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Monday, 4 April 2011

Quiet Village

I've been pretty quiet myself for the last week, rather busy indeed but the blog must go on.

The guys over at FoundSoundOrchestra pointed me in the direction of these chaps - Quiet Village. Their debut album 'Silent Movie' is out now and you can grab a free download of 'Circus of Horror' by signing up to their mailing list. 'Silent Movie' is a relentlessly chilled album from start to finish with each song possessing a decisively narrative tone.

I'm currently working on finishing my review of Siriusmo's 'Mozaik' but will most definitely have an in depth review of Quiet Village's inaugural creation very very soon.


Saturday, 26 March 2011

Quins Video

Got bored and thought I'd rip some low-quality footage from my premiershiprugby.tv membership and make a quick video of some Harlequins tries to try and rally their grumpy fans. Just a sprinkling of tries from the Premiership thus far, in the order they happened. I'll probably make another couple of videos for the rest of the season as soon as I can be bothered!

Music is 'Titanic Vandalism' by The Go! Team

Tuesday, 22 March 2011

Shaking the Wax 22/03/11

Thought I might as well introduce a random regular feature. It'll be a list of 10 tracks that I'm currently listening to. Where possible, I'll attach youtube links. Simple as that.


1 - Siriusmo - High Together (Album Version)
2 - Radiohead - Cuttooth
3 - Gnarls Barkley - Who's Gonna Save My Soul (Live @ Abbey Road)
4 - My Morning Jacket - Wordless Chorus
5 - Curtis Mayfield - We're a Winner
6 - The Cinematic Orchestra - Horizon (ft. Niara Scarlett)
7 - Avril - Urban Serenade
8 - Air - Eat My Beat
9 - Supergrass - Run
10 - Monarchy - I Won't Let Go 

My Morning Jacket

I will be forever grateful to 'American Dad' for introducing me to 'My Morning Jacket.' A stand-up rock band with an abundance of great songs, complete with catchy hooks and a shameless raw intensity that a lot of today's up-tight moody bands don't possess.



*** Coming Soon ***  -  Review of Siriusmo's new album 'Mosaik' + I'm looking forward to getting my hands on the new LateNightTales offering from Midlake on the 25th of March

Friday, 18 March 2011

As Magnificent as it is Terrifying

Was listening to the Tron soundtrack again this evening and started messing around in Ableton. Whipped this baby up in 2 hours, so chuffed that I thought I'd post the bugger up, even though it's not quite finished.
I'll conjure up some artwork soon

Shut yer eyes and imagine a wide shot of a barren wasteland where a city has just been destroyed. People are searching round the smouldering rubble, desperately hoping to find surviving family members. The camera is slowly moving about these hopeless people. The camera then slowly moves upwards and approaches a ridge and as it slowly moves over this ridge it reveals a towering structure that's clearly responsible for the devastation. It is as magnificent as it is terrifying.

As Magnificent as it is Terrifying by Mousey Brown

Monsters OST

Firstly I need to start by saying that 'Monsters' is a cracker of a film, and it shouldn't be pigeon-holed as a District 9 bandwagon-hopper. It isn't an all out CGI-Aliens-in-yer-face-fest, it's about the poignant evolution of a relationship between two people, with the "monsters" serving as a backdrop.
I won't mention that it was written, shot and directed by one man, Gareth Edwards - who also did all the special effects himself, that it only cost £500,000 to make and only starred two actual actors with Edwards getting astounding ad-libbed performances from on-site locals. Oops. Aaanyhow go and check it out, definitely one of my favourite films of 2010.

Jon Hopkins' ethereal soundtrack is the perfect accompaniment to 'Monsters,' and having seen the film it puts you right back in there when you listen to it. Much in the same way that the Lost In Translation soundtrack reminds you of how you felt when you watched it as well as conjuring up that unforgettable image of a neon Japan at night.



