couple of Psychic TV classics to commemorate the release of "Force The Hand Of Chance" which was released "on this day" in 1982. Eternal thanks to Dave Mutch for engineering duties and eating all the crisps!
01: Closing The Eternity : "Autumn Lights, Cold Decay" (Vegvisir Music) 2014.
02: Aural Hypnox : "Séance II/2014 (March 2014)" (Aural Hypnox) 2014.
03: Phil Julian : "Open Form" (Harbinger Sound) 2014.
04: Yasutoshi Yoshida : "Substance" (Xerxes) 2014.
05: Dave Phillips : "Walk Out" (Aaltra Records) 2014.
06: ZFAMP : "Tri Signan" (Alt. Vinyl) 2014.
07: Moral Holiday : "No Forks" (Smokers Gifts/Memoirs Of An Aesthete) 2013.
08: Blah Blah Blah : "In The Army" (Absurd Records) 1979.
09: Psychic TV : "Themes 1 (Part Two)" (Cold Spring Records) 2011.
10: Psychic TV : "Terminus" (Some Bizarre) 1982.
11: Treriksrøset : "Eating Tarmac" (Segerhuva) 2004.
12: Sleaford Mods : "Double Diamond" (Salon Alter Hammer/Anker) 2014.
13: Mark Wynn : "Tabby Cats Instead" (Not On Label) 2013.
14: Mark Wynn : "She Fancies Me That One In Age Concern" (Not On Label) 2013.
Copy + Paste : http://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-radio-soundart-broadcast-13112014/
Wednesday, 12 November 2014
The final weekend in October and I was asked to DJ at a gig festering Consumer Electronics, Sudden Infant, Mark Wynn and Sleaford Mods at The 100 Club in London. Quite an honour … it also gave me the chance of meeting up with my eldest (Huw) who I hadn't seen in about six years ..
It was at the gig I was handed a copy of "Turbulent Times #10" by writer in chief John Eden. A hand with a beaming face shortly behind it came out of the 100 Club darkness and gave me a copy, then retreated back towards the "happening" throng. The magazine became a godsend for the long train journey back the next day.
"Turbulent Times" is not an irreverent read but at the same time it is not "The Wire". #10 centres around the words and works of Simon Morris and Theeeeee Ceramic Hobs, a great interview about the production of the "Spirit World Circle Jerk" album and a supplement tract where Simon explains his feelings towards fascism / anti-fascism in subterranean culture (always interested in this subject as i have been labelled a fascist by a few because of my association with Tesco Org), as well as an attempted interview with a man who walks the streets of Stamford Hill with a swastika sandwich board strapped to his torso - I have seen this man walking the streets myself whenever I have stayed in Stamford Hill … on the way to Stoke Newington but never had the balls to engage with him…
The rest of the magazine made the journey fly by with an insight to the works of Peter Um (who I took a great dislike to when I saw him live in a field in Cambridgeshire four years ago) and Adolf Steg. Two Steg postcards are inside …. There are reviews of live events such as the Extreme Rituals Event that took place in 2012 and words on releases by Re:Clip, Small Cruel Party and Ekoplekz amongst others … a great and easy read that makes the unknown and unheard worth investigating.
The DJ slot at the 100 Club was a great pleasure, spinning the likes of Rema Rema, Steel Leg, Public Image Limited, 999, The Cramps, Animals & Men and Il Y A Volkswagens amongst others … there were times when the needle on one of the turntables took a dislike to the vinyl, but a great lock groove was created and used as a bridge … turntable technique! Thanks to all the folks who wanted to shake hands because I was spinning my favourite tunes. I am available for weddings, birthday partys and house removals.
The gig was quite a classic too with Sudden Infant blowing my mind. I was not expecting the full on tight post punk no wave sound of Sudden Infant. Loud, violent, personal and exotic, a sound and approach I haven't experienced since Swans first made it over to the UK in the early 1980's. Mark Wynn was OK, I have a Cdr of his "songs" but tonight Mark took the stage as an angry young man with a mission to annoy rather than entertain. I don't know what has happened to Consumer Electronics over the past ten years. I saw Phil Best perform as CE in Bristol and Nottingham a few years ago and he was on top form, great sounds built of extreme textures and noise in-depth, but now … with his wife Sarah and Russel Haswell they have entered the world of the cheap noise act. His set at the Broken Flag Festival in 2012 was laughable, tonight I found the answer to the age old question : is a turd polishable. Sleaford Mods were on form, bitter, frenzied and top entertainment …
01: Turbulent Times Cover
02: Turbulent Times Back Cover.
03: Turbulent Times supplement.
04: Steg Postcard.
05: DJing at The 100 Club.
06: Russel Haswell soundchecks.
07: Mark Wynn prowls the stage.
08: Joke Lanz of Sudden Infant.
09: Sleaford Mods.
10: Backstage with Mark & Joke.
11: Huw admires the Graffiti.
