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10.05.2018

Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross will play on Friday, 18th May 2018 / 17.30 at Volkspalast Kuppelhalle (Eventpalast, Puschstr. 10 / Alte Messe, 04103 Leipzig).
Further information here (WGT Leipzig Guide)





24.05.2018 / 10th Prague Microfestival @ Venuše ve Švehlovce, Prague (CZ)
21.00 - 22.00: Dim Locator (Phil Shoenfelt & Chris Hughes)
22.00 - 00.00: MICRO-READING Series, Lineup: Marketa Banková, Adam Borzič, Thor Garcia, Adeena Karasick, Ken Nash, Phillip O’Neill, Phil Shoenfelt, Josef Straka, Jaromír Typlt


17.04.2018
From: http://thefall.org/news/030224.html

"From alt.music.the-fall:
Subject: 1974 Fender Mustang, owned by The Fall and painted by Claus Castenskiold
From: *****@hotmail.com (yooflard) [Email adress no longer valid]
Date: 08/02/2003 18:13 GMT Standard Time
Message-id: ****@posting.google.com


I have a Fender Mustang which was once owned by the Fall and has been painted by Fall artist Claus Castenskiold. The artwork covers the whole body of the guitar and is mostly red, blue, yellow, green white and depicts numerous faces, some of which I think resemble Einstien and Marilyn Monroe. I am told that this guitar was also borrowed by Squeeze to use in one of their videos.
Can anybody help me, I am interested in any info at all that may help me prove what it is because I have no way of knowing except that I trust the guy I got it off. Would it be collectible by anyone, would it have a value? Although I don't want to, I need to sell it if possible because I need the money."




Phil Shoenfelt's reply... 17.04.2018:
Hi. Just saw my old Fender Mustang guitar, and your question about it dating from 2003. I mean the guitar which was painted by Claus Castenskiold. I bought it in NYC in 1979 and played it in my band Khmer Rouge (Claus was the drummer) for many years - on tour in the USA supporting Nico, Alan Vega, The Clash and many others, and later in the UK, where we supported The Fall on two tours in the mid 1980s. I sold it in 1988, because (like you) I needed the money. I've been kicking myself ever since. Do you still have it, by any chance?
Best wishes,
Phil Shoenfelt, Prague


14.03.2018

Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross will play at "Wave-Gotik-Treffen" on 18.05.2018.
More information and tickets here


18.02.2018

OUT NOW:

SWEET POSITIVE 
"At Her Majesty's Pleasure"
(Azalea So Sweet / Chris Hughes / Phil Shoenfelt)
debut album on Moloko +

CD Release Party: 07.04.2018 @ Zizkovsiska, Prague (CZ)

    
Together with Azalea's unbounded enthusiasm for Melbourne/Berlin rock music, it was her raw and untapped talent that first attracted the attention of renowned drummer Chris Hughes (Rowland S. Howard; Mick Harvey; Nikki Sudden; Alex Hacke; Hugo Race; Fatal Shore; Dim Locator). After Hughes recorded some demos with Sweet Positive in 2016, his erstwhile band mate Phil Shoenfelt (Khmer Rouge; Fatal Shore; Southern Cross; Nikki Sudden; Dim Locator) decided to get involved as well. The result is a five song mini album – produced by Shoenfelt – called “At Her Majesty’s Pleasure”. The CD was released by the German label Moloko + in January 2018. Songs such as “Under The Cherry Tree” and “Kill Me” are spooky but melodic, drawing the listener into a vortex of repetitive riffs and dark, magical imagery. The cover art by Julia Chochola is also remarkable for its hypnotically suggestive swirls of red, white and black, opening pathways into the viewer’s unconscious, as does the music itself.


