Supersonic Festival podcast

The wonderful Little Chris has kindly created a pre Supersonic Festival podcast on Brumcast to give you all a taster of things to come – jammed packed with info on artists performing and his personal highlights – its made us all really excited with just over four weeks to go now!!!

Here’s the playlist for part one  – LISTEN HERE

1. Tweak Bird – Shivers (2:12)
2. Caribou – Melody Day (4:11)
3. zZz – House Of Sin (4:59)
4. Venetian Snares – Gentleman (4:33)
5. Arbouretum – False Spring (5:50)
6. Taint – Hex Breaker (4:41)
7. Scorn – The End (P.C.M. – “Nightmare” Mix) (7:40)
8. Pontiak – Shell Skul (4:01)
9. Zu – Ostia (5:05)
10. Tartufi – Boat Of Armor (4:42)
11. Pre – Dudefuk (2:03)
12. Corrupted – An Island Insane, Part 1 (6:28)
13. Kim Hiorthoy – As if (3:03)
14. Army of flying robots – Try Reading A Good Book (3:13)
15. Diagonal – Child of the Thundercloud (8:48)
16. Rose kemp – The Unholy (9:22)
17. Iron Lung – White Flag (0:30)
18. 65 Days Of Static – Drove Through Ghosts To Get Here (4:18)
19. Head of David – 108 (5:24)
20. Goblin – l’alba dei morti viventi (6:04)

Tickets for Supersonic 2009 are on sale NOW via
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Available via Rough Trade East in London + Polar Bear & Swordfish in Birmingham + Plugd Records in Cork


ZzZ at Supersonic Festival 2009

The first time you see a band that you don’t know at all, and two guys appear on the stage, you wait like five minutes expecting the other two weirdos that are supposed to play in a good rock band. But, after half an hour with ZzZ, you lose that expectation and you slowly realise that those two guys are enough to keep your attention up with drums and organ(!!!), shouts and a lot of dark energy.

Being ‘half a band’ doesn’t mean that they play halfway. The give all of themselves, creating something live that is not captured in the studio. Fresh but sticky sounds, really dark and deep, sometimes trembling psychedelia. I didn’t see anybody going anywhere while these guys were on the stage. Nobody moved either! We were as stunned as you can be watching one of your favorite never-heard-before bands of all times. They’re becoming very popular in the Netherlands, just because of the word of mouth effect coming from concertgoers who never returned to the real world.

They sound very similar to bands like Morphine or The Doors, but these two names are not included in their influences list at the band Myspace profile. Surprisingly, they claim to be influenced by artists like Fela Kuti, Funkadelic and Django Reinhardt!!

zZz will play at Supersonic on 26th July 2009

By Nicolás Gómez

Tickets – Weekend tickets – £70 / Friday Ticket – £15 / Saturday Ticket – £35 /Sunday Ticket – £35

available from:
24 hr order line – 0844 870 0000 – Calls cost max 5p per min from BT landline

Also available from
Polar Bear + Swordfish – Birmingham
Rough Trade East – London
Plugd Records – Cork


Prefuse 73 date change

prefuse73_webPlease Note:
This show has been changed to Monday July 6th at the Hare & Hounds instead of the 16th of July.

All tickets for the 16th are valid for Monday the 6th show

Tickets from:
Polar Bear – Kings Heath
Swordfish – Birmingham city centre

A range of emotional grappling usually foreign to instrumental hip-hop Pitchfork


Bobby Previte at Supersonic Festival

Last time Bobby Previte visited Birmingham, he brought together his acclaimed Constellation Ensemble; a jazz orchestra formed of trumpets, keyboards, sax, clarinet, harp, piano and additional drums to compliment the ones of Previte, renowned as much as a jazz drummer as a composer. That concert, commissioned by the City of Birmingham was celebrated in February 2004 at CBSO, 7 other cities in the UK and Teatro Nationale in Milan, Italy in May of 2005.

Previte played what is considered his masterpiece, The 23 Constellations of Joan Miró, a multimedia performance including texts and slide projections, based on the abstract work of the Spanish painter, which stunned Previte as he visited one of the three opportunities in history to see the full collection of 23 paintings together at the New York MOMA, in 1993.

