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Noise_Problems on 11/14/2014 at 11:00PM
We first met Thulebasen at the Festival of Endless Gratitude and were blown away. Their heavy experimental and psychedelic sound has given them a serious rep in the underground music circuit and among those who have been lucky to the see them live. But what also really impressed us is the video art. Awesome videos put out by the label Tambourhinoceros. Raga Gemini and the 18 min Felaia are real odes to joy. Check out also Monster and Forever Grinning on YouTube.
Noise_Problems on 06/17/2014 at 10:36AM
Pocahaunted was a psychedelic drone band based in Los Angeles, founded in 2005 by Amanda Brown and Bethany Cosentino. Its one of those bands that haunts you from the first time you see or hear them play. This was the case with Noise Problems. We´ve recorded Pocahaunted on a LE CLUB SUBURBIA event in Amsterdam way back in 09 and became fans ever since. It is definitely a favorite among our live recordings. The thing is they split up not long after so no chance to see them again live. R.I.P P-Haunt´s. Fortunately they did put out a bunch of records, tapes, splits and E.P´s through labels such as Not Not Fun; Woodsist and Ecstatic Peace!. "Make it Real" was their last release.
Check out Pocahaunted live in Amsterdam vvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvvv
Noise_Problems on 05/04/2014 at 09:41AM
Another Sotu went by. This year´s Sotu was fantastic. Lots of stuff happening between OT301, OCCII, Vondelbunker and other places like the comic book shop "Lambiek", said to be the oldest comic book shop in the world, where we saw a live sketch battle. Awesome. At the Vondelbunker an unusual black metal program was very interesting with the Black Decades and Mannheim.
Impressive also was the 24 hour feedback/noise event "Giant Noise Feedback Show" at the OT301 where a giant sound installation unfolded in all public spaces at the OT301: the main hall and its bar space, the 4Bid Gallery, De Peper, the cinema and the cinema bar. In all spaces, simultaneously, noise acts performed. Their signals were fed to the Radio Patapoe studio in the basement, where a mixdown went live! Then the radio signal was again pickup by the acts, who used the radio signal to feed it back into their stuff!!! There was even a small set up with a mixer were the audience and visitors could add their 10 cent to the performance. Needless to say Noise Problems loved the concept! Well done Sotu & OT301 & Patapoe!
Noise_Problems on 03/11/2013 at 02:28PM
Celebrating 50 releases on Noise Problems we decided to throw a party. For the 50th release we decided to record that party. The Secret Love Parade returns to Noise Problems a year after the OCCII recording from the Pageturner nr1 night, as well as NewYX formerly known as Storm from the Recipe Book night at the Winston release and introducing to Noise Probs two amazing bands Katadreuffe and Pony Pack. We are thrilled to have them complete the evening and make a fine extent to our live recordings collection.
March 11, 2011 was the date set for the event held at the OCCII in Amsterdam to celabrate the 50 releases at Noise Problems. All started quite natural recording a few nights here and there and before we knew it we had reached 50 bands on Noise Probs.
We had to do something about and decided to throw a party where we could choose the bands to record and called up some of the local Amsterdam bands we knew from the scene. The Secret Love Parade were the perfect act of solid electronic beats and postmodern pop melodies to kick things off and set a mood for the evening. New YX where also known to us. Their sound is dary, a fusion of danceable electro and post-rock tunes great to make the transition to the loud part of the night.
Soon after Noise Problems debutants Pony Pack made the crowd move and the heat to rise with fiery guitar riffs. Katadreuffe sealed it by combining most of the above elements into their noisy, post-punkish (massive) sound wave which enveloped everyone in the place into a tight hug.
Also for the occasion of the 50th release a compilation was issued to commemorate. Its 23 tracks are available in 6 volumes for download here at the FMA. Great tracks selected from amongst the first 50 Noise Problems releases. Check out the Selections too. All shows were recorded live between 2007 and 2010 at various Amsterdam venues.
Noise_Problems on 02/24/2013 at 01:09PM
Stress.fm and Noise Problems caught up with Raphael Anker trumpetist and founder of the Imperial Tiger Orchestra, Geneva´s own Ethiopian music band, at the FMMSines World Music Festival in Portugal last summer.
With Malinese songstress Oumou Sangare performing on the background we spoke to Raphael about some of the main ideas behind his project, Ethiopian music and culture and about the crisis in Europe.
What have Imperial Tiger been doing this last few months?
There are two diferent things now. Weve been working with Hamelmal Abate which is a great singer from Ethiopia and we also have an instrumental project in a sextet. We are working on these two projects always based on Ethiopian music.
We have seen you talk about the collection Ethiopiques. What have brought you to this culture and this country and what is your relationship with Ethiopia?
Ethiopia called me, she called me (laughing). A friend was traveling in Sudan and Yemen and from Sudan he had tapes from Ethiopia and when he was back to Geneva we were one evening talking till late night and he made me listen to this music and I was like uau and all that east Africa sound just attracted me. There are several different scales which are really unique and that's what attract me to it.
Have you been there recently? What is your look on the situation in terms of urban culture because we know that this music and the collection at some point was considered too popular and almost like the devils music and the government cracked down on the labels and artists so how do you feel about the coming back of this modern music?
Recently no. We been in Ethiopia two years ago with the band. Its complicated everything is related to politics, the golden age was related to Haile Selassie then was Derg and Mengistu time which was hard for music. But that was also a new start for Ethiopian music, strangely, we might think that it was a period very bad which in one way its true but in another it was also ok because many new artists emerged in this period. Ok its not as great as the big bands and what we know about the great recordings of Mahmoud Ahmed but there was also something. And this was the 80s then 90s and now 2000´s there is a lot of artists coming in and we are a bit to fixed to this golden era syndrome in everything in every music, for example in festivals music from Ghana is French Ghana from 70s retro feeling. its good because its amazing music but theres is also a lot of new musicians who are struggling…We have to be careful with the golden era syndrome which is beautiful but now 2012 we have to move forward and…voila that's what I have to say about that hehe.
