Vanguards at Jordal Amfi 1982



Rockemønstring i Oslo høsten 1982. Et av 60-tallets mest markante rockeband, Vanguards, med de profilerte gitaristene Terje Rypdal og Freddy Linquist er gjenforent foran et fullsatt Jordal Amfi.
Kanskje inspirert av punkrockens destruktive atferd finner den fremoverlente vokalisten Bjørn Nordvang det passende å knuse gitaren til pinneved. Et kalkulert publikumsfrieri ved overgangen mellom «Mot ukjent sted» og Move-låten «I Can Hear The Grass Grow». Litt underlig i grunn, da «Mot ukjent sted» var en superhit for Vanguards i 1965. Var det oppgjør med egen fortid som «danseband»? Det er i hvertfall et lite stykke norsk rockehistorie.

Til forsvar for The Vanguards og deres til dels langt fra vellykkete utgivelser med norske tekster, kan jeg fortelle at forholdene var helt annerledes den gang. Vi gikk ikke rundt og tenkte på artistene og platene som noe som skulle evalueres mange tiår senere. Mange så The Vanguards på scenen når sjansen bød seg (hvor de så godt som aldri spilte norsktekstete låter), og var som oftest mer enn fornøyd med det som ble servert. Vi gikk for å se The Vanguards hvor Rypdal eller Lindquist håndterte sine gitarer på de mest utrolige måter, og jeg betalte en gang hele syv kroner for å se bassist Johnny Sareussen vise fram sine ferdigheter på bassgitar! Hans spill på "I can hear the grass grow" var imponerende. –Willy B.

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Kosmik Boogie Tribe

Kosmik Boogie Tribe live at Låverock from Jan Hammershaug on Vimeo.

This is a sneak peek on the forthcoming movie «Låverock 2013».

Coming soon – or never.

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The Dark Don't Hide It


In memory of Jason Molina

The outstanding songwriter, artist and centerpiece of Songs: Ohia and Magnolia Electric Co., Jason Molina, died on 16 March 2013 after several years of alcoholism.
In gratitude to him I've put together a collection of photos from different gigs over the years. The photos are under Creative Commons licence, or with copyright permission.
A warm and heartfelt thanks to those who captured these excellent portraits of a truly special man. I am very grateful for the benevolence I've been showed during the project, like when a musician who had played with Jason assured me «... I think he(Jason) would appreciate what you're doing.»
I sure hope he would.

A special thanks for copyright permission to:
Brian Patrick Cullen, Carmen Ybarra, csampang, Howard Draper, Jone Fredriksen, Lindsey Best / LindseyBest.com, Pittsinger, Robert Loerzel, Robin Dua, Shannon McClean, Steve Gullick

Flickr photos under Creative Commons licence:
Nick Helderman, Vince Kmeron, Phil Chambers, Andrew J. Cosgriff, djenvert, Jacob Earl, ll pp, Neff Conner, Tim Broddin, Rona Proudfoot, Ron Dauphin, Kim Seng, scottks, Bill Dickinson

Excerpt from moon demons in fire a CC-video on Vimeo, made by Caleb Wood

Please consider a contribution to Jason Molina’s medical fund via Pay Pal
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Shit City live at Felix (video)




The Norwegian 10-piece country-rock ensemble Shit City performs a release concert for their new album "Welcome to Shit City" at Felix Pub & Scene in Lillehammer, the bands hometown scene, 15 september 2012.


Camera: iPhone 4
Source: H.264, 1280x720, 169MB + Ogg Theora, 1280x720, 180MB
Duration: 04:34
Editing in FCP X
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Machina at Café Stift (video)



Machina represents the new, fresh generation of Norwegian jazz-rock. They sprung out from Sund folk high school and continued at the famous jazz department at NTNU in Trondheim. They said to be influenced by artists such as Jimi Hendrix, Frank Zappa and Motorpsycho among others.
This is Zapparet, live at Café Stift during Dølajazz 2011.


