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Vagus – Live at The Green Rooster (Video)

Alice Gee and James Dolan of Vagus

 

Vagus on fine form with new songs and a few faves. Alice Gee, Gary Law, James Dolan and Jonny Hill are the new wave krautrock quartet with pop tones and avant-garde sensibility. This is a great set from them, for reasons: They included three songs we hadn’t captured on film before (Leisure, Gravity, and We Were Falling in Love). The audio quality surpasses live recordings we’ve done to date thanks to Gary and his new recording kit. Let’s hear it for #therealvagus and enjoy the show!

 

 

Vagus – Live at The Green Rooster, St Helier – 25 Feb 2017

 

00:00 Autobahn
04:51 Gravity
10:40 Gutsty
16:09 Leisure
21:01 We Were Falling in Love
26:42 Tokyo

Audio recorded and mastered by Gary Law
Video filmed and edited by Chris Almond
 

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B-Eazy

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B-Eazy award-winning performer and founder of United Elementz

B-Eazy aka Bean Lebouc is a hip hop artist from Jersey, Channel Islands. He has been releasing music and performing live since 2006 having started recording in 2000 making mixtapes to get feedback from his friends at school and college.

He has performed at many established events including Jersey Live 2012 with U.G, BLKOUT 2015, and the BBC Introducing Masterclass in 2013 at Maida Vale Studios where he got to perform with a live band as a part of BBC Radio 1 DJ Charlie Sloth’s Live MC Session alongside Wretch 32 and Devlin. He has also supported artists such as Stig of The Dump, Blizzard, Miss Dynamite, English Frank, Mr. Woodnote, and DJs Grooverider, Kissy Sellout, James Zabiela and Mike Skinner (The Streets).

In 2014 he set up United Elementz alongside graffiti artist Vince Talcone (SAO 2971) to promote local urban talent in Jersey and promote the four elements of hip hop culture. United Elementz has reached people from the UK, US, Africa and Australia as it continues to grow and push the culture as a whole forward. B-Eazy is also a member of DJ Stefunk’s Jersey Funk All-Stars band as an MC for their live sets which range from hip hop, jazz, funk and soul, and a mix show DJ alongside Reggae DJ Dubsoulvibe releasing the monthly Original Flavaz mix on TrunkOfunk Radio.

B-Eazy is looking to continue to push not only himself but other artists through his teaming with Bubblebrain Records to help gain under-the-radar urban artists the recognition they deserve.

 

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Photos by Matt Le Marquand and Chris Almond

 


 
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The Completely Sane Art of Riq Chiznik

The Completely Sane World of Riq Chiznik, an album of twelve weird and wonderful songs by Illinoisan music producer Riq, comes in its Bandcamp edition with a beautiful e-book of art reproductions, lyrics sheets and other writings. The GIF below shows in miniature the book’s contents with its expressive use of colour and forms.

 

 

Riq Chiznik’s graphic work informs the music-making process and vice versa. There is something about the cartoony abstractions of Riq’s colourful art that hangs together with the music. Discoveries in one medium are translated in the other. When listening to a Riq Chiznik piece, one hears a rich stew of influences – condensed ragtime quotations, dust bowl freak blues, free jazz, the furniture utility of Brian Eno’s ambient music, the hallucinatory yarns of Captain Beefheart, the fragmented storytelling of Bob Dylan at his most stoned, the imagery of 20th Century experimental American film and art, the vivid splatterings of Jackson Pollock, the mystical comic book impressions of Don Van Vliet (again!), the delirious unconscious associations of Dalí, the jumbled, nervy neo-expressionism of Jean-Michel Basquiat, all animate Riq Chiznik’s visual and musical inventions.

