Thursday, 9 April 2015

A few pictures from Sunday at the Beagle

A lovely sunny bank holiday Sunday afternoon for the opening party of Eighty Six at the Beagle and a celebration of their new 'sun terrace'.  Music from Duncan James Mise (Red Deer Records), Chris Maude (The Devil's Jukebox) Jif, TC and Rob from Eighty Six. We're back with another party on May day, bank holiday Sunday.

Thursday, 2 April 2015

Sounds of Eighty Six, Volume 26

It may be the time of year for miracles (if you're religious) but getting all three of us into the studio for the third show on the bounce... that's about as good as it gets, for us!

Jif, Jeffo and TC headed down to the basement to serve up their very own 'movable feast' of new music and stuff we thought you'd enjoy.  Moonboots, very kindly sent us a promo of the new Aficionado release; they're up to number 13 and there's no let up in the quality. This time it's Swedish group Fabror Sande Mac, delivering a great 5 tracker.

It's always nice when people send in suggestions, so thanks to Andrew Lester for the tip on ex Gorky's guitarist Richard James' new solo LP.  There's also music from the new Bambi Davidson LP on Claremont 56 and a track from his ace second (maybe even better than the 1st?) EP from Jonny Nash on his Melody As Truth label.

Legends of 80's italo-disco, Koto have an album out called 'Original Masterpieces', which brings together hard to find tracks via the Mirumir label.  'The big lad!' Matthew E White's back again and his new LP 'Fresh Blood', is another one which could pip his first LP... that's some dam fine going!

Look out for trip-hop from the furthest tip of Norway, (Vardo to be precise) as Omena reissue an ep originally out and then slipping under the radar in 2004.  Moon Duo's great new LP, 'Shadow of the Sun' (check that artwork) also gets a spin, as does the excellent debut EP 'Cove' from London's Sven Atterman.  Jeff got to finish off the show, proclaiming his love for the Pollyester LP 'City of O' (out now on Germany's Disko B label) and we open the show with music from Leigh in Lancashire, via the brilliant Ono label.

Not one to passover.

White Dot: Flutten
Richard James: Do You Know Me?
Bambi Davidson: Cattle
Headland: The Hum Song
Syracuse: Louventura
Tornaado: Jahiklass 470
Jonny Nash: Exit 1
Peals: Blue Elvis
Dos Palos: I've Been Around (Seahawks Ultra Mix)
Kasper Bjørke: Heaven (Nicolas Jarr Mix)
Shintaro Sakamoto: In A Phantom Mood
Fabror Resande Mac: Pacific North
Koto: Chinese Revenge
Gilberto Gil: Maracatu Atomico
Matthew E. White: Love Is Deep
Moon Duo: In A Cloud
Nueva Costa: Ava Del Paraiso
13th Floor Elevators: You're Gonna Miss Me
Phil Manley: FT2 Theme
Phrased: Misty
James Blackshaw: All is Falling (Parts 3 and 4)
Omena Ltd: Nynningen 2
John David Souther: Midnight Prowl
Sven Atterton: Closer
Peaking Lights: Everyone and Us
KM Editions 6: Astral Playground
Pollyester: In My Boots



Monday, 23 March 2015

Eighty Six Easter Sunday at the Beagle

If you're around over Easter, we're back on home turf and joined by special guest Duncan Sime from Red Deer Club records. Celebrating 10 years' of releasing music by artist such as Jonnie Common, Sara Lowes, David A. Jaycock, Stealing Sheep and Songs for Walter.  Music starts at 4pm (the bar is open all day) and we'll all be playing in the newly opened Beagle 'Sun Terrace' on a specially set up sound-system.

There's also a nice write up of the event in the Manchester Evening News. 

Friday, 20 March 2015

Sounds of Eighty Six, Volume 25

'When you're out looking for the sun and there is no sun'. 

Today like many other places we experienced a Solar eclipse casting a gloomy, grey, cold stillness over our city... nothing really that different for us in Manchester then.  

Something that was different was that we all managed to make it into the studio for this episode. Fittingly too as we reached our 25th episode as the Sounds of Eighty Six podcast; a Silver anniversary edition if you like. We were also joined in the studio by Rosie, Jif's daughter who made her first and rather reluctant appearance on the podcast. If only TC was as reluctant to speak. 

