Posts Tagged ‘The Wire’

Chris Cutler talks about Dagmar Krause

Saturday, April 3rd, 2004

The Wire, the UK magazine that covers “new music”, meaning avant-garde stuff of various colors, is fairly hit-or-miss for prog fans. The magazine is fairly condescending to anything resembling conventional prog, and most of its coverage will appeal only to avant-prog and RIO types. That said, for those people, the latest issue is a gem. There’s a pretty good feature-length article on Art Bears - as well as one on György Ligeti - that makes the issue worth its price.

The Art Bears article, as well as the review of The Art Box in the Soundcheck section, make the case that Winter Songs is the group’s crowing achievement, a sentiment that doesn’t seem to be shared by most RIO folks. The article is particularly notable, though, in that it includes sentiments from Dagmar Krause, whose voice was conspicuously absent from the booklet to The Art Box. Also interesting are Chris Cutler’s thoughts on Krause:

“‘I don’t write simple or obvious words,’ he admits, ‘they are not easy to sing. Dagmar had the amazing ability to make them make sense, to make them sound obvious. She sings from the inside and her accent helps to lift words out of their slots and give them a slightly resonant displacement. No one else could have done what Dagmar did on those LPs. I’m still amazed by her.’”

Also of interest to prog types in this issue are reviews of new albums from Einstürzende Neubauten, Absolute Zero, and the Satoko Fujii Quartet (Fujii’s band with Tatsuya Yoshida), as well as the Amon Düül II live DVD, Plays Phallus Dei.

Art rock vs. prog rock, and more

Wednesday, July 12th, 2000

Man… who makes this shit up? (From the art-rock/prog-rock “music style” summary at the All-Music Guide)

The difference between art rock and prog rock is slight, but important. Art rock bands tend to draw more heavily on classical influences and show a tendency toward medieval and mystical lyrical imagery. Prog rockers do have some classical elements to their music, but they also have more of an overt jazz and psychedelic influences — and have a greater tendency to improvise.

Interesting tidbit from Jan Erik Liljestrom of Anekdoten, from an interview on their web page:

In 1993 we were surprised that so many of the reviewers of our first album thought we were Crimson-clones. I had been more worried that they would spot the references to Peter Hammill, Van der Graaf Generator and Trettioåriga Kriget. “Nucleus” probably turned more extreme because we wanted to show that we had other influences as well.

Surprisingly, I think this is pretty funny. Also from NME, this little quote from rapper Eminem, offered without comment:

“Boy/girl bands - little watered down pop groups, made bands, somebody sticks ‘em together and makes something that’s artificial, that’s fuckin’ phoney. You can only rhyme fuckin’ ‘fire’ and ‘desire’ and ‘heart’ and ‘fall apart’ so many times an’ I’m sick of seein’ it, sick of hearin’ it, and if I lose my fans ‘cos they find out Eminem doesn’t like N Sync, I don’t give a fuck. Fuck N Sync, fuck Backstreet Boys, fuck Britney Spears, fuck Christine Aquilera [sic], fuck all that bullshit, that shit is trash to me, fuckin’ no talent.”

Final couple of article links: The Wire bashes Zappa and interviews Magma (both are from 1995; the latter is by Paul Stump).