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From: "phil howitt" <email@example.com>
Subject: Facelift Magazine
Date: Mon, 17 Apr 2000 20:43:58 +0100
A MESSAGE TO ALL FACELIFT READERS PAST AND PRESENT
Facelift, as you will know, is a magazine that has covered
the Canterbury music scene since 1989. Most readers will have
heard nothing for me since issue 19 came out about 2 years ago. I
thought I should give people an explanation.
The main reason for inactivity on the Facelift front is
for that the last two and a half year my day time job has rather
taken over my spare time, meaning I am working many evenings and
weekends, with little time left over for other things. I don't
intend to work this way for long (!) but, all things considered,
I've figured it may be time to call it a day.
I moved out of the city (Manchester) a year or so ago, and
my priorities are increasingly becoming spending more time
outdoors, and less time in front of a computer screen. Plus there
are other reasons for stopping doing Facelift, not least the fact
that the vibe of the magazine has very much been taken over by the
Internet (and all power to it too).
So, there will be one last Facelift, issue 20. This has
been the intention since last summer, but I've just not had time
to do anything about it. The likelihood is that it will come out
in summer or late 2000. This will be mainly a celebration of 20
issues and 10 years (now 11) of the mag, with a couple of
interviews thrown in.
For Facelift's many subscribers, I am not intending to run
off with your subscriptions! After issue 20 I will be sending
refund cheques for any outstanding amounts to UK readers. For
overseas readers it will not be practical to refund subscriptions
in the form of IMOs, so I will be offering them refunds in the
form of our very many back issues. This could apply to UK readers
too if anyone is interested. Plus if anyone new is coming across
this message who wants to buy any back issues, please contact me -
I could do with clearing a bit of space in my cellar!
I do not intend to full disappear - don't discount the
possibility of a website appearing or contributions towards the
many excellent mags, websites and organisations related to
Canterbury/Gong music. And I do thank everyone for their
continuing support and understanding during the last two years of
virtual silence on my part.
I hope to send on Facelift 20 at some point in the near
future. In the meantime I have new contact details to pass on:
my e-mail address is: firstname.lastname@example.org
and my postal address is Phil Howitt, 23 Nutclough, Hebden
Bridge, West Yorkshire HX7 8HA
If you'd like to stay in touch via e-mail, please forward
your e-mail to the above e-mail address.
See you all at a Gong gig in the near future!
[I would like to personally thank Phil and all his fellow
scribes at FACELIFT for what can truly be called an education in
Canterbury music. Without their work since 1989, there would be no
CALYX, and no WR. Hats off to you, Phil! - AL]
From: "Gary & Vicki" <email@example.com>
Subject: The MUFFINS
Date: Sun, 16 Apr 2000 22:38:29 -0400
RE: THE MUFFINS 2000 REUNION ROAD SHOW
April 1, 2000 - The Muffins, one of the best known
progressive groups ever to come out of Washington, DC, announced
they will be playing two east coast concerts this year, and one in
PHANTASMAGORIA in Wheaton, MD, USA on Friday July 14th,
Saturday July 15th at The KNITTING FACTORY in New York.
Friday, July 14th 2000
$TBD at the door; show begins at 8 pm, at
Phantasmagoria Other artists TBD
11319 Elkin St., Wheaton, MD (near Washington DC)
By Metro: Red line/Glenmont to Wheaton Exit
By Car: 495 to Georgia Ave. North/Wheaton Exit; North on
Georgia Ave; Right on University Blvd; Right on Elkin St;
Phantasmagoria is on left at #11319 Elkin St.
Saturday, July 15th at the KNITTING FACTORY, NYC, consult
http://www.knittingfactory.com for details.
The Muffins have also been invited to represent the
Knitting Factory at the
Villa Celimontana Jazz Festival in Rome during July 2000.
