pam doove.

November 9, 2007

Little jump start so I hopefully get going again…never fails to make me laugh… they should’ve made it a real advert…

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hope-less…

October 15, 2007

This is the funniest interiew I’ve seen in ages… it’s exceptional, Sigur Rós, simply the most wonderful band, simply the worst interview I’ve ever seen. The interviewer is so crap, and I’ve done a few bad ones in my time, but he’s AWFUL. His questions are just completely non-researched, encouraging the ridiculous monosyballic answers. Got what he deserved.

something for the weekend.

August 31, 2007

On the street where you live girls talk about their social lives
They’re made of lipstick, plastic and paint, a touch of sable in their eyes “

haha, brilliant – andthey look so funny! Bon Jovi rule! Oooooo… she’s a little runaway…

J.

a little moment of zen.

August 30, 2007

Corpach, Fort William; 6am.

Before I climbed Ben Nevis last weekend (more to come on that soon), I took a few minutes at sunrise at capture beautiful Corpach, in the Scottish Highlands. The video doesn’t really do the place justice, but it’s beautiful, calm and empty.

J.

something for the weekend.

August 24, 2007

devo girl u want

Absolutely brilliant video. Girl U Want is definitely coming on here soon too… Oh, and they’ve got a new song too I think, Watch Us Work Out, that’s really really good.

J.

something for the weekend.

August 17, 2007

something for the weekend.

August 10, 2007

I never even thought that a band called Clap Your Hands Say Yeah would inspire so much clapping. That is so ludicrously dumb.

Anywho, this band were undoubtedly one of the best things I saw at Benicassim or FiberFIB or whatever it’s called. Absolutely outstanding.

In all fairness, this isn’t even a bad video considering someone shot it non-professionally.

I’m so glad they delivered. Amazing band.

melody day…

July 29, 2007

caribou_ampitheatre.jpgDan Snaith is an absolute genius. Under his moniker, Caribou (previously Manitoba), he has made four outstanding records, particularly with 2003’s Up In Flames.

Later this Summer he releases his latest effort, the nine-song Andorra. Now Snaith seems like an impulsive kind of guy when naming songs and tracks so perhaps this is not a concept album about the miniscule country bordering France and Spain. Or is it? Who knows, and who cares when the music is this good.

So far I’ve managed to rip a considerable number of tracks off the net in advance and I absolutely can’t stop listening to them. The integral song, or the one that a few people might hear is first single (out now) Melody Day. It sounds like a ’60s dreamy pop record put through the grinder by a band of drummers.

And that’s where Snaith stands out even more. On every record, the percussion is always aboslutely amazing. See, what I love about Caribou is that the records are layered, not chucked in, but carefully layered until there are hundreds of sounds on each track. Each time you listen you hear something gorgeous and new. One time, I remember listening to one track of Up in Flames in bed and hearing a frog croak or something.

So buy it, go and see him in Kingsland Road, EC2 on August 2 (I forget where) or see him in Dalston at Barden’s Boudiour, 38-44 Stoke Newington Road, on September 5 (I have no clue what to expect but can’t wait). He’s hardly ever over here (Canadian) anyway, it’s really cheap. He doesn’t seem to get much press but it’s some of the most phenomenal music I’ve heard. It’s magnificent. Oh, and all of his family, including him all have PhD’s in maths or something. That’s great work really, even if I do hate maths.

Enjoy the most beautiful song of the summer…, J.

Melody Day.

This was possibly tune of the Glastonbury weekend for me. This band don’t pretend to mean anything, they’re not amazing musician’s but they are so fun to see live. After Astoria, when I heard they were at Glasto, I had to go see them.

If you like CSS, or Cansei der Ser Sexy, check out Lovefoxxx’s flickr page of them on tour etc or the band’s main flickr page

J.

Too many YouTubes? I can’t particularly write right now. Observe and listening seems easier, too much going on… it’s exciting.

Found this atmospheric, black and white piece that was made by a few people, then posted on YouTube.

Here’s how they put it…

Final version of a video shot to Interpol’s “Hands Away.” Directed by Andy Bruce; starring Taylor Patterson. Serapolis.

Anyway, have a look, I like it.

J.

again and again…

June 4, 2007

J.

burn my shadow.

May 29, 2007

Actually quite excited this lunchtime; there’s a new UNKLE album coming out that I completely wasn’t aware of. I don’t think it’s out for a while, but the first video from it is quite nicely weird and features some guy from ER. Once you see the clock, you almost have to listen to the end of the song; good idea from the marketing peeps…

J.

UNKLE – Burn My Shadow

Carlos DIT seems Carlos D from Interpol is not just happy being in a phenomenal band; he also sees himself as a film composer!

