From his lowly roots in rural Jamaica and the ghettos of West Kingston, to the giddy heights of international stardom, the life of Robert Nesta Marley was one of enigma and paradox. In a biography published this week, Timothy White offers fresh insights into the man and his career. Here NME presents three extracts from the book, covering Marley’s childhood, his first recording session and the attempt on his life in the election fever of 1976.
losttribesound: William Ryan Fritch - Thankless Deeds (Official Video)
VICE premiered this new video for ‘Thankless Deeds’ off Fritch’s upcoming album Revisionist over the weekend, saying they loved, “Fritch’s haunting vocals and thumping percussion, which evoke a sense of euphoric dread.”
Mammane Sani Abdullaye is a legendary name amongst Niger’s avant garde. A pioneer of early West African electronic music, for over 30 years his instrumentals have filled the airwaves. The instrumental background drones of radio broadcasts and instrumental segue ways of TV intermissions borrow heavily from his repertoire. The dreamy organ instrumentals drift by sans comment, yet are known to all. Mammane first found the organ in 1974.
This week, zoomback to 2009 and settle in for a bird’s eye view of the Jesus Lizard’s now-legendary reunion show at Nashville’s Exit/In. The Jesus Lizard isn’t just a band; for some people, their angular, genre-defining noise rock is a bonafide religion, with howling vocalist David Yow as the manic preacher heading up the revival. On July 14, 2009, the original lineup—David Yow, Duane Denison, David Wm. Sims, Mac McNeilly—joined forces for the first time in over ten years to summon forth that old magic and deliver a performance for the ages.
Compiled and arranged by Split Screens’ frontman Jesse Cafiero, “Meeker Hollow” was created with vintage film from the Prelinger archives, featuring time lapse flower photography and NASA lunar animation from the 1963 film “Project Apollo”. Jesse sings and plays the majority of instruments on this track along with Rory O’Connor (drummer for Tycho) and Geneva Harrison (Bells Atlas). Very hauntologic! Get the album from Bandcamp.
Istanbul based Tektosag label kills it with this new release from Levni & Sloth Pallas. Gorgeous video by Ece Anis & Eren Ileri. Seriously proud to tell this is one of the best shit coming out of the Istanbul underground for a while.
Newcomer Alpman from Istanbul has gradually been making a name for himself through live shows last year. I quite like the b-side of his newly released 7”, a steaming organ led faux-70s anatolian funk tune. Check it out!
Instrumental psychedelic hip-hop hybrid Lilacs & Champagne spent their first two albums shining a light on the darkest corners of vintage European cinematic oddities. Their eponymous debut album and the follow-up, Danish & Blue, were warped, psychedelic takes on damaged funk and b-movie film scores.