29.7.12

William Basinski interview for 06:00am


06. Could you describe your work for the people that haven't experienced it?

In a nutshell it is an attempt to transcend time and space through the use of analogue tape loops and feedback loops, drones and random chance interventions.

06. What is your favorite insult?

That's the silliest question I've ever been asked. Hmmm. well, in the Southern United States when talking about someone with "problems" they say, "..well you know old Billy, bless his heart....i swear i smelled beer on his breath the other day....yep, i did. not that i would know the smell of beer, but mmm-hmm, something wasn't right and he smokes too, bless his heart!..."

06. How are you like when you write music?

Usually puttering around the studio wired up in a cloud of smoke with plenty of Corona's in the fridge.

06. What is normality? What does it mean "being normal"?

I wouldn't know.

06. Can music save the world?

I think it can help...the only way i can fight the corruption in the world is through my work...try to create something that resonates on a different frequency...hopefully a higher one.

06. Do you have order and program or a kind of discipline in your life?

I try. I go through periods of very intense work, then i have to rest for a while..especially after touring and long flights.

06. Is this due to your mother or your father?

My mother instilled in me discipline and attention to detail, from my father i received tenderness, nurturing, help understanding mathematics and physics and personal responsibility and tact. I have found them to be amazing people.

06. What is it that makes you constantly create?

It's my job, my responsibility to fulfill my mission here, so I try to show up for work..sometimes amazing things happen.

06. What time do you usually wake up in the morning?

Depends, but usually mid morning. I tend to stay up late sometimes.

06. Do you like to live well, with lots of comforts?

Of course, who doesn't, but I find that simple comforts ( a comfortable bed with nice linens), order (papers filed and things put away...if only I could get into that frame of mind right now, you should see my office...a disaster!!!) and not too much stuff (another constant battle) create the best working environment. My partner James Elaine, is a wonderful artist and world renowned curator of emerging art so we have a lovely small collection of wonderful art pieces in our little house we rent here in Los Angeles. I like to entertain at home from time to time so I like to have the house looking nice and comfortable for guests. my garden here is my sanctuary. After living in NY for 30 years it is heaven to have plants and trees and birds and butterflies all around me. I live on the patio.

06. What do you like the most when you stay at a good hotel?

A comfortable bed, clean room and well stocked minibar. I hate it when I get to a hotel and the minibar is empty! That really sucks.

06. Do you think that you can critique negatively the work of your friends?

I usually don't critique work, but when asked, I try to be positive...with friends one asks about choices to try to understand...sometime it takes me a while to understand a decision, so I try to reserve judgement and find the resonance. luckily for me most of my friends work I really like.

06. Do you think you can gain something from receiving negative criticism?

I think it depends on how it is delivered, but in the right context certainly although it may sting at first.

06. When do you believe that music took a central position in your life?

I was raised in the Catholic Church in a huge European style gothic cathedral in Houston, Texas, Saint Anne's, so my earliest memories are the Latin mass. I think it made a profound effect on me from my earliest childhood. I was lucky my parents put us all into the great music programs we had then in the schools and made us practice. I got very into it. It kept me out of trouble and away from the bullies who used to like to beat me up a lot...i was a tad flamboyant for those types, but they got theirs...

06. Do you have the tendency to work many hours without a break?

I do but then I'll take a break for a week or so.

06. Which record of yours of you love the most?

That's like asking someone which child they love the most...I love them all in their own way, but The River is one of my early favorites..it still blows my mind.

06. Are you a man of action or a man of philosophy and thought?

I think I've got one of each of those roller-skates on..it goes through cycles, left foot right foot..left brain..right brain....

06. What does your family say really about your music?

They are very proud.

06. Are you strict / hard on yourself?

Lately I' ve been taking a break from an intense year of work, but i should probably get the flogger back out soon!

06. Do you believe that places influence our thinking?

Of course.

06. What book (books) do you read these days?

I just received the most beautiful book called "The Other Audubon" about a brilliant woman from late 19th century Ohio who made a beautiful book with hand painted life-size plates of the nests and eggs of the birds of Ohio. It was only printed in an edition of 100 and has been rediscovered and reprinted beautifully in this new volume with history on the artist and her family who helped her make the book to help her recover from her depression after being disallowed to marry the man she loved because of his drinking. also on the nightstand, "The Rest is Noise" by Alex Ross, and "Form Follows Nature" by Rudolf Finsterwalder among other things.

