Every Time I Hear Those Bells I Know It’s All Over Now

More from Anton Newcombe’s Berlin studio. Vermont/New York psych-rock pair The Vacant Lots make an electrified, punkish, two chord rumble- you know exactly where their music coming from and for the time the record is playing nothing else really matters , their ‘minimal means maximum’ aesthetic having taken them to both Sonic Boom and Alan Vega before they pitched up with Anton in Berlin. They’ve released an array of albums, singles and e.p.s since 2010, all clad in distinctive black and white op art sleeves. This song, Bells from the Exit e.p. and produced by Anton, came out in June. Loads more at Bandcamp.

 

The Gift

Some of my favourite songs from the last year or two have been by The Liminanas, a French pysch -rock duo with a knack for writing killer songs. The Gift has Peter Hook on guest bass and he hasn’t sounded better in recent years than on this song. They recorded much of their album Shadow People in Berlin at Anton Newcombe’s studio. This is his mix of the song (from the B-sides and rarities compilation I’ve Got Trouble In Mind Vol. 2).

The Gift (Anton Mix)

Shadow People

This is a new one from The Liminanas, a French duo whose stuff I’ve posted before- they did an excellent single last year with Hooky on bass (Garden Of Love). This one, Shadow People, has Emmanuelle Seigner on vocals, and has exactly the right amount of Gallic psychedelic buzz.

An e.p. called Istanbul Is Sleepy, recorded between their home in the South of France and Anton Newcombe’s studio in Berlin is out in a couple of weeks with an album in 2018. The title track from the e.p. has been out since the end of September. It is a Velvets inspired blast and a total earworm. Le velours souterrain.

Bobby Selassie And Primal Jah

Primal Scream’s Chaosmosis album from earlier this year didn’t really do too much for me- it was alright but nothing special. This however is the best thing they’ve put their name to for a long time. Anton Newcombe of Brian Jonestown Massacre has remixed 100% Or Nothing into a nine and a half minutes long psychedelic dub odyssey, spaced out with dubby bass, disjointed backing vocals, a melodica wending its way through and lots of echo…echo…echo. It’s coming out on limited edition clear vinyl on Friday. Really good.

Oh No He Loves Us

Tim Burgess’ still-really-good-sounding album from last year Oh No! I Love You, co-written and recorded with Kurt Wagner from Lambchop, has already had some remixes released. I posted the Factory Floor and Andy Votel ones and there was a Django Django one I might have done too. Memory fails me at times. There are a few more just floating about the internet at the moment, and cos Tim loves us, they’re free downloads. I’m still trying to convince people that Tim’s solo album is worth their time- go on, give it a go.

Seahawks have done this slow, stately, ambientish one which hangs around very pleasantly for eleven minutes plus. Anton Newcombe from top underground rockers Brian Jonestown Massacre has done two, one of which- The Doors Of Then- is here. It is on a psychedelic tip.