Monday, July 19, 2004

Selfish Cunt in good song shocker
Selfish Cunt-Authority Confrontation

Following the Pete Doherty-Selfish Cunt debacle it comes as no surprise that they, the cunt (as they shall from herein be called), have released a new single. It's abrasive, loud and cocky but at least its listenable this time, yeah 'Britain is Shit' got lots of old saggy journalists salivating over how wonderfully shouty and anti-establishment it was, but it should have been renamed 'Britain is shit so you won't mind if our song is too'. This however is something more, better, I mean they're still not the cultural in your face revolutionary bastards they think they are. But this has raw energy, snot spitting and plenty of attitude even if it's occasionally misplaced. It might also explain the cunt's obvious dislike of Mr. Doherty, the song including the lines begging on my streets, that is not allowed, however I might have got that all mixed up, Doherty's not a street urchin is he?. Buy it here.



The Customers-The Customer is King
The Customers-Blackwater
The Customers-Fifty-Eight

I had difficulty deciding which tracks to post from this lot and even after posting 3 I still felt unsure that I chose the right ones. Anyway I know these guys and two of them lived with my ex while we were all at uni. I haven't seen them for a while because I moved up from sunny Brighton a few months ago. I actually only know those two, but as a whole they're a clever bunch of guys. Joe the drummer is a really talented young man, he has a electronic side project and spends so much time just creating stuff. The band rotate between three singers which helps to keep the sound fresh, it's also the reason I wanted to post more than one track. There is quite a bit of variation in this band which isn't to say that they haven't found their feet yet just that they're proficient in plenty of styles. The tracks are available to download from their website along with a generous amount of rotating others. They also released an EP in 2003 called Days For Hoisting Flags on Government Buildings which I highly recommend you buy here.




Still Runnin...
I have some sign-ups but there's still plenty o' room at the back

Crayola crayon colour cd project

Basically the idea is that I send a CDRW to someone it will have one song and a custom cover with a drawing in my favourite crayola crayon colour. The person it is sent to then adds a track to the CD and their own drawing on the cover in their favourite Crayola crayon colour and sends it on the next person on the list and so on, eventually the CD and complete cover comes back to me, I then send everyone who took part a copy of the CD and complete cover art. So you need to have a CD writer and the will to take part in a nice little snail mail project Here is a collection of the colours of the crayons to give you an idea. If anyone fancys it leave a comment or drop me a line at zzz.www at gmail.com. Inspiration taken from the projects that go on at Nervousness.


Swung by Seraphim an Mp3 blog focusing on the darker side of music.


Explore Mixtaper, make your own legal mp3 mixes and share them with others, mine'll be up soon and I'll post the link.


Loved up over at mp3 blog Aum Supreme


Wannabe MCs could rap on Nas' next album
Wannabe MCs are being given the chance to appear on the UK release of the next Nas album, 'Street's Disciple', which is due in Oct. You can download the instrumental to one of the tracks off the album - 'Thief's Theme'. You can then put your own rap on top of the track and send it in. Nas himself will pick his favourite, and the MC behind it will be invited into the studio to record their rap for real for inclusion on the album. check it out here


Sunday, July 18, 2004

Crayola crayon colour cd project
So I don't know what kind of response I'll get to this but I'll keep it open and running a while. Basically the idea is that I send a CDRW to someone it will have one song and a custom cover with a drawing in my favourite crayola crayon colour. The person it is sent to then adds a track to the CD and their own drawing on the cover in their favorite crayola crayon colour and sends it on the next person on the list and so on, eventually the CD and complete cover comes back to me, I then send everyone who took part a copy of the CD and complete cover art. So you need to have a CD writer and the will to take part in a nice little snail mail project Here is a collection of the colours of the crayons to give you an idea. If anyone fancys it leave a comment or drop me a line at zzz.www at gmail.com. Inspiration taken from the projects that go on at Nervousness.



Selfish cu*t twats Libertine with shit and it all turns into a Babyshambles. Hilarious Brit band member fistycuffs that includes horse poo.


Inexplicable objects of the week has some funny examples of everyday stuff with mostly amusing captions. I like the 8-track.


one.point.zero has regular linkage to some cool stuff and currently has Sesame Street singing and ode to the internet up.


Music blog with the occasional mp3 at Spookihaus


You might already know mp34u.


A couple of lists that I just had in my head...Even though I sometimes mock them I like making my own small on the spot ones.


