ALBUM OF THE WEEK: FRANCO BATTIATO – LA VOCE DEL PADRONE(1981)
La voce del padrone is an album by Italian singer-songwriter Franco Battiato, released by EMI Italiana in 1981. The album followed L’era del cinghiale bianco (1979) and Patriots (1980), which signaled a return by Battiato to a more pop-oriented style.
Besides being Battiato’s first pop success, it was also the first Italian LP to sell more than one million copies.
Francesco “Franco” Battiato is an Italian singer-songwriter, composer, filmmaker and, under the pseudonymSüphan Barzani, also a painter.
Battiato’s songs contain esoteric, philosophical and religious themes, and have spanned genres such as experimental pop, electronic music, progressive rock, and new wave.
Ola’s Kool Kitchen is a show on KCLA 99.3 FM in Los Angeles, 107.5 andhow.FM, Maximum Threshold Radio, Rock Radio UK, Sword Radio UK, Jammerstream One, Kor Radio, Bombshell Radio, Pop Radio UK, Radio Wigwam, Rock XS Radio, Dirty Chai Radio, Radio Candy Radio and Radio Lantau
1. Hearty Har-Radio Man ’56 2. Jane Weaver-Heartlow 3. Mayqueen-Worst Nightmare 4. GLORIA – SABBAT MATTERS 5. Plastic Cowboys-None Like You 6. Geography Of The Moon-Deadbeat Poet 7. Billy Nomates-Emergency Telephone 8. Lael Neale-Every Star Shivers in the Dark 9. Balthazar-Losers-Sand-Pias 10. Toys – A Lovers Concerto- The Toys Sing “A Lover’s Concerto” and “Attack”!-DynoVoice Records 11. Les Intrigantes – Sans Toi- single- Jeunesse Franco 12. Sharon Tandy -DAUGHTER OF THE SUN-single-Atlantic
Ola’s Kool Kitchen is a show on several independent international radio stations and is a DJ in London since 2007. The radio show features an eclectic mix of genres and was created because mainstream radio sucks.
Her mantra put simply: “Good music has no boundaries”.
It currently broadcasts on KCLA 99.3FM In LA, 107.5 Andhow.FM in New Zealand, Maximum Threshold Radio, Rock Velvet Radio, Rock Radio UK, Sword Radio UK, Jammerstream One, Kor Radio, Bombshell Radio, Pop Radio UK, Radio Wigwam, Rock XS Radio, Radio Candy Radio and Radio Lantau.
Arab Strap started out as an intimate project with home-recorded tapes shared between friends,and soon became one of Scotland’s most cherished bands. The pioneering duo of Moffat & Malcolm Middleton called it a day in 2006 but are now back from the grave and are ready to rave!
Errorr – Repeater (Anomic Records)
Errorr is a Berlin-based band. The three piece is primarily playing noise- and punk-rock but incorporates a wide range of genres.
Eat The Friek – And Eye Float Bye
Ploom is the band’s contribution to the facets of always being tired, your neighbour growing out his hair, memory loss and a killing in your local village. Following on from their 2020 single ‘Muttrip’, the band creep back into the unique sound that they’ve been developing over the past two years with new and interesting twists.
Fuzzy guitar riffs, dirty bass tones and thumping drums come together in this outbreak of noise that is set to be the bands best release to date. Eat The Friek worked with Robbie Wilson of The Kundalini Genie to record the tracks at Paul’s Halls in Cumbernauld.
The tracks were mixed and mastered by the amazing Jason Shaw.
Originating from Aberdeen, now residing in Glasgow, Eat The Friek have been on an unstoppable roll since the release of their 2019 EP ‘Heart of the Snail’.
Incessantly gigging around Scotland before being halted by Covid-19, the band found themselves playing alongside bands such as John (Times Two), The Psychotic Monks and The Wood Burning Savages.
Just before lockdown the band released their single ‘Muttrip’ which coincided with a sold-out release show at Henry’s Cellar Bar in Edinburgh. Eat The Friek have kept themselves busy over 2020 with the recording of ‘Ploom’ and are set to re-emerge from the dust of the pandemic with more energy than Scotland (or the rest of the world) has ever
AMMO – Total Recall
AMMO born and raised in Los Angeles, CA is a multi instrumental artist.
