Friday, December 31, 2010

June Tabor remixed at PUNKT

june tabor remix live-punktfestival 2007 1/3 from J. Peter Schwalm on Vimeo.

J. Peter Schwalm  has uploaded several videos from the PUNKT festival in Kristiansand. Check out the great folk singer June Tabor remixed live by Eivind Aarset, Daniel Kluge (videoguitar!) and Schwalm in 2007.

Thursday, December 30, 2010

"Love You" (S. Barrett)

I have been listening to "An introduction to Syd Barrett" this Christmas, and it´s an OK collection, with some  Pink Floyd songs and solo material from "The Madcap Laughs" and "Barrett" (and "Bob Dylan Blues"too) . The Barret fans will have to decide if the remixed songs are great or not.

As usual I´m looking for  Robert Wyatt clues. My vinyl and CD copies of "The Madcap Laughs" are placed among my Wyatt records,  as it is well known that Soft Machine did a session for Barrett in 1969.  The ultimate Wyatt discography list "Love You" (a song also found on this new collection) and "No Good Trying".
In Michael King´s "Wrong Movements. A Robert Wyatt History" (SAF 1994) it is written:
"May 3 - Abbey Road, sessions for Syd Barrett "The Macap Laughs" lp
released Jan/70 (Harvest SHVL 765)
a) "No Good Trying" b) "Love You" c) "Clowns and jugglers".
Syd Barret, guitars, vocals; Mike Ratledge, organ/piano (b); Hugh Hopper, bass; RW, drums, tambourine (c).
c) appears on the "Opel" compilation lp of Syd´s outtakes. Released Oct/88 (Harvest SHSP 4126)".
Here it may look like Robert Wyatt is on "Clowns and jugglers" only? Hey, this is an important question!

In Graham Bennet´s biography "Soft Machine. Out-Bloody Rageous" (SAF 2005) we can read that Soft Machine did "Sessions for Syd Barret´s album The Madcap Laughs. Produced by Malcolm Jones, David Gilmour and Roger Waters.
"No Good Trying" and "Love You" originally released on The Madcap Laughs in January 1970".

And while fixing up the post on my Norwegian blog, a guy sent me a link to  Malcolm Jones´ detailed description of the recording of "The Madcap Laughs"! These are words from the track by track description:

April 11th '69 take 3. Guitar and voice 
May 3rd., '69 Organ, bass, drums overdubbed (Soft Machine) 
May 4th., '69 Syd's backwards guitar par overdubbed. 

* 3. LOVE YOU 
April 11th '69 take 4. Guitar and voice 
May 3rd '69 Piano, bass, drums, overdubbed (Soft Machine) "

Let´s hear Graham Coxon perform Syd Barret´s "Love You" right now!

Tuesday, December 28, 2010


I allowed anonymous comments in the blog again a few days ago without telling you, after closing earlier this year, but sorry - the spammers were at it again after a short time. And they piss me off!

Feel free to contact me by using the e-mail given in my profile, if you have no account, but I´m happy if you just visit too!

Mathilde 253 plus Lol Coxhill

Mathilde253 plus Lol Coxhill from Jenny Gallego on Vimeo.

Mathilde 253 is Charles Hayward (dr), Han earl-Park (g) and Ian Smith (tp). In April 2010 they played at Cafe Oto with Lol Coxhill. A recording of this concert will be released on  Slam Records  17 January 2011.

Monday, December 27, 2010

Oh no! Another list!

I´m sorry, I made a list! The best records from 2010? Perhaps. It may be jazz, improv, noise, folk or soul, but at least they deserve some listening. Another day, and the list may have looked slightly different, but that´s life. No links to Spotify, but search my blog, and you will probably find some info on most of these releases.

Albatrosh "Mystery orchestra with Grenager & Tafjord" (Inner Ear)
Angles "Epileptical West, Live in Cumbria" (Clean Feed) (with Magnus Broo)
Peter Brötzmann Chicago Tentet + 1 "3 nights in Oslo" (Smalltown)
Jan Bang "And poppies from Kandahar" (Samadhisound)
Nels Cline "Dirty baby" (Cryptogramophone)
Lisa Dillan "Arousal" (AIM)
Dreams of tall buildings "Drowning the heart sounds” (MuseuM) (with Arve Henriksen)
Joanna Newsom "Have one on me" (Drag City)
Lean Left "Vol. 1" (Smalltown) (Vandermark, Nilssen-Love, Moor, Ex)
Mop Meuchiine plays Robert Wyatt (Le chant de Monde)

