September 29, 2016

The Clog Hunt Occasional Collapsing Knitting Society: Live at The Nutclough Tavern 25th September 2016

photo: Gareth Babb

When avant-garde guitarists Colin Robinson and Michael Linden West performed as a duo during the last weekend of the Winter of 2016, they didn't have a name for their project. They settled for The Clog Hunt Occasional Collapsing Knitting Society, suggested by Dave Lee, one of the regulars on the Clangroyd Facebook page, a hang-out for the various avant-garde acts in Hebden Bridge. Live at The Nutclough Tavern 19th March 2016 documented that debut performance and now there's another live recording, recorded in the first weekend of the Autumn of 2016: Live at The Nutclough Tavern 25th September 2016. They changed up things a bit and gravitated to twisted voodoo funk.

Spontaneity is key, with an assorted array of gizmos and effects acting like a bunch of kids after the school bell has rung to announce the holidays: a riot may happen without warning. Robinson and West share a love for Krautrock, King Crimson and Captain Beefheart; repetitive patterns and Sci-fi keyboards are torn apart by loud outbursts of distorted guitar. Fulsome Fishcake Funk sounds like an experiment by Adrian Belew and Thurston Moore that got out of hand. While most musicians would discard it as being just to plain weird, they use it as launchpad for howling feedback, serious clipping and post-rock mayhem.

Sunshine & The Blue Moon: "Welcome To The Future"' video

Watch the new Sunshine & The Blue Moon video for Welcome To The Future, the title track from their debut album. The clip was directed and produced by Kai Davey-Bellin.

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HCTF review of Welcome To The Future.

September 28, 2016

Living Colour: "Who Shot Ya?" video

Watch the new Living Colour video for Who Shot Ya? The Notorious B.I.G cover is the title track from their new EP. They recorded it to express their anger about the recent shootings in the USA.

They will play at the Epcot Int'l Food & Wine Fest in Orlando, before heading out to Europe for a lengthy club tour sharing the stage with Glenn Hughes.

USA dates:
  • 10/28 Epcot Int'l Food & Wine Fest, Orlando, FL
  • 10/29 Epcot Int'l Food & Wine Fest, Orlando, FL
European dates (w/ Glenn Hughes):
  • 11/08 Assembly, Leamington Spa, UK
  • 11/09 Wulfrun, Wolverhampton, UK
  • 11/11 Riverside w/ Glenn Hughes Newcastle, UK
  • 11/12 Hard Rock Hell Pwllheli, Gwynnd, Wales
  • 11/14 Rescue Room, Nottingham, UK
  • 11/15 O2 ABC, Glasgow, Scotland
  • 11/17 O2 Ritz, Manchester, UK
  • 11/19 Junction, Cambridge, UK
  • 11/20 O2 Shepherd's Bush Empire, London, UK
  • 11/22 LKA, Stuttgart, Germany
  • 11/23 Meet Factory, Prague, Czech Republic
  • 11/25 Kofmehl, Solothurn, Switzerland
  • 11/26 Zona Roveri, Bologna, Italy
  • 11/28 Orion, Rome, Italy
  • 11/29 Live Club, Milan, Italy
  • 12/01 Turbinenhalle, Oberhausen, Germany
  • 12/02 Metropool, Hengelo, Netherlands
  • 12/04 Haarlem, Patronaat, Netherlands
  • 12/05 Essigfabrik, Cologne, Germany
  • 12/07 Garage, Saarbrucken, Germany
  • 12/08 Le Forum, Vaureal, France
  • 12/10 Totem, Pamplona, Spain
  • 12/11 Razz 2, Barcelona, Spain
  • 12/13 Custom Club, Seville, Spain
  • 12/14 Sala Vistalegre, Madrid, Spain


September 27, 2016

Phish: New Year's Run at MSG 12-28/12-31

Phish takes over NYC's Madison Square Garden again for a four-night New Year’s Run (12-28/12-31):

Phish returns to New York at the end of the year to celebrate New Year’s Eve with a four night run at Madison Square Garden, beginning Wednesday, December 28th through Saturday, December 31st. The four shows will bring the band’s total performances at the world famous arena to 40 in the years since their MSG debut in December 1994. As with Phish’s two prior MSG runs, all floor tickets will be general admission.

Grus Paridae: Forthcoming Nonintellectual Decadence

Finnish progressive rock duo Grus Paridae have a new single, the sprawling Forthcoming Nonintellectual Decadence. Petteri Kurki and Rami Turtiainen are both multi-instrumentalists, playing guitar, bass, synths and drums. Add programming skills and they come close to create the sound of a full band with just the two of them. One thing was missing, however. They enlisted Jarno Koivunen to play the violin, who he also played a bit of guitar while he was at it.

Forthcoming Nonintellectual Decadence paints a picture of a rather bleak, dystopian future. Disintegration looms, while the children keep dancing, unaware of the impending catastrophe. Prog isn't a particularly optimistic genre and Grus Paridae joins the bands depicting an alternate universe that may be actually real. While their previous single Passes By b/w Inheritance of Devotion sounded good, but lacked focus, this foray into orchestral grandeur should be able to cause a stir in their niche.

Forthcoming Nonintellectual Decadence is a self-released single.

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HCTF review of Passes By b/w Inheritance of Devotion.