New Release: MUGSTAR + DAMO SUZUKI START FROM ZERO

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Limited edition of 500 copies packaged in a heavy duty gatefold sleeve.
 On a long hot summer night in 2012 a meeting of minds happened in Liverpool, England. Damo Suzuki visited the city to play a show with MUGSTAR. 
After a flurry of e-mails Damo requested MUGSTAR not to practice or figure out any music prior to the performance, as he believed it should “Start from Zero”.
 Leaving the whole performance to be entirely improvised on the spot.
 It proved to be quite a night: the shamanic presence of the legendary Damo Suzuki immersed in the full-on, intense, sound of MUGSTAR – one of the leading bands currently exploring fresh and uncharted areas – as they forge forward through the deep space of kraut/psych.
 The music that emerged that evening moved through driving, head-spinning double wah-wah attacks, eerie ethereal passages and on to an extended motorik coda, all powered along by thunderous bass and drums.
 Damo settled in immediately, a master of his own unique art. Surging along with MUGSTAR as “sound carriers”, absorbed in the energy and atmosphere through to the shows exhausting end. It’s a great pairing.

Sound Carriers :
Damo Suzuki – Vocals
Peter Smyth – Guitar, Keyboards
Neil Murphy – Guitar
Jason Stoll – Bass
Steve Ashton – Drums

TRACK LISTING
Side 1:
1. Waken to the Night
2. Subway Sound
3. Innanewah
Side 2:
4. Zero Coda

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MUGSTAR + DAMO SUZUKI

Facebook platform of “Neverending”

fb800_600I’m pleased to inform you Facebook platform of “Neverending”
The platform opened by Francesco Di Loreto, the director of above mentioned documentation film about Damo Suzuki’s Network.

Please visit following link

“Neverending” is 80 minutes documentation film directed by Francesco Di Loreto.
There is live documentation around the world and interviews done by Damo and friends. Some times Francesco and his assistant Samantha Vecchiattini travelled together with Damo, Italy, Germany and Japan. Also this is collaborated with materials from all over the world. You might see this movie somewhere near to you in near future.
Please be informed and visit that Facebook page!

Wish you a fantastic 2015 !

Photo by M.A.S.

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Hi, I didn’t contact you for quite a while.
I didn’t inform you that I’m ill.
Stayed three months in hospital for very difficult operation.
No worries hard period is gone, I’m getting everyday better,
So, I had to cancel scheduled shows.
I don’t know when I’m able to back on the road again where I feel most comfortable.
I might don’t see you for long time.
But, I’ll back.
Wish you every good thing come and happen and make you happy in year 2015!

Feel Free Energy!
Damo Suzuki //

Stefan Krachten (July 16, 1958 – September 14, 2014 )

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When I heard pass of Stefan Krachten, I myself was in coma for weeks.
I feel sad that I couldn’t show up for his last.
He left us on September 14th 2014.

Stefan Krachten was one of young musician who brought me back to make music again in 1983 after my first cancer operation.
He, the drummer invited me to join Dunkelziffer.
We played three years together, released 2 Vinyls, a single and a compact vinyl, also later a live CD.

Stefan and Damo in Dunkelziffer Period

Stefan and Damo in Dunkelziffer Period
http://youtu.be/LZ41W0TWvJo

Stefan with the Unknown Cases

Stefan with Trans Club

Stefan with Walk of the Elephants

Stefan with Trans Groove

Stefan with Goldman

We had many good times together.
Before he passed he played in Blue Shell, Cologne, I had opportunity to see him with Goldman around a few months ago.
He was long time not healable ill and last years most of times he had to spend on his bed wasn’t mobile.
Still he wasn’t weak, performed sometimes and produced his own and other artist recordings.

Stefan forever.
Sincere Condolences to his family and his loved ones.

Damo Suzuki / January 2015

Øresund Space Collective – “Damo Suzuki møder ØSC” (Space Rock Productions 2014, SRP020, 3-LP/Download)

osc-damoRecorded Valentine’s Day 2013 at the Dragens Hule club in Copenhagen, Denmark, this live set consists of the entire concert in the order it was played. On this night the OSC lineup was Nick (The Univerzarls) and Nicklas (Papir) on guitar, Mikael (SKL, Agusa) played guitar on two tracks, Pär (Sgt. Sunshine, Carpet Knights) on bass, Birk on drums, Dr Space, Mogens and Rasmus on keyboards and synths, and the great Damo Suzuki on vocals.
Read more:

Double Live LP – Damo Suzuki Live in Nanaimo, BC available May 11, 2014

1Krautrock pioneer Damo Suzuki, vocalist of Can, has influenced generations of creative musicians. This enigmatic singer has continued the journey, traveling the globe to perform improvised music with a unique collection of musicians. The lucky few that perform with him he calls his Network or Sound Carriers. Canadian Sound Carriers have included members of Black Mountain, Broken Social Scene and Do Make Say Think, among many others.

