Sunday, 29 September 2013

David Bowie

Let's have a bit of a jiggle on a Sunday to try and get back to a version of myself that I've seen much of recently.

This is probably my favourite Bowie.



Lovely.

Wednesday, 29 May 2013

Igor Stravinsky - The Rite of Spring

The fact that it has made the news that it is the centenary of the first public playing of Stravinsky's divisive piece The Rite of Spring it heartening.

Back when I was younger and studied music this piece absolutely blew my mind. I was enthralled and even listening to it again today it moved me to tears.

The fact that this time 100 years ago upon its received with such disdain and outrage that it provoked the audience into a riotous frenzy is near mythical.

I adore it. More people should.



Read more in this piece by the Guardian, I simply wanted to express my genuine love for this piece.

Friday, 19 April 2013

Pulp Vs Soulwax

I saw the rumour mill grinding away about this some time ago, but I still feel:

Err.. wha?



More please.

Monday, 18 March 2013

Vitalic

Oh, I'm keeping it retro. Like that hipster that I am (on occasion).

This track is keeping me motivated and sane.

Thanks Vitalic. You bloody star, you!

Monday, 21 January 2013

The Chapman Family

Where I live is seen to be regionally excluded, culturally bereft and economically ruined and hopeless.

And whilst some are resigned there are some who see it all very differently. There is no denying the area is marginalised but not all is lost. It is probably why I have stayed here and study, research and work to produce knowledge in the area I do.

The Chapman Family are the emotion, anxiety, anger, resistance, persistence and hope embodied and response made musical. Oh, and our Kingers is prolific on the social media outlets - @chapmanfamily

Download the new single for free here through their Facebook page.

And a great video. Essentially a 4 minute gaze at one of the most attractive jawlines in rock music today.

Sunday, 30 December 2012

An Album of the Year: Mr Oizo - Stade 2


I have said some rather extreme things about Mr Oizo in the past. Today I'm here to tell you that those feelings have not softened.

I concede that this album also came out in 2011. But I do have a problem with Quentin Dupieux that boils down almost solely to the fact that I am obsessed. A creative French bearded man with misanthropic tendancies? If he likes gin, camomile tea, Kaufman films and The Wasp Factory then he could be the perfect man!

Being able to make music like this album-titled track, Stade 2, makes him near perfect already..

Thursday, 27 December 2012

An Album of the Year: The Maccabees - Given to the Wild


Soaring. This album is so very beautiful. The Maccabees seem to be continually developing such a touching and ethereal sound with such ease. Considering it is a third album they seem to have lost little of their intrigue.

As this album works so well as a whole, it was difficult to select just one track. But Went Away leaves me particularly choked. So that it is!