What do John Renbourn, Hellvete, The Fall & The Star Pillow all have in common? They’re all from Yorkshire. No. wait, I meant all just been added to our http://wasistdas.co.uk/Features.htm. Though I reckon they’re all secretly from Yorkshire too. Even the Belgian.
I know probably every other bugger has used the same headline but somethings just can’t be resisted. Here’s the official music video for Laibach’s version of “The Sound of Music”:
The Sound of Music was conceived when Laibach were infamously invited to perform in North Korea in 2015. The band performed several songs from the 1965 film’s soundtrack at the concert in Pyongyang, chosen by Laibach as it’s a well-known and beloved film in the DPRK and often used by schoolchildren to learn English. Laibach are joined by Boris Benko (Silence) and Marina Mårtensson on vocals and the album gives the Laibach treatment to tracks such as ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Edelweiss’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and ‘Maria’, here reworked as ‘Maria / Korea’ (“How do you solve a problem like Maria / Korea?”).
While the majority of the tracks on the album are from the film, the band also included ‘Arirang’, an interpretation of a traditional Korean folk song considered the unofficial national anthem of both North and South Korea (and released recently to mark the historic summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un), as well as their own workout of the Gayageum, a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument performed by students from the Kum Song Music School in Pyongyang and a recording of the band’s “welcome” speech to Korea from Mr. Ryu from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Committee for Cultural Relation.
“The Sound of Music” is out November 23rd on vinyl, CD and digital. The arrival of this news today is oddly timely as yesterday I began working on a big in-depth overview of all Laibach’s albums for this very page. Expect it to be ready long, long after the album comes out.
The second edition of my book “An Electric Storm: Daphne, Delia & The BBC Radiophonic Workshop” is now onsale. The story has been updated and there’s plenty of new reviews added going right up to the Record Store Day release of Paddy Kingsland’s classic soundtrack to “The Changes”.
forgot to include the discount code last time. Use ’13th’ as the discount code on checkout for 60% off anything on our Bandcamp. This is good until Wednesday. Sorry about the previous boo-boo, too many celebratory ales
Thirteenth birthday time for Was Ist Das? Too busy to make a mix or compilation. So, until Monday, you can have 60% off anything on our bandcamp page. That’s for physical or downloads. Cheers
The August Was Ist Das? radio show is now up on Mixcloud for your eternal enjoyment. It also features the last ever recording of the Yeti woof.
This month’s show is another mix with just me yapping at the start and end. The playlist was chosen by shuffling my music library and I then mixed it all together in an order that made sense. It was just an experiment, an idle whimsy but the results surprised and delighted me so Ishall return to the practice again in future. The track list is:
Nelson Riddle – Dauntless-Ness
Sylvain Chauveau – Pour Les Oiseaux
Cluster – Dem Wanderer
United Bible Studies – More Tongues To Catch The Snowfall
Bird People – Bark of Birch
Ken Camden – Adenosine
Guenter Schlienz – Presentation Three, Electric Organ & Modular Synthesizer
Andrew Liles – 45 rpm NINE
Paddy Kingsland – Electronic Effect 11
Charlambides – Saratoga Reel
Casey Denman – The Wolves Are Running
Trad, Gras och Stenar – Munfiol
Scammers – Born With The Best
The Chills – Brave Worlds (BBC Session version)
Joy Division – Isolation (live at University of London Union Feb 8th 1980)
Psychic TV – Cadaques
Anla Courtis – Glaucidium Jardinii
Sandro Brugnolini and the Modern Jazz Gang – Metting At Eur
Traveling Circle – Conduit Is Closing
The Syndicats – Crawdaddy Simone
Vibracathedral Orchestra – Ridin’ Free
Malaise – unknown
Carlton Melton – The Barrier
Half-Japanese – Man Without A Head
Kasper Hauser – Dole Inside
Guttersnipe – Long Pincers Dips In The Tin
Uniform – Habit
White Hills – H-p1
Demdike Stare – Filtered Through Prejudice
ElpH vs Coil – The Halliwell Hammers
Maurizo Bianchi – Untitled
Del Close and John Brent – Field Trip No.3
De La Soul – Into The Woods
System of a Down – Jet Pilot
We lost a vital member of the Was Ist Dad? family yesterday, our dog Yeti. His main contribution was wandering into the frame during my video reviews with an almost knowing approach to mise-en-scene, bringing a little life and humility to counteract my music rambles. He also sat next to me while I DJ’d a couple of times. You can also see him on the poster for the Tor Ist Das! Festival. A celebrity on the Hebden Bridge pub scene, he will be sorely missed.
Latest releases on the Was Ist Das? label are both by David Colohan and why not?
Available on CDR and download.
New reviews up on the Features page, including a video review for High Rise and scrawlings for Bong and Al Doum & The Faryds