Sunday, December 23, 2012

MMXIII

Magical moments of 2012: the gift of an unfeasibly large basket of exotic fruit, the coalmines of Saint Etienne, having Den Harrow follow DJ Benetti on Twitter, getting to see Reincarnated, the streets of San Francisco, classic disco vinyl played at Torino vegan restaurant, Maya Deren screening, release of the chimps, BEB night, a platinum at last on PSN, Romney's demise, Daphne's birthday bubbly in Barcelona, Gullivers in Manchester, Cleveland waitress who turned out to be a fan of Uncle William, HMS Bounty at Boothbay Harbor, and so much else...
Incredible year, one of the very best, even despite a couple of health scares.
The travelling's been so much fun, met so many amazing people at shows: in the States, on the continent, and also back home. Also saw and heard some genuinely inspiring new stuff, recorded, live, and DJ sets: there's some amazing music out there for anyone who's ready to go out and look.
During the spring and summer, recording and preparing Black Mamba took quite a heavy toll and I don't care what that fucking snool at The Wire thinks about 54 Needles because I love that song and am proud of that album. Seriously, what's not to like about incense?!
Vinyl version will be happening before long with new songs to replace ones already included in the previous Afro Noise I vinyl sets. Also, Madwoman, a new 12", is in the works. Excited.
Anyway, my true thanks and love to everyone for listening, for writing in, for feedback, for doing reviews, for putting on concerts, for coming to concerts. It means such a lot. I hope the music might give you much special pleasure and more, and for a long time to come.
Have a great holiday and all that's right there in waiting for 2013.

Wednesday, December 05, 2012

2013 UPDATES

Cut Hands forthcoming shows:
December 29th : Dublin, Ireland
January 12th 2013 : Amsterdam, Netherlands
February 23rd : Athens, Greece
March 2nd 2013 : Cork, Ireland
March 21st 2013 : London, UK
April 16th, 2013 : Paris, France
April 21st 2013 : Nantes, France
Brussels, Moscow, and much more else to follow...

Cut Hands Black Mamba CD ($18.99) free exclusive art postcards
Cut Hands Black Mamba 12" single ($19.99) limited copies
Cut Hands Afro Noise I CD ($18.99)
Cut Hands Afro Noise I Volume 2 LP ($29.99) final copies
Cut Hands official T-shirts
Cut Hands original vévé artwork

all prices in US$ include worldwide airmail shipping
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Tuesday, October 23, 2012

ALBUM NOTES + UPDATES


















CUT HANDS : BLACK MAMBA CD - now available
direct orders include 2x exclusive art postcards (see below)

CD includes beautiful 16pp booklet featuring text and images by vévé artist Mimsy DeBlois
catalogue number: VFSL102
distributed by Cargo Records UK

TRACKLISTING WITH NOTES:
1) Witness The Spread Of The Dream - if you were at the Tate Modern event in London a couple of years ago, you may recognise an Extralinguistic Sequencing extract here
2) Black Mamba - this is a slightly different version from the Blackest Ever Black 12" single release
3) Krokodilo - version with percussion, originally commissioned for the Siberia: Krokodil Tears documentary film
4) Nzambi Ia Ngonde - music included in Reincarnated, Snoop Dogg's recent documentary movie set in Jamaica
5) No Spare No Soul - beware of this new direction!
6) El Palo Mayombe - also included in Reincarnated, you can hear some in the trailer
7) Kongo - this is an old track I'd been working on for a couple of years, finally got it how I wanted it
8) Brown-Brown - featured in last year's Japanese CD EP
9) 54 Needles - the title here shall have to remain a dark secret
10) Nzambi Ia Muini - another nzambi eulogy, the third; I have a dream of one day making an entire record of these pieces
11) Erzulie D'en Tort - Ezili Freda's rival
12) Nine-Night - inspired by life and death in Jamaica

Cut Hands official T-shirts
Cut Hands original vévé artwork

Cut Hands forthcoming shows:
27th October : NK (Berlin, Germany) + Florian Hecker, Marcus Schmickler 
29th December : Dublin, Ireland
January 2013 : Edinburgh, UK
January 26th 2013 : Stockholm, Sweden
February 2013 : Nantes, France

Cut Hands Black Mamba CD ($18.99) now shipping, free exclusive art postcards
Cut Hands Black Mamba 12" single ($19.99) limited copies
Cut Hands Afro Noise Japanese EP CD ($17.99) SOLD OUT :-(
Cut Hands Afro Noise I CD ($18.99)
Cut Hands Afro Noise I Volume 1 LP ($29.99) SOLD OUT :-(
Cut Hands Afro Noise I Volume 2 LP ($29.99) final copies

all prices in US$ include worlwide airmail shipping
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Monday, October 08, 2012

