Saturday, 28 February 2009

The Netherlands (Band)

Artwork:Marleen Buenen

The Netherlands

"are a collective effort.
The Netherlands don’t have a front man. We don’t have a face. We do have good sounds and good songs."
'We Are Not'
"‘We Are Not’ is the first album. It is art pop, dub reggae, psychedelica, electro.
But then again, it’s not."
My Space.

Paul Kelly - A to Z downloads (O)

Paul Kelly @ Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne 5/02/09.
(Photo by TimN)

Just a reminder that the 'O' downloads are now available here.
(THE) OLDEST STORY IN THE BOOK/OUR SUNSHINE/OTHER PEOPLE’S HOUSES
"Song number one is a Tom, Dick and Harry story. Our three heroes get mixed up with June and the moon. Tom gets the girl, Harry gets the song and Dick’s just happy to be in a rock and roll band.
Our Sunshine is the title of a novel by Robert Drewe based on the life and times of Ned Kelly. “Our Sunshine” is supposedly what Ned’s dad used to call him when he was a child. I wrote this song with Mick Thomas in Mt Macedon.
Truman Capote once wrote a (long) short story based on a day he spent accompanying a cleaning woman on her rounds in various apartments in Manhattan. She smokes dope and plays records as she goes about her work. The great Louvin Brothers’ song, A Tiny Broken Heart, also lurks at the back of Other People’s Houses.
Have a good month."
PK, Feb 27th 2009.

(If you go there tonight and have missed out on the 'N' songs, you can still download them too.
That could be you Loki!)

Cool

FROST
The Lives and Culture of the Sami People
by
Fred Ivar Utsi Klemetsen

"The Sami (Lapps) are the indigenous people of northern Scandinavia. Their language and culture is unique to the region. In Norway, the Sami number about 45,000. There are two main types of Sami – the nomadic people and the sea people. My mother belongs to a family of nomadic Sami who have herded reindeer on the northern mountain plains for centuries. My father belongs to the sea Sami, who lived off farming and fisheries.
The nomadic Sami have traditionally moved throughout the region with their reindeer herds. They follow the reindeer across wide expanses of land in northern Norway, Sweden, Finland and Russia. The reindeer has been essential to the survival of the Sami, who have lived in northern Scandinavia for thousands of years. Their culture is one of hardship, driven by the extreme survival skills needed to get through the long grueling winters on the arctic plains, where the temperature can dip below –50 degrees Fahrenheit. The reindeer has been absolutely essential to their existence, providing the Sami with food, clothing, shelter and tools.
Today, only 1,500 Sami are still herding reindeer. Many have moved to different parts of the country, or lead “ordinary” modern lives. As they abandon their traditional way of life, the Sami culture is also rapidly disappearing.
This is the subject of this project, which consists of photographs shot between 1990 and the present. As with many indigenous cultures, the increasingly aggressive onset of modernity and technology quickly supplants the old way of life. Therefore, I want to document this culture before it is completely gone.
Traditionally, the nomadic Sami herded their animals using dogs and sleighs. Today, the most modern Sami employ helicopters, trucks and snowmobiles. The people I photographed still use traditional methods and dogs, but also some modern tools, such as snowmobiles. They have a traditional gender system, where the women make clothing, tools and souvenirs from the reindeer, while the men are the herders. In more modern families, the women work regular jobs and have university degrees, because the traditional trade is not sufficient to employ an entire family.
I have been proud of my Sami identity since I was a child. When I grew up, I took my mother’s maiden name (Utsi) as part of my name.
Like most indigenous peoples around the world, the Sami were oppressed and mistreated. They were not allowed to use their native language in school, but were instead forced to learn Norwegian. My parents could not speak to each other in their mother tongue even during recess. Eventually, this resulted in the Sami rejecting their own culture and heritage. Many Sami emigrated to the United States because of the persecution they experienced in Norway.
This would also affect my life. My parents did not want their children to experience shame and inferiority because they spoke the Sami language and came from a Sami family, so neither my sibling or I learned to speak Sami. The situation changed in the 1970s. The Sami regained pride in their heritage and identity. The Norwegian government has formally issued an apology to the Sami people.
I consider my documentation of the Sami to be a continuing project. I would like to expand the project to include Sweden, Finland and Russia in the future."


'Inga'
"I often saw Inga like this. She could quietly gaze out the window for several minutes. I could sometimes almost see her life through her wrinkles, like a tree's annual rings."
— Fred Ivar Utsi Klemetsen
(Thanx for the permission to post these here.)
More Photos here.

Joy

More photographs of Sami people by Fred Ivar Utsi Klemetsen can be found here.

