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WORM.shop Top 9

Asked by Rotterdam's WORM.shop to compile its next "Top 9" selection of music, films and books available in the store:

  1. Peter Tscherkassky, Films from a Dark Room (DVD)

    Tscherkassky's multi-layered found footage films are as visually and mentally intense as cinema can possibly be - rare examples of film reaching the density of the best poetry and music. They are a historic high point of experimental film while drawing on the language of big screen movies.

  2. Francis Picabia, La Nourrice Américaine (CD)

    A piano piece first performed at a Dada soiree in 1920 and consisting of only three infinitely repeated notes. More radical than the "Vexations" of Picabia's close friend Erik Satie, it anticipates La Monte Young and Terry Riley by forty years.

  3. Wha-ha-ha, Getahaitekonakucha (CD)

    A hidden gem from the early 1980s if not the best record of that whole decade: Free Jazz mixes with and is interrupted by cartoon soundtrack music, schmaltzy synth pop, theater pieces, Japanese folklore, dub - composed and played with unmatched wit, inventiveness and virtuosity.

  4. Cornelius Cardew, Chamber Music 1955-1964: Apartment House (CD)

    Early, interesting works of the later member of AMM and founder of The Scratch Orchestra. Cardew, a student of Stockhausen who later renounced his teacher as an "imperialist", is still finding his own way here between strict serial composition, Cagean indeterminacy and non-academic radical improvisation.

  5. Coolhaven, Strømbloque Phantasiën (CD)

    An opera based on the German autobiography of David Hasselhoff, with its text as both the libretto and musical MIDI score, performed by guest singers and the band - Peter Fengler from De Player, Hajo Doorn and Lukas Simonis from WORM - itself. What more needs to be said about this instant contemporary classic by Rotterdam's super group?

  6. Das Dieter Roth Orchester spielt kleine wolken, typische Scheisse und nie gehoerte musik (CD)

    Dieter Roth is little known "outside" but has been highly influential inside concrete poetry, Fluxus and postpunk underground culture. The latter - among others: Wolfgang Müller, Namosh and Stereo Total - pays posthumous tribute to the German-Swiss-Icelandic universal artist here with musical adaptations of his poems: "When life straightens up again / after falling into the pit / then I've spotted the pitfall / and beat life to shit".

  7. Jodi, SPAM (book)

    Not untypical for Jodi, this work simply is what its title says - a printed collection of Internet spam that turns into "concrete" poetry and art in the most literal - yet, as always in jodi's work, strangely beautiful - sense.

  8. Satan's Bed (DVD)

    A 1965 black-and-white exploitation flick directed by the notorious Michael ("Snuff") Findlay starring Yoko Ono, back then the best established artist of the New York Fluxus group, as a mail order bride kidnapped by lowlife sex fiends. Shot one year before Ono's famous "naked butts" Flux[ploitation] film, this one however didn't make it into the modern art canon.

  9. The Titmachine, s/t (7")

    Fantastic energetic, funny and raw post-punk/no wave dilettante girl group from Nijmegen.

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9th January 2009
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