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Baker's Dozen

Pan Sonics: Mika Vainio's Favourite Albums
Albert Freeman , September 1st, 2014 07:19

Our series of articles curated by Kevin 'The Bug' Martin continues with a Baker's Dozen from Mika Vainio, solo artist and former member of Pansonic. He tells us about how the likes of Suicide, Neubauten, the Alex Harvey Band, King Crimson and more soundtracked a life of working in slaughterhouses and vegetarian restaurants


John Coltrane - Interstellar Space
I first started listening to his early 1960s recordings but then got into his late period. I think this one is last studio album, with Rashied Ali. It's kind of grindcore jazz, the constant attack. Talking about grindcore, I listen to that quite a lot, the metal grindcore. When the first albums of Napalm Death and Carcass came out, I got them and since then have been quite into it. I quite like all of what Coltrane did, especially his late albums, but I was also listening to Ornette Coleman, Miles Davis for sure, Charles Mingus, Don Cherry, Pharoah Sanders. Some of the live recordings of Albert Ayler are a bit similar to this kind of intensity. I have this box set of Albert Ayler, Holy Ghost, and some of that is just really intense. Some of it reminds of Earthbound by King Crimson because of the similar sound quality. There are a couple of CDs in the box set or at least one which has quite a similar feeling.