Click on 'Read more' to hear more

Wednesday, 16 March 2011

Art Lebedev sees the future

The forward thinking guys at Art Lebedev have offered us a glimpse of what I think is a highly probable future reality - they call it the Flashkus. Click here to see it! The idea is that usb flash drives will become so cheap and plentiful that they'll be made from cardboard and sold in batches (all electronics will be miniaturised and contained in the tip of the device). You can then tear off a usb stick, fill it with photos from your trip to Shanghai, label the drive accordingly with pen/pencil and give it to yer mate. Mark my words we'll be seeing something like this very soon.



Their website is well worth a look, it's stocked full of ideas as well as actual products they've produced. Some are a little barmy but some are just brilliant.

Monday, 14 March 2011

Lighting up @ 1052fps

Lots of Phantom Camera videos have been doing the rounds these last few months. At present it seems to be a handful of incredibly rich people indulging in some very high fps experiments (we're talking thousands of fps here!). Can't wait for some nature program directors to get their hands on some of this kit.

Anyhoo, here's a magical video of a lightbulb turning on @ 1052fps


slow burn from frazerchurchill on Vimeo.

Search "Phantom Camera" or "Phantom Flex" to have a look at some of the nutty things people are filming in super slow motion.

Tuesday, 8 March 2011

Get British Business Online...and that's it

Hmm, so when I heard from a friend that BT & Google had teamed up to provide .co.uk domains for 2 years for free, I thought that it was a great idea! However, upon registering hotcalamari.co.uk, (which was available - hurrah!) I've spent the last few hours tearing my hair out!

It turns out that this whole thing is a disgusting Google marketing exercise, where they force you to use their absolutely god-awful website design tools. So I have a great-looking website that I have made independently and I can't actually upload it to a domain that I own - FANTASTIC. Their FAQ is literally brimming with people desperately trying to transfer their domain because they've found out exactly the same thing. Call me a cynical old Google-hating bastard, but this has got to be one of the most back-handed attempts at "helping" businesses to get online ever! If it has helped some businesses get online - fab. But don't dress it up like it's a fully-fledged web solution for someone that wants to publish a half-decent website.

Have a glance through some of their "Success Stories" to witness some eye-raping websites that make the internet look as if it was created yesterday.

On the bright-side, it's the cheapest way to park a domain for 2 years, thanks Google! Now all I've got to do is find a nice cheap host and make the transfer.

Sunday, 6 March 2011

Excellent!

Never has that chorus been sung with such enthusiasm!

Friday, 4 March 2011

The Found Sound Orchestra!

Digging through old internet favourites as one does, when I came across the now-abandoned team9 website. These guys thoroughly fulfilled my bootleg and remix fetish throughout most of my late teens - click on Read More for a couple of samples.

Aaanyhow, I heard about 'The Found Sound Orchestra' through team9, who are firm advocates of this excellent lil' outfit.



TFSO are true sonic scavengers, taking samples from absolutely bloody anywhere and then meticulously crafting them into entirely new and imaginative compositions.

I think I like them because their songs sound great and (in my very sporadic spare time) i suppose that i'm trying to do something similar. However the main difference is that their work rate is through the roof! Especially as I have only just found out about their most recent 2011 project - 52 Weeks, where they are creating a new tune every week!

Check these guys out and give them some well-deserved support. I must confess that I haven't listened to any of their new songs yet but you can bet your Nan's nipples that I'll be raving about any good ones!

As they modestly say "Hopefully by the end of the year those that have stuck with it will have enough decent songs to make a nice 10 or 12 track album."


Thursday, 3 March 2011

Nine Inch Nails splurrge

With Trent Reznor and Atticus Ross snatching up Oscars recently I decided to have a peak at what Nine Inch Nails are up to these days. Reznor is truly not one to disappoint fans and so he regularly updates the NIN website with photos, pictures and general updates regarding his latest projects.

Relatively recently he's posted up some awesome videos from NIN's farewell tour; including a mind-blowing performance of the epic 'Just Like You Imagined' with special guest piano-extroadinaire Mike Garcon.



As you can imagine this only encouraged me to dig up some choice Nine Inch Nails live videos to wack up on the blog.

Click Read More to check 'em out.


Tuesday, 1 March 2011

Baboons, Gods & Breasts



Sorting through my old hard drive and came across some photos from my old Samsung D900 which I had in 2006-07. Found some pictures of the Santa's Ghetto installation on Oxford Street and came across a ruddy cool picture of this Baboon about the gnaw down on some bosoms!

