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Hailing from Canada, King Khan Unlimited have filled this release with biting social insights (mostly about their southern neighbour) driven by some very analogue sounding punk rock that will take you back to the hey day of CBGB’s (think Ramones, Dead Boys even Blondie). For all that they have found a very appropriate home on the Australian based Bargain Bin Records. Featuring his majesty’s dream line up of Bordeaux’s finest rock‘n’roll lifers, The Magnetix and Fredovitch (from King Khan & The Shrines), King Khan Unlimited’s new slab of punk rock is chock full of stinging social critique delivered with wit and a wry smile.

Their first single “Pigment Of Your Imagination” tackles the complicated topic of pigment as related to the tidal wave of racism all over the world. “Pigment Of Your Imagination” also features Eamon Sandwith from The Chats professing his love for, uh, Shea Butter amongst other things… Opening the charge is “Bedwetter”, a very Ramones-esque lament to exactly that. Heavy bass and drums underpin this song and you can imagine how great this would be live. Second song Narcissist has the refrain “narcissist, you don’t exist” and could be a tribute to the now former president of the United States (even though they reference Napoleon throughout the song). “Trapped in your own illusion” is much like the aftermath of 45 leaving office. Megpie Eyes is equally Dead Boys and The Stooges, with a heavy blues undertone.

The title track “Opiate Them Asses” carries along in the same vein as Narcissist, with messages of people being blinded by media and online tropes. Then we step away from the somewhat socio-political messaging to Al Capones Symphallytic Fever Dream, a song referencing what Al Capone might have dreamt about (whiskey running?!?) and exploring the Capone mythology in their own way. Crime Don’t Pay seems like a deliberately ironic song to include after a song about Al Capone. This morphs into Foaming At The Mouth, it took me while to realise that this one actually sounds a lot like The Vapours, Turning Japanese, never the less a good fun song.

The second half of the album is less hook-you-in, but is still pretty solid and listenable. Modern Frankenstein, Do You Wanna Get Hurt and Kamikazi are all pretty solid efforts, but compared to the first 3 songs are exactly what they are – solid B-sides. Pigment of Your Imagination has some interesting and clever word play. Kamikazi is an ode to over doing it on the drink, then crashing and burning(they will fit into the Bargain Bin collective well).

The end song is Play Safe has some nice plinky-plonk piano and is the most ballad type song on the album.

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“Opiate Them Asses” is a solid punk rock album. The songs where they are making a socio-political comment (perhaps where the bands passions lie) and that are underpinned by a great track are the strongest on the album. When the band settles in to just being a punk band singing about girls and beer the strengths taper off a bit (lyrically, the band are pretty clever almost through the whole album).

Opiate Them Asses is definitely a play through with the best songs being Bedwetter, Narcissist and Megpie Eyes, just don’t listen too hard to the second half and the whole thing will feel like its still all good fun the more you listen.

Released January 29th, 2021

My name is A. A. Khan (a.k.a. “King Khan” or “the artist formerly known as The Blacksnake“). Welcome to the Art of Khannibalism… featuring music I have recorded and produced from my Moon Studios in Berlin, Germany. Music is my religion and can heal all wounds…. Enjoy these sounds and share them with the ones you love.

King Khan has worn many hats over the years and this year he has added jazz artist to that hat collection. With members of Sun Ra Arkestra and Calexico, as well as some regular collaborators, King Khan goes all-in right off the bat. Opening with “Wait Till The Stars Burn” a song that has a psychedelic tribal acid free-form jazz to it that only King Khan could cook up in his bag of tricks, we know we’re in for a ride immediately. I mean this record goes far out into the realms of space and never touches down to Earth. If you listen closely throughout the album, there are hints of Ennio Morricone sprinkled about, which feels like a beautiful tribute for an absolute legend that we lost this year. While the record is only 37 minutes long, it feels far longer, in a good way, as not a single track is in a rush to leave your ears. The trumpet playing by Martin Wenk in “Theme of Yahya” just envelopes your ears like a hug. “Mister Mystery” is freeform jazz meeting garage rock in an intertwining tussle where everyone wins. “Follow the Mantis” feels like film noir, but in a song. Go in with an open mind and let this band of misfits into your soul. 

Sometimes a work of art comes unintentionally from a place from deep within the soul. It meanders and flops onto a table and sits and waits for its birth. The album begins with “Wait Till The Stars Burn”, a planetary ode to the Sun. The second track “Tribute to the Pharoahs Den”, is a requiem for Danny Ray Thompson (R.I.P.) of the Sun Ra Arkestra, his music and legacy now floating above us in the infinity of space. Both tracks and featuring Marshall Allen and Knoel Scott (of the Sun Ra Arkestra).

