Category: nugget of the day

Nothing @ Amoeba Green Room Session

Nothing, as if the band was to perform an acoustic set in your bedroom, well, almost. the quartet performed an intimate, very moving, live session in the green room at Amoeba Hollywood in last february.
a good occasion to finger the band’s spleen and beauty.

Mark Lanegan Band’s Nocturne

it’s been a while.

Mark Lanegan Band will release Gargoyle on 28th april on Heavenly Recordings, three years after the radiant Phantom Radio.

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the 10-track LP features guest appearances from long-term and first-class collaborators such as Josh Homme, Greg Dulli and Duke Garwood.

Nocturne, the first single, lives up to its name and is best served at a full moon. with your headset on, this heady, fantastic song will take you company magnificently.

Near To The Wild Heart Of Life with Japandroids

oh boy, 2017 will augur well. the fantastic Japandroids plan to offer us a vibrant new start of the year under the form of a third album, Near to the Wild Heart of Life, highly expected on 27th january via ANTI-.

like Post-Nothing (2009) and Celebration Rock (2012), the album will contain 8 songs. the band explains that  “this is because 8 songs is the standard template for a great rock’n roll album: Raw Power by The Stooges, Born To Run by Bruce Springsteen, Marquee Moon by Television, IV by Led Zeppelin, Horses by Patti Smith, Paranoid by Black Sabbath, Remain In Light by Talking Heads, Master Of Puppets by Metallica, etc.”

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Japandroids is the brilliant brainchild of Brian King (guitar, lead vocals) and David Prowse (drum, lead vocals), a genuine energetic bomb of tremendous exhilarating tunes. the band’s critically acclaimed albums, including No Singles (2010), are a clever mixture of refreshing garage, noise rock and post-punk that will make you out of breath.

the band has just started a comprehensive tour, first Mexico and Australia, and from 2017 on, USA and Europe (april 22nd in berlin). the complete schedule is here and you can pre-order Near To The Wild Heart Of Life alongside the eponymous 7” on Anti- website directly.

MULL of OA

mysterious projects are always a thrilling experience, especially when they pair with music.

tomorrow, on the 31st october, MULL of OA will release their first album Rainy Days Friends Bring Me The Horizon on IMANCE.

as we got shaken by the amazing disquieting piano line and fineness of Chaos Lilla/Caol Ila, we got in touch with MULL of OA to know a little more about them. in this specific case, “them” refer to an intimate encounter. an unexpected rendez-vous between a (wo)man and a piano, on a scottish island called islay. a stroke of good fortune in a disused, deconsecrated church close to lagavulin, where a (wo)man met up with a piano, which beautiful, inspiring sound convinced him/her to found MULL of OA, name of the wild and tempestuous western tip of the island.  MULL of OA tells us that she/he first chased the visitors out of the church before recording improvised pieces, improvised moments of intimacy of a new-born musician. an unsuspected one-(wo)man band born last summer while travelling on this piece of land.

as his/her fingers skate on the piano keys for the first time, MULL of OA had no idea that it would give rise to a musical project. without pretending being a pianist, the fingers started to improvise, inspired by the intrinsic qualities of the piano. playing the piano’s valuable, but also imperfect, notes — playing this piano, and not any other one. MULL of OA points it out: “I have played on other pianos since then, and, for the moment, I haven’t found any other instrument with any comparable endearing nature”.

uncertain of the follow-up of the project, MULL of OA is however ready to release new improvisation albums to show listeners how the (wo)man is willing to change as she/he learns the piano further. “Yes, it a genuine project. I started to take piano lessons as I came back from Scotland.”

so, just before the official release of Rainy Days Friends Bring Me The Horizon, we are happy to introduce you to MULL of OA’s captivating music. the video of Chaos Lilla/Caol Ila, which offers a terrific mysterious echo to the piece, was created by Rodolphe Cobetto-Caravanes and Baptiste Sibony.

an authentic masterwork, both musically and visually.

BBNG’s Weight Off

spending a while with BADBADNOTGOOD is always a genuine treat, especially when warmth and comfort are in need. the canadian jazz-electronica quartet released their remarkable fourth album IV in july on Innovative Leisure Records, which features an amazing collaborative song with Colin Stetson (Confessions Pt II) – a greatly addictive piece.

lately, BADBADNOTGOOD performed Weight Off taken from Kaytranada‘s electro-drums début album 99.9% to which BBNG offered their fantastic jazz vibes. incidentally, Kaytranada also brought his great electro waves to BBNG’s IV, for the track Lavender. this CBC Music First Play Live session was shot at the Hearn Generating Station.

