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Rodelius

 

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It’s been a busy period for me, and this was one of those nights where I did not want to be out on a mid weeknight, but for Hans Joachim Rodelius to drag himself at the age of 82 all the way from Germany to perform for us here in SF made me recalibrate my mood and tough it out in order to enjoy the experience of witnessing this very rare performance by the only living founding member of Cluster/Kluster/Qluster and Harmonia and vanguard of the German avant garde underground music scene.

I had the chance to see Moebius a few years back (2012) and missed it for whatever reason and have been kicking myself because he has since passed away. I didn’t want to miss another opportunity to experience a living master of the craft.

His set at The Chapel SF opened with a bit of electronic work and he was joined by Tim Story also on electronics. This went on for awhile with Hans at one point transitioning to piano for some light melodic pieces, sketches almost, beautiful melodies, light and moody, playful yet melancholy at times. This first video captures some of that.

At one point he did a special dedication to Holger Czukay of Can, who recently passed away and Tim Story also dedicated this one to Dieter Moebius.

Tim departed the stage after the dedication to leave Hans to indulge in some more electronic work which was some of my favorite stuff of the evening. Abstract dynamic and dreamlike sounds culled from various sources created a lovely sound collage.

Nobody seemed to be sure what he was hearing but after his set he asked who in the crowd was playing with him as he seemed to hear some sort of Flutes or horn coming from somewhere in the building….maybe a ghost? Maybe a ghost in the machine?

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He ended the set with a bit of a lull-a-bye on piano, stood up and took some pics of the crowd with his smart phone and then offered anyone who wanted to hug him to hang around afterwards. I went and picked up a record from his merch table and had a few moments with him, the record was already signed from the initial run but I had him sign it again. I asked if he ever figured out who was responsible for the sounds he heard to which he replied in that soft German accent ‘Was it you?’ hahaha! He told me to ‘spread love’ and he smelled like wine and we hugged and it was a wonderful experience.

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Chris Carter and his Gristleizer modules live at Modular Meets Leeds UK 2017

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I’ve been a fan of the early industrial scene and sounds since I was a teenager in the late 80’s early 90’s. Throbbing Gristle were at the forefront and Chris Carter’s synthesizer work has always been largely, if not wholly DIY, and his sounds have always had that edge and grit or ‘gristle’ if you will, that defined the genre.

 

I always loved that he built his own synths from the beginning and now he has his own line of eurorack style modules, The Gristleizer line.

In the video below you can watch Chris do a short set with his new line of modules that will actually be available to the public. In the video following that is a rig rundown and a chat about the line with a couple of the developers who helped design and build them. From what I can tell, this is just the beginning and there will be more of these to come, very exciting!

 

 

These were shot by DivKid who has an excellent youtube channel that covers the modular world in depth. His is an excellent resource for checking out gear demos and modular events around the UK. He also has a way of making this heady topic make sense and he does it in a way that is engaging and unpretentious, go check him out!

Coma-Tones (Viper Room LA 1995)

People wonder why I can be really hard to impress when they try to turn me on to the latest Trash Rock band with the ‘junky chic’ aesthetic, loads of which have been stumbling out of LA and Brooklyn forever now and this is why.

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I lived in LA from 1996 until roughly 2004 and this was hands down my favorite band to come out of that scene and according to many, the best. I saw them twice and I consider myself very lucky. Over the years and as recently as a couple years ago, I’ve also been lucky enough to become friends with and share the stage with Jimmy James and his other band The Hangmen and he is easily the most solid rock guitarist in town and has been for years and The Hangmen are still at it.

I briefly knew Divo Garcia and met Gio Vitanza a few times and they were the nicest guys. I was really saddened to hear about Gio’s passing a few years ago back in Florida. Check out this live set from 1995 with Divo on guitar (when I saw them he had switched to bass) and I believe this was their first drummer Grant ‘Bo’ Johns who had passed away by the time I caught up with them. I used to have a copy of their Syl Sylvain produced 7″ which was signed by Grant which I’ve since lost, though I still proudly own their ultra rare 12″ EP. But really, they were a live band, fun, ferocious, they came from the heart and went straight for the nuts as you can experience in the video below.

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12 inch 45 on Offbeat Records 1992

A few words from Classic Rock Mag :

“There was deliciously seamy underground in LA rock n’ roll in the 1980’s, filled with freaks and weirdos and druggy shamans and bleary-eyed dead-enders who ran all the way to the end of the America to find somebody to love, and still came up wanting.

The most infamous character in that whole scene was probably Jeffrey Lee Pierce of voodoo gospel-billy blues-punks The Gun Club, a man who allowed rock’n’roll to thoroughly destroy him, but there were plenty of other would-be rock messiahs trawling that town, from the Leaving Trains’ cross-dressing gonzo rock journalist Falling James to displaced cow-girl Texacala Jones of Tex and the Horseheads to The Flesheaters’ punk poet Chris D. There were bands that took the Hollywood glam template and turned into something remarkably more perverse, like future-shock rockers Rebel Rebel, needle-punks Stars from Mars or gender-bending provocateurs The Ultras, and then were the bands that were just plain ol’ mean, like the aforementioned Motorcycle Boy, The Humpers, The Hangmen, and The Coma-Tones, bands that took the basic Stones/Aerosmith template and dragged it right into the depths of LA’s sun-bleached depravity.”

Again, a big thanks to Louis Elovitz for being there!


 

Anarchestra “Sonic Oligarchy”

Some inspiring words about the liberation of sound and artistic autonomy, cutting out the gatekeepers and getting back to the DIY philosophy and moving away from being contained and controlled by the tools available to everyone…make your own tools and create alternative choices.

Anarchestra is a DIY instrument maker out of Tucson see more instruments in action via youtube: Anarchestra Instruments

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