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Outsideleft Week in Metal Machine Music and More Types of Music too We're hearing from... Judas Priest, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Caleb Nichols, Dorothy Ashby, Quinsin Nachoff, Jamila Woods, The Mind is Complex, Dylan Gossett, Eve Egoyan and Mauricio Pauly, Isley Brothers, ANOHNI and the Johnsons, Brittany Howard, His Lordship, Red Painted Red, Lisa Butel and Brent Cross, Calibro 35, Andy Kim, Bedless Bones, Joanna Sternberg, Roger Water, Hauschka, Massimo Silverio and Superchunk

Outsideleft Week in Metal Machine Music and More Types of Music too

We're hearing from... Judas Priest, Samuel Coleridge Taylor, Caleb Nichols, Dorothy Ashby, Quinsin Nachoff, Jamila Woods, The Mind is Complex, Dylan Gossett, Eve Egoyan and Mauricio Pauly, Isley Brothers, ANOHNI and the Johnsons, Brittany Howard, His Lordship, Red Painted Red, Lisa Butel and Brent Cross, Calibro 35, Andy Kim, Bedless Bones, Joanna Sternberg, Roger Water, Hauschka, Massimo Silverio and Superchunk

by OL House Writer,
first published: October, 2023

approximate reading time: minutes

Can't find a decent Panic Attack video just yet, so how about the Julian Temple directed Breaking The Law, where Rob Halford nails Thatcherism. Distinctly. It's almost punk. Like Cockney Rejects at their best punk. Punky Iron Maiden. That good.

SINGLES

BEDLESS BONES - Dead Woman (Metropolis)
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by Alan Rider

Kadri Sammel from Estonian electro-noir act Bedless Bones describes 'Dead Woman' as ‘incantations of nocturnal rapture’.  It certainly is something like that, full and luscious, sounds weaving in and out, round and round, and keeping your interest pinned to its heart until the last note.  Glorious. 


ANOHNI AND THE JOHNSONS - SCAPEGOAT (Secretly Canadian)
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by Tim London

A remarkable song and performance. The video is neither but that’s the video, I’m just a bit annoyed that I watched it. Don’t watch it, just listen to Anohni inhabiting several clashing personas and wonder about the ability of a short-ish piece of pop to give you an incomplete Rimbaud novel in a blink or two.


EVE EGOYAN AND MAURICIO PAULY - Height (No Hey Discos)
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by Toon Traveller

I'm sucker for improvised piano, more of the same at my annual pilgrimage to the Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival. It's music kids, just not as we know it. Eve Egoyan's delicate slice of innovation delights. There's 'treated piano', there's plucked string, there's sustain, sounds from another place. This simmers with ideas, bubbles with technique, expertly delivered in broken, timeshifting chopped melodies, and flashes of a dexterous marriage of duet playing and exploration. This strides, albeit slowly along, hesitates, then there's a new idea. It can feel dark. This is no horror show in sound. There's lightness, joy, and smiles here too. It builds to an end, an influence, or perhaps not, to the backwards, middle eight in The Beatles, a day in the life. no matter is a delightful mix of ideas, and sound sculpture.


HAUSCHKA - Inventions (City Slang)
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by Alan Rider

Quirky additive and addictive little song-by-numbers, this jerks and stutters its way along accompanied by a Japanese travelogue video until it stumbles unexpectedly to a halt, surprising everyone in the process.


CALIBRO 35 - When the world is feeling blind (feat. Arya, Tahnee Rodriguez) (Universal Italy)
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by Ancient Champion

A little less insanity reigns for sure from the band Rolling Stone recommends as retro maniacs. Controlled chaos. Everything is almost as it should be. 


JAMILA WOODS - Practice ft. Saba (Jagjaguwar)
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by Ancient Champion

After all this you wouldn't expect Jamila Woods to be anything other than wholly philosophical about it. Wonderful. 


JOANNA STERNBERG - Neighbors (Fat Possum)
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by Toon Traveller

Pensive minor key opening, lovely tender song, those first sparks of attraction, it's all teenage, reservations, hopes and fears. Unrequited love, and desire, before that first, never forgotten kiss. Sly-looks-wistful, longing over the high school English text. Strong echoes of  '60s New York, songstress, Melanie Safka, the "Brand New Key", woman. It's that dollop of innocence, the voice's goofy, sly smile, that makes the song.
 


