Thursday, July 30, 2009

Pan sonic News from Blast First Petite

All the latest Pan sonic news will be now updated to:

Pan sonic news from their label, Blast First Petite:

Artist: Pan sonic & Keiji Haino
Title: Shall I Download A Black Hole and Offer It To You
Format: CD PTYT 014
Label: Blast First Petite (UK)
Date: 6 July 2009 (Mail Order from 15th June)

"The complete live recording from the 15th November 2007 concert at Berlin's Volksbühne. Music. Mystery. Magic Finlandian straight-men dual a last waltz with stand-up shamen, Mr Haino. All bow. Deluxe Packaging Designed by Stephen O'Malley."

  • Info @ Blast First Petite

    Blast First Petite also announced a Sunn 0)))) and Pan sonic joint release 7" (which seems to have been sold out already!):

    Sunn 0))) / Pansonic
    PTYT 021 - Release Date 1st June

    Limited editon of 1500 White Vinyl & 1500 Clear Vinyl

    This is serious......serious as a heart attack!
    The hooded ones touch branch wands with the unsmiling Finlanders for six epic minutes.
    Joe Preston intones the incantation as inscribed by the seer, Vega.
    Sky's crack, lightning bolts rend the sky, Valkyries ride the storm.

    Flip the disc,
    13 Crosses, 16 Blazin' Skulls.
    Sci-Fi electronic metal machine music.
    A live in hell 2008 version of a song first heard on Vega's cruelly ignored 2007 album "Station"
    All hail.
    Lost soulman of the Black Country, Stephen Burroughs, sometimes head Head of "Head of David".
    Gira-esque acoustic version and Stephen's first visit to a recording studio in near a decade.
    Time's a circle

    Twisted tunes in an inside out package.
    Beautifully rendered "hidden" drawings by Coulter Jacobsen: drawn and re-drawn from memory.
    The best batch yet.....?

    A Sunn 0))) / Pansonic - Che (6:00)
    B1 Alan Vega - Thirteen Crosses (Live 2008)
    B2 Stephen Burroughs - Goodbye Darling (4:05)

    Stephen Burroughs ex-Head Of David singer made a Brando-like return to the studio in the summer of 2008, for the first time in over a decade.

    Inside Cover Image: Coulter Jacobsen "Flash Falls After Donal" (2006)
    Special Thanks to Coulter & Corvi Mora Gallery, London.

    A Limited Edition of 3000

  • More info @ Blast First Petite

  • And a new Pan sonic album (PTYT 039) announced for October 2009 on Blast First Petite!
  • Wednesday, July 29, 2009

    Some Mixes feat. Kompleksi's Tracks...

    A summer megamix by (DJ) Müßta Kirahvi (a.k.a. Erikoismies), fresh from the blender:


    DD Sound: Burning Love
    Paul Hardcastle: Guilty (Instrumental)
    Robo feat. MC Irwin: Cyberchrist
    Rhetta Hughes: Angel Man (Midtown Version)
    Kalyan: Tan Tan (Poly-T Edit)
    Discothéque: Disco Special
    Ted Nugent: Terminus Eldorado (Edit)
    Peter Brown: Do You Wanna Get Funky with Me?
    Mandy Perriment: Do You Want My Love? (Poly-T Lo-NRG Edit)
    DIN A Testbild: No Satisfaction
    Ectomorph: Only in Shadows / Kompleksi: Lovechild

    Scissors and glue used with best possible taste.



    And another interesting electro/techno mix set, with Kompleksi's 'Gothic Robots' included [full tracklist here]:

    Monday, July 27, 2009

    Kompleksi @ Turku Modern, 25 July 2009

    Photography by Rene Kita.

    Kompleksi has now opened a Tumbler account. You can see the complete set of Rene's gig photos there:

    Rene Kita also took other cool pics (would "kinetic photographic studies" be a correct expression?) of the Turku Modern festival.

    All Kompleksi news from now at:

    Thursday, July 16, 2009

    Finnish Shell TV Commercials from the 60s and 70s


    Shell: Lentävä maailma ("Shell: The Flying World", early 70s)

    Early 70s(?)

    "Shellistä!" Finnish Shell TV commercials of the 1960s and 70s featured the immemorable voiceovers by Kaj Gahnström, in his ultra-masculine growling bass, which used to scare the TV-watching children all over the country. Also the top model Seija Tyni appeared as the "Shell Super Girl" in these stylish clips (created by the advertising agency SEK with Crea-Filmi), which can these days seen as a sort of pop art typical of its era: pre-energy crisis and less "politically correct" (using women as sexist props in commercials, the subsequent boycotts against Shell).

