The plume of smoke and so on

As you all know there are a lot of displaced beings on the planet and that does not exclude People Like Us. As a result we are not going to be able to perform in Barcelona on Thursday 22nd April and are waiting to find out if we can reschedule once people are not trapped all over the place. At present there’s not much we can do except enjoy being somewhere else, but we obviously were very much wanting to play in Barcelona. But what can you do about a plume of whatever it is?

Update: we are now back and trying to reschedule the Barcelona concert for July and will keep you posted by updating the old concert announcement when it is confirmed.

People Like Us at Baltimore Transmodern Festival

People Like Us will present “Genre Collage” at the 7th Annual Transmodern Festival on Saturday 17th April 2010. Tickets can be bought through the Transmodern website.

405 W. Franklin Street
Baltimore, MD 21218
Directions and tickets
Tickets: $10
Doors Open: 8:30pm

On Saturday, April 17th, the Transmodern Festival will continue major installations in Whole Gallery, Nudashank Gallery, Gallery Four, 5th Dimension. We will be featuring a stage based performance and experimental music program at the critically acclaimed Floristree space. The night will feature an eclectic mix of local and international artists including Carly Ptak (Baltimore), Robby Rackleff (Baltimore), Joseph Keckler (NYC), People Like Us (UK) and Blues Control (NYC.)

Carly Ptak
Robby Rackleff
Joseph Keckler
People Like Us
Blues Control

People Like Us play Issue Project Room, Brooklyn

People Like Us will perform “Genre Collage” at Issue Project Room on Thursday 15th April 2010. Also in the evening we’ve very pleased to have WFMU’s Ken Freedman with a DJ set and Aki Onda with a live set.

At the Old American Can Factory
232 3rd Street, 3rd Floor
Brooklyn, NY 11215
Doors Open: 8pm
Admission: $15 door ($12 advance)
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Free download of Perpetuum Mobile with bonus film!

We are very pleased to announce that we are now giving a download of our album Perpetuum Mobile (by People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz) away for free! This is still available as a CD with beautiful packaging, from our shop but if you like your mp3s then here they are…
Here’s the artwork

Free film “Ghosts Before Breakfast” to go with Perpetuum Mobile
Also, “Ghosts Before Breakfast” from Perpetuum Mobile has a film to go with it! We are making it available for the first time ever now.

“Ghosts Before Breakfast” Hans Richter (1928) / People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz (2007) from Vicki WFMU on Vimeo.

Here’s the press release for this wonderful offering by People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz:

“Perpetuum Mobile” is the result of a uniquely schizophrenic “open source” compositional process: the UK’s finest collage composers Ergo Phizmiz and People Like Us (aka Vicki Bennett) uploaded files to a shared server, downloaded and processed each other’s work, and flung the resulting fragments back at each other. The result is an interpenetrating audio-collage so intricate that neither party can recall who did what to whom. So far, so avant-garde; but what makes this record different is that Ergo and Vicki then wrote and sang their own vocals on top of their Frankenstein creation. Here you will find slyly absurdist lyrics replete with monkeys, carousels, trousers, apple trees, tinkling bells, dogs, sausages, whiskey, and cannibalism. No matter how fraught with trauma, these ballads and ditties are sung with a straight face and mixed front and center, and the results feel like 1930s British music hall standards from an alternate universe: half Ivor Cutler, half George Formby. The astonishing thing is that for all this jiggery-pokery, “Perpetuum Mobile” makes for an exhilarating, remarkably fresh pop album. It works. On “Ghosts Before Breakfast” Ergo and Vicki proudly declare that they’ve got “quite a selection of pastry”, and if the profusion of cuckoo clocks, gunshots, horn farts, string vamps, and digital malfeasance which go hurtling through this opening track is any indication, that’s no idle boast. For sheer cornucopia of sonic raw materials, this track’s avalanche of information sets the tone for the overflowing, manic record that follows. There’s far too much to fully parse, but among the highlights: “Beyond Perpetuum” pushes off from the Comedian Harmonists’ take on the 19th century compositional craze for “moto perpetuo” runs of continuous notes at a rapid tempo, and folds found piano, voice and strings into an interlocking array of M.C. Escher harmonic stairways. “Air Hostess” is detourned lounge pop that stitches together Nelson Riddle’s “Ya Ya” theme to “Lolita”, “Walk Right In”, light operettas, organ, bachelor pad cha cha and mambo, and nervously twitching shards of Louis Armstrong. “Pierrot’s Persecution Mania” bravely explores the possibilities of a Montparnasse-via-Dixieland hybrid of can-can and bluegrass, with ridiculous canned strings colliding with jew’s harp boings, while “Soggy Style” rides banjo twangs, a digital bossa nova breakdown, and the “whooo-ooes” nicked from Terry Stafford’s “Suspicion”. Living up to the perpetual motion of its title and cock-a-hoop cover art, this is a frantically energetic music whose layered repetitions become cumulatively more disorienting and preposterous as they loop back. “Perpetuum Mobile” goes beyond the stealth-oldies nostalgia of the mashup scene and the “culture-jamming” rhetoric of plunderphonics, and shows Mr. Ergo and Ms. Vicki to be a potent, if Surrealist, songwriting team, and together they braid oddly affecting vocals and their trademark stolen audio into twenty-first century pop. Like the perpetual motion machines for which it is named, this collaboration will run and run and run and run and run and run and run… – Drew Daniel