Just came across a documentary film you can watch for free, Grindstone Redux by Andy Szava-Kovats, the guy behind Data-Bank-A. The movie assembles interviews by american cassette culture activists of the 80′s and gives an impression of the creative power this network set free on a worldwide basis.
I noted with interest the bizarre interiors some of those people live in – I mean, who would hang a prominent Maxell cassettes logo on his wall?
The other day, I was just listening to Don Campau’s Meteors And Pickles, the first tape I ever got from him, back in ’87 it was, I think. A really great tape. Well, this here is just to announce another new release of his Living Archive Of Underground Music.
This time he’s featuring Cologne legend Harald “Sack” Ziegler. Did I ever mention how surprisingly normal all these people look? These wild ‘we-take-no-prisoners-we-will-flood-the-planet-with-our-unrequested-creativity’-people like Sack or Zan Hoffman?
Anyway, don’t forget to follow Don Campau’s ongoing going through the history of the underground, he’s publishing his online mag every month, and he’s doing his monthly radio show available as podcast in the US and in Europe. He has also a huge back catalogue of CDs where you can get the aforementioned Meteors And Pickles (well, nothing beats the original analog cassette, but that one will be very hard to find, I presume!).
Did I already tell you that I’m planning to release new productions in the cassette-only format? Well, I do – stay tuned! And look at the old ones – I’ve added almost all to Discogs up to now.
The May 2010 edition of The Living Archive Of Underground Music is now published.
New content for this issue includes:
- Artist Spotlight and interview with Mic Gendreau, experimental SF Bay Area musician and member of Crawling With Tarts.
- Tape Of The Month , “Why I Did It/Binky’s Revenge” a 1988 classic by Heather Perkins.Free download/streaming.
- Interview with Rudi Tuscher, the man behind the Swiss tape label, Calypso Now.
- Perspectives by “Sneaky Pete” Rizzo on his double life as a biology professor and home taper.
- Feature Arcticle by Thomas Bey William Bailey on the fetish aspect of cassette/CD packaging.
And much more.
As always, I welcome and encourage your comments, suggestions and involvement with The Living Archive. Do you have an idea for a future article?
Thanks for looking,Don
(This text from the mail that was sent by Don to his subscribers)