I had a very very slow year for music, only recently having got back my internet capabilities, but of the few things I have gotten, one artist blew my cotton socks off. I'm speaking of a man from that most vegan and nervously nerdish of collectives, Anticon, and the man is Dosh. This year's album, The Lost Takes, is probably the warmest and most human release to come off the difficult label in some time. It's a sonic journey through beat-laden landscapes, surrounded by cascades of keys and flourishes of found sounds. Florid enough description yet? Short version - It's good. Very good. And interesting too.
For the folks who like to judge their music by comparison, it recalls perhaps a collision between Max Tundra and Four Tet, then Manitoba/Caribou comes along to tend to the wounded. Anyway, enjoy the two tracks:
One Through Seven - Dosh
Um, Circles and Squares - Dosh
Get the album, you won't be disappointed. Well, maybe you will be, I have placed him in lofty company with comparisons to some great artists, but if you go and listen without any prejudice you should be pleasantly surprised at the sexiness of this one man noise avalanche.
But yeah, check out more Dosh related stuff at his myspace page, and keep an eye out here, could be sexy when it gets up and running.
EDIT: Thanks to tuggers for getting the link to that live clip of Call the Kettle Back, it's pure bangworthy.
Friday, December 29, 2006
Another slant on the original meaning of the word Dosh, as used in slang for money, could be the original symbols for pre-decimalised English coins...
Monday, December 25, 2006
Friday, December 22, 2006
Wednesday, December 20, 2006
Between playing Stick Cricket, browsing the Achewood archives, enjoying the Cook's & Bomb'd Comedy Tumbleweed Awards 2006 (warning: they will probably slate a lot of shows you might like, but are pretty much always spot on with their criticism), wasting my time on Bebo, clicking all over Wikipedia and doing a tiny amount of amateurish programming in Max, I've found some really good music on the Internet today/yesterday.
1. Presumably you've already seen it, but Pitchfork have a load of MP3s up as part of their 100 Top Tracks of the year list. Saunter over and let your computer chips do the work. They also have their Top 50 Albums out today (yesterday by the time you read this probably).
2. Filaria, aka David Baxter, aka one half of Kinnego Flux along with Brian Greene (aka two people who do the same course as I do only apparently apply themselves a lot more to actual music-making) has an EP out for the past while on Bugklinik. It's too late at night, so the blurb explains better than me: ...dub, IDM and jungle get mixed into an unique blend, delivered on a fresh 12". Cheque it out: generous 2-minute previews here (including a remix of "No Limit"! A wee bit genius methinks). Kinnego Flux are playing in Smellfast this Friday if anyone happens to be around - don't think I will be unfortunately.
3. Fanny Magnate, my new favourite blog with a funny name, has a 15-minute podcast well worth having a listen at: ...balkan brass, balinese gamelan and minimal techno all interspliced with snippets of local radio science. What could be better?
4. OK, well this is a little strange, but just about an hour ago I went to visit the really excellent ohmygoshparty to find a host of fucking lethal tunes and between now and then they've apparently thrown in the towel. It's hard to keep up with this fast-moving internet business.
EDIT: I did have a tune up here, but I think I know why they quit now.
5. Finally, current favourite scotsman Alex Smoke has made a fine fine remix of Steve Reich's "Proverb" for this set of remixes. A minimal techno reworking of the minimal classical godfather. Nab it at 2 Many Scenes.
Sunday, December 17, 2006
Excuse the slight dishevelment around here at the minute. We've moved to this new-fangled Beta Blogger thing which will apparently make our lives (as bloggers) even easier. And look! Labels! Wowee. Anyway, the logo (or a new one?) will be back soon and Diarmaid has designs on redecoration.
You might remember Dano recently posted SCSI-9's incredibly good "Senorita Tristeza" recently. I got my hands on its parent long-player, The Line of Nine this week. Released in May this year, the album builds on a string of really rather good releases for Kompakt, Trapez and others, plowing a nicely understated techy, minimal furrow coupled with some frequently beeee-autiful hooks (see "Mini" and "When She Said Goodbye" if you want your heart broken in the loveliest way possible).
Bumpy bass and lush pads. From Russia with love.
SCSI-9 - Elegia
If you're looking for more of these Russian wizards' material, they have an MP3 EP out for free on the Fragment netlabel, Ich Kann Nicht Anders which I can also thoroughly recommend. More dubby and experimental, but still with a meticulously crafted, warm sound.
Oh, plus - anybody see Oliver Stone make an absolute twat out of himself at the British Comedy Awards? Now you can, over and over and over!
Saturday, December 16, 2006
Until I get my own laptop and internet access back, most of my posts are going to be just like this one here: unfocused, not at all in touch with current music and generally poorly thought out. Anyway, what I wanted to show all y'all was a track by Rogue Wave, a band I heard a big buzz about at the start of this year but only really got around to checking them out now. As near as I can call it they sound similar to some of the more chilled out and poppy Sebadoh stuff, also a bit like Built to Spill too (I hear touches of Neutral Milk Hotel and the Apples in Stereo too, really this is just an excuse to be a hipster fag and then go even more hipster faggy by making fun of the fact that I'm a hipster fag and then again become more self consciously self effacing in an endless spiral). Anyway, if either of those bands tickles your fancy, you'd probably like Rogue Wave, even if not why not give them a chance anyway? Go on, here's two tracks to get you rolling...
Nourishment Nation - Rogue Wave
Endless Shovel - Rogue Wave
Case in point, I didn't even get the tracks off their latest album (Descended Like Vultures) but anyway, the first album (Out of the Shadow) is very much worth checking out anyway. Their website is pretty nifty too, plenty of audio and a neatly presented gallery.
Friday, December 15, 2006
Yeah, I do have an unhealthy obsession (clocking in at about 6 months now) with that tune, but who cares? It's a gorgeous tune.