Phonophani: "Kreken" (Rune Grammofon)
Sharon Jones and The Dap Kings "I learned the hard way" (Daptone)
Supersilent "10" (Rune)
Stian Westerhus "Pitch black star spangled" (Rune)
Susanne Sundfør "The Brothel" (EMI)
Richard Thompson "Dream attic" (Proper)
Ultralyd. "Inertiadrone" (Rune) (Møster, Hana, Olsen, Brandsdal)
Ingar Zach "M.O.S." (Sofa)
Various artists: "Compendium Records - Norway´s First Progressive Record Store & Label 1974-1977" (Plastic Strip)
Robert Wyatt/Gilad Atzmon/Ros Stephen "For the ghosts within"(Domino)

Sunday, December 26, 2010


Erik Skodvin is  a regular visitor in this blog, particularly as his solo project Svarte Greiner, but also as Misamah record company owner, and half of the duo Deaf Center.
This autumn Sonic Pieces released "Flare", his first album in his own name.  The 450 copies of the CD made, seem to be sold out already, but you may do as I did and shop at iTunes.

This may not be as dark and spooky as Skodvin´s previous releases, but "Flare" still fits in nicely in his discography. It is a perfect soundtrack to this "sad and beautiful world". Listen yourselves over at Sonic Pieces.

Saturday, December 25, 2010

DOLK shopping

A comment in the Norwegian street art blog Mot Veggen, made me aware of three DOLK stencils in a clothes shop in Bergen. I found "Riot Cops" (Hiding behind sweathers! Some cops!) ,  Sylvester Stallone in "Love Hurts" and "Che" with red T-shirt.

Friday, December 24, 2010

Thursday, December 23, 2010

University of Errors live

Here you get Daevid Allen and his University of Errors  doing old Soft Machine material. I just as well steal all the  info profperplexed wrote on YouTube:

"This is excerpted from a longer clip posted to YouTube in August 2010 by gsus667 that includes performances by other artists at the Zappanale 21 Festival in Bad Doberan, Germany on 14 August, 2010.
Thanks and appreciation to gsus667 for a great high quality video.
The songs in the clip are all adaptations of songs by The Soft Machine: Save Yourself (written by Robert Wyatt), Memories (written by Hugh Hopper) and the intro to Hope For Happiness (written by Brian Hopper).
Live sound mix by David Id.
Prof. Perplexed"

Wednesday, December 22, 2010

Wyatt from the left

"The Cedar Lounge Revolution" takes a look at Robert Wyatt, from the left.

Tuesday, December 21, 2010

Bjørn Fongaard

This post is for the ones among you interested in experimental electronic music.
Lasse Marhaug and Lars Mørch Finborud produced this fantastic box with music by the Norwegian pioneer, guitar player and composer Bjørn Fongaard (1990 - 1980).
I have to admit I knew next to nothing about Fongaard, until I heard "Elektrofoni" (Prisma Records 2010).
At the Prisma blog they claim that Fongaard played guitar with popular Norwegian singers of the 60s, which is pretty hard to believe from this box. The subtitle of the box is "Works for micro intervallic guitar 1965 - 1978".

We get three CDs with music:
CD1: Galaxy and other works
CD2: Elektrofonia and Space Concerto
CD3: Sinfonia Microtonalis and Legende

The box also contain a DVD with interviews (Norwegian), TV fantasies, ballets and a fine booklet with texts by Lars Mørch Finborud, Lasse Thoresen and Kjell Tore Innervik (in English).

In Norway we don´t have many record shops left, that will stock stuff like this, but it seems possible to get it from the shop at Henie Onstad Art Center. You may also get mp3s where such files are sold.

Monday, December 20, 2010

3 new ones from +3dB

Just a reminder here, about the three newest releases from the Bergen record company +3dB, if you need something else than easy listening for Christmas. Not that this is too heavy, but the music will at least sound pretty fresh next year too. I have just started to dip into these three albums, but they sound fascinating, interesting and nice (make them sound boring, do I?).

You may even listen to them on Spotify if you have access. I must admit it´s pretty fun to get Mariah Carey on the ear, telling me about her Christmas album, while listening to some chamber-contemorary -impro! (Yes I still run the free version of Spotify, with advertising).