Here is a selection of pages from the book. Click on the images for larger size.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

The digital album of twelve songs plus 37-page e-book can be purchased at The Completely Sane World of Riq Chiznik
 

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The Completely Sane World of Riq Chiznik

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A new digital album from Riq Chiznik on Bubblebrain Records, The Completely Sane World of Riq Chiznik is available from the following online stores

7digital · Amazon · Bandcamp · Clone D\G\T\L · eMusic · hmvDigital · iTunes · Juno Download · Napster · OpenLIVE · Qobuz · Spotify

Listen to Dogrubber Pickle Weasels (Single Version), a surrealistic lounge jazz song serving as introduction to the bizarre yet friendly sound of Riq Chiznik. This song is also available on an EP with remixes by Lux Flux and likeallstars.
 


 
Twelve songs of experimental comedy, avant-garde electronica and subversive songsmithery. The Bandcamp album package exclusively includes a 37-page e-book of original art and lyrics.
 

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This is my album. w4t24y4 0-e3 I hope you enjoy my album. lkj53nnqnet Walnuts hate me. 53hjl8h7 I had a lot of fun messing with the English language. o h4o2g 92 After years of having it shoved down my throat in school, I have the pleasure of using it how I see fit. m 3ijg49w5 Slippery Johnny Taco Elephants have a habit of building ziggurats in unsuccessful attempts for real estate in the ozone layer. I find spelling and grammar rules restricting in life, so why not break them for fun? i350yqpo h The Chicago Cubs won the World Series and the election. I’m “too senior” to work as a Tax Compliance Officer. I like making a bunch of musical sounds to go along with my profound tales of Western Civilization. Someone help me decide between sushi and nachos and 3-t 30g2 g02v 018 y91 g1v – Riq Chiznik
 
Riq Chiznik synthesizes hitherto unexplored fusions of American abstract expressionism, poetic experimental practice, and cranky cacophonies to celebrate a dynamic threshold between the deliberations of language and the spontaneity of jazz. – Chris Almond
 

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The Gaa Gaas – A Video Trilogy

The Gaa Gaas had a productive year releasing their single Close Your Eyes to critical acclaim, headlining the alternative stage at Jersey Live, and collaborating with Vagus on a split cassette release Condensed Tin. Bubblebrain Records’ video editor Chris Almond created impressionistic music videos for two remixes by Arythmol and a film capturing part of the band’s triumphal Jersey Live festival performance.
 

A future-nostalgic daydream of a song by The Gaa Gaas – Arrows (Arythmol Remix)
 

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Arythmol deconstructs The Gaa Gaas’ Close Your Eyes acoustic version, with footwork-influenced beats, bit-crunched synth guitar, and a video that mashes Gavin Tate’s original performance with contemporary footage of Russian bombing missions over Syria.
 

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The Gaa Gaas had top billing on the Saturday night of Jersey Live 2016. Their first show on Jersey in a few years drew a curious, enthusiastic crowd. It rained but the evening was pleasantly warm and the misty atmospheric conditions refracted the stage lights dramatically. Who knew what to expect? The Gaa Gaas are known for hardcore peformances with plenty of improvisation. They pulled it off with confidence and left the fans wanting more.
 

 

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Ronny B

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Ronny B photograph by SongwriterRandy

I was born in Manila. My background is American-Mexican-Pacific Islander. The artists who influenced me are Madonna, The Bee Gees, Mariah Carey, and Filipino artists Sharon Cuneta, Martin Nievera and Gary Valenciano. When I came to the US my goal was to write my own songs of sadness, heartbreak and joy.

I like all kinds of music but prefer pop because it makes me dance. I loves to dance! At the first club I went to I heard music from Madonna and started dancing out there on the dance floor. Everybody backed up … The DJ played that music and I was just out there enjoying myself. I’m the kind of person who will enjoy dancing ’til my last breath. I put some move on that Madonna music. After I danced the DJ came up to me and said “You really can dance. Did you go to a dancing class?”

I replied “No. It’s natural. I love to dance. I watched some videos on MTV and that’s where I get my influence.”

The DJ said “You’re really good. You’ve got some little bit of Micheal Jackson in you, you have Bobby Brown, you got some Madonna, Mariah Carey, Britney Spears … How do you do that?”

“It’s all in my mind, and I just practice daily. That’s what I do.”

