People Like Us will guest on Jon Wright‘s show on BBC Radio Suffolk on Monday 12 July 2021 – in a segment called SPILL Spins – selecting 4 significant tracks and talking about them. We will be on after 7pm (UK time). “SPILL” is SPILL Festival, who are partnering with the BBC on this project, pending an announcement very soon! LISTEN : https://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/p09m8qmm
The People Like Us radio show DO or DIY returns to WFMU for the 2021 Summer Schedule starting Monday 7 June, every Monday night right through to September – 7pm EDT (that’s midnight Monday evening UK). https://wfmu.org/peoplelikeus
Hour 1 Vicki and Jon in conversation (recorded May 2021) Hour 2 Live Session with PLU, Wobbly and Don Joyce on Over The Edge, KPFA (2002) Hour 3 Live Session with PLU, Wobbly, Irene Moon and The Evolution Control Committee on WFMU (2002)
Vicki Bennett compiles a comprehensive soundtrack to her Wire cover feature, piecing together 30 years’ worth of work in a new mix:
“Collage makes sense of things in a manner that our brain understands”, says samplist Vicki Bennett aka People Like Us, speaking to contributor Abi Bliss in The Wire 447. “Because of these fragmental parts and the way we assemble information, collage is like the working of the brain”.
In her cover feature interview, Bennett discusses the influence of Buddhism, the subversion of popular culture and the auto-regenerative nature of cut and paste, as well as her audio-visual multi-screen project Gone, Gone Beyond, which is set to tour the UK and Oslo this year. Here, the prolific artist reflects on 30 years in the field of collage and sampling with a retrospective mix, packed full of solo and collaborative releases and radio works spanning her long career.
People Like Us “Music Of Your Own” (2000) People Like Us “Smash And Grab” (1994) People Like Us with Adrian Phillips aka Mr Rotorvator “Country Drives” (1995) People Like Us “A Crossed Line” (1995) People Like Us, Wobbly, Peter Conheim & Don Joyce (KFJC California) (1998) People Like Us, Charles Powne (Chuckles) “Untitled” (KBOO Oregon) (1998) People Like Us “Jingle” (1999) People Like Us, Wobbly & The Jet Black Hair People “KZSU 14 Sept 99” (1999) People Like Us with Rik Patten, Drew Daniel, MC Schmidt, Peter Conheim & Adrian Phillips “Hi There” (2000) People Like Us “Whistle Song” (2000) People Like Us “Sugar And Splice” (2000) People Like Us “Nobody Does” (2000) People Like Us “Dolphy” (2000) People Like Us “Millennium Dome” (1998) People Like Us “Swinglargo” (2000) People Like Us “Stifled Love” (2002) People Like Us with MC Schmidt “Scott Slim” (2002) People Like Us & Wobbly “OB & Cha Cha (Live At Other Cinema, ATA)” (2002) People Like Us, Wobbly & Don Joyce “Baby is Three II Over The Edge” (2002) People Like Us “Gongexeva” (2003) People Like Us & Kenny G “I’ve Got You” (2003) People Like Us, Matmos & Wobbly “Morning (Live At SF Art Institute)” (2003) People Like Us, Matmos & Wobbly “Dolly Pardon (Live At SF Art Institute)” (2003) People Like Us “The Doody Waltz (John Peel Session)” (2004) People Like Us “Listen To The” (2004) People Like Us “Downtown Once More” (2004) People Like Us “Blue Bayou” (2006) People Like Us “Everyday” (2006) People Like Us “Stand By Your” (2006) People Like Us “Social Dance Song” (DO or DIY, WFMU) (2007) People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “A Bastard’s Waltz” (2007) People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “Pierrot’s Persecution Mania” (2007) People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “Snow Day” (2007) People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “Soggy Style” (2007) People Like Us “On The Rooftops Of London” (Mixing It, BBC) (2007) People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “In The Waking” (2008) People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “Moon” (2008) People Like Us & Ergo Phizmiz “Singin’ Femme Fatale” (2008) People Like Us “Lavender White” (2010) People Like Us & Wobbly “Female Convict” (2010) People Like Us & Wobbly “Pain” (2010) People Like Us “Sing” (2011) People Like Us “The Sound Of The End Of Music” (2011) People Like Us “Abridge” (2013) People Like Us “Who’s Watching Who” (2014) People Like Us “Shopping” (2014) People Like Us “No One Is An Island” (WDR Radio Piece) (2016) People Like Us “All On A Beautiful Day” (2016) People Like Us “The Mirror” (2018) People Like Us “Listen With Your Eyes” (2019) People Like Us “Forever” (2018)
This is on sale at The Wire’s online shop from 13 April 2021 and from selected newsagents, record and book shops from 15 April 2021. The digital edition of the issue is published online at Exact Editions and in the Wire app.
