On 13-14 May, the British label Mute will host Short Circuit Electronic Music Festival at the Roundhouse in London. Performances and unique collaborations with the past as well as current and prospective Mute artists will be interspersed with discussions, workshops, screenings and installations to celebrate the Mutes successful and influential time as a label.
Program (more names will be added soon)
Friday, May 13
RICHARD H. KIRK
CARTER TUTTI with Nik Void
THE BALANESCU QUARTET
Saturday, May 14
Erasure AND SPECIAL GUEST
Alison Moyet (SPECIAL GUEST)
POPPY AND THE Jezebel
SFT AND MIRA Calix
Irmina SCHMIDT AND Kumo play The Sound Of Can – CAN ARCHIVE SPECIAL
MARK STEWART ‘ON / OFF’ (2009)
AN EXCLUSIVE NICK CAVE & THE BAD SEEDS FILM BY Iain Forsyth and Jane Pollard
WITH MORE “To be announced
GARETH JONES ON Producing MUTE ARTISTS
STEFAN BETKE (AKA POLE) ‘An Introduction
NTO THE SCIENCE OF MASTERING ‘
PLUS MORE “To be announced
INSTALLATIONS – 13 & May 14
Flies, GUYS AND CHOIR
Mute founded by Daniel Miller in 1978 and has since signed now world-famous artists such as Depeche Mode, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Goldfrapp, Erasure and Moby as well as new talents that Yeasayer and soon the album in question Josh T. Pearson.
Whilst maintaining a firmly eclectic roster, from the earliest days of The Normal, Fad Gadget and DAF through to the techno era with artists such as Plastikman / Richie Hawtin and Speedy J, and to the present day with hybrid electronic artists such as Yeasayer and S.C.U.M, the label has always been a champion of electronic music.
Mute also looks after a catalogue of seminal electronic artists such as Can, Throbbing Gristle, Cabaret Voltaire and Kraftwerk.
Short Circuit pays tribute to the key Pioneers of Electronic Music, recent festivals have hosted performances from artists such as the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, Holger Czukay, John Foxx, Jeff Mills and Gavin Bryars.
Tickets for the Mutes festival days in London are available here. www.roundhouse.org.uk
The dates for Laibach’s December 2010 European tour have been confirmed. Laibach will play the “Laibach Revisted” programme which includes new interpretations of songs from the 80s (Boji, Smrt za Smrt, Drûava, Brat moj, Ti ki izzivaö, Nova Akropola, etc. …) and a selection of songs from other Laibach albums. The second part of the tour is expected in March 2011.
03.12.2010 – Zadar – Arsenal – HR – LAIBACHKUNSTDERFUGE
04.12.2010 – Rijeka – Stereo – HR – Laibach Revisited
05.12.2010 – Zagreb – Cibona – HR – Festival program
06.12.2010 – Kosice – Kasarne – SK – Laibach Revisited
07.12.2010 – Bratislava – Majestic Music Club – SK – Laibach Revisited
08.12.2010 – Krakow – Kwadrat – PL – Laibach Revisited
09.12.2010 – Prague Archa Theatre – CZ – Laibach Revisited
10.12.2010 – Budapest – A38 – HU – Laibach Revisited
12.12.2010 – Munich Backstage – DE – Laibach Revisited
15.12.2010 – London Garage – UK – Laibach Revisited
16.12.2010 – Glasgow – Classic Grand – UK – Laibach Revisited
18.12.2010 – Antwerpen – TRIX XL (Bim fest) – BE – Festival program
26.12.2010 – Hannover – Capitol – DE – Festival program
27.12.2010 – Cologne – Theater am Tanzbrunnen – DE – Festival program
28.12.2010 – W¸rzburg – Posthalle – DE – Festival program
29.12.2010 – Berlin – Huxley’s – DE – Festival program
04.02.2011 – Trieste – Slovensko Stalno Gledalisce – IT – Laibach Revisited
BIMFEST 2010 welcomes Laibach and DAF
For its 9th edition of the BIMFEST (taking place on December 18), BodyBeats Productions finally got hold of Laibach who canceled the last time, and of DAF, who returned with one of the most expensive songs in history of electronic music. As far as Laibach is concerned, the band will be bringing a ‘best of’ set.
Also invited to this usually very family friendly festival are the Belgian punk legends ‘There will be no next time’ The Kids, cold-wavers De Brassers and the rebooted minimal electro heads Emotional Violence. Next to them, you may expect the British punkrock/new-wave band The Bollock Brothers, Swedish old school EBM acts Autodafeh and Sturm Café and the Berliner electro-rockers Din[a]tod.
Tickets are €30 (before October 1st) / € 35 (from October 1st on) or €40 at the doors. Tickets and more info can be found at www.bimfest.be .
The Palac Sztuki museum of modern art in Lodz has finally released the catalogue of the Laibach exhibition held in the museum from May 26th until the end of August 2009. The full colour 200 pages catalogue “Ausstellung Labach Kunst Rekapitulacja / Recapitulation 2009″ includes selected Laibach visual works from the end of 1970 until today, and separately presents works and installations from the Lodz exhibition. The catalogue also includes the most important manifestos and other Laibach texts, as well as rare photos and documents from the exhibition opening. It presents nine essays, authored by Wiktor Skok, Taras Kermauner, Lev Kreft, Slavoj Zizek, Ales Erjavec, Alexei Monroe, and Eda Cufer. All texts are published in both Polish and English. (…)
Well half the Laiback concert was OK – that is the second half when they returned to their old songs rather than performing their new stuff. Their new songs are not catchy enough and they take themselves too seriously – so remain with your back catalogue next time you visit Malmoe. Grendel did an OK impression, although their songs to sound the same when you’ve listened to two or three LOL. Finally I must say OneTwo is a joke and can´t understand what they are doing at a gig like this, apart from their legacy with Alpha Ville – crap.
ElectriXmas was an OK event this year, but lacking one or two of the really big names to round the evening off with, better luck next time. below a couple of snapshots from the event:
Since Laibach is due for this saturday evening I got inspired to listen to some more EBMish type music and came to think of these guys. Not a favorite act but still some nice heavy tracks.
The German EBM act Agonoize has a new album called Sieben. It’s a double disc album with a total of 19 songs, and there will be 2 versions of it available. As you can guess, the standard version just contains the album’s 2 discs, while the limited “Maximum Permissible Dose” version comes in a box set with a bonus shape-CD containing 3 remixes of their club-friendly track “Femme Fatale” and a few other goodies like a sticker and a photo card.
You can listen to the songs “Femme Fatale” and “I Against Me” on the Agonoize MySpace page. My first impression of the new tracks – it sounds pretty OK
…playing at ElectiXmas as cheezy I think it is to enroll OneTwo. OneTwo, who are close buddies with Erasure, still fall into that category of bands that does not have a unique style and expression, more than perhaps that they have a female singer (which is quite uncommon in the electro community).
Well I will still attend the event and definately so after Laibach came onboard however I will probably have a beer when OneTwo are playing – some kind of ugly mix of Erasure, Enigma and Kraftwerk look-a-like telephone calls – judging from their homepage at Myspace, hehe
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And yes of course I give you LAIBACHHHHHHHH !!!