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Chris Carter and Cosey Fanni Tutti will be performing an exclusive live set of Chris & Cosey material at the ICA in London on February 4. This will be the first time they've played their classic Chris & Cosey material for 10 years. The wonderful Factory Floor are guests, while Trevor Jackson and Richard D. Clouston will perform DJ sets. For more information go to www.rdc77.com
The Chris and Cosey resissue program continues this month with the re-release of Songs of Love & Lust and Exotika. These two titles follow the reissue of Heartbeat and Trance. Each of the four albums is presented on different coloured vinyl, in a specially 'remastered' sleeve which also includes a 12-inch B/W double-sided insert of archive photos, clippings and texts. For more information go to www.cartertutti.com
Current 93 have announced details of a series of live performances for March. Confirmed dates are as follows: March 24 - Gagarin 205, Athens, Greece,; March 25 - Locomotive, Bologna, Italy; March 26 - Kampnagel, Hamburg, Germany; March 28 - Volksbühne, Berlin, Germany. More dates may be added. Further ahead, Current 93 with Comus perform in Paris, France at the Cité de la Musique on June 1. For more information go to www.copticcat.com
6 Comm, Sol Invictus, Freya Aswynn, While Angels Watch and Joy of Life take part in Confession III to be held in London in June. This show will mark the final performance of 6 Comm. Sol Invictus will be performing with a full line-up. The event takes place at Slimelight/Electrowerkz, London on June 25. Tickets are on sale now. For more information go to www.hagshadow.net/6comm
Tony Wakeford and Patrick Leagas are embarking on a new project titled Unto Eden. Their first album will be loosely based on the occult artist Austin Osman Spare. Initial recordings are scheduled to take place soon.
Tony Wakeford is also involved in Owls, with Eraldo Bernocchi and Lorenzo Esposito Fornasari. Their first release, The Night Stays, an opera prima, is released as a digipak on February 15. The Night Stays is released on Rare Noise Records. For more information go to www.rarenoiserecords.com
Hot on the heels of the success of Genderful, her first full collaboration with Paul Wallfsich, Little Annie has her first three albums remastered and reissued via Southern Records. Originally issued on Corpus Christi, Soul Possession features members of Crass, African Head Charge, Flux of Pink Indians and London Underground with Adrian Sherwood at the controls. This one's been long out-of-print and never available on CD. Jackamo, released under the name Annie Anxiety, featured members of African Head Charge, London Underground and Tackhead with production by Adrian Sherwood and Kishi Yamamoto of On U Sound. Jackamo was originally released by One Little Indian. Short & Sweet was her first album as Little Annie. Featuring Skip McDonald and Doug Wimbish of Tackhead/ Sugar Hill Gang along with David Harrow on keyboards this was her first album on On U Sound. All albums have been remastered featuring brand new artwork from Little Annie's own paintings. All three titles are available for pre-order now. For more information go to www.southern.net
Penis Envy the third in a series of re-releases of classic albums from CRASS is scheduled for release in March. This edition features the original album with rare and unreleased tracks including the 2003 Peace Not War rewrite of 'Major General Despair' and 'Yorkie Talk' compiled from archive recordings and 'Yes, Folks', a collage of 'Our Wedding/Loving Hoax'. The entire package has been remastered with a recreation of the original poster sleeve and a 64-page perfect bound booklet featuring extensive liner notes from Penny Rimbaud and Eve Libertine. The Crassical Collection will continue with reissues of Christ - The Album, Yes Sir, I Will, Acts Of Love and finishing with Best Before 1984. For more information go to www.southern.net
Heaven knows how we neglected to review Restored To One the debut release from Sabbath Assembly but they will be tour support to Earth on a number of UK dates in April. Restored To One features modern day interpretations of the original hymns of the Process Church of the Final Judgement. I know may readers of these pages will be familiar with the original group, but according to the the Sabbath Assembly myspace page:
The Process Church was an intensely creative, apocalyptic shadow side to the flower-powered '60s and New Age '70s. The influential group opened Chapters in London, Europe and across the UnitedStates. Dressing in black cloaks and walking the streets with German Shepherds, they created their own intricately designed magazines, and promoted a controversial, quasi-Gnostic theology that reconciled Christ and Satan through deeper awareness and love. Funkadelic reproduced Process writings in two of its albums.....
The Process Church was accused of being part of a Satanic underground conspiracy by true crime pulps, most notably Ed Sanders' The Family, which linked the Church to the Manson murders. The insider's perspective of this secretive group and its true leadership recently emerged with Feral House's LOVE SEX FEAR DEATH: The Inside Story of The Process Church of the Final Judgment, written by former members including Timothy Wyllie, and edited by Adam Parfrey.....
The recording follows on the heels of a highly successful, strategically planned series of live shows across the US in the Fall of 2009, which presented a ceremony featuring Sabbath Assembly performing the original hymns of the Church - all previously unrecorded. Sabbath Assembly accompany Earth on the following UK and Irish dates:
April 4 - The Cluny, Newcastle
April 5 - Stereo, Glasgow
April 7- Auntie Annies, Belfast
April 8 - Button Factory, Dublin
April 9 - Cyprus Avenue, Cork
April 11 - Millenium Music Hall 2, Cardiff
April 12 - Scala, London
For more information go to www.myspace.com/sabbathassembly
Othon and Tomasini are performing at the Six D.O.G.S., Athens on April 7. Othon and Tomasini are recording two tracks to feature on a 7-inch single to be released by Tourette Records to coincide with the show. Othon, who defines his music as Pan muzik, has already released the stunning Digital Angel album featuring guest vocals from Marc Almond, David Tibet and Ernesto Tomasini. Othon is currently working on a new album, Impermanence, to be released soon, accompanied by his first video work. Othon has also revealed that he has been commissioned to write the soundtrack for an exciting new project. For more information go to www.othonmataragas.com
Out now is the self-titled 7-inch single from the David E. Williams Ensemble Experience Project, featuring David E. Williams. This is the first time the noir-singer has collaborated so freely on new songs with other musicians. Apparently the final arrangements represent the creative contribution of five people working together like... well, a rock band. The single features 4-tracks and is released in an edition of 300 copies via Ur Muzik and Tesco USA. For more information go to www.urmuzik.pl