your site for all things preteritewelcome to the official home for jim campbell's activities as the preterite & beyond.
re-release of debut solo double cassette currently in the works
with a beautifully packaged double cd version to follow soon as well...
my two records with tape measure kid (vinyl EPs + live CDs) are still available from denovali records. see here to preview and order...
this video of a short tape measure kid set from this past winter provides a nice bird’s eye view of me & hellmut at work. it also really captures the kind of rapport and telepathy we’ve built through playing together for seven years. the new record is shaping up nicely!
here are some impressions from the preterite & tape measure kid sets at this year’s fête de la musique in berlin:
The Dorf, a huge collective from the German rustbelt that I am a member of, is very proud to announce the official release of our newest records, the twin albums “eviL” and “evyL”, which both document our spring 2014 collaboration with noise rock guitar legend Caspar Brötzmann and honorary Dorf member FM Einheit of Einstürzende Neubauten infamy. We have chosen to spread out six high energy tracks across two releases in two different formats. The CD “eviL” features the band tackling four multi-facetted Jan Klare compositions with our guests, while the vinyl EP “evyL” contains a blistering ensemble version of Brötzmann’s “Massaker” and Klare’s Beethoveen inspired drone epic “5 3/4”.
Both releases are now available for order and/or digital download, along with all of our previous records and an acclaimed documentary film about the band, from our new webshop at Bandcamp:
We hope you enjoy the tunes and would like to thank those of you who came out to share those special nights in Cologne, Duisburg and Dortmund with Caspar and Mufti and all of us! Go pick up the records, there’s some chance you’re on there too 😉
i have been playing a lot again with my friend hellmut neidhardt as tape measure kid over the past eight months or so. we’ve been recording for a new record or two and i have finally also gotten some good live video from concerts, which i will start to put up over the coming months. here is one from this winter that i am very happy with. i love focused improvisation, love idiomatic improvisation just as much as supposed non-idiomatic improvisation, love free improvisation within a band context, with a sort of band sound born of experience & exploration but where you have to start from scratch every time you play. it is challenging & very satisfying. stick with this one till the end, it’s worth it!
& if you haven’t already heard our previous records, go on over to denovali & have a listen:
a band i am in, the dorf, a 28-odd-piece collective from the rustbelts of germany, played three collaborative shows with caspar brötzmann last year.
brötzmann doesn’t do this sort of thing very often at all, & it turned out to be very special.
bandleader/composer jan klare will be releasing a record made up of live recordings from our three shows together this may. i will update you here on where to find it when the time comes!
in the meantime, here’s a sneak preview:
man, how great is it when caspar cuts off the feedback at 9:35? i remember having a hard time holding it together on stage, thinking “holy fuck, this is really happening”. a big thank you to jan klare, for the whole thing, and to kai niggemann for capturing it on video. & thank you for checking in & taking a look.
TAPE MEASURE KID DEBUTS OUT NOW ON DENOVALI
i’m happy to announce that two records from tape measure kid, my duo with my friend hellmut neidhardt on guitar, were released last month on denovali. “ours is a stubborn monster” & “zero is an even number” both consist of an EP on 180 gr vinyl & a CD of live material. the sleeves feature our original artwork, “analog” collages of mine & hellmut’s layout & graphic talents.
they are available directly from denovali here:
or you can download them from the denovali mp3 shop, boomkat or other platforms. i believe they are up on spotify too, just search for jim campbell, if you want to stream them there.
here is one of my favorite tracks off the records:
a band i am in, the dorf, a huge collective born in the heart of germany’s rustbelt, is playing a concert featuring fm einheit of einsturzende neubauten infamy next thursday at festsaal kreuzberg in berlin. come on out, promises to be a very nice night!
The Dorf featuring FM Einheit
Thursday, October 25, 2012
Skalitzer Str.130, 10999 Berlin