    Seija Tyni, as the "Supergirl", soon became associated with Shell as a product personalization, being presented as a modern action character influenced by James Bond and Modesty Blaise, and was seen in different roles in each spot: being a boxer, a soldier, a rally driver, a karate player, etc. In the 1967 Shell sunglasses campaign Tyni's Supergirl appeared as

    "a teacher, sitting behind the teacher's desk and looking down at the watch she wears on a chain around her neck. The loud tick-tock of an old grandfather's clock is heard in the background. Then suddenly the school bell rings. The unmistakable, very low bass voice of the narrator [Gahnström] (voice-over was an organic element in Shell Finland's commercials until the 1990s and was imitated in numerous contemporary commercials): 'Suddenly it is 3 p.m. Polarized sunglasses. Now for 12:80. They change your whole world. For a special price. At Shell.' [This sort of "clipped" telegram style was typical of Shell's advertisement lingo. -pH] During the speak, the Supergirl removes her spectacles and puts the sunglasses on. At that same instant her hair falls down and the topknot hairdo changes into a glamorous coiffure. The last scene shows a race car curving away on an icy road."

    (Visa Heinonen, Jukka Kortti & Mika Pantzar: "How Lifestyle Products Became Rooted in the Finnish Consumer Market - Domestication of Jeans, Chewing Gum, Sunglasses and Cigarettes", 2003, PDF)

    Paying tribute, Ilppo Pohjola used Gahnström's growling voice (and also some female models fashioned after these old TV commercials) in his experimental short film Asphalto (1998).

  • Shell: mainoskirja (PDF)

    More old Finnish TV commercials:

  • Tuttu TV:stä
  • Tätä ei voi olla

  • Finnish TV Commercials Nostalgia (Februry 2007)
  • Wednesday, July 15, 2009

    Juhannus 3000 by Mallisto

    U P C O M I N G !
    ** ** ** ** ** ** **

    Erikoisdance 13
    Artist: Mallisto
    Release: "Juhannus 3008" (CDr)

    Release date: August 2009
    Running time: 18+ minutes
    File under: electronics, ambient synth folk, psychedelia, pop, home recording

    Mallisto, founded in Helsinki by Christer Nuutinen (kb/v) and Jukka Vallisto (bg) in the mid-nineties, was active off and on for several years with slightly varying lineups, Nuutinen and Jenni Rope (kb/v) being present in most of the incarnations. Either as a duo or with Vallisto, and later with Ilja Karsikas on guitar.

    A year or so of semi-active live playing (at events ranging from ordinary club gigs to art show openings and private house warming parties in tiny student flats) gradually saw the bands output evolve from childish instrumental electro pop to a peculiar lofi sound, mixing synth pop and psychedelia. The only recording to enter the public sphere during Mallisto's active phase was the self-released EP Polku, performed and produced in 2000 by Nuutinen and Rope as a duo.

    Quite sadly, as the band continued to further refine its trademark sound — finally matured into their very own specific blend of Lofi Ambient Folk Pop — their active phase also seemed to slowly but firmly grind to a halt. Today, not even the members of Mallisto themselves are sure if the group still exists.

    Juhannus 3008 compiles 5 tracks, originally recorded in separate sessions, during a timespan of almost 15 years, but still managing to sum up as one solid body of work.

    Here a charming array of old electric pianos, organs and beautiful analog synths are paired with frail lullaby vocals and the occasional hand picked guitar to a most enchanting effect. Melodies — melancholic, warm and inviting — hover mid-air, gently held afloat in the almost invisible, ethereal embrace of buzzing oscillators, reversed tape loops and a strange kind of audible silence. The bands instantly recognisable sound is simultaneously both rich and humble, intimate and spacious.
    A remix provided by Erikoismies is also included.

    Sound clips:

  • Laulu numero 1
  • Laulu numero 2
  • Juhannus 3008
  • Halkio
  • Syysjami
  • Juhannus 3008 (Erikoismies Bongo Mix)


    Erikoisdance online
  • Risto Jarva 75 Years

    A short excerpt off Onnenpeli by Risto Jarva (1965)

    Rauli "Badding" Somerjoki: 'Bensaa suonissa' (off Bensaa suonissa by Risto Jarva, 1970)

    Timo Tervo: 'Katseen kosketus' (off Mies, joka ei osannut sanoa ei by Risto Jarva, 1975)

    An excerpt off Jäniksen vuosi by Risto Jarva (1977)

    Today is the 75th birthday of Finnish film director Risto Jarva (15 July 1934 - 16 December 1977). You can read more about him here. In many ways Jarva was a product of his own time, whose works reflected the political ideas, social trends, fashions and general Zeitgeist of what was Finland in the 1960s and 1970s, and watching his often-topical films today, they might feel dated and even flawed in many ways, but for me Risto Jarva remains one of the most interesting directors this country has ever spawned, nevertheless.

