Archive for September 2008

German interview translation for laffs   1 comment

Just in case you missed Nochexxx’s translation (presumably using an online translator thingy) posted in the comments box underneath the Hamburg interviewI’ll post it again here. I’m sure I said absolutely nothing of interest at the time.

is not now yet at all so for a long time ago that Mister Pete published the album “new Pressure” over on Gagarin record. And one hardly provides, stands themselves already the suitable label route before the entry door and the Britisher honoured completely Europe, for three concerts also Germany. In the course its we met Pete in Hamburg before the concert to a discussion over past, future and the role of the music in its life and the life of others. You are at present echo ill with ergo Phizmiz and on the Gagarin records Anniversary – route. How were the shows in Frankfurt and Berlin? Pete: That was really great! Even if always each appearance cannot be mad, in these cases was it like that. It makes also fun to be with both other volume on the way that is mad people and then brings sowas large joy. Do many people come to the concerts? Pete: In Berlin to the end many spectators were real! But the show began relatively so early, so that it is logical that the people needed one while, in order to appear itself there. In Frankfurt were still not in the comparison so many, but enough. The club, in which took place, in addition, was smaller a whole corner, therefore that was really acceptable. Did you play already once in Hamburg? Pete: Yes, that is already one while ago. But the public pleases me here much, that is a really interesting mixture from different humans in this city. Hamburg always particularly is. Does the music of your two route partners actually please you? Pete: In any case! Ergo Phizmiz know I already longer personally, therefore me its music was anyway already common and I always found it to super. Echo-ill I did not know before yet, but those also convinced me. Fantasti Live shows, full spontaneous elements, very anarchisch. Your new album “new Pressure” came out recently on Gagarin record. Can you tell us somewhat about it? Pete: The album consists partially of old and partially of completely new pieces, so that it falls me heavily to have there a neutral perspective drauf. But the plate looks beautiful! The Cover was arranged madly and I is pleased about the fact that the plate rauskommt with Gagarin record. Felix Kubin cobbled together the plate, made he the TRACK selection. Many my song are very short and it made certain that also some on the album found longer their way. The album would differently have felt with security, if I had made the selection. I am glad over the fact that he seized there me under the arms! And how the plate arrived in the public, review-technically…? Pete: Throughout positively! To a large extent the texts were rather short, but although, it did not participate one, which stamped “new Pressure” as failed. How was it added that you found your place with Gagarin record? Works for me somewhat unusually, since that is a German label. Pete: That came in such a way: Friends of me are Promoter and brought Felix, to who the label belongs, to Great Britain, in order to play there. And I was allowed to play the Eröffnungsshow for it in the evening and him pleased, what there I delivered. Thus it was added then that it brought me to Europe and organized also shows in Germany for me. And after we thought then a whole time long about an album, is it now so far that it could be finally published. Your music is relatively special. Which is more important for you: Humans reach, or even with that contently its, which one created? Pete: Naturally I would lie, if I said that it is not to me because of the heart that the music pleases also different humans than me. But if I would design it really to reach humans then I would convert that, which whispers the mass to me in the ear: Longer ones of song produce and konventionellere Songstrukturen create. Thus it is probably of both something. Is there a difference between the kind, how you make today music and how you made early music? Pete: I definitely constantly change. You learn your conception of the kind, as you want to make music, in the course of the time to it and change. But it is still the same operational sequence, it always was and remains probably always Rough& Ready. I read that you took up in former times only with Tape recorders. Was that, because you did not have other technical possibilities, or because the sound pleased you better? Pete: Both. My computer often fell, so that no other choice remained frequent for me, than changing back Tape recorders. But if you are then first times thereby, you notice also, how your music changes with the recording technology. The feeling is another, if you work with 4-Track-Tapes. That is a function, which assures to me much. Quick and spontaneous actions. And the sound is simply unmistakable, a mad sound. But if one works with the computer, then those of song have simply a better structure and one have a better overview of what actually makes there. On your homepage I saw that you are active as draughtsmen and writers also. Do you make something professional of it? Pete: Everything that I make in such a way, is like a large hobby. It would never ring someone at my door and to me to money for the fact would offer that I draw something for it. Would be beautifully, if that happens times, but at present is drawing simply a hobby for me, faraway any professionalism. And would you say that music making for you is also hobby? Pete: It does not make me no rich humans, I can of it not live, the music pays me a rent and no calculations. But it is simply a large fun. And so long it one makes happy, is only worthwhile. My life is not generally like a large hobby, I attaches importance on correct jobs. Even what vocational I make, brings me fun, therefore fits well into the raster. Everything clearly. Thank you for the interview! Pete: I have to thank! 

Government Guide to Cambridge   3 comments

Thanks to Jo Brook for sending me this and for her usual superb eye for details. This 24-hour gig business has obviously now been granted legend status.


Uh, watch out Odin!!   1 comment


Nochexxx spins a picture disc (Tripel 004)   Leave a comment

Check out Dave’s other videos, particularly his stuff with hip-hop legend Sensational.



It takes a lot of drink

to keep a good man down

And I think

I’m falling down

You know the project stinks

I’m a sort of clown

I try and laugh

And they frown

Hey Hollywood

I’m over here

We have relationship

It’s not clear

Two short reviews.   Leave a comment

Some more reviews translated by the estimable Nathan Blunt once again. By the way I apologise for relentlessly posting all this press for the record and tour. It’s only driven in part by some desperate need to feel appreciated – the rest is just so I’ve got it all in one place for archival purposes. Nobody reads this thing anyway, right?

OK, the first one is from something called Schlendrian. What a great word.

No Pressure: The Hamburg label for the particular taste in music with a futher nugget, for which amusement and artistic claims are not two separate things. Sketches and DIY, playfulness and almost finished pop songs in one colourful folded bag made of blotting paper. They disappear as fast as they arrive, but they leave something like resonant sweetness in the ear, which doesn’t so much stick, as crystalise.
Gagarin Records) ap” 

And the second is from something called Westzeit:

“Also fairly weird is the horse-breeder PETE UM, who on “NO PRESSURE” (Gagarin Rec./A-Musik/Stora) offers 18 more or less little quickies from twisted tape-loops, cheap synths and unorthodox song-writing. Dada love-songs which for example would appeal to Ariel Pink. I can understand.” 

Thanks again Nathan!

Gig in London next week.   Leave a comment


Posted September 21, 2008 by peteum2013 in pete um

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Some cool pictures some lady called Claudia Hoehne took at The Golden Pudel Club in Hamburg   4 comments

1.jpg1.jpgIf you click on the man in the suit you can see his mental eyes!

3.jpgI got more and more into the Echokrank  sound  gig by gig

echo2.jpgFelix joined them for a jam at the end.

French review by Jean Francois Micard for D-Side   Leave a comment


And below a rough translation by amateur Frenchperson Ergo Phizmiz, with interjections by Felix Kubin:

> Gagarin Records is ten years old, and to celebrate the occasion, we
> >received three LPs as different to each other as possible, so
> >undoubtedly showing it’s openness of spirit. We commence with
> >Echokrank, a German duo who begin with the sound of the New German
> >[Welle]

Welle is simply “Wave” (Neue Deutsche Welle)

> >and primitive electro with synths [I don’t understand the next bit at
> >all]. Stuffed with ideas and humour, their LP abounds with ironic
> >bombs like the very danceable “I Hate Everyone In the Diskotheque”,
> >the electro-punk of “I Wanna Be an American Idiot” or “Glitter Kids”,
> >and the indispensible cover of “Marian” by Sisters of Mercy.
> >Indispensable!