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The song “Theme of Yahya” was a song I wrote for Yahya El Majid who played for many years with the Arkestra. I met Yahya in 2005 during my first meeting with the Arkestra. He shared many stories with me about the teachings of Sun Ra, the discipline he learned from him, and the many adventures he had all over the world travelling with the Arkestra. He told me these tales while playing a chinese harp, jamming to the sounds of Tuvaan Throat Singers, while burning a large amount of frankincense and myrrh. When I recorded the song I had four harps panned in stereo to form a sonic flower. When Yahya heard the track he telephoned me and told me that he was really moved by the piece and was proud of me. Yahya had been struggling for years with cancer and sadly passed away late August, 2020. I did not realize that my tribute to him would become a requiem, and it means the world to me that he was able to hear his tribute before he left the planet.

feat. Marshall Allen & Knoel Scott (Sun Ra Arkestra)

John Convertino & Martin Wenk (Calexico)
Brontez Purnell (Younger Lovers)
Ben Ra (King Khan & The Shrines)
Davide Zolli (The Mojomatics)

The album ends with a requiem for Hal Willner (R.I.P.) whose devotion to celebrating the weird and insane was like an insatiable thirst leading to deep introspection and joy in harmony and sonic dissidence.

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Now approaching their fourteenth year as Krakow Loves Adana, Deniz Cicek and Robert Heitmann have long been Germany’s best kept music secret. Their mix of dark-pop, indie rock, and krautorock would have been considered revolutionary if the year was 1975 and they were performing in one of Berlin’s underground clubs. Their exceptional 2017 album, Call Yourself New, made the melancholic exhilarating, as they examined the perils faced by various characters. 2018’s brilliantly brooding Songs After the Blue, meanwhile, was a study of the changing world and how things have turned upside down.

For the duo to be heard, they created their own label, Better Call Rob, but a year ago another label finally signed them. Specifically, Italians Do It Better, the company co-founded by Chromatics’ Johnny Jewel, have given them a chance to shake the label of hidden gem. Their newest single should hopefully be the start of an unforgettable adventure.

“Young Again” personifies Krakow Loves Adana sensational art. Like a Dali painting, it is numerous conflicting parts. It is dark and stunning, dramatic and thrilling, melancholic yet bold. The dark, spatial synths and beats combine with Heitmann’s dissonant guitar to create a soundscape that feels like the anthem for lonely souls. Cicek’s words mirror this feeling, as she confronts time and how it deteriorates the places we know, our relationships, and our memories. The song couldn’t be more timely, as time may indeed be running out.

Holly Herndon operates at the nexus of technological evolution and musical euphoria.

On a record of countless voices (both human and AI) and instruments (both real and virtual), Holly Herndon fused the ancient and futuristic to form a hopeful vision for our present. There are crystallizations of her club music on “Alienation” and “Eternal,” stunning chorales like “Frontier” indebted to both gospel and Medieval church music, breathtaking electro-acoustic sound design on “Fear, Uncertainty, Doubt,” and remarkable snapshots of Herndon’s process with glimpses at the AI’s “live training.” At a time when machine learning is viewed mostly with fear, Herndon depicts it more accurately as something young and innocent, something we created — in need of guidance, community, and, yes, love.  mind-bending arrangements and ideas that really test the stretch of the imagination.

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For the album, she assembled a contemporary ensemble of vocalists, developers, guest contributors (Jenna Sutela, Jlin, Lily Anna Haynes, Martine Syms) and an inhuman intelligence housed in a DIY souped-up gaming PC to create a record that encompasses live vocal processing and timeless folk singing.

Can’t get enough of this album. Holly is a true innovator, and this is one of her most innovative releases.

Tom Petty and The Heartbreakers

This is one of the greatest sets from the infamous “Rockpalast” live shows ever. It took place at the “Docks” in Hamburg on April 23rd 1999, just a few steps away from the ” Indra” and the “Kaiserkeller”, where The Beatles first played in Hamburg. I’m pretty sure the band knew that, and they were inspired by the fact, that George and the other boys were there nearly 40 years ago. And it was like playing a small club again. I watched this so often, i’d almost think i was there. It has a wonderful setlist ! Great songs from “Wildflowers” and “Echo” and beautiful interpretations from J.J. Cale, S.Stills, Van Morrison & Booker T. Thanks to the “Rockpalast” for bringing great music to us over 40 years. One of the tour s finest shows, the entire set at this remarkable German concert was recorded for FM radio broadcast and simultaneous TV transmission,

When Tom Petty, Mike Campbell, Benmomt Tench and Co. were re-recorded by Rockpalast in 1999, they already had 10 joint studio albums under their belt and were superstars. The concert of the rockers in the Hamburger Docks showed the band in top form.

They used to play their own hits over two hours like “Learning To Fly”, “I Will not Back Down” and “Mary Jane’s Last Dance”, but also covers like “Green Onions” or “Gloria”. Petty made a lot of humorous announcements and solo-ed with Mike Campbell . A real treat.