So also, rob's flurry of posting of videos was A - class and B - a mnemonic for this video that I saw of the Presets, The Girl and the Sea, which I found to be dead sexy and the tune catchy, even though I'm not a massive Presets fan.
Here also are the tunes themselves ...
King of Rock and Roll - Prefab Sprout
The Girl and the Sea - The Presets
Enjoy, and with a little luck and a lot of drink I'll see many of you sexy contributors in the next few days.
Thoughts of Messy Angelo at 9:10 p.m.
meandering nostalgia rant
i just had a wierd flash back, to when i was fifteen or sixteen and i first met daithi (i doubt he remembers this) it was in universal records, i was spending my first ever pay cheque on some fine ass punk rock, he said something about the dwarves! anyway tenious link i bought the entire vinyl back catologue of this band around that time. lcd soundsystem do a cover of their song yeah! i recently gave away the whole back catalogue to some dude with dreadlocks. i really wish i hadnt done that, not that i would ever listen to this depressing shit ever again, but its probably worth a bit of money to some japanese fruit or something. late night rant over!
for fuck sake can we get pissed soon ive never posted so much. i am BORED!
Thoughts of robvanhalen at 3:29 a.m.
Thursday, December 14, 2006
Beirut - Mount Wroclai (in San Francisco)
this is just such a great tune. for all you boys out there with girlfriends go wack this tune (you can download it from their webshite) on a mix cd and give it to them for christmas. mabey some angle might get brown wings instead of just plain old factory wings this christmas.
Thoughts of robvanhalen at 10:43 p.m.
Beirut - Mount Wroclai (in San Francisco)
this is just such a great tune. for all you boys out there with girlfriends go wack this tune (you can download it from their webshite) on a mix cd and give it to them for christmas. mabey some angle might get brown wings instead of just plain old factory wings this christmas.
Thoughts of robvanhalen at 10:43 p.m.
Wednesday, December 13, 2006
Agoraphobic Nosebleed - Mosquito Holding Human Cattle Prod
dissertation isnt going too well! thought id mix it up a little!
Thoughts of robvanhalen at 9:09 p.m.
Rex The Dog - Prototype
i really love this fucking song, ive been waiting ages for someone to post it up on youtube. rex the dog is supposed to be some big shot producer from london in disguise, putting stuff out on kompakt. so far ive loved it all except the knife tune (heartbeats) he remixed, but what the fuck, who cares, remixing stuff is generally for peados anyway. the video is really cool too. youse should all check out his website, its funny and different. google it or something, i dont know how to link stuff, for fuck sakes. anyway im off to lie to myself about my dissertation.
Thoughts of robvanhalen at 8:33 p.m.
Swans documentary, Czech Republic 1997
this band were pretty cool, based around michael gira and his bitch (i think) jarboe, they made some of the most interesting and darkest music of the last twenty years. their contempories such as killdozer, big black and sonic youth made similar din but none made a bigger impact on todays bands (mostly the darker ones, such as isis, converge, today is the day and even mogwai) as gira and his band. when swans broke up gira formed Angels of Light, again a very influential band, devendra banhart started off touring as part of this band i think. a lot less agressive than swans but just as moving. when jacob bannon (converge) was asked about what he thought of emo music he said if he wanted to listen to something emotional or moving he would listen to angels of light. there!
Thoughts of robvanhalen at 1:25 p.m.
Monday, December 11, 2006
Saturday, December 09, 2006
...and tell me to DO SOME FUCKING WORK.
Just a quick recommendation: The Ill-ec-tro-nic have posted up Audion's remix of Hot Chip's "No Fit State". I was already excited enough just by those two great names, but hearing it brought back a flood of memories, because this was that tune - the highlight of Magda's set in the Stiff Kitten a while back. It's got that typical Audion squelchiness, an insistent groove, and then this cheeky rising and descending synth line kicks in, with the odd stab here and there. Not a lot happens, but it happens to perfection. On the dancefloor, this does serious damage.
Thoughts of Tugboat at 11:10 p.m.
Hey folks, haven't been keeping as up to speed with my interneting or even my musical purchases, but I had a flurry of a few purchases just there and a band close to my heart came up: Pavement and the Wowee Zowee 10th Anniversary Reissue. I figured it's as good a time as any to start contributing to the very sexy and entertaining sexy entertainment reviews and stuff that are going on here at thoughts etcetera.
Wowee Zowee has always been something of a bogie album for Pavement, receiving lukewarm responses from many fans and critics as an album where the lacksadaisical attitude of Pavement became more offputting than charming. The poor initial response to the album is a fact which seems to be acknowledged by the band itself, given the half-hearted liner notes by Stephen Malkmus and the no-hearted liner notes by the absent Scott Kannsberg, but many fans now consider this to be one of the most essential recordings Pavement have ever made.
In and of itself it is worth having as a study of a band who may have lost their way trying to find their voice for a third time. To some however, where before the songs sounded wild and seemed to be heading to exciting new territory, the songs on WZ seem listless and wandering in no particular direction. Ultimately, though frustrating, it is an album with several songs which should be part of the collection of any fan of indie guitar music, two of which are the anthemic Father to a Sister of Thought and my personal faourite song of any Pavement release, Grounded.
As for what the reissue brings to the table, the artwork and liner notes feel thrown together, and not in the traditionally sloppy but brilliant Pavement fashion. It does do the average Pavement fan the courtesy of adding several rarities such as I Love Perth and Mussle Rock, but in comparison to the reissues of Crooked Rain and Slanted and enchanted this seems like a poor effort. There are three versions of Easily Fooled for instance, none of which is as well recorded as the version included on the Crooked Rain reissue (called the Sutcliffe Catering Song) and the second album only has four songs worth adding to your collection in Sensitive Euro Man, Stray Fire, No More Kings and Painted Soldiers. To a non fan I would suggest the far superior Slanted and Enchanted or Crooked Rain, Crooked Rain reissues. They are a better starting point to explore Pavement's slack majesty, given that they give a clearer picture of the where the band was at the time of each album, as well as having a far better selection of tunes. One to consider getting but maybe wait til you don't really have anything else to spend your cash on...
