09 December 2014

L'augmentation - Encore et Nouveau - Worshipped and Re-released

Living life at twenty four frames a second.... for a second time.

Roger Linney at Reverb Worship has put together a collection of wonderful tunes from l'augmentation in a limited edition CD of 100 copies.

so... it's here to buy on eBay at the moment!

Please be quick

:0)

03 November 2014

Laurie Laptop and Black Rivers

Hello Folks

Mr Laurie Laptop - Durutti Column collaborators' latest remix is of the Black Rivers new single, Voyager 1. It's been made Q-Magazine track of the day.


This may be released on vinyl in the near future, but feel free to listen here in the meantime!


31 October 2014

Nightingale Variations (kookydisc 37)

Nightingale Versions (kookydisc 37)Nightingale Versions will be released on 24 November 2014 as a limited edition CD from Kooky Records. Ten artists have each provided a track; with their individual interpretation of a field recording of Nightingale bird song made by Phil Cleaver at Glapthorn Cow Pastures.

The same source was offered to all the artists to use however they wished in some part.

This recording of male Nightingales was recorded during the early spring when the unpaired male Nightingale shows off its loud, melodic and percussive song as it looks to attract a mate and define territory. The song of the Nightingale has been described as one of the most beautiful sounds in nature. Loud, with an impressive range of whistles, trills and gurgles; it has been inspiring songs, fairy tales, opera, books, and a great deal of poetry over many years.

The compilation has electronic and ambient contributions from John Foxx, Micronormous (aka Matthew Eaton from Pram) and Laurie Laptop (Durutti Column); through to the cinematic Mark Tranmer (gnac) and darker more industrial Andrew Liles (Current 93, Faust, Nurse With Wound) and Windy and Carl. Slipstream and Oliver Cherer (Dollboy) offer two beautiful pop gems to complete patchwork of offerings.

1. John Foxx - A Small Wood In A Big World
2. Michael Tanner - Apollyan in D
3. Slipstream - Fly
4. Micronormous - Migration
5. Mark Tranmer - uguisubari
6. Woodcraft Folk - Glass Bells
7. Windy and Carl - Night
8. Andrew Liles - Annie
9. Laurie Laptop - Silva Pslamus
10. Oliver Cherer - Judy Makes Three

Nightingale Variations is available to buy via Cargo.

12 October 2014

Chronicle XL - Review in UNCUT OUT NOW

Another fine review for the Durutti column album Chronicle LX (8/10) can be found in the latest issue of UNCUT.

Furthermore; the wonderful track 'Free from all the Chaos' from the  album is included on the Cover-mount free CD that comes with it.


Kooky has a few copies left for sale directly or you can purchase them directly from any reputable record selling outfit...

Nightingale Variations - Kooky Disc 37

Hi folks....

The long awaited album of birdsong variations will be available in the next few weeks from kooky and all good shops. It will retail at £10 incl P&P worldwide and a little buy it now button will appear soon (once I get the web wizard all the info')

The track list and running order is as follows:

1
A Small Wood In A Big World
John Foxx

2
Apollyan in D
Michael Tanner

3
Fly
Slipstream

4
Migration
Micronormous

5
uguisubari
Mark Tranmer

6
Glass Bells
Woodcraft Folk

7
Night
Windy and Carl

8
Annie
Andrew Liles

9
Silva Pslamus
Laurie Laptop

10
Judy Makes Three
Oliver Cherer

04 September 2014

The Durutti Column and Caoilfhionn Rose Birley - Free from all the Chaos

A video for the Durutti Column track featuring Caoilfhionn Rose Birley 'Free from all the Chaos' can be seen here on youtube: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gwegGTNNIHc&list=UU4RyDvBVGapZ5bLxe-16qSA

It features Caoilfhionn (Keelin) walking around the inspiration for the track Fletcher Moss.


06 July 2014

Nightingale Versions - Various Artists Album Sept 2014

Nightingale Versions will be released in September this year. Ten artists have each provided a track showing their individual interpretation of a field recording of Nightingale bird song made by Phil Cleaver at Glapthorn Cow Pastures.

