Sunday, October 8, 2017

A Robert Wyatt Construction Kit



Check out John O´Rourke´s Robert Wyatt Construction Kit!
Photo stolen from the site.

It´s made by oak, and here is some info from O´Rourke: "There are three buildings inside of his cranium and Robert has placed something within one of them. I've no idea what it is, nor will it ever be revealed. The beard is currently in progress and then I have his hair to add. All of the holes will be plugged with cross grained oak, to fully match the components. Following that there will be further forms to create below his head, mainly architectural but with Romanesque influences: I love the Lewis Chessmen and without mimicking them in any way, there will be an indirect allusion to their form".

More to come on the Construction Kit blog I guess.

Saturday, September 30, 2017

Ivor Cutler on Jimmy Fallon´s Do Not Play list



It´s really hard to watch Jimmy Fallon and his folks laughing at Ivor Cutler, showing his "A Flat Man" LP and playing "Jam" (even if they kind of say they like it too in there?).

Starting at 2:10 if you can take it.

Ivor Cutler is on all my play lists!

Wednesday, September 27, 2017

FOMO, Mofos!



A solo performance by Mary Pearson called "FOMO, Mofos!" (Fear of missing out, motherfuckers!) is touring UK in October.

"FOMO, mofos! is a dreamlike reflection on the consequences of hyper-connectivity and continuous self-exposure. Passing through cult classic films Blow-up and Mullholland Drive and the songs of Robert Wyatt, Kraftwerk and John Lennon, it explores vigilance, rootlessness, and the human animal's desire to conquer time and space".

More info here, and here is a Facebook Event (where I stole the photo).

Hoping for some footage or a list of the Robert Wyatt songs being used.

Tuesday, September 26, 2017

Weyes Blood



Check out Weyes Blood’s fine cover of Soft Machine´s "A Certain Kind" on the 7" "A Certain Kind" b/w "Everybody’s Talkin’" (Mexican Summer 2017, ltd. ed. 500 copies).

You may listen and buy over here on Bandcamp.

Friday, September 22, 2017

Canterbury Festival



A Canterbury Festival is happening at Augustine Hall Saturday 28 October 2017.

"The Daytime programme will include discussions with artists, cultural intermediates, and academics such as Professor Andy Bennett (Griffith University, Australia), Geoffrey Richardson (Caravan), Aymeric Leroy (Calyx/author of the book The Canterbury Sound), Brian Hopper (The Wilde Flowers, The Soup Songs), Phil Howitt (founder of Facelift magazine), Matt Watkins (Canterbury Sans Frontiers), Alan Payne and Professor Murray Smith (University of Kent), and hosts Professor Shane Blackman (Canterbury Christ Church) and Dr Asya Draganova (Birmingham City University). During the day, we will have performances by outstanding Canterbury artists Jack Hues and the Quartet and Koloto.

The Evening programme will present two key bands (SoupSongs and Lapis Lazuli), which articulate different aspects and eras of the aesthetic development of the ‘Canterbury Sound’:

The Soup Songs are a unique band assembled with the support and participation of Robert Wyatt, founding figure of the ‘Canterbury Sound’. A group of incredible musicians, led by trombonist Annie Whitehead, the band specialises in performing Wyatt's work with all its nuances and complexities for modern audiences. They return to Canterbury following last year's exceptional performance at University of Kent’s In Conversation with Robert Wyatt". (Facebook Event).

Sunday, September 3, 2017

September Song



Well it´s that time of the year again, so please have a listen to Pascal Comelade and Robert Wyatt´s beautiful version of "September Song" (Anderson/Will).
It´s on the record "September Song" (Disques Du Soleil Et De L´acier/Delabel 2000), on which you will also find a cover of "Signed Curtain".

It´s on Spotify, but if you don´t have access have a listen on YouTube.

On the cover of the CD is a picture of "Marx Merry Makers", a musical toy by Louis Marx (1911).

In 2016 Because Music released a 6 CD sampler with Pascal Comelade called "Rocanrolorama 1974-2016" (2016). Take a look at the track list on our favourite Wyatt discograpy - Une Discographie De Robert Wyatt - for more interesting material.

Tuesday, August 29, 2017

Soft Machine - Esther's Nosejob



Info from YouTube: "Soft Machine running Esther's Nosejob at Ronnie Scott's on April 25th, 1969. Broadcast on Forum Musiques a month later".

The band:
Mike Ratledge - Organ
Hugh Hopper - Bass
Robert Wyatt - Drums, vocals

Pretty cool, heh?