LOCKDOWN MUSIC: WEEK 12 – PIG FEET

THE SOUND OF NOW? After pushing the Algiers line in last week’s Lockdown Music, Pig Feet stormed through and lobbed a brutal response to police brutality with beats of fury, Kamasi sax and a video that shocks you into a state of alert. THIS IS IT: the sound of now, nailed by Terrace Martin with Denzel Curry, Kamasi Washington, Daylyt and G Perico. Watch it all the way to the end for a tragic truth that makes you feel sick.

What else this week? Re-runs of Childish Gambino’s This is America. Repeat listens of older ragers. New albums by Desert Storm and Triptykon. Here’s the week’s listening.

JUNE 6
Old Man Gloom – Ape of God II
Desert Storm – Omens

JUNE 7
Saul Williams – Saul Williams
Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs Pigs – Viscerals

JUNE 8
Pinnick Gales Pridgen – Pinnick Gales Pridgen
PGP: Of all the non-King’s X Dug Pinnick projects I’ve managed to get (plenty to go yet, CHEERS dUg!), this one stuck the least – seemed a bit showy, a bit scorch-o blues, on the first few spins. Listening today, cycling the city with it cranked loud while the world’s anti-racism touch paper gets smoked into flames, PGP felt like they belonged in this moment. Experimental? No. Political? Not explicitly. Tough riffs and blues-edged heaviness by three guys who live it? Yes.

JUNE 9
Algiers – Blood
Algiers – 1st November 1954
David Bowie – Heroes
Robert Plant – Carry Fire
Bowie, Heroes: The end of the day called for Robert Fripp, but not King Crimson. Something song-oriented, so where else but Heroes? You can’t argue with this album, nor can you argue with Fripp’s gift for pushing others’ music into unexpected places.

JUNE 10
Nine Inch Nails – The Slip
King Crimson – Beat

JUNE 11
Ozo – Saturn
One Day As A Lion – One Day As A Lion
King Crimson – Three of a Perfect Pair
One Day As A Lion: Yeah well, it’s that kind of time, isn’t it? Zack de la Rocha and Jon Theodore go primal with bass, drums and distortion.

JUNE 12
Blown Out – New Cruiser
Triptykon with the Metropole Orkest – Requiem (Live at Roadburn 2019)

Given that the UK lockdown is now easing, this might be the last Lockdown Music log. Or maybe it gets a different name, who knows?

Keep safe, keep the music ON.

LOCKDOWN MUSIC: WEEK 11 – ALGIERS

‘I CAN’T BREATHE.’ We know the rest, sadly. And since George Floyd’s murder by police in Minneapolis, we’ve seen an explosion of resistance and demands for change and justice. Good. We’re behind time. Black music of resistance and protest has surged on the radio, but can rock do more than crank out Rage Against the Machine again, good as they are? Something newer, less familiar? Pure entertainment won’t cut it, neither will one-dimensional anger. Whose voice speaks of Right Now?

One, without question, is Algiers. Walk Like a Panther rages so hard and with so much soul that it shorts your body-brain circuits. Check the video then check your heart for a BPM shift. Check Blood. Check The Underside of Power, There Is No Year and anything else you can get your digits on. Hit Bandcamp and give cash for Can The Sub Bass Speak?, released as a single last week ‘…to support the struggle to end state violence against Black people and destroy white supremacy‘. Check Algiers for the firepower, fury and soul that music needs right now.

Who are you turning to?

Here’s the listening for Lockdown Week 11. Heavy times, much to learn and do.

MAY 30
S
wans – My Father Will Guide Me Up A Rope To The Sky
Ryley Walker – Golden Sings That Have Been Sung
Kamasi Washington – Harmony of Difference

MAY 31
The Beloved – Single File

JUNE 1
Algiers – There Is No Year
Ministry – Relapse

JUNE 2
Algiers – The Underside of Power
Charles Rumback and Ryley Walker – Cannots
Algiers – There Is No Year
Rumback & Walker, Cannots: Following Walker’s Golden Sings the other day, Cannots got an airing. Wildly underplayed, this record – mistake. These guitar and drums instrumentals veer from Walker’s song-based records towards more experimental jams that draw on the earth and the elements, at times carried by the same barren winds as Earth’s Hex: Or Printing the Infernal Method..

JUNE 3
Soundgarden – Live From The Artists Den, disc 2

JUNE 4
Funk Spectrum: Real Funk for Real People (compiled by Josh Davis and Keb Darge)
Ministry – From Beer to Eternity
Old Man Gloom – Ape of God I

JUNE 5
Zozobra – Harmonic Tremors
Corrosion of Conformity – No Cross, No Crown
Zozobra, Harmonic: There’s nothing like the bone-shaking bass of Caleb Scofield RIP to free you from human-made constructs, trivia and banality. Tune in to a primal noise frequency.

Keep the music ON, keep safe.

Lockdown Music week 10 right here.

LOCKDOWN MUSIC: WEEK 10 – SEATTLE

TRIPPING CORNELL’S MEMORY CORNER. May 18 was the anniversary of Chris Cornell’s death – three years gone. Did the surfacing of this thought make Soundgarden’s Live From the Artists Den a more moving listen this week? Maybe. But maybe not. Maybe it was solely the strength of the music and set list that did it, because it is a massive, immersive listen – if you create the space and give yourself the chance. Two discs, recorded in 2013, released in 2019. Sure, you’ve got to be a little bit in love with Soundgarden, but is any proper rock head not? Seriously?

So, this was the listen of the week, prompting thoughts of lost musicians and how they affect the way we listen to music, whether we listen closely enough to music in the first place, and what the role of a live album is these days.

What else? Here’s Week 10.

MAY 23
Radiohead – TKOL RMX, disc 2
Soundgarden – Live From the Artists Den, disc 1

Soundgarden, Live: No fewer than seven of the 17 tracks on disc one are from King Animal, and the non-album track Blind Dogs is in there as well. Definitely not just a greatest hits retread, is it? Taree, Rowing, BEN SHEPHERD’S HULKING BASS … Soundgarden still had something to say and the playing proves it. Listen with ghosts in mind, and not just for Cornell. Those four people will never do this again.

MAY 24
Van Halen – Van Halen
R
adiohead – The King of Limbs

MAY 25
Van Halen – Van Halen II
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds – Ghosteen

MAY 26
Nomeansno – All Roads Lead to Ausfahrt

MAY 27
Radio, nothing else logged

MAY 28
Radiohead – TKOL RMX, disc1

MAY 29
Underworld – Barbara Barbara, We Face a Shining Future
Urthona – Amid Devonia’s Alps

Underworld, Barbara: Always a restorative power, Underworld. Always. Find myself turning to them whenever things aren’t quite straight – not consciously, they’re just the band who set you right. Balance regained, ready for the wild, barren, rural untaming that is Urthona. Moors music.

Keep safe, keep the music ON!

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