You Dare Invade Our Royal Sanctuary?

The Inhumans look like a band- an L.A. punk band, Black Flag maybe, or a second generation UK punk group like The Rezillos. There’s something of Pixies about them too. The Inhumans first appeared in Fantastic Four in 1965, evolutionary advanced superbeings, led by their king Black Bolt. In this frame they have kidnapped Sue Storm (The Invisible Girl) and are facing down her brother Johnny Storm (The Human Torch). Coincidentally I’ve just seen an advert for a new Inhumans TV series, about to be shown on the Murdoch channel (which I don’t subscribe to).

The Rotters Golf Club Archive Hour Vol 10 has recently been posted online, an hour inside Andrew Weatherall’s record collection. This one is very much a band based affair and perfect for Sunday morning.

‘No! They’ve brainwashed you! You don’t know what you’re saying!’

Radiogram – Waiting For The Merry Go Round
The Fall – Bill Is Dead
The Faces – Debris
Cowboys International – Here Comes A Saturday
Del Shannon – That’s The Way Love Is
The Czars – Killjoy
Lali Puna – Move On
Mark Lanegan & Isobel Campbell – The Breaking Hands
P. F. Sloan – Upon A Painted Ocean
The Duke & The King – The Morning I Get To Hell
The Felice Bros. – All When We Were Young
Alex Chilton – Every Day As We Grow Closer
Brett Smiley – Queen Of Hearts
Sir John Betjeman – A Russel Flint
Ian McCulloch – Nothing Lasts Forever (Live)
Scott Walker – Lines

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Beautiful Dreamer

‘Beautiful Dreamer versus Darkseid! Both hold the key to victory in the strangest war ever fought in comicdom history!’

More early 70s Jack Kirby-Third Eye- Black Light psychedelic madness. The more of this Marvel art I look for, the more I find, the more I want to post. I was planning to finish yesterday but there’s more to come.

Two days ago reader KevM asked for The Box by Jack Of Swords, released on Weatherall’s Sabres Of Paradise label back in 1994. The Box is a cover of The Velvet Underground tune (from White Light/White Heat), a tale of sexual obsession and accidental death, voiced by John Cale (and it’s the original Cale vocal used on this cover too, a benefit of the being able to lift the whole isolated vocal off the Velvet’s record by switching the speakers balance to the left hand channel). The Jack Of Swords version has a heavy, electronic backing that is pretty transfixing. On the B-side of the 12″ single was a remixed version by Technova (David Harrow), a brilliant remix which adds a jackhammer beat, some speaker rattling bass and a load of acid-techno (the sort of record that makes me think I can smell dry ice and see strobes flashing in the corner of my eye).

The Box

The Box (The Black Angel’s Death Mix)

Are You Cast In My Image?

‘Doubt and fear hang heavy in the passing light years—- until the passing form of the ranger centre appears!

ARE YOU CAST IN MY IMAGE?

We grow in your image!!–please translate us into penal section’

I’d love to explain what’s going on here but I can’t (so if anyone knows please put something in the comment box). Jack Kirby in full on, all the way up to 11, everything louder than everything else, Marvel psychedelic mode. Magical.

Lucy And The Mango Man is a fairly stoned psychedelic excursion that came out on Weatherall’s Emissions Audio Output label in the mid 90s. It’s by Is. The voice at the start is Lux Interior from The Cramps. It’s a little less frenetic than what’s going on in the picture but could easily soundtrack us sonic and sci fi adventurers as we cruise past by the giant hand with a brain in it, an eye on the wrist and yellow beams shooting from the fingertips

Lucy And The Mango Man

October’s Not For Everyone

The months must be getting shorter- it seems like only a week ago I did the previous edition of this. This one has a particularly ambient and cosmic vibe to it. Dig in. Tracklist is below.

