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Archive for October, 2007

God is in the TV apparantly – I thought it was tubes and that, but I’m clearly wrong – It does make me wonder how he/she/it can squeeze in those new flat screen models but then again the whole god thing is a bit of a mystery anyway and perhaps I’m wandering from the topic rather.

The point in question is that the aforementioned site have started a rather nifty idea – an online singles club, where you can get mp3s in return for registering with the site. This month’s freebie is by Time.Space.Repeat and if I’m honest about it, I don’t like it all – but hey! – you might!, cos the beauty of life is we all like different things – For example, let’s imagine I’m very keen on talking about the early days of organised sport and you like learning spanish. – That’s fine, we don’t need to draw guns on each other now do we?

So, head off to GodisintheTVzine and register to get yerself some lovely freebie downloadable things.

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A new show for a new era – Fish radio is no more but fear not, your podcast treat has just got a whole lot sweeter with a new name and er… not much else. This show is crammed full of ambiance, drum and bass, idm, dub, folk, drones, and a whole lot more. All legal, all free and all gloriously unheard.

Download mp3 here

Tracklist

Echo TM – Dub Culture (Afterbeat)
Rumpistol – Plutonium 2 (YUKI YAKI)
Red Unit – Crowd (Quiet Lounge)

Antanas Jasenka – 69 Steps (Format Noise)
Yarkouy – Hard to Believe (Fresh Poulp)
Transfolmer – White (2063 Music)

Eric Thompson – The Wreck of the Old Southern 97
Jump at the sun – The Dongas tribe and Friends (‘Rainy Night in the Bell tent’)
4/2/04-14/1/04 – Children of the Drone

Defrag – Crack n Bass (Stratospherik)
Xerak – Pixel Jazz (Dahearditrecords)
This Mess is Mine – Roommates (Aerotone)

Electrical Spectacle – Sweater Girls (Backporch Revolution)

Enjoy x

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Three bands that got it loud at ‘Get it Loud in Libraries‘ – Lancaster Library’s fabulous and deservedly prize winning semi occasionally regularly excellent series of music nights. A big and alarmingly youthful crowd gathered squished in amongst the shelves in the music section and were treated first to Leed’s Sky Larkin, a three piece who made a pleasant but occaisionally icy sound which made me think a lot of the Delgado’s. To my mind this is a good thing… I can’t recall to much to say about them, which is sad but I definately felt their style was natural and not affected. Worst review ever so far…. Hang in there…

Next up were You Say Party, We Say Die who came across like some over excited poodles on helium performing crazy high school cheerleeder chants. They were (and I quote) ‘super excited’ to be here and they were indeed super exciting to look at with shapes thrown, speakers climbed and jumpsuits worn. I didn’t find any great revelation in the music which if I’m honest was a bit too wilfully brutal and primal for my pallate but then, nine out of ten for effort and a perfect ten for the name.
It was all a bit like watching the cast of fame perform the hits of Iggy and The Stooges whilst wearing the clothes from fraggle rock or something, but again, in a world that gives us a billion soulless ‘gang of four-lite’ acts then I’m not going to make a thing of criticising them. Go see them – They are very good fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun fun…..

And finally we had the aural and visual delight that is Los Campesinos, camp as a big camp full of people camping camply and all the better for it, they touched some reference points that I can’t ignore – Imagine Hefner playing with Bis and your somewhere there, but there was much more to this lot than camp twee musical self reference cos they had tunes and that too, lovely swirly synthy tunes, sparky bitter, witty tunes and sweet, twee, brilliantly toe curlingly fantasticly intelligent tunes. Bedecked in in a Sleater Kinney T Shirt, the frontman is a disarmingly engaging sweet thing and there were 7 of them all up to all sorts of glockenspiel pinging, violin picking and effects pedal fiddling. There was I think something quite sweet about this lot – The same thing that makes say B&S all the better for the way they tread on the line between smugly hatefully self indulgent and soul bearing genius and seem to come out all the more wonderful for it. Damn, man, they had a group hug whilst they sung a song to each other before going on stage and I don’t think I’ve ever seen a band smile so radiantly at each whilst playing – Go and buy their music then. I reckons it’s pretty reet by me.

So, that was indeed that – Next up at the library is The Whip on Oct 24th whom I saw at Beatherder and Wickerman this summer and whom on both occaisions were quite good. For me, hopefully next thing will be John Cooper Clarke in Morecambe. Hurray for that.

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