Machina is:
Kristoffer Lo – Tuba
Viktor Willhelmsen – Guitar
André Roligheten – Sax
Kim-Erik Pedersen – Sax
Trond Bersu – Drums

Camera: iPhone 4
Source: H.264, 1280x720, 172MB + Ogg Theora, 1280x720, 127MB
Duration: 09:04
Editing in FCP X


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The Road Becomes What You Leave (video)



«The Road Becomes What You Leave» is a hard-to-categorize film. It's a shortfilm, a concert film, a music documentary, and a different perspective on the «band-on-the-road-genre». A quiet, distant meeting with Magnolia Electric Co., but occasionally you get a glimpse into the life of Jason Molina and his band.

Most of the film is about life on the road. Small motel rooms, junk food, gas stations. Bringing in and setting up the equipment night after night. Rainy days. Struggle. Epic images of the passing prairie landscape, concerts in desolated small towns, fulfilling young people's hopes and dreams. A document about life on the road, without any glitter and fame.

Farewell, Jason.


Molina's songs are sad, yes, but they are also filled with beautiful poetry, timeless riffs, transcendent melodies, palpable anger and, at times, a rich, pure life-affirming power. For many people, these songs have served as the soundtrack to life's seismic shifts, a healing balm to inevitable trauma. I'm one of those people. –MARK BAUMGARTEN




Source: H.264, 720x480, 261MB + Ogg Theora, 720x480, 152MB
Duration: 21:37
Directed by Todd Chandler
Shot on location in Alberta, Saskatchewan and Manitoba, Canada during Spring 2005.




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Screaming T-Kleiven & Trio Grande (video)



Kick-ass rockin' blues at Felix Pub & Scene in Lillehammer, 27 March 2010.



Screaming T-Kleiven & Trio Grande is:
Tor Kleiven(vocals & harmonica)
Knut Børresen(bass)
Magnus Lilleengen(guitar)
Kenneth Melbø(drums)


Camera: Canon IXUS 100IS
Source: H.264, 1280x720, 208MB
Duration: 05:31
Edited on FCP X in August 2012




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Genesis - A Trick of the Tail (video)



The title track from Genesis' seventh studio album. Phil Collins as their new frontman and vocalist after the departure of Peter Gabriel.One of my favourite prog songs.



Source: H.264, 624x480, 89MB
Duration: 04:27
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MMEB – Blinded By The Light (video)



Manfred Mann's Earth Band plays «Blinded By The Light» (Rare promo music video)

The US breakthrough for MMEB came in the third week of February 1977, when they charted on top of Billboard Hot 100 with Bruce Springsteen's Blinded by the Light. Released in 1976 on the album The Roaring Silence.


Source: H.264, 704x544, 48MB
Duration: 03:50
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Young Fogertys - Bootleg (video)



Young Fogerty performs «Bootleg» at Felix Pub & Scene in Lillehammer, 27 March 2010. Another masterpiece from Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1969 album «Bayou Country».
Filmed with a bit shaky hand while I was drinking a pint. A great gig from a fierce live band that captures the genuine, hard rocking CCR feeling.


Camera: Canon IXUS 100IS
Source: H.264, 960x540, 55MB + Ogg Theora, 960x540, 94MB
Duration: 03:04
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Yoyoyo Acapulco live at Låverock (video)



Låverock (barn rock) is an independent non-profit outdoor music fest, located at Dalslia hills in the famous valley Auggedal in Norway.
Yoyoyo Acapulco is the greatest band from around the area. That's it.


Camera: Canon EOS 550D
Source: H.264, 1280x720 HQ, 91MB
Duration: 01:36
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Treje Rypdal Trio/Vanguards (video)



VHS-rip from the big benefit concert Rock on the Dock , which took place at Aker Brygge in Oslo, 1985. Rock on the Dock was a part of the Forente Artister(United Artists project) wich was a group of Norwegian artists that went together in order to raise money for the victims of hunger in Africa.


Rypdal first rocks his socks off with the heavy tune «Chaser», then he calms down with the beautiful piece «Ørnen», before he hook up with his old band from the sixties, The Vanguards!
Damn, that man knows how to treat a Stratocaster!

The concert was broadcasted (live?) by NRK (The Norwegian Broadcasting Corporation)

Source: H.264, 638x468, 298MB + Ogg Theora, 638x468, 164MB
Duration: 15:40
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Young Fogertys – Effigy (video)



Young Fogerty performs «Effigy» at Felix Pub & Scene in Lillehammer, 27 March 2010. An overlooked, dark classic from Creedence Clearwater Revival's 1969 album «Willy and the Poor Boys».
Filmed with a bit shaky hand while I was drinking a pint. A great gig from a fierce live band that captures the genuine, hard rocking CCR feeling.

