Entrevistas: Projekt / Side Line

Música. Dos recomendaciones:

  • Por una parte, esta serie de respuestas que diferentes artistas vinculados a Projekt dan a la pregunta planteada por Sam Rosenthal¿cómo medir el éxito? Atención a Voltaire, todo un alarde de lucidez.
  • Por otra, esta larga entrevista obra de los chicos de Side Line y que se titula: 3 decades of electronic music – massive scene interview. Cuenta con aportaciones de Cat Rapes Dog, Dive, KMFDM, Sebastian Komor y un largo etcétera.

Escuchando: Shroud – James Blackshaw

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A través de Skin Two me he topado con Barbara Nitke, una fotógrafa que lleva más de veinte años creando arte tomando como materia prima la marginalidad sexual. La sorpresa llega cuando curioseando en su blog me encuentro con que una imagen capturada por esta fotógrafa es la portada del recopilatorio Projekt 2009. Y, todo sea dicho, también en el libreto que acompañará al digipack de 10 Neurotics.

Si es que el mundo es un pañuelo.

Escuchando: Take the virus out – Fresh Body Shop

10 Neurotics (2)

A finales de verano Projekt pondrá a la venta el nuevo álbum de Black Tape for a Blue Girl. Lo que desde luego no deja de resultar curioso es el cúmulo de dificultades que ha tenido que encarar Sam Rosenthal para conseguir que el artwork del álbum sea manufacturado… y todo porque tiene -oh, dios mío- desnudos.

Qué mundo éste.

Escuchando: Traffic Lights – Deleyaman

Weep and Rihanna’s ‘shut up and drive’ cover

Me ha hecho gracia, las cosas como son. Atención al decálogo de motivos para atreverse con esta versión.

1. Too many bands use their choice of cover songs as a proof of credibility. Like by covering some obscure Big Star song they are now made cool. That’s not the Weep way! Weep is cool because we open the window! No… That’s not a metaphor. We are literally cooled by the breeze. Get it? … Never Mind.

2. Covering a song we really like would invariably lead us to a song that is inferior to the original. Why start off in second place?

3. When we first head the Rihanna version (in like Urban Outfitters, pumped through the PA like so much fart) we believed it to be a cover of Blue Monday… So, the song hidden in that ridiculous pop song is one of dignified pedigree. Don’t judge a book by its cover. Unless it’s a really wicked cool painting of a dragon. Then you can kinda tell what’s inside.

4. Making a faux pop-hit is kinda fun. Getting that loud, over produced vocal sound, getting the bass and kick right in the pocket… That’s a fun little challenge for a band that likes to hide its vocals behind thunderous drums. FUN! You think we are marketing masters, or in a band band to pay the rent? No…

5. Doc desperately wanted to tell the world that he has “a whole lot of boom in the back”.

6. Fred loves the distortion pedal on his bass. It’s about time we featured it.

7. Rihanna’s version of the song has this inappropriate, fake hip-hop breakdown in the middle. We have freed the song of that mistake for you.

8. It’s a song that gets really stuck in your head. By covering it we have freed it from being an insidious loop in our brain. And as a bonus, we get to show you what that loop sounded like. Because our brain doesn’t have Rihanna’s voice.

9. It’s a good song. Admit it! Nobody is looking. You can say whatever you like. Weep won’t judge. We love you. Okay, fine, hide behind irony. You can like it because it’s a big goofy pop hit and you know better. Let it be a guilty pleasure.

10. Why not “Shut Up and Drive?” Do you really want Weep to poop on your favorite song?

Escuchando: Forgive me, I am not Satan; I am Mary just like you – Ordo Rosarius Equilibrio

10 Neurotics

Está bien saber que Sam Rosenthal está grabando nuevo material de Black Tape for a Blue Girl en el estudio de Martin Bisi.

Según dice podemos esperar canciones más “orgánicas” y con una estructura más convencional, esto es, menos ambientales. Así, todo apunta a que los primeros pinitos de Sam con la guitarra acústica y su creciente aficción por el neofolk van a hacerse notar en su nuevo álbum.

Info adicional y demo escuchable aquí.

Esto promete.

Escuchando: Easy – Peter Heppner

“End of the CD era”

Let me explain. Projekt has an attic that is filled with packaged CDs. Some are hot sellers, some are slow movers, and some are dormant! Also upstairs are boxes and boxes filled with printed booklets & trays for our older releases. I realized something. Regardless of our love for THE OBJECT (the CD), the world is moving away from it. They want convenience, not OBJECTS. This means an inevitable day will come when CDs are no longer made. There is no NEXT FORMAT, in the physical realm. This is the end, my friend!

Well, rather than having those booklets sit up there collecting dust, never to be converted into OBJECTS that people will cherish, I am going to start repressing the out-of-print titles, and put them on sale at a special price, to get them into your hands. You can hear history, these albums can live for a while longer, and I won’t have to move all those boxes the next time I change offices (this stuff is heavy!!!).

Palabras de Sam Rosenthal hablando acerca de la reedición del segundo álbum de su proyecto Black Tape for a Blue Girl, editado originalmente el verano de 1987. Por cierto, quien quiera puede comprarlo aquí.

Escuchando: Boston’s Green – Persephone