DISCLAIMER:This album was bought under a cloud of multiple bad associations (the first time I listened to it was on the bus home to my grandfather's funeral was one thing) so if you believe in the power of association in forming your opinions on the music you listen to, bear in mind that my review was coloured fairly negatively.
To share one last little bit, here's two songs which explain why Pavement worked so well as a band. The first, Mussle Rock (is a Horse in Transition) can be described as the typical Spiral Stairs song, gorgeous hook, sloppy guitar, frail voice crooning wounded lyrics but catchy as hell. The second can be described as the typical Stephen Malkmus tune, crossword clue lyrics, psychedelic pop guitar and an unabashedly intellectual slant (that's right Declan, I'm going all pitchfork on this review). Put them together and you get the reason for tunes as brilliant as Shadey Lane and Grounded.
Mussle Rock (is a Horse in Transition) - Pavement
Give It A Day - Pavement
POST SCRIPT: I really do love the original album and the reissue adds in some great tunes, so get your hands on it if you can. Even if only because it'd be a lot cheaper than trying to hunt down all the b-sides and BBC sessions.
Thoughts of Messy Angelo at 5:36 p.m.
Monday, December 04, 2006
Big welcome to Diarmaid, who I've just realised is our newest team member; this is turning into quite the army, we should conquer something. Anyway here's a song that ties AIH (and their pretty hot remix album) into my Hot Chip obsession:
Architecture In Helsinki - Do The Whirlwind (Hot Chip Remix)
Thoughts of Aidan at 5:26 p.m.
Thursday, November 30, 2006
Seems everybodys doing the Aryan Krump I reported on earlier, which seems to be spreading like the dance eqivalent of POGS.
Have a look, its all over youtube.
Maybe If I was german I'd understand.
One Gooch dug up:
this guys rubbish:
check the kid:
And here it is, download and try it forself at home.
Dj Coone-The Return
(this is going to be all over highland radio in like a year isnt it.)
Thoughts of KickAcid at 11:51 p.m.
Wednesday, November 29, 2006
Me and Brian hit Habitat last night cause Laura got an invite to this fancy christmas instore thing.
There was free wine and we ended up trying to see who could drink the most.
I managed eight glasses and got clean fucked.
we then bought two bottles of wine on the way home.
Im now wasting my day at home sitting around in a bathrobe with a fucking huge big hangover.
VINCENT GALLO-yes im lonely
(the guitar in this song is like my hangover condensed into sound)
Thoughts of KickAcid at 2:46 p.m.
Tuesday, November 28, 2006
Is quite a meaningless title. Now on to business;
1) The Album Leaf have been floating around my c.d. player for quite a while now. Soft and electronic, they've even been gifted the prescence of Sigur Ros' lead singer on one of their numbers. Check 'em out:
The Album Leaf - Always For You
2) There are some cracking mixtapes over at Tape.
3) And finally, Alex Smoke (above). Is there anything Glasgow can't do? He's even got the tracky thing going on (should be Kappa though). I probably won't get to see him in the TBMC on the 1st of December, but for all you Dub based bloggers it should be a quality night out. The chances are that i'll miss Dino Jr. down here as well, all because of these poxy exam things. Super-gay.
Alex Smoke - Snider
Thoughts of Aidan at 6:46 p.m.
Sunday, November 26, 2006
Could I be a little premature on this one? I dunno, the whole impending thing of Christmas has really dawned on me in the last week, it just seems to creep up every year and then BAM, before ya know it you're getting drunk and watching Home Alone and Jingle All the Way whilst getting fat on the couch.
Anyway, before it becomes open season for blogs to post Christmas tracks (which will probably be every blog posting some Sufjan Stevens festive cover) I thought I'd throw my festive hat into the big boiling pot of festive hats early.
ARAB STRAP - (Christmas) Baby, Please Come Home
JOHN WILLIAMS - Christmas Star
NATHAN FAKE - Silent Night
THE DRIFTERS - I'm Dreaming of a White Christmas
JOHNNY MATHIS - It's Beginning To Look a Lot Like Christmas
LOW - Just Like Christmas
And fuck it, I couldn't resist:
WHAM! - Last Christmas
PAUL MC CARTNEY - Simply Having a Wonderful Christmas Time
BONUS: One can but only dream to have moves like this odd bunch of Northern Europeans...
Thoughts of KickAcid at 6:04 p.m.
Saturday, November 25, 2006
The support, local boyos Brian & Baxter, got it all ramped up with some wicked acid gubbins, before Chevron took over and ramped the beats per minute up by a few dozen. Oen Flux lived up to that Discogs profile pic as a savage mentalist, and banged our brains up silly with bangers that I would doubt ever dipped below 200BPM the whole night. Highlights included random cheesy pop hits reinforced with crushing speedcore bass kicks, something that featured the Byker Grove theme, and Technohead's "I Wanna Be a Hippie", sped up even faster than usual. (As Fluxxy put it, "Who wants to be a hippie anyway? I like having a house." Too true.) He also played a tune dedicated to his girlfriend - who, if Chevron is to be believed, weighs 25 stone. She must be into breakcore too. And, with all the fun that we had last night, I can't possibly blame her.
Now get spastic and turn this up as loud as it fucking goes.
PS: More top pics soon hopefully.
Thoughts of Tugboat at 7:11 p.m.
