German visionary Max Ernst had his hand in everything during his 80+ years in this world. Painting, sculpting, poetry, graphic design, there were many areas of his creative eye that really spoke of a vision far ahead of its time. To stare into the works he was creating in the 1920′s is proof of this time portal into the future, pre-dating many of the landmark pieces of art that have captured the identity of surrealism with most of the public. Max Ernst created “Oedipus Rex” in 1922, a period that would reflect the Dada movement that was occurring all around him and his deep foundations into collage work. The works of Ernst in the 20′s remain legendary and we will be looking at many of these works this year. Dimensions: 93 x 102 cm
Hayward Publishing presents ‘An Alternative Guide to the Universe: Mavericks, Outsiders, Visionaries’ | Art News
From Hayward Publishing
An Alternative Guide to the Universe surveys work that creates unexpected possibilities in art, science and architecture; possibilities so profound that they suggest an alternate reality. Work produced by more than 25 self-taught architects and artists, photographers and futurists, outsider engineers and scientists are featured in this highly illustrated volume. Many of the featured practitioners investigate larger systems of knowledge in their work, while others develop particular disciplines and art forms in unexpected and idiosyncratic directions.
Taken together, their maverick creations conjure a kind of a parallel universe where ingenuity and inventiveness trump common sense and received wisdom. With new texts by Rick Moody, Mark Pilkington, Valerie Rousseau, Margaret Wertheim, Roger Cardinal and Ralph Rugoff, an anthology of writing about the practitioners featured in the book, and a wealth of visual material, An Alternative Guide to the Universe is a fascinating tour through a surprising and rich creative landscape.
Published on the occasion of the exhibition An Alternative Guide to the Universe at Hayward Gallery, London, 11 June – 26 August 2013.
- Artists A G Rizolli, Alfred Jensen, Bodys Isek Kingelez, Emery Blagdon, Eugene von Bruenchenheim, George Widener, Guo Fengyi, James Carter, Jan Głuszak Dagarama, Jean Perdrizet, Jookin, Karl Hans Janker, Lee Godie, Lubos Plny, Marcel Storr, Melvin Way, Morton Bartlett, Paul Laffoley, Peer Pressure, Philip Blackmarr, Rammellzee, Richard Greaves, The Chookie Dancers, Turf Feinz, William Scott, Wu Yulu
- Authors Rick Moody, Margaret Wertheim, Roger Cardinal, Mark Pilkington, Valerie Rousseau, Ralph Rugoff
- Publisher Hayward Publishing
- ISBN 9781853323164
- Format hardback
- Pages 192 tbc
- Illustrations 100 colour and b&w illustrations
- Dimensions 280mm x 210mm
- Weight 0g
Jackpot Records offers second reissue pressing of experimental punk album ‘Youth of America’ (1981) from The Wipers | Music News
Jackpot Records has taken on a massive reissue campaign for the catalog and archives of influential early punk band The Wipers. Extending into realms of experimentation that few punk artists were moving towards, they defined an era of evolution in their genre that didn’t take full shape until many years after them. Their second LP, Youth of America, was issued in 1981 and remains a classic album in punk music. Jackpot Records took on a reissue of this album in recent years and is now offering another repress of this classic album this year for any who missed out on the first run. Full details from Jackpot Records below on this special vinyl re-reissue. Check out the other Wipers reissues and rarity sets Jackpot Records has put out by clicking here.
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Simply obliterating any conception of the Wipers as a mere punk band, Greg Sage released this follow-up to “Is This Real?” in 1981—a sophisticated, overwhelming response to the evil times marked by the turn of the decade. Broken up into six long songs, “Youth of America” is a much colder, harrowing experience than the teen angst of their debut. Vocally, Sage comes off as sleep-deprived and forsaken, snarling not only at his own predicament but at the predicament of the entire world.
