Minimalismus & die (Wieder)entdeckung der Langsamkeit im digitalen Zeitalter: Thomas Arslans “Helle Nächte”

In der fantastischen, einzigartigen Landschaft Nordnorwegens – in der Umgebung von Tromsö – spielt Thomas Aslans “Helle Nächte”, der gestern im kleinen FSK Kino Berlin-Premiere hatte mit einen kleinen Filmgespräch mit dem Regisseur anschließend. In endlosen Kamerafahrten erinnert der Film manchmal fast an einen Western, die schwindelerregende Fahrt mit dem Auto in den Nebel hinein gehört zu den eindrucksvollsten und hypnotischsten der neueren modernen Filmgeschichte.

Zu Recht erhielt die intensive Vater – Sohn Geschichte bei der Berlinale einen silberner Bären. In dem Q & A gestern erzählte Thomas Arslan über das Casting und den Dreh mit dem überragenden Georg Friedrich und dem jungen Tristan Göbel (zu sehen zuletzt in Fatih Akin´s Tschick).

Der Minimalismus und die Langsamkeit des Films erinnert an Arslans frühe Filme “Geschwister”, “Dealer” oder den klarklaren Film Noir “im Schatten”. Die Kritik an “Helle Nächte” reibt sich dann auch an eben diesem Anti-Roadmovie artigen Minimalismus, der nichts erklärt aber alles offen lässt. Wer jedoch nicht bei den endlosen Fahrten durch Nordnorwegen ins Assoziieren über die frühere, jetzige und zukünftige mögliche Geschichte der Familie kommt und über seine eigene Biographie ins Nachdenken und stattdessen wie z.B. Harald Martenstein im Tagesspiegel oberflächlich von einer “traumatisierenden Seherfahrung” spricht, hat leider jegliche Fantasie verloren und dem sei der neue “Spiderman” empfohlen.

Arslan hingehen traut sich, anders als Akins etwas zu brave Tschick Verfilmung, das Vermächtnis der Berliner Schule weiterzuführen.

Zu sehen in verschiedenen kleinen Berliner Kinos.

http://mediathek.rbb-online.de/tv/Berlinale-Studio/Helle-Nächte/rbb-Fernsehen/Video?bcastId=6392536&documentId=40662810

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We Jazz´ Grotto Series

I recently stumbled upon the Finnish We Jazz label, that recently released some new 10″ with extraordinary fresh avantgarde free jazz vibes in its 10″ GROTTO series. Personally, I like especially the Jukka Escola Soul Trio and the Mikko Innanen 10″. And the more slow oriental Dunstan 10″ is amazing too! Be quick, though some of the physical releases are already sold out but still to get at local retailers.

Listen:

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William C. Beeley´s Gallivantin´

Tompkins Square continues its amazing loner folk / american primitive series. After Tom Armstrong and Philip Lewin here´s Will Beeley´s Gallivanting´, a 1971 masterpiece, to be compared with its simple but heartbreaking melodies maybe with sixto rodriguez first lp.

The second record “passing dream” from 1979 doesn´t to my opinion reach the deepness of Gallivanting´ unfortunately. Thanks for releasing such treasures!

Tompkins Square has reissued two albums by Texas singer/songwriter Will Beeley – the self-released mega-rare (only 200 copies) private press LP Gallivantin’ from 1971, and Passing Dream, originally released by Malaco Records in 1979.

Recorded in San Antonio, Gallivantin’ shows Beeley’s heartfelt, folky side – a wistful set of original tunes, plus a cover of Bob Dylan’s “You Ain’t Goin’ Nowhere” and a spaced-out, 10 minute+ Eastern-influenced psych take on Buffy Sainte-Marie’s “Little Wheel Spin And Spin / Co’Dine”.

Recorded in Jackson, Mississippi, Passing Dream reveals the shifting musical direction of opposite sides of the 70’s – a tougher, huskier, more alt-country sound emerging, presaging modern day troubadours like Chris Stapleton and Jamey Johnson. Released by Malaco Records in 1979, the album features the very first studio credit by guitarist Larry Campbell (Bob Dylan, Levon Helm), along with drummer James Stroud (Marshall Tucker Band, Eddie Rabbitt), keyboardist Carson Whitsett (Paul Simon, Tony Joe White) and other crack studio players.

Now a truck driver living in New Mexico, Will Beeley recently recorded his first new album since 1979’s Passing Dream. Produced by Jerry David DeCicca of The Black Swans (who also produced Larry Jon Wilson’s final album), the new one features Michael Guerra (The Mavericks), and is mixed by Stuart Sikes (Loretta Lynn’s Van Lear Rose, Cat Power’s The Greatest). The album is slated for release on Tompkins Square sometime in 2018.

