Friday, December 25, 2009


Just found out through a facebook message that Vic Chesnutt is very sick. He made me very happy as a teenager, and has done ever since. I was listening to John Peel at the time and I heard him sing a song, the ending lyrics were about onion soup.

This is post 303 so I feel I should mention something about that machine that helped shape a genre of techno, but I'd prefer if someone put something in the comments section that was bassline orientated.

Happy Christmas.

Fingers crossed Vic gets better.

I hope to have something worth posting next year.

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Tuesday, December 22, 2009

John Waters - Why I love Christmas

I send this little collection of words to loved and loathed ones every year, but this year I have found something a little special to share: It's Mr Waters reading an excerpt.



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Monday, December 21, 2009

Post Concrete

Like music?
Enjoy free things?
Occasionally give stuff a try despite not knowing what it'll be like as you have no previous reference points or reviews to rely on?

Maybe you'll be tempted by post-concrete.

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Friday, December 18, 2009

Fuck Buttons + BEW - 191209

Just got confirmed as support for Fuck Buttons at the Black Box Christmas bash. This has made me rather happy.

I'll be doing a one man show - laptop, effects and microphone: fuzzy karaoke / live remixing of my own material (+a dash of improvised noise).

Here's the official promo material doing the rounds (just in case you're interested in reading promo bumpf):
The Strange Victory + Black Box Christmas Party with special guests


+ DJ's Jeff Doherty + Stuart Watson + BEW


Immediately after forming, Fuck Buttons started to play live whenever possible, soon amassing a dedicated cult following throughout the UK. Time Out magazine described the band's live sound as "adrenaline pumping, ear purging slab of towering, pristine noise…" The duo signed to All Tomorrow's Parties-affiliated ATP Recordings in 2007, and released a limited-edition 7" single named "Bright Tomorrow", which received complimentary reviews from such sources as Drowned in Sound, Pitchfork Media (who described it as "something like the sun rising over the ocean... then going supernova"), Mojo (it became their #1 Mojo Playlist Single for that month).

Combined with an upsurge in reviews of their live performances at the Supersonic, Truck and Portishead-curated ATP festivals in the second half of 2007, this attention resulted in Fuck Buttons being included in many end of year newspaper, magazine and online articles predicting them as a 'Hot Tip' for 2008. These included New-Noise, who said that "rarely have two men sounded so much like the end of the world" and British newspaper The Observer, which called their sound "A joyous racket of swirling atmospherics and percussive gunfire" in an article highlighting them in a new wave of intelligent, literate British pop music.

They started the year with a tour of slightly larger UK venues, supported by label-mate Alexander Tucker. This was done to build anticipation for their debut album, Street Horrrsing, which was released on March 17. Recorded by John Cummings of Mogwai and mastered by Bob Weston of Shellac, it was promoted through festival appearances (including a slot at this May's ATP vs Pitchfork festival) and a North American tour with Caribou. The band have also started to receive some airplay from mainstream BBC Radio stations, whose DJs often struggle to think of an alternative moniker to announce in place of the band's full name.

Early reviews of Street Horrrsing were very positive; it was named Underground Album of the Month by Mojo Magazine, who called it "A 50 minute melange of iridescent synths, psychedelic drone, distorted vocals and tribal rhythm." Pitchfork Media awarded it with an 8.6 out of 10 rating and honored it by placing it in with their "best new music" section. Positive reviews also featured in The Times, The Observer, The Wire, NME, Rock Sound, Kerrang!, Uncut, Mojo, The Sydney Morning Herald, and many other music publications and websites. It was also chosen for the shortlist of The Guardian's First Album awards.

In September 2008 the second single from Street Horrrsing was released in the form of a 12"/Digital release of "Colours Move" backed by an Andrew Weatherall remix of "Sweet Love For Planet Earth". The single was launched at London's Rough Trade East where both Fuck Buttons and Weatherall performed on Monday 1 September.

In September and October 2008 they supported Mogwai on tours of the UK, USA and Canada. A limited split EP was sold during this tour, containing a Mogwai remix of "Colours Move" and Fuck Buttons' cover of Mogwai Fear Satan.

In 2009, the band appeared at the Australian All Tomorrow's Parties event, alongside acts such as Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds and Spiritualized.

The band have released their second album, Tarot Sport in October 2009. It has been well received with Rock Sound giving it an 8 out of 10 rating and hailing its consistency ""the continuity gluing them together confirms a genuine full-length article to brandish at all those gun-jumping ‘The album is dead’ doomsayers.""

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Thursday, December 17, 2009


Thanks to the microsound mailing list I came across the Soundwalk blog. If you enjoy field recording and the treatment *of it you may enjoy some of the mp3s they have to stream.

*States that 'glitch' was first made in the 1940s

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Sunday, December 13, 2009

Finger Piano

I'm making some finger pianos. They're going to be quite noisy. Materials: Found wood and wire plus cheap piezos with jack plugs and some screws and nuts.

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Thursday, December 10, 2009

Ecker Vs Grub - 121209

This saturday night at the Menagerie
Ecker Vs Grub

I usually supply live video for Ecker, but sadly I can't do it this month. I expect there will be lots of amazing bass. Last time I was at a show that Nez played - allegedly there was so much low end one punter was physically ill. Are you into that sort of thing? If so, go there.

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Thursday, December 03, 2009

The Power of Music

Taken from a link from Mind Hacks
The Psychiologist introduces a way of looking at music I hadn't thought of before.
Read or listen

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New Moon Showcase - 051209

I'll be playing a short BEW live set this Saturday at the Spring & Airbrake as part of the monthly New Moon Showcase organised by Hear No Evil.

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