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News For April 2001

From Aural Innovations #16 (June 2001)

Hawkwind shows:
August 4th, 2001, Sun in the East festival, Norwich, details tbc
August 18th, 2001, Canterbury festival
Mount Ephraim Gardens, Hernhill, near Faversham, Kent
Saturday 18th August, 11.00am - 11.00pm, Rain or Shine (first band on stage at 12.00 mid-day), Capacity strictly limited to 3000
The line-up in order of appearance:
MC: Arthur Brown
The Hamsters
Porcupine Tree

Tickets £30 in advance. Children under 14 free of charge (if accompanied by an adult).
Postal applications: (No Booking Fee) - By cheque / postal orders payable to: "Canterbury Sound Limited" with an SAE to: Second Wave Promotions, PO Box 385, Uxbridge, Middlesex UB9 5DZ
By credit card and in person from the following outlets (subject to booking fee):
Marlowe Theatre, Canterbury: 01227 787787
Ticketweb: 020 7711 2000
Stargreen: 020 7734 8932
Way Ahead: 0115 912 9000
Freak Emporium: 01753 893008
Book online:
For latest info check: www.canterburyfestival.com

August 12th, 2001, Empress Ballroom, Winter Gardens, Blackpool
Nik Turner, Terry Ollis, Thomas Crimble, Huw Lloyd-Langton & DikMik
Tickets £16 (+ 30p booking fee) from Ozit-Morpheus Records, PO Box 116, Northwich, Cheshire CW9 5UG, (cheques payable to Deeply Vale)
Credit card booking: 01565 734066, See www.tractor-ozit.com for updates

The 2001 North German Hawkfan festival will take place on June 22-23 in Hamburg.
Scheduled bands include Human Brain Circus, Vibravoid, On Trial, Johnson Noise, Liquid Vision, and Vagina featuring Ron Tree and Judge Trev. For more information go to http://www.hawkfans.purespace.de/, or email Leonhardt@parklane.de.

NEW ICU/ JUDGE TREV/NIK TURNER CD's AVAILABLE From http://realfestivalmusic.co.uk our new website, Formerly "Judgement Records"
JUDGEMENT AND THUNDER 2 Inner City Unit/Imperial Pompadours
More hits from Judge Trev and Nik Turner including the highly illegal "Insolence across the Nation"
The revolutionary works of Judge trev - masterpiece!
Also "Now You Know the Score" Judge Trevs ICU 1997

£7.99 each + postage, Send check, PO, IMO to:
Real Festival Music, 34a Upper Lewes Road, Brighton, East Sussex, BN23FH, UK
Postage 1 CD UK 44p Europe 96p Rest of World £1.32p
2 CDs UK 66p Europe £1.50p Rest of World £2.30p
3 CDs UK 87p Europe £2.00p Rest of World £3.00p

Ron Tree, Judge Trev, Dino Ferari, and Trips are appearing with their new band VAGINA at the Hamburg hawkfest 23 June - other gigs to be announced.
Coming soon… "GOD AND MAN" new major album from Judge Trev, Featuring Nik Turner, Harvey Bainbridge, Ron Tree, Dino Ferari

Circle is playing in Glasgow on the 6th of December and would like to play additional UK gigs at that time. If you would like to book this amazing band you should contact Jussi Lehtisalo at ektro@verkkotieto.fi.

And speaking of Circle... Ektro Records now has their own domain at http://www.ektrorecords.com. Ektro Records is run by the multi-talented Jussi Lehtisal of Circle, Ektroverde and other projects. The label has releases by his own and other avant-rock bands from Finland. Lots of mp3's and RealAudio sound files are available to hear what the label is about. Jussi's bands are among the most frequently written about in Aural Innovations.

Slutfish Records too finally have a web presence at http://www.slutfishrecords.com. Slutfish is home to the amazing JFK Jr Royal Airforce, the prolific Billy Syndrome, and... The Geeky Dorks! There more there of course including loads of Billy's cool comix. Check it out.

