An Unstable Genius

“Marvin would kick your ass for nothing. A true genius, Marvin was a pure original” said Iggy Pop about the extraordinary musician Marvin Pontiac. And if Iggy is so into him than I introduce that true genius to you.

 

THE STRANGE STORY OF MARVIN PONTIAC

 

He was born in 1932, the son of an African father from Mali and a white Jewish mother from New Rochelle, New York. The father’s original last name was Toure but he changed it to Pontiac when the family moved to Detroit, believing it to be a conventional American name.

Marvin’s father left the family when Marvin was two years old. When his mother was mental institutionalized in 1936, the father returned and took the young boy to Bamako, Mali where Marvin was raised until he was fifteen. The music that he heard there would influence him forever.

At fifteen Marvin moved by himself to Chicago where he became versed in playing blues harmonica. At the age of seventeen, Marvin was accused by the great Little Walter of copying his harmonica style. This accusation led to a fistfight outside of a small club on Maxwell Street. Losing a fight to the much smaller Little Walter was so humiliating to the young Marvin that he left Chicago and moved to Lubbock, Texas where he became a plumber’s assistant.

Not much is known about him for the next three years. There are unsubstantiated rumors that Marvin may have been involved in a bank robbery in 1950. In 1952, he had a minor hit for Acorn Records with the then controversial song “I’m a Doggy.”

Oddly enough, unbeknownst to Marvin and his label, he simultaneously had an enormous bootleg success in Nigeria with the beautiful song Pancakes.

His disdain and mistrust of the music business is well documented and he soon fell out with Acorn’s owner, Norman Hector. Although approached by other labels, Marvin refused to record for anyone unless the owner of the label came to his home in Slidell, Louisiana and mowed his lawn.

Reportedly Marvin’s music was the only music that Jackson Pollack would ever listen to while he painted, this respect was not reciprocated. In 1970 Marvin believed that he was abducted by aliens. He felt his mother had had a similar unsettling experience, which had led to her breakdown. He stopped playing music and dedicated all of his time and energy to amicably contacting these creatures who had previously probed his body so brutally.

Furthermore Marvin held the tribal belief that having a photograph taken of yourself could steal your soul, thus these candid shots are the only ones known to exist.

When he was arrested for riding a bicycle naked down the side streets of Slidell, it provided a sad but clear view of Marvin’s coming years. In 1971 he moved back to Detroit where he drifted forever and permanently into insanity.

He was killed by a bus accidentally in 1977.

His only album “GREATEST HITS” was released posthumously in 1999. And this unstable genius recorded his African rhythm and blues songs with such great musicians as Marc Ribot, John Medeski, Billy Martin, Eszter Bálint and many others.

GREATEST HITS first time on vinyl on NORTHERN SPY RECORDS

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By the way. You can find some inconsistencies in this story. For example Eszter Bálint was 11 years old when Marvin Pontiac died, so it seems impossible that she could work with him. Well, the truth is that the character of Marvin Pontiac was invented by John Lurie because “for a long time, I was threatening to do a vocal record. But the idea of me putting out a record where I sang seemed ostentatious or pretentious. Like the music of Telly Savalas . . . I don’t sing very well, I was shy about it. As a character, it made it easier.”

Not long ago Lurie found some materials of Marvin Pontiac which were recorded when he was in a mental hospital. Those were released as The Asylum Tapes in 2017.

 

Satan In Love

FOR EPICUREAN SOULS

V/A  RARE FINNISH SYNTH – POP & DISCO 1979 – 92

Title song by EMILIA

She is internationally maybe the most sought-after Finnish disco 7”. Released in 1981, it was the debut single of the singer Anne Luoto under this moniker. Her experiments in cosmic Italo disco didn’t find any positive feedback from the Finnish rock critics, but luckily it didn’t stop her from making a highly collectible album also. Even though the eponymous album (1982) includes many quality tracks – and also her debut single Satan In Love – the standout track in her repertoire is this strange love song with devilish lyrics. The original track was released by Italian disco project La Bellini in 1978 and this Finnish version from three years later uses the same backing track. Anne Luoto had a very interesting day job – she was a calligrapher.

If you want to know more and you are curious about the Finnish lyrical version of this song by Fredi you need to buy this double LP. It comes with an essay about early Finnish electronic music by Mikko Mattlar: DJ, journalist and historian on Finnish music.

 

40 Years Nihilism and Rage – The Outsiders of The Australian Underground

This year the legendary unknown raw and wild synth-punk band PRIMITIVE CALCULATORS turns into 40. They (we) celebrate it with their third album ON DRUGS.

