LIVE MUSIC Loren Connors – Café Oto
Johann Johannson – LSO St Lukes
Oxbow – Buffalo Bar
Steve Ignorant – Shepherds Bush
Keith Fullerton Whitman/Rene Hell/Heatsick/Andre Vida – CAMP Basement
Raagnagrok – Bethnal Green Working Mens Club
Colorama – Dublin Castle
Bummers of the year were the tragic loss of Trish Keenan from Broadcast and the awful Field Day festival in Hackney.
2012 will see the release of our second album (Mayan calendar permitting).
This is the first of a new (ir)regular series as I dip into The Untied Knot’s CD/vinyl/mp3 collection and dig out some firm favourites from A to Z.
A is for Astral Social Club
If you’ve never heard one of ASC’s brilliant and bizarrely-named ecstatic electronic noise collages you’re missing a treat. Neil Campbell’s genre-defying sound pile-ups range from warped ADD undanceable beat driven work-outs to shimmering multi-core power drones. I hesitate to use the term psychedelic because of the inevitable peace and love connotations but listening to this music is probably the closest to an aural hallucinogen I’ve ever got.
Campbell is a stalwart of the UK underground and I first ventured upon his music whilst he was at the helm of Vibracathedral Orchestra where the drone aesthetic was in strong evidence. Ever-evolving, he split from them in 2006 to proceed with this stellar monikered largely solo project. The chance to experience Astral Social Club live at the kind of volume that carries you into a synaesthetic maelstrom is one not to be overlooked and has been documented previously by me here.
This Saturday marks my 4th visit to Capsule’s superlative Supersonic festival in Birmingham.
Because I’m a getting a little bit excited about it here’s a link to 13 live sets from the 2007 edition on Last FM including Oxbow, Mogwai, Voice Of The Seven Woods and Kid 606.