Date: Thu, 25 Jul 1996 22:08:48 -0700
Could someone please enlighten me as to the connection between the High
Llamas & Stereolab? In my local record shop they have a High Llamas record
filed in the Stereolab section...and, is this band any good?
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 00:41:12 -0400
Hello everyone... these 4AD records are for auction. All are UK vinyl.
Send a bid to
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 08:49:50 +0100
25, 96 10:08:48 pm
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 08:44:14 +0100
"Heffalump" at Jul 25, 96 11:28:51 am
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 02:09:14 EST
Um I heard this nice full instrumental with a bit of an eastern feel on JJJ the
other day. I think they said it was old, by a group called Monsoon (or was that
the name of the song?) and that it was Cila (Ceila? Shiela?) Chandra's group.
Anyone heard of it and what cds might be available???
Well the new HNIA is actually avaialable here in Canberra. Its my first
experience with HNIA and so far I'm finding it one of those scary cds where I
feel uncomfortable about the fact that I enjoy listening to it.
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 10:57:10 +0100
Boughey" at Jul 26, 96 02:09:14 am
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 06:56:59 -0400
>Most bands that are huge in the UK are first and for all huge because
>the music papers MAKE them huge and not because they are good or because
>the public picked them up.
That's because the NME and MM interview bands every time they do the
slightest little thing, like release a single, or start a tour, or play a
gig somewhere outside the UK. The problem is that their writers can't be
honest. I think it's safe to assume nowadays that the band on the front
cover is either crap and the writers know it or they don't really like them
- it's just that they've chosen to build this one up much more than the
rest, so the fall from grace can be all the more spectacular. (Can we have
the Oasis backlash now, please?) There's still intelligent music criticism
buried inside those pages, but obviously the more popular stuff gets most of
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 13:08:43 +0100
On Fri, 26 Jul 1996 06:56:59 -0400 Italian priests in custard
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 14:47:45 +0200
>Hmn... Yes, I also bought an album by Luxuria because the cover
True, because Chris Bigg designed those sleeves.
I also bought those two fold-out sleeve 7" singles because I liked the
graphics, when I came home and listened to the music I thought: "why did I
buy them?". But they were cheap.
To be honest...
I think I've bought every 4AD record for the artwork. I'm more into
gospel-country when it comes to music you know...
the Netherlands, July 26, 1996
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 15:43:46 +0200
Is it Belly or is it Jelly?
the Netherlands, July 26, 1996
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 11:54:28 -0400
> Piter Nooten layed the vocal chords? (including backing vocals,
Great pun! He did this with his vocal cords, you know...
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 12:03:13 -0400
David Boughey wrote:
> Um I heard this nice full instrumental with a bit of an eastern feel on JJJ th
> other day. I think they said it was old, by a group called Monsoon (or was th
> the name of the song?) and that it was Cila (Ceila? Shiela?) Chandra's group.
> Anyone heard of it and what cds might be available???
Sure! Monsoon had at least one LP out which has been reissued on CD
(I have it), named "Third Eye". I believe there first exposure was the
12" of "Ever So Lonely". Sheila's solo stuff is -- shall we say -- more
demanding on the ears.
Point I would like to make is that on the Monsoon album, some e-bow guitar
work by Bill Nelson appears. Ave Bill Nelson!
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 10:00:19 -0700
hello, just thought I'd say Hi from Alison's Halo. How's your new job at
The zine looked great, are you putting it together??? We are recording for
our full length
five songs into it right now and it sounds pretty good. I'll have to send
you some demos
Do you think NIck would have time to give them a listen as well??? The new
on my player and hasn't left for weeks. you've got to give that a spin.
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 09:37:25 -0700
I still find it too hard to get worked up about the evils of MM & NME
since, back in '90-'91, they were instrumental [sic] in getting me clued
into the whole shoegazer scene. I managed to discover Lush and MBV on my
own, and from reading the abovementioned papers and investigating most
anything that was being compared to or mentioned in association with
either one I quickly turned up Slowdive, Cranes, Ride, Chapterhouse, Pale
Saints, Moose and that whole pantheon. Of course I was also suckered into
buying something by Blur, since I guess they were drinking/clubbing
buddies of Miki's, but that's still a pretty good ratio of hits to shit!
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Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 11:07:44 -0700
It's been reported on the always reliable 'Net that Lush contribute
a guest track to Elvis Costello's new single. It's a cover of "All
This Useless Beauty" (the title track of the new EC album).
Elvis Costello & the Attractions
Warner Bros Records
WO366CD WE C795
Was released Monday 22 July. Limited edition.
