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estate – expanded

July 17, 2011

as i have been brushing over a few thing in my second last post, here the expanded version – with some extras…

to be precise: the young gods have not only a new record called “everbody knows” which is highly recommended, they’re also touring europe. more information you’ll find on their website. then they also issued a limited edition box containing 3 cds and 3 dvds, documenting 3 live performances: griots and the young gods at the les eurockeenes festival in belfort, the concert at the rote fabrik in zürich from their super ready / fragmente tour, and their concert at the jazzfestival montreux with the lausanne sinfonietta – this was one of 2 evenings in montreux celebrating 20 years of the young gods . the night before was very good as well, and the night before that jamie lidell and underworld played – yep, when the jazz festival montreux’s programmation was still interesting… so, in honour of all these memories i decided to put up the live recording form the rote fabrik from the limited edition box – especially since it contains that magnificient version of “envoyé”. enjoy. and go see them live… or buy at least a t-shirt….

as for adriana calcanhotto – i was very charmed by seeing her live. it also came somewhat as a suprise, as her older work is as much as i know it, hm, singer / songwriter. but her new record “o micròbio do samba” is – yes, her take on samba. and i just like her way of making music – very focused, at times one could nearly mistake it as shy, but also at times rather cheeky, using little machines that make squeaky noises, using coffee cups and spoons as acoustic support and therefore expanding discreetly her and our acoustic universe. for a taste how that sounds and some more information you can visit her homepage. and there was this truly beautiful and intimate moment when she sang “vambora” and the crowd gently sang along…

thinking of her adriana calcanhotto’s take on samba i thought it nice to give you another take on samba. also very relaxed, very cocktail hour, very smooth. roughly 50 years ago (1962), stan getz and charlie byrd recorded their take on “fresh, contemporary sounds from modern brazilian folk music”. i do wonder how it sounded to the ears of america back in the days…

also nice to note that the copy i found has some scribbling on the front – there is a womens name. stroke through, and below “mama, please (gell – which i’m unable to translate) it is my favourite record”. it does not exactly sound like a dedication on a gift – rather like the daughter (?) might left this record with her mother – telling her not to give it / throw it away….? yeah, used records have an additional layer of stories to them… and then i sometimes imagine all these possibilities….

however – it is not a bad choice for a favourite record. it is surly a very good choice for a favourite summer record. “jazz samba” by stan getz and charlie byrd you can get here. ripped very relaxed from vinyl…

then i would like to remind you of yannick délez. on his website you can listen to some pieces of his new record “boréales” (under “mp3”). try the piece called “boréales”. beautiful. if you do not feel refreshed listening to this… this is actually the music i always hope some neighbour would play very loud in summer…. opened windows… and this music drifting in… with the wind that is blowing the long white curtains… and i would slowly wake up… but no, it is me that has to get up, visit the bathroom, search for the cd, start all the machines and hit play. and then i’m usually in the mood for a coffee. and then i’m not sure my neighbours do appreciate…

to round this expanded version up – and as i still haven’t found that summer mix for 2011 i was thinking of a mix from ages ago – at the time it was rather an all year round mix. or better: part of a collection of mixes i dearly loved. too bad most of them got stolen at the main station in amsterdam. shouldn’t have let them out of my eyes… so imagine my delight – and this is one of the many reasons to love the net – i did find them, all of them, ready to listen to again. propelling me back to san franciso in 1991 to josé and atul and parties and discussions and excitement and just a very good time. there is indeed an archive with tons of mixes form this period: eze skankin mixtapes.

there is really a lot – so i do recommend garth (“no rest for the wicked” i once owned), and of course jenö. couldn’t get enough of “house reality” and “inside the mind”. being never really sure which one i preferred. you should also check out the rockers hifi live tape. and my favourite is the live recording from dub tribe. awesome. just check out the version of “mother earth” on side 2. energetic and tribal and kicking and just making me bounce around. and this at my age.