The wide range of musical influences embraced by Previte allows him to travel from free-jazz together with the Constellations Orchestra, to urban funk, interpreted together with two of New York’s most outstanding musicians, Charlie Hunter playing his eight string guitar and DJ Logic at turntables for Previte‘s composition Blasticity. Other influences are massively mixed in his music, from Piazzola tango to Latin jazz, through to John Zorn, with whom he has worked in several projects. Some of the musical labels that have been associated to Previte’s music are free-jazz, psychedelia or doom jazz. The plastic arts and visual influence is still present at Previte’s recordings and live performances.

He will be performing at Supersonic, together with VJ Benton-C Bainbridge, an audio-visual performance in which Bobby will trigger his drums in a full direct set, no loops, no overdub, over Benton-C’s light brushstrokes, at their only tour date in the UK, in partnership with Birmingham Jazz.

By Nicolás Gómez

Tickets – Weekend tickets – £70 / Friday Ticket – £15 / Saturday Ticket – £35 /Sunday Ticket – £35

available from:
24 hr order line – 0844 870 0000 – Calls cost max 5p per min from BT landline

Also available from
Polar Bear + Swordfish – Birmingham
Rough Trade East – London
Plugd Records – Cork


These are a few of my favourite things

Mark Ryden

On Wednesday 24th June Jenny & I have been invited to do a talk at the Ikon Gallery as part of their ‘These are a few of my favourite things’ series. Whereby a number of well-known individuals undertake a series of talks inspired by Desert Island Discs. Asked to select their eight favourite works of art,  speakers will reveal their personal inspirations, illustrated by a slide show.

Places are free but should be reserved by calling Ikon on tel. 0121 248 0708.
6.30–7.30pm Free

David Hockney


Filmic delights at Supersonic

As well as scores of bands playing over the Supersonic weekend, there will be many filmic delights to choose from. This year Film Ficcones return with Pram to Supersonic. Pram, Birmingham’s own, will provide a sinister cinematic soundtrack to Film Ficciones 16mm projections for a special performance.

Eagle and Feather will present Kipple, cleverly edited footage of detritus of modern living amassed through visits to charity shops and jumble sales. Kipple is a term used by Philip K Dick in his book ‘Do Androids Dream of Electric Sheep?’ to refer to ‘unwanted or useless junk that tends to reproduce itself’. Eagle and Feather have applied this to their video mashups.

There will be a programme of label shorts from Secretly Canadian and Jagjaguwar including Black Mountain, Phosphorescent and Parts & Labor. Screenings will also include 65 Days of Static ‘Road Movie’, a documentary of a US tour featuring interviews, live performances and footage from dates with the Cure.

By Anabel

Tickets for Supersonic Festival are available from:
24 hr order line – 0844 870 0000 – Calls cost max 5p per min from BT landline


Capsule Recordings latest release out now

Just in time for the Einstellung show on Saturday Capsule Recordings are very proud to be releasing this very special limited edition heavy weight double vinyl release ‘Wings Of Desire’.  Artist Lucy McLauchlan has been commissioned to create a beautiful gatefold sleeve, reflective of the bands industrial roots.

From the deepest depths of the industrial heartlands of Middle England comes a small ray of light. Since late 2003 a warm glow has steadily grown into what can only be described as a fireball. From this point on let this gentle fireball be known as Einstellung.

Blending glorious monotonous Krautrock with melodic tones and heavy slabs of Sabbath riffage, whilst finding time to declare sonic warfare on those tinnitus victims who have passed the point of no return.

There are just 500 of these beauties so don’t miss out – you can purchase them via our shop or come along on Saturday to the Hare & Hounds to see Einstellung perform live supporting Aethenor (members of Sunn 0))), Guapo, Ulver and Shora), don’t forget there will also be a very special secret guest playing!!!

For tickets for Saturdays show visit
Polar Bear + Swordfish


John Zorn & more at Equinox Festival

14_jun_equinox_200Highly recommended  – The first ever Equinox Festival kicks of this Friday in London, a three day media arts festival based on modern spirituality, culture and the occult with film, performance, lectures and music including John Zorn, Z’ev, Aethenor, Burial Hex, K11, Kinit Her, Threshold House Boys Choir (aka Sleazy of Throbbing Gristle and Coil) as well as many others.  Comus, the legendary acid folk pioneers, will be performing their seminal ‘First Utterance’ album in their first UK performance in 30 years!

Some tickets are still available from as well as Treadwell’s Bookshop and Rough Trade East.  Limited tickets will be available on the door.
For full details check

We have Aethenor (members of Sunn 0)))+ Guapo + Ulver + Shora) performing in Birmingham on Saturday 13th June with Einstellung + very special guests more details here