Friday, February 24, 2006

Larking Grimm at Lava

People in the Stockholm region should make a note that Providence, RI-based (born in a Memphis, TN commune and grew up in Dahlonega, Georgia in the foothills of the Appalachians with a family of singers and fiddlers) musician Larkin Grimm is playing at Lava in Stockholm tomorrow afternoon (16.00-18.00)

Grimm is one of the most unique and idiosyncratic avant-garde singer/song-writers I’ve heard in recent years. Rustic and fierce folk structures are thrown into the eerie depths of haunting psychedelia and when it all floats up to the surface again we got ourselves a quiet aural monster made up by dulcimer, pennywhistle, bells, drums, guitar and Grimm’s equally mesmerizing and disturbing vocals. Imagine a secret link between Linda Perhacs and Marianne Nowottny and you’re getting close to what this grower has to offer.

DJs: Mats Gustafsson (that’s me, folks) and Johan Jacobsson (This Is Our Music, Sonic etc.)


Friday, February 17, 2006

Terrastock 6

"A quick and timely reminder that if you intend to make it along to the Terrastock 6 festival this year, right now would be a REALLY good time to buy tickets.

The festival takes place in Providence, Rhode Island USA on April 21st, 22nd and 23rd 2006.

Tickets are just $110 for the whole weekend (inclusive of postage, booking fees and admin charges) and are available for purchase online, or from AS220 (address below). Thirty five international bands are appearing, plus special guests. This works out at just THREE DOLLARS A BAND. You would have to be absolutely mad to miss out on this opportunity!

Full details are here: http://terrascope.co.uk/TerrastockPages/terrastock6.html

Confirmed band list (note: there have probably been some significant additions since you last saw this, so please read it carefully)

Avarus (Finland) + Bardo Pond + Black Forest / Black Sea + Bridget St John + Brothers of the Occult Sisterhood (Australia) + Charalambides + Cul de Sac + Damon and Naomi + Fursaxa + Ghost (Japan) [farewell performance] + Glenn Jones + The Green Pajamas + Kemialliset Ystävät (Finland) + Kinski + The Kitchen Cynics (Scotland) + Sharron Kraus (England) + Landing + Larkin Grimm + Lightning Bolt + The Magic Carpathians Project (Poland) + Major Stars + Marissa Nadler + MV/EE + Paik + P.G. Six + Tom Rapp and band + Jack Rose + Salamander + St Joan (England) + Spacious Mind (Sweden) + Spires that in the Sunset Rise + Tanakh (Italy) + Thought Forms (England) + Urdog + Windy & Carl

There is also a Terrastock Launch Party taking place on April 20th at the venue (AS220) featuring Acid Mothers Temple (Japan) + Abunai (reunion) + Bright + Joe Turner + The Seven Levels + Area C. Note however that Terrastock tickets will not be valid for entry, and that tickets for this gig are not available in advance - entry will cost you an additional $10. Doors open 8pm. Both the launch party and the Terrastock festival itself are all ages shows.

Jeffrey Alexander, Program Director
AS220, 115 Empire Street, Providence, RI 02903 USA
401-831-9327401-454-7445 fax
Travel and accommodation information: http://www.terrascope.co.uk/TerrastockPages/terrastock6_travel.html
Contact Aamir Malik for all your flight, travel and accommodation needs. Drop him a line at: aamirmalik@prodigy.net

Thanks - Phil McMullen (Terrastock Festivals Curator)"


Monday, February 13, 2006

Colleen Mort Aux Vaches (Staalplaat)

I have a few good friends that have to be considered big fans of French folk abstractionist Cecile Schott AKA Colleen, and given her contribution to Staalplaat’s always-impressive Mort Aux Vaches series it’s not difficult to see why. Colleen’s beautifully meandering acoustics (the instrumentation includes guitar, zither, ukulele, cello, thumb pianos, recorder, melodica and music boxes) shape simple repeated lullabies and quietly nostalgic sonic fairytales that tell you all you need to know about the things that matters. Or to be more precise I guess you could say that Colleen makes minimalist music that creates the perfect conditions for the kind of self-examination that might seem scary and even haunting for some, but makes me see what’s truly beautiful in life. I can’t get enough of this one.


Friday, February 10, 2006

Caroline Murmurs (Temporary Residence)

Dedicated readers of this blog might remember that I reviewed a CD-single by Caroline Lufkin a while back. What we get on Murmurs is more of the same, subdued and breezy electronica that blends beautifully with downcast, acoustic pop and on top of it all we find Caroline’s fragile, angelic vocals floating like a meandering river through snow clad farmlands. Her voice recalls Stina Nordenstam and if you like what she’s doing and from time to time find yourself longing back to the days of Portishead you’ll know what to do.


Thursday, February 09, 2006

Deep Water

I am very proud to let you all know that I'll be a regular contributor to the new on-line version of Deep Water.

Here's the formal announcement:

I hope you'll pardon the promotional announcement, but I just wanted to let everyone know that Deep Water walks the earth once more, this time in virtual form, for your reading and listening pleasure!

For young folks or those with shorter memories, Deep Water was a magazine we published way back in the 90s, featuring various types of semi-obscurantist musical blather, as well as commentary and lifestyle items (the recipes were always a hit). We had a lot of fun doing it, but there came a time when we had to refocus some energies elsewhere.

So we took some time off in the early '00s, but have been working hard toward getting back in the saddle, this time using this here Web thing as a publishing tool. And thus our initial digital toe-dip can now be found at the same old Deep Water Acres address, www.dwacres.com. We've tried to hold on to the spirit of the old zine while updating it for the new online world, with various features and fun stuff built in, and more yet to come.

We've also been lucky enough to convince some of my personal favorite writers in the world to hop on board as well -- I'm guessing you'll see some familiar faces there already, with more waiting in the wings. The content up at the site now is just an initial sampling, there'll be lots more coming in the near future, with rolling updates and new features added periodically.

So hey, stop on by and check it out! And feel free to join up -- there are some special options available to registered users, including user-created forums and other cool tricks. Enjoy!