  • SAPPHIRE SLOWS – SPECULATION
  • ERICK LE GRAND – WINDY
  • ARTHUR RUSSELL – JUN 28 1977
  • NEOTROPIC – LA PROCHAINE FOIS 4
  • BEN SWIRE – FOREGROUND
  • PAUL B DAVIS – EVERY TIME I GO OUTSIDE (I GET A HEADACHE)
  • ISAN – CUTLERY FAVOURS
  • DETROIT ESCALATOR CO. – FAITH
  • BRYCE HACKFORD – I WANT MORE
  • A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN – ATOMOS VII
  • A WINGED VICTORY FOR THE SULLEN – ATOMOS VII
  • MOTHER OF MARS – SEED2SKY
  • MAGIC CARPET – FATHER TIME
  • LINN COUNTY – MOON FOOD
  • HMS BOUNTY – A VISIT WITH AYSHIA
  • THEM – BLACK WIDOW SPIDER
  • STUNTZ’S BLUE LEG EXPEDITION – CAVES OF HER MIND
  • HIT AND LIMO – GOPHER HAT
  • JULY – THE WAY
  • BRAINTICKET – WATCHIN’ YOU
  • TRUTH – THOUGHTS
  • KUNI KAWACHI – GRAVEYARD OF LOVE
  • WYLDE OLDE SOULS – THE SUNGOD
  • THE FLAMES – SOLITUDE
  • MANDRAKE MEMORIAL – DARK LADY
  • DANTALIAN’S CHARIOT – THIS ISLAND

A Haze And A Glory

Andrew Weatherall’s new solo album is out today. After years of not releasing anything under his own name, self titled Weatherall releases are now like buses, turning up en masse, one after the other. Hot on the heels of the Kiyadub 12″ (and the self titled album from last year) comes Qualia, an eight track album on Hoga Nord. Last week this one was put online to whet our appetites, the melodic passage coming over a bit unexpected after the beat heavy opening and the funky guitar riff. There’s plenty going on here. More please.

The melodic passage comes over a bit unexpected after the beat heavy opening and the funky guitar riff.

Theatre De La Mer

After a few years of holding the annual Convenanza festival inside the castle at Carcasonne this year’s Convenanza moved to the coast and and the port town of Sete. Convenanza is a three day festival organised by Bernie Fabre with a line up of artists chosen by Andrew Weatherall and Bernie- this year’s festival at Sete took place in the outdoor theatre shown above, the Theatre de la Mer where the backdrop is the Mediterranean Sea. I can’t get to the south of France for a weekend during term time but I have online sources who were there and provided a running commentary of pictures, clips, tunes and reports over the weekend. The line up for this year looked like this…
As the weekend wound down one of my social media friends was raving about the impact this song had when played in the theatre outdoors after dark. It’s a lovely Balearic chugger from 2012 by Coyote with a vocal by Gavin Gordon, the sort of song that takes you up and brings you down…
There’s a very good acid tinged remix by Sean Johnston , the half of A Love From Outer Space that isn’t Mr Weatherall. The same roving reporter on the dockside also pointed us towards this one by Norway’s Laars, a mid-paced dj set track that goes a bit loopy in the middle and seems to have set hairs on the back of the neck on end and arms in the air…
The ALFOS dj set, Weatherall and Johnston back to back, on Friday night closed with This Mortal Coil’s spine-tingling cover of Song To The Siren, Liz Fraser’s voice drifting out from the theatre to the sea, ‘Long afloat on shipless oceans, I did all my best to smile’…

Monday Archive Hour

Monday begins with an hour from Andrew Weatherall’s Rotter’s Golf Club Archive Hour, Volume 9 being sixty minutes of weird, wired and frazzled psyche-rock, kraut-rock, post-punk and jazz.  I don’t know if this is the ideal way to start of the working week but it’s all I’ve got right now.

Holy Mountain – Clouds Over Earthquake
World Of Rubber – Zero
Moebius & Plank – Pick The Rubber
The Gutter Twins – The Body
Baron Mordant – You Are A Door
Paul Haig & Billy Mackenzie – Listen To Me
The Bounty Hunters – Twining Park
The Tenderhooks – It Comes And Goes
Mighty Ballistic Hi-Power – Springheel Jack
Giant Paw – Flood
John Coltrane – My Favourite Things
Faron Young – Live Fast, Love Hard, Die Young