ACQUISITIONS 22

reading
Jesus: Neither God Nor Man - Earl Doherty
As It Happens - Jimmy Savile
Unheard Melodies - Claudia Gorbman

listening
Consecration Of The Whipstain - Indignant Senility (2x12")
Awe Naturale - Thee Satisfaction (CD)
Valende - Jennifer Gentle (CD)

viewing
All In This Tea
True Stories: Wikileaks
Being: Liverpool

ACQUISITIONS 21
ACQUISITIONS 20
ACQUISITIONS 19

Thursday, September 13, 2012

CUT HANDS UPDATE: BLACK MAMBA CD

CUT HANDS : BLACK MAMBA CD - official release date 22/10/12!

CD includes beautiful 16pp booklet featuring text and images by vévé artist Mimsy DeBlois
catalogue number: VFSL102
distributed by Cargo Records UK

Witness The Spread Of The Dream
Black Mamba
Krokodilo
Nzambi Ia Ngonde
No Spare No Soul
El Palo Mayombe
Kongo
Brown-Brown
54 Needles
Nzambi Ia Muini
Erzulie D'en Tort
Nine-Night

Cut Hands official T-shirts
Cut Hands vévé artwork

Cut Hands forthcoming shows
22th September : Elbo Room (San Francisco, USA) + Burmese, + more
26th September : Plan B (Portland OR, USA) + Daniel Menche, + more
27th September : Decibel Festival (Seattle, USA)
2nd October : Berghain (Berlin, Germany) + Regis, Surgeon, Haswell
13th October : Corsica Studios (London, UK) + Vatican Shadow, Source Direct, Slimzee, Young Hunting, Black Rain + more
27th October : NK (Berlin, Germany) + Florian Hecker, Marcus Schmickler 
29th December : Dublin, Ireland

Cut Hands Black Mamba CD ($18.99) now shipping, free exclusive art postcards
Cut Hands Black Mamba 12" single ($19.99) limited copies
Cut Hands Afro Noise Japanese EP CD ($17.99) SOLD OUT :-(
Cut Hands Afro Noise I CD ($18.99)
Cut Hands Afro Noise I Volume 1 LP ($29.99) SOLD OUT :-(
Cut Hands Afro Noise I Volume 2 LP ($29.99) final copies

all prices in US$ include worlwide airmail shipping
PayPal to: susanlawly@gmail.com

Tuesday, August 21, 2012

ACQUISITIONS 21

reading
Tao Of Jeet Kune Do - Bruce Lee
Strong Magic - Darwin Ortiz
Caro's Book Of Poker Tells - Mike Caro

listening
Physical - T. Mikawa (cassette)
META BATTLE RESORT - N/daZ (cassette)
Remixes - Russell Haswell (12")

viewing
Dorothy Stratten: The Untold Story - Marshall Flaum 
Jiro Dreams Of Sushi - David Gelb
Satan's Bed - Tamijian
Winnebago Man - Ben Steinbauer
2012 Olympics Boxing

ACQUISITIONS 20
ACQUISITIONS 19
ACQUISITIONS 18

Tuesday, August 14, 2012

BLACK MAMBA ALBUM TRACK LISTING

CUT HANDS : BLACK MAMBA 
(album track listing)

Witness The Spread Of The Dream
Black Mamba
Krokodilo
Nzambi Ia Ngonde
No Spare No Soul
El Palo Mayombe
Kongo
Brown-Brown
54 Needles
Nzambi Ia Muini
Erzulie D'en Tort
Nine-Night

Thursday, August 09, 2012

CUT HANDS UPDATE



Cut Hands Black Mamba 12" single ($19.99) limited copies
Cut Hands Afro Noise Japanese EP CD ($17.99) SOLD OUT
Cut Hands Afro Noise I CD ($18.99)
Cut Hands Afro Noise I Volume 1 LP ($29.99) final copies
Cut Hands Afro Noise I Volume 2 LP ($29.99) limited copies

all prices in US$ include worlwide airmail shipping
PayPal to: susanlawly@gmail.com

Cut Hands official T-shirts
Cut Hands vévé artwork

Cut Hands forthcoming shows
22th September : Elbo Room (San Francisco, USA) + Burmese, + more
26th September : Plan B (Portland OR, USA) + Daniel Menche, + more
27th September : Decibel Festival (Seattle, USA)
2nd October : Berghain (Berlin, Germany) + Regis, Surgeon, Haswell
13th October : Corsica Studios (London, UK) + Vatican Shadow, Young Hunting, Black Rain + more
27th October : NK (Berlin, Germany) + Florian Hecker, Marcus Schmickler

