Safe As Milk Festival

The people behind Newcaste’s well-loved Tusk Festival are branching out with a full-on holiday camp festival called “Safe As Milk” at Prestatyn Pontins 21-23rd April 2017 in North Wales and it has one hell of a line-up:

Shirley Collins, The Residents, Nurse With Wound, Omar Souleyman, This Is Not This Heat, Ulver, OOIOO, Grouper, Acrtress, Michael Rother, Gaika, Anna Meredith, Chrome, Mark Ernestus’ Ndagga Rhythm Force, Hieroglyphic Being, Dopplereffekt, Islam Chipsy & Eek, Princess Nokia, Brainbombs, Ata Kak, Circle, Carla Dal Forno, Moot Mother & Horse Lords.

More are to be confirmed and all the holiday camp facilities will be available. More info at

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The Cosmic Dead’s debut US tour begins today!

Recent statistics reveal that 80% of the population of Europe have had an insane, psychedelic rock n roll experience from seeing The Cosmic Dead. However, until now, Americans have not had the pleasure (unless they were in Europe). Well, that’s kind of ending right now because they are doing a quick eight date jaunt all over the place.

18.08 – (USA) Reggies – Chicago, IL
19.08 – (USA) Globe Hall – Denver, CO
20.08 – (USA) Barracuda Austin, TX
22.08 – (USA) Yucca Tap Room – Tempe, AZ
23.08 – (USA) Elbo Room – San Francisco, CA
24.08 – (USA) The Echo – Los Angeles, CA
25.08 – (USA) Vinyl Las Vegas – Las Vegas, NV
27.08 – (USA) Psycho Las Vegas Festival, NV

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New Calexico side-project explores landscape of the SW

In one of those nice, well-timed coincidences, a press release arrived promising “the perfect soundtrack to a drive through the desert Southwest”. It’s an album called “The Western Suite and Siesta Songs” and is the first release by newly formed duo Naim Amor and John Convertino (Calexico). Its coming out October 26th on Living Music Duplication and here is a taste of what to expect

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New music tip

Found this one off the Bandcamp weekly newsletter and it blew me away. A hybrid of classic blues and black metal. What’s not to like?

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Was Ist Das? has moved


Was Ist Das? was born in Huddersfield, West Yorkshire in the summer of 2005. After a couple of years it went offline, only to be relaunched in Hebden Bridge, West Yorkshire on its third birthday. Now, after an intransient year divided between friends in Todmorden and Family in Brighouse, both West Yorkshire, Was Ist Das? has moved to Phoenix, Arizona, USA.

The site continues as normal. The label continues as normal. Events? Nothing planned at the moment – there’s a whole new world to explore first.

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Outside The Dream Syndicate returns to vinyl and CD!

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Honestly, you wait ages for a new Faust news story and then along come two. Just found out that the very tasteful San Francisco reissue label Superior Viaduct (responsible for such choice reissues as Tarkovsky soundtracks, Alice Coltrane and The Residents) are bring drone minimalist Tony Conrad’s 1973 collaboration with Faust. Recorded in their Wumme studio during the peak years, its a classic of the avant-garde. The 1993 reissue on Table of the Elements has long been out of print and unaffordable second hand so this comes as a real godsend. Its coming soon on vinyl and CD and can be pre-ordered here

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Faust In the USA

faustGreat news for our State-side friends, Jean-Herve Peron & Zappi are doing an American tour this Spring. Expect plenty of exciting collaborations along the way (including a set with Tony Conrad at the Big Ears festival in Knoxville).

You can catch them at:




12th   Chicago/IL @ Thalia Hall , Levitation Festival

14th   Detroit/MI  @ Marble bar

16th   Austin/TX  @ German Haus , SxSW  Festival

17th  Austin/TX @ Hotel Vegas , SxSW  Festival

19th  San Francisco/CA  @ The Chapel – tickets

23rd  Los Angeles/CA @ Union Club

25th  Athens /GA @ 40 Watts

26th Lexington/KY @ Manchester Music Hall

28th Jersey City/NJ @ Monty Hall

29th Brooklyn/NY @ Market Hotel ( second show)

30th Brooklyn/NY @ Market Hotel ( sold out)



1st  Knoxville/TN @  Big Ears Festival , Tony Conrad & faUSt = Outside The Dream Syndicate

2nd Knoxville/TN @  Big Ears Festival , faUSt

3rd Louisville / KY @ Dreanland

5th Iowa City / IA @ Mission Creek Festival

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HCMF 2015 brings AMM to Huddersfield

ammThe 2015 Huddersfield Contemporary Music Festival is back again this Winter, running November 20th to the 29th. There’s a lot of highlights but of particular interest is the closing concert from AMM, the first appearance together in a decade of John Tilbury, Eddie Prévost and Keith Rowe!

Other high points include a never performed adaptation of Stockhausen by Derek Bailey, sound installations by Composer In Residence Jürg Frey, The Theatre of Eternal Music Brass Ensemble performing works by La Monte Young, Berlin Splitter Orchestra and much more.

As ever, go to for more details

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Exciting New German Festival TROGLOBATEM

Bear_Bones_Lay_Low__nov2014A new underground music festival has started up in Stuttgart on Friday 25th & Saturday 26th September at a venue called TAUT (Temporary Artists Utopia Tool).

Lots of Was Ist Das? favourites on the bill including Head of Wantastiquet (Paul from Sunburned Hand of the Man), Eugene Chadbourne with John Schröder, Hartmut Geerken with Jooklo Duo, German free jazzers Fifty-Fifty, Fuchs Flamingos (the wonderful Flamingo Creatures in collaboration with Limpe Fuchs of krautrock mentalists Anima), Günter Schlienz, Bear Bones, Lay Low and many more.

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Radiophonic Workshop’s John Baker Subject Of New Compilation

JBtriptychAs you may or may not know, the reason things have been a little quieter on the site for the last year is because I’ve been working on a book about the Radiophonic Workshop for Obverse Books. We all know about Delia Derbyshire and probably Brian Hodgson and Daphne Oram too but another genius of the early years was John Baker, the subject of a new compilation “The Vendetta Tapes” coming soon on Buried Treasure. John had a classical background and played in jazz bands while at the Workshop, influences that often snuck into his electronic music. He never directly worked on Doctor Who although a couple of his pieces were reused in Cybermen story “The Invasion”.

Anyway, I could go on but you can buy the book if you want more info. As Buried Treasure sell via bandcamp you can have a listen yourself right now. “The Vendetta Tapes” is coming out on CD, vinyl and download.

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