Has anybody seen this? Any opinions? Is this to be a new trend
in music marketing (instead of the guest remix, it's the guest
cover artist. Apparently, Sleeper are to contribute a cover to
the next EC single)?
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 10:53:19 -0700
Monsoon has a cd that they just re-released. It's called The Third Eye, I
believe, I've got it around here somewhere...
But, that was when she was younger. SHe is now known as Sheila Chandra,
and in fact has just had a new album come out in the last month or two.
You should be able to find at least 3 other albums...Whoops. There. I
found them. Excuse me, when they rereleased her old album it just says
Monsoon -featuring Sheila Chandra. The other Sheila Chandra I have is
called The Struggle. But I recommend the new one. I heard a bit of it in
the car from a college station and it seemed to be pretty awesome.
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Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 14:29:25 EDT
Throwing Muses 'Shark' ep arrived today. I guess I'll be in a minority who hear
this after getting to grips with the album. Anyway, what we have are basically
four alternate versions of Limbo tracks. The single version of 'Shark' itself is
damn fine. I would go as far to say it's actually the best Muses' single (not
that they've ever been a singles band, of course). It seems a little brighter
than the album version, and clocks in at around 20 seconds shorter. 'Tar
Moochers' is a jaunty acoustic, almost skiffle, version of 'Tar Kissers'. All
too bright and chirpy, with none of the dynamics of the original. It sounds a
bit like one of those horrible evangelical christian songs, where they all sit
around with sickly smiles and forced jollity. No, of course it's not that bad,
but stick to the LP version. 'Serene Swing' ploughs through 'Serene' with all
the subtlety of Smashing Pumpkins, guitars to the fore, and the song (a classic)
gets a bit of a mangling. 'Limbobo' is a reading of 'Limbo' that stretches out
for seven minutes, but lacks any of the implied aggression of the original. When
I reviewed the LP, I complained that 'Limbo' wasn't long enough. Here it seems
too long. Picky aren't I. In truth, 'Shark' apart, this is a collection of
markedly inferior versions of some mighty fine songs.
Heidi Berry's Miracle came too. I discovered Heidi through the excellent 'Doing
It For The Kids' compilation Creation did six or so years ago. Her track on
that, 'North Shore Train' was blissful. I bought her album 'Below The Waves' on
the strength of that, and found nothing as good. A year later (1991) and she's
moved to 4AD from Creation. 'Love' is released to public indifference, and
again, it's easy on the ear, but seems all lush arrangements and no substance,
the marked exception being the one cover - Bob Mould's 'Up In The Air' which
proved little bar that Bob's songs are pretty versatile, and that he's a mighty
fine writer. 'Heidi Berry' was more of the same, and now three years on there's
'Miracle'. As I'm writing this, it's drifting along - all very tasteful, very
nice, very so-what. I like her voice, a bit like Joni Mitchell's, but pitched
lower. But there's something very soporific about most of it. It's less cloying
than its predecessor, but there's little edge to it. Perhaps that's not the
point. I'm not expecting thrashing guitars, or Kozalek confessionals, just some
kind of emotional pull. As if to illustrate my point, 'Only Human' is a pared
down piano ballad that really is quite beautiful, and is by far the sparsest
thing here. And the best track, 'Northern Country', has Heidi finally giving us
something raw from inside, backed by a simple acoustic guitar, and some superb
violin from Anne Wood. These two songs are quite superb, but the rest of the
album just drifts by. I reckon if you're a fan, you'll hail this as her finest
album. If like me, you've always found her work, for the most part, frustrating,
there are at least two songs that are worthy of your money.
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 11:28:33 -0700
Hi all (again),
I just wanted to report on the second stop of the Scenic/Lanterna
west coast tour. They were in San Diego two nights ago and they
put on an excellent show for a pitifully small audience. (There
were less than 50 people there, many of whom had guest passes...
this town sucks.)
Henry Frayne did a pretty coolio performance with his thrown-together
band. He basically hired these guys to play the tour and this was
only the second time they had performed together. Needless to say,
they weren't very tight, but the music is good enough that it
carried though. In fact, it sounded very much like Area without
the Lynn Canfield vocals. Lot's of thoughtful, tuneful, droning
guitar. All instrumentals, btw. Too bad, I was hoping Henry would
take a shot at singing.
Scenic seemed to have the same line-up as their last tour, a year
or so ago. This band is very tight. They didn't so much as have
to look at each other to go through the song changes. I'm very
happy to report that the new material is actually much better than
the older _incident at cima_ stuff. (And I like the older stuff.)