Sunday, July 22, 2012

ACQUISITIONS 20

reading
Industrial Musics Volume 2 - Eric Duboys
Fifty Shades Of Grey - E.L. James
Intimate Enemy - George Robert Bach

listening
The Visitors - Nick Mott (LP)
Colour Them Gone - Jailbreak (CD) 
La Llorona - Lhasa (CD)
Short Stories - Joe Adrift (CD)

viewing
Klitschko - Sebastian Dehnhardt
Documenting The Grey Man - Wayne Capps
Alan Partridge On Open Books With Martin Bryce
Michelle Jenneke

ACQUISITIONS 19
ACQUISITIONS 18
ACQUISITIONS 17

Friday, June 29, 2012

LIVING GODS OF HAITI: 16MM SCREENING

 RITUALISED FREQUENCIES
AN EVENING OF REVERENCE, REFLECTION AND REBELLION

A specially curated film programme, live music, and visual art, all examining the meaning and construction of rituals and the creation of sacred spaces.

The Banditas will be projecting 16mm archival anthropological films (including Maya Deren's seminal Divine Horsemen: The Living Gods of Haiti) that explore various ritualistic histories and environments. Accompanying these films will be specially composed live soundtracks by Cut Hands and Howie Reeve (Tattie Toes) with guests.

Also joining us on the evening will be artist Ariadne Xenou who will be presenting upon the theme of death rituals and exhibiting a site-specific installation.

Saturday 21st July
Doors are 19.00 for a 19.30 start
Tickets £7

book tickets

Venue: Church of the Sacred Heart
Lauriston Street, Edinburgh.
map of location and more info

TICKETS

Sunday, June 24, 2012

FILLMORE DISCOS 72

Mac & Devin Go To Highschool, 2012 (****) 
hilarious Rudy Ray Moore-inspired comedy vehicle for Snoop which also functions as a paean to the joys of smoking weed, has a top soundtrack, and a sexy cast clearly having a lot of fun making a movie that, like RRM's films, is anomalous to the usual Hollywood industry drivel

A Star Is Born, 1976 (***) 
it's all about the casting: already shuddering at the prospect of Tom Cruise and Beyoncé's remake, it's a shame that Streisand's first choice of Marlon Brando wasn't in this rock version of A Star Is Born because that would have been awesome - instead we're stuck with the beady-eyed puny-voiced Kris Kristoffersen with whom LS clearly has such little chemistry that she constantly feels the need to tilt her head sideways and/or brace to avoid too much intimate KK contact; three stars for her outfits and singing alone

Elevator, 19 (**)
obscure Dutch Stephen King-ish horror that has quite a creepy atmosphere and some reasonably scary moments to enjoy, sadly it soon gets heavily bogged down in that backwards-and-forwards mystery-solving drudgery so popular in European thrillers

... even more shakycam/fake documentaries

Welcome To The Jungle, 2007 (*)
my personal quest for shakycam/fake documentary bottom-of-the-barrel completism finds a dud when all could and should have been so great: essentially a remake of Cannibal Holocaust on location in the beautiful lush forests of New Guinea! the outcome is sabotaged by some hapless hopeless directing and irritating try-hard repertory-quality acting from the protagonists

Poughkeepsie Tapes, 2007 (**)
the promising concept of a serial killer's cache of personal tapes ends up even drearier than one of those real late night cable true crime documentaries, interminable talking detective-heads, endless laborious TV reports, atrocious acting, and the killer's 'shocking' footage is laughably coy

Skew, 2007 (**)
in a genre you can tolerate slow pace and even boredom if there's a sense of a decent pay-off coming, Skew is a severe letdown; for fuck's sake, I even forgave them the supernatural elements

Troll Hunter, 201 (****) 
enjoyable mockumentary of a group of students following a hunter on the trail of some real trolls within the icy forests of Scandinavia; whilst I suspect the plentiful Norwegian in-jokes aren't quite as funny as the producers like to think, the troll scenes and scenery and overall tension make the movie fun right to the end

Evidence, 2012 (*) 
Blair Witch meets Modern Warfare 3 meets Predator; in fact so insanely ridiculous is this it's almost worth seeing - it's as if the producers wanted to make a big-scale zombie/alien action blockbuster on a budget of $5,000

