Monday, April 19, 2010

The Necks.


"The Necks are one of the great cult bands of Australia. Chris Abrahams (piano), Tony Buck (drums), and Lloyd Swanton (bass) conjure a chemistry together that defies description in orthodox terms. Featuring lengthy pieces which slowly unravel in the most mesmerising fashion, frequently underpinned by an insistent deep groove, the fifteen albums by The Necks stand up to re-listening time and time again.

The deceptive simplicity of their music throws forth new charms on each hearing. Not entirely avant-garde, nor minimalist, nor ambient, nor jazz, the music of The Necks is possibly unique in the world today." [www.thenecks.com]

In other words, The Necks are the shit. Get this, you should've by now.


















Links removed by guilt trip:
"Do you guys know that actually, with a band that operates at this level, up-loading and sharing all this music does great damage to the possibilities in the future for the band to record and make new albums. Maybe it's becoming a boring subject, but with income from our records being severely dented by this stuff, it does make it really hard.
Glad you like the music. How about supporting us and buying some music from www.thenecks.com
Cheers, TONY (The Necks)"

Please support the artists that are worth supporting.

12 comments:

  1. here's Aether:
    http://www.megaupload.com/?d=WYSE5UR8
    found here:
    http://community.livejournal.com/postrockxchange/497480.html

    i also have these that i could upload:
    Necks, The - Aquatic (Fish Of Milk, 1994)
    Necks, The - Drive By (Fish Of Milk, 2003)
    Necks, The - Live 2005-02-16 Judith Wright Centre, Set 2
    Necks, The - Live 2009-01-15 ATP Brisbane
    Necks, The - Mosquito/See Through (2CD) (ReR Megacorp, 2004)
    Necks, The - Silverwater (Fish Of Milk, 2009)

    thanks for the great blog!

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  2. wow, Kevin thanks so much! Id love all of em except the live albums. hehe, I know its a tall order. But you'd win my coolest guy ever award.

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  3. Aether's the shit! First Necks album I heard. There was also a live box set I had which was the shit but lost it in hd crash, forgot the name.

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  4. Do you guys know that actually, with a band that operates at this level, up-loading and sharing all this music does great damage to the possibilities in the future for the band to record and make new albums. Maybe it's becoming a boring subject, but with income from our records being severely dented by this stuff, it does make it really hard.
    Glad you like the music. How about supporting us and buying some music from www.thenecks.com
    Cheers, TONY (The Necks)

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  5. Hey Chasm! Thanks for sharing the music. Never actually heard the Necks' music before -- much more likely now to grab a friend and see them if/when they come thru Brooklyn.

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  6. musicians of all stripes have, historically, made the bulk of their money from performing and touring. only a very small proportion of the money spent on recordings by the consumer is actually recouped by the artist(s)as profit. in practice, for most artists records function primarily as promotional items. an artist says 'take my music down, i'm losing money'as tony buck has here - in effect he's asking you to remove what he considers an illegitimate conduit for promoting his (and the band's) music, to be supplanted by a 'legit' one of which he does approve. at this point in time it's difficult to determine exactly which avenue is the more effective. time will tell, i imagine.

    however, where tony's arguement may hold some water is in the artist/record company relationship: if an artist wants to keep releasing records with a particular record label, then they will need to maintain consistent sales. if this is eaten into by the blog/downloaders then labels will not continue to make money as they have in the past, dropping artists accordingly. but when some of the artists' material is self-released - as is the case with the necks - what is the argument about: i'm not recouping the costs of my self-promotion? this blog is promoting your work; we're not getting gigs? hardly a demonstrable case with the necks, is it; recordings of our music aren't making much money? they never really did, did it. anyway, none of us really have much money out here in the not-so-rarefied air of what we laughingly refer to as the 'rest of the world'.

    so, keep on posting, and fuck the emotional blackmail. sure, support the necks by all means - buy a CD, go and see them perform when they play near you (they are really fantastic live) - but remember that you are entitled to respond to an artist's request to remove their material with a logical response. pulling it down to appease them does little in the long run for anyone.

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  7. P, I couldnt have said it better myself. I'm only trying to salvage what we've built here by avoiding a nasty denounciation to blogger and its as of late non-tolerant policies.

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  8. http://www.mediafire.com/chasm-filler

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  9. @bob tomorrowland - except that The Necks being an Australian band have to pay an awful lot of money to travel anywhere to gig - they're hardly rock'n'rollers raking it in by doing back-to-back world tours. Also they're getting older (sorry Tony!) and have family commitments that means that they can't go off travelling as much as they used to...

    I'm all for sharing music with friend by playing each other stuff others might not have heard ("hey have you heard this great band"...) which is in fact how I first got into The Necks, and then promptly went off and bought every single one of their albums direct from their website. In my own small way that made me feel as if I was supporting their ability to come out to the UK where I live, so when I finally got to see them live the gig felt a hell of a lot more special! I'm glad to say that I've since bought more albums and seen them twice more. Long may they continue.

    Play the music to your friends when they come round to your house, or if you want to share some of their music with online friends don't post whole discographies, (!) You know it ain't right, and it's mightily difficult to defend under the pretence of promoting artists to new listeners...

    There are better options; post links to streaming gigs, there are plenty out there: http://www.moshcam.com/the-necks/factory-theatre-86.aspx (sign up to their mailing list and you'll hear about new ones as they come out)

    Support your favourite leftfield artists by buying their music, or all you'll get left with is mediocre major label funded middle of the road dross...

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  10. i would have never heard them, nor seen them live etc had I not gotten it here first. These sorts of avenues (music blogs) are a good way for lesser known artists to promote material and it makes little sense to me for it to be removed. I would do the same at the artists request (ie remove it), of course, but i still think it is ill conceived... that is all...

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  11. Hey guys... the NECKS are a tiny, tiny band and still fairly unknown in Australia, where they come from. I don't know where you (P, you fuckwit) got the idea that these guys are touring the world, jetsetting from continent to continent. They may get the critical acclaim from the hipster media but that don't amount to sales AND this band doesn't tour a hell of a lot. So... P, shut the fuck up you cheapskate motherfucker & buy a record, it doesn't have to be the whole damn discog, but for a band as small as the Necks, it means the world.

    J, from Australia.

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