Thursday, March 25, 2010

My Life's a Gunshot!

Just as a reminder:

The ultimate SI retrospective 4LP album is out since a little while and has already been sent out to many corners of this planet. Everybody is enjoying it so far and the album got some very interesting and positive reviews (see below).

Sudden Infant
My Life's a Gunshot (Retrospective 1989-2009)
hr8909 2x2LP, 2010

Limited edition of 500
Paintings by Joke Lanz
Essay by GX Jupitter-Larsen
Mastered by Rashad Becker
Design by Bill Kouligas
Compiled & selected by Joke Lanz and Ed Benndorf

These two double LP's combine 49 rare and unreleased tracks as well as some of Sudden Infant's most essential and radical work from the last twenty years. Beautifully housed in two fold-out double LP's with original cover paintings by Joke Lanz and an exclusive 4-page essay by GX Jupitter-Larsen. No CD or download releases planned.

This set runs the gamut of ritual action, early new wave/metal-on-metal punkers, organic noise eviscerations, dark drone works and hysterical body horror. Highly recommended!
-Volcanic Tongue

If more than two hours of worth of music doesn't knock you out, a blow to the head with this mighty package will certainly do the trick.
-The Wire

Ohne Wenn und Aber ein Landmark-Release.

For those whos tastes run to the furthest edges of the bizarre, this compilation is essential listening. It's not just a basketload of savage and severe racket (although there's probably a good portion of that), but a very twisted alienating and unsettling listening, with plenty of unexplained gaps and musical brain-bafflers.
-The Sound Projector

Tuesday, March 16, 2010

Vienna Calling!

Jorge Sanchez-Chiong & Joke Lanz at Echoraum Vienna (photo by Laura Gaetano)

After my trip to Charleroi and Nijmegen the line of transitions continues with another visit in Vienna. As temporary artist in residence at the University of Music and Performing Arts I spent two days in supervising student projects (NeW_AiR) in the field of Noise, Turntablism and Sonic Arts.
Schnitzel, Zweigelt, Käsekrainer. I love Vienna... My favourite place to eat and drink is Cafe Anzengruber: No arty farty hipsters, no music, bright light and the best Wiener Schnitzel.
On my last day I played a turntable duo with my good friend Jorge Sanchez-Chiong (JSX) at Echoraum. It was an intense and inspiring show with two sets in changing positions. Frenetic applause forced us to give an encore.
Thanks to all the friends who came to the show and especially Werner of Echoraum who was a great host.

Jorge Sanchez-Chiong


Photo by Marcel D. Ramsay

Absolutely nice time at Rue du Nord Festival in Lausanne. Played a Duo w/ Ariel Garcia and deejayed some tunes for the final party on Saturday night. Even the weather was friendly and despite my jetlag I managed to catch some daylight. Well, this all happened already in late February but who cares... I m slowly catching up on time.

Tuesday, March 9, 2010

Bye-bye L.A.!

Well, I'm back in Europe since almost three weeks, but for several reasons I couldn't update my blog during that time. I already played shows in Switzerland (Lausanne, Aarau), Belgium (Charleroi) and The Netherlands (Nijmegen). Off to Vienna in two days.

But one important thing I need to do here is finally say good-bye to L.A. A bit late but somehow I feel that my soul is still wandering around in East Los Angeles somewhere in between Little Tokyo, Chinatown and the Arts District. It was a great time and I met some very interesting people and I have been to many very special places. A piece of my heart is still there! Come home soon! I wait for you!


When you are in Los Angeles you have to go to Clifton's cafeteria on Broadway at 7th Street. It's an absolute must and a unique experience! It's definitely the place where L.A. finds itself.

On Broadway downtown -- amid a jumble of shops selling gold necklaces and sports socks and electric guitars, amid exhaust and noise and has-been theaters, amid hipsters, the down and out and the just plain out of it -- an authentic piece of history goes about the business it began during the Great Depression, feeding everyone who walks through the glass doors. Wander into Clifton's and it might seem obvious what makes it unique. Perhaps the waterfall that cascades over several ledges. Or the huge moose head hanging on a wall overlooking one of the dining rooms and the bear holding a fishing pole. Maybe the tiny -- and popular -- tree trunk chapel with its neon cross and inspirational recorded message. But it's more than these. Walk the winding cafeteria line and choose tiny red and green cubes of Jell-O (or three or four other kinds), liver (beef or chicken) and onions. Or stuffed peppers, pot roast, deviled salmon or Vienna loaf. Coleslaw, corn bread. Or, all of the above.

Los Angeles Times