Saturday, June 16, 2012

Saturday, June 02, 2012

FILLMORE DISCOS 71

Piranha 3DD, 2012 (*) 
after Alexander Aja's gleefully entertaining Piranha 3D, my modest hopes for this sequel were quickly dashed by the pathetic rubber piranhas, by the cheesiest use of 3D since Friday The 13th 3D (without the attraction of Jason), by the ridiculous coyness of the lead 'actresses' in the 'sex' scenes, by the sub-American Pie humour, and by a David Hasselhoff barely able to stand up let alone deliver a coherent line 

Atrocious, 2011 (*****) 
if you're as much a shaky-cam/fake documentary diehard as myself, then you're in for a treat - for me, Atrocious goes straight into the pantheon of POV greatness and arguably ranks 3rd only to The Blair Witch Project and the likewise Spanish [Rec]; note, get the 75 minute original and avoid the awful English dubbed version

The Devil Inside, 2012 (***) 
the potential pay-offs for these shaky-cam horror films is staggering; for a budget of $1,000,000 this exorcism mockumentary has apparently already grossed more than $50m in the USA alone - it's certainly more than watchable: the locations are perfect and the exorcisms themselves boast surprisingly shocking effects, even with a suspension of disbelief for the supernatural that is less than willing; on the downside, the priests themselves are not credible and way too much English is spoken, reducing one's credulity further, though never quite fatally 

Sweet Karma, 2009 (***)
mute Russian girl goes underground in the Toronto sex trade to avenge her missing sister; you get lots of gritty and believably sleazy action with some appropriately hard-hitting IDM beats throughout and, most thankfully of all, no Lukas Moodysson-style religious symbolism and/or moralising 

Human Tornado, 1976 (*****) 
the sequel to Dolemite sees even more of Rudy Ray Moore's genius - the opening live stand-up scenes mixed with music and dancing in the club are amazing in their own right, whilst the film proper is as outrageously entertaining as the original 

Iron Sky, 2012 (*) 
teenage boys from Finland in between sessions on their Xbox 360 game consoles make spectacularly unfunny sci-fi comedy drivel about Nazis on the dark side of the moon, all as a vehicle to make the most inanely stupid cheap shots imaginable about America; what an incredible waste of ten million dollars

Monday, May 21, 2012

FILLMORE DISCOS 70

Ai, 2012 (*)
Taiwanese romantic comedy initially notable for extraordinarily long virtuoso single shot opening sequence - sadly, the film (gorgeous travelogue though it might be) quickly descends into a mushy nice-guy-loser stereotype comparable to the execrable Love Actually
  
Disco Godfather, 1979 (*****)
put your weight on it! the immortal Rudy Ray Moore in a deliriously enjoyable anti-angel dust romp; get ready to trip out on relentlessly memorable scenes, at times hallucinogenic, others sexy, always stylish, and with a fantastic soundtrack and some of RRM's very best catchphrases

Dolemite, 1975 (*****) 
Rudy Ray Moore's original Dolemite film is full of incredibly infectious fresh energy, outrageous set-pieces and dialogue, not to mention the sheer charisma of the great man himself and his gorgeous support cast; a timeless classic of low-budget cinema

Defamation, 2009 (***) 
a fascinating, often provocative exploration into the nature of anti-Semitism today and, despite being a bit Michael Moore-esque for my own taste, very watchable

Cave Of Forgotten Dreams, 2010 (***) 
Herzog got exclusive access to film inside the Chauvet caves in southern France, with its collection of artwork dating back 32,000 years; I only wish the privilege had been granted to, say, the National Geographic channel as Werner blows it big time with his excruciatingly overblown narrative, a dreary score, and a ton of eccentric uninformative padding (presumably to justify its 90 minutes); despite these frustrations the caves are still well worth experiencing

The Twilight Saga: New Moon, 2009 (**) 
curiosity got the better of me and with its lusty emphasis on vampires, werewolves, and naked male torsos, you can kind of see the attraction of the genre, and for once the CGI animation is beautifully realised, especially that of the wolves - the major downside to all this is the face painted on a tree that is Kristen Stewart, as the central character, a disastrous bit of casting if ever there was

Wednesday, May 16, 2012

ACQUISITIONS 19

reading
Pure Lust - Mary Daly
Creative Aggression - Dr. George R. Bach
60 Minutes And The Assassination Of Werner Erhard - Jane Self
Psycho-Cybernetics - Maxwell Maltz

listening
Dead Air - Mordant Music (CD)
Hume/Unborn Vectors - Vindicatrix (12")
Wormhole Shubz - EVOL (CD)
Pizzazz - Patrice Rushen (LP)

viewing
Pulling John - Vassiliki Khonsari
Misinformation - Mordant Music
Imelda - Ramona S. Diaz
The Unbookables - Jeff Pearson