The centerpiece of the album is the title track, a dire ten minutes of paranoia and angst that gave Sage the space to showcase his wildest, darkest playing yet. As bassist Brad Davidson and drummer Brad Naish hold the same hypnotic rhythm for the entire song, the guitar careens and swoops with such a frantic energy it seems as though it’s the only thing keeping Sage alive in the maelstrom of sound. It’s a fitting commentary that the exacting, post-punk legends Mission of Burma and squalling, noisy thugs The Melvins both saw fit to cover the track.
“Youth of America” is pressed on high-quality vinyl at RTI and packaged in a sturdy, old-fashioned tip-on sleeve. The tracks have been mastered from original tapes by Greg Sage himself, and the cover is identical to the original sleeve as issued in 1981.
Aretha Franklin “Day Dreaming” from the LP ‘Young, Gifted and Black’ (Atlantic, 1972) | B.F.T.P. 395
Dr. John, Donny Hathaway, Hubert Laws, Billy Preston and many others join Aretha Franklin for this legendary early 70′s LP Young, Gifted and Black on Atlantic. Aretha would win a Grammy Award for the record, solidifying her as one of the most influential singers of her age. The title of the album comes from the famous Nina Simone song “To Be Young, Gifted and Black” and is just as timeless and special as the influence it comes from. Enjoy the very popular studio version of “Day Dreaming” below.
Hot Casa Records is at it again with another extremely rare repress, this time pulling out an LP captured in 1977 from composer Itadi Bonney. The western thought of sound was becoming infused with every region of the world and the same holds true with this rare LP. Full details on the 180 gram vinyl pressings and CD pressings below.
From Hot Casa | http://hotcasarecords.com/
Hot Casa presents a tremendous Afro-soul album recorded in Togo in 1977 by Itadi Bonney. This rare album was created by a four-piece band formed and led by Itadi. Recorded live in Ghana at the radio station and remixed in Togo, this album is a really stunning fusion of funky arrangements, jazz inspirations and typical Togolese rhythms, sung in English, Mina, and Akposo. The message was political, calling for African unity against dictatorship, which obliged Itadi to move to Washington DC during the ’70s. Itadi Bonney, a native of Togo, West Africa, is an international musician who is a composer, arranger, vocalist, and guitarist. Itadi’s music is a blend of Ghana’s highlife and soul, creating a sparkling, undulating and eminently danceable wave of melodies and rhythms, punctuated by funky keys and layered with smooth vocals and harmonies. Itadi has toured France, Ghana, Benin, The Ivory Coast, Nigeria, and the U.S. Officially licensed and includes an interview with the artist.
Guerssen reissues the 1976 LP ‘Sakla Samani Gelir Zamani’ from Turkish singer Baris Manço | Music News
Working with Turkish Anatolian rock band Kurtalan Ekspres for a majority of his career, Turkey’s Baris Manço has remained one of the regions greatest musical forces. The treasure trove of recordings he left behind are still finding the light of day and Guerssen has become a main location for the excavation of his gems. The labels latest reissue project for Baris is on his 1976 LP Sakla Samani Gelir Zamani. Full details on this Turkish psych masterpiece blow.
From Guerssen | http://www.guerssen.com/
Sakla samani gelir zamani
GUERSSEN / LP
SECTION: ASIAN / EASTERN
Cat. No. : Guess112
In 1976, Baris released his third album which was actually also a compilation of songs previously released in 45s, as happened with his debut. For this LP release, and basically because of contractual reasons, we are presenting you this compilation with a few changes: two of the original songs are not there, and we added four new ones. So, what we get here is a scorchin collection of funky psychedelics Turkish way that will knock you out. Big Baris beats them all, the King of Anadolu Pop!!! Remastered sound, insert with linernotes and photos. 180gr vinyl.
