Third Light Home Sleevenotes: August 2013

I thought I’d be too jaded, having read more than one history of independent music before now, but Richard King’s How Soon Is Now is an entertaining read that rattles along well and is full of nice behind the scenes stories – be it Morrissey raising a placard during a version of ‘The Queen Is Dead’ bearing the request ‘Two Light Ales, Please’, or an account of Rob Gretton and Mike Pickering, pillars of Factory records, taking Quincy Jones out for lunch at Knutsford Services on the M6 (‘he loved it’). Hence this month’s show features a chunk of fine independent music (or ‘indie’) from back when the term meant something. Actually, after a decade of major labels appropriating all that had a spark and was good, small independent labels now feel as vital as they did between 1979 and 1986. I could have filled the show with tracks from the likes of Mississippi records, Kranky, Thrill Jockey, Erased Tapes and Temporary Residence, and many more of the plentiful heirs to the greats like Rough Trade, Creation and 4AD. People tend to look at me slightly quizzically when I say I often follow labels rather than bands . . . (OK, as well as bands), but it’s a mystery to me why more people don’t just latch on the good taste of the custodians mentioned above . . .

Ah, well. Other sleevenotes: the record I forgot to namecheck is Sam Amidon’s ‘I Wish, I Wish’, from his very listenable, lovely, folky album (on Nonesuch) Bright Sunny South, which appears midway through; and apologies for any buzzing,  background noise and general distortion. This whole show was put together in a
less-than-soundproofed loft on a sunny Sunday afternoon – the wind in the trees, and kids yelling in their back gardens, having a good time, I can cope with; several helicopters flying over, the endless drone of circular saws, hammering, and the muted thud of next door’s ‘landfill techo’, you can live without . . . It puts me in mind of the great Steven Jesse Bernstein’s ‘More Noise Please’

Third Light Home new December show

Another year rolls by, and, late at night, sitting at home watching our erratically flashing Christmas-tree lights, I’m thinking: once again I’ve failed to get in everything I wanted to. As I’m sure I’ve noted before, the problem with not finding time to do a broadcast every month means the back-log of records to be played is so vast that the gaps between the shows can get longer just thinking about what to play; what to drop. So this month, in attempt to get as much in as possible, there is no featured book, just plenty of new stuff and plenty of new old stuff, and probably, at 14 minutes, the longest track I’ve ever featured — so please make a cup of tea and zone out to Laurie Spiegel, and think of New York in 1976, and the sun rising over the East River . . .

Traditionally at this time of year, I’m one of those lunatics who tries to impose some kind of meaning on their life by spreading out a 100 or so lps and cds over the front-room carpet in an attempt to produce my records of the year list. The kids roll their eyes, but I suppose it’s some kind of diary, and despite every year promising not to go there, I’m sure the fruits of my labour will be posted up here soon for anyone really struggling with 10 minutes to fill on a gloomy winter afternoon . . . In the mean time here’s another track from the great new Hannah Lou and Trevor Moss lp

Season’s greetings and all that x

Listen to the show here

Third Light Home New October Show takes in Scott Walker and New York

He was 40 when he recorded it, and it’s tempting to think of Scott Walker’s Climate of Hunter as his mid-life crisis album, but then again you could argue he was making mid-life-crisis albums well before that, in his twenties. Damon Krukowski certainly views Climate of H through the lens of ‘late style’ in his piece in The Wire magazine’s new anthology of writing about Scott Walker; and Ian Penman makes a convincing case for a reappraisal of Scott’s middle years — or, rather, there are far worse ways to spend a wet autumn afternoon than luxuriating in the strings and mellow moods of Til the Band Comes in or The Moviegoer. Read more…

Lower Dens

The Baltimore band Lower Dens has released another song from their upcoming album ‘Nootropics’ set for release on April 30th. ‘Propagation’ is a slow burner with perfectly placed vocals from Jana Hunter. I am excited for the album but I’m even more excited about the tour dates.

27th Apr 2012 – The Met, Pawtucket, RI, US
28th Apr 2012 – The Outer Space, Hamden, CT, US
29th Apr 2012 – Great Scott, Allston, MA, US
1st May 2012 – Mercury Lounge, New York, NY, US
2nd May 2012 – Glasslands Gallery, Brooklyn, NY, US
3rd May 2012 – Johnny Brenda’s, Philadelphia, PA, US
4th May 2012 – Rock & Roll Hotel, Washington, DC, US
5th May 2012 – Ottobar, Baltimore, MD, US
10th May 2012 – La Chocolaterie, Molenbeek, Belgium
12th May 2012 – Dok, Ghent, Belgium
13th May 2012 – Point Ephémère, Paris, France
14th May 2012 – The Hope, Brighton, UK
15th May 2012 – Madame JoJo’s, London, UK
16th May 2012 – The Lexington, London, UK
20th May 2012 – Loppen, Copenhagen, Denmark
25th May 2012 – Chelsea Musicplace, Vienna, Austria
30th May 2012 – Parc Del Fòrum, Barcelona, Spain
31st May 2012 – Bad Bonn, Dudingen, Switzerland

The Penny Drops…

Easter is all about Hip Hop right?

Forget about the chocolate eggs and head east on Easter Saturday for what promises to be a night of music & mayhem.

More after the jump.

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