ACQUISITIONS 18
ACQUISITIONS 17
ACQUISITIONS 16

Monday, April 23, 2012

ACQUISITIONS 18

reading
Wickedary - Mary Daly & Jane Caputi
Amazon Grace - Mary Daly
Fanged Noumena - Nick Land
Killing Pablo - Mark Bowden

listening
Sticks, Stones & Breaking Bones - Will Guthrie (LP) 
Before Turning The Gun On Himself - Doug Stanhope (CD)
Golden Rhythm / Ink Music - Volcano The Bear (CD)
A Question Of Re-Entry - Cindytalk/Philippe Petit (12")

viewing
Cave Of Forgotten Dreams - Werner Herzog
Into The Abyss - Werner Herzog
Herb And Dorothy - Megumi Sasaki
Curb Your Enthusiasm (seasons 1-8) - Larry David

ACQUISITIONS 17
ACQUISITIONS 16
ACQUISITIONS 15

Wednesday, April 18, 2012

FILLMORE DISCOS 69

Star 80, 1983 (****)
a thoroughly absorbing dramatisation of the events leading up to the murder of Playboy centrefold extraordinaire Dorothy Stratten, and is even creepier than it first appears: Bob Fosse's attention to detail is disturbing, for example even the murder scene is shot in exactly the same room the crime took place, and this for a film made only shortly after her death; while Mariel Hemingway is intelligent and thoughtful in the main role, Eric Roberts, as Paul Snider the lowlife who discovered Stratten in Vancouver, hammily camps it up way too hard - in reality, Snider was clearly just another Stratten-obsessed straight loser (as is the thoroughly unpleasant Peter Bogdanovich, represented in the film under another name)

Red State, 2011 (*)
Kevin Smith breaks from his comfort zone to attempt horror, dark comedy, and social commentary all in the same film, and it sucks on each count: the horror is sub-Rob Zombie verging on plagiarism, comedy doesn't work when it's not funny, and the social commentary is embarrassingly dumbed-down (a clumsy merging of the infamous Westboro Baptist Church and events at the Branch Davidian compound in Waco)

Breakin', 1984 (****)
now lovingly restored on DVD and it's a treat; amazing original breakdancing scenes from Los Angeles, riotously colourful wardrobes, an incredibly high quality 80s electro/freestyle soundtrack, and all played out with such beautiful innocence and sincerity

Breakin' 2: Electric Boogaloo, 1984 (*****)
this sequel, released a mere six months after the original Breakin', is even better than the first! added to the successful cocktail is a really touching narrative that effortlessly and uniquely manages to subvert all kinds of established stereotypes; the finale is ridiculously uplifting

Beat Street, 1984 (****)
if not for the weak narrative and porn-quality acting, Beat Street is unmissable for the phenomenal real-life B-boy battle scenes at the  Roxy nightclub between the Rock Steady Crew and NYC Breakers

Wild Style, 1983 (****)
as with Beat Street, Wild Style is an extraordinary document of its times, when rap hadn't really been fully co-opted and (to an extent) neutered by the music industry and capitalism in general; the performances here of a very young Rock Steady Crew, Double Trouble, and Grandmaster Flash are electrifying; as if all that wasn't enough, the film features a 19-year-0ld Sandra Fabara (legendary graffiti artist Lady Pink) as Lee Quinones' love interest

FILLMORE DISCOS 68
FILLMORE DISCOS 67 - 70s RARITIES 6
FILLMORE DISCOS 66 - 80s RARITIES 5

Tuesday, April 10, 2012

CUT HANDS UPDATE 13

There's a special collection of Cut Hands booty at Ebay, all proceeds to Collapse journal!

New tracks completed (no release plans as yet!):
Nine-Night
Black Mamba
Pains Part Of The Dilemma
Nzambi Ia Ngonde
54 Needles
Palo Mayombe

Forthcoming shows:
14th April : info (Stockholm, Sweden)
27th April : Power Lunches (London, UK) + Maria & The Mirrors
5th May : Cripta 747 (Torino, Italy)
27th May : Sub Club (Glasgow, UK)
25th May : WGT Festival (Leipzig, Germany)
21st July : tbc (Edinburgh, UK)
tbc September : tbc (USA tour)
2nd October : tbc (Berlin, Germany)
13th October : tbc (London, UK)
27th October : NK (Berlin, Germany)  + Marcus Schmickler + Florian Hecker

Thursday, March 29, 2012

CUT HANDS UPDATE 12

30th March : Avatarium Festival (Saint Etienne, France) + Leatherface
14th April : tbc (Stockholm, Sweden)
27th April : Power Lunches (London, UK) + Maria And The Mirrors
5th May : Cripta 747 (Torino, Italy)
20th May : Sub Club (Glasgow, UK)
25th May : WGT Festival (Leipzig, Germany)
21st July : tbc (Edinburgh, UK)
tbc September : tbc (USA tour)
27th October : tbc (Berlin, Germany)

