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  1. Nate Champion

    5 go down to the sea / nunattax

    Wow, glad I went into this thread. These guys are class, at least at first few listens. Never heard of 'em before. Kills me what the singer reminds me of, but music brings to mind James Chance, Pop Group, Associates which is of course no bad thing. Interview with yer man Ricky done by Dave...
  2. Nate Champion

    People Who Died

    Devastated. Gang of Four were never my Mission of Burma. The impact was more subtle. Me and a mate interviewed him after some poxy show in 2006. So naive. "But Andy you are a Marxist because..."He was hammered but still ran rings around us. In fairness we were probably stoned out of our tiny...
  3. Nate Champion

    Bargains 2019

    Looking through it now. Jesus, their write-ups are torturous.
  4. Nate Champion

    2019 albums worth a listen.....

    This is out over a month ago, but just listened today - the first Pan American album in four years or more aka Mark Nelson of Labradford. May take a few listens to sink in, but nice to hear Nelson's voice for the first time since? early Labradford, I guess. The track, 'Muriel Spark' is a...
  5. Nate Champion

    2019 albums worth a listen.....

    Speaking of Godspeed, has this been posted yet? Apologies if already posted. Kevin Doria from Growing with Ephrim Menuck from GYBE. Songs steeped in swelling frequencies and symphonic drones...ticks a lot of boxes in a 'sitting in a crappy apartment in Ringsend, 2003 smoking poor quality...
  6. Nate Champion

    2019 albums worth a listen.....

    New one from United Waters. Second track here, Arrowheads, has a really moreish sound. Very moreish. Ben Chasny probably overstates the case for them a little with the blurb on there, but definitely some cool guitar stuff happening with this band. Their last album had a handful of blinders, but...
  7. Nate Champion

    2019 albums worth a listen.....

    This sounds cool as fuck. Been on my radar for ages so looking forward to giving it a proper listen and... probably whipping it up on vinyl before it goes out of print. Boomkat have it at a decent price currently.
  8. Nate Champion

    2019 albums worth a listen.....

    New but old stuff from His Name is Alive. Unearthed tape loop collages made when the guy was a teenager.
  9. Nate Champion

    Thread for upcoming reissues of interest

    Sakamoto's [YMO] debut album from 1978 getting reissued on vinyl...
  10. Nate Champion

    What gig did you go to last night?

    Those two boys play with Yumi Hara as The Watts. They tour Japan every November/December doing the Canterbury songbook and niche workshops. It used to be just Hara and Cutler but last year, Hodgkinson joined. Good recent interview here with Cutler with characteristic directness and cutting...
  11. Nate Champion

    What gig did you go to last night?

    Well, I was talking to Tim Hodgkinson and he sort of butted in. Hodgkinson's personality is extremely mild and pleasant, and we'd been having a chat about Peter Greenaway, and I said something like, "there's no audience for interesting stuff like that anymore. Cinema isn't made for adults...
  12. Nate Champion

    What gig did you go to last night?

    Cutler. What a legend. Did you talk to him after? Great man for arguing. Great to see him drumming with Pere Ubu. Would love to see that. He's got that brisk drum manner that's perfect for them.
  13. Nate Champion

    the arcade fire

    Jesus, these guys were always chronic. Insufferable, overwrought, panicky vocals. But that fact may have been compounded by living with this trainee accountant from Limerick around 2006 in beautiful Whitehall that would blast out that egregious Wake Up song every morning for months on end...
  14. Nate Champion

    Thread for upcoming reissues of interest

    Drag City have reissued a few of the later U.S Maple albums. Boomkat had 'Talker' briefly in their sale and I missed it. Damn. Edit: On vinyl, obviously.
  15. Nate Champion

    Bargains 2019

    Fuck. Pity about the Art Ensemble of Chicago.
  16. Nate Champion

    Acts touring that don't come here

    In Whelan's? Paltry audience. Highlight was when he twisted around in front of some punter at the front and knocked the hat off his head! Some time later watching the Jesus Lizard in the old Temple Bar was serious, serious craic. Fuckin' hell. They were on it from the get-go and it seemed like...
  17. Nate Champion

    Acts touring that don't come here

    Right, maybe that was the point.
  18. Nate Champion

    2019 albums worth a listen.....

    'Palm' by Kyoto trio Kukangendai out on Stephen O'Malley's label, or is it Peter Rehlberg's, I'm not sure. Listened to these back months ago, and they didn't grab me. O'Malley dropping the Bastro reference might have been misleading too. But they're playing soon, near me, so I gave them...
  19. Nate Champion

    Acts touring that don't come here

    Thought Flipper were an endurance test of ill-conceived, half-arsed slurry. Couldn't wait for them to finish. It was like enduring some interminable, banal sonic hell. Must check them out again. David Yow should only ever front the Jesus Lizard. Or Scratch Acid. Still I'm curious. Am I?
  20. Nate Champion

    Friday 90s rock video thread

    ZZ Top mix was good, yeah. A lot of it left me cold. But accepted it, because the narrative was finished by that point in the episode. Like Lynch was just using that space to sell the soundtrack. Sort of a shoulder-shrugging element for me. But interesting in terms of a re-do of the original...
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