Jonny Nash: Shallow Space
Phill France: The Swimmer
Zarelli: Pink Electric Eyes
Michael Head & The Red Elastic Band: Velvets in the Dark
Stephen Steinbrink: It Takes a Lot to Change your Mind (version)
Super Furry Animals: Cabin Fever
Dan Lissvik: Intro/ Airwalk
Nev Cottee: If I Could Tell You (Instrumental Mix)
Lanterns on The Lake: Lungs Quicken
The Monks Kitchen: On A Dark Black Ocean
Hibou: Valium
Gandalf: Departure
Smoke Faires: We've Seen Birds
Horsebeach: Disappear
Hooton Tennis Club: Jasper
Klein & MBO: Dirty Talk (Ruf Dug Remix)
Never On A Sunday: Jackie's Theme (The Finale)
No Zu: Medusa Beat
Mads Dalholt & Fredrick Langkilde: Charité
Silk Rhodes: Pains
Von Spar: Chain of Command
Death & Vanilla: Ghosts in the Machine
Allah-las: Ferrus Gallery
The Limiñanas featuring Francesca Cusimano: Votre Coté yéyé M'emmerde
ASS: Escape from New York
Bambi Davidson: Brunswick (Long Mix)


Wednesday, 18 March 2015

Eighty Six at Outlaws Yacht Club with Richard Hector Jones

This Friday March 20th Jeffo and Rob Bright will be hosting Eighty Six in Leeds alongside special guest Richard Hector-Jones. It's something of a 500 Club reunion for the two ex Bugged Out! residents as Richard and Rob hosted the legendary 500 Club gathering together in Manchester across many a Sunday session at Cord Bar. 

Music starts from 5pm till late.     

Zarelli Falling Light video by Mark Warrington

If you're a regular listener to our shows you'll know how much we love Colorama and you'll probably be aware of Carwyn's latest musical offshoot Zarelli, part of the Seriés Aphōnos project.

'There Will Come Soft Rains' uses the voice from the now departed Leonard Nimoy reading from Ray Bradbury's 1950's post-apolyptic short story 'The Martian Chronicles'. Carwyn's soundtrack adds an icy layer of electronics bringing beautiful drama and atmosphere to the dystopian tale. It's a great piece of work and one we highly recommend you seeking out as playing one track off it doesn't really do justice to hearing the full story. 

I was listening to this again on the train home from London last night, looking out into the early Spring gloom. Part audiobook, part soundtrack it's inthralling; at times the music almost slides into the background as Nimoy delivers his tragic and tense story. In other passages Carwyn cranks up the mood with echoes of italo-disco which remind me of the soundtrack to Dario Argento's Tenebre. 

Our friend and past Eighty Six podcast guest the very talented Mark Warrington has also provided a great animation for the track 'Falling Light'. 

Mark says : "The animation depicts a moment of tranquility as the garden sprinklers switch on like clockwork and fill the garden with falling light. The animation took around 3 weeks to make in After Effects also involving trips out into Salford to take photos of the the old decaying factories and crumbling bricks and then composing them around the modernist house. Leonard Nimoy unfortunately passed away on the 27th of February which was just days after I finished making this animation so it also stands as a small tribute to him".

CD & Vinyl available from: Seriés Aphōnos
Music: Carwyn Ellis (Zarelli/Colorama)
Direction & Animation: Mark Warrington

Thursday, 5 March 2015

Sounds of Eighty Six, Volume 24

After a few technical hitches we're finally back with you.  We got three-quarters of the way through the first recording only to find out, it wasn't...

We then gave ourselves a night off and went to watch Olafur Arnalds at the RNCM, which was the centerpiece of Manchester's Future Everything Festival.  

Jif and TC were your host when we finally got round to recording the show.

Look out for a strong Scandinavian influence with tracks by Troels Hammer, Rune Lindbaek, Oyvind Blikstad and Johan Agebjorn. A couple of classic early 90's deep house reissues. There's also a track from the excellent new Laura Groves EP and the new Bing Ji Ling track (remixed by our friends at Coyote) which will have you dreaming of summer days!

Enjoy the show.

