Archive for November 2005

Tripel Records sent me this today   Leave a comment

There can’t be many people who read this diary who aren’t on my mailing list, but if there are this is what Tripel are saying:

hi pete um,

All mail to info

Forgive us; it’s been a while. Some exciting news from the tripel towers.

Our picture plate release is finally in the shops after having travelled a staggering distance. Special thanks to Gaeoudjiparl (Goodiepal) for escorting it both physically and sonically from his Faroe Island abode to ‘Dubplates and Mastering in Berlin where Pole apperently works. The audiotapes were mastered and cut to lacquer before making its way to the Czech Republic for manufacturing. The magic 12’ves are now safely at Office Tripel and a good supply have now been sent to numerous distributors and shops.

This split LP features 15 compositional shorts by UM and 1 plunder collage by Ascoltare, plus selected Gordon Ramsay rants cut for your pleasure. To view the record and read our press please go here.

The UM’s side gathers the best of his self- released classic Giraffe. Vague comparisons have been made to artists such as Vivian Stanshaw, Syd Barrett, Solex, Harco Pront, Voks, The Residents,
Meadow House and even Kool Keith. However UM’s work is not easy to pin down. Although there are some distinguishable reference points to be considered, many comparisons don’t particularly hold up and should be argued against whilst hearing UM’s music.

On the flip Ascoltare collates samples from reality TV chefs and binds together a mixture of musique concrete styles with yokes found within free composition and improv. Eccentric organ licks and music-library inspired textures float effortlessly around meaty montages of Iron Chef Judges and British foodies. Added ingredients include Rick Stein, Keith Floyd and Gordon Ramsey all of who undergo the pitch up & down treatment.

This record will be streamed by The Wire magazine We will keep you posted as to when this happens.

A lovely review of this record can be found here.

All of Tripel/Dubbel’s catalogue can be purchased our paypal shop as well as a small selection of other records which we’ve stumbled across. Please visit

Other news:
Ascoltare interview.
To find out more about the inner workings of Ascoltare’s current heady state, read an interview conducted by Mark E from I really love music.

UM on O’Rourke
To view UM’s legendry ‘I hate O’Rourke’ thread, please go here!


oh what the heck! here’s office tripel’s current listening.

sensational – speaks for itself
gaeoudjiparl – vvmt24
keith hudson and friends – studio kinda cloudy
UM – bum skipper 1 & 2
slits – cut
VA/ microphone attack 74-78
voks – vaks vanskab ak
sly stone – high on you
henry jacobs – the wide weird world of henry Jacobs
merzbow – merzbird
sabbat – sabbatical holocaust
auto repeat – def jam

You can also buy the disc via Boomkat, and possibly Cargo if you ask them specifically for it.

Posted November 30, 2005 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized

Why does spam take this surreal form?   Leave a comment

Kimberley Q. Titor sent me this with the subject heading “met your bro. yest.” Since he was travelling from Australia on the day in question and he’s a bit of a boy and he has a fear of flight which he combats with alcohol I didn’t immediately assume it was spam. Why does spam take this surreal form? I guess I should just look it up on Google.

How are you,

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will work for 48 hrs.

12. Ninety six bottles of beer, three a’s, three b’s, one c, two d’s, thirty three e’s, seven f’s, three g’s, nine h’s, twelve i’s, one j, one k, six l’s, fifteen n’s, eleven o’s, eight r’s, twenty five s’s, twenty two t’s, two u’s, six v’s, eight w’s, four x’s, and five y’s on the wall..
Do those gardners regret walking carefully?.
The guards don’t often love reading..
I missed shouting carefully..
That librarian isn’t enjoying jumping at the company..
That flight attendant is not missing playing below the bridge at this exact moment..
Do you practice driving in London?.
Paul’s grandson disliked studying for six weeks..
Until that day, he could not hear the language differences. He asked for the computer every day by pointing to it. He was allowed to spend time each day on the noun program. One year later he was talking in full sentences and was staffed into normal preschool..
tomorrow i will wash my hair and go to the salon.
Have you practiced jumping yet?.
Toren came to me at age 32 months. He had 2 words: Ma Ma and Bye Bye. He could not focus, but ran around the room. His mother was convinced I was going to have him cured by his third birthday. I told her I was no miracle worker, but we’d do what we could during the next 4 months. Immediately we started structuring Toren’s day. I went home and worked up a program called ‘Toren’s Nouns’. The first day I showed Toren the program, he looked at it for 10-15 seconds and then left the computer. The next day he stayed about 30 seconds. Each day he built up more time at the computer. By the second week, he would sit on my lap for 10 minutes pressing whichever word he wanted to hear. But he spoke no sounds, no words. Three weeks passed. I began berating myself. ‘See, Jo, you thought this noun program was so great. Look at Toren, he’s not learning anything.’ The fourth week Toren walked over to the computer, picked up the overlay from the IntelliKeys keyboard, pointed to 10 different words and approximated each word. That day, I cried..
Did Roy love working on the top of the mountain?.

Peter Milton

And it’s goodnight from me.

Posted November 30, 2005 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized

Speech!   Leave a comment

I was going to make a speech at last night’s Bad Timing birthday gig but I forgot because I’m an arse and I was drinking Stella. It would have gone something like:

“…Just wanted to thank Bad Timing and congratulate them for all their efforts over the past four years because I think they’ve gone a long way towards putting Cambridge on the map for leftfield music stuff and they’ve certainly helped me in my comedy career and I think it’s fitting that Simon’s doing a gig over at CB2 tonight and we can still pull a crowd here and if Bad Timing fell down a hole tomorrow there’d still be other promoters bringing interesting things and people to Cambridge and if you’d have told me that five years ago I’d have laughed bitterly into my beer, so cheers and thankyou for the music etc…”

It occurs to me at this point that I ought to reference the fact that other promoters have historically brought interesting music to Cambridge (I’ve seen Fela Kuti at the Junction, for instance, and I used to work for Shebeen Arts & Music at the Boat Race, after a fashion) but I’m talking about a consistent programme of underground music, or whatever.

Posted November 29, 2005 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized

The discovery of the internet.   Leave a comment

My most recent achievement is the discovery of the internet. I know I’ve had a website since 2001 but it’s really only in the last six months that I’ve got my head round the whole online community scenario of specific blogs and boards, which is fucking daft of me, I must say. In addition, I’ve got sucked into “the myspace thing”, as someone once referred to it. People kept sending me invites to be their chum and I’d go and have a look at and think: “what’s the fucking point of that?” However, after discussing the matter with some fellow music johnnies on “tour” in Holland, namely one Puyo Puyo and one Max Tundra, who both gave the facility an enthusiastic endorsement on the basis of the opportunities it offers for networking and general art-slaggery, I thought fuckit and signed up. Hence: . I would have called it UM but I think there are about 12 of us or something. When I called my band UM it was partly because I read somewhere that UM is the most commonly enunciated word by human beings, and I therefore reasoned that it would have some cheap currency before I’d even bothered to get out of bed. The plan has backfired with regards to the web though, because the word makes search engines cry like lazy teenagers. Therefore I need all the help I can get to establish my web presence, especially as Cargo can’t seem to find it within themselves to stock the records they advertise in magazines. But maybe that’s for another entry or mailout or both. Maybe I’ll put it on myspace too.

A footnote: Puyo Puyo and I were discussing the myspace thing in relation to our friend and mentor Felix Kubin, and we both immediately perceived that he would never consider materialising in that context, and that must mean something.

Posted November 29, 2005 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized

Vinyl Bulemia   Leave a comment

Here’s a list of records I got given in Holland:

Worm Compilation: Dig/Feed/Shit
Klip! Klap! Force!: compilation.
Egotwister Party Ruiners. Egotwister records compilation
Stora Compilation
Max Tundra: Some Best Friend You Turned Out To Be
Remixes + Interpretations 1998-2005: Max Tundra

Here’s those I bought:
Brasil!: Various Artists
Musique Et Danses De Bali: Gong Sawan
Ghana – Music Of The Northern Tribes: Various (Recorded by Verna Gillis)
Electro 2: Various
Jealousy: Tony Allen with The Africa 70
Medecine: Ray Lema
About Time: New York Gong
Phesesscho Choir Soweto: Phesesscho Choir
Mbube! Zulu Men’s Singing Competition
Worn Copy: Ariel Pink
No More Heroes: The Stranglers
Aural Sculpture: The Stranglers
Magazine Love/Cholo Jump7″: Screamers

And here’s some records I bought the other day in charity shops:

My Name Is Prince 7″: Prince & The New Power Generation
20 Seconds to Comply 7″: Silver Bullet
House Arrest 7″: Krush
Beardism W.D.T.C.H.C/The Rite 7″: The Nels Cline Trio (on Ecstatic Peace – why was this in with all these others?)
Fear Loves This Place: Julian Cope
The Bouncer 7″: Kicks Like A Mule
Play Kwela 7″: The Piranhas
Automatic 7″: The Pointer Sisters
Living On The Frontline 7″: Eddy Grant
She’s A Woman 7″: Scritti Politti & Shabba Ranks
Club Country 7″: The Associates
Jack To The Sound Of The Underground 7″: Hithouse
Boops (Here To Go) 7″ Sly & Robbie
Wishing On A Star 7″ Fresh 4 feat. Lizz E.
Brilliant Mind 7″: Furniture
Obsesstion 7″ : Animotion
Scandalous 7″: Prince (this is fucked, mind. Must be slipping…)
White Lightning 7″: The Fall
Like A Rolling Stone/ Rainy Day Women # 12 & 35 7″: Bob Dylan
Love Will Tear Us Apart 12″ – PJ Proby
Tainted Love 12″: PJ Proby
Dominando La Partida: Adalberto Alvarez Y Su Son
Exitos De Siempre: Arquestra Aragon
Super Exitos – Bailables Cubanos Vol. 2: Various
Sonero Mayor Vol. 4: Beny More
Portraits Of Duke Ellington: Joe Pass

