Safe As Milk Festival

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/

6th Birthday: The Roots of Was Ist Das?

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:

Was Ist Das? Soundsystem live in Hebden

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.

Acts of Senseless Beauty on vinyl

Tourette Records are re-releasing Nurse With Wound’s 1997 collaboration with Czech musician Aranos. The album was originally out only on CD but this edition comes on double transparent vinyl. Also, it comes across in the press release as having bonus material on side D. There will be 440 regular copies and 60 art editions with hand made sleeves. There is no confirmed release date but pre-orders are now being taken by the label

Kraak Habit

I’ve uploaded some of my DJ set from last Saturday in Manchester to Mixcloud. You can listen to it on this player here:

Britney Spears vs Nurse With Wound?

Well, a massive dose of WTF? here but all in a good cause.

“Cultureclash: Japan” is a new fundraiser project which promises “The world’s biggest pop acts remixed by the world’s best avant garde producers”.

The exact tracklisting has yet to be announced but confirmed participants from the world of “Pop” are Britney, Mark Almond, Depeche Mode and Simple Minds.

Confirmed to be doing the remixing are Nurse With Wound, Merzbow, Bloc Party, The Flaming Lips and Lemon Jelly.

Unfortunately, we don’t yet know which of these remixers are remixing which artists, so the headline of this article may be inaccurate but still……it is now a possibility? More news when we get it

free download from Fovea Hex

Clodagh Simonds (of Mellow Candle fame) has just announced a solstice single under her current recording name, Fovea Hex. It is free for the first 200 downloads. It is called “Hail Hope!” and has contributions from Michael Begg, Matt Waldron of irr. app. (ext) & Nurse With Wound, John Contreras of Current 93 and Colin Potter of Nurse With Wound. It is also rather damn lovely.

Bob over to http://foveahex.bandcamp.com/ to get it.

Fuck it, here’s a top ten releases of 2010

OK, said I wasn’t going to do it but, fuck it, I’m doing it anyway

10.THE PSYCHOGEOGRAPHICAL COMMISSION – PATIENT ZERO

An amazing new band, full of imagination and vision. Patient Zero is a dark concerpt record that brings the strangeness of our streets out into plain view.

9.DANNY SAUL – KINISON GOLDTHWAIT

2010 was a good year for Hibernate Recordings who put out such a string of stunning albums that it felt like you could sit and compile a top ten for Hibernate releases this year. However, it was the final pair of releases on the label that created the biggest impression. This one took the final post by the scale of it’s ambition and it’s psychotropic properties.

8.SWANS – MY FATHER WILL GUIDE ME UP A ROPE TO THE SKY

Not a cash on but a natural continuation of Gira’s recent direction with Angels of Light, the new Swans line-up brought back some old hands from their noisey days and kept on mighty percussion & dulcimer basher Thor. The results are a very 2010 album that blazes both an ecstasy of noise and deep, dark ballards.

7.TEETH OF THE SEA – YOUR MERCURY

Probably an album that will be in everyone else’s lists from NME to classic rock magazine to Mojo. Don’t care, it has to be in mine. Endlessly inventive, ambitious and accomplished post-rock explorations. A kaleidoscope of influences reimagined into a dramatic hold. This was something bold and fresh for 2010.

6.MICE PARADE – WHAT IT MEANS TO BE LEFT HANDED

Mice Parade have been secretly brilliant for a few years now and this album is one of their best. Fresh, breezy, dreamy rock music with traces of African folk, Sonic Youth, krautrock and post-rock.

5.ANTONY & THE JOHNSONS – SWANLIGHTS

Stunningly beautiful as always, a satisying addition to Antony’s intimidatingly good body of work. Highlights include a duet with Bjork, a couple of orchestral collaborations and the hallucinogenic title track

4.NURSE WITH WOUND – HUFFIN RAG BLUES

It seemed a real shame when this classic Nurse With Wound album came out in 2008 but only on CD. Finally released on vinyl this year in a brand new mix. If the fans who pretend to be albinos down at the Slimelight were outraged by the demented 1950s swing vibe of the original mix, this new, mellower mix must have caused them to faint. This new version is the definite article: like the soundtrack to a film noir Chandler adaptation by Fellini on LSD. Delerious joy from England’s definite musical surrealists.

