I’m booking some dates for UT and BILL KOUGLIAS

Availability: 17th and 19th May.
Territory: Everywhere

Availability: June 2013
Territory; Everywhere

A trio comprised of Nina Canal, Sally Young and Jacqui Ham, Ut was born near the end of the no-wave New York scene of the late ’70s. In fact, Canal had worked with no waver Robin Crutchfield in his band Dark Days before jumping ship to create Ut. Ut’s music, influenced by the abrasive anti-rock of the no wave scene, was dissonant in a clangy, guitar-driven way similar to bands such as Liliput, the Slits, and the Au Pairs. But where those three bands accented the groove, Ut’s backbeat was less pronounced, and was considerably more jagged and yielding. Occasionally this meant that unfocused, uninteresting tunes went on far too long, but more often it meant that the rhythms lent shape to the semi-melodic wailing, but not in a manner that limited the potential to be realized in improvised, free playing. After being ignored by New York’s post-no-wavers, Ut packed it in and headed for England, where they landed on the adventurous indie label Blast First. While the English press was kinder, Ut’s difficult rock noise was not for everyone. After a Steve Albini-produced 1989 release, Griller, Ut called it a day. For a band that remains almost completely unknown in their native country, Ut should be remembered for their decidedly skewed approach to rock & roll, one that can still be heard in the recordings of bands such as Sonic Youth, Bikini Kill, and Sleater-Kinney.

Berlin-based PAN has been excavating experimental electronic attitudes since 2008. Label helmsman Bill Kouligas grew up in Athens on a steady dose of hardcore, post-punk and new wave, and had already got his hands deep in the European noise scene before arriving in Berlin. He initially started PAN to document the music of his friends, while also setting up a platform to explore his graphic interests, and the cross-section of ideas that lie in-between. Todd Burns meets Bill on his home turf of Berlin for a look at one of the labels of the year. You can listen to the audio version of this interview over at RBMA Radio.
PAN shines a light on today’s musicians as well as digging out seminal inspirations, joining the dots from electro-acoustic theorist Trevor Wishart to free-blowing sax man Evan Parker, via NHK’s rave re-imaginations, Heatsick’s casio marathons, and the immersive installation pieces of James Hoff. Bill and co are also responsible for all kinds of thought-provoking material, from reprints of the Great Bear pamphlets and lost avant-garde magazines, to special edition fanzines and their own resonant record sleeves. Bill’s insistence on following his own path and passion has won acclaim from thinkers, collectors, and dancers alike, and puts PAN at the forefront of the electronic vanguard.

I hope to hear from you soon.

Enjoy the day.



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1050 Brussels 5


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