Directed by Edward de Vere
Featuring Martin Moeller & Natalie MacMahon
DOP – Matteo Zoppis
Dolly / Grip – Alessandro Zoppis
Art Directed by Edward de Vere & Jana Barthel
Hair & Makeup by Jana Kalgajeva
Styling by Jana Kalgajeva & Edward de Vere
2nd Camera & Dolly / Grip Assist – Evan Marchman
Produced by Edward de Vere
As you can see from the above there is a new SJD album very much on the way, out in one week in fact. Taking off my record company hat (it’s an imaginary stetson…….yeeeeeehaw!) and dispensing with my DJ chapeau ( a natty Kangol, you really had to ask..?) I have to say that Elastic Wasteland is something special. Without denigrating any of Sean’s other releases which have consistency most would cream over, and imagination and adventurousness his peers can only dream of aspiring towards, Elastic Wasteland is the most direct, pure and honest Sean James Donnelly music for quite some time. Never mind the awesome overall impression and musical landscape that amazingly comes from simply synthesizers, drum machines and the human voice, there are songs here that are just on another level altogether. I’m very fortunate having had time to see some of them develop fully, and more importantly having spent serious time with them in their finished states – and from that vantage point all I can say is… you lucky people! Release is next week Friday the 16th, there’s a gig at Golden Dawn is on the 21st and it’s free (Sean will be performing solo as he is throughout the whole album, I’ll be spinning before and after) and the album will be streaming on the New Zealand Herald website from sometime tonight (will yank a link in here to that at a later date).
Returning to my hats, I’d like to doff the titfer in the direction of Peter Mac at dubdotdash who not only shone some of his much valued internet post lazering in our direction with a craniums-aloft on the SJD album today, but also helped a bit of ‘you’re new round these parts’ traffic with his post on the Aromatherapy mix Cd (there’ll be another vintage mix up here soon) which was then pointed to from Public Address, and on and on it goes. We love the love, but more than that – love folks getting hipped to music they might like (and even investigate and purchase) or what have you round here – that’s what it’s for, so any of that support is major and appreciated.
Heading off on another tangent – it would be worth girding your loins and pointing your browser towards the mighty Cassette blog over the coming weeks. To celebrate 2 years in the game (I find it hard to believe that’s all, it really is one of the best for nuevo niceness from the Latino underground) they are releasing a gang of compilations, two a week through the month of November. The first couple focussing on tropical bass (Ritmos Hasta El Sol) and a scorching set of digital cumbia (Cumbias En Flor) have unearthed some right gems and while it aint all to my taste (let’s face it..what is?!) you know that with the crucial curators at Cassette there’s going to be some really worthwhile finds. It’s true that non-Spanish speakers (or appalling lapsed ones like myself) will need to employ some translatorly tools to tackle the terminology but if you don’t already have your widgetty type object set to Spanish ➳ English… well… you’re already missing out on some of the best netty nationalities.
Talking of cumbia closer to home I’ve been fortunate enough (thanks Moses) to be sent a copy of the Cumbia Cosmonauts debut album Tropical Bass Station which is coming out on Chusma in a couple of weeks, and it is simply magnificent. Naturally the idea of a Melbourne outfit (with strong regional connections it must be said, no dilettante diddle aqui) making deep explorations into South American music for a new school Berlin based label appeals to my notions of outernationality, but aside from that this a landmark record that nails it all over the shop, we’ll give it a proper review nearer the time and if this doesn’t persuade a smart promoter to get them over here for a visit, then I despair!
And in the process of writing this I have discovered that this blog/stinkinc will turn 4 years old next week. It’s a pretty busy week with the SJD album coming out, extra writing and a bunch more but we’ll do something to celebrate that soon.
It’s post-mania here at StinkInc and there’s more… yes more ..to come.
Firstly, heralded by the previously unpublished shots from the ‘Superman You’re Crying’ video shoot above, I think time for a wee rah about this Friday’s SJD gig in the Famous Speigeltent, currently located in the non space that is the Aotea Square.
Last AK Festival a couple of years ago, Slowdeck and myself got a chance to check out Aronas in the historical poled construction and it was gently mindblowing, at the end of a Friday arvo to be sitting in an atmosphere drenched, 87 year old tent (down the bottom of town that time) with a couple of beers, hearing some genuinely next level, fiercely percussive, proper-oper jazz business. Piano prodigy Aron Ottignon has shifted his fierce fingers (and the rest of him, and band) over to the UK, and as this Guardian review shows, Slowie and myself aren’t alone in nutting out over this band.
As ever, I digress. No Aronas this time at the Fest, but at the more suitable (kinda) hour of 11.30 PM, SJD and highly esteemed combo will be laying on a lengthy stroll through their musical hinterlands which I, for one, am double plus looking forward to. This is a perfect venue for some Sean Donnelley sophistication (and Daddy Dom wisecracks) and furthermore this will, almost undoubtedly, be the last SJD appearance in Auckland for a good, long while. The last time I saw ’em have a proper stretch out up at the Leigh Sawmill in November, with stoic and stunning support from Bachelorette, it was simply monstrous, I’m counting on nothing less than mind-melding magnificence. For a limited time, heres something relatively old (from ‘Lost Soul Music’) and something relatively new (from ‘Dayglo Spectres’) SJD-wise, alongside something relatively blue and deeply driving from Aronas. Hitch yerself to these tunes forthwith, and don’t be afraid to use the links to support your stereophonic sport.
(buy) all shades of SJD gear from here or lots of other places
Here’s a short promo clip-ette made by Sean Grattan, and it would be churlish not to include the ‘Superman You’re Crying’ video from 2004, which was extracted from the fevered imagination, production prowess and directorial deliciousness of Dominic & Simon Taylor.
This right here is the 11th SJD video, and it will be hitting the NZ screens and youtubulators of the world in a couple of days, consider this a sneak preview. 11 videos is an achievement in itself (and a hearty slap on the back to NZOA fer their part), but what I diggeth the most is that no two look or feel alike. I never cease to be amazed by what directors and crews can do with limited funds, and unlimited expectations and imagination. Chris White’s work on ‘No Telling Where’ is no exception, but once again quite exceptional. Here’s the video, and it’s one that I reckon captures the vibe of the song superbly and just gets better as it goes along, but I’m y’know very biased (but not always this happy about the end result!) As an after dinner mint there’s one of the many favourite tracks from ‘Dayglo Spectres’, I’ve had the good fortune to be listening to that pearler longer than most, and trust me it just gets better and better……
As this is sneak preview business, and it’s like Tuesday and there’s a radio show full of exciting things to loosely assemble, this post is a tad truncated and will be getting updated with more SJD footage and linkage in a few days… promise!