She ruminates within dreamy surreal sounds intertwined with the reality of our preexisting world. Her desire to experience a cathartic release helps channel her music with a genuine sense of emotion.
‘Total Recall’ is her first solo release under the moniker AMMO and second release on Dune Altar. Her band, Brass Box, released their full length LP entitled ‘The Cathedral’ in 2019. Past music projects include Black Flamingo, Darklands, and Tête.
Frankie Teardrop Dead – How Are You?
We Are Replica – Only The Best
“Formed in 2015, London-based Franco German dark synth duo WE ARE REPLICA offer intense post-industrial electronics for their brand of Pan-European avant-punk.”
Petrolio – Club Atletico – Full Ep (Depths Records)
Club Atletico is the result of the artist’s intimate research in the field of imprisonment. Inspired by the movies of Marco Bechis about the Argentine dictatorship, the EP translates the tragedy of the Dirty War onto the sonic perspective. The EP is named after one of the detention centres established by the Argentine dictatorial regime in order to torture political dissenters.
Petrolio is a solo project started in 2015 by Enrico Cerrato. Over the past few years the artist released a number of singles, EPs and albums, touring all across Europe and sharing the stage with the likes of Lingua Ignota, Of the Wand & the Moon, Winterkälte, Uochi Toki, Bologna Violenta, Mai Mai Mai, and Pankow to name but a few. By 2018 the Piedmont-based artist already had a number of high-profile collaborations under his belt with the likes of Jochen Arbeit (Einstürzende Neubauten), Aidan Baker (Nadja), as well as many well-known artists from the Italian noise/industrial/experimental scene such as Fabrizio Modonese Palumbo (Almagest!, Blind Cave Salamander, Coypu, Larsen, XXL), Sigillum S, and Mai Mai Mai.
Firefriend – Fantasma is a dark psychedelic rock album with shoegaze, post-rock tenancies. This latest album have the eerie dark bass steady almost beat machine like live drums and extended reverberating and echoing guitars with dense fuzz tones.
The vocals sound great coming in with ominous notes and reverb to draw the psych factor. The songs are shimmering reflections of sound refracted in the icy canyons of dark imagination. The cold reverb tones can be very chill and mellow or blast with killer fuzz tones and laid back drumming.
Geography of The Moon – 1984 (Radio Edit) – Glasgow, Uk
Formed in London, UK, in 2016, Geography Of The Moon is a collaboration between singer/pianist Virginia Bones and multi-instrumentalist /producer Andrea AKA Santa Pazienza. After touring for several years they moved back to Glasgow where Andrea’s family is originally from.
Largely influenced by bands from the 80s and the the 90s, somewhere between psych rock, post punk, new wave and indie rock, they create their own brand of mashed up styles: Psychwave. Tongue in cheek lyrics and hypnotic looped layers of guitars, synth and drum machines. The band is being played on BBC 6 (Gideon Coe), BBC Rapal, BBC Radio Scotland and named in Vic Galloway’s – 25 Artists to watch in 2021.
Their latest LP Fake Flowers Never Die is now out on TeenFreaks Music. All releases can be found on bandcamp and other listening platforms.
Justin Frew – The Night That Liza Glamphist Comes To Town – Wollongong, Australia
Born from a love of honky-tonk, delta blues, cowboy psychedelia, rockabilly western swing and all the early incarnations that were the sullied parents of rock & roll, Justin Frew lives the music he loves. Punk rock in attitude. Wild west in nature. Singer, songwriter, multi-instrumentalist, producer. A man who wears many hats well.
Songs of loss, redemption and all the scary places in between.
Late nights, early mornings. All that happens between the first drink and the last. The moments that can make you or break you. Love earned, love spurned. Clarity and regret. Life, brutal yet beautiful.
There is nothing staid or reverential about his songs. Those influences all collide and become something unique. Drawn lovingly from the past but reimagined in a dark, sinister modern country blues. All delivered in a world-weary baritone.
Over the last 30 years Justin has played with, and shared stages with some of the finest musicians in Australia. He sings about those dark moments where humour hides. Laughing at our frailties and follies. Justin Frew knows those places well, and will take you back there. And hopefully, out the other side.