Thursday, November 23, 2006
Wednesday, November 22, 2006
These are real hot. The acoustic version of 'Boy From School' is nothing other than magic, bangin' electronica turned to miserbalist indie, in the best possible way. The other is just a fine old remix of Daft Punk which you might have heard before, probably years ago, but may want to hear again.
Hot Chip - Boy From School (acoustic)
Thoughts of Aidan at 7:42 p.m.
Monday, November 20, 2006
This is one of my favorite bands. I don't have any of their recordings. I've only heard a few of their songs. This is the only one that I've heard all of. It's made up of cool people like Al and Mike Mogis and Ted Stevens, who I missed seeing last year because I came home to get drunk with Conor and Daniel. I'm gonna try go see Nina Nastasia and William Elliot Whitmore this week. I'll try post a review of the gig later. Very tired!
Thoughts of robvanhalen at 3:40 a.m.
Saturday, November 18, 2006
It appears to be snowing outside. Oh wait... no, it's stopped. Anyway, it's cold as a motherfucker. Home for the weekend again, supposed to be doing work, instead spending too much time on the interweb and listening to tunes. Specifically loads of (relatively) old tunes on CDs I hadn't brought up to college with me. CDs! Who uses them these days?
Oh, first, as continuity: something I mentioned last weekend, a tune from Markus Guentner's 1981 EP from last year on Kompakt...
MARKUS GUENTNER - Hi-Jacked (Kompakt; 2005; 1981 EP)
More more more! This time, more Low. A tune from their collaboration with the Dirty Three from a few years ago, as part of the In the Fishtank series. Like a dustier, more weather-beaten Low, or the Dirty Three with a husband and wife singing duo. Basically, it works.
LOW & THE DIRTY THREE - When I Called Upon Your Seed (Konkurrent; 2001; In The Fishtank)
Another beautiful combination of male & female voice is heard in this following cover of Pavement's "Stop Breathin'", part of the Pavement tribute CD Everything Is Ending Here which came out on Italian label Homesleep in 2003. Taking Pavement's college intellect and bringing it all down home...
BOXSTEP - Stop Breathin' (Homesleep; 2003; Everything Is Ending Here)
Kurt Wagner will show your punk rock ass.
LAMBCHOP - My Face Your Ass (City Slang; 1997; Thriller)
Another staple of my musical diet a few years back was what the critics call post-rock. Fridge (whose line-up includes one Kieran Hebden) do a neat line on the more experimental fringe of that scene, and have a new album scheduled for January 2007. From the album Happiness from 2000, this tune (as we've come to expect from Four Tet) is a nice, messy-yet-together romp around the studio. More Fridge MP3s are available from their webshite.
FRIDGE - Drums Bass Sonics and Edit (Domino; 2000; Happiness)
Back to America, where Jim Jones and friends are trying to break your heart.
MY MORNING JACKET - Come Closer (Wichita; 2002; Sweatbees EP)
And finally, our adventure takes us home to Germany. Michaela Grobelny, aka M.I.A., made this deep, warm piece of minimal techno, which featured on Craig Richards' Fabric 15.
M.I.A. - River (Trapez; 2003; River)
QUICK EDIT: Charlie Brooker does his run-down of the contestants in the new I'm A Celebrity...: "Fuck him, this is Anstis we're talking about, not Hawking or a Beatle. Human civilisation might just survive his passing."
Thoughts of Tugboat at 4:10 p.m.
Tuesday, November 14, 2006
It's taken me a long time to get these two tracks out from under my needles, so at long last:
Luftkluster/Luftfluks is the latest alias under which Nina Canell and Robin Watkins (or canell&watkins) have been operating. Their music has always been close to my heart, from the fey pop of Cat & Dog Dialogue to last years more experimental New Heat/Obscured By Light opus. I particularly like the ramshackle, almost on the verge of breaking, sound which they manage to shape into songs for you and me. It's also kind of refreshing to hear a kind of electronic music being made without a computer chip in sight (no disrespect to computers). Anyone who lives in the Dublin area should make every attempt to check out their live show, which is definitely one of the better things going on, particularly when pared with a skinny wolves night.
Eye Myth -Luftkluster/Luftfluks [oscillatone]
Stand On The Word -Celestial Choir
(apologies if sound is not fantastic had to rip it from vinyl with decidedly dodge connections)
Thoughts of piaras at 7:17 p.m.
Sunday, November 12, 2006
Forgot all about this 'til I found it on my contuter this very minute. I actually wasn't incredibly fond of it when I first heard it a month or two ago, but it's come back around to hit me on the head with its firm wallop of quality, calling me a very silly boy indeed for not believing. Beautiful building guitars and synths add layers of complexity and wistfulness to an originally quite menacing tune (I thought it was menacing at least).
The wonderful Low, as remixed by the wonderful Fog.
LOW - Monkey (Fog remix) [Chair Kickers' Union; 2005; Tonight The Monkeys Die (Low Remixes)]
EDIT: See also Comfort Music, who have the Bob Mould version up, a much jauntier affair.
Thoughts of Tugboat at 5:54 p.m.
(Photo by Liam.)
Has Borat quoting started to grate yet? I don't think so, but give it a week or two. At least it's actually milk-squirting-out-the-nose hilarious, and not... I dunno, Family Guy or something. (Do people quote Family Guy? I wouldn't know. I'm out of whatever loops that nerds tend to be in.) NICE!
Anyway, while I'm still in the jolly mood that I am today* - some recommendations. Check out Undomondo, first off just generally (presumably you cool cats are already 10 steps ahead of me), but in particular, this post about Markus Guentner - whose "popified deep minimal" tunes (better description than I could come up with) from this here album are running a lovely kind of riot around my brain. I would have posted up a tune off his 1981 EP on Kompakt from last year, but it would mean ripping it from vinyl, and I think I'm glued to this chair. A much more straight ahead (albeit Schaffeled-up) affair than the intricate stylings of this newer album.
*Surprising, given that I'm a bit hungover (when am I ever not, really though?), broke as a badger, and meant to be doing loads of work for college. But sure fuck it. If this isn't nice, I don't know what is.
Also, pick up the Sleeparchive remix of Modeselektor's "Dancing Box" over at The Book I Read if you get a chance. Minimal in a loud, bangy way, and more... piledrivey (not a word, according to Firefox's spell-checker) than the original. Needs to be played full blast, I'd wager. If you had any Funktion Ones lying around gathering dust, I reckon they'd do it justice. (For such a quality product, that is an incredibly tacky website.)
Anyway, what the fuck am I on about now? Oh yeah. I haven't seen an awful lot of really good video blogs (haven't really been looking either, to be honest) but this one seems pretty top drawer. It's got a wide range of stuff, old and new, lotsa live stuff, and it's from whence this following video of The Band came.
EDIT: Just noticed we now have our 10th contributor - welcome Kathy!
Thoughts of Tugboat at 3:57 p.m.
Saturday, November 11, 2006
I was gonna head to a party in a shit bowling alley, but decided that I'd rather sit in front of the internet and let my ever-so-slightly hungover head get back to full strength before I subject it to another arbitrary round of assault-by-booze. And so now I'm being barraged with texts asking where I am and calling me "hoss" for some reason. Ah well.
Anyway, another sufficiently excellent adventure under the belt, and concomitantly, another ridiculous amount of money that I hadn't even earned myself squandered on booze, fags, kebabs, hungover Subways, one particularly expensive train - 34 of the Queen's finest pounds for a wee trip from Norwich to London? WTF, yo? - and the various other elements it takes for a shindig these days. Tiring indeed, but we were spoiled for fun. Much thanks to our man RTW and the good lady Rachael for being such fine hosts and bringers of the good times.
As Daniel detailed below, Norwich was all about the 'Strap and our own classic hardcore levels of boozing. Not knowing what to expect from the fine city, I was more than impressed by its lovely old style and winding streets. Plus the Students' Union at the Art College is fucking well Jackson. Certainly the most ace Union I've been in in my 21 years on the planet (not that I've been in very many, but still). Norwich has plenty fine drinking establishments, some nice record shops (in one of which I found My My's fine new tech-house long-player Songs For The Gentle - check below for a tune, plus there's a nice interview with them over here), and overall a very friendly buzz about the place. Plus, what was the place called, The Olive Tree? Well, whatever it was, they do a mean line in late-night drunken kebabs. Plus, Rob's living room is blessed with some surprisingly comfortable couches for the old 40-winks. (Thieves looking for a good night's rest but unwilling to lug an entire bed frame and mattress around, take note.)
And so the third time in about six months we'd seen Arab Strap was probably the best. An excellent set, start to finish, lots of enthusiasm and silly chatter from us (particularly our skinny blond friend), and they paid us back in kind with a thumpingly good performance.
We said our goodbyes to the lads and the kitten (have they settled on a name yet Rob?) and caught a painfully expensive train to London town, where our dear Rachael was waiting patiently for a jaunt to Fabric. A few things Dano didn't mention: we actually gave up on the Fabric queue to begin with, when it seemed impossibly long; the whole thing was starting to look like the line ride from South Park when we joined a different queue for some shithole club round the corner. An hour later and we get called up to go in, but the bouncers don't like the look of us in our trackie jackets. A blessing in disguise, because we just go right back to the Fabric queue, which at about 1:30 in the morning is now around 3 hours long, and working on a 1-in, 1-out basis. Who better to have with you in a queue than Rachael though, who somehow manages to find friendly Irish people - heck, just friendly people - everywhere she goes. And boom! Half an hour later, we were in.
As you'd expect, the soundsystem was off the fucking chain - knocking my head off with every thump of a kick drum. The tunes were top notch of course - 2 Many DJs held the vast majority of the crowd under their silly spell in Room One, I think it was Vitalic most of the time in Room Two (with an unbelievable laser!), and Shitrobot and The Juan Maclean* were plowing a more underground furrow in Room Three.
(*Those two are kicking it right now in The Stiff Kitten back in Belfast, and were it not for my indiscrimination with cash and booze I would be there no doubt. Not to worry. Anybody see 'em in Dublin last night?)
Back to Boring Old Belfast this week and the rain and generally partyless vibes were quashed somewhat by fond memories, plenty new tunes (see below), plus news of good things on the horizon: thanks to diston, Belfast's finest (only?) promoters of electronica, Chevron and Oen Flux (!) of the hilarious spazcore noise brigade Wrong Music are returning to town this day two weeks, with a show going under the brilliant name "Rave Like a Bastard". Don't mind if we do! Check the flyer. December 9th, meanwhile, sees Warp's Chris Clark roll into town, presumably promoting that new album of his, which is apparently proper boshty. (Flya.) Meanwhile, in Galway right now, Fionn should be giving it a sock or two for Nightmoves, about whom I've heard nothing but good things. A visit to Galway is long-overdue.
A funny video of a stupid twat:
And a tune or two...
CHRIS CLARK - Rob Lee (Warp Records; 2003; Ceramics is the Bomb)
MY MY - Half a Hole (Playhouse; 2006; Songs For The Gentle)
Thoughts of Tugboat at 1:00 a.m.
Thursday, November 09, 2006
(Edited for utterly appalling grammar and terrible spelling, 10/11/2006. Hugs and raspberries, Tugboat.)
This post is well overdue, mainly because I had some hot video action to show, but encountered problems with puttin them on youtube, but mostly because I'm still recovering from the intense concentrated brilliance of last weekend.
So me and Tugboat, after much travelling and fatiguedness, got ourselfs down to Rob's in Norwich, which resulted in concentrated alcohol consumption, covering many of the scenic little haunts of Norwich (a bangin wee town I reckons). We met Rob's friendly folk, who are some downright lovely people, and drew all over the walls of the bathroom and each other. When we retreated to Rob's we consumed more alcohol and low class drugs I purchased for a modest sum before passing out on the couch.
Arab strap next. The set began as it had at the recent Galway and Belfast gigs I attended, starting with "Stink", "Fucking Little Bastards", "Dream Sequence" and "If There's No Hope For Us", before diverting into material from the Ten Years of Tears comp ("I Saw You", "Gilded") and then dipping into the fucking class A material before treating us with a stunning finale of The First Big Weekend (YES!) and returning with an acoustic encore, leaving us with a stirring rendition of "The Shy Retirer".
Fantastic gig, let down slightly by the fucking hardon in a cardigan brigade, notably that strange looking monkey boy thing (amusingly, taken on by Rob on all counts). Annoyingly, I have a sizeable portion of the gig filmed in quite good quality, though the files are too large for YouTube.
So yes, from there we kicked things into overdrive. I ripped my trousers up (being highly intoxicated) and we threw our hot sexy bodies all over the town of Norwich.
I was fucking knackered after the previous two night's binging so an order of Special Brew and 9 pills of Pro Plus would fit the bill (I recommend pro plus to nobody). We hit the underground trains. I pissed in public a hell of a lot without getting arrested (I pissed in a wine bottle in the train too. C'mon, it was a two hour journey).
When we finally got to Fabric, the queue was FUCKING MASSIVE. Tugboat then bought some (EDITED: because Tugboat thinks his mammy or the Gardai will read this, naw, im kiddin thuggys, glove you [DOUBLE EDITED: Go fuck yourself. Love, Tuggers]) off a (EDITED: casual racism, Daniel, you scumbag) lady in the queue which resulted in a rather pleasant half hour.
The next morning was horrible for me.
ARAB STRAP -The Shy Retirer (acoustic, from the tour only last single, 'ave it)
Thoughts of KickAcid at 7:30 p.m.
Since i'm supposed to be writing one of many many overdue assingments, it seems a perfect time to post about the goings on here in Galwayland.
Andrew Weatherall is playing here on Saturday in the Vic, a shitty little nightclub that usually contains just us and a handful of knackers, but hopefully it'll be jammers this weekend. I have a sneaking suspicion that i've seen him during some wasted festival weekend, but it's all a bit hazy. Looking forward to this though. One band that shan't be playing here however, is LCD Soundsystem, who've just announced a 17 date tour of the U.K. and Europe which doesn't include any dates in Ireland.
I bought the first Hot Chip album last week, alongside Arab Strap's farewell record, 'Ten Years of Tears', and, unsurprisingly, they're both excellent. I also finally got "my" four-track working so hopefully that will lead to more wasted study time and perhaps even some musical output of our own. I also downloaded Joanna Newsom's disapointing, if somewhat unhinged second album. Her debut ,'Milk Eyed Mender' may well contain my favourite set of lyrics but the production ruins it's follow up. The song below closes her debut and, gay as it sounds, is one of my all time favourites.
Hot Chip - Sexual Healing
Joanna Newsom - Clam, Crab, Cockle, Cowrie
Arab Strap - Kate Moss (live)
Thoughts of Aidan at 5:42 p.m.
Monday, November 06, 2006
Saturday, November 04, 2006
Friday, November 03, 2006
- This weeks gigage was courtesy of M Ward and I must say he was really, really impressive. I'm sure fellow blog contributor Brian could do a much better job of talking about him than I ever could so I'll leave that for him to do at some stage in the future. You should try and get your hands on his latest album 'Post-War' though. The support act The Basement, who's lead singer is from Omagh, were also top notch, you should definitly check out the tunes on their myspace.
M Ward - Right In The Head
- John Tejada has a new album out called 'Cleaning Sounds Is A Filthy Business' and it is one fucking squelchy slice of minimal techno. You might know him from his remix of the Postal Service's Such Great Heights as his Wikipedia article says.
John Tejada - Clever Bunch
John Tejada - Mutation
- I was really looking forward to the new Joakim album on the strength of what I'd heard from him before. His previous single Teenage Kiss, his remixes of Annie's Always Too Late and DJ T's A Guy Called Jack and his edit of Tiga's (Far From) Home and others all knock pretty hard. However, I have some bad news, 'Monsters and Silly Songs'
...well...suckswait...actually, it's listenable but i expected more. I think there's at least one or two songs I can salvage from it:
Joakim - I Wish You Were Gone
Joakim - Rocket Pearl
- I really wish i had time to post about Mac Dre on Wednesday :(
He died on the 1st November 2004 and was dope as hell. This first track is essential.
Mac Dre & Mac Mall - Dredio ft. E-40
Mac Dre - 2 Hard 4 The Fuckin Radio
- Fluokids are biting my style.
They did post this track just today though. Sinden is on fire as usual:
Epic Man ft. Plan B - More Is Enough (Sinden Remix)
Here, have the original too (it's a little less crazy):
Epic Man ft. Plan B - More Is Enough
Thoughts of magooo at 11:50 p.m.
Wednesday, November 01, 2006
I'll be playing pop music of the "urban" variety in Crawdaddy (Bar) all night this Thursday at Club Shindig (i guess when you're reading this it'll be "tonight"). I don't know how i got myself in this situation. Come along and laugh at my skillz. Plus, if you're in Dublin and know me, get at me for the guestlist.
I've been listening to lots of music too, I think there'll be a post from me on Friday or Saturday.
EDIT: It was an experience. I played some good tracks, even went a little baltimore club on their asses and for the most part the people danced. I need to practice playing one song after another though, yessir.
Thoughts of magooo at 10:13 p.m.
Tuesday, October 31, 2006
The much-yearned-for partying season got back into full swing from last Friday. Those of us in Belfast ramped it up in a leisurely, tortoise-paced style for Lambchop, but followed it with the full-on techno workout (seriously, I felt like a million bucks the next morning) that was Magda at the Stiff Kitten. Back home, we heard reports of drunken disarray for Fionn's 21st celebrations on Friday night, meaning at least one of our team members on here missed the revelling boat that was the party in Ramelton on Saturday (Aidan, I'm looking in your hungover direction).
Daithi mentioned that he thought Lambchop were a bit self-indulgent when they played in Letterkenny those many moons ago. I was at that gig, and only getting into the 'Chop at that stage, and most of what I remember was people being annoyed and leaving. I must admit though, that while my tastes at that point were still firmly confined to the paddling pool of development, I liked what I heard. Since then, Lambchop have gone on to join that clubhouse in my brain for musical artists that I think will always be my favourites. I love Kurt Wagner's turn of phrase, I love their glorious warm instrumentation, and I love something they have which is very hard to find in a lot of music - subtlety. They didn't disappoint on Friday night, and I'll have to get my hands on the new album soon, because what they played from it sounds fantastic. Highlight of the show, for me at least, was "My Blue Wave" and "The Daily Growl", two of my favourite songs, both from one of my favourite albums, Is A Woman.
Post-Lambchop, we legged it to The Stiff Kitten, where Phil Kieran was whipping the crowd up like cream for the appearance of Magda. Her straight-up techno set was a joy to behold, and tough work for the old dancing stamina. Plenty of ideas for what would turn out to be my utterly incompetent spell on the ones-and-twos the following night.
And, for those of us who managed not to mangle ourselves with all the silly shenanigans, what fun we had. House parties are always the best parties. Add: (1) some marvellous costumes (I think Ian Paisley deserved the prize for best dressed), (2) delicious food, (3) horse-loads of booze, (4) stonking tunes (I somehow managed to get Audion and Alex Under rattling the walls, in spite of being what you might describe as out of my mind; Dano had the never-fail Kernkraft 400 and Four Tet's Arab Strap remix as just a few of his highlights), and (5) practically all your best friends, as well as some new ones, and hey presto, you've got a night to remember...
Roll on En-ger-land...
Thoughts of Tugboat at 4:24 p.m.
Monday, October 30, 2006
After the shattering disappointment that was the Go! Team's last minute cancellation, Galway has redeemed itself with the announcement that Dinosaur Jr. will be playing the Warwick on the 12th of December as part of a two date Irish stop-over. Although I've only ever been a casual fan, they strike me as one of those bands that will be head bangingly fantastic live and, of course anyone's welcome down. I'll even put Fionn's couch on offer! Here's a J- mascis mp3 (i'm too tired/sick to search for Dinosaur Jr.) Apologies for the cheese dripped headline by the way.
J. Mascis + The Fog- Sameday (mp3)
Thoughts of Aidan at 12:06 a.m.
Thursday, October 26, 2006
sup yall. just a small note to say that im doin a bit of 21st birthday celebratin on friday along with Conal McGonigle in his gaff so anyone and everyone is welcome out. we'll be headin into town then probably for some disco dancin. see ye's on friday
Thoughts of Oddy Knocky at 2:44 p.m.
A free mix thats been floating around the internet by blockhead, nothing special but its a hell of alot better than his last album.
Stick it on if your doing housework.
Blockheadmix (right click, save as.)
EDIT:the mix is actually quite good, Im just in a bit of a funk at the moment.
Thoughts of KickAcid at 2:13 p.m.
Wednesday, October 25, 2006
If you followed this blog at all you'd realise how much I miss the mighty Arab Strap, and after much searching of the interweb I can safely say we are the first blog to offer the
FOUR TET REMIX OF ARAB STRAPS THE FIRST BIG WEEKEND(mp3).
It features as the B-side on Their last commercial release "There is no ending" as a limited 7" which is out next monday, so pick it up will ya.
Its quite minimal for a four tet remix, but I wont spoil it with words, jus listen.
Fan-boy rant over.
Thoughts of KickAcid at 2:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006
something to fill the void
1.Dead mans shoes is on channel four tonight at 23:05,for those that have yet to see it and again for those who have.
2.Arab straps Ten years of tears compilation is out,go get it. Mp3 here.
3.Buck 65 has two free track posted up on his myspace page, I havent listened to them yet cause I aint got my headphones, so I could be directing you to shite.
4.Im loving the new squarepusher album.
Thoughts of KickAcid at 1:09 p.m.
Saturday, October 21, 2006
EDIT: It looks like I'm copying Gooch's numbered posting style, but I just think it's a useful technique, is all.
DOUBLE EDIT: Hey look, in case you don't know how to scroll down the screen, check it out: Gooch posted just before me. And Brian before that. And, before that again, Aidan posted, and so on. Now, on with the show.
1. "Art is created by artists so that the viewer has the opportunity to create something," said Brian Eno, said Jason Kottke. I love those apparently simple insights that give you a completely different perspective on things. Brian Eno seems to be especially good at them. Kurt Vonnegut's another.
2. "The first thing we're going to need is a kick drum, because without a kick drum, it's going to sound shit."
The Museum of Techno's YouTube videos.
3. Man to Man with Dean Lerner (Fridays, C4 11.05pm): a. Incredibly irritating audience laughter; b. Stilted acting in the interview (although maybe that was intentional?); c. Funny for the badly produced 80s cut scenes - basically where they redo Darkplace. d. So if the funny bit is redoing the old show, what's the point, really?