Wednesday, March 28, 2012

FILLMORE DISCOS 68

The Woman, 2011 (*****)
this modern pitch-black misandrist horror masterpiece directed by Lucky McKee is the kind of movie that Michael Haneke will only ever dream about making; whilst the entire cast is fantastic, Pollyanna McIntosh is off the scale - please don't miss this one

May, 2002 (*****)
Lucky McKee's first  movie (not counting the budget romp All Cheerleaders Die) is a delightfully twisted lesbian-centric psycho-horror which will crawl into your vandalised psyche to spray paint obscene graffiti for its disturbed memory to linger on long after its final credits have rolled past

Thank God It's Friday, 1978 (****)
Donna Summer's sensational, electrifying live performance is undoubtedly the highlight in an otherwise still highly enjoyable vintage disco outing

Roller Boogie, 1979 (***)
sexy Linda Blair stars in this obscure late 70s West Coast disco film with a very special soundtrack for the genre's connoisseurs amongst us

The Woman In Black, 2011 (*)
Harry Potter pretends to be an adult in an inevitably dreadful British supernatural 'horror'; a 'Hammer' movie, my ass

FILLMORE DISCOS 67 - 70s RARITIES 6
FILLMORE DISCOS 66 - 80s RARITIES 5
FILLMORE DISCOS 65

Sunday, March 18, 2012

CUT HANDS UPDATE 11

Plus a couple of new songs, some remix projects, and other big news on the way.

21st March : Instants Chavirés (Paris, France)
24th March : Exotic Pylon Festival, Vortex Jazz Club (London, UK) + Andy Stott + Dalglish + Ship Canal
30th March : Avatarium Festival (Saint Etienne, France) + Leatherface
14th April : tbc (Stockholm, Sweden)
27th April : Power Lunches (London, UK) + Maria And The Mirrors
5th May : tbc (Torino, Italy)
25th May : WGT Festival (Leipzig, Germany)
21st July : tbc (Edinburgh, UK)
tbc September : tbc (USA tour)
27th October : tbc (Berlin, Germany)

update 19/3...
Cut Hands vinyl LPs both volumes (Afro Noise I Volumes 1/2) now out of print (750 of each pressed), last remaining copies are any ones happened to be left in stores, also still a handful at www.susanlawly.com

more info coming...

Thursday, March 08, 2012

ACQUISITIONS 17

reading
McMafia - Misha Glenny
Poker Protection - Steve Forte
La Barcelona De La Dinamita, El Plomo Y El Petróleo - Marc Viaplana + Raj Kuter
Divine Horsemen, The Living Gods Of Haiti - Maya Deren
Sex, Art, And American Culture - Camille Paglia

listening
Violet Ray Gas And The Playback Singers - Violet (CD)
Imperia - Kirstein/Kirkegaard (CD)
Wormhole Shubz - EVOL (CD)
Songs For Teresa - The Fire Inside (2LP)
Savage Streets OST - Various (LP)

viewing
1,2,3, Whiteout - James June Schneider
City/Ruins - Aaron Vilk
GasLand - Josh Fox
Oslo, Burning The Bridge To Nowhere - Doug Stanhope

ACQUISITIONS 16
ACQUISITIONS 15
ACQUISITIONS 14

Monday, March 05, 2012

UNCLE WILLIAM 16

Cosmo special.

HE HATES ME  
(Cosmopolitan, 5/2011)
I'm 22 and I know this guy who hates me. He acts like he's better than me and calls me names like bitch, cow and tart, even though I've only ever had one boyfriend. What can I do to stop him? I know he doesn't fancy me as I've checked the situation out.

Uncle William says:
Grow up. Who cares whether you've had one, none, or 300 boyfriends?! Why would you give some random asshole that amount of power over how you feel about yourself?
Oh I see, because you're kind of interested in him yourself.
So what are you really afraid you might not let him stop doing?

I WANT TO BE CHASED 
(Cosmopolitan, 6/2011)
For once i'd like a girl to come up to me in a bar. Women say they want equality but then just sit looking pretty, waiting for us to do all the hard work. Come on, ladies, make the effort. Chase me!

Uncle William says:
Oh please. Uncle William doesn't sympathise for wimpy guys.

