Sleevenotes for March show: It seems every time we cycle up the path by the River Lea a new block of flats has been erected. Just the other chilly Saturday afternoon, myself and Thurston, my son, hoped to get a cup of tea in a café along by where the boat people live, near Walthamstow Marshes. Unfortunately it was closed ‘having run out of food’ and so we sat on a bench and watched the river go by. A rare bit of winter sunshine, a couple of swans and a duck, and a young woman sat on the tow-path, sketching the barges moored on the far bank. Within minutes a hipster rolled up on his racing bike and started talking loudly into a mobile phone about ‘how corporate’ the Green Man festival had become. He stood, just blocking the final rays of sun, putting the pencil sketcher into the shade and shattering a brief moment of London tranquillity . . . I guess I’m no better, contributing more noise here, but I hope at least the next hour or so of music proves edifying in some of kind of small way (we all know corporate music festivals suck), and the music of Harold Budd, in particular, is worthy of re-investigation. There’s currently a huge amount of his stuff being reissued, including a 2cd retrospective, The Wind in Lonely Fences, and a lovely double-vinyl solo piano set, Perhaps. He comes across with much dignity in this Guardian interview; I can even imagine him puttering about on a canal boat on the River Lea Navigation . . .
To coincide with his latest show the Antiswarm is giving away a deluxe double CD copy of James Blake’s eponymous album. If you don’t know his stuff it’s a weird ride indeed with spookily sparse vocals strung out over haunting beats & melodies. Try this highlight – The Wilhelm Scream, it’s unique stuff. All you have to do to get this treat is listen to the show and send your answer to the question therein to email@example.com. This month as well as the usual audio assault the show has a marvelous interview with Tim Kirkby where he talks about what order a 5 year old should watch the Star Wars Films and what he likes to watch with his cat.
After last month’s electronic extravaganza, normal service resumes at Jimdoes Towers. We’ve got his version of world music – bringing you tunes from Croatia to Canada via Saigon and taking in a little detour down under. The “word” C86 rears it’s head and the whole caboodle is bookended by 2 rather splendid cover versions.
Hmmm, what to do with those kids that sit next to each other at the back of the radio station and spend more time annoying each other that getting on with their work…
I was going to refuse to accept this, their “Summer Show”, but it’s been pointed out to me that daylight saving wise, it’s still technically British Summer Time.
They’ve got me there. My hands are tied.