After some rather intense googling I discovered that it's by a guy called Kelsey Brookes and it's called 'Baboons, Gods & Breasts.' After a bit more digging I found this fantastic website that does regular features on current artists etc. called Fecal Face Dot Com. What a name!

So anyway it turns out they've done this awesome feature on Brookes where he walks them through the creative process of 'Baboons, Gods & Breasts' - Check it out here.



Monday, 28 February 2011

Old Canon FD Lenses!

So I stumbled across this video of a very enthusiastic American chap who raved about buying dirt cheap Canon FD lenses and then, with the help of an adapter, using them on a modern day Canon EOS DSLR. As he says in the video; although these lenses are manual focus only, they are perfect for filming with a DSLR and their build quality is second to none. And to top everything off the price of these lenses is immensely low! I picked up the following from ebay, all in excellent condition:

Vivitar 28mm 2.8 FD fit - £19
Canon FD 35mm 3.5 - £20
Canon FD 50mm 1.8 - £15

The fotodiox adapter (which I'm still waiting to arrive because it's being sent from America - doh!) costs £30 and enables me to use all manner of old Canon lenses. 

The current Canon 35mm is £240 and the 28mm is £150. The 50mm 1.8 is actually pretty cheap, retailing at about £70, but it is about as rugged as a pair of paper swimming trunks. So to get 3 very good quality lenses to knock about with for under £100 is a pretty sweet deal! Cannot wait for the adapter to arrive so I can start messing around - will definitely post up some sort of filmic creation to show off what they can do. 

Saturday, 26 February 2011

The King of Limbs

In Rainbows was always going to be a tough act to follow and having heard 2009's 'These Are My Twisted Words' I suppose I was worried that Radiohead's new offering was going to be a cluster of airy songs that rumbled along with no distinct melody or chorus. Click on Read More to see what I think of 'King of Limbs.'




















Thursday, 24 February 2011

Little Update

Air's 'Mer Du Japon' - dead simple bass and piano that builds rather pleasingly



I've listened through Radiohead's King of Limbs numerous times and have made some notes, review nearly finished but can't bring myself to listen through the album again :S Soon.. soon.

Friday, 18 February 2011

POTTOKA!

I have found my calling! The Bayonne rugby team mascot is known as Pottoka - after the 'Pottok' ponies that inhabit Bayonne. This guy was literally going nuts at the Harlequins vs Bayonne match and it just makes we wanna get in a big ol' suit and tumble around for 80 minutes. Click Read more to see some videos of the crazy mascot horsing about.


















Thursday, 17 February 2011

Gnarls Barkley - Reckoner

Came upon this really tight cover of one of the best songs from Radiohead's 'In Rainbows' - damn can the big man sing and damn can DangerMouse play that tambourine. Nice to see a live video taken at the Astoria, real shame that the only perfect-sized venue in London is now gone.

Tuesday, 15 February 2011

Danger Mouse & Sparklehorse - Dark Night of The Soul

Right so I dug up the ol' unfinished review, had a glance through it and it kinda says what I want it to say so what the heck without me tweaking it and making it all nice, so click on Read More to see the whole thang.

Having co-helmed Gorillaz' 'Demon Days' album; produced 'The Good the Bad and the Queen' as well as taking a bigger-than-producer role in his new outfit 'Broken Bells,' the well-developed 'Dark Night of The Soul' project seems only a natural progression from these previous creative outlets.



















Friday, 11 February 2011

ROME

It looks as if Danger Mouse is going to take us on another musical voyage with his latest collaborative album - Rome. DM has already worked with Daniele Luppi before on numerous projects including; Gnarls Barkley's St. Elsewhere, Broken Bell's debut and the recent epic Dark Night of The Soul. Though Luppi acted primarily as the arranger of strings and various other orchestral accompaniments, he is now very much shoulder to shoulder with DM at the helm of this exciting new project.

Roping in the likes of Jack White and Norah Jones to lend their unique vocal talents, this album promises to be another classic to add to Danger Mouse's encyclopaedic arsenal.

