On this show music from Died Pretty, Lee “Scratch” Perry, Subatomic Sound System, 2 Lost Souls, The Junta, Evidence of a Struggle, Bike, Stefano Panunzi, Julian Loida, The Nearlys, Legless Trials, The Dave Graney Show, The Pop Group, and The Melvins.
Died Pretty – Out In The Rain – Live
40 years since playing their first shows, Sydney’s Died Pretty have, without warning, released their first live album, DIED PRETTY LIVE and simultaneously announced an October Australian East Coast run of seated theatre shows. The live album is available on limited edition 2LP and single CD and well as digitally and can be ordered direct from Citadel Mailorder at http://www.citadelmailorder.com. Died Pretty burst on to a burgeoning Sydney alternative scene in the early 80’s with a series of chaotic, passionate and intense live shows. Their highly regarded 1986 debut album Free Dirt established them internationally and they began touring Europe and America on a regular basis. Over the following years, constant touring toughened their once erratic live performances as their constant flow of recordings expanded their musical territories. Their landmark album, 1991’s Doughboy Hollow, containing the singles “Godbless”, “D.C.” and “Sweetheart”, achieved wide Australian chart success and is still frequently found in lists of the all-time top Australian albums. Died Pretty officially disbanded as a full-time entity in 2002. Since then, the classic Doughboy Hollow line-up has occasionally reformed to play special event shows. They performed Doughboy Hollow for the Don’t Look Back classic album series in 2008, followed by Big Day Out performances in 2009 and then 2012’s Dig It Up festival. 2016 saw a Day On The Green run and 2017 a co-headline tour with Radio Birdman. In 2021 the band performed a triumphant series of club shows, rescheduled after they were forced to cancel 2019 appearances at A Day On The Green due to illness. October 2023 will see the band perform a special run of theatre only shows with special guests Melbourne’s Underground Lovers.
Lee “Scratch” Perry – Show Me That River – Battle Of Armagideon (2023 Reissue)
In 1985, Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry returned to Trojan Records, the celebrated British company which, during reggae’s formative years, had been instrumental in establishing him on the international scene as one of Jamaica’s most talented, innovative and influential producers. By this time, he was exploring new musical avenues, having teamed up with the Dub Factory, a British band led by rhythm guitarist and synth player Mark Downie. The first evidence of this new union came towards the close of the year when Trojan released Perry’s seasonal single, ‘Merry Christmas, Happy New Year’, on which he was accompanied by London-based singer, Sandra Robinson. The disc provided an indication of his bold, new sound, which effectively blended Jamaican rhythms with rock sensibilities. A few months later came Perry’s long-awaited comeback album, with its strikingly designed sleeve perfectly reflecting the wild and unpredictable music within its grooves. An instant big seller for both Perry and Trojan, the LP both dazzled and bemused listeners, paving the way for a full-scale return to music-making for the Jamaican Jenius. Over the years since, ‘Battle Of Armagideon (Millionaire Liquidator)’ has become widely acknowledged as Perry’s most significant and daring undertakings since the closure of his famed Black Ark studio in Kingston. And now, some 36 years after its original release, this seminal album is finally given the deluxe treatment, with its original track-listing bolstered by seven bonus tracks from the Trojan sessions – a dozen of which make their CD debut. The result is a must-have collector’s item for all serious Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry; providing a fitting tribute to one of the most innovative, creative and gifted music makers to have made their mark on modern popular music.
Subatomic Sound System, Lee “Scratch” Perry, & Screechy Dan – Lee “Scratch” Perry is the Dub Organizer – Single
On the 50th anniversary of the world’s first dub album, “Lee ‘Scratch’ Perry Is The Dub Organizer” brings you the classic vibes of Scratch’s 1973 Black Ark studio from Jamaica reimagined for the 21st century with NYC’s Subatomic Sound System, Scratch’s steady collaborators and touring band for over a decade. The release coincides with a memorial set for Scratch on 4/20 at Red Rocks Amphitheater by Subatomic Sound System & Screechy Dan with special guest Mykal Rose of Black Uhuru plus The Marley Brothers & Steel Pulse. Recorded by Emch & Lee Perry in Jamaica at the New Ark and NYC at Subatomic Sound while working on their acclaimed 2017 “Super Ape Returns to Conquer” album, this song takes a similar approach with deep sub bass and drums laying a solid foundation for phased horns, vocals, and percussion to swim in murky tape echoes. The style and composition define Scratch’s legacy as a pioneer of dub, reggae, studio production, and musical experimentation — including being the first to ever record chatting on a recording. Kingston born & Brooklyn-raised Screechy Dan delivers the chatting to hail up Scratch in the original Jamaican party style of the era while Scratch lets the world know he is the dub inventor and innovator, not Tubby or Jammy, a final diss tune from beyond to set the record straight.
2 Lost Souls – Bad Magic – 52 Singles
Another single in the year spanning release schedule
The Junta – Megalopolis – a decade
Celebrating 10 years of techno tuneage with a selection of tunes and this brand new track.
