Volcanic Tongue’s Heather Leigh has updated her web site, you can follow her here: http://wishimage.com/
Scale Be Thy King: The Black Mirror Of William Basinski online essay and 5-hour curated playlist by David Keenan: http://svilova.org/gallery/exhibitions/
Svilova proudly presents The Disintegration Loop 1.1 by the American artist and composer William Basinski. The piece comes from Basinski´s attempt to digitize his previous recordings on magnetic tape. The tapes had at the time reached such state of fragility that they had begun to disintegrate when played. The process of which became a completely new work, reaching its climax on the morning of September 11th, 2001, in New York City where he lived at that time. While Basinski and some friends sat on a rooftop and listened to the material, they witnessed the attack on the World Trade Center. With a camera borrowed from a friend, Basinski spontaneously shot the video for The Disintegration Loop 1.1 Focusing the camera on the cloud of smoke bellowing out from Ground Zero, the video records the last hour of daylight on 9/11.
In 2002 musician and critic David Keenan wrote a review of The Disintegration Loops in the music magazine The Wire, exposing the work to a wider audience. On the occasion of this exhibition at Svilova we have invited Keenan to write a text and compile a playlist as a complement to Basinski’s work. Through 12 paragraphs, Keenan’s essay, Scale Be Thy King: The Black Mirror of William Basinski, walks us through a variety of interpretations, providing insight into The Disintegration Loops as an almost mystical experience; heart wrenchingly beautiful meditative viewing that oscillates between instilling feelings of hope and despair.
Reverse Diorama: David Keenan has launched a new web site www.reversediorama.com
CHALAQUE + SMOKE JAGUAR + DESMOND MCKENNA
Thursday, 17th July 2014 8PM
Looking forward to having Chalaque back in the shop with a new lineup, Smoke Jaguar make a rare live outing and we’ve just added Desmond McKenna to the bill as well. THERE WILL BE GUITARS!
Nick Mitchell of Chalaque will be bringing along a ton of Golden Lab Records merch to sell at the show including special editions and one-offs, exciting!
The shop will be open all afternoon, music starts at 8PM.
The Hidden Lane
Unit 24A Argyle Court
1103 Argyle Street
Glasgow, Scotland G3 8ND
phone: 0141 204 3322
All Volcanic Tongue in-stores are free but we suggest a donation of £4.00+ to go directly to the artists.
Chalaque/Golden Lab Records: http://goldenlabrecords.com/
Smoke Jaguar/Nyali Recordings: http://nyalirecordings.com/
The sun is blazing, we’re BLASTING the killer Devin Flynn - Light Show Music For Joshua White & Gary Panter LP and the shop is open til 6! Closed tomorrow (Thursday), open Friday 2-6 and Saturday 12-6.
Don’t forget the Zaimph, Heather Leigh, Richard Youngs show at Nice N Sleazy tomorrow night! Doors 8PM, show starts at 8:30 sharp!
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Peter Brotzmann: Skullfuck
photograph by David Laskowski
Richard Youngs: Cultural Dilemna
“Thursday 12 June. Triple bill of Zaimph (Marcia Bassett), Heather Leigh and me at Glasgow’s Nice ‘n’ Sleazy. Kick off is at 8.30pm. I will be missing the opening match of the World Cup for this. You could too.”
ONE WEEK TODAY!
Thursday, 12th June 2014 8PM at Nice N Sleazy (music starts at 8:30 sharp!)
Zaïmph is the solo project of artist, musician and performer Marcia Bassett. Zaimph’s recordings and performances shimmer with a dense, dissonant and often unsettling electronic aura, shot through with flashes of meditative beauty. Her preferred sonic toolkit includes prepared guitar, keyboard, cracked drum machines, custom-built noise/drone boxes, processed environmental sounds and tabletop effects.
Bassett’s releases have appeared on a variety of underground labels including KYE, Hospital Productions, Utech Records, Volcanic Tongue and No Fun. Although Bassett has released a number of recordings on her now-retired Heavy Blossom imprint, she continues to showcase Zaïmph and other aesthetically allied projects on Yew, a label she founded in 2012.
