Cracksteel: Bitch Jap Run CD
Selpultura: Schizophrenia LP
Culver: Sugar Tip CDR
Enslaved: Vertebrae LP
Incapacitants: Box Is Stupid 10CD
v/a: Bollywood Funk
The Blue Humans: Incadescence CD
Kurt Kren: Action Films
Not Quite Hollywood
Christopher Nielsen: Bygdegutar
KJARTAN SLETTEMARK R.I.P.
I just received the very sad news that the great Kjartan Slettemark passed away this morning, age 76. Most artists that age have long ago passed their pinnacle, but Kjartan had more creative juices running and more energy in him than any youngster. In fact; hanging out with him made me feel old. I got to do one project with him, and although I'm grateful for that I was really looking forward to doing more together. Kjartan's passing feels much too premature in many ways. He was one of a kind and a big inspiration for many of us. My condolences to those close to him.
NEW RELEASE: LP WITH DROR
My LP with Dror Feiler titled "No More Drama" is out now on No Fun Productions. The material is two live performances from 2004 (Norway) and 2007 (Switzerland). Limited to 300 copies.
Otomo Yoshihide: Core Anode CD
Antoine Chessex: Naivsuper013 CDR
KTL: IV CD
Svarte Greiner: Til Seters LP
Smegma: 33 1/3 LP
Burning Star Core/Hototogushi LP
Mark Durgan: Ploughing Furrows Into Rotten Burrows LP
Family Battle Snake/Astro: split LP
Burning Star Core: Everyday World Of Bodies LP
C. Spencer Yeh/Sick Llama: split 7"s
Culver: Cherry Blossom Girls 7"
Ramleh: The Hand of Glory 12"
King Crimson: Earthbound LP
Kurt Kren: Which way to CA?
La den rette komme inn
Anthony Bourdain: Kitchen Confidential
Anthony Bourdain: The Nasty Bits
JAZKAMER IN MEXICAN FILM
Director Amat Escalante has used tracks from Jazkamer's "Metal Music Machine" album in his film Los Bastardos. Now there's a trailer on YouTube - a snippet of the track "Abomination" can be heard.
Will be touring the UK next week; three gigs with Testicle Hazard; part of a drone-marathon in London; and playing in Dror Feiler's noise orchestra in Huddersfield and at Fylkingen (in Stockholm) performing his "Music Is Castrated Noise". Read an interview with Dror Feiler here!
I will be making my debut as a DJ this friday on Revolver in Oslo. This is a series of nights where musicans are asked to DJ playing records and music that has meant something to them over the years. So if you feel like hearing Iron Maiden, Morton Feldman and classic swedish death metal this friday you know where to go. I start around 23:00.
COCK OF CORPSE
Me and Jon Wesseltoft (of black metallers Thorns) will have another one-off band playing in Oslo soon; Cock of Corpse will play its one and only gig at Revolver on november 6th. Our previous one-off band was The Twin Chainsaws of Ecstacy, and Cock of Corpse will follow in the same musical gutter; relentless guitar-kamikaze action. Imagine a retarded Solmania.
Min Bul: LP
Svein Finnerud Trio: Complete Recorded Works 3CD
Ranheim: Norwegian Wood CD
Guilty Connector: Curved Dream In Town CD
Ground-Zero: Live 1992+ CD
Hair Stylistics: Pop Bottakuri CD
Hair Stylistics: Hard Märchen CD
Hair Stylistics: Electric Success in the Ghetto CD
Ashtray Navigations: Red Culture LP
Brötzmann/Van Hove/Bennink: 3LP box
Oren Ambarchi: A Final Kiss On Poisoned Cheeks LP
Valerie And Her Week Of Wonders
Taxi To The Dark Side
Chris Rock - Kill The Messenger
The Bloody Reign of Slayer
NEW LOOOP SITE!
The new Looop website is up. I think you'll find it better looking and easier to browse/make orders. If you're looking for obscure Norwegian music, or foreign artists released on Norwegian labels, Looop is the webshop to visit. It's also the only place you can pick up my "Learning To Fly" 7" single.