Setlist: 1. Around And Around 2. Jammin’ Me 3. Running Down A Dream 4. Breakdown 5. Call Me The Breeze 6. Swingin’ 7. Don’t Do Me Like That 8. Diamond Head 9. Mary Jane’s Last Dance 10. I Won’t Back Down 11. Listen To Her Heart 12. Green Onions 13. It’s Good To Be King 14. Lucille 15. Little Maggie 16. Lay Down That Old Guitar 17. Walls 18. Angel Dream 19. For What It’s Worth 20. Room At The Top 21. Guitar Boogie Shuffle 22. American Girl 23. Honey Bee 24. I Don’t Want To Fight 25. You Wreck Me 26. Free Girl Now 27. Free Fallin’ 28. G-L-O-R-I-A 29. Learning To Fly

Performed April 23rd, 1999

Musicians: Tom Petty, vocals, guitar Mike Campbell, guitar Scott Thurston, guitar, vocals Howie Epstein, bass, vocals Benmont Tench, keyboards Steve Ferrone, drums

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“Shot From The Sun”. This fantastic tune dropped into our inbox the other day. Lovebyrd are a swirly Psych Pop duo from Germany and well worth checking out.

There will be a full album released in August, however a 5 track EP they released back in January is still available………you can get a download from the Lovebyrd Bandcamp page http://lovebyrd.bandcamp.com/album/lovebyrd-ep and a cassette from the Ongakubaka Records Bandcamp site at http://ongakubakarecords.bandcamp.com/album/lovebyrd-ep Please give them a listen.

Live @ Zeche Bochum, Germany, 4th October 1985 filmed for “Rockpalast”

01  Black River 02  Easy Way Out 03  Honest Man 04  Time Ain’t Nothing 05  Send Me A Postcard 06  That’s What Dreams 08  Down To The Bone  09  The Drifter 10  See Of Cortez 11  After 6 12  No Free Lunch  13  Time Slips Away 14  This I Know 15  Fading Away 16  Hair Of The Dog 17  Gravity Talks 18  Old Chief 19  Everybody Loves To Play The Fool 20  We Shall Overcome 21  Down By The River 22  Symphathy For The Devil

Rory Gallagher from the Beat Club Sessions, was a German music programme that ran from September 1965 to December 1972. It was broadcast from Bremen, Germany and is notable for being the first German show to be based around popular music, and featured artists like The Rolling Stones, Led Zeppelin, Jimi Hendrix, Tina Turner, The Who, Black Sabbath, The Bee Gees, The Beach Boys and Kraftwerk in its seven-year run. Rory Gallagher was one of the shows most frequent visitors performing four times in the space of just over two years. Rory’s first appearance on the programme was with his band ‘Taste’ in 1970 and he returned soon after with his own solo work. This CD features 12 classic versions of Rorys early solo material from three separate performances during 1971-72, the 1972 recording being a full Beat Club special on Rory Gallagher.

Recorded by SDR 3  at Festival – Reitstadion, Stuttgart, 21, August, 1994, At the time of this concert, Rory was becoming very ill due to liver failure, hence the bloating. He collapsed on stage while performing in Jan ’95, had a liver transplant and died 14 June 1995 after contracting MRSA while still in the hospital recovering.  Regardless of his appearance and ill health, Rory remained the most amazing guitarist that has ever graced this earth.

A fantastic song writer too, who not only played the blues but wrote some of the most fantastic rock songs ever but some how he never really received the rightful recognition that he really deserved. Just listen to “Overnight Bag” or “Brute Force and Ignorance” “Souped Up Ford” the least goes on and on ,
Setlist  
Continental Op
Moonchild
I Wonder Who
The Loop/Resurrection Shuffle,
Tattoo’d Lady,
Bye Bye Bird, Ghost Blues,
Out On The Western Plain,
Walking Blues,
Don’t Think Twice, It’s All Right,
Band Introduction,
Shadow Play,
Encore: Bullfrog Blues,

Rory Gallagher: Vocals, Electric and Acoustic Guitar, Mark Feldham: Harmonica, John Cook: Keyboards, David Levy: Bass, Richard Newman: Drums

 

The Band 23/06/96 at the Rockpalast Festival, Loreley, St. Goarshausen, Germany
This is from the tour in support of their album, “High on the Hog”. It is one of the last concerts by The Band, they ended the tour in august 1996, and they played a few stand-alone gigs after that. I think this is the last filmed concert by  The Band.

Set list: Back to Memphis, Stuff You Gotta Watch, Stage Fright, Remedy, Ophelia, It Makes No Difference, Rag Mama Rag, Crazy Mama, The Weight, Stand Up, Deep Feeling, Free Your Mind , Shape I’m In, Rock ‘n’ Roll Shoes, Chest Fever,