This is the second Ivan the Tolerable album release this year. I think it’s wonderful, you should give it a listen.
‘Here But Not Here: Lost Histories of the Tees’ is a short documentary film by David Bates with music by The Kara Sea. The film was essentially a product of three years of walking up and down the River Tees on hot, sunny summer days with my small Panasonic camcorder; enthused and inspired by seeing Patrick Keiller’s ‘Robinson’ trilogy several years ago, my aims were to capture the elation I felt in exploring that strange, beautiful landscape, and to explore something of the history, culture and identity of the river and its people. The film was first shown at ‘Undisciplining: Conversations from the Edges’ at BALTIC Centre for Contemporary Art in June 2018.
This arrived yesterday, it’s a cracker.
Buy it here
One thing I love about an Ivan the Tolerable/Year of Birds release is that you never really know what you are going to get. Their latest album, Autodidact, is a dense, swirling, cinematic slab of kosmische beauty. It is a thing of wonder, a triumph.
I’ve been listening to The Big Try, the new Dressed Like Wolves album, it’s a cracking album, well recommended. The band’s Bandcamp page describes the album as half an hour of acerbic lyricism, brazen guitar lines, oceans of organs and thunderous drumsets. I can’t disagree with that.
I haven’t been to as many gigs as I’d want to this year but I did manage to see a few local bands, the standouts being, Ten Foot Tom & the Leprosy Crooks, Mouses, The Magick Godmothers and Girl Sweat.
Amazingly, Pellethead celebrated their 25th birthday this year
Hopefully next year will be as good as this one, Shrug will be releasing their much awaited second album, it’s only taken them 30 years to get around to recording it.
I’ve been playing this quite a lot.
Side One Side Two
Boar’s Head Carol – Traditional Blackleg Miner – Traditional
Ring of Iron – Greame Miles Chemical Worker’s Song – Ron Angel
Whitby Whaler – Richard Grainger Jigs – Thady You Gander/Paddy Carey/ The Wistling Thief/The Peeler
Dol-Li-A – Traditional The Waggon Driver’s Song – Ernie Green
Ore Boats – Gordon Steer John North – Vin Garbutt
Pulling in Song – Pete Betts Pride of Kildare – Traditional
Rap Her to Bank – Jack Elliot Shanty Set – Saltpetyre Shanty/ Way Down South/Lowlands
Rambling Sailor – Martin Carthy Guisborough Road – Greame Miles