Coal Tattoo

15 Mar

ct kidney brothersThe new release on Hearpen is Coal Tattoo by The Kidney Brothers.

In 1998, the Kidney Brothers were featured performers at Thomas’ Disastodrome festival at the South Bank Centre in London. Grown men wept. Women embraced David in thanks for bringing them. It was a powerful performance by two of the mainstays in the mythical 15-60-75 (The Numbers Band). This recording, made later in the year, captures the power.

Ask Not Campaign

27 Feb

Ask not what Pere Ubu can do for you.

Seize the Moment Yourself! (link takes you to campaign page)


February deal on LFS and Chinese Whispers pack

19 Feb

Ubutique is offering the Lady from Shanghai CD and Chinese Whispers for a special price during February – £14.99 for the UK & EU, $21.99 to the rest of the world. Vinyl deal also available.

“…shot through with dark humour and the kind of obtuse wisdom that reveals that parallel lines DO intersect.” Deaddad, Goodreads review

“In a manner somewhat akin to John Cage’s writings, Thomas hammers down some outlying fenceposts, and provokes you to figure out your own position in relation to these.” David D. McIntire (Words about Music)

“Thomas also touches upon essential influences for Pere Ubu (the Lessons in Mayhem section is particularly fascinating), important philosophical underpinnings of the band, drumming/drummers, poetry vs. lyrics, rules vs. breaking rules, along with incredibly detailed descriptions of all aspects of Shanghai.” Mark Pino

February Release – Disastohouse 001

12 Feb

hr172February’s release is Disastohouse 001. Recorded on 2-track digital device, December 15 2012, at the Coachhouse, Brighton, England.

See for full details and to download.
(A PDF of liner notes is included in the download.)

Pere Ubu UK Tour and Melbourne

29 Jan

The Garage Calendar has been updated with all the UK tour dates and the February gig in Melbourne Australia.

Follow us on twitter for the latest news as it happens.

Launch of Chinese Whispers

7 Jan

To coincide with the launch of the new Pere Ubu album ‘Lady from Shanghai’ we bring you ‘The ‘Missing Manual’, 100 pages of liner notes that is ‘Chinese Whispers’. Special offer when you purchase Chinese Whispers with BOH as a launch offer. Exclusive to Ubutique for the first edition.

Smash the Hegemony of Dance. Stand still.
The dancer is puppet to the dance.
It’s past time somebody puts an end to this abomination.
Lady From Shanghai is an album of dance music fixed.
Chinese Whispers is the Missing Manual to it.



Brighton hosts Disastohouse, 15/12/12

1 Dec


Disastohouse is coming to Brighton on Saturday,15th December, 2012. The Coachhouse (22 Walpole Road, Brighton) will be hosting David Thomas (Pere Ubu, Rocket from the Tombs) and the two pale boys (Keith Moliné and Andy Diagram) for a night of avant-garage music.

Thomas has previously staged Disasto events in the South Bank Centre and across the United States but this is the first time such an intimate venue has hosted this unique experience – there are only 30 places which can either be prebooked or you can turn up on the night and think lucky. Tickets are £10.

David Thomas and two pale boys have toured and recorded extensively, and are renowned for their improvised sets. Time Out described them as ‘a gloriously garrulous, diffidently divine, pumping, wheezy, melodeon-driven, contemporised avant-folk.’ And The Wire says of them “Keith Moliné’s often vicious guitar, and trumpets from Andy Diagram, meshes with Thomas’s wheezy melodeon. It’s raw, spontaneous and direct in a tangential sort of way.”

The earliest Disastodromes were staged in the seventies, at a radio theatre in a broken part of Cleveland and featured burst steam pipes, flaming sofas and voice-of-doom winos lurking in dark corners. Plus there were some good bands. And steakburgers.

This event will not have steakburgers.

The Coachhouse
22 Walpole Road,
Telephone: 0779 605 4442

Pere Ubu – UK tour dates announced

30 Nov

Check the calender for full details.

More gigs will be announced for 2013. Subscribe to receive up-to-date news or follow us on twitter (@ubuprojex)

Free White – from the new album, Lady from Shanghai, Pere Ubu

5 Nov

National Public Radio (NPR) premiered ‘Free White’ from Lady From Shanghai on Friday. Evidently this was a surprise to the record company who thought it would be this week. Listen at:

Milan Performance by DT

2 Nov

There is to be a book released in conjunction with Pere Ubu’s new album, ‘Lady from Shanghai’ early in 2013. We’ll bring you more details when they are confirmed but in the meantime, this blog will be expanding to accommodate the new title! Amazon now has stock of the Book of Hieroglyphs but if you still want the best deal, it is over at Ubutique.

A new date for anyone in Milan…

David Thomas will be reading from The Book of Hieroglyphs at F38F in Milan, 9th November, 2012. There will also be a screening of ZZYZX! The full details can be seen on the Garage Calendar or over at their facebook page. Here is what they have to say:

Lost in Transition: a series of meetings between poetry, cinema, literature and photography. In Milan.
For the first time the photo studio F38F-Famigliatrentottofotografi opens its doors to the public and is transformed into the contemporary art platform, live performances of poetry and music, film, video, literature, photography and design, with Lost in Transition, a series of events from monthly that will liven up weekends until Milan Salone del Mobile with interdisciplinary meetings and undisciplined.
At the start Friday, 9 November at 19.00 presentation of the book But no one ever! by Gabriele Perretta, archaeologist of modernity and medial theory thinker, will talk about the philosopher and writer Paul Nardon: a reflection on media power in daily life, through a critical reading of the means of communication of the new media.
Thereafter, screening of the film ZZYZX, a trip on the road to images in American deserts, bearing the title of legendary, the last place on Earth. The film is by Francesco di Loreto, photographer, filmmaker and founding member of F38F and takes advantage of the spoken words of American musician famous worldwide, David Thomas, founding member of Pere Ubu, one of the most important new wave band in the international music scene and historic musical band “avant garage”. The video will be accompanied by the presentation of the first edition of the Book of F38F, with images of raids into the lands of the traversal.
Finally, the journalist and music critic Bryan Gentile, introduces and presents the legendary figure of David Thomas of Pere Ubu and, before the special live performances and spoken words of David Thomas. Saturday 10, room for cult shorts from 18.00, with Videos of Plunders Salvo Cuccia, Director casacalma, who works at the boundary between video art, fiction and new forms of documentary, award-winning in Italy and already present at the Tribeca Film Festival in New York. And again Dec. 14. 2010 (1 Sequences), video directed by Julian Laportella on texts by Gabriele Perretta, telling a rally in the streets, with its historical and political implications.By Chase you back to literature, with the writer Marina Mander that presents the book Biennial of Gabriele Perretta Framing, a stinging reflection on the communication that it creates around macro international art events such as the Biennale or Documenta. Both books are published by Perretta’s Whisks editions. Of new music with the performance of Metropolis Low Budget Orchestra semi-acoustic version.
Finally, ends the first chapter of Lost in Transition, presented by Enzo Kind on musical figure of Frank Zappa and the screening of the documentary film by Salvo Cuccia 1982.


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