On a warm night in June he set down in Nanaimo, BC for an epic night of long heavy space rock jams in front of a rabid sold-out crowd at the historic Globe Hotel. The result is a sprawling, transcendent, seamless soundscape. Damo’s vocalizing feeds off the energy and dynamics of the band. A strangely hypnotic and melodic repetition of phrases and countered with low gutteral growls delivered in his own language. The legacy of Can is always evident. The auditory capture was superb and the result obvious. It must be shared. David Read of Vinyl Record Guru immediately decided to release it as a co-production of NoiseAgonyMayhem Records and Lance Rock Records.

“The title, Seven Potatoes, is Damo’s translation of Nanaimo in Japanese,” Read explained. “The release date is timed for Damo’s return to Nanaimo on May 11, 2014 at St. Andrew’s Heritage Church in the Old City Quarter.”

The recording captures Damo’s memorable performance last June with a psychedelic rock orchestra assembled from Nanaimo’s thriving independent music scene featuring members of Clumsy Lovers, Colliding Canyons, Moths & Locusts, and Wolf Parade. Two synth stations, fuzzed-out guitars and three drummers coalesce behind Damo’s commanding presence.

The physical edition of Seven Potatoes is available on extremely limited beautiful black vinyl records and can be ordered via Bandcamp (http://sevenpotatoes.bandcamp.com).
To see some footage from the 2013 show check out the appropriately lengthy promotional video:

Media contact:
david@vinylrecordguru.com

Out in mid-April!

Suzuki_cover-2Double LP Set
The box includes 4 catalogues of the evolving exhibition “Superamas”

Damo Suzuki and The Fume / Live from Superamas
Recorded live at Centre d’art Neuchâtel, September 21 2012, for the opening of the exhibition Superamas Phase 2: Cerveau Morille.

Sound Carriers:
Christian Addor (DOX2): Keyboards
Laurent Burki: Guitar
Franz Hausammann: Bass
Julien Rousson: Drums
Damo Suzuki: Vocals

Engineered, mastered and produced by David Ashby

Published by Centre d’art Neuchâtel,
rue des Moulins 37 CH-2000 Neuchâtel,
www.can.ch

Distributed (and online available) by :
Les Presses du Réel
35 rue Colson
21000 Dijon
France
http://www.lespressesdureel.com

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Neil Atkinson (September 29 1979 – November 15th 2013)


(Photos by Michelle Heighway)

Neil Atkinson left us at age of 34 years old.

I heard this sad news yesterday.
Neil was a drummer of the Window Right from Huddersfield, UK.
I made 4 performances with the Window Right.
Now I’m remembering him to be together with him this moment.
Please listen this while you’re reading this message,

GREEN DIVIDED BY BLUE

I was informed, his loved ones played this at his funeral… it’ a beautiful song.

Long before I met the Window Right for first time, I’ve got their CDR, someone handed to me after the show (I guess in London?) That period, I used to carry CD/Rs that I like everywhere I go, listen together with local friends or used as a prelude before or after Network performance. Since first I listened to Window Right I liked so much, so it became one of my collection of CD/R travelling kit.

First time I met Neil with the Window Right on Friday January 27th 2006, they’re a supporting band that night. At back stage, I spoke with them and showed my CD/R travelling kit, then they found their CDR there. Even I was forgetting that I’ve the Window Right in my collection until they say we’re the Window Right you have in your collection. We both’re happy to know each other.            Local organiser Ned Netherwood was living that time in Huddersfield and he reviewed on his web.

Cornerhouse on Friday 27th January 2006 The Window Right as a supporting band.
http://www.wasistdas.co.uk/Damo.htm

First time I heard them live, even I liked much more than CDR and we both promised to perform next time in Huddersfield together.

Ned arranged next Network performance in Huddersfield  with Window Right on Saturday 7th April 2007 at The Parish [the Cornerhouse changed name], along with Neil Campbell/Astral Social Club.

Year later I performed with them  on Thursday 13 November 2007 Leeds Brudenel Social Club

Ned moved to Hebdon Bridge, one of my favourite space in UK.

He arranged the show with Neil and the Window Right again on Saturday 31 July 2010 Trades Club in Hebden Bridge

I had opportunity to perform  in London on Tuesday 23 March 2010 @ Hoxton Square Bar & Kitchen. I asked them if they like to perform with me.
They’re really happy to perform first time in London.

How I can say, I’m really shocked and sad, lost of my lovely sound carrier.
He was with us for only 34 years.
I can remember clearly, we had good time together and create time and space of the moment.

Neil forever.
Sincere Condolences to his family and his loved ones.

Damo Suzuki / January 19 2014