07.01.09 - 09:38am
Was mixing my drinks last night, with way more herbal teas than standard. Green tea, peppermint, cammomile. crashed out about 2AM after viewing the enjoyable Royal Tennenbaums with my hand on the volume knob all the way through. I could watch Gene Hackman all day. Awoke sweating after vivid dream just after 4. Dream was in the style of sophisticated and modish American TV program about a military unit engaged in jungle warfare, like a more humid version of Generation Kill. Woke up silently screaming – being pursued by guys in headscarves swarming down a hill. Outside it was a muggy, misty East Anglia.Felix’s thing was fun, although I have some regrets. They are:
Should have taken more pictures because it was hard to take a bad one, especially at the party.
Wish Felix DJed the 7″ singles he asked us all to bring (one each was stipulated, although I brought about 6 and Dave brought 3), or maybe even asked me and Dave to DJ, although he probably doesn’t know quite how talented we are in that regard. He certainly didn’t know I had brought my MP3 player with minijack to RCA phono adaptors just in case.
I regret being totally fucking partied out by about 1.30AM, thereby not getting to actually talk that much to people.
I regret telling Mariola’s daughter that she sounded like her Mum. What I meant was that I’d been trying to discern evidence of her maternal origins all evening and suddenly I caught a glimpse in her manner, in a sudden intensity of expression. Even Bobby, who isn’t synonymous with propriety, was more or less aghast at this gauche error.
Treated Belgium and London as one long holiday and I’m a little tired and bored of myself now. I’m sure burning the candle on and off uses more wax or something. Anyway, you lot babysit the apocalypse for a bit. I’m getting an early night.
09.20.08 - 08:40pm
The best picture I could find was on the MFU site.
Pretty neat huh?
09.20.08 - 08:37pm
Phil has a new joint out. I feel like I owe him because I played at the Atomium
and, as I recall it, he hasn’t. Maybe he will one day. Who knows?
Man From Uranus – Amazing Science Friction Volume One
CD01 – Outer Music – library/electronic/experimental
The first release from Cambridge Electronic Avant-Rock Musician Man From Uranus for his new label Outer Music is a 23 track compilation covering the formative years of MFU from 2003 – 2008. Serving as a foundation for a campaign of many further new releases from MFU, this CD is a potpourri of wildly varying experimental styles ranging from early avant-garde electronics, to Library Moog, Krautrock, 90s synthpop, and Naughtys spazz and Noise, executed in a cartoonish Lo-fi manner without any attempt to replicate these styles of the past in Sample form or to fuse them with other modern genres. Includes collaborations with Agaskodo Teliverek and Broadcast.
“MFU is a quintessentially English phenomenon – in fact, its tempting to be more specific and describe him as a quintessentially Cambridge phenomenon. A maverick boffin oblivious to the wider musical landscape, MFU constructs appealingly eccentric snippets of fizzing analogue psychedelia which seems to owe as much to the quirky, Moogtastic sounds of 70s cult TV as they do to groups like Stereolab or Broadcast (who make a couple of guest appearances here). This album anthologises recordings made over the last four years and for the most part its a volley of brief, breezy and barely-suppressed giggles, complete with comedy titles and whimsical samples. But a couple of tracks suggest greater substance: “New Planet Professor” revels in a soaring, consciousness-expanding keyboard solo which coould have been excised from some mystical Caravan bootleg, while the closing “Space Station 3 On The Shores Of Infinity” stretches out through 12 minutes of cosmic, Radiophonic space.” The Wire (Oct 2008)
CD // £9.00
Also available from MFU
Man From Uranus – Wild Moogimals
SL3 – Strange Lights – avant / electronic
Well, quite a feat from MFU: 8 tracks on one 7″. This is a man whos predominately improvised live shows bounce about in space colliding stars and planets alike with shards of moog, broken analog tape and theremin. Control is the key on this 7″, a fully focused MFU displaying what the hell synths, theremins and other analog wizardries were designed for: music which makes you want to dance and smile while at the same time maintaining an element of confusion thanks to the free Sun Ra influenced passages passing through at light speed. Take a trip with the Spaceman
INSTOCK & ON OFFER (usually £3)
7 // £2.50 (offer)