i saved one for me from these times familiar names (although it has been 2 years later, i believe – but back in sf): john howard. funny enough it was him in that record shop selling my his tape – this i realized only when i saw him later in my stay spinning… made it clear why he was so enthusiastic about this mix tape. but in all fairness: i loved it, too. as for the cover – well, not exactly my thing… and it still gives me good vibes… get it here. ripped from tape – and yes, one hears it has played many times, i.e. the quality is, eeer, fluctuating. funny enough this is one of the few i still have the original – and it is one not being posted on ezeskankin.


on the above tape is one of these tracks i was once obsessed with, so to speak (luckily these obsessions come and most importantly also go rather quickly. maybe because there is this overpowering general obsession for music). and yes, me still likes these drums. and since to my surprise i found it very quickly in my at the moment not organized vinyls here as a bonus the original and 8 (eight – it is a double 12″) mixes of johnny dangerous‘ “father in heaven”. now pray…

did you…

October 10, 2010

the young gods: did you miss me 12″

A) did you miss me? hello, hello i’m back again!

B) the irrtum boys

ripped from vinyl

The Young Gods

further explorations in sound: more young gods

June 19, 2008


i already explained some of my views on the young gods. to a degree i always have to smile when i see them classified as “industrial” or whatever: they’re so much more. true, live they are usually a rock band with an enormous amount of energy. but already their second record l’eau rouge showed that there is more to it – that there is a curiosity to explore a lot more of sonic terrain. slowly they became more…psychedelic. a kind of psychedelic that seemed to open up a field between the doors and avantgarde electronica. it was nice to follow their path: a band that has been founded in the 1980’s, with musical influences going back to the 60s and 70s and always having an ear at the most recent developments. all these influences combined with the will to bring music further. this evolution culminated in the ambient album music for artificial clouds.

in retrospect it seems that their aural sculpture six dew points, comissioned for the swiss national exposition expo.02, was like a sketch for music for artificial clouds – and i always assumed that this title actually refers (also) to the artificial cloud of the expo.02. six dew point is officially not available – but if you are interested, you can get it here.

but then the young gods also kind of branched out in several directions, be it the respective soloworks and collaborations of the different members, be it special shows as the young gods like the aquanautic (if i remember the name correctly) show with two artists from geneva (ambient sound to projections of film loops depicting water – the two artists responsible for the visuals actually worked with two projectors like a dj, looping filmsequences), be it a unique concert with a symphony orchestra (for a special 20 years of the young gods show at the jazzfestival montreux), be it their live re-interpretation of a part of the woodstock movie.

somehow the celebration of the 20 years of the young gods (including the best of cd) seemed to be like a certain closure – and therefore also a new beginning. this cd, XXyears, came in two versions: the limited edition version came with a bonus disc, containing loads of remixes of their songs. since the limited edition is no longer availbale, i thought it interesting to make it available. you can get the bonus disc here.

yes – the festivities and the look back on 20 years of explorations in sound seemed to have in a way liberated the young gods. next was the album super ready / fragmenté – i’m tempted to call it “classic young gods”, again produced by roli mosimann (yes, hes has been mentioned here before), sounding very fresh, very much “we’re in the mood to kick ass again”. at the same time the young gods have been asked by the swiss magazine truce to be the first artists to start their series of truce diaries. this means a book with writings of the members of the young gods, texts from other people, interviews, pictures and collages. and it came with a cd full of – well, songs, and bits and pieces. it has a very trippy sitar version of stay with us on it – and the great version of la fille de la mort by greta gratos… yes, really something like a sonic diary, snapshots of very different situations, ready to let us imagine our own stories. and yes, also this is out of print – and yes, i also uploaded it for your personal little roadtrip here.

this comissioned work actually had a bigger impact then first thought – accompanying the release of this book the young gods have been asked to play a special show – an acoustic show. this grew bigger and bigger – to the release of their current record, knock on wood. but that is something for the next post on the young gods…

real gods: the young gods

May 5, 2008

envoyé! translated on the inner sleeve of the 12″ as “fuck off and die”

allright – the video has aged and was low budget at the time already – but the music let my jaw drop. the first record of a band which then coninued to amaze and delight me for now over 20 years.