The band started in 1978, in the same place and same time than the Birthday Party. After a single they relocated to London, in same time than the Birthday Party, and promptly broke up in 1980. But there was a post-split-up single under the name of Zye Ye Ye in England in 1981. The first album was released in 1980. It’s a live recording of a gig supporting the Boys Next Door in 1979. The Boys Next Door was renamed to Birthday Party.

In 1986 they reunited for the sake of a film and relesed an EP but there were nothing new but a remix on it. In the early 2000s they were discovered, records were reissued together with unreleased live and other recordings. Then they have reformed in 2009 at the request of Nick Cave for the first All Tommorrow’s Pary in Australia.

First studio album THE WORLD IS FUCKED was released in 2013. And now the third album finally here. It is a little bit different than the others. Heartbreak and loss also appear beside nihilism and rage at the world. Even, there is a ballad, a dark, nasty, dire dirge.

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Music Below The Line

 

ARNDALES is a sardonic post-punk quartet,
a hidden gem at an English countryside warehouse.
Their long-awaited debut album “SHOPS” coming soon.

Some thoughts about them in special LUTON HAIKU style.
There are rules and laws which people attribute to haiku writing
which aren’t the concern of Luton haiku writers.

Luton, the lively English town somewhere in the Polish-Pakistani borderland
to where I arrived 2 and half years before as a mentally emigrant from Hungary.
Of course it was raining that day.

And then totally suddenly The Fall played in Luton
at a fest where the other day Lee Scratch Perry was the big name
but that day I went to London to see Guitar Wolf.

And then my eyes got stuck in a name in the festival book: ARNDALES.
Got its name after Arndale Centre which is known as The Mall in Luton nowadays.
And one time it was the biggest covered shopping centre in Europe.

I googled them. And it turned up that In The Red Records release them.
And it releases just fine stuff, like Bassholes, Black Lips, Chain & The Gang,
Jay Reatard, Kid Congo, Oblivians, Ty Segall, Thee Oh Sees, Andre Williams

And I read their former bands are Country Teasers, Thrilled Skinny,
Badgewearer, Pregnant Neck, Collapsed Lung, Zuno Men,
and they played songs like this

rigth before The Fall at the same place.
And there I observed the guitar player’s hamburger patterned socks.
I thought those were witty symbol of the consumer idiotism.

On their new album they have taken inspiration from the world of retail jargon.
E.g. the opening track “Prestige Pricing” is named after the practice of inflating
the price of a product to indicate it’s prestigious status.

The album “SHOPS” is coming soon on IN THE RED RECORDINGS.
And there is nothing shiny. Just old fashioned music like the old Fall
with a Negativland song which is replaced to mid Bedfordshire.

 

KILLBONOCLUB #13

COUNTRY HARDCORE JAZZ PUNK TECHNO PSYCHEDELIC TRASH BLUES NOISE ROCK AND ROLL INDUSTRIAL METAL GARAGE POP EXPERIMENTAL STUPID MUSIC & more

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1. The enigmatically beautiful Katalin Kirby has made the album AN EMPTY BLISS BEYOND OLD BUDAPEST from tunes of a lost world as THE CARTAKER. WORLD PREMIERE

2. Amazing Swiss post-punk band PETER KERNEL‘s new album THE SIZE OF THE NIGHT by ON THE CAMPER RECORDS (CH)

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3. Influential three women fronted NY city post-punk band BUSH TETRAS was founded in 1979 by guitarist Pat Place after leaving the no-wave group James Chance and The Contortions. They brought funky dance songs and vocal rhythms to the freaky outsider punk scene. They broke up in 1983, reunited for a short time in the mid-90s and second time in 2005. Since they have released two albums and the third TAKE THE FALL is coming in April on WHARF CAT RECORDS (US)

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4. GENTLE LEADER XIV pulls on synth-heavy, chorus-filled ’80s heartstrings without diving deep into nostalgia, evoking emotional memory over a gray template of realism. It’s pop without future, love without romance, survival with an undercurrent of persistent loss. debut album CHANNELS on MONIKER RECORDS (US)

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5. SCOTTIBRAINS are the enigmatic elusive four-piece who formed through a love of late night, early morning jams at band founder, producer and Speedy Wunderground head Dan Carey’s studios in London. Theirs is hard-hitting, unsympathetic rock resembling punk’s early days, but with an increased musicality that makes it all their own. Taking their name from a shared love of San Franciscan psych outfit Bunny Brains and Dan’s cat Scotti.

Limited 7″ single on SPEEDY WUNDERGROUND – mixed by the one and only ORLA CAREY (aged 13)!

