Monday, 29 June 2009
A couple of months ago, I discovered this obscure psychedelic noise album by Pogonophobia. I think what first attracted me was the striking front cover, but the music turned out to be densely layered and varied. Pogonophobia means 'fear of beards'.
Pogonopobia - Bimmib
01. First Chapter
02. Hologrammic Aspects
03. Road To Samdhi - 1
04. Triumph Of Death (Excerpt From Dies Irae)
05. Siege Of Antioch
06. The Divine Eye
07. The Oracles
08. Lullaby For Stairs
09. Road To Samadhi - 2
10. Final Chapter.
Monday, 22 June 2009
On Tuesday, I released my new E.P. 'Insurrection' online.
This E.P. features vocals, mandolin and French horn, none of which have appeared on 7thSun releases before. The first two tracks are alternate versions of songs found on the demo album '184.108.40.206.', the third track is completely new and the fourth is a cover of a song by John Foxx/Ultravox.
7thSun - Insurrection
01. Unsleeping Eyes (Vocal Mix)
02. Wings (619 Version)
03. The Happy Robot
04. Just For A Moment.
For full details, please visit www.7thSun.co.uk/
Sunday, 21 June 2009
My recent Hitchcock odyssey is coming to an end, so I decided to pick up some Kubrick on DVD. Contents: Lolita, Dr. Strangelove, 2001: A Space Odyssey, A Clockwork Orange, Barry Lyndon, The Shining, Full Metal Jacket. This set is Region 1, although there are European equivalents available.
This weekend, I invested in a vintage synth: the Yamaha DX7. Often referred to as 'the synth of the '80s', the DX7 has been used by Brian Eno, Nine Inch Nails, Underworld, Vangelis, The Cure, Devo and even the BBC Radiophonic Workshop. It's the same age as me and the programming is a bit of a nightmare to get used to, but hopefully it'll yield some interesting results.
Wednesday, 17 June 2009
Last night, a production of Woody Allen's 'Play It Again, Sam' opened at the People's Theatre in Heaton, Newcastle Upon Tyne.
The play concerns Allan, a young film critic and neurotic who is unlucky in love. Receiving dubious advice on how to proceed from the ghost of Humphrey Bogart and his friends Dick and Linda (who have their own relationship issues), Allan becomes more confused than ever.
Reg White gives a very strong performance as the uptight Allan, managing to draw laughs and sympathy in equal measure, and demonstrates an impressive mastery of Woody Allen-style mannerisms. Pete McAndrew's Bogart was also very convincing, and he managed to maintain the accent well throughout the play.
The rest of the cast performed well, and as usual at the People's Theatre, stage design, lighting and sound were all excellent. The roar of nighttime New York coming through an open window and set decoration extending into the wings were particularly nice touches. Recommended.
The play runs from 16th to 20th June. Full details available here: http://ptag.org.uk/index.htm
Sunday, 14 June 2009
Saturday, 13 June 2009
Hello and welcome to my blog. While I try to stay on top of my own music on www.7thSun.co.uk, I'll be writing about various things that interest me on here. Your comments are appreciated. Thanks.