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Poptones/Careering   Leave a comment


My man Simon Doling just linked this for my attention. I was trying to write a comment underneath but my thoughts spiralled a bit too far. First off I started thinking about just how cool a clip it was, and what a cool and brave thing Lydon does here, and how it feels like he’s somehow mashing the future together with the past to tell the present to hurry up, whilst similtaneously burying other pasts, the ex-Johnny Rotten in a white suit getting black kids to dance to that funky, dubby bass. How he somehow got to play Doctor Who twice by being a poster-boy for punk and for post-punk. All the stuff you know or should know about the story of Johnny Rotten. All the stuff that kind of makes it a shame that he’s always been a tosser who now sells butter. Then I started thinking about the impossibility of something like the two worlds in the clip ever meeting in this day and age, some modern equivalent of the harsh, dirgey doom disco with Lydon’s discomforting warble of a dead, bored soul car-crashing into the wholesome generic teen TV rave-up show complete with cluelessly bland, cheesy shithead older-dude presenter, and I found myself grateful once again for the YouTube miracle. The miracle that happens over and over whenever someone sends you one of these links, or whenever your stoned fingers manage to type in “Can” or “The Monks” or “Funkadelic” or whatever. I felt grateful that I live in an age where these lost cultural antiquities of the past can suddenly be manifested for my private asessment, enjoyment or education at the touch of some buttons. It also gives me pleasure to think that those artists who did that cool thing once in a certain place at a certain time will eventually get their kudos from a wider audience, because that feels righteous. It nourishes the thing inside me that often feels like a bitter lie, the idea that you hold onto the faith, you keep your dreams. Furthermore it should engender a sense that, as long as that all-important recording is made (and not lost), it is worth doing that thing you do, and getting that jam tight, that joke right, that little step to the left… right.
But then, because, like any decent object of aesthetic appreciation, this YouTube clip of Public Image Ltd performing in the Spring of the first year of a new decade of what would become 1980s America, has, of course, a multiplicity of possible meanings and interpretations, and I started to think about it in another way. Because, in a sense, both of the worlds are now as dead and gone as each other. That door we see John Lydon kicking in has gone, and so has John himself. They cancelled each other out. That show would never happen any more. John’s a celebrity, get him out of here. But… I’m floundering here. I guess I’m trying to say that that piece of footage, fittingly for Lydon’s oeuvre, contains the seeds of its own demise. Lydon senses the stillborn thing that the show’s format will produce – a mimed performance to a seated audience, and lays waste to it in a classic act of creative destruction. Good old Johnny, he always wants to destroy. A great moment, very cool, captured forever on YouTube, possibly. But, and there are many reasons for this, that moment will never happen again. Shit, if I was getting paid for this instead of sciatica or whatever it is that’s making my right leg hurt like hell then I’d bother to get this right, or buy another chair or something. But yeah, every time that clip is seen it makes the possibility of the kind of sabotage or detournement or sheer spontaneous fuck-youness of the type John Lydon gets away with a little bit less likely, partly because they wouldn’t let you get away with it, and partly because it’s so been done. I mean, people can and probably will try and do that type of thing, but they’ll probably have something like this in mind, and, even if other people write about it like it meant something and still more fools believe them, it didn’t. Those worlds are mutually exclusive now, and it doesn’t matter if you’re holding up a banner in the American Idol audience or punching your fist in the air at a Wolf Eyes gig. Those days are over.
Hmm, that kind of unravels as it goes along doesn’t it?

Pete Um & Man From Uranus Live in Switzerland 2003   Leave a comment

Been capturing, rendering and uploading like some kind of unemployed motherfucker over the past few days, so I thought I would draw attention to some of the slightly over-ripe fruits of my dubious labours. To wit, as above, the gig Phil and I played with Brain Of Morbius in Bern in September of 2003. I wrote about the short trip at length here. Make sure you read the three posts after that one too. Well, you don’t have to, but you know what I mean.

I’ll post some video stills next but Firefox is giving me voodoo so I can’t do it on this post.

It must be great to be in Ween.   Leave a comment

Me and Dave and Bobby return to this one again and again due to its kind of effortlessly silly transcendent beauty. Apparently they were really caned.

Posted March 30, 2009 by peteum2013 in old songs, pete um

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Microscopic God   Leave a comment

Lyrics to an old song:
Because the microscopic lord’s in the mouse
Because the omnipresent game is what’s about
Because the dust in the bricks of your house
Is a piece of God that waits while you are out
Because the spit on the tongue of a dog
Even the poison in the rain forest frog
Are fractions of a good and natural God
Even the shit upon the drug dealer’s shoes
And the crack that he sells to the youth
Are a section of a universal truth
It’s a section of a universal truth

Seems respectful, but a bit cheeky at the same time.

