CD Reviews

Monday 30th March

March 31, 2009

First of all thank you to everyone that wished me a happy birthday either here or elsewhere. As birthdays go I didn’t have a bad one at all. Cheers So back to listening to music again today after a bit of a palette cleansing weekend. I played a new release this morning by the UK […]

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Sunday 28th March

March 29, 2009

Home again tonight. It was nice to get away. Although just for the one night it did a world of good, very relaxing. Apart from the brief dalliance with Deacon Blue and the tinny piped jazz music in the restaurant last night I have escaped music for two days. Yeah I know, that doesn’t help […]

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Saturday 28th March

March 28, 2009

What did hotels play to people in their bars and reception areas before there was Norah Jones? It seems that’s all they play these days. As I write Julie and I are sat by the pool area of a Bournemouth hotel just relaxing waiting for our room to be ready and as usual it’s Norah […]

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Instal09 – Day Three

March 28, 2009

On Sunday, the final day of the festival, engaging conversation over lunch meant we arrived at The Arches too late to hear Phil Minton’s feral choir performance, and so the first act I caught was Seymour Wright’s solo set. Although I’d only actually seen him play solo three times in the last five years prior […]

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Friday 27th March

March 28, 2009

A little better today, though still somewhat under the weather. A frantic and demanding day at work took my mind off of how I was feeling anyway. Thanks to all those that sent well wishes here or by email. It was just a bit of an exhaustion-induced headache but I am touched to know people […]

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Thursday 26th March

March 27, 2009

As  write tonight I have the remnants of a migraine still buzzing about my head and staring at the computer screen is not a comfortable experience. I’ve not been well today, limping through work and then just collapsing into bed when I got home. After a few hours sleep and a bucket of painkillers I […]

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Instal09 – Day Two

March 26, 2009

Saturday’s main performances all took place at The Arches, the multi-room venue housed within the large brick arches below Glasgow Central railway station. Actually there had been some kind of extended event during the morning away at a place named CCA by someone/thing called Ultra-Red, but sadly I missed this. I also somehow missed the […]

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Wednesday 25th March

March 26, 2009

So another brief post here as it will be followed by the second Instal report, which took ages to write so you’re not getting much here! I’m still very tired and recovering from the weekend’s excesses, today was a real slog at work, it was nice to head home this evening. Since I got home […]

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Instal09 – Day One

March 24, 2009

First of all, I clearly have similar musical tastes to Barry Esson, at least in part. As the weeks approaching Instal09 went by and more names were added to the bill it increasingly felt that this festival was being programmed with my own personal tastes in mind such was the closeness of the line-up to […]

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Tuesday 24th March

March 24, 2009

Straight back to work today, and I really felt it. The whole Glasgow trip was exhausting in many ways and I’ve suffered since I got home. Don’t get me wrong it was a brilliant and hugely rewarding experience, but a very tiring one at that. I am still slowly writing up my thoughts. I have […]

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Monday 23rd March

March 23, 2009

OK, so because trying to write at length here using an iphone is hard enough already without having to think as well, I’m going to write up the music on my dodgy laptop and post it when I get home. (the wifi doesn’t work on it yet so I can’t post from it on the […]

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Sunday 22nd March

March 23, 2009

I’m really only leaving this here as a placeholder until tomorrow when I’ll write more on the train home. It’s been a hectic couple of days involving an awful lot of intense music and a lot of saying hi to good people so there just hadn’t been time to write more. A few drinks inside […]

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Saturday 21st March

March 21, 2009

My thumb still aches from yesterday so I’ve found a little internet cafe this morning. Even though I thought I had booked the same hotel this year as last year, apparently I didn’t, and instead I am in a hotel ten minutes walk from the city centre that has the same name as the hotel […]

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Friday 20th March Pt. 5

March 20, 2009

And so I reached the end of all six hours and seventeen minutes of the recording. The train is still an hour from Glasgow but then if it was a race I know where my money would always have been. The last hour was interesting. The first half of it was a raucous shredded blast […]

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Friday 20th March Pt. 4

March 20, 2009

Right OK. So the silence must have lasted at least 90 minutes. That’s what it felt like anyway. I kept the earpieces in all the way through though and did not stop or fast forward the track. I was genuinely worried I had a faulty download. Maybe that’s the point. However at 4 hours 45 […]

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Friday 20th March Pt. 3

March 20, 2009

I changed trains at Wolverhampton, in the heart of the English midlands during the half hour I spent there awaiting the last train of my journey Mattin’s epic work had progressed into a drilling, quite brutal digital noise that changed very little except get louder and more intense. This section was very ugly and it […]

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Friday 20th March Pt. 2

March 20, 2009

As the train winds it’s way through the veritable splendour of Birmingham’s suburbs the Mattin recording is a little more of a third if the way through. For the last hour or so the music has moved through extended passages of grey cloudy static and sections focussed on the Spanish speech, often layered and warped […]

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Friday 20th March. Pt. 1

March 20, 2009

Well it’s just about a quarter past seven in the morning as I start to write this post, from my iPhone on Oxford railway station. I have just got off of the first of three trains today on the way up to Scotland, this first one just being a short connecting journey from Didcot. If […]

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Thursday 19th March

March 19, 2009

An earlier post from me today as I am going to dinner this evening and need to be in bed early tonight. I’ve listened a couple of times today to a new untitled release by the Brighton/London trio of Daniel Jones, Paul Khimasia Morgan and David Papapostolou released in a small number on Paul’s Slightly […]

