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 😉
and here for your home viewing pleasure is a full video of my set at noiseberg the other night (you can still grab the audio at the link in the post below). don’t be alarmed: there are brief rolling blackouts between changes in camera perspective but the audio keeps rolling. thanks a lot to regis at noiseberg for the chance to play & for documenting the show. at first i thought this performance was unfocused but it turns out that it was just mental 😉
in all seriousness, it feels very good to be in a place as an improvisor where the music can go where it wants or needs to go & where things can be expressed that may be more important than my occasionally timid notion of how things have to be. that’s what it’s all about. hope you enjoy it too.
here is an endearingly lo-fi room recording of my show in berlin last night, available for streaming or free download courtesy of noiseberg:
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:
here is a nice little live video of a short solo set recorded in late winter 2015 at handstand & moral in leipzig, germany. big thanks to andi from hidden structures & his crew for having me & being such great hosts.
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.
i’m playing a solo show in berlin on friday, may 17th, at antje øklesund.
the line-up is sweet, the venue is lovely, the PA is all “pro gear/pro attitude” & the folks organising the whole deal are very charming.
& i get to do whatever i feel like when i get behind my kit.
can’t ask for more than that.
i would be delighted if the one or other of you berliners should choose to come out & support holzmund & share the evening with me.
it’s easy to get to in friedrichshain, i’m on first at eleven, should cost 5€ before eleven & 7-10€ (you decide) after that.
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