Political Cinema in Shattered Times : Jimmy´s Hall & Night Moves

In these highly political times, two quiet but nevertheless breathtaking political movies are still to be seen in berlin cinemas, so I´d like to say a few words about them after seeing them last week.  The new Ken Loach movie “Jimmy´s Hall” and Kelly Reichhard´s “Night Moves”.

Although Jimmy´s Hall is  a story that takes part in the 30ies and the plot of Night Moves is set up nowadays, there are several parallels to be found in both movies: the story is quasi – documentary –  in the Ken Loach film directly based on the story of Jimmy Gralton, an irish communist who moved away to New York in the roaring 20ies but returned 1o years later to support the irish struggle for independence and opened in the small village a self administrated hall for dancing, debating, painting,  boxing or poetry lectures,  soon well known as “Jimmy´s Hall”. The catholic church fought with all their power against this free “antichrist” space and in the end, Jimmy has to flee his village,  but is cought by the collaborating police and is expelled to the US as the only native Irishmen ever. To this documented story, Loach adds a few fictional elements like the love story of Jimmy with his old love.

In Night Moves,  there is not a concrete archetype case nor is it based on a book (although there was a controversy about this film having too much similarites with the book: The Monkey Wrench Gang) but the story of a group of enviromentalists is playing on a farm in a modern alternative eco-project in Oregon. Kelly Reichard explains in a interview with indiekino berlin, that this actual existing farm was the starting point of the movie and the amateur actors were casted for this movie there, too,  so the story was –  as she explains later – a natural consequence of the debates of the political culture in this ecological scene and the people living on this farm.

But there are more similarities:  Both films play in the deep countryside and not in big cities, far from modern technology,  but in both movies you´ll find utopian micro-states like the ecological project space  in Night Moves or the people of Jimmy´s Hall in the village in Ireland.

As well, the main actors has to flee in both movies in the end into illegality, step out of reality and leave the normal life and cope with the consequences of being “outside(r)”.  So here it comes to the current debated political questions of leaving home, being a refugee, loosing securities as well as lacking a place of something called “home”.

Although both movies ask the moral justification of the actions – in Jimmy´s Hall in concrete the actions of the police, the church and Jimmy and in Night Moves it questions the morality of the terroristic act in it´s naiv theory and in practice, after it´s clear,  that something went terribly wrong, none of the films is painting a simple black and white picture of good and evol. We really see the fears of the pastor, we really feel the fears of one of the main actors Joey in Night Moves that his involved Friend will talk about the actions and his uncapability to cope with that situation – and moreover we see in his lonelyness and his falling out of society the weakness of the actors and the hero turns into an anti-hero.

Maybe Night Moves is a dark Dystopia (although Reichard rejects, this being a political film in an interview in left wing magazine konkret, august 2014)  whilst Jimmy´s Hall is more a picture of a communist or communitarian utopia (turned then into a tragedy),  that could never be one to one transfered into our time, but seen in its struggle and in its part-time sucess and mere existence as an warm, emotional symbol of how these days wars and conflicts should be solved or at least discussed – in contrary to the naive blind actionism of the night moves protagonists, who seem to have not debated the consequences of their actions in advance at all :

In the symbol of Jimmy´s Hall.

 

 

 

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Hommage á Kabylie – Weird French Psychodelia, Jazz & Exotica of the 70ies

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Here´s my second french compilation, focussing more on exotic jazzy 70ies psychodelia, with Raphael´s Homage a Kabylie as a title.

Ps: Sorry for the lo-fi quality of this recording.

Hommage a Kabylie - Weird French Psychodelia, Jazz & Exotica of the 70ies by Schwarz Jochen on Mixcloud

Tracklist:

Unknown – Jef Gilson
Tanka II – Brigitte Fontaine & Areski
Et je le vois la m´emmener – Louis Chedid
Ursula et Grelu – Annie Girandot & Bernhard Fresson
Monsieur le Chef de Gare…- Brigitte Fontaine
Sunny Road to Salina – Christophe
Raconte – toi – Yves Simon
Danse la neige et le Vent – Graziella / Jef Gilson
Naima (coltrane) – les Double Six
Au pays des Merveilles de Juillet – Yves Simon
Rose Rouge Sang – Jean Claude Vannier
Melody – Serge Gainsbourg
Samba miaux – Full Moon Ensemble
Voila (pitched down) – Francoise Hardy
En Vadrouille a Montpellier – Pierre Vallissiu
Les miracle de Moutons – Antoine Duhamel
La fin de la Vie-la debut de survinance – Cheval Fou
Homage á Kabylie – Raphael

(Silence)

Bonus: Les anarchistes / ni dieu ni maitre – Léo Ferré
85 min.

by joe le taxi 08/2014

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Tomorrow: Neutral Milk Hotel in Berlin

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Just a quick post: I am very happy to see Jeff Mangum´s legendary band Neutral Milk Hotel performing tomorrow in original line-up at Postbahnhof. The concert is sold out since a while, sorry. So hope you cared for tickets before. Me and my friend Falko Teichmann will spin a few records before and between the concert from 7 pm.on.

