System i rodet

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I dag gjorde jeg det omsider – fik alle mine 1500 cd’er hevet ud fra kasserne under dobbeltsengen, sorteret alfabetisk og placeret alfabetisk i et skab. Undervejs kunne jeg ikke undgå at opdage følgende:

  • CD’en er et medium på vej ud. Om få år har jeg formodentlig købt den sidste. Min første cd købte jeg i januar 1989 – det var Legend med Bob Marley.
  • Forbløffende mange cd’er havde jeg glemt, at jeg havde. Jeg lagde et par stykker i cd-drevet på iMac’en undervejs i oprydningen. Specielt genopdagede jeg i dag hvorfor amerikanske Guadalcanal Diary var gode. Ligesom R.E.M. (og B52’s) kom de fra Athens i Georgia, og stilmæssigt var de temmelig tæt på. Murray Attaway har en god rockstemme, og 2×4 og Flip-Flop er vellykkede udgivelser. Hvad blev der egentlig af ham? En Geffen-opsamling, jeg også fandt, afslørede at han bagefter gik solo.
  • Jeg har genfundet albums med SNFU, Pennywise og China Drum. Indkøbt før Green Day sendte den Buzzcocks-inspirerede pop-punk ud over min kvalmegrænse. China Drum var egentlig ikke så dårlige. Men Pennywise – ak, ak, ak.
  • Jeg havde en industrial-fase på et tidspunkt med Godflesh, Skinny Puppy, Neurosis, Severed Heads og SPK og nogle få udvalgte skokigger-albums med Ride og My Bloody Valentine. Og så havde jeg et album, Succour, med Seefeel. En slags Aphex Twin i det mest kedelige ambient-hjørne, bare mere dronet og helt uden beats. Hvorfor hulen købte jeg dog dét?
  • Jeg har et album med June Tabor og The Oyster Band. Det er faktisk rigtig fedt; John Peel var også ret begejstret for det, husker jeg.
  • Jeg mangler forbløffende mange albums med New Order. Hvorfor dog?
  • Og så samlede jeg sammen til en velfyldt kasse med cd’er, jeg ikke vil beholde. Hvorfor er der ikke en god brugt-biks i Aalborg? Læsehesten er sådan et skummelt sted med en tvivlsom kvalitetspolitik (= ingen).

236 sekunder

I dag er årets dag # 236. Det antal sekunder er lagt sammen 3 minutter og 56. I popmusik et lidt problematisk areal; for udstrakt til det skarptskårne nummers hurtige ind-og-ud-attack, for snævert til dvælende stemning og findetaljeret fortælling. Her en top-10 over sange, der, på trods af nævnte begrænsnnger, alligevel stortrives på præcis 3:56:

1. Untitled – Interpol
2. That Summer Feeling – Jonathan Richman
3. Vi Två, 17 År – Håkan Hellström
4. That’s When I Reach For My Revolver – Mission Of Burma
5. Pärlor – Kent
6. Unlovable – The Smiths
7. Wild Is The Wind – Billy MacKenzie
8. Mirrorball – Electrafixion
9. Suedehead – Morrissey
10. I Fell In Love With A Dead Boy – Anthony & The Johnsons

Er der bedre bud…?

Revolution, sex, fugleinfluenza

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Tamilsk-engelske M.I.A. er aktuel med en af årets vildeste udgivelser, hendes andet album Kala. For et så energisk udtryk og anarkistisk sammenstød af stilarter høres sjældent. Grundbase er kantet uptempo-electro med travl, direkte, udfordrende vokal. Hård percussion og beats, på hvad lyder som metal fra samtlige skibskirkegårde i den 3. verden, skramler og brager under M.I.A.’s klippende chants. Det er lyd af kaos og opbrud. Det er samtidig catchy popmusik.

Referencer kommer utallige, og det ikke kun fra sex-opkørt dancehall, hip-hop og Bollywood: ‘Paper Planes’ er således bygget på riffet fra The Clash’s ‘Straight To Hell’, åbningssangen ‘ Bamboo Banger’ kører Jonathan Richman’s klassiske ‘Roadrunner’ et helt nyt sted hen, mens ‘$ 20’ er New Order’s ‘Blue Monday’ som electroclash-hiphop, tilsat Pixies’ ‘Where Is My Mind’ som afslutning – ikke kedeligt. Og så er ‘Jimmy’, en indisk-relateret disco, der musikalsk står som helhjertet hyldest til Boney M og Baccara, ikke engang nævnt.

