Friday, July 30, 2010
Adam Sarmiento from Alchemist Records (http://www.alchemistrecords.com/) asked me to review the debut album of one of the artists they feature (and to post two of his tracks for your enjoyment):
Wednesday, July 28, 2010
a minor psychedelic low fidelity summer festival in the hell http://www.interpretace.ic.cz/novinky.p2.html there'll be more than our interpretation (interpretace) a couple of other slightly basement czech band(it)s have a good time
"Trond Fossegrim, true to his namesake, is an elusive mortal – a shadow upon the tide, settling upon the shore only to be pulled out to sea as quickly as he came. While “traditional venues” are a foreign concept, a clever ear might strain to hear his lonesome violin trace a solitary path along the forested coast of the Pacific Northwest. He is a performer by nature whose bow gives a voice to his surroundings and a chill to the occasional lost hiker. He’s helplessly charmed by the vast stretching coastline between San Simeon, CA and Blaine, WA. Should you find yourself wandering these same sandy trails with good intention, you’ll soon find there’s no better stage than a cold Thursday evening…"
(Info from Website)
"There is not much to say about myself, i am generally nomadic, i do not play "venues" and never on a schedule. I perform mainly to the woods, the streams and, on occasion, the random hiker. Traveling the coast of the Pacific Northwest between San Simeon, California and Blaine, Washington setting up as i feel necessary and adding my melodies to the already beautiful arrangement that my company provides. All recordings are done via cassette or reel to reel... and am in the process of recording new works to be released in cassette format (and possibly cd, but the sound is ruined when made digital)."
-Trond Fossegrim (via email)
"We did this all on our own. We have supported Ian Brown and we have also invited Dead and Amazing Electronic Talking Cave to our new EP. No label no manager:)"
Tuesday, July 27, 2010
Monday, July 19, 2010
Saturday, July 17, 2010
In the late 70's Steve Bernard and a rotating cast of musicians and non-musicians who called themselves I Saw a Bulldozer, recorded a series of private party tapes, organized around three or four female vocalists who wrote Surrealist-style "Exquisite Corpse" lyrics and chanted them in unison in front of a band, coming across something like a female, beatnik version of the Last Poets, who were more interested in art than politics.
Frank Daniel then plucked Karen Cooper out of the Bulldozer lineup and made her an integral, impulsive instrument in a band that played loosely structured, improvisational rock that was more "Bitches Brew" than Grateful Dead, if that makes sense. From my perspective, all these years later, Karen sounds like an unbridled outsider artist who's simultaneously sending and receiving while the band churns around her. This isn't jazz, and it wasn't intended to be, but we were obviously listening, responding and playing off of each other in the same way more technically proficient improvisers do.
Four of us were also DJs on a local independent radio station and when I listen to this music now, it sounds to me like we'd clearly digested enough influences that I won't try to list any of them in particular — at the risk of omitting as much as I could include.
After the first sessions, Burt Blackburn stepped in for Steve Bernard, who was already living 200 miles away in the foothills of the Blue Ridge, and Bo Jacob, who'd gone back out with Randy Newman, was replaced by the first drum machine in town.
Just as things really began to gel, Karen, who was married to Les Smith, informed us that she was expecting — and the band never played live — in fact, from that point, it never played again at all.
Frank Daniel died of complications of Type I diabetes in 2004 and I've collected and digitized this volume as a salute to his memory and in hopes that someone out there will listen to this music and say 'Good work, Frank. Thanks.' "
(- Bill Altice, Feb 2010 – quoted from: http://freemusicarchive.org/music/Karen_Cooper_Complex/ )
Wednesday, July 14, 2010
Monday, July 12, 2010
Bernd Witthüser und Renée Zucker!
Bernd Witthüser, die eine Hälfte des legendären Kraut-Duos Witthüser & Westrupp von 1969 + 73 (und Geschäftsführer der Essener Songtage 1968 - Leitung: Rolf-Ulrich Kaiser...), war Mitbegründer und einer der wichtigsten Verteter des Prog- oder experimental Kraut-Folk.
Witthüser & Westrupps erste gemeinsame Veröffentlichung "Trips + Träume" erschien 1971 auf Kaisers "Kosmische Kuriere"-Label OHR - mitgeträumt und mitgearbeitet an diesem Werk, das dazu beitrug den Mythos "Krautrock" zu begründen, hatte die damals sehr junge (Journalistin, Radio-Moderatorin und Kolumnistin) Renée Zucker - auch sie wird an diesem Abend anwesend sein...
Der ungefähre Ablauf:
Ab 20 Uhr werden atelierTheremin den Abend mit einer Hommage an den gerade verstorbenen Westberliner (Spaß-)Guerillero Fritz Teufel beginnen - nach einem kurzen Gespräch mit Renée Zucker wird Bernd Witthüser mit Stimme, Gitarre und Trommel die Bühne erobern.
Ansonsten ist alles wie immer offen;-)
Der EINTRITT IST - wie immer im Zodiac - FREI!!!
Ort: die Originalräume des legendären end-60s Zodiak Free Arts Lab im heutigen WAU im HAU2, Hallesches Ufer 32, 10963 Berlin-Kreuzberg/ Großbeerenstrasse Nähe U-Moeckernbruecke