Playlist: Ilkka Vekka

Ilkka Vekka is an artist and musician living and working in Hämeenlinna, Finland, though he would love to live somewhere else. His interests include record collecting, Shorinji kempo, meditation, cats, India pale ales, stouts, porters and vegetarian food. The bands and projects that he is currently involved with are Haare, Steel Mammoth, Heavy Smoke, Gatha, Satan's Claw, and Ufotutkimus Neuvostolitossa. Some of his art is on display at Kristinehamn's Art Museum in Sweden as part of the "Nordic Darkness" exhibition, alongside other artists such as Banks Violette, Daniel Andersson, and Theodor Kittelsen (whose work has been used on Burzum album covers). His noise project, Haare, has two tapes coming out soon - the first is Kali-Yuga, on Sick Head Tapes, and the other is a split with Finnish band Witchchrist, on Ikuisuus. For more information, visit

Bands/artists/records, and some comments on them, in no particular order:

Pärson Sound
-60's psychedelic dream music from Sweden. The 3LP version sounds better than the 2CD. Also check out the other bands these guys were involved in; International Harvester, Harvester, Träd, Gräs & Stenar, Mecki Mark Men (Tomas Mera Gratz was in this band. Their s/t lp is great, and criminally underrated!)

Golem - Orion Awakes LP
-I don't know if it's "fake" krautrock or not, nor do I care. It's a great album anyway.

Terveet Kädet - Ääretön Joulu 7"
-The best hardcore 7" ever. 'Nuf said.

Circle - Everything
-Pure genius. I'm a bit biased but I'm still going to say they're the most important band to ever emerge from Finland. I love all things Ektro & NWOFHM.

Aluk Todolo - Everything
- Awesome band. Would love to see them live.

Ya Ho Wa 13
- The albums are a bit hit & miss but when they're good, they're really good. Start with "Penetration". I highly recommend the book too (The Source - The Untold Story of Father Yod, Ya Ho Wa 13, and The Source Family.)

The Sperm - Ssh!
- Finnish pioneers of noise/experimental music. Haare played at the Ifem Festival the same night as Pekka Airaksinen, it was great to get to meet him.

Albrecht.D & Joseph Beuys - Live at ICA 1974 lp
- Sounds of moving stuff around in a gallery & random noises, great album. Albrecht D.'s "Samadhi" LP is highly recommended too.

Youth Attack Records
- Jussi of Circle/Ektro clued me in on the new punky stuff on the label and it rules. My faves are Sexdrome, Taylor Bow and SQRM. I know YA is considered a "hipster label", I don't give a fuck. Gotta love the art on the releases too, often reminiscent of Broken Flag/80's UK P.E. releases.

Phagia - Everything
- Totally obscure freeform experimental/noise. If I had to pick just one it'd be "Communism" or "The Antichrist".

L'Autopsie A Révélé Que La Mort Était Due À L'Autopsie
- More obscure freeform experimental/noise, featuring, among others, Anla Courtis of Reynols. Imo the s/t lp is the better one of their two albums, but both are good.

Saint Vitus
- I used to think they were just "ok", but recently something clicked and I now think they're in the top three doom bands ever; Black Sabbath, Pentagram and Saint Vitus. The new doom band I'm in (Satan's claw) will be total v-beat. If I had to pick just one Vitus LP to recommend it'd be "Born Too Late".

Anaksimandros - Life is a Skullbow LP
- Finnish forest folk hippies at their gloomiest/darkest, Moomin ritual music. My favourite of the "Free/forest folk" genre, though I do occasionally enjoy some Avarus and Kemialliset Ystävät too.

Vibracathedral Orchestra
- Great, joyful, psychedelic freedom. Wish I could've seen them live back in the day.

Musica Elettronica Viva
- Both LPs on BYG/Actuel are good, but Sound Pool is the better of the two.

Tangerine Dream
- Electronic Meditation, Zeit, Alpha Centauri, Atem. All essential. And needless to say, I love most krautrock. Faust, Amon Düül I & II, Popol Vuh, Kluster, Necronomicon, Out of Focus...the list is endless.

Ainigma - Diluvium
- Snotty teenage proto-punk/heavy metal krautrock. One of the greatest albums ever made.

John Coltrane - Ascension LP
-One of the most powerful jazz records ever, almost scary. True musical genius.

Scorpions - Lonesome Crow
- Great kraut/psych lp by Klaus Meine & co. I dare you to check it out.

Sons of Kohoutek
-Super obscure primitive psych, allegedly recorded as a therapy project by mental patients. Probably fake as I don't think anyone's ever seen a copy, but there are mp3's on the internet. I like the crudeness of it.

Destroy All Monsters - "1974-1976" 3 CD
-Essential stuff. I'd also recommend the Double Sextet lp and the book collecting their zines ("Destroy All Monsters Magazine 1976-1979".)

-More Finnish genius. Along with Fleshpress & Dark Buddha Rising, the best slow & heavy stuff from this country.

Don Cherry - Eternal Now lp
- Easily available as a cheap reissue (with horrible cover art) retitled "Tibet". Great "ethnic jazz", highly recommended. Also check out "Mu", parts 1 & 2.

Deathdust - demo
- Strange, dark "slow motion" noise. I've only heard this one tape, I'd love to hear more.

The Skaters - Dark Rye Bread
- If this was by a band called Grazxyyhk and the LP was titled "Demonic Blood Liturgies" or something, it'd be considered a cult black noise/drone album. Great band.

Joe & Joe - s/t LP
Some dude at the LAFMS event in London recommended this to me, he knew Haare and said I'd like this. He was right. If he's reading this: Thanks man, sorry I can't remember your name! Too bad the pressing was so limited, more people should get the chance to experience this swirling dark vortex.

Airway - Live at Lace
-Speaking of LAFMS, this is one of the best albums ever made. The split with Hijokaidan is good too. And if you have the chance, go see them.

Sun Circle
- Contemporary droners from the US. The s/t LP is my favourite, but I've liked everything I've heard.

- I very rarely actually listen to any of it, but there's something in the genre that interests me, can't really say what. Yes, I've heard the arguments; it's very easy to make & all bands/artists sound more or less alike but I find the "theories" and "philosophies" behind it somehow fascinating. I see the whole thing more as conceptual art. I highly recommend the HNW article in As Loud As Possible #1.

Philip Corner - Metal Meditations
- Beautiful metal clanks and resonations. Great, great album.

Taj Mahal Travellers - Everything
- Great drones. Stunningly beautiful stuff.

Angus MacLise - Everything
- Angus MacLise, La Monte Young, Tony Conrad...all essential. Too bad the stuff is so hard to find/expensive.

Organum - Everything
- All of this stuff should be reissued on vinyl ASAP too. Vacant Lights is probably my favourite.

Tony Scott - Music for Zen Meditation, Music for Yoga Meditation
- Highly underrated albums, you can find these really cheap. Beautiful japanese-style meditation music, good stuff.

People who have influenced/inspired me in one way or other. If you don't know them, Google:

Shunryu Suzuki
Doshin So
Morihei Ueshiba
Mike Reynolds
Mark Oehler
Lloyd Kahn
Kurt Vonnegut
Philip K. Dick
Daniil Kharms
Roky Erickson
Joseph Beuys
Jonathan Meese
Paul McCarthy
Robert Rauschenberg
Hermann Nitsch

The Trinity forever: Hawkwind, Jimi Hendrix, Black Sabbath.

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