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ghost clubbing – a selection of contemporary & classic postpunk tracks

…with excursions to kraut & experimental dark wave tracks
for detailed playlist write me – most cuts from recent vinyl 7″, LP´s or reissues

with:(in no right order) rodion g.a. / the pin group / mushroom / sibyl vane / bauhaus / the organ / the microphones / the brian jonestown massacre / the buttertones / the molochs / hanni el khatib / cheveu / the durutti column / hood / abwärts / ghost club / love theme / sofa / thurston moore / the psychedelic furs / pierre et bastian / occidental white / jac berrocal & david french & vincent epplay / & an excerpt of some obscure kraak 7″called “the secret live of plants – a crap wave compilation” I have no clue which song I recorded

photo shot in kreuzberg  / athens 2017

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2h
by joe le taxi
7/17

 

pp3

amazing album b.t.w and especially the last hypnotic monster track by ex dirty beaches´alex zhang hungtai:

 

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Meine glückliche Familie

Eine wundervoller deutsch – französisch – georgische Koproduktion von Nana und Simon. Nach “die langen hellen Tage” der zweite Spielfilm, der in Tiflis spielt und sich mit den patriarchalischen georgischen Familienstrukturen auseinandersetzt.

Eine Frau, Mangan, möchte aus diesen Strukturen mit Anfang 50 ausbrechen und beginnt einfach neu. So einfach und schlicht die Geschichte ist, so klug, authentisch, warm und tief ist diese erzählt. Der Film wurde bei der Berlinale 2017 schon zu recht gefeiert aufgrund der poetischen Bildern und auch der toller Musik.

Zu sehen im russischen Kino Krokodil, im Lichtblick und fsk und einigen anderen independent Kinos in Berlin in georgisch / deutsch.

Hier ist das Berlinale interview von Knut Elstermann mit den Regisseuren, die im Nebenberuf übrigens Eisproduzenten sind.

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Nuits d´été / Arabian Nights

Carlos Casas

 

Lately there has been a number of great reissues of LP´s by abdou al amiri, al masrieen, said abu bakr and the scorpions but as well new releases like israels´ hoodna orchestra or derya yilderim & grip simsek who transfer the classic melodies to the present.

So here´s a selection of classic & modern arabian music with excursions to turkey, eritrea, israel, sudan & tajikistan taken from recent 7″ & reissues. The title is a quote by Abdou El Omari´s Nuits d´été reissued via radio martiko.

This is the long version edited for the radio emission the little dog laughed radio #38 the 6.7.2017 22pm on piradio 88.4 fm with more classic arabic tracks in the last hour.

It is embraced by filmmaker carlos casas incredible field recordings in tajikistan, I took some excerpts from the Lp´s.

w/ carlos casas (intro & outro) / the scorpios / rota band / abdou el amiri / al massrieen / orhan gencebay / omar souleyman / Group Doueh & Cheveu / raja zahr / derya yilderim & grup simsek / tewolde redda / hoodna orchestra / oum kalthoum / farid el attache / mohammed abdel wahab / leyla nur / aster aweke / maalem mahmoud guinea / seyyan hanim /m.kekili / saif abu – bakr


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Relisten: the final saddest music in the world contest dj sets

This is the live recorded dj set the 17.6 2017 at roter salon volksbühne at the saddest music in the world contest #9 – the last one at roter salon sadly.
The live performances were really amazing this time, there should not have been any “winner”.

So here is the dj sets in 3 parts I played at that evening before, between and right after the
concerts.

w/ Joanna brouk / tom armstrong / dean mc. phee / the caretaker / ennio morricone / a. jodorovsky / leonie boulanger et mam li merati / seyyan hanim / leyla nur / oum kalthoum / nina simone / ed askew

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pt2:

the counts / the dixie hummingbirds / abner jay / c.ström / julie christie / irma thomas / dead man´s bones / the black heart procession / the sound of armenian diaspora (excerpt) / rita abatzi / rosa eskenazy / unknown greek rebetika singer/ w.d.amaradera (excerpt, sri lanka, singalese and tamil folk – pop music) / c.w stoneking / mark lennegan & isobel campbell

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So here is pt 3 after the concerts (a bit more eclectic & freestyle – there was just one working turntable, so i had to improvise a bit with some cd´s I took fortunately with me)

I hear talking of people
the whole world has gone insane
all there is left
is the falling rain
(link wray / karl blau)

photo by joanna gemma auguri just before the contest
thank you !

w/

karl blau / abdou el omari / camera / navylectre / georges brassens / mark kozelek / francois hardy / brigitte fontaine / wyrd visions & castlemusic / beck


It´s been a really good time at roter salon 9 times & I hope the contest will continue at some other place!

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