Evidence of a Struggle – Do’Oa – Do’Oa
Chicago-based collective Evidence of a Struggle presents their debut single ‘Do’Oa’, a wonderful fusion of sounds that recall the works of Tortoise and 4AD artist Dif Juz all at once. This spring of creativity offers the first taste of the forthcoming eponymous album, scheduled for release on June 9. Cinematic, moody and invigorating, this initial sonic sculpture offers a beautiful introduction to the album that follows. The accompanying video was created by Chicago-based artist John Airo, who has been creating videos and album covers for this project, using the music to guide him in this process. Surrounding the musings of multi-instrumentalist William P C Simmons V a.k.a. Rev. Billy Simmons, Evidence of a Struggle is an evolving group of artists and musicians whose sonic creations may lead you to the center of the darkness or just might unfurl the universe before you with lush, cinematic, beautiful, and sometimes chaotic compositions. Evidence of a Struggle began in 2020 during lockdowns. This ambitious offering, comprised of 13 songs, sees Rev. Billy play every instrument – guitar, drums, piano, synth and violin – recorded and engineered from his home studio, The Glue Factory. When Covid restrictions were lifted, he began working with Sanford Parker (Voivod, Russian Circles, Yob, Eyehategod, Wovenhand, Darkthrone, Youth Code, Pelican), who helped produce and record the final versions of the songs for this record, as well as mastering.
BIKE – Santa Cabeça – Arte Bruta
Brazil-based sonic adventurers BIKE present their latest psychedelic-progressive single ‘Santa Cabeça’ (translation ‘Holy Head’), following up earlier singles ‘Filha Do Vento’ (‘Daughter of the Wind’) and ‘O Torto Santo’ (‘The Sacred Crooked’), all teasing their forthcoming new album ‘Arte Bruta’. Out on May 5, it will be jointly released via Quadrado Mágico Records and Before Sunrise Records. In the past few months, the band has toured extensively, performed live on Seattle’s KEXP, played dozens of shows at SXSW and Treefort Music Fest, in addition to opening for The Brian Jonestown Massacre in their native city of São Paulo. The ‘Arte Bruta’ album represents the process of self-analysis this psych-rock, post-Tropicalia, noise rock collection has undergone in recent years, resulting in the most daring leap in the group’s career. Formed in 2015 by Julito Cavalcante (guitar and vocals), Diego Xavier (guitar and voice), Daniel Fumega (drums) and João Gouvea (bass), BIKE’s trajectory has been one of long journeys – both sonically and geographically.
Stefano Panunzi – Which Truth – Pages From The Sea
Released April 21, 2023 on CD and digital via SP Music and distributed by Burning Shed. In the Roman musician’s new work, the reference that most frequently comes is David Sylvian in the ’90s: sweetness, refinement and melancholy intertwine with keyboard carpets, dreamy guitars and enveloping horns. The coordinates are always refined art rock, much indebted to ambient jazz and modern progressive rock. Panunzi’s use of electronics is skillful, particularly shining on ‘The Sea Woman’, the closing track that sees him soloing between sweet keyboards, lounge beats and dark orchestrations. ‘Pages from the Sea’ is perhaps a heterogeneous record in musical terms, but certainly the most coherent in narrative terms. It is not a voyage, it is a stroll. Or rather, a series of seaside strolls that often pause, linger, and lead the listener to admire the most enchanting melancholic frescoes. In his fourth solo work, Panunzi was accompanied by an ensemble including Jakko M Jakszyk (King Crimson), Robby Aceto, Pat Mastellotto (King Crimson, O.R.k.), Mike Applebaum (Ennio Morricone, Jovanotti, Zucchero, Tiromancino), Markus Reuter (The Crimson ProjeKct), Sirenée, Sunao Inami, Peter Goddard (The Mousetrap Factory), Peter Dodge, Giacomo Anselmi (Goblin Rebirth), Fabio Fraschini (Novembre, Il Volo, Marina Rei), Fabio Trentini, Stefano Petrocco, Cristiano Capobianco, Luca Fareri, Alessandro Inolti e Nicola Lori (Fijeri).
Julian Loida – You Will Be Missed – Giverny
Percussionist, composer, and producer Julian Loida has a thirst to participate in and experience a range of sounds due in part to his synesthesia. Music is a full-body experience for him, with sounds often invoking involuntary sensations of color, texture, or even taste for this Boston jazz/folk/classical musician. Loida’s musical curiosity and open-mindedness has propelled him towards a wide-range of genres and artistic endeavours. The latest of which is sophomore LP, Giverny, out on May 19th. “You Will Be Missed” is the new single, which was inspired by the simultaneous sorrow and joy of missing someone. Perhaps, somebody who needed to be out of your life for the toxicity they brought into it. You could be holding space for yourself to miss them, but want to celebrate that they are gone, as you face the trauma from all sides.
The Nearly’s – Where’s The Money?
New single from Helen Walker and co.
Legless Trials – I Wanna Do Me – I Wanna Do Me / Run Naked (Single)
New single to whet the appetite for the new album
The Dave Graney Show – Vengeance Is on It’s Way (Don’t Worry) – Kiss Tomorrow Goodbye (2015 Expanded Edition)
Another track from from this landmark album from Dave and Clare
The Pop Group – She Is Beyond Good And Evil – Y
Marking the passing, far too young, of Mark Stewart
The Melvins – Set Me Straight – Hooch
From a new release covering their Atlantic releases.