5 kids shows I'd like to watch again (sorry maybe a bit Brit-centric)

1. Mysterious Cities of Gold
2. Knightmare
3. The Lion the Witch and the Wardrobe
4. Box of Delights
5. Eerie Indiana (a kids show I suspect some adults liked)


5 favorite non-English language albums

1. Buena Vista Social Club
2. Manu Chao-Clandestino
3. Tarkan-Karma
4. La Haine OST
5. Serge Gainsbourg-Comic Strip







Friday, July 16, 2004

Host-Mean Streak

This was originally released as a 3 track in 2003 and it's now on Host's forthcoming album Minimum Listening Guaranteed out in September. Poppy punky poppy jerk stuff that I like, I don't know if they'll do much but hopefully they'll get a bit of press. They have a site here and a Live Journal blog here. They are on a little record label called hitBACK.


Har Mar Superstar-As

Ok so this one won't stay up for very long. This is from Har Mar's new album The Handler, out in September. I was due to review it for a magazine here in the UK called Jack but like so many other mags recently Jack has just gone down-oh well, less work for me all the time which is good in some ways but if you wanna make a living it sucks. Anyway much of the album is like lost Prince or Stevie Wonder classics, but somehow without being too derivative. It's a pop record through and through and is produced by John Fields who has also worked with Pink. In fact some of the tracks without Har Mar's sleazy silky vocals could easily be given to some non-descript girl band and make them into top ten artists. There's a definite sense of fun going around in music at the moment, less the ironic kind , more the get out and dance kind, some rollick and role with dare I say it some disco hedonism thrown in. Yes I like.



The Faint-I Disappear

Also one that won't be up for long...
The new Faint record Wet From Birth is waaaay more electro than the last, scuzzy squelchy noise that sometimes works, and others just make them sound like hanger-on losers. This track I like though and I think the album as a whole is a grower. I think it's also out sometime in September but I can't be sure.

New Mp3 blog Scattered Needles focusing on live recordings and unreleased stuff.

Also people don't like talking much around here, might just be that I'm not worthy but it'd be great to get some comments.

Wednesday, July 14, 2004

Anyone still out there?




So I had an unexpected holiday, a sort of mini jaunt around the country and I didn't get time to update before I left, but I'm back now and ready to go...

Geezers of Nazareth-Gold Rush

I hardly know anything about this odd lot. This track is a poppy number that floats along very nicely indeed, edging on the cheesy Gold Rush reaches the heady heights of Scissor Sisters disco terriotory-which to these ears is a good thing. A review of their last single Sunglasses can be read here and you can download that song here.




The Chameleons-Intrigue in Tangiers

The Chameleons are like the missing link between the Cure and Joy Division. Never becoming as big as those two bands, they have gained somewhat cult status. This track is from the 1985 album What Does Anything Mean? Basically (click link to buy). Their website is pretty detailed and you can find info on the bands many solo projects. I love the obvious moodiness that goes with these kind of new wave pop songs, I think it might actually make me walk with more vigour when I'm listening on the pod, you know that feeling? Stepping out.



Yashudi Ide-Jealous Guy/Back in the USSR


The first part of this track is a weird slow and spooky cover of Jealous Guy which I'm so-so about. What really gets me excited is after that is a cover of Back in the USSR, you have to wait through a little bit of silence when it gets to about 6:28 minutes in it kicks in. Aw it's a stormer, backed by no more than a mad brilliant Japanese choir the singer takes the song to a beautiful creative place. Yashudi Ide is some kind of Japanese maestro, but I can't find much more info on him. This is taken from a kitsch and surprisingly good compilation which you can pick up here.



Mandrill-Mango Meat

Funk straight out of 1973, the right amount of bass, Latin tinge and vocal umphs make this a good little piece of head nodding music. Some great soul voices get showcased too, a Sam & Dave croon here and there. The beginning of this tune could easily be the intro to an Ozomatli song. Mandrill are still going strong and touring, releasing albums and shit, the website has some MP3's up. This tune recently got re-issued (available here) and was on one of those DJ Shadow Brainfreeze mixes I believe.
Update; Oops for some reason the full track didn't upload so I was leaving you all with only half a great song, it's sorted now so you can hear the track in full.


Part of my trip included finding myself at T in the Park festival Kinross,Scotland. Great fun was had by all despite a few hiccups along the way. Top notch performances from some great bands too, shame Bowie had to drop out. One of the most exciting things was that I got to meet a life size Spongebob Squarepants, here he is..



We were drinking free alcohol so debauchery was abound and my memory is hazy but I know it was damn good, can you believe this sky didn't pour rain on us the whole weekend, it just didn't really break, ah bonnie Scotland.




I forgot to mention I've got a hell of a lot of good stuff to post and get through so keep checking back.

Also Fwak Grab Bag has linked to an article about some cool cats who have converted an ice cream van into a reggae sound system, it reminded me to mention DJ Wheelie Bag who as you will read is a guy who has coverted one of those little granny shopping bag on wheel things into a mobile DJ booth. He's pretty excellent and even does intros so you know what you're getting. I haven't got a picture, but next time I go to the pub he's at near me I'll take one and post it.