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


by joe le taxi



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

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



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


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 !


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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Tonight: The last Saddest Music In The World Contest



Tonight there will be the last saddest music in the world contest @ volksbühne berlin, roter salon 20 pm – I will play as the little dog cried my saddest records throughout the evening before and after the performances –
tickets at the door 15 €



The last Saddest Music In The World Contest
kuratiert von Joanna Gemma Auguri und Marc Weiser

Es ist traurig.
Wir müssen gehen.
Einen der schönsten Spielorte dem sogenannten Wachstum und dem Multimedia – Wahnsinn überlassen. Weil Berlin unbedingt noch schicker werden muss….
Aber was solls, um so mehr können wir uns in dieser Nacht unserem Schmerz überlassen und uns in unseren Tränen baden.

Insgesamt 8. mal war der Saddest Music in the World Contest zu Gast im
atmosphärischen Roten Salon und das 9. mal soll nun das traurigste sein.
Wie wird sich die Welt weiter entwickeln?
Bis diese Frage beantwortet ist:
Lasset uns ein weiteres mal zusammen kommen,
in einer glänzenden Nacht,
lasset uns gemeinsam herzzerreissenden Melodien lauschen und uns wieder unseren schwärzesten und tiefsten Sehnsüchten hingeben

Inspiriert durch Guy Maddins The Saddest Music in the World ( 2003)
finden sich in dieser Nacht die vielfältigsten Musiker Berlins zusammen, um ihren traurigsten Song zu spielen.

Melancholisch, glamourös, absurd, wunderschön und sehr, sehr traurig

Veras Kabinett
Rasp Thorne
Joanna Gemma Auguri
Marc Marcovic
Mika Bajinski
55 Cancri e
Nikolai Tomàs
Ecce Cello
Entertainment for the Braindead

an den Plattenspielern:
the little dog cried


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Veloce come il vento – Giulias großes Rennen

Veloce come il vento (Giulias großes Rennen) is the name of a really beautiful, rich and thrilling film by Matteo Rovere that has been shown yesterday in a italian double feature night in lichtblick – kino with the film Non essere captive (Tu nicht Böses) by Claudio Caligari with promising actress Roberta Mattei playing in both movies, presenting the films and answering questions after the movies.

Veloce…is the story of a 17 year old female race driver and her struggle after the death of her father and coach. But its as well a store of her dysfunctional family. Heartbreaking and thrilling till the last seconds.

Non essere …is the last film of Claudio Caligari who died just 2015 unfortunately  right after the finishing of this movie. It is the story of two outsiders playing in the mid 1990ies in Ostia, reminding deeply of godard´s  early films like a bout de souffle (ausser atem) or bande a part (die Aussenseiterbande) or pasolini´s stories of the “raggazzi di vita” the people of the roman suburbs.

Veloce come il vento is still to see the next days in lichtblick kino and in some other small cinemas and the dvd of both films will soon be available as well.

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