Was Ist Das? Radio Show for May is here!

Nearly two hours of no talking, non-stop best new music releases and reissues!

Here we have the whole tracklist with timestamps (thank you G-Babbz). What a show! Always a pleasure to be able to play some Coil and Les Rallizes Denudes but what amazing new stuff to pair it with!

0:00:30 – Frankie “Close” from the album “Styx”
0:08:00 – Alabaster DePlume “Don’t Forget Your Precious” from the album “Gold”
0:22:58 – Asher Gamedze & Alan Bishop “Wild Cat Strike” from the album “Out Side Work”
0:28:16 – Lustmord “Er Ev Os (MONO)” from the album “The Others”
0:37:03 – David Colohan “Turnpike Lights” from the album “Night, North Paterson”
0:40:10 – The Order of the 12 “Against The Tide” from the album “Lore of the Land”
0:44:44 – Dogs Versus Shadows “Along The Electric Leys” from the album “The Lull of the Ley”
0:46:04 – Joyful Talk “Take It To The Grave” from the album “Familiar Science”
0:52:52 – Xpedient “E0006” from the album “787B”
0:57:22 – Dȁlek “Decimation (Dis Nation)” from the album “Precipice”
1:00:52 – Dikeman/Gonzalez/Hȧker Flaten “Midnight Photosynthesis” from the album “Texas Butt Biters”
1:09:33 – Reichmann – Weltweit (Bureau B edit)
1:14:13 – Water Damage “Reel 5B” from the album “Repeater”
1:21:18 – Zombie Zombie “12 Consortium” from the album “Vae Vobis”
1:23:56 – Cheb Terro vs DJ Die Soon “We Destroy The Family” from the s/t album
1:27:13 – Les Rallizes Dénudés “White Awakening” from the album “The Oz Tapes”
1:30:54 – Dunza “Disowned” from the album “Star Client”
1:38:12 – Coil “Batwings” from the album “Musick to Play in the Dark Vol 2”
1:55:25 – Murdock & Pat Fulgoni “Come Together” single

Bandcamp Day tips!

Bandcamp Friday is back and there’s more options than ever so it can be confusing to navigate, once you’ve caught up on clearing out your email inbox. So here’s some top tips from us.

First up, Sunburned Hand of the Man are offering 85% off when you buy their whole back catalogue. That works out at $27.79 for 155 releases. It’s not just a whole armada of Sunburned jams, but also some incendiary John Moloney/Thurston Moore sets of flamethrower rock n roll, country psyche from Franklin’s Mint and lots more.

Next up, the long standing and every strong VHF Records have made everything pay what you want to download and loads of sweet deals on merch. Here’s a few selected classics:

and speaking of VHF, they gave an amazing offsite tip-off yesterday. Hiroyuki Usui [aka L] had put up a free download of a two CD career restrospective he put together recently. Includes work he’s done under his own name, as L, as a member of Ghost and Azul. An astounding range of stuff here from spectral blues, to psychedelic jazz to some of the finest jams.

James Toth, the artist formerly known as Wooden Wand, has an EP of brand new songs ready ya!

Finally, even we have got in on the action, with a short 15 minute track by new secret collab The Hawkshead Bedroom Orchestra. It’s a wild track that outgrew its intended album and is full of deep psychedelic low end. It’s pay what you want but at the artists request, it will be made private next week and as a result, no longer for sale.

Whatever you do, enjoy the music and please share any top tips of your own

Vintage Faust Music Video!

This not just vintage Faust music but vintage visuals as Gunther Buskies of Bureau B explains: “While working on the Faust Boxset I asked every person involved in the project to please send me any material; photos, sketches, tapes or videos. Gunther Wüsthoff’s archive has been the one to provide us with the most striking visual gems; several film reels full of unseen material from the early 1970s, some documentary – some non related to Faust and some experimental visual sequences. This has been like finding a missing link to understanding the band members massive will to experiment with… art… in every manner. The sequences used for this video were filmed back in 1972 seem to fit perfectly to the track.”

