Bob Tilton is an exceptionally entertaining televangelist from Texas. I would imagine that's where they took their name from. Bob Tilton are a band from England (there is no one named Bob Tilton in the band) who play an emo-core that does not feature the crying stretched vocalcord style that the genre usually adopts. This is more like the style Karate play, but with more of a Sonic Youth dissonance approaching the guitar squelch of legendary Boston band Kudgel at times. We currently have a Bob Tilton CD on the playlist at WZBC, but this 12" tops everything I've heard from either of their full lengths. I seem to recall hearing that they had broken up. If this is to be their last new material, I could think of way worse ways to leave. I like the original version more than the more monochromatic remix which follows the original. Reiziger are from Belguim and complement the artier side of Bob Tilton. Reiziger is a 4 person band (Pascal, Kristien, Sven, & Geert). Their side starts a bit mellow, then adds what sounds like orchestral background, before dropping out to a radio weather report in English with some subtle tuning difficulties. The song then starts to come back with a rollicing drum beat and picked guitar, picking up into a Dog Faced Herman-esque trumpet accompanied by bass and the drum without the guitar. The beat changes and the picked guitar slides in and out, in fact everything slides in and out, like losing consiousness. Finally the Dog Faced Herman-esque trumpet accompanied by bass and the drum without the guita returns and takes us to it's very understaed end. you would think the song ends way before it actually does the level of sound goes so low. It sounds like the sound of an old projector running or something. After about a minute it ends, and the second (short) song begins. It has recording noise and a spoken commentary of gambling in it's brieg duration. Reiziger have ourt a full length called "The Kitten Becomes A Tiger" on this same label. Based on what I've heard here it would be a good listen, I'd bet. Clicking on Reiziger's section of the website I've associated with their name, you'll read that they played with Boston's own Karate when Karate toured through Belgium. Must have been quite a show! Genet Records is a label from Belguim.
February 29, 2000
Hi-Posi are Masayuki Kumahara (programming) and Miho Moribayashi (vocal & chorus). They are like a younger more electronic Pizzacato 5. They have 2 albums out, and were one of the featured artists on Bungalow's Sushi 4004 compilation. They made really cool use of digital silence in a busy sound. Watching the VU meters during one of their songs you can see quite a dance. Tomoyuki Tanaka (Fantastic Plastic Machine) produces the sound and arranges 2 songs, one of which is the Blue Danube Waltz which was on the Hi-Posi EP WZBC has, but in this version there are full vocals throughout. Towa Tei (DeeLite) produces the technically amazing "I Love You" (which is also on the EP we already have). In fact, all three songs from the EP are here (although a different version on the Blue Danube Waltz song). That leaves 7 new songs to us, and each one is a winner. I believe that this duo think so differently and forward that they only chose the 10 best songs they had for this CD. The disc could surely have fit many more songs. I'm really glad though that we live in a world where music like this can be obtained even though it has no release out of Japan, and the songs don't even have English titles. Shame to all the labels which push crappy product on us while gems like this stay obscured behind high import price tags. Power to whoever helped bring the Bob Tilton/Reiziger 12" here with such a cheap price.
Ma Cherie For Painting (MCFP) have something a bit different than usual on both sides of this 7". The A-side has a bit of vocals (this band is usually instrumental) and some sounds that you would expect from Faust more than MCFP (struck objects of metal). The Stereolab/Neu groove MCFP sometimes indulges in is completely absent on both sides of this single (maybe a little bit there submerged at the end of the A-side). The B-side reminds me of some of the musique concrete that WZBC's Arthur Fenno plays on his Librium Detox show (Tuesdays 7-10PM), in particular a Luc Ferrari piece I've come to love, crossed with The Wisdom Of Harry "Almond Orange" 7". It's a fine stew, and it comes as mixed by Piano Magic, a pretty great and varied project in it's own rite centering on Glen Johnson. This single is the first release on this new label, and comes in a numbered edition of 500 copies (ours is #316). Both sides of this are pretty crucial if you already like this band, as many of us do. They certainly are not tossed off drone pieces or "turn on the tape machine and we'll see what comes out" pieces. They appear to have some intent, and will leave the listener intrigued.
4 song EP with 2 songs from The Pretty Things new album which was recorded after their smashing tour last year, and 2 new songs. All 4 songs are originals. I don't like the 2 songs from the LP ("Lve Keeps Hanging On" which is blues, and "Goin' Downhill", which reminds me of the bad period at the end of Blue Oyster Cult). The 1st and last song of this EP are just A-OK with me, though. "All Light Up" is an anthem that makes you feel good and has neat lyrics and tune, and "Pretty Beat" sounds like it could have provided the dancing material for the original Mods The Pretty Things played for, or for the early 80's Mod Revivalists like Secret Affair, The Purple Hearts, The Chords, or Squire.
Yoshie is the drummer in Cornelius's band, but she is much more than that. This 4 song EP shows her to be a fan of Tropicalia. The last song is even a very credible cover of Caetano Veloso's "Saudosismo", which you may recognize when you hear. That song has nothing except her vocal, her guitar, and the sound of running water. There are two Yoshie originals, and a cover of a song that I don't-know-who-did, called "Mar Lagoa", written by Fernando de Itapoan, Roque Dias, and Lula Novaes. That song has nothing but brass (tuba, trombone, and trumpet) and her voice. It works well! The fellows who play on it are from the Tokyo Ska Paradise Orchestra. the 2 Yoshie originals are fleshed out instrumentally. "Com N" has lots of organ, bass, her drum, percussion, and vocals. "7 Colobe 8 Oqui" has ukelele, spanish guitar, & lots of other things including children counting and a general carnival atmosphere. This EP shows that Cornelius has a very good ear choosing who to play with. It's creative and playful - fun!
The gullbuy reviewed one or two of the earlier "Club Beatroot" split singles put out by the Glasgow club The 13th Note on Flotsam & Jetsam records, but I don't think any of the earlier Club Beatroot singles (this one is Volume Eight) have been as important to own as this one, with the first new The Yummy Fur recording in quite some time. Usually this series captures bands before we've ever heard of them (like the band who splits this single, Olympia), but this single features a band that many of us have followed already for eight years: The Yummy Fur. The Yummy Fur started on Slampt Records with a series of EP's which were filled with very short squawks like a nerdy Minutemen playing in the style of the great Scottish band The Fire Engines. The Yummy Fur (named after a comic by Chester Brown) continued in this style for some time, then started to make their songs longer and their production better. They got a keyboard player in the band and released some kicking singles, 10"s, and LP's. Word had it that The Yummy Fur were breaking new ground with the keyboard player, but this song is the first time it is apparent. "This Is Andrew Sinclair" is a techno instrumental - something The Yummy Fur have not done before. The song has spice though, and is no dissappointment. Thetrack from the other band (Olympia) sounds like another Glasgow band whose single was added last week, Le Bleu.