Archive for the ‘New Music and New Discoveries’ Category

http://clashmusic.com/features/feeling-love-in-a-melting-world-jessica-moss-interviewed

Thursday a week ago Dead Neanderthals (awesome Dutch outfit), Jessica Moss and Zu (Italian rock awesomeness) came to town and played a mere 4 minutes from my front door. I was particularly delighted to meet Jessica and Massimo (from Zu) given I’d interviewed both of them previously and it’s always good to put a face to a voice on the phone.

In the mid-to-late nineties, in the aftermath of alternative rock, it final felt there were expansive, politically and socially aware, alternatives to mainstream rock values cropping up: that alternative rock didn’t die, it just moved back into the underground and sparked a dozen intriguing wells of inspiration. This led me to embrace post-rock, which led me to encounter Constellation and their welter of absorbing acts: Godspeed You! Black Emperor, A Silver Mt Zion, Do Make Say Think…

The label is still thriving in 2017 and I think that’s down to the very clear vision and identity, the obvious care and precision taken with each release (the label foreshadowed the enhanced packaging and artwork values adopted by outfits like Joyful Noise), the supportiveness and connection between the various artists on the label and the ability to simultaneously have a recognisable ethos emerging in a wide-range of sounds and styles.

Jessica’s first full solo album certainly caught my ear and I made sure to have cash to hand to grab a copy on vinyl (and Zu’s Jhator too! http://www.wordsandguitars.co.uk/2017/03/zu-jhator/). I’m not usually a format junkie but I do appreciate my money going direct to musicians and into the hands of those who create elements that enhance life.

 

April is always holiday time. Birthday in March so always a good moment to pause, a third of the way into the year, see if there’s anything I need to remember for the next two-thirds… But plenty on.

http://thequietus.com/articles/22244-quietus-hour-special-with-thurston-moore?curator=MusicREDEF

A lonnnnnng Thurston Moore interview here: worth kicking in the background – around 1 hour, 47 he chats a bit about the book which is really sweet of him – while reading other things (there’s another piece here too: http://thequietus.com/articles/21673-thurston-moore-interview-2). I was lucky this past month to interview Arto Lindsay:

http://www.clashmusic.com/features/caution-madame-back-and-forth-with-arto-lindsay

And then spent a very pleasant couple hours with Dylan Carlson and Kevin Martin at the Ninja Tune HQ in London:

http://clashmusic.com/features/city-of-fallen-angels-the-bug-vs-earth

A couple of reviews of We Sing A New Language came in, very good and fair stuff:

http://recordcollectormag.com/reviews/thurston-moore-sing-new-language

https://soundblab.com/reviews/books/17495-thurston-moore-we-sing-a-new-language-by-nick-soulsby

And, around it, listening to Thor & Friends; the new Seabuckthorn LP; the Bug Vs Earth record…

 

 

 

 

 

http://www.wordsandguitars.co.uk/2016/09/urusei-yatsura-you-are-my/

One of the best bands I’ve ever heard in my life.

Heaven Adores You Original Score COVER

Heaven Adores You

http://www.wordsandguitars.co.uk/2016/07/elliott-smith-heaven-adores-you-the-soundtrack/

Recently I’ve spent quite a bit of time immersed in the world of Elliott Smith’s posthumous recordings as selected for the movie ‘Heaven Adores You’. Naturally I have an automatic empathy with the efforts of fans and friends seeking to celebrate and memorialise someone whose work they admire – the fact it does some real-world good via the Portland charity Outside In certainly provides further warmth in that respect.

 

http://clashmusic.com/features/its-the-heaviness-the-layers-the-noise-d%C3%A4lek

Was lucky enough to have the opportunity to speak to Will Brooks of Dälek – it’s interesting watching some of the same spirit that motivated the U.S. punk underground surviving in numerous forms. In the end I suspect it isn’t the music that creates the culture, it’s the shared culture, the people, first – the instruments and sound come after ward.