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6. CHAI is 4 Japanese girls: Mana, Kana, Yuna, and Yuuki. They say Tom Tom Club, Basement Jaxx, Gorillaz, Cansei de Ser Sexy and Marvin Gaye as their influences. I add Devo and Gary Neuman to them. Their debut album PINK released now on BURGER RECORDS (US). Originally on FLAKE RECORDS in 2017.

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7. “I got a right to say FUCK YOU!!!” is how the new album from guitarist Marc Ribot’s trio CERAMIC DOG starts off, with Ribot howling in anger at corruption, tyranny, life in general, and nothing in particular. The album YRU Still Here? on NORTHERN SPY RECORDS (US) just in time to remind us that now is a moment when anger is necessary and unavoidable. Musically it continues the lineage of his earlier experimental no-wave/punk/noise groups Rootless Cosmopolitans and Shrek. Beside Ribot, you can find Shahzad Ismaily (Secret Chiefs 3, Will Oldham, Ben Frost) on bass/electronics and drummer Ches Smith (Xiu Xiu, Secret Chiefs 3, Trevor Dunn’s Trio Convulsant).

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8. Our favourite psychedelic rock band from Bordeaux JC SATAN recently released their new album CENTAURE DESIRE on BORN BAD RECORDS (F)

You also can buy a beautiful JC SATAN / PIRESIAN BEACH split 7″ vinyl EP released on RNR666 RECORDS

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9. American psychedelic rock band WOODEN SHJIPS expand their already rich sound with laid back, classic summer songs on their new album V on THRILL JOCKEY RECORDS (US). It focused on the power of peace, beauty, and resistance and the music is a balm against the noise and negativity.

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10. The BAD PELICANS definitely sit on the throne of the most surprising underground band in Paris. They spent the past the last 3 years destroying all the independent venues in the city and released 3 demo tapes to date which all sold out immediately. So now here is their debut album BEST OF on STOLEN BODY RECORDS (UK)

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11. EFOSHEHU it’s an amazing Israeli rock band. New album on Juval (TV Buddhas, Vaadat Charigim) runs label NOAR AVUD RECORDS (Isr). Efoshehu is the Hebrew word for Somewhere.

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12. Raw power on drum’n’organ by ARCHIE AND THE BUNKERS (US). Influences range from jazz organ greats like Jimmy Smith, and Richard “Groove” Holmes, to punk icons Dead Boys, The Stooges, The Screamers, and more. New album SONGS FROM THE LODGE on DIRTY WATER RECORDS (UK)

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13. LOVE… WITH A LITTLE BIT OF NOISE is the debut album of French garage rock and roll band BLACK BOYS ON MOPED on Beast Records and Castagne Records. When I first heard the song FYA I walked around the room made headbang and some guitar moves and cried: fuck you! Try it!

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14. CHARNEL GROUND is a meeting of Chris Brokaw (Come/Codeine/The New Year etc). on electric guitar, James McNew (Yo La Tengo, Dump) on bass, and Kid Millions (Oneida/Man Forever/etc) on drums, dedicated to exploring the outer and inner regions of instrumental psychedelic noise rock music. Debut album on 12XU RECORDS(US)

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15. The Australian songwriter LEHMANN B. SMITH compiling album after album of unreleased material and storing them away in his home studio for a rainy day. He says “I find it hard to believe that I work as hard as other people because I do spend a lot of my free time just lounging around watching TV and going to the pub and stuff like that. I put out a lot of album, but to me, that just seems like a natural part of playing music – if you love it, you’re going to leave this big trail of albums behind you.” He pauses. “I don’t know, though – maybe everyone else just has better quality control than I do.”

7th album POPULAR MUSIC on BEDROOM SUCK RECORDS (AUS)

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16. I love if a band can make me some laugh with their music like DOG CHOCOLATE from London. By their own words, they perhaps play sloppy, messy, silly and jerky punk music. New album MOODY BALLOON BABY on UPSET THE RHYTHM RECORDS (UK)

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17. BIRDS OF PARADISE are Roy Vucino and Hannah Lewis from Montreal based “free style rock‘n’roll community” and band RED MASS. Pop songs about love and confusion on the album ESTO AMOR on CUCHABATA RECORDS (CAN)

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18. – It’s an album I always wanted to make and it almost took me 10 years after the last release “Surreal Folk Blues Gospel Trash” in 2007 .. I’m sorry.. Way too long.. but I think it’s a good album and I love it.. and I hope you too… It’s a bit different to the others and to the music today… but who cares 😉 – wrote REVEREND BEAT-MAN from his new album BLUES TRASH on VOODOO RHYTHM RECORDS (CH)

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19. The story of INSECURE MEN has started in Paris when the Fat White Family’s main songwriter Saul Adamczewski was asked to leave the band temporarily after refusing to vacate the Paris venue the band was playing because he’d arranged to meet a heroin dealer there later on.

