PLU / MATMOS / WOBBLY Wide Open Spaces now on VINYL

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People Like Us / Matmos / Wobbly “Wide Open Spaces” LP (CREP52)
Release Date: 23rd February 2018 (taking pre-orders now)
Discrepant is pleased to announce the reissue of a “Wide Open Spaces”, a collaborative LP by Wobbly, People Like Us and Matmos.


IMPORTANT: Please remember to scroll to select your own region:
£18 UK, £19.40 Rest of Europe, £21 Rest of World (price includes shipping)



Also available direct from Discrepant in LP form and also Digital Download:
http://www.discrepant.net/products/608404-people-like-us-matmos-wobbly-wide-open-spaces

Info:
The hour long performance on this disc was captured live on October 5th 2002 when Wobbly, People Like Us and Matmos circled their wagons in the lecture hall of the San Francisco Art Institute. Having mutually agreed upon a country and western theme, Vicki Bennett (PLU), Jon Leidecker (Wobbly), and Drew Daniel and M. C. Schmidt (Matmos) pored over their archives of honky tonk classics, chopping and dicing Nashville’s finest almost beyond recognition, and collectively restitching the mangled shreds in a kind of crazed digital quilting bee. Several tense rehearsals and strong pots of tea later, the foursome shuffled on stage and delivered the goods: from panoramic twangfests to offkilter waltzes to barn burning stompers. Flickering and tranquil one moment, and wildly slapstick the next, Wide Open Spaces hits the sweet spot between song forms and improvisation, and showcases the qualities that all three collaborating artists share: absurdist humour, baroque sample manipulation, and stuttering rhythmic frameworks that lurch and sway. While the presence of five samplers, four laptops, three CD players and a pedal steel guitar on one stage could have led to a tediously ego-driven “jam” or simply cacophony, the results feel lushly detailed but not cluttered, and swing naturally between structure and freedom. It’s an international media magpie summit where country’s chick-a-boom meets tech house’s boom-tschak, and tearjerking sentiment and patriotic hokum are subjected to a dense shower of coughs, sputters and rude noises. Listening back to the recorded results, all three musical units agreed that this concert was mighty fine, and worth sharing.

TRACKS


  1. A1 Morning
  2. A2 Dolly Pardon
  3. A3 Clawing Your Eyes Out Down To Your Throat
  4. A4 Shenandoah
  5. A5 Holler
  6. A6 Tremble Valley Peady
  7. B1 Chicken Legs
  8. B2 Cattle Call
  9. B3 Arkansas Explorer
  10. B4 Calling
  11. B5 I Must Die
  12. B6 Wide Open Spaces

PRESSING INFORMATION


Originally released on Tigerbeat6 in 2003, the music has been remastered with artwork by M.C. Schmidt and design/layout by Vicki Bennett.
Vinyl cut by Rashad Becker

NEW People Like Us album – CITATION CITY OST

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Yes! A NEW PEOPLE LIKE US ALBUM!  The never before released soundtrack to the People Like Us live a/v performance (and now stand alone film) Citation City.

Buy it here now on bandcamp: 
https://peoplelikeus-vickibennett.bandcamp.com/album/citation-city-ost

BBC Radio 3 The Verb People Like Us interview

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People Like Us will be on BBC Radio 3’s The Verb on Friday 8 December 2017 talking about scrolling culture (and google minds!) in relation to the creative process and The Fundamental Questions book, playing a specially made 3 minute group reading made from this.

Here’s the piece that we made : I Am A Poet (from The Fundamental Questions)

Group reading features:
Jaap Blonk, Dylan Nyoukis, Leo Chadburn, Mark Gergis, Chris T, Bryce Kretschmann, Medaya Ocher, John Aage Nilsen, Abbie Minard, Colleen Lindsay, Simon Faulkner, Scott Williams, Falco Carey, Hearty White, Kurt Gottshalk, Rebecca Schnell, Roslyn Sargeant, Michael Newman, Steven Ball, Cecilia Hae-Jin Lee, Nancy Novotny, MC Schmidt, Adrian Testcard, The Weatherman, Annabel McCourt, HK Kahng, Austin Rich, Tim Maloney, Matthew Curry, Drew Daniel, Alma, Silas and Peter Jaeger, Casper Carey, Paul Abbott, Tom Comitta, Will Edmondes, Catherine Backhouse, Krys O, Elkka Nyoukis, Miller Sargeant, Jhh Löwengard, Mike Lupica, Dan Solenoid, Greg Scharpen, Nick The Bard, Jon Leidecker, Ranjit Bhatnagar, Brancois Bonnet, Andie Brown, Ada Graham-Löwengard, Duncan Harrison, Gregor Weichbrodt and Vicki Bennett.