JUDAS PRIEST - Panic Attack (Sony)
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by Ancient Champion

Judas Priest! I've spent the last 30 minutes trying to find out whether Rob Halford is the leader still. Old metal men all seem to look the same to me. Very Lego Metal, particularly Rob Halford whom I so often confuse with Rob Rinder. They might've shared a hair style for a while back there. Rob is the self-proclaimed Michael Jackson of Metal and the Pride of Sutton Coldfield. Raised on the same Walsall housing estate as Noddy Holder. The home town of Jorja Smith and Ancient Champion's drummer, Adrian. Panic Attack is killer no filler, of course, the older they get the faster they seem to go. There's something very masculine about the line up that showed up at the Power Trip Festival in Indio, CA this week.  Still, Judas Priest, 50 years of chalking up an average of one million albums sales per year. Can't find a decent Panic Attack video just yet, so how about the Julian Temple directed Breaking The Law, where Rob Halford nails Thatcherism. Distinctly. It's almost punk. Like Cockney Rejects at their best punk. Punky Iron Maiden. That good.


SUPERCHUNK - Between Days (Merge Records)
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by Alan Rider

1990 indie rock band Superchunk (still going btw) cover a Cure song, shock, horror!  Put like that, it sounds rubbish, but this is taken off one of those album collections of B sides, outtakes, covers and so on that bands often put out to fill a gap in their release schedule using the excuse of making hard to find tracks available for their 'die hard fans'.  Both of them.  However, its a bloody good track all the same. One of the Cure's best and they make a pretty decent fist of it.  Superchunk themselves were a top band too I recall in that loose, slacker-ish way that US indie rock bands are so good at.  Judging by what's available on Youtube they can still cut it live too.


DYLAN GOSSETT - Beneath Oak Trees (Glam & Glory Records)
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by Tim London

Every lame ass country song should have within its bones an unspoken apology for all the pain that the genre has celebrated and accepted, for all the starry eyed legends that really smell of boot-sock and motel carpet, for the over-beefed, bullet jangling myths of its huge bellied stars as they tell lies over the same four chords. This, though, is just beardy schmaltz.


BRITTANY HOWARD - What Now (Island)
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by Lee Paul

Far be it from me to suggest that Brittany could do better. What happened to that cute little band of hers? Gone for good? This is funky great for 40 seconds and then. Fab singing always. Something is a bit polished session-dude-y about bits of it. Admittedly my hearing is crap but I can hear the polish too clearly. But we'll always have those first 40 seconds together.


CALEB NICHOLS - J’ai Vu La Lune! (Kill Rock Stars)
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by Alan Rider

I'm sorry, I just can't get how much Caleb Nichols looks like someone I used to be in a band with.  He was a right pain in the arse and very, very annoying in the way this dweeb seems to be.  I wish I could knock him right off his stupid bicycle.  His song is  really shit too.  You know, I actually feel a lot better now having said that.  If only I'd have said all this to my ex band mate at the time. It's theraputic, that's what it is.  Theraputic for me that is, but is honestly not worth your wasting precious moments of your life subjecting yourself to listening to this tripe.


MASSIMO SILVERIO - Nijo (Okum)
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by Toon Traveller

Great names and titles - tempted a listen, well worth it. Musically echoes of late Tom Waits, exemplified in those way out there, 'off the beat;" percussion sounds. The voice nothing like Waits, an intimate whisper and how it works. The primitive arrangement, the repeated guitar riff. This is a great great record. Imagine if Radiohead had been any good, and had been Italian, and ever chose subtlety over bombast, they might have sounded like this. The slow build, all makes for a strangely entrancing experience. Sung in dialect, the Carnic Alps of the Italian region of Friuli Venezia Giulia and parts of Slovenia, this is the sound of a very singular aesthetic, made of poetry and sounds, mixing classic and contemporary, folk and experimental, acoustic, electroacoustic and electronic. There's phasing and those effects that were late 60's exciting, then passe and primitive, now delightfully "raw". Wow! Major.


HIS LORDSHIP - Jackie Works For The NHS (Psychonaut)
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by Tim London

That good looking bloke who defies age and his liver sitting in the corner of the pub with a never ending whisky and ginger and would be alright if it wasn’t for his ogling of women young enough to be his grand daughter.


EPs

THE MIND IS COMPLEX - I Closed the Windows and Left (I dont know)
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by Ancient Champion

This is what you get when Berlin meets Athens. The Mind is Complex. Challenging, dippy, eccentric, wildly unencumbered, but stylized and knowing. I Closed the Windows and Left is the brief fifth Ep in a series of works from composers Lorina Speder (German lyricist and vocalist,) and Swedish producer Jari Haapalainen who is based in Athens. People who know not to do too much. What cosmopolitan lives I think they must have as I ponder going to bed at 8.30pm just to keep warm.


