2.2.16

BBBe my valentine - Next Show 14 February 2016



DISKETTE ETIKETTE presents A SOUTH LONDON ADVENTURE IN IMPROVISED MUSIC, ELECTRONIC EXPERIMENTS AND SOUND ART

ADAM BOHMAN & SINDRE BJERGA
CLAUS POULSEN
TOM WHITE & ROB LYE
BBBLOOD


The Montague Arms,
289 Queens Road,
Peckham,
London.
SE15 2PA.

8 PM // £5 ON THE DOOR

ADAM BOHMAN has been operating on the outer fringes of underground music for decades. Working with home-built instruments, found objects, tape cut-ups, collages, ink drawings and graphic scores. Favouring acoustic sounds over electronics, he explores the minute tendrils of sounds coaxed from any number of non-musical instruments and objects. He is a member of British experimental groups, Morphogenesis, The Bohman Brothers, Secluded Bronte, and The London Improvisers Orchestra. Adam's music is unique and experimental, incorporating Fluxus japery, musique concrete, sound poetry and free improvisation.

SINDRE BJERGA has been touring Europe, Russia, Ukraine, Japan and Argentina for many years and his incredible long form isolationist and cavernous tape-drone meditation have been released on more than 150 records across the underground spectrum. He’s collaborated with many artists, like Anla Courtis, Lasse Marhaug, Robert Horton, Culver, Posset and countless others. "What remains consistent from one release to the next is a sense of personality. Whatever sub-sub-sub genre he happens to be working in – space-drone, gurglecore, dictaphonics, others of his own devising – he imbues it with an engaging, informing intelligence. Playful, unafraid to meander, yet always attentive, thought through and sharp when it needs to be." - Rob Hayler

CLAUS POULSEN is a danish musician and producer who works with laptop, turntables, guitars, synths, electronics, field recordings, broken stuff and other sound sources. His output can sit anywhere within the blurred boundaries between ambient, avantgarde, noise and pop.
Having played in many bands (most notably 8 years of free improvisation with Alarm112) he decided to make music on his own in 2005. His journey as an artist is very much an on-going process and he prefers to experiment with sound and texture in an improvised fashion, with a goal of gradually honing his craft and covering new and uncharted territory. He also runs the label Skrat Records and makes cover art.

TOM WHITE lives and works in London. His work traverses multi-media platforms including sound, experimental film and video, installation and live performance. He has exhibited and performed internationally and published many sound works since 2009 (Chocolate Monk, My Dance the Skull, Alien Passengers). In 2014 he won the British Composer Award in Sonic Art for his piece Public Address, commissioned by the South London Gallery. Performance credits include appearances at Colour out of Space Festival, Brighton; Ende Tymes Festival, New York; Poesia Carnosa Festival, Rome; Spoken Weird, Whitechapel Gallery (with Maya Dunietz); MK Gallery; South London Gallery & Spill Festival of Performance.

ROB LYE - Sound artist and member of improvised gonk / post-everything, gamelan-tinkered collective Chora

BBBlood - Proper noise of the highest order: racket torn from a selection of table-top electronics and homemade devices (loose contact mic taped into tobacco tin being a live favourite). He has a wire-walker’s sense of balance – the balls-out noise is gonzo enough for nostrils flaring, meathead catharsis, the calmer moments clever and detailed enough to reward serious contemplation. Snatches of field and domestic recordings are dropped into the mix adding a very exciting sense of location. Thus, Paul does not present a free-floating, atemporal harsh noise wall. Instead this is very definitely happening Here and Now.” (Radio Free Midwich)

2.1.16

2015 Summary

The annual tradition of summarising the past year is more for personal reasons than for readers of this blog. To be honest with you it's been a relatively quiet year for my recorded output. Not as slow as 2013 I guess but I would have liked to have released more records.

Probably the main highlight for myself was the short string of dates with Duncan Harrison and Aqua Dentata. I think the highlight of these shows was playing Newcastle on the first night. Met loads of great people, great nights out, and fantastic music.

We released a CD to coincide with the tour, I have no copies left, Duncan may have some? We may repress the record. This was my only release of 2015.

End of year list

Everyone has a end of year list these days, I'm no exception. However this year I don't think I've really listened to many new releases. You have to consider that I've listened to mostly records released or recorded by friends so there is a slight bias naturally.

So here's my list in no order...

