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    I thought I was the loan Hassell fan in the UK, I seem to be wrong there. "Delta Rain Dream" from Possible Musics makes me cry every ting I listen to it it's such a beautiful piece of music. I've currently listening to a stream of Hassell live from the World Café on NPR as I type.
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    The Hassell-fest has continued unabaited over the last few days and now finally (and sadly) concluded with the playing of:

    MAARIFA STREET: MAGIC REALISM VOL 2
    MAARIFA STREET LIVE - BERLIN and LEIPZIG 2006
    LAST NIGHT THE MOON CAME DROPPING ITS CLOTHES IN THE STREET
    BUDAFEST, COURTRAI, BELGIUM, 23/11/2007
    STOCKHOLM JAZZ FESTIVAL, 15/09/2009
    LIVE IN LAUSSANE, 29/10/09

    plus
    JAN BANG (with HASSELL) - GARANA JAZZ FESTIVAL, 21ST JULY 2011
    PUNKT - LIVE REMIXES VOL 1 (SIDSEL ENDRESEN / JON HASSELL)

    Aaaaah...utter bliss
  3.  
    23 Skidoo: Seven Songs (prompted by a comment of Mark B's on Alex Turnbull's FB page) Good to revisit this stuff again, it's been a while. Mark, FB suggested a translation of your comment ! Porno Base = Porn Base. Yeah, brilliant FB, duh ! I wonder if the original title was itself a typo.. was it supposed to be porno bass.. seeing as the bass is so prominent in the track.

    I see they are performing the album on the 4th of April in the BFI, with live video collage. What a treat… Oh, to be in London town !
  4.  
    An eclectic Saturday:
    Pink Floyd/Syd Barrett - outtakes and rarities bootleg
    Camberwell Now - All's Well
    Joao Gilberto - The Bossa Nova Vibe (1st three albums)
    Prince Fatty vs Mungo's Hi-fi
  5.  
    Currently reading the excellent John McLaughlin biography Bathed in Lightning

    appropriate aural accompaniment has been:
    EXTRAPOLATION
    WHERE FORTUNE SMILES
    DEVOTION
    MY GOALS BEYOND
    STUDIO 74, NYC RADIO c.1970 (bootleg)
    and MAHAVISHNU ORCHESTRA:
    THE INNER MOUNTING FLAME
    MUSIC HALL. CLEVELAND, OHIO 21/04/72 (bootleg)
    BIRDS OF FIRE
    THE LOST TRIDENT SESSIONS
    BETWEEN NOTHINGNESS & ETERNITY (live)
    BETWEEN NOTHINGNESS & ETERNITY (live) VOL 2
    APOCALYPSE
    VISIONS OF THE EMERALD BEYOND

    Phew! Thank god the book only goes up to the end of Mahavishnu
  6.  
    Ett by Klara Lewis. LP on Editions Mego.
  7.  
    Started off with Harold Budd 'The Room' followed by Killing Joke In Dub..
  8.  
    Before Your Eyes by The Asphodells and Friendly Fires, on lovely bright orange vinyl. The Asphodells is (are?) Andy Weatherall's new(ish) krautrock style outfit, and this 12" is pretty much tune of the year already. Doesn't sound a thing like Friendly Fires, it has to be said.

    Check it here: http://www.stereogum.com/1669933/friendly-fires-the-asphodells-before-your-eyes/mp3s/
  9.  
    Weekend reading started and continues with the utterly wonderful Respect Yourself: Stax Records and the soul explosion by Robert Gordon.
    The suitable accompanying soundtrack being Stax compilation, various Otis Redding, Staples Singers and Isaac Hayes albums.
    At times the book was abandoned and some dad dancing was in order.
  10.  
    The Goatees.
    Frank and the Sandalmen.
    The Geckos.
    The Exploding Truss.
    The Slot.
    The Groin.
  11.  
    Aaaah! Been listening to XTC then?!
  12.  
    Tomas Tallis "O Magnum Mysterium"
    "Prophecy Theme" from the Dune soundtrack.
    Heck, so many thinks come and go internally in my head that it's like a damaged iPod. Things shift from one to an other and back again after only a few seconds.
    There went Nick Cave's "Ship Song."
  13.  
    It's Yabby You festival time down at Eden Mansion
  14.  
    Very late in the day I've finally got around to getting into The Cardiacs and have been emptying my bank account into the online shop at cardicacs.net buying up their re-issued back catalogue. They're a band that I've been advised to check out several times over the past few years and I've always dismissed as a bit of a wacky comedy/slapstick act. How wrong I was! I wish I'd paid attention earlier and seen them live. Now playing "Sing to God".
  15.  
    Secret Oyster, 1 through 4.
  16.  
    Just playing Jon Hassell live in Philadelphia 2009 and counting the days down for this:

    https://www.burningshed.com/store/allsaints/product/508/5677/
  17.  
    Kimio Mizutani - A Path Through Haze
  18.  
    Well here's something I thought I'd never say. I love Charlotte Church!
    To be more precise her first four EP's on her own label. Aptly titled One, Two, Three and Four (Five to follow this year)
    Some of the best British art rock I've heard in a long time.
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    Blimey it's a long way from Pie Jesu! Hats of to her she appears to be following a career trajectory not a million miles from that of say Scott Walker. Heard a few bits and I'm impressed. Lurches from sort of Bjork-esque pop, into cavernous silences and then almost prog metal guitars. Sort of suits her better since her choral/classical style is more suited to this sort of music than chartbound pop. Luckily for her she can release her own stuff now via the internet, this is the sort of thing that'd give major record label bosses sleepless nights!
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    R Swimmer says: she appears to be following a career trajectory not a million miles from that of say Scott Walker

    Never thought of that, but yes you're right. Her boyfriend is the guitarist and producer but seems that a lot of the ideas (and certainly the lyrics) are hers.
    My old mucker Charles turned me on this collection. When he first mentioned them I thought 'oh yeah' but kept my ears open and was, well... blown away.
    Anyone suitably interested need only go to You Tube or iTunes or her own website to buy the physical goods. I for one feel a hole in my pocket burning once Five is released.