Hey there –
Here’s a little update from the bunker.
As the COVID-19 virus has pretty much shut society down altogether, strange days are upon us. Since Motorpsycho didn’t have much planned in the way of touring this spring, we are not suffering as much as we would’ve if we’d have had to e.g. cancel a tour, but it is a really weird situation, and we have to be prepared for really rough times ahead.
Neither the Desertfest gig in May nor any of the Ole Paus gigs that are planned are out and out cancelled yet, but it’s not looking promising, and we’ll just have to wait and see.
Our thoughts go out to all our friends and fans in Italy who seem to have gotten the worst of it so far. Hang in there! The rest of us will hopefully not have to go through quite what you suffering are right now, but we will if we don’t take all the precautions we should… So we urge all Psychonauts everywhere to be smart and stay home untill this blows over. It is bound to eventually, but in the meantime let’s try to make this as easy for everyone as we can by not prolonging the state of affairs and spreading it any further shall we?
We are as of writing all uncontaminated and free of the virus, but schools shutting down means band activities such as writing and rehearsing are at a minimum. Less activity means less future income, but we were lucky in our timing, and there is no accute crisis here yet.
Anyway, if you hop on over to the web store or to your favourite retailer of anything Motorrpsychodelic and spend a penny, you’ll help the mothership stay afloat through this calamity too.
We shall prevail, but damn, these are choppy waters …
We are currently mixing our next album. Under normal circumstances this would’ve been slated for an August release, but we’ll just have to wait and see how the situation develops before we can promise anything like a release date. It looks like it will be a double, it has both long and short songs, in both minor and major keys, and it will blow your minds.
More details will be added later!
If time moves as slowly and life feels as confined where you are as it does in the bunker and you need some stimulus, here’s a list of stuff to fill your brain with good things while the plague makes normal life difficult.
Enjoy and stay safe,
After you’ve rounded www.motorpsychodelicclips.com and had your fill of all things motorpsychodelic, you could do worse that try out some of this stuff:
– Alex Cox: The rest is noise: listening to the 20th century. Having a hard time with all this 12 tone atonal stuff? Well, so did we, but this book put it all in perspective and made us appreciate music we never thought we’d like!
– Flea: Acid for the children. We actually prefer this to listening to his band. It’s really sweet. Flea is a good man.
– Mike Barnes: A new day yesterday. 600 pages detailing UK progressive rock in the 1970s. What’s not to like?
– Mick Eckers: Zappa gear. Now is the time for going down rabbit holes. This is one of the ones we disappeared down lately.
– Alfredo Garcia: I met myself in a dream… And this is another : a whole book about the Velvet Underground’s third album. Why, obviously!
– Peter Hammill – In Camera
– Tasavallan Presidentti – s/t
– Louis Andriessen: De Staat
– Morton Feldman: Rothko Chapel
– Judas Priest: Sin after Sin
– Zappa WAZOO
– Dungen: Live
– Alice Cooper: Easy Action
– Deathprod: Occulting Disc
Podcasts in English:
– Marc Maron: WFT
– Making Sense with Sam Harris
– A Word In Your Ear: the word Podcast
– Broken Record with Rick Rubin
– Full Disclosure with James O’Brien
– Tape Op Podcast
– Dan carlin’s Hardcore History
– Freak Flag Flying: Steve Silberman in conversation with David Crosby
Podcaster på Norsk:
– Lage Musikk m/Torgny Amdam
– Berrum & Beyer snakker om greier
the Mad Max films seem to fit the mood these days. The first two are killer, the third less so …but you have time enough!
All dystopic SciFi works, but rewatch Stalker and both Bladerunners, and see if you can find the 6 hour verion of The Stand from the early 90s if you want to go really deep. All in, right?
2001 is always recommended, but we don’t think we’ve ever seen it as quite as hopeful a film as we do today. Weird …
Stuff on YouTube:
– Leonard Bernstein’s talk on music theory: the Unanswered Question from Harvard 1973. A bit heavy on the lingvistics perhaps, but a fantastic primer on how this music stuff all fits together.
– Time Team: UK archeology presented by Tony Robinson. 20 seasons starting in the mid 90s. Grub huts, hillforts and roman baths? Awesome!
– Everything on Samuel Andreyev’s YouTube channel is great, but the analysis he did of Frownland and the interviews he later did with the guys from the Magic Band is compulsive viewing!
