- December 12, 2013
The opening number from JG&tS’ second record, “Freakish”, has been transformed into a creepy, hi-tech noir battle by director Rebecca Salvadori. You can see the video via Clash Magazine by clicking below:
And here are some stills to entice you in…
- November 27, 2013
Thats right, Miraculous Mule are starting 2014 in style – on tour in France as part of Les Nuits De Alligator Festival, then onward into, Belgium, Holland, Germany and switzerland. Go to one of their sermons here:
11/02 – Angers, Chabada, France
12/02 – Paris, Maroquinerie, France
13/02 – Orléans, Astrolabe, France
14/02 – St Malo, Nouvelle Vague, France
15/02 – La Roche sur Yon, Le Fuzz Yon, France
27/02 – Moorslede, De Nodige Deugd, Belgium
28/02 – Middleburg, Kaffee t Hof, Netherlands
01/03 – Haarlem, Patronaat, Netherlands
05/03 – Munich, Milla, Germany
06/03 – Karlsruhe KOHI, Germany
07/03 – Bern, Cafe Kairo, Switzerland
08/03 – Zürich, El Lokal, Switzerland
10/03 – Dresden, Beatpol, Germany
11/03 – Frankfurt, Ponyhof Club, Germany
12/03 – Hamburg, Molotow Bar, Germany
13/03 – Berlin, Privatclub, Germany
14/03 – Hannover, Cafe Glocksee, Germany
- November 19, 2013
Roman Polanski’s 1967 film Dance of the Vampires (as it was originally called, but more widely known by its re-named title The Fearless Vampire Killers, or Pardon Me, But Your Teeth Are In My Neck) is a camp horror cult classic. Though it was marketed at the time as a ‘farce’, this was overlooking the fact that this film is fantastically eerie. The major part played by the soundtrack in giving it this effect cannot be under-stated, and the cold-as-snow production did much to enhance the bleak wintery cinematography.
Polish jazz legend Krzysztof Komeda (1931-1969) provided the mesmeric score, as he did for a run of Polanki’s films from this period, namely Knife in the Water, Rosemary’s Baby, and Cul-de-Sac. These Polanski scores are of course his most known, but Komeda (also a fully qualified doctor) scored over 40 other lesser known soundtracks which deserve attention (eg Le Départ), as well as being responsible for the Komeda Quintet album Astigmatic, a jazz masterpiece. His untimely death before he even hit 40 has robbed us of god-knows-what.
Whilst this particular soundtrack is not typical Komeda and arguably one of his less fluid ‘records’ when taken out of context from the film it augmented, it is nevertheless the work of a genius and more than worthy of its first ever vinyl release. How we got there first in 2013 we’ll never understand. If those sinister choirs or skulking bass motifs fail to give you the chill – we declare thee as undead as Count von Krolock himself!
- October 29, 2013
News just in! Gemma Ray will play a special one-off performance of the album Down Baby Down at Imperial Club, Berlin on December 4th, 2013, with a special cast of musicians, including Bad Seed Thomas Wydler on drums. Gemma will then be performing an extra intimate set of brand new songs and old favourites. So…two concerts in one! This is an exclusive event in conjunction with Radio Eins. Get your tickets here or here.
- October 14, 2013
Joe Gideon & the Shark hit the road this week supporting The Jim Jones Revue. Details here:
- September 16, 2013
And here it is.
And in their words: “Miraculous Mule may be ‘blues-based’ – but THINK about it: Led Zeppelin. A teensy bit bluesy. Free. One foot in the Mississippi. ZZ Top. Part John Lee Hooker, part getting-drunk-with-hookers.” We’re in.
- September 12, 2013
Gemma Ray is confirmed to play the following dates (* = supporting Seasick Steve).
