Archive for the 'Music' Category

Mistabishi – Printer Jam

April 15th, 2009 by Ian

They’ll sample anything these days. Music Video for ‘Printer Jam’ by Mistabishi on Hospital Records. Video by Tin Spider.

MF Doom & Ghostface team up for Chinatown Wars

March 15th, 2009 by Ian

The Nintendo DS has always seemed a little bit too ‘kiddy’ for me, but with the release of Chinatown Wars, things look like they’re about to change. This game looks better for the fact that it’s a DS-specific title, not some hand-me down re-jigging of a Playstation title. The stylus seems to be an integral part of the game, rather than some tagged-on annoyance.

What also helps is the presence of personal fav MF Doom on the soundtrack. Oh, and Ghostface Killah. Delicious. Time to get me a DS.

The game is out next week. Check out some trailers etc. at the official site.

[edit: definative review imho here ;)]

The Thing – reimagined via GI Joes and Zombie Zombie

February 16th, 2009 by Ian

Spoiler: This is pretty much the film.

Dockta Valkus provides this months quota of free hip-hop

December 2nd, 2008 by Ian

Dockta Valkus - Skybase

This spacey Canadian has been on my ‘phones for the past week or so. His free (as in beer) album ‘Skybase’ deserves a listen, especially for those of you who appreciate stuff like Deltron 3030 and DJ Krush. It’s very sci-fi. It’s very underground hip-hop. It’s very good. I might as well just quote from label Neferiu Records website:

I’d say don’t sleep, but this is the stuff you’d actually hear if you happened to pass out at a drive-in theater while watching a double feature of ‘Cosmic Man’ and ‘Earth Vs. The Flying Saucers’. Please download it, it’s so sick.

Couldn’t have put it better myself. I may even send ’em some cash. The album can be downloaded from the labels release page.

Nine Inch Nails pander to geeks again with BSoD visuals

September 12th, 2008 by Ian

If they’re not releasing free albums using Bittorrent trackers, or encouraging remixes by giving fans their tracks in easy editable Garageband formats, then they are pulling pranks like this:

Nine Inch Nails Blue Screen of Death

Nine Inch Nails Blue Screen of Death

This has been spotted at a few NiN gigs recently, but c’mon. We knew it was a fake. Trent would never use Windows for a show!

Videos available at Gizmodo. Thanks to LtRandazzo @ flickr for trigger-like photography.

Favtape – instant mixtapes for the lazy

August 11th, 2008 by Ian

Favtape screenshotLike the idea of Muxtape, but feel held back by the reality that you’re a lazy bastard or don’t have the ability to make such important decisions like ‘what should i put on my mixtape’? Maybe like me, you struggle on both fronts. Try Favtape. Simply enter your last.fm (or pandora) username and a page will be generated with a playlist of songs you can listen through. Or force upon you friends. It uses javascript, flash and magic like all brilliant mashups on the web.

Here is my favtape, a gift to you to enjoy.

Interpol in Sheffield

July 17th, 2008 by Ian

This is about the band, not the international crime fighting organisation. Boom boom! I’m so lonely… ANYWAY, last week we went to see one of my favourite current bands for the 1st time. I love Interpol. I think ‘Slow Hands’ is one of the best rock tunes ever and I completely shrug off the common, “Joy Division did this already” comments. They’re on their 3rd (slightly disappointing, but still solid) album now and I don’t have much to say about the gig. It was technically spot on, but it felt a bit cold. Clinical almost. I’m not used seeing big bands I guess (last one of similar standing was Death Cab for Cutie). They were tight, almost too tight, and I felt myself becoming annoyed by the (again, very impressive) guitarists show-boating. Mark E Smith wouldn’t stand for this nonscence y’know. Anyway, I digress. The best thing about this gig wasn’t Interpol (good as they were) or the fact that it was my first visit to the new Sheffield Carling Academy. Oh, about that; they need to get some bloody fans. Just get the air to cycle. Bloody hell guys, c’mon *mops brow*. A decent venue, but you just know that in 6 months it’ll be the dirtiest scruffiest dump in town.

Ladytron in SheffieldWhat I really enjoyed last Wednesday was Ladytron. I’ve been fond of their chirpy electro-pop from the days of ‘Playgirl‘ and their move to a darker sound on 2005s ‘Witching Hour‘ was almost jarring, but oh so acceptable. This years new album ‘Velocifero‘ is much in the same vein and tracks like my personal highlight,’Seasons Of Illusions‘, which sound so snarling, disgusted and aloof are very much welcome. In the end, Ladytron, who seem to try as hard as possible to come across as cold and clinical with their black dress, chant-like lyric delivery and complete inability to look even mildly amused actually felt a lot warmer than the more ‘bouncy’ main act.