26.01.2018
MARK E. SMITH

Still processing the unwelcome news. R.I P. Mark E. Smith, a bona fide genius of rock & roll. A master of lyrical opacity tuned in to frequencies that others didn’t hear. An original, a maverick, a man who stayed true, not only to himself but his prole art muse. Partly because he was made that way, partly to piss off the slags and slates of Medialand GB. Despite the confrontational attitude, a fair and generous heart – be straight with him and he’d be straight with you. Belie yourself with guile or clich
é, and his psychic antennae would quickly find you out. Not a man to trifle with, always preferred the red pills to the blue. Having said this, he did have a wicked sense of humour. Of course, he could be mean and curmudgeonly, even vicious when the mood took him – as he said last year in an interview, he could “clear a pub” when he wanted to. Proud of it as well, showed he hadn’t lost his edge, Mark the Manc and all that. First time I saw The Fall play live was at Manchester Poly in 1978. The last was in Aberdeen 2005, when I opened for them at The Lemon Tree. In between the first and last, my band Khmer Rouge supported them on several UK tour dates; my ex wife Marcia joined them on keyboards when Khmer Rouge split in 1986; Claus Castenskiold, ex drummer of Khmer Rouge, painted several of their album covers; Mark released my first solo single in 1989 on his label Cog Sinister (he fucked up the mix on the A side, but if he hadn’t given me a break and a bit of hope, I doubt I’d ever have escaped the Camden Town shooting gallery). So yeah, a long and sometimes “difficult” relationship – I guess the 60 + former band members have ambivalent feelings too. But at the end of the day his vision prevailed, influencing everyone from Sonic Youth to Pavement to Sleaford Mods. Not to mention tipping the wink to Post-rock, lo-fi, Industrial and Noise. Fiery Jack came up from Hell, and he never did go back to the slow life. Cheers, Mark, and thanks for everything.

Mark Edward Smith: born 05/03/1957, died 24/01/2018

Phil Shoenfelt,

Prague, 26/01/2018


28.12.2017
† WILLIAM HART STRECKER

It is with great sadness that Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross announce the passing of our close friend, the American singer/musician/songwriter William Hart Strecker. William died suddenly of a heart attack on 12/22/2017 while working on one of his favourite activities, landscape gardening.
At one time managed by Bob Dylan's manager Albert Grossman, William gave up music for several years, before returning to his true passion in 1998 following a near-fatal car accident. Since then he has released several brilliant CDs of his urban R & B flavoured songs, which feature such world-renowned musicians as Ken Rich, Tommy Eyre, Chris Eminizer and Frank Vilardi. The quality of his songwriting puts him up there with immortals such as Neil Young, Bob Dylan, Tom Petty and Steve Earle, while a list of the people he has worked with reads like a "who's who" of American Rock, Soul, R & B and Country. He and his music will be greatly missed, not only by his many fans but by the musical "cognoscenti".
We treasure our memories of playing with William several times at the Salt Creek Grill in Princeton NJ, and also the time he played with us at the Prague pub U Vystrelenyho Oka. Condolences, love and support to his ever-loving wife Margaret "Peg" Strecker, his family and to all of his many friends, collaborators and admirers. William Hart Strecker RIP.

Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross

www.facebook.com/WilliamHartStrecker
www.williamhartstrecker.com


12.11.2017
† MIRKO SENNEWALD

It is with great sadness that Phil Shoenfelt & Southern Cross announce the death of our friend, the cultural activist and promoter Mirko Sennewald of Dresden, after a long and brave battle with cancer. He passed away in the early hours of 12th November 2017.
Mirko was the inspirational force behind the Bunte Rebublik Neustadt music and arts festival, and invited PS & SC to play there on several occasions. Through his work with the Transmusic agency, and later with Kultur Aktiv, he made cultural connections and exchanges between Dresden and Prague, and also with authoritarian former Soviet republics such as Belarus. To say he was energetic would be an understatement. Mirko was fifteen years old when he escaped the communist DDR (GDR) regime with his mother, via the West German embassy in Prague. Along with several hundred others, they were allowed to leave in a sealed train that took them to freedom in the west. On October 1st 2009, the twentieth anniversary of that historic journey to Hof, I was privileged enough to participate in a recreation – The Freedom Train – organized by Mirko to commemorate the event.
Maybe because of his experience living under communism, and the knowledge that change was possible, he was motivated towards human rights and freedom of expression, using his considerable organizational skills in the cultural field to good effect. An inspirational figure indeed.
All of us who were lucky enough to know and work with him will miss him more than words can express.
Mirko Sennewald, dead at 43, RIP.

Phil Shoenfelt

https://www.neustadt-ticker.de/59203/aktuell/mirko-sennewald-gestorben  
http://www.dw.com/en/historic-east-german-refugee-train-rolls-again/a-4751164


04.11.2017
Vernissage for "City Primeval: New York, Berlin, Prague" - an anthology of underground writing and rare photographs curated by Robert Carrithers and Louis Armand:

30.11.2017 @ Haus Schwarzenberg Kino, Berlin, Germany

Phil Shoenfelt + Marcia Schofield (ex keyboard player of The Fall) will play together for the first time since 1986. They will perform the Khmer Rouge song "City Primeval" in the Haus Schwarzenberg Cinema at 21.45, following the films and photo projections. Later, Phil Shoenfelt will perform solo with other contributors to the book at the after show party in Haus Schwarzenberg Eschschloraque.

