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Pumpkinhead

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Paul Vickers and the Leg - new release - The Greengrocer
« on: Thu, Feb 05, 2015, 15:27 PM »
Artist: Paul Vickers & The Leg
Title: The Greengrocer
Cat: pumplp001




The Leg ('terrific, unhinged chamber punk' - the Herald) has collided head-on with the inimitable Paul Vickers ('A loveable gonk, a Da Vinci of lyrical invention' - Mojo) for a third collaborative album - The Greengrocer - released on Pumpkintone in association with the AETC.

Please get in touch to secure a copy of this vinyl only (with download) release - either to Pumpkinhead via this site, or through http://www.pumpkinfield.co.uk/. It will also be available at gigs, details of which will be posted in the usual manner as and when they dribble in.

Tracklist:

  • My Trifle
  • The Tulips of Delft
  • The Bendy Bridge (look out Wendy)
  • Bound the the Sour
  • Horns and Anvils
  • Chaos Magic
  • The Greengrocer
  • 7 Floors of Pleasure
  • Polynesian Snuff
  • Straggler on the Run
  • Bell End

Jolly hockey sticks.
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straymuffin

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Re: Paul Vickers and the Leg - new release - The Greengrocer
« Reply #1 on: Thu, Feb 05, 2015, 20:19 PM »
How much for this vinyl joy?

Pumpkinhead

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Re: Paul Vickers and the Leg - new release - The Greengrocer
« Reply #2 on: Thu, Feb 05, 2015, 21:54 PM »
This wonder of contemporary artistic endeavour can be secured for the princely sum of £16, which covers postage within the UK - either Paypal or cheque. I'll PM you with details of both.

thebot

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Re: Paul Vickers and the Leg - new release - The Greengrocer
« Reply #3 on: Thu, Feb 05, 2015, 22:03 PM »
This is a very special album.  One of the highlights of last year for me.



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Re: Paul Vickers and the Leg - new release - The Greengrocer
« Reply #6 on: Thu, Feb 12, 2015, 17:39 PM »
It arrived, cheers Pete! ;D



baldpar

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Re: Paul Vickers and the Leg - new release - The Greengrocer
« Reply #7 on: Fri, Feb 13, 2015, 12:14 PM »
Nice turntable  :) What else is set up with it ?

straymuffin

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Re: Paul Vickers and the Leg - new release - The Greengrocer
« Reply #8 on: Fri, Feb 13, 2015, 12:18 PM »
Got the Rega RP1 hooked up to my old Sony surround sound system via a Rega Fono Mini A2D preamp. Sounds great.  8)

Pumpkinhead

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Re: Paul Vickers and the Leg - new release - The Greengrocer
« Reply #9 on: Tue, Feb 24, 2015, 19:54 PM »
Awww - looks lovely. Glad it arrived safe and sound, Straymuffin.

There's some impressive symmetry and label alignment going on in that photo. I highly venerate such behaviour.

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Re: Paul Vickers and the Leg - new release - The Greengrocer
« Reply #10 on: Tue, Feb 24, 2015, 22:04 PM »
There aren't enough pictures of turntables on here. Excellent  :D


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Re: Paul Vickers and the Leg - new release - The Greengrocer
« Reply #11 on: Thu, Feb 26, 2015, 14:45 PM »
Cheers Pumpkinhead. Glad you approve of the symmetry, my OCD tendencies show in my turntable photos.  ::)

Hallav, you're right there should be more turntable photos on here! I suppose I should really post this photo too considering the forum I'm on eh?  ;D


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Re: Paul Vickers and the Leg - new release - The Greengrocer
« Reply #12 on: Fri, Mar 20, 2015, 18:28 PM »
New review for "the greengrocer" in the List

(Pumpkintone)

Don't be fooled by the troubadourish mediaevalisms of the jaunty guitar flourish that opens the third and much belated opus by the wildest junkyard auteurs to ever embark on a galloping collision course of surrealist lyrical fantasms and stumblebum musical fury. There may be church bells and rivers flowing in between the ten manic vignettes contained therein, but it's open all hours in this food-stuff-based quasi concept album co-released through King Creosote's new micro-label, and which can't help but inspire words like 'opus' and 'therein' as they tap into Vickers' wilfully archaic fairytale-kingdom sooth-saying.

Within seconds, Vickers is phlegmatically regaling us with the poignant tale of 'My Trifle' with the guttural urgency of Kevin Coyne accompanied by the three-pronged assault of 'The Leg's Dan Mutch' on guitar, Pete Harvey on cello and Alun Thomas on drums. Nothing more is to be taken as lightly, from the deranged East European gallop of 'Tulips of Delft' to the Jungle Book show-tune march of 'Bendy Bridge (Look Out Wendy)' and beyond.

