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...
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.
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 short story i wrote a while back & posted below has been published by revolver publishing in a book entitled “industrial on tour”, avaliable here.
“industrial on tour” details hartware medienkunstverein’s 2011 tour of poland (for which i supplied the musical support) & also features contributions from inke arns, joanna erbel, michal libera, daniel muzyczuk & thibaut de ruyter.
the story, “there is no such thing as a statue,” is an oblique take on my tour experiences, & was inspired by a rumor that i heard in gdansk, regarding a statue of margaret thatcher that is purportedly planned for the solidarity museum currently under construction there.
you can also read it here if you like.
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
a rusty vibraphone quickly becomes a forlorn flock of emo seagulls in this dense little live excerpt from a concert in boulder’s atlas theater, recorded by michael theodore on april 10th, 2010. a big thanks to michael & his crew for a wonderful day. enjoy!
more exclusive shit!
more exclusive polish shit!
bardziej ekskluzywne polskie gówno!
these two tracks were made to accompany the book, mentioned in the previous post, documenting my 2011 tour of poland with hartware medienkunstverein. the first track is a sort of medley of live recordings from the concerts & some field recordings of dear friends & total strangers. the main speaker is michal libera. the second track is a kind of free techno jam that i recorded in the museum in the train station in turnow, warming up before my show. i edited it to incorporate field recordings from the van & my walks.
dedicated with much love to inke arns, thibaut de ruyter, daniel muzyczuk & michal libera & to all our wonderful hosts & guides in poland: you were beautiful.
i wrote a damn short story, yes it is true, the first one in eighteen years.
how the fuck did that happen?
well, i was asked by inke arns of hartware medienkunstverein to write something for a publication to document our tour of poland this last fall (hmkv presents “industrial on tour”). i was invited to contribute whatever i wanted to this book that would include articles from tour comrades & curators inke, thibaut de ruyter, daniel muzyczuk & michal libera.
in poland for two weeks on tour with the good folks of hartware medienkunstverein. got here saturday, been quite a whirl so far. i have yet to see a man screw in a lightbulb by himself, jesus christ. but when i do i will make sure to get a picture. i keeed! what a fucking interesting place full of very generous people who have done everything in their power to make us smarter. first show tomorrow on my damn birthday, in gdansk (aka danzig!). i have been forewarned that the acoustics are shitty & there’s a bar in the room. should feel right at home 😉 i will give them my best eksperymentalnego muzyka from this belts of rust from germany, yes? anyways, i will try to post some impressions here over the next weeks if i get a minute.
hello, is it, yes?
i am very excited to confirm that i get to open for my favorite monome-freakin’ manic electrodandy, ninjatune artist daedelus, this wednesday, september 21st at sommerloch in wuppertal.
i’m on at nine p.m., daedelus is on at ten.
dude’s live sets have been a big influence on the development of my freehop thing over the years & i am very very excited to get to play for him.
more details here!