The lineup will be the Muffins' best known - Tom Scott,
Paul Sears, Billy Swann and Dave Newhouse. The
internationally acclaimed Muffins recorded several albums during
the 1970s and early 1980s, including 2 with Fred Frith- "
<185>", (Fred was Producer) and "Gravity". (The Muffins were
guests) Some Muffins records have been reissued by
Cuneiform Records. The Muffins share influences as diverse as
Miles Davis, Frank Zappa, Messiaen, Stravinsky, Fela Kuti,
Bob Marley, Jimi Hendrix, SUN RA, King Tubby, and The Yardbirds.
They have also collaborated as a group or individually with an
equally diverse assortment of notables , including Peter Blegvad,
Fred Frith, John Greaves, Yochk'o Seffer, The Urban Verbs, Pepe
Gonzalez, Skeleton Crew, 9353, and even Firesign Theaters' Proctor
and Bergman. They also made it to Broadway, performing
a concert at Symphony Space with Marion Brown. (ref: Miles Davis)
The Muffins recorded during the early 1990s for "Unsettled
Scores", a Cuneiform Records double CD project that included Hugh
Hopper, Kit Watkins, Doctor Nerve and Univers Zero. A new
Muffins record is planned for release in 2000. The Muffin's work
has been reported by Rolling Stone, The Boston Phoenix, The
Washington City Paper, Fanfare, The Daily Californian, Option,
Downbeat, and countless other periodicals.
There was an internationally renowned scene in Washington
DC years before Minor Threat, and stylistically it couldn't have
been more different: America's most accomplished answer to
European progressive rock. The [Muffins were one of the] scene's
two best bands.... The Muffins had the instrumentation of a jazz
ensemble: woodwinds, piano, bass and drums..They took as models
the jazz-rock hybrids of Soft Machine, Henry Cow, and Magma, as
well as the pioneers who'd inspired them in turn, such as Eric
Dolphy and Sun Ra. They were particularly interested in collective
improvisation, and ultimately a group vocabulary evolved that not
only gave them more range in their compositions, but allowed them
to sound cohesive even at their most free...[regarding] the
speedcore double saxophone passages....you could mistake it for
the Art Ensemble of Chicago at John Zorn tempo.... - (Boston Rock)
"...The Muffins were America's best musical secret. They
had chops, writing ability, and talent galore... the live stuff..
is immensely impressive..." - (Option)
"Combining elements of free jazz, New Music and rock &
roll, The Muffins were one of the smartest and most capable bands
of the 70s." - (Covert Culture Sourcebook)
"[the Muffins were an] extraordinary chapter in
progressive rock history... How fresh and utterly original this
still sounds now .." -( i/e)
"For the uninitiated,The Muffins were a Washington DC
based band who existed from about 1973 to '81... Their highly
energized and experimental sound went far to define the new
American progressive sound that emerged in the late seventies..."
"The Muffins were an American band whose aesthetic derived
partly from Uncle Meat-era Zappa and British progressive bands
like ELP, Henry Cow, Soft Machine, Egg and Caravan They
successfully re-processed all this into a melodic, often manic
style of their own..And the Muffins had a sense of humor, too.
None of that dour, self conscious arty farty stuff for these
guys." - (Soundings)
"Ah, The Muffins, long lost souls of the Henry
Cow-meets-National Health progressive axis... the Muffins were
another much-aligned and virtually-ignored American progressive
band not content with aping Great Britain's former icons but
intent on breathing continued life into the then moribund U.S.
progressive/fusion scene. They infused their feisty brand of
instrumental acrobatics with dense interplays of guitars, organs,
reeds, clarinets and myriad percussions, setting the wild
potpourri of instruments adrift in a sea of truly innovative
arrangements that often lasted less that three minutes. And
thought the Muffins were economical in time, they hardly were in
ideas - the Muffins crammed more virtuosity into their music than
an army of laissez-faire fusionists with a rack of keyboards and a
thirty-minute-per-side limit. It seemed like only the inimitable
Mr. [Fred] Frith was cognizant enough to recognize their talents
in those rather desolate years... -(i/e)
"Their sound is heavily jazz influenced, but solidly
rooted in progressive rock... early on [they] could be compared to
... Soft Machine circa "Third" or the instrumental flights of
early Caravan. As time went on, their sound became more
improvisational sounding, jagged and experimental, full of fiery
urgency, and moved more in RIO directions... a masterful crew of
top-notch musicians." - (Expose)
"bristling with great music of power, complexity and
inventiveness which would put many more 'well-known' bands to
shame. [Their] improvisations... show how well the band can
perform together, in that they barely sound improvised, and their
studio work is tight and complex.. If... you've not heard
them before, let yourself in for a treat." - (Facelift - England)
"This stuff is in-your-face over-the-top music. With a
healthy disdain for anything remotely resembling "progressive
music", the Muffins generally squeaked, squawked, and giggled
(musically speaking) through their songs, taking no prisoners.
