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A Guide To Getting Hold Of Um Around The World   1 comment

An hilarious look at the spotty availability of yr grist, were you wishing to avoid international shipping cost+hassle, as it were.

Asia: No dice.
Africa: No dice
North America: Happily, the good folks at Mimaroglu are selling Can’t Get Started
They were good enough to say this:
“december 2011 release ; … fascinating overview of the work of contemporary uk “outsider” peter “um” gregory, a cantabrigian trawler of intersections between barrett-esque mumblecore & a-synchronous electro babble (with hints of uk post-punk diy squawk) …
… covering his “early years,” this comes (chronologically) after the (tyfus-covered, felix kubin-issued) “no pressure” lp for gagarin & the self-issued “babysitting the apocalypse” full-length ; highly recommended !!!”
South America: No dice.

Antartica: No outlets as yet.
Europe: Let’s subdivide this.
Germany: Deutschland is the only place you can buy No Pressure, my record on Felix Kubin’s Gagarin label. You can buy from Stora (where you can also get the Pete Um/Miss Hawaii spilt 7″) or from A-Musik
Actually, thinking about it, Gagarin might have been able to get copies of this in other places in Europe but I know they didn’t get none to Blighty.
Russia: Another Um exclusive for this mysterious ‘n’ cool lathe-only label Cyland Audio Archive. CAA#8 is a double 7.5″ EP of watery tape music from the fathomless pool of such recordings what I have done. To be fair I think it might cost you $35 whether you live in Saint Petersburg or in Godalming or Ghanzi but fuckit.
They said this:
“The use of amateurism and error as a means of composition characterize the art of Pete Um. It is important to understand that to be able to appreciate Pete’s work for CAA. His off-kilter methodology and stumbling attitude is still present, but it’s drenched in an abrasive and tape-hissy miasma. Worth it alone for transmutation. Here are the most intricate drones one has ever heard, analog meditations on life, anxiety, and death, bringing an incredible depth to what could have been a very flat sound, tape hiss clear as day with the distant warbles and close ripples sounding as if they’re inside your head, immaculate dreams filled with soft synths, galvanic and calming on so many levels, the silence is anything but, embedding the slightest shred of suddenness into every next moment, and going full on lumpy euphoria in the most restrained way, a heaven we never knew existed and never want to leave, this is masterful in its strange beauty, a perfect goddamn record.”
UK. By far and away the greatest suppliers of all Pete Um grist is Leeds-based online music retail heroes Norman Records, where you can buy reasonably-priced copies of Can’t Get Started, The New Album, Babysitting The Apocalypse and Giraffe! Amazing. Well done everyone.
I’m not going to mention Boomkat but I think you can get the split with Ascoltare there still too, but then you might as well just get that off Discogs cos even if you were shipping to the moon it’d still probably be cheaper and you wouldn’t have to read any of that “Don’t sleep!” business.
Australia. Nothing.

So yeah, if you live on Earth and you don’t do Bandcamp or you loathe global commerce or whatever, that’s what you’re up against. If there’s any way anybody out there can help with distribution I would be very pleased to hear from you. I don’t mind sending small numbers of stuff on flexible terms and so forth.

Room 6   Leave a comment

Went round my old house the other night to visit Phil in my old room. First time since I moved out in April last year, and I was there for 15 years, so even things like opening the door onto the landing started fucking with the neural pathways after a couple of drinks. Adding to the trippiness, the spaceman, ever the astronaut of the internet and auteur of the YouTube derive in particular, hit me with the following couple of vidz:

Maybe I should try and persuade Meeuw to let me do a cover of that Tim tune for his label. That’d have a certain conceptual continuity.

I was just getting settled in for the night when Phil told me that when he’d said he couldn’t get too mashup cos he had work at 10 he actually meant PM like RIGHT NOW TAKE YOUR STRONGBOW WITH YOU DICKHEAD. He did tell me a funny story though which I’m hoping to squeeze into pure elxir of jokes grist for this Gagarin record that’s causing us all so much English trouble. I saw a real copy of the Doozer record too!


Stagger   3 comments

“Don’t miss @peteum on tonights @staggerindie show. Tune in from 10-11 @Cambridge105 fm or listen live from the 105 website.”


Show now here:

Stagger 29-08-11 Pete Um Special by Staggerindie on Mixcloud


“Higher higher higher higher” etc.

Pete Um speaks to Lektrogirl.   2 comments

Last night I went to meet The Brain (aka Pascal Puyo Puyo and Eva) in Camden. They were a bit late cos they had been hanging out with their pal Lektrogirl, whose first LP on Rephlex I once dubbed onto a cassette from Dans Mon Salon’s copy. I didn’t get to meet Emma but since the details of the rendevous got a little confused and we both have English as our first language I ended up having the following conversation with her on the phone:

(lots of street noise)
“Where are you?”
(lots of pub noise)
“Uh… we’re in The Elephant’s Head… it’s just back down Camden High Street. You should be able to see it from the Bridge. It’s opposite The Oxford Arms…”

Anyway, so there you are. I spoke to Lektrogirl. Here she is in action:

Pete Um live at Les Ateliers Claus   Leave a comment

It says here.

