Friday, 17 March 2017
For the first time in 2017 I was able to walk to the radio station along the River Dart. Surrounded by birdsong, and the warning signs for killer toads!
Tonights broadcast was a mixture of new releases, latest arrivals and old favourites. March 16 also marks the 37th anniversary of The Pop Group's second album "For How Much Longer … Do We Tolerate Mass Murder?". Also managed a few more tracks from the upcoming "Harbinger Sound Sampler" compilation (double) LP.
Due to the programme that usually precedes MuhMur Radio not turning in for their shift I was able to start about 5 minutes earlier than usual so topped and tailed the programme with Grant Evan's "Manson Loop". Apologies for the croaky voice too (not a reference to killer toads!), just recovering from a chesty cough….
Anyway, Please take a listen here : (Copy & Paste) :
01: Grant Evans : "Manson Loop" (Not On Label) 2017.
02: Modelbau : "Nearly" (Attenuation Circuit) 2017.
03: Theme : "Enough Is Never (Parts 1 - 3)" (Idioblast) 2014.
04: Copley Medal : "Ger Lopig" (Ideal Recordings) 2016.
05: Pawel Grabowski : "Cirr's Song 2" (Drone Records) 2005.
06: brb>voicecoil : "Vent 2" (MuzaMuza Records) 2017.
07: The Pop Group : "Blind Faith" (Rough Trade Records) 1980.
08: The Pop Group : "Justice" (Rough Trade Records) 1980.
09: Crisis : "Frustration" (Aardkor Records) 1980.
10: Steve Ignorant's Slice Of Life : "Your Day Will Come" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
11: Sleaford Mods : "Fat Tax" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
12: Sleaford Mods : "Big Trouble In Little Costa" (Rough Trade Records) 2017.
13: Concrete : "Steven Judy" (Concrete Productions) 1981.
14: Circuit Breaker : "Duplicate" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
15: Felt : "My Face Is On Fire" (Cherry Red Records) 1982.
16: Massicot : "Koktails" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
17: Pisse : "Drehtür" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
18: Karies : "Es Lachte" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
19: On On On : "Floppy World" (Trim Tab tapes) 2016.
20: Joy Division : "These Days" (Factory Records) 1980.
21: Coldsore : "Pollutant" (Totes Format) 2017.
22: Soviet France : "Music For A Spaghetti Western (Scene 4)" (Klanggalerie) 2005.
23: Dave Phillips : "?#1" (Heart & Crossbone) 2010.
24: Grant Evans : "Manson Loop" (Not On Label) 2017.
Next broadcast will be on March 30 at 20:00 gmt.
Sunday, 5 March 2017
Over the last few days (great band) I have been listening to the latest release from brb>voicecoil. A cassette release on the MuzaMuza label.
The last time I heard brb>voice coil was on the 2010 split album release on Harbinger Sound, they shared the LP with Spoils & Relics. On this LP, brb>voicecoil bring a side long piece called "Valmara 69". It's a good track with sounds that seem to be travelling somewhere, slowly starting the journey and then coming to a sudden halt….and it's back to the beginning.
Strangely enough the end of "Valmara 69" sounds a lot like the beginning of "Cloth White Skin" the title track of the new cassette, and covering the whole of Side A. (But more about that later)…
brb>voice coil is the brainchild of Kevin Wilkinson from Newcastle Upon Tyne. Back in the 1990's Kevin started the label MuzaMuza with releases from Cathedra, Drill, Jazzfinger, Mlehst and Big Road Breaker. Big Road Breaker was Kevin's project in the 1990's. (BRB…geddit?). Around the turn of the century Big Road Breaker became brb>voicecoil, and after a six year hiatus he is back with "Cloth White Skin". "Cloth White Skin" is a C24 tape on MuzaMuza.