06. Is life a matter of endurance?

It can seem that way at times.

06. Does silence have sound?

Ask John Cage.

06. Does negative critique bother you?

I suppose I've been very lucky but nevertheless there is always that feeling of putting your head in the guillotine when you release something new, but one must do it. sometimes the blade doesn't fall and that's always a blessing.

06. What matters more, choices or influences?

Naturally influences are very important. They are our programming from earliest experience, but we have to make choices to keep or reprogram these data as we grow into ourselves.

06. What does one loses when she/he grows up?

Well, that's a choice each has to make. grow up or not grow up?...lose negative programming or hold onto it? reprogram the bio-computer of drive full speed with tunnel vision into oblivion? I think "growing up" is a process of becoming the selves that we were meant to be. but unfortunately, the human childhood experience is widely varied and depending upon the level of nurturing and love and positive or negative programming we receive a children from parents, schools, friends, we have a hand of cards we must play. certain cards must be discarded. I was lucky to have been given the frame of mind to be able to transform my childhood woes into my work. I think this is the way we grow up. Everyone has a story. our past is our material we have been given to work with. we are intrinsically creative beings. one must learn how to work with the cards one is dealt. mistakes will be made but we learn the most from our mistakes

06. Would you like to send us an image, of you or of something else, that best describes your current state of mind so that we post it along with your answers?

I'm sending you a very fragrant rose from an old bush in my garden...a one-off oddball very beautiful hybrid.

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28.7.12

CIRCLE

ULVER / CHILDHOOD'S END
SIC ALPS / A Long Way Around To A Shortcut
MAGIK MARKERS / BOSS 
ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI / SCARED FAMOUS
INDIAN JEWELRY / FREE GOLD
EAT SKULL / SICK TO DEATH
THE LAST DRIVE / NEWS FROM NOWHERE 
HEROIN IN TAHITI / DEATH SURF
BLACK BANANAS / RAD TIMES EXPRESS IV
THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS / THE CHERRY BLOSSOMS 
DEATH / FOR THE WHOLE WORLD TO SEE
COUNTRY TEASERS / SATAN IS REAL AGAIN 
ACID BABY JESUS / ABJ LP
KID CONGO POWERS & THE PINK MONKEY BIRDS / DRACULA ROOTS 
THE HOWLING HEX / WILSON SEMICONDUCTORS
SOLEX VS CRISTINA MARTINEZ + JOHN SPENCER / AMSTERDAM THROWDOWN KING STREET SHOWDOWN 
ARIEL PINK'S HAUNTED GRAFFITI / WORN COPY


Somehow Ecstatic Records - One Day Series








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Ο αεικίνητος και δαιμόνιος  Μπάμπης Θεοχάρης με τη Somehow Ecstatic του έχουν ήδη περάσει στο τρίτο one day series. 

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27.7.12

26.7.12




diana egizi


το αγαπαω αυτο το κομματι



ακομα και απο τους ulver

25.7.12

shit fuck

12 /10 doom madlib
13/10 cut hands vatican shadow
μηπως εχεις ενα κατοσταρικο?



ex boyfriend elefsina


22.7.12

Jonny Trunk interview for 06:00 am


06. what is your idea of happiness?

Hearing something super on holiday when the sun is shining

06. What is normality? What does it mean "being normal"?

I have no idea anymore.

06. Can music save the world?

No, but it can make you happy, joyous, dance, feel young etc

06. Do you have order and program or a kind of discipline in your life? Is this due to your mother or your father?

Today I am very much self motivated. I wasn’t when I was growing up and in my early teens, so I doubt my current motivation is down to my mother or father.

06. What is it that makes you constantly create?

If I don’t create then I shrivel away and die.

06. What time do you usually wake up in the morning?

This morning it was 6am.

06. Do you like to live well, with lots of comforts? 

I live as well as I can afford. I eat good food with my family, and quite like wine that costs about £7. And yesterday I bought new socks and pants.

06. What do you like the most when you stay at a good hotel?

The way it makes you feel strangely sexy.

06. what is beauty for you?

My wife in the morning

06. Did you read comic books when you where young? now?

Yes, Warlord. All about war and death and guns and that.

06. When do you believe that music took a central position in your life?

When I staretd seriously collecting it, about 17.

06.where did you grow up ?

In between two towns: Aldershot, home of the British Army, and Farnham. Surrey / Hampshire borders.  

