This one’s actually for your eyes too: The Haggish Moue is a two girl band based in London and Stockholm. They describe themselves as “A modern wonderland”. We can’t argue with that.
Mitchel Davidovitz writes: “I recorded 34 hours of TV, the average amount an American watches per week, and made over 6,500 photographs of actual television screens. The result is a multimedia piece including a 6-movement musical composition, a visual piece, and a research paper that is now available for free to the public”.
Check out the project here.
“Ghosts” by Florence based The Vickers is, in their own words, “a kaleidoscopic collection of songs, a twisty and colourful journey through the lights and shades of the modern life”. And who are we to disagree? “Ghosts” will be officialy released on March 28th on Black Candy Records.
Dave Brockie, founder and frontman of satirical thrash band GWAR, was found dead in his Richmond, VA home yesterday, various media report. He was 50. The news was confirmed earlier today by GWAR’s manager.
GWAR formed in Richmond in 1984, and quickly gained infamy for their live performances, which combined gross-out theatrics, costumed stunts, and crass humor. The band is well known for its elaborate science fiction/horror film inspired costumes, obscene lyrics and graphic stage performances, which feature humorous enactments of politically and morally taboo themes.
Brockie, aka Oderus Urungus, was the lead vocalist. He appeared as an intergalactic humanoid barbarian with devil horns and a meaty-looking face, and always carried around a long sword named “Unt Lick”. His only true companion was his Cuttle fish, though lost for a short period it has returned to its true resting place.
Oderus Urungus is the only character to have existed in every incarnation of Gwar, having started as a guitar player, then moving to bass, and finally the vocals.
Like all of the Gwar characters, Oderus underwent several design changes since his inception. He first started out as a relatively normal-looking character with a papier-mâché helmet with spikes that appeared to be made out of aluminum foil. This eventually progressed into a rubber wig. In the late 1980s Brockie, along with Chuck Varga, created the now-famous original design mask.
The Roaratorio label has announced a new title for late february: “Other Strange Worlds” by Sun Ra & His Astro-Infinity Arkestra.
Within Sun Ra’s vast-as-outer-space discography, the album that orbits the furthest away from the known jazz universe is “Strange Strings”. Calling it a “study in ignorance,” Ra directed his Arkestra stalwarts to pick up unusual stringed instruments and homemade percussion with which they had little familiarity, and improvise without any guidelines or direction.
Now, Roaratorio will issue a satellite around that lonely planet: “Other Strange Worlds”, recorded in Ra’s NYC apartment in May of 1965, dates from the same era and employs the same methodology as “Strange Strings”. But while the latter album featured the full Arkestra, “Other Strange Worlds” pares the players down to a core quintet of Ra, John Gilmore, Marshall Allen, Art Jenkins, and Ali Hasaan.
There’s plenty of freewheeling collective improvisation in the Ra catalog, but rarely in a small-group setting such as this. Half of the pieces are texture-over-tonality string experiments, while the rest feature exotic reeds and percussion.
“Other Strange Worlds” should be out by the end of February and is available for pre-order here.
“Monsters Of Surf” is a new surf compilation available now digitally and coming out on CD on February 18th from DingDong Records. The album compiles 22 tracks by surf bands from North America, South America, and Europe and focusses on the heavier, more progressive, fringe, and experimental surf being created today. Get it while it’s hot.
Way back in July of last year we announced that The Zappa Family Trust would release “Roxy by Proxy” – a ‘prequel’ to the Roxy & Elsewhere-movie documenting Frank Zappa’s legendary Roxy-performances of december 1973, which would also see the light of day before the end of the year – in september 2013.
However, nothing happened and the release date was pushed back almost on a weekly basis. Now the ZFT has finally announced a new, definitive (we hope) release date: “Roxy by Proxy” should start shipping on or around February 14.
To refresh your memories: The original “Roxy & Elsewhere” album was released in 1974. Most of the songs were recorded at The Roxy Theatre in Hollywood, California on December 8, 9 and 10, 1973. The material taken from the Roxy concerts was later edited and amended with overdubs in the studio. The album also contains some tracks recorded at later dates.
“Roxy by Proxy” will be “All Roxy, No Elsewhere: 76 minutes of never-before-released Frank Zappa master recordings from the Roxy Performances of 9 & 10 December 1973: Inca Roads, Penguin in Bondage, T’Mershi Duween, Dog/Meat, RDNZL, Cheepnis & Dupree’s Paradise, King Kong, Chunga’s Revenge and you know, that’s not all. Yes, it is the same band as the Roxy part of Roxy & Elsewhere.”
“Roxy by Proxy” can be pre-ordered here. At the same time a new archival release was announced: “Joe’s Camouflage”, which will most likely contain previously unreleased rehearsal recordings recorded in the summer of 1975. Pre-order link is here.
Italian composer Riz Ortolani died on January 23 at his villa outside Rome. He was 87. In the early 1950s Ortolani was founder and member of a well-known Italian jazz band.
He wrote his first score for Paolo Cavara and Gualtiero Jacopetti’s pseudo-documentary Mondo Cane, whose main title-song More earned him a Grammy and was also nominated for an Oscar as Best Song. The success of the soundtrack of Mondo Cane led Ortolani to score films in England and the United States such as The 7th Dawn (1964), The Yellow Rolls-Royce (1964), The Glory Guys (1965) and The Spy with a Cold Nose (1966).
Ortolani scored all or parts of over 200 films, including German westerns and a long series of Italian giallos, spaghetti westerns, Eurospy films, Exploitation films and mondo films.
More recently, his music was used on soundtracks for Kill Bill: Vol. 1 (2003), Kill Bill: Vol. 2 (2004), Drive (2011) and Django Unchained (2012). In 2013 he was awarded the Lifetime Achievement Award from the World Soundtrack Academy.