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  • Dead Men Tell No Tales Dead Men Tell No Tales Quick View

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    Dead Men Tell No Tales

    Dead Men Tell No Tales takes a stripped-down turn with plaintive lyrical confessions as pretty as they are prescient, summoning Syd Barrett?s wild spirit through a seance of simple reverb burbles and acoustic incantations. Front-and-center vocals recounting love, loss and death's lurking presence are presented against airy guitar shimmer in a demented yin and yang seemingly forecasting the scarf-swathed, underground dandy man's abrupt fall nearly 20 years later. In the midst of such weighty tomes are less downtrodden peeks into the studio, where Sudden and his Jacobites are caught on tape in a few joyful fits and starts, adding another complex layer to this celebrated post-punk. In founding Swell Maps, the post-punk prefacing Birmingham art-snots, Nikki Sudden and his drumming brother Epic Soundtracks charted new territory for racket and corrosive guitar. But after folding Swell Maps at the dawn of the '80s, Nikki Sudden plowed through another decade's worth of terrifically fertile ground. Drawing on his devotion to the Rolling Stones and T. Rex - alongside guitarist Dave Kusworth as Jacobites, plus a cheekily named cohort of British sidemen - Nikki Sudden cut a string of raw, inspired rock 'n' roll records, etched with double-edged travel melancholia and hard-bitten punk dejection.
    1. When I Cross The Line
    2. Before I Leave You
    3. Dog Latin
    4. Wooden Leg
    5. Dog Rose
    6. How Many Lies
    7. Cupful Of Change
    8. Kiss At Dawn
    Nikki Sudden & The Jacobites
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    Texas

    In a year when overproduced rock-fluff flooded radio
    waves, Texas-Sudden's 1986 solo debut for Creation-
    blasted through the saccharin for a damaged and masterful
    invocation at the imperfect alters of Chilton and Bolan,
    sonic influences the Brit bore proudly on his velvet sleeve
    throughout the course of his polarizing prolificacy. As the
    increasingly splintered Rolling Stones cultivated "Harlem
    Shuffle" cover cheese, the former Jacobite leader looked
    to the ragged Exile On Main St. and Sticky Fingers roots
    of his icons for a raw, 12-song predication melding tender
    jangle and staggering swagger. Widely considered Sudden's
    solo magnum opus, Texas is an exquisite m√Člange of the
    off-kilter sub-terrestrial songwriter.


    In founding Swell Maps, the post-punk prefacing
    Birmingham art-snots, Nikki Sudden and his drumming
    brother Epic Soundtracks charted new territory for racket
    and corrosive guitar. But after folding Swell Maps at the
    dawn of the '80s, Nikki Sudden plowed through another
    decade's worth of terrifically fertile ground. Drawing on
    his devotion to the Rolling Stones and T. Rex-alongside
    guitarist Dave Kusworth as Jacobites, plus a cheekily named
    cohort of British sidemen-Nikki Sudden cut a string of
    raw, inspired rock 'n' roll records, etched with double-edged travel melancholia and hard-bitten punk dejection.

    1. Jangle Town
    2. Death is Hanging Over Me
    3. In Your Room
    4. Glass Eye
    5. Such A Little Girl
    6. Broken Tooth
    7. Dumb Angel
    8. Basement Blues
    9. Wedding Dress
    10. When I Left You
    11. Captain Kennedy's Lament
    12. Deppers Bridge
    Nikki Sudden and the Jacobites
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  • A Trip To Marineville A Trip To Marineville Quick View