06. Which book are you currently reading ?

20,000 Leagues Under The Sea

06. Are you a man of action or a man of philosophy and thought?

Action after a bit of thought


06.
Whats was your father's profession?

He never told us, Official secrets act apparently.

06. Are you strict/hard on yourself?

Sometimes

06. From the many ideas that might be there in your mind, with what criteria do you pick the one the you will finally realize?

It’s the one that makes me feel a bit funny.

06. Why did you start trunk?

Because I realized the music I really wanted on vinyl had never been available on vinyl, so I had to make it available on vinyl

06. Which is your favorite record released from trunk?

Music For Biscuits

06. Can you send us a picture that best illustrates your current state of mind to post along with your answers?

I shall have a dig about. 



19.7.12

Drug Free Youth



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15.7.12

JD Twitch (Optimo) interview for 06:00 am


06. What are the (main) criteria when making a compilation?

That the music is great, will stand repeated listens and hopefully will introduce the listener to some things they haven't heard before.

06. Is music a good medium for transmitting feelings of desire?


It can be. I've certainly managed to transmit them through it on occasion.


06. How did you end up doing what you do? 


 By accident.


06. Do you believe that there is such a thing as a talented audience?


I don't know about talented but open minded, perceptive and receptive, yes.


06. Do you believe in the notion of revolution?


I believe in a revolution of thought and attitude and hope humanity can find a better system than capitalism but i absolutely don't believe in violent revolution as surely history has taught us how catastrophic they tend to be? Revolutions usually cause the ordinary people to suffer the most, tend to lead to psychopaths being in control and often create societies just as bad as they aimed to change.


06. How was the environment where you grew up in? What was your parents' profession?


 Suburban. I didn't hear any music I liked until I was 11 and got a radio. Up to that point I thought all music was terrible. My parents were teachers.


06. Do you like Whitehouse?


Sure. Who doesn't?


06. What are your earliest punk rock memories?


I was way too young to really be aware of punk but I remember going to the cinema with my dad, probably in 1977 and there was a girl in the queue with a photo of The Sex Pistols safety pinned to the back of her jacket. I found that oddly shocking which is probably why I still remember it. I also remember hearing the local news and it being mentioned that The Sex Pistols had been banned from playing in Edinburgh.


06. What was your initial reaction on hearing jazz for the first time?


I think I first knowingly heard Jazz when I was 15 and started going to bars. The legal drinking age here is 18 but there were some bars that had a reputation for it being easy to get served in underage. One of these bars had live jazz every night. I thought it was terrible at first but would get right into it once I was drunk.


06. What are you listening to these days?


This, that and a lot of the other.


06. When did you start playing music? 


Professionally? When I was 19.


06. Does heavy drone rock appeal to you at all?


It depends who it's by. If it's by Hawkwind then absolutely.


06. How does music help to better social interaction?


As with all artforms it transcends language and unifies people often in ways they are unable to verbally explain.


06. Can you describe here what exactly does the music of Arthur Russell do to you?


It soothes me and energises me and inspires me and is my prozac.


06. What is your opinion about the European crisis?


It makes me angry beyond belief. We are in this mess because the people have had to bail out the banks and save the necks of rich investors. The banks should be nationalised and the debts written off. I personally think Greece should default on its debt. Austerity is not the way forward and will only result in continued misery in Greece and across Europe for years and years to come. I don't think we have anywhere near reached the depths of the crisis, and a a revolution of thought and attitude by our supposed leaders is urgently required. i'm a federalist and have long been a champion of the idea of the EU but i'm not much of a champion of its current leaders or economic policies.
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06. What is your perception of happiness?


“Happiness is not something ready made. It comes from your own actions.”
― Dalai Lama XIV


06. What do you become nostalgic about?


I'm not nostalgic at all. I do however miss record shops.


06. Do you do what you want to do in your life?


 Yes, but I always strive to do it even more.


06. Is there a person that has influenced you musically more than any other?


Thinks long and hard….probably not.


06.Last question: Can you send us a photo that best illustrates your current state of mind so that we post it along with you answers?






