Nick Edwards readies new Ensemble Skalectrik album on Editions Mego, continues to forgo food in favor of making music

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Nick Edwards a.k.a. Ekoplekz has given up sleeping, eating, excreting, and possibly breathing in favor of making electronic noggin candy. He does this because he loves us. At least, that is the only sane explanation for the massive amount of his music with which we have been gifted in the past two years — such as last year’s Eureka!‘d Plekzationz (TMT Review) on Editions Mego.

Now, the same Editions Mego is releasing an LP from Edwards’ Ensemble Skalectrik project, making it clear that 2013 will continue his pattern of doing without meals, potty breaks, and time in the sun. For the ominously titled Trainwrekz, he’s added sampled, ancient vinyl to his musical crayon box and promises have been made that it will sound like “nothing else in his rapidly expanding discography.” Funny thing is, when it comes from Editions Mego, it’s actually believable. One way or another, we’ll experience the possibly novel sounds when the album arrives on April 29. Hopefully Nick Edwards will at least have gotten some sleep by then.

Trainwrekz tracklisting:

01. Wrekwhan
02. Wrektoo
03. Wrekfree
04. Wrekfore
05. Wreksank
06. Wreksikz (for Louis Johnstone)

• Ekoplekz Bulletin Board: http://ekoplekznews.wordpress.com
• Editions Mego: http://editionsmego.com

RIP: Van Cliburn, classical pianist

From The Washington Post:

Van Cliburn, the tall, gangly, curly-haired Texan who became the most famous classical pianist in American history over the course of a single extraordinary week in 1958, died Feb. 27 at his home in Fort Worth. He was 78.

His death, from bone cancer, was announced by his publicist and longtime friend, Mary Lou Falcone.

• The Van Cliburn Foundation: http://www.cliburn.org

It’s a family affair: Molly Drake, mother of Nick, gets an album release

Some people just have coolness in their genes. You know these people. They have Cool Moms. They have Cool Dads. They have the most coveted type of family: artsy parents who bought them Kraftwerk records and get drunk with their offspring on their own special recipe holiday cocktails. The natural response here is to hate and envy these families. But today, let’s take a moment to applaud them, and one English family in particular: the Drakes, of Nick Drake fame.

See, Nick Drake had a Cool Mom. Molly Drake was also a Hot Mom and a Creative Mom. (Some people, geez.) Her influence on Nick Drake’s career is evident in her soft and melancholy home recordings, which are now being released on Squirrel Thing Recordings. The self-titled collection of previously unreleased tracks was recorded at the Drake family home by Molly’s husband Rodney in the 1950s, and was restored by engineer John Wood for the CD release. (Wood also worked with Nick himself.) The album features family photos, a letter-pressed jacket, and a biography by daughter Gabrielle Drake. Available on March 5, you can also take a sneak peek at the Molly Drake Bandcamp page.

Molly Drake tracklisting:

01. Happiness
02. Little Weaver Bird
03. Cuckoo Time
04. Love Isn’t A Right
05. Dream Your Dreams
06. How Wild The Wind Blows
07. What Can A Song Do To You?
08. I Remember
09. A Sound
10. Ballad
11. Woods In May
12. Night Is My Friend
13. Fine Summer Morning
14. Set Me Free
15. Breakfast At Bradenham Woods
16. Never Pine For The Old Love
17. Poor Mum
18. Do You Ever Remember?
19. The First Day

• Molly Drake: http://mollydrake.bandcamp.com
• Nick Drake: http://www.brytermusic.com
• Squirrel Thing: http://squirrelthing.bandcamp.com

Sun City Girls raid the vaults and ready a new compilation of singles and rarities

With a back catalog as deep and varied as Sun City Girls, it’s no surprise that even after calling it quits the Bishop brothers (Alan and Richard) would do their best to keep the legacy of the Sun City Girls alive. On March 19 they will be doing just that with the release of Eye Mohini: Sun City Girls Singles Vol. 3.

The third entry in a singles and rarities series, Eye Mohini is primarily made up of material recorded in the late 1980s and 1990s. It specifically picks up with the recording of their second full-length LP Grotto of Miracles in 1986 and goes through their move from Phoenix to Seattle in 1993 to establish their own record label, Abduction. This period saw the band adding Arabic-influenced guitar instrumentation as well as Asian folk vocalizations to their already eclectic psychedelic sound.

The CD will contain 14 tracks, including “Gum Arabic” from the Grotto sessions, all four tracks from 1992’s Mohini Eye, all 6 tracks from the Borungku Si Derita double single (including a version of “Esoterica of Abyssynia” featuring a rare appearance from both Bishop brothers on guitar), two tracks from the Three Fake Female Orgasms 7-inch (the other tracks are on the second volume of the SCG rarity compilations), a rare version of “Kickin’ the Dragon,” and a 10-minute live version of “The Flower” from their Torch of the Mystics LP recorded in 1992.

Eye Mohini isn’t a bad place to start if you’re unfamiliar with the group or intimidated by their expansive discography. It touches perhaps their most creatively fertile periods and, as with the first two compilations in the series, the collection itself is sequenced to play with the continuity of a full-length record.

Prolific and hard to categorize, the Sun City Girls formed in Phoenix, Arizona in 1979 and over the course of almost 30 years released nearly 50 full-length albums, dozens of cassettes, and countless singles before officially dissolving following the untimely death of drummer Charles Gocher in 2007. Alan Bishop is the co-founder of the Sublime Frequencies record label while Richard continues to tour and release albums under his own name.

• Sun City Girls: http://www.suncitygirls.com
• Abduction: http://www.suncitygirls.com/abduction/index.php

RIP: Richard Street of The Temptations

From Spinner:

Former Motown vocalist Richard Street, a member of the Temptations for 25 years, has died. He was 70.

Street’s wife, Cindy, says her husband died early Wednesday at a hospital in Las Vegas after a short illness.

Richard Street sang as a young man with Temptations members Otis Williams and Melvin Franklin, but didn’t join the famed Motown group until the early 1970s. He later made the move from his native Detroit to Los Angeles with other Motown acts and stayed with the group until the mid-1990s.

• The Temptations: http://www.temptationssing.com

Ashley Paul drops remix of the first track off Line the Clouds, Pete Swanson helps it not rock at all (in the best way possible)

What do you get when you combine a woman with talent and a man with potential? Apparently, the answer is some kind of test tube-born goddess of avant-noise meanderings, embodied, in this case, as Ashley Paul’s track “Soak the Ocean.” This remix is of the first track off her forthcoming album entitled Line the Clouds. For most of the piece, guest artist Pete Swanson’s tendrils of distortion almost overpower Ashley Paul’s vocal and instrumental wanderings, blowing open her typically more personal style. Her softly plinking strains and hushed vocals have been blasted through the wardrobe and into an uncertain landscape of strange, wavering noise.

Treat yourself to a walk through it below, or take your chances when Line the Clouds comes out on Eli Keszler’s Rel Records March 26.

“Soak the Ocean” (Pete Swanson remix)

“Soak the Ocean” (original version):

Line the Clouds tracklisting:

01. Soak the Ocean
02. Wide Expanse
03. Line the Clouds
04. Black and Blue
05. Wrap me up
06. Falling
07. Watch Them Pass
08. Feb.21
09. Sail
10. Never Take
11. Wolf Laurel
12. You’re a Feeling…

• Ashley Paul: http://ashleypaul.net
• Rel: http://relrecords.net