UNDER THE RADAR: COSMO SHELDRAKE – “Prefusify” , Live in the Laundrette.
Cosmo Sheldrake performing ‘Prefusify’ live in a Brighton laundrette. Video directed by Ruben Woodin and produced by Bat on Ball creations.
Cosmo Sheldrake is a master looper, multi instrumentalist, who played jazz and classical piano from the age of 4, and regularly performs on banjo, loop station, keyboards, double bass, drums, didgeridoo, penny whistle, sousaphone and more.
An inspirational singer and improviser, he draws on numerous and disparate musical traditions from Mongolia to West Africa, blues to classical and folk to Balkan brass. Cosmo is a composer and a producer and has written music for film and theatre.
Based in London and Brighton, he runs vocal improv and beatboxing workshops, youth empowerment and wilderness camps. He teaches workshops in schools and runs a regular community choir in Brighton.
Cosmo also performs with his older brother Merlin in the Gentle Mystics, who released their debut album in 2011.
Princess performing for the Trout Records live session. This one was shot at Asylum Studio at Bow Lane. The video was shot by SecondFrame and the song is called “Prisoner”, a melodic indie alt-rock track which switches up the tempo halfway through for a more involving outro.
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THE SMITHS – “How Soon Is Now?”.
“How Soon Is Now?” is a 1984 song written by Morrissey and Johnny Marr and first released by their band The Smiths. This song – which guitarist, Johnny Marr, described as The Smiths’ “most enduring record” – is about their frontman Morrissey’s crippling shyness. It has since become an anthem for the alienated and socially isolated.
This was a very complex song to record. Marr broke the process down to The Guitar Magazine: “I wanted it to be really, really tense and swampy, all at the same time. Layering the slide part was what gave it the real tension. The tremolo effect came from laying down a regular rhythm part with a capo at the 2nd fret on a Les Paul, then sending that out in to the live room to four Fender Twins. John was controlling the tremolo on two of them and I was controlling the other two, and whenever they went out of sync we just had to stop the track and start all over again. It took an eternity."
The Smiths had difficulty playing this song live. Marr, in particular, struggled to recreate the guitar effect in concert. Bassist, Andy Rourke, called it “the bane of The Smiths’ live career."
UNDER THE RADAR: AVEY TARE’S SLASHER FLICKS – “Little Fang”.
Let’s hear it for literalism! “Little Fang” is the name of the first single from Avey Tare’s Slasher Flicks, the Animal Collective co-leader’s new band with Dirty Projectors’ Angel Deradoorian and Ponytail’s Jeremy Hyman.
And so it makes perfect sense that the song’s video would concern the adventures of a vampire cat. Longtime Animal Collective collaborator Abby Portner directed the video, which references a few old horror movies and generally works as a spooky head-trip. But the Jim Henson Creature Shop created the puppet who plays the title character.
The Sundays were an influential british indie group of the late 1980s and 1990s. Singer Harriet Wheeler and guitarist David Gavurin formed the band in college at Bristol, soon adding bassist Paul Brindley and drummer Patrick Hannan. Comparisons were drawn with original label-mates The Smiths, and bands such as Cocteau Twins, and 10,000 Maniacs.
UNDER THE RADAR: PAPER LIGHTS – “Never Let You Go”.
Paper Lights is an indie/pop/rock band comprised of 6 members from Atlanta, GA. They have spent time traveling and writing music together as well as working closely with one another for many years now. There is a highly collaborative spirit cultivated among the band which translates into a unique and large cinematic soundscape found within their music.
Paper Lights’ highly anticipated album ‘Caverns’ released in November 2013 and featured new and exciting additions to the band, such as multiple percussive elements, as well as a female vocalist.
UNDER THE RADAR: GIL SCOTT-HERON – “Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams)”.
Gil is back giving us a preview of what he has to offer in the upcoming Record Store Day later this month, unleashing a new track called ‘Alien (Hold On To Your Dreams)’.
The track is a beautiful, brilliant soulful cut that finds Mr. Heron showing off his deep thoughts, his amazing songwriting skills, and his infectious vocals at the same damn time.. Take a break from the normal listening and check out the this new gem. The track will be found on Mr. Heron’s forthcoming posthumous album Nothing New which will be released by XL Recordings on Record Store Day (April 19th).
THIS IS OUR MUSIC: THE CLASH – “Police and Thieves”.
When The Clash were recording their debut album in February 1977, they were asked to come up with an extra track to increase the overall running time. As big reggae fans, their answer was to cover Police & Thieves, a contemporary club hit by Jamaican singer Junior Murvin. The Clash gave the song their own edgy rock makeover, a move that kick-started punk’s lasting connection with militant black music, and opened up the band’s music to a strong reggae influence.
LIVE SESSION: PETER HOOK – “Transmission”, live at Armazém F, Lisbon, April 12, 2014.
Hooky and his band The Light performing “Transmission” in Lisbon on April 12th, 2014 at Armazém F.
This was the third & final gig to their tour of Portugal in April 2014, which Hooky & the Light performed both Joy Division albums, Unknown Pleasures and Closer, as well as various other selected tracks.