NEW RELEASE: SUNN0))) DØMKIRKE DOUBLE LP
From the Southern Lord website:
Sunn0)): Dømkirke 2 x LP
Last year sunn 0))) was invited to perform at a ancient cathedral in Bergen Norway . The performance was captured via 24 track mobile recording and the resuluts were pressed onto double 180 gram vinyl. This recording will be available exclusively on vinyl only. There will not be a digital release (cd or downloads). Pure analog! The 0))) lineup for this performance includes Attila Csihar (Mayhem) on vocals, Steve Moore (Earth, Ascend) on the churchs' legendary pipe organ and Norwegian native Lasse Marhaug on electronics.
The packaging for "Dømkirke" was designed with the utmost attention to detail and quality that perfectly compliments the audio content. Each 180 gram vinyl comes in a heavy stock, full color inner sleeve that features stunning photographs from the performance. The cover of the gatefold jackets feature exclusive art by Tanya Stene (Burzum, Ulver, Darkthrone).
The jackets themselves are ultra-durable extra thick cardboard stock with thick, luxurious lamination. These were modeled after the Impulse! labels' LP jackets from the ‘60s. This package is durable, built to last and serves as the perfect shelter for this archival release.
NEW RELEASE: SPLIT SINGLE WITH MATS
The Ukrain label Quasipop has released a split 7" single with me and the swedish sax-warrior Mats Gustafsson which pays tribute to the late and great Swedish sound and visual artist Åke Hodell. I've got a handful of copies available.
MY HEAD EXPLODES
My pal Ronnie Sundin has a nice blog for his drawings. Check out the recent piece in which my head explodes. I've felt like this many times while performing.
ME WITH THE KITTENS
Listen to a recording of me with Norwegian hard-improv trio Puma at their myspace-site. This is a recording from 2007, and as we're sitting on a lot of material the plan is to have a vinyl release available at some point. Unfortunately I haven't had time to perform with Puma this year, but 2009 will be better.
NEW RELEASE: EAR ERA CD
The CD-version of my commissioned piece for the Henie Onstad Art Centre is now out. The Norwegian website Ballade posted a review yesterday. Copies available from me. Tomorrow I will do the final live-version at the centre. Tuesday the piece will be performed in Bergen. No further performances of Ear Ear is scheduled.
Bernard Parmegiani 12xCD box
Min Bul: s/t CD
Neil Young: Trans LP
Burning Star Core: Challenger CD
K2/Putrefier: 20 Hz And Rising CD/2xtape box
Walter Carson: Recalcitrants LP
Richard Youngs: Advent LP
F For Fake
Recident Evil 3
WR: Mysteries of the Organism
Nielsen: Mens Vi Venter På Dommedag - bind 1
Richard Matheson: I Am Legend
My web-designer and good pal Håvard Gjelseth has made this video from Jazkamer's performance at Club Urga in february this year. The video made up of 1200+ still images from the show edited together, and the result is rather frantic. The audio is a cut-up mishmash of the same show.
EAR ERA PART TWO AT HOK
This saturday I'll be presenting the second (of three) concert version of the commissioned piece "Ear Era" at the Henie Onstad Art Centre. Motorpysycho will make a rare collab with Deathprod the same day, and SPUNK is performing, so there's really no reason to stay home if you live in Oslo.
INTERVIEW AT TINY MIX TAPES
There's a new interview with me at Tiny Mix Tapes.
SUNN0))) AT ØYA
This weekend I'll be playing as part of Sunn0))) at the Øya festival here in Oslo. The line-up will be me, Stephen O'Malley, Greg Anderson, Daniel O'Sullivan and Attila Csihar. This is Sunn0)))'s 200th concert and a limited edition t-shirt will be made for this show.