11 Oct 2013 Nijmegen – Vereniging NL *
13 Oct 2013 Den Haag – Paard van Troje NL *
14 Oct 2013 Groningen – Oosterpoort NL *
16 Oct 2013 Utrecht – Vredenburg NL *
18 Oct 2013 Paris – Alhambra FR *
20 Oct 2013 Hamburg – Fabrik DE *
21 Oct 2013 Copenhagen – Vega DK *
23 Oct 2013 Eindhoven – Effenaar NL *
24 Oct 2013 Bruges – Charlie Rockets BE (Gemma Ray headline show)
25 Oct 2013 Leuven – Depot BE *
26 Oct 2013 Wiesbaden – Cafe Klatsch (Gemma Ray headline show)
27 Oct 2013 Luxembourg – Rockhal LU *
28 Oct 2013 Cologne – Stollwerk DE *
29 Oct 2013 Cologne – Lotta DE (Gemma Ray headline show)
30 Oct 2013 Munich – Alte Kongresshalle DE *
31 Oct 2013 Darmstadt – Centralstation DE *
1 Nov 2013 Thun – Mokka CH (Gemma Ray headline show)
2 Nov 2013 Zurich – Komplex 457 CH *
3 Nov 2013 Tübingen – Hausbar Muenzgasse 13 DE (Gemma Ray headline show)
4 Nov 2013 Stuttgart – Longhorn DE *
7 Nov 2013 Trix – Antwerp BE *
- September 3, 2013
Dangerous Blues, the second tune to be taken from Miraculous Mule’s debut album “Deep Fried”, premièred today on BBC Radio 6 Music, on the Lauren Laverne mid-morning show. And not only that, it was today’s free MP3 on the show’s website.
Download it from here: http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/laurenlaverne/posts/MPFree-3-Sep-13
And stream it right here:
And pre-order “Deep Fried” at the Bronze Rat Shop on CD, LP and Download.
- August 8, 2013
OUT NOW. Order from the Bronze Rat shop on limited edition 12″ vinyl (with CD) or download.
An original album of resplendent beauty by some of Berlin’s most prized and sought musicians, this piano-led album of cinema noir-esque moods mixed with modern classical & jazz is a rare treat.
Tanger Trio is the brainchild of Hansjoern Brandenburg, who imagined escaping the cold gray Berlin winter on musical flights of fancy to an Art Deco bar in Tanger.
Brandenburg earned his stripes as musical director to Tom Waits’, William S. Burroughs’ and Bob Wilson’s production The Black Rider, going on to arrange works for Kronos Quartet and Tiger Lillies, and called upon by Bob Wilson regularly to supervise the music of his theatre productions. A regular fixture of Berliner Ensemble, his recent work includes the arrangements and supervision of CocoRosie’s Peter Pan production in Berlin.
His right hand man in the Trio, on drums and percussion, is Thomas Wydler, the longest serving member of Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds after Cave himself, and a driving creative force in their most recent career-defining Push The Sky Away record. A long-standing Berliner since the early 80’s, Wydler defines the city’s history of artistic musical freedom, and has several solo albums and film music soundtracks under his belt.
After the sudden death of original bass-player Sirone Jones, an American jazz legend who played with everyone from Mingus to Gil Evans to Sun Ra, and who appears on 2 of the albums tracks, the Trio was completed by member Andreas Henze, who lists Berliner Ensemble, Rufus Wainwright and Herbert Groenemeyer amongst his employers.
Ensemble Mondaine comprises of woodwind, strings and voice and is made up of celebrated musicians from Greece, Egypt, Germany and France. The European/Mediterranean flavour they add to the trio is the real thing.
Impeccable credentials aside, this album is a cinematic aural delight.
Coming soon for the first time ever on vinyl – the soundtrack to Roman Polanski’s “Dance of the Vampires” (aka Fearless Vampire Killers) by Krzysztof Komeda.
- July 15, 2013
We’re delighted to present to you the London 3-piece Miraculous Mule and their debut album “Deep Fried”. Its released on CD and LP (with download) in September.
The first single and video comes in the form of Satisfied. See it below and follow these links to buy the single and pre-order “Deep Fried”.