As mentioned earlier it all starts where "Valmara 69" left off on the abandoned factory floor. A factory of old automaton machines. The sound of rolling metal and clanking of rusting machines. Clockwork. Put me in mind of what The New Blockaders "Unplugged" album would sound like…..without realising a distortion has melted into the scenario..crashing and crescending. Then, rather like the construct of "Valmara 69" it all ends with minimal fuss as the room empties out and all the sounds have gone. Side 2 begins with "Crack Vessel". A staggered impulsive scratch with the manipulated sound of dripping liquids. It's irritable and internal. "Vent 2" is similar, a rhythmic pulse has replaced the irritable scratch and the dripping liquids have been distorted to sound like a voice screaming for help through an off-tuned AM radio. It's a great effect, with the addition of electric worms escaping at every chance …. The pulse beat ends the trauma.
Excellent cassette release and good to hear brb>voicecoil after so many years of silence.
There are moments of Muennich, Krube, Spoils & Relics and Mark Durgan littered throughout. It's available through MuzaMuza at https://muzamuza.muzamuza.com or through Alt.Vinyl Shop.
01 :"Cloth White Skin" cover.
02: "Cloth White Skin" Cassette.
03: "Valmara 69" (Harbinger Sound) LP 2010.
04: Kevin Wilkinson.
Friday, 3 March 2017
This programme begins with a 53 minute live recording from Anders Børup and Claus Poulsen. It was performed on the 27th January this year at the EliasKirken in Copenhagen. Anders and Claus make up two thirds of Danish trio CAM. Claus also performs in Star Turbine and Small Things On Sundays. The recording is exclusive to MuhMur Radio, as are the two pieces from Grey Park. This is their second MuhMur Radio "Session" with "Left Hand Electronics" + "Meet The Ancient". Although Grey Park are a fluid co-operative I think Nosfe + Plaa are involved in these tracks. With these exclusive recordings I decided to complete the playlist with Scandinavian sounds … including the whole of Side A of the new LP from Wagner Ødegard. "Nidvintern". The Treriksröset track comes from the new Harbinger Sound Sampler. A double LP out on March 23.
Please copy & paste : https://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/muhmur-radio-soundart-radio-broadcast-02032017/
01: Anders Børup & Claus Poulsen : "EliasKirken. 27:01:2017" (Not On Label) 2017.
(this piece is exclusive to MuhMur Radio).
02: Wagner Ødegard : "Stympad Och Steglad" (Not On Label) 2017.
03: Grey Park : "Left Hand Electronics" (Not On Label) 2017.
(this piece is exclusive to MuhMur Radio).
04: Grey Park : "Electric Robot" (Not On Label) 2000.
05: Grey Park : "Melt The Ancient" (Not On Label) 2017.
(this piece is exclusive to MuhMur Radio).
06: Small Things On Sundays : "Lost Beacon" (Frozen Light) 2017.
07: Nolls : "Alley" (Lucked Out Tapes) 2016.
08: Nolls : "Young" (Lucked Out Tapes) 2016.
09: Nolls : "Told You" (Lucked Out Tapes) 2016.
10: Nolls : "Flowing" (Lucked Out Tapes) 2016.
11: Nolls : "Rapport" (Lucked Out Tapes) 2016.
12: Nolls : "Nerve" (Lucked Out Tapes) 2016.
13: Nolls : "Batteries" (Lucked Out tapes) 2016.
(All Nolls tracks from the LP "Strange Attitude").
14: The Leo Bugariloves : "Hyrysysy" (Longplay Music) 2011.
15: Treriksröset : "Blurred Lines" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
Outside the radio station, on the wall of the Space Studios is an exhibition by Exeter based artist Richard Rochester. The charcoal drawing of "Newton Woods" and the grave headstone rubbings are from the exhibition. If you visiting Dartington Hall it is well worth a look.
Friday, 17 February 2017
Back after 4 weeks away … Apologies for the "no show" on February 2 but I was on my way to see COUM Transmissions perform in Hull and meet up with some old friends. (Aaron, Neil, Paul + Steve). A great weekend … Hopefully the mandarins of SoundArt Radio filled my slot with something tasty.
