It’s not every day that news of the release of a radio disk jockey’s music collection makes serious waves, but in this case, all bets are off. Late last week, the family of the late John Peel announced that they, in conjunction with with the John Peel Centre for the Creative Arts and Eye Film and TV will begin the publicly releasing material from the musical archives of the beloved BBC Radio host and trailblazer extraordinaire, beginning tomorrow, May 1, at The Space. Each installment will contain one hundred albums (beginning with the first hundred A’s), and is set to include John’s copious notes as well as various associated personal materials. Beyond that, a new hundred albums will be added to the archives every week, for the next six months; something well worth looking forward to on new music Tuesdays.
John’s contribution to music as a whole was immeasurable, and so to be given the gift of being able to sift through his personal collection is to be able to see just how far his reach truly was. For me and my part, I can say were it not for him, so many artists whose work changed my life forever would not have seen the light of day, and as an artist, musician, curator, and fan, I am forever in his debt.
For more information on just what will be included in this incredible living archive, check out this article over at the Guardian. Meanwhile, if you want to keep up-to-date as the details emerge, their team is releasing announcements and updates over at their Twitter (and you can find them on Facebook, too).
And finally, happy music nerding!
It sure has been quiet around here, hasn’t it? Yes, I know.
It’s not that there hasn’t been plenty of great music worth throwing your way during this, the year of acid (more on that when there’s a moment to spare). It’s that I’ve stepped away from the helm for a bit to tackle an audio engineering degree out here in Oakland, CA, and summarily lost the time to actively continue sharing here. I still post updates over at the Facebook page and on Twitter, but my more lengthy submissions have slowed to a trickle, as I’m sure you all have noticed.
That being said, the blog is not dead. It’s just on a different schedule, for now. We’re keepin’ on keepin’ on, promise.
Your faithful editor-in-chief,
SAN FRANCISCO TONIGHT: There are shows that are not to be missed, and then there are shows that you can be certain are never EVER going to happen again. Tonight, our friends with As You Like It are bringing out one of THOSE kinds of lineups, with a full room of Ghostly International and Spectral Sound artists for your dome. Featuring Ryan Crosson (Spectral/ Visionquest), (the almost NEVER seen) Osborne (Ghostly/ Spectral), and Solvent (Ghostly), all of which adds up to—well, it’s just all a bit too exciting to put into words, really.
And yes, though this is very last minute, discounted presale tickets are STILL available here (until 6pm PST), and more will be available at the door.
Still need convincing? Plug in to the sets below, and prepare for awesome. See you at Public Works!
Ryan Crosson is one of the four gents who make up powerhouse collaboration Visionquest, and as far as fast-rising artists are concerned, this one comes with a bullet.
Osborne is Todd Osborn is Soundmurderer is Superstructure is one half of TNT … and the list goes on, really. For more on him and his varied career, check out this interview he did with the Red Bull Music Academy here. Also, check out his mix for the XLR8R Podcast here.
Solvent has been making beautiful, “genre-defying” electronic music for a decade and a half, and his most recent album, Subject to Shift was released in 2010 on Ghostly International. You can also find his releases on Morr Music as well as his own label, Suction Records.
Today, Battles announced the first installment of their four-part 12” remix series Dross Glop, due out on February 6. Featuring stellar remixes from Gui Boratto and The Field, Dross Glop 1 sets the bar high, and given that no announcements have yet been made regarding who might yet be on the roster for the remaining three releases, it’s pretty fair to expect some surprises. You can preview both tracks below, and find out more about the series itself here. In the meantime, the folks with Bleep are already doing preorders, and you can even subscribe to the entire series there.