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While bands elsewhere moaned melodramatically about the fascist state, in 1981 Spaniards fumbled out of an actual dictatorship in the wake of a failed coup. The forty two bands presented in this landmark survey of Spanish post-punk, dubbed the ‘siniestro’ sound, took shelter in big hair and a spiky solipsism, heavily indebted to the jagged…

Iva Bittova – Entwine/Propletam - May 2014 May 18th, 2014

Iva Bittova stands alone in the isolated star-shaped 17th century Czech church of St John of Nepomuk, at Zelena Hora, her quavering explosive vocal and stark violin humming in the cold stone acoustics. Bittova blends ancient Eastern European folk phrasing with experimental modal improvisations and ecstatic ejaculations, an analogue gypsy Bjork, or some conservatoire star…

It’s assumed the ’80s New Zealand lo-fi noise of bands like The Dead C reflected geographical and technological isolation. But contemporaneously, in bedrooms from Bristol to London, and within earshot of pop cultural civilization, a young Stefan Jaworzyn plugged whatever sounds he could source into cassette recorders and carved his own archipelago of clattering loops,…

Adam Bohman – Music And Words II - May 2014 May 11th, 2014

33 years of Bohman’s home recording highlights and they sound like something found next to a decomposed body in a forgotten flat. At Southend and Wiesbaden he simply says what he sees, field anthropologist style, and scrambles the documents. On Screams Of Undead Earthworms he fearlessly enacts the tiny hermaphrodites’ agonies. On the inner sleeve,…

From their rural French fastness, Marylise Frecheville (free jazz percussion and torch singing), and Eric Boros (anarcho-art-punk guitar and stentorian declamations), continue to surprise. Largely sung in English, and enclosed in a 54 page cloth bound libretto, A L’Abri des Regards Indiscrets pitches reproachful psychoanalytical duets over slapped face rhythms, broken gutter blues, and anthemic…

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