RIP Jack Rose 1971 – 2009

23 March 2010

I didn’t hear about Jack Rose’s death until after Christmas, but it did sadden me. I had wanted to go and see him and the Black Twig Pickers play at Komedia in November, but decided not to go as I had broken both my wrists just five days earlier, while watching Despised Icon at the Concorde. I had been listening to Pelt and Dr. Ragtime & His Pals a lot in 2009, appreciating the old blues style and ragtime revivalism. I’ve started to try some different tunings and plucking on the guitar myself as a result.

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Stones Throw Beat Battles

22 March 2010

I’ve been doing the Stones Throw Message Board Beat Battles for over six months now. A sample track is provided each week and producers have three days to create a 2-minute beat using the sample and some drums and bass (sometimes synths are allowed). At first I found finishing something so quickly a challenge, but as time has gone on I have begun to get my submission in each week (usually at the last possible moment, on a Thursday morning).

Producers comment on each other’s beats, and then vote for their favourite. The winner is the producer with the most votes and they go on to pick the sample track and rules for the following week’s battle.

My last submission was for #158, where we had to slice Kashif’s ‘Rumors’ from 1984.

There were some killer beats submitted for this battle, Goodwill took it with a ridiculously catchy beat. It was my most successful submission so far, receiving two votes. It’s definitely one of the strongest beats I’ve made for the battles. Check out STMB Beat Battle #158 and my submission, Really Good Paella. Read the rest of this entry »

At last – Appleseed Cast, Re-Issued

11 February 2010

After watching the triple coloured vinyl set consistently going for around £100 on Ebay, my patience has finally paid off and Deep Elm are re-issuing Appleseed Cast‘s excellent ‘Low Level Owl‘ double album. Originally released in 2001, Low Level Owl was a big hit on my stereo. Moving away from an emo rock sound, Low Level Owl saw the band embrace  soundscapes, atmospherics, minimal song structures in the form of experimental instrumentals. There are also tediously long liner notes detailing recording techniques and the writing process, which I love.

Appleseed Cast - Low Level Owl (i & ii)

The chrome re-issue doesn’t look quite as nice as the triple coloured set originally issued though:

the nice old one

DM Bob & The Deficits

4 February 2010

I’m surprised I managed to find links to the Cheapo Crypt Samplers, and even more surprised that I managed to find some albums by some of the bands on there. There was a solitary mediafire link for DM Bob & The Deficits, and I had to put that right and post it here. Track 3, ‘Two Headed Woman’ is on the Crypt sampler and was what prompted me to check it out. Enjoy German cowpunk:

Dm Bob & The Deficits - Bush Hog n ManDm Bob & The Deficits – Bush Hog n Man

26 August 2009

I haven’t written anything for my blog for ages, but now I have.

Betty Davis

14 July 2009

I’ve been listening to a bit of Betty Davis, and I even managed to find some functioning links for her first three albums.

Betty DavisBetty Davis – Betty Davis

Betty Davis - DifferentBetty Davis – They Say I’m Different

Betty Davis - Nasty GirlBetty Davis – Nasty Gal

Loop Festival 2009 Mixtape

9 July 2009
There is a free Loop Festival mixtape available on the NME site, but all the tracks are seperate and badly labelled. I have labelled them up, zipped them up, and take pleasure in presenting to you the Loop Festival 2009 mixtape as it should have been…

Bad news in that the festival has had to have been moved indoors, due to the bad weather Brighton is supposed to be having on the weekend. I’m not sure what sort of pricing solution will suit my budget, but I won’t be missing Múm, after their experiencing their earth-shattering DJ set at Bestival 2007 (I think).

I stole this blogpost from the new blog I just set up for Pick n Mix, a new club night in Brighton which I am trying to shamelessly promote.

Wednesday the 8th of July, 2009

8 July 2009

I didn’t watch Michael Jackson’s funeral on the telly last night, but I did hear some of it as Five Live cut periodically to a family member murdering one of his songs from the pub-based cricket chat. I’m finding Five Live better than Radio Four at the moment, so there.

The Ashes have started, and I couldn’t give a toss. I tell you what though, the commentary and the sound of ball on bat is quite soothing to listen to at work, and makes a change from stressing over finding some good music to listen to in the office that doesn’t offend anyone. I can work to cricket.

Yesterday was the anniversary of the bomb attacks on the London Underground. I heard some interesting conspiracy theories when it first happened, including the film ‘Mind The Gap‘ presented by David Shayler (who later disappointed me by appearing in the Daily Mail wearing a white robe, talking about how he had divine powers). I look forward to the results of the independent inquiry. Is there going to be an independent inquiry? Conspiracy theories are way more interesting than the results of enquiries though.

The weather is nice today. The big storm yesterday seems to have cleared the air, and allowed the sun to beat down once more. The gulls are doing fine, although 2/3 have fallen down from the tallest bit of roofing to a slightly lower platform below it. Their white feathers are beginning to come through and they seem to be hassling their parents increasingly vigerously for food. They are also accomplishing flight, albeit temporarily in high winds. Mum is limping and generally standing on one leg most of the time.


18 June 2009

There has been some seagulls nesting on the roof next to my kitchen for the last month or so. I know you shouldn’t throw fish ends out of the window, but when seagulls are squawking and flying around outside, it seems such a waste to throw them away.


The babies are quite big now, walking around and stretching their insufficient wings. The mum and dad seagull take turns with the kids, presumeably flying off to find food elsewhere. Sometimes the daddy lands on the windowsill and taps the window with his beak. Then I open the window and feed it a cracker.

He sat there looking at me for at least half an hour while I photographed him. He got the cracker in the end.

Dallas Penn published some nice photos of hungry seagulls attacking people for ice cream.

The Twitter Twatter of Tiny Tweets

16 June 2009

I’m starting to hate Facebook even more. I’ve hidden almost everyone from my News Feed, and am becoming sick to death of being asked to become a fan of a friend’s band/shop/cake/hairstyle. My favourite is the “How much do you know about me?” application, as if you’re expected to visit their profile more often to find out more about them so you can rank well in the quiz. Who knows; if your score is high enough you could become real friends! It’s amazing how a lot of people are actually more forthcoming and confident on the internet than in person.


While Facebook connects me with my cousins, my colleagues and old teachers, and tags me in a photo every time I go out drinking, Twitter gives me a cheap, sleazy, anonymous thrill. I can see what Lily Allen is talking about today; it’s bound to be fascinating.  More likely I’ll be following some funny updates from Tim Westwood about DJing at a uni bar last night, or JME will be sharing his breakfast with the world. Minor celebrities talk about their daily lives. Enthralling.

There’s also the breaking news element to Twitter, such as the Carter-Fuck fiasco and the Conservative’s Cash Gordan fail. Twitter provides a good outlet for anonymity, and many accounts are conceptual or satirical.

What I really like about Twitter is the lack of emphasis on having profile information or photos. Twitter is primarily about short status updates, links to external sites, and the conversations you have on Twitter; nothing more. It’s not about adding and accepting, merely following and not following. Twitter does not try to tell you who your friends are by suggesting them, and it doesn’t want to know your postcode, your email address or your real name.