Sunday, 14 December 2014

'For Scant Applause - A Compilation Of Christmas-ish Songs Curated by Crow Versus Crow'




Purchase 'For Scant Applause: A Compilation of Christmas-ish Songs Curated by Crow Versus Crow' from the Crow Versus Crow Bandcamp.

The idea for this project came from a search for a Christmas album that didn't rely on the same old tired (mostly) naff songs that over-saturate the festive period, to the point of vomit induction that the one-man devouring of a 7 bird roast could ever hope to match.

A question was posed via Facebook, scoping out artists who would be interested in contributing their work, to a very positive response and the project was a go'er.

Many artists involved in an extended network of the 'No Audience Underground' (Hayler, Radio Free Midwich ) have contributed to this eclectic body of original compositions, covers, reworkings and re-edits, th,at in varying degrees, reference the Christmas period... Christmas-ish Songs. This project, quite obviously, would be nothing without their work and massive 'thank you's' go out to all of the artists involved.

At this time of year, when Christmas is, in the best possible scenario, considered a time for spending quality time with and expressing the love for your family and friends, I find it impossible not to be drawn to thoughts for those who don't have the luxury of such things. Personally, I want to be a part of something that addresses the problems of homelessness - the existence of such a thing is an unfathomable, horrendous aspect of our society - and to make a direct contribution in support of the work of a charity whose vital work helps those vulnerable at this time of year, Crisis.

''Homelessness is about more than rooflessness. A home is not just a physical space, it also has a legal and social dimension. A home provides roots, identity, a sense of belonging and a place of emotional wellbeing. Homelessness is about the loss of all of these. It is an isolating and destructive experience and homeless people are some of the most vulnerable and socially excluded in our society.'

So, all proceeds from this record, after Bandcamp and PayPal fees, will go directly to Crisis - the national charity for single homeless people. More information of the work they do, and homelessness generally, can be found on their website.

Thank you for your support with this project. Have a very merry Christmas and a happy New Year.

Much love,

Crow Versus Crow

Monday, 8 December 2014

The Thomas Family's 'Dub Variations' Reviews


Since it's release in mid-October, very few of the review copies I sent out out have resulted in words being thrown about the internet in response to what such critics would undoubtedly have called 'Album of the Year', 'The Greatest Record of All Ti..' ...or, words to similar effect, if they had picked it up. However, the... lets for ease of identification call them the, 'more insightful' critics... the More Insightful Critics have taken the time to sit and listen to The Thomas Family's 'Dub Variations' album and have deemed it worthy of a few lines appraisal. 

Having removed my snarky tongue from out of my cheek, I'd like to extend huge thanks to Rob/Radio Free Midwich, Mark/Idwal Fisher, Raffaelo/Music Won't Save You, and the mysterious reviewer at Swirls of Noise. Thank you! It's massively encouraging to see a record I have such a strong affinity for being so well received by others.

Here are excerpts of the aforementioned reviews and links to the entire articles:



'What we have here is a foundation document, an ur text, for this year’s most talked about sub-genre ‘extraction music‘. The album was recorded way before the term became common parlance on every street corner and was released way after. Hearing it is as mysterious and exciting as finding a previously missing explanatory introduction to the Voynich Manuscript. 

A truly essential purchase.'



Idwal Fisher: The Thomas Family and Kevin Sanders


'The way that ‘III’ moves from from random key prod into an urban ritualistic analogue nod fest provides us with the key piece here. Think Pink Floyd’s One of These Days for the Extraction generation with added exotic wildlife. ‘I’ and ‘II’ are much quieter affairs. Here we have desert dust storms, the ubiquitous hum of distant traffic, station announcements, minimalist explorations into the corners of empty factories where the light rarely reaches, bleak affairs made for near silence.'



Music Won't Save You: The Thomas Family Dub Variations (Italian)



'The result is a universe from the substantial nature of dark-ambient, resulting from the interaction of crackling field recordings and minimal sketches produced by modular synth.'


Swirls of Noise: The Thomas Family - Dub Variations


'...but words fall a bit short in actually describing it. Music wants to be, needs to be experienced. Those vague references and glimpses demand some amount of effort and attention, because otherwise the music simply passes by and might be reduced to the drone textures... While there is ambience – i.e. fragments of sounds that can be found in a city – they are reduced to a role in the background and unable to reach out to the listener. It feels as if someone would be shut in a building, engulfed in a stream of sterile sounds, while the outer world is experienced – through vague noises and impression – through some sort of window...A lot can be read from those tracks. A lot can be gained from these compositions. Listen to them.'

Copies of The Thomas Family's 'Dub Variations' are still available via the Crow Versus Crow Bandcamp

Sunday, 23 November 2014

The Crow Versus Crow Radio Show #82


The 82nd episode of The Crow Versus Crow Radio Show.