As a co-founder of Philadelphia’s shambolic psychonauts un and tectonic drone pioneers Double Leopards, Bassett is deeply entwined with the American noise underground, and has mapped regions still only dimly understood by subsequent sonic travelers. From 2003-2008, Bassett joined Matthew Bower in Hototogisu, where her mastery of cacophonous eardrum shred achieved monolithic proportions.
In addition to her work with Zaïmph, Bassett continues to collaborate with a wide spectrum of musicians including Samara Lubelski, Barry Weisblat, Andrew Lafkas, and Jenny Graf.
“…two side long trips of perfect, organic rainbow moves, from Heldon-esque squirrel runs to percussive throw-downs.” – Byron Coley & Thurston Moore, Arthur Magazine, 2013
“[Double Leopards] founder Marcia Bassett has continued to release infrequent yet superb recordings under her solo alias Zaimph, with these particular collections stripping away the density that came with the Leopards’ collaborative barrage into something balancing that project’s crunching cacophony with a more explicit, singular minimalism.” – Paul Haney, Tiny Mix Tapes, 2012
“It would be tough to write a history of the last two decades in underground music without including Marcia Bassett … and any angle would have to include Zaïmph, Bassett’s solo project. Through small-run releases on numerous labels including her own, Heavy Blossom), Zaïmph has carved out a unique take on decaying feedback, assaultive fuzz, echoey ambience, and abstract expression.” – Marc Masters, Pitchfork, The Out Door, 2010
“…blasting a hole through the flimsy wall that separates ‘dark psychedelic’ and ‘free drone-rock’.” – Dan Warburton, Paris Transatlantic, Summer 2009
“Grim tales… coalesce into a leaden curtain of narcotic minimalism.” – Jim Haynes, The Wire, Sept. 2007
Performing her new audio visual dream piece Termas: moaning on Linda
The daughter of a coal miner, musician, artists and performer Heather Leigh was born in West Virginia and raised in Texas and has been recording and releasing music since the 1990s. These days she’s firmly rooted in Glasgow, Scotland, where she’s co-run Volcanic Tongue Record Shop & Mailorder since 2004. Her music has been described as “high metal masses for amplified strings and vocals that blow all notions of form and fidelity to pieces.” She’s released numerous recordings on labels such as Not Not Fun, Family Vineyard, Fag Tapes, Ultra Eczema, Chocolate Monk, Kendra Steiner Editions, Ikuisuus, Eclipse Records, Fonal and her own imprints, Wish Image and Volcanic Tongue. Her main instruments are pedal steel guitar and voice, as well as electric guitar, keyboards, bells, cuatro, psaltery, drums, bass and harmonica. She’s toured extensively as a solo artist throughout the US, Europe and New Zealand and has also played/performed/released music with Ash Castles On The Ghost Coast, Charalambides, Scorces (a duo with Christina Carter), the Dream/Aktion Unit (a group with Thurston Moore, Paul Flaherty, Chris Corsano and Matt Heyner), Taurpis Tula, Jailbreak (a duo with Chris Corsano) and Jandek, as well as collaborated with Richard Youngs, Blood Stereo, MV & EE, Robbie Yeats of The Dead C, John Olson of Wolf Eyes, Smegma, Jutta Koether, Kommissar Hjuler & Mama Baer and many others.
“All notions of the pedal steel’s laid-back, country harmony are shattered as Leigh extols jagged notes and blocks of electric noise that seem to rail against rock, jazz and other notions of freedom music.” Dusted Magazine
“She is summoning the spirits of the ghost-women of rock ’n’ roll past who were perceived as the sponges of the love-cloaked-violence and guitar-death-gazes of the almighty rocker” Tiny Mix Tapes
Prolific UK underground artist presents a very special one-off performance!
CURRENTLY BLASTING! More classic jams from the edge of the world. We’ll be keepin’ it sacred in the shop til 6PM tonight…
Tip of the Tongue: The Spies - The Battle Of Bosworth Terrace LP Siltbreeze http://www.volcanictongue.com/tips
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Heitkotter: Hangin’ All Night