February 24, 2021

Can: live series kicks off with "Live in Stuttgart 1975"

There a lot of Can live bootlegs floating around and there has been chatter for an official series of live recordings for years. The long wait is (almost) over. On May 28th Live in Stuttgart 1975 will be released as 3LP and 2CD via Spoon Records and distributed via Mute. The German inventors were keen improvisers and during concerts by the Krautrock ensemble anything could happen. The remasters are overseen the band's keyboard player Irmin Schmidt and producer and engineer Rene Tinner.

Outta Here: One And One Is Two

Belgian guitarist and singer Fik Dries (Poppel, Believo!) goes out on his own with hi solo project Outta Here. One And One Is Two is a collection of lo-fi songs. He covers a lot of groung, from psych pop (Truth Is Near), fuzzy garage (Pod), shoegaze (Chill) and blues (Big Boss Man).

One And One Is Two has all the charm of a homemade album, plus the songwriting skills of a musician who can tell a tale within the space of a couple of minutes. It's a warts-and-all release - basically firing up the recording device and press "rec". It is as if he is playing right in front of the listener, feeling his way through the songs.

Tape Op "DISCussion" Episode 12: Sadie Dupuis

Tape Op has launched another podcast series: DISCussion. They get on the phone with an artist to discuss an album they love. In episode 12 Sadie Dupuis talks about Aimee Mann's Lost in Space.

» tapeop.com

February 23, 2021

Willie B and Truus de Groot: Bells Toll Home

Percussionist Willie B (nom-de-plume of Brian Wilson) was messing aroung with a cowbell song. Truus de Groot liked wht she heard and turned it into an avant-garde dance ditty. The video is helpful for those who need some pointers for shaking their bodies.

» Brian Wilson (Willie B) on Facebook
» truus.net

Mike Dillon: Quarantine Trilogy 'Shoot The Moon,' 'Suitcase Man' and '1918'

When the pandemic hit vibraphonist and percussionist Mike Dillon found himself hung out to dry. Performing live is his bread and butter - playing 100+ shows in a year, wowing his audiences with his blend of punk, jazz and funk. He had to find a way to redirect his energy and recorded three full albums, releasing them via Bandcamp as digital downloads. Now Shoot The Moon, Suitcase Man and 1918 will come to vinyl via Royal Potato Family.