AM I READY FOR SEX? 
(Cosmopolitan, 2/2011)
My boyfriend and I are both 19. I’ve only been with him for three months but we’ve been discussing having sex. I’m pretty keen and so is he, although he does seem nervous. Should I go for it? Or is three months too short a time to tell if he’s right for me and if I can trust him?

Uncle William says:
It's far too long. You've been together for three months and you don't know if he's right or you can trust him: what exactly have you been doing all this time to call him your boyfriend?
Lose him.
Look, you're young, go have some fun, meet some guys, mess around, find out what you like. And leave that dating stuff for the someone you're already intimate with and still really like.

DEAR UNCLE WILLIAM 15
DEAR UNCLE WILLIAM 14
DEAR UNCLE WILLIAM 13

Friday, February 10, 2012

CUT HANDS LIVE UPDATE 10

Leaving for Los Angeles on Monday, excited to be back playing live in the States. Look out for amazing nights with special surprises along the way. And for some shows some extralinguistic sequencing too. Get your vaudou on, cut hands has the solution, see you there.

USA TOUR
14th February : Handbag Factory (Los Angeles, USA) + Baseck
15th February : ND (Austin, USA) + Eloe Omoe
18th February : Empty Bottle (Chicago, USA) + Bongripper
19th February : Now That's Class (Cleveland, USA) + Prostitutes
20th February : The Dionysus Disco (Oberlin, USA) + Aaron Dilloway
21st February : The Shop (PIttsburgh, USA) + TM Eye + Trogpite
23rd February : Pyramid Atlantic (Washington DC, USA) + Blue Sausage Infant + Janel
24th February : Public Assembly (New York, USA)
25th February : What We Talk About When We Talk About Us (Allston, USA) + Veiled + Shawn Greenlee + Karlheinz

21st March : Instants Chavirés (Paris, France)
24th March : Exotic Pylon Festival, Vortex Jazz Club (London, UK) + Andy Stott + Dalglish + Ship Canal
30th March : Avatarium Festival (Saint Etienne, France) + Leatherface
25th May : WGT Festival (Leipzig, Germany)
21st July : tbc (Edinburgh, UK)
tbc September : tbc (Seattle, USA)

+ lots more shows to be announced soon

Tuesday, February 07, 2012

DEAR UNCLE WILLIAM 15

THEY SAY SHE'S OUT TO TRAP ME
(Daily Star, 2/2012)
I adore my new lover. She's sexy, loud and full of fun. But I’m terrified that she’s trying to trap me.
I’ve told her over and over again that I’m not interested in having a second family. My sons from my first marriage are now 19 and 21 and I’m done with breeding. The two I have cost me a fortune. One has just dropped out of university and the other has never worked. I certainly don’t want any more. Yet my girl keeps going on about babies. She talks about how beautiful our child would be. She insists that I’d make a brilliant, mature dad.
When I confront her she says that she’s just joking or winding me up, but there’s no smoke without fire. It frustrates and annoys me that she simply doesn’t listen.
I’m a successful businessman. I earn a few bob and enjoy a good lifestyle. I love travelling and being free. The last thing I need is another screaming brat in my life.
My girl is several years younger than me and my oldest friends refer to her as The Piranha behind her back. They claim that she’s a ruthless gold-digger who is after my money and an easy life. My mate reckons I’m a fool for allowing myself to be flattered and sucked in.
He insists that she’s got an agenda and that I’m playing with fire every time I jump into bed with her. But I know she’s on the Pill because I’ve seen her taking it on the several occasions when we’ve been away for romantic weekends together. Plus she’s certainly not a gold-digger because she’s got a great, well-paid job working for her family.
I keep telling my friends to mind their own business but, privately, their warnings ring in my ears. Perhaps she is a vulture and I’m easy prey. Perhaps she does intend to trap me and take my money.


Uncle William says:
You keep pulling the same trick and here's how you do it: 'I adore my new lover. She's sexy, loud and full of fun. But I’m terrified that she’s trying to trap me.' 
Note the sneaky use of that one word: 'BUT'. There's no 'BUT' there, it's 'AND'. She's wonderful AND you're terrified.
Dump your pathetic fears and grow up.
See, the issue here isn't about her, it's about you and your dithering paranoia, it's about you and your suspicious attitudes, your cowardly gullibility, your mean-spirited distrust.
You don't want to have children? Then wear a fucking condom. 