Notorious Hitler – Where brooklyn at

June 24th, 2008 by Ian

Straight reppin’, back in the day.

Are Coldplay a bunch of theiving bastards?

June 17th, 2008 by Ian

bored-to-death by Natalie DeeColdplay (aka “Radiohead for bed-wetters”) are getting a lot of radio play. Too much. Even on ‘alternative music station’; BBC 6music, they pop-up a surprising amount. Like they were/are with the iPhone, the BBC are currently in a multi-media Coldplay-luvy blitz (although the ‘toys out of the pram’ moment that Chris Martin gave Radio 4 is pretty funny). We’re told repeatedly how big they are. They’re so big because we’re constantly told about them! It’s a vicious circle. With the new album, ‘Viva la Vida’ (aka “The beginners guide to raising your bittorrent ratio”) it’s just more evidence of ripping off others for fun and profit (mainly profit, actually).

Now indie band the Creaky Boards are claiming that they wuz robbed. Sure, this could just be coincidence and a bit of cheeky publicity grabbing from the ‘Boards, but remember this is Coldplay we’re talking about. This is the band responsible for ensuring that any time Kraftwurks gentle Computer Love is played, the younger members of the beige-Mondeo owning public cry, “isn’t this a Coldplay cover?”.

It’s not just melodic piracy either, it struck me that the current visual style Coldplay have recently adopted closely parallels that of teenage-angst mongers ‘My Chemical Romance’. I’m not the only one to notice this.

In short: Music by the numbers (lead by what the market deems profitable, as opposed to musical integrity) : Still tedious.

Image thanks to the eternally wonderful Natalie Dee

Star Wars theme played on a floppy drive

June 9th, 2008 by Ian

The iPhone3g has just been announced, and it’s allegedly going to cost us $199. Interesting. I’m going to wait until the fight has died down and for now, stick with some old skool tech.

Star Wars + obsolete hardware. booyah.

Via hackszine.com

UNKLE sounds… good

March 2nd, 2008 by Ian

Unkle - War storiesThe James Lavelle posse are on tour again. We went to see them in Sheffield and it wasn’t what we expected. There was less emphasis on the turntables and much more on the full rock band that basically drove the show. What we expected was more DJ Shadow, what we got was more 65daysofstatic. Guess we should have listened to the last album before we went to see the show. None of this is a complaint, however.

Things should move on. I liked Psyence Fiction, but I don’t want to see it again and again. The last UNKLE album; War Stories isn’t very ‘them’, but it stands well on it’s own and the show definitely reflected this. One thing that has stayed constant is Lavelle’s leaning towards collaborations. What made the 1st album great was that they got people like Mike D and Thom Yorke involved and the new album has guest appearances by people like Josh Homme and one of my personal favorites; the Duke Spirit. I heard that the London show featured appearances by Ian Brown, Badly Drawn Boy and others. Up in Sheffield of course, we didn’t have such treats. The stand-in vocalist was good, but we were left wanting Ian Brown, I think. Still, a good show and the album is worth checking just as long as you’re not expecting another Never, Never Land.

Everyday normal guy rap

January 17th, 2008 by Ian

Finally, someone is dealing with the things that really matter. I think I’ll stick with Aesop Rock though, to be completely honest.

The worlds most important 6-second drum loop

January 1st, 2008 by Ian

Happy new year. Lets ring in the new year with a short documentary about 39 year old piece of music that changed the world. A tale that highlights the ridiculousness of copyright law. That said, I don’t agree with what the narrator says about Squarepusher!

found via prototypen.com/blog/mogreens/

Spoon and the dancing robots

August 21st, 2007 by Ian

Spoon - Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga (album cover)Texan band Spoon have caused the old ears to prick up now I’ve heard their new album; Ga Ga Ga Ga Ga. It’s a definite contender for my album of the year. It’s certainly in my top 10 (sorry, M.I.A., not this time!).The whole thing is just so chilled, relaxed, yet funky and without filler. A little Beck-esque in humour and manner, yet without quite as strained nuttyness. Slap it on and be taken away like it’s not even trying. Maybe they’re not. This is the 6th album from Spoon and from what I’ve heard; the greatest.

A good start is this video for “Don’t You Evah”. Likeable despite the whole clichéd Japanese robot thing. The whole album is available to listen to for free here and they’re also supporting Creative Commons. So on so many levels, it’s pretty hard not to like them right now.