name dropped as an influence from many fellow musicians, even some big names, the young gods share the fate of many bands introducing something new into rock: they stayed unique. it is in my eyes no coincidence that franz treichler stated in a couple of interviews that he is less influenced by a certain style of music an artist plays, but by the attitude of the musicians towards their art.

there were quite some bands in the 1980s trying new ways out to be rock bands withoput being rock bands – i am thinking of d.a.f., front 242, and wiseblood. all these bands worked with new technology, had unusal set-ups, were musically, well, rather on the harder side and have for me rather unique ways of dealing with – masculinity. far fetched? not necessarly, i believe. rock always had to do something with cock, with young angry and supposedly potent men. whereas wiseblood took this masculinity and just turned the screw not only once, but several times to get to a kind of nightmarish vision of hypermasculinty, d.a.f. explicitly worked with hypermasculinity differently: being very controversial for their use of the german language, seen as fascistic, it has been less remarked upon the explicit use of homoeroticism. the same is true of front 242: maybe less explicit, but having seen them performing a song like headhunter live i just think it is as well a very homosexual homoeroticism – coupled (as in the case with d.a.f, and of course that other band that made real big waves at the time: laibach) with a disrespectful play with ideologies, more precise: their signifiers. and they have stayed unique and in a certain way out of reach – even for themselves. gabi delgado (one half of d.a.f.) stated in an interview that it is interesting that other bands copied their very slogan-like use of the german language, but never copied the homoerticism. and the disrespect towards ideology just does not account to too much these days – what with the cold war (hey, that is not that long ago – even if it feels like) very much over and ideologies as seemingly so last century (but with me wondering if a record like the the‘s mind bomb could be made today). so the music these bands made was unique through their picking up their times perfectly – because of a unique ideological and musical context. and also because they were early adopters of new technologies and trying to enlargen a format (rock) through the use of these technologies.

and where are the young gods in this picture? standing a little bit apart: ideology was never such a topic – and they did not play masculinity in a certain way they just…used it by converting it. they made cock-rock without the cock. we all know thanks to jimmy sommerville that the guitar is the cock of rock – the young gods use a lot of guitars, very hard guitars – but coming out of a sampler. and through the use of this technology they actually managed to get rid of all the connotations of the guitar, of all this baggage and just had: the sound. the young gods were never about posing in the sense of a classic rock act: the “posing”, the live staging of their music as well as the fully designed visual appearance of their records follows one goal: maximum impact of the music. that is why it is important to have a sampler instead of a guitar: no ego, just sound. and seeing them live is just that: maximum impact through sound. yep, for me its that easy – and that is why a lot of people copied their aesthetic, their sound – but it would have been more interesting to learn from their attitude towards music.

so – enough of my musings. there will be anyway more about them in following posts – after all they belong to a small group of my personal musical gods and godesses. so it is time for some music. and we go all the way back to the early years, to a live recording from 1987 – the time of their first LP. yep, it is a bootleg recording, taped from radio. it includes the main show and two encores and you can get it here.

if you would like to explore their early records, head over to robert poland – he has the first record up (in the cd version, so you get also the two 12″s envoyé and did you miss me). and say thank you!

and now enjoy the young gods live and be assured: some more about these gods is coming….

september song – franz treichler sings kurt weill

April 25, 2008

after lotte lenya‘s interpretation you can now have a listen to the interpretation of kurt weill songs by the young gods. different interpretations, for sure. i really love the version of speak low and september song – both songs the young gods usually still play live – speak low is actually (in again a very different version) on their brand new record knocking on wood. not much more i want to say to the young gods. since they constitute part of my personal pantheon of musical gods there will be some more about them later (including some out of print / unreleased stuff – just to keep you interested).

this record has been recorded (in the studio) after a special concert (well, i think it was actually two concerts) presenting kurt weill songs – together with element of crime (see below). they actually played this show just a couple of years back again at a kurt weill festival in germany.

the tracklist reads as follows:



ripped from vinyl@224, you can get the young gods play kurt weill here. enjoy!