After stumbling across this news item from Pitchfork (complete with nice picture of him and his dog – how cute is that?! – from the website), I’ve found that his aspirations are great – he wants to make magical music for those movies!

His website, as Pitchfork says, is bizzare. What it seems he’s done is compose some scores, then add them onto movies/TV already made. I wanted to embed these, but you’ll have to view them on his website…

http://www.carlosdengler.com

 

Planet of the Apes is even in there! Most of it is nicely ambient.

What I haven’t watched yet but will as soon as I can is the short film online. Not the promo video, this is a short film he scored called Golgotha. I’ll see it over the weekend hopefully.

It’s interesting finding out his kit though (his bio is brilliant), and seeing what he does when he’s not posing, smoking into a microphone and rocking a bass guitar via a holster.

What a guy.

J.

Now then, now then! This is ridiculously over exciting…

I am a huge fan of Interpol. I thought, and still think, that Turn on the Bright Lights is one of the best records I’ve ever heard. Antics is amazing too, and has Narc on it, which is one of my favourite, favourite songs.

Anywho, Mr Banks and co. are back in their dark ways again, playing a series of shows before their new album, I think called Moderation, comes out later this year.

They’re not playing anywhere that I can get to but luckily some beautiful, amazing, brilliant person has ripped a few of the new songs as videos and shoved them on YouTube. Just hope they stay there long enough!

J.

Pioneer

Heinrich Maneuver

Mammoth (shot over some guy’s shoulder!):

Brilliant. I may not have Internet access but nothing would’ve stopped me posting this bit of amazing singing from Mr. T., legend of the A-Team!

x, J.

This is quite possibly my favourite song ever…

J.

staring at the sun…

February 28, 2007

Since I posted about Nine Inch Nails, I keep on listening to the Downward Spiral and the Fragile. They’re amazing LPs, NIN are just dismissed by a lot of people but as albums, as pieces of art, I just think they work so well.

Anywho, while I was on YouTube (legitimately for work I might add), I stumbled across the video below. The song, Sunspots is from With Teeth, the most recent album (until a month or so’s time when Year Zero hits). Admittedly Sunspots is not my favourite NIN track but it works so well in this context. The creator, rjgfoundry, whoever he is, has edited a Mars pathfinder animation to the song with great skill and aplomb. Listen to the song’s development and rhythm and it works really well with the video.

I think it’s worth 4 mins or so.

J.

running with the bulls.

February 17, 2007

This is where I’m going in July. There’ll be six of us, cruising in an RV across Spain, stopping off here, then following onto Benicassim. Might need to get some dodging practice in (see right hand side of the screen, 00:58 min).

Running with the bulls…

J.

supporting scatman john.

February 15, 2007

Right, so I was reading Prefix, and then I saw this post… Awful Album of the Week: Scatman John ‘Scatman’s World’

I think it’s harsh. Yes, his album may have been made up of early-’90s-pseudo-trance disco-pop-rubbish but I don’t like the way they talk about the chieftain. They talk about him like he’s some kind of paedophile pop star. It’s so lazy.

The dude was an old jazz musician, with a stutter that embarassed him. He turned that around and with the help of some A&R music executives (you’re picturing them as evil henchmen now, aren’t you) reinvented himself as a perculiar popstar.

He deserves plaudits. Firstly (and maybe this should be an ongoing feature), who else has a better moustache in pop music. Second, watch his videos, the guy is so bizzare it’s amazing. His movements are mental.

If I’m honest, the thing that offends me more than anything is the bloke playing the trumpet in the Scatman video, when it’s clearly a synth. Oh, and the worst drum miming I’ve seen.

Praise the Scatman – give him a break. Actually he died in 1999, which is a shame because I was thinking it’d be great to get an interview with him now looking back. I wouldn’t get one, but it’s a nice idea. Shame.

The bloke was a hippie for the early 90s techno age; a prophet if you will…

“Everybody’s talkin’ something very shockin’ just to
Keep on blockin’ what they’re feelin’ inside
But listen to me brother, you just keep on walkin’ ’cause
You and me and sister ain’t got nothin’ to hide.
Scatman, fat man, black and white and brown man
Tell me ’bout the colour of your soul.
If part of your solution isn’t ending the pollution
Then I don’t want to hear your stories told.
I want to welcome you to Scatman’s world…”

Do you want to watch him now? Below…

RIP Scatman.

J.

Scatman’s World

Well… my mate Decanus tells me that he checks every Friday now that I’ve done two posts titled ‘Something for the weekend’, so it seems I may have to do this regularly.