Sami flag

The Sami flag was inaugurated during the Sami Conference in Åre, Sweden on 15 August 1986. It was the result of a competition for which many suggestions were entered. The winning design was submitted by the artist Astrid Båhl from Skibotn, Norway.
The motif was derived from the shaman's drum and the poem "Paiven parneh" ("Sons of the Sun") by the south Sami Anders Fjellner describing the Sami as sons and daughters of the sun. The flag has the Sami colours, red, green, yellow and blue, and the circle represents the sun (red) and the moon (blue).

More on the Sami people can be found here.

Sofia Jannok




'Irene'

Sofia Jannok was born in 1982 at Gällivare in the top of Sweden and usually sings in Sami.
Her new album 'áššogáttis / by the embers' was released last month.

(sigh!)

(My thanx to 'Herr B' for turning me on (ahem!) to this beautiful singer.)

(Another sigh!)

Running out of ideas

(2009)

(2003)

Interesting post regarding U2's 'No Line On The Horizon' artwork from 'Dr. Feelgoed' here.
More U2 'coincidences' relating to this cover from 'The Guardian' here.
While we are on the subject of Bozo sorry, Bono, 'Ultra151' brought to my attention an interesting article by Eamon McCann on U2's tax situation.
Read it here.

REPOST - Bob Quine


Matthew Sweet - Girlfriend


Lou Reed - Waves of Fear


Richard Hell & the Voidoids - Blank Generation

REPOST - Quintessential


Bob Quine
1942 - 2004


"Someday Quine will be recognized for the pivotal figure that he is on his instrument, he is the first guitarist to take the breakthroughs of early Lou Reed and James Williamson and work through them to a new, individual vocabulary, driven into odd places by obsessive attention to 'On The Corner' era Miles Davis." (Lester Bangs)

Ikue Mori, Bob Quine & Marc Ribot - El Dorado
Jody Harris & Bob Quine - Flagpole Jitters
Bob Quine & Fred Maher - Village
Bob Quine - Film Music 9 (unreleased)
You can get them all here.

Quine's favourite piece of music 'He Loved Him Madly' by Miles Davis here.
Bob Quine on Lester Bangs here.
Recent article on Quine's death by James Marshall and more music here and here.
Richard Hell on Quine here.

Guyz With Gunz # 1


Richard Hell as 'Nick Detroit'.

A complete guide to Richard Hell's archive which he sold to the New York University Library can be found here.

Fuck rock'n'roll

Bonus:
Television (with Richard Hell on bass) 'Fuck Rock'n'Roll'.

Inspirations


Bio

I first became aware of Richard Hell through a couple of articles in the English music papers NME and Melody Maker back in 1975. These were reports of the then nascent CBGB's scene and featured Patti Smith, The Ramones and Television ( a band to watch obviously!) amongst others.
Richard Hell had been a member of Television and had then formed The Heartbreakers with ex-New York Doll Johnny Thunders, sharing together a love of no frills rock and hard drugs.
There was just something about him that captivated me and led to a lifelong interest.
His style, his intelligence and mostly I suppose his attitude.
(In a piece that he wrote for 'Hit Parader' back then, that was ostensibly about David Johansen, but which was really nothing less than his manifesto he said that rock'n'roll' was all about attitude and that 100% wasn't enough it had to be more like 300%!)
Of course it wouldn't be until 1977 that I would get to hear his actual music with the release of The Voidoid's 'Blank Generation' album which also featured the incendiary guitar work of Robert Quine.


Richard Hell & the Voidoids
'Blank Generation EP' & 'The Kid With The Replaceable Head' singles are available at 'Pukekos' here.


Friday, 27 February 2009

oh dear...

Jethro Lazenby Cave (Nick's son) modeling for Hedi Slimane.
As Sussanah Breslin twittered..."the Derek Zoolander of our time."
(Have a word with him Dad, will you?)
More shockers here.

h+ ( Issue 2 - Spring 2009) online now

Edited by R.U. Sirius.
Read it online here.
(Previous edition via here.)

US lifts 18 year ban on war dead photos

Story from the 'BBC' here.

The girl effect

With thanx to 'Ultra 151'

Girlz With Gunz # 23

From 'coisas do arco da velha' here.

