Monday, 14 April 2014

FLOWER-CORSANO DUO tomorrow and THE SPACE LADY on Thursday

Alright there!
Thanks to all of you who came out last week to support the Fish Police show, it truly surpassed our expectations and made for a very memorable evening for band and audience alike. We’re continuing the fun this week with two more shows for you. The first takes place tomorrow at The Grosvenor in Stockwell and sees a fantastic lineup of wild clamour and clang-n-clatter, with the stunningly kinetic FLOWER-CORSANO DUO headlining, supported by an otherworldly ASHLEY PAUL and the tonal oceans of YEK KOO. Tickets are available at the link below but we’ll also have some on the door from 8pm, it’s going to be a hypnotic one! Thursday meanwhile, will witness THE SPACE LADY landing her craft in London for the first time. Tickets for this one are very limited and are worth buying in advance if you haven’t done so already. ALSO, please note this concert’s early finish of 10pm, imagine TSL going onstage around 8.30pm and opening act JIN & DAUN around 7.45pm. Read on for all the details as well as a new listing for FUTURE ISLANDS who’ll be returning to London in November for their biggest show yet.
Here you go…
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Tuesday 15 April
The Grosvenor, 17 Sidney Road, Stockwell, SW9 0TP
8pm | £7 | TICKETS
FLOWER-CORSANO DUO are the much respected and lauded partnership of Chris Corsano (on drums and percussion) with Mick Flower (on shahi baaja aka the Japanese banjo). They are a two-piece with an ultra-sensitive and special chemistry, producing a music that really is a journey into the zone. They have that power to elevate through rhythm and primal harmonics but are also able to harness delicate moments, eastern modes, a widescreen expansiveness and a thrilling sense of noise and melody. Mick Flower is a member of recently reactivated Leed’s Vibracathedral Orchestra, and a lynch pin of the improvising rock/noise/drone world, who played and released with artists such as Oren Ambarchi, Tony Conrad, Sunburned Hand Of The Man, MV&EE. Chris Corsano is a multi-faceted drummer, a list of his collaborations attests to this fact. He’s recorded and performed with (among others) Paul Flaherty, Björk, Jim O’Rourke, Thurston Moore, Joe McPhee, Evan Parker, Heather Leigh, Nels Cline, Jessica Rylan, Six Organs of Admittance, Keiji Haino and Christina Carter. He runs Hot Cars War record label. Flower-Corsano Duo have three albums out to date on Textile and VHF.
ASHLEY PAUL creates music by coalescing her instruments, that can include saxophone, clarinet, guitar, bells and percussion, as well as her vocals, into new and beguiling areas of listening and perceiving. She forms delicate and brittle sounds that lend her intensely intuitive songs free forming, introverted melodies, caustic tones and subtle dynamics that bear close attention. Recent recorded releases find Ashley’s voice entering more and more into this unique audio world and song-cycles start to appear and disappear before your ears and eyes in a dreamlike fashion or sound vision. The listener is allowed to explore with a sense of wonder concerning where this is all coming from, so creating a special focus, as shards of voices manifest themselves against beautiful and simple musical forms and acoustic experimentation. Ashley lives in New York, USA and has performed or recorded with Phill Niblock, Loren Connors, Aki Onda, C. Spencer Yeh, Anthony Coleman, Joe Maneri, Joe Morris, Seijiro Murayama, Greg Kelley, Bill Nace and Eli Keszler. She has appeared on such labels as REL, PAN, ESP-DISK, Tzadik and her own imprint Wagtail.
YEK KOO is a solo project from Helga Fassonaki (half of outsider psych duo Metal Rouge) appearing alongside a ragged stripped-down cloak of distorted guitar, wailing vocals, pocket trumpet and non-kosher samples. With primal minimal/maximalism, Yek Koo's vocal deconstructions wrap inside raw distortions of the emotive gut. So far she has a 7" and two LPs out on Emerald Cocoon, the latest being 'Desolation Peak', which owes more to east African ritual than it does contemporary guitar modes. Illuminated by the same electricity as A Handful Of Dust and Heather Leigh Murray, Yek Koo's sound is a moment of humanity clawed back from an inhuman world by sheer indomitable outsider will. Vocals multiply and fall back into themselves, guitars bloom like flowers of grit, spells are yelled until the whole thing collapses on itself into a slab of groaning gleaming feedback.