It has a much more driving beat and the riffs last longer. At
times, they seemed to be verging on Loop territory. Very loud and
a lot of fun. If you liked, _...cima_, I think you'll like this.
Scenic had the new _Sage_ ep for sale, as well as the older stuff.
They even have a tour poster for sale, which was designed by somebody
in Florida, but still has that IPR feel about it. Bruce actually
had copies of the new album, but he wasn't selling them. He said it
would be released in the first week of August.
I asked Henry about Area reissues and he says there hasn't been
any changes. It is still in the air, but Prokekt/Dark Wave haven't
done anything about it (to his knowledge). He also said that he
isn't much in the loop, as the deal with Projekt was done after he
had left the band.
BTW, if anybody sees Henry at a later point in the tour, tell him
that the guy in SD found out about that Italian double album by
Area. It's nothing to do with him, but rather an Italian prog-rock
outfit that stole his band's name. Apparently, Kimber (of Stinkweeds
and Half-String fame) asked him about this italian dbl CD and he
didn't know about it. So, if you see him, tell them there's an
Italian band that goes under the name Area. The double album is
OK, enough for one day,
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 11:57:53 -0700
After completing their trek up the left coast, Scenic will
be doing three more shows in the Los Angeles area:
August 7 : No Life Records, in store
August 8 : Small's [album release party]
August 9 : Aron's Records, in store
The album Acquatica (note the unusual spelling) will apparently
be out the first week in August. I snagged a promo copy last
night and it sounds truly wonderful. For those of you who thought
Incident At Cima might have been a little too repetitive
(endless variations on the Kelso Run theme), you'll like
Acquatica better since it has a lot more variety. If you've
seen them live, you've already heard several tracks, and they
sound truly amazing on CD. In particular, their masterpiece
"All Fish Go To Heaven" is simply one of the best songs I have
heard. Ever. It's got a strongly melodic, Pale Saints feel
that'll just make your heart ache. "Parisia" is another poppy
delight they've been playing ever since their first show three
or more years ago. Others are the sort of more standard Scenic
fare of soundtrack instrumentals, without so much of a desert
feel this time. A wonderful band, a great album that will be
near the top of my list near the end of the year (will anyone
topple Horsedrawn Wishes from the #1 spot?)
Lanterna was terrific as well. They sound so much better live,
and the show was flawless- amazing since they've hardly played
out at all. Their rambling instrumentals dovetailed seamlessly
with the other bands. If you see them, make sure to introduce
yourself to Henry Frayne after the show. He's not very sure
if their sound has been coming across very well (I assured
him it was). I haven't heard the CD in a while, but I could
have sworn they did a Moon Seven Times song.
September is (I believe) a local LA band, who plays (you guessed it!)
instrumentals, along similar lines as Lanterna and Scenic (or
maybe a darker Pell Mell). They were quite impressive as well,
especially the drummer, who is that guy I've seen at countless shows,
recording them with an expensive-looking stereo mic setup. If you've been
to enough shows around here, I'm sure you've seen him. They have a 4 song
So I expect to see you all at one of the three upcoming Scenic events!
Love Spirals Downwards is also playing on the 9th, and I don't yet know
if timing will allow one to see both shows.
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Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 12:18:11 -0700
> David Boughey
Date: Sat, 27 Jul 1996 00:25:51 +0200
0% 4AD but good for the eyes:
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Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 15:00:09 -0800
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 19:00:31 -0400
The trouble with the British press is that they all too often play Kingmaker.
Yes they are a great source of info for those of us in AMerica who
wouldnt have a clue about new music to surface in the UK, but the trouble
is they are all too ready to lump groups together into 'scenes'
(shoegazers is a prime example), and whether or not this categorization
is fitting to lump bands together it inevitably leads to a backlash in
which great bands are often killed (shoegazers again, a prime example).
I admit to reading MM & NME just so I know whats out there. But its a
BTW these rags also have a 'black list' of bands that they basically keep
in obscurity because they refuse to either talk about them or give them
anything but an utterly awful review (for example the Trashcan Sinatras)
for such reasons as artists wanting a little bit of control over what
gets said/published about them.
Date: Fri, 26 Jul 1996 20:12:24 -0400
On Fri, 26 Jul 1996, Joseph Burns wrote:
> BTW these rags also have a 'black list' of bands that they basically keep
> in obscurity because they refuse to either talk about them or give them
> anything but an utterly awful review (for example the Trashcan Sinatras)
> for such reasons as artists wanting a little bit of control over what
> gets said/published about them.
If I put out a 'zine and the bands I covered insisted on having
veto power over what I wrote I wouldn't want to cover them either.
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