Inspirations


Bio

I first became aware of Richard Hell through a couple of articles in the English music papers NME and Melody Maker back in 1975. These were reports of the then nascent CBGB's scene and featured Patti Smith, The Ramones and Television ( a band to watch obviously!) amongst others.
Richard Hell had been a member of Television and had then formed The Heartbreakers with ex-New York Doll Johnny Thunders, sharing together a love of no frills rock and hard drugs.
There was just something about Richard Hell that just captivated me and led to a lifelong interest.
His style, his intelligence and mostly I suppose his attitude.
(In a piece that was ostensibly about David Johanssen, that he wrote for 'Hit Parader' back then, which was really nothing less than his manifesto, he said that rock'n'roll' was all about attitude and that 100% wasn't enough it had to be more like 300%!)
Of course it wouldn't be until 1977 that I would get to hear his actual music with the release of The Voidoid's 'Blank Generation' album

Thought for the day

There is no thought for the day today as I had too much to think last night!

Thursday, 26 February 2009

"There ain't no cure for love"

Too true.
(Thank god!)

2


Thought for the day

"Some people never go crazy.
What truly horrible lives they must live."


Charles Bukowski

"Magnificent - and at last there's something to cheer about." *

Real Madrid 0 VS Liverpool 1
Full report from the 'BBC' here.

*Tackhead -'The Game'

Wednesday, 25 February 2009

Capped - back to 'normal' tomorrow

Til then...

Thought for the day

"You say you like my shirt, you say you like my hat,
You never say that you like me or something nice like that."

Kevin Ayers

REPOST - Dudu Pukwana - Flute Music


Dudu Pukwana & Spear
'Flute Music'
Here.

As already mentioned here I was lucky enough to live in London when Dudu was playing around town.
In fact I saw him in London, Glasgow, Liverpool & Amsterdam.
I also worked at a jazz club in London for a while (100 Club) and when he would play there we would have a few ales...
At the end of the night we often found ourselves catching the same bus and Dudu would play his sax to me and whoever else was there at the bus stop.
Wish that I had thought to record those impromptu sessions on my walkman.

This music is just perfect as the weather starts warming up.

There is a Dudu Pukwana discography to be found here
and a wonderful site dedicated to all things 'Brotherhood of Breath/Blue Notes' here.

Nada-nothing-zero-zilch!

Tuesday, 24 February 2009

REPOST - Always wear your helmet

Remember kids that if you are going to do drugs, just make sure that you do them safely.
(As demonstrated here by Mr. P. Doherty.)

REPOST - Ken Hyder's Talisker - Land of Stone (ECM 1977)

You can get 'Land of Stone' here.

Talisker
Ken Hyder: drums
Marcio Mattos and John Lawrence: basses
Davie Webster: alto saxophone
John Rangecroft: tenor saxophone, clarinet
Ricardo Mattos: soprano and tenor saxophones, flute
Maggie Nicols, Frankie Armstrong, Brian Eley, and Phil Minton: vocals


Ken Hyder has two web sites here and here.
There you will find tracks from the past and the present to download.
Here is an interview with him from 'The Wire'.
The vocalists, substituting Julie Tippetts (nee Driscoll) for Frankie Armstrong had worked together as 'Voice'.


"...it sounds for all the world like an Albert Ayler album released post-New Grass when the tenor alchemist was experimenting with a woodwind contraption called the chanter—the blown portion of Scottish highland bagpipes. The twin sax / twin bass lineup of Hyder's quintet creates a droning, cantatorial spiritsound one can imagine as the sound of Ayler's dreams."
(From a review of the first Talisker album)

This is my 'desert island disc' and it has never been reissued on CD!

Finally for those of you who were in the Feral Choir when Phil Minton came out here to Melbourne, you can watch (and hear) yourself here and you may recognise one of the vocal motifs from the above album.

Thought for the day

"A carrot is as close as a rabbit gets to a diamond."

Captain Beefheart

Monday, 23 February 2009

REPOST - Global Mix 1

A mix of musical styles though predominantly north African.
After opening aptly on this Sunday morning with Baaba Maal's 'Call to Prayer' we find ourselves 'tranceported' by music from both the mountains and medinas of Maroc, by the psychedelic sounds coming from the Congo in the mid seventies and by the present-time desert blues of Tinariwen and Group Inerane.
From Algeria by way of Paris to the Ju-Ju lands of Nigeria.
From London to New York via Turkey.
Also featuring those bass-masters Jah Wobble & Bill (Have Bass Will Travel) Laswell.

If this compilation doesn't want to make you dance barefoot under the sky then you are already dead.

It can be got from here.
Left click on picture above for list of featured performers.

As an extra bonus you can get Tinariwen's performance from Womad of 2004 here.

Back in a couple of days...

Sunday, 22 February 2009

Vintage gas masks





Japanese gas attack posters (1938)

"Toxic area! Run! Flee!
Better to seek soap and water nearby than to travel to an aid center far away."