Roky Erickson: Gremlins Have Pictures LP
Erik Satie: Early Piano Works LP
Yoshi Wada: The Appointed Cloud CD
Joji Yuasa: Obscure Tape Music of Japan Vol. 7 CD
Sun Ra/The Astro Infinity Arkestra: Strange Strings LP
Clark-Hutchinson: a=mh2... expanded LP
Charlemagne Palestine: From Etudes to Cataclysms 2CD
Oren Ambarchi: Destinationless Desire 7"
The New Blockaders: Live at Anti-Fest LP
Ennio Morricone: Spasmo CD
Magik Markers: Inverted Belgium LP
Ryhs Chatham: Guitar Trio Is My Life 3CD
Bruce Haack King of Techno
The Incredible Hulk
Mayor of the Sunset Strip
Paul Auster: Timbuktu
1998 CRIME UNEARTHED
A wall-of-sound plunderphonic/bootleg/anti-mix project by Origami Replika that I was involved ten years ago has resurfaced online. Untill this appeared I had no recollection whatsoever of doing this. It was meant as a 10" that never happened. Well worth a listen if you like the monolithic cascading feel of my Testicle Hazard and The Nordic Miracle recordings.
NEW RELEASE: PHONOLOID'S FIRST STATEMENT
The fine people at Ambolthue and Synesthetic have put their heads together and released a 7" single of my duo with Petter Flaten Eilertsen: Phonoloid. Layers and layers of heavily sedated vinyl-sludge. If you ever spent time wondering what it'd sound like if someone put mud on your turntable, Phonoloid is probably not far off.
Clip from the trio with Maja Ratkje and Paal Nilssen-Love. It's listed as All Ears All Scars, but the trio is now called Slugfield.
You maybe figured we'd died and gone to the drone netherworlds, but DEL is still active. To prove it here's a clip from a recent recording-session in Brugata.
Kevin Drumm: Imperial Distortion 2CD
Dennis Wilson: Pacific Ocean Blue 2CD
Morton Feldman: Last Pieces CD
Angelcorpse: The Inexorable
Scott Walker: Scott LP
Otomo Yoshihide: Sound Factory 1997 LP
Martin Denny: various albums
Popol Vuh: various albums
Bjerga Iversen: Earth Pit CDR
Brendan Murray: Commonwealth CD
Scott Walker: 30 Century Man
Shoot The Piano Player
Black Sunday (Frankenheimer)
Bruce Dern: Things I've Said But Probably Shouldn't Have
Lewis Trondheim: Little Nothings
MAJA INTERVIEW IN DUSTED
Nice interview with Maja in Dusted.
MORE NO FUN VIDEO
Found two longer (and perhaps better sounding) clips of me and Dror's set on No Fun Festival: First. Second. And here's one which has Dror's opening appeal to destroy America: Intro.
Rulla: Arserection tape
Pierre Henry: La Voyage LP
Nico: The Marble Index LP
Edward Ruchalski: WaterTrain CD
1/3 Octave Band: I Will Pass By Here CD
Richard Pinhas: Chronolyse CD
Gordon Mumma: Live-Electronic Music CD
C.C.C.C.: Chaos is the Cosmos CD
Bruce Haack: Electric Lucifer CD
Consumer Electronics @ No Fun
Haters @ No Fun
Whitehouse @ Blå, Oslo
Ace in the Hole
Paul Auster: The Music of Chance
Bao Ninh: The Sorror of War
Drew Daniel: 20 Jazz Funk Greats
NEW RELEASE: SUDDEN INFANT REMIX
I'm usually not so keen on contributing to remix projects, but I was delighted when Sudden Infant asked me to remix a track for their new album "Psychotic Einzelkind" on Blossoming Noise Records. Not a remix album per se, it's all new material from Joke and company, with three mixes by me, Z'ev and Thurston Moore.
NO FUN FEST
Thanks to Carlos Giffoni or setting up an enjoyable No Fun festival at the Knitting Factory in New York this past weekend. I played a set with Dror Feiler. Someone put a clip on YouTube. Later in the year No Fun will issue an LP of our duo, titled "No More Drama".
TAPES NEW REVIEW
Although a year old since its release, I recently found this flattering review on my TAPES box-set. I've been constantly surprised on how well received the box has been. I imagined that four full discs of my adolescent cassette extravagances would only be for the hardcore fan-base (whoever they might be), but have been proven wrong in the wealth of positive feedback it has generated since its release. I figured it would be around forever, but I now see the end of the initial 600 copies pressing.
SLOW ON EMAIL
I won't be answering much email the upcoming weeks as I'm going on a trip to Vietnam.