3.CURRENT 93 – BAALSTORM, SING OMEGA

They may have just celebrated their 25th anniversary but their last three albums (including this) have been the absolute peak of their distinguished career. David Tibet’s vocals may divide like marmite but only an idiot would try to deny the sheer poetry of his visionary lyrics. His backing group are a force to be reckoned with too. Boasting James Blackshaw on guitar, Baby Dee on keyboards and Andrew Liles at the controls, the music could not be anything other than heaven. The essential companion album “Haunted Waves, Moving Graves” turns two tracks from “Baalstorm” into stripped-down, earth-stopping ambient tracks.

2.TWINSISTERMOON – THEN FELL THE ASHES

Oh, how this one has spun and spun and spun endlessly on my turntables this year. Amazing lo-fi folk and drone music. Just spell-binding. Once played nearly all of side 2 in one go in a DJ set..I would have managed it all but a band came on. Twinsistermoon has been a major discovery for me this year, will be watching her closely in 2011 and her main project Natural Snow Buildings.

1.WOODEN WAND – DEATH SEAT

One of those albums that just make you wonder why everybody in the world isn’t listening to it? This man is our Dylan and this album is perfect. Every song on here is a classic and with Gira on production bringing together a huge backing group, this feels like the most full, complete Wooden Wand release yet to date.

That thing I mentioned in the last podcast? The thing I was going to do instead of a top ten? I am still working on it…..

Nurse With Wound for 99p – in stores only!

In your record shop there’s a new Nurse With Wound CD for 99p but it’s strictly NO mail order. Here’s the explanation below:

With a nod and a huge gesture of respect towards the pioneering efforts of Virgin Records in the 1970s with the release of “The Faust Tapes” LP for 50p, here is a Nurse With Wound full length CD in a decent jewel case, with proper artwork that sells for 99p. This will only be available in high street shops, there will be NO mail order, either from Dirter, Andrew Liles or anyone of the usual mail-order outlets. That’s the idea – you have to go into a record shop to buy it. In today’s world of downloads, free CDs with the Daily Mail, and high street record retail dying on its arse, this is our way of doing our bit to get people to go into their local store. This is a a release to celebrate 30 + years of NURSE WITH WOUND whilst simultaneously being a homage to browsing, searching, chance finds, spending our last penny, random buys, BIG mistakes, best finds ever and to commemorate and thank all the wonderful wonderlands around the world that were and still are (in some cases) RECORD SHOPS…coming to all GOOD record stores… and hopefully a few bad ones as well.

Info about the music contained in this disc as written by Andrew Liles is below, he says it’s the greatest album ever made and he should know…

Paranoia in Hi-Fi collects 30 years of Nurse With Wound recordings in one easy to swallow CD. This CD confirms what all Nurse With Wound followers have known for many years, and will open the ears for new listeners to the fact that Nurse With Wound have always been an outstandingly innovative and ceaselessly creative force. Never staying still NWW are unpredictable, disconcerting, humorous and always original. With a flagrant disregard and disinterest in musical styles, cliques or fashions the uniquely independent and autonomous NWW have made over 50 albums with no regard and no interest in their critical or commercial reception. Mixing the sublime with the ridiculous Steven Stapleton and NWW uncompromisingly carve their own distinct style that has a musical language and visual landscape entirely of its own. Drawing inspiration from far flung corners including DaDa, Perez Prado, Surrealism, Krautrock and whole cascade of other ideas NWW have created a diverse back catalogue of material from ambient classics (Soliloquy for Lilith) to the disturbed (Homotopy to Marie) and many other easy listening nightmares. NWW is an idyllic and fascinating tropical island way out there on a limb, the visitors who make it to their shores seldom ever want to leave. Paranoia in Hi-Fi covers almost all of NWW’s wild and eclectic sinister whimsy and shows that in Steven Stapleton’s world everything is possible…possible,
possible.