Tuesday, February 7, 2017

Bob Stanley And Pete Wiggs Present English Weather

Matching Mole´s "O Caroline" is one of the tracks on "Bob Stanley And Pete Wiggs Present English Weather" (Ace 2013).

"The autumnal sound of Britain at the turn of the 70s, looking out through wet window panes to a new decade with a mixture of melancholy and optimism for what might come next. With the Beatles gone and the pound sinking, a new and distinctive sound emerges, led by flutes and mellotrons. Available in 18-track CD and 19-track double LP formats. The LP version is pressed on 180g vinyl in heavy-duty gatefold sleeve".

Also present: John Cale, Caravan, Camel, Daevid Allen etc etc.

Slapp Happy with Faust

Cafe Oto (London) Friday 10 and 11 February: Slapp Happy with Faust Two Day Residency!

Today´s soundtrack: Slapp Happy, Henry Cow, Robert Wyatt - Peel Radio session "Europa".

unePassante: Seasonal Beast (2017)

Florence-based band unePassante´s new album is called "Seasonal Beast" (chick Paguro 2017) and it´s name is of course taken from Robert Wyatt´s "Sea Song".

The Florentine chats with Giulia Sarno over here.

"MD: Tell us a bit about the title, 
“Seasonal Beast”, and the disarming cover image.
GS: The album’s title is borrowed from a verse of Robert Wyatt's “Sea Song”. These words evoke an ever-changing emotional state with which I identify very much. As for the cover, I found myself immediately moved by this animal’s reciprocating glance. I try to steer clear from iconographic binging because I believe in the importance of maintaining clarity of vision. This is the reason why I don't use Instagram or other image-based networks."

Off The Page Bergen 2017

Off The Page is a music festival without music (spotlights on the conversations) usually held in Oslo. It is a cooperation between the organization nyMusikk ("newNusic") (Norway) and The Wire, and this year they came to Bergen! For the 2017 programme click right here.

27 - 28 January there were great talks, music market and film screenings.

One of the films was the BBC documentary "Free Will And Testament: The Robert Wyatt Story" (2003). You may watch an extract over at Vimeo (I was not allowed to embed it here).

In 2015 Marcus O´Dair presented his Wyatt biography "Different Every Time" at the same festival (in Oslo), so perhaps we have a Robert Wyatt tradition in the making here?

The photos are from Rob Young´s presentation "LP Sleeve as a Form of Theatre" and his talk with Stephen O´Malley ("Musical epiphanies").

Wednesday, February 1, 2017

Robert Wyatt Mix

Columbus Music Magazine asked their readers for their favorite Robert Wyatt songs, and made a birthday mix for his 72nd birthday (28 January).

For tracklist go to Mixcloud

Friday, January 20, 2017

Slightly Imperfect

I just found some pretty nice videos from a concert by a band called Slightly Imperfect where they do Ivor Cutler Songs. See more on YouTube.

Slightly Imperfect is: Greg Malcolm, Reuben Derrick, Ari Freeman, Jenny Ward and Joesph McCallum.

Malcolm is calling Ivor Cutler´s music "..maybe a sort of milky-tea psychedelica".

More Cutler to the world!

Tuesday, January 17, 2017

Phil Manzanera - Corroncho 2

Phil Manzanera will celebrate his 66th birthday on 31 January by releasing his new album "Corroncho 2" (Expression Records).

Read more over here! "Guests performing on Corroncho 2 are Enrique Bunbury, Andrea Echeverri, Humberto Pernett, Robert Wyatt, Gilad Atzmon, Chucho Merchan, Pico Azpiri, Jorje Villamizar and Laora".