Gong News: GILLI SMYTH: IT'S ALL A DREAM (Gliss CD006), Copies of Gilli's great new CD have finally arrived at GAS. An exclusive GAS release and available in the Kasbah on the Planetgong website right now.
MIKE HOWLETT, The deity-like genius of Mike Howlett is acknowledged in the June issue of the UK music magazine Mojo as one of 100 'Sonic Pioneers'. He is amongst such august company as Phil Spector, Lee Perry, etc.
GONG DVD?, Snapper Music, producers of both Zero and Live to Infinity are deciding whether to take up their option to release a Gong DVD of the 'Zero 2 Infinity' CD launch gig/party at the Subterranean last April.
GONG JAPANESE 'MINI LP' CDs, I finally got round to listening to the recent, exquisitely packaged, but oh so expensive, Japanese mini LP sleeved Gong CDs. Although they proclaim '20-bit mastering' on the front cover strip or 'obi' I have to say that the sound quality is noticeably not as good as that other CD releases of the same albums. The levels have been boosted and the CDs are 'brighter' in sound, but oh that hiss...
DAEVID ALLEN'S UNIVERSITY OF ERRORS - USA Tourette, August Very tentative plans, subject (of course) to Error.
Faculty - Daevid Allen, Josh Pollock, Michael Clare, Jason Mills
Friday 17th Aug - Seattle with Kinski, venue tba
Saturday 18th -San Juan Island, Wa, Egg Lake Shake
21st Aug-1st Sept - Philly, Athens, Chicago, also touring with Analogue, tba
2-8 Sept - Detroit, NY also touring with Need New Body, tba
GONG - UK Tour, October/November
Wed 10th Oct - Brighton, Concorde II
Thur 11th - Oct Southampton,The Brook
Fri 12th Oct - Aldershot, Princess Hall
Sat 13th Oct - Harlow, The Square
Mon 15th Oct - Norwich Arts Centre
Thur 18 Oct - Wolverhampton Robin
Sat 20th Oct - Milton Keynes, Wavendon Stables
Wed 24th Oct - Wrexham, Central Station
Thur 25th Oct - Leeds, Irish Centre
Fri 26th Oct - Manchester, University
Sat 27th Oct - Widnes, Queens Hall
Sun 28th Oct - Crewe, Limelight
Mon 29th Oct - Stockton, The Arc
Wed 31st Oct - Newcastle, Opera House
Fri 2nd Nov - Glasgow, Renfrew Ferry
Sat 3rd Nov - Aberdeen, Glow 303
More dates to be confirmed.
GONG - European Tour, November/December
Being booked now. A full on jaunt around Europe including visits to:
7th/8th Nov Holland
9th-14th Nov - Germany
Fri 17th Nov - Norway, Oslo, So What!
Sun 19th Nov - Norway, Bergen, The Garage
20th-23rd Nov - Sweden/Denmark
25th/26th Nov - Austria
27th/28th Nov - Switzerland
29th Nov-4th - Dec Italy
5th-15th Dec - France/Spain
Confirmed dates as they come in http://www.planetgong.co.uk

Joseph Benzola of Amanita Music will be playing at a New Music Festival this August doing a tri improv, a duet with toy percussion and toy piano, plus tape works. Check out the details at http://kalvos.org/ought1.html.

Strange Trips will be doing a US Tour this October with Harvey Bainbridge and Mr. Quimby's Beard from Sunderland, England. A larger than normal indoor show somewhere in the Cleveland area will be scheduled to take the place of the outdoor Strange Daze Festival that we have held over the past 4 years.
Jim Lascko caught a Mr. Quimby's Beard show when he was in England and they are absolutely killer live! A full, beautiful, sound with lots and lots of mushroom magic in it. They bridge the gap between Hawkwind and Ozric Tentacles (most certainly influenced by them and many others) but with their very own original music and unique style. They were extremly powerful with a nice variety in their set and the crowd really seemed to love them. Certainly one of the freshest and strongest acts I have seen in a long, long, time!

Below is some information on our recent Strange Recordings releases. These are all good strong recordings from board DAT, pumped up and made to flow with nice artwork. I believe most fans who hear them will be pretty pleased with what they are - good live performances at a reasonable cost.
Harvey Bainbridge Live 2000 - about 70 minutes of music recorded from last year's Strange Trips Traveling OuterSpace Spectacular US Tour and Strange Daze 2000. Track listing is: Strange Daze Intro, Black Hole, Lost, Free Fall, Mutation Zone, DNA Lounge, Adrift, Who's to Say, Turn On (The Light), S.O.S., and Just Say Know.
Anubian Lights Live '99 - about 70 minutes of music recorded in Cleveland, Ohio at The Symposium. Track listing is: Information, Baghdad Thanks You, Mars, As Seen in 872 AD, One Eye to the Sky, The Fire Breathes, with Nik joining them to do Dragon Rider and Soul Herder.
Farflung Live w/ Nik Turner @ Strange Daze '99 - about 70 minutes of music recorded at SD'99. Track listing: I don't know the names of the first 5 Farflung songs (few lyrics, reminds me of a heavy sound - kind of like some of the early Black Sabbath) and Nik joins them at the end of their set for a rousing Sonic Attack, Brainstorm, Watching the Grass Grow, Opa Loka, and Shouldn't Do That.
Get them at http://www.strange-trips.com.

Summer Solstice Spacefest 2001, Friday, June 15, 8:00 pm at CELL Space CELL, located at 2050 Bryant Street, between 18th & 19th Sts., in the Northeast Mission, San Francisco Admission is $8-12 sliding scale Joining the BikeCoalition ($20) that night gets you in for free! Bands featured represent the entire spectrum of "space" music:
SubArachnoid Space (space rock)
Mushroom (eclectic jazz psychedelic jams)
Cookin' w/ Kurt (ambient and 70's analog synth grooves)
The Neurohumors (space jazz)
Jai Young Kim (ambient)
These acts will be accompanied by multi-screen visuals, including the public premier of the video "Crystal Mysteries" by Bill Kaunitz.
This event will also be a benefit for the San Francisco Bicycle Coalition and their efforts to create the Mission Creek Bikeway and Greenbelt, which would pass within a few blocks of CELLspace. Info and maps of the proposed route will be on display during the show.

