New Bums, Royal Trux & The KLF

Been reviewing again and posting them up on the Features page. There’s a video review of the cassette reissue of Royal Trux‘s wild “Twin Infinitives” album plus the written treatment for the new New Bums album and the new version of The KLF’s timeless classic “Chill Out”.

I actually prefer the new version. Sometimes I found the large snatches of other people’s songs distracting and the Van Halen stuff at the end meant you couldn’t drift off to it. Instead we now have we Virtual Reality remix of “What Time Is Love?” sneaking in there and its a much more natural fit.

Video review now up! 2021, baby

The Was Ist Das? video review is back! It’s for “Trippin Music” by Nurse With Wound which IS a 2020 release BUT it made our end of year list so it would just be silly not to have a review of it. Makes me think, actually, lots of great albums come out and don’t get reviewed by me…..maybe I should do this more often? Super late album reviews?

So, the review is here but it has got me thinking….when I posted my end of year list, I had only reviewed 4/10 of the picks. Now, we are at 5/10. I think I’ve never been anything other than 10/10! So the 2020 project must continue….although there’s some absolutely storming 2021 stuff already…..either way, my resolve is firm….2021 is gonna have more review action than 2020!

One Eleven Heavy presents Nick Mitchell-Maioto

So the Nick LPs are here and looking/sounding good! Don’t take our word for it, though:

Raven Sings The Blues said it reminded them of “the buoyant tangle of guitar that’s rooted in Crazy Horse’s grit, Canned Heat’s heartbeat boogie, and Satana’s playful willingness to experiment with rhythm” and concluded ” Its a sunshine-scrubbed delight that keeps the listener on their toes”

Record Crates United wisely suggested “if you need a break from the doom and gloom from the outside world, just slap this record on your turntable and groove the night away”

Heads Lifestyle said “an impressive one-man band effort flush with crazy time changes and a deep jammy undercurrent of cosmic choogle”

There’s more great reviews too but I can’t find them right now and I need to go!

Mix CD on sale now with bag!

Latest release on our Bandcamp page is a special bundle of a special anniversary mix “Owl Temple Session” that’s actually a lossless remake of an old mix from 2011 made from low res mp3s. It comes encased in a tote bag and with a sticker. Cause its the anniversary year.

Get it here

Not really much of a one for nostalgia but I had fond memories of this mix and especially of the response from the few who had a copy. I never kept one for myself and the mix was lost between computers.

Just recently my friend Jonathan Dennis mentioned the mix and when he found out I didnt have it anymore, kindly did me a rip of the CD. I was blown away but couldn’t help wondering how much better it would sound if I made it from higher quality music files (most of it was stuff I’d been sent to review and especially back then the mp3s sent were often low quality).

So, I went back and redid it. It’s something I’m really proud of and I’m glad to share it as a free gift inside the anniversary tote bag.

15 BLOODY YEARS

Well, I don’t know what to say! The site is now 15 years old. Usually I just trot out a DJ set and I tried twice. The first, a digital creation ended up evolving into an album instead. A strange drone odyssey with time stretched sounds matched to classic acapellas and subliminal remixes then dubbed to aged country compilations tapes is now availble in small quantities here

The second mix was an astonishingly lucky, fist pumping, vinyl only krautrock session but the app recording it crashed. And you can’t bottle lighting. So, just trust me that it was awesome. I worked up a sweat and danced round my room even with only 1 cup in me. You would have loved it. Ah well.

We’ve got our a vinyl release from Nick Mitchell-Maiato of One Eleven Heavy now up for pre-order on vinyl, digital and t-shirt right here

And we got a 15th anniversary tote bag! From here

And special freebies: stickers & mix CDs from our US store, exclusive digital mixes form the UK store. I could go on all night, but it’s late already. You got questions then post ’em and I’ll reply tomorrow after my 2nd cup of tea. I promise, ask anything!

Bandcamp Day (our t-shirts are alright)

Bandcamp is once again wavering all fees for artists/labels today. Hooray! Not got anything new really to offer just yet so just put up a special bundle deal. Only 5 available and today only https://wasistdas.bandcamp.com/merch/bandcamp-day-bundle

My wife thinks it was remiss of me not to mention that our Kawabata Makoto t-shirts are eco-friendly and fair trade. I dunno, I’d assumed everyone did that nowadays but sadly seems not to be the case. So there, they are. And here’s me wearing one

Available with a download of Makoto’s stunning solo album or a special bundle that comes with a Was Ist Das? beer coaster and a download code for the greatest live bootleg of all time.

We are just 12 days away from the 15th birthday of Was Ist Das? and that’s when we’ll start pre-orders for the Nick Mitchell-Maioto LP. Should have some other stuff to put up for pre order that day too but more about then.

In the meantime, here’s our Bandcamp Day recommendations, these are things I personally bought already and listen to a lot: Roadtested and maximum endorsement