NEW RELEASE: FIRE ROOM
The debut album of my trio with Paal Nilssen-Love and Ken Vandermark is titled "Broken Music" and is out now on Atavistic Records. The album was recorded in the summer of 2005. Since it was recorded on analogue tape it took some time to get the mixing and mastering done, but it's good to finally have the record out. Here's a sound sample. Read a review as well.
My long-time collaborator and friend Maja S.K. Ratkje has the first CD of her composed works out on Tzadik.
DROR PIECE TOO LOUD
Orchestra refuse to play a piece by Dror Feiler because it's too loud.
Lucio Battisti: Umanamente Uomo Il Sogno CD
Edward Ruchalski: WaterTrain CD
1/3 Octave Band: I Will Pass By Here CD
John Barry: The Ipcress File Soundtrack LP
Lucio Battisti: Unanamente Uomo Il Sogno CD
Pierre Henry: Messe Pour Le Temps Present LP
Government Alpha/PBK: Aduitory Hallucination CD
R.Sundin/Dead Letters: Space is the Place 7"
Burning Star Core: Operator Dead CD
Haswell and Hecker: Upic Warp Tracks CD
Yoko Ono: Fly 2CD
Ferial Confine: The Full Use Of Nothing LP
Mauthausen Orchestra: Kiss The Carpet 10"
Birchville Cat Motel: Four Freckle Constellation LP
The Thing: Now And Forever CD-box
Iron Maiden: Killers CD
Gottfried Michael Köening: Acousmatrix 2CD
Gimme Some Truth
Ils (aka Them)
Fiske/Kverneland: Kanon 1 + 2
Fiske/Kverneland: Olaf G.
COMMISSIONED PIECE AT HENIE-ONSTAD
This sunday I will perform a commssioned piece at the Henie-Onstad Art Centre at Høvikodden outside of Oslo.
This art centre had a central role in presenting experimental, electronic and improvised music in the 60 and 70ies, with people like John Cage, Iannis Xenakis and Mauricio Kagel visiting and presenting/performing their work. Of course the early Norwegian electronic music was performed there as well. For this piece I have been given access to the Henie-Onstad sound archives to use that material any way I like. What I've created is a manic tape-cut-up avalanche. The first version will be performed this weekend, with another one in august. A CD version is also in the works. Here's an interview in Norwegian on subject.
NEW RELEASE: RED TAPE ROT RETURNS!
After a nine year break me and my good friend Ronnie Sundin, aka Bad Kharma, are ready to continue the Red Tape Rot
cassette series. Red Tape Rot 6 is available on Fukk Tapes as of now. First 30 copies is an 'art' edition in which each copy includes and original drawing by Ronnie. This is to be followed by a regular editon (no drawing I guess). Good to have Ronnie back doing noise again. I also suggest you pick up his eminent book "The History of Electronic Music", published by Häpna last year.
Norwegian magazine Utflukt's recent issue is a DVD. It contains a four minute video collage of me in various situations around the world.
The piece is titled "Video Journals 2004-2007" and the soundtrack is a reharsh of the entire "It's Not The End Of The World" album. Edited by my sister Gry Marhaug. The DVD also has stuff by Maja Ratkje and other norwegian sound/visual artists. Available from the Utflukt website.
Dror and me will be performing at No Fun in May, hopefully to a more friendly crowd than this (no bullets or tear-gas).
JAZKAMER 8-MAN LINE-UP IN BERGEN
Here's a clip from when a 8-man strong Jazkamer line-up performed at the Borealis festival in Bergen last weekend. The clip is from the final moments, basically just me pulverizing the remains of Jørgen's guitar and Hirsohi Hasegawa screaming. Amusingly it sounds rather power-electronics like, but there was a good half-hour of blastbeat bonanza before this bit. They put up some pictures as well. (For reasons unknown we were billed as Metal Music Machine, not Jazkamer).