– Petrouchka by Igor Stravinsky by Ballets Russes, Opéra de Paris 1976. So-so quality on the upload I’ve found, but man .. ballet never made me feel like this before!
– Wagner: Tristan und Isolde (Barenboim, Ponelle 1983) All 4 hours!!
– Kiss8mmfilms (channel) What it says on the tin: 8mm Kiss footage from back in the day. fantastic!
A new album this year (maybe) – this is exactly the light in these dark times that I need to have a goal to work on to.
Stay safe everybody, I am confident we all meet again some better day…
Blir stas med ny(e) Motorpsycho skive(r) Har vært fast konsert gjenger siden 1986. Har ikke vært så sugen på live musikk noen gang som nå. Blir stas når denne virus dritten er over å gå på tettpakka punke konsert igjen.
Thank you bent, Hope to see MP in Italy next Winter play the new album, we miss you ;) but we can go out of this Nightmare
Thank you all! Stay home and healthy – if not – get well soon!
Another film to watch (if you have access to it right now) is Wim Wenders’ “Until the end of the world” – the director’s cut is 4 1/2 hours long and much surpasses the cut-up shorter 3 hrs version. Good to watch on three consecutive evenings. Dealing rather with the – then still to come – digital self-overservational world and also with a mundane crisis to be overcome – a timeless masterpiece.
And then “June 76” by the Grateful Dead is out – lots of music to spend your time with!
Thanks so much for the recommendation, hope you enjoying going down my ‘rabbit hole’.
Thanks for the encouraging words. The view of the new album is actually a light in the darkness of this crazy time that we have to endure now. And thanks for the long list of exciting recommendations.
Great news about another Motorpsycho-album on the line in an age of uncertainty. Thanks for the tips! Reading about the Grateful Dead these days (along with the biographies about Lou Reed, Sonic Youth, and the Replacements, great books!) Im into “A long strange trip` by Mcnally. Any other books about the Dead, as a must read, Bent? Please stay safe!
Thank you for these words, for the list and for the hope of a new album. Take care of yourself and please stay healthy. Greetings and distant hugs from Berlin.
Thank you so much for this notes. I’d love to go see MP tour again but now it seems Asian is not accept in whole world, I mean we can’t go other countries easily anymore right now, it’s so sad. Lately enjoy watching old MVs and listening to old albums of MP and I listened all those songs a lot but still feel NEW again. Sale on!
Thanks for the lists and the news of a new album – really looking forward to that! I agree with Johnny’s recommendation of the Wim Wenders film, though I don’t think I’ve ever seen the uncut version. Pretty good soundtrack too. And I love the more recent Mad Max too. Stay well. Hope to see you when we can all emerge again..
Grazie mille Bent! Bernstein’s lecture is mindblowing if a little demanding.
Thanks a lot !!! Great Tipps
Thank you very much The news of the new album are just overwhelmingly good…
Italian guy here. Glad to hear everybody is safe up there. I hope we’ll get to hear your new stuff and see you on tour as soon as possible!
To everyjody: take care of yourselves and be smart, quarantine is hard but is surely better than death, stay at home and if you have to get out be careful and respectful!
Grazie Bent :)
I am relieved to read that you are all ok. I sometimes wonder if you have any idea how much joy and happiness you bring to my life. Thank you. Keep on keeping on, and see you on the road again when time is right.
Dear friends, within the band and psyconauts, please be safe and listen to music most of the day, especially Motorpsycho’s.
Here in Italy we are suffering from social distance because we love rocking in live music, but we know that guys from Motorpsycho will be back to us as soon as possible.
I planned a tour next June to Norway of which 2 days in Trondheim, only to feel more and more one of you, going to record stores, pubs, streets. Now this seems very difficult but hope is not lost at the moment.
We must be patient and then we will spread our rocking wings to your music again!
Thanks for the new of your next album, it’s a ray of light.
See you soon.
Greetings to the band and fellow psychonauts!
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And now to something completely different. Let’s see what I can purchase at the Motorpsycho shop.
Stay healthy y’all!
If you offer The Light Fantastic for download somewhere I’ll buy it and you’ll get some extra income! ;-) Can’t wait for the new album as well
Listen to David Icke https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ged6vijmZbE&t=1358s
Takk for veldig gode ord og tips! Ser veldig fram til ny skive. Alltid spennende. Ta vare. PS. Takk også for superpsycho hjemmeside!