The source music was nine minutes of recorded nightingale birdsong then offered to various different artists to see what the could come up with from it; using the recording however they wished just so long as it was used in some part.


Artists who have contributed are:

In alphabetical order

Oliver Cherer (Dollboy) 
John Foxx 
Andrew Liles (Nurse With Wound, Current 93, Faust) 
Laurie Laptop (The Durutti Column) 
Micronormous (Mathew Eaton Pram) 
Slipstream 
Michael Tanner ( Plinth A Lords) 
Mark Tranmer (gnac) 
Windy and Carl 
Woodcraft Folk 

This nine minute recording of male nightingale bird song was recorded during the early; spring when the unpaired male Nightingale shows off its loud, melodic and percussive song as it looks to attract a mate and defend the bird's territory. The song of the Nightingale has been described as one of the most beautiful sounds in nature. Loud, with an impressive range of whistles, trills and gurgles , it has been inspiring songs, fairy tales, opera, books, and a great deal of poetry over many years.


More details and artwork to follow...

11 June 2014

Chronicle and Sunil

Chronicle is dedicated to the memory of Sunil Kumar.

Sunil was a huge Durutti Column fan.

I met him on a couple of occasions at shows. He was always the first to order anything online. I know a lot of you out there knew of him and he posted on the discussion group with keen interest.

Very sad to hear he had passed away when I tried getting in touch last year. With his family's blessing we thought it fitting to remember him with this release. If you knew him, I hope you will join us in remembrance.

There was a boy....

Text from VGR - 11/6/14

"Phil - inside this WORK OF ART ! -there r three badges - my face / date of birth / & "1" - does that depict I've been given no. 1 of this incredible Ltd Edition ? Coz Bruce told me there's a sticker on the box depicting that but there isn't ? Just curious ? Anyway I'm still trying to get my head round the wonder of this ARTIFACT !! BLOWN AWAY of Didsbury XXXXXXX"

10 May 2014

The Durutti Column - Chronicle XL [kookydisc 60]

Chronicle XL
CD: UK - will be released in the week commencing 07.07.14 (Kooky website pre-release 23:59 BST 02.05.14) (Kooky Records kookydisc 60)

Important note

Chronicle XL by The Durutti Column is selling well in all good stores.... but a few copies are now available to buy direct via mail order from Kooky.

Please note the following (as previously)

1. It is first come first served and one only.
2. No reservations - you buy one to get one (obvious?).
3. One per household.
4. If you bought one previously please let someone else get one - or try your local store.
5. Please do not panic.....! There are still plenty available at your local store so you can obtain one there!
6. This is a few that were not passed on to the press. They are part of the 'general' release i.e. not the first 500 or so.

Also...

Finally, this is all about The Durutti Column and perhaps more specifically Vini Reilly. Vin has been quite poorly and it's fair to say his strokes have made life more challenging for him.

I am often asked "what can I do..." or "If only I could help..." etc.

Buy this and enjoy - if not here then in a store/shop. But please keep perspective on supporting him by buying his great music; from any label which is putting out his tunes and any shop that stocks his releases.

Thanks for your great support, it is never taken for granted but always appreciated by the band and Kooky.

Chronicle XL is available to buy via Cargo.


Tracklisting

Chronicle One

Fanfare
Embattled Heart And Battling
Synergetic
Poppy & Pancho
The Rest Of A Life
The Water Colour Class - Feat. Jill Taylor
Nine Years
Party
Mello
Mercy In The Cathedral
To Raise A Gentle Smile
Pancho And Poppy
Fanfare Reprise

Chronicle Two

Free From All The Chaos - Feat. Caoilfhionn Rose Birley
Electrostatic - Feat. Caoilfhionn Rose Birley
Follow - Feat. Caoilfhionn Rose Birley
Misery - Feat. Caoilfhionn Rose Birley
Big Bill Rance
Vin + The Tabla Bong Guitar
Martin Jackson Was Here
Dry On The Rocks
Running Bass For Sharrock
The Changes Go Up And The Changes Go Down
Good Work Vin And Keir
Juan Montero & The Drum

Booklet

Contains photographs taken by Vini over his life including friends, family, people he has worked with and Red Kites (Milvus milvus). Bruce Mitchell has provided a background to the project; how it came about, the brief and where it ended up in the form of an essay.