- Tilbury/Duch/Davies: "Cornelius Cardew Works 1960-1970". John Tilbury (p), Michael Francis Duch (b) and Rhodri Davis (harp).
- Lemur: "Aigéan". This is the second Lemur album on +3dB, and while Cardew´s composed music sound improvised (OK, some of it really is improvised), Lemur´s imrov sound composed.  The fine lemurs are: Bjørnar Habbestad (fl), Lene Grenager (cello), Hild Sofie Tafjord (horn) and Michael Francis Duch (b).
- Michael Francis Duch: "Edges". Duch´s first solo album.

Saturday, December 18, 2010

Don Van Vliet (1941 - 2010)

Don Van Vliet aka  Captain Beefheart died yesterday, from Multiple Sclerosis complications . Thanks to the captain, and let us watch Anton Corbijn´s portrait of this son of the desert ("Some Yo Yo Stuff", 1994).

I can´t remember exactly when I heard Captain Beefheart for the first time, but it must have been on the radio in the early 1970s (or even earlier). The wild voice and the strange rhythms knocked me over. Those days you were lucky if you got to hear some rock on the radio in Norway at all, but we had a guy called Harald Are Lund doing programs regularly. He have been playing and promoting Captain Beefheart all the time since then! A nod to him today!

A short obituary over at BBC.

Friday, December 17, 2010

Five Leaves Left

I  already mentioned Jason Parker and his plans to record Nick Drake´s "Five Leaves Left", and the need for funding. He needs 5000$ before 24 December. If you are interested check out this site, and see if you are willing to pay a few (or lots of)  dollars. You get downloads, signed CDs, tickets and so on, or your money back if the project can not be funded.

Thursday, December 16, 2010

All Ears 2011

The program for All Ears 2011  is ready! The festival is held in  Oslo 13 - 16 January. It might be really cold in Oslo at that time, but at least your ears will be warm.
Zeena Parkins and Maja S. K. Ratkje are on the first day, Joe McPhee will play solo and in a trio,  Fred Lonberg-Holm will play solo and in a band with among others Kjetil Møster, the two fine men of Isglem (Terje Isungset and Karl Seglem) are ready and  Peter Brötzmann is coming, just to mention a few.

All Ears is run by Lasse Marhaug, Guro S. Moe and Paal Nilssen-Love.

Nels Cline: "Dirty Baby"

After reading the review over at Free Jazz, I just had to get Nels Cline´s ambitious "Dirty Baby"(Cryptogramophone 2010). This is a double CD with music inspired by the artist Ed Ruscha. We get two CDs with very different music, two booklets with very different art (66 pictures all in all), and a booklet with text written by Nels Cline!

The music on  CD 1 is some kind of jazz + americana (you just have to listen yourselves) and  CD 2 has no less than 33 tracks with (according to Cline)  "--a total mash-up of free jazz, hard rock, grindcore, Morton Feldmanesque swaths of indeterminancy, blues, Ellington/Evans references, spy music, and more - all to create tension between these sesibilities, to highlight differences, to punctuate conflict".  I just know this will tempt you too.  And even if I love my mp3s, it´s good too see artists going for the real deal (physical format that is).
I got my copy from Amazon.

Tuesday, December 14, 2010

Video festival

I could not make up my mind, to make best-of- lists or not today, and made a little video festival instead. I have got the impression that YouTube videos stops restarts and stops again more often than before,  but hopefully you can enjoy these great musicians.

These are quite fresh videos on YouTube, and from the top you may watch:
- Sidsel Endresen, Michiyo Yagi and Håkon Kornstad.
- The Thing with Joe McPhee (lots of new The Thing videos out there!).
- Trio Sonore (Vandermark, Gustafsson, Brötzmann).
- Free Fall (Vandermark, Wiik, Håker Flaten).
- Peter Brötzmann, Takashi Sugawa and Inage Candy.

Monday, December 13, 2010

Cage Against The Machine

The making of 4´ 33´´, for the Cage Against The Machine Christmas No #1 campaign, produced and directed by Dick Carruthers. JOIN THE CAMPAIGN!

Best of 2010 and The Unthanks concert

"Maryan" from Robert Wyatt, Gilad Atzmon & Ros Stephen´s "For The Ghosts Within" (Domino 2010) is one of the tracks on Uncut´s "Best of 2010" CD (no 164, January 2011).
"For The Ghosts Within" is number 38 on the the list of the best albums of 2010, one step up from Mojo´s list!