..If you're a big fan of Moving Gelatine Plates and you don't have
anything by the Muffins, shame on you." - (Music Uncovered)
"anyone with a taste for adventurous art rock or jazz
should dig it...The playing's impeccable, soulful, swinging and
spacey... casual and uncontrived... even at its most extreme
playing." - (Boston Rock)
"The Muffins were one of the most innovative fusion bands
to emerge from the USA during the late-70's, and whilst resembling
Henry Cow in many ways, and also with notable Zappa/Mothers of
Invention influence, their complex style also drew them close to
the Canterbury sound." - (Audion- England)
"This is inspired insanity. Frenzied, friction filled
music, blasting out into the air.... This is a melting pot of
rock, jazz, and complete insanity...a must buy." Music Uncovered
"The influences of The Muffins includes the Canterbury
scene (a strong Soft Machine presence, Hatfield, etc) and Henry
Cow/Fred Frith. In fact, Frith was important to the development of
the band. The Muffins were the backing band on Frith's
"Gravity"...Frith also produced [The Muffins'] "185"... If you've
never heard The Muffins, you should. The band... eschew the
general SymphoProg copycat syndrome, preferring to go for complex,
improvisational works instead.. [which] makes these works some of
the best to come from the USA." -
From: "Mark Hewins" <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: For WR
Date: Tue, 25 Apr 2000 08:07:16 +0100
Very sorry though to hear of Phil Howitt's intention to
call it a day after the next issue of 'Facelift' (#20). Thanks for
all your hard work over the last 10 or so years Phil, you deserve
free tickets to any gig you want ever to see! Good luck in the
future. It must be gratifying to see how many people have taken up
the torch of furthering 'Canteresque' Music.
For me the 'Canterbury Music Scene' has always been a
loose conglomeration of many, many Musicians who just happen to
work with each other - not particularly the Bands they work in;
Bands belong to a pop related 'Genre' way of thinking.
What always interested me in 'Canterburyness' is the
complete spread of styles across Musical genres....... (There's
something for everyone)
With that in mind,
My new entirely FREE Electronic Music album is now out on
the web (not techno).
This music was composed using Interactive phase distortion
and is almost entirely made up from the 'resultant' sounds.
Caution; it may not be suitable for faint hearts or some
'prog/pomp rock' fans though.
MP3/Flash is required before you can download...
B I G B I G S P A C E S
For completists; cat.#; MUSART XCD 106 (9 tracks)
I would like to mix this in 5:1 surround sound, any
Also I would love to perform it live, but I know of no
organisations who promote this type of Music.
As my friend Ken Elliot, (7th Wave) once said; "who wants
to design their music to a three minute slot aimed at twelve year
olds, mums & the armed forces."