Certificate

Each copy comes with a foil blocked certificate

Map

Every copy will have a random map. It will be a small part of Manchester detailing a location linked to his life. There are six in total and the mail order ones only will have all six.

Bonus Material In a Digital Format

And there is plenty of it! The third compact disc wallet will house a special insert. This will supply the unique download code required to access:

Bonus Audio

Live tracks - from the last shows - unreleased

Music stems from A Paean to Wilson - mix your own version

Gigography

Mike Mitchell's extensive details of the band's live performances

Bonus Visuals

More unseen photographs from Vini's personal collection

Promotional Photos

Press and promotional images of the band from the 1980's to the present.

There Was A Boy...

Accounts from fans and admirers of the artist.

This will all be housed in a custom-made box covered in claret coloured fabric.

07 May 2014

Kooky iPhone wallpapers

Kooky Records - Live life right Kooky Records - Live life right

Not content with desktop wallpapers we've got some "Live life right" Kooky wallpapers to spruce up your iPhone (or other PDA) in our Downloads.

Kooky desktop wallpapers

Kooky Records

Check out our new wallpapers to spruce up your computer's desktop in our Downloads section.

Featuring the classic Kooky line "The sound of killing flies with a hand sander"1 they are available in a range of resolutions and aspect ratios.

03 May 2014

Kooky Records Facebook Page

Our new Facebook Page is now live and available for your liking pleasure.

22 April 2014

Chronicle - A few answers

Thanks for the great interest in the release.

A few answers in brief (in follow-up to my recent post):

Price - £24.50 plus postage. I am waiting for a physical copy to weigh!

Pre-order - will be here and not until next month

Reservations - first come first served ONE per person

Distribution - worldwide in indies although I will have my limited mail order copies too.

Chorlton Arts Sales - I do not know yet but will post more as we go


21 April 2014

Dirk Wears White Sox and Record Store Day

Record Store Day has become a really good focus for people to go and support their local shop/store  keeping this network of the music industry alive for us to survive and thrive.

I was not doing anything this year particularly special. There were a few things that caught my eye and then I noticed John Robb's blog about the original Adam and the Antz line-up re-forming to play Dirk Wears White Sox at the Apollo in Hammersmith on Record Store Day.

This was the first album I bought which truly meant something to me and I would say it till forms part of my top twenty-five albums. This album was the start of my love affair with music and collecting.

I walked down Berwick Street to see what Sister Ray were doing and queued as ironically and by accident not design Adam played 'Cartrouble'. This had sold out along with several other titles I fancied... a shame but I had not got there til mid-afternoon.

At six o'clock I was looking at eBay to see copies selling at 60/80 quid and buy it nows post 100 pounds. I did manage to get a copy at the show; some were on sale here at 40 pounds - but this of course would be too include the 25% or so merchandise commission on sales by the venue.


That feels kind of wrong - I hope that it does not feel like an ebay frenzy on the hangover. The Quietus wrote a brilliant piece - PLEASE take the time to read it here


I had thirty or so individuals ask me if I would be selling the Chronicle album on the kooky site as they were not near a physical shop.

I am glad to be doing it mail order and still through the independents that it means that everyone gets a chance to buy one.


Chronicle - The Durutti Column - Final details

The Durutti Column album Chronicle is now in production. It will see the light of day in July 2014.

Available as a deluxe box package, it will be limited to 1050 copies as a two disc format with additional content in physical and digital content. It is the album that was previously announced (but will no longer be) a Record Store Day release. This package was carefully put together with some help from Daniel Mason who has worked on some great collaborations with releases including Joy Division, Primal Scream, Bjork and Brian Eno; to name a few.

In more detail...

1) Two Compact Discs of Music.

This is essentially the tracks which were commissioned for the Bridgewater Hall show in Manchester way back when... Additionally; Vini has worked with Caoilfhionn Rose Birley on a few titles and also revived 'Dry' (DRY ON THE ROCKS) and 'The Final Cut' (JUAN MONTERO & THE DRUM).

