Le désordre, c’est l’ordre moins le pouvoir – Citoyen! Libérez les Sardines!

léo ferré x rhythm & sound

Il n’y a plus rien!

Écoute, écoute… Dans le silence de la mer, il y a comme un balancement maudit qui vous met le coeur à l’heure, avec le sable qui se remonte un peu, comme les vieilles putes qui remontent leur peau, qui tirent la couverture.

Immobile… L’immobilité, ça dérange le siècle.
C’est un peu le sourire de la vitesse, et ça sourit pas lerche, la vitesse, en ces temps.

Les amants de la mer s’en vont en Bretagne ou à Tahiti…
C’est vraiment con, les amants.

Il n’y a plus rien!

 

by the little dog laughed / 08/18 – photo is a cover still of léo ferré´s lp

(as a part of the little dog beat poetry  mixtapes)

Advertisements
Posted in playlists / mixes / compilations, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Effervescent Islands / Ephemeral Lights

A short moody summer´s mixtape, with mostly instrumental library and italo – french filmscore soundscapes
w / tracks and excerpts by
pumice / alessandro alessandroni / kema / franco tamponi / george delerue / christopher komeda / marc mc guire / the saxophones / onyx collective /angelo de augustine

37 min by
the little dog laughed
08/18
cover photo
shot in Greifswald 18

*

remarks:
– Effervescent Islands is the name of the the b – side track of the carcassonne 7″ by angelo de augustine
– thanks to the amazing intervallo 10 : “la natura e l´uomo” compilation
some tracks are taken from

*

What is a good society ? – I don´t think there is such thing as a good society. A good society would be a society, saying, were are not good enough

Zygmunt Bauman

Posted in movies, playlists / mixes / compilations, Uncategorized | Tagged , , | Leave a comment

Summer Selection: Kamal Keila, new afro 7″ releases, the Saxophones, Kalima, Onyx Collective, Angelo de Augustine, Pumice

Here are some great new releases to survive the musical summer void.

First is another superb habibi funk release, called “moslems & christians” by Kamal Keila from Sudan. It´s a incredible spiritual and political timeless gem, never released before except on cassette.

*

Habibi Funk:

Kamal Keila was a name that came up here and there, coined the James Brown or Fela Kuti of Sudan. When I asked Yassir about him he said that he has extended family ties with him and that he could set up a meeting. We spent an afternoon in Kamal’s living room somewhere in the dusty outskirts of Khartoum. His small house, where he lives with his sons and their families, is located on a little side street. In the tiny garden area he has a number of empty pigeon cages, a testament of one of his hobbies he actively followed until some years ago. Kamal doesn’t know his exact age but was born sometime in the early 1940s and as much as his age shows when he’s moving around in his house he still lights up full of energy when reminiscing about his music.

In our conversation it turned out that even though his career seriously started in the 1960s, he had never released a record on vinyl and that, apart from one album which still remains to be found, he can’t remember about a cassette tape release either. He did however record sessions for Sudanese radio. In Sudan the radio stations were not allowed to play the recordings produced by music labels on air, therefore they had their own studios and invited musicians to record music for their program. In most cases the musicians would not receive a copy of the recordings out of fear that they would release the music themselves. But luckily Kamal Keila had gotten his hands on two sessions and had kept those two studio reels all these years. Both tapes were in the most horrible condition with mold everywhere and obvious signs that they had gotten very wet at some point. Much to our surprise they played very well. Each tape included five tracks. One with English lyrics and another with Arabic ones. Musically you can hear the influence of neighboring Ethiopia much more than on other Sudanese recordings of the time, as well as references to Fela and American funk and soul. His lyrics, at least when he sings in English which indicates more freedom from censorship, are very political. A brave statement in the political climate of Sudan of the last decades, preaching for the unity of Sudan, peace between Muslims and Christians and singing the blues about the fate of war orphans called „Smash“.

When we asked Kamal about the year the recordings were made he didn’t remember and the tapes itself didn’t give a clue either. Sonically we assumed they must be from the mid 1970s but we were in for a surprise when we found a little sheet in one of the cases of the reels. The note specified the track titles, durations and the fact that the sessions were recorded on the 12th of august 1992. Both sessions stand as a hearable testament how Kamal Keila stuck to a sound aesthetic from decades ago, while incorporating current events into his lyrics.

Some of the songs were already written in the 1970s and have been part of Kamal’s sets ever since, with only small changes for some contemporary references in the lyrics and musically sometimes adopting to „new“ sounds here and there.

*

*

New Afro 7  45″ releases 

Lets stay a bit with the east – african music scene.  Afro 7 is a quite new label based in finland concentrating on the east african music scene. They are releasing mostly 7″ from the 70ies but as well the london based exile –  sudanese band “the scorpios”  amazing record last year.