19 pm. door
20 pm. Boogarin
21.15 pm. Neutral Milk Hotel live

on decks before & between the concerts: falko teichmann & joe le taxi

Infos:

http://puschen.tickets.de/de/events/4677-NEUTRAL_MILK_HOTEL

Neutral Milk Hotel

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* Orphan´s Lament or the Right to Cry * (the about:blank ambient & loner folk set)

* Orphan´s Lament or the Right to Cry * (the about:blank ambient & loner folk set) by Schwarz Jochen on Mixcloud

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This is the re-recorded dj set, I played yesterday (as far as I remember) in the lovely garden at the techno club about:blank at the down by the river festival after the concerts were finished to calm the people down.

It´s a selection of folk & ambient sounds of recent artists like Ignatz, Amen Dunes or Kurt Vile and 70ies american or british loner folk classics.

So never mind love songs, dolphins & orphans lament. And sorry for fading out one of the most amazing tracks lately, Matt Elliott´s 17 minutes masterpiece “The Right to cry”.
(At 5 past midnight the techno sounds started from the inside…)

“This light will disappear like breath on a mirrow”.
(Sackville, the principle of science)

Thank you for a lovely festival!

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Tracklist

Dance of Death John Fahey (Zabriskie Pont)
Evening Dangle Scott Tuma (Cracker where am I? Tape)
Road to Siam Sir Richard Bishop (Road to Siam 10”)
Castle of stars Ed Askew (Blue Piano)
Spells TwinSisterMoon (Snowbringer cult)
Dolphins Fred Neil (Fred Neil)
Early morning Rain Neil Young (A letter home)
Slow Train Kevin Morby (Harlem River)
Red Apples Kurt Vile (God is saying this to you)
Dog and Siren Micah blue smalldone (the Ring of the Rise)
Orphan´s Lament Robbie Basho (Visions of the Future)
How can I Leave  Michael Hurley (Songs of Lale Waterson)
My autumn´s done come Unknown Singing Objects (7”)
Ethio Song Amen Dunes (Goddamn I hate the blues! 7”)
Tennage boys Ignatz & de stervende Honden (s/t)
Housewarming David Danielle (8 Tracks,one Paths compilation)
Hey Chicago Low (Songs for a Dead Pilot)
Add Infinity Mountains (Choral)
The singer Dirty Beaches (7”)
Chanson pour la Hase Woelv (Pamplemoussi)
Lost Wisdom Mount Eerie w/Julie Doiron(s/t)
Crazy Snow (excerpt) MV & EE (Shade Grown)
The Principles of Science Sackville (the Principles of Science)
Something new Dino Valente (s/t)
Cold in Philadelphia Perry Leopold (Experiment in Metaphysics)
Love Song Tim Hardin (III, Lilith russion edition live bonus LP)
Tell me why Anonymous choir (sing Neil Young´s After the Goldrush)
The Right to Cry(excerpt) Matt Elliott (Only Myrocardial Infarction can break your heart)

by joe le taxi, ca.130 min,
dj set set, the 26.7.2014, 10-12 pm.
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As Cover I made a photo-still of Ignatz´Teenage Boys LP

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Down by the River Festival #6

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Just a short reminder: Tomorrow, friday the festival down by the river festival will start with the warm up @ klunkerkranich. I am looking forward to see the lovely bristol folks Rozi Plain, This is the Kit and Jamie Harisson live.

Rozi Plain

This is the Kit:

(I will play from 21/22 pm. an eclectic soul/afro/outernational set with freshly reissued tracks by the Black Hippies, Jaf´ar Hassan or Pierre Antoine)

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And saturday at about blank there´s to discover new weird folk artists in a great venue and a mystic garden – like e.g. the spiritual – jazz folks of the Sacred Travelers among others:

(I will play saturday from 10pm a more quiet ambient / folk dj set & there will be one Ignatz song, hidden in the set for sure!)

Infos, the whole programme and the aftershow party @ kino zukunft see here:
http://www.downbytheriver-berlin.de/

Warm-Up

Friday, 07.25.2014 at Klunkerkranich (Karl-Marx-Str. 66, 12053 Berlin, roof parking deck)

Time Act
13:00 DJ Falko Teichmann
16:00 DJ Soda Club
19:00 – 22:00 Live: Rozi Plain, Jamie Harrison, This Is The Kit
22:00 DJ Joe le Taxi

Admission: 3 Euros (tickets are only available at the door, no pre-sale!)