  • Miguel Prado - Titubeo (Organized Music From Thessaloniki) - I could easily say this was my favourite record of 2015. His performance the other month at Café Oto was fantastic. This record and live is like nothing else I've heard this year, high recommendation and still available. Check it out here..    
  • Marc Baron - Carnets (Glistening Examples)
  • Heinz Hopf - IDS INTE (Vitrine)
  • Panos Alexiadis - Orphine (Thalamos.net)
  • Darksmith - Everyone Is Welcome In My Room (Vitrine)
  • Basic House & Metrist - The World Is Order. Incarnate (Opal Tapes)
  • G*Park - Gour (Tochnit Aleph)
  • Chris Goudreau - Odd Monsters & Ultranegative (Elm Recordings, Kitty Play Records)
  • Duncan Harrison - La Loi (From Ineluctable modality of the visible) and Live @ The Old Police House Newcastle. One of the best performances I've seen all year, so intense and relaxed. Hit all the spots.
  • AMM - Live at Café Oto 
  • Pigs Ear Beer Festival - Hackney December
  • John Wiese - Deviate From Balance (Gilgongo Records)
  • Stuart Chalmers – Loop Phantasy No.2 (Ono)
  • Louie Rice - Puxe (Porta)
  • Kostis Kilymis - Not Homesick (Pt. 1 & 2) ‎, Bethnal Greener (Strange Rules, Rekem)
  • Wanda Group - SON PROCESSEUR SA CARTE
  •  Astor - 'Lina in Nida' (Penultimate Press)
I could probably add more but that'll do.

Ten years of this blog

It's staggering how time can fly, and when I think about the earlier posts on this blog it feels completely alien to me.

Ten years ago I think most of us was in a different head space and in different situations. I feel like I had a very different take on music and noise. On a whole I've stuck to my original agenda for making electronic music that has excited and interested me.

So yeah thanks for the support for the last ten years, things take a little longer to record and put out but I'm hoping to make more time for this in 2016.Watch this space.


Happy new year

9.11.15

Tour split CD sold out


Just a quick note. My copies of the tour split CD with Aqua Dentata and Duncan Harrison are now sold out. Electric Knife should have a copy or two left and quite possibly Duncan / Eddie.

This may be issued as a digital release soon.

Thanks to those who have supported us.

19.9.15

Hit the North


Long overdue update but next week I'm playing a string of three dates in the North of England with Duncan Harrison and Aqua Dentata. We're playing Newcastle, Sheffield, and Leeds.



Should be fun, in conjunction with the dates we are releasing a limited edition CD for sale at these shows. Any left over copies will be divided up and sold individually.



Thursday 24th September
BBBlood
Aqua Dentata
Duncan Harrison
Depletion
The Old Police House, Swinburne Place, NE8 1AX, Gateshead
8:00pm, £6
941631219214216

Friday 25th September
Poot presents:

BBBlood
Luke Poot/Duncan Harrison
Aqua Dentata
Portland Works, Randall Street, S2 4SJ, Sheffield
8:30pm, £3/£4
1632766843668390

Sunday 27th September
Termite Club presents:

BBBlood
Aqua Dentata
Duncan Harrison/Kieron Piercy
Acrid Lactations
Wharf Chambers, Leeds
7:30pm, £5
399337873595949

Hope to see you there.


14.9.15

Recent updates

I played this back in May, yes I've been slow to update.

Was a fun show!

But some news to come...


23.2.15

BRIGHTON



Hardworking Promotions presents...

--SOPHIE COOPER--

Sophie Cooper is a West Yorkshire based musician influenced by psychedelic pop, weird noise and drone, whose main interest is in experimenting with conventional song writing. She is lovely and great, and her 2014 album 'Our Aquarius' went down a storm with people who know.

http://wildsilencelabel.bandcamp.com/album/our-aquarius

--BBBLOOD--

London-based 'proper' noiser who might be bringing a more restrained concreté sort of set along for this show, though I'm not making you any guarantees.

http://bbblood.bandcamp.com/

--COZY DOE--

Brighton purveyor of gorgeous noisy shoegazey guitar songs. Melodies, and even vocals, lurk in the midst of wave upon wave of sparkle drone.

http://cozydoe.bandcamp.com/music

--MURPHY / ANSELL / BENCH TRIO--

Ian Murphy of Hobo Sonn, Pascal Ansell of Panelak, and Tom Bench of Hardworking Families combine for the first time ever! Improvising guitar duo augmented with metal chair: you ain't seen this before.

