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Tag Archives: Avant-Garde

Jac Berrocal – Rock N Roll Station

A very special track dating from 1976; Rock N Roll Station saw French maverick Berrocal team up with Vince Taylor. Taylor was a Rock n Roll star from the 60s who had descended into madness, and was the main inspiration behind David Bowies Ziggy Stardust creation. The piece has Taylor reciting a kind of beat/concrete poetry over a subdued and haunting musical backing with Berrocal playing a bicycle, amongst other things. A true cult classic.


Renaldo & the Loaf – The Blowflie’s Dilemma

Bouncy, joyous strangeness from the Portsmouth duo’d 3rd album, 1983’s ‘Arabic Yodelling’; released on The Residents label Ralph Records.

Renaldo & the Loaf – Letters From Lee

An insane tape loop collage and Loaf like voice treatments typical of the bands early materials. This was originally on the cassette version of their debut album “Struve & Sneff”(1979), which they released on their own Rotcod label. This piece didn’t make the cut for the Ralph Records vinyl of the album, and would certainly have been the most abstract track on the album if it had.

Renaldo & the Loaf – J.P.W.B.C

Short slice of beauty from the Portsmouth duo’s 3rd album, 1983’s ‘Arabic Yodelling’.

Terry Riley – Poppy Nogood and the Phantom Band

The B side to 1969’s ‘A Rainbow in Curved Air’ has Riley playing all of the instruments; with the sax playing inspired by John Coltrane; and using a time lag accumulator that consisted of two tape machines, looped audio tape, and a patch cord; hence the “Phantom Band” of the title. This woozy, expansive sound takes the listener into a warm, hypnotic, sedative state that is highly seductive.

This Heat – Peel Sessions 1977


  1. Rimp Romp Ramp (0:00)
  2. Makeshift Swahili (6:40)
  3. Sitting (12:59)
  4. Basement Boy (15:15)
  5. Slither (17:24)

Nurse With Wound – Brained (Unconscious Mix)

Nurse With Wound’s crazed, demented, tripped out cover version of “Cottonwoodhill” by Brainticket get a zonked out mix. It starts with Jim Foetus’ vocals cutting through the fog, and eventually the listener gets thrown into occasional bursts of the maelstrom of the original version; then back into the voidy, bleached alternative. Dig.

A Bad Diana – Behind The Curtain Of The Sun

When Diana Rogerson came out with her ‘A Bad Diana’ project in 2007 (with the sole album ‘The Lights Are On But No-One’s Home’), it was glorious news for those Nurse With Wound fans that feel that Rogerson was always one of the most compelling elements of an incredible project (that luckily shows no signs of slowing down). Rogerson had already given us 2 incredible ‘solo’ works in the past with her Chrystal Belle Scrodd persona, but that was many years before A Bad Diana, and it could be said that this album was more than long overdue. Luckily it didn’t disappoint, and echoed the trajectory of her husband’s NWW, with the work becoming less demented and more spaced out (though eerily so). This track has Diana singing into a void of drones and chirping crickets. Minimal, simple; yet vast and majestic; here’s hoping for more from this mercurial, and fierce talent over the coming years.

Faust – Miss Fortune

Faust’s debut album was a dizzying collage of avant-rock, noise, freak folk, and everything in between; it was certainly radical at the time, and would still unsteady the uninitiated to this very day. The third track, which covered the whole of side B, continued in this cut up style, and takes the listener on a journey through the 1971 German underground. One minute you feel like you’re walking through a beautiful meadow, only to suddenly be confronted by a hideous industrial structure belching smoke. Also, check the section where the band clearly took direct inspiration from the Velvet Underground’s ‘The Murder Mystery’.

News From Babel – Devils

Krause bolstered by creepy bassoons on this light yet sinister piece from their 1984 album ‘Sirens and Silences/Work Resumed On The Tower’.

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