Sunday, May 9, 2021
As if COVID wasn't enough, the international cultural sector is getting another stab. This time from the European Union.
As of July 1st, customs’ laws in Europe change : EVERY package coming from outside the European Community will be taxed.
For the moment, there's the exception of goods with a value below 22 euro.
I've got not problem with the fact that every package will be taxed.
VAT needs to be paid in the country where the goods are consumed.
I do have a problem with the flat fee handling cost and with the VAT being be calculated on the package plus (!!) shipping costs...
Let me explain :
In Belgium, there will be a flat customs’ fee of 30 € with on top VAT on the total value of the package.
(value = value package + postage paid !?! How's that for a math exercise??)
Combined with the new shipping rates that are appearing everywhere, this just might be one bridge too far.
Example : a book or CD of 14 € sent from the USA or UK to Belgium (postage around 16 €) will cost you in the end : 14 (item) + 16 (shipping) + 30 (custom handling) + 6 (vat) = 66 €.
In theory, it should only be 14 + 16 + (14*.21) = 33 €.
To quote one of my pals: "Diabolical and outrageous".
In practice, smaller shops, distributors, independent and DIY artists will no longer be able to send goods with a value below 22 euro into the EU without the customer having to pay a lot of extra costs.
Online sellers, including online marketplaces/platforms can register in one EU Member State and this will be valid for the declaration and payment of VAT on all distance sales of goods and cross-border supplies of services to customers within the EU.
I can imagine this will be no problem for the bigger players, but I'm curious to find out how smaller distributors or artists selling their material through their website, Bandcamp or Discogs will cope with this.
On their latest release, Marbin takes a parallel road, exploring jazz standards.
Fernweh, a German word for wanderlust that means specifically to be homesick for a place you've never been, is the perfect name for Marbin's 12th album, which focuses exclusively on jazz standards. Because these songs were written so long ago, and their origins span several continents, each and every song connects you to a different place and time—most of which are not places or time periods any of us have actually experienced.
"Cosmos" is the final part of Caballero Reynaldo's trilogy : "Cromos", "Cronos", "Cosmos".
On Bandcamp, Luis González explained that this is Caballero Reynaldo's final release.
He added :
Some 50 unedited recordings remain in the pipeline (discards, rarities, songs for compilations, etc.) that perhaps with time I would like to see the light of day. In addition, there are some albums that probably deserve remixes and updates in the future, since for various reasons they were released so quickly that they cry out for a facelift. I will keep the conservation and visibility of the entire discography active, but I will not record anything new under the brand name «Caballero Reynaldo». My creative and exhibitionist needs are more than satisfied, and if not, I will do them under the mantle of any other character, anonymously or with The Visionaries.
Saturday, May 8, 2021
- stuff: t(h)reats
(2021, cd, bel, sdban)
"T(h)reats" follows the path the previous releases were laying out: contemporary electronic music that alternates dreamy, ambient excursions with more chaotic sounding multi-rhythm adventures.
“Everybody Loves Me” by Leland Sklar features photos of friends – and a huge cast of characters – flipping me off, as one would do!
Here's Lee discussing his collaboration with Ricky Lancelotti in the first band he played in : Wolfgang.
Great story and impressive demos !!
-- info: Jan van Kemenade
Wednesday, May 5, 2021
Tuesday, May 4, 2021
Sunday, May 2, 2021
“The Others Of Invention” lists bands and artists that have recorded and released compositions that were written by Frank Zappa. It also includes recordings that Frank Zappa contributed to, a handful of tributes, and even a couple of albums that include references to Frank Zappa.
Volume 1 includes the FZ discography and lists the OOI from 1966 to 1999.
Volume 2 presents the OOI from 2000 to 2012.
Volume 3 takes a closer look at the OOI from 2013 to 2020 & includes the artist and composition indexes for the three volumes.
I'm pretty happy that the final volume is out.
Full colour luxurious hardback versions available from Boekenbestellen.nl
Paperback black & white versions available from Amazon (dot com, France, Germany, UK, Japan,...) but do compare postage & handling costs !!
I revisited Devin Townsend's "Order Of Magnitude - Empath Live Volume 1" earlier today.
Browsing through the picture artbook while listening to the actual album.
Featuring Morgan Ågren and Mike Keneally !!
Saturday, May 1, 2021
The Golden Dawn Arkestra is returning to the stage.
MAY 22 - HOUSTON TX
JUNE 5 - DALLAS TX
Ralph Steadman designed the artwork for FZ's "Have I Offended Someone?" in 1997.
An older one, but with more album cover artwork