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All taking place in AT THE COACH HOUSE, an intimate and beautiful little Kemptown venue that you will feel very comfortable in. NOTE that this is not a pub called The Coach House, that is a different place in Brighton, and there will be no exciting music there.

http://www.atthecoachhouse.co.uk/


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24.12.14

2014 review...

After a slow 2013, there was a lot of hope going forward to 2014. Already a handful of shows were lined up and recordings pending. In 2013 I had no records out, 2014 I have had insane 6.

  • Live at Crater Lake (Sound Holes)
  • Untitled (Baertown Records)
  • Moments (KIKS/GF)
  • Blind Dates (Chocolate Monk)
  • Grot (Self released demo)
  • No Religion at the Salad Bar (Angurosakuson)
And appeared on a number of compilations for Skeleton Dust, Nefarious Activities, and a couple others.

On the live front it's been busy, highlights were playing shows with Lettera 22, the collaborations with Duncan Harrison, and playing two times with Clive Graham.

Next up...

Completion of the split / collaboration with Duncan Harrison and then a few other releases TBC.

No forthcoming shows planned currently.
 
Best of 2014

Listed here is some of my favourite records / performances / experiences  (in no order)

  • Vanessa Amara ‎– Both Of Us / King Machine (Posh Isolation)
  • Joseph Hammer - Roadless Travel (Art into life) 
  • Aaron Dilloway & Jason Lescalleet - Popeth (Glistening Examples)
  • Pam Ball Tripel  - 'Oi lads I smell wort' + other misc recordings / alright duckie (Vigneronne)
  • Valerio Tricoli - Miseri Lares (PAN)
  • Spoils & Relics - Live in Belgium  (November 2014)
  • Wanda Group - Symirroretry (Meds) / Henry Caravan - Street Exotica From The Met (Umbro G) / Live @ Café Oto (Oct 2014)
  • Russell Haswell & PAIN JERK Electroacoustic Sludge Dither Transformation Smear Grind Decomposition nO!se File Exchange Mega Edit (Editions Mego)
  • Adam Bohman - Music and Words 2 (Paradigm)
  • Brunt "Strewthsayer" (Dismal Hangover) 
  • Lettera 22 - Live @ Electric Knife / Rammel Club (May 2014)
  • Mark Dicker - Talk of the University (Bunkland Records)
  • Jason Kahn, Takahiro Yamamoto, Takuji Naka -Yugue (2013?)
  • Small Cruel Party - Unroof The House Of The Fishes (Harbinger Sound) (Reissue, doesn't matter)
  • Phil Julian & Mark Durgan - Live in Belgium (November 2014), nod to the 'Trace' lp by Phil that I've still not brought yet!
  • Diastolic Murmurs - Live (December 2014)
  • Darksmith - Moral Injury (Self-Released, who cares if I didn't hear this til 2015)
  • Stuart Chalmers - Imaginary Musicks Volume 1 & 2 (Beartown / Self Released)
  • Pigs Ear Beer Festival (London, December 2014)
  • Mica Levi - Under the skin / Feeling Romantic, Feeling Tropical, Feeling Ill (DDS)
  • Renato Rinaldi – live (September 2014) 
  • Greg Kelley And Jason Lescalleet ‎– Conversations (Glistening Examples)




3.12.14

HANATARASHI 'We Are Hardcore!!!!!'

Post on behalf of a friend. Last chance to nab a classic.


HANATARASHI 'We Are Hardcore!!!!!' 6 x CD-R + DVD-R

LAST COPIES!!! REDUCED PRICE!!!

Extremely limited expanded reissue collecting everything from the original 5 x CD set of early cassette material PLUS OVER 90 MINUTES OF BONUS AUDIO in the form of more rare comp tracks added to each disc and a 6th disc of the Hanatarashi & Kyoaku Kyojindan 'Jigoku No Komoriuta' collab. cassette. Also included is a DVD of the rare 'Cock Aktion' VHS.

Includes the largely uncirculated FULL COLOUR ARTWORK for the original 5 discs and several size A4 inserts of rare early Hanatarashi articles & interviews from Japanese magazines such as Fool's Mate, P.O.W, Gekko-Luna and more.

Each set is completely hand-made and neatly packaged in strong 6/9" (close to A5 size) grip-seal polybag with artwork affixed to front and back.

Last batch of sets currently in production and taking orders now at a reduced price. Don't pay stupid prices on discogs and ebay for the original set. For the same price that was sold for on release you will get all that and alot more in this expanded and improved reissue.

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26.11.14

Next London shows

Monday December 8th 2014


Wednesday 10th December 2014