Mere eller mindre utilsløret support til bl.a. Tamilske Tigre og PLO har gjort, at M.I.A. ikke kun er blevt kendt på sin musik. Specielt i USA, hvor netop de kontroversielle holdninger til for nylig har resulteret i indrejseforbud. På Kala bliver der dog igen fra gadeperspektiv – ufortrødent og med stor overbevisning – rantet mod injustice og ulighed. Heldigvis kræver de mange kradse statements ingen rationel forståelse til afkodning af det instinkt der driver dem.

Indimellem synes det som om vi her på siden lever i et lukket guitarfængsel af kridhvid, konventionel, selvbevidst rockmusik. Derfor befriende at kunne anbefale en så anderledes intuitiv og stilistisk fordomsfri disc som denne, der lyder af en anden og mere nødvendig verden. Hvor Manu Chao iøvrigt også udsender nyt fra, om kun et par uger…

Louise er single

Ny Unmack-single fra Aftenland Express er Louise Siger, som netop er blevet sendt afsted til radioplay.

I fuld harmoni med sin egen Jamaica-sound vil Louise også snart blive udsendt, som den musiks tradition sig foreskriver, på sort vinyl i klassisk singleformat. Det sker i september. Mere info følger her.

Brev fra Madrid

Modtager her på siden en del henvendelser fra rundt omkring. Nedenfor en af de mere specielle og opløftende, fra Luis nede i Espana, sendt hertil i går sammen med en flaske hjemmelavet sangria. Den har vi allerede nydt, men ordene står endnu. Kom, læs dem sammen med os:

Dear friends @ jensunmack.dk,

First of all I’d like to apologise for not having been back in touch sooner, but I needed to take some time to take on board all the recent changes and then to put down these words for you.

I’m sure you will understand.

I would rather this be a letter of thanks and gratitude, not simply a goodbye.

Yes, thats right, gratitude, because that is the word that best sums up my feelings for you all.

Taking the decision to change clubs hasn’t been easy. Not easy at all.

I’ve experienced three fantastic years at the club and in the city. Three years in which together, the fans and the team, we have accomplished some fantastic achievements, and I’m sure that these successes will continue to be repeated in the near future.

You know that I like a challenge and that I don’t just settle for second best.

Back then Liverpool Football Club gave me the opportunity to be part of an ambitious plan to put the Reds back at the summit of the game.

I think that together we managed to achieve that.

As I said, I do like challenges and in spite of the fact that at that time I was playing for my home town club, one of the biggest in the world, I wanted to be a part of that project that was being presented to me by Liverpool, and so I accepted the challenge.

Now, after three seasons in the Premier League and having won some major trophies, the chance came up for me to return to La Liga and be part of a new project at a club I already knew.

The idea of enjoying things in a Spanish club like we experienced together at Liverpool over these last three years appealed to me, and thats why I accepted the offer.

I want to thank everyone working at Liverpool Football Club for how well they have treated both my family and I, making us feel at home from the very first day to the last.

I also want to thank the management, coaching staff and directors for the opportunity they gave me back then to be part of such an important and well-loved club as Liverpool. A club which has helped me to grow as a footballer and where to date I have enjoyed the biggest success of my career.

Without a doubt, this success has been possible thanks to the outstanding group of players with whom Ive been able to share a dressing room over the last three seasons.

I’m not going to mention anyone specifically, because I think that the secret of this team’s success has been exactly that: nobody wanted to stand out above the rest and there has always been a great togetherness in the squad, which made it into something more than a group of players, it was a group of friends.

Thanks to all of you for your help and your friendship.

I’ve left until last the thank you which for me is the most important: Thank you to the supporters.

Your support allowed me to settle quickly at both the club and in the city, and you made me feel really at ease with you all right from the word go; that’s the kind of help that you notice most of all during the difficult times, of which there have been a few during my time here.

I’d like to especially thank you for making up a song for me and you should know that every time I heard you singing it, it was like an extra injection of strength and motivation, even helping me to overcome pain occasionally during a game.

Your unconditional support is the thing that ensures that this team manages to pull through in the most difficult circumstances; and I can assure you that the whole squad is aware of this and thanks you for it.

A football club isn’t just made up of players, coaches and directors. More than anything else it’s the supporters who make a club, and that perhaps is the ingredient which best distinguishes Liverpool Football Club from every other team. The supporters.

Because if one thing has remained obvious to me after these few years, it’s that with supporters like you, Liverpool Football Club will never walk alone.

I really hope that the club wins lots of major trophies in the future; I’ll be following it all from a distance, with the pride that you can only get from having been a Red and played for the home team at Anfield – a ground that every football fan must visit at least once in their life.