Greta Alfaro

14.7.12

13.7.12

Μαρμαρινός Insenso/Όπερα





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Rebetika, a truly underground music created at the beginning of the 20th century, was, in its preamble form, the music vehicle to express a culture bumbling under a constantly changing society – a culture based on drugs, haunted by poverty. Unfortunately, in its birth land Greece, Rebetika was transformed through the decades, became soft and gradually deteriorated to a stupid folklore music consumed by the neogreek unmusical masses and tourists alike. For us, early 20s – late 30s Rebetika represents the rawest, purest and yet finest form of Greek folk music ever recorded. We regard this music as lyrically powerful, sentimentally resourceful and musically chaste as the blues.
Driven by our homage to it, this compilation tries to throw bridges between the dusty old roads of Rebetika and the shiny new twisty alleys, paved by the free form music pioneers of nowadays. As fanatic spectators we frequently hear the past couple of years, musicians from the scene declaring their love and respect for Rebetika and at the same time more and more compilations with original tracks from 78rpm recordings comes to surface. The interesting is growing. So we thought this is the right moment to invite musicians to delve into the roads of Rebetika and come up with a fresh, if not radical, reinterpretation of their own.
We send three originals to each one and to our surprise, most people reacted positively and either picked one of the three songs to cover or preferred another one they believed more fitting. And even more surprisingly, the actual cover songs the musicians sent us back are of the best quality and wide variety we could hope for. From passionate heartfelt true-to-the-form takes, to completely improvised or fusion attempts to noise rock deconstructions, every contribution sounds vital and captivating. Our humble hope that you will download and enjoy this compilation as much as we did and our wildest dream is that this could set fire to new generations of fearless Rebetika explorers both in our land and abroad.  

The compilation is free. Links for streaming & downloading you’ll find: here

T R A C K L I S T :

01. Daniel Padden – “Adinatisa O Kaymenos”
02. Nettle – “Black Eyes”
03. Costa and Nero – “Rast’e Tou Teke”
04. D Charles Speer – “Aman Yiala Yiala”
05. Andy Moor / Yannis Kyriakides – “Touto To Kalokeraki (This Summer)”
06. Steve Gunn – “Trouba”
07. Ignatz – “Stin Ypoga”
08. Sam Shalabi – “Rebetikaud”
09. CWK Joynes & Son Ensemble feat. William Sathya – “23 Minore Mane”
10. Amen Dunes – “Sousta Politiki”
11. Free Piece of Tape – “Burning School”
12. Astral Social Club – “Efoumernam Ena Vradi”
13. Planton Wat – “Hash Smugglers Blues”
14. Mike Cooper & Viv Corringham – “New Rembetika/14”
15. Caligine – “Με Πιάνουνε Ζαλάδες”


On Track 1 Alex South plays clarinet & bass clarinet. Mastering by Emma Peel. Cover by McPan.

Tracks 1,6,7,8,15 originally by A.Kostis
tracks 5,11 by Kostis Bezos
track 2 by Rosa Eskenazy
track 3 by Jack Gregory
track 4 is traditional
track 9 by Stratos Pajioumdzis
track 10 by Antonis Dalgas
track 12 by Markos Vamvakaris
track 14 by Sotiria Bellou.


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2012

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12.7.12


11.7.12

atom tm interview for 06:00am


06am Why is it a hard world the world we are living in?

Is it???

06am Why do we constantly repeat the same mistakes? Have you made mistakes that helped you learn?

We are making the same mistakes over and over, because they are built in. For the very same reasons we have written "user's manuals" such a the bible, the koran, basically any religious writing and as well philosophical texts. Those texts nothing else but show us the possible mistakes and deliver guidelines of how to prevent them. I do take those writings very seriously because of the same reason.
As for own mistakes, yes, of course, one makes them all the time, sometimes knowing, sometimes not knowing, on all levels.

06am Do you believe that what would be enough to make the world better is a bit more discipline?

I think that discipline is just one part, but, yes, absolutely I believe that it's an important element of human life. Discipline itself would not make things better per se, and needs to be accompanied by other things to balance it.

06am What makes us undisciplined?

Entropy.

06am How did you come to become an artist/musician?

By accident actually…and to a certain degree by destiny. It would be too long to list here, but there were plenty of events that, now looking back at it, pretty much let me take the path towards music. One event, and this may sound almost insignificant reading it, and most probably it seemed insignificant in the very moment i lived it was, when i hear a drum machine sounding on the radio for example. up until that point i had only heard real drums, and so was i interested in playing real drums at that time. i perfectly remember the moment i heard an artificial beat and it struck me that that was, what i wanted to be able to do myself.

06am What is your idea of happiness?