Ernie Buck – Takes no Time to Forget – London, Uk/Phnom Penh, Cambodia
A blue-eyed Soul voice with a music style that blends Alternative Indie Rock, with finger-picking Folk style guitar and occasional ukulele. Ernie Buck sings original songs about a life of misadventure. Born and raised in London, England; now living in Phnom Penh Cambodia.
Santa Pazienza – Saigon – Glasgow, Uk
Mogwai – As the Love Continues – Glasgow, Uk
Mogwai are a Scottish rock band, formed in 1995 in Glasgow.
The band consists of Stuart Braithwaite (guitar, vocals), Barry Burns (guitar, piano, synthesizer, vocals), Dominic Aitchison (bass guitar), and Martin Bulloch (drums).
SPECIAL EDITION #1 Music for Mutual Aid (available now on Bandcamp)
Hundreds Thousands (NYC)
Hundreds Thousands is the solo project of Zach Britt and also one half of the duo Supertaste.
Growing up in the Piedmont and mountain regions of North Carolina Britt’s Musical background stems from the rich textures of folk music and bluegrass, and has since been heavily influenced by the broad landscape of electronic music.
2. Check Masses ( Edinburgh)
3. Love Philtre (Tokyo)
A Rock’n’Roll experimental Band from Tokyo, Japan influenced by Psychedelic Rock, Punk and Garage Rock is one of my best musical discoveries of 2020 for Teenfreaks Music.
It’s cold these days and the current economic situation has seen a lot of people struggling.
(Clearly, we’re not in this together, but also, we are)
As musicians, we’re also going through tough times but we keep hope, if anything. At Teenfreaks Music we wanted to do something to help our Glaswegian neighbours. We don’t have much money but we all have tunes. So we teamed up with an array of artists we like to assemble this collection of tunes in an effort to fundraise money for one of our local charities: Glasgow Mutual Aid , and give a platform to musicians to promote their music. All profits of the compilation will go to Mutual Aid. When times get tough, the way to work is together so we can all support each other. COVID has isolated most of us and it’s been a tough, solitary time for many.
Glasgow Mutual Aid supports People in need of help. We must keep up our sense of community, and most of all, hope that we’ll get through this together. We donated our tunes, to bring a little joy, and hope this in turn will help our neighbours in need.
Hope you enjoy the music! Stay safe, stay hopeful, this too shall pass.
Charlie Clark is a Scottish indie folk musician based in the Western Isles of Scotland.
His new single ” Don’t Have a Cow Man” is out now on It’s Creation Baby label, founded by the legendary Alan McGee.
Tell us more about your song, what’s behind the lyrics?
The song is about reaching a crossroads in my own life when it was spiralling out of control and ultimately reaching a point of laughing instead of crying and saying “fuck it!” .
I knew a lot of work was needed to get out of that cycle of addiction. I was in and how dark and heavy a place that can be but I was lucky I knew I could change. It’s not my first rodeo, and I’ve had incredible long term sobriety in the past so it was either that, jail or death.
When did you record this song and who are your collaborators?
It’s nearly a year now since we started recording the album. It was recorded in 8 days in UIG in the Western Isles and produced by Jason Shaw who features heavily on it too as a player. The studio is owned by Calum Buchanan from The Sea Atlas and he owned all the right equipment we needed to make this record. My brother plays drums in a great metal band called The Broken Ravens so he played also, we’ve played together forever and Kev packs the punch it needed.
Willie from Astrid sang harmonies and that was all who appeared on the whole album. Mark Gardener from RIDE mastered the album.
Tell us more about you and your music.
I’m a solo guy who loves to play in a band if that makes sense. I love collaboration, not for every project but definitely the more interesting ones. Astrid has always been a great outlet to write together or separately with Willie. When I do my solo stuff I definitely like to get more experimental and meloncholic with it all. At the moment I’m happy with playing in Astrid and The Sea Atlas as well as my solo stuff.
What’s your plans for 2021?
I’m still no clearer on what is happening on the live side of things so until that opens up again. I’m going to keep promoting my album, hopefully do some ASTRID recording and depending on restrictions record my second solo album. It’s written and demoed already!