Jambinai

sometimes what appears as a blasting piece of music may be perceived as a poor, insufferable hullabaloo, and it is amusing how music can heighten feelings and sensibility. as my sibling looked at me with incomprehensible and fierce eyes, its mouth trembling as it contained an unexpected form of anger and temper, it was kind of hard for me to explain why this (too-short) concert had knocked me down, and to engage the debate of what-is-noise, what-is-music.

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the subject of the controversy was an instrumental band discovered prior to the Great Escape Festival, this early summer. before heading to the festival, the frog was tortured by an obsessive idea in mind: see Jambinai (잠비나이) in concert. this very band had struck the frog with the monumental song They Keep Silence, which closes their latest album. a thrilling piece of art fusing the tenderness of meditative landscapes and the explosive fury proper to post-rock.

signed to Bella Union, Jambinai released in june A Hermitage, the band’s second album and first for the label, which was recorded in seoul, south korea. their music is transported by Ilwoo Lee (guitar, piri, a korean flute made of bamboo), Bomi Kim (haegum, a fiddle-like string instrument) and Eunyong Sim (geomungo, the korean zither), who mix together standard (post) rock instruments (guitar, bass and drums) with traditional south-korean instruments. when touring overseas, the trio takes the form of a quintet, with Jihoon Ok on bass and Jae Hyuk Choi who takes care of volcanic percussions.

that very night in brighton, their concert was carried away by a common desire to give substance to a (admittedly) loud, tempered sound, but also a fatherly mildness. the concert was also the occasion to discover a band who probably revamp south-korean traditional music, with a delicious, generous apocalyptic touch. but over and above that, the brief thirty minutes unveiled one or two ambient, contemplative songs that were full of poetry and sentimentality. the delicacy of traditional instruments ideally complemented the intensity of the electric guitar and formed a very unusual haze, as For Everything That You Lost or Connection corroborate.

the various shades of post-rock show obviously that cacophony and music can pair with elegance, so my sibling may be right after all. however, Jambinai possess the necessary refinement to compose emotion-charged songs that are positively inspired. fear, anger, hope are sensibly melted, they carry a very distinctive intensity and beauty to their music. recently published by the band, The Mountain, which was filmed at the MMCA (national museum of modern and contemporary art, korea) by the seoul-based artistic agency COMPANY F, evinces the grandeur and fineness of this band full of promise.

A Hermitage is available here. long live noise and the magnificent Jambinai!

 

Chelsea Wolfe at NPR

the bewitching Chelsea Wolfe visited NPR’s Tiny Desk to offer us a wonder beyond words.

taken from her unspeakable metallic beauty entitled Abyss released last year, three magnificent songs (Maw, Crazy Love and Iron Moon) epitomise with gracefulness Chelsea Wolfe’s music and magic darkness, in which lonesomeness has a place of honour.

a genuine blessing.

L’Aurore

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three years after the faultless and phenomenal The Echo Show, Yeti Lane will release in march L’Aurore [the Dawn], a new record expected (with much impatience) on Sonic Cathedral and Clapping Music. inspired by 80’s psychedelic synthesisers and shoegazing, dark droning guitars, Yeti Lane rose from Cyann & Ben ashes –a talented  post-rock and dream-pop quartet from france in the 2000’s.

taking their name from Yeti by Amon Düül II and Penny Lane by The Beatles, Yeti Lane consist now of Ben Pleng (vocals, acoustic & electric guitars, keyboards, analog synthesizers) and Charlie Boyer (drums & percussions, analog synthesizers and keyboards, laptop and loops). their music spreads a slight palpable spleen mostly due to Ben’s tender and moving voice. but far from praising sorrow or melancholia, Yeti Lane’s records are pure wonders of psychedelic and cosmic harrow, in which frenzy synthesisers twin with biting, feverish guitars.

L’Aurore shows already signs of a very enjoyable darkness, even darker than the previous aforementioned nugget, as the first titles suggest. the tracklisting also reveals that this new album will contain songs with french lyrics, a première for the band.

1. Délicat
2. Good Word’s Gone
3. Acide Amer
4. Liquide
5. L’Aurore
6. Crystal Sky
7. Exquis
8. Ne Dis Rien

but nevermind the language. the band has already released in january Good Word’s Gone, a first fiery appetizer that has whetted our greedy appetite.

 

and today, the 9th volume of La Souterraine (a series of compilations introducing under-exposed french musicians) unveiled Acide Amer, a second blazing, very promising title.

 

Mike & The Melvins

when The Melvins pair with Mike Kunka (godheadSilo), you may expect Three Men and a Baby. the forthcoming album is expected on 1st April via Sub Pop.