BANANA: AFTER 50 YEARS THE ULTIMATE WARHOL VELVET UNDERGROUND MYSTERY IS FINALLY (ALMOST) SOLVED!!

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BANANA: AFTER 50 YEARS THE ULTIMATE WARHOL VELVET UNDERGROUND MYSTERY IS FINALLY (ALMOST) SOLVED!!

It was fifty years ago this week that the future began with the Velvet Underground, Andy Warhol, and his banana. The destruction and rebuilding of rock ‘n’ roll music as it then existed commenced. This was all taking place even though only a few people knew about it at the time. The right few, as always. I have to think that anyone reading this knows the history of the Velvet Underground so I’m not going to rehash it here.

 

 

UNDER THE RADAR: Feist – “Pleasure”

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UNDER THE RADAR: Feist – “Pleasure”.

Leslie Feist announced this week that she’ll soon release Pleasure, her first album since Metals in 2011.

“Pleasure,” the new album’s opener and title track it’s an intriguing foretaste of what’s to come: surprisingly lo-fi, bluesy, and ferocious on a PJ Harvey wave while maintaining the understated grace and fortitude that has always marked Feist’s best records.

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Pop Group – “Where There’s A Will”

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THIS IS OUR MUSIC: The Pop Group – “Where There’s A Will”.

Originally released as 7” single in 1980 and unavailable for several decades, ‘Where There’s A Will’ has been remastered from original tape for reissue as the opening track of The Pop Group’s compilation of rarities ‘Cabinet of Curiosities’.

An incendiary dance, it revels as much as it rebels. The song unleashes a feral form of torn, breakneck agit-funk with its potent urgency and savagely scathing vitality undimmed since its original release. A breathless torrent of writhing deviant disco bassline and volcanic free jazz sax, the song is electrified by Mark Stewart’s vocals, a rasping blitz of politically-charged calls for defiance and solidarity.

The countercultural militant message is delivered as a hysterical, riotous spree, as Gareth Sager (guitar, sax) explains, “The group’s best attempt to mix a message with a groove plus some real free playing. If you’re really unhinged you may be able to dance to this.”

The ‘Where There’s A Will’ video, which reworks rare footage of the band performing the song on Belgian TV in 1980, has been realised by The Pop Group’s visual collaborator, NY based artist Rupert Goldsworthy,

The Pop Group formed in Bristol in 1977 out of a sense of disenchantment with the increasing conservatism of punk.
Drawing on an eclectic range of influences from free jazz, conscious funk, heavyweight dub to avant-garde experimentalism, alongside contemporaries like Public Image Limited, This Heat and Throbbing Gristle, they were at the forefront of a musical period marked out by its ground-breaking innovation.

 

UNDER THE RADAR: Kasabian – “You’re In Love With a Psycho”

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UNDER THE RADAR: Kasabian – “You’re In Love With a Psycho”.

The Leicester band have been making all sorts of pronouncements of late, but for fans the wait is finally over.
New album ‘For Crying Out Loud’ will be released on April 28th, with Kasabian leading with a brand new single ‘You’re In Love With A Psycho’.

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HOW TO MAKE AN ACID HOUSE CLASSIC: BRITISH DOC LOOKS AT THE BUSINESS OF HAPPY MONDAYS’ ‘BUMMED’ (2/2)

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HOW TO MAKE AN ACID HOUSE CLASSIC: BRITISH DOC LOOKS AT THE BUSINESS OF HAPPY MONDAYS’ ‘BUMMED’ (2/2)

Factory Records released the Happy Mondays’ second album Bummed, which was the band’s first real breakthrough, and the Granada TV show Information Technology in the U.K. released an episode depicting the business decisions that went into what proved to be one of the touchstones of acid house culture.

The documentary, which lasts about 20 minutes, takes us through three “Decisions,” those being “Recording Budget,” “Promotion Budget,” and “How Many to Make.” The strategy the filmmakers adopt is mostly fly-on-the-wall, so viewers have to glean information as best they can.

The affable Tony Wilson is our guide through some of the process, during which we see Tony Michaelides, Factory head of PR, grumbling about Shaun Ryder and Co. failing to appear for a radio interview; the esteemed producer Martin Hannett twiddling knobs at a console while the band lays down tracks; and manager Nathan McGough patiently explaining that Happy Mondays are worth the trouble even though they are a pain in the ass.

We also see the band and their friends at Central Station Design deciding on the album artwork as well as what the first single should be. (It was “Wrote for Luck.”)

The program ends with a glimpse of the band playing a show at Dingwalls on January 9, 1989. In the clip, the song they are singing is “Do It Better.” Features some decent footage of Bez doing his Bez “freaky dancing.”

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HOW TO MAKE AN ACID HOUSE CLASSIC: BRITISH DOC LOOKS AT THE BUSINESS OF HAPPY MONDAYS’ ‘BUMMED’ (1/2)

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HOW TO MAKE AN ACID HOUSE CLASSIC: BRITISH DOC LOOKS AT THE BUSINESS OF HAPPY MONDAYS’ ‘BUMMED’ (1/2)

Factory Records released the Happy Mondays’ second album Bummed, which was the band’s first real breakthrough, and the Granada TV show Information Technology in the U.K. released an episode depicting the business decisions that went into what proved to be one of the touchstones of acid house culture.

The documentary, which lasts about 20 minutes, takes us through three “Decisions,” those being “Recording Budget,” “Promotion Budget,” and “How Many to Make.” The strategy the filmmakers adopt is mostly fly-on-the-wall, so viewers have to glean information as best they can.

The affable Tony Wilson is our guide through some of the process, during which we see Tony Michaelides, Factory head of PR, grumbling about Shaun Ryder and Co. failing to appear for a radio interview; the esteemed producer Martin Hannett twiddling knobs at a console while the band lays down tracks; and manager Nathan McGough patiently explaining that Happy Mondays are worth the trouble even though they are a pain in the ass.

We also see the band and their friends at Central Station Design deciding on the album artwork as well as what the first single should be. (It was “Wrote for Luck.”)

The program ends with a glimpse of the band playing a show at Dingwalls on January 9, 1989. In the clip, the song they are singing is “Do It Better.” Features some decent footage of Bez doing his Bez “freaky dancing.”

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