From: "Mark Hewins" <email@example.com>
Subject: REBELA FREE MP3
Date: Fri, 7 Apr 2000 07:39:29 +0100
Hi A & the W-Readers
Here's another FREE MP3
REBELA: MORE INSTRUMENTAL VERSIONS
(ReMix by Paul B) 4th April 2000
(TRACK # 4) MILLIONAIRE (5.65 Mb - 128Kbs MP3)
--Players on this track--
Lol Coxhill; Soprano Sax (solo)
Jim Dvorak; Trumpet
Martin Shaw; Flugelhorn
Gilad Altman; Alto Sax
Theo Travis; Tenor Sax
Errol Kennedy; Drums
Paul Bhattacharjee; Bells
Pete Brown; Conga
Joe Cang; Bass
Bob Loveday; String Sections
Robbie T; Electric Piano & Synth
Mark Hewins; Electric & Acoustic Guitars
Alan R Dunn; Accordian
This mix is instrumental and does not include Lady June's
From: Luc P.© <firstname.lastname@example.org>
Subject: New videos with Music by Mark Hewins
Date: Fri, 21 Apr 2000 05:19:55 +0200
Dear Music Lovers
Once again, I'm proud to get the Music of Mark Hewins on
one of my new videos: "Apollo" which talks about Moon Odissey at
http://www.pilmeyer.8m.com (videos page)
Mark kindly provided me with the remix of Super String by
BIG BIG SPACE that you can also hear at
http://musart.co.uk/noticbd.htm where there's also all kinds of
Best thoughts to all
From: "Frank Blades" <email@example.com>
Subject: Angel Air To Rerelease Holdsworth's Debut
Date: Tue, 18 Apr 2000 10:51:37 +0100
News update from Angel Air which I think the Canterbury
list would be
Angel Air are poised to re-release 'IGGINBOTTON's 1969
Wrench. If, like me, you are still unimpressed, let me
point out that
Igginbottom was the starting point for one Allan
Holdsworth - and I think
that will make you will prick up your collective ears!!!
This is taken from
the Angel Air website...
TRACK LISTING: The Castle - Out Of Confusion - The Witch -
Biscuits -California Dreamin' - Golden Lakes -
Not So Sweet Dreams - Is She Just A Dream? - Blind Girl -
When you've got Allan Holdsworth in your line-up, we're
not talking average
sixties beat combo. Holdsworth is the guitarist's
guitarist who has become
one of the most respected jazz-fusion players. But back in
with three young men from Bradford in Yorkshire, he formed
the band known as
Producing and managing the band at this time were three
guys from one of the
sixties most successful "pop" bands "The Love Affair":
Jackson, drummer Maurice "Mo" Bacon and keyboardist Morgan
to Jackson "The music they were playing was like nothing I
had ever heard
before, and the standard of their musicianship was
incredibly high." Their
first London gig was at the renowned Ronnie Scotts Club in
the company of
such legends as Barney Kessel. For Morgan Fisher: "These
light years ahead of the rest of us - all I felt we could
do was to make
sure that everything was well recorded."
Back in 1969 the late Ronnie Scott wrote in the original
notes:"'Igginbottom are unique and completely
original...They may well be
the first group that has, completely naturally and
evolved out of the ever-converging directions of good pop
"Disc & Music Echo" described the original album as
"...by any standards,
quite exceptional..." Judge for yourself and investigate
release for a jazz fusion masterpiece, with extensive and
notes by Dale "Buffin" Griffin (Mott The Hoople).
The Angel Air website is at
http://www.angelair.force9.co.uk and you can
contact them at firstname.lastname@example.org. That aren't
with Canterbury rereleases, although if you like the
60/70s classic rock era
then check out the rest of the catalogue...
Tel: +44 (0)117 973 0548
Tel: +44 (0)117 973 0152
The UK Entertainment Centre
From: gong-gas <email@example.com>
Subject: GONG-RELATED GIGS and EVENTS
Date: Wed, 29 Mar 00 23:16:56 +0000
GONG...APRIL UK TOUR
Daevid, Gilli, Mike H, Theo, Chris and Gwyo. Switch Doctor
David Id will be at the controls to ensure total open
communication from the Planet Gong is established.
Thur 27th April Exeter. Phoenix Arts Centre Gandy St,
Exeter. tel 01392 667 080
TRIO MALHERBE, EHRLICH, SHEHAN...FRENCH DATE
Sat 29th April France, Foire de Paris.
Fete des Jazz
Daevid, Gilli, Mike, Theo, Chris and Gwyo. First pixie
visit to Norway since 1974!
Sat 29th April Norway, Bergen. The Garage. tel: (+47) 552
Gnomes For May with Daevid, Gilli, Mike, Theo, Chris,
Didier & Gwyo.
