October 29, 2013
John Sinclair – “Mohawk” cd
Released Monday 24th March 2014 by Iron Man Records
John Sinclair, the renegade poet, scholar and cultural revolutionary releases his new album on Monday 24th March 2014. John, has been described as an Archetype of the 1960’s art, music and literary synthesis, and who today, is still kicking with both feet on his trajectory for cultural transformation. His new record features ten tracks from his book of verse: always know: a book of monk. Twenty poems planted firmly in a single-shot session, and carefully trimmed down to ten exhibits for this album. Beatnik poems, great odes and personal reflections of the Be-Bop jazz persuasion, all flowering together.
First conceived of in Detroit City, spring 1982, and developed throughout the 1980s with streaks of fresh edits leading right up to the session itself, John navigates some of these texts for the first time in over twenty years, free-styling his energized sincerity and attention to every word, transforming the text on the page into his unique unmistakable spoken word.
The music was written and arranged by Steve Fly who mirrored John’s poems in the music by initially combing the tempo of the original songs recorded by John ‘Dizzy’ Gillespie, Charlie ‘Bird’ Parker and Thelonious Monk.
Steve The Fly is a native of Stourbridge UK, now an Amsterdam resident who plays drums, spins vinyl, writes novels and literary and cultural commentary. He also maintains a flock of websites and works in various other art forms without visible restraint. His other music projects have included New Flesh, Garaj Mahal, Temple Dragon band, of course he is now full time with John Sinclair.
These songs are further utilized by John’s poetic method so that each title and the rhythm of his poetry can piggy-back upon the same song title, and rhythm, of an original composition set in history, for extra rooting. Steve put down drums, turntables, cello-bass, flute, and glockenspiel, shooting to play around the vocal lead lines and diverse expressions from John.
“to take the hair off
the sides of the head
& leave just a strip
along the top,
for the baldness of statement
building a new music
on the bones of the old”
— John Sinclair from the title track “Mohawk”
The album was recorded diligently by Tim Egmond at Ei Studios, Amsterdam and passed along to Simon Reeves at Framework Studios, Birmingham for mastering.
Tim Egmond is a music producer, engineer and studio whizz, based in Amsterdam, who has worked with scores of international and locally based artists on a wide variety of projects.
Simon Reeves has completed many projects for Iron Man Records already and he has been described as one of Birmingham’s finest independent studio engineers who has worked with bands from Napalm Death to Police Bastard, and a host of other brutal metal and punk bands.
All artwork was cradled and visualized by the post-industrial imagination of CHU; The Black Country, tech savvy, rule-breaking, progressive wordsmith and thinker – an ardent advocate of aerosol painting and its vanguard for over 30 years with global public works and murals, 3D perspective illusions and many group shows, under his Walsall leather belt. CHU’s work has included projects with Banksy and Jamie Hewlett among many others, and he has been described as the ‘Escher of UK street art’ and founder of Graffiti Bastards.
The album is to be released by Birmingham based Iron Man Records whose releases have included The Nightingales, Howard Marks, P.A.I.N (Propaganda And Information Network), and Police Bastard, amongst others.
The album will be beautifully packaged in a double gatefold cd wallet with artwork by CHU in full colour and a ten page booklet. John Sinclair will be appearing in November through to March to promote the new album. Mohawk illustrates the kind of care and attention a John Sinclair record deserves. After all, he kinda helped start this underground art explosion.
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CHU talks about his artwork for John Sinclair – Mohawk here: http://www.schudio.co.uk/blog/2014/mohawk-by-john-sinclair/
John Sinclair – Mohawk CD released on Iron Man Records 24th March 2014
Watch the short film:
WHITE PANTHER: A Legacy Interview with John Sinclair – https://ironmanrecords.net/2013/10/white-panther-a-legacy-interview-with-john-sinclair/
ARTIST: John Sinclair
LABEL: Iron Man Records
FORMAT: CD Double Gatefold Sleeve / Digital Release to follow
RELEASE DATE: 24th March 2014
FILE UNDER: Rock
Cat No: IMB6022
October 21, 2013
Police Bastard – Confined – CD Album (Iron Man Records) Pre-Order here
Police Bastard – Confined CD Cover Art by Mark “skinny” Orton
Ten new songs recorded in early 2013 and released through Iron Man Records, Birmingham.
Digital release of the album available from September 30th and on CD from November 23rd 2013 Buy it here
Police Bastard band photo by Andy Ward 2013
Members of Police Bastard on this recording are: (from left to right…)
Mark Badger – Guitar, Chris Crass – Bass, Simon Roe – Drums, John Doom – Vocals / Guitar, Seano Porno – Guitar, Stu-Pid – Vocals
Presskit for Reviewers / Podcast / Radio people here: http://www.sonicbids.com/PoliceBastard
The Curse Of The Cross, Brought To Our Knees, Sick Sick System, Humanimal, Cries From The Earth, Binary Thinker, Words Confined, Bite The Hand, We Are The Dead, Fortress.
Play song samples from the album here on Amazon: http://www.amazon.co.uk/Confined-Explicit/dp/B00F57UUM6
All Lyrics: Pid and John
All Music: Police Bastard
Layout: John Doom
The album was Recorded, Mixed, Produced and Mastered by Simon Reeves at Framework Recording Studios.
