Friday, 29 April 2011

Alms - The Landmark Ilfracombe

Alms play North Devon 
The Landmark Theatre Ilfracombe
Alms

Saturday 30 April - 18:00
This Bristol based 4 piece were born out of the reverberant exhoes of the 00's post-indie electronic obsession. Building on their folky roots they have developed a has resulted in a harder, edgier sound that screams from the bottom of its lungs to be heard.  Alms take stock of a wide range of influences from Radiohead to My Bloody Valentine and blend that with winding counter melodies and addictive guitar hooks.

Alms

"So young yet so talented ...Alms gave us uplifiting melodies with a trace of sadness at the edges. Watch out for these in the future" livemusicscene.co.uk
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Monday, 25 April 2011

This week's top ten

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There has been a considerable amount of traffic to SystemCulture.org and below are the ten most popular articles, interviews and reviews of artists on this site this week. We are really pleased that all genres are attracting visitors. The weekly charts are calculated on the amount of clicks and visits on the pages and do not include plays etc.
  • IRRE Tapes (Germany) run by Matthias Lang evolved out of the IRRE Fanzine which he published regularly during the early 1980's covering New...
  • Below is an email interview with Intrendent. All interviews are published unedited. When did you begin releasing music? Started making Ta...
  • The sun is burning down  and the beach is full of people - the light reflecting off the polished cars like spears stabbing your eyes - it is...
  • Below are the top 10 articles, reviews, interviews on SystemCulture.org . There are some surprises in this list but the data helps us to wor...
  • Photo by Veronica Henry I have been looking forward to going to see a Bat For Lashes live gig again and on the whole I wasn't too disappo...
  • The New Musical Express have recently rediscovered this band from Evesham - a real shame they never gave them the support when they were ...
  • Below is part an email interview with Jenni French and a section of a review. How would you describe your music? We try to be as original ...
  • Four Dimensional Nightmare is a dark analogue place - a fabulous place where your nerves get a little bit  jangled but the experience is hig...
  • As you know I am a sucker for analogue synth sounds. Any chance to listen to something that has references to Kraftwerk (it need only be mi...
  • When you sit down and listen to music all you are doing is listening to noise, so listening to pure noise makes total sense to me. I love...

    Here is an extract from the archive:

    Jenni is a singer, songwriter and recording artist. She records her own music using ProTools with husband, Toby Francis. All the tracks on the player are different but have (undoubtedly) a Jenni French sound and feel. I was really disappointed when the tracks were over, I wanted more. Read More...

    Ending on a personal note:
    Two paintings by Peter Bright have suddenly come back on the market.  Based on his constant struggle with allergies these two paintings come from his 'Allergies' series of 2004...

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Four Dimensional Nightmare - Revisited

Four Dimensional Nightmare is a dark analogue place - a fabulous place where your nerves get a little bit  jangled but the experience is highly addictive. If you become a fan on the ReverbNation page you get some great free downloads!

The text below is taken from the website: http://www.4dnightmare.com/

I started Four Dimensional Nightmare near the end of 2007, a solo project with various aspirations. I wanted to create something new, a daunting task in this age of a million bands and a billion songs. I love industrial music, love experimenting and love playing the guitar. As well as goofing around with my voice. So what has resulted? I’ve recorded about 500 songs or so in a genre I decided to call “horrorshow.”
I’ve had the opportunity in the past three years to remix and collaborate with artists all over the world and made some great friends. And even played some shows, a challenge for a one-person band.

I'll drink to that - keep it up mate!




Below is selection from an email interview with Four Dimensional Nightmare we did in  2009
  • Your music can not be described as 'easy listening' (thank God) so how would you describe it?
I would say it's a sort of hybrid between industrial, psychedelic and experimental. I write from the dream state - usually waking up from lucid dreams and writing down everything I can remember. Sometimes I keep going and actually do the song during the night and sometimes I work the next day. Read more of the interview...

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Connie - 'Fly Away'

The sun is burning down  and the beach is full of people - the light reflecting off the polished cars like spears stabbing your eyes - it is a good day to listen to 'Fly Away'.

Connie was born and raised in Botswana Africa but her parents are from Mauritius. Connie hopes that one day her dreams will come true by making it big in the music industry.

'Fly Away' contains a message and sentiment we probably all sometimes feel we need to do - just get to a batter place.

She is a singer songwriter and says, "It's not easy to get signed but hopes and prays that her mum watching over her from heaven will guide and help her get to where she wants to be"



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Sunday, 17 April 2011

Our Top 10 articles so far!

Below are the top 10 articles, reviews, interviews on SystemCulture.org. There are some surprises in this list but the data helps us to work out what our readers want to read about.
  • Below is an email interview with Intrendent. All interviews are published unedited. When did you begin releasing music?Started making Tapes...
  • Had a very long day yesterday - Devon to London and back again. I've had very little sleep and the house is very quiet so it is time to foll...
  • 'Like A Sickle Runs Through Corn' was recorded on a 4 track Tascam 144 cassette recorder – I had bought this in Birmingham – the store flee...
  • As you know I am a sucker for analogue synth sounds. Any chance to listen to something that has references to Kraftwerk (it need only be min...
  • How good is this track!!!! - Listen to more tracks by Alms at Myspace Music Alms early mix DEMOS NOW UP - gigs a'plently a'coming in run u...
  • Photo by Veronica Henry I have been looking forward to going to see a Bat For Lashes live gig again and on the whole I wasn't too disappoi...
  • I watched Nika Shoot play last year and it was jaw dropping. To feel a grand piano rumble and hear it cry is an experience that is up there ...
  • Recording ‘Doorways’ the beginning and the end, a conversation between Gary Smout and Peter Bright, to be overheard by other people...
  • When you sit down and listen to music all you are doing is listening to noise, so listening to pure noise makes total sense to me. I love...
  • There are thousands of podcasts out there that deliver repetitive, dull, boring music mixed in with inane verbal garbage, a masturbation f...

