L'Appel Du Vide

Detail - Nocturne in Black and Gold – The Falling Rocket by James Abbott McNeill Whistler. 1875.
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Two hours of late-night, stark and reflective songs for spotting the dull lights ahead while driving alone on the highway.

23 different acts in this show, here is some information about some of them:

Linda Perhacs:

Linda Perhacs was a dental hygienist who wrote music as a hobby. One of her patients was composer Leonard Rosenman (wrote the scores to Barry Lyndon, Rebel Without A Cause, Beneath the Planet of the Apes). He liked her demos and agreed to produce an album. ‘Parallelograms’ was released in 1970, but after little success, Perhacs returned to her dentistry day job. In 1998, her sole album was re-released, this time it found a more interested audience. Eventually in 2014, 44 years since her last release, she returned to the studio to create the album ‘The Soul of All Natural Things’, and in 2017, ‘I’m A Harmony’.

Sibylle Baier:

Between 1970 and 1973, Baier recorded the songs  that would become the archival album 'Coulour Green' at her home in Germany. Baier dabbled in writing, philosophy, painting, acting (playing a role in the Wim Wenders' classic Alice In The Cities) and music before moving to the United States to focus on raising her family. The songs she recorded were not heard until her son found the original reel-to-reel tapes and duplicated them for family members. He also made a copy for J Mascis of Dinosaur Jr. who passed it on to a record label for distribution. Eventually these songs saw release in 2006. The fourteen songs on 'Colour Green' are the only recordings of Baier's to surface. Her style is often compared to that of Leonard Cohen and Nick Drake.

Nick Drake:

Drake recorded three albums for Island Records (released 1969-1972), the last of which, 'Pink Moon', the label apparently did not expect or even want. He received little commercial success and his star power was hampered by his refusal to perform live or give interviews. His mother, Molly Drake, was also a musician and his sister, Gabrielle Drake, had a long career as an actress. He began work on a fourth album in early 1974, recording four songs, but he overdosed on antidepressants before its completion. He was 26 years-old. His popularity has only increased since his death. First, the posthumous compilation 'Fruit Tree', released in 1979, repacked his three albums along with the four songs recorded in 1974. By the mid-1980's, members of bands such as The Cure, Dream Academy and R.E.M. began citing Drake as an influence. However, the way many U.S. listeners first heard Drake's music was from seeing the 1999 Volkswagen commercial that used his song 'Pink Moon'. Friend John Martyn wrote 'Solid Air' as a tribute to Nick Drake. 

Countries represented: Austria, USA, England, Scotland, Canada, Venezuela, Germany, Ireland, Burma, France.

  • 6:00pm Am See Des Vergessens by Erwin Halletz on Der Schatz Des Azteken/Die Pyramide Des Sonnengottes (Telefunken), 1965
  • 6:01pm L'America by The Doors on L.A. Woman (Elektra), 1971
  • 6:06pm Solid Air by John Martyn on Solid Air (Island Records), 1973
  • 6:11pm Sisters Of Mercy by Leonard Cohen on Songs Of Leonard Cohen (Columbia), 1967
  • 6:15pm Shut Out The Light by Bruce Springsteen on Born In The U.S.A. / Shut Out The Light (Columbia), 1984
  • 6:19pm Needle Of Death by Bert Jansch on Bert Jansch (Castle Music), 1965
  • 6:22pm Parallelograms by Linda Perhacs on Parallelograms (Sunbeam Records), 1970
  • 6:27pm Hey, Who Really Cares? by Linda Perhacs on Parallelograms (Sunbeam Records), 1970
  • 6:29pm Sister by Sufjan Stevens on Seven Swans (Sounds Familyre), 2004
  • 6:35pm Prólogo by Fernando Yvosky on Dos Mundos (GDR), 1975
  • 6:38pm Sanc-Divided by Fraction on Moon Blood (Rockaway Records ), 1971
  • 6:42pm All Is Loneliness by Big Brother & The Holding Company on Big Brother & The Holding Company (Columbia), 1967
  • 6:44pm Anyway That You Want Me by Wool on Wool (Delay 68 Records), 1969
  • 6:49pm Material Darkness by Electric Sandwich on Electric Sandwich (Brain), 1972
  • 6:54pm Silver Song by Mellow Candle on Swaddling Songs (ACME), 1972
  • 6:58pm The Queen Of The Night by Michael Raven & Joan Mills on Death And The Lady (Sunbeam Records), 1972
  • 7:01pm Gwydion's Dream by Robin Williamson on Songs Of Love And Parting (BGO Records), 1981
  • 7:03pm You Want It Darker by Leonard Cohen on You Want It Darker (Columbia), 2016
  • 7:07pm The End by Sibylle Baier on Colour Green (Orange Twin Records), 2006
  • 7:10pm Tonight by Sibylle Baier on Colour Green (Orange Twin Records), 2006
  • 7:12pm Highway Patrolman by Bruce Springsteen on Nebraska (Columbia), 1982
  • 7:18pm Driving by Sibylle Baier on Colour Green (Orange Twin Records), 2006
  • 7:21pm A Poem On The Underground Wall by Simon & Garfunkel on Parsley, Sage, Rosemary And Thyme (Columbia), 1966
  • 7:22pm Miroir Du Fantastique by J.C. Deblais on Le Miroir Du Fantastique (Patchwork), 1977
  • 7:25pm Walking On A Wire by Richard & Linda Thompson on Shoot Out The Lights (Hannibal Records), 1982
  • 7:31pm Razor Love by Neil Young on Silver & Gold (Reprise Records), 2000
  • 7:37pm Hurt In Your Heart by John Martyn on Grace & Danger (Island Records), 1980
  • 7:42pm From The Morning by Nick Drake on Pink Moon (Island Records), 1972
  • 7:45pm Horn by Nick Drake on Pink Moon (Island Records), 1972
  • 7:47pm Me And My Woman by Roy Harper on Stormcock (Harvest), 1971
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