Camera: Canon IXUS 100IS
Source: H.264, 960x540, 88MB + Ogg Theora, 960x540, 111MB
Duration: 03:04




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Talking Heads – Psycho Killer (video)



Talking Heads perform «Psycho Killer» from the album «Talking Heads: 77» at The Old Grey Whistle Test, 1978.
What a band! What a song!

Source: H.264, 704x544, 110MB + Ogg Theora, 704x544, 56MB
Duration: 05:24
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Brad Mehldau Trio: Holland (video)



Opptak fra 39. Internationale Jazzwoche Burghausen i 2008, hvor Brad Mehldau Trio spiller en fantastisk instrumentalversjon av Sufjan Stevens «Holland». Sendt i 2010 på den tyske tv-kanalen BR-alpha.
Orginallåten finner du på Stevens' «Greetings from Michigan: The Great Lake State», som kom ut på Asthmatic Kitty i 2003.


Source: H.264, 704x400, 96MB + Ogg Theora, 704x400, 74MB
Duration: 09:35

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Some YoYo Stuff



«Some YoYo Stuff - An Observation Of The Observations Of Don Van Vliet» er Anton Corbijns personlige portrett av den legendariske Don Van Vliet – best kjent under scenenavnet Captain Beefheart.

Den myteomspunne Van Vliet levde et tilbaketrukket liv fra 1982 til han døde 17. desember 2010 – i en alder av 69 år – så dette møtet i 1993 gir oss et sjeldent innblikk i en av popkulturens mest orginale, innovative og betydningsfulle personer.
Selveste David Lynch innehar rollen som intervjuer i denne 12 minutter korte sort-hvitt-filmen. Mestermøte!

The fish i used on the cover of Trout Mask Replica stank so bad.....Humans are so mean! –Don Van Vliet




Source: H.264, 592x464, 117MB + Ogg Theora, 592x464, 87MB
Duration: 12:19
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Mother (Danzig cover)

Tape Deck Mountain “Mother” from Charles Bergquist on Vimeo.



The Tape Deck Mountain er et relativt ferskt post-rock/noise-band fra San Diego. Den første fullengderen Ghost, ble utgitt på Lefse Records i november 2009, og kan sjekkes ut her: iTunes Wimp Spotify
Mother, som er en coverlåt av Danzig, er ikke inkludert på albumet, men fra en liveinnspilling i Stereo Disguise Recording Lab i San Diego, oktober 2009. En knallsterk låt og nok et eksempel på trioformatets fortreffelighet.



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I Built Myself A Metal Bird

Thee Silver Mt. Zion "I Built Myself A Metal Bird" from Constellation Records on Vimeo.



Dette er den første offisielle videoen fra Thee Silver Mt. Zion Memorial Orchestra. En liveinnspilling av I Built Myself A Metal Bird fra det blodferske albumet Kollaps Tradixionales. Opptaket er gjort i lydstudioet Hotel2Tango i Montréal.

Hele albumet kan streames hos Wimp – ikke Spotify. Heia Wimp!
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Paradise Circus (video)




Massive Attack - Paradise Circus
Regi: Toby Dye

Trip-hop legendene fra Bristol har sluppet en ny video til låten Paradise Circus, som en forsmak på det nye albumet Heligoland som slippes tidlig i februar.
Gullstrupen Hope Sandoval fra Mazzy Star er hyret inn på vokal for anledningen, og den sensuelle stemmen er jo som skapt til Massive Attack’s soniske lydlandskap.
Videoen er mer enn sensuell. Scener fra den legendariske pornofilmen The Devil in Miss Jones fra 1973, klippes sammen med et ferskt intervju med Georgina Spelvin, hvor hun på ærlig vis forteller om hvordan det var å spille inn pornofilm. Både fysisk og psykisk.

Slik sett har videoen et budskap utover det å bare sjokkere, i motsetning til den rent spekulative musikkvideoen Pussy med tyske Rammstein.

Massive Attack er i hvertfall garantert mye buzz i forkant av platelanseringen. Det var vel også hensikten.
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