torsdag, juli 21, 2011

Portisheadfestival, jeg drar

I morgen etter jobb drar jeg til London for å gå på I´ll Be Your Mirror - en Portishead-kuratert festival under All Tomorrow Parties-paraplyen.

"If someone says we're going to put on a festival and you can have whoever you want, and then you think: 'Shall we get Grinderman and PJ Harvey?' How brilliant is that! I made myself deaf listening to the Polly Harvey record recently. I listened to it twice full knacker in the car and nearly deafened myself."

Så ja, lørdag og søndag ettermiddag og kveld er jeg på Alexandra Palace i Nord-London og hører på Portishead begge kveldene og også PJ Harvey og litt Nick Cave i Grindermanversjon. Og sikkert noen av de andre bandene Portishead har invitert. Du kan se hele lista her, filmer på dagen er det også. Er det noe du syns jeg ikke må gå glipp av? Legg gjerne en begrunnet kommentar.

Working with Beth has been more a life experience than a musical relationship," he says. "For many years, I was Bobby Beats, smoking 40 fags a day and sitting around a sampler. And she couldn't be any more different from that. She opened things up for me. She has this amazing honesty, and sometimes that's all you want from someone, but it's taken me until my mid-30s to realise that. Before it was all about the music, now it's more about people."


Jeg har med meg det store kameraet og den skikkelige pc-en og jeg har hotellrom med internett. Men kamera får jeg jo ikke med meg inn på Alexandra Palace, jeg skal prøve å sende noen raske rapporter med bilde ved hjelp av min venn Samsung Galaxy.

Gibbons remains the gap at the centre of any Portishead interview. Earlier, she had gone through the ritual of the Observer photoshoot with quiet good humour. "Put me anywhere that makes me look stunning," she says, mock diva-ishly to the photographer. But she has always refused to speak to the press, and this, along with the bleakness of her music, has led to a perception of her as the band's tortured soul - detached from life's banalities by the consuming intensity of her art.

"What, you thought that she was the dark lady who arrives in the dark car and gets wheeled out?" Utley chuckles. "That's interesting… Beth's a day-to-day person: we can talk about bread or how crap it is when you can't park; how awful it is when your relationship ends or one of your parents dies, as well as what washing-up gloves to get. There's a darkness within everyone and she's in touch with that stuff. And that's more interesting to her than singing 'Get up, get on up', which is fantastic when James Brown does it, but I can't imagine her doing that."

Sitatene er hentet fra dette intervjuet i Guardian på søndag.



Portishead har spilt litt i Europa i sommer, i Ungarn, Serbia, på Roskilde, i oktober drar de til Nord-Amerika. Turnélisten.

Og så skal jeg på Tracey Emin såklart.

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