Monday, May 25, 2009

Vultures Invading...

A couple of days ago when I was about to eat my breakfast I realised I must have cooked an egg of a vulture, not a hen-egg, as usual.
Strange things are happening....

Season Opening Of Camp Brana

Camp Brana - the infamous little cottage place where the first Joxfield ProjeX' recordings were made in the very early of may 2005.
It really seems like a long time ago, it has surely been a long journey.
Four short, long years - a huge amount of music made and more is to come.
I was sitting close to the open fire with my guitar, a little amp and some efx pedal. Yan was sitting in the other end of the room, a bit away from the fire, freezing, with his keyboard in the knees playing some weird stuff. There were some disturbing sounds we didn't want to record, but couldn't find them untill we realised it was Yan's teath clicking.
Suffer, suffer, suffer - all for the art.

This last weekend I went to the place again, opened it up for the summer season, took my first outdoor lunch.

Yan wanted to do our following recordings in a warmer and more comfortable place (with indoor toilette, indoor shower....) so half a year later we ended up at the famous Camp Kolpebo to which we've returned every time we have recorded together... But, that's another story.

Friday, May 22, 2009

Just An Important Album Pt 9

Well, what to say about these groundbreaking albums?
Avant freeform pop with punk attitude long before punk was invented.
Otherwise it's very well played, very well composed and arranged and very well sung.
Pure joy.
Trout Mask Replica was released in 1969. Produced by Zappa.
Lick My decals Off, Baby was released the year after, 1970.
TMR is considered being a true classic - and I can't nothing but agrtee, but like many others I think maybe that LMDOB are superior to it.
TMR are always re-issued as CD whenever needed and very easy to find. LMDOB was released on CD in 1989 and have been out of print for almost 20 years - unbelievable. But, there's a new re-issue on vinyl, so go find the old grammophone again!

Sunday, May 10, 2009

The Past Is Present...

In 1975 the Swedish free improvisation group ISKRA released their self-titles debut-album, a 2 LP set which never have been re-issued on CD.
I bought it in those days, heard it a couple of times, thought it was a bit difficult even though I liked some of it. It disappeard. Probably because I sold it to a 2nd hand record store, I guess.
Recently I laid my hands on an mp3 version of it and when listening to it yesterday I realised something have changed, it was really good, so, now it's safe in the computer...

Sunday, May 3, 2009

Not Only Springtime

Abstract Numbers & Concrete Letters A-Z

Have anyone missed it's springtime?
Of course not. For more than a week the sun has been kind and gentle with its shining on our pale bodies. It's gives energy and creativity (well...)

A week ago at the (in)famous Camp Batang we made the final adjustments to our huge Abstract Numbers & Concrete Letters A-Z ProjeX, an ambitious tour de force we've been involved in for more than two years, spending hundreds and hundreds of hours to get things in the way we want, to be satisfied (which actually never will happen as we're never 100% satisfied with what we do, but anyway...)
23 - 25 tracks, depending how you count (two of them are two-parted), about 2 ½ hours of music.

Oax & Yan of Joxfield ProjeX
+ Guests:

Geoff Leigh - Soprano sax, Flute, Efx, Vocals, Composer, Author (Geoff Leigh, Henry Cow, Mirage... name it)
Pat Mastelotto - Drums, Percussions, Samples (King Crimson, Stickmen, XTC... name it)
Nike Ström - Bass (Everywhere and all over for decades)
Håkan Almkvist - Sitar, Tampura, Bass, Indian Percussion (Oriental Squeezer, Ganapati)
José João - Elephant Noiseguitar, Samples (Orquestra Populare de Paio Pires)
Regina P - Vocals (Copernic #)
Kenji Siratori - Spoken Word, Author (Kenji Siratori)
Churner - Harsh Noise (Churner)
Sakamoto Hiromichi - Cello (Haco, Sakamoto Hiromichi)

So, now when it's ready it's up to YOU to get it.
Stay alert!