Toumeirovo: Otete CD
Tony Conrad: Four Violins LP
John Fahey: Volume 1 Blind Joe Death LP
Neu: 75 LP
Feral Confine: The Full Use of Nothing LP
Black Sabbath: Live Evil LP
Pierre Henry: Messe Pur Le Temps Present LP
Television: Marquee Moon LP
Tangerine Dream: various 70ies LPs
Franco Battiato: Fetus CD
Toru Takemitsu: Film Music CD Box
France Gall: Poupee de Son CD
Jacks: Vacant World CD
Hako Yamazaki: mid 70ies album CD
Goblin: Roller LP
Cracksteel: Look Homeward Angel CDR
Hitomi Yaida: I/Flancy CD
Yoshiko Sai: all six albums just reissued on CD
John Barry: Ipcress File soundtrack LP
John Tilbury: Mr John Cage's Prepared Piano LP
Masonna: Ultimate Collection Vol. 1 + 2 CDs
Abe Sada: 7"
There Will Be Blood
In The Shadow of the Moon
O Lucky Man (finally on DVD!)
Iron Maiden: Live After Death (finally on DVD!)
I Will Walk Like A Crazy Horse
Tony Conrad/Michael Duch/C. Spencer Yeh
Sir Richard Bishop
Kind words on the Cracked website:
And Pica titles:Hild, Incapacitants and Hijokaidan
NEW RELEASE: REVOLUTION SINGLE
New Canadian label Ketchup Cavern has released a one-sided 7"single solo single of me called If The Revolution Could Start Right Now. An angry piece of scrap metal bashing recorded last summer and pressed in a limited editio of 248 copies. Order from the Ketchup Carvern website (also a sound sample posted). Also got a stack available from me.
Anoema Records did an interview with your truly on their website to promote the Quality Control album.
VOLCANIC TONGUE COLUMN
The fine people at Volcanic Tongue asked me to contribute a column for their site. I used the occasion to celebrate some of my favorite norwegian sound-art classics, titled simply: The Best Norwegian Music You've Never Heard About.
Just home from another fantastic Japan tour. My thanks to Shayne Bowden for booking/making it all possible. Numerous highlights flicker in my mind; but the one that sticks out the most was experiencing the five-piece Hijokaidan set at Fukuoka Extreme Musical Festival. About as enjoyable and fulfilling a noise gig can get. Hats off to Mr Hiroshige and his jolly crew. My design-pal Håvard came along for the first half of the trip and has posted pictures on his blog. Also thanks to the Lord of Glass; Mr. Justice Yeldham, for being such a fine touring-companion.
In February Jazkamer will be touring in Japan together with the man of glass; Justice Yeldham. Special thanks to Shayne Bowden and Hiroshi Hasegawa for setting it up the shows. This will be my third time to Japan in less than a year, needless to say I enjoy it there. Here's what I did last time. And another one, and another one.
Bad Kharma: cassette box
K2: Pathosonico Anatomico cassette box
Magical Power: Magical Power Mako CD
Airway: Live at Lace CD
Cluster: first LP
Black Sabbath: Heaven and Hell LP
Yoshii Wada: Rise and Fall of the Elephantine Crocodile CD
Morita Doji: various
Toru Takemitsu: Film Works vol 2 and 3 CD
Sir Richard Bishop: Polytheistic Fragments LP
David Tudor: Neural Synthesis CD
Ashtray Naviagtions: A Monument to British Rock 3LP
The Boxer's Omen
The Ipcress File
Nightmare USA - Stephen Thrower
(finally a new book on cinema with something new to offer, brilliant)
NEW ON PICA: HIJOKAIDAN, INCAPACITANTS, BIRCHVILLE CAT MOTEL
Three new CD releases on Pica Disk out this week:
HIJOKAIDAN: Polar Nights Live
BIRCHVILLE CAT MOTEL: Gunpowder Temple of Heaven
INCAPACITANTS: Burning Orange
More details at www.picadisk.com
Awright - a bit late this first post of 2008. 2008 started with a bang - first the 2008 edition of the All Ears festival. Great fun, with amazing performance from people like John Wiese, 16 Bitch Pile Up, Lars Myrvoll/Ole Henrik Moe, Pymathon, Art Directors, Kobi and others. The festival was a great success in all possible ways and we already look forward to start working on next years fest. Interview by the norwegian website Ballade.
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