1 April 2005
Friday 1 April 2005 22:15-23:30 (Radio 3)
Mark Russell and Robert Sandall introduce a live session by the San Francisco-based experimental electronics duo Matmos.
1 hour 15 minutes
Presented by Mark Russell and Robert Sandall
Produced by Felix Carey
Factsheet compiled by Sam Hickling
Tel. 020 7765 4661
Fax. 020 7765 4378
Friday 1 April 2005, 10:15pm
The Detholz!: Spectacula (3.25)
Chicago's The Detholz! (pron. death-holes) are Mr C, Mr D, Mr B, Mr S, Mr J and Mr M, who describe themselves alternately as 'a carnival ride through the universes of pop, punk and new wave', and 'a motivational seminar and big-tent religious revival simulcast to an imaginary congregation of true believers'. They were formed at a fundamentalist bible school in 1996.
album: Independent Chicago
Fork Series FS ONE 007
Originally appeared on the Detholz! EP (Vortecs Corporation)
Chris Smith: Alcohol (3.35)
This is taken from the seventeenth of FatCat's split 12" vinyl series, which features the Ivytree on the flip side. Chris Smith is a guitarist from Melbourne, Australia. He has previously released two albums in his home country: Cabin Fever (Avalanche Express Records) and Replacement (Death Valley Records).
EP: FatCat Split 12" series: The Ivytree/Chris Smith
Angels of Light: My Friend Thor (2.05)
Angels of Light is a collaboration between Michael Gira, formerly with Swans, and the group Akron/Family, which consists of multi-instrumentalists Seth Olinsky, Miles Seaton, Dana Janssen and Ryan Vanderhoof.
album: The Angels of Light sing 'Other People'
Young God Records YG27
Zu: Solar Anus (3.50)
Zu is an instrumental trio from Rome in Italy, consisting of Jacopo Battaglia (drums), Luca-Tommaso Mai (baritone & alto sax) and Massimo Pupillo (bass). On this recording they are joined by Alberto Mattaroccia (live sound). The band is currently working in Amsterdam with the Ex.
Recorded and mixed by Steve Albini at Electrical Audio, Chicago, December 2001
Amanita Records, 11 Rue Bourtayre, 64200 Biarritz, France
Laura Veirs: Orphan Mae (2.00)
This comes from an album which was recorded in 2001 but only made available on Laura Veirs' website or at her gigs. Her 2004 album Carbon Glacier was highly acclaimed, even earning her the critical plaudit 'Sinéad O'Connor channelling Nick Drake on top of a bare mountain'.
Laura Veirs (vocals); Danny Barnes (banjo)
album: The Triumphs and Travails of Orphan Mae
Bella Union BELLACD88
Read a review of this album at
A Hawk and A Hacksaw: For Slavoj (4.55)
A Hawk and A Hacksaw is the project of Jeremy Barnes, drummer for Neutral Milk Hotel and associate of bands like Broadcast, Bablicon and Guignol. This album, with its Eastern European feel, was mainly conceived in Prague, then recorded in a church in Leicester and a dance studio in Albuquerque. The violinist on this track is Heather Trost, who with Dan Clucas (trumpet) and Mark Weaver (tuba) is part of the newly assembled A Hawk and A Hacksaw band.
album: Darkness at Noon
The Leaf Label BAY 43CD
Angil: She said 'What you doing' he said 'I am leaving' (3.05)
Angil is 26 year-old Frenchman Mickäel Mottet. This song is based on the first sequence from the Wim Wenders film The End Of Violence.
album: Teaser For: Matter
Unique Records CDMEGA07
Littl Shyning Man: Hanging With Mr Cooper (2.50)
Littl Shyning Man is the alter-ego of UK based Chris Haworth. The unusual spelling of the name and album title is inspired by Russell Hoban's futuristic folk tale Riddley Walker, which imagines the future resurrection of a past language and culture. This track features the sounds of Chris's piano tuner (Mr Cooper) at work.
album: Hart of the Wud
Sonic 360, 33 Riding House Street, London W1W 7DZ
Matmos: Aluminium; Sewing Needles; Wooden Boxes; Bells, Whistles; Jew's Harp (20.00)
Matmos is the San Francisco duo of MC Schmidt and Drew Daniel. For this performance they were joined by Jay Lesser (aka Lesser, Tigerbeat6 recording artist). This performance is based around aluminium objects, and features MC Schmidt tearing open an empty beer can and playing an aluminium foot plate with a pair of wire brushes, before moving on to a series of improvisations based around the sounds of sewing needles, wooden boxes, bells, whistles and a Jew's harp.
Recorded 17 March 2005 at BBC Broadcasting House
BBC session - not commercially available
See photos of this session at
Read a review of Matmos' last album at
Mike Ladd: Worldwide Shrinkwrap (Contact Zones) (3.35)
This album is a tribute to the book Negrophilia ('love of black culture') by Petrine Archer-Shaw, which traces the black influence on the Parisian avant-garde art scene of the 1920s.
Andrew Lamb (winds); Roy Campbell (trumpet); Vijay Iyer (piano/organ/synthesiser); Guillermo E Brown (drums/electronics); Bruce Grant (tape loops); Marguerite Ladd (sampled composition); Mike Ladd (everything else)
Thirsty Ear Blue Series THI 57156.2
Read an interview with Mike Ladd at
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