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

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.

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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:

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:
• Rel:

RT @aimeemann and @tedleo collaborate, form new group #BOTH

In what might be one of the more left-field collaborations in recent memory, occasional Academy Award nominee Aimee Mann and occasional Shorty award nominee Ted Leo are getting together to form Twitter-friendly band #BOTH. Before you ask, yes, the hashtag is apparently part of the name. While both are frequently on the road, they recently finished their first collaborative tour, and things must have gone well. On the heels of that tour, Mann’s website is reporting the news of their new project along with some live dates. The duo will reportedly be “showcasing songs they have written together as well performing some of their own original material.” There isn’t really a whole lot of other info so keep an eye on their respective websites for updates. No album details, no other tourdates.

In addition to all that, if you want to hear how the gears in Mann’s brain spin, check out her appearance on the February 21 episode of Marc Maron’s WTF podcast.

#BOTH dates:

03.08.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Largo
03.09.13 - Los Angeles, CA - Largo
03.26.13 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill
03.27.13 - San Francisco, CA - Bottom of the Hill

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• Ted Leo:

[Photo: Erik Hess]

Laurel Halo declared innocuous to the public, announces new EP on Hyperdub, European live dates

Looking back upon my giddy hyping-up of Quarantine (TMT Review) prior to its release, it’s worth offering a statement as to whether or not my giddiness remained, post-listen. The answer, as you wait with bated breath, is… HMMMPH? — RRRRR, PHH, AHHHH, K. Without spiraling into verbosity, my opinion is basically this: Quarantine is one hell of a grower of an album, and repeated listens should be enforced at the careful urging of knife-holding Hyperdub officials. I’m not sure I have the time nor the capacity to truly grasp all that Halo was going for, but does she care? Apparently not!

Halo’s next project of art pop abstraction is already set for release, as new EP Behind the Green Door will see the light of day more or less concurrent with a series of European live dates, listed below. The exact date (beyond “April”) of the EP’s release has yet to be revealed, so keep an eye on her or Hyperdub’s website. Or we might announce it. I can’t predict these things.

Behind the Green Door tracklisting:

01. Throw
02. UHF F/O
04. Sex Mission


04.25.13 - London, UK - XOYO
04.26.13 - Krems, Austria - Donau Festival
04.27.13 - Budapest, Hungary - Trafó $
04.28.13 - Berlin, Germany - Festsaal Kreuzberg
05.27.13 - Amsterdam, Holland - Melkweg *
05.28.13 - Brussels, Belgium - AB *
05.29.13 - Paris, France - Trianon *

$ Andy Stott
* Animal Collective

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• Hyperdub:

Sun City Girls’ Alan Bishop announces album with new project The Invisible Hands, blows minds with Zen koan

“What is the sound one hand clapping?” asks the traditional Zen koan. “What is the sound of two hands that are totally invisible clapping?” asks Alan Bishop, he of Sun City Girls, Alvarius B., and Sublime Frequencies, to the collective gasp and then stunned silence of pretty much everyone within earshot. That’s right, Alan Bishop just blew your mind.

Pull yourself together. Like with all good koans, there’s more: Alan Bishop is gearing up to release an album with his new band The Invisible Hands on Abduction Records. The self-titled debut is an 11-song collection of psychedelic folk that follows in the more melodic footsteps of 2011’s Alvarius B. record, Baroque Primitiva (TMT Review).

Having trotted the globe in search of new sun cities in which to lay his head, Bishop’s new band hails primarily from Egypt. Aside from Bishop himself, members of The Invisible Hands are all residents of Cairo, including Cherif El Masri and Aya Hemeda of the Egyptian group Eskenderella, and drummer Magued Nagati. The Invisible Hands also features contributions from other players around the Cairo scene, including Sam Shalabi on the oud and Mohamed Medhat on the violin and viola.

Though Bishop wrote these 11 songs in English, the album was recorded twice: once in English and once in Arabic. The English version is out March 19. At first, the Arabic version will only be sold in the Middle East, though there are plans to make both versions available for digital download, and eventually package them together as a limited-edition double LP. Listen to the album’s first single, “Soma,” here:

The Invisible Hands tracklist:

01. The Same
02. Dream Machine
03. Hitman Boy
04. Dark Hall
05. Black Weather Shoes
06. Soma
07. My Skull
08. Nice on Ice
09. Black Blood
10. Summer Rain
11. Death Zoo

• Alvarius B. (Alan Bishop):
• Abduction: