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Loads of my drawings in a slideshow.   Leave a comment

Posted August 28, 2008 by peteum2013 in drawings, pete um

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Extrapool is hella cool.   Leave a comment

Extrapool is this fantastic place in Nijmegen, Holland. I’ve done two gigs for the people there and I think they’re hella cool. I wrote about the first time I went there somewhere back in these pages if you want to hear my gushingly subjective stamp of approval but their website sez:

Extrapool is an artist run organisation in the middle of Nijmegen since the early nineties. About 12 people work in Extrapool, some as volunteers others on a more regular basis and five of them live there.
We organise art-events, concerts, performances and film inside the building but also outside the city. We have a soundstudio, a graphic studio and workspace where we make artistbooks and print f.e. posters, 2 guestrooms, a small shop and our public space where most of the events take place. 

Anyway, I’m playing there on the 13th of September and Herr Kubin has just sent me the flyer, done by the self-evident genius of Mr Alfred Boland. Here’s that (front and back) plus the gumph in Dutch about the gig that sounds great but is unintelligible beyone intriguing hints to a mono-linguistic spacewaste such as myself.


OPEN 20.30 • AANVANG 21.00 • ENTREE 6 EURO

Gagarin Label Tour met optredens van
Ergo Phizmiz, Pete Um, Echokrank en Dj Felix Kubin

Elektropunk en psychedelische disco

Het Gagarin Space Ship komt eraan! En het belooft een ware invasie te worden. Be prepared voor de astronomische beats van Pete Um, de psycotrische schoonheid van elektronica super star Ergo Phizmiz en de anti-gravitale disco van Echokrank. En get abducted by dj Felix Kubin himself, de Juri Gagarin van de elektrodisco! Vanavond verlaten we deze planeet en transformeren we onze dromen tot desolate elektro-futuristische muziek.

Oké… moeten we meer vertellen? Vooruit dan…

Het platenlabel Gagarin Records bestaat 10 jaar. Labelbaas Felix Kubin heeft grote faam als een van de meest interessante Duitse elektronica-acts die we kennen. Exotische beats en pulserende orgels samengebracht tot een nachtmerrie-achtige hysterie.

Echokrank is het duo Brezel Göring en een man genaamd Hotleg. Samen creëren ze een soundtrack voor toekomstige sciencefiction films.

Pete Um is tape-dichter met een sarcastische humor, onbetrouwbare mini-disc-speler en een stapel vreemde elektronische miniatuurtjes. Wanneer hij niet depressief is, is hij een groot entertainer.

Ergo Phizmiz bespeelt ieder denkbaar instrument (of de speelgoedvariant daarvan). Dadaïstische collages worden omgevormd tot neo-klassieke, experimentele, mechanische, radiophonische en literaire composities.

Yo! Get ready for electro & disco!


"…the new wave of whirring odd-hop and downtempo gibbercore…"   1 comment

The very, very good people at Norman Records are now selling No Pressure. I like Norman Records a lot. I find they often sell stuff cheaper than other online places, and can also be a good place to look if somewhere else has sold out of something. Anyway, they wrote this about the record:


Pete Um is a right mentalist. He does that whole bubbling, woozy electronic soundscape/ seriously bent electronic thing with warped absurdist poetry spread over the top like thick weird aural word gravy. This is dance music for people who have pink rubber furniture & sport 70s porn ‘taches without an hint of irony. ‘No Pressure’ it’s called is this album and i’m suitably impressed. Junk shop electronica from a one man mind mental, there’s some seriously barmy, disjointed vibes bouncing around in these bendy but catchy grooves. John Callahan, early Baby Bird, Wevie Stonder, Felix Kubin & Manchester’s wonderful Superqueens are handy reference points. For such an eccentric slab of vinyl, there’s much satisfaction to be had from repeated listens. With the current electronica world caught in some kind of strange purist rut, either minimal techno or (yawn) dubstep being the choice of many a backpacking uber spod, I think the time is nigh for the new wave of whirring odd-hop and downtempo gibbercore. Lovely warm production with a very human & quirky feel, you get a mix of playful electro, ambient snippets, stagger-beats, voice manipulation, wayward mogadon-techno and a vast array of beguiling electronic noises. This remarkable album could even work as the modern equivalent of a radiophonic workshop experiment, there’s some smart little tunes on here, my faveourite being ‘Holy Fire’ (Candie Hank remix). If you yearn for something a little different and individual then this vinyl shoulkd be in your bag. A highly inventive chap indeed! Ltd to 350 for the world, in a well colourful sleeve, inc lyric insert on the pioneering label, Gagarin

A slightly weird review of the LP   Leave a comment

“As ever with Felix Kubin’s label Gagarin, no pressure by pete um is released as vinyl only which makes sense with the cool cover, And the music? The brit clearly is recruiting from new-wave-electronica-tape-loop-experiments, admitting to over-the-top complexions of time but above. grumpy avant-garde pop.”

– Christian Meyer

Translated by Nathan Blunt, who insists that this is what it says.

Posted August 13, 2008 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized

More playlist action   Leave a comment

—– Ursprüngliche Nachricht —– Montag, 11. August 2008 10:39:01 Uhr
Speichern unter…
Von: Ed Benndorf
Thema: GR2018 – O1
An: Felix Knoth
Oldenburg Eins 106.5
Rotation Musik abseits aller Formate
05.08.08, 22.00 Uhr

marseille tape – daniel padden dekorder 05:00
the ghostly whole – daniel padden dekoder 02:00
arc frankie – daniel padden dekorder 03:30
walker – supersonic riverside blues d’ac 04:00
zabrisky point – supersonic riverside blues d’ac 05:00
numero b – supersonic riverside blues d’ac 05:00
norwegian blues – pete um gagarin 04:00
the social astronaut – pete um gagarin 04:00
holy fire (candie hank remix) – pete um gagarin 04:00
the guru let me down – pete um gagarin 02:30
drunk ghost – pete um gagarin 01:30

European Dates   3 comments


10.09. de frankfurt mousonturm
11.09. de berlin festsaal kreuzberg
12.09. de hamburg golden pudel club
13.09. nl nijmegen extrapool
14.09. be brussels disco kids @ atomium
15.09. de mannheim feuerwache
10.10.08 phono festival odense denmark
13.12.08 kammerspiele theatre munich

All these dates are organised under the auspices of the mighty Gagarin Records and I think all will feature me, Ergo Phizmiz, Echokrank and Felix Kubin. Not sure if the Munich date is confirmed.