GONE, GONE BEYOND – New immersive 360 Movie by People Like Us

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A new 360 degree immersive film “GONE, GONE BEYOND” by People Like Us will World Premiere in San Francisco 11-14 October 2017 at Gray Area Foundation for the Arts.  The film will screen daily from the 11-14th inclusive.  We have been making this movie for Recombinant Media Labs own Cinechamber for quite some time now – it is a 47-minute stand alone piece that you watch and listen to from the inside.  It is a work in progress, and this is Stage 1.  Stage 2 is currently in production through 2018.

“Hey, hey, have you ever tried… reaching out to the other side?”
Gone, Gone Beyond is a 47-minute immersive a/v spatial cinema work by People Like Us, which breaks the rectangle, smashing the thin screen into tiny fragments, looking beyond the frame, climbing through to see what’s behind.  Gone, Gone Beyond uses appropriated edited collage sewn together in a giant patchwork. Pull on a thread and watch whole new narratives expand and unravel all at once on a 360 palette.

Under the name “People Like Us,” artist Vicki Bennett has been making work available via CD, DVD and vinyl releases, radio broadcasts, concert appearances, gallery exhibits and online streaming and distribution for 25 years. She sees collage and appropriation as folk art sourced from the palette of contemporary media and technology, with all of the sharing and cross-referencing incumbent to a populist form. Embedded in her work is the premise that all is interconnected and that claiming ownership of an “original” or isolated concept is both preposterous and redundant.

Q&A with Hearty White: http://peoplelikeus.org/2017/gone-gone-beyond-qa/

RECOMBINANT festival is a showcase of 360-degree spatial cinema and live audio-visual performances developed in collaboration with Recombinant Media Labs. The 2017 Recombinant Festival is produced by Recombinant Media Labs, Gray Area Foundation for the Arts, and Obscura Digital. For more information and additional program details please visit recombinantfestival.com.

People Like Us WFMU 3-hour show filling in for Ken

People Like Us will be doing a fill-in slot for Station Manager Ken on WFMU on Wednesday 27 December 2017 from 9-Noon NY Time (2pm UK).  Gwilly Edmondez will be joining Vicki to sing some selections from the LP box set Now That’s What I Call Music. Ergo Phizmiz PLC will also be popping in to sing a handful of songs.
Tune in at http://wfmu.org – live playlist and comments here.

People Like Us has a Bandcamp page

We now have a Bandcamp page, where you can purchase selected old releases in digital form.  We make our best effort to put a lot of our stuff online for free but here you can get it in higher quality for a cheap price, and help offset our costs so we can make more work.

https://peoplelikeus-vickibennett.bandcamp.com/

The main reason for doing this isn’t really monetary, more that we’ve been quite inspired by the range and vastness of DIY music that has been put onto this platform.  The most important thing is networking and access to networks and information.

People Like Us interview on Mid-Valley Mutations Radio Show

People Like Us were interviewed on the Mid-Valley Mutations Radio show at 10pm (West Coast US) on 15 December 2017 on kmuz.org

Listen here:

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4 New People Like Us Prints for Sale

We have 4 new People Like Us prints for sale, each is 8 inches square.
They are all the same price, including postage.  We are also offering all four together at a discount price.  Please scroll to select your country’s region.


All On A Beautiful Day PRINT is the artwork for the album of the same time, a split with Porest.



Dreaming PRINT is the artwork to the now sold out 8 inch single of the same name.




Abridged Too Far PRINT is the artwork for the album of the same name.




Biceycles PRINT as yet has not been used as artwork for anything and only exists in this form.




BUY ALL FOUR at a REDUCED PRICE

All On A Beautiful Day/Abridged Too Far/Dreaming/Bicyecles PRINTS