Tonights programme is filled with new arrivals and an old favourite. Lucky to get hold of an advanced copy of the forthcoming Harbinger Sound Sampler and I will be playing selected pieces over the forthcoming programmes. Tonight it was Sudden Infant (live), Phil Julian and John Paul. Also played some highlights of the recently released "Redux333" DVD from the Chicago based NO PART OF IT label. It's a compilation released where artists remix, remodel and reinterpret the work of Arvo Zylo's "333" album. Olivier from The Dead Mauriacs kindly mailed a CDR of Jacques Brodier live in Le Havre in 2013. Brodier is new to my ears and like very much. An interesting composer. Apart from a double album on Penultimate Press I don't think he has released anything else. February 16th 1980 was the date Rough Trade Records released the 3 track EP "Let's Build A Bridge" by Swell Maps. Too easy and very BBC 6Music to play the "A" Side. "Big Maz In The Country" is a highlight of the EP and (as Alice pointed out) sounding very much like Massicot.
The MuhMur Radio Posse were back, Alice + Dave and can be heard chatting in the background!
Please take a list. Copy & Paste.
01: Anji Cheung : "It Was Easier When I Imagined You" (Audio Visuals Atmosphere) 2017.
02: The Dead Mauriacs : "Jetz/Jetzt" (NPH) 2017.
03: Machine Listener : "Centre Of Mass Animated" (SKSK) 2014.
04: Helm : "Rawabet/Downtown Rubble" (Alter) 2017.
05: Marlo Eggplant : "Arvo" (NO PART OF IT) 2016.
06: Sudden Infant : "1 2 8 9 6" (NO PART OF IT) 2016.
07: Michael Muennich : "Klamm/heimelig" (Recordings For The Summer) 2017.
08: Herpes O Deluxe : "Kauend Hinter Mauern" (Divergent Series) 2013.
09: Sudden Infant : "Father (Live)" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
10: Kein Zweiter : "Genitalmetamorphoseovid" (90% Wasser) 2016.
11: Dave Phillips : "Zylovester Anfang" (NO PART OF IT) 2016.
12: Jacques Brodier : "Live In Le Havre" (Not On Label) 2013.
13: Jasmine Guffond : "Live In Berlin 2015" (Beartown Records) 2017.
14: Phil Julian : "Blanking" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
15: John Paul : "Sissy & Ada (Red Version)" (Harbinger Sound) 2017.
16: Swell Maps : "Big Maz In The Country" (Rough Trade/Rather Records) 1980.
17: Unknown Singing Objects : "Anarchy In The U.K. (And Beyond)" (Not On Label) 2016.
The next programme will be on March 2 and will feature the second MuhMur Radio session from Finnish Lo-Fi industrialists Grey Park.
02: Jacques Brodier.
03/04/05: "Posse Shots" (Steve, Alice & Dave).
Wednesday, 15 February 2017
Out and in the shops on March 24 comes the double LP "Harbinger Sound Sampler". The third compilation release from Harbinger Sound label after "….And The Vultures Miss Nothing" (2005) and "Eight" (2007) … I am not counting the 2013 vinyl re-issue of the old Broken Flag cassette "Le Couperet".
There is of course the missing compilation "Standing Still Like A Humming Bird" .. but we don't speak of that these days as Harbinger Sound has moved on, moved with the times, after a time in the mid noughties releasing scatter shot sounds from the likes of Hair Police, Prurient, Carlos Gifoni, Dieter Müh and Smegma, Harbinger Sound has become more focused and relevant to it's time. Caught the zeitgeist (they were a good band).
So now in 2017 comes the new manifesto. Statement of intent. Two albums for the price of a pint (in a 'Spoons and in the North) £3.99. Only available in shops too … there will be a few mail order outlets, that's how the world turns these days .. but not available from the label direct.