Despite all this, the musical palette is more nuanced than on the Greengrocer's predecessors, 2008's Tropical Favourites and Itchy Grumble from 2010. Like them, this new epic is a sonic map of Vickers and co's collective psyche in all its warped glory, albeit with more tunefully produced levity. If 'Bound to the Sour' is a ripped and stripped B-movie western theme, the fiddle-led stomp of 'Horns and Anvils' threatens to break out into a full-on punk-folk hoe-down complete with keening chorus. The early hookline of 'Chaos Magic', meanwhile, oddly recalls Duran Duran's 'Planet Earth' before erupting with urgent abandon.

The title song's opening piano and cello refrain conjuring up eerie reminders to softcore hammer horror reveries before launching into an off-kilter supper-time romp complete with clarinets, jungle pounding and the odd Roger Whittaker style whistle. There are hints of a Latin shuffle hidden in the thick of '7 Floors of Pleasure', while the extended spoken-word narrative of 'Polynesian Snuff' is a menacing ghost story avalanche designed to scare small boys and girls after dark.

The finale comes in the shape of the spoon-rattling re-appropriation of the Benny Hill theme that is 'Straggler on the Run'. After such a shelf-flying storm, everything is locked up for the night and the greengrocer whistles his way home, knowing only too well what happens when curious urchins shop local for the crunchiest and most intoxicating of ingredients in town.

Paul Vickers plays Mono, Glasgow Thu 23 Apr; Woodland Creatures, Edinburgh, Fri 19 June
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Re: Paul Vickers and the Leg - new release - The Greengrocer
« Reply #13 on: Mon, Apr 13, 2015, 13:12 PM »
Nice review from 'Is This Music?' - http://www.isthismusic.com/paul-vickers-the-leg-5

'If you’ve been worrying that there are not enough characters or genuine musical mavericks left in Scotland, it’s time to settle down and make yourself a little less comfortable. Paul Vickers & The Leg are back and with an album entitled The Greengrocer, they clearly have your health and well-being at heart.

‘The Tulips of Delft’ is a breath-taking rattle, the ceaseless rhythm and clanging bells could lead to a parody in some hands but here, it works, and works well. ‘The Bendy Bridge’ is an absolute blast, part 1920s Delta Blues, part 60s frazzled psych-rock, punctured with Vickers’ yelps and old-time payoff. The lyrics are off the wall, combining with a vocal delivery that brings Captain Beefheart to mind and the instrumentation sets off on so many rhythms that it is hard to catch up or even keep track of where it’s all going.

For all that though, there is a connecting thread running through the album, and even with the mid-song breakdown of ‘Chaos Magic’, it’s likely to be the most commercial work that Paul Vickers has produced in…well let’s just say quite a long time.

Yes, The Leg are allowed to run wild at times on the songs but the talk of these songs being pulled together first on acoustic guitar, before being pulled apart in a variety of directions, rings true. The title track is perhaps the most Don Van Vliet track on the album, but it’s all housed with a touch of melody and charm. ‘Seven Floors Of Pleasure’ is the perfect example of the upbeat and uplifting spirit found on the record, while the jauntiness of ‘Straggler On The Run’ allows the record to tail off with exactly the right amount of gravitas.

It’s not an album that is off-kilter just for the sake of it; it’s an album that’s been wonderfully crafted with the intention of creating a joyous and messy yet deliberate collection.'

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Re: Paul Vickers and the Leg - new release - The Greengrocer
« Reply #14 on: Fri, Oct 02, 2015, 16:31 PM »
annuvva review for an album with the longest-windedest release of all time...

*** MOJO

Former Dawn of th Replicants man's winningly odd folk-prog sprawl

Like all his work since his tenure as singer with lo-fi deviants Dawn Of The Replicants, there's a dark comedy coursing beneath Paul Vickers' third album with The Leg - and a lot audible on the surface as well - but this tale of curious shopkeepery is decidedly more League of Gentlemen than Open All Hours. Backed by a cast including King Creosote and regular sideman Pete Harvey, The Greengrocer delivers an idiosyncratic fusion of heavy jazz bustle, haunted pop sketches and bristling avant-folk, while Vickers' vocals have only grown deeper and more twisted with the years. On My Trifle, he growls a peculiar blues as strings and woodwind scythe behind him, like Beefheart performing to a medieval court, while the roilin riot of Polynesian Snuff suggests fevered Foxtrot-era Genesis. And hearteningly, the banjo-driven rumble of Horns And Anvils finds Vickers' gift for lilting, left-handed pop oddness intact and thriving.
Stevie Chick

Purchasable from here: https://paulvickersandtheleg.bandcamp.com/album/the-greengrocer