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HonouringThe Rebel   1 comment

I remember that time I played The Tate (2nd time actually) and someone came up after my set and told me I was a genius and I sort of scoffed simperingly before Adrian Teenbeat said all matter-of-factly in a Barnsley voice: “No, there’s three of us. Him, me, and Ben.”

Can’t find anything on YouTube that really showcases his third (or more?) of our supposed collective genius (in fact I reckon I’ve got some superior footage buried in The Great Pile Of Tapes) but here’s a couple of 4-tracky things just for the record.

And here’s a kind of tribute ripoff I did:

This tune slayed me when I first heard it live.


Local Person   Leave a comment

If you want to see me on the 25th I’m afraid it’s going to cost you £32. Also, apologies to anyone who plays guitar.

Who is Pete Um?   1 comment

Another Um profile with interview.

It sez:

Who is Pete Um?
Pete Um is an experimental solo artist from Cambridge in the UK, who takes life around him and converts it into music. Over the years his prolific output has challenged much of everyday perception of life..

His challenging output hasn’t hit the mainstream, which to Pete is not a huge surprise. He continues to deliver his unique style to a loyal fan base, who find his ability to encapsulate all that is needed to be done in to tracks which rarely last more than a minute.

His self deprecating delivery should not be confused with what is a talented and hard working musician who challenges how music delivers its message.

to find out more about Pete Um including a review of live peformance see Pete Um on the indie bands blog)
Pete Um interview
The transcript of an email interview I had with Pete Um
Pete UmI make my music in my room recording mainly to computer but sometimes to 4-track or reel to reel tape machines. I used to use the sampling/sequencing type functionality of music software a lot more but most of the time I now use my computer just as an 8-track with
effects and a lot of the music is played on real instruments in real time. The fact that I can’t really play any instruments makes for a bit of a sloppy feel but I kind of like it that way and I do a lot of editing besides. A lot of editing sometimes!

I do what I do because I am driven to do it and it’s sad to say I would rather make music than do anything else, pretty much. I’m basically trying to create something with a unique aesthetic that has the same effect on other people that the music that delights,inspires or even confuses me in my life does, but a lot of the time I think I’m just doing it just for me because there doesn’t seem to be a massive appetite for the Um sound in the wider populace whereas I seem to have an endless fascination with my own stuff.
I’m extremely prolific and I’m almost always satisfied with what I produce. It’s like a narcissistic curse! I think in some ways music sort of functions as an alternate reality that I can tinker with whilst hiding from the so-called real world. Somebody described it recently as “an orchestra of shed” and I think that touched on something. It’s like a burrow or something. I think the performance aspect is also important to me but that’s a bit more straightforward attention-seeking. I like the crowd mind.

I keep going because I failed to produce an alternative CV, because I enjoy doing what I do and it has a life of it’s own that constantly rewards me, even if that just means meeting like-minded people. It ain’t a living, but it’s a life.

Posted February 7, 2010 by peteum2013 in grist, pete um, portland arms

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War & Dynamite   2 comments

Looks like I’m playing tomorrow’s Bad Timing with Gary War, which is cool.

In other cool news Dave & I watched the Sensational film last night and it’s great & I am totally in it, which makes me really proud and embarassed at the same time. Dave is the original fan round here though, and he’s really kept the faith over the years. I should do a proper blog about that actually. Remind me to do that. And go and buy the Nochexxx/Sensational record on Werk. It’s fucking great.

Today I bought:

“Cocaine” Dillinger
“In Praise Of Learning” Henry Cow (that’s the pick of the bunch right there)
“Marquee Moon” Television (I do have two copies already but it was in good nick and it’s on Discogs right now.
“Love Bites” Buzzcocks
“Shape Of Things To Come” The Kinks (10″!)
“Don’t Break My Heart” UB40 7″ (I think this tune has a charming weirdness, so fuck you).
“Loving You” Minnie Ripperton. (Figure I might get to play this at the end of some messy night one day).

When I went up to the counter the bloke said “hello dynamite” and I gave him a weird smile because I thought he was talking to me and not whoever had just walked through the door behind me.

3 cool things.   1 comment

First off, the marvellous Russell Taysom has made good on a promise and done one of his joyously dark illustrations of me, here seen feasting on the head of Man From Uranus. To me he’s captured Phil rather better than he has me but then it’s hard to judge a likeness of oneself (perhaps indicative of the distance between subjective and objective realities with regards to ourselves) and as I can’t deny the formless hair and the lines around the eyes and as Syd seemed to think it was pretty obviously me I am overall very chuffed to be the latest to be granted this honour. Besides, as Russell pointed out, Phil is instantly recognizable by his blue skin.


The next cool thing is that I received a copy of the latest album by the Flower-Corsano Duo, which has a nice big Pete Um credit on the back simply because I was pointing my camera towards the stage at The Portland one night. In fact The Doozer did as much as me with helping out with that one. Anyway, big fan of all things Corsano so it feels like a really cool thing to me.


And talking of fandom, it seems my online big-up of unique hip-hop legend Sensational, you know, this one:

might find its way in part into a documentary about the man. I am fucking chuffed about this, no two ways about it.

Vile Bodies   Leave a comment

 I’ve only seen the Bodies once and I thought they were deeply unlikely and testingly brilliant, so I’m chuffed to be asked to play this, albeit rather aghast at the news that this is their last gig. Also my concert schedule was in danger of becoming indistinguishable from that of someone who doesn’t actually perform anymore so I think there would be some kind of conceptual unity if this was both a farewell gig and a comeback show at the same time. I can’t speak for Hot Fiction. This may be just another day on the rock ‘n’ roll highway for them.


Posted July 13, 2009 by peteum2013 in grist, pete um, portland arms

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Places I've performed in/around Cambridge.   5 comments

Long-wanted to get some kind of map with red pins in, cos more is always more than more in the world of grist. The list doesn’t include DJ-ing or performing in other bands. There must be some I’ve forgotten, if you can help? I know I played round the Loop Soup HQ once but I can’t remember the address for that… somewhere in Trumpington?

The Portland Arms
The Junction
The Man On The Moon
The Champion Of The Thames
City Football Club Legends Bar
The Soul Tree
Kings College
The Duke Of Argyle
The Locomotive
The Boat Race
The Museum Of Technology
The Barfly/Graduate whatever
The Boat House
Argyle Street Housing Co-op
Mill Road Social Centre
Strawberry Fair
96 Norfolk Street
The Holiday Inn
Covent Garden Theatre
Cafe Afrika
Gwydir Street Party
209 Campkin Road
The Globe
CamArt, Fulbourn
The Cellar Bar
Anglia Ploytechnic
All Saints Church
Unitarian Church
The Michaelhouse Cafe
Alex Wood Hall
37 Romsey Terrace
Cambourne Village

Posted June 20, 2009 by peteum2013 in pete um, portland arms

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Um supports Half-Ton Man   Leave a comment


On edge about being Restless   Leave a comment

Seems I’ve gone improv, just cos Chris is a nice guy and all. Think I will providing incongruent tempos and melodies for people who can actually play instruments and shit. I think I’m going to use various outmoded playback devices and a malfunctioning Electrix Repeater to feed them through.


Posted January 22, 2009 by peteum2013 in crushingdeath, pete um, portland arms

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)