Wednesday, August 30, 2006

Kreblar


It'll come as no surprise, especially to anyone who has been drinking with me in the last while, how much I love the early 90's kids TV show The Adventures of Pete and Pete.

The show was fantastic excercise in imagination and, above all, actually funny without being "wacky" for the sake of wacky, which is a lot more than can be said for the pish they peddle as children's television today. No wonder kids nowadays are all cunts.

Sadly I could only find one full episode on YouTube, but it's a bit of old brilliant (look out for the cameo by a certain baldy man called Michael Stipe).



(Also, I wanted to post a song by the band Polaris who did the theme song, but I'm having quite a bit of a problem with posting anything other than WMA's. Seek them out though, they're great.)

Laugh on them

Go check out Aidan's blog. He writes certain words in a specific order to the effect of telling stories and giving opinions. He seems to have only started today but he's already chalked up two (2) posts!

He's also a thundering great champ.

If you can't laugh with them...

Tuesday, August 29, 2006

Chart Attack!

Our Euro Trip is sadly over. Back to the daily grind of fannying about the internet and drinking coffee all day, and not even getting fucked up every single night! What a gyp! (More on the trip later, perhaps...)

Ah well, remember on Slice of Class I did a chart once, with the intention of doing multiple charts? And then I didn't do a single one after that? Well, here I go again...

I present you with a list of (not-necessarily current) tunes I've been thoroughly enjoying of late. These have all been in the vicinity of my ears for anywhere between the last few days to the last few months.


10 L. PIERRE - Jim Jodge Dines at the Penguin Café [Info]
Thanks to Daniel, as ever a key taste-making element for me, for introducing me to Aidan Moffat's marvellous side-project, Lucky Pierre. See a couple of posts ago for the MP3 (WMA?).

09 ADA - Maps (Yeah Yeah Yeahs cover) [Info]
A bit lovely this is. One of those tunes that's just begging for a nice bit of the old four-to-the-floor, but Ada keeps it very tasteful.

08 JACO PASTORIUS - Portrait of Tracy [Info]
When I told someone I worked with that I played the bass (an arguable fact in itself) he started raving about this group Weather Report and their bass player Jaco Pastorius. Given that I tend to stay away from any virtuoso gubbins, I was somewhat wary but I dutifully checked him out and found this gem, which (DIG THIS!) El-P had sampled for Cannibal Ox's "Pigeon". And dig it further: Daniel had played me the exact sample just a day or two earlier, without either of us having heard of Jaco Pastorius. Coincedences, eh? Here's a video of him playing it live in 1976 (?) - the class bit kicks in around 1:50.

07 ALEX UNDER - Untitled 1 (from Multiplicanciones 2) [Info]
A great, driving, pulsing, constantly shape-shifting bit of micro techno.

06 THE BAND - The Last Waltz Refrain [Info]
I love The Band. More on them later perhaps.

05 KRAFTWERK - Numbers (Live) [Info]
By chance we ended up seeing Kraftwerk live at the Summer of Love music festival on the outskirts of Prague while we were over there. By fuck, do they know how to put on a show.

04 HERBERT - Harmonise [Info]
Old Matthew H. knows how to knock an album out. Scale is certainly unusual to begin with, but give it time and it packs surprise punches on every repeated listen. Also, hot vocals as ever by Dani Siciliano.

03 MODESELEKTOR - Kill Bill Vol. 4 [Info]
Rave-smash-tronica or something. Electric Picnic!

02 STEADYCAM - Knock Kneed [Info]
With the holiday that was in it, it seems inevitable that my top two would be T-E-C-H-N-O. We missed the Kompakt Total 7 party in Cologne (the compilation my numbers 2 & 1 come from), but we did catch Tresor Im Exil at Berlin's marvellous Maria Am Ostbanhof which was a wee bit mind-blowing for someone like me who bangs on and on about fucking techno all the fucking time but rarely has the chance to see any good stuff. (See also this video from a Japanese news programme (?!) about Tresor Berlin closing last year. Yes, it's in Japanese and German but the general idea comes across.)

01 WIGHNOMY BROS - Wombat [Info]
An off-kilter, insistent bassline is the centrepiece of this great Wighnomy Bros tune, again included on Kompakt Total 7, and actually over a year old at this stage. Hearing this while partying in Maria at around 7 or 8 in the morning was something special. You can hear a little bit of it in this trailer for Speaking in Code, a film by sQuare Productions. Needless to say, Total 7 comes highly recommended.

Alright. Posting will continue at a more regular pace from now on, and you should be ready for exciting and dynamic new features at ANY MOMENT.

Monday, August 28, 2006

Actual excitement

Four tet is doing a version of the first big weekend for the 7" single of there is no ending.
I need say no more.

Sunday, August 20, 2006

hungover, drawn, quartered like a donkey

fuck it is so hard to think of shit to write about so ive decided to review my hangover. this morning i woke up with severe dizziness to the sound of the heavens trying to drown norfolk. i spent a whole..... whole long time thinking what i did last night. there was only one thing for a man like me and it was black sabbath and pizza for brekfast. by the time changes finished id had enough black sabbath and burnt pizza. i struggled to get out of bed and my vision shook hard. i craved somthing, i craved something happy, i needed disco, i fired on some !!! (chk,chk,chk). "louden up now" is a wonderful album for a hangover, it has political lyrics that are funny and not annoying and a hipnotic rythem section, you all probably know this.
fuck that new streets video is a bit strange. his stuff seems be all about him doing loads of drugs, still good though.
i now had that horrible taste in my mouth but mr dj shadow came in and rubbed my back and told me that i probably didnt send that text to her and even so who gives a fuck about girls anyway, i agreed with him and then he preformed the whole of entroducing on itunes. i hadnt heard those songs in ages.
does anyone else get hangover guilt, i cant figure out why i should feel guilty but right now i could chew every ones nails im that stressed. i plan on listening to christopher bissionnette when i hit the sack, his album periphery is bloody lovely it sounds like the background music in goldeneye the game (you know those banging pipe noises) slowed down on a really cold day, it dosent have any beats, a good reference point would be aphex twin's ambient works. anyway i need a shower

ps i dont really like the work of van halen!

well jump's ok!

Wednesday, August 16, 2006

Fantastic Hammage


Hello. Hmm... My first post on our new blog. I think I'll post a track from L.Pierre's second album Touchpool which was released by the rather wonderful melodic label last year. A fantastic wee album that's been tiding me over for quite sometime now, this track's a real favourite that I dug out for today because it's actually sunny outside.

In case you didn't know, L.Pierre is the solo guise of Aidan Moffat, wordsmith with possibly my favouritest band ever, Arab Strap.

L.Pierre - "Jim Dodge Dines at the Penguin Cafe"

And with that, me and Tugboat are off to Prague and then Berlin for the week.
Keep it foolish.

Tuesday, August 15, 2006

Hello (2)

We're not this guy. I used to be one of these guys and Dano still is (at least for now). Rob is new to the whole thing and types slower than a retarded baby. More contributors will join as we go on, no doubt. Watchers Reborn (1998; Mark Hamill, Lou Rawls) was just showing on Zone Horror, the new, bastardised version of The Horror Channel, probably the finest free Sky channel before the arrival of Film 4.


This probably wasn't the best time to set up our new blog, considering we're pissing off to (continental) Europe on Thursday, but we'd had it in the pipelines for ages and weren't arsed waiting any longer. Expect the basic appearance to become swisher as well.

Hello

From Rob