24.09.2017
OUT NOW:


"City Primeval. New York, Berlin, Prague"
curated by Robert Carrithers & Louis Armand



An anthology of stories, essays, interviews and photographs curated by Robert Carrithers and Louis Armand. An extract (6000 words) from Phil’s New York book STRIPPED is included, alongside work by Lydia Lunch, Nick Zedd,  Nat Finkelstein, Victor Bockris, Penny Arcade, Max Dax, Anthony Haden Guest, Christoph Dreher, Marcia Resnik, Peter Milne, Rudi Protrudi, Mark Reeder, Marketa Baňková and many, many more.

CITY PRIMEVAL is “a constellation of personal documentaries of place & time by key contemporary writers, poets, musicians, designers, filmmakers, photographers, artists, editors, performers from within the New York, Berlin & Prague underground scenes from the late 1970s to the present; from New York Post-Punk & No Wave, to the fall of the Berlin Wall & Reunification, to the Velvet Revolution & the Prague Renaissance.”

Also included are photos of Khmer Rouge, Fatal Shore, Jolana Izbicka and Phil Shoenfelt.
 
The book is published by Litteraria Pragensia and takes its title from the Khmer Rouge song “City Primeval”.

To find out more, go to:
facebook.com/pg/CityPrimeval/about/
litteraria.ff.cuni.cz/books/cityprimeval.html

Available @ amazon (Paperback / eBook)



16.09.2017
An excerpt of Phil's forthcoming book STRIPPED can be found on Equus Press website.


03.08.2017
"Just heard with sadness about the death of the great Australian producer Tony Cohen. A wildly creative force in the studio with The Birthday Party, Nick Cave & The Bad Seeds, Once Upon A Time and numerous others. I count myself lucky that I had the experience of working with him on my first solo single "Charlotte's Room"/"The Long Goodbye" back in the late 1980s. I would like to express my condolences to his family and friends. R.I.P. Tony Cohen, a maverick, a star and a true original."

Phil Shoenfelt

13.07.2017
Phil has recently finished producing the debut CD by Prague band SWEET POSITIVE. A five song mini-album, the CD is called AT HER MAJESTY’S PLEASURE and will be released in autumn of 2017 by the German label Moloko +. Phil also plays guitar on the recording and Dim Locator band mate Chris Hughes plays drums. The line-up is completed by singer/songwriter Azalea SoSweet on bass guitar and Sidi Santini on electric guitar, F/X and slide guitar. The title of the CD is a play on words. The obvious first meaning alludes to “femdom” sexuality; the second is a British idiom meaning to serve time in prison – all UK prisons officially belonging to Her Majesty the Queen.


Phil has also just finished editorial work on “CITY PRIMEVAL: NEW YORK-BERLIN-PRAGUE”, an anthology of stories, essays, interviews and photographs curated by Robert Carrithers and Louis Armand. An extract from Phil’s New York book STRIPPED is included, alongside work by Lydia Lunch, Nick Zedd,  Nat Finkelstein, Victor Bockris, Penny Arcade, Max Dax, Anthony Haden Guest, Christoph Dreher, Marcia Resnik, Peter Milne, Rudi Protrudi, Mark Reeder, Marketa Baňková and many, many more.
CITY PRIMEVAL is “a constellation of personal documentaries of place & time by key contemporary writers, poets, musicians, designers, filmmakers, photographers, artists, editors, performers from within the New York, Berlin & Prague underground scenes from the late 1970s to the present; from New York Post-Punk & No Wave, to the fall of the Berlin Wall & Reunification, to the Velvet Revolution & the Prague Renaissance.”
The book will be published by Litteraria Pragensia in September 2017 and takes its title from the Khmer Rouge song “City Primeval”. To find out more, go to: facebook.com/pg/CityPrimeval/about/

Simultaneously with these activities, Phil has been working on several other projects: writing new songs for Southern Cross; working on STRIPPED (which is due to be published in English by Equus Press in 2018); and writing lyrics for the next CD by New York band Sour Jazz. Phil will also be guest vocalist on the album, which will be produced by the legendary Ramones producer Daniel Rey.