Sunday Selection : Mint Field, Pierre Vassiliu, Feu!Chatterton

It´s already already mid – march and today was the first sunny day of spring in Berlin. So let´s have a look to some of the new releases out there to listen to being in the park or in the pubs.

So first there´s the second LP by Feu! Chatterton, whose first self named EP and then the Debut “Ici le jour” 2015  was a revelation, that closed the gap after Noir Desir´s tragic ending without being a pure copy of it. There were elements of psychedelia, punk, rockabilly, folk and even some disco (la malinche).

So now the second LP called L’Oiseleur is released yesterday. After first listening, it´s more electro, more pop, more vintage keyboards and less guitars.

Listen to Souvenir:

To be honest, I´m a bit disappointed. Most of the songs – except for maybe Ginger – lack their cachyness & their amazing melodies. Moreover, the 80ies keys and the whole production gives the LP somehow a very flat, poppy and kind of cheesy sound.

Listen to Ginger:

Although the songs of Feu! Chatterton were always complex and hardly easily structured, e.g. in the 18 Minutes song “Bic medium”, the final one on ici le jour, those tracks grew and grew. And, I am not really sure if this happens with this LP as well, maybe it´s my skepticism concerning electro pop sounds or my berlin – electro – overflow – trauma, but even after several listening, the songs of L’Oiseleur are not really growing. So take e.g.the song: Anna, a great chorus, a great song structure but then: the keyboard takes over and destroys the whole song!

So there are some interesting songs (so e.g. la fenetre, l´ívresse) still, and it´s not at all a bad album, en contraire – but compared to the richness of ici le jour it´s – the difficult second album – to me simply not a masterpiece.

Let´s see how they perform it live on the tour in france, where I will see them in Bataclan the 10th of april.



Another french release is the Reissue or better compilation of b – sides of Songs by Pierre Vassiliu, a french Poet and Singer who had some success in the 70ies and little in the 80ies and died in 2015. To me, songs like “Monpellier” are timeless.


Born Bad records:

“Qui c’est celui-là?” Many French asked themselves this question (“Who’s that guy?”) when the song bearing this title began to smash the hit parade in 1975. Some others already had parts of the answer: it’s the guy who sang “Amour amitié”! The guy who sang “La femme du sergent”! The guy who sang “Armand” in “Le Petit Conservatoire de Mireille”! To all those French, Vassiliu had always been reduced. Few were the real fans, who had explored all angles and taken the measure of the man.

Vassiliu was – awful word – a poet. Even worse, he was an wandering entertainer. He wandered the world, bringing back words, sounds, instruments and feelings. Maybe his rhymes weren’t that rich, the instrumentation not too lush, the production quite laid-back and the timbre rather little demanding, but you could be sure the song would be pampered. Had anyone else taken care of it, it would have been worse. To make a good Vassiliu song, you had to be Vassiliu. The problem is, all this was nothing but a succession of misunderstandings. Because he continuously tried to remodel his career, from a chansonnier to a cunning singer, from tender to comical, to a beatnik poet, to an ethno-artist, to a venue manager, to a showman, to a barfly.


Clovis: “He actually was a real artist. Even if I never wanted to admit it as a child. There’s something noble. This I didn’t discover before the age of 20. I didn’t see the creative side, the ‘artist’ side, well, the deep side.” A misunderstanding. Bien entendu.


At last, lets listen to the debut Pasar de las Luces by the mexican band Mint Field, who performed a great concert last thursday in sticky neukölln loophole. The are signed by innovative leisure and their music meander between psych-rock, postpunk, kraut and postrock with the singing by Estrella Sanches in a dark high voice, that somehow doesn´t seem to belong really to the drums and guitar sounds, which gives the songs some thrilling counterpoint and weirdness.

I could listen to the tape I bought, over and over again. The play SWSX -Festival this year.

Good luck to the young band. Great record!

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Relistening: recent radio shows

Here are the radio shows january to march 2018 for relistening. Enjoy.

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the little dog laughed radio #45 tomorrow

Tomorrow, thursday, march 1st 2130 – 23 pm cet will be a new little dog laughed  radio emission @ (stream) or 88.4 fm in berlin – maybe one of the last though  I guess i will do a few more till summer and then end with that to concentrate on other things.

