Todmorden – upstairs @ Golden Lion – ARTTU PARTINEN + MARLO EGGPLANT + GIRL SWEAT – Friday 20th November 2015

arttuJorge Boehringer (Core of the Coalman) and Ned (Was Ist Das?) team up to bring you a night of music in Todmorden that will test just how crazy the venue Crazy8s can get (Crazy8s being upstairs at the Golden Lion in Todmorden).

Arttu Partinen [aka Amon Dude] is over from Finland spreading sonic chaos everywhere he goes. Expect oodles and oodles of acid-fried noise exploding in your head drum.

Marlo Eggplant is a prominent figure in a thriving and diverse international scene of female experimental music performers. With an intuitive command of minimal instrumentation, including processed autoharp and contact microphones, Marlo Eggplant’s sparsely structured notes and layered static textures build into sonically dense drone improvisations.

Girl Sweat – FUCK YEAH! amphetamine industrial psyche rock from Stockton, like Pussy Galore meets Cabaret Voltaire

£5 in, last train friendly but with party fun and drinking afterwards for the locally inclined

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Hebden Bridge – Picture House – Halloween Film Festival – Saturday 31st October 2015

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Todmorden – upstairs at the Golden Lion – PRETTY LIGHTNING + BRIDGET HAYDEN + IRMA VEP – Friday 30th October 2015

pretty lightningOur dear friends Tor Bookings have put together this simply blazing line-up and what I could do put hassle them until they agreed to let me DJ.

Headliners Pretty Lightning are a dazzling German psyche duo who are both members of the collective Datashock. Bridget Hayden should need no introduction after all the incredible live sets she’s performed in the valley in the last few years. Irma Vep played Tor Fest last year at the intimate Bare Arts show that I couldn’t go to.

£5 on the door

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Hebden Bridge – Trades Club – ACID MOTHERS TEMPLE & THE MELTING PARAISO UFO + THE FAMILY ELAN + WOVEN SKULL – Wednesday 28th October 2015

amt2015WEB Its Acid Mothers Temple at the Trades Club. Do I really need to say anymore? Support from Bradford’s excellent folk power trio The Family Elan and Irish power trio Woven Skull.

Tickets on the door are £10 (£8 for members) but if you buy in advance then only £8 (£6 members). GET THEM HERE: ticket link

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Todmorden – upstairs at the Golden Lion – TOMAGA + JAKE BLANCHARD + SOPHIE COOPER – Saturday 17th October 2015

11990497_1045133722193654_5077980417623065113_nWhite Rabbit have kindly asked me to do a bit of DJing for this Todmorden bash headlined by Tomaga with support form our dear friends Jake and Sophie. Can’t wait!

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Todmorden – Upstairs at Golden Lion – CARLTON MELTON + VERT:X – Monday 28th September

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Was Ist Das? and White Rabbit Promotions are teaming up to bring you a dazzling night of psychedelic rock upstairs in Krazy8s the fully formed venue upstairs at the Golden Lion in Tod.

vert:x play full-on psychedelic rock and have contributed to many of the highly collectible Fruits De Mer Records compilations.

White Rabbits light show will be on, so will Was Ist Das’s smoke machine and we’ll have another band playing after vert:x 😉

Last train friendly live music but if you want to stick around then we’ll play you some music. £5 on the door.

Poster by Sarah Coppen

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Todmorden – Unitarian Church/Golden Lion – TOR IST DAS? FESTIVAL – Friday 14th to Sunday 16th August 2015

Tor Ist Das 400Was Ist Das? will be moving to Phoenix Arizona this Winter so as the start of our farewell, we are doing a festival in collaboration with out dear Todmorden friends Tor Bookings. We have some major headliners, with Saturday night being topped by a trio of Andrew Liles (Nurse With Wound), Maniac (Mayhem) and Carl Stokes (Cancer) and then on Sunday we have both Newcastle’s man of the moment, alt folkie Richard Dawson and Leeds noise rock institution Ashtray Navigations.

Also playing are dark chanteuse Chicaloyoh, instrument builder Sam McLoughlin (aka Samandtheplants/N.Racker), Bird People (full band set, folk drones), Lutine, Laura Cannell, Desmadrados Soldados De Ventura (Manchester noise rock orchestra), Girl Sweat (stockton’s one man collision between Jon Spencer & Cabaret Voltaite), Daniel Voight (analogue experiments in sound), Terrine (Claire from Headwar’s solo no wave assault), Flamingo Creatures (wild improv insanity), Ambrosia(@) and Isnaj Dui (Katie from The Owl Service & The Sly And Unseen).

For more details go to http://wasistdas.co.uk/toristdas/
To buy tickets go to http://wasistdas.co.uk/toristdas/tickets/

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Nottingham – Chameleon Arts Café – FLAMINGO CREATURES + DANIEL VOIGT – Wednesday 12th August 2015

rammelwebDelighted to be DJing in Nottingham for this very fine gig from the Rammel Club people. On the bill are Ruth and Ronnie from German collective Datashock aka Flamingo Creatures. Their live sets are a wild, Dadaist explosion of noise and sound. With the help of electronics, bells, a violin and various percussion instruments the couple develops musical dialogues that speak to you in the most handsome way one can think of. Like Hans-Joachim Roedelius waltzing with Joan La Barbara while Smegma play (quietly) in the back.

Also on the bill is Daniel Voigt, the artists formerly known as Hering Und Seine Sieben Sachen, and head of Sic Sic Tapes. Augmented by effect pedals & mixer treatments Daniel Voigt blends a Musique Concrète approach (cutting up tapes and looping sounds with the help of several walkmen) with the cosmic aesthetics of Krautrock to make his music sound like the love child of Delia Derbyshire and Klaus Schulze. Both these acts are headed North to play our Tor Ist Das? Festival.

Yerma Mansa were to have played too but had to cancel. Perhaps some surprise may take their place? If not, you’ll get even more of me DJing

Tickets on the door only – £6 waged / £4 unwaged

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Todmorden – Unitarian Church – MINORU SATO + RYOKO AKAMA + BEN GWILLIAM – Tuesday 11th August 2015

bens gigA unique triple bill that will explore process and instability in acoustic phenomena and electronic space. Three solo sets that will permeate and vibrate, this is a unique chance to see both Minoru & Ryoko on the same bill after the YO NO BI #1 tour. Todmorden is the only date that features this bill & again will be new works. Bring your own beer. £5 on the door.

Minoru Sato ia Japanese sound artist and curator. He has an interest in a relationship between a description of nature and an art representation, and is creating art works per physical phenomena and various concepts. His creative activities are explored in the form of installations, multiples, performances and texts. He was running a label called “WrK” from 1994 until 2006. Now he is producing music pieces by solo, collaboration with ASUNA and so on.

Ryoko Akama is another sound artist, composer and curator. Akama approaches the aesthetics of silence and time/space, pursuing minimal and abstract sonic experiences. Akama explores sine tone performances generated by old synthesisers and produces installations with small objects and electronics. She runs melange edition label and co-edits Reductive Journal.

Ben Gwilliam is an artist whose work spans sound, film, installation & performance. His work explores how the mechanics of sound medias’ reflect the ways in which we listen to and look upon the world around us. His fascination with making sound drives a curiosity that forms as durational performances and Installations, film & video works and writing. He is currently a PhD candidate at Oxford Brookes University based in the Sonic Arts Research Unit and he started moreorlessthan in 2015.

Yours truly will be DJing from his laptop between the sets. And before them. And after.

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