Thur 4th May France, Paris. La Cigale, 120 bd de
Rochechouart, 75019 Paris.
tel: 01 49 25 89 99 (Mon-Sat 12h to 7h.) Visa cards only.
Daevid, Gilli, Mike, Theo, Chris, Didier & Gwyo plus
guests, Visual Bliss decorations, etc. And all at the scene of
many a fantastic Gong gig in the 70’s with a sprung dance floor.
Sun 7th May UK, London. Hammersmith Palais. tel 0208
GONG...MAY UK FESTIVALS
Daevid, Gilli, Mike, Theo, Chris and Gwyo.
12th/13th May Malvern. Fringe Festival. tbc
26th-29th May Dorset, Blandford. Festival. tbc
INVISIBLE OPERA Co of TIBET...UK MAY FESTIVAL
Mon 29th May Devon, Broad Clyst. Millenium
DAEVID ALLENS UNIVERSITY OF ERRORS...JUNE/JULY EUROPEAN
First chance to see the psychedelic extravaganza that are
the Errors in Europe.
Thur 1st June Netherlands. tbc
Fri 2nd June Belgium, Brussels.
3rd-7th June Germany, Norway, Sweden. tbc.
Thur 8th June Denmark, Copenhagen. tbc.
9th-11th June Germany, Denmark. tbc.
Mon 12th June Switzerland, Winterthur
13th-20th June Italy, Germany. tbc.
Wed 21st June Belgium, Liege.
Wed 28th June Belgium, Diksmuide.
29th-30th June Netherlands. tbc.
1st-5th July UK, 3 or 4 dates. tbc.
THEO TRAVIS QUARTET...UK DATES
with David Gordon, Andy Hamill and Marc Parnell
Fri 2nd June Farnham, Downbeat Club, The
Maltings. tel 01252 715 546
Sat 3rd June London, Barbican Foyer. 5.30pm
Sun 4th June Croydon, Gun Tavern, Church St. 1
5th-10th June London, Ronnie Scott’s Club. tel 0171
Sun 16th July Dorset, Swanage Jazz Festival. tel
01929 442 885
GONG...UK GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL
Daevid, Gilli, Mike, Didier, Chris and Gwyo. Gong at
Glastonbury for the first time since 1971! They headline on
the Sunday night at the end of the festival. Where else is there
Sun 25th June Glastonbury Festival. Green Fields,
INVISIBLE OPERA Co of TIBET...UK GLASTONBURY FESTIVAL
It can’t be Glastonbury without the Invisibles in some
guise or other in attendance.
Fri 23rd June Glastonbury Fest. Green Fields,
Croissant Neuf Stage-2.30.
GONG...JULY FINNISH GIG
Daevid, Gilli, Mike, Theo, Chris and Gwyo. The push to be
the first band to play at the North Pole continues...getting
further North all the time!
Fri 7th July Finland, Imatra. Big Band
GONG...JULY FRENCH FESTIVAL DATES
Daevid, Gilli, Mike, Didier, Theo, Chris and Gwyo
There may be other French Festival gigs just before this
Tues 25th July France, Arles. MIMI Festival.
MAGICK BROTHERS...AUGUST FRENCH FESTIVAL DATE
Daevid, Graham Clark and Mark Robson twinkle in the
25th/26th July France. Les Amis de la Pouventail. tbc
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AND OTHER GOOD
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==> SLAPP HAPPY
May 13/14/16/17 & 26/27/78 - Tokyo, Star Pine's Cafe
May 19 - Sapporo, Bessy Hall (Sapporo)
May 20 - Kyoto, Kyoto Univ. Seibu-Kodo
Information: Eyewill: tel/fax +81-3-5485-6490
30TH ANNIVERSARY SHOWS:
Paris, Le Trianon
(80, boulevard Rochechouart)
Early May - US tour + South American dates
European tour - hopefully sometime this year
+ Christian Vander Quartet:
Apr 27/28/29 - Paris, Le Sunset
Official website: http://www.seventhrecords.com
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