But this time there will be :

  • slow core by a britisch band called simply the saxophones
  • Julie Dorion canta en espagnol”
  • bellydance kraut music by hany mehanna
  • reggae reissues 7″ by hux brown, leslie butler & count ossie
  • weird Japanese & dutch acid folk
  • ambient folk by Robert Millis​/​Wica Intina and Youngkvist (see here the amazing releases by  a label called Miliphonic records from tenessee)
  • a new record by delphine dora released by three:four

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* thunder & sea gypsies – a japanese folk & psych compilation *



back cover of the ranbo minami 7″


Inspired by the wonderful compilation “even a tree can shed tears – japanese psych – folk 1969 – 73  by light in the attic recently, here´s my own compilation of some beloved japanese music I collected. So here a mix with some beloved japanese folk, psych & avantgarde film songs


kenji endo (from the even a tree can shed tears compilation)
– instrumental music from Japanese pink violence movies
– film music from a weird “kadakawa film music sampler”
– a rare 7″ by ranbo minami
– jazz by maki asakawa
– an excerpt from midori takada´s masterpiece “through the looking glass”
– kraut- psych by ryo kawasaki
– avantgarde film music by the mystery kindaichi band
– excerpts by the legendary japanese noise band Les Rallizes Dénudés

60 min

by joe le taxi

ps. a cover is a blurred still of ryo kawasaki´s selected works reissues by nu northern soul – the title of the mix is is as well the name of the ryo kawasaki song featured here




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Freiheit (Johanna Wokalek, Jan Speckenbach)

Die Möglichkeit des Fortgehens. Ein Verlassen einer Familie ohne konkretes Motiv – die Frage des Warum? die Frage des “Wo bist du gewesen?” – und am Ende die Frage der Identität hat schon viele Schriftsteller wie Max Frisch (Rip van Winkle in Stiller) oder Filmemacher wie Francois Ozon (Unter dem Sand) beschäftigt.

Im gerade angelaufenen Film “Freiheit” von Johannes Speckenbach mit einer grandiosen Johanna Wokalek wird diese Frage aufs Neue in allen seinen Schattierungen,  die die Angst und Faszination vor dem “Babylon” der Freiheit aufwirft, dargestellt .

Zu sehen in deutscher Fassung seit heute in Berliner Kinos. Wundervolle Musik im übrigen von Henry Purcell.

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playlist the little dog #44 @piradio, 88.4 fm

annabel (lee) – Acquaintance (the Cleansing)

new folk
Bedouine – summer cold (bedouine)
moses nesh – bound to ride
camille banquet – acoustique session
Kenji Endo – curry rice (even a tree can shed a tear, japanese folk 1968-73 compilation)

strange 80ies reissues

siassia et tokobina – in the world (nouvelle ambiance 12“)
shams dinn – shams dinn (s/t)

east meets west jazz

the night – Ahmed Abdul Malik (east meets west )
arabaya – john Berberian (expressions east)
kamal keila – al asafir (Habibi Funk compilation)

Spiritual Jazz

the descendants of mike and phoebe – coltrane (a spirit speaks)
jef Gilson:
Enfin: anaporphose
oil vision: chant inca
Pharao Sanders – Let Us Go Into The House Of The Lord (excerpt, deaf, dumb, blind)

reissues / compilations:

djanfa magne – Youssouf Diarra dit El Grand Ballaké
(the original sound of burkina faso)

belle isle daze – The Lyman Woodard Organization (Saturday Night Special)

maria también – khruangbin (con todo la mundo)

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tonight: the little dog laughed radio #44

tonight / heute 21.30 – 23.00
the little dog laughed radio #44 mit / with

– weird americana von moses nesh
– afro – electro kraut von siassia et tokobina
– marokkanischer oriental rap von shams dinn
– gospel, soul und pop von annabel (lee), camille und Bedouine
– oriental jazz von Ahmed Abdul Malik & Jon Berbarian
– spiritual jazz von the descendants of mike and phoebe und von Jef Gilsons frühen platten
– molam influenced psych-rock von khruangbin
– compilations von mr. bongo und habibi funk

freu mich über Zuhörer / drop by..

@ > stream
or 88.4 fm in Berlin 9o.7 potsdam

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