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
Up on the Free Music Arhchive is an entire live set from 2009 at the WFMU Fest in Williamsburg Music Hall, Brooklyn. Catch the latest line-up of Faust doing a fresh set of reinvented classics, spontaneous jams and new works. It’s over here. Enjoy!
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:
Lumberton Trading Company have been releasing more details about their new vinyl subscription series. The series begins with Glass Out “Never Force A Left Handed Child To Use Their Right Hand” which includes Jhonn Balance reading the Coil manifesto on the songs. The first 50 copies bought direct from the label include additional inserts and a CDR.
Next in the series will be Cindytalk with Philippe Petit, with future releases to come from Human Greed, Main, Brian Conniffe and Jean-herve Peron with Zsolt Sores/Theme.
May 13th sees Faust join other artists in a very limited vinyl box set entitled “Analog Love In Digital Times” from Hamburg label Clouds Hill Ltd. Clocking in at only 200 copies, the box boasts a 12″ and a 7″ from Faust.
The 12″ features exclusive remixes of the Faust track “Tell The Bitch To Go Home” from Post Office and Bo Ningen.
The 7″ contains the new songs “His Highness Hoo, Hoo, Hoo”, “Welcome To The Haunted Handbag” and “Kopfhörerübersprechen”.
Other acts featured include Scams, Scheerer, StadtfischFlex & The Ape. All the tracks are recroded in Clouds Hill’s Studio using analog equipment, hence the title.
word has hit us that Acid Cobra Records are to release the double disc DVD “Where Roads Cross” directed by Julien Perrin. This film, which has been a long time in the making, is due to be released soon. One disc will be a documentary and the other will be a live concert. I think. Good.
more updates on the new Faust album “Something Dirty”
The album is set for release on January 28th on Bureau-B. It was recorded by Jean-Hervé Peron, Zappi W. Diermaier (both founding members), James Johnston (Gallon Drunk, Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds), and Gerladine Swayne (…Bender).
01. Tell the Bitch to go Home
03. Something Dirty
04. Thoughts of the Dead
05. Lost the Signal
06. Je Bouffe
08. Invisible Mending
09. Dampfauslass 1
10. Dampfauslass 2
12. Save the Last One
13. La Sole Dorée
If you want a listen, there are mp3 samples on the Bureau-B releases page
Play Louder are reissuing the only 7″ single released by the 70s Faust.
From 1972, “So Far/It’s A Bit Of A Pain” features versions of the songs different to those on the original albums.
“How different?” I hear you cry [or am I developing paranoia?]. Well, judge for yourself as you can listen to it HERE