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    A Trip To Marineville

    Brothers Nikki Sudden and Epic Soundtracks started the Swell Maps in the early 1970s while in their teens. The band's chaotic mix of arty experimentalism, garage primitivism, and punk rock gumption established a template for the British DIY post-punk movement of the late '70s and early '80s. The band's 1979 debut, A TRIP TO MARINEVILLE, perfectly captures the band's two disparate yet strangely compatible elements. Songs such as Spitfire Parade, Another Song, and the rousing opener H.S. Art burn with youthful abandon and a glammy, knowingly primitive cool. Yet by Don't Throw Ashtrays at Me and Bridge Head, the listener is presented with an almost completely different band, as improvised noise, clattering percussion, found sounds, and ambient piano soundscapes overtake the more straightforward rock elements that introduced the album. The hypnotic pulse of Krautrock creeps in on Full Moon in My Pocket and BLAM!! and the Sonic Youth blueprint is presented fully formed on Gunboat. For the Swell Maps, the call to arms of punk rock wasn't about empty gestures toward anarchy and social rebellion, but rather the notion of a personal revolution via the limitless possibilities of art. A Trip To Marineville perfectly captures this realization.
    1. H.S. Art
    2. Another Song
    3. Vertical Slum
    4. Spitfire Parade
    5. Harmony In Your Bedroom
    6. Don't Throw Ashtrays At Me!
    7. Midget Submarine
    8. Bridge Head (Pt.9)
    9. Full Moon In My Pocket
    10. BLAM!!!
    11. Full Moon (Reprise)
    12. Gunboats
    13. Adventuring Into Basketry
    14. My Lil' Shoppes 'Round The Corner
    15. Loin Of The Surf
    16. Doctor At Cake
    17. Steven Does
    18. Bronze and Baby Shoes
    Swell Maps
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  • Pop Crimes Pop Crimes Quick View

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    Pop Crimes

    Rowland S. Howard started playing in teenage bands in late
    70s Melbourne. Whilst still a callow youth he wrote "Shivers," an
    undisputed classic, (quietly ignoring the fact that Rowland perhaps
    doesn't see it that way and approaches the song as if it was written
    by someone else). The song was recorded by his band The Boys Next
    Door who mutated into the Birthday Party and then relocated to
    Europe to wage a guerrilla campaign against the trivialities of the
    80s, until they turned their fire upon themselves and disintegrated
    mid-decade.


    Whilst his former associates have moved on to weekend colour
    supplement acceptability, Rowland has commonly been perceived
    as the banished wastrel prince... exiled to a squalid garret on the
    colder edges of the kingdom, accompanied only by his dreams and
    inclinations. His demeanour (pale, gaunt, stick thin, sickly, dark
    humoured, fatalistic) has perhaps inadvertently added far too much
    credence to this interpretation of events. The shadow of this myth
    has seemingly obscured the sheer volume of his creativity and the
    singularity of his musical vision.


    Always respected by his peers, a scan through Rowland's
    catalogue of work sees him allied with the likes of Lydia Lunch,
    Thurston Moore, Wim Wenders, Barry Adamson, The Gun Club, Nikki
    Sudden, the Beasts Of Bourbon, the Hungry Ghosts and HTRK.
    Rowland's own ensemble These Immortal Souls gun their engines
    in the ill-lit background and the legacy of his work with The Birthday
    Party scores the skin of successive generations of musicians and
    fans.


    But it's a history Rowland would gleefully put a match to. With or
    without it Rowland S. Howard would make tense, beautiful music,
    would deliver us his personal vision of the world, would create Pop
    Crimes.


    Long-time faithful friends Mick Harvey (who played with Rowland
    for over 30 years), JP Shilo (Hungry Ghosts) and producer Lindsay
    Gravina make for a formidable backline. Out front the guitar playing
    couldn't be any one else but Rowland S Howard and his weary,
    almost journalistic vocal delivery dispassionately sits amidst the
    sweaty panic of the music, adding to the ill ease.


    The band lurch in to Pop Crimes as if dragging a rain soaked body
    across a muddy field. The ghosts of Lee Hazlewood, Snatch, Sergio
    Leone, The Shangri-Las and nameless guys from a never known chain
    gang watch on. Within the first few breaths Rowland references
    Stalin, Calvary and genocide, whilst razoring guitar lines the current
    crop of post-punk revisionists could only fantasize about.


    "Shut Me Down" is Rowland at his most romantic, though
    inevitably it's shot through with loss and longing. If only Dusty
    Springfield were alive to revel in its drama. Talk Talk's 'Life's What
    You Make It' is re-imagined as if it had risen from the grind of a
    Detroit auto plant's assembly line. '(I Know) A Girl Called Johnny'
    sees Jonnine D from HTRK sidle up to the microphone for a duet
    that will melt even the coldest of hearts. It's a glorious missing link
    between the New York girl group sound and the street smarts of
    Suicide. Townes Van Zandt's "Nothin" is given a chilling tenement
    building transformation. "Wayward Man" has the band wailing like
    alarm sirens before Rowland emerges at his most contemplative
    with the gorgeous, fragile build of "Ave Maria." Final track "The
    Golden Age Of Bloodshed" takes the album out on a swaggering,
    swashbuckling epic, with salvation slipping through the narrator's
    fingers.

