I don’t know if anyone is still here amidst all the blowing tumbleweed but seemed like as good a place as any to post. The website is now 12 years old. When I moved to Hebden Bridge from Huddersfield I gave the site a drastic overhaul. As I’m now in Phoenix, Arizona, a good refurbishment seems in order but this time just doing a bit at a time. So far, just changed most of the buttons. The new theme is taking a picture of the UK and having the words cut out of a picture of the US. Seemed apt. Hopefully slightly easier to read to.
I’d hoped to be as radical in my overhauling as I was when I moved to Hebden but I didn’t have kids then so, steady away.
Love & Burritos
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 safeasmilkfestival.com/
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
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
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?
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.
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 herehttp://www.superiorviaduct.com/collections/tony-conrad
Great 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
The 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 http://www.hcmf.co.uk/ for more details
A 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.
Know more by going to http://irgendeinscheiss.de/shitstock/2015_troglobatem