Blurt Night vs Wreck This Night
@ the OCCII / November 16 / Amsterdam
"Practice letting go "
o Down in the Argentine
Impossibly intense and yet flippant charm of Blurt carried the night.
Everyone I talked to was ignited, warmed over, thrilled, and glowing
by the end of the night. The trio of Ted Milton (sax, vocal, violin),
Steve Eagles (guitar), Paul Wigens (drums) reinvented old chestnuts
in a way few bands can: tunes sound simultaneously familiar and
totally new, simple and incredibly dense, chaotic meanderings within
a very tight pop song rhythms, extrapolatory jagged conniption sax
solos that had one jazz saxophonist rhapsodizing that Milton was
touching on tones never touched by jazz musicians except maybe Albert
Ayler. Wigens was perfectly subdued - no flashing bombast while
Eagles played rhythm and lead guitar that sometimes sounded somewhere
between bagpipes, prepared strings, and a joint strike fighter taking
off from a wet runway.
"How does a dog die? / Roll over like Bartok / wag his legs in the sky?"
Milton's adlibbed extemporaneous poesie, the babblings, the jabbering
all have that wonderful quality of finding the muse in the rubble.
Brilliant jags of word-smithing in this context be it Mark E. Smith
or Lee "Scratch" Perry or Tom Waits or Lord Buckley or Shelley Hirsch
has always left me fascinated by the power of nurtured improv. I am
someone who carries a piece of limp damp paper on stage and then have
trouble reading my scribblings without stumbling into some state of
I was honored to be asked to open for Blurt and love this place.
Inexpensive, informal, good sound system, close to home, and a
gezellig [convivial] atmosphere, the OCCII remains an important venue
for bands who want to book at the last minute. With a minimum of red
tape, an interesting night can most likely be arranged.
"Dumb flags at the whim of every little whip of wind / they
bounce in the breeze / it all ends in tatters"
o The Flags
It was a really perfect night: I finally got to meet Ted Milton, my
DJ colleague at Patapoe who co-hosts Boys from the Flatlands program
and does sound for a host of musical units including the Ex, Geert-J.
brought back a gift for me from Austria, a lederhosen-wearing teddy
bear that when you press his/her belly yodels! This is absolutely
perfect because I am about to embark on a promo "tour" [basically NY]
for my new book on yodeling, Yo De Lay EEE OOO: The Secret History of
Yodeling Around the World [Routledge]. Inevitably at readings people
will ask whether I yodel [I don't] and so now I can just hold this
Teddy Bear up to the mic and lip-synch the bear's yodels!
I also invited an artist-jazz saxophonist friend to the gig and he
was jostled off his moorings and he was totally inspired by the
evening. The crowd was an intimate + or - enthusiastic listeners and
I even got some compliments on my DJ-ing [I'm a thin skinned DJ who
is highly club-crowd-ophobic, which depending on the club - not here
- can be as consumer demanding as McDonald's customers waiting in
line for burgers]. AND I met a couple who are interested in yodeling
- I had secretly/subliminally tossed in some yodeling into the mix.
And the beers were good and cheap
And there were a fair number of fellow Patapoe DJs on hand, some of
whom even stretched a huge banner across the OCCII front that shouted
out for more support for FREE radio. There was a sense that Patapoe
could really develop into something through sheer enthusiasm. Ted
Milton had originally even offered to do the gig as a benefit but we
Wreck This Mess played [not in this order]:
DJ Cor Blimey / Black Dog vs Black Sifichi vs C-Pij Obscura / Grand
Mal / Shelley Hirsch / Christine Lauterburg / Norscq vs Tempsion / A
Certain Ratio / Trip Do Brasil / Nat King Cole / Lizzy Mercier
Descloux / Queen Juliana / Mose Allison/ Headphone Science / Heaven
17 / Jonah Jones / Superstoned / Voodoo Trance Music of Haiti / Jon
Hassell / Gas-Wolfgang Voigt / "La Paloma" by Fischer Chöre / Relax
with Puck van Waveren / Gnawa Joum Experience / Niobe / The Seven
Sages of Mesopotamia / Rogue State / Manasseh meets the Equaliser /
Adrian Sherwood / MC Paul Barman / DJ Wally / Mossman vs the World
Bank / the Lost Patrol / Twilight Circus / True Tone / Aube / Ben
Neill vs DJ Spooky / Twilight Circus / Andrew Duke / Glen Brown vs
King Tubby vs Leftfield / Bad Card / Sophia Loren...
With the rerelease and reappreciation of much No Wave material from
New York and Ze Records and the film "24 Hour Party People" focusing
attention on Factory Records and the recent "Wild Dub: Dread Meets
Punk Rocker Downtown" on Select cuts <www.selectcuts.de> it is only a
matter of time before Blurt is rediscovered - for the first time and
just in time
Their set stuck somewhat to songs featured on their new "Best of
Blurt - Volume 1: The Fish Needs a Bike" on Salamander Records
<www.salamanderrecords.com> a nice and noisy bouquet shoved into our
impatient and attention-span stressed faces.
Wreck This Mess will be away from the controls for about 4 weeks.
Send all sound material for airplay and review to:
Wreck This MeSS
Radio 100 / Radio Patapoe
Zeilstraat 23 / II
1075 SB Amsterdam
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o "plus another few hundred when it hits the BSI list!" Ezra
o Old playlists archived at <http://www.wfmu.org/~bart/
o Recent selected Playlists [early stages] at
o Special playlists can be found at 3am Magazine
> under the title "Radiophotogram: Visual
Radio". Also posted is a depth-of-focus interview with Judy Nylon. To
appear soon: excerpts from my scandal-delicious paris novel, PARIS
SEX TETE, a review of the spoken word works of Roberto Valenza...
SDI > SELF DESTRUCTION INSURED >
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