SAD NEWS

30 APRIL 02: SAD NEWS

From godflesh.com

[28th April] – Late Update
– Confirmed News


“If the tour cancellation
wasn’t enough, I am now able to confirm the following bad news that’s been
kicking around…

Godflesh Is No More

Over, finished, done, gone,
out…


    Justin
suffered a nervous breakdown prior to boarding his flight to the US.

Unable to make the trip, nevermind perform a 2 month long tour, Justin
has decided to call it quits. Godflesh is done for.


    How this
affects other projects, tours and recordings is not known. It seems likely
that everything will be shelved until a later date. Again, this is official
and confirms some of the rumors floating around.


    As always,
our thoughts are with Justin and we all hope for a swift recovery.”

THE WINDS OF PNEUMA

29 APRIL 02: THE WINDS
OF PNEUMA


“The self-deconstructing
novel may be good for a laugh or a sub-Zen reminder


of the void, but its fastidious
refusal of authorial authority at best illuminates


and at worst exacerbates
our mythic muddle. We seem to be forgetting

(what our forebears clearly
knew) that the winds of pneuma call upon us to


name the parts of desire
as best we can. We cannot refuse this call because


Mother Nature in her wisdom
(or unwisdom) unlocked the instinctual primate


codes by which when we were
apes we used to navigate the seas of desire.


A good myth or poem stands
in for these codes, addresses our appetitve


anarchies, and offers safe
conduct to some life-enhancing energy by


giving it a name; and a
bad one does the opposite, ‘binding with briars my


joys and desires.’ But in
the absence of an authoritative myth or poem,

the lights simply go out
and the soul is closed down: no name, no game.


In other words, we have
to play; and if we refuse, our robotic bodies are


simply wired up by this
week’s television commercials.”

(Dudley Young, Origins of
the Sacred:The Ecstasies of Love and War)

NEW MUSIC SCOUTING REPORT

28 APRIL 02: NEW MUSIC
SCOUTING REPORT

from Forced
Exposure
:

WOBBLE & TEMPLE OF SOUND,
JAH: Shout At The Devil CD (30HZCD 17).


“Shout At The Devil wisely
colours its Arabic dub soundtrack with the


addition of vocal contributions
from the world recognised Natasha


Atlas, Nina Miranda and
Prodigy’s Shahin. This rich tapestry of


collaborators are at the
heart of this tasteful brew of exotic and


entrancing music. Unlike
Wobble’s other recent collaborations, all of


a similar ilk, Shout At
The Devil contains a sinister underbelly,


whereby the hypnotic melodies
wind around the listener like a hissing

cobra. As usual, Wobble
can be found bass in hand, scoring out the


songs which are then given
their meat and bones via Count Dubulah’s


occasional springy guitar
and full-blooded programming. The title


track, with Natacha Atlas
on vocals takes you into the heart of the


tribe like never before,
delivering a healthy does of mystical


eastern authenticity.” 
$14.00

A CERTAIN RATIO: Early 2CD
(SJR 60 CD). Double CD for the price of 1,


the “definitive anthology
of ACR recordings from 1978-85″. Well

packaged per the Soul Jazz
standard, with a 36 booklet of historical


photos and a long interview
the band. “A Certain Ratio were the first


group (alongside Joy Division)
to sign to Manchester’s infamous


Factory Records in 1978,
future home of New Order, Happy Mondays. As


purveyors of dance music
in the aftermath of Punk, A Certain Ratio


led the field. After Punk,
a new set of groups emerged who wanted to


mix Dance music — Funk,
Soul, Reggae, Disco with the spirit of Punk:


Groups such as A Certain
Ratio, Cabaret Voltaire, 23 Skidoo and The


Pop Group were the first
UK groups to bring Dance music into their

sound. In New York’s dance
clubs ACR’s ‘Shack Up’ became an


underground Dance hit in
places like Paradise Garage and The Roxy,


leading to them playing
live in New York’s Danceteria with seminal


New York group ESG and their
first album being recorded in New Jersey


mixed by legendary Factory
producer Martin Hannett.. Here ACR first


encountered Nu Yorican Latin
percussion/street music in Central Park.


The following day ACR bought
Bongos, Whistles and Congas and didn’t


look back! Mixing Punk,
Funk and Latin percussion together to make a


unique sound. Their sets
often ended in ten-minute percussion jams,

occasionally dressed in
Brazilian Football gear! When Factory opened


their new nightclub, The
Hacienda, ACR played at the opening night


along with ESG. A Certain
Ratio were a band ahead of their time


mixing Dance music with
Punk spirit. When asked by Tony Wilson


(founder of Factory) what
ACR sounded like, style guru Peter York


replied that they sounded
‘Early’. ‘Early what?’ asked Wilson. ‘No,


just Early’ came the reply. 
Soul Jazz Records are releasing a


definitive compilation (2xCD,
2xLP) of ACR featuring classic tracks

along with lots of rare
stuff, interviews and original photos.”  $15.00

HIGH RISE: Destination –
Best Of CD (TKCU 77105). “Unbelievably,


High Rise are celebrating
their twentieth anniversary this year.


Strictly speaking, they
started out as Psychedelic Speed Freaks, only


taking the High Rise name
in 1983. But, whatever — the will to a


state where uber-heaviness
and uber-speed merge into one


all-enveloping bliss haze
has been their one shining goal for a full


two decades now. Acceleration,
motor-burn, and blinding forward

motion encapsulated through
guitar, bass and drums. What you get is


twelve remastered tracks
of totally thrilling, full on, heads down,


speed-psych-metal mayhem
taken from their classic PSF releases. The


album also includes two
previously unreleased tracks: a studio


version of live favourite
‘Ikon’, and a new piece called ‘Heavenly


Power’. For once the superlatives
are fully deserved. High Rise are


the band that kick-started
a label and a scene. They’re the


power-trio to end all power-trios.”
— Alan Cummings.  $18

CLEVELAND INDIANS VENDOR SCOUTING REPORT

27 APRIL 02: CLEVELAND
INDIANS VENDOR SCOUTING REPORT

FROM PETE RELIC:

“I went to the Indians game
last night


and it was freezing rain,

with multidirectional wind

(blowing in yer face and
at your back same time!)


 but somehow the game
was not called


(even after it turned to
snow) and the Tribe won.

A classic vendor walking
up our section yelling:


‘NOT THE GAAAAAASMAN!!

NOT THE MAAAAAILMAN!

NOT THE CAAAAAABLEMAN!

THE BEEEEEEEERMAN!!!!!’

Well hey, why not! Nothing
like an ice cold beer when you can’t feel your


toes!”

na

26 APRIL 02

Lightning strikes over Old
Mission Peninsula in Traverse City, Mich., on the morning of April 18 as
a strong storm front moves across northwestern Michigan.   Photographer:
“…the storm front was coming right at me.”