Dipstick news: Coming this summer - the exciting WEED Records release, "Don't Rewind", featuring DIPSTICK remixes of Cat Power, Friends of Dean Martinez, FUCK, Chuck Prophet, Barbara Manning, Daevid Allen, Russ Tolman, and Rocket from the Crypt. Plus, DIPSTICK contributes a track to the upcoming Joe South Tribute Album and, a new double-CD of DIPSTICK remixes/reconstructions of live performances by premier avant-improv-jazz-rockers MUSHROOM (featured in this month's DOWNBEAT magazine). Visit www.dipstickmusic.com for more info and news.

PRESS RELEASE, RE: THE MUFFINS 2001 CONTACT: Paul Sears 202-518-9621 email: Pjsears@earthlink.net
May 5, 2001 - The Muffins, one of the best known progressive groups ever to come out of Washington, DC, announced they will be playing two east coast concerts this year, Saturday July 28th at The KNITTING FACTORY in New York, 74 Leonard Street NYC 10013, See www.knittingfactory.com
Saturday September 1, at the PROGDAY Festival in Chapel Hill, North Carolina. See www.progday.com
The Muffins will release *LOVELETTER #1*, a limited edition live CD at PROGDAY.
The Muffins plan to complete *BANDWIDTH*, their new full studio recording this summer. It is slated for release during 2002.

Karda Estra news: The whole of the LAND OF GHOSTS album up on Mp3.com. For those who don't know, GHOSTS is a compilation album containing rare and unreleased material, as well as selections from the two KE albums. All tracks are now available as free streaming and mp3 downloads at: http://www.mp3.com/kardaestra The album is still available at peoplesound.com: http://www.peoplesound.com/artist/kardaestra and a D.A.M. CD should be available now from Mp3.com itself.

Southern Lord news: Josh Homme (Queens of the Stone Age, Kyuss, Desert Sessions) is unleashing a new record label under the moniker: REKORDS REKORDS. In conjunction with SOUTHERN LORD RECORDINGS, Rekords Rekords first release will be the DESERT SESSIONS Volumes 7&8 . This split label release will be coming out as a DOUBLE 10" and CD (SEPTEMBER 18TH). This release promises to be the most intense, heavy and song oriented Desert Session ever recorded! Josh has assembled a incredible group of musicians for this project: Mark Lanegan (Screaming Trees, QOTSA), Alain Johannes and Natasha Schneider (Eleven, Chris Cornell band) , Samantha Maloney (Hole, Motley Crue), Brendan McNichol (QOTSA), Nick Eldorado (Like Hell), Fred Drake (Earthlings, ), Chris Goss (Masters of Reality).DESERT SESSIONS Volumes 7&8 kicks off Joshs' new label with a bang. Upcoming releases to include: Fatso Jetson, Masters of Reality, Eagles of Death Metal SOUTHERN LORD is extremely stoked about this new union with REKORDS REKORDS, and hopes to expand the exposure of these exciting releases. For more information be sure to check out: www.southernlord.com

Update for Don Campau/ No Pigeonholes/ Lonely Whistle; PO Box 9162; Santa Rosa CA 95405. campaudj@jps.net
Requesting and airing your original home recorded music. All styles.
Twice a month live in the SF and Monterey Bay Areas, archived on the internet and also broadcast throughout Europe on Radio Marabu: www.RadioMarabu.de
CDRs by artists you've never heard. http://lonelywhistle.tripod.com
Out now: Harlan Lyman "Harlan" 11 track compilation from this drummer, multi instrumentalist and sound collager.
Coming soon: Don Campau "Beyond Fake" a 15 track rhythm rock collaboration featuring Achim Treu, Aku Tardiff, John Sosnowski and others.
Don Campau "Whatever Sticks" a folk/pop/ freeform fluxus solo release.
Miscellaneous news:
This from Bret Hart: Dick Metcalf is hosting a webzine that I edit - GuitArt, through his fine Improvijazzation Nation / The Improvisor web-effort.
I think GuitArt is going to end up being a wicked good music resource.
The intro deal-y is at: http://users.tm.net/rotcod/GAW1.htm
Our friend and fellow KKUP broadcaster Elizabeth Gips died on May 27 after suffering for many years. She was an incredible person involved in many activities over her 80 years on this planet and was the person who married Robin and me in 1996. You can still see her web site at: www.changes.org Rest in peace, psychedelic grandma.
And this from Kim Harten in England... thought i'd let you know that aquamarine is now a webzine; #21 is now online at: http://www.blissaquamarine.net

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