The Independent (13  December 2010) review The Unthanks concert, where they performed songs by  Robert Wyatt and Antony & The Johnsons.

The Unthanks posted the set lists too, and advice people to get out and buy some albums by said artists!

Antony Set:
You Are The Treasure
Another World
Bird Girl
Man Is The Baby
Paddy's Gone
For Today I Am A Boy
You Are My Sister

Robert Wyatt set:
Stay Tuned (from the album Comic Opera)
Dondestan (from the album Dondestan)
Lisp Service (from Dondestan)
Lullaby For Hanze (from Cuckooland)
Cuckoo Madame (from Cuckooland)
Soup Song (from Ruth Is Stranger Than Richard)
Sea Song (from Rock Bottom)
Free Will and Testament (from Shleep)
Out of The Blue (from Comic Opera)
Forest (from Cuckooland)

Sunday, December 12, 2010

BmX: Bergen Open

BMX is a Bergen bass-less trio, inspired by the Motian - Frisell - Lovano trio, with Njål Ølnes (g), Thomas T. Dahl (g) og Øyvind Skarbø (dr). They started as a trio in 2006,  but have been performing live regularly with veteran trumpet player Per Jørgensen (tp).
BMX and Jørgensen have recently released a bright yellow double album called "Bergen Open" on Karl Seglem´s  NORCD label.
Four out of five tracks on CD number 2 is written by Njål Ølnes, while the two other tracks are improvisations. In fact the whole of the first CD is an improvisation that developed during a sound check (lasting close to 47 minutes).

Bergen Open is named after a tennis tournament, and I guess improvisations may be compared to playing balls to one another?! So it is improvised, but it´s varied, melodic and really nice.
Have a listen on MySpace.

Saturday, December 11, 2010


And another video from The Unthanks,  from one of the concerts doing Robert Wyatt´s and Antony & The Johnsons´ songs. Here you get Wyatt´s "Dondestan", complete with clog dancing (recorded 8 December)!

"Palestine´s a country/or at least used to be"

Pigs and Wilderness

This video seems to be from a very recent concert  by Sophia Domancich, whose  album "Snakes and ladders" (2010) I have mentioned several times already. Domancich (p), Jef Morin (b), John Greaves (voc) and Himiko Paganotti (voc) perform "Wilderness", Robert Wyatt´s song on the album. You also get "Pigs", a Wyatt song you won´t hear covered a lot of times (just guessing of course)!

Friday, December 10, 2010

The Unthanks sing Wyatt and Antony

The Unthanks just did  two concerts at Union Chapel in London, singing Robert Wyatt and Antony & The Johnsons´s songs.

I got a friendly e-mail after the first show, making it sound like  it had been relaxed fun, with lots of good music. I was also told that both shows were recorded for possible release.
So far I have found four videos on YouTube, and I´ll make room for The Unthanks´ version of Antony´s "Paddy´s gone" and Wyatt´s funniest (?) song, "Soup song",  in this post. Check the other videos  here and here.
It really sounds like both musicians and audience had a good time.

Thursday, December 9, 2010

Ingar Zach: M.O.S.

Drummer/percussion player Ingar Zach´s (Mural, Huntsville, Labfield) second solo album "M.O.S." is out on Sofa Music. You won´t get drum solos here, but a fascinating and beautiful soundscape, made by percussion instruments, the bass drum gran cassa, sruti boxes and drone commander. Music to feed your fantasy, that´s what it is.

The album has one track, lasting just as long as it´s title: 37:07. Perfect!

Wednesday, December 8, 2010

Christmas No.1?

After last year´s race (Facebook campaigns and all) to get Rage Against The Machine to No. 1 in the UK charts for Christmas, Christmas singles are hot again.
This year the winner may be Cage Against The Machine, with a new version of  John Cage´s "4´33", where musicians keep quiet for 4 minutes and 33 seconds.  Odds on that one is 20/1.
Wyatt/Atzmon/Stephen´s  "What a wonderfull world"is being released as a single 13 December, so better start buying then, if you want Santa Wyatt on the top of the list! Odds: 100/1.

More candidates in The Telegraph.

Tuesday, December 7, 2010

We have already mentioned the label Hubro in this blog a couple of times (Mats Eilertsen and Labfield), and here they are with a pretty smart one again! is Jessica Sligter (voc, g, p, fl, melodica), and the album is named "Balls and kittens, draught and strangling rain" (Hubro 2010).
"JÆ" is supposed to be a way of writing "Jay", Jessica Sligters nick name. (And you know Æ is like "ae" for you English writers).

