August radio show now on Mixcloud

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

R.I.P. Yeti

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.



Its Alive!

Delighted to say that Was Ist Das? is putting on its very first USA concert. Its not been two years since we relocated to Phoenix, Arizona and apart from DJing a couple of times at other people’s shows, things have been quiet. All that changes Friday 14th September.

Well, been desperate to see Father Murphy live and they’ve announced they are calling it a day so I just had to. The enigmatic Italian psychedelic occult duo have released their final album, the acclaimed “Rising. A Requiem For Father Murph”, and are going out on one last tour of the world. That tour includes Phoenix, Arizona. What does Father Murphy sound like? Every album seems different. Psychedelic? Classical? Soundtracks? Laments? Yes to all the above and more. They’ve played with Swans, Xiu Xiu and gone everywhere. They will be missed. Make sure you don’t miss them tonight.

Sunn Trio are one of the hottest acts in Phoenix. Tight, pulsing explorations in sound that bring to mind everything from surf to Sun Ra, Arabian to garage rock. They have just announced their second album will be coming out around the same time on European label Unrock who have released countless Sun City Girls-affiliated releases so the Phoenix connection is staying strong.

Lana Del Rabies is a one-woman powerhouse of intense vocals and crushing noise. The only sane response to insane times. Praise has been coming in fast including from The Wire who said “…a sensorial passion for modern horror soundtracks, to construct a terrifying collection of sonic hauntings.”Really delighted to have my first choice for line-up all say yes. It’s all happening at The Lunchbox a fantastic intimate venue but with a proper stage, bar and P.A. I love it when a plan comes together. http://wasistdas.co.uk/eventblog/?p=1638

Folk Horror Revival: Harvest Hymns

I’ve written a piece on the use of Radiophonic and electronic music generally in horror for the anthology “Harvest Hymns” put together by the Folk Horror Revival team. The anthology is so big its been split across two volumes, I’m in Volume one alongside Maddy Prior, Jonny Trunk, Sharron Kraus, John Cameron and Candia McKormack and many more. It’s in aid of The Wildlife Trust and you can get it here

Summer Lovin’

The July Was Ist Das? radio show for CAMP, the online radio station based out of France, was a special DJ mix from a Mexican beach. With only the bare minimum of chatter (and the bare minimum of mixing), the tracklist is here rather in the show.
Ennio Morricone – Man With A Harmonica
Orfanado – Giordania
David Holmes – Gone (K&D Session TM)
Augustus Pablo – King Tubby Meets Rockers Uptown
Alice Coltrane – Journey In Satchidananda
Joe Meek and the Blue Men – Magnetic Field
Bernd Witthuser – Ich Bin Dahin
Lal & Mike Waterson – Shady Lady
Lullaby Movement – Ru-Ru (Sleep Little Baby)
Fila Brazillia – A Zed And Two L’s
The Double Six of Paris – Naima
Andrew Liles – A Dead Introduction To A Formal Relative
Kylie Minogue – Confide In Me
Nurse With Wound – Rock n Roll Session
Baba Commandant and the Mandingo Band – Ntijiguimorola
Shawn Lee feat. Nino Moschella – Kiss The Sky
Blue Oyster Cult – (Don’t Fear) The Reaper
Kaoma – Lambada
Laibach – The Whistleblowers
The Scorpions – Rock You Like A Hurricane
One Eleven Heavy – Old Hope Chest
Acanthus – Samba Des Vampires
Embryo – Radio Marrakesch/Orient Express
Nancy Sinatra – Day Tripper
Ulver – Bring Out Your Dead
Titanik – Null21
Depeche Mode – Enjoy The Silence (Ewan Pearson Extended Remix)
Trabajo – Lahar
Arthur Russell – Let’s Go Swimming (Gulf Stream Dub)
Las Ketchup – The Ketchup Song