"Military use
- Full protection
- Rubber face mask
- Body suit (rubber)
- Filter
- Gloves (rubber)
- Boots (rubber)

Civilian use
- (Right) For any gas except blister gas and tear gas
- (Center) For various types of gas
- (Left) Transparent visor"

"Do not allow victims to walk. Carry them gently.
Head to a nearby shelter.
Move to a safe location upwind."

From 'Pink Tentacle' here.

Nurse - the medication!

Leonard Cohen North American tour dates announced

(Photo by TimN)

04-02 Austin, TX - Michael and Susan Dell Hall at Long Center
04-03 Grand Prarie, TX - Nokia Theatre at Grand Prarie
04-05 Phoenix, AZ - Dodge Theatre
04-07 San Diego, CA - Copley Symphony Hall
04-10 Los Angeles, CA - Nokia Theatre L.A. Live
04-13 Oakland, CA - Paramount Theatre of the Arts
04-17 Indio, CA - Coachella Festival
04-19 Vancouver, British Columbia - General Motors Place
04-21 Victoria, British Columbia - Save-On-Foods Memorial Centre
04-23 Seattle, WA - WaMu Theater at Qwest FieldEvents Center
04-25 Edmonton, Alberta - Rexall Place
04-26 Calgary, Alberta - EPCOR Centre's Jack Singer Hall
04-28 Saskatoon, Saskatchewan - Credit Union Centre
04-30 Winnipeg, Manitoba - MTS Centre
05-03 Minneapolis, MN - Orpheum Theatre
05-05 Chicago, IL - The Chicago Theatre
05-09 Detroit, MI - Fox Theatre
05-11 Columbia, MD - Merriweather Post Pavilion
05-12 Philadelphia, PA - Academy of Music
05-14 Waterbury, CT - Palace Theater
05-16 New York, NY - Radio City Music Hall
05-19 Hamilton, Ontario - Copps Coliseum
05-21 Quebec City, Quebec - Pavillon de la Jeunesse
05-22 Kingston, Ontario - K-Rock Centre
05-24 London, Ontario - John Labatt Centre
05-25 Ottowa, Ontario - National Arts Centre, Southam Hall
05-29 Boston, MA - Wang Theatre
06-02 Morrison, CO - Red Rocks Amphitheatre

Saturday, 21 February 2009

The editorial team here at 'Exile' hard at work on the next post...

Brion Gysin at work

A damn good year


Brion Gysin - Untitled paintings (1960)

More info and paintings can be found here and here.

Cults & Inspirations


Bio

I first became aware of Richard Hell through a couple of articles in the English music papers NME and Melody Maker back in 1975

Phil Minton & Dylan Nyoukis - Battersea Arts Centre 3 February 2009

Mhoraig Coull - APB

It was just such a shock seeing you.
Get in touch through blog if you see this.
A song for you.

Review - Leonard Cohen's first gig in the USA for fifteen years


(Photos by Kathryn Yu)

From 'Pitchfork' here.
More reviews here & here.

The Waterboys - The Whole Of The Moon (Perfect Version)

Hazel Dooney press release (AKA Girlz With Gunz # 22)

'MODERN STRATEGIES OF SURVIVAL, LAKE EYRE ON ACID'
2003 High gloss enamel and reflective vinyl on board, 100cm x 150cm

Three more Hazel Dooney paintings under the hammer at Menzies Art Brands, 25th March
Menzies Art Brands http://www.menziesartbrands.com has announced that three more of Hazel Dooney's enamel paintings – a large work from the now hard-to-find Lake Eyre On Acid series and two smaller Sports Babes, Resized For Easy Consumption – have been submitted for Menzies' major auction of Australian art scheduled for 25th March, in Sydney. Last December, Dooney's large enamel on board painting, Dangerous Career Babe: The Aviatrix, painted in 2008, was sold for $A32,701 at Christie's auction Modern And Contemporary Australian And South African Art in London. This exceeded the low-end of Christie's pre-sale estimate and represented a new record for Dooney's work at auction – an extraordinary achievement during a global economic downturn, especially for a young artist who has yet to exhibit in Europe. Just a week before, one of Dooney's earliest works, a ten-year-old enamel painting, Drowned Ophelia, was sold in Sydney, at Deutscher-Menzies' high profile auction of contemporary art, for over $A13,000. With buyers premium and taxes added, this exceeded the very ambitious pre-sale estimate of $A10,000 to $A14,000. The painting was first sold for around $A1,200.

For further information, please visit http://www.hazeldooney.com and Hazel's popular blog, Self Vs. Self, at http://hazeldooney.blogspot.com

For an interview or further comment, please contact Evie at Hazel Dooney's studio, dooneystudio@gol.com.