Passive/Aggressive

“It’s supposed to be about FREEDOM” – interview med The Young Sinclairs

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Af Andreas Melchior. Fotos fra bandet.

I næsten 10 år har Young Sinclairs udgivet adskillige hjemmegjorte albums, cd-r’er, syvtommere og albums, som man kan høre på bandets bandcamp; udtrippet fuzz, freaky 12-strenget rock’n’roll og, ikke mindst, kimende, harmonisk folk-rock. Bandet har netop udgivet “This Is The Young Sinclairs” på det engelske label Ample Play (Sudden Death Of Stars, Paperhead, Bed Rugs m.fl.), og Passive/Aggressive bringer i den forbindelse et interview med bandleder Sam Lunsford om Young Sinclairs’ musikalske udvikling, indspilningsprojekter og den lokale musikscene i Virginia.

Men først en lille introduktion: I efteråret 2012 kontaktede jeg Young Sinclairs for at købe LP’en “The Songs of the Young Sinclairs”. Projektets bagmand og forsanger Sam Lunsford spurgte mig henkastet, om jeg havde haft en musikblog, fordi han genkendte min e-mailadresse. Det viste sig, at Sam havde været læser af bloggen (som, i parentes bemærket, er blevet slettet for længst). Han havde tilmed downloadet nogle af de sange, jeg havde rippet fra mine vinylsingler, og inkluderet et par af dem på en mix-cd, som blev uddelt da Young Sinclairs var opvarmning på en tour med Brian Jonestown Massacre.

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Alasdair MacLean fra The Clientele – “The less we try, the more we seem to succeed” (interview)

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Af Andreas Melchior.

Det surrealistiske popband The Clientele har netop fået genudgivet deres klassiske debutalbum, “Suburban Light”, som første gang udkom i 2000. Læs her, hvad forsanger og guitarist Alasdair MacLean har at sige om pladens status i dag, sin personlige holdning til albummet, forholdet til Aarhus-festivalen Pop Revo, samt hvordan fremtiden ser ud for The Clientele og hans andet projekt, Amor de Dias. Læs resten

Nyt ZINE om K-Town

English Feature February 3 2014 Living In The City

Af Simon Christensen

Et nyt fanzine er på gaden i denne uge. “Living In The City” er lavet af Alexander Sjöberg, det er superflot sat op i den klassiske zine stil, og der er så vidt vides allerede planlagt en vol. 2. Zinet indeholder spillestedsoversigt, show-kalender, interviews med Byens Radio, Tumor Warlord, Commie Cowboys og Brudte Løfter + diverse fastfood news, anmeldelser og billedreportager.

“Hello dear reader, and welcome to the very first issue of LIVING IN THE CITY, a zine born out of the Copenhagen aka the K-Town punk- and hardcore Læs resten

In the memory of Murat Üf Yaa (1983-2013)

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Af Ralf Christensen

The great musician, artist, activist and our dearest friend Murat Ali Can aka Murat Üf Yaa died of cancer on Friday the 13th of December. It took 40 days from the diagnosis until his mind-numbingly early death. All his many friends and a little family buried him on Saturday the 14th at a cemetery outside Izmir in the same grave as his mother. It’s full of sunlight in the afternoon and the evening. He will be and is already being missed like crazy.

Murat came to Copenhagen in April 2013 and did three solo shows at Global with T.R. Kirstein/S.B. Nielsen, at Frosen Fisk at Vesterbro and at that great night in Henning Young (with Af Med Hovedet). At this point he was a big part of the alternative Turkish music scene and he went to Denmark for a brief period before facing 15 months of military service back in Turkey. Læs resten

WANDA GROUP – “IT IS WHAT IT IS AT THE TIME THAT IT IS”

English Feature January 19 2014 WANDAGROUPLIVE

Af Andreas Syr

The music of Brighton based musician and artist Louis Johnstone is not easily grasped and held on to. Especially not in words. As WANDA GROUP he has released a barrage of damaged ambient music on labels such as Opal Tapes, Vlek and, most recently, NNA Tapes which has just released his latest record, the ominously titled “A Slab About Being Held Captive”. The disembodied drones, fragmented beats and hissing, crackling field recordings that Johnstone assembles into murky collages, has made people compare him to everything from Iannis Xenakis to The Caretaker, but as this interview clearly shows, WANDA GROUP is a musical entity entirely of its own making.