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Thursday 17 April
Rudolf Steiner House, 35 Park Road, Baker Street, NW1 6XT
7pm – 10pm | £9 | TICKETS
THE SPACE LADY began her odyssey on the streets of San Francisco in the late 70s, playing versions of contemporary pop music an accordion and dressed flamboyantly, transmitting messages of peace and harmony. Following the theft of her accordion, The Space Lady invested in a then-new Casio keyboard, birthing an otherworldly new dimension to popular song that has captured the imaginations of the underground and its lead exponents ever since, with the likes of John Maus, Erol Alkan and Kutmah being devotees.  Of her early street sets, only one recording was made, self-released originally on cassette and then transferred to a homemade CD. "The Space Lady’s Greatest Hits" released last year through Night School features the best of these recordings - mostly covers but with some originals - pressed on vinyl for the first time and features archival photographs and liner notes from The Space Lady herself. “Greatest Hits” contains The Space Lady’s personal favourites; her haunting take on The Electric Prunes’ “I Had Too Much To Dream (Last Night),” a frantic “Ballroom Blitz” amidst other reconstructed pop music. Following on from this wonderful release The Space Lady has begun writing new material and travelling the world to present her message outside the United States for the first time.
JIN & DAUN are a Swedish duo specialising in their own style of music they call Kurdish Electronic Meditation. They record their long-form songs at home via improvised jams, preferring to keep the music free without guidelines. The spirit of Klaus Schulze looms large and the music created has a touch of the progressive electronics you'd expect from Germany in the 70's. The darkness of Spectrum and the warped atmospheres of The Orb seep through too. So far they have one tape out on the Zeon Light Kassett, and a split release with artist Benjamin Syra is areadying for Sorgenfri Inspelningar. They've previously opened for bands like White Hills and Raajmahal, and soon they will play in Berlin and at the Copenhagen Psych Fest.
Oh yes, before leaving off I also wanted to mention that we now have three new Upset The Rhythm records available to pre-order in our online shop. There’s new albums from ED SCHRADER’S MUSIC BEAT and THE PHEROMOANS and a short but sweet 7” EP by NO BABIES too, all excessively brilliant! Thanks for checking all this out,
Wishing you well,

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/////  UPCOMING    SHOWS   \\\\\

Wednesday 7 May
Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, Camden, NW1 8QP
7.30pm | SOLD OUT
Thursday 15 May
Café OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL
8pm | £10 | TICKETS
Thursday 22 May
Tufnell Park Dome, 2 Dartmouth Park Hill, Tufnell Park, NW5 1HL
8pm | SOLD OUT
Friday 30 May
Tufnell Park Dome, 2 Dartmouth Park Hill, Tufnell Park, NW5 1HL
8pm | £11 | TICKETS
Wednesday 4 June
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, N1 9JB
8pm | £9 | TICKETS
Thursday 5 June
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, N1 9JB
8pm | £7 | TICKETS
(Castle Face)
Monday 9 June
Dalston Victoria, 451 Queensbridge Road, Dalston, London, E8 3AS
8pm | £6 | TICKETS
Monday 23 June
Café OTO, 22 Ashwin Street, Dalston, E8 3DL
8pm | £8 | TICKETS
(Thrill Jockey)
Tuesday 8 July
Power Lunches, 446 Kingsland Road, Dalston, E8 4AE
8pm | £6 | TICKETS
Friday 18 July
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, N1 9JB
8pm | £6 | TICKETS
Thursday 14 August
Electric Ballroom, 184 Camden High Street, Camden, NW1 8QP
7.30pm | £13 | TICKETS
Tuesday 19 August
The Lexington, 96-98 Pentonville Rd, Angel, N1 9JB
8pm | £6 | TICKETS
Thursday 6 November
O2 Shepherd’s Bush Empire, Shepherd’s Bush Green, W12 8TT
7pm | £15 | WEGOTTICKETS

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