Chronicle One

Fanfare
Embattled Heart And Battling
Synergetic
Poppy & Pancho
The Rest Of A Life
The Water Colour Class - Feat. Jill Taylor
Nine Years
Party
Mello
Mercy In The Cathedral
To Raise A Gentle Smile
Pancho And Poppy
Fanfare Reprise

Chronicle Two

Free From All The Chaos - Feat. Caoilfhionn Rose Birley
Electrostatic - Feat. Caoilfhionn Rose Birley
Follow - Feat. Caoilfhionn Rose Birley
Misery - Feat. Caoilfhionn Rose Birley
Big Bill Rance
Vin + The Tabla Bong Guitar
Martin Jackson Was Here
Dry On The Rocks
Running Bass For Sharrock
The Changes Go Up And The Changes Go Down
Good Work Vin And Keir
Juan Montero & The Drum

2) Booklet

Contains photographs taken by Vini over his life including friends, family, people he has worked with and Red Kites (Milvus milvus). Bruce Mitchell has provided a background to the project; how it came about, the brief and where it ended up in the form of an essay.

3) Certificate

Each copy comes with a foil blocked certificate

4) Map

Every copy will have a random map. It will be a small part of Manchester detailing a location linked to his life. There are six in total and the mail order ones only will have all six.

5) Bonus Material In a Digital Format

And there is plenty of it! The third compact disc wallet will house a special insert. This will supply the unique download code required to access:

BONUS AUDIO

Live tracks - from the last shows - unreleased

Music stems from A Paean to Wilson - mix your own version

GIGOGRAPHY

Mike Mitchell's extensive details of the band's live performances

BONUS VISUALS

More unseen photographs from Vini's personal collection

PROMOTIONAL PHOTOS

Press and promotional images of the band from the 1980's to the present.

THERE WAS A BOY...

Accounts from fans and admirers of the artist.

This will all be housed in a custom-made box covered in claret coloured fabric.

Two hundred copies will be available mail order from kooky and will feature all six maps and an additional couple of badges.

Otherwise...

This will be sold to independent shops first and foremost. Whilst we could not get it out for Record Store Day we would still like you to be able to go to a shop and buy it.

Finally...

I hope it will all be ready for the SOLD OUT Dave Haslam Q&A and music event on the 21st May which is part of the 2014 Chorlton Arts Festival. I am unsure if I can sell them there but I will let you know as soon as I do.

Many many many thanks to all the individuals who have taken the time and effort to keep asking about how when where and why this album is going.... I hope also that those who were concerned about availability outside of RSD can all get one.

12 April 2014

Chronicle - The Durutti Column - NEWS

The Durutti Column album 'Chronicle' is unfortunately delayed.

This is mainly down to the production costs involved and delivery schedule meant that we were unlikely to get it ready in time and/or provide an album at a price we would be happy with.

The band, label Kooky and distributor Cargo are very sorry and disappointed that it will not form part of the Record Store Day series of releases for 2014.

However...

It will be available soon and  more details to be announced once they are available.

15 March 2014

There was a boy, I almost knew him

Hi folks

I am putting the finishing touches of the Chronicle LX:XL album together and it will include an online area with additional material.

The album is autobiographical, and I'd like to include some content from anyone who also loves his music.

So.... I was thinking along the lines of:

Any personal accounts of a show or meeting.

Any photos - I will credit of course!

Or just what the music means to you...

Anyone can contribute and I will credit you or you may stay anonymous - your call.

This is about the music and the artist not minimalist cool - that's not Vini's bag!

If it sounds cheesy - let there be cheese...

If you are interested - please get in touch....

Thanks a lot

Phil Kooky

24 February 2014

The Durutti Column - Chronicle XL

The Durutti Column - Chronicle LX XL - early packagingChronicle, by The Durutti Column, is to be officially released on Kooky as part of Record Store Day 2014, which will take place on 19 April 2014.

This will be a very limited special and expanded version to acknowledge the artist's sixtieth year of his life; thus Chronicle LX XL.

