4/23/14

Áðrenn alt fer upp í talgildan royk

Var mær ein túr framvið M&M Music & Movies í Dr. Jakobsensgøtu í dag. Handilin letur aftur for good tann 14. juni, og hevur í tí sambandi útsølu, har alt fer fyri hálvan prís. Hálvtrýss prosent, so segði hann, avsláttur.

Ætlanin var gamaní at hyggja pláturnar ígjøgnum, og vita um okkurt áhugavert mundi vera eftir, men fløguhyllarnar fangaðu eygað. Einamest tí eg minnist at hava hugt tær í gjøgnum áður. Har stendur mangt og hvat, og nógv av tí er bæði gott og forkunnugt. Tað mesta er brúkt, men sumt er nýtt.

Tað er við at vera ein farin tíð. Hetta at leita sær innar í ein fløguhandil*, og kanna eftir hvat stendur á hyllunum. Møguliga fara útaftur við fongi. Í mínum føri gjørdist tað til fýra útgávur; eitt gott bland av obskuritetum og ráritetum. M.a. heili tvey soundtracks, ið eg havi ynskt mær síðani fyrsta dagin, men ongantíð kom fram á í teimum døgum, tá fløguhandilsvitjanir vóru regluligar.

Fari her stutt at siga okkurt um tær fýra útgávurnar, ið komu við til hús:

Organisation: Tone Float (1970, áðrenn Kraftwerk).
Eigi hesa útgávuna á LP, men hon er somikið forkunnug, at eg tími at hava hana á fløgu eisini. Organisation var ikki nakar seiglívaður bólkur, og er í dag mest kendur fyri at telja Ralf Hütter og Florian Schneider-Esleben millum limirnar. Teir báðir stovnaðu Kraftwerk stutt eftir at Organisation fóru hvør til sítt. Tone Float var innspæld í 1969, og ljóðar eisini hareftir: abstraktur sýrurockur við jazz ískoytum. Nú á døgum gongur tað undir øgiliga breiða paraply heitinum "krautrock". Fløgan er útgivin á "Crown Records" í 1996, og eg skal ikki siga tað fyri vist, men eg havi varhugan av at talan er um bootleg (sum er kul).
Bruce Springsteen: The Ghost of Tom Joad (1995, Japanese Vinyl Mini Replica Limited Edition).
Ein góð The Boss pláta frá 90'unum. Hon rakti eina nerv onkursvegna. Hetta við at leita aftur til Steinbeck og Grapes of Wrath og dust bowl og Woody Guthrie og tað. Eitt, ið ger hetta til eina serliga plátu fyri meg, er at hon er mastra av Dave Collins í A&M Mastering Studios í Los Angeles. Sami Dave Collins hevur mastrað plátuna hjá Tuxedo Rebels, ið kemur út um skamma stund. Tað gerst ikki minni stuttligt av at akkurát hetta eintakið er "made in Japan". Stórbært!
Dead Man Walking Soundtrack (1995, her í legacy edition serútgávu inkl. DVD).
Bruce Springsteen er eisini við her, umframt Eddie Vedder, Johnny Cash, Tom Waits, Patti Smith, Nusrat Fateh Ali Khan og onnur góð fólk. Filmurin gjørdi stórt inntrykk, og eg minnist at vit dyrkaðu soundtrackið. Eg lænti fløguna frá onkrum vinmanni, men av onkrari orsøk kom eg ongantíð fram á hana í nøkrum fløguhandli. Nú er hon so her, enntá í "legacy edition" við DVD fløgu afturat. Har er ein Dead Man Walking - the concert á. Gleði meg at hyggja og lurta.

O Brother Where Art Thou? Soundtrack (2000).
Enn ein filmur, ið man hevur dyrkað nógv. Coen brøðurnir brilliera sum filmmakarar, og T-Bone Burnett brillierar sum soundtrack prodúsari. Soundtrackið vakti ein nýggjan áhuga fyri amerikonskum fólkatónleiki, og tað er einki løgið í hesum, tí tað er á tremur við fantastiska góðum og hjartanemandi tónleiki. Her er sama søga: eg kom ongantíð framá fløguna fyrrenn nú.