Be here now, don't want anything, don't do anything.

06am What is revolution for you?

Revolution comes with a certain amount of  aggression i think, and it happens when a system is saturated by the wrong elements or conditions. As opposite to "evolution", a situation where a system can still be "fixed" or made better, a revolution to a big degree is something like the only way out of a rotten situation. by that meaning, it has to take everything by its roots and tear it out, revolve it. for the very same reason there has been no revolution in art, but just evolution. those who claim to have revolutionized art where most clever salesmen, nothing else.

06am What is the role of art? Why do we have it/do it for? Why should it exist?

art shows us, that we are in fact human beings. that we are evolved, have culture and on top of all that, leisure for something that lays outside the sphere of functionality (such as science, technology, etc.). It exists, because human beings are spiritual beings and art connects them with their spirituality, in the sense as it transmits something that, in our usual manners of living our lives, can not be felt, understood or expressed. art shows us the mysterious, the visionary and everything that lays beyond dull explanations, mainly installed by some sort of alpha-male in order to make life easier for him or his clan.

06am Are there people that have influenced you? Is there a person that has influenced you more than any one else?

i think it's no high philosophy to state that everything, may it be human or inhuman, subject or object, does influence you…may it be good or bad. in that sense i can certainly connect certain things of who i am to certain experiences with certain people. who smaller how big those influences are, may be hard, or impossible to tell. there are of course key figures, books i read, music i heard, but it would be unfair to those i do not list, to write down a series of names right now, since this series of names may be arbitrary…who knows?

06am What is/was your father's occupation?

I'm coming from a working class background and my father was craftsman.

06am A real author thrives in an environment of absolute freedom or of social and economic pressure?

hard to say. i guess it's both. there are so called artists that have the luxury to have no social or economic pressure at all, yet, in most cases, their art seems unimportant or even bad. then there are others, who have made extraordinary things in total isolation…and as well there is the opposite: artists driven by economic success who have made great things…and very bad things. as for myself, i believe in absolute freedom, which is in fact something i have a continuous interest in achieving. if i look back at my life until now, almost all important decisions i took where driven by obtaining freedom, mainly through cutting off elements of my life of which i had the feeling they would restrict that freedom.

06am Have you made any sense from the fact that man has the need to invent notions such as that of God and address to them?

it makes actually quite a lot of sense, that in a world of which we have no clue about at all, we tend to refer to higher entities, gods, and so on in order to make it livable. fact is, that we are living in a grid of explanations, a construct we have invented to make our world manageable, bearable and livable. only the ignorant or the stupid believe that those constructs are actually the real thing, the others know that beyond those constructs lays the unimaginable, the infinite, the total void and that we are totally unable to get the slightest grasp of it. it is wise to praise that void, however you may name it!

06am Do you consider yourself a talented person?

yes.

06am Where did you grow up?

I grew up in Frankfurt/Main.

06am Do you believe that places influence our thinking?

Obviously they do! way beyond the usual "social" component, which is obviously an influence to everybody and strongly connected to the place everybody lives, i think that we are not the same if we exist in other places. "matter" and our physical body, such as our non-physical body is only understood in a very shallow way and we don't really know what happens to us, once we move.

06am What book (books) do you read these days?
Karl Marx "The Capital".

06am Is life a matter of endurance?

oh, absolutely! without endurance, entropy wins…ideas fall apart, such as houses, bodies, cultures, empires…

06am Does silence have sound?

As by the definition of the word "silence", it doesn't.

06am Does negative critique bother you?

Not at all. I don't consume or read press, and this includes articles about my work as well. Apart from that, I even think that positive critique could be even more bothering, like for example being loved by someone who completely misunderstands your work. I think that that's really a reason to be bothered about. However, I don't consider information coming from those sources valid enough to take them seriously on any level. interestingly, just the last couple of days i was going through my press archive, since i am uploading everything to my new website "atom-tm.com" (and so will be the press!)…in fact, my daughter is scanning the articles for me, and i format them and prepare them for the upload…well, i couldn't avoid to go through some press articles from 1990/91 just some days ago and really had to laugh about it! so much nonsense, both, from myself and the journalist!

06am What matters more, choices or influences?

is there a difference between the two…aren't they just the very same thing?

06am What does one loses when she/he grows up?

Innocence, no doubt!

06am Would you like to send us an image, of you or of something else, that best describes your current state of mind so that we post it along with your answers?