14th birthday mixes

Just recently, Was Ist Das? hit the milestone/millstone of 14 years. To celebrate I banged out a mix. It was meant to be all-encompasing but as it was knocked out while buzzed up on stout brewed with strong coffee things got a bit…..banging? So a downbeat sequel had to happen. It’s science, dig? What goes up must come down. So here it is.

And here’s the hyper original:

And the 15th anniversary will have more to offer, I promise.

Trembling Bells singer Lavinia Blackwall bounces back with debut solo video

Like most true music fans, I felt a pang of sadness when Lavinia Blackwall announced she was leaving Trembling Bells. I first heard her mighty pipes on James Blackshaw’s “The Glass Bead Game” and have been quite in awe of what she does with her voice ever since. So, it was with great delight that I received a link to this wonderfully tongue-in-cheek retro video and to read that a solo album is on the way. Viva la Vinny!

Check out the new video from Cubs


Have a look at this video for “Little Cave/Howling On The Hill” by Cubs. Its from the album “Darkr Earlyr” on Ireland’s very fine Rusted Rail label (which is how it caught my eye). The album features members of A Lilac Decline, Phantom Dog Beneath The Moon, United Bible Studies, The Driftwood Manor and Loner Deluxe. It was recorded in unnamed parts of Ireland and Sweden as well as Berlin and my old hometown of Huddersfield!

The hills are alive with the sound of Laibach

I know probably every other bugger has used the same headline but somethings just can’t be resisted. Here’s the official music video for Laibach’s version of “The Sound of Music”:

The Sound of Music was conceived when Laibach were infamously invited to perform in North Korea in 2015. The band performed several songs from the 1965 film’s soundtrack at the concert in Pyongyang, chosen by Laibach as it’s a well-known and beloved film in the DPRK and often used by schoolchildren to learn English. Laibach are joined by Boris Benko (Silence) and Marina Mårtensson on vocals and the album gives the Laibach treatment to tracks such as ‘My Favorite Things’, ‘Edelweiss’, ‘Do-Re-Mi’ and ‘Maria’, here reworked as ‘Maria / Korea’ (“How do you solve a problem like Maria / Korea?”).

While the majority of the tracks on the album are from the film, the band also included ‘Arirang’, an interpretation of a traditional Korean folk song considered the unofficial national anthem of both North and South Korea (and released recently to mark the historic summit in Singapore between President Donald Trump and the leader of North Korea, Kim Jong-un), as well as their own workout of the Gayageum, a traditional Korean zither-like string instrument performed by students from the Kum Song Music School in Pyongyang and a recording of the band’s “welcome” speech to Korea from Mr. Ryu from the Democratic People’s Republic of Korea Committee for Cultural Relation.

“The Sound of Music” is out November 23rd on vinyl, CD and digital. The arrival of this news today is oddly timely as yesterday I began working on a big in-depth overview of all Laibach’s albums for this very page. Expect it to be ready long, long after the album comes out.

Radiophonic Workshop’s John Baker Subject Of New Compilation

JBtriptychAs you may or may not know, the reason things have been a little quieter on the site for the last year is because I’ve been working on a book about the Radiophonic Workshop for Obverse Books. We all know about Delia Derbyshire and probably Brian Hodgson and Daphne Oram too but another genius of the early years was John Baker, the subject of a new compilation “The Vendetta Tapes” coming soon on Buried Treasure. John had a classical background and played in jazz bands while at the Workshop, influences that often snuck into his electronic music. He never directly worked on Doctor Who although a couple of his pieces were reused in Cybermen story “The Invasion”.

Anyway, I could go on but you can buy the book if you want more info. As Buried Treasure sell via bandcamp you can have a listen yourself right now. “The Vendetta Tapes” is coming out on CD, vinyl and download.