get up to Manc on the 2nd to see Earth. its a saturday, no excuse.
I'm probably the newest promoter in Manchester pedalling a mix of ambient folk drone experimental free jazz heavy stuff and it'd be great to get a mention wherever. I've had an amazing line-up for shows since I started in October with Josephine Foster, Tetuzi Akiyama, Lichens, Paul Metzger, Part Wild Horses.., Lawrence English, Grouper, Rafael Anton Irisarri, Dieter Moebius, Alasdair Roberts, Cave, Mugstar, The Thing, Tim Hecker, Gate (The Dead C) and Astral Social Club. You'd have expected many of those shows to sell out but in Manchester it seems very hard to get a lot of people down to even the most unique of shows like The Thing and Gate, the former only ever having played in London and GATE never having played in the UK in 20 years. But I'm in it for the music and a few bad attendances don't matter, the music has to be brought to the city, it has to be kickstarted somehow.
So I'm continuing next year, starting straight away with pretty much the first show in the UK for 10 years for German electronic pioneer Oval, then moving onto a residency at the Castle Hotel for the very best acoustic guitarists in the UK and abroad with Cam Deas, C Joynes, Cian Nugent, Micah Blue Smaldone, Charlie Parr, William Tyler, Michael Chapman, Steffen Basho-Junghans. While not stopping doing my normal shows we've got a co-promote with Wodgodforgot and the Mill with the legends that are Earth and then week after in April we're putting on A Hawk And A Hacksaw. We're still going down the noise drone route with Our Love Will Destroy The World and the freejazz route as well with Koboku Senju. We've also got many more shows being booked right now from some of the most interesting artists in a whole range of genres so I'd like to think that even though we don't feature in this indepth column on our city that we are managing to provide a series of shows for active music lovers with a hugely diverse and interesting appeal.
Thats not even counting the 5 vinyl releases we have lined up for the beginning of this year!
Venue wise the Islington Mill is my go to for pretty much any show I want to put on, its got great sound, its very affordable, it has a good inhouse promo, and everyone there are really great and definitely in the right mindset. I don't find the capacity daunting at all, its just a great thing to work with and is extremely flexible, for example you can get some seats out, put the band on the floor and with about 40 people its feels pretty full and has a great atmosphere.
Anyway if any of this appealled to anyone then please go to my website at www.miemusic.co.uk
the 2lp is another week or so, so must be soon.
nice column joe, again, as ever far too many things to get my head and wallet round. the FNS is real lovely, i'm rueing missing the Conjourer on vinyl, I should have the new RAI as soon as Norman get their copies, still nor completely taken by the sight below, shall have a good listen though next. NSB are just amazingly prolific, I saw Isengrind is releasing an LP on Blackest Rainbow soon, should be interesting. ALSO have you seen the mind stonkingly good line up for Root Strata's small festival in september? awetatsic.
I've been seeing Loscil mentioned here and there, it seems up my street so I should probably check it out soon. I've really been struck by the new Fenn O'Berg, really interesting and lots of sounds i can't place to either one of the trio. Also I managed to catch Svarte/Erik playing at Cafe Oto with William Fowler Collins a couple of weeks ago, three 25 min sets, two solos and then a improv duo, really beautiful and harrowing at the same time, I wasn't expecting the almost "leyland Kirby" ending as he switched to a turntable and what i imagine was an old 7", couldn't really see. anyway great column again, and you know the new emeralds 2lp is on pre-order over at editions mego now? got my copy already.
and you can stream the whole album here http://ownrecords.bandcamp.com/album/gathered-tones
well United Colours is on CD at Own Records and theres now only about 30 of the LPs left ever at my place, www.miemusic.co.uk
/end of jag
can't wait to finally hear the new fuck buttons, looking forward to their show at heaven. and Broderick's album Float completely stunned me on first listen a couple of years ago.
at the absence of Trouble Books.
1. Trouble Books - The UNited Colours of...
2. Fennesz - Black Sea
3. Fuck Buttons - Street Horrrsing
4. Grouper - Dragging a dead deer up a hill
5. Boris - Smile
6. Alva Noto - Unitext
7. Aidan Baker & Time Hecker
8. Gas - Nah Und Fern, reissues? but that opens up a huge can of worms fo rme.
i don't how this review got posted. its pretty darn awful. i think only_shallow sums it up pretty well.
akron/family were great, but wasn't there meant to be four of them? it'll be interesting to see how the set will differ at end of the road.
Never even mentioned, he had my vote. Comicopera is just amazing.
arghhh, Deerhunter playing in London. Me sleeping in a tent in Dorset at End Of the Road Festival. Slightly annoying.
come on, let me not go alone!
By far the best album on there. It was the Wire's album of the year last year and yet people still take no notice!
I was at the Hoxton Hall gig he did a couple of months which was just outstanding, barely 50 people in the room and he played his heart out for over two hours, seriously moving at times. And "someone" has told me that his new album is pretty much his best, well worth getting and seeing live as many times as you can.