Thank you for everything. Yours most sincerely,

Your friend, Luís García

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Testamente

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Allen Ginsberg og Joe Strummer, juni 1981, backstage, Bonds, New York City

Andre kunne have skrevet nedenstående som en passende hyldest til Joe Strummer, men ordene er hans egen tilbageskuende ‘Long Shadow’, der først så verdens lys på Streetcore, Joe Strummer & The Mescaleros’ rodebutik af et posthumt album:

Well I’ll tell you one thing that I know
You don’t face your demons down
You gotta grapple ’em Jack and pin ’em to the ground
The devil may care, maybe god he won’t
You better make sure you check on the do’s and the don’ts

Crawl up a moutain
To reach where the eagles fly
To show you can glimpse from the mountian top
where the soul of the muse might ride

And if you put it all together
You won’t have to look around
You know you cast a long shadow on the ground

Then one day I could tell my tracks
About the holes in the soles of my shoes
And thats the day I said I’m gonna make the news

And fallen back in the garden
The days so long ago
Somewhere in the memory
The sun shines on you boy

And playing in the Arroyo’s
Where the american rivers flow
From the Appalachians
Down to the Delta roads

A man can think so long
His brain could well explode
The strings runnin’ through the junctions
A king comes down the road

And if you put it all together
You won’t have to look around
You know you cast a long shadow on the ground

Listen to the country
The night jar and the bell
Listen to the night stream lineup
Soundin’ like the wolves of hell

Head for the water
The waters of the cleansing spell
It was always our destination
On the express of the ne’er do wells

And we rocked through Madison’s city
And we didn’t even know she was there
And when we hit the bumpers in Memphis
Beale Street didn’t have no prayer

And I hear punks talk of anarchy
I hear hobo’s on the railroads
I hear mutterings on the chain gangs
It was those men who built the roads

And if you put it all together
You didn’t even once relent
You cast a long shadow
And that is your testament

Somewhere in my soul
There’s always rock and roll

© Joe Strummer

Manden med den lange skygge

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Her er han som ung, for længe siden. Men i dag ville Joe Strummer, inspirator for en punkgeneration og forsanger i The Only Band That Matters, som The Clash ikke helt forkert blev kaldt, være fyldt 55. Håber ikke denne markering af endnu en for tidligt død person – der var også Elvis forleden – skal misforstås og tages som nostalgisk længsel efter, hvad var engang. For nej, vi vil ikke tilbage. Markerer udelukkende Joe Strummer, fordi hans musik stadig vokser levende og højt, også langt over det meste af nutidens moderne soniske landskab. En cool bedrift. London kalder stadigvæk de fjerne byer.

Feedday07 revisited

Mange tak for opbakning til de af jer der var til Beatday i fredags. Beklager vi hverken levede op til jeres eller vores egne forventninger. Men sådan skal det vel nødvendigvis gå indimellem. På den måde minder rocknroll ikke så lidt om fodbold, hvor de bedste forhåbninger heller ikke altid kan indfries.

Havde ikke forestillet os de 60 minutter på Beatday skulle afvikles under så uoptimale forhold, i et kridhvidt byfesttelt med lavt til loftet i enhver forstand. Lydforhold på scenen var håbløse, det meste hylede og sejlede, og strømafbrydelsen midt under Coca-Cola Lovebirds var i den henseende lige efter bogen. Nej, det var sgu’ ikke iorden og oplevelsen blev derefter.

Så ikke svært at se frem til indendørs mørke og elektrisk lys og – hopefully! – anstændige lydforhold på og foran scenen, når vi tager Danmark rundt fra hen mod slutningen af september. Skal nok gøre det her godt igen!

Citat at tage med

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– My players? I think I have a naive team. They are naive because they are pure and they are clean. We don’t have divers, we don’t have violent people, we don’t have people with nasty tackles or people diving into the swimming pool. Chelsea are a pure and naive team.

Jose Mourinho, Chelsea

Beatday07-tidsplan

Spilleplanen for Beatday07-arrangementet imorgen fredag på Charlottenlund Fort er nu fastsat. Pladsen åbner kl. 13.00, og herefter er programmet:

14.15 – Oh No Ono (Teltscenen)
16.00 – Jens Unmack & Slagterne (Teltscenen)
17.15 – The Raveonettes (Store Scene)
18.30 – Mikael Simpson & Sølvstorm (Teltscenen)
19.45 – Kashmir (Store Scene)
21.10 – Trentemøller in Concert (Teltscenen)
22.35 – Mew (Store Scene)

Jens Unmacks officielle weblog