Well, he loves Bowie too, so in honour of the great man, today’s two YouTube’s are two great Bowie songs. The first, Oh! You Pretty Things, is taken from a BBC performance on The Old Grey Whistle Test. Now I always thought this song was about parents and their children and generational change but after having a quick look at SongMeanings.net, some people have taken it a bit more deeply. Oh, it’s also about aliens. I haven’t been able to stop singing it for about three days now.

The Heart’s Filthy Lesson, the second video, is taken from his Outside albu. The video is cool and very weird. This was the stage when he was friends with Trent Reznor though… maybe that explains it… it’s almost like a Tool video but with posturing. Completely bizzare, I’ve only watched it twice, but I cannot understand the fucker…

J.

Oh! You Pretty Things

 

 

The Heart’s Filthy Lesson

 

something for the weekend.

February 2, 2007

Even better if you’ve seen the Big Lebowski… which is exceptional.

J.

who is Pop Levi?

January 28, 2007

 

who is pop levi?

the man has style

So last week, at the recommendation of my friend Neilus, I popped out to the WaterRats in Kings Cross to catch a gig. The show was Pop Levi, £7.

It was a while before he came on and two other bands, one with a beautiful lead singer, were on before. Then the lights dimmed, a red light washed upon the stage and Pop Levi, with his goatee and Liverpudlian mophead haircut, strutted onstage.

Now I say strutted, this guy has some style. He pulls some great air guitar faces and switches smoothly from low growl to falsetto trill easily. His music sounds like glam rock updated for this generation, little bit of Merseybeat swing to the rhythms. I was impressed, I liked the guy. Two singles, Blue Honey and the latest one, Sugar Assualt Me, they’re perfect sounding. Sugar Assault Me sounds like a nicely rounded gem of glam poppy rock that scratched into your head.

What happened when we got outside was cool too. Everyone needed to catch the tube home; all things to do tomorrow. I wouldn’t have minded staying; I was in a dancing mood but alas, away we went. So we strolled outside and who was standing outside? The Pop. So we introduced ourselves. His Merseyside onstage twang has faded slightly, his voice all sung out.
‘So what did you think?’
‘Well, I hadn’t heard a note until tonight, but I’ll definitely be downloading it when I get home’
Kind of a shit joke really.
Anyway, he laughed: ‘Cool’.

We said hello, Mikael talked about Ladytron (he was bassist before) with him, and Decanus took a beautiful picture. He looks bit weird though in it, but I like that. That’s Neilus in the centre, me on the right. If you meet someone whose music you like, it always helps if they’re not a wanker. caught the train home and the first thing I did was download some of his tunes. Of course, with Pop Levi’s blessing now, added into the equation.

Some artists, and I suppose I’m thinking of Bolan and Bowie here, I’ve always liked. You can’t quite put your finger on the appeal exactly, but it seems like they are stars. Sing brilliant songs. Pop Levi? The man has style, that’s a good start. I mean, look at his videos…

I’ll be buying his record tomorrow.

x, J.

Sugar Assualt Me

Blue Honey

My boss found this. It’s exceptional.

J.

something for the weekend.

January 12, 2007

The weekend’s nearly here and this week I’m hoping to get something out of my head. For the last three weeks I’ve been unable to stop an earworm – although admittedly a brilliant one – Hip to be Square by Huey Lewis and the News.

It’s ridiculous, I’ve even got it downloaded at work on my computer. Why this happened, Gawd only knows, I think it may have been seeing a few minutes of Back to the Future over Christmas and hearing Power of Love.

Then it started me thinking, what else is this song famous for?

In recent years, a very famous scene in American Psycho. This scene has an exceptional piece of dialogue that stays true to the original text. Now I love Bret Easton Ellis’ work. Maybe I should write about him next week, especially all the hullabaloo that surrounded American Psycho. I am a big defender of that book and its contents, but that’s for another time. First the brilliant bit of dialogue, then a nice clip…

“Their early work was a little too new wave for my tastes, but when Sports came out in ’83,I think they really came into their own, commercial and artistically. The whole album has a clear, crisp sound, and a new sheen of consimante professionalism that really gives the songs a big boost. He’s been compared to Elvis Costello, but I think Huey has a far much more bitter, cynical sense of humour.
“In ’87, Huey released this, Fore, their most accomplished album. I think their undisputed masterpiece is “Hip to be Square”, a song so catchy, most people probably don’t listen to the lyrics. But they should, because it’s not just about the pleasures of conformity, and the importance of trends, it’s also a personal statement about the band itself.”

And so… something for the weekend to make you laugh? (or cry?)

Clip from American Psycho: