Sunday, August 30, 2015

Slapp Happy with Robert Wyatt: A Little Something



Slapp Happy and Friends with a sweet version of "A Little Something" here, recorded June 25 1974 for John Peel, and broadcasted July 16 1974.

Musicians: Peter Blegvad, Dagmar Krause, Fred Frith, Lindsay Cooper, Geoff Leigh and Jeff Clyne.

"Europa", "War Is Energy Enslaved" and "Me and Parvati" were also recorded, and Anthony Moore played on all tracks except "A Little Something".

All info taken from Michael King´s book "Wrong Movements" (SAF 1994).

Wednesday, August 26, 2015

Soft Machine: Live At The Paradiso 1969



Soft Machine´s "Live at the Paradiso 1969" is being re-released by Retroworld/Floating World (2015).

This recording from 1969, based on the second Soft Machine album, has been bootlegged several times (not that I have seen them!), and a remastered version was released on CD by Voiceprint in 1995 (cover to the left). A pretty good live album if you ask my opinion, but you might rather listen to John Kelman of AAJ?

The band: Mike Ratledge (organ), Hugh Hopper (bass) and Robert Wyatt (drums, vocals).

Saturday, August 22, 2015

Stephan Meidell Live Video

STEPHAN MEIDELL from Stephan Meidell on Vimeo.


Check out Stephan Meidell´s video, recorded live 4th of February 2015 at Bergen Kjøtt, Bergen (Norway).

Visuals: Tolga Balci.

From Meidell´s Vimeo: "The idea for this video was to make something between a concert video and a music video. Creating an engaging visual experience from something that is - at it's core - slow and static. Only one performer playing 25 minutes of improvised, repetitive loop/drone based music utilizing computer and a cassette-player is maybe not the most exciting thing to see on a video, but hypnotic visuals created by the Turkish artist Tolga Balci, and a crew of five photographers made this performance special.
The music is mainly improvised, with a framework worked out beforehand".

Monday, August 17, 2015

Trondheim Chamber Music Festival



Maja Solveig Kjelstrup Ratkje is festival composer at the Trondheim Chamber Music Festival 20 - 27 September. A total of 15 works by/with Ratkje will be on the festival program.

The festival also celebrates a film premiere: I.J. Biermann´s "Voice - sculpting sound with Maja S.K. Ratkje".

Check out the program right here.

September in Trondheim might just be the time and place.

Thursday, August 13, 2015

Jono El Grande



Listen to this one by Jono El Grande (real name Jon Andreas Håtun)! It´s "Bach´s Beach" from "Melody Of A Muddled Mason" to be relased on Rune Grammofon in September 2015.

Like it? If your tastes are in the prog - Zappa - Canterbury area you should check out his other albums too!

Tuesday, August 11, 2015

David Gilmour


Eleven pages and front cover with David Gilmour in Uncut (Take 220 September 2015), focusing on the new solo album "Rattle That Lock" to be released in September.

Robert Wyatt is one of the people interviewed for the piece.

Wyatt on Pink Floyd versus Gilmour´s solo work: ""The Floyd was more overtly dramatic," he offers. "The climaxes were were more climactic. The wait-for-it-bits were more wait-for-it. There´s almost a kind of folk-music flow to what David does now. It´s more undulated landscape than mountains and valleys"".

Wyatt is playing cornet on the track "The girl in the yellow dress" on the new album.
On other tracks too?

Sunday, August 9, 2015

Glasgow Dreamer: The Music of Ivor Cutler



Sax player Ben Bryden and his band, Ben Bryden’s Velvet Donkey, is "working on a real labour of love, bringing the music of the cult Scottish poet, humorist and songwriter Ivor Cutler, into the jazz canon".

You may support the making of the album "Glasgow Dreamer: The Music of Ivor Cutler" on Indiegogo. Release set for 2016.