> >
> >Definitely more deadpan, the American Ergo Phizmiz, sometime partner
> >with People Like Us, offers “Handmade in the Monasteries of Nepal /
> >Eloise My Dolly”, an album that has nothing to do with Nepal, the
> >title just an inscription on the incense used during the recording of
> >the album. The audible totality of the sounds here are realised by
> >the mouth of Ergo Phizmiz, human beat box, but also living-sampler
> >and singer of piquant phrases, and the others sound like a mantra.
> >The second side, “Eloise My Dolly”, bordelic-operetta and folk played
> >with “folk” instruments and traversed inbetween with spoken-word like
> >a counterpoint, showing the two “collagist” facets of the oeuvre of
> >Ergo Phizmiz.
> >
> >Evolving in a slightly more pop vein, the English Pete Um conjugates
> >the second degree of an Ergo Phizmiz and inserts jazz, citations of
> >topicality, a taste for the absurd, and often comes close to Nurse
> >With Wound. Frankly [dejante],

dejante = crazy

> >Um is [encense also with] Hot Chip or Ariel Pink,

“he has been incensed” by Ariel Pink and Hot Chip

> >and “No Pressure” is a veritable cold shower of British humour (“The
> >Guru Let Me Down” and “Mister Tony Blair” in loop), “No Pressure” is
> >an ideal album to close this new series of atypical deliveries from
> >one of the insatiable labels of the moment.

I like the “veritable cold shower” line.

A picture of the Atomium   Leave a comment

The best picture I could find was on the MFU site.

Pretty neat huh?


Posted September 20, 2008 by peteum2013 in man from uranus, pete um

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Recommended MFU releases:   3 comments

Phil has a new joint out. I feel like I owe him because I played at the Atomium
and, as I recall it, he hasn’t. Maybe he will one day. Who knows?

Man From Uranus – Amazing Science Friction Volume One
CD01 – Outer Music – library/electronic/experimental

The first release from Cambridge Electronic Avant-Rock Musician Man From Uranus for his new label Outer Music is a 23 track compilation covering the formative years of MFU from 2003 – 2008. Serving as a foundation for a campaign of many further new releases from MFU, this CD is a potpourri of wildly varying experimental styles ranging from early avant-garde electronics, to Library Moog, Krautrock, 90s synthpop, and Naughtys spazz and Noise, executed in a cartoonish Lo-fi manner without any attempt to replicate these styles of the past in Sample form or to fuse them with other modern genres. Includes collaborations with Agaskodo Teliverek and Broadcast.

“MFU is a quintessentially English phenomenon – in fact, its tempting to be more specific and describe him as a quintessentially Cambridge phenomenon. A maverick boffin oblivious to the wider musical landscape, MFU constructs appealingly eccentric snippets of fizzing analogue psychedelia which seems to owe as much to the quirky, Moogtastic sounds of 70s cult TV as they do to groups like Stereolab or Broadcast (who make a couple of guest appearances here). This album anthologises recordings made over the last four years and for the most part its a volley of brief, breezy and barely-suppressed giggles, complete with comedy titles and whimsical samples. But a couple of tracks suggest greater substance: “New Planet Professor” revels in a soaring, consciousness-expanding keyboard solo which coould have been excised from some mystical Caravan bootleg, while the closing “Space Station 3 On The Shores Of Infinity” stretches out through 12 minutes of cosmic, Radiophonic space.” The Wire (Oct 2008)


CD // £9.00
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Also available from MFU

Man From Uranus – Wild Moogimals
SL3 – Strange Lights – avant / electronic

Well, quite a feat from MFU: 8 tracks on one 7″. This is a man whos predominately improvised live shows bounce about in space colliding stars and planets alike with shards of moog, broken analog tape and theremin. Control is the key on this 7″, a fully focused MFU displaying what the hell synths, theremins and other analog wizardries were designed for: music which makes you want to dance and smile while at the same time maintaining an element of confusion thanks to the free Sun Ra influenced passages passing through at light speed. Take a trip with the Spaceman

INSTOCK & ON OFFER (usually £3)

7 // £2.50 (offer)
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Posted September 20, 2008 by peteum2013 in man from uranus, pete um

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