Posted November 26, 2005 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized

How do you get from Um to Derek Bailey?   2 comments

We all know Nathan Blunt, right? He’s the guy I did that Rip-Off Taster CD with that not a great many people own, despite it being pretty OK in my book. He also used to be in the legendary ironic teenpunk group Boysnatch with Bobby J, who is essentially my motherfucking brother, although maybe that’s bringing a little too much family into the affair. Anyway, Nathan’s old group before that, not counting Nes.Co, which is him on his own doing the famous bad loops, was the tragically underheard and under-motherfucking-appreciated Pence Eleven. They did two albums: How The Nimrods Stopped Me Sinning and No Rats Aboard THIS Ship! (The latter being a triple CD with over 200 hundred songs on it). There is a third lost album but that’s another story. It occurs to me at this point that I ought to write an enormous essay on what a fantastic group the group were, but we were talking about me a minute ago and I’d better tidy up that loose end, as it were. Anyway, the guy in Pence Eleven that wasn’t Nathan Blunt was Stuart Calton, who subsequently went on to record as THF Drenching (possibly the world’s premier Dictaphone player) and eventually caught the ear of Improv God Derek Bailey, who asked Stuart and his missus Marie (a.k.a Sonic Pleasure – on bricks) to record together with him as Limescale. So there you are.

Posted November 11, 2005 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized

My man Barney Booze sent me this:   Leave a comment

Dear Pete

Painfully accurate about the APU gig. One of the strangest nights in recent memory. The thing that got me about the crowd was how weirdly normal they all were, not even indie kids. Indie kids I can handle, they were just…nothing. Anywayyyy, been reading a backlog of your diary entries, hadn’t looked for a while. Your deeply amusing O’Rourke tract reminded me of my own connected O’Rourke saga.
A couple of years ago me and Nik (my partner in the Booze) used to write this webzine called Get Retarded, kind of just two music geeks amusing themselves type of deal, you can probably imagine. Perhaps our finest hour was the Wire Drinking Game. This Involved reading the wire with a nearby drinks cabinet, with a list of instructions such as ‘Every mention of Derek Bailey – one shot’ , ‘Thurston Moore does something Jazz – two shots’ and so on. We were rather pleased with ourselves for roasting the hell out of them with our pomposity pistols, so emailed them a link to see if they enjoyed our largely affectionate tribute. They actually really did, and gave us a mention in their internet column. The little mention also referenced a Jim O’Rourke review I’d written. We were quite happy, showed everyone we knew etc.
A little while later our friend Jim was on the cover of said mag, the interview you mention in your piece where he decries ‘Kids on the internet accusing him of ripping off John Fahey’ etc. I thought nothing of this until a little while later it suddenly came to me: JOR probably reads the Wire, let’s face it. Had he seen the mention of him in the description of our zine? Had he read my review where I described Bad Timing as something like his ‘John Fahey album’? It all seemed eminently possible. Of course I can’t prove a thing, but also, I could be right!
So in that little rant of his, He could in fact be talking about yours truly! I do like his music, but I agree with everything you say about him and Sonic youth, the relentless, self-serving elitism and egotism. He also said something like ‘You hadn’t even heard of Fahey until 2 years ago, asshole!’. Well that’s rich seeing as how he’d done more than almost anyone in bringing the great man to the surface once again, producing and touring with him, citing his importance. It seems that really he’d just like to keep his music for himself, the elitist bastard.
So yeah, screw that guy! His dress sense is terrible too.
Thanks a lot for reading this far, hope you found it interesting.
PS, Kid 606 emailed us around the time to tell us how much he loved the Wire drinking game. I introduced myself to him at a gig in Birmingham and he shook my hand in admiration! That was september 10th, 2001. The next day, planes hit the twin towers, nearly killing…Jim O’Rourke. Funny old world.

Every cowboy sings a sad, sad song.


Posted November 11, 2005 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized

Thinking ahead.   Leave a comment

Was reading something somewhere the other day about people planning parties to celebrate the death of Margaret Thatcher, and I was wondering whether it would be a better idea to celebrate her death within her lifetime. After all, someone asked George Bush what people would think of his presidency in 300 years time and he apparently replied: “Who cares? I won’t be around.”

Also, what do we do when Keith Richards dies?

Posted November 11, 2005 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized