More Political Video's - This Time UK
Two reggae video’s railing against Tory PM’s. The second’s one of the greatest political songs ever. It came out at roughly the same time as the way inferior One In Ten by UB40’. I’ll say this for Thatcher, she inspired some damn fine protest songs. This first though’s by mike brooks & is calling cameron out: Now for the other. Bristol reggae legends...
Philip Larkin - Toads
Why should I let the toad work Squat on my life? Can’t I use my wit as a pitchfork And drive the brute off? Six days of the week it soils With its sickening poison - Just for paying a few bills! That’s out of proportion. Lots of folk live on their wits: Lecturers, lispers, Losers, loblolly-men, louts- They don’t end as paupers; Lots of folk live up lanes With fires in a bucket,...
The Kid With A Bike
Synopsis: Abandoned by his father, a young boy is left in a state-run youth farm. In a random act of kindness, the town hairdresser agrees to foster him on weekends. Got to be honest, very surprised this won the grand jury prize at Cannes last year. It’s ok but overall it’s a bit of a run of the mill rights of passage type film. It does well not just trying to play with your...
BITCHES - Buster
Don’t care what anyone sez, BITCHES is the best name for a band ever.Thought so when I first heard it, think so now. Another thing I thought when I first heard their name was ‘I’m gonna like this band if it kills me’. I was lucky, it just came natural for me to like them. &amp;amp;amp;amp;amp;lt;a...
Love Zun Zun Egui. One of Bristols best live bands. Indeed, one of the best live bands in the country. Crazy music, really hard to pin down genre wise. Tropical jazzy funky punky jams. All over the place. Music to think “this should be brilliant to dance too but i can’t quite get into it” the realise you’ve been dancing to it for the last 10 minutes. Infectious. This...
grimes did this interview with the infamous Nardwuar anyway. it was quite long but the signoff was a bit wonderful so i’ve upped an edit of it here. off course it’s entirely feasible you’ll wanna see the full interview now. if so go here HERE the vids a bit static at the start - be patient.
Bought 4 Tickets Yesterday....
….For Broken Teeth, Tinariwen, Daedelus & Flipper. That’s fucking me all over that is, a bit powerviolence, a bit saharan dessert blues, a bit whack electronica & a bit wigged out noise rock. Happen after I’ve been to em all I’ll letcha all know which I enjoyed most. If i were a betting man I’d say smart money’s on the toss of a coin.
Gilles Peterson’s last Radio 1 show last night. End of an era an all. Sad. But hey, you know what happens? Yeah, shit, that’s what happens. Anyhow, check the above vid of Gilles trying to share the music he likes with Londoners & if you fancy click on this link to listen to his last show, yo. ont iplayer.
Death Grips - The Fever (Aye Aye)
Love that people are beating on the new Deathgrips coz they reckon it ain’t hard enough. Compare this to any other contemporary rapper then see if you still don’t think it’s hard. Even compare it to anything off Exmilitary, it still holds it’s own. It can’t be a backlash already can it?
Touché Amoré / Pianos Become The Teeth /...
Got home from this gig last night and found a link to the above in one of my rss feeds. I would say “sp00ky” but it’s probably not really spooky at all. It’s probably just a coincidence, and not a very unlikely one at that considering Touché Amoré are touring. Anyway, they played this track last night. It still didn’t have a name. Not one they were willing to...
A Story Involving Me & My Fixie
funny thing happened on the way home from touché amoré. was doing a textbook track stand on the fixie at the stokes croft / ashley road junc, (one of the best juncs for track standing in briz as it’s opposite 2 cafe’s & 1 pub & spectators always make a successful track stand more fun). lights changed just as i was rocking into a backward slide & i couldn’t for the...
Thomas Crown Affair (1968)
Saw this at noon yesterday. It was very good despite rather whopping holes in the plot, holes that contemporary films would never get away with. Also something contemporary films would never get away with is that there are as many strong female character roles in it as male (although of course the man still has the last laugh). What’s more in line with contemporary movies is that there was...