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Tey siga, at nú skal alt ganga fyri seg talgilt. Man skal allarhelst stroyma, og kanska downloada (um man er grammur). Tað er gamaní hent, men eg loyvi mær at ivast í um tað er ein nøktandi háttur at finna og njóta tónleik. Hvat við skjalfestingini? Hvat verður av øllum, tá tú hevur lurtað og hugt eftir tí? Hvør goymir okkara talgildu minni?  (Jú jú, Elsebeth Mercedis og løgmaður og NSA, men eg meini við tey minnini, ið hava týdning).

Tá eg fyri tíð síðan skrivaði á Facebook, at orsøkin til at eg ikki tími Spotify er at tað er tónleikur sum kranavatn, komu ymiskar reaktiónir. Onkur nevndi tøkniligt arbeiðsloysi og luddittar, og undirstrikaði fáfongdina í at setast upp ímóti tøkniligum nýbrotum og teim broytingum, ið tey føra við sær. Hetta er sjálvandi rætt, men eg haldi at tað eru fleiri aspekt í tí. Í førinum við tónleiki  eru í stuttum tríggjar síður av sakini: arbeiðshættir/marknaður, tøkni og estetikkur. Tøknilig nýbrot føra við sær broytingar í arbeiðishátti og marknaði; í útbreiðsluni av tónleiki, og tað er alt í lagi við tí. Men eitt framstig innan arbeiðshættir og markna, er ikki neyðturviliga eitt estetiskt framstig. Hvørt talgildingin av tónleikinum er eitt estetiskt fram- ella afturstig, tað er spurningurin. Hann hongur enn í luftini, og verður óivað hangandi í komandi tíðum. Fyri tað er tað vert at reflektera yvir og tosa um.

Sum sagt letur Music & Movies aftur t. 14. juni, og eigarin flytir av landinum. Eg veit ikki nær vit fara at síggja ein slíkan special/2nd hand handil aftur í Havnagøtum, um nakrantíð. Um tú hevur minsta áhugan fyri tónleiki og filmi á fysiskum miðlum, so er at stinga høvdið innum áðrenn latið verður aftur fyri síðstu ferð. Kanska onkur dýrgripur verður funnin, áðrenn alt fer upp í talgildan royk.
Inner sleeve til Organisation: Tone Float
Baksíða á Organisation: Tone Float (ferðslu keylan til vinstru indikerar at hetta er pre-Kraftwerk, í og við at báðar tær fyrstu Kraftwerk pláturnar hava ávikavist eina reyða og grøna ferðslu keylu á húsanum. Klistrimerkið niðast til høgru indikerar nakað, ið verður søga fyrsta dagin. Hvør skjalfestir minnini?)


*Her stóð "plátu/fløguhandil" áður, men eg broytti tað til "fløguhandil", tí pláturnar munnu í framtíðini fara at hava betri sømdir enn fløgurnar.

4/5/14

20 years ago today

Kurt Cobain (Feb. 20, 1967 - April 5, 1994).
Give me a Leonard Cohen afterworld, so I can sigh eternally
-Kurt Cobain, 'Pennyroyal Tea'.

"I'm sorry I couldn't have spoken to the young man. I see a lot of people at the Zen Centre, who have gone through drugs and found a way out that is not just Sunday school. There are always alternatives, and I might have been able to lay something on him."
-Leonard Cohen (responding to Cobain's death).
I was 14 when Kurt Cobain took his own life. Nirvana was the soundtrack of so many intense teenage emotions and experiences and our obsession with Kurt only grew afterwards.