He said about: “I fell into a downward spiral, living on a friend’s floor just smoking crack and heroin and doing nothing else. After four months I snapped out of it and realized I needed to get clean. When I came out of rehab I had nothing left other than these songs – I was like a ship without a sail – so it started to look like Insecure Men was something I should definitely pursue as my main project.”

He teamed up with his school friend Ben Romans-Hopcraft (from the band Childhood) and recorded those songs which blend together exotica, easy listening, lounge and timeless pop music. Debut album on FAT POSSUM RECORDS (US)

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“I was like a ship without a sail”

The story of INSECURE MEN has started in Paris when Fat White Family’s main songwriter Saul Adamczewski was asked to leave the band temporarily after refusing to vacate the Paris venue the band was playing on the night of the Bataclan attack because he’d arranged to meet a heroin dealer there later on.

He said about: “I fell into a downward spiral, living on a friend’s floor just smoking crack and heroin and doing nothing else. After four months I snapped out of it and realised I needed to get clean. When I came out of rehab I had nothing left other than these songs – I was like a ship without a sail – so it started to look like Insecure Men was something I should definitely pursue as my main project.”

He teamed up with his school friend Ben Romans-Hopcraft (from the band Childhood) and recorded those songs, blend together exotica, easy listening, lounge and timeless pop music.

INSECURE MEN debut album released on FAT POSSUM RECORDS (US)

 

Mana, Kana, Yuna and Yuuki

CHAI is 4 Japanese girls: Mana, Kana, Yuna and Yuuki. They say Tom Tom Club, Basement Jaxx, Gorillaz, Cansei de Ser Sexy and Marvin Gaye as their influences. I add Devo and Gary Numan to them. This song about the world where the pretty face and cute shape are far more important than the personality:

Their debut album PINK released now on BURGER RECORDS (US)

Originally released on FLAKE RECORDS (JP)

 

A NEW IMAGE OF WOMANHOOD

Influential three women fronted NY city post punk band BUSH TETRAS were founded in 1979 by guitarist Pat Place after leaving the no-wave group James Chance and The Contortions. They brought funky dance songs and vocal rhythms to the freaky outsider punk scene. The band’s trajectory as jagged as one of their own solos. They broke up in 1983, reunited for a short time in the mid-90s and second time in 2005. Since they have released two albums and the third TAKE THE FALL is coming in April on WHARF CAT RECORDS (US)

They charted “a new image of womanhood – spiky, uncompromising, androgynous, sarcastic, tough and too clever by half” by journalist and musician Vivien Goldman.

 

Mikor kis csónakon sok ezrek kieveznek

 

A GUSTAVE TIGER új videóklipje olyan, mint az élet,
nagy része fárasztó, unalmas és értelmeten küzdelem,
közben sok-sok édes kis agónia a végső nagy orgazmus előtt:

 

Avagy

Nevezd meg,
mihez hasonlít a Vég és a Kezdet?
Mint, amikor kis csónakon sok ezrek
az óceánra kieveznek
s nem jönnek vissza, mert mind belevesznek.

Yamanoue no Okura japán költő 8. századi meglátása Kosztolányi Dezső fordításában.

Ha kíváncsi vagy a GUSTAVE TIGER és az ancien regime édességére

KONCERT  ÁPRILIS 5  BUDAPEST  TOLDI MOZI

 

 

 

BLACK BOYS ON MOPED

At the moment I have got LOVE… with a little bit of noise the debut album of French garage rock and roll band BLACK BOYS ON MOPED so not long before I walked around the room made headbang and some guitar moves and cried fuck you! Try it!

Greek Electro Punk

 

Komodina 3 was a Greek band. Everybody knows them but nobody saw them to play. Like the band Ghost Train (or Kummitusjuna) in the film Zombie & The Ghost Train by Finnish director Mika Kaurismaki which is among my favorites. The story of Komodina 3 started n 2005 in Thessaloniki. Some musicians recorded an album, made 80 CD copies, hand-delivered them to some local men of taste. But they didn’t drive to their only show because was too cold out.

Seven years after the owner of Slovenly Records heard their CD in a van during the euro tour of his label’s two Greek bands, Bazooka and Gay Anniversary, and he released it.

