Sunday, 16 March 2014

Alan Moore - Magic, Mysticism and, er, Comics

Been on a bit of an Alan Moore bender of late. Re-reading V for Vendetta, Watchmen and listening to several of his truly amazing spoken word performances. These take the shape of recordings made with musician(s) Tim Perkins, and sometime collaborator, David J of Bauhaus and Love and Rockets fame (whom were themselves, rather aptly, named after a comic) . The CD's  'The Highbury Working', 'The Moon and Serpent Grande Egyptian Theatre of Marvels', 'Angel Passage', 'The Birth Caul' and the most recent 'Unearthing' are all a wonderful intermingling of fact, fiction and psychogeographic revelation. You could argue that the term Hauntology could have been invented for these recordings, as they invoke a wonderful reimagining of the past, present and future, a filtered through an occult gauze of wonderment.

In my fervour to hear more of  Moore I stumbled across a veritable smorgasbord of clips and interviews on youtube, which I've spent the evening avidly devouring. A couple of the better clips/programmes are to be seen below.

Northampton Tales

A Great interview here...

Monday, 17 February 2014

David Sylvian - Live Japan 2004

Stunning performance from Sylvian and associated musicians. I've really enjoyed his more electronic outings of recent times (well 10 years or more) and parts of this gig highlight them fantastically. 
He gets some sweet sounds from that Nord Synthesizer. This concert reminds me of the more subdued outings by Coil, under their Timemachines guise.


The Good Son
The Only Daughter
The Heart Knows Better
She Is Not
Late Night Shopping
A Fire In The Forest
When Poets Dreamed Of Angels / Cries And Whispers
Blue Skinned Gods
Wasn't I Joe?
World Citizen
Jean The Birdman

Musicians And Technicians

David Sylvian
computer, keyboards, acoustic guitar, vocals

Steve Jansen
computer, keyboards, electronic percussion, vocals

Masakatsu Takagi
visual images

Albums by David Sylvian I highly recommend...

Died In The Wool (Manafon Variations)
Plight And Premonition (with Holger Czukay)
Secrets Of The Beehive (more acoustic in nature)

Great compilation called Camphor covers most bases of his earlier career.

Friday, 7 February 2014

Thinking About Scarfolk - Momus Visual Review

Fascinating little 'documentary' by sometime outsider pop aficionado Momus. It's a overview of a website / book by  designer Richard Littler about the fictitious town of Scarfolk, a town which hasn't progressed further than 1979. A world populated by the Ladybird Book world view and the ever present public information films and documents of a perceived benevolent and benign nanny state. A hauntological world of strange possibilities and juxtapositions. Momus is to publish two books in 2014, one an digitally published novel about a writers Faustian pact with the devil to publish 100 Books of his choice, with the dark lord footing the bill for the characters various writing locations and publishing costs. The other is a novel proper, called Unamerican, which plot I've yet to find out about. I guess he's been using and processing stuff from the Scarfolk site as inspiration for his up coming writings. Much like myself, he admits to being an unfulfilled graphic designer, something I think he's hoping to overcome in the forthcoming  novel Unamerican.

Discovering Scarfolk from Ebury Publishers

"Ebury has acquired Discovering Scarfolk by Richard Littler, based on his cult blog, which gained over half a million hits in its first six months and has high-profile celebrity fans such as Caitlin Moran and Ian Rankin.
Editorial director Sarah Lavelle bought UK, Commonwealth and Europe English Language rights from Juliet Pickering at Blake Friedmann.
The imaginary town of Scarfolk, created by screenwriter and graphic designer Littler, satirizes the public information campaigns of the 1970s. In the book, Littler's realistic images will be threaded together by the frenzied archive of Daniel Bush, whose sons "disappeared" in Scarfolk in 1970.
Lavelle said; "Richard's created an extraordinary world where every image prompts a double-take – it's clever, it's dark and it's very funny. I grew up in the same era and it's all terrifyingly real to me."
Littler added: "Discovering Scarfolk re-imagines the flipside of the 1970s, taking aspects of the decade to absurd, sometimes disturbing extremes...It aims to make the reader simultaneously shudder and giggle."
Ebury is set to publish the book in October 2014 and will be supporting it with a unique, creative and integrated publicity and marketing campaign throughout Autumn 2014."