 

Saturday:

Timetable

14:00 DC Schneider
15:30 Yoyoyo Acapulco
17:15 Schnipo Schranke
19:00 The Sacred Travelers
21:00 Skiing
22:00 DJ Joe le Taxi
Laute Bühne (outdoor)
14:45 Rozi Plain & Jamie Harrison
16:15 Jakob Dobers
18:00 Heidi Alexander
19:45 Charlie Megira & the Bet She’an Valley Hillbillies
Gebüschbühne (outdoor)
16:30 Jolly Goods
18:45 Zentralheizung of Death des Todes
20:00 ZA!

Afterparty

Saturday, 07.26.2014 at Zukunft am Ostkreuz (Laskerstr. 5, 200 meters vom ://about blank).

Time Act
22:00 DJ M.RUX
23:00 – open end DJs Spatz Habibi, Falko Teichmann, Mohair Sam

Free entrance with festival wristband.

So see you this weekend down by the river!
(dutch rythm steel band)

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Ed Askew ´s “Rose” released by Okraina Records label

The lovely Brussels based label okraina records, named after a 1933 Boris Barnet film, concentrating on double 10″ records, just released after an ignatz & Harris Newman collaboration and a 3-sided 10″ by Éloise Decazes with franko-canadian´s Eric Chenaux now two radio shows by Ed Askew on an double 10″ called “Rose”.

One is with Ed´s friend Steve Gunn at the 2010 Greg Healey show, the other record is with Joshua Burkett for WFMU in 2007 (Rob Miller Show). Some of the songs are versions from early Ed Askew Albums like “Little Eyes” or “Little Infinite Love Song” – some are on the 2013 album “For the world” like the tracks “Maple Street”, Roadio Rose” or “Drum Song”, although Ed Askew explaines in the spoken word parts of the tracks,that the new songs are written shortly after the first album in 1970.

Well, like I wrote earlier about Ed Askew´s reissues on De Stijl / Drag City “Imperfiction” and the 7″: “Here We Are Together Again / Yellow Dollars” aleady, his songs are deep, raw, poetic & heartbreaking and influenced generations of loner folk finger or recent finger picking guitarists like James Blackshaw, Steve Gunn or Daniel Bachmann, just to mention a few of some of the amazing anglo-american folk singer songwriter scene these days.

So it´s a wonderful to make these recordings not just dust in the webspace but make them available physical in a lovely packaged and designed double 10″ record treasure.

Merci bien and by the way, please listen as well to the other releases by Okraina Records, like the Ignatz 10″, as long as they are available, it´s worth it!

Buy it here: http://okrainarecords.bandcamp.com/album/rose

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Ed Askew´s other diverse releases are surely worth a re-listening, too.
http://edaskew.bandcamp.com/

I love especially this one! “Blue Piano”

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Here´s another great show by Ed Askew for la Blogotheque:

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Choubi Choubi! Folk and Pop Sounds from Iraq reissue

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Sublime frequencies reissued its 2006 CD compilation of iraqi folk and pop sounds as an LP, collected from tapes mostly in the “choubi choubi” style, played with a hand drum called kishba.

Sublime Frequencies:

Meticulously selected from Iraqi cassettes and LPs found in Syria, Europe and the Iraqi neighborhoods of Detroit, Michigan, this unique collection of folk and pop styles displays a wealth of outstanding music that is exclusive to Iraq and has rarely been showcased abroad. There are many reasons why Iraqi music stands alone in the dynamic world of Arabic music: one example is the unbelievable rapid fire machine-gun rhythms fluttering atop the main tempo.
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I like the more slomo tracks e.g. by Sadun Jabir, the strange disco track by Souad Abdullah or by an unknown female artist:

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But for me, the real treasure of this double LP is the bonus 7″ with three essential songs of Jaa´far Hassan, an iraqi folk singer, who released a single, hard to get LP released in East Germany in 1970, called “let´s sing together” – but little is know about his later life. (some informtion I found here in this great blog with 2 Tracks by Hassan, featured as well)

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Additionally there are three cuts from Ja’afar Hassan’s 1970s record, “Let’s Sing Together”. Being a folk-rock record, it’s a true anomaly for Iraq. Hassan was a mouthpiece for the Iraqi Socialist movement just a few years before Saddam Hussein. But most of the music in this collection was produced during the Saddam period– between the 1980s and 2002. Since the 2003 invasion and the wholesale disassembly of the country, classic tracks like these may already be part of a disappeared past. 2LP + bonus 7″ edition of the original CD release from 2006.

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