Saturday, 21 October 2017

Librarian ritualism

Several of Lord Bassington-Bassington's ideas have started out as jokes. And on one occasion when The World's Coolest Librarian had fed His Lordship with yet another interesting tidbit of information, the droopy-eared one quipped something along the lines of "O librarian, font of all coolness, we should erect an altar in thine honour".

And thus the genie was out of the bottle. This had to happen. A piece of furniture here at Bassington Manor was turned into an impromptu altar or site-specific installation. Depending on your point of view. What you are witnessing is a plethora of references to The Librarian's life and loves. From a Hawaiian shirt to science fiction paperbacks, all thrown together in a frame referencing traditions as diverse as voodoo, wicca and – of course – the Lovecraftian.

It would be misleading to say that Lord Bassington-Bassington enlisted the help of artist Peter Horneland, as Mr. Horneland qucikly took charge of the project and His Lordship's contribution mostly consisted of fetching various objects from around Bassington Manor. A very appropriate task for a Basset hound, one might say!

And as the intrepid Mr. Horneland isn't only an accomplished artist but also describes himself as an "on again/off again ritual magician", this might even qualify as His Lordship's first actual ritual work.

So what's the next project for this growing cult of The World's Coolest Librarian? To elevate this eminent dispenser of book-lore to some sort of sainthood, of course. If He isn't there already.

(More of Mr. Horneland's works can be found at his website).

Saturday, 8 July 2017

Introducing Altarmang

Three of Lord Bassington-Bassington's favourite things – vinyl records, pointy moustaches and the music of Pär Boström – are finally together! There's scarcely a night here at Bassington Manor that some of Mr. Boström's somnambulistic soundscapes are spun in the compact disc player or on the turntable.

This release has obviously been ordered, and His Lordship has been reminded that he has been too disorganized to order His secretary to order the last Cities Last Broadcast disc. This situation is intolerable and will have to be rectified promptly.

Tuesday, 21 March 2017

Magazine loaded

Lord Bassington-Bassington has long been on the lookout for style magazines to supplement his favourite publication The Chap. Modern style mags tend to be filled with, well, modern clothes, and let's not even get into the pointless interviews with random celebrities.

But lo and behold, help comes from Germany, and His Lordship has found a new magazine to paw through. The Heritage Times is an excellent German-language magazine which has also launched an English edition. And a revelation it is. Why don't all lifestyle magazines feature Lederhosen?

The latest issue has a lot of good stuff for the subculturally interested (such as a pretty solid piece on skinheads). But what really takes the Schwarzwälder Kirschtorte is a this most neofolky fashion shoot.

Copyright laws probably prohibit us here at the Chronicles from stealing the whole thing, but Lord Bassington-Bassington found it imperative to share this fabulous photo, which His Lordship likes to call "Darkwood in tandem with Sturmpercht".

Which, come to think of it, sounds like a great double bill, if it wasn't a bit impossible now that lead Percht Max has deserted neofolk for new adventures in Afro-funk. Which makes the skin tone of the  model on the back of the bike even more appropriate.

So if you're looking for Lord Bassington-Bassington, he will be curled up on the sofa engrossed in The Heritage Post, to a soundtrack of… well, you guessed it!

Time to order some more issues of The Heritage Post soon. And perhaps some Afro-funk.

Thursday, 22 December 2016

First release

So Lord Bassington-Bassington's life revolves (hah!) around records these days. Here is Café Grössenwahn Grammophon's first release, just arrived from the printers.

More information to follow, stay tuned!

Tuesday, 20 December 2016

Recording Inspiration

So now that Lord Bassington-Bassington is one of the proprietors of a recording label it shouldn't surprise anyone that His Lordship takes some outfit inspiration from records...

Vinyls by Solblot. Tweeds by Walker Slater.

Saturday, 17 December 2016

Left Paw Path

"The Key of Joy is disobedience"

(Aleister Crowley)

"Hey, I'll use that as a fancy excuse for not bothering to pair my socks properly!"

(Lord Bassington-Bassington, not aka The Great Basset 666)

Sunday, 27 November 2016

The (re)birth of a Record Label

"Café Grössenwahn" – "Café Megalomania". Such was the nickname of several cafés in Central Europe at the end of the 1800s. Here they would sit, the demagogues, dreamers and drunkards who would leave their mark on the coming century.

These cafés in turn gave name to a music club in Oslo, Norway, where a select invitation-only door policy, strict dresscode and artists such as Tony Wakeford, Spiritual Front, Solblot and The Green Man created a suitably megalomanic atmosphere. The absinthe fountain helped a bit too...

Which leads us to Café Grössenwahn Grammophon, created as a living monument – or perhaps a folly – to the club we loved. We aim to bring together some of our favourite artists both in music and the pictorial arts.

Our first release will be an extended play record entitled "Ghostly Whistlings". It is a tribute to the greatest ghost story writer of all, Montague Rhodes James. Four bands: Sol Invictus, Solblot, Sonne Hagal and Of the Wand and the Moon each deliver their interpretation of an M.R. James story set in their own country.

Cover art is by Swedish artist Fredrik Söderberg, and sleeve design is by Trine og Kim Design Studio. A small peek at the work can be seen above (Trine og Kim also created the Café Grössenwahn "absinthe grail" logo).

The record will be a strictly limited (250 copies) 10 inch record in art-edition gatefold cover.

More information will be forthcoming soon. A web page is being (re)built and a release event is planned for late January. In the meanwhile, feel free to follow the proceedings on Facebook.