Tuesday, February 28, 2017

Loïs Le Van: Alifib

Check out Loïs Le Van´s album "So much more" (Hevhetia 2016) on Bandcamp.

Track no. 5 is a fine version of Robert Wyatt´s "Alifib".

Loïs Le Van : voice
Sylvain Rifflet : tenor saxophone, clarinet
Bruno Ruder : piano
Chris Jennings : bass

Sunday, February 26, 2017

Fix it, Leroy!

Hey, this seems like an interesting publication and happening!

"VOX Press will host a release party to celebrate the publication of Fix It, Leroy! Adventures in Misfit Music by local author David Shirley on Tuesday, February 28. The event, which is open to the public, will be held at High Point Coffee on the and will begin at 6 pm.

Shirley will read a brief selection from the book, which features interviews with and articles about a variety of offbeat, under-appreciated musicians, including Laurie Anderson, Pere Ubu, Robert Wyatt, The Fugs, Faust, Wadada Leo Smith, Arto Lindsay, Kristin Hersh, The Jesus and Mary Chain, Bill Fay, Mary Margaret O’Hara, Vashti Bunyan and 20 other brilliantly gifted but commercially neglected performers".

The Yodeling Anarcho-Syndicalists will perform songs by Robert Wyatt and others!

Added June 2017:

The article on Robert Wyatt, "After the fall: Robert Wyatt´s Dondestan (Revisisted)", appeared in Sound Collector Audio Review, Number 4, Winter/2003-2004.

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