So here are some new great 45″ from the scorpios, Etuk Ubong from Nigeria, the Mombasa Vikings and David Waciuma from Kenya. Especially the track “devil go” and the Mombasa Vikings´ b-side called “kibe kibe” are hypnotic.

Listen:

the scorpios : Mashena/Samha’ 

The Saxophones

Now to something completely different. After two amazing 7″, the Saxophones from Oakland release their first LP called simply “Songs of the Saxophones ” via full time hobby.

Songs like “time is like a river”, “mysteries revealed” or especially “singing desperately” are stripped down, crystal clear songs in a tradition of leonard cohen, low, timber timbre or bill callahan, even though sometimes at the edge of drifting away into great kitch. Give it a try.

This is our debut record on Full Time Hobby. It was all written and recorded over the past two years. It’s largely a meditation and reflection on relationship and the unlearning of socialized behaviors. We hope this record brings meaning and comfort to your life in these uncertain times. Thank you for listening.

Alexi Erenkov – Guitar, Saxophone, Flute, Synthesizer and Voice
Alison Alderdice – Drums and Voice
Richard Laws – Bass Guitar, Vibraphone and Voice

*

Kalima – Where is the Sunshine 7″ (Chuwanga)

“All black music in America is a response to racism and slavery”

A Quote by Derrick Amin, whose band Kalima released this amazing spiritual jazz track in 1981, that is now fortunately re-released by the french label Chuwanaga

The 7″ has the song Where is the Sunshine” as part one an side a and part two on the b side but nicely for dj´s there is the 7 minutes mixed full track as a download as well available when buying the 7″. (listen here).

Essential.

Back in the mid seventies Derrick Amin brought together young and talented musicians from his African-American Muslim community in Baltimore. He tells us: “all black music in America is a response to racism and slavery” and “(Where Is The) Sunshine” was their own answer, “a plaintiff query of one immerse in darkness. The darkness of lies, lies that deny the humanity, justice, and equality of people. It’s the impetus of this song”. He adds: “Kalima means « Word » or « Langage » in Arabic. The name was inspired by a quote from Imam W.D. Mohammad (the late Muslim American leader and erstwhile successor to Nation of Islam founder, Elijah Muhammad) who once said: “Words make people””.

With its splendid vocal parts – thanks to lead vocalist Sabreen Shareef, a unique major-to-minor chord progression, subtil synthetiser melodies in the chorus and amazing electric piano and sax solos, it really is a very special release. It’s been discovered in a Motor City Drum Ensemble jazz set with Gilles Peterson at the J.A.W. Family Reunion in Berlin back in 2016 where he played it as the closing track of a wonderful musical journey through black music – which was the right occasion for a classic Gilles rewind and the occasion of a shared epiphany. Still, one must not forget its yet poetic still political message now shared once again with the world. The question asked by Kalima sadly still remains as relevant in 2018: Where is the sunshine

*

Some amazing introvertive indie 7″comes from Angelo de Augustine out on asthmatic kitty records. The Carcassonne 7″ contains two amazing heartbreaking little tunes.

The Carcassonne 7” was written and self-produced at home at the tail end of summer, soon after De Augustine released his second LP, Swim Inside the Moon, and played to his biggest audience to date supporting Sufjan Stevens at LA’s Hollywood Forever Cemetery (his tour with Moses Sumney was then about to start). “Carcassonne” is one of De Augustine’s most romantic tracks that starts by asking a simple question: “Would you be the only one / In my life with my love?” and ends with the tender epiphany: “There ain’t much time in life before the lights go down / So I want to know you now,” reminding us to love while we can.

*

Pumice

Quite unusual ambient accordion sounds are to hear on side a of the Haemochromatosis Bring a Plate 7″by Pumice (soft abuse) while the two short tracks on side b are more postpunk / lo – fi sounds.

Innovative, rough and majestic.

Onyx Collective

Last but not least, here´s the amazing onyx collective from new york who released after some 7″ and two digital ep´s the first official release called Lower East Suite Part Three.

When I first listened to the track 2AM at Veselka, it´s the unique sound of the two saxophones,playing together, that was fascinating me. In Rumble In Chatham Square you´ll hear amazing stripped down rhythm patterns. In the 7″ fruit stand / snake chamber its more a chilled sound of a sunday afternoon (fruit stand) or an orientalic spiritual jazz excursion (snake chamber). Artwork of the LP and 7″ covers by the way by painter and filmmaker Julian Schnabel.

Eclectic and post-modern contemporary jazz.