I started writing and recording songs in my High School days. At that time I was going through a lot of sorrows and pain, relationship-wise, and I didn’t know what to do. I just wanted to do something with my life. So, for the very first time, I started writing my feelings and then turned it into music by using a tape recorder and started writing bit-by-bit. My first songs were When I’m Close To You and Doesn’t Matter To Me. I have those early recordings put away because in the future I may use them. I kept it all because it has always been my dream to be a recording artist.

My working relationship with Morgan McRae and Chris Holloway is really fantastic. I would never have had my first single recorded if it wasn’t for them. In 2008, I walked into their Magnatron Studios for the first time. The producer that owns the business, Patrick, and Chris were there. They tested my vocal and from then on started recording my songs.

That was also the year when I successfully auditioned for America’s Got Talent. I went to Honolulu, Hawaii, and took my headset out there in the middle of the beach, dancing, and a couple of people, a husband and wife, saw me dancing and said “Hey, you’re really good at dancing. Is it okay if we film you?”

I said “Sure.” The film of me dancing was sent to America’s Got Talent. It was very raw footage.

I got a call. “Are you Ronny B?”

I said “Yes I am.”

“Why don’t you come to Los Angeles. We want you to audition.”

“You’re kidding!”

They said “No we’re not kidding. We’re serious. You sign a contract with us and we will make you famous.”

The judges were Piers Morgan, Sharon Osbourne, and David Hasselhoff. I did my audition and then went to Vegas for the second round.

I love the audience. Some people think I’m a shy person when they see me but they don’t know that on stage I will go out there and overcome that fear. I love being on stage. On America’s Got Talent, smacking the scenery – that was my idea. At first, yes, I admit, fear got into me when David Hasselhoff buzzed me but I said to myself no no no no no, I would not leave the stage until I get the audience in awe and that was my whole point of view. I remember Jerry Springer telling me before I got on stage, “Do your best out there Ronny B. Show your talent. This is your moment. Give it all you’ve got out there because whatever anyway happens Simon Cowell is watching this and you are talented so go out there, do your best and make it to Vegas.”

For my album I will include various kinds of pop music, dance, r ‘n’ b and slow jams. I also plan to record a P-pop record for my Filipino fans.

 

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Ronny B at Magnatron Studios
Ronny B at Magnatron Studios

 

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Lux Flux

Amanda Haywood in Barstow, Southern California
Amanda Haywood in Barstow, Southern California

Amanda Haywood aka Lux Flux is a musician whose innovative works of sci-fi influenced weird electronica range from interstellar dub to the subtlest of ambient convolutions. Amanda is from Chicago, Illinois. She began making music in 1996 starting with her first boombox making mix tapes and funny sound effects. In early 2000 she started making beats using FruityLoops. By 2006 she was composing with Reason music software. Amanda’s life in music is inspired by her father who was in the Northwest Indiana Symphony Chorus. Amanda’s other influences are her fans, Björk, Tool, Marilyn Manson, Pink Floyd, Rammstein, and new artists she meets.

Amanda has been prolifically expanding her song catalogue with high quality samples, patches, loops and grooves many of which she has published on SoundCloud.

Amanda was in a dark ambient duo called Morphe and Mandy, and produced new age soundscapes with electronic duo Portal. In 2011 she co-founded iox Audioware, a company dedicated to producing professional audio plugins for the music industry.

Later she moved on to new trails as Lux Flux continuing to explore the weird experimental music sound of the High Desert of Southern California. She follows her mood and dreams to invent new music genres.
 

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Riq Chiznik

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Riq Chiznik

Riq Chiznik’s Sea-Monkey food factory was raided by a bunch of cinnamon pirates. They came, they saw, they scratched the paint off his bathroom stall walls, and flipped him off all at once. Then they took all of his pajamas. So the Sea-Monkey food manufacturing career was in the garbage. Anyway, he was walking home from an owl pellet hockey game one night, when a cosmic voyager suddenly detained him in an alley and imparted musical profundities to him that had been lost for millennia. He told Riq that if he didn’t record music from now on, he would beat him with a toilet brush.