Toylettes kick off the proceedings with a track called "Omi (Version)". Toylettes are a punk band from Berlin, they sound like they should have been on Rough Trade Records in 1978. They sound like Kleenex. Mark Wynn keeps the energy going with a track about Frank Sinatra being in payment of the mafia and Michael Buble's slippers all played on Fisher-Price instruments. Steve Ignorant's Slice Of Life make an appearance with "Your Day Will Come". I remember this song from seeing Steve live a couple of years back in Bristol. Studio sound is acoustic and very "lounge lizard". Years ago (late 80's) I went to see Gavin Friday & Man Seezer play at the Royal Northern College Of Music in Manchester. After years of seeing Virgin Prunes and Gavin being threatening on stage, it was kind of funny to see him as a chanteur singing songs of love and sexuality whilst wondering around candlelit tables smoking French cigarettes. This is what I am reminded of every time I hear this song … Sleaford Mods follow with "Fat Tax". A tongue tripping trip hop slow motion journey that just whets the appetite for the forthcoming "English Tapas" album. Side A ends with the incredibly shouty shouty Consumer Electronics. "And At Any Rate, It's Already Too Late" is a verbal attack by a petulant irritant with spastic noise rendering it all unlistenable.
Side Two is kicked off by Phil Julian. Former Cheapmachine and New Blockader brings us his abstract, avant-garde celestial electronics with "Blanking". The sound is almost medical and plays like a Nitschian soundtrack. Phil's Harbinger Sound album "Trace" was a highlight of 2014. From PJ to JP. John Paul. If you are familiar with Sleaford Mods then you know John Paul. Poet, Plumber and a dab hand at Sticky 13! "Sissy And Ada (Red Version)" plays like a Mods track, looped samples, dropped beats, dope rhythm etc … and the voice of John Paul … it's all too short. New to these ears Future Commuter follow. I think these chaps are from Brighton (Could be wrong, I did ask Steve but was very drunk at the time). There's twenty tracks by twenty artists on this compilation and it is within the laws of probability that I ain't gonna like all of them. I don't like this track and don't really know what it brings to Harbinger Sound. Self indulgent prog rock and the reason why punk rock was invented. Thank goodness for Circuit Breaker. I have liked Circuit Breaker since I heard their 12" EP on Tombed Visions back in 2014, then their superb "My Descent Into Capital" LP a year later. "Duplicate" is a slow funereal industrial dirge, whose vocals contain that "shiver down the spine" effect. It's bleak and masterful, and again the appetite is whetted for the forthcoming album. Side Two is finished off by Sudden Infant and a live version of "Father". This is Sudden Infant as a trio, the powerful bass of Christian Weber, the percussion of Alexandre Babel sounding like a one-man Einstürzende Neubauten and the questioning voice of Joke Lanz. A great document for those who saw Sudden Infant live in 2016.
Harbinger Sound stalwart and former Putrefier mainman Mark Durgan opens side three with "Singsong Generator". It's musique concret, abstract, it's half a dozen contact mic's rustling around a Sainsbury's shopping bag. A thunderdome battle royale. The battle continues with Japanese artist and Incapacitant Pain Jerk. Battling sine waves to a para bellum beat. 20 years ago Harbinger Sound released its first record "Spifire" by Pain Jerk. Massicot follow with "Koktellis". Massicot are a punk band from Switzerland, a connection with Sudden Infant. A great song with stream of conscience vocals and delicate sound interaction between violin, bass guitar and drums. It's a really uplifting unpretentious sound. Raw and honest and this sound continues over the next two pieces. The Pisse piece has the same motorik beat / timing. Pisse are a punk band from Hoyerswerda (Germany). Karies bring the side to a close with "Es Lachte". Karies have already put out a couple of singles on Harbinger Sound, and closely await the forthcoming LP. The sound of post-punk Stuttgart. This track brings the 1981 4AD catalogue back to life in a kind of In Camera, Sort Sol, Mass kind of way. Excellent.
