Foxy Pup

A) Foxy Pup

Nirosta Steel – Foxy Pup

B1) So Unusual

Nirosta Steel – So Unusual

B2) Every Single Night

Nirosta Steel – Every Single Night

Produced & mixed by Arthur Russell (he also plays on them) and engineered by Bob Blank in 1985, these three songs were found in Arthur’s archive, and digitally transferred by Audika Records. They were made for Steven Hall solo project for Rough Trade but never released.Here is the story of these lost tracks by Bob Blank”After I moved my production and engineering work from my recently sold Blank Tapes to my old farmhouse in Stamford, Connecticut, some of my first guests were Arthur Russell and Steven Hall, who continued their musical journey by bringing their music to my converted home.

It was strange to see these denizens of the city in my bucolic setting – the music always had a folkie, country feel to it, but was always edged with the city feelings. I picked them up and dropped them off at the small train station about a mile from the house, and recorded onto either my old Studer A80 24 track analog machine or later into the then state of the art Alesis digital machines. The studios all had windows in them, overlooking the nearby woods and wetlands.

Arthur was, as usual, the ringleader who set the mood, always either encouraging or playing. Steven got into ‘the zone’ with sometimes closed eyes and a gentle way with the music; Arthur was the collector of takes and many times after the sessions with Steven I would hear the music go through many permutations as Arthur added ideas and what are now called ‘beats’ to the song fragments and parts laid down. Never satisfied, Arthur would continually run a DAT tape as he worked, capturing hours of attempts to mold the music. Steven was a muse sometimes for Arthur as well, as Steven gave substance to the energy that Arthur put into the music.

Steven came with fully formed musical ideas and songs, and easily performed them in the glassed in booth. Mellow but focused, the music came out in whole pieces.

My role was always to make the flow happen, with the technology, and the place was dominated by the custom built console I had built from Yamaha digital mixers and monitoring from UREI 813 speakers I had sitting on stands in the attic of my old home. As an engineer, you try to fade into the background and let the musical events take the forefront, but I was always able to add my ideas and feelings to the day, as my sounds, mixes, and comments shaped how everyone heard what they were creating. Arthur and Steven always welcomed my input, even tho from time to time it was tinged with attitude, and I would be satisfied with the result while Arthur would push past that and ask for more. Ultimately Steven and Arthur’s vision would prevail of course and there were many magic moments.”

Joy

A) Joy

Phnom Penh – Joy

B) Joy (Dr Dunks Mix)

Phnom Penh – Joy Dr Dunks Mix

Phnom Penh is a Japanese instrumental band. Their first single “Joy” is a perfect mix between no wave and balearic disco. In the lineage of the Yellow Magic Orchestra, Phnom Penh cheerfully mixes synth arpeggiators, drum machines & live instruments. On the flipside, for your extra dancing pleasure Dr. Dunks a.k.a. Eric Duncan (Rub n Tug, Still Going) took the song into a psyche disco excursion, with an hyponotic bassline and some killer breaks.

There’s a Word

A) There’s a Word

Nirosta Steel – There’s a Word

B) Dark Blue

Nirosta Steel – Dark Blue

Nirosta Steel is the playground of Steven Hall of Arthur’s Landing–improv songs/instrumental sketches/happenings in collaboration with various friends old and new around the world in various styles and languages “As in a restaurant with an open kitchen I like to leave the process exposed–in fact I am usually more interested in presenting a casual or unfinished product because it is to me more immediate and compelling–I was lucky enough to see Michael Jackson perform when he was alive but I learned more from the rehearsal footage in his posthumous documentary–my work is informed by both the superficial glamour of haute couture (Issey Miyake and Alexander Maqueen) and the sexual bravado of athletes and action movie stars (Bruce Lee and Steve MacQueen)–I constantly strive to emulate David Beckham who brings these elements together–style in action–qualified by a graceful humility–therefore the Nirosta Steel motto is obviously “Go For It!”

“There’s a Word” written by Ernie Brooks, sung by Steven Hall

I have known Ernie for over thirty years and I think that he is one of the undiscovered greats of American pop songwriting–in the troubadour tradition of Hank Williams and Chuck Berry his songs are often set in the American landscape–central images of pinup girls in convertibles and sports heroes in triumphant poses highlighted in ironic contexts of adjacent industrial wastelands or distant epic natural landscapes–his lyrics are imbued with a vague longing which is distinctly American–the cowboy’s lament in front of the campfire in the middle of the night while a chorus of invisible wolves howls in a distant canyon

“Dark Blue” written & sung by Steven Hall

I always wanted to write a Xmas Song but I never expected this one–improvised and recorded in one take on my laptop last Xmas morning in Florida during a period of loneliness and despair–Mick Jones of Foreigner–one of my songwriting heroes–has often said that abject sadness is the ideal source of inspiration for classic love songs and I must agree–but rather than being a “power ballad” my song is more of an incidental poem where the “you” of the lyrics is both specific (an actual or imagined lover) and universal–like in the song “This Is For All The Lonely People” by America or the conversational writing of the New York School in the 1960s.”

Steven Hall

…if you’re going to buy a of pants you want them to be tight enough so everyone will want to go to bed with you. There’s nothing metaphysical about it.

from Personism: A Manifesto by Frank O’Hara

Hollie Mixtape x Wow magazine

Hollie mixtape x Wow magazine

This new mixtape for Wow Magazine by Sundae featuring tracks from Ocelote Rojo, Stan Hubbs, The Laughing Light Of Plenty and some 80’s private press records.

Pacarina

A) Untitled #1

Ocelote Rojo – Untitled #1

B) Tenochtitlan Sunbeam

Ocelote Rojo – Tenochtitlan Sunbeam

The instrumental pieces by Francisco Javier Aravena Riveros are an intense, creative, free expression of the deep South America. Marked Viscerally with this imaginary opaque forests, animals and wild sounds, the young Chilean student of 24 years just composed his first album “Pacarina”. He delivers it under the name of Ocelote Rojo, a small mythical lynx, ancient symbol of Latin American unity and struggle of all its peoples.

“Untitled # 1” is a beautiful ballad on acoustic guitar, which makes us dive into the fascinating tropicality of the Amazon. Described by the artist as a result of its Latin folk inspirations, it is reminiscent of Durutti Column or Ben Watt pop melancholy.

“Tenochtitlan Sunbean Gun” explores the more abstract side of Pacarina. It’s a warrior trance, punctuated by samples of “Dinosauria, We” by Charles Bukowski, as echoes to the Ocelote Rojo commitment.

Konk limited tote bag

We’ve made a few tote bags with Sessùn for the Mein Disko Konk Party @ Chez Moune (March 19, 2011) in Paris with special guest Jonny Sender, former bassist of Konk. They were given for free at the party, no more left!

Hollie Mix Series 01 by DJ Sundae

Hollie mix series 01 by Sundae

Here is the first Hollie Mix Series by Sundae. From Elodie Lauten to Geneva Jacuzzi, this selection tell us what are the main influences behind Hollie Records: bedroom music, synth-pop, music with drum machines & esoteric pop.