Riq’s mommy was a giant shamrock and his daddy was a slightly bigger red bird. They both liked flowers a lot. As a child, Riq ate many tasty canned goods. He attended twelve years of Martian Chipmunk school. During his seventh year of school, he discovered ancient devices known as cassettes with strange names and words on them. He found them buried in the ruins of FEMA Region 5, right next to Droopy Valley, on an interplanetary field trip. He came back on several more field trips and acquired many other devices known as compact discs. Hundreds. In between trips, he taught himself guitar. He spent his allowance on machines that played this music media. He also bought packs of notebook paper, scratch and sniff stickers that smelled like lunch meat, various varieties of Japanese tea, a real live leprechaun that practised cardiology (escaped after two months, even though Riq treated him with the utmost respect), and a large quantity of frozen Salisbury steak dinners that usually included small helpings of mashed potatoes and corn.

As school went on, he was intimidated into learning about lottery frequencies and deodorant dynamics, but his favourite subject was always English. Then one day during his twelfth year of education, a motley gang of marshmallow demons forced him at accusation point to choose a college or be resigned to a career as a cardboard slapper. He had only minutes to make up his mind, so under spiritual duress he chose the one place that offered him a scholarship: The Illinois Automotive Beehive Institute of Ticker Tape. He spent seven years there continuing his education while singing karaoke in his spare time.

After he graduated, Riq spent five years behind a desk, mostly designing tablecloths and writing credit card advertisements. Then after that, he quit, and started a sea monkey food factory. That business lasted for about two years, until the Cinnamon Pirate Incident. Shortly thereafter he was detained by a musical cosmic voyager in an alley, and immediately began making music.

Riq’s biggest musical influences are Frank Zappa, Captain Beefheart, The Residents, Brian Eno, and Wesley Willis.
 

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Riq Chiznik is completely sane and that’s a guarantee!

 

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One Poet Craig Smith

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Craig Smith

Craig Smith aka One Poet is a singer-songwriter living in Jersey, Channel Islands, UK. He has played many venues and festival dates including T in the Park (2014), Sziget Festival (2014), and Jersey Live (2015).

Just a lad trying to get through life, living passionately and do what he loves, Craig refuses to be a zombie for the state. “I have one chance at life so I’ll live it my way. I won’t be a slave for someone else’s gain. Peace and die smiling. No regrets. Try everything once. Be that crazy that the world loves.”

Craig is an eccentric with an ecstatic stage presence drawing in a crowd wherever he plays. A joy to watch, he is a fantastic live performer.

He fell in love with music growing up with Oasis who influenced his decision to write his own songs, share his views and express them on stage. Craig covers various artists but mostly performs his original songs. His songs draw out emotion and are a direct expression of his life experiences. Feelings that can’t be conveyed through speech, anything that can’t or wouldn’t be said, flow through his songs. If you want to know about Craig, listen to his lyrics.
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Craig Smith performing at the Mechanics

 

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Condensed Tin

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The Condensed Tin cassette is now available to purchase. There is only a limited run of 100 priced at £5 + shipping. This includes unlimited streaming, high-quality download, and artwork PDF.
 

condensed-vagus-gaa-gaas-tin-cassette-234-square A musicassette limited to one hundred copies. Vagus contribute the abrasive and ear-mangling AK-47, a journey more than a song. The Gaa Gaas contribute two tracks, one being an alternative version of recently released Indian Giver and the other is a distinct instrumental version. This first physical release from Bubblebrain Records is destined to be a collector’s item.

 

 

 

 

SIDE A
Vagus – AK-47

Written by James Dolan and Gary Law
Produced by Gary Law

SIDE B
The Gaa Gaas – Indian Giver (split version)
The Gaa Gaas – Indian Giver (instrumental)

Written by The Gaa Gaas
Produced by Ali Gavan
Mastered by Robert Harder

Cover art by Lemmi-James Eaton

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