July 27th at 8pm CET, the Was Ist Das? radio show returns to CAMP the internet radio station broadcasting out of the French alps! It’ll be up on their Mixcloud soon after broadcast too. After a long break (the last show was January 2019) we are resuming monthly shows, although this time the format will be much looser. This show is a special mix of my favorite 2021 releases and takes in ambient, psychedelic, metalgaze, techno, experimental electronics, dubstep and, of course, krautrock
October 8th sees the release from Hamburg label Bureau B of the sumptous Faust box set on CD and vinyl compiling virtually everything from those golden years of 71 to 74. It’s been remastered by regular collaborator Amaury Cambuzat from the original tapes.
So it includes their self titled debut, So Far, The Faust Tapes and Faust IV. That’s not all, though, the box set includes a further three LPS. The first is called “Punkt” and is compiled by the surving band members from their final studio sessions in Munich and is intended as the final 5th LP (Punkt means full stop in German). The two remaining albums, Momentaufnahme I and Momentaufnahme II are previously unreleased out-takes from the Wumme and Mansion recording sessions that were discovered during the transfer process.
Then there are two 7″ singles in the vinyl box set (compiled a separate CD in the CD set). There’s a reprint of the single “So Far/It’s A Bit Of a Pain”. The other single contains the song that got the band signed to Polydor, “Lieber Herr Deutschland” and the song suspected of getting them dropped “Baby”. Jean-Herve Peron of the band intends to personally stamp the sleeves of this last 7″ with ‘accepted’ on the front and ‘rejected’ on the back.
There’s also the obligatory booklet but instead of it being some expert whittering on, its going to be full of eye witness accounts, both positive and negative! You can pre-order the set now from Bureau B direct as well as the usual good retailers like Norman and Rough Trade
Thanks to Jean-Herve Peron and the Faust List for the extra details!
Our dear friend Michelle Heighway, the maker of the excellent “Mr.Somebody” documentary, is nearing completion on her film “Energy” which charts Can legend Damo Suzuki and his battle with cancer. Check out the trailer
Damo had created a unique career in the last few decades, touring the world constantly playing with different musicians every night playing music in the moment.
The films follows him from the fight to his comeback to the stage. Up for grabs are some great mugs, posters t shirts and digital streams.
Get involved at The crowdfunding campaign page here
Mainliner, Dean McPhee & Old Million Eye are the latest artists to get reviewed over on our Features page. I won’t lie, the Mainliner review is a rambling mess that barely makes any coherent sense but they did just start selling recreational weed here in Arizona. Sorry but not sorry, that’s the flipside of hand-written reviews, no going back and correcting your mistakes.
The sexy news in is that on May 28th, those old beloveds Can are putting out a live album, “Live in Stuttgart 1975”, and that its the first in a new series. Its coming out on vinyl, CD and digital. Bring…it…..on
Always down with some moths and big speakers. Oh, and there’s a sneak peak on Youtube
Been reviewing again and posting them up on the Features page. There’s a video review of the cassette reissue of Royal Trux‘s wild “Twin Infinitives” album plus the written treatment for the new New Bums album and the new version of The KLF’s timeless classic “Chill Out”.
I actually prefer the new version. Sometimes I found the large snatches of other people’s songs distracting and the Van Halen stuff at the end meant you couldn’t drift off to it. Instead we now have we Virtual Reality remix of “What Time Is Love?” sneaking in there and its a much more natural fit.
The Was Ist Das? video review is back! It’s for “Trippin Music” by Nurse With Wound which IS a 2020 release BUT it made our end of year list so it would just be silly not to have a review of it. Makes me think, actually, lots of great albums come out and don’t get reviewed by me…..maybe I should do this more often? Super late album reviews?
So, the review is here but it has got me thinking….when I posted my end of year list, I had only reviewed 4/10 of the picks. Now, we are at 5/10. I think I’ve never been anything other than 10/10! So the 2020 project must continue….although there’s some absolutely storming 2021 stuff already…..either way, my resolve is firm….2021 is gonna have more review action than 2020!
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I been writing reviews of stuff I love, despite the ever decreasing amount of time left after work and family have had their dues. All these reviews are now up and can be found on our Features page: http://www.wasistdas.co.uk/Features.htm