Sunday, 22 October 2017

The Crow Versus Crow Radio Show #119

The 119th episode of The Crow Versus Crow Radio Show, recorded at Crow Versus Crow Haus using a Zoom H1 recorder as a microphone and stitched together using outdated software. Please listen to this on headphones.

#119 picks from the previous episode's exploration of Paul Bowles' 'Music of Morocco' box-set before winding itself around the spools of a selection of recent tape-orientated cassette releases from the Falt label; sinks into a heady mire of grimy ecstasies, from Blood Stereo to Klein, via Scottish work songs and golden choral loopings; before Grey Guides hold up a gunked mirror to post-Brexit, undustrial Britain with an exclusive (killer!) mix of sounds from the scraggy edges of post-punk, industrial and weirdo noise.

If you are at all interested in the work of the artists featured in this episode, please support the artists and labels through purchasing their records and attending their shows where possible.

1. Chikh Hamed Bel Hadj Hamadi Ben Allal And Ensemble – Reh Dial Beni Bouhiya (Qsbah Solo) (Music of Morocco, from The Library of Congress / Dust to Digital, 2016)
2. Artem Spar – Side B (KW 13-15 / Falt, 2017)

3. Rose Buried in Sand – Dissolving Tape (Dissolving Tape / Falt, 2017)

4. The South Harris Waulking Group – Tha Fadachd Arm Fhin A Ri (Oran Luaidh – Gaelic Waulking Songs / Lewis Recordings, unknown)
5. Stuart Chalmers – Untitled (Loop Phantasy No.4 / Chocolate Monk, 2017)
6. Klein – Tommy (Tommy / Hyperdub, 2017)
7. Blood Stereo – Dirt Hymn (Spools & Frolics / Chocolate Monk, 2017)
8. Sophie Cooper – Side A (excerpt) (The Curfew Tower Recordings / Crow Versus Crow, 2017)
9. Grey Guides – Pissed On, Spat On and Shat On In Preston (We Are Not Your New Techno Messiahs / Not on Label, 2017)
10. Grey Guides’ Mix for The Crow Versus Crow Radio Show

  1. Alternative TV – 'The Radio Story' (Vibing Up The Senile Man / Deptford Fun City Records 1979)
  2. Storm Bugs – 'Car Situations' (A Safe Substitute / Snatch Tapes 1980 & Harbinger Sound, 2011)
  3. Smell And Quim – 'The Gospel Accordian To James Anderton' (The English Method / Stinky Horse Fuck SHFK7001 1988)
  4. Hair Police – 'Boneless' (Obedience Cuts / Freedom From, 2004)
  5. Pulp Music – 'Low Flying Aircraft' ( 7 inch single / not on label, 1979)
  6. The Poetics – 'Jim's Song' (Remixes Of Recordings 1977 – 1983 / Compound Annex Records, 1996)
  7. Smegma – 'Mr Potatohead's Floatation Exercises' (Pigs For Lepers / Pigface Records 1982 & Harbinger Sound, 2006)
  8. Slugfuckers – 'Deaf Disco' (Cacophony 1979 – 1981 / Harbinger Sound, 2006)
  9. Sacher-Pelz – 'Cainus' (Cainus / Marquis Tapes, 1979)
  10. Chrome – 'I Am The Jaw' (Read Only Memory / Siren Records, 1979 & Cleopatra, 2014)
  11. Smell And Quim - 'Man With Spirit' (The English Method / Stinky Horse Fuck 1988)
  12. Blood Stereo – 'Moth Eaten Gurgle' (All Are Ore Museum / Chocolate Monk, 2009)
  13. James Ferraro – 'Buffy Honkerburg's Answering Machine' (Night Dolls With Hairspray / Olde English Spelling Bee, 2010)
  14. Lovely Honkey – 'Putton Bush Work Patch Shreddie' (Completely Wastes Your Time / Chocolate Monk, 2016)
  15. Control Unit - 'Lemmania' (In A Frame / Alt.Vinyl, 2013)
  16. Smell And Quim – 'Spirit Log Supplemental' (The English Method / Stinky Horse Fuck, 1988)
  17. Uns – 'Says' (One Foot In The Grave 1968 – 1990 / Touch Records, 1991)
  18. Rodd, Terri and the MSR Singers – 'The Beat Of The Traps' (Beat Of The Traps: MSR Madness vol 1 / Carnage Press, 1992)
  19. Unknown – Answering machine invocation. 
  20. Posset – 'Argos Jam' (Suranne, Suranne / We're Gonna Get Fucking Drunk Tonight Boys, 2013)
  21. This Heat – 'Hi Baku Shyo' (Deceit / Rough Trade, 1981)
  22. The Shadow Ring – 'Tuna In Brine' (Patchouli And Echoes / 777 was 666 & Chocolate Monk, 2004)
  23. The Cramps – Surfin' Dead (Smell Of Female / Enigma Records, 1983)

Thank You

Friday, 20 October 2017

New Release: Sophie Cooper - The Curfew Tower Recordings (CVC007 / cassette & digital download)

Sophie Cooper
The Curfew Tower Recordings
Limited Edition of 50 cassettes and digital download

Sophie Cooper’s The Curfew Tower Recordings consists of two collages produced from recordings of various musical pieces, actions and field recordings taken during the artists weeklong IMPOSE||LIFT residency, part of The Penthouse’s 18 month curatorial programme (, at Bill Drummond’s, The Curfew Tower, Northern Ireland. The work presented here documents Cooper’s questioning of the potential for dialogue between trombone and voice within the song-writing process. These sketches document an intuitive exploration through improvisation.

Cooper’s tribute to La Monte Young and Marian Zazeela’s Oceans is a wholly apt reference point in relation to The Curfew Tower Recordings, as the influence of Minimalist pioneers, along with the early electronic experiments of Daphne Oram, for example, can be heard through the undulating, shimmering abstractions that blur the lines between Cooper’s layers of effected trombone and vocals.

Interspersed through these explorations are recordings of Cooper’s Dial-a-Bone project - personalised trombone improvisations, performed in response to random callers’ requests… from within a public phone box.

Sophie Cooper is a musician living in Todmorden, West Yorkshire, experimenting with the conventions of song writing through guitar, the trombone and vocals. Cooper, in addition to solo work, is a member of The Slowest Lift, with Julian Bradley of Vibracathedral Orchestra, and often records and performs improvised works with French pianist Delphine Dora. Her previous records have been made available through the Was Ist Das?, Rural Colours, Wild Silence and Front & Follow labels, amongst numerous others.