I didn't become aware of the Leonard Cohen reference in 'Pennyroyal Tea' until years later. The thing is that in those days I was so obsessed with Nirvana that I had posters and song lyrics hanging on my bedroom walls. I even put up a printed copy of Kurt's suicide letter. My mother didn't like that one bit. It was too much. Also, she didn't approve of a lot the loud rock music I listened to. We had our arguments.

One day I found Leonard Cohen's Greatest Hits in her CD collection and took it to my room. I began listening to it. At loud volume. But there was no arguing. When my mother realized that I was digging some of "her" music we struck up a different kind of conversation and enjoyed a mutual appreciation of Leonard Cohen. I remember it as one of the first instances where we agreed upon something musically while acknowledging that we were from different generations and had different outlooks.

The above incidents took place in Aarhus, Denmark, where we were living at the time. Whenever I hear Leonard Cohen's 'Suzanne' I think of Aarhus and our apartment. In my mind there was a scent of tea and oranges in the air.

Today it is 20 years ago since Kurt Cobain took his own life. My girlfriend and I put on the Unplugged in New York DVD earlier today to mark the occasion. The Leonard Cohen line in 'Pennyroal Tea' stood out to me and things came back in my mind. I must say I really like Leonard's heartfelt response to Cobain's suicide. I wonder what it must feel like to be referenced and covered by people and then outliving them.

Let the music play.

4/2/14

Tangerine Dream, Michael Rother, Dieter Moebius live in Tivoli tomorrow!

I am - mildly put - looking very much forward to this gig tomorrow. A year ago, I hadn't seen any of the great German bands of the era spanning from the late 60's to the early 80's. The era and music which was labelled "krautrock" by British journalists. Then Kraftwerk came to Roskilde '13, we saw it, and it was good! 

And then out of nowhere this triple whammy was announced in December and we bought tickets right away. Before the concert there will be an artist talk feat. Edgar Froese (Tangerine Dream), Michael Rother & Hans Lampe and Dieter Moebius. It will be moderated by music journalist Jan Sneum. We also managed to get tickets to that (free tickets but limited to 150 people on a first come first serve basis).

The concert will open with Dieter Moebius performing the music of Cluster, Cluster & Eno, Harmonia and Moebius & Plank. Then it's Michael Rother feat. Hans Lampe performing the music of NEU!, Harmonia and Michael Rother solo. And last but not least Tangerine Dream's debut live performance of their soundtrack to William Friedkin's Sorcerer (1977) in its entirety.

Wow. Just wow. Over these last couple of years there has probably not been any other era of music that I've been more into than krautrock. After tomorrow I will have seen live representations of the music of Tangerine Dream, Michael Rother, NEU!, Harmonia, Cluster, Cluster & Eno and Moebius & Plank. Add that to Kraftwerk last year. That's crazy! Now if only there was a CAN and/or Faust related gig happening soon...that would mean full circle :)

I have blogged several times about krautrock earlier so if you'd like further thoughts on that go here, here, here, here, here, here or here.

I'll also leave you with some amazing albums. Maybe you'll find the right hour sometime to check them out. They're all worth it!






4/1/14

Frankie Knuckles R.I.P.

Frankie Knuckles 1955-2014.
Earlier today I read the news that legendary DJ and producer Frankie Knuckles has passed away at age 59. Frankie Knuckles was a legend of house music and was called the "Godfather of House Music" by some.

Born and raised in the Bronx, he started out DJ'ing disco and soul in the early and mid 70's New York scene along with Larry Levan and others. Later he moved to Chicago and became an integral part of the house scene at The Warehouse (the namesake of the house genre).

My girlfriend Solveig and I are a DJ duo and we go by the name of Sugardaddy & Honeypie. Last year we were invited to open the Grundin DJ stage at G! Festival in the Faroe Islands with a disco set.

We happily obliged and snuck in Frankie Knuckles' seminal house track 'Your Love'. Knuckles was a pioneer of house music but what he did was also steeped in the sounds, beats and vibes of disco. Future disco, if you will, and 'Your Love' exemplifies this brilliantly. Awesome and beautiful dance music. May he rest in peace.