They won't let me embed the SoundCloud player but click HERE to have a listen to the album sampler. I'm liking what I'm hearing, very acoustic, very western, very romantic - they've even managed to make Norah Jones sound like Morcheeba.














Rome Album Website

On the subject of Danger Mouse, I'm still yet to post up my extensive review of Dark Night of The Soul. Expect it in the next 5 days.

Thursday, 10 February 2011

Wed-nes-day

A couple of tunes I've been listening to recently - a lovely Supergrass track from their 1997 album 'In It For The Money' and a Kula Shaker song from their new and frustratingly under-exposed new album.



Gotta love it from 1:35 onwards with those clunky ivories and that lovely positive refrain.



This isn't Kula Shaker's best work by any means, but it's a great little ditty that returns us to that wonderfully simple Beatles-esque world where love reins supreme.

Sunday, 6 February 2011

Couple of Tunes

Randomly came across this cover of 'You Got The Love' by good ol' Crazy P. It's pretty tame until 3:14 and from then on it really kicks off



Continuing my unintentional theme of repetitive funk tunes, here's a nice lil' congregation of clavs and guitars.

Friday, 4 February 2011

The Music - RIP?

So in the last month it was announced on 'The Music's' facebook page that the band has split up because the lead singer decided he wanted to leave. It's a real shame because these incredibly young and talented guys burst onto the music scene (no pun intended, they have a stupid name) in 2002 - as debut albums go it's fantastic, a real mixture of dance-rock and psychedelica and Rob Harvey's voice is simply spectacular. Two years later they released the equally brilliant 'Welcome the North' before going on 2 year hiatus due to Rob Harvey's various drug/alcohol addictions. I thought that I'd never hear from those guys again which sucked tremendously hard because I had never got a chance to see them live. But in 2008 they re-appeared with the energetic 'Strength in Numbers' which was produced by industry heavy-weights Mark Ellis and Paul Hartnoll. It was a lot more electronic than their previous offerings but it was just so refreshing to hear some new material with Rob's voice stamped all over it.
I was lucky enough to see them live at the Camden Roundhouse and it was a tremendous gig - those guys have so much energy and the venue was quite clearly rammed full of people who adored their music. The Music really should have changed their manager eons ago because they are not nearly as big as they should be.

Anyway, fast forward another couple of years and here we are with the band split up and Rob Harvey is now apparently working with The Streets :S




















Click on Read More to see a mere sprinkling of live videos that, although awesome, only go some way to highlighting the talent and character that these boys have. Oh and also to have a depressing insight into what Rob Harvey is currently wasting his vocal talent on.

Monarchy

Heard about these guys back in November of '09 when BIGSTEREO posted a demo of 'Black, the Colour of My Heart.' That song is brilliant; the thumping choral backing contrasted with the underproduced vocals, blending sinister verses with the uplifting piano-driven chorus. On the basis of that song alone I popped along to see them play the Rock&Roll tent at last year's Bestival. Having convinced a couple of friends to come along on the promise of great things we were greeted by four masked men in suits with matching see-thru guitars. Not what I expected at all, but the show was awesome and they were very well received by the modestly-sized crowd. They certainly took themselves seriously and roared through their set like absolute pros.













I'm seeing them in 4 days at the Jazz Cafe in Camden so I thought I'd dig up a review of their album that I never finished. Click Read More to have a look.

Thursday, 3 February 2011

Drop Out Orchestra

Purveyors of pool-side summer funk and the brains behind the 2009 super-track Gibbon, Drop Out Orchestra are going to be a name to watch out for this summer.

Oh and keep an eye on this blog because I'll be posting up a review of Monarchy's debut album tomorrow!



Drop Out Orchestra - Winter Mix Session 2010 by Drop Out Orchestra

Monday, 31 January 2011

Vandroid

Head on over to the Vandroid website and have a gander at what's going on there. Allegedly the project centres round an old film that was never completed due to a fire and now some "recordings" from the "soundtrack" have recently been "found"and reworked into some awesome tunes. The latter part is most definitely true but I'm not sure if they're pulling our legs on the whole back story and I can't be doing with googling around the web to find out. Either way, go and have a look because they've got some really sharp visuals and an awesome set of remixes that you can download high quality versions of.