Saturday, 16 April 2011

Matthias Lang - IRRE Tapes

IRRE Tapes (Germany) run by Matthias Lang evolved out of the IRRE Fanzine which he published regularly during the early 1980's covering New Wave, Post Punk and the German Underground. This European cassette label helped to spread the word around the world, supporting the independent, self financed artist, releasing material by the likes of Brume, Maeror Tri, City Of Worms and This Window. His eclectic taste covered the whole range of the DIY, Independent Underground music scene from Experimental Electronica to Guitar Pop.

Below is an extract from an interview on The Living Archive Of Underground Music, which is an archive dedicated to Cassette culture, home taping, tape trading and mail art from the 1980s to the present. The Living Archive Of Underground Music is written and edited by Don Campau. Read more...

Wie hattest Du das Label bekannt gemacht? Durch Magazine, andere Labels, Radio?
How did you spread the word of the tape label? Magazines, other labels, radio?


Tja ob IRRE Tapes je bekannt war? Wenn dann eher durch das unabhängige Netzwerk in der ganzen Welt, damals konnte man auch noch kostengünstig Tapes in andere Länder schicken... die Mehrzahl der Tapes wurde mit Gleichgesinnten in der ganzen Welt getauscht, so richtig kommerziell verkauft wurden die wenigsten - dafür hab ich heute aber auch noch unzählige Kisten alter Tapes die ich im Tausch damals bekommen hatte. Es gab zwar auch kommerziellere Vertriebe, die aber nie wirklich lange z.B. der tolle 235 Laden ich glaube in Bad Honnef. Die hatten auch mit tolle Mailorder-Kataloge, geniale Ideen z.B. gab es da das Tape des Monats das man per Dauerauftrag bekommen konnte......


Well, if IRRE-tapes were really that popular? If so, the independent network all around the world helped to make the label popular...at that time postage for tapes to be sent to other countries was quite cheap...the majority of tapes was swapped with artists all around the world and only a very few were really commercially sold. I still have many boxes full of old tapes that I received by trade. There were also more commercial distributors that never existed so long, like the 235-shop in Bad Honnef. They had great mailorder-catalogues and it was even possible to get there the „tape of the month“ by periodical payment order. 

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Thursday, 14 April 2011

Home Thoughts From Abroad - Clifford T. Ward

Clifford T. Ward
  10 February 1944 - 18 December 2001

This man is probably one of the best songwriters Britain has ever produced and his track  'Home Thoughts From Abroad' is without doubt lyrically one of the finest thing you will ever hear. A very self conscious and kind man - playing live always scared him, doubting his own ability to deliver a performance. The video below shows this fragile, nervous side to his character - maybe if he had overcome this fear he might of become a household name, one of the acclaimed greats, a title he really did deserve in his lifetime.

He had married his childhood sweetheart and with two children money was tight. As Ward recalls: ..’the other men were able to pocket their money and have nights out in Paris. I would mail my money to my wife to help pay the rent and feed the kids. I used to walk in the forests of Fontainbleau and I remember working on Home Thoughts from Abroad on a lovely sunny day there.’ Read more...


In 1968, following the demise of The Secrets, Ward decided he needed to get a 'real job', and so spent the following three years at a teacher training college, ultimately finding employment at nearby North Bromsgrove High School, teaching English and drama. One of his pupils was the future wife of Sting, Trudie Styler. The children heard singing on Ward's early albums were from North Bromsgrove High School. In his spare time, he continued songwriting and recorded his first solo album Singer Songwriter.

His first album, Singer Songwriter, was released in 1972 on Dandelion Records (a label formed by the late disc jockey John Peel) just before it went into liquidation. As a result, the album received little media coverage and went largely unnoticed. Signing a new recording contract with Charisma Records, Ward went on to have a hit with the single "Gaye". It sold over a million copies worldwide and reached number 8 in the UK Singles Chart in July 1973.

In July 1973, following the success of "Gaye", Ward's second album Home Thoughts achieved healthy sales and reached number 40 in the UK Albums Chart. At this point, wanting to concentrate on music full time, he gave up the teaching profession. He made a rare public appearance in August, performing "Gaye" on Top of the Pops. In January 1974 Ward entered the singles chart again at number 37 with "Scullery", a track from his third album Mantle Pieces.
Clifford T. Ward. (2011, April 12). In Wikipedia, The Free Encyclopedia. Retrieved 08:33, April 13, 2011, from http://en.wikipedia.org/w/index.php?title=Clifford_T._Ward&oldid=423675668
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Extract from Peter Bright's Blog a former pupil of Clifford T. Ward.

Clifford T Ward,  was my English teacher (which explains a lot). He was a singer songwriter who had a 'chart' sucess with 'Gaye' - the rumor  was that  the song was about a pupil in my class. His English lessons were spent writing requests to 'radio one' DJs - Tony Blackburn et al. There is a bit more about how CTW influenced me here. He was a nice bloke (but a crap teacher) and his lyrics were very poetic  - I think I will listen to him again.

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