    1. (I Know) A Girl Called Jonny
    2. Shut Me Down
    3. Life's What You Make It
    4. Pop Crimes
    5. Nothin '
    6. Wayward Man
    7. Ave Maria
    8. The Golden Age Of Bloodshed
    Rowland S. Howard
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  • Earth Has Doors Earth Has Doors Quick View

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    Earth Has Doors

    Four years ago Wymond Miles, guitar player and songwriter in San Franciscos The Fresh & Onlys, began writing solo material thematically based on the concepts of eschatology, anthroposophy, and Gnostic and Hermetic symbolism. Drawing from a vast musical pool of inspiration, including Scott Walker, Robert Wyatt, Arvo Part, and Nikki Sudden amongst others, Earth Has Doors is Miles first solo release.


    These songs concisely yet esoterically document the existential crisis of our current epoch, moving from the nothingness of modern materialism, fragmented reductionist thought, and drug escapism to a world imbued with subjectivity and meaning through a new relationship with the Earth and cosmos as alive and full of inherent intelligence.


    Wymond describes his early writing process: For the first time I had a sense of place, and a reverence of humility for my surroundings. I was full of wonder, but I felt very small, and went inward to begin the work of writing. He elaborates, Sonically the mood had to reflect the somberness of moving between the existential chaos of my twenties into this new perspective of living. The mysterious hues of the soundscape reflect a sense of curiosity and possibility in the canyons of sound.


    Working in his home studio and using 8 track tape (the infamous Tascam 388), Miles performs almost everything on this record: guitars, synths, bass, drums, manipulated tape delay, and vocals. A few friends played with him, guesting on drums (Hidden Things, Earth Has Doors) and viola (As the Orchard), while his wife Sarah sings some harmonies on side A.

    1. Hidden Things Are Asking You To Find Them
    2. Temples Of Magick
    3. As The Orchard Is With Rain
    4. Earth Has Doors, Let Them Open
    Wymond Miles
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  • Fred Beethoven Fred Beethoven Quick View

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    Fred Beethoven

    Blue Colored Vinyl


    Newly found unreleased album recorded across two winter time sessions at Nikkis favorite recording studio Woodbine Studios in Learnington Spa. The profile of the late Nikki Sudden has never been higher with the release of the highly acclaimed Box Set The Boy from Nowhere & the release by Numbero Uno of all the early albums on vinyl.

    1. Johnny B Goode
    2. Black Satin Suit
    3. Blenkinsop's Soup Kitchen
    4. Looking at You
    5. It's Gonna Be Alright
    6. Stereo Baby
    7. Summer Burn Down
    8. Forest Fire
    9. Debris
    10. Pin A Rose On Me
    11. Don't Look Back
    12. So Much To Learn
    Nikki Sudden
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  • Jane From Occupied Europe Jane From Occupied Europe Quick View

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    Jane From Occupied Europe

    Noisy and experimental, Britain's Swell Maps experienced little commercial success during the course of their chaotic career, but in hindsight they stand as one of the pivotal acts of the new wave: not only was the group an acknowledged inspiration to the likes of Sonic Youth and Pavement, but their alumni - most notably brothers Nikki Sudden and Epic Soundtracks - continued on as key players in the underground music community.
    1. Robot Factory
    2. Let's Buy A Bridge
    3. Border Country
    4. Cake Shop Girl
    5. The Helicopter Spies
    6. Big Maz In The Desert
    7. Big Empty Field
    8. Mining Villages
    9. Collision With A Frogman
    10. ...Vs. The Mangrove Delta Plan
    11. Secret Island
    12. Whatever Happens Next...
    13. Blenheim Shots
    14. A Raincoat's Room
    15. The Stairs Are Like An Avalanche
    16. New York
    Swell Maps
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