Troels Hammer: Birdy
Balmorhea: A Circumnavigation
Stephen Steinbrink: Impress My Memory
Jaak Jürisson: Korduvalt
Templehof & Gigi Masin: Joe Jordon
Laura Groves: Committed Language
Len Leise: Spirit of Ssanyu
Johan Agebjorn: The Leftovers (with Loney Dear)
Simone White: Never Been That Tough
Jim Ranson: It's So Profound
Apiento & Co: The Light Machine
The Utopia Project: File#1
Manabu Nagayama & Soichi Terada: Low Tension
Bing Ji Ling: See Me Through (Coyote Dub Version)
Eddie C: Sloneczna Promenada
Stalker: Slow
Gareth Dickson: Like a Clock
Formation: Waves
Robert Vanderbilt & the Foundation of Souls: A Message Especially From God
Rune Lindbaek & Oyvind Blikstad: North
Amii Stewart: Friends
Cortex: Pauver Star
Maas: Look at Me Now (Zoyd and Prairie Mix)
Bonnie & Klein: Demode


Thursday, 5 February 2015

Sounds of Eighty Six, Volume 23

Bhhhhrrrrrrr, it was a cold, cold night when we recorded this in the studio but the show flew by.  It was the first time all three of us had recorded together since last August.

Carwyn from Colorama very kindly sent us over a copy of his latest project Zarelli 'Soft Rains'. A futuristic soundtrack to Ray Bradbury's dystopian story narrated by Leonard Nimoy.

We finally got to play a track from the Jonny Nash album off vinyl.  It feels like we've waited ages for this to arrive (well done Jonny on all the hard work).  Dan Lisvik is back after killing off his Studio moniker and back recording with a new band under the name of Atelje.  Jeff played a great track from the Syd Arthur remix album (be quick if you want that on vinyl) and one by Gala Drop for Lisbon who have a new Lp on the excellent Golf Channel.  They've also brought ex-Detroit resident and music maker Jerry the Cat into their fold.

Jif played the 'Winter' Sketches from an Island 7" on International Feel 'Kitasaku' (home to one of my favourite houses if you fancy Googling it).  Also listen out for some cod French balearica via Cornwall from Nick Mackrory with Elle Dit.  La Beauté Du Négative records are back for a 3rd instalment with  a stunning ep, containing the lovely cold acidic techno of Suncid by J Alvarez.

Tops off (no chance)....

Mind Fair: Find Me At The Fair
Stephen Steinbrink: A Simple Armature of Your Ideal World
Pure Bathing Culture: Silver Shore's Lake
Zarelli: Falling Light
Jonny Nash: Phantom Actors
The Amazing: Wait For a Light
Widowspeak: Limbs
Hong Kong In The 60's: You can Take My Heart but You Can't Make it Beat
The Kenneth Bagger Experience: Fat Bottom Penguins
Atelje: Escalator
Natalie Prass: Bird of Prey
Steve Gunn: Milly's Garden
Whyte Horses: Snowfalls
Soy Un Caballo: Comme on Va Bien
Jozef Van Wissem: The Joy That Never Ends
Sketches From An Island: Kitasaku
Amor De Dias: Dream (Dead Hands)
Panda Bear: Principe Real
Colorama: I Can't Give You More Than Everyting
Syd Arthur: Mornings Recall (The Amorphous Androgynous Mix)
Gala Drop: Monad
Sueno Latino: Sueno Latino (Winter Version)
Joe Cocker: Talking Back To The Night
Ereland Oye & Morgan Geist: Ghost Trains
Nick Mackrory & Harry Collier: Elle Dit
Tops: Easier Said
J Alvarez: Suncid


Tuesday, 3 February 2015

We have a new home

As you may know we started life as the Universal Language Radio Show on Unity FM and as we're now a podcast we wanted to reflect that on Facebook.  Sadly, Facebook won't let us change the name of our page so we're migrating to a new Facebook page 'Sounds of Eighty Six'.

Our original Universal Language Radio Show page will close in the next 2 weeks' so make sure you've 'Liked' our new page and importantly click 'Get Notifications' so you can see our posts.

We'll keep the posts purely to information about the latest edition of the podcast as we feel the same way you do about spam. Sounds of Eighty Six

Friday, 23 January 2015

Sounds of Eighty Six, Volume 22 with Moonboots

As we make the long journey through January, what better way to beat the winter blues than having your friends round and sharing some good times.

On this weeks' show we had the pleasure of being joined down in the basement by Moonboots from Aficionado Recordings.

Richard kindly brought along some of the forthcoming releases on his and Jason's excellent record label and you can hear them alongside his brilliant selection during a 1 hour 'talk-free' middle section of the show.

