Wednesday, 23 June 2010

Fur Hood, FourColor & Hervé Boghossian



FUR HOOD with unknown characteristic mug



Fur Hood (live at Cafe Oto) by clairurbahn




A VAGUE RESEMBLANCE TO HB'S TABLE



I'm the invisible man- Hervé Boghossian (live at Cafe Oto edited) by clairurbahn


FOURCOLOR



FourColor (live at Cafe Oto) by clairurbahn

Fur Hood, Fourcolor and Hervé Boghossian all performed at Cafe Oto last Sunday. The space proved excellent for recording as the crowd were all totally into the music and appreciative of others ie. quiet. (if you listen closely you can hear someones mobile phone alarm going off at the start of FourColors' performance)

I went along just because I wanted to be drowned in sound with no idea what would be on. Fur Hood are a threesome from Glasgow with jilted sounds sometimes droney, sometimes perky. This track I've uploaded is a cover from Twin Peaks (which one.. I'm not actually sure.. anyone know??!).

Hervé Boghossian was a one man wall of stand-the-fuck-up sound. He stood behind a table. On the table sat a laptop and numerous unknown technical machines (mental note to self: attempt to record gear used for instances such as this). His guitar was strapped around him and the delay from strum to sound was quite significant. He was blank faced and concentrated throughout his performance and played tracks unlike the next --- FourColor aka Keiichi Sugimoto who played one long start-beginning-and-an-end track.

Before we move onto to talk about Keiichi I must explain the screaming in HB's audio. This is a 'Clair Urbahn' edit. I saw HAIR the musical recently and recorded some of the performance - this is what you hear in the first quarter 'I'm the Invisible Man'. HAIR, fyi, sits in the OK category purely because just before half time everyone on stage got naked. Had this not have happened, the only interesting thing I would be noting here would be how I slipped my heels off and fell asleep.. (somehow I could sleep through all that vibrato ALL THAT VIBRATO btw was completely unnecessary, just a splash of shrill will do.. just a splash)

Keiichi Sugimoto also creates music under the moniker FilFla and fonicais, and is part of Minamo (a 4 piece who've just released an album entitled Dureé on 12k). I am kicking myself for turning the PARD off about 7 minutes before Keiichi finished his performance.

Tuesday, 8 June 2010

LADIES AND GENTLEMEN WE ARE FLOATING IN SPACE

Here's a few of my ATP crew - Rohyp aka Rach, Aubrey and Rupert

Another episode in the ALL TOMORROW'S PARTIES recordings. Here I present to you Spiritualized playing the opening song from their 'Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space' album. The song is called 'Ladies and Gentlemen... you get the picture. They played the entire album from start to finish. It is their 3rd studio album and came out in '97.

As you can see from the photo (credit to Rupert) they had a choir and orchestra.

Spiritualized played on Sunday - the last day. Possibly one of my most enjoyed days on this earth.

Check out the line up:

SUNDAY MAY 9TH

BANDS

PAVILION

6.00pm-7.00pm - DANIEL JOHNSTON
8.00pm-10.00pm - SPIRITUALIZED performing Ladies And Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space

CENTRE STAGE

2.00pm-3.15pm - BOREDOMS performing Boadrum
3.45pm-4.45pm - THE TIGER LILLIES
5.15pm-6.00pm - JUANA MOLINA
7.00pm-8.00pm - HOPE SANDOVAL AND THE WARM INVENTIONS
10.00pm-11.00pm - JOANNA NEWSOM
11.45pm-12.30am - THE XX
1.00am-2.00am - COCOROSIE

REDS

3.15pm-4.00pm - VIV ALBERTINE
11.00pm-11.45pm - THE RAINCOATS
12.30am-1.15am - TRASH KIT

DJS

CRAZY HORSE

10.30pm-12.00am - SPYKIDELIC
12.00am-2.00am - DECLAN ALLEN

IRISH BAR

10.00pm-12.00am - MANISH AND SUMMERS
12.00am-2.00am - ROUGH TRADE DJS

CINEMA

AFTERNOON SHOW

10am - ALL THE REAL GIRLS
Midday - GEORGE WASHINGTON
2pm - FISH TANK

EVENING SHOWS

10pm - FARGO
Midnight - A SERIOUS MAN
2am - THE SADDEST MUSIC IN THE WORLD

ALSO...

CRAZY HORSE

2pm - POP QUIZ with LORD SINCLAIR

I have recordings from Daniel Johnston, Boredoms, Joanna Newsom, CocoRosie, The XX, Viv Albertine and The Raincoats and will post them here in due course.

Spiritualized - Ladies and gentlemen we are floating in space (live ATP) by clairurbahn

SOUND ART



Unexplainable for it hasn't any rhyme or reason. Put headphones on and listen.

Syndicated by clairurbahn

Saturday, 5 June 2010

CRYSTAL CASTLES live


Crystal Castles performed a live instore at Rough Trade last week to a crowd of 200. First 200 people to buy their new album (their 2nd self titled) got a free wristband for entry.

the performance was pretty good - she was men-ill.. crowdsurfing bending screetching and generally looking heroin addict k-induced chic. He was hot (but which bearded man isn't). They played for 40 minutes. They'll be playing at The Roundhouse in September.

Crystal Castles - Crimewave (live Rough Trade instore) by clairurbahn

CHAPLEGATE ep1


OK I live central Shoreditch in a big church which goes by the name of Chaplegate. There are 14 of us - mostly women and gay men. Obviously this makes for plenty of party times.. a bottle of wine turns into three days of complete anarchy. More often than not going downstairs to make a morning cup of tea means encountering a kitchen table occupied by some of Shoreditches elite mumbling, consuming and avoiding sleep.

This morning I was awoken by TEAM GROCERY fucking around on the balcony catching the morning sun screaming 'Clair Clair get the pard .. I masterbated in a funny place'. I got up and recorded ... the result is boring as shit BUT I thought it would be a good introduction to many more Chaplegate recordings to come...

p.s photo features ERIN and EVE on the Balcon

Saturday Morning at Chaplegate by clairurbahn

Friday, 4 June 2010

COUPLES ARE CREEPY


Couples Are Creepy by clairurbahn

Viv Albertine of The Slits fame played at ATP, Butlins last month. It was just her on stage playing in an intimate surrounding to a blissfully quiet, attentive crowd. All her songs were much like this posted. She was great with heaps of in-between-song banter and humble honesty.

I recorded 21 bands during the weekend.. all of which will be posted on here as they become topical - this particular track - Couples are Creepy is the first to hit the site due to it's relevance.. couples ARE creepy (except Rohyp and Brad... cause i'm basically a part of your coupledom.. WE'RE not creepy).

The pic is of Viv with Sid of The Sex Pistols - she said during the concert "Sid was bought up by a junkie so i don't really know what kind of start he had".

Londoners can catch Viv playing at Strummerville in mid June.. Strummerville is a charity aimed at supporting new musicians set up after Joe Strummer's death. The site is interesting with some good downloads, events and info.

Wednesday, 2 June 2010

ODE TO ALE

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Crimin-ale Wave by clairurbahn

one night at Chaplegate - prior to it becoming my home - Brian aka Aunty Fuata, Luigi and some others concocted what was to be my perfect mate - Ale, both female and male. Ale was made of paper.. pen and a little mayo. Our creation was too beautiful to behold, too beautiful for this world. So, much to our dissapointment Ale's life ended by cremmation.