    Monday, July 13, 2009

    Blindpassasjer (1978)

    Blindpassasjer opening credits (1978)

    Novamen: 'Lies' (track from 2008; with excerpts from Blindpassasjer) [Novamen @ Discogs]

    Blindpassasjer ("Stowaway") was a Norwegian science fiction TV miniseries of three episodes, made in 1978. It was written by Jon Bing and Tor Åge Bringsværd and directed by Stein Roger Bull for NRK, Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation. Egil Monn-Iversen was responsible for the eerie film score. The series, which many consider the finest piece of filmed science fiction in Norway, was also shown in Sweden and Finland (with the title Salamatkustaja). It's interesting how some scenes reminisce Ridley Scott's Alien, which had its film premiere only a year later.

    A plot summary from IMBD entry: "The spaceship Marco Polo is returning from a mission at the newly discovered planet Rossum. While the five members of the crew are in deep sleep a mysterious shape is captured on one of the surveillance monitors. Awakened the crew soon discover that one of their number has been killed, and something is living among them in the shape of a crewmate. But who is it?"

    Blindpassasjer has been released on DVD in Norway.

    Links in Norwegian:

  • Blindpassasjer @ Norwegian Wikipedia
  • Blindpassasjer @ Bergen Filmklubb
  • Friday, July 03, 2009

    Elonkorjaajat Exhibition in Tammisaari

    Olli Lyytikäinen: Flygande Hamlet ("Flying Hamlet", 1976)

    Elonkorjaajat ("Harvesters") was an artist group who started in Helsinki in 1971. Inspired by the underground movement of the day, the members of Elonkorjaajat featured such people as Pekka Airaksinen, J.O. Mallander and Peter Widén who were also part of The Sperm, a controversial music and performance group. Elonkorjaajat -- whose artistic range encompassed conceptual art, earth art, installations, performance and media art -- ran in Helsinki a gallery called Cheap Thrills (the name inspired by a Frank Zappa record of the same name). Finnish Green movement had its origins in the activities of the vegetarian restaurant Kasvis, run by some Elokorjaajat members who, alongside conceptual art and underground music & culture, embraced such interests as Zen Buddhism and macrobiotic diet.

    The works of Elonkorjaajat can now been seen at the summer exhibition (29 May - 13 September 2009) taking place in the Elverket gallery of Tammisaari; featuring Airaksinen, Carolus Enckell, Antero Kare, Philip von Knorring, Mallander, Carl-Erik Ström, Ilkka Juhani Takalo-Eskola, Erik Uddström, Widén and Stuart Wrede. Also Olli Lyytikäinen who died in 1987 is featured with one piece.

    Exhibition reviews in Finnish:

  • Helsingin Sanomat
  • Turun Sanomat
  • Uusi Suomi

    Elonkorjaajat info in Finnish:

  • Kisko-Seura
  • Mustekala.Info
  • Skenet

    Video clips:

  • Olli Lyytikäinen @ Yle Elävä Arkisto
  • J.O. Mallander @ Yle Elävä Arkisto

    See also:

  • FinnScene: The Early Years @ pHinnWeb
  • McCloud: 'Ain't That Just The Way' (1975)

    McCloud: 'Park Avenue Pirates' opening credits (1975)

    Barbi Benton: 'Ain't That Just The Way' (1976)

    McCloud was an American TV show that lasted from 1970 to 1977, starring Dennis Weaver (who many remember from Steven Spielberg's 1971 debut, Duel) as a country marshal transferred to the crime-infested New York City; the basic premises of the series taken from Clint Eastwood's 1968 Coogan's Bluff. 'Ain't That Just The Way' by Barbi Benton (Hugh Hefner's former girlfriend) was heard in the 1975 episode 'Park Avenue Pirates'. Sheriffi McCloud being a popular show in Finland too, Benton's performance in the episode caught the attention of some local music biz people; with the subsequent translation version 'Näinkö meille täällä aina käy' by Virve Rosti becoming a big domestic hit in 1976.

    Karl Malden (1912 - 2009)

    A Streetcar Named Desire (1951)

    On The Waterfront (1954)

    The Streets of San Francisco (1973)

    The Old Potato Nose is gone: American actor Karl Malden has died at the honourable age of 97. Malden, born as Mladen George Sekulovich, won an Academy Award for Best Supporting Actor for A Streetcar Named Desire (1951) and was also nominated for On The Waterfront (1954), another Marlon Brando movie. Malden was already 60 years old in 1972, when the popular cop show The Streets of San Francisco was launched, lasting five seasons and amassing 119 hour-long episodes where he starred as Lt. Mike Stone all through the series, alongside the newcomer Michael Douglas. With a career that spanned amazing seven decades, Karl Malden lent his rough, down-to-Earth charisma to whatever he worked with.

    Wednesday, July 01, 2009