RIP Gil Scott-Heron

I got a tweet he’d died and checked Wikipedia. It said he was still alive. One minute later it changed to reflect his death. A minute later Wikipedia resurrected him, and just afterwards he slipped away again.

Anyway Pitchfork is now taking the news so I guess that’s now official.

I can’t say I’ve pulled out the album I own for a long time but respect his influence on hip-hop.


Musicality 2011 – Episode 13: Sea Oleena

This week we look at the music of Canadian ethereal singer-songwriter Sea Oleana. We’ll take several tracks from her new EP called “Sleeplessness”, as well as a cut from an earlier, self-titled EP.

Plus there’s electronic craziness from Laurel Halo and Squarepusher, the soundtrack-tinged sounds from Switzerland, a live solo track from a French double-bassist in New York (who’s played with everyone from Steve Lacy to John Cage), and to end the night jubilant Peruvian dance music from an artist with a tragic story.

*all links below are to legal free downloads of the track or release.

Cobra (avec logo panthère) – Prud’Hommes from “zinzin cobra!” (Independent Release)
Sea Oleena – Sister from “Sleeplessness” (Independent Release)  (3:32)
Cocteau Twins – Half-gifts from “Milk And Kisses” (4AD) (4:18)
Sea Oleena – Milk from “Sleeplessness” (Independent Release) (4:30)
Acheron – Rain dance from “September Tape Fire” (They Live We Sleep) (4:31)
Laurel Halo – Aquifer from “Hour Logic” (Hippos In Tanks) (5:13)
Squarepusher – Hello Meow from “Hello Everything” (4:15)  (Warp)
Joëlle Léandre – No Comment from a live performance at ISSUE Project Room on 30/6/2010 (5:24)^
Sea Oleena – Island Cottage from “Sea Oleena” (Independent Release) (3:55)
Sea Oleena – Untitled from “Sleeplessness” (Independent Release) (4:42)
Cobra (avec logo panthère) – Baba Bobo Mastered from “zinzin cobra!” (Independent Release) (6:01)
Alicia Delgado – En Una Noche de Luna (3:56)

^ Issued under Creative Commons: No Comment (Joelle Leandre) / CC BY-NC-SA 3.0

Related Links:

An anthropology student in Peru stumbles across the tragic story of Alicia Delgado.

ISSUE PROJECT ROOM: a Brooklyn arts centre for exploratory music. (No less than Yoko Ono and Jim Jarmusch are on the advisory board.)

Musicality 2011–Episode 12

Beats this week on Musicality, which landed in my lap this year but hadn’t fitted into other shows. Their fate was to sit randomly in the playlist marked “To Play”.

After hitting play one day, I discovered they flowed well together as they were ordered. So here they are.

So music from Hyperdub supremo Kode9, the latest single from the Dutty Artz imprint, T.Williams updates some classic-era drum ‘n’ bass, the mysterious Moon Wiring Club (just click on the link below) and new post-rockery from Mountains.

Plus perhaps one of my favourite tracks of the year thus far – the ten minute extended edit of Mark E’s Deny This. It’s a slow burner but well worth the journey.

Dubbel Dutch – Fem Pressure from “White Label DA-011” (Dutty Artz)

TJ Kong & Nuno Dos Santos – Emerald Bay feat. Edward Capel from “After Dark, My Sweet (Compost)

Kode9 – Time Patrol Dub from free download (Hyperdub)

Mono/poly – Needs Deodorant from “Manifestations” (Brainfeeder)

Mark E – Deny This (Extended Version) from the forthcoming album “Stone Breaker” (Ghostly)

Jo – R Type (T.Williams Refix) from free download (via Fabric nightclub)

Mountains – Thousand Square from “Air Museum” (Thrill Jockey)

Moon Wiring Club – Kindly Cavort from free download (Blank Workshop)

Sole and the Skyrider Band – Hello Cruel World (Alias Remix feat. Yoni Wolf from Why?) from free download

Autechre – Pencha from “EPs 1991-2002 (Warp)

Related Links

Moon Wiring Club via Blank Workshop

Musicality 2011 – Episode 11

This week new punky rock from Sydney Naked on the Vague, post-rock from Mogwai and noisy ambient rock from Pale Sketcher, plus a new compilation of the many and varied original version which The Fall has covered in it’s long career.

We also have new music from Lee "Scratch" Perry – who is 75 and still going strong, and a new band which hooks up musicians from London and Kenya, and a whole lot more.

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – If You Want It (French Horn Rebellion Remix) original version from “History in Modern (Blue Noise)

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Electricity from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark (Virgin)

Naked On The Vague – Abstract Figures from the 7” single “Abstract Figures” (Rip Society)

The Saints – This Perfect Day from the compilation “Before The Fall” (Ace)

The Fall – War from “Middle Class Revolt” (Castle)

Mogwai – San Pedro from “Hardcore Will Never Die, But You Will” (Sub Pop)

Pale Sketcher – Seventh Heaven from the EP “Seventh Heaven” (Ghostly)

Owiny Sigoma Band – Wires (Theo Parrish Remix) original version “Owiny Sigoma Band” (Brownswood)

Lee "Scratch" Perry – Higher Level (feat. Tunde Adebimpe) from “Rise Again” (Sincerely Yours)

rf & jj feat. yves saint lorentz – The End from “” (Suddenly Yours)

Andrew Sinclair – Ritual Beat/Stolen Drums from the compilation "New Australian Psych – We Are After All Here" (New Weird Australia)

Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark – Sister Marie Says (Monarchy Remix) original version from “History in Modern (Blue Noise)

Related Links:

Musicality Blog

Naked On The Vague

New Weird Australia

Next Episode Postponed

Due to week-long site maintenance at JacRadio, the next episode of Musicality has been postponed until Thursday the 12th of May (and subsequent repeats).

Tune in then to hear new and recent music from Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark, Naked on the Vague, the Owiny Sigoma Band, Mogwai and Pale Sketcher.

Should the station come back online early, Episode 10, which was not broadcast in a couple of its repeat slots for varying reasons, will be heard. See the playllist below.