I’m not religious innit? I’m an existential comedy shaman, but I keep an open mind. The purest expression of skepticism is to believe that anything might be possible. When people say there is no God it sounds like vanity to me, or hubris as Richard Brown used to say in his Suffolk accent. But when people talk about their God it sounds like mumbo-jumbo.

I beleive in voodoo though. I just had to restart my computer because when I clicked on the “back” arrow on my browser it asked me where I wanted to save the page, and when I closed the browser and tried to reopen it using a shortcut it told me what properties the application had. Now that’s voodoo.

Posted January 29, 2009 by peteum2013 in old songs, pete um, voodoo

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Transmission Zero Success!   Leave a comment

My pal Gordon asked me to send him an MP3 of the old Um live favourite “Casiotone“, which I duly did whilst warning him it was pretty fucking awful on a great many levels, not least of which was the so-called production. He wanted it for his guest spot on a radio show, and happily he agreed with me about Casiotone and played something else.
Transmission Zero 24 : Gordon curates

January 09, 2009 11:15 AM PST
Track listing for podcast:

Dirty Three – Sirena
Taken from the Album “Ocean Songs” 1998 (Bella union)

Sinfonye – Mia Jrmana fremosa treides comigo
Taken from the Album “Bella Domna” 1988 (Hyperion)

Glissandro 70 – Portugal rua rua
Taken from the Album “Glissandro 70” 2006 (Constellation)

Dirty Projectors – Six pack
Taken from the Album “Rise above” 2007 (Dead oceans)

Boom bip and Doseone – The bird catcher
Taken from the Album “Circle” 2002 (leaf)

Um – Too old for sports (Ginners)
Taken from the Album “Giraffe” 2004

Um – The mans got me beat
Taken from the Album “The new album” 2003

Rudimentary peni – B ward
Taken from the Album “e.p’s of Rudimentary peni” 1981 (Corpus Christi)

Cutting Pink with knives – My head is full of teeth
Taken from the Album “Oh, wow!” 2006 (Adaadat)

Al Brooker – Cuterama
Taken from the Album “Quixotic” 2002 (Bella union)

Don Cherry – Brown rice
Taken from the Album “Brown Rice” 1975 (A & M records)

The Jesus lizard – If you had lips
Taken from the Album “Head” 1990 (Touch and go)

Blurt – Puppeteer
Taken from the Album “A factory quartet” 1980 (Factory)

Duke Ellington – Arabesque cookie
Taken from the Album “The nutcracker suit” 1960 (Columbia)

Listen with Sarah – Blue parsley
Taken from the Album “are you sitting comfortably” 2004 (womb)

Mahalia Jackson – Trouble of the world
Taken from the Album “The best of Mahalia Jackson” 1995 (sony)

Tripel 004 Clocks for sale. While stocks last!   1 comment

It’s true that the current economic meltdown has caused many to look for more secure ways of hanging onto their money, but if you wanted to invest in something of real lasting intrinsic value then look no further than this auction up on Ebay. My pal and fellow Meta DJ Nochexxx has knocked up some Limited Edition clocks to celebrate the existence of a few hundred copies of Tripel 004 under his bed. Like, you can’t tell the time with a Krugerand boyeee!

This is how Nochexxx himself has it on the page:

“Due to recent resurgence in popularity tripel records have decided to press ultra limited quantities (5 of each) of bespoke pete um / ascoltare clocks. once sold this limited edition art object of tripel lp 004 will never be pressed again! we have advertised this item at a buy-it-now price of £1000 (this is the value of the item which we believe to be true), however we are open to the gaeoudjiparl bartering system! that is to say you are welcome to offer us a price you think is a true reflection of such an artifact. good hunting and rah to those who choose to ignore the current economic crisis! “



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

Autechre Studio Robbery   2 comments

Autechre Studio Robbery MP3

This is definitely ADAT-type material. I was thinking of a couple of ne’er-do-wells padding around in Sean and Robs’ studio, fingering the knobs on the machines.

Sounds like MPC 2000, some Moogerfrooger love, some Electrix filtering, even some thumb piano and guitar.


Posted April 17, 2008 by peteum2013 in ADAT, old songs, pete um

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A Different Time   Leave a comment

A Different Time MP3

This was some ADAT shit done in Sam’s cupboard. Or was it done on a reel-to-reel?

Posted April 16, 2008 by peteum2013 in ADAT, old songs, pete um

Millenium   Leave a comment

Millenium MP3

This is from the late 90s. It’s meant to be the Um theme song for the coming of the new millenium, perhaps as a result of some arts funding or even corporate sponsorship. Somewhere I’ve got some footage of Dimitri dancing to this at the Portland. Funnily enough my New Year’s Eve was alright in the end, that year. It started out as a disaster but ended up a triumph.

This tune was built out of samples in ACID.

Posted March 6, 2008 by peteum2013 in old songs, pete um

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