Friday, 31 October 2014
Firstly my apologies in the "slackness" lately over this blog. I have been busy, I have been ill and I have been busy - it has been a hectic fortnight with little chance to listen to sounds other than preparing for the radio programmes and an upcoming live performance in Lille later this month. I am certain all will return to normal in December …
Needless to say, last nights radio programme paid homage to the late great John Peel as it is 10 years ago this week that he passed away. The show features four full Peel sessions as well as a couple of singles I first heard on his show. I have written before (on this blog) on how much an influence John was on shaping my ears and opinion about "music" back in the late 1970's and about the time I met the man at an SPK concert at the ICA thirty years ago … I stopped listening to John Peel in early 1983, he just wasn't playing what i wanted to listen to - my ears had been shaped and varnished by 1983.
I hope you enjoy the broadcast:http://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-radio-broadcast-301014/
(Please copy & paste).
01: Andrea Borghi : "Omaggio A Yves Klein #2" (SQRT) 2014
02: This Heat : "Horizontal Hold" (This Is) 2008)
03: This Heat : "Not Waving" (This Is) 2008.
04: This Heat : "The Fall Of saigon" (This Is) 2008.
(All This Heat tracks from the April 1977 John Peel Session).
05: Sudden Infant : "Girl" (Voodoo Rhythm Records) 2014.
06: Sudden Infant : "Human Fly" (Voodoo Rhythm Records) 2014.
07: Swell Maps : "Vertical Slum" (Rough Trade/Rather Records) 1981.
08: Swell Maps : "Forest Fire" (Rough Trade/Rather Records) 1981.
09: Swell Maps : "Midget Submarines II" (Rough Trade/Rather Records) 1981.
10: Swell Maps: "Armadillo II" (Rough Trade/Rather Records) 1981.
11: Swell Maps : "Bandits One-Five" (Rough Trade/Rather Records) 1981.
(All Swell Maps tracks from the May 1979 John Peel Session).
12: Psychedelic Furs : "Soap Commercial" (Not On Label) 1980.
13: Psychedelic Furs : "Susan's Strange" (Not On Label) 1980.
14: Psychedelic Furs : "Mac The Knife" (Not On Label) 1980.
(All Psychedelic Furs tracks from the February 1980 John Peel Session).
15: Nolls : "Losing Game" (Lucked Out Tapes) 2014.
16: The Monochrome Set : "Goodbye Joe/Strange Boutique" (BBC Worldwide Ltd) 2011.
17: The Lines : "Transit (Part Two)" (Red Records) 1981.
18: New Age Steppers : "Fade Away" (On-U Sound) 1981.
19: 23 Skidoo : "Macaw Gunger" (LTM) 2012
20: 23 Skidoo : "View From Here" (LTM) 2012.
21: 23 Skidoo : "Four Note Bass" (LTM) 2012.
22: 23 Skidoo : "Retain Control" (LTM) 2012.
(All 23 Skidoo tracks from the September 1981 John Peel Session).
23: The Wake : "Uniform" (LTM) 2001.
24: 400 Blows : "Kids" (Concrete Production) 1989.
25: 400 Blows : "For Jackie M" (Concrete Productions) 1989.
26: Appliance : "Personnel Stereo" (RROOPP) 2010.
The next programme is on November 13th…hope to see you there …
Friday, 17 October 2014
There was a huge electrical storm over Totnes / Dartington whether that had anything to do with the live Internet streaming being "down" I have no idea, but my apologies to those who tuned into listen via the Internet and got nowhere fast. Needless to say, friends who were listening on FM thought it a great show. (Thanks to the Buckfastleigh massive).
The first 75 or so minutes are dedicated to The Epicurean label, the new label operated by Stefan Hanser of Anemone Tube in Berlin. His work and his Epicurean Escapism Events have been documented in this blog before.
Please go to : http://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/the-epicurean-and-beyond/ and let me know your thoughts … or visit Stefan at www.transformed.de
Thanks again to Dave Mutch for engineering duties …
01: Jarl : "A Case Of Inbreeding:A Homage To My Doppelgänger" (The Epicurean) 2014.
02: Krank : "NAOS Number One" (The Epicurean) 2014.
03: Human Larvae & Anemone Tube : "Shining With Insignificance/Reviving In Obscurity"
(The Epicurean) 2014.
04: Trepaneringsritualen : "End Of Flesh" (The Epicurean) 2013.
05: The Grimsel Path : "Scorched Earth" (The Epicurean) 2014.
06: Last Dominion Lost : "Sektor F" (The Epicurean) 2014.
07: Last Dominion Lost : "S.E.A.T.O." (The Epicurean) 2014.
08: Lustmord : "Dreams Of Dead Names" (Side Effects) 1986.
09: Oublier Et Mourir : "A New Thought Is Born,Another Will Arise" (Silken Tofu) 2012.
10: People-Eaters : "Ankoku-Butoh" (Aetheric Records) 2013.
11: Tactile Vs. Zoviet*France : "Intervention #3" (Rawkus Records) 1996.