The Original Commission

The partly autobiographical album was first commissioned for a performance in April 2011 at The Bridgewater Hall in Manchester. During this period, Vini and Poppy (his girlfriend of 9 years) parted company and it was a heartbroken Vini that went on to complete the production. Despite the breakup, Poppy had agreed to perform on piano that evening for two of the songs that she had written with Vini accompanying on guitar. Over the following three years, the artist has battled serious illness and has not played a full show since. It was – and still is – a very difficult time physically, mentally and emotionally for Vini Reilly. The compositions reflect a particular stage in Vini's recent life.

At the Bridgewater Hall show, a pre-release limited edition CD was available for that evening only, with a note by Vini explaining the background to the new work. Chronicle began as an autobiographical project, marking particular moments in Vini's past. Although elements of this surfaced in the original Chronicle, events in his life while recording the album brought a new twist to the project.

Chronicle 1 and LX: Chronicle 2 – The Music and more explanation

Bruce Mitchell:

"So there are two versions of Chronicle. We did a special edition for the gig at the Bridgewater Hall, where people could get the album as part of a premium ticket deal. In 2011, we premiered the music there, with all Vini's photographs up on the screen. That was the last gig really. The following day, Phil Cleaver from Kooky said he'd got back home to find his emails full of requests from the audience to buy one. So they all sold out, immediately. But soon afterwards Vin became really ill."

"It was a big, expensive recording, Chronicle. And Vin, despite being ill, did this further version, taking all aspects of musical life. So there's Chronicle 1 and Chronicle 2. What I wanted Vini to do as a composer was something similar to Elgar's Enigma Variations. A piece of music about certain people in a life. I wanted him to do this and link the music to photographs he'd taken over the years. Vin's a great photographer."

However, Reilly remains the Durutti Column's indisputable leader, and had the last say. Bruce continues: "I didn't quite get what I wanted, because in the end, Vini wanted the album to be about his life at this point in time. We couldn't finish it for a while because Vin was in such a bad way. But now it's there. And we've got some very interesting, very powerful music on this. Vini doesn't think show business. To him, it's all about a musical imperative."

Chronicle LX XL – The Package

In a package that continues the Durutti Column's tradition of innovation, the album will be released as part of the Record Store Day rota for April '14; something we are all so pleased about. It will only be available in special packaging containing personal images from the artist's camera and photographic collection.

Continuing the autobiographical theme, the packaging will acknowledge previous releases through parts of its design.

A foil blocked burgundy textured clamshell box will contain:

- A full colour saddle stitched booklet with an introduction by Bruce Mitchell and a collage of photographs from Vini's own personal collection.

- A printed sandpaper insert

- A map (randomly selected one of six) redrawn in 'Obey the Time purple and yellow' showing a place of importance to the artist

- A grey card certificate in a custom envelope

- Two compact discs in pochettes.

- Each box set will have a map grey card certificate.

There are no plans to release this in any other format at present and this will be strictly limited to 1000 copies only worldwide.

Following the successful vinyl reissue of A Paean to Wilson last year, Chronicle LX XL promises to sell out quickly.

Pricing details to be confirmed.

Eugene Skeef & Rae Howell - Heavy Forest Air

Eugene Skeef and Rae Howell - Heavy Forest AirEugene Skeef and Rae Howell
Heavy Forest Air
CD: UK 05.12.13 (Kooky Records, kookydisc 36)

'Heavy Forest Air' a live spontaneous musical collaboration between Eugene Skeef and Rae Howell (Sunwrae) available on Kooky compact disc and digital download.

Recorded live by Jared Miller at The Banff Centre in Alberta, Canada, it was an impulsive venture in a hall filled with percussion instruments that began as an experiment following an intensive three-month winter music residency.

The three tracks are suitably bound by Eugene's stylish labyrinth of rhythms on all things percussive and Rae's minimalistic prowess on marimba and vibraphone.

Heavy Forest Air is a mellifluent sound world, unclassifiable, yet superbly ceremonious. Eugene serendipitously changes between udu, congas, gongs, water bowls and many other drums, providing solid, yet continuously surprising rhythmic backbones to Rae's creations on melodic percussion. 


