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Resonance 104.4fm - 10 March 8 to 9pm
[edited: 16 March]
On 10 March 2016, between 8 to 9pm (a Clear Spot slot), I, the Lizardz Vox, was going to receive David Tovey on Resonance 104.4fm. But last night, the show was cancelled.
We were going to talk about him sleeping rough, homelessness in general (65000 homeless people in UK for 650000 empty houses) and his fashion show. In between talks, I was going to play some new tracks and mention the artists’ gigs.
We were going to give a proper definition of homelessness: from sleeping in the street to sleeping in the car to couch surfing (mainly students who can’t afford the rents) to displaced families.
The first track I was going to play was Autrenoir’s Terpsichore. A plunge into the deep of the ocean... dark, magnificent. Autrenoir is the alliance of cinematographic techno Mondkopf and metal / post-hardcore background Extreme Precautions on In Paradisum label. A first album is set for release for the second half of 2016. If you are impatient... hear them at Village Underground on 19 March (London EC2A 3PQ)
Also planned on the turntable was (for some minutes):
Matt Elliott’ Wings and Crown from his soon to be released album The Calm Before on Ici D’Ailleurs label (8 April): a folk contemplation on tragic path. Here is a teaser on The Calm Before. I first saw Matt as Third Eye Foundation in a minuscule and packed place by Highbury and Islington’ tube (something named “Down Under”?) – I called him the Joy Division of dark electro... back in the mid 90’s. Hear him at The Laughing Bell 25 March.
The (Hypothetical) Prophets’ Back to the Burner from soon to be (re)released Around The World (originally released in 1982) album on InFiné: cut-up sounds, nonchalant voice projection on Cold War backdrop punched with satirical lyrics, subliminal mechanical sex from French/British duo Szajner and Beer.
Invención, for magnetic tape (1967) by Peruvian born composer Argentinean based Edgar Valcarcel. 10 years ago, I was living in Peru and got friend with Luis Alvarado. He handed me over an experimental music compilation from Latin America (1948-1979) that I took with me to Wire mag in London and hoping to play it at Resonance. Since then, Pogus published his treasure Tensions At The Vanguard New Music From Peru (1948 - 1979). I never kept a copy, but the New York based label has just sent me a whole package. Following my tips about Resonance and Wire, Luis has been able to have his tracks played / written a few times. (Artwork by my friend José Ignacio Iturburu on Invencion...).
Smash / Hush from Kyoka’ SH album on Raster Noton coming out 25 March. The ultra experimental mental EP has four tracks but the lucky ones like me got the six from Japan... Keep your eyes shut and feel the bumps. If you are lucky to be in Berlin on 10 & 11 March, you can celebrate RN’s 20th anniversary @ White Circle.
On 15 of April comes out a jewel from a far away/ so close planet: The Limiñanas give birth to an enigmatic and hypnotic album named Malamore on Because Music, A cinematic ballad in between 60’s sounds, Gainsbourg or Suicide. Sometimes phlegmatic, sometimes on speed, sometimes on a Harley Davidson, sometimes on a slow silver bus... but it also feels like listening to it upside down, feet nailed up to the ceiling and shaking it all. Here, a special guest for Garden Of Love, Peter Hook (Joy Division / New Order). They are touring in France right now, catch them @ L’Ubu if you can, 19 March. For us in London, let’s start some incantations to be... In the Mood for Malamore.
Impuros Fanáticos by Fumaça Preta is out 8 April on Soundway Records. A total insane opus located between a devil salsa, festive punk and opium-like flamenco... a dementia cocktail for the fiestas au bout de la nuit. Here is La Trampa. Hear them @ The Lexington on 22 April.
Warriors of urban sounds “lost” in some jungle, South African rapper Tumi & French Chinese Man will play their Alabama3-like melodies from The Journey, 27 May @ The Forum. They released their album a few months back on Chinese Man Records. Here is Better That Way to feel the vibe.
Ending the prog with Autrenoir’s Nuit. A spiral of frictions... reaching out for tension – 19 March. Village Underground.
Big thanks for support, trust, patience: L’Ubu team in Rennes (big up); Because Music; ChineseMan Rec; Bureau Export; Soundway Rec; Guillaume & Paul @ In Paradisum; Pogus; Raster Noton.
A last one for the road... Lou Doillon for album Lay Low, already out. She’ll play Bush Hall on 27 April. Born too late for soundtracking in David Lynch’s Blue Velvet or Young at Heart... she is in many ways Chris Isaak’s alter ego with a soupçon of Amy Winehouse.
New addition: French saxophonist Bertrand Gauguet and the great pianist John Tilbury plays @ Cafe Oto on 30 March.
I was going to advice:
To view Professor Green’s Hidden and Homeless on BBC (two weeks left to watch it);
To march for the homeless on 15 April;
To read some stories on homelessness and understand figures in The Guardian: On Thursday 10 March, the Guardian will be liveblogging the homelessness crisis through the night, following people as they attempt to bed down for the night around the country;
Counterpoints Arts: creative arts by and about refugees and migrants in the UK – book 3 Dec 2016;
New addition via former Creation label’s boss Alan McGee on homelessness: music bands to perform in September for Crisis Charity.
Also advising on exhibitions I was going to strongly recommend:
John Akomfrah @ Lisson Gallery = until 12 March (3 films of about 40 minutes each – The Airport is a must);
Black Georgians @ Black Cultural Archives = until 4 June; Check Power of Voice celebrating International Women’s Month;
Visit Ben Eine latest work: M.E.S.M.E.R.I.S.I.N.G in Green Dragon, 64 High St, Croydon CR0 9XN.
Next year celebrates Andy Warhol’s death, but see him already in Gagosian
Performing for the Camera @ Tate Modern: until 12 June
Where is My Mind? The Work of Vaughn Oliver and The Pixies in Greenwich: till 8 April
Excellent exhibition @ V&A: Paul Strand: Photography and Film for the 20th Century from 19 March to 3 July 2016. My favourite are the ones in Scotland for their landscapes and Ghana for his portraiture of people. He also intensively photographed France (where he lived for 26 years until his death), New York where he was from and Mexico. It’s a very intense and large exhibition with camera models + 2 films. A MUST SEE.
To come soon near you:
CIRCUS FEST 2016: 4 to 24 April. Highlights: Race Horse Company: Super Sunday (UK Premiere); Barely Methodical Troupe: Kin; workshops, street arts and talks such as Salon: Circus and Class (Thursday 14 April, 8pm) - Circus was traditionally seen as a form of mass entertainment for the working classes.
Monday 4 – Sunday 24 April - THE ROLLING STONES UNVEIL THEIR FIRST EVER MAJOR INTERNATIONAL EXHIBITION AT SAATCHI GALLERY: from 6 April till 4 September
You Say You Want a Revolution? Records and Rebels 1966 - 70 @ V&A: 10 September 2016 – 26 February 2017
Philippe Parreno for the Turbine Hall @ Tate Modern, opening on 4 October 2016.
I was going to thank David Tovey for his precious insight and sign off on Nuit from Autrenoir...
firstname.lastname@example.org - Mid Winter’s tale on Resonance: https://www.mixcloud.com/Resonance/clear-spot-the-lizardz-vox-15th-january-2016/