The Face: Shoom (June 1988)

December 31, 2009

Going out on a high for 2009, a sweet piece from The Face in June 1988. Sheryl Garratt nails Shoom in one paragraph. Top lady.


Thanks to Matthew J.
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Fusion’s excesses give way to a new age. Instruments dance a ballet. In my head. A second-hand ticking. Time hurries by. A shakuhachi mourns its passing. Pleading. Calling it back. As if it were trying to prevent a lover from leaving. A koto marks the attempts at persuasion and the inevitable. A lyricon. The struggle.

The struggle with time.

There’s a photograph of my Nan attached to my Tokyo fridge door. It greets me every morning when I go to make the children breakfast. She’s all dressed up with somewhere to go. Black jacket, blue skirt, white thinning hair. She’s holding on to the handrail of the steps to her garden in Croydon for all she’s worth. When I look at this photograph I think of the eighteen years I spent living next door. I remember toy soldiers scaling the mountains of her stairs. Action man’s journey’s to the centre of the coal bunker. And a gold carriage clock high on the mantelpiece with a delicate mechanism too fascinating not to touch. I hear the constant banging of the gate between our house and Nan’s. At night, the wind conjuring up robbers and ghosts when I’d forget to lock it. I smell the roses in her garden and touch the rubber flowers on her rubber swimming hat. I share evenings baby-sat between Nan’s legs. Fan heater warming us. Stealing sips of Babycham and watching TV in the dark. Nan singing in Welsh and snoring through the opera on BBC2. There are no memories of scoldings. Only love and pride. I see another photograph of Nan. She has black hair and she’s holding me in her arms.

When Nan died, my childhood finally ended.

The shakuhachi defiant now. The figure more elaborate. Each dancer moving to a separate song.

Osamu Kitajima – Thru Cosmic Doors
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Photographs: Dirt Box 83-86

December 31, 2009

These photos of the Dirt Box crowd circa 1983-1986 come courtesy of Hazel Taylor. For our ex-UK friends, the Dirt Box was an illegal drinking den that moved around London run by the infamous club face Phil Dirtbox. As you can see it was a time of amazing clothes, hair and jean shorts on Philip Salon. Thanks Hazel. x.










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After ‘Fisherman’, Wally Badarou returns with ‘The Daiquiri Diaries’, a new release from ‘The Unnamed Trilogy’. As Wally describes it, ‘A fresh start, with a yellow glimpse of humour, banana or strawberry, your choice’.

You can hear and download the track here.
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Thanks to Matthew J.
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Test Pressing started in December 2008 and was partially inspired by some Swedish friends who, as well as being behind the rather good Parlour 7″, are also kings of the Swedish balearic beat and the chaps behind the always good Mind On The Run blog. If you though the balearic well was running dry these two show the depth of music that is out there.

We asked them to select their favourite tracks from the site and here we are. There are twenty tracks in total so we’ve split them into two parts. Part two follows soon.

Paul Davidson: Midnight Rider
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Blue Gene Tyranny: Next Time Might Be Your Time
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Torkel Rasmusson: Resan
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The Gipsy Kings: Ternuras
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Bernt Staf: Valhall
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Aynsley Dunbar Retaliation: Watch ‘n’ Chain
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Scorpions: I’m Going Mad
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Mikael Ramel: Imorron E En Ny Da (Instrumental)
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Terry Jacks: It’s Been There From The Start
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E.S.P: It’s You
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In case you missed the link here it is again, Mind On The Run.
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Happy to mention the return of the super mellow Afternoon Sessions. DJs Phil Mison and Steve Terry will be joined by Balearic Mike to play balearic beats, fascinating rhythms and sunset vibes. Price on the door? Nish. Perfect.

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