Hubro calls this Jessica Sligter´s solo project, but she really has a lot of good friends from the Norwegian improv gang here too (most of them mentioned in this blog already, I think): Jan Martin Smørdal, Daniel Meyer Grønvold, Kyrre Laastad, Eivind Lønning, Martin Taxt, Ole Henrik Moe and Kari Rønnekleiv (and more).

This is dreamy, melancholic pop music, colored by indie and freak folk, and even with a dash of Canterbury (no way I will explain that one)! This is a wonderful album! If you like Antony, Coco Rosie and Joanna Newsom, this one might be for you. If you don´t like them, I bet you like this one.

Tell you what, make this album your Christmas album, and you you don´t even have to pack it away come 2011.

Monday, December 6, 2010

ENO #2

I just wanted to show you the second issue of the Norwegian music magazine ENO (in the shops now). It is of course named after Brian Eno, and they have a pretty long  interview with him in this issue. Not much too see on their web site I´m afraid, they want to make a modern paper magazine!
The portrait of Eno on the cover is made by the great Kim Hiorthøy.

If you are able to read some Norwegian, please head over to my Norwegian blog "Wyatting" for more.

Sunday, December 5, 2010

Dancing to "Insensatez"

Check out this beautiful dancing to "Insensatez" (Jobim/Demoraes),  from Robert Wyatt´s "Cuckooland" (2003).

Info from YouTube:
Opening scene from Ariel Efraim Ashbel's 2004 composition "Gymnastics"
Performed by young and pre-bearded A. E. Ashbel and the beautiful Osnat Kelner
Music: Robert Wyatt
Costumes: Alona Rodeh
Lights: Hanni Vardi
Filmed in Tmuna Theater, June 2005

Jonathan Day: "Sea Song"

Jonathan Day does Robert Wyatt´s "Sea Song" at Ronnie Scott´s.

Saturday, December 4, 2010

@ The Vortex

It´s December, and we all need some advent music to get in the mood.
Here you get Frode Gjerstad with William Parker and Hamid Drake (1 December 2010) and The Thing, being our friends Paal Nilssen-Love, Mats Gustafsson and Ingebrigt Håker Flaten (29 November 2010).

Friday, December 3, 2010

Scatting Robert Wyatt

Robert Wyatt worked with Genie Cosmas and the band Fish out of Water on the album "Lucky Scars" (Stream Records, 1995). He scatted on three tracks and played piano on two of them ("Once in a lifetime", "Cry from the city" in two versions). Now there are new mixes to be released of these,  and the track  "Her old man" (also with Wyatt), on Genie Cosmas´ album "Cry from the City. Music 4 Film, TV & Radio" (Stream Records 2010 (?)).

This is a celebration of 20 years of Stream Records.

Thursday, December 2, 2010

Sculpting Sound with Maja Ratkje

I already wrote a blog post on IJ Biermann´s Maja Ratkje film, and Bierman recently uploaded a longer video on YouTube from the project, so here it is.  They still seem to expect to have the film ready in 2011. Looks good!

You may also watch Maja Ratkje´s Fluxus performance at  Henie Onstad Arts Centre (Oslo), 31 October 2010.

Wednesday, December 1, 2010

Robert Wyatt´s pop playlist

The Guardian is presenting a musical advent calendar in cooperation with Domino and Warp, and Robert Wyatt is the first one out, choosing his  favorite pop playlist.
The list is in Spotify (as most lists are these days), but wyattandstuff wants to please the two of you that do not have Spotify too, so here it is:

The Dixie Cups: "Iko Iko"
Inez Fox: "Mockingbird"
Don Covay: "Seesaw"
Little Eva: "The Locomotion" (se video)
The Contours: "Do You Love Me"
Eddie Cochran: "Summertime Blues"
Ian Dury & The Blockheads: "There Ain´t Half Been Some Clever Bastards"
The Specials: "Ghost Town"
Marianne Faithfull: "The Ballad of Lucy jordan"
Otis Redding: " Try a Little Tenderness"

You may also take a look at Pitchfork´s review of the Wyatt reissues Shleep, EPs, Cuckooland and Theatre Royal Drury Lane, and if you dare, read George McKay´s blog post on "Santa Claus and Christmas, Robert Wyatt and falsetto".