Charalambides guitar-player Tom Carter was taken ill in Berlin with pneumonia on Thursday 31st May. Charalambides were to have played a Was Ist Das? gig in Hebden Bridge on Saturday 2nd June, so we were left with a snap decision to make at the last minute. We didn’t want to seem crass but we didn’t want to leave the venue shut on a Saturday and mess with peoples plans. We decided the best way to carry on was as a fundraiser for Tom. Neil Campbell, Michael Flower & John Godbert joined the bill as a trio to take us back up to 3 live acts.
Just to give the fundraising an extra kick up the jacksie, I suddenly decided that we should put out a CDR, the night before the gig. Luckily, Jonathan Lees of Hibernate Records kindly mucked in and did the beautiful sleeves, not to mention handed over 5 tracks from new and forthcoming Hibernate Releases. I’d say that makes it a joint release with Hibernate and Jonathan’s not the type to argue, so it is.
Add to that the amazing generosity (and swift action) of the likes of Neil Campbell, Bridget Hayden, Rick Tomlinson and more, and less than 24 hours from getting the bright idea, the CDR was on sale at the gig. Had a great response and the remaining copies were mailed up to Volcanic Tongue. Second batch went there too. If the people want it, there will be a third.
1.Ashtray Navigations – Sotto Voce Krispy Oto*
2.Konntinent – Hayashi Drag Track
3.High Aura’d – Methodist Bells
4.Listening Mirror – Outside Heaven
5.Will Bolton – Barbed
6.Bridget Hayden – In Aarhus (live at Musikcafeen)*
7.Isnaj Dui – Nature Of Light
8.Astral Social Club – Stick It On With Its Own Juice*
9.Rick Tomlinson – The Furnace (live at Hole In T’Wall October 2011)*
10.Kyle Bobby Dunn – South By Southwest Calgary*
11.The Failed N.A.S.A. Experiment – Scary Movies*
12.Caught In The Wake Forever – Last Of The Heroin
13.Campbell Nyoukis Stacy – Illuminate The Mare & Eliminate Travel Blues*
Some of you social networkers may have become friends, aquaintances, followers or even family of Was ist Das? over on Google+
Well, not any more. We read how Google+ operates a real name policy. Going by the name Was Ist Das? over there would be in breach of that policy and would risk suspension of the account and our associated e-mail address.
As that e-mail address is one we use all the time, it seems best to pull the plug on our Google+ account rather than risk losing an important e-mail address. Google+ say they’ll start allowing companies on at some point in the future and when that happens we’ll hop back in.
After pondering the idea over on our facebook page and being encouraged by the response, Was Ist Das? is going to make a video podcast.
No release date set yet because we are wanting you to lend us a hand. We’re after videos for it. Can be an old fashioned music promo, live footage or anything really. Be imaginative. Be as hi-fi or lo-fi as you like.
You really don’t need to be rich to do this. I make the video reviews on my site using my mobile phone (which was free) and I edit it using this software which cost me nothing (you download the full version for a free trial, if you don’t pay for it at the end of the trial, you get the perfectly good basic, free version).
Well, judging by the greetings on facebook, it is now August 19th in Japan, so that means the 6th birthday of Was Ist Das? has begun. It’s also the second anniversary of when Was Ist Das? 2.0 was born, as that’s when the domain name registration was freed and I could start again with a brand new website with a new host & registrar.
To celebrate, here’s a DJ mix exploring the music that inspired & informed my musical tastes. Included are many old favourites and songs used as nuggets in the podcast/video review intro theme:
My third live mix is now available to listen to on Mixcloud. While the previous two were at ambient gigs and took on a very ambient nature, this one was for a free party, so takes on a more party vibe while staying very Was Ist Das? Sadly the first 15 minutes are missing.