It was a busy old night down in the basement with Topsy Von Salkeld who designs the Nado artwork, posters and merchandise joining us alongside our friends Leonado and Elaine. We started the night off with a lovely Southern Indian meal and then headed down to the studio with some wine and a few winter ales.

Look out for new tracks by Icasol and Cliff Martinez and previews of forthcoming releases from Jaak Jürissoni (on Frotee), Nev Cottee, Len Leise, Half Silk (Ryan from Horsebeach solo project) and Eleventeen Eston.

Cliff Martinez: Pan to Me
Icasol: Prinzenengel
Woo: Magic In the Dark
Balmorhea: Dream of Thaw
Nancy Elisabeth: Winter, Baby
Jaak Jürissoni: Laste Mangutuba
BAR: Anjali Reverse

Moonboots: Winter in the basement mix
Juan Martin: The Diver
La Fiancée: Driving Away From Home
Javier Bergia: Gran Via
Anita Strandell: Elektrista Du
Aska: Htela Bih Da Situ
No Zu: Eternity
Mads Dalholt & Fredrick Langkilde: Charité
Roger Rönning: Mitt, Men Anda Utanfor
BBB005: Baatside
Len Leise: Asmat Images
Ménage à Trois: Conditional Love
Leonardo Ceccanti: (It's) a Long Way
Half Silk: Delicious Crime
Eleventeen Eston: Indian Blue

Gaussian Curve: Broken Clouds
Barefoot Jerry: Friends
Peter Broderick: Roscoe
Arthur Russell: Come To Life
Dungen: Min Enda Vän
Nev Cottee: If I Could Tell You


Sunday, 11 January 2015

Will France plays Eighty Six Outlaws Yacht Club

January is traditionally the month when the people who pack the bars in December and make your life a misery, stay in. Perfect!   

So to start the year at our favourite bar, we've got the man who's been giving our tastebuds a treat for many years. 

Will France is probably responsible for our love of strong IPA's as we first met him when he worked in Common. He then went on to help open and manage Port Street Beer House, The Beagle and Indy Man Beer Convention before moving to Yorkshire and becoming the brewer at Summer Wine.  He's now involved with an exciting new brewing venture, Cloudwater Brewing Co. 

It's fair to say he's killed a few of our brain cells and if you heard him as the guest present our show last year,  you'll know his ear for a good tune is as good as his taste for what makes a good beer. 

Come on down and join us at the Yacht Club this Friday (16th), music starts from 5pm and it's also 2-4-1 on cocktails all night! Perfect really. 

You can listen again to Will on our radio show here  

Eighty Six with Will France
16th January 2015
Outlaws Yacht Club
New York Street
More detail

Saturday, 10 January 2015

Ello, is anybody there?

Over the new year period we decide to sign up to Ello.  You may have read about Ello the ad free alternative to existing social networks.

It's currently in beta version so if you'd like to join us and would like an invite, contact us on here Facebook or Twitter.  It's early days on Ello and we'll only be publishing the same content, albeit on a nicer looking and ad free platform.

Come and join us.

Jif has an account @nanojif
TC  @andrewtc
Eighty Six @eightysix
Studio HQ @balericbasement

Our Winter Soundtrack Chart at Juno

It may only be a date change but it's a date change a lot of people get excited about so Happy New Year.  To kick off the year we've supplied our first chart to online record retailer Juno. It's a seasonal mixture of stuff that we're enjoying at the moment with links to allow you to purchase them (if you so wish). Other retailers are available but we're aware that not everybody is as lucky as us to have Piccadilly Records as their local record shop.

Eighty Six Winter Soundtrack Track

Thursday, 8 January 2015

Sounds of Eighty Six, Volume 21

The first week back after the holidays is usually the time when we look back on our favourite music of the past year.  We've decided to break with tradition this year and record a self indulgent show; looking to the future and playing some stuff we've been listening to whilst on holiday.

This was our first visit down to the studio since we recorded Rob Bright's Christmas show and with it being a bitterly cold night we decided to start with some uptempo tracks to warm us up.  
Work commitments kept Jeff away from the studio this week so you've got TC and Jif down in the basement.  As ever a few records and a short bit of chat to keep you updated, all unplanned and recorded live.  