Yeah Yeah Noh
Stoked to hear Yeah Yeah Noh are making a comeback. Part of what became known as the “death to trad rock” bands, Yeah Yeah Noh were staunch Peel favourites. The anti pop of the day, slight, lilting, clattery songs that bounced along generally taking the surreal but finely targeted piss out of the culture of the day through barbed, clever lyrics. Like Half Man Half Biscuit the...
Piece in today’s Observer reporting that the commission looking into the causes of the riots are about to come back saying the primary cause was “aggressive advertising” aimed at the young. For a long time I’ve been pissed that society seems to have decided that there is no higher value than acquiring individual wealth, (and to a certain extent that branded goods are a...
Raw Meat - Demo
I actually thought twice about putting the cover art up here in case the squirmish take offence. Thing is though, fuck it. I used to be a vegan & now live as near as dammit vegan purely for moral, never sentimental, reasons. It’s not that it’s sad that ikkle fluffy bunny wabbits end up on people’s plates it’s that I think it’s wrong for a sentient, intelligent...
Trailers For Hardcore / Punk / No Wave Docs
I think the expression is “And then three come along at once”. Actually, including the Bad Brains one I mentioned t’other day it’s actually four amazing American music docs from the 80’s, all about hardcore bands & similar & all readying for release any time soon. First, Salad days, a documentary about the DC hardcore scene when it was in it’s pomp,...
Big Crux: Teeth Of The Sea, Big Naturals & Elly... →
dbigcrux: Boom! Off to see these guys in a jiffy. Will add to this & reeeeeeeeeebloooooog tomorrow maybe. Second psychedelic droooooooooooooney ambient group of the week. ******************************************************************************************* Break in Proceedings as I go to…
L’Atalante’s been my favourite film for ages. It’s a great film in it’s own right (no.3 in the guardian’s all time top 100 films) but it also has added nostalgia value for me as it was the first ‘arthouse’ film I ever saw & as such it opened up a whole new world of cinema to me, a world I never really knew existed before seeing it. It’s a...
10 Things You Didn't Know About Black Flag →
Clash Mag just upped this piece titled “10 Things You Didn’t Know About Blag Flag”. Things like the no. 7 bombshell: “Henry never used drugs”. Well whaaadya know? Who’d’ve thought THAT? Ok, sarcasm aside, there may be something of interest here & I freaking love how Rollins is now a hero for all music fans not just hc fans. Personally I love the guy...
New Noise: Thursday 22nd March 2012 →
newnoise: This podcast contains the following: three covers, a hip hop homage, an assault on the concept of pop music as a commodity, a track from a major label debut by an obtuse punk outfit, a belated nod to one of February’s finest albums, a late replacement, two different songs produced by Rory…
Ok, so I lied about no more references to the Ceremony gig. This band was the top support. I’ve been hearing murmurings about them for a while now, all to the effect that they make good noise. I first read about in Loud & Quiet who have a reputation as far as I’m concerned for getting on board with new hc / punk bands before the rest of the music press catch up (e.g., they were...
Jay Z and Kanye West's "N*ggas in Paris" Parody
B*tches in Bookshops. Books get everywhere you see?
OK, last post / reblog about Ceremony. They were fucking rad on Weds but I couldn’t get over how poorly Bristol represented. There couldn’t’ve been more than 100 people there, making the 800 cap Fleece feel pretty empty. Thought maybe it was coz they’ve alienated the old ‘balls to the floor’ hardcore fans with their new sound but not yet won over new...
It's self preservation not pessimism.
There’s one thing I’ve always wanted to say on twitter but cant coz I know me mum reads my tweets. Basically it’s this: Whenever I go to a show / club I always take everything out of my wallet EXCEPT for two things; a fiver plus my organ donor card. Me Mum, you see, would assume I’m taking the card coz I’m expecting to die. A fair assumption I guess, I do, after...
Teeth Of The Sea, Big Naturals & Elly McCabe @ The...
Think this was possibly gig of the year so far. Yep, that good. I’d been steeling myself for my second psychedelic drooooooning band of the week but found them to be nowhere near as psychedelic as I’d been expecting. Maybe that was because I’d seen White Hills two days previously who were very much the essence of all things psychedelic (in a musical form). So, to conclude...
Once Upon A Time In Anatolia
Saw this film yesterday before going to see Ceremony at the Fleece. Film of the year so far I reckon. Directed by Nuri Bilge Ceylan it’s a two and a half hour meditation on life & death & shit like the human condition, all centred around a murder investigation. Ultimately though the murder investigation’s pretty irrelevant, it’s the stories that go on around it that...
No one should go more than one working week without listening to Bad Brains at least once. No one should go one kicking back week without listening to Bad Brains at least once either. Bases (check). Covered. (check). In case you missed it here’s their SXSW 2012 ‘Accepted Film’. It has one of the most perfect sign outs to one of these things ever: Now FFS go dig out your...
A Story Of Near Defootitation.
So, ever since getting my new bike I’ve been going around saying shit like “one of the best things about riding a fixie is that there’s no gears to snag yer kecks / shoe laces in”. Next freaking thing i know one of my converse laces gets caught up in the front cog. And of course being a fixie i couldn’t stop the gears going round, so with each rotation the lace was...
White Hills, Thought Forms & Din Martin
When I inferred on Twitter yesterday that I was fully expecting to wake this morning with mad tinnitus following White Hills gig last night, I was right. Psychdelic squalls of looping frenzied guitar work, combined with some crazy powerful drumming are just about the best way to fuck your ears up. I find. (It was no coincidence that White Hills all had very colourful earplugs in I reckon). They...
Sub Pop recording stars Full Toilet recently released a 7” 13 track ‘album’. It’s genuinely like nowt else you’ll have heard but at heart it’s an erratic filthy blast of rambling sludgy punk.
Pan (excerpt), by Knut Hamsun
gwyon: aperfectcommotion: “I love three things,” I then say. “I love a dream of love I once had, I love you, and I love this patch of earth.” “And which do you love best?” “The dream.” Pan, 1894 Knut Hamsun via vulpecula
Becoming Real - Snow Drift Love
Saw Becoming Real support someone last year. Buggered if I can remember who but he was really good. It’s all about the future garage hybridised two-step ital innit? Ooh, now I remember, it was Mount Kimbie. Here’s a thing he’s bunged up on his soundcloud anyway. You can download it gratis if you want.
Bob Dylan Wrote More Than just Propaganda Songs
50 years ago last Monday Bob Dylan’s first album was released. Gotta be honest, I didn’t ‘get’ Bob Dylan for years. In fact it wasn’t till I’d turned 30 that it finally ‘clicked’ for me with Dylan. I’d probably go as far as to say I actually disliked his music before that in fact. Curiously it was straight after Peel’s death that I...
Mo Kolours - Banana Wine
The nice people over at One Handed Music (Alex) has bunged out Mo Kolours new EP for free to download. Mo Kolours is a tip top beat maker, half Mauritian, half English. Soulful hip hop meets electronica. And more. It’s good stuff. Obviously recommended. Have a listen on his Bandcamp or just download the flipping thing immediately: Here’s a track to listen to as you read: <a...
This Weeks Gigs
Bit sad there’s no gig on tonight as it’s been my birthday (& as I’m getting desperate for live music as I’ve been stuck in North Wales for two weeks), but tomorrow marks the start of the best gig week so far this year. Expecting at least one of the below to be a gig of the year. So here goes: Tomorrow, 19th March White Hills. Here’s how their Tumblr (pretty...
You’ll may know Richard Melzer, famed music critic from days of old, from the Minutemen documentary & from occasional mentions in Minutemen songs etc. He hooked up with The mighty Mike Watt on bass, Hirakata “Shimmy” Shimzu on guitar, and Yuko Araki on drums & recorded some spoken word shit with the three musicians noodling away behind his gushing spiel. Calling...