Archive for February, 2012

the window you don’t come through

Friday, February 24th, 2012

‘Rough’ /// Herbie Hancock (1983) Had to look at Wikipedia to know what to say. So: When hip-hop fed back into jazz. Also: synthesisers. Plus: fun.

 

 

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‘Don’t Talk In Your Sleep’ /// Magik Markers (2009) Controlled badassery from among the Noughties’ most focused noise rock acts + a righteous promise of retribution.

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‘Love Theme From Chinatown’ /// Jerry Goldsmith (1974) Love Theme for a doomed couple in a rotten world that’s a classic film.

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‘Fine’ /// Micachu (Feat Baker Trouble & Brotha May) (2010) When not fracturing indie w/The Shapes or screwing drones w/London Sinfonietta, Micachu +MCs do odd stuff to hip-hop…

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a prayer with every heart beat

Friday, February 24th, 2012

‘Watch Out’ /// Doctor’s Cat (1983) ITALO FRIDAY. This seminal 12″ packs as many melodies as most symphonies, from Roma to Chicago.

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‘To The East’ /// Electrelane (2007) A band I miss from the place I live.

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‘Warn-U’ /// Ayshay (2011) Fatima Al Qadiri is the first in 2012 to make music I don’t auto understand. I neeeed to hear / know more.

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‘Thug Luv’ /// Lil’ Kim (Feat Twista) (2003) The enduring Bonnie & Clyde archetype. Happy Valentines to you, yr past + future loves.

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‘Time Isn’t On My Side’ /// Polvo (1993) I’m not someone who obsesses over guitar FX, but this song contains my favourite guitar FX.

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‘How Will I Know (A Capella)’ /// Whitney Houston (1985) This was not the song I was supposed to play today. Just the voice, alone.

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‘We Have Been Waiting For You’ (Gavin Russom RMX) /// Pional (2010) The meditative tones of Russom’s arpeggios always denote acid – but here also reach ecstasy via crowd chants.

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‘Jack Kerouac’ /// Gang 90 et a Absurdettes (198X)  Been digging into ’80s Brazilian Nao Wave recently. Some real post-punk exotica. Starts here, more soon…

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‘Promo Vid Pt 1’ /// Araab Muzik (2010) Production made visible. In his blurred hands, have to ask: is the MPC the most exciting live instrument around?

that’s the way we all go

Friday, February 10th, 2012

‘We Want Our Things’ /// Nite Jewel (2010) Philosophy graduate sings about things + hosts. Synth ooze / oblique sentiment for the dreamy hoarder in us all.

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‘Hoot’ (Live Japan Tour DVD) /// Girls’ Generation (2011) Witness K-Pop’s leading nine-girl-band conquer Japan with Sixties schtick, lasers and…thrash?

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‘Looking For The Perfect Beat’ /// Afrika Bambaataa & Soul Sonic Force (1983) Folk mewls for unity are often trumped by tracks anyone can dance to.

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‘A Little Man And A House’ /// Cardiacs (1988) A good friend recommended the Cardiacs a looooong time before I checked out. Don’t make my mistake.

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‘White Mice’ /// Mo-Dettes (1979) Ex-Slits/Raincoats personnel take post-punk for ecstatic canter on dancefloor. Original VHS studio performance.

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‘World Of Fantasy’ /// Capsule (2011) Perhaps crude, maybe derivative, but this 7-minute 2011 J-Pop single is also so obsessive it ends way beyond.

eight tweets about punk

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

‘Generation N.E.Y. / Bad Girls’ /// M.I.A. (2010)

Been thinking about punk, accidentally. Its contradictions. What remains.

Like: Siouxsie’s ’76 swastika is usually dismissed as a shock tactic – but if you treat it as a means of resisting recuperation…

Like: The Sex Pistols’ comebacks as culmination of The Rock’n’Roll Swindle – their refusal to pretend it was anything other than a job.

By refusing to pose as artists with higher aims, by inviting hate, a flicker of reality within the spectacle. Punkest thing they ever did?

Like: The best punk artist of the last decade does not use guitars (see video, below).

Like: The punkest thing about Nirvana was Kurt’s inability to articulate/process his emotions + unwillingness to cloak this inability.

And so the essence of punk must be that which is elided by critics or copyists. It is what is jettisoned in interpretation.

If it can be enjoyed without qualm, or understood through reduction – if it’s self-consistent – it’s not punk.

All this originally… (…here).

operation mind control

Friday, February 3rd, 2012

‘I’m Hurt Bad’ /// Angelo Badalamenti (1990) The sharpest cut / bluntest trauma from the little-known ‘Twin Peaks: Season Two Music and More’ comp (offshore bonus: Angelo relives the composition of the Twin Peaks ‘Love Theme’).

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‘Riddler!’ /// The Fall (1986) It is silly to have a favourite Fall song, but this one haunts me like a paranoid screensaver (a paranoid screensaver knows there’s something behind it).