A Look Back - DogTown & Z-Boys is the first short documentary by legendary artist/photographer Glen E. Friedman.
The film looks back on an essential period in the history of skateboarding, but more directly on how the original award winning documentary affected the original surviving members of that influential team (Tony Alva, Stacy Peralta, Peggy Oki, Wentzle Ruml and others) and what they thought about the original film itself, 20 years after its release.
Fu Manchu provided the entire soundtrack for the film with the songs personally curated by Glen E. Friedman. This official soundtrack recording release features all 9 tracks featured in the film in the order that they appear.
The music spans the band’s entire career from “Free And Easy (Summer Girls)” from the band’s 1994 debut album, No One Rides For Free, to “Il Mostro Atomico” featuring Alex Lifeson of Rush, from their most recent full length album, Clone Of The Universe.
This is the only release from the band that features two instrumentals: “Out To Sea” from 2004’s Start The Machine and “Hanglider,” which was originally released on the Japanese version of 2000’s King Of The Road.
This limited edition double LP run is pressed on one purple and one green vinyl and features an etching from legendary skater, Lance Mountain. The gatefold jacket features rare photos from Glen E. Friedman including an incredible shot of the late Jay Adams across the inside. All tracks were remastered specifically for this vinyl release.
The limited edition 1,000 unit CD run also features the same photos and a digital specific remaster.
Tracklisting: 1.Trapeze Freak 2.Travel Agent 3.Hanglider 4.Mongoose 5.Out To Sea 6.The Last Question 7.Tilt 8.Free And Easy (Summer Girls) 9.Il Mostro Atomico
Debut album from Wyndow, Laura J Martin and Lavinia Blackwall’s (Trembling Bells) new Kosmiche-Psych-Folk project.
Woven from threads sent across the wires, Wyndow strikes new ground. Following the success of their first two singles ‘Take My Picture’ and ‘Two Strong Legs’ Wyndow (Laura J Martin and Lavinia Blackwall) return with their eponymous debut album.
The project was ignited by a love of Robert Wyatt and an off hand idea of collaborating on a version of his song ‘Free Will and Testament’. In a time of weird interludes the self examination of the song’s lyrics opened the pathway to themes examined throughout the record, that of being and wanting and the battle between knowledge and knowing.
Who am I and do I see myself the way others see me? What follows is an exploration of the uncertain and the impermanent. According to Martin, they are “tunes for whacked out worriers lifting weights in the worry gym,” where “feeling uneasy never felt so easy." Reflections flit between two pendulums as each wrote and recorded remotely and exchanged these dog eared musical postcards to see each others’ response.
Eschewing the “band in a room” aesthetic out of geographical necessity they focussed on maximising the sonic palette of each song, doing exactly what each piece demanded without thinking about who had to play each instrument. The songs on Wyndow exist in the space between waking and sleeping, hazy tales that unfurl and engulf the listener in a slightly uncanny sense of familiarity.
Album standout ‘All Cameras Gone’ is a paean to the dust and crackles of the analogue age and the shadows of a lonely projectionist leaving the booth and memories for the final time. ‘Pulling On A String’ is based on the feeling of walking familiar routes and wishing they took you elsewhere, the duality of holding on to the familiar yet pulling yourself nearer to the beyond and the unknown.
Taking inspiration from the atmospheres and repetition of ecstatic minimalism and the joyful experimentation of Penguin Cafe Orchestra, songs were built from small fragments and loops, recorded spontaneously and sent to each other across the wires.
Recorded and produced in Liverpool with Iwan Morgan (Euros Childs, Gruff Rhys, Cate le Bon) and in Clydebank with multi instrumentalist Marco Rea (Euros Childs, Alex Rex) new textures with copious analogue synthesis and treated acoustic instruments were mined, even fretless bass was not off limits.
Recalling the tender pulse of Cluster on ‘Take My Picture’ and the late night hues of La Dusseldorf on album closer ‘Tidal Range’, Wyndow strikes a new path for both artists. On ‘Pulling on A String’ the close foregrounding of both voices call to mind The Roches, another key touchstone for the sound of the record.
The result is a melting pot of influences with both artists at the top of their game, reflecting on the smallest human experiences set against a galactic sonic canvas.
Tracklisting: 1. Never Alone 2. All Cameras Gone 3. Take My Picture 4. Free Will and Testament 5. Third Tea of the Day 6. Two Strong Legs 7. Pulling on a String 8. Flattened by the Wind 9. Woven In Thread 10. When Winter Comes Shadowing In 11. Tidal Range
American epic gothic rock/post-punks Murderbait issue their haunting sophomore EP "When the Sun Goes Down it Goes Down Forever" for the first time ever on vinyl via Sentient Ruin.
Initially self-released on cassette tape and digitally by the band itself in 2019, with its majestic songwriting and heart-splitting dramaticism the mesmerizing two-track short player established the Portland, Oregon-based atmospheric gothic rockers as a cornerstone example of epic and dark western gothic excellence and as a beacon of superb and dramatic storytelling lost in a night of endless gloom and unravelling romanticism.
Through its two epic spells of haunting psychedelic goth majesty, "When the Sun Goes Down it Goes Down Forever" unfolds nearly twenty minutes of dark western lore and dusty somber storytelling soaked in gloom and shadows, uncovering dark recollections of personal turmoil and decay, inner downfall, purgatory, redemption and rebirth through the trial of struggle and penitence.
The two tracks display an unrivaled and unseen evocative power, channeled by a dramatic and operatic vocal delivery as centerpiece to a cinematic construct of epic progressive buildups and dark psychedelic dirges woven with keyboards, organs, electric guitars, synths and a monumental pulsing rhythm section.
With influences sourced from a diverse pletora of legendary acts like Nick Cave (a song of which inspired the band's name), Swans, Fields of the Nephilim, Hawkwind, Pink Floyd, The Cure (especially Pornography and Disintegration era), Earth, Dead Can Dance, Bauhaus, Tangerine Dream, and John Carpenter, Murderbait's masterful fusion of epic prog, majestic gothic/deathrock, post-punk, darkwave, space rock and subtle touches of dark americana and roots music reminiscent of acts like Wovenhand, stands tall as a towering and unrivaled masterpiece of dramatic American underground epic dark rock.
Tracklisting: 1. When the Sun Goes Down, It Goes Down Forever 2. Unravelling
Very special legacy 180g limited vinyl of Rampton album by Come proudly reissued by Susan Lawly.
The year 1980 saw release of this iconoclastic debut LP, first album on the highly collectible Come Organisation label, and first chapter in the long musical career of a then teenage William Bennett after leaving Essential Logic, which subsequently led to the pure electronic Whitehouse and present-day Cut Hands projects.
Also notably featuring synthesiser bass performed by The Normal's Daniel Miller.