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most anticipated release: bill fay (still some light)

Billfay
It’s not quite like eagerly awaiting the new Robert Wyatt album, but almost … Not expecting too much is the best recipe for joy, and I don’t expect Still Some Lightto better or even equal Tomorrow, Tomorrow And Tomorrow“, but I’m very curious, because Tomorrow, Tomorrow And Tomorrow(Drag City / Jnana / 2005, recorded 1978-1981) has become very dear to me, both for its music and for the associations it brings, the way it transports me to an era long gone (somehow, I tend to think of it as an anticipation of how the optimism of “The lamb lies down on Broadway” turned into resignation with massive unemployment and neutron bomb cold war dystopia, compelled to post-commune coping) … and yet I know no album of that era quite like it, it’s majestically unique (in both versions – the cd and lp differ, ya trainspotters) … an all time late night favourite, since repeated listenings reveal it to be a rich, warm & soothing album, recorded by superb musicians and exquisitely produced, not at all as bleak, both musically and lyrically, as yer average rainswept Scottish indie pop ;-/ Hey and do read Marcello Carlin‘s appreciation too – http://hemingwoid.blogspot.com/2005/04/bill-fay-group-tomorrow-tomorrow-and.html – plus:
http://www.brainwashed.com/index.php?option=com_content&task=view&id=1324
http://www.dustedmagazine.com/reviews/2205

Most of all, I’m swept away by the ‘off of the floor’ opening track Strange stairway“.

Updated (with two more tracks to listen to) here: http://uzine.posterous.com/once-again-shines

Further update: wonderful two part interview by Alex(ander) Goldstein here & there.
And I’m anxious messrs Fay & Wyatt may one day consider collaborating, if that’s a good idea at all!
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#1: the back catalogue (aka ISSN 13773828)

[uzine] used to be a music e-zine between 1999 and 2006, run by a threesome and then some (from the mid to end nineties, it was a webzine called ultra – hence the u -, run by (kf) & (hs) a.o. ). The e-zine (now defunct, don’t dream of sending stuff for review) had about 3000 subscribers and even more dedicated readers. We did interviews and reviews and provided the playlists of our radio shows (expect those here later on as well) plus a lot of links, favelists, best of the year overviews, etc. … annexed is the the whole shebang in a 2,6 MB zip featuring txt files and a contents pdf …

Incidentally, everything here is “for demonstration & (internet) conversation purposes”. This here blog will not be making any media files downloadable; such are our settings on this here Posterous platform. If they are presented here, the purpose is to promote artists by providing tangible examples of their art & craft, and to have you, o dear readership, become equally enthusiastic about the art on display, perhaps even tempting you to purchase it legally. As the financial crisis of 2008 has shown, we’re living in a consumer society (and a services economy, and an attention economy, and a spectacle society), so everyone has to be aware of and do what it takes to keep the wheels going (without harming the planet). Also, it is our intent to always provide direct links to artist or label sites, and to the sources we got our information or data from … as well as other relevant and informative links, cf. this site’s subtitle. Conversely (vice versa, mutatis mutandis), we hope to be quoted whenever material of ours is used, including all stuff from the issues of [uzine] contained in this here zip containing our own writings. Do contact us if you have issues or questions …

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Update: since the switch from Posterous to WordPress, it’s no longer possible to offer a zip. Here’s the contents table instead, and an example issue. When there’s time, we’ll make a separate blogpost of each e-zine.