Label: Iron Man Records
IMB6018 Police Bastard: It’s Good To Hate…..CDEP with DVD 2010 Buy it here
Police Bastard / War Plague – Attrition Vinyl split album Buy it here (Vinyl version of It’s Good To Hate with an extra track)
Police Bastard – T-shirts and other items of interest Buy here
IMB6020 Police Bastard – Dead to the world CD Album (Discography of everything from Gulf War Syndrome onwards with 7 never released new songs. Should be released next…..)
IMB6021 Police Bastard – Confined – CD Album Buy it here
some additional words:
Police Bastard are back with a new album on Iron Man Records called “Confined.” The band have been influenced by many different sounds ranging from the likes of Discharge and Chaos UK to Amebix, Rudimentary Peni, Celtic Frost, Black Sabbath, The Cardiacs and Killing Joke. The band emerged from the ashes of some of Britain’s well known hardcore thrash bands: Doom, Sore Throat, Filthkick, English Dogs, Sensa Yuma and Contempt. Police Bastard started in 1994 and the new album is possibly the best record the band have made so far.
“Confined” was recorded at Framework Studios, Birmingham and will be released as a digital download from 30th September 2013. The album will follow on 23rd November as a full CD release on Iron Man Records. The track listing for Confined includes: The Curse Of The Cross, Brought To Our Knees, Sick Sick System, Humanimal, Cries From The Earth, Binary Thinker, Words Confined, Bite The Hand, We Are The Dead, Fortress. All the lyrics were written by Pid and John, the music was written, arranged and performed by Police Bastard and the CD layout was done by John Doom. “Confined” was recorded, mixed, produced and mastered by Simon Reeves at Framework Recording Studios with cover art by Mark “Skinny” Orton. Members of Police Bastard on this recording include Mark Badger – Guitar, Chris Crass – Bass, Simon Roe – Drums, John Doom – Vocals / Guitar, Seano Porno – Guitar, Stu-Pid – Vocals
Digital release September 30th. CD release on Iron Man Records November 23rd.
Press kit for Reviewers / Podcast / Radio people here: http://www.sonicbids.com/PoliceBastard
Police Bastard will be playing FearFest at The Asylum 2 on Friday 4th October.
Label: Iron Man Records / Catalog#: IMB6021 / Format: CD / Country: England / Released: 2013 / Genre: Rock / Style: Punk
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October 20, 2013
Ceres Seeds and The John Sinclair Foundation proudly present:
Sunday 24th November 2013
Viper Madness 2013 Amsterdam Cannabis Cup Party
John Sinclair and his Vipers
Sunday November 24th
Nieuwezijds Kolk 25
1012 PV Amsterdam
4 min from central station
4 min from Dam square
buy tickets at www.ceresseeds.com and in the hempshopper stores in Amsterdam and at the door
First 100 guests get a free beverage
October 11, 2013
WHITE PANTHER: The Legacy of John Sinclair – a short film by CHARLES SHAW featuring JOHN SINCLAIR music by THELONIUS MONK
John Sinclair is best known as the Sixties “marijuana” activist who was sentenced to 10 years in prison for giving two joints to an undercover policewoman. he was eventually freed when John Lennon and Yoko Ono spoke out on his behalf
Less understood is his role as the founder and chairman of the radical anti-war group, The White Panther Party, an offshoot of the Black Panthers. The Black Panther Party was a militant political organization formed after the brutal murders of Martin Luther King, Malcolm X and Robert Kennedy.
The Nixon Administration and the FBI launched a secret program called COINTELPRO to disrupt and ultimately destroy the Black Panthers and the Anti-War movement. As part of this program, John Sinclair was set up and imprisoned on marijuana charges. When the government could no longer justify denying him a bond over two joints, they falsely charged him with a Federal conspiracy to blow up a CIA station, in order to make him disappear.
You can find John Sinclair Books, CDs and other interesting stuff here: http://ironmanrecords.bigcartel.com
October 2, 2013
Tues 22 Oct – WOLVERHAMPTON, Slade Rooms, supporting The Wedding Present
& the following gigs with our mate & special guest TED CHIPPINGTON
Thurs 24 Oct – LONDON, Guided Missile Club @ Buffalo Bar, ‘John Peel Night’ w/ King Champion Sound + Dream Themes
Fri 25 Oct – SCARBOROUGH, The Spa, ‘John Peel Night’ benefit for www.mind.org.uk w/ Crumplehorns
Sat 26 Oct – PRESTON, Pavilion Cafe (Avenham Park), ‘John Peel All Dayer’ w/ Lovely Eggs, The Primitives, The Wolfhounds & others
Sun 27 Oct – BIRMINGHAM, Hare & Hounds (Kings Heath), w/ The Courtesy Group + support TBC
For London & Preston ticket info see the Nightingales Facebook page
A new Nightingales album was recorded in early September at Faust Studio for release in early 2014
Ted Chippington 10″ vinyl EP ‘Blues Fan’ available via http://stores.ebay.co.uk/Iron-Man-Shop
Crumplehorns 7″ vinyl single ‘Simon Says’ b/w ‘Harold’s Eye’ on Big Print to be released on October 24