Recorded at Crow Versus Crow Haus using a Zoom H1 recorder as a microphone. Stitched together using outdated software. Please listen to this on headphones.

If you are at all interested in the work of the artists featured in this episode, please support the artists and labels through purchasing their records and attending their shows where possible.

This episode originally aired in a far inferior mono form on 96.7 Phoenix FM (Calderdale) on Sunday 23rd November 2014 between 6 and 8pm. 

1. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Big Eyed Beans From Venus (Clear Spot / Reprise Records, 1972)
2. Fugazi – Furniture (First Demo / Dischord, 2014)

3. Richard Dawson - The Vile Stuff (Nothing Important / Weird World, 2014)

4. Master Musicians Of Java – Tjatrik (The Jasmine Isle: Javanese Gamelan Music / Nonesuch Explorer Series, 1969)
5. Sonic Youth - Heady Jam #1 (Excerpt) (SYR 6: Koncertas Stan Brakhage Prisiminimui / SYR Recordings, 2005)
6. Gamelan Of Peliatan – Baris (Dancers Of Bali / World Arbiter, 2006)

7. Unknown Artist – Untitled #1 (Radio Java / Sublime Frequencies, 2003)
8. Posset - Unicorn Pillow Fight (In A Palace Of Cockle-Loft / No Basement Is Deep Enough, 2014)
9. Posset – Pea Souper (In A Palace Of Cockle-Loft / No Basement Is Deep Enough, 2014)

10. Halim El-Dabh - Meditation In White Sound (Crossing Into The Electric Magnetic / Halim El-Dabh Music LLC, 2008)
11. Cluster & Eno – One (Cluster & Eno / Sky Records, 1977)
12. People Eaters - This World (Excerpt) (The Only Thing Left To Fear / Aetheric Records, 2014)

13. Ingenting Kollektiva - A Suffering That Turns To Light (Lost Beyond Telling / Invisible Birds, 2012)
14. Isobel Ccircle - The Girl, Displaced (Fluttercage / Exotic Pylon Records, 2014)
15. Trouble The Dark - Dead Mountain (Trouble The Dark / Cathedral Transmissions, 2014)

16. Brutal Truth - Walking Corpse (Extreme Conditions Demand Extreme Responses / Earache, 1992)
17. Full Of Hell - Ludjet Av Gud (Full Of Hell & Merzbow / Profound Lore, 2014)
18. Full Of Hell - Fawn Heads And Unjoy (Full Of Hell & Merzbow / Profound Lore, 2014)

19. Jealousy Mountain Duo – Roadkill (JEALOUSY MOUNTAIN DUO N°_03 / BluNoise, 2014)
20. Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Semi-Multicoloured Caucasian (Ice Cream for Crow / Virgin, 1982)



Thank You

Sunday, 26 October 2014

The Crow Versus Crow Radio Show #81



The 81st episode of The Crow Versus Crow Radio Show.

Recorded at Crow Versus Crow Haus using a borrowed Zoom H2 recorder (Lo-fi/Huh-fi? Thanks A.S!).  Please listen to this on headphones.

If you are at all interested in the work of the artists featured in this episode, please support the artists and labels through purchasing their records and attending their shows where possible.

This episode originally aired in a far inferior mono form on 96.7 Phoenix FM (Calderdale) on Sunday 26th October 2014 between 6 and 8pm. 

1. Swans – Freak (Filth/Body To Body, Job To Job / Young God Records, 2000)
2. Pharmakon - Intent or Instinct (Bestial Burden / Sacred Bones Records, 2014)

3. Michael Clough - Left Unresolved Cakemix Edit (Eye for Detail / Radio Free Midwich, 2014)
4. Krzysztof Penderecki – Polymorphia (Threnody For The Victims Of Hiroshima / Popcorn Superhet Receiver / Polymorphia / 48 Responses To Polymorphia / Nonesuch, 2012)

5. Andrew Jarvis - Bosky (AJ Vocal Remix) (Eye for Detail / Radio Free Midwich, 2014)
6. Sean Derrick Cooper Marquadt - Not Broken Just Bent (Excerpt) (Split / Aetheric Records, 2014)
7. Anji Cheung - Luna Black Luna White (Angelic Black / Oakseer, 2014)

8. In Fog - Verdigris (In Fog Remix) (Eye for Detail / Radio Free Midwich, 2014)
9. Ketjak: The Ramayana Monkey Chant (Music From The Morning Of The World: The Balinese Gamelan & Ketjak: The Ramayana Monkey Chant / Nonesuch Explorer Series, 1988)

10. Sibylle Baier - Remember The Day (Colour Green / Orange Twin Records, 2006)
11. The Microphones - The Breeze (It Was Hot We, Stayed In The Water / K Records, 2000)
12. The Sly and Unseen - Seeking Warmth In Our Cold Climes (Summer Passes / Evidence Of Fractures / Rural Colours, 2014)

