On February 16th, 2018 Nine Mile Records will release three classic albums from Scott Kannberg’s projects Spiral Stairs and Preston School of Industry.
Preston School of Industry’s 2001 release All This Sounds Gas, Preston School Of Industy’s 2004 release Monsoon, and Spiral Stairs’ 2009 release The Real Feel with extra tracks, B-Sides, and unreleased BBC Live Sessions.
Spiral Stairs and his band toured the world in 2017 (USA, UK, Europe, New Zealand and Australia) in support of his most recent album, Doris and the Daggers. Today he also shares a new remix from Doris track “No Comparison” by his pals Kelley Stoltz and Allyson Baker.
“I love when bands have extra songs. B-sides is not really the correct term. Extra songs are just songs that didn’t really fit the concept of a 9-12 track album. Maybe because of theme or quality, but mostly because of time issues. So, what to do with the extras. They get sidelined to the b-side of singles, comps, or sometimes never released. I remember collecting all the REM singles just to hear the extras. The Stranglers had amazing extras. Roxy Music not so much. For me, beside the extra songs that didn’t make the records, it was a chance to have fun with experiments in sound. I was doing or covering some of my favorite songs like The Clean’s “Anything Could Happen” or “10 Grains” by De Artsen. I hope you enjoy.
There is both a sense of the odd and the out there and a sense of the intensely familiar that permeates the music made by San Francisco’s Tino Drima, which may be one reason it has registered so deeply with their audience.
One reason for the familiarity may be that Tino Drima consists of the cream of a group of young, adventurous San Francisco musicians who have already been the subject of critical raves—including O (formerly the Black Cobra Vipers), French Cassettes and Spooky Mansion. Another may be that their music simultaneously—and oddly—recalls music of eras gone by and eras still to come, blending the deep, dark blue romanticism of early rock titans Elvis and Roy Orbison with the oddly driving krautrock rhythms of primal Can, adding a final a dash of artfully arranged horns, strings and manic bellow that makes it all unqualifiably unique.
DIY psych from San Francisco
EVAN MYALL (of Sleepy Sun)