November 22, 2017

The Bullfight : stream "The Ballad of Martin van Dongen" from "Whisper In The Dark For Me"

Dutch folk noir band The Bullfight have posted the audio of The Ballad of Martin van Dongen on YouTube. It's a track from their forthcoming live album Whisper In The Dark For Me., which will be released on December 11th on Brandy Alexander Recordings.

Live date:

» thebullfight.nl

HCTF review of Whisper In The Dark For Me.

Flare Voyant: Flare Voyant

London funky rock 'n'roll quartet Flare Voyant are firing on all cylinders on their self-titled debut EP. Incorporating bits of glam and blues the band work their way through four tracks, using syncopation to make it sexy and danceable. Produced by Chris Kimsey (the Rolling Stones, Joan Jett) they got a Seventies sound that sounds deceptively basic, but it is actually quite difficult to get it right.

They dress the part, projecting the image of rock stars of yesteryear, And they got the songs that can act as a spring board for extended live improvisation. Don't be surprised when Ephemeral Romance and Empty Soul go on for ten minutes or more. Transcendental bluesy funk that goes for the gut. A few decades late for some maybe, but also an invitation to explore and enjoy the artists who inspired them.

November 21, 2017

Kapok UK tour dates

photo: Nichon Glerum

Dutch adventurous jazz trio Kapok will be on the road in the UK:

5 concerts, 1.782 km driving on the left side of the road in 20 hours and 15 minutes, 2x a 9,5 hour boattrip and the highest level of packing-the-tourbus-tetris.

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds: performing @ Pori Jazz 2018 in Finland

Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds have added festival in Finland to their 2018 Summer tour, as headliners @ Pori Jazz 2018.

Live dates:
  • 06/07 Royal Hospital, Dublin, Ireland (sold out)
  • 06/13 Bergenfest, Bergen, Norway
  • 06/15 Dalhalla, Rättvik, Sweden
  • 06/23 Ejekt Festival, Athens, Greece
  • 07/19 Pori Jazz 2018, Pori, Finland

November 20, 2017

Churn Milk Joan: Der Traum eines Kindes

English-American duo avant-garde duo Churn Milk Joan are back with a soundtrack for a children's movie. Der Traum eines Kindes is a far cry from Disney-fied candy coloured landscapes, rainbows and unicorns. An unnamed Grey Man is up to no good, toys are playing with themselves and then - surprise - the child does not meet an untimely demise, but is carried home instead, fast asleep als those little brats are capable to do.

American Richard Knutson (Plum Flower Embroidery. Neutral Sons, The Chacers) and Englishman Colin Robinson (Big Block 454, Jumble Hole Clough) are acting like demented chefs in a well-equipped musical kitchen, and cooked up a full-course meal of skewed instrumental radio drama. With weird percussion, the occasional wail of electric guitar and pastoral interludes Churn Milk Joan are the missing link between Soft Machine and King Crimson. Foregoing lyrics they let the music tell the story.