DEAR UNCLE WILLIAM 14
DEAR UNCLE WILLIAM 13
DEAR UNCLE WILLIAM 12

Thursday, February 02, 2012

CUT HANDS LIVE UPDATE 9

4th February : Blackest Ever Black, Islington Mill (Manchester, UK) + Demdike Stare + Raime + Regis

USA TOUR
14th February 2012 : Handbag Factory (Los Angeles, USA) + Baseck
15th February 2012 : ND (Austin, USA) + Eloe Omoe
17th February 2012 : Apop Records (St. Louis, USA) + Larva
18th February 2012 : Empty Bottle (Chicago, USA) + Bongripper
19th February 2012 : Now That's Class (Cleveland, USA) + Prostitutes
20th February 2012 : The Dionysus Disco (Oberlin, USA)
21st February 2012 : The Shop (PIttsburgh, USA) + TM Eye + Trogpite
23rd February 2012 : Pyramid Atlantic (Washington DC, USA) + Blue Sausage Infant + Janel
24th February 2012 : Public Assembly (New York, USA)
25th February 2012 : What We Talk About When We Talk About Us (Allston, USA) + Veiled + Shawn Greenlee + Karlheinz

21st March 2012 : Instants Chavirés (Paris, France)
24th March 2012 : tbc (London, UK)
29th March : Avatarium Festival (Saint Etienne, France)
tbc May : WGT Festival (Leipzig, Germany)
21 July : (Edinburgh, UK)

Friday, January 20, 2012

RWM NEW MIX

The latest African percussion mix for Radio Web MACBA (Museu d'Art Contemporani de Barcelona) has gone live.

Tuesday, January 17, 2012

CUT HANDS LIVE UPDATE 8

19th January : Rhiz (Vienna, Austria)
20th January : Galerie Divus (Prague, Czech Republic) + S/M
21st January : Klick Club (Berlin, Germany) + Anemone Tube
26th January : Supersimetria (Barcelona, Spain) + Hecker + Phill Niblock and others
1st February : CTM.12 (Berlin, Germany) + Haxan Cloak + Bill Kouligas + PRSZR
4th February : Blackest Ever Black, Islington Mill (Manchester, UK) + Demdike Stare + Raime + Regis

USA TOUR
14th February 2012 : Los Globos (Los Angeles, USA)
15th February 2012 : ND (Austin, USA) + Christeene
17th February 2012 : Apop Records (St. Louis, USA)
18th February 2012 : Empty Bottle (Chicago, USA) + Bongripper
19th February 2012 : Now That's Class (Cleveland, USA) + Prostitutes
20th February 2012 : The Dionysus Disco (Oberlin, USA)
21st February 2012 : The Shop (PIttsburgh, USA) + TM Eye + Trogpite
23rd February 2012 : Pyramid Atlantic (Washington DC, USA) + Blue Sausage Infant + Janel
24th February 2012 : Public Assembly (New York, USA)
25th February 2012 : What We Talk About When We Talk About Us (Allston, USA) + Veiled + Shawn Greenlee + Karlheinz

21st March 2012 : Instants Chavirés (Paris, France)
29th March : Avatarium Festival (Saint Etienne, France)
tbc May : (Leipzig, Germany)
21 July : (Edinburgh, UK)

Friday, January 06, 2012

CUT HANDS LIVE UPDATE 7

19th January : Rhiz (Vienna, Austria)
20th January : Galerie Divus (Prague, Czech Republic)
21st January : KlickClub (Berlin, Germany)
26th January : Supersimetria (Barcelona, Spain) + Hecker + Phill Niblock and others
1st February : CTM12 (Berlin, Germany)
4th February : Blackest Ever Black, Islington Mill (Manchester, UK) + Demdike Stare + Raime + Regis

USA TOUR
14th February 2012 : Los Globos (Los Angeles, USA)
15th February 2012 : (Austin, USA)
17th February 2012 : Apop Records (St. Louis, USA)
18th February 2012 : Empty Bottle (Chicago, USA) + Bongripper
19th February 2012 : Now That's Class (Cleveland, USA) + Prostitutes
20th February 2012 : The Dionysus Disco (Oberlin, USA)
21st February 2012 : The Shop (PIttsburgh, USA) + TM Eye + Trogpite
23rd February 2012 : Pyramid Atlantic (Washington DC, USA) + Blue Sausage Infant + Janel
24th February 2012 : Public Assembly (New York, USA)
25th February 2012 : What We Talk About When We Talk About Us (Allston, USA) + Veiled + Shawn Greenlee + Karlheinz

21st March 2012 : Instants Chavirés (Paris, France)
29th March : Avatarium Festival (Saint Etienne, France)

CUT HANDS : AFRO NOISE I LPS

AFRO NOISE I VINYL
Both volumes of the beautiful 180gm vinyl editions of Afro Noise I are now available in limited quantities direct from Susan Lawly. A lot of blood and tears went into this and now I'm thrilled with the results of that considerable extra effort which went into making the sound and production values as perfect as possible.