One from Komodina 3 started electro-punk solo career as NOMOS 751

Debut album on SLOVENLY RECORDS (US)

 

KILLBONOCLUB # 12

COUNTRY HARDCORE JAZZ PUNK TECHNO PSYCHEDELIC TRASH BLUES NOISE ROCK AND ROLL INDUSTRIAL METAL GARAGE POP EXPERIMENTAL STUPID MUSIC & more

 

THE LAST RECORDS OF THE LEAST LABELS

EVERY MONTH LAST WEEKEND ONLINE
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1. Thomas Bonvalet is a self-taught multi-instrumentalist who releases his solo experimental works as l’ocelle mare. His fifth album TEMPS EN TERRE released now on French label KYTHIBONG RECORDS. After forests, urban spaces, churches and caves this is the first which was recorded in a studio with the help of piano, 6 string bass banjo, mechanical metronome, tuning forks, claves, hand and foot clapping and tapping, mini amps, amps, subwoofer, microphones, small mix desk, bells, mouth organ fragments, concertina, componiums, “stringin it”, audio ducker, drum skins, clockwork motors…

2. Post-punk psychedelic now country sometimes disco indie rock and roll music by THE JAZZ BUTCHER from England. 4 albums box set reissue series THE VIOLENT YEARS on FIRE RECORDS (UK). But before there were THE WASTED YEARS. Anyway if you want to know more about them you can find more in KILLBONOCLUB 10

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3. The third in the four-part boxed set series, Les Haricots Sont Pas Salés 1987-1991 with the albums ‘The Tenement Year’, ‘Cloudland’, ‘Worlds In Collison’ and ‘The Lost Album’ of American avant-garde rock band PERE UBU on FIRE RECORDS (UK)

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Californian NO BABIES‘ new album SOMEONE TO WATCH OVER ME on English label UPSET THE RHYTHM is such as if Scottish anarchopunk band Dog Faced Hermans and Japanese experimental chaos hardcore band Melt-Banana would have been made an album together.

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5. SARAH SHOOK was born in Rochester, New York. She was homeschooled and grew up in a fundamentalist Christian family where music was restricted. In high school, she taught herself acoustic guitar. Inspired by artists such as the Sex Pistols, Elliott Smith and Hank Williams she started her first country band, Sarah Shook and the Devil in 2010. But now here is her second album with THE DISARMERS on Chicago BLOODSHOT RECORDS.

The album YEARS is about finding a way. A way through exhaustion, depression, betrayal, hangover after hangover, upper after downer after upper, fight after never-ending fight. It’s about picking yourself up and dusting yourself off after years of being trampled and beaten down, jutting your chin out, head high after they’ve done their worst, and shouting: Fuck you! I do want I want!

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6. Songs of alienation and anxiety from Kiev by post-punk shoegaze band BICHKRAFT. New album 800 on WHARF CAT RECORDS (US)

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“We are standing at the edge of the end of times. The catastrophe is imminent. La peur est partout. Fear is Everywhere.”

So Swiss dark folk funeral band THE DEAD BROTHERS hid in the Vosges mountains in the little French miner village Saintes Marie aux Mines to take the pulse of our time.

7th album ANGST on VOODOO RHYTHM RECORDS (CH)

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8. For me the most shining pearl of this playlist this wonder and powerful song by Finnish prog rock band SAMMAL from the album SUULIEKKI on SVART RECORDS

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9. Dirty, filthy punk rock n roll with a dark sense of humor from New Zealand by THE CAVEMEN. New album NUKE EARTH coming soon on SLOVENLY RECORDS (US)

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10. 666 shades of synth-pop from Omaha by DIGITAL LEATHER.
HEADACHE HEAVEN 21 track new digital album. There will be a cassette version in the future.

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11. Chilean ANMLS play Black Flag influenced punk with a little psychedelic latin temperament. Debut album on Slovenly (US) and Algo Records (Chile)

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Easy to say something about Cleveland punk band PERVERTS AGAIN‘s new album FRIDAY NIGHT LIGHT because there are no other words just: total punk. Just like their label TOTAL PUNK (US)

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13. THE OTHER SIDE OF TIME is the double debut album of the Chicago jazz drummer QUIN KIRCHNER. Original compositions, spontaneous improvisations, and solo drum pieces alongside interpretations of classics. Out now on ASTRAL SPIRIT RECORDS. It’s the free jazz/experimental sister label of Monofonus Press (US).

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14. RICKY HELL & THE VOIDBOYS are like a punk Jesus & Mary Chain with a clarinet. HELL IS REAL album on QUALITY TIME, GREENWAY both US and DIRTY WATER RECORDS (UK)

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15. Witty, playful, Frenchy pop songs by the Swiss MONKBERRY MOON ORCHESTRA from Geneva. Their new album ECHO on LE POP CLUB RECORDS (CH) is among my recent favourites.

 

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