Noise_Problems on 02/10/2013 at 03:48PM
How did you come up with the idea of performing in a church?
I was thinking about what kind of project I could do for this show, when I remembered a project I had previously done. It was a 6-minute drone with 8 musicians. in which I gave the musicians the instruction to play along, however they like, as long as its a minimalistic or repetitive sound and in a certain musical scale. There was a diverse range of instruments, from a drumkit to a didgeridoo to a cello. The drone turned out very nice. What I especially liked, was the fact that after a while, the sound takes over the musicians. The musicians are no longer really in control. A state of trance.
When I went to the Oude Kerk to check out the space, what struck me most was the acoustics of the church. There were extremely long reverberations which also caused for a sort of trance when I was there. So I thought a drone would be perfect in the church, this time bigger, louder, and longer. It would probably be even more entrancing in this space. But also conceptually it fit the theme of "Beyond Babylon".
Did you knew or how did you recruit the musicians to play with you?
I asked friends and fellow musicians from my bands and projects interested in experiments to join the drone. I also asked the church's organist to join. In the end 15 musicians took part. There were guitars, basses, drums, vocals, didgeridoo, tambourine, organ, violin, harmonica and more. The drone was the first performance of the show. The doors opened at 17.00 when the public walked in we were already playing. The nicest reactions of the drone I received from people who were moving through the space. They said that the sound was like a living entity, in which one could virtually and physically move around in it.
Do you have plans for a similar event in the future?
I am probably going to do the drone once more during Kerkennacht (Church-night). This is going to be in June. I am currently working on a project for the end-exam show. I am going to make a tour with my drumkit to different urban environments in and around Amsterdam and improvise with site-specific sounds. This will be filmed and recorded and eventually released on DVD.
"We work together to achieve an altered state of consciousness, to reach the unearthly, but how long will it last until we snap out of it and get splashed in the face by reality? What is the purpose of building a tower which eventually will collapse? What is the point of losing ourselves in our sound, when we know it will stop?"
Noise_Problems on 06/25/2012 at 05:36PM
From Berlin´s underground Camera is heavily influenced by 70s Krautrock bands like Neu and Can and have been playing spontaneous guerilla-like shows in U-Bahn stations all over the city. They were at Festsaal Kreuzberg opening up for the mighty Trans Am aswell as several festival appearances including performances with Neu´s very own Michael Rother. Having just debuted an album you should (if in Berlin) try and catch them live by going to one of their shows. The music is psychedelic, hypnotic and intense.
Fortunately they also travel outside the underground tunnels of Berlin and showed up last December in Amsterdam for the Solaris Fest at Plantage Dok. Noise Problems was there and caught it all on´tape. Check out the whole voyage here at the FMA. Camera rules.
Noise_Problems on 05/17/2012 at 05:58PM
For those new to Noise Problems is a net-label dedicated to electric and amplified music of all sorts. Many of our releases come straight from actual gig recordings and so we like to think of it also as a collection of live shows. All awesome bands are exclusively recorded by Noise Problems for all free music lovers out there and our first compilation is up.
For the occasion of the 50th release by Noise Problems a compilation was issued to commemorate. Now its 23 tracks are available in 6 volumes for download here at the FMA. Great tracks selected from amongst the first 50 Noise Problems releases. Check out the Selections. All shows recorded live between 2007 and 2010 at various Amsterdam venues except for Tzaatzuim recorded in the studio and Tchakare Kanyembe recorded at the Boom Festival.
Noise_Problems on 05/17/2012 at 02:18PM
Emma Acs is Copenhagen´s very own (human). Psych-rock revivalists Emma Acs & Inbred Family brings us back that much missed psychedelic flavour one could find on pressings from such mighties as Jefferson Airplane or the Beatles. With their debut "Champagne" on the way they performed at the FoEG Festival of Endless Gratitude 2010.
The FoEG festival is now on its 3rd year and has been memorable for those who attend gaining status as´thee underground place to be that time of year in Copenhagen and beyond...Check out Emma Acs & the Inbreds live at FoEG.
Noise_Problems on 05/17/2012 at 12:57PM
Purple Pop was a one time event (at least till now, you never know) held at the OCCII in Amsterdam and was seen as an alternative to...Pinkpop the major festival which this year is headlining such acts as The Cure and Bruce Springsteen. Great stuff we all love the classics but not everyone can afford it and for those fans of sub- and counter-culture they could "pick up their hearts and dance until the early hours at Purple Pop." (Pinkpop finishes at 01.00 sharp wtf?!).
Purple Pop took place on May 28, 2010 in Amsterdam. The festival was an iniciative from the producers who also organized the “Anti-Lowlands Festival" a year before, which was very successful and sold-out as a lot of people got the "anti" statement...but then a lot didn’t.
"We did Purple Pop deliberately the same weekend as Pinkpop. Were not per se anti-Pinkpop but want to offer resistance to the big commercial festivals and to give a fun place to indie bands who, like the big acts, deserve attention and showcase. The independent music scene in Amsterdam is quite small. Everyone has had enough of so little selection of authentic sub-cultural music. As with Anti-Lowlands, Purplepop is a network of like-minded people." Yes...Go Purple Pop!
The festival started early with veggie dinner at the MKZ restaurant behind the OCCII where acoustic bands were playing. Highlights went to the Suicidal Birds acoustic set of guitar and contrabass. Line up for the evening on the main stage was all awesome bands Apneu, Red the Planeeet, Pattern Cut-off and The Stutters.