Passive/Aggressive

Manuel Göttsching – Rebuilding culture, re-envisioning the guitar (interview)

English April 12 2015

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Picture: Copyright: MG.Art.

By Jacob Pertou

Manuel Göttsching played the guitar in the groundbreaking krautrock groups Ash Ra Tempel and Ashra, and created the electronic milestone “E2-E4″. In March, he guested Copenhagen’s Jazzhouse as part of a series of events arranged by the internet radio The Lake. Passive/Aggressive met with him, just before he was about to enter stage, to talk about inspirations and making music.

P/A: Like Michael Rother and Tangerine Dream last year in Tivoli, this is your first ever visit to Copenhagen. I have a feeling that so-called krautrock is far more popular now, than when it was made. What are your thoughts on that?

Manuel Göttsching (MG): “It started at the end of the 80’s. For example, if you take “E2-E4″ [recorded in 1981, but held back by the record company until 1984, because it was too ahead of its time, ed.], it had been growing over many years, and there were so many people in the 90’s, refering to that album, refering to music of the 70’s. I don’t think it is a new movement, just a continuous movement. It is going on and on. Læs resten

Lawrence English – Occupying the body and activating it as an ear (interview)

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By Mette Slot Johnsen – photo: Room40

It’s been 15 years since Lawrence English decided to put thought into action, and – led by a self professed dogged determination akin to that of Fitzcarraldo and his Amazon adventure – set up the record label Room40, with the intention of self releasing and finding artists who wanted to explore and reflect the world in a similar way to himself.

Among the many artists released on Room40 are Grouper, Tim Hecker, Oren Ambarchi, and John Chantler. The output is a range of meditative and/or noisy contemporary compositions, soundscapes, field recordings and experimental electronic music. According to English the Room40 artists share the common trait that they try to invite you in to listen a bit closer. The music can be background music, but when delved into a little deeper it allows for you to open up your ears and thoughts to explore the sounds and the world they are creating or reflecting. Læs resten

Robert Turman – Beyond worldly values (interview)

English Feature March 6 2015 Turman1

By Simon Christensen.

A rare interview with noise pioneer and former NON-member, Robert Turman, who a few years ago resumed his career and ventures in music from the 70’s and 80’s. That happened with help from a.o. Aaron Dilloway (Hanson Records) and Danish label Cejero, who released Turman’s latest record “Three Parts”, set up his European tour, and reminded us of the reserved musician’s extraordinary and groundbreaking works of art. Læs resten

Drone Not Drones – 28 timers droner for fred (interview med Luke Heiken)

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Af Andreas Melchior. Logo af Sonny Kay.

Til en koncert i 2013 spillede det legendariske Duluth-band Low en 27 minutter lang udgave af “Do You Know How to Waltz?”, hvorefter sanger Alan Sparhawk erklærede: “Drone, not drones”. Sloganet havde han fra sin ven Luke Heiken, som havde fået trykt frasen på et klistermærke. Fra at have været et enkeltstående statement udviklede det sig til et musikalsk støtteprojekt til fordel for de uskyldige ofre for de droneangreb, der er blevet et rutinemæssigt indslag i den globale såkaldte “krig mod terror”.

I februar 2014 udmøntede projektet sig til en 28-timers lang, uafbrudt dronekoncert i Minneapolis, Minnesota, hvor bands gav stafetten videre og afløste hinandens drones. Indtægterne gik til Læger Uden Grænser. På fredag den 30. januar gentages succesen, ét langt 28 timers drone, som også vil blive live-streamet via dronenotdrones.com. Det fulde line-up for koncerten findes her.

Passive/Aggressive har talt med idémand Luke Heiken om projektet. Læs resten

The ongoing struggle of freeform arts and financial death – an interview about WFMU documentary “Sex & Broadcasting”

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Af Simon Christensen et al.

The long-awaited documentary “Sex & Broadcasting” about the great freeform radio station WFMU (esta. 1958) finally had its world premiere a few weeks ago. It has been some years underway and was originally crowdfunded under the title “Freeform or Death”, which succinctly indicates the way the New Jersey-radio station works, as well as its continual five decade long struggle to survive.

Besides their radical approach to programming, the WFMU shows have been widely known for their unique taste, humor, spontaneity, experimentation and weird variety of live concerts/performances on air. Læs resten

“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