Right 2015, let's do this.                                                     

Prins Emanuel & Golden Ivy: Mystic Trip
Silk Rhodes: Face 2 Face
Bonnie & Klein: Total Blue
Young Marco: Out of Wind
Ibibo Sound Machine: Got to Move Got to Get Out
Lucia Nieri: January Man
Khruangbin: The Recital that Never Happened
Flash and the Pan: Walking In the Rain
Luca C & Briggante: Lucio
Boards of Canada: Open the Light
Begin: Baseballs
Real Estate: Past Lives
Colorama: I Can't Give You More than Everything
Amor De Dias: The House At Sea
Gaussian Curve: Ride
Onyricon: Sweet Dreams (Sun Mix)
Mr Marvin: Entity (Fitzcarraldo... Extasy of Love)
Dj Nori: Nomad
Andras & Oscar: Looking Back
Party Dad: Dream Dancing
John Martyn: Don't Wanna Know
Meic Stevens: Love Owed
Headless Heroes: True Love Will Find You in the End (The Earlies Mix)
Making Marks: Barcodes  

Sunday, 21 December 2014

Sounds of Eighty Six Christmas Message with Rob Bright

The season of goodwill is upon us! and what better way to get you through this time of year than two hours' in the company of the Governor.  

As has become somewhat of an Eighty Six tradition, we've handed the show over to Rob to deliver his Christmas message to the nation.

There was a public outcry (with strongly worded letters from Abigail Ward of Manchester and Rob Smith of London) at the failure to do a show last year. So we made sure we did one this year. For fans of bells, ladies singing, incoherence, longing, winter nights, the motorik beat, drink, brief moments of beauty and Satan. Merry Christmas and enjoy the show.

The Muppets: Scrooge (excerpt)
Dungen: Fredag
Damien Jurado: Silver Timothy
Todd Rundgren: Too Far Gone
Taylor Savvy: Topsy Turvy
Trans AM: Interstellar Drift
Andy Warhol: Uh, Yes - Uh, No
Jane Weaver: Argent
Jessy Lanza: Giddy
Japan: The Experience of Swimming
Arvo Part: Largo from Pro et Contra
Judee Sill: The Kiss
Loudon Wainright III: I'll Be Killing You This Christmas
Catherine Howe: Prologue
Martha & the Vandellas: I'm Ready for Love
Kevin Drew: Mexican Aftershow Party
Transformer: Outdoor Miner
Wire: Outdoor Miner
The Soundcarriers: Entropicalia
Negativland: Excerpt from Helter Stupid 
L. Pierre: Rotspots from the Crap Map
The SalSoul Orchestra: Silent Night  (distressed excerpt)
Jim O'Rourke: Viva Forever
The Louvin Brothers: Satan is Real
Wilco: Hell is Chrome
Mandy Moore: If Not By Fire
Larry Geller: Excerpt from an Elvis anecdote
Mica Levi: Love
Dion: Loving You is Sweeter Than Ever
Paul Duncan: Oil In The Fields
Kate Bush: King of The Mountain
Bergheim 34: Take My Soul
Art Ensemble of Chicago: Theme De Yoyo
Sparks: It's a Knockoff
Mogwai: Repelish
Cliff Martinez: Douse This
Tones on Tail: Lions
Jarvis Cocker: Cunts are Still Running the World


Friday, 5 December 2014

Sounds of Eighty Six, Volume 20 with Tom James

With both Jeff and TC away on their holidays this week, rather than postpone the scheduled episode of the podcast we invited our good friend Tom James down to the Balearic Basement to record with Jif.

As a one off we've recorded a different format this week, rather than us waffling on as usual, we let the music do the talking with more of a continuous mix.

For our next podcast, and probably our last for the year, we're going to be keeping up our Christmas tradition and inviting Rob Bright to come and join us to share his seasonal message of joy. Hope you enjoy this week's effort and see you in a couple of weeks.

