The August Radio Show Is on Mixcloud

The last month has seen me quite staggered by just how much amazing music has been sent my way and it was hard to boil it all down into a two hour show but I am so delighted with the results!

Here’s the full track list:

Wreaths – The Ease With Which It’s Shadow Falls – Golden Threads From Riven Rot

Macromassa – El Consecuente Aspecto de Geometria – Kiosque of Arrows 2 [compiled by Tolouse Low Trax]

Phew – Days Nights – New Decade

Crazy Doberman – Five Ghosts Share a Chair on an Autumn Day in Siberia – everyone is rolling down a hill

Daniel Vujanic – Feeding The Shadow Tree – Paramnesia

Cubs – Tape Owl – Rivers of Amber/Frozen Waterfall

Eric Arn – Palais Mesmer – Higher Order

Hypnotic Brass Ensemble (feat. Moses Sumney) – Soon It Will Be Fire – This Is A Mindfullness Drill

Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan – Built By Robots – People & Industry

Gnod – Paint It Blacker – Golden Lion Sound#4

Black Dice – White Sugar – Mod Prog Sic

Klotang – Hyperthruster – A Mirror Falls

Solyst – Flex – Spring

Coil – Love’s Secret Domain – Love’s Secret Domain

Love-Songs & U. Schuette – Dumpfes haemmerndes Droehnen – Spannende Musik

Mind Maintenance – The Ladder – s/t

Mako Sica – Unraveling – Garland of Heads

Richard Youngs – Solo Guitar 5 – Solo Guitar

Wolves In The Throne Room – Spirit of Lightning – Primordial Arcana

Menk – Тень – II  [*Chien]

Faust – Vorsatz –  Faust 1971-1974

Old Million Eye – Way To Fall – Future Wonder

Marissa Anderson & William Tyler – At The Edge Of the World – Lost Futures

LINGUA IGNOTA – MAN IS LIKE A SPRING FLOWER

Was Ist Das? hits the Sixteen!

Today is now 16 years of Was Ist Das?

Last year for the 15th, it was a label focused anniversary, because I was short of time and totally blocked on the writing front.

This year, it’s nothing but writing! I originally planned to have 16 reviews ready to go today but it exceeded that! Now up on our Features page are reviews of:

Expo 70, Eric Arn, Hypnotic Brass Ensemble, Wreaths, Black Dice, Warrington-Runcorn New Town Development Plan, Cubs, Mind Maintenance, Laibach, Crazy Doberman, Daniel Vujanic, Yoshi Wada, Phew, —__–___, Yann Tierson, Wolves In The Throne Room, Kevin martin and Birds of Maya!

Right, its late, I’m off to bed. I’ll put up a video review of Can tomorrow

The July radio show is now available on Mixcloud

Yesterday Was Ist Das? returned to CAMP Radio to resume our monthly radio show. Now you can listen again on Camp’s Mixcloud page:

The tracklist is:

The Bug – Opening Credits (theme for Kris)

Old Million Eye – Return of the Son

Eric Arn – The Glass Scarab

Wil Bolton – Beyond The River

System 7 – AlphaWave (Gliss Mix)

Expo Seventy – The Slow Death of Tomorrow

Burial – Dark Gethsemane

Liles/Maniac – Soulburn

Violet Cold – Pride

Six Organs of Admittance – J’ai Mal aux Dents

Laibach – Smrt Za Smrt

Josh Doss – No Conditions

Can – Zwei

Was Ist Das? radio show is back!

July 27th at 8pm CET, the Was Ist Das? radio show returns to CAMP the internet radio station broadcasting out of the French alps! It’ll be up on their Mixcloud soon after broadcast too. After a long break (the last show was January 2019) we are resuming monthly shows, although this time the format will be much looser. This show is a special mix of my favorite 2021 releases and takes in ambient, psychedelic, metalgaze, techno, experimental electronics, dubstep and, of course, krautrock

The Faust box set of your dreams is imminent

October 8th sees the release from Hamburg label Bureau B of the sumptous Faust box set on CD and vinyl compiling virtually everything from those golden years of 71 to 74. It’s been remastered by regular collaborator Amaury Cambuzat from the original tapes.

So it includes their self titled debut, So Far, The Faust Tapes and Faust IV. That’s not all, though, the box set includes a further three LPS. The first is called “Punkt” and is compiled by the surving band members from their final studio sessions in Munich and is intended as the final 5th LP (Punkt means full stop in German). The two remaining albums, Momentaufnahme I and Momentaufnahme II are previously unreleased out-takes from the Wumme and Mansion recording sessions that were discovered during the transfer process.

Then there are two 7″ singles in the vinyl box set (compiled a separate CD in the CD set). There’s a reprint of the single “So Far/It’s A Bit Of a Pain”. The other single contains the song that got the band signed to Polydor, “Lieber Herr Deutschland” and the song suspected of getting them dropped “Baby”. Jean-Herve Peron of the band intends to personally stamp the sleeves of this last 7″ with ‘accepted’ on the front and ‘rejected’ on the back.

There’s also the obligatory booklet but instead of it being some expert whittering on, its going to be full of eye witness accounts, both positive and negative! You can pre-order the set now from Bureau B direct as well as the usual good retailers like Norman and Rough Trade

Thanks to Jean-Herve Peron and the Faust List for the extra details!

Damo Suzuki documentary “Energy” now crowdfunding with sweet merch

Our dear friend Michelle Heighway, the maker of the excellent “Mr.Somebody” documentary, is nearing completion on her film “Energy” which charts Can legend Damo Suzuki and his battle with cancer. Check out the trailer

Damo had created a unique career in the last few decades, touring the world constantly playing with different musicians every night playing music in the moment.

The films follows him from the fight to his comeback to the stage. Up for grabs are some great mugs, posters t shirts and digital streams.

Modeling the Energy shirt

Get involved at The crowdfunding campaign page here

Mainliner, Dean McPhee & Old Million Eye Reviewed

Mainliner, Dean McPhee & Old Million Eye are the latest artists to get reviewed over on our Features page. I won’t lie, the Mainliner review is a rambling mess that barely makes any coherent sense but they did just start selling recreational weed here in Arizona. Sorry but not sorry, that’s the flipside of hand-written reviews, no going back and correcting your mistakes.

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!