12; The Psychedelic Furs : "We Love You" (CBS Records) 1979.
13: Bauhaus : "Kick In The Eye" (Beggars Banquet) 1981.
14: Blancmange : "Living On The Ceiling" (London Records) 1982.
15: Crass : "How Does It Feel?" (Crass Records) 1982.
16: Cupol : "Like This For Ages" (4AD Records) 1980.
The next programme is on Thursday 30 October at 9pm and will be a "John Peel" special.
Friday, 3 October 2014
I have just archived last nights broadcast up on to MixCloud (Cut & Paste) : http://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-soundart-radio-broadcast-02102014/
The programme features a sneak preview of the forthcoming album from Am Not as well as some choice tracks from their debut cassette "First Morbid Vibrations". Included in the playlist is an unreleased track from the Dieter Müh archives, a collaboration with Finnish electronic masters STROM e.c. The track was to be released as a remix 12"EP back in 2001 but the project never saw the light of day. Thanks for listening and please leave comments…
The next programme is on October 16.
01: Tactile : "Envoi" (Sentrax Corporation) 1996.
02: Nocturnal Emissions : "Metal Frames" (Vinyl On Demand) 2008.
03: People-Eaters : "Streams Of Silver Ash" (Aetheric Records) 2014.
04: Am Not : "Of The Liberties Of England And Of The Liberties Of The Forest"
(Unrest Productions) 2012.
05: Michael Nine : "Treatment" (Neural Operations) 2012.
06: Am Not : "Crumbling Horizon (Grotesk)" (Unrest Productions) 2012.
07: Clew Of Theseus : "They Disbelieved In Pestilences III (Believe Mix)"
(Impulsy Stetoskopu) 2010.
08: Anenzephalia : "Induratio Penis Plastica" (Tesco Organisation) 1991.
09: Söldnergeist : "Bastards From Hell" (Art Konkret/Pure) 2001.
10: Am Not : "The Black Peril" (Unrest Productions) 2014.
11: Am Not : " Dark Heart Katanga" (Unrest Productions) 2014.
12: Am Not : "The Unpunished" (Unrest Productions) 2014.
13: Anemone Tube/Shift : "Dark Waters 1" (Unrest Productions) 2011.
14: Genocide Organ : "Death To China 1" (Tesco Organisation) 2003.
15: FFH : "Scourge Of The Nation" (Gods Of Tundra) 2007.
16: Am Not : "Duress" (Unrest Productions) 2012.
17: S.P.K. : "Slogun" (Industrial Records) 1980.
18: Eyes Boy Station : "Fragrant Hills Park" (Not On Label) 2013.
19: Trepaneringsritualen : "Papist Pretender" (La Esencia) 2014.
20: Dieter Müh & STROM e.c. : "Hermoston Arkkitehti" (Not On Label) 2001.
22: Death In June : "Black Radio" (Leprosy Discs) 2006.
Friday, 19 September 2014
The dark nights are coming closer, the last time I walked to the SoundArt radio station it was blazing sunshine and T-Shirt weather, last night it was misty dusk and long trousers! Still beautiful though. This programme features an exclusive piece by Mutant Beatniks, the solo project of Shaun Robert formerly known as factor X.
01: Amph : "Framtid" (Komplott) 2014.
02: factor X : "Radio DaDa #8" (Not On Label) 1992.
03: Mutant Beatniks : "Phase Punk Interlude Into Repose" (Not On Label) 2014.
04: Le Syndicat : "Legal Slavery" (Licht Und Stahl) 2010.
05: Jouissance : "We Ask You To Join Us" (Minus Habens) 1991.
06: Mutant Beatniks : "Glitch" (Institute For Alien Research) 2008.
07: Aaron Dilloway & Jason Crumer : "Dedicated To the "Boogie Woogie Man" Jimmy Valiant"
(A Dear Girl Called Wendy) 2014.
08: Whitehouse : "Foreplay" (Susan Lawly) 1994.
09: XX Committee : "National Re-Doubt" (Harbinger Sound) 2014.
10: Mutant Beatniks : "Untitled" (Not On Label) 2014.
(Exclusive piece for MuhMur Radio).
11: W>A>S>P>S : "OBST #1" (Blood Mountain Music) 2014.
12: Kave : "Hidden Fields I" (Scrape Tapes) 2008.
13: The Truth Club : "Sleight" (Le Rey Records) 1980.
14: Robert Haigh : "Piano With Generative Tones" (Siren Records) 2011.
15: Sema : "Song Of Solomon" (Vinyl On Demand) 2012.
16: People-Eaters : "Haunted Mirror" (Aetheric Records) 2014.
Copy & Paste : http://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-soundart-radio-broadcast-18092014/
Thanks for listening. The next broadcast will be on October 2 and feature a sneak preview of the upcoming album by Am Not.
01: I am a DJ!
02: Mutant Beatniks CDR.
03: Engineer & Studio Producer Dave.