TODD RIVERS - One Track Lover (Original 12") (Thanks, Declan)
4. More weighty concerns: I saw Gavin Bryars' "The Sinking Of The Titanic" performed this week at Queen's by the Smith String Quartet through the floor beneath me. Beautiful. You can hear it in the video below.
As I sat and listened I was wondering why the name rang a bell - then, halfway through the next piece, it hit me:
GAVIN BRYARS - Raising the Titanic [Aphex Twin's Big Drum mix] (From 26 Mixes for Cash)
5. Coincidences. The next day the Dublin Guitar Quartet were playing at Queen's, and performed pieces by Steve Reich and Philip Glass as well as the one they do below, and a few others.
Meanwhile, just yesterday, Jason Kottke (see point 1) talked about Steve Reich (his piece "New York Counterpoint" for clarinets is what's playing in the video below), with particular reference to his use of phasing. Today, TAPE have an interview with Canadian techno producer Mathew Jonson where he talks about the related idea of polyrhythms: "...different instruments playing in different time signatures at the same time creating long phrases in music that repeat at certain points in the phrase. 4/4 over 6/8 for example at the same tempo".
Head here and download "India in Me" by Cobblestone Jazz, one of Jonson's group projects. It's in a similar vein to his tune "Marionette", where the off-kilter repetition seems like it could go on forever. Meanwhile, a Coldcut remix of Steve Reich's "Music for 18 Musicicians" is lying around over here.
Thoughts of Tugboat at 1:48 a.m.
...and matching tracksuits are a must.
plus, i didn't want to post anything after Brian's last post...but:
- It's been a good week. I got to see Datarock on Wednesday and Bonde Do Role on Thursday (both for free!). Datarock were the crazy, dancing, red hooded tracksuit wearing Norwegians i expected and Bonde Do Role were simply amazing, the most fun EVER! Marina spent more time writhing on the ground and dancing with the normal folk than on stage and she crowd surfed for the first time since breaking her arm crowd surfing. DJ Gorky played all the hits too and I just couldn't help smiling the whole way through.. Everyone missed out, such a small crowd.
Also, nialler9 was there.
Some tracks that have been on every blog already:
Datarock - Fa Fa Fa
Bonde Do Role - Melo Do Vitiligo
Cansei De Ser Sexy - A La La (DJ Gorky Remix)
- Did I say Roland Pemberton aka Cadence Weapon is my favourite rapper? After a finished but scrapped concept album about "housing" (yeah, I don't know how that would work either) he's releasing an album of party tracks about hipsters, in a "Basement Jaxx" stylee, in the first quarter of next year. I always see him in my neighbours on last.fm, so we're practically best buds too. Here's some tracks from his album Breaking Kayfabe that was released December last year.
Cadence Weapon - Black Hand
Cadence Weapon - Sharks
Cadence Weapon - Vicarious
- You can download a slightly different version (turbo) of the new M.I.A. track on Diplo's myspace now and Diplo's forthcoming release on Uppercuts "shhake it up" (<---listen to it on their myspace) is incredibly essential for any party.
- There's an Institubes blog now (for a while it would seem).
There might be a point 5 at some stage, I feel like I'm forgetting something, possibly on youtube but it's being a bitch right now.
Edit: It could have been this:
- I think this is the best free tv show site I've seen.
Thoughts of magooo at 1:06 a.m.
Thursday, October 19, 2006
I was dreaming when I wrote this so forgive me if it goes astray. I've haven't always been a fan of Prince Rogers Nelson, I mean how could I be, he hails from a completely different era than myself. I have faint memories of wondering into the room of one of my friends teenage sisters room when I was about seven and discovering the walls were completely plastered with the man, if I recall correctly it was the sort of thing were she had just cut out magazine pictures and had herself fashioned his name from green and orange neon papers which she had I supposed purchased in toyland. At the time I knew little of him and pretty much thought of him as laughable I mean the cat was pretty out there. Seeing him and the revolution on stage has always reminded me of jayce and the wheeled warriors I mean they seem like they’d make a great band of intergalactic space pirates.
It wasn't until I was about fifteen that I discovered just what a talented guy he was. It pretty much started with seeing the video to purple rain, I of course had seen him before on tv what with all the "artist formerly known as" malarky, but it wasn't until then that I discovered his unique appeal. It's the combination of technical musicianship, great song writing, the fact that he gives his performances absolutely everything he’s got and just the fact that you can surrender yourself to his massive ego, bizarre image permanent position as an eighties synth poster boy. Part of it is about the hilarity of it all I mean he was once pelted of the stage when opening for the rolling stones because all he was wearing was high heels, a trench coat and female underwear and I constantly find myself laughing at his insane and insanely dirty lyrics, but it's in a good way I mean who else could write a song about a "raspberry beret" or have the gall to sing "I sincerely wan't to fuck the taste out of your mouth"(by the way it was because of prince that explicit lyric warning stickers were created). He claims he can write a song about anything and I have no reason to doubt him.
He’s released over 1000 songs for himself and others and I don't intend to diss the great Michael Jackson but how do you suppose he would have done back then without the production skills of Quincy, practically every single prince song ever released states "written, produced, composed and arranged by prince". The man is a force of nature and when purple rain was released he had the number one single, album and film in America, and also won an Oscar for best original score.
He has recorded an album with Miles Davis which has only ever been released as a bootleg, and had so many songs in him he barely knew what to do with them for example when the bangles hit number two on the US billboard chart with a previously unreleased prince song, Manic Monday it was second only to his own Kiss. He was the hardest working man in music in the eighties and one of the most prolific songwriters the world of pop music and hell I’ll bet he’s still got a few classics left in him yet. Anyway here’s a couple of great songs which if you haven’t heard are well worth a listen:
Prince - Pop Life(Fresh Dance Mix)
Prince - Baby I'm a Star
Thoughts of Brian at 10:41 a.m.