Side Four is mainly punk rock. Old school punk, the kind of stuff Steve Underwood (MC of Harbinger Sound if you did not know) listens to on long car journeys. Los Angeles punks The Urinals open with "The Girl Before". I don't know if this is an old recording from the Urinal archive or a new piece for the LP, bloody good though. Frustration carry on the theme with their 1978/79 style post-punk rock. High energy staggering guitar and high end bass line. A piece called "The Drawback". Frustration are a band I know nothing about. They could be from the 1970's, they could be from Germany? Hopefully they'll have something out on Harbinger Sound soon. The Lowest Form bring "5" to the album. UK Hardcore. Not a style, genre I listen to but after hearing the recent LP "Personal Space" and the freshness and energy contained therein my ears have opened. Helm mastermind Luke Younger plays bass too. Amazing. Bristol cider punks and a band who I will always associate with leather pop punks Vice Squad Chaos U.K. follow. "Impose". Foot stomping anarchy-punk, big in 1984, big in Japan now … The only way to complete the four sides is with a mammoth piece by Treriksröset. The sound of collapsing morals. Tommy Carlsson brings it all to a glorious end, it sounds like the previous 19 tracks layered and manipulated in to one great beast. A great closure.
Like great compilations of old, the "Pillows & Prayers", the "Pay It All Back" and "Cash Cows" this double LP sells for the bargain price of £3.99. It'll mainly be bought for the Sleaford Mods and maybe Consumer Electronics,but it'll be in the major shops and it's going to be great to see what folk think of Treriksröset, Mark Durgan and Circuit Breaker. Harbinger Sound Records seem to be finding direction with Karies, Pisse, Massicot, Circuit Breaker and Mark Wynn. It's not just a load of noise bands stuck together without thought or meaning this is the sound of an evolving, growing and developing label and it's great that it sticks by artists like Pain Jerk, Mark Durgan and Phil Julian who have been there for the past 20 years too …
Cargo are distributing in UK, Germany and USA. It's up for pre-order now via Rough Trade and Norman Records (Leeds), and at £3.99 it's going to go fast.
Saturday, 21 January 2017
A freezing cold night in Devon. Clear star studded sky and a walk along the river in darkness to the radio station. A beautiful winters evening … and the first "regular" two hour MuhMur radio broadcast of 2017. Thanks to Dave Mutch for being there.
In the playlist is a piece from the forthcoming cassette release by Modelbau on Sentimental Productions. MuhMur Radio was fortunate to get an advance copy. I have no idea when it will be released.
The two Contrastate tracks are from their latest album "No Eden Without Annihilation". It's a live album with pieces recorded in 2012 at The Fylkingen in Stockholm where Dieter Müh were support alongside White, Dusa and Kristian Olsson.
Please take a listen: https://www.mixcloud.com/muhsteve/mhmur-radio-soundart-radio-broadcast-19012017/ (Copy & Paste).
01: Amalgamated : "Bending The Last Blind Leg" (Bicephalic Records) 2015.
02: Contrastate : "Predestination" (Tesco Organisation) 2016.
03: Contrastate : "Return Of Son Of Sam" (Tesco Organisation) 2016.
04: Modelbau : "Malfunction" (Sentimental Productions) 2017.
05: Altar Of Flies : "Tom Rum" (Sentimental Productions) 2017.
06: The Shining Path : "The Price Of Freedom" (Anna Logue Records) 2016.
07: Bourbonese Qualk : "New Jerusalem" (Vinyl On Demand) 2016.
08: The Shining Path : "Gunship" (Anna Logue Records) 2016.
09: Severed Heads : "Lower Than The Grave (Live)" (Vinyl On Demand) 2008.
10: Godlesstate : "Vedic Transference" (Hagshadow) 2016.
11: AntiChild League : "Fight With No Dreams" (Obsessive Fundamental Realism) 2016.
12: AntiChildLeague : "Guilty Women" (Hagshadow) 2016.
13: First Law : "Holy War" (StateArt) 1997.
14: Praying For Oblivion : "Untitled" (Final Judgement) 2001.
15: Hum : "Crucible" (Drone Records) 2004.
16: Noise-Makers Fife : "Intervisage (Part One)" (Drone Records) 1997.
17: Ultravox! : "Dangerous Rhythm" (Island Records) 1977.
18: Crispy Ambulance : "From The Cradle To The Grave" (Aural Assault Records) 1980.