Online and Brussels Mill, Belgium 29|04|2021 – 02|05|2021
Four day festival in Brussels taking its name from radio pioneer Daphne Oram. The festival will also broadcast audio via its website regardless. Featuring talks, concerts and workshops from People Like Us, Catherine Lamb, Daphne Oram, Farida Amadou, Lucretia Dalt, Goodiepal & Pals, Áine O’Dwyer, Jessica Ekomane, Jonáš Gruska and Lukas De Clerck. Online and Brussels Mill, 29 April–2 May.
Here’s an interview conducted by Henry Andersen of Oscillation Festival Vicki Bennett about process.
People Like Us will have a special one hour audio mix broadcast on the radio, and you can watch The Mirror online via their website, for the entirety of the festival.
Discrepant Press Release: Continuing our ambitious People Like Us vinyl reissue program with Welcome Aboard – a strangely relevant 10-year-old album (originally released in May 2011 on Illegal Art) when People Like Us aka Vicki Bennett became stranded in the US after the Icelandic Eyjafjallajökull volcano eruption closed much of northern Europe’s airspace.
Volcanically marooned in Baltimore and NYC, Bennett utilized some of her “free” time to work on the album and even gained audio contributions from fellow experimental musicians Jason Willett (of Half Japanese) and M.C. Schmidt (of Matmos) via her extended stay.
Bennett derived thematic material of displacement, travel, and a longing for elsewhere from the natural disaster that caused her own predicament. Now strangely echoed by the Covid-19 outbreak and the various grounding of planes and stay at home policies worldwide.
While the general mashup culture often centres on the instant gratification of seamlessly juxtaposing hooks, People Like Us tracks transform the source material into collages that are equal parts dissonance and pleasure, making artful commentaries on our culture and Bennett’s own existential amusement within such a wondrous world. No one could have predicted how relevant this album would have been 10 years later.
LP TRACKLIST: A1. Sing A2. What Will I Do A3. Push The Clouds Away A4. The Sound Of The End Of Music A5. Wonderful Wonderful B1. Hush B2. Driving Flying Rising Falling B3. The Atlantic Conveyor B4. Wandering B5. Ever
This is the LP vinyl version with an instant mp3 download of the longer CD version of the album.
Welcome Abroad is the soundtrack to a dream – overlaying a cabaret with the circus, a music hall with the radio, a nightclub with the movies. Finely tuned sounds from the collective unconscious, fitted together with care and clarity and skill, producing a hallucinatory landscape that shifts and slides, shimmering with each new sample. Julie Andrews duets with Jim Morrison? Damn.” – Steinski
Includes unlimited streaming of Welcome Abroad via the free Bandcamp app, plus high-quality download in MP3, FLAC and more.
Yes, it’s true! People Like Us will be on the cover of the new edition of The Wire magazine, May 2021 edition, coming out in April. Inside you will find a career retrospective interview. If you cannot find The Wire in your local newsagents you can buy it here: https://www.thewire.co.uk/
“Different People” is an anthology of interviews by Swedish author Carl Abrahamsson, focusing on art, life and the creative process. Included are in-depth conversations with Conrad Rooks, Malcolm McLaren, Stelarc, John Duncan, Charles Gatewood, Mark McCloud, Ralph Metzner, Peter Beard, Bill Landis, Ralph Gibson, Maja Elliott, Michael Bowen, Bob Colacello, Dian Hanson, Anton Corbijn, June Newton, Kendell Geers, Simeon Coxe III (Silver Apples), Vicki Bennett (People Like Us), and Brian Williams (Lustmord). These groundbreaking artists, writers, musicians, photographers, filmmakers, editors and psychedelic researchers have all helped shape the culture we live in. But what makes them do what they do? Which are their driving forces and their inspirations; their joys and fears? Trapart Books, 2021, 6 x 9” paperback, illustrated with photographic portraits, 292 pages. https://store.trapart.net/details/00118