Also wanted to share a lengthy review (thanks Brett for noticing it) of ‘Cobain on Cobain’ from PopMatters. Megan Volpert is a very experienced and expansive writer so enjoyed reading this on many levels.

http://www.popmatters.com/column/cobain-on-cobain-edited-by-nick-soulsby-sad-rest-of-kurt-cobain/

In other ‘stuff’…Well, I wasn’t so chirpy about the Melvins’ latest – but, as ever, it doesn’t matter because those guys are an idea fountain and there’ll be new, fresh thoughts spurting out of them soon enough. In the end I admire a band willing to walk the high-wire and fail publicly – at least these guys ain’t save even if this is far from their best record. The track with Krist Novoselic, alas, I was too distracted by the horrors of the accordion to even notice the bass playing so I’ve not got any deep analysis of this latest on vinyl outing for Mr. Novoselic. I would say though, love that ‘The Decay of Lying’ track. Awesomeness.

http://www.wordsandguitars.co.uk/2016/07/melvins-basses-loaded/

http://www.wordsandguitars.co.uk/2015/12/2015-in-music-staff-picks/

Overdue but if you’re looking for a few new bits n’ pieces to check out in the New Year I’m sure there’s some good stuff herein.

My big pick was the Dumb Numbers/Melvins/David Yow/David Lynch boxset from Joyful Noise. An awesome thing in every way with the musical contents matching the beauty of the handmade wooden box, printing and sleeve designs (plus vinyl patterns.)

http://www.joyfulnoiserecordings.com/collections/dumb-numbers/products/dumb-numbers-split-series

I’ve an undeveloped theory about the human brain’s musical capacity – that it’s possible to become saturated. Likewise, now, it’s ever rarer to feel something is ‘an event’ as opposed to just more product hitting the market. Increasingly the greatest pleasure and greatest gift, for me, is when I receive music direct from people, where I can purchase their works from them directly (and hopefully my money therefore keeps them funded and surviving to produce more music) or where a label has an aesthetic and a vibe I appreciate and want to support.

Over the past few months of received music from Jean-Marc Montera (improvisational combinations including a release of French female poets set to music), Siobhan Duvall (quintessential, charming, delightful punk rocker with punk charm), Adam Golebiewski (talented percussion improviser), Eleanor McEvoy in collaboration with Chris Gollon (painter and musician working together – gallery showings in January I believe), Jooklo Duo (glorious Italian avant garde unit)…And many more. Thank you!!

The honourable mentions (Fennesz/King Midas Sound, the Libertines, Sicko Mobb, Eccentronic Research Council, Johnny Thunders and the Heartbreakers) were all 2015 releases. I’ll admit I’ve been listening to and valuing a lot of stuff that wasn’t released in the past year. Any favourites?

Yeah, A$AP Rocky, the Coil ‘Backwards’ release, Bill Wells & Aidan Moffat, Nothing But Thieves had a good album out, Black Honey…Can I recommend the Space Lady once more? I adore the album. Haunts me.

https://night-school.bandcamp.com/album/the-space-ladys-greatest-hits-2

Been quite a year really…The ‘No Seattle: Forgotten Sounds of the Northwest Grunge Era’ compilation did OK apparently and I was delighted to help bring an eye to some of the bands and artists who were forgotten or passed unnoticed at the time. ‘I Found My Friends: the Oral History of Nirvana’  drew a lot of eyes and its been fun to chat on U.S. radio a few times (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=pRpIXUWGk1c) and to various newspapers and magazines (http://www.washingtontimes.com/news/2015/may/6/nick-soulsby-nirvana-book-tells-story-from-view-of/?page=all). Finishing touches to ‘Cobain on Cobain’ which comes out on February 1st (I believe, I admit I’m not entirely sure…) Then there’s been work on this oral history related to the non-Sonic Youth discography involving Thurston Moore to keep me occupied. Book due to publisher middle of 2016 and apparently to be released in late 2016. Around that, quite a bit of writing for the Vinyl Factory and Words & Guitars…A busy ol’ year even without mentioning the blog, at last count, adds up to 440 articles; 1,400 comments; just under 1 million words… Amazed to be honest that it’s still going Nov 2012 to now.

You’re always welcome to get in touch, NirvanaDarkSlivers@gmail.com – apologies in advance for any slow reply over the New Year period.

 

http://www.wordsandguitars.co.uk/2015/10/scum-down-heavy-melvins-interview/

A straight-forward, to-the-point, pleasant pair of guys with whom to spend thirty minutes sat round a dictaphone.

Also wanted to share my review of Adam Golebiewski’s “Pool North” record, it’s what I’ve been listening to a lot recently.

http://www.wordsandguitars.co.uk/2015/10/adam-golebiewski-pool-north/