Posted in misc., reviews, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , , , , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Retro-Futuristic Tapes #1 – Floating Gardens of the 21 Century

 

Here´s the first of a series of retro – futuristic mixtapes, this time focussing on german kraut music of the late 70es, with excursions to japanese and belgian / dutch psychedelia & minimal wave electronica.

with tracks and excerpt by

intro: hototogisu

günther schickert / ash ra / can / holger czukay / ameel brecht / edgar wappenhalter / rodion g.a. / decades / harmonia / desolation wilderness / white rainbow / anadolu bayramiari / shimshon miel / silver pyre / cluster

outro: ES

for detailed tracklist write me
125 min.
by
the little dog laughed

Posted in playlists / mixes / compilations, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Re: Little Dog Radio Shows 2011 – 2018

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Though I´m doing a pause producing regular radio emissions, here´s a replay of (almost) all of the around 50 radio shows, I did for piradio, 88.4 fm in the last 7 years

There are the shows for my own “the little dog laughed radio”, sometimes with guests, but as well the first few shows I did for Jean – Marie Dhur´s “abendlandung” and Falko Teichmann´s “the dopeness” ,  as well as specials like a John Peel special show together with Niki Matita´s “sub cult” radio with live music by Lukas Lonski and M.I.P.V.´s Laura L. and a dt 64 radio homage live @ kino babylon in 2016.

Enjoy…

*

*

dt 64 special @ babylon mitte:

john peel special: (for some reason embedding this one is not working here)

https://www.mixcloud.com/SubCult_Radio/2015-10-08-pi-peel_daysubcult-klänge-jenseits-des-hauptstroms-mit-niki-matita-joe-le-taxi/

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Posted in movies, radio shows, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , , , , | Leave a comment

Polygraph Heartbeat

Mesmerizing debut by Razen´s Ameel Brecht out on KRAAK since January in an edition of #300. Music to calm you down & to survive tropical berlin summers, melodies letting you forget the misery of the world in a society shifting.

*

‘Music is an openhearted gamble; whatever lengthens the day, whatever gets you through the night.’

Next to being one of the core members of the acoustic deep listening ensemble Razen, Ameel Brecht is a trained guitar player who has a life-long involvement with the instrument’s repertoire under his belt. On his debut album “Polygraph Heartbeat”, he puts his guitar-heart on the line by means of 9 compositions for steel resonator and resonator mandolin.

The album is a reflection of polyphonic music as seen through a multi-coloured and highly personal lens, as Ameel’s guitar idiom crossbreeds a classical technique and weird open tunings with a love for early ragtime, slide grandmasters and baroque music. As is the case with Razen’s body of work, Brecht’s solo pieces confront because of their pureness and their focus on essential sound. Clear, precise phrases leave room for silence and slowly open a passageway to a undefined in-between world. Carried by a brutal and razor-sharp slide, nervousness and a languidly brooding atmosphere occasionally cut through the stillness. The transparent lyricism is not without a number of sonic shocks that expose Ameel as a former club-dweller and as fan of the Voivod guitarist Denis D’amour.

”Polygraph Heartbeat” is an album which shows a committed musician who employs control and craftsmanship in order to dissect the Condition Humaine of the 21stCentury.
credits

Posted in reviews, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment

Essential reissues : Atarpop 73 & les collectif le temps des cerises

A few years ago born bad records released the amazing compilation “mobilisation general – protest and spiritual jazz from france 1970 – 1976”. It featured the amazing track “attention- l´arm”. Now Staubgold released lately the first official reissue of the epigonic LP “attention l´armée” by Atarpop 73 & les collectif le temps des cerises.

Listen to an essential existentialistic document of the french protest movement.

10 December 1974. 200 conscripts exit the casern of Draguignan in order to demonstrate in the streets of the city. They make part of those clandestine soldier committees multiplying themselves all over France with a view to unite the young activists of the extreme left with the anti-militarists. This dispute is a backwash of the student manifestations in spring 1973 against the Debré law reforming the military service.

The “Collectif du Temps des Cerises” founded by François Tusques, one of the pioneers of the French free jazz, decides to support the insubordinates. Denis Levaillant, 22 years old at the time, becomes the driving force of this discographical project. It’s with another big name in jazz, Jef Gilson in his studio Palm, the group records the compositions of Levaillant, appearing under the pseudonym Serge Igor, as well as cover versions of traditional Spanish music, among others the mythic “El paso del Ebro”.

The young French jazz avantgarde scene of the early 70s participates in that session which brings together musicians like Jean-Jacques Avenel, Pierre Rigaud, Jean Méreu, Antoine Cuvelier, Gérard Tamestit, Guy Oulchen, Christian Ville, Robert Lucien, Carlos Andréou et Kirjuhel. The graphic designer collective Atarpop 73 creates the sleeve of the album which was released in an edition of 3000 copies and sold during the student manifestations.
This radical report of a rebellious youth raising from the still glowing ashes of May 1968 brings to our ears a jazz as spiritual as revolutionary.
Attention, disc is burning !

Posted in reviews, Uncategorized | Tagged , , , | Leave a comment