23 settembre 2014

Esce per Fire Records in cd e in vinile - in versioni non del tutto identiche - il nuovo Pere Ubu, Carnival of Souls. Lo accompagna, come già per il precedente Lady from Shanghai, un libro di storie, testi, aneddoti e materiali aggiuntivi troppo denso per un semplice foglietto di note (sono oltre cento pagine!): Cogs, The Making of Carnival of Souls, scritto e curato da David Thomas.

In questi giorni l'album è segnalato o recensito o copiaeincollato ovunque sulla carta stampata e sul web; di tanta attenzione Keith Moliné tira un po' le somme: "While they can obviously never hope to write as well as they did when they penned their first Pere Ubu reviews, the critics tackling the new album have done a far better job than you might expect from writers that have reviewed as many Pere Ubu albums as they have. At the risk of sounding patronising, or moronic, the sprightliness of their prose is impressive considering their advanced years; one might have been forgiven for assuming their fingers to be too ridden with arthritis to be capable of pressing the keys of their laptops. Of course, these being Pere Ubu critics, their work is essentially incomprehensible. But stick with it and you soon realise that these are possibly the most well-written Pere Ubu reviews since the last time a new Pere Ubu album was declared their best since a Pere Ubu album released some time before that, a particularly impressive feat when one takes into account the fact that the writers' transparently obvious lack of familiarity with anything other than the first Pere Ubu album has clearly necessitated a high level of creativity and imagination in fashioning their critiques. What's doubly amazing is that they have achieved this despite working for editors who, rather like The Fall's Mark E. Smith, have a revolving door policy towards their Pere Ubu reviewers; indeed, in many cases they are the only original Pere Ubu reviewers left, beavering away in the face of their readers' total indifference, producing Ubu review after Ubu review, all of which are, to paraphrase legendary DJ Simon Bates, "always different, always the same." (Except without the "different" bit.)".

Da leggere invece sono l'intervista di David Thomas con Sean Kitching per The Quietus - in cui tra l'altro afferma che furono gli Henry Cow i veri Sex Pistols - e l'eccellente saggio di Christopher Hastings Elitism For The People: In Praise Of Pere Ubu pubblicato al suo blog Entrippy!