19: Crispy Ambulance : "Four Minutes From The Frontline" (Aural Assault Records) 1980.
The next programme will be on Thursday February 16 at 20:00 gmt. I am taking a break as I will be in Hull in a couple of weeks. The UK City of Culture 2017 is hosting a performance by COUM Transmissions. If anyone reading this is there … please say hello!
01 : Playlist.
2 & 3 : Studio Shots.
Monday, 9 January 2017
At first it was a maybe, then it was on, then it was called "tradition;", then it was off, everything was off over Christmas and then it was back on again … The MuhMur Radio Four Hour Festive Feast, only this time it was post-Christmas, so it became a four hour retrospective picking over the best releases of 2016 (that I never played in that year) with a couple of rarities from Philip Sanderson + Neil Campbell. They both supplied sounds that came inside Christmas cards!
And before it is mentioned, the Throbbing Gristle track comes from a compilation album called "Close To The Noise Floor". Other notables. The Cremation Lily tracks appear on a "tour CDR" that was only available in the USA, and the Modern track is from a privately released cassette called "Elegy".
01: Anemone Tube : "Myth & The Relation To The World" (La Esencia) 2016.
02: Knifeladder : "Long March" (The Epicurean) 2016.
03: Cremation Lily : "Washed Through Glass" (Strange Rules) 2016.
04: MyTrip : "Soft Outer (Evitceles Mix)" (Amek/Serpent Eve Records) 2016.
05: Cremation Lily : "Immaculacy" (Strange Rules) 2016.
06: MyTrip : "All Black" (Amek) 2016.
07: MyTrip : "Fibre Mask" (Amek) 2016.
08: MyTrip : "Dust" (Amek) 2016.
09: Celebrity Appreciation Society : "I Wish I Had A Girlfriend" (Institute Of Paraphilia Studies)
10: Aaron Dilloway : "Very Imprecise" (Voice Throwing) 2016.
11: A.M.K. : "Sultans Of The Sand" (Banned Productions) 2016.
12: Philip Sanderson : "No No No No" (Snatch Tapes) 2016.
13: Neil Campbell : "Only Solace/Magpie Cackle" (Not On Label) 2016.
14: Modern : "Elegy" (jcp) 2016.
15: Nolls : "White" (Lucked Out Tapes) 2016.
16: Nolls : "Two Lives" (Lucked Out Tapes) 2016.
17: Nolls : "Locust" (Lucked Out Tapes) 2016.
18: Nolls : "Wall" (Lucked Out Tapes) 2016.
19: Nolls : "Cassette #4" (Lucked Out Tapes) 2016.
(All Nolls tracks from the LP "Strange Attitude").
20: Vit Fana : "Hål" (Northern Electronics) 2016.
21: Vit Fana : "Fasad" (Northern Electronics) 2016.
22: Vit Fana : "Sånkt" (Northern Electronics) 2016.
23: Post Scriptvm : "Laterne D'Horreur" (La Esencia) 2016.
24: Genocide Organ : "1st Brigade" (Tesco Organisation) 2016.
25: Throbbing Gristle : "What A Day" (Cherry Red Records) 2016.
26: FRKSE : "Hammering Bliss" (Auris Apothecary/Divergent Series) 2016.
27: Bourbonese Qualk : "No" (Vinyl On Demand) 2016.
28: Sarah Mary Chadwick : "This Is Familiar" (I Dischi Del Barone) 2016.
29: Hyperculte : "Les Crabes" (Les Disques Bongo Joe/Red Wig) 2016.
30: Hyperculte : "Résigné" (Les Disques Bongo Joe/Red Wig) 2016.
31: Massicot : "Suri Guti" (Harbinger Sound) 2016.
32: Temple Of Clear Light : "Amun" (Red Cavity Records) 2016.
The next broadcast will be on January 19 at 20:00 hrs GMT and back to the regular two hours …
01: Neil Campbell + Philip Sanderson's CDR's.
02: Chris Booth who spent the afternoon preparing the studio for its grand re-opening on the 9th …