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Llyn Y Cwn - Dark Elemental Ambience
One of the more original & distinctive dark ambient projects to appearing in the last few years is Llyn Y Cwn. The project takes its influences from the ragged, vast & often brooding landscapes of Wales- with a sound that blends together blacked & often deep drones, creepy ambient dwells, and moody-to- eerier field recordings captured from the landscape. We tracked down the mind behind Ben Powell for an email interview.
James Shearman - London Walling
Londoner James Shearman has been one of the most active & present figures in the UK/ Euro wall noise scene for some years now- releasing walled noise/ static texturing under A Raja's Mesh banner as well as his own name, he runs the prolific & respected HNW Netlabel, and has been involved in the organization of wall/ noise shows in and around London. So it seemed high time to track James down for an interview- the below lengthy, but most interesting interview took place via email over the last month or so.
The Lux & Ivy Compilations Interview - Down n Dirty, Yet Cheesy n Camp
Over the last few years Righteous- part of the Cherry Red family of labels- has released a series of highly consistent & well-rounded compilations under the Lux & Ivy banner. These CD collections focusing in on largely obscure 45s from the 50s & 60s be it lo-fi rock n roll, crude rockabilly, cheesy guitar pop, Beatnik spoken word/skits,gimmick led rockabilly, devilishly delinquent 50s anthems, and all manner of novelty fare. For those not in the know Lux Interior & Poison Ivy where The Cramps -the cult US rockabilly/ garage punk/ Gothabilly band - and while the collection is not directly connected to the pair, the spirit of the compilations comes from their passion for collecting obscure 45. Behind the compilation is Dave Henderson- a music journalist who has written for British music magazines such as Mojo, Q, and Kerrang!- we tracked down Dave for an email interview to discuss this wonderful compilation series
Paige Davis, Michael Raso & Lisa Petrucci - Time To Get Racy - The Racy Reels Series Interview.
As the interest and reassessment of sleazy celluloid from the past grow in leaps & bounds, so does the reissuing of both soft & hard-core porn on Blu Ray & DVD. One of the better-curated, nicely put together & consistent series of releases has been the Racy Reels series- this is a collaboration between Pop Cinema, and infamous exploitation reissue label Something Weird. So far the series has seen three release- and each has either brought together two-to-three films that are theme-related, or part of a series- so Vol 1 featured three obscure & bizarre examples of 70s Sci-fi themed sexploitation. Vol 2 brought together two 70s soft-core/sex comedies with womens liberation/ equality theme, and most recently Vol 3 took in two late 60s -to- early 70s erotic dramas/ thrillers from the popular Danish/ Swedish I, a Woman series of soft-core films. We tracked down Paige Davis & Michael Raso from Pop Video, and Lisa Petrucci from Something Weird to discuss how the series came about, the releases thus far, and the series future.
The Residents - Old Dogs Still Snap n Break Bone
Many bands/projects in their later years ease back on the sonic gas- be it slow down, mellow-out, or water down their sound. But thats certainly not the case for The Residents- now a few years off their 50th anniversary, the avant-pop/ art collective have just released their 47th album Metal, Meat, and Bone- which stands as one of their more bounding n intense record- it sees the collective blending roughed-up & snarling blues, with theatrical sonic oddness n unease. Homer Flynn- the projects key designer, manager, and handler kindly agreed to give M[m] an email interview- discussing the new album & more.
Jimmy McDonough - The Milligan Way
Andy Milligan stands as one of the most distinctive &  creatively lo-fi directors to appear from the American grind-house circuit of the 60s and 70s.  When you're watching a Milligan film- you most certainly know it- with its plots full bickering families, self-made often period costumes, awkward sex scenes, very crude/ bizarre effects, and moments of dizzying/ disorientating swirling camerawork. I first saw a Milligan film around ten or so years back- and became more & more fascinated by this true one-off.  One of the things that helped to deepen my interest was The Ghastly One- a 2001 warts n all biography of Milligan written by respected biographer and journalist Jimmy McDonough, who has also penned books on the likes of Russ Meyer, Neil Young, and Tammy Wynette. Out-of-print for a few years, The Ghastly One has just got a deluxe/ picture-packed reissue on Fab press, so I tracked down Jimmy for an email interview- talking about the new edition of the book, and of course Andy Milligan in general.

       
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