LPs

ROGER WATER - The Dark Side of the Moon - Redux (SGB Music Ltd)
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by Jay Lewis

Jay Lewis wishes you were here.  Instead of him.


RED PAINTED RED - That Was The Reason Why (Zoharum)
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by Alan Rider

'That Was The Reason Why' gets the Alan Rider once over over here


QUINSIN NACHOFF - Stars and Constellations (Adyhâropa Records)
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by Toon Traveller

Pinky, twinkles, and my favourite jazz sounds, and loaded with ideas, imagination and innovation. It's got bows dragged over cello strings, huge slabs of bass and drums, hints of classical and sax swirls disjointed the joint and splashes of melodic harmony.  So that sounds unstructured?  Stars and Constellations is full of the spaces, paces and changes that make live music, truly alive. Saxes breath and  soar,  violins sweetly swoop and swoon, one minute a lover's intimate touch, the next, a switchblade street light flashing and the resplendent sounds and aggression. A horn skips in and out, adding playfulness to the piece, but it's the strings bowed, plucked, or scraped that's at the centre of the performance, There's flirtation, romance, scurry and flurry, rest and reconsider, plead and celebrate. The sounds evoke flashes of light, shades of darkness, ideas, fizzle, this is Jazz, here is an audio palette of ideas, it's invention, it's laser bright, it's molten hot, it's glacier cool, it is contemporary music not bound by genre and Quinsin Nachoff displays a true PUNK ETHOS.


LISA BUTEL AND BRENT CROSS - Last Mountain (Elektramusic Berlin)
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by Lee Paul

Finger forever on the pulse, we're getting to this early summer release from Lisa Butel and Brent Cross as the early winter weather closes in. Last Mountain is a recording of complex and courageous uneasy listening. And yet hugely rewarding. I was listening to Mahler's 92nd or 93rd Symphony this morning and had been thinking about the Beatles being regarded by many as some sort of high watermark in composition from the past century and began to wonder where it all, where everything went the hell wrong. Meanwhile back in the C18 Mahler was rockin' it like a prehistorical Andy Kim. There is much to enjoy on the Last Mountain; and much to fear in a musical landscape rent apart. It is a unique recording. Often Lisa Butel's vocals were captured on the first take and surrounded by samples. Piano is significant but not for crystalline flourishes, for... It epitomizes an audio/literary cut up continuity, if you like. The themes are derived from their experiences of parental loss, the awakening of memories on the land with our family who were homesteading settlers and the implications of colonization, changing landscapes and genocide. If that sounds like a lot to absorb, it's because the Last Mountain is.


Other Materials

ANDY KIM - Rock Me Gently (idk)
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by Ancient Champion

Andy Kim, a household name, in his own house at least and a bit of an everyman really. Like most everyman types throughout history, is almost entirely forgotten. Rock Me Gently one could've been sung by so many dudes from when it was released back in '73. It's got a sense of belonging to a space in time that didn't really exist, between pop and soul, rock and roll. Between Tony Blackburn and Peter Powell. A Neil Diamond pastiche for sure. However, Andy Kim makes writing a pop song seem so easy it's vulgar. And so great for that. Like working in money. It's so easy it's dirty. And if you can't hear how simple he makes it sound, crafting a hit, you should know, Andy wrote Sugar Sugar for the Archies in 1968 and they didn't really exist either. Oh well, enjoy it here because I can't imagine there are many other places you'll still get to hear it. Not timeless, not a classic.


ISLEY BROTHERS - Harvest For The World (T-Neck)
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by Ancient Champion

From 1976, a long term personal fave. Turn it way up and immerse yourself in it. It's here this week for so many reasons. But because well, you know why.


SAMUEL COLERIDGE TAYLOR - Hiawatha Overture (London Philharmonic Orchestra) (Youtube)
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by Ancient Champion

Black history month is every month. 


DOROTHY ASHBY - Li'l Darlin' (Youtube)
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by Ancient Champion

Written by Neal Hefti for Count Basie in 1957, Dorothy Ashby recorded this in 1961. Available now, remastered from, well I can't see the label, but it's part of an Essential Classics Series (number 116! - who knew?). A bit of a soft shoe shuffle, wouldn't do well on Strictly where they want their soft shoe shuffles to be reinterpretations of Kaiser Chiefs songs or something. But for the cosplaying camper crowd, chunky knitwear, hefty boots and jeans, I think there's something here. It remains a beautiful sound.


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