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Khristmas Krautrock Special on Resonance

Tonight (23rd December) at 8pm, Resonance FM present part 1 of a Kraut Rock Xmas Special. Hosted by Ken Hollings, it features David Stubbs, Mark Pilkington, Nikos Kotsopoulos (editor of ‘Krautrock: Cosmic Rock and Its Legacy’), David Knight (of Arkkon and Unicazürn fame) and the writer and musician Frances Morgan. Part 2 is tomorrow at the same time.

Essential listening, a question on this will almost certainly come up in next year’s exams.

Two More 2009 Charts

Two more peculiar lists of 2009 highlights from highly respected members of the Belbury flock:

Ian Hodgson (Moon Wiring Club)

New Stuff:
1. Joker. Digidesign
2. Datassette. The Aviatrix
3. Annie. Two of Hearts
4. Broadcast/Focus Group. Investigate Witch Cults of the Radio Age.
5. Timbaland (featuring Nelly Furtado & Soshy) Morning After Dark
6. Belbury Poly. From an Ancient Star
7. Dam-Funk. Toeachizown
8. VHS Head. Video Club
9. Nite Jewel. Good Evening
10. Madlib. Beat Konducta Volume 5/6
Old Stuff:
1. Francis Monkman. Achievments of Man
2. George Breed & John Rossman. Top Decision Makers
3. Secret Service. Flash in the Night
4. Clannad. Atlantic Realm OST
5. Laura Brannigan. Hot Night
6. Spooky Voice. Killing Myself (Instrumental Version)
7. Maze. Twilight.
8. Andrew Lloyd-Webber. Theme from The Book Tower.
9. Awake. Fasce in Colore
10. Harry Robertson. Hawk the Slayer OST
Favourite overall new/old record:
Harmonia & Eno ’76. Tracks and Traces.

Jon Brooks (Producer, Composer & the brains behind The Advisory Circle)

Nine things I couldn’t live without this year. Not necessarily released this year, but certainly discovered, and in no particular order of importance.

Book: “On Some Faraway Beach” by David Sheppard.
Album: “Tomorrow Today” by Seeland.
Book: “Case Study Houses (25th Anniversary Edition)” by Elizabeth Smith
Cosmetic: “Black Cab” nail polish by Rimmel.
Book: “Ways Of Seeing” by John Berger.
Place: “Libby’s Cafe”
Drink: Twinings Earl Grey tea.
Book: “Painting With Sound – The Life and Music of Hans-Joachim Roedelius” by Stephen Iliffe.
Album: “Hands” by Little Boots

Free Tracks from Roj

Ghost Box artist Roj is kindly giving away two tracks over at the Ghost Box shop, one of them a collaboration with German voice artist Wolfram Wire.
To download them you’ll need to sign up to the Ghost Box mailing list and then go here.
Also new in the shop there’s a Ghost Box T-Shirt . Reminiscent of the old BBC globe colour scheme it’s the perfect thermal underlayer for those of you in more wintery parts this December.

Parish Hit Parades

‘Tis the season for lists, and in this spirit I’ve invited several of our parishioners to contribute a top 10 chart for 2009. Musical, cultural or otherwise. First in are the following:

Top Ten Good And Bad Celebrity Records I found this year.

Rock, Gently – Rock Hudson

Brian Maxine – Brian Maxine
Jack Palance – Jack Palance
Brian Clough – You Can’t Win ’em all
Kenny Everett – The Electro People
Ahab The Arab – Jimmy Saville
The Bard’s Recipe – Vincent Price
Shut That Door LP – Larry Grayson
Joan Collins – Chalk And Cheese
Dave Prowse & The Green Cross Code Kids sing Old MacDonald and  other hits

Woebot

10, music only and excluding  Ghost Box releases (how kind ! vic.)

Bene Gesserit: Fashion is a Dirty Word
Die Gesunden: Die Gesunden
Die Kapizatat: Leichte Stimmen
Rod Stewart: Gasoline Alley
Kraftwerk reissues
Micachu & the Shapes: Jewelry
Konkrete Kanticle
Swell Maps: Jane from Occupied Europe
Position Normal: Position Normal
Mattias Aguayo: Ay Ay Ay

Ken Hollings

a 2009 Cultural Top Ten

Death of J G Ballard

Death of Tony Hart
Death of John Keel

Death of Hans Holzer
Death of Lux Interior
Death of Sir Ludovic Kennedy
Death of Claude Levi-Strauss
Newspaper headline: Wrestling Midgets Are Killed by Fake Hookers
Newspaper headline: Beauty Queen Dies After Buttock Lift
Death of Michael Jackson

More to follow as they come in.

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“Buying one of its releases feels like stepping into another world” The Guardian

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“...some of the most delightful electronica to arise in Britain since Aphex Twin, the Black Dog and Global Communication.” The Sunday Times

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