Was Ist Das? does The Wicker Man

Isn’t that some awesome cover art from Richard Wells aka Slippery Jack?

Anyway, its taken 18 months to put together but managed to get 17 of our favorite artists to cover the soundtrack of the Wicker Man.

It’s coming out on double LP and CD (plus high quality digital download) via Bandcamp.

Its been such an epic undertaking that it requires its own section of our website.
For the full scoop, see https://wasistdas.co.uk/Ballads/

Though if you’re in a rush, just go pre-order it from here:


Was Ist Dub?

The Dunza “Star Client” tape we just put out really set off a dub binge and following a dub-only poolside playlist, it felt like the time to do something different this month: WAS IST DUB? for our radio show!

Here is the tracklist:

0:00:00 – Augustus Pablo & King Tubby – Keep On Dubbing
0:02:45 – Black Market & Chudan – Dojo Dub
0:06:43 – Bomb The Bass – Bug Powder Dust (K & D Session TM)
0:14:01 – Scientist – Dance of the Vampires
0:17:23 – The Orb – Perpetual Dawn (Solar Youth mix)
0:20:46 – Easy All-Stars – Karma Police
0:25:17 – Black Market with Mired & WIse Owl – The Obsolete Man
0:29:01 – Dunza – Disowned
0:37:00 – The Pop Group – She Is Beyond Good & Evil (Dennis Bovell dub version)
0:42:57 – Killing Joke – Requiem (A floating leaf always reaches the sea mix)
0:53:54 – International Observer – Binman Dub
0:57:16 – Phil Pratt – Tower Dub
1:01:52 – Panchasila – Chao Na
1:06:22 – Fred Myrow & Malcolm Seagrave – Phantasm Dub (Black Market remix)
1:10:23 – The Upsetters – Zion’s Blood
1:14:10 – Al Cisneros – Carport Dispensary
1:17:35 – Massive Attack vs Mad Professor – Protection (Radiation Ruling The Nation)
1:25:56 – Primal Scream vs Adrian Sherwood – Wise Blood
1:30:53 – David Bowie vs Black Market – Let’s Dance
1:40:27 – Yabby You Meets Mad Professor & Black Steel – Dub Trap
1:45:16 – Serge Gainsbourg – Aux Armes Dub
1:49:23 – Sumac Dub – Old Man Willow
1:53:17 – Michael Jackson vs Black Market – Billie Jean

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First of all, a cautionary tale. Parts of the site are made with WordPress. I use lots of plug ins with WordPress and I do update them regularly BUT some old, abandoned by their inventors plug-ins actually took out all my WordPress pages last week.

Well, those pages (like this one) are all back online now BUT there were two that just couldn’t be saved for some reason: BEER and TOR IST DAS!

Beer was a bit under updated, perhaps our most neglected page and so some future rebirth is due. Tor Ist Das! was kept alive secretly out of pure nostalgia. Oh well, we’ll always have our memories

Future updates and changes ahoy but first I’m finally doing something I’ve been meaning to do since 2011: change web host. When my current hosts CEO was outed as an elephant shooter back in 2011 I wanted to leave but a Dad with a full time job fears complications.

Well now the deal is done and the wheels are in motion. Hopefully we don’t fall off said wheels and all is smooth.

The September radio show is now on Mixcloud

And, boy, is it another great one. So much good music been sent to me the last month that I even got some killer tracks bumped over to the October show.

Its a privilege to have such amazing music sent to me. So, who was it? Here’s the full tracklist including the albums the songs were taken from:

New Age Doom & Lee Scratch Perry – Conquer The Sun – Lee Scratch Petty’s Guide To The Universe

HMOT – Goodbye Black Sky – This music greets death 

Grouper – Unclean Mind – Shade

Mega Bog – Obsidian Lizard – Life, And Another

Hyacinth – Tower – Seasonal Hits

Brigid Mae Power – May Morning Dew – Burning Your Light

Spacelab – Jewelled Tears – Dead Dimension

Maurice Louca – Bidayat (Holocene) – Saet El Haz (The Luck Hour)

Ulver – Bounty Hunter – Hexahedron

Kristen Gallerneaux – Closed Loop – Strung Figures

Den Osynliga Manteln – Vortexlopare – Insektfolk

Michael Chapman – Naked Ladies and Electric Ragtime – Trainsong

Jjjjjerome Ellis – Loops of Retreat – The Clearing 

Ben Chasny – Six Diamonds – The Intimate Landscape

Warp Trio – The Well – Warp Trio’s Pandemic Disco Fantasy

Harmonious Thelonious – Apakapa – Instrumentals

Tara Clerkin Trio – Night Steps – In Spring EP

Vanishing Twin – Zuum – Ookii Gekkou

Charles Rumback – Regina – Seven Bridges

The Answer Lies In A Black Void – Mina – Forlorn

The Crazies – Body Bag – A Simple Vision

Ty Segall – Feel Good – Harmonizer

Charbonneau / Amato – Light Memoir – Synth Works Vol.2

W.H.Lung – ARPi – Varieties

Was Ist Das? radio show is back!

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

The Faust box set of your dreams is imminent

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!

Damo Suzuki documentary “Energy” now crowdfunding with sweet merch

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.

Modeling the Energy shirt

Get involved at The crowdfunding campaign page here

Mainliner, Dean McPhee & Old Million Eye Reviewed

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.