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But it’s wednesday, you say! Yes but Easter is friday, you say tomayto we say tomato, thursday is the new wednesday, Video Thursday a-become Video Wednesday.
Remember this? We certainly do. Backyard Dog ‘Baddest Ruffest’. Choon!
It’s not everyday you and your band end up flying through the anus of a butt-shaped planet in a large pill-shaped vessel, dancing in a cartoon with mythical creatures and throwing a party therein with fab from the strokes and a wu tang clanner (Think Bedknobs and Broomsticks pre island of Naboomboo on acid minus Angela Lansbury). All in a days work for DEVENDRA BANHART though. Enjoy.
Anyone not know the Grey Album? Brian Burton’s debut gift to the world? He remixed Jay Z’s Black album with the Beatles White Album? Probably one of the greatest artistic outpourings of the noughties? Well that put him on the map. Then he started a group called Gnarls Barkley? Know that one? And then produced a lot of things – Gorillaz? You must know them? You know with Damon Albarn and lots of cartoons? And Beck? Yes you must have heard of him? And Dangerdoom? You know with the Gladiator mask? And the Shortwave Set? You know from Sarf London? And Martina Topley Bird? And collaborated with Bright Eyes? Know him? And Dark night of the Soul? With Julian Casablancas? And David Lynch? Oh yeah and Broken Bells? You know with James Mercer from the Shins?
A busy man, indeed. And a MIGHTY talented one. Now have a listen.
Oh and though it’s not ours, and you can’t actually buy it, you should youtube ‘the grey album’. This is ‘My First Song’ and is simply outrageous.
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is the new shiz. We choose our favourite Chrysalis vids. You watch ’em.
Just heard that BABYBIRD ‘s – Johnny Depp directed – video for ‘Unloveable’ has been banned on tv becaus it features a hanging (Mary Whitehouse 1 Good sense 0). Still, let’s be honest, this can only be a good thing for stirring up some good attention and sending inquisitive minds onto the internet to see for themselves (especially since no-one watches music tv on an actual tv anymore). So, really: Good sense 2 Mary Whitehouse 1. You be the judge.
In other news.. LAURA MARLING released album no.2, ‘I Speak Because I Can’, on Monday and it’s getting a fantastic, nay earth shattering, reaction. Here’s what The Times say / The Independent say / The Guardian say. And watch the video for ‘Rambling man’ below // Also, Nite Jewel has remixed CARIBOU‘s new single, ‘Odessa’. Dreamy Dreamy stuff. Listen here// And more from PENGUIN PRISON – free download of remixes and the majestic ‘The Worse it Gets’ here //That is all. For now.
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As an early fan of linguistic structuralism, Jacques Derrida, art school-to-music converts and shoulder pads little wonder that aged three I was so delighted by the release of SCRITTI POLITTI‘s third LP offering, ‘Provision’. Actually in 1988 I was still eating soil in my garden and watching willow the wisp. However now I’m a full grown man way past 21 I have come to love the Politti. Imagine, if you will, that aliens are playing articulate in space and they have ten seconds to express the clue ‘epitome of 80s’ post-punk-synth-pop’. Bang. Scritti Politti.
The story goes thus: welsh valleys produces two boys, Green Gartside and Tom Morley, they become friends through shared love of music and leftist politics (as is so oft the case in one’s teens), go to art school in Leeds, drop out, move to NW1 squat, start band, teach friend bass in 3 weeks, self release debut EP ‘Skank Bloc Bologna’ three months in, Rough Trade pricks up ears, signs them, debut LP ‘Songs to Remember’ emerges in 1982 and is an eclectic experimental-come-discordant-come-soulful sound of jangly guitars, sometimes programmed beats, philly basslines, sometime rockabilly-sometime not, sugar sweet vocals, catch people’s attention, then (making bigger steps from accolade to accolade here) go on to release two era defining albums of the 1980s – Cupid & Psyche 85 (198-er-5) and Provision (1988). These yielded synth pop weapons like ‘Wood Beez (Pray Like Aretha Franklin)’, ‘Absolute’, ‘Oh Patti (Don’t Feel Sorry For Loverboy)’, ‘First Boy in this town (Love Sick)’ and ‘Boom! There She Was’ and see the band find their feet as guardians of experimental pop wonderstuff. Of other things, too – superb songwriting, sparkle, imagination, heart, soul, studiocraft, production! hello!
Fast forwarding again, the story hastens toward the present with gusto – In the late 90s with the release of ‘Anomie and Bonhomie’ (1999) and, in the new millenium, ‘White Bread, Black Beer’ (Mercury nominated in 2006, don’t you know). To this day Green Gartside remains an enigmatic, reluctant star. Though don’t those seem to be, unfailingly, the best sort, really? But a songwriter synonymous with enduring quality and great talent. The name should be screamed from the Brecon Beacons, printed on sweaters, seen on bumper stickers and, more importantly, etched onto your consciousness.
So there. If you want a fuller cup size of a story (not just a gushing homage by someone who was still in short trousers by the early 90s) then let wikipedia or some other web logger take you by the hand and lead you down through the fabled annals of the group’s history. If you want a more instant sort of gratification then the videos below call you. As does this tailor made spotify playlist. Go on. It may be the smartest thing you do all day.
Texas. Land of Matthew Mcconaughey. Of Oil. Of 80s televisual excess. Of ten gallon hats. Of Steers. Of Queers (to pilfer Kubrick)… And, of course, of SXSW. If you’re not stuffing your face with steak or gulping down great depths of mojitos you’re probably trying to squeeze through armies of armpits and entire garrisons of beer guts to catch a fleeting glimpse of the band you came all the way to Texas to see leaving the stage to rapturous applause. Whoops. Well, we’ve put together a playlist for you that covers all the Chrysalis magic from Austin. This way you won’t miss anything. Because you can always press repeat. See what we did there? Your texan portal has opened HERE.
And have the most stupendous of weekends.