Tuesday, June 26, 2007

tidy like

Long train journeys, walkman, headphones, window to stare out of.
I remember as a kid getting put on the train or the coach to go to Carlisle, or Kendal, or even just Norwich or Southend to visit parents or family. If the journey was two hours or seven, no matter, I had my sony cassette walkmen (with pitch control!) and I could get enveloped in the sounds...
These are a couple of songs shuffled up for me by the great clickwheel gods to soundtrack my trip to Carmathen this weekend, to play at the fantastically named Jolly Tar. I'd had a works do the night before and was feeling decidedly ropey but the wonderful Matt and Ben of Tangled Parrot took great care of me, and I had a cracking night. Thanks!

(For anyone who thinks AE are cold and emotionless...)
Autechre do Gas? Too early, 95 this one I think, glacier sheets of melting melody turning soft and warm and lonesome.
  • Autechre - VLEtrmx21

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    (claim it if you like, my polska friend)

    I love the way bulgarian music has no truck with the ridiculous western classical Major=happy Minor=sad nonsense. There is a glorious middle ground (probably aided by my inability to understand the lyrics) and the harmonies/harmonics fitted the post-industrial west wales landscape like it was all planned...
  • The Bulgarian State Radio & Television Female Choir - Izpoved

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    In other news, I seem to have ended up with a nice run of shows across the big smoke(that's LDN to those of you with trust funds), kicking off with:
    Broader than Broadway

    Then a rare (for me) dj appearance at Blackout on saturday the 7th of July:
    at the Russian Bar where I'll be playing strictly 4/4 stuff, with live drum machine (for the first and possibly only time!)

    Then on the 10th it's off to White Heat at Madame Jojo's where I'm very lucky indeed to be on the same bill as Mala DMZ...

    And then it all builds to:
    Whitechapel flyer
    (which is pretty close to a hometown show for me, as it is but a few bus stops away...)


    Wednesday, June 20, 2007

    Go West

    Merging agencies, originally uploaded by Basss clefff.

    Really excited to be heading out to Carmarthen, and to meet the fine fine people at Tangled Parrot.


    Thursday, June 14, 2007


    Desert?, originally uploaded by adrianclark.

    Summer is great, isn't it just?
    It's like the world is born again with joy and wonder.

    Especially now as it slowly drags on for half the year.

    Anyway, enough moaning.
    Here's two for all you tanned sun worshippers and beach bums out there:
  • The Fall "kurious Oranj"

  • Drexciya "wave jumpers"

  • Also I will be very happily appearing in the east end of london town on saturday night at (drum roll please):


    An evening with Fitzrovian Phonographic and friends – Two endangered species come together to present seven acts over the course of the evening for a fiver.

    Fitzrovian Phonographic was said to be the hippest new DIY label in London by Roughtrade some time ago. Since their first seven inch by Benjamin Prosser and The Tap Collective they have stuck to their principle of being the modern day torch bearers for the Dandies and Bohos of the bygone age whilst maintaining a dedication to debauchery. They’ve brought together a collection of label artists and friends for a packed bill of music ranging from the swampy garage blues of the Tap Collective to the Dub-drenched analogue sounds of Bass Clef and loads more. A truly mixed bag that reflects the approach that Fitz has to their label output and a good old fashioned party besides.

    Doors 7pm – late. Entry £6 (£5 in advance)

    Jacob Fletcher – www.myspace.com/jacobfletcher

    The Tap Collective - www.myspace.com/thetapcollect ive

    Bass Clef – www.myspace.com/bassclefbass

    It Hugs Back – www.myspace.com/ithugsback

    A Child Rasputin - www.myspace.com/achildrasputin

    The High Wire - www.myspace.com/thehighwire

    The Red Fishes – www.myspace.com/theredfishes

    Please email carl@thesocial.com to reserve tickets in advance



    Friday, June 08, 2007

    Tuss tuss

    Tenneson & Dale Order, Order 2006
    'Order, Order 2006' by Tenneson & Dale
    If you happen to be in Manchester you should go and check this exhibition.
    If you don't happen to be in Manchester you should make the effort and go anyway.
    I should take my own advice.

    Here's a man who I figure never takes advice.
    This is a wonderful mix of the warm textures and unplaceable melancholia of the Analords with the precision and glorious nuanced-ness of, say 'Drukqs'. With a heady whirl of re-imagined chiacgo house covering everything like a fog, just for good measure.
  • The Tuss - Alspacka

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    I wish you all good weekends.

    p.s. speaking of which anyone who wants to see me supporting Murcof and an Ulrich Schnauss dj set who lives in london and who isn't doing anything on sunday night could certainlyend a good weekend at the luminere...


    Wednesday, June 06, 2007

    straighten up and fly right

    Banksy - The Mild Mild West, originally uploaded by i y e r s.

    You'd never describe living on the croft as nice, exactly, but I loved my years on it, above it, along it,(under it?). Everywhere gentrifies I guess, at some point. It just always had a feel of being at the convergence point of a couple of really really wrong ley lines. Maybe you can't just Luxury Flat over that kind of thing? Here's hoping.
    This Banksy piece was the view from my window for a couple of those stokes croft years, not his best by far but now to become
    "the centrepiece of an atrium with an organic cafe"
    So goodbye sweet turbo island, lifestyle, Rita's, the king of stokes croft, pigeons and weirdness and grime, in time...

    Here's my hero Tom singing about Stokes Croft. Well, ok no, but you can hear what I mean.
  • Tom Waits 'little drop of poison'
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