Posted January 26, 2010 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized

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The Faust Cycle   Leave a comment

I have a small role in this so I thought I’d big it up. I know Mr. Phizmiz through various encounters but primarily from 6 days of fun on the autobahns for the Gagarin Anniversary Tour in late 2008, and I consider him to be one of the most gloriously silly people I have ever met. I really ought to have done some kind of tour diary bizniz about that tour but one memory that sticks in my head was the last night in Mannheim, as tired and emotionally worn out as I’ve ever been and absolutely desperate for sleep, but kept awake (and in hysterical laughter) by a sustained rally of ideas between me and EP for a play/short film about a guy having a wank on a coach. I suppose I should say that the idea arose out of a true story and I was there but this was many years before the tour and I was not the wanker in question. The annoying thing, typically for these kinds of ideas, is that I can’t remember any of the stuff that was so bloody amusing.

Anyway, Ergo is a man of many talents, and someone who humbled me by knowing a staggering amount about arty stuff that wasn’t just music since 1960, which is how I roll, I suppose. The whole spectrum of the arts seems to be constantly being absorbed through his skin, as he’s incredibly busy and isn’t just lying there on a couch reading Wikipedia. I laughed the other day when I saw he had dedicated something he’d done to Morecambe & Wise, among others, but then I realised this was a serious tribute. But yes, for all his varied talents, which he lists as “Composer, Writer, Artist, DJ, Radio-Artist, Film-maker, Installation artist” I have to say I’m personally most impressed by what he does with radio. I recently tried to do some radio stuff and I found it bloody hard, even though I was given a completely free hand, but Phizmiz seems to have a natural facility for it. I should write something that does him more justice but I want to get various bits of umbusiness out of the way today so I’m just trying to get a bit more hype in the hyperlink innit.

The Faust Cycle
or, The House of Dr Faustus
-Released 1st January 2010 on Headphonica –


Written, Composed, Performed & Produced by
Ergo Phizmiz

Project consultants
James Nye, Martha Moopette, The Travelling Mongoose

One afternoon Ergo Phizmiz finds himself lumbered into delivering a parcel to the house of legendary alchemist and necromancer Dr Johann Faustus who, since the events of some time ago for which he is renowned, has entered into a rather quieter life in a vast, labyrinthine house, with hundreds of lodgers running the gamut from artists, birds, bird-people, walking fictions, ventriloquists, a Cassowary, running chairs, walking gramophones, and myriad automata.

This enormous dream fable, told through speech, songs, collage and sound-design, is the result of over three years delving down various rabbit-holes, and features collaborations in a range of contexts with artists of many disciplines, including Jack Phoenix, Margita Zalite, Pete Um, Angela Valid, Bela Emerson, Martha Moopette, Amie Willingale, and Zenith Pitts.

In glorious radiophonic technicolour, it is a musical-comedy of disorientation and magick, somewhere between nightmare and the half-remembered childhood whimsy of an insomniac music-hall artiste.

Download the entire 15 hours, complete with magnificent artwork from Moritz Grunke and friends, free, from the marvellous Headphonica.

Posted January 21, 2010 by peteum2013 in Uncategorized

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Rare Frequency   Leave a comment

Grateful for these stateside props. Looks like Rare Frequency doing good work there.

Mike Polar in Munich   Leave a comment

This dude Mr Mike Polar, some friend of Thimitris’, contacted me to tell me he was intending to see me play in Munchen, so him and his buddy travel from..uh… Hanover, I think. I was a bit suspicious of such singlemindedness, to be honest, but when I met Mike and his friend they turned out to be extremely pleasant and intelligent individuals. Anyway, here’s some snaps Mike took:


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And here’s a nice picture of me and Mike. He’s holding a copy of Bumskipper 5, which in turn has a photo of our mutual friend Thimitris, aka Dimitri aka Dans Mon Salon with everybody’s pal Mr Richard D James.


He’s also taken the time to upload some footage to YouTube. I haven’t watched all of it because what I have looks quite considerably worse than the memories I have but ain’t that just the way, especially with the good gigs.

Gudrun Gut plays my record.   Leave a comment


—– Ursprüngliche Nachricht —–

Donnerstag, 17. Juli 2008 12:29:36 Uhr
Speichern unter…
Von: Ed Benndorf
Thema: GR 2018 – Radio Eins
An: Felix Knoth
Rundfunk Berlin-Brandenburg
Radio Eins – Ocean Club Radio
11.07.2008, 23.00 – 01.00
rptd. 13.07.2008, 01.00 – 03.00

gotta have it onra & quetzal present tribute ep II 7inch
moments in life andrés moments in life
norwegian blues pete um no pressure
sweet city sue jasmina maschina the demolition series
some other songs (not on the album) james pants we’re through 12″
time to blow leila -feat terry hall blood looms and blooms
carpios leila blood looms and blooms
little acorns leila -feat khemahl and thaon richardson blood looms and
onanie heinz strunik mit hass gekocht
crop destroyer pete um no pressure
minimal – dj koze mix matias aguayo minimal 12″
deeper waters recloose feat joe dukie deeper waters 12″
didn’t i furious pivot in the blood
ready onra & quetzal present tribute ep II 7inch
here alexander tucker portal

Thanks Gudrun! Two songs too!