Sunday, 29 June 2014

A Moment Worth Waiting For

by Kevin Pearce


A mesmerising dub history of late twentieth-century popular culture emerges when a writer stops to consider the forces that have shaped his musical explorations.
Set initially over a two-year period at the start of the 1980s, the book zooms back and forth through time, tracing where clues led and how things fit together, to understand better the urge to hear and learn something new, to look at art in a new way.
Part of the focus is on how things were originally presented, how ideas were absorbed, how names recur, and the long-term impact. In that sense it is a celebration of journalists on the music press like Sounds’ Dave McCullough, the NME’s Ian Penman, and several others: the contexts they created, the chances they took, the seeds they planted, the searches they prompted.
Musically, the book starts with Vic Godard’s ‘What’s The Matter Boy’ LP and takes in some of the activities of the ZE, Postcard, Rough Trade, Y and On-U Sound labels, as well as Eddy Grant, A Certain Ratio, Frank Sinatra, Weekend, Pale Fountains, Everything But The Girl, and many others. These sounds in turn lead to torch songs and vocal jazz, ’60s soul and lovers rock, disco dub and afrobeat, bossa nova and samba, skiffle and music hall, calypso and free jazz, Bristol blues ’n’ roots and the Chicago underground, British funk and Nigerian boogie, Greek neo kyma and Cuban nueva trova singers, plus a whole lot more.
The author is Kevin Pearce, whose work includes the acclaimed book ‘Something Beginning With O’ and film scripts for Paul Kelly/Saint Etienne. He contributed regularly to the Tangents website, and ran the irregular publication ‘Your Heart Out’ for five years and fifty editions. This book is an attempt at understanding what has been behind all these words and ideas. The text draws together and elaborates on themes from these and other sources.
‘A Moment Worth Waiting For’ is the perfect diversion for those who love playing with words and patterns and clues, and for those who believe there should be more than one solution to any jigsaw puzzle.

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Monday, 7 October 2013


The fiftieth and final issue of YHO is about listening.  It is illustrated using examples of records which have become life-supports between and during YHO explorations.  These might include ones by Pinch, Pursuit Grooves, Photek, Cyrus, Sherwood, Shackleton and Smith & Mighty, but that’s not really the point.

So, yes, this is the end of YHO’s five-year plan.  It’s time now to tackle something new.  In the meantime, there are fifty issues here to explore.  Thanks to those who have supported this adventure, and greetings to those who may be new arrivals. 

Wednesday, 11 September 2013

yho49 - compound

The forty-ninth edition of YHO begins by being preoccupied by the remarkable 1983 recording Noir et Blanc by Zazou/Bikaye/CY1, which is sort of the sound of young Zaire meets Suicide at the grassroots of dub.  It then launches into an aural adventure that takes in many, many things, including:

·         Papa Wemba and Kanda Bongo Man
·         Barney Wilen and Caroline De Bendern
·         Don Cherry and Jacques Thollot
·         Lizzy Mercier Descloux and Brion Gysin
·         Elli Medeiros and Ramuntcho Matta
·         Samia Farah and Zap Mama
·         Aksak Maboul and The Honeymoon Killers
·         Catherine Jauniaux and Cold Storage
·         ZNR and Joseph Racaille

Wednesday, 7 August 2013

yho48 - plus for minus against

The forty-eighth edition of YHO is a lustrous tract on Luscious Jackson and then some.  It is also the final issue in a ten-part series on a very loose theme of 1990s pop.  There is an extended essay explaining why this series is so necessary, but it will stay hidden away.  It would not be wise to open that door.  And, anyway, there is so much more to explore, consider, and connect.

Monday, 8 July 2013

yho47 - out of this

The forty-seventh edition of YHO is an investigation into the music of Ultramarine, but these things are never straightforward are they?

Wednesday, 12 June 2013

yho46 - What's the word for ...

The forty-sixth issue of YHO is all about stopping to consider a particular sequence of Missy Elliott records and finding a lot to say about them.

Tuesday, 14 May 2013

yho45 - corrosion

The forty-fifth edition of YHO is all about the Basic Channel organisation and its output.  Ten compact discs (a little perversely) have been selected from its catalogue and considered carefully.  This sound survey takes in releases on the Basic Channel, Chain Reaction, Burial Mix and Wackies labels.  In addition to the actual Basic Channel/Rhythm & Sound production partnership this overview also features titles by Vainqueur, Various Artists, Hallucinator, Vladislav Delay and Love Joys.  The strikingly beautiful covers were designed by Per-Christian Hille.