Friday, February 08, 2019

冷静になる



Here's my 4Columns  piece about Kankyō Ongaku: Japanese Ambient, Environmental & New Age Music 1980-1990, a new compilation on Light in the Attic put together by Spencer Doran - the guy who did those legendary Fairlights, Mallets and Bamboo mixes some years agoCheck out Kankyō Ongaku here

Update: Here's a Guardian interview with Doran about the project

Doran is one half of the Portland-based group Visible Cloaks, whose music takes it bearings in large part from that  Fourth World Japan moment of the '80s. Their latest project goes one step further and directly collaborates with a pair of Japanese veterans of the era - Yoshio Ojima and Satsuki Shibano. Released on April 5, 'serenitatem', is Vol. 15 in FRKWYS - RVNG Intl.’s series of inter-generational collaborations. 




Release rationale: 
"serenitatem burns away the easy cynicism of the day, presenting itself as the kind of delocalized work of art the internet promised us decades ago — a synthesis of artistic visions, technological sophistication, futurist ambition, and, occasionally, ancient polyphony. Listening to it can feel a bit like tuning in to a 21st Century version of St. Giga: It’s a place where the future still grows."


















Wednesday, February 06, 2019

book news



Rip It Up and Start Again has been repackaged in a new virulently glowing pink edition as part of the series Faber Social Greatest Hits, alongside books by Viv Albertine, Barney Hoskyns,  Nick Kent, Rob Young, and Kim Gordon. 

The Sex Revolts: Gender, Rebellion & Rock 'n' Roll is coming out in a German translation on Ventil Verlag in the early summer of 2019.  It contains a new foreword that reframes the book in the light of the current anti-feminist backlash, a bonus section of pieces by me and Joy Press on various female artists from the last 25 years since the book was first written, and the reincorporation of  a chapter cut out of the original text for space reasons that looks at rock criticism and its gender-political biases. 

That revamped and expanded version of The Sex Revolts is also coming out in a French translation at some point in 2020 through the publisher La Découverte

Finally, a collection of my electronic music writings is being published in Italian by minimum fax. Titled Futuromania, its contents range from rave to ragga, synthpop to musique concrete, EBM to trapedelia. Out sometime in 2020.




Wednesday, January 30, 2019

All the Young Droogs

Here's my Pitchfork review of a new Cherry Red box set compiled by junkshop glam archivist Phil King - All the Young Droogs: 60 Juvenile Delinquent Wrecks, Rock’N’Glam (And a Flavour of Bubblegum) From the ’70s. 

It's an excellent 3-disc trawl across the second strata of the glitter era, from punk-before-punk to Cockney'n'roll boogie to fey dandies with chronic Bowie-damage. Amazingly, Droogs doesn't repeat any of the track inclusions on the early junkshop glam collections like Velvet Tinmine, Glitterbest, Boobs, and Glitter from the Litter Bin, although some of the names - Iron Virgin, Hector, Hello - are familiar.

Here also is an interview at Goldmine with Phil King by Dave Thompson on the whys and wherefores of the compilation and the history of the whole junkshop glam retro-actively invented genre business.

Some of my favorites from the junk trunk.