Tuesday, November 21, 2017

Streaming ECM



Like it or not, but music streaming is here.

Even ECM records are now available on Spotify and other services!

If you don´t own them already, you may now check out the Michael Mantler albums with Robert Wyatt on them too (ECM and Watt labels).

- "The Hapless Child" (Watt 1976) with words by Edvard Gorey.

- "Silence" (Watt 1977) with words by Harold Pinter.
(Catalogued as Various Artists: "No answer / Silence" on Spotify)

- "Many Have No Speech" (Watt 1988) (words by Beckett, Meister, Soupault)
(Also as Various Artists on Spotify)

-"The School of Understanding" (ECM 1997)

- "Hide and Seek" (ECM 2001) with words by Paul Auster.

More info as always on "Une Discographie De Robert Wyatt"!

Thursday, November 2, 2017

Robert Wyatt and Alfreda Benge “Chat”



Dave Larder is chatting with Robert Wyatt and Alfie for the Lincolnshire Art and Music Bulletin.

Unfortunately I am not able to embed it here, so run on over to SoundCloud for a listen.

Dave Larder says: This is not really an interview, it’s more of a chat mainly because (1) Robert can talk for hours and (2) I don’t claim to be any sort of interviewer. Also, due to my technical inability, the songs that we talk about are not chronologically linked throughout the talking. Instead, I have published a play list – and listeners can choose how and when they listen to the songs.

Wednesday, October 25, 2017

Phil Miller



Phil Miller (Matching Mole, Hatfield and the North, National Health etc) died 18 October 2017. R.I.P.

Here is Sid Smith´s tribute from the yellow room (tracklist here).

Late Junction: Robert Wyatt



Will you please hurry up! Only 22 days left to listen!

BBC Radio 3 Late Junction: Verity Sharp at home with Robert Wyatt.

"Over the course of an hour and a half he looks back on the last 50 years of his life as an artist and an avid music collector, picking out selections dear to his heart - from his love of British tenor Peter Pears to his fanaticism for early jazz singers and Ivor Cutler's absurdism. Verity also brings some of her own choices, sparking discussions around British surrealism, his dislike of the 'wobbly singers' of opera, his undying love for life partner Alfie and a frank conversation about his battle with depression, before giving us a quick piano lesson to boot. An intimate portrait of a truly British voice with a love of the absurd and an ear for the unusual".

Sunday, October 8, 2017

A Robert Wyatt Construction Kit



Check out John O´Rourke´s Robert Wyatt Construction Kit!
Photo stolen from the site.

It´s made by oak, and here is some info from O´Rourke: "There are three buildings inside of his cranium and Robert has placed something within one of them. I've no idea what it is, nor will it ever be revealed. The beard is currently in progress and then I have his hair to add. All of the holes will be plugged with cross grained oak, to fully match the components. Following that there will be further forms to create below his head, mainly architectural but with Romanesque influences: I love the Lewis Chessmen and without mimicking them in any way, there will be an indirect allusion to their form".

More to come on the Construction Kit blog I guess.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Ivor Cutler on Jimmy Fallon´s Do Not Play list



It´s really hard to watch Jimmy Fallon and his folks laughing at Ivor Cutler, showing his "A Flat Man" LP and playing "Jam" (even if they kind of say they like it too in there?).

Starting at 2:10 if you can take it.

Ivor Cutler is on all my play lists!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

FOMO, Mofos!



A solo performance by Mary Pearson called "FOMO, Mofos!" (Fear of missing out, motherfuckers!) is touring UK in October.

"FOMO, mofos! is a dreamlike reflection on the consequences of hyper-connectivity and continuous self-exposure. Passing through cult classic films Blow-up and Mullholland Drive and the songs of Robert Wyatt, Kraftwerk and John Lennon, it explores vigilance, rootlessness, and the human animal's desire to conquer time and space".

More info here, and here is a Facebook Event (where I stole the photo).

Hoping for some footage or a list of the Robert Wyatt songs being used.