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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SIC ALPS / A Long Way Around To A Shortcut

Somehow Ecstatic Records - One Day Series



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

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diana egizi

το αγαπαω αυτο το κομματι

ακομα και απο τους ulver


shit fuck

12 /10 doom madlib
13/10 cut hands vatican shadow
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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

Whats was your father's profession?

He never told us, Official secrets act apparently.

06. Are you strict/hard on yourself?


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. 


Drug Free Youth



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



Μαρμαρινός Insenso/Όπερα


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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