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Wednesday 18th March

March 19, 2009

In a good mood tonight despite a blinding headache all evening at work, but now I am finished for five days and get a day’s break tomorrow before heading for Scotland. I also just opened my post and found a copy of Derek Bailey’s newly re-released Lot 74 album on Incus here, a recording I […]

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Tuesday 17th March

March 18, 2009

Congratualtions, you’ve clicked on the official home of Newlondonwhat? an all new musical genre! Yawn. I listened to some Korean music today. Actually not just Korean, but certainly music recorded in the years 2007 and 2008 in South Korea as part of the Relay series of concerts and released now on the Manual label as […]

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Monday 16th March

March 17, 2009

So just a few days to go now until most of the UK heads off north to the Instal Festival, or perhaps across the water to the i and e Festival. I know that I am looking forward to getting away for a few days and obviously taking in some hopefully great music once there. […]

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Sunday 15th March

March 15, 2009

Once Seen never forgotten? Probably not… I’ve been listening this evening to the recording of The Seen’s concert I attended a few weeks back and wrote about here. This is not the recording I made with my little handheld Edirol, but a really good quality recording made on the evening by the very talented Jonathan McHugh, […]

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New UK and Ireland Concert Calendar Page

March 15, 2009

If all has worked you should notice a link up there to a new page here that contains a calendar of upcoming improvised and experimental music concerts that have caught my eye here in the UK. Including it here  serves two purposes. Firstly there are a good few readers here from the UK that might […]

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Saturday 14th March

March 15, 2009

Do you spell it hiccoughs or hiccups? Either way I have them right now, quite violently, and they are making listening to the CD playing right now quite a difficult experience. I woke very late today, at half past twelve to be precise. This last week was pretty exhausting and when the alarm clock went […]

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Friday 13th March

March 13, 2009

Another tough old day today but it went well and now I have a couple of days free to rest up a bit. Then I am back at work on Monday, but only for three days before I take a few days holiday, the first of which will include a gig in London followed by […]

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Thursday 12th March

March 13, 2009

Sigh… Well first of all apologies for being such a miserable git in last night’s post, but I really was not feeling well at all. Felt fine this morning after a solid seven hours of sleep though, which is a good thing because I spent twelve hours at work today and worked my backside off. […]

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Wednesday 11th March

March 11, 2009

Well as much as my head wanted to go into London again tonight my body wasn’t having any of it. Today at work I was just so tired I did everything at half speed, and tonight since getting home I have had a blinding headache that a couple of hours rest has helped a little […]

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Tuesday 10th March

March 10, 2009

Yes you guessed it I’m on a train again. Seeing as I spent much of the day at work drinking coffee in an attempt to stay awake heading into London again tonight probably isn’t too clever an idea. Oh well. I doubt I will do tomorrow as well. A few words on last night then. […]

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Monday 9th March

March 9, 2009

I’m on a train from Oxford to London right now. I thought I’d better post something here while I have the chance, just in case I’m just too exhausted or merely far too late home later to be able to write anything then. I was up at seven this morning, have done ten hours in […]

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Sunday 8th March

March 8, 2009

This might end up being quite a long post. I’ve done a lot of listening today. Before any of that though I must say a very slightly belated Congratulations to my old radio sparring partner Alastair who tied the knot with Louise down in Australia yesterday. I feel kind of guilty for sort of forgetting […]

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Saturday 7th March

March 8, 2009

Hmm. Slightly tipsy as I write tonight’s post. I got home from work at about 10PM and on arrival I poured myself a glass of wine, which slipped down a bit too easily, and then a second one before I remembered I hadn’t eaten yet today, and so now I am sat here with a […]

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Friday 6th March

March 7, 2009

Early this morning I played the Dropp Ensemble disc through twice more, this time at volume. Such a great disc if you ask me, just beautifully composed music. I heard from Adam Sonderberg this morning and he told me that indeed the music was pieced together using recorded parts made all around the world, with […]

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Thursday 5th March

March 6, 2009

Well I had hoped for a more productive day today. In the end I woke late after going to bed exhausted, and spent far too long this afternoon engaged in a pointless argument at I hate music. Pointless because it has been had before, and arguing the same arguments more than once can only ever […]

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Wednesday 4th March

March 5, 2009

I have a day off of work tomorrow, so hopefullyI won’t be as tired and more in the mood to write something thoughtful. Tonight, as with the past few nights I’m exhausted after a long day and a couple of glasses of wine and so I doubt this post will one of my better ones… […]

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Tuesday 3rd March

March 4, 2009

An even later post tonight, just after 2AM as I sit down this time. Work was tiring and long again today and travelling home on the train it was all I could do to stay awake let alone listen to any music. So please forgive a shorter post for now. I might add some more […]

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Monday 2nd March

March 3, 2009

Posting here very late tonight. 1:30AM in fact as I start to write. Today was a long and tedious day, but I had some good news today that I won’t be working as many very late shifts soon, which should see these posts appear earlier in the evening some of the time, and should also […]

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Sunday 1st March

March 1, 2009

I’ve done a lot of listening today, but mostly to forthcoming Cathnor releases and a few demos so not much I can talk about amongst those. I did succeed in playing a few other items though. One careful listen was to the John Cage Numbers pieces disc I bought on Thursday. The half-hour long opening […]

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