Monday, March 27, 2006

Nikki Sudden RIP

So long, Nikki. Feels like the end of an era. From the Swell Maps to the Jacobites right up to his recent solo albums. Nikki Sudden was one of the coolest, most human post punk Gods. He will be sorely missed.


Thursday, March 23, 2006

I had too much to dream last night…

Last night was just amazing. Volcano the Bear in the live setting at their absolute best, too many Czech beers, meeting up with a bunch of friends and another DJ set from yours truly. Somebody asked me to post the playlist but I played so many records that I am not quite sure what I played. I do know that these were the bands/artists though…

Six Organs of Admittance
One Ensemble of Daniel Padden
Hala Strana
Siamese Temple Ball
Sun City Girls
Vibracathedral Orchestra
Flies Inside the Sun
United States of America
Cotton Casino
Captain Beefheart
Nagisa ni te
Lost Domain
Angus Maclise
Skygreen Leopards
Sandoz Lab Technicians
The Dead C
Sun City Girls
Glenn Jones
Franciscan Hobbies
Kemialliset Ystävät
Tower Recordings
Portastatic/Ken Vandermark/Tim Mulvenna
Uncle Jim's
Bardo Pond


Tuesday, March 21, 2006

Hush Arbors S/t (Digitalis)

I have probably bored everyone silly with rambling explanations of exactly how great the music of Keith Wood AKA Hush Arbors is. His self-titled debut (originally released in an edition of something like 35-45 copies) is finally available in a wider format thanks to the fine folks at Digitalis Industries.

According to Wood this disc came out of a period of being in a new city, being surrounded by the Blue Ridge Mountains once again after many years away. I am tempted to say that you can see those mountains right in front of you if you just close your eyes and let the spirits hovering on top of the organic drone clusters seep into your skull.

I used these lines for an article about Hush Arbors a cpl of years back and they’re still very much valid:

Lines from poems, tidbits of letters, a photograph, a drawing or painting, the colors in the sky at sunset, drives along the parkway, hikes, all things psychedelic in nature, from leaves to the moss covering a tree: these are the elements of one man folk/psych/drone ensemble Hush Arbors AKA Keith Wood. This young man creates music that accompanies dreams, as it organically flows across the sky when you’re walking to work and creeps up on you when you least expect it to. There’s something equally chilling and spiritual about it, like an imaginary meeting of Blithe Sons and Six Organs of Admittance in an attempt to describe various memories and telling each other previously hidden histories. This is gentle free folk bristling with rare invention and spirit, and the results are well on par with the undisputed masters of the genre.



Thursday, March 16, 2006


Lack of time and writer’s block.

Will be back soon…