Friday, 28 January 2011

Insania!

Click here to the see the bloody future! Basically these guys have filmed stuff using a panoramic camera so that you can choose where you look whilst watching the movie! This technology has already been put to extremely good use HERE where you can watch the intro to one of Muse's concerts and HERE where you can watch a 360 video of a helicopter flying over Nimmo Bay.



















Great little house groover from those Crazy P's

Crazy p presents syndromes-the hit by ricotavares

Thursday, 27 January 2011

Some Tuuuunes

Chromeo - Hot Mess (Oliver Remix) - Heard this the other week and it's got to be one of the most complete sounding remixes I've heard in a while.  Much like the Aeroplane remix of Chromeo's 'Don't Turn The Lights On' it is a total reworking of the original but the overall style will appeal to fans of Chromeo, what with the grand stabbing synth/guitar chords and general 80's-ness. The video for the original is also worth a look, if only to see P-Thug with his top off.



Bjorn Torske - Sexy Disco - Very repetitive but I've been listening to it over and over for the last half hour so thought I should share it.

Wednesday, 26 January 2011

Heeeeey Tell

Saw this over on Gizmodo and it looks great. Imagine using you're iPhone/Android like a walkie talkie. Sounds good to me, though time will tell if people take to the App/whether it becomes annoying as hell.

















Download the iPhone app

A cheeky lil' track that (dare I say it?) is an absolute banger!
BeatauCue - Disque Oh! (Eumig & Chinon remix) by BeatauCue

Monday, 24 January 2011

Blaaack Dynamite

Black Dynamite has finally come out on DVD in the UK! I suggest all you jive turkeys get out there and buy it immediately.





















I recently found out that AdultSwim has snatched up Black Dynamite and are making a cartoooon out of it. Click on Read More to check out some newly released stills from the show, I'm really digging the animation style.


Saturday, 22 January 2011

SoundCloud App

Just updated my computer and Apple decided to plonk it's new App Store down on me dock so I thought I'd give it a spin. Stumbled across the new SoundCloud App.

Right now I'm in the process of getting together a series of finished tracks to put on the net and the new app more than facilitates me doing this. I can upload tracks with the program, add artwork etc. just like in iTunes, but one of the coolest features is the recording function. If I want to post up a work in progress chunk of a track I can just play the tune and use the SoundCloud app to record the part I want. It means that I don't have to worry about mastering or anything, just shove it on the web a-sap. Obviously when the track is finished I'm gonna while away hours making sure it's absolutely bloody perfect.

Another great feature is that you can grab all those tracks and mixes from other artists that you've been listening to and group them all in one place so you can listen to them offline like Spotify/iTunes. Which means I can listen to this beauty over and over again!





So yeah, check it out

Thursday, 20 January 2011

Top 10 songs of 2010

In no particular order

Miami Horror ft. Kimbra - I Look To You
Bonobo - We Could Forever
Danger - 4h30
Linstrom & Christabelle - Baby Can't Stop
Gorillaz - Empire Ants
Kula Shaker - Space Caravan
DangerMouse & Sparklehorse ft. The Flaming Lips - Revenge
Chromeo - Night by Night
DangerMouse & Sparklehorse ft. Julian Casablancas - Little Girl
Breakestra - Set The Sun

Honourable mentions -

Monarchy - Black The Colour Of My Heart
Ray Mang - Look Into My Eyes

Old and New Favourites

A NEW HOME! Stumbled upon this flavors.me shindiggedy and thought I'd chuck everything in one place and start keeping it up to date again! I've got about 10 semi-finished reviews from back when the blog was churning along so I'll finish those at some point and get them up. But in the meantime the format is going to be loads of lil' tidbits and the occasional essay. 

So here's a new a favourite: 

Gorillaz' Empire Ants get's remixed by Miami Horror - sheesh, the best song from Plastic Beach being remixed by one of my favourite new bands! 

The song was never really going to be made any better, but this is an awesomely chilled summery take on it. Crying shame that it's January really.


Click on Read More to check out the old favourite that truly is a bloody gem.