Tracklist: Hal Hal – Gönül Dagi – Nazar Eyle – Hey Koca Topçu Genç Osman – Vur Ha Vur – Ben Bilirim – Ölüm Allahin Emri – Kalk Gidelim Küheylan – Lambaya Püf De! – Iste Hendek Iste Deve – Çay Elinden Öteye (Rezil Dede) – Egri Bügrü
Kingston Sounds presents a collection of 60s and 70s recordings from The Ethiopians on CD/LP | Music News
The Ethiopians are one of Jamaica’s greatest musical treasures, leaving behind one of the most special blends, of ska, reggae, dance hall and roots music. Kingston Sounds out of the UK has compiled an extensive collection of their music called Freedom Train with both CD and vinyl prints available. With recordings all over Jamaica, the collection focuses on a large portion of time, canvasing over a decade of the groups output. If you love the rhythms of Jamaica and have yet to hear The Ethiopians, this is a perfect introduction. For long time fans, it’s always incredible to have it all in one place. The Ethiopians original 45 prints and LP’s fetch a lot in the collectors markets, making this an essential item in the resurrection of the groups output without the heavy price tag or inferior MP3 copies floating around among the dedicated researchers. Stunning remastering, Freedom Train is a collection well worth owning. Make sure to browse the archives of releases Kingston Sounds has over at Forced Exposure here for more of the best reissues sourced out of Jamaica.
From Kingston Sounds
The Ethiopians are one of the great vocal groups to come out of Jamaica. Lenard Dillon, (b. 9 December, 1942, Port Antonio, Jamaica) the founding member of The Ethiopians, began his singing career at Clement “Coxonne” Dodd’s Studio One. Initially he recorded under the name of Jack Sparrow, and backed by The Wailers, cutting “Ice Water” and “Suffering in the Land.” Under The Wailers’ encouragement, he went on to form his own vocal group, recruiting singers Stephan Taylor and Aston “Charlie” Morris to become The Ethiopians. They cut “Live Good,” “Why You Gonna Leave Me Now” and “Owe Me No Pay Me.”
Although receiving favorable response, Aston Morris decided to leave the band and the remaining pair carried on and cut “‘I’m a Free Man” and “Don Dead Already” and “For You.” On meeting contract builder Leebert Robertson, a session was booked for Treasure Isle Studios. The session produced their seminal “Train to Skaville” track, which became an immediate hit in Jamaica and in the UK in 1967, reaching #40 in the charts. They also cut “Engine 54,” which became the title of their debut album. Its follow-up “I Need You/Do It Sweet,” did not fare so well and the band moved over to Sonia Pottinger’s stable, where they cut “The Whip/Cool It Amigo” which revived their fortunes and proved another big hit for the band. Two more hits followed “Stay Loose Mama” and “The World Goes Ska,” after which the band decided to return to a trio, adding Melvin “Mellow” Reid to the line up.
The band hit another run of successes with producer JJ Johnson “Everything Crash,” “Gun Man,” “Hong Kong Flu,” and “The Selah.” Many hits followed, leading the band to work with a variety of Jamaican producers — such tracks as “I Want to Be a Better Man,” “Conquering Lion,” “Fire a Mus Mus” Tail,” and the timeless “Reggae Hit the Town,” to name a few. Two albums Reggae Power (1969) and Woman Capture Man (1970), pulled a lot of these tunes together. Sadly, Taylor was killed in 1975 after been struck by a van in a road accident. Dillon returned to Port Antonio till 1977, when he was persuaded to return to Treasure Isle studios with producer Niney The Observer and cut the rasta-based album Slave Call. Additional members who joined for this album were Bro Fatty, Bro Ewing, Bro T, Mello, and Hychi Dread. An album that showed all the Ethiopians’ magic had not been lost.
This release includes the full Slave Call set, “Ethiopian National Anthem,” “Slave Call,” “Guilty Conscience,” “Hurry On,” “Mus Follow Babylon” (CD-only), “Train to Skaville” (1977 version, on CD-only), “Culture,” “Obeah Book,” “Let It Be,” and “I Love Jah,” alongside some of the band’s early hits including the original version of “Train to Skaville,” “Engine 54,” “Everything Crash,” “Reggae Hit the Town,” and “The Selah.” An interesting set to remind us what a great group The Ethiopians really were. CD includes two bonus tracks.