Headland: Hum Song
Jane Weaver: Stealing Gold
The Gino Fontaine: Konkondo (Stratus Remix)
Vetiver: Fog Emotion
Uyama Hiroto: In The Sea
Bart Davenport: Girl Gotta Way (Peaking Lights Remix)
Steve Cobby: The Golden Bullion
Michael Shrieve: Transfer Station Blue
Spike: Your Time Will Come
Renee: Dry Your Tears
TOPS: Easier Said
Young Marco: Trippy Isolator
Dos Palos: I've Been Around
Farbror Resande Mac: En O I Atlanten
Lucio Battisti: Quest Amore
Sasac: Crash Site
Anna Domino: Target
Werner Williams: You've Got Style
Culture Beat: (Cherry Lips) Der Erdbeermund
Andras Fox: What They Say (feat. Oscar S Thorn)
Kraftwerk: Computer World
Garth Be: ?
Mazzy Star: Common Burn


Tuesday, 18 November 2014

Sounds of Eighty Six, Volume 19

As promised we're here again quickly with the second part of our return. Following last week's episode with Jif & TC, this week Jeff managed to remember where the studio was and join Jif in the Balearic Basement.

There's some great new stuff including tracks from Erland Oye, Peaking Lights, Allah Lahs, Dos Palos and Kiasmos along with some old favourites.

We should be back to normal from now on, with shows about once a fortnight. Hope you enjoy this selection of music and see you in a couple of weeks.

Edwyn Collins, Carwyn Ellis & Sebastian Lewsley: Closing Time At The Punk Rock Hotel (2014 Version)
Erland Oye: Who Do You Report To
Lilacs & Champagne: Le Grand (Brooklyn Bridge Version)
Kurt Vile: Baby's Arms
Real Estate: Pool Swimmers
The Clientele: Jamaican Rum Rhumba
The Clientele: House On Fire
Dos Palos: I've Been Around
Closed Paradise: Get Your Bearings
Javier Bergia: Midnight Round Mekines
Clinic: Bubblegum (Extended Mix)
The Chills: Pink Frost
Allah Las: Ferris Gallery
Bruno Nicolai: Your Vice Is A Locked Room...
Arthur Verocai: No Boca Do Sol
Bei Bei & Shawn Lee: You Make Me Stronger (feat Georgia Anne Muldrew)
Seahawks: Look At The Sun (Georges Vert New Horizon Remix)
The Charlatans: Talking In Tones (Tonal Nargual Fur Star Liner Aquatic Tape Mix)
Peaking Lights: Telephone Call
Kiasmos: Held
Lucio Battisti: Un Uomo Che Ti Ama
Shughie Otis: Aht Uh Mi Hed
Mind Fair: Neon Carnival
Goat: Run To Your Mama (Glockdub)
The Undisputed Truth: Lil RedRiding Hood (DW Edit)


Thursday, 13 November 2014

Sounds of Eighty Six, Volume 18

After a 5 week break where we welcomed Jif's baby son Miles into the world we thought it was about time to make our return down to the basement and warm up the speakers with some music.

This will be the first of a couple of shows we're going to record over the next week.  First up, you've got Jif and TC, playing through some of the new release and things they've been enjoying since we last met. Then Jeff and Jif will be recording a second part in the next few days.

So plenty of music to look forward to and if you fancy a trip to Leeds we'll be hosting our Eighty Six Christmas Party at the Outlaws Yacht Club on Friday 19th December.  We also have Rob Bright returning to the basement (by popular demand) to record a Christmas Special edition of the show.

Eighty Six, podcasts like busses (Nowhere/ Boredom)

Uyama Hiroto: In the Sea
Grizzly Bear: Don't Ask
KZA: Vous Dancez (Drumless Mix)
Balmorhea: Heir
Whyte Horses: Snowfalls
Andras Fox: Mystic Beach
Nils Frahm: Keep
Javier Bergia: Donde Una Amapola Blanca Revienta
A Vision of Panorama: Summer Breeze
Emil Germ with Ayo Krohn: Tease and Burn
Luca Nieri: Hummingbird
Catherine Howe: On a Misty Morning
Pale Fire: Walk On By
Real Estate: Out of Tune
Suarasama: Fajar Di Atas Awan
Tranquility Bass: We Came In Peace
Jane Weaver: If Only We Could Be in Love
The House of Love: Beatles and The Stones
Geoffrey O'Connor: Never Have You Looked So Good
Andras & Oscar: Looking Back
The Pale Fountains: Something On My Mind
Express Rising: Daniel Fern
Mind Fair: Take Me To The Bridge (C.e.r.e.m.o.n.y. Remix)
Fever Ray: When I Grow Up (Dan Lissvik Mix)
Garth Be: GYB3
Doug Ashdown: Winter In America


Tuesday, 28 October 2014

Torn Sail - Dimming the Lights

On Sunday we had the pleasure of playing a few records before Torn Sail took to the stage at 'Gezellig' the final night of a 3 day music and arts festival at Inkfolk in Hebden Bridge. 