The new mix “A GANG NOT WORTH SHIT” that he’s created for Passive/Aggressive (which is really not so much a mix as a completely new composition) perfectly showcases the strange romance of his noisy assemblages: The harsh and melancholic edifices of found and manipulated sounds that WANDA GROUP erects are both alien and strangely familiar, like half-remembered dreams – and it is in the thousand cracks and fissures between the parts that the world and human experience seeps through and lights them in a soft, organic glow. We also asked him a couple of questions about his work, life and artistic practice, which it turned out was hard to distinguish from one another… Læs resten

Thulebasen Solhvervsmix 2013

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Af Simon Christensen. Foto Martha Hviid.

According to tradition Thulebasen is back this December with the Winter Solstice Mix (da. Solhvervsmixtape) for Passive/Aggressive. The tracklist was once again lost in the mail, but the music is by guarentee carefully compiled by Nis Bysted. So open your ears and heart for this instead of skipping through to the singles. It’s suitable for kitchen work or any repetative manual labour at your home.

The music is all Danish rarities related to Thulebasen people, mostly demos and unreleased tracks, featuring acts like Ordkløver, Marie Eline Moko, Kim Las, Düreforsög, Lamburg Tony, Kloak, The Bleeder Group, Menthol, Thulebasen and many more. Læs resten

Femminielli Noir – Medium for hverdagens absurditet (interview)

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Af Alexander Julin.

Femminielli har over den senere tid gjort sig bemærket med en længere række LP- og EP-udspil – og som en del af Dirty Beaches liveband. Nu er han atter aktuel i et nyt samarbejde, denne gang med Jesse Osborne-Lanthier, der også går under kunstnernavnet Noir. Dette har resulteret i projektet Femminielli Noir, som inden for den nærmeste fremtid er klar med henholdsvis et kassettebånd, L’Éveil, og en EP, Malas Influencias. I denne anledning har jeg bl.a. spurgt ind til absurditetens rolle i deres musik, de gennemgående tematikker, sprogvalg og udgivelsesformater.

Canadiske Bernadino, som gemmer sig bag karakteren Femminielli (italiensk for mand med kvindelige træk), er født i et spansktalende land, vist nok Puerto Rico, og er siden flyttet til Quebec og Montreal i Canada, hvor han har både har lært sig fransk og engelsk. Jesse Osborne-Lanthier er producer og lydkunstner baseret i Montreal.

P/A: What is your driving force when making music?
B: Really, it’s everything, but lately, especially with Femminielli Noir it stems from a negative output on everyday absurdity.

Would you describe your music as conceptual? Why?
B: Yes, although I’d never planned for it to be…things kind of panned out that way. It’s like, when I’m making music, or art, or whatever you want to call it, the experiences and states I’m living through are transferred to the medium. It’s not as “intellectual” as it may seem, it’s more sensible and primitive; you live through stuff, make peace with it or don’t, and it automatically applies to what you’re doing. The moment becomes the concept.

What role do you think “absurdity” plays in your work?
B: A big part of what I make (lyrically) is absurd, but these are only “stories”, or a way of browsing through philosophies. I’m not trying to convey that I am a parody, a specific caricature, but rather shuffling through thoughts and building a dialogue from different ideas. I’m very interested in the contradiction of words and actions; it’s fun to adhere to different opinions and see where this takes you… it leads to very interesting discussion. Even in interviews, concepts, flirting, relationships, whatever; it’s important for me not to always reveal what I really think, to go with it and see where it takes me. It’s fun and adventurous.

Do you label your music as sincerely serious or do you think that it reflects humour as well? Especially when it comes to sexuality in your works…
B: It’s both. The seriousness and parody are derivatives of the sensual rapport I have to the stories I make up… Sexuality is something you don’t really need to think about, it’s so blatantly imbedded in culture, art, the world, ourselves… Sensuality is more interesting, as it can be more vague and mysterious, very playful and malleable, especially in a creative context. Sexuality is what comes after sensuality, to me it seems more structured and played out, you have more chances of recalling the negativism in it, feeling embarrassed, shame and confusion when thinking about the events afterwards… Sensuality is more fluid, and doesn’t necessarily need to be sexual, it can stay in the romantic domain, it doesn’t need to lead to sex it can take you elsewhere. Læs resten