13. Sophie Cooper – Wlstanetone (Our Aquarius / Wild Silence 2014)
14. Caught In The Wake Forever - To Wild Flowers Forgotten (Summer Passes / Evidence Of Fractures / Rural Colours, 2014)
15. Sun Kil Moon - Pray For Newtown (Benji / Caldo Verde Records, 2014)

16. Tape Loop Orchestra - Circa 190i (2005) (An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music / Fourth A-Chronology 1937-2005 / Sub Rosa, 2006)
17. Selda Bagcan – Yaylalar (Selda / Türküola, 1976)



Thank You

Friday, 24 October 2014

The Thomas Family 'Dub Variations' Now Available

 
The Thomas Family
Dub Variations
2014
CVC001
 
Limited Edition of 100 CDs / Digital Download
 
I'm unbelievably proud to be able to announce the release of The Thomas Family's debut record, Dub Variations, through Crow Versus Crow. The record has been a long time coming, having been originally recorded in 2012, but still sounds as fresh to me as the day I first heard it - albeit more intricately composed, detailed and complex a record; it's good like that.
 
It's available to order in both formats via the Crow Versus Crow Bandcamp and also through Norman Records, who said of the record, '...Its as if you are lying in a hotel room in an industrial area of somewhere slightly scary feeling disorientated and lost and listening to sounds emanating from a nearby factory through a partially opened window. Strangely soothing'. and also at FUSE in Bradford, whilst stocks last.
 

Thursday, 2 October 2014

Creative Calderdale 'Creative Profile' Q&A:


I recently had the pleasure of answering some questions posed by Creative Calderdale, regarding Crow Versus Crow, it's history, intentions, projects etc, ahead of the release of The Thomas Family's Dub Variations CD.
 I also made a photocollage specifically for the feature.

 It can all be seen here

Thanks to Katy and Creative Calderdale for the opportunity.

Stream an excerpt of 'III' from The Thomas Family's Dub Variations album here:



Pre-order the album from Bandcamp here

Sunday, 28 September 2014

The Crow Versus Crow Radio Show #80


The 80th episode of The Crow Versus Crow Radio Show.

Recorded at Crow Versus Crow Haus using a mobile telephonic device. Please listen to this on headphones.

If you are at all interested in the work of the artists featured in this episode, please support the artists and labels through purchasing their records and attending their shows where possible.

This episode originally aired in a far inferior mono form on 96.7 Phoenix FM (Calderdale) on Sunday 28th September 2014 between 6 and 8pm. 

1. Ryoji Ikeda - One Minute (An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music / First A-Chronology 1921-2001 / Sub Rosa, 2002)
2. Halim El-Dabh - Wire Recorder Piece (1944) (An Anthology of Noise & Electronic Music / Fourth A-Chronology 1937-2005 /Sub Rosa, 2006)
3. Gail Ghimp – Failure Side (Excerpt) (Fire/Failure Soundtrack / Soft Corridor, 2014)
4. Jonny Greenwood – Convergence (Bodysong / Parlophone, 2003)

5. Charley Patton - Moon Going Down (The Definitive Charley Patton / Proper Records, 2009)
6. Jackson C. Frank – October (Fixin' To Die / Secret Records, 2014)
7. Fred Frith - Minimalism (for Tomoko Itani) (Clearing / Tzadik, 2001)
8. Angus MacLise, Tony Conrad, John Cale - Trance #2 (1965) (An Anthology Of Noise & Electronic Music / First A-Chronology 1921-2001 / Sub Rosa, 2001)

9. Lou Harrison - Philemon and Baukis (Gamelan Music / Musicmasters, 1992)
10. Hanetration – Sundown (Murmurist EP / Not On Label, 2014)

11. The Sly and Unseen - Slumming It Here With Our Common Pigeons (The Crow Versus Crow Sessions, 2014)
12. The Sly and Unseen - String Tail Fox (The Crow Versus Crow Sessions, 2014)

13. Kink Gong – Side A (Excerpt) (Gongs / Discrepant, 2014)
14. The Piss Superstition – You (getting nothing to appear on the developed film / Fencing Tapeworm, 2014)
15. The Thomas Family – III (Excerpt) (Dub Variations / Crow Versus Crow, 2014)

16. People Eaters - Streams of Silver Ash (featuring Off Clasruse) (The Haunted Mirror / Aetheric Records, 2014)
17. Talweg - Ils Perdirent Leur Corps Par Dedans (Talweg / Anarchfreaksproduction, 2014)
18. Maja S.K Ratkje & Joachim Montessuis – 18’41 (Excerpt) (Janus / Erratum, 2014)
19. Culver & Posset – Mutant (Black Gash / Matching Head, 2014)
20. Culver & Posset – Untitled (Black Gash / Matching Head, 2014)

21. Shellac – Gary (Dude Incredible / Touch & Go Records, 2014)