Tracklisting

Heavy Forest Air - 24.11
Ocean of Emptiness - 18.49
Restless Woodland - 3.50

Heavy Forest Air is available to buy via Cargo.


23 February 2014

Eugene Skeef And Rae Howell - Heavy Forest Air - Review

Eugene Skeef & Rae Howell: Heavy Forest AirEvening folks !

All About Jazz published the following review about the womderful new album by Eugene Skeef and Rae Howell. You will be able to find it in our shop very soon.

Eugene Skeef & Rae Howell: Heavy Forest Air (2014)

IAN PATTERSON

The key words of the sparse liner notes are "created live," as Heavy Forest Air documents improvisations between percussionist/multi-faceted artist Eugene Skeef and vibraphonist/multi-instrumentalist Rae Howell, in the Rolston Recital Hall of the famous Banff Centre, Alberta, Canada. There were no charts and no overdubs—just two musicians responding to the evolving stimuli of the moment. The three pieces—two long improvisations and one short one—feature Australian Howell on vibraphone and marimba, and South African Skeef on a range of skin and metal percussion. Thankfully, sound engineer Jared Miller hit the record button to capture these spontaneous improvisations because it's evident from the fluidity and nuance of the dialog that the two musicians are well and truly in the zone.

The title track is a twenty four minute-marriage between Howell's interlocking lines—first on marimba then on vibraphone—and Skeef's rhythmic and percussive variations. A repeating series of sixteen descending notes combined with a circular pattern commence the duo improvisation, with Skeef responding—on what sounds like the ancient Indian clay-pot, the ghatam—with a vibrant pulse. Skeef's rhythms ebb and flow as Howell's lines oscillate in tempo and intensity in a fascinating evolution that's alternatively metronomic and flowing, ethereal and subtly dynamic.

Switching to vibraphone, Howell runs bows along the edges of the keys, to which Skeef responds with an isolated gong, gentle water ripples and a deep whale-like groan, presumably caused by rubbing the skin of a large standing drum. From ghostly, other-worldly soundscapes, Howell's play gradually assumes greater lyricism and there's a return to the earlier rhythmic momentum, with Skeef this time on congas. The dialog slowly dissipates and fades altogether.

The second improvisation, "Ocean Of Emptiness" logs in at just under nineteen minutes and although there's no great divergence in approach from the first piece, its greater melodic core gives it the impression of a through-composed work. Percussion and marimba remain in step until around the five-minute mark when Howell's notes slow down to a crawl as Skeef's ghatam gathers pace; the juxtaposition is brief but striking. Percussion then rests for a minute as Howell strikes up contrasting, mantra-like motifs.

When Skeef rejoins, his charging Arabic rhythms contrast with Howell's minimalist vibraphone pulse. Drums fade, ushering in another dreamy vibraphone passage punctuated by the sounds of water and gentle gongs. The sure patter of frame drum injects greater urgency, though Howell maintains her less-is-more course, albeit an overtly melodic one. Howell then drops one line, gently releasing three-note cycles followed by six-note cycles that, buoyed by percussion, impart a vaguely Latin vibe. Howell returns to the three-note pattern, the sustained notes shimmering as drums recede and the whale-cry reverberates deeply once more. Vibraphones and a small gong chime single notes in call and response, running down slowly like a broken clock.

At under four minutes, the structurally simple "Restless Woodland" seems like a summation of what has come before—a short coda that's as delicate as a lullaby. The orchestral elegance of these epic flowing narratives and the striking contours of rhythm and mood would suit an arrangement for the multiple voices of Howell's longstanding Sunwrae Ensemble.

It's easy to forget that Skeef and Howell's collaboration is an improvisation, so assured is the interplay. Once heard, however, this beguiling music sears itself in the memory.

Track Listing: Heavy Forest Air; Ocean of Emptiness; Restless Woodland.

Personnel: Eugene Skeef: percussion; Rae Howell: vibraphone & marimba.

Kookydisc 60 - Chronicle





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