experimental rock

Zvuki Mu – Grubiy zakat


Zvuki Mu Russian rock band was founded in Moscow in the early 1980’s. Its lead singer and songwriter Pyotr Mamonov is one of the most creative, revered and eccentric figures of the Russian art scene, whose absurdist lyrics are as playful and disturbing as his vocal style and explosive on-stage presence. The band’s sound combined starkly simple yet textured melodies with synthesizer sounds, quite unlike anything else heard in Russian rock at the time. One of Zvuki Mu’s albums was produced by the famous British musician and producer Brian Eno.

The bands name is best translated as “The Sounds of Mu” (where “mu” has been said to stand for music, Moscow streets, or a cow’s ‘moo’).

The 2013 video for The National’s single ‘Sea of Love’, directed by Sophia Peer, was based on Zvuki Mu’s video for Grubiy Zakat.

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David Byrne – Everybody’s Coming To My House

The Fat White Family – Touch The Leather


The band, fronted by Southampton-born and Huddersfield-raised Lias Kaci Saoudi, formed in 2011. Lead guitarist Saul Adamczewski was previously the frontman of indie pop band the Metros, which also featured Fat White Family’s original bass player, Joseph Pancucci-Simpson.

They released their debut album, Champagne Holocaust, in 2013, on UK label Trashmouth Records. It was released in 2014 in the U.S. on Fat Possum Records. The band released Fat Whites/Taman Shud, a split EP with Taman Shud, on 11 December 2013 on Trashmouth.

On 10 March 2014, Fat White Family issued their first single, “Touch the Leather”, on Hate Hate Hate Records.

In early 2014, the band launched a PledgeMusic campaign to fund their show at the South by Southwest festival, with a subsequent US tour. Pledgers were given the self-released EP Crippled B-Sides and Inconsequential Rarities. Next was the single “I Am Mark E Smith” (referencing singer Mark E. Smith of the Fall), released 15 December 2014.

Their second album, Songs for Our Mothers, was released in 2016 by the Without Consent label. It was promoted with a single for “Whitest Boy on the Beach”,which was later chosen for the closing credits of the 2017 film T2 Trainspotting.

Annexus Quam – Osmose


Annexus Quam’s first record, originally released in 1970, is a peculiar mix of psychedelic rock and jazz, one of those distinctly Krautrock records from that era. There are plenty of spacy sound effects as well as drugged-out vocal moaning, while primitive rhythms pound away with savage ferocity, especially on the second track. The longer third cut slows things down slightly, with plenty of soloing of guitar, keyboard, and more vocal moaning over the rhythmic washes of sound and ragged percussion, and then adds in some cosmic electric guitar riffing toward the end. The side-long fourth track is far mellower, as a piano leads into a relaxed but swinging number that is far jazzier than the rest of the disc, though still based more in underground rock than jazz. The piece soon takes on the psychedelic weirdness of the earlier tracks as it starts to sway off kilter with more wordless vocals and studio effects and many transitions of sound. Annexus Quam (Osmose) is not quite rock and not quite jazz, but is a very nice listen for more adventurous listeners from either school, especially in the light of more recent post-rock developments.

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© Harry Gruyaert

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1. Can – Animal Waves // 00:00
2. Tuxedomoon – In the Name of Talent // 15:25
3. Lumerians – Black Tusk // 21:27
4. SQURL – Please Feel Free to Piss in the Garden // 25:34
5. Moon Duo – Sleepwalker // 29:54
6. Tortoise – Gigantes // 34:47
7. Talking Heads – The Great Curve // 41:09
8. Iggy Pop – Gardenia // 47:36
9. David Bowie – Thru’ These Architects Eyes // 51:51
10. Brian Eno & David Byrne – Regiment // 56:13

Silver Apples – Oscillations

Silver Apples is an American psychedelic electronic music group from New York, composed of Simeon (born Simeon Oliver Coxe III, 4 June 1938, in Knoxville, Tennessee),who performs on a primitive synthesizer of his own devising (also named The Simeon); and, until his death in 2005, drummer Danny Taylor. The group was active between 1967 and 1969, before reforming in the mid-1990s.

They were one of the first groups to employ electronic music techniques extensively within a rock idiom, and their minimalistic style, with its pulsing, driving beat and frequently discordant modality, anticipated not only the experimental electronic music and krautrock of the 1970s but also underground dance music and indie rock of the 1990s.

Tom Waits – Chicago


Tom Waits – Vocals
David Hidalgo – Guitar
Big Bill Morganfield – Guitar
Larry “the mole” Taylor – Bass
Casey Waits – Drums
Augie Meyers – Piano
Clint Maedgen – saxophone