Huw Costin from Torn Sail has put together this lovely review of his day. 

I pick James up from Gedling 3pm, loading all his bass gear in and hit the M1 up past Sheffield, with Aja on, half a mind in some fantasy metropolitan North American City watching the characters' lives unfold, snaking through the dusky valleys through Mytholmroyd to Hebden Bridge via a few circles round blocks, going the wrong way, asking a lad spitting where to go, who seemed to know where the parties are – Machpelah Mill.

5.30 -  Emma Reading, Jonny Eighttrack, Lee Horsley are loading the PA into the basement by the side of a canal and scented with incense.  Chris Price meets us bold-eyed and warm and we get to setting up the system, trying to marry it with the in-house gear still set up from last nights drum & bass all nighter. He's been up 3 days. So have the the other sweet folks who come to say hello. 

We get the sound fired up.  Andrew TC & Jeff O'Toole from Eighty Six help the upstairs meditators find it with a little 'light-music', giving me the shivers back from 20 years or so ago with that slow empty Underworld track, then we're tuning and on, sounding beautiful. The balance is just right and I can hear everything crystal clear. Jonny's tapping as the PA is on the quiet side, but it's lovely, like all you need is a high quality golden tap. Like the tambourine is the most important instrument. Like the drums on that Mark Lanegan covers album – Imitations – are just little heads-ups to measure the emotion, the orchestration and the soul. Nutshell is the best I've heard it. Ricochets too, though I miss Emma Thorpe's vocal tonight. And the folks that come down to listen fall for Birds - it's so alive. Lee & Jonny & Emma are elemental together - the crowd are amazed. Tears are shed for Self-Medication by a beautiful girl - wired, sleepless, needing red wine and valium. 

I worry about Birds – the record is loved so much I've sometimes thought we need to replicate it, lap-steel and all, but then we play it and I know the worst thing to do would be to consider it. It needs to breath, Emma, James, Jonny, Lee – they need to ride it...take it somewhere magic. 

Inkfolk Jimmy Welsh is a gentleman, and we leave with enough fuel in the tank, buzzing and working on how to take this further and louder.We hit the M1 again, and all the works at 50mph for hour upon hour so we stay awake with Four Sail by Love with Arthur Lee – a frantic rush of psychedelic energy, then I choose Judas Priest's Stained Class for some future Rock'n'Roll driving assistance. Jonny can't handle it for long and swaps it for Fleetwood Mac – Greatest Hits – and I'm amazed how few songs there are – It's a few lines of vocals, some gorgeous sounds and grooves – you couldn't communicate it without some serious technology. It goes quiet, James has wisely drifted off - he's back to personal caring at 6am, Jonny's lost in his thoughts, coming down, readying himself for his return to Brighton, handing the vacume cleaner back to his recently departed now-ex-girlfriend. We're back to mine by about 2am. I'm awake at 4 with my youngest coughing like a small dog barks. Thank God for the music & those that take a chance on it

- Huw

Tuesday, 21 October 2014

Gezellig presents Torn Sail with Eighty Six

This coming Sunday night (26th October) Jeffo and TC will be heading over the Pennines to Hebden Bridge. You can catch us at Infolk the arts and entrainment space in Machpelah Mill where we'll be playing a few records alongside are friends Jimmy & Julia from Gezellig and there's live music from Claremont 56 recording artists Torn Sail.

We've been big fans of the group since Moonboots exclusively played 'Birds' on our show back in 2011.  The sleeve designs for Birds and their follow up single Treasure were designed by the very talented Emily Warrington the wife of Mark Warrington who was the guest on our last show. 

If you fancy joining us the gig has been arranged around train friendly times and it's perfect if you fancy an afternoon out in the countryside.  Trains from Manchester Victoria run at twenty to hour and take around 40 minutes. Trains from Leeds station run at 10 to and 10 past the hour. The last train home departs Hebden for Manchester at 22.26 and Leeds at 22.54. The venue is next to the station.   

We're really looking forward to this as Jeff saw Torn Sail play at the legendary Claremont 56 forest party and says we're all in for a treat. 

Set timings: 
Gezellig opening
7-9pm  Eighty Six
9-10pm Torn Sail
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