October 13, 2008

Call For Submissions: Additive Combinatorics Songs About Domestic Violence

Here are two fun songs I have been listening to recently.

Fight Like Apes – Lend Me Your Face

Florence and the Machine – Kiss With a Fist

They are both about girlfriends beating up boyfriends. GIRL-POWER and such!

Neither video had I seen before finding the links to support this entry and I feel they are both disappointing, though one is very Mike Figgis and the other is very, er, arousing in the Alexander Skarsgard way.

Oh fuck off you so WOULD

But what other songs are about domestic violence?

Obviously we have pretty much one in every three of EMINEM’s (he does love to rap about doing nasty things to Kim doesn’t he) but how about Rock, particularly Indie Rock?

CHALLENGE.

SET.

GO!

Click here and post your favourite songs about domestic violence.

Oh man Im taking it to the NEXT LEVEL


October 12, 2008

Friska Viljor – On and On: LYRICS

The usual places didn’t help me on this so I did it myself.

Here’s the song:

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=BUy8AGb4rlg

Viljor beard LOL

And here are the lyrics, as transposed by J Miles Esq:

“On and on
and on
and on,

we’ve been doing this
too long.

It’s time to find
another way;

it doesn’t matter
what you say.

plink plunk

On and on
and on
and on,

I wish that this
would soon be gone.

Another Sunday
comes along;

I have to find out
what is wrong!

females:
You would feel much better
if you left this life alone,
I know you’ve
got up and hung the phone up.
Don’t do this to yourself.

Don’t be scared to take a step into the dark unknown.
Are you ready to grow up?
Let’s get ready to grow u-up!
end of females.

You’re
on your own
for a while.

You’ll decide,
for yourself,

what you want
- no-one else -

you’ll be free
to live again.

plink plunk interlude

On and on
and on and on.

The time for brand new things
has come.

It doesn’t matter
what you say,

I’m gonna leave you
anyway.

females:
You will feel much better
now that everything is gone,

you’re-gonna,

feel free to be yourself and
you’ll be much happier.

Don’t be scared of loneliness
it’s what you have embraced.

When you liked it with someone,
when you’ve spent your time alo-one.
end of females.

You’re
on your own

for a while.
You’ll decide,

for yourself,
what
you want

- no
-one else -

you’ll be free
to live again.

~ You’re not alone
We’ll be here.

Solid stones,
by your side.

Put your feet
on our backs,

where you know
we’ll carry you ~ carry you.

plink plunk

We will
carry you.

plink plunk

Carry
you.

plink plunk

We will
carry you.”


September 17, 2008

Oh No You Didn't by EA Choir

Hey yo hey yo listen to this.

Download

I love it (except the very end which is an awful way to finish a song), but it confuses me.

My first take was that it’s a bonus joke track for the credits to some Electronic Arts GTA rip-off (I’d guess there are a lot to choose from). EA choir – Electronic Arts choir? I mean, this kind of thing seems to be creeping into gaming more and more, right?

Yall cant be playin checkers on no Chessboard, yo

But no.

I googled and it seems not to have anything to do with Electronic Arts. The origin of the name EA choir isn’t clear at all. Apparently no myspace, no other websites, just a list of listeners on Last.fm, who almost certainly got it from the same place I did (the September Indie Rock Playlist).

So, what can anyone tell me about the song or EA choir? Have I been fooled and in fact my original theory was spot on the whole time?

IT IS A MYSTERY.


February 15, 2008

Are Hot Chip the coolest band ever?

Just how awesome is this track!?

Hot Chip – Shake a Fist

Discuss.


February 14, 2008

A Valentine's day track: Parentheses by The Blow

Delightful:

Happy Valentine’s day!

OBSERVE THE PARENTHETICAL APPEARANCE


December 17, 2007

Manic Monday

I am, of course, being ironic. Now my term is over this is actually the first Monday for a while that hasn’t been manic. Great track though.

It’s from the above album, which is a mash up project and which there’s no point in me telling you about, when wikipedia does such a good job. Alternatively, just enjoy the track.

I wish you a merry Monday.


December 15, 2007

Digital Laptop Reggae

Writing about web page http://www.jahtari.org

jahtari

My iPod broke ages ago, and I haven’t had a portable music player since. While this is quite liberating in a way, it’s also a little annoying if when at work and battling with something on the computer (or simply going through a repetitive process) it’s nice to have some music to bob along to and ‘get in the groove’... as you do.

So I’ve been scouring places for streaming good music online, the obvious contenders being Last.fm and the Hype Machine, but I wasn’t quite satisfied. Okay, maybe I was, but I was still thinking of something a little bit different to the usual.

That’s when my fellow colleague sent a link over to Jahtari, a site claiming to be the pioneers in the genre of Digital Laptop Reggae, fully electronic sampled instruments, to the traditional ‘riddim’s of reggae or dub.

I was a bit put off at first, the chiptune tones of a reggae laptop remix of that C64 classic title track International Karate + (i.e. wtf), wasn’t quite what I had in mind. Searching around though and this first digital long player release is a pretty good indicator of what you have in store. A lot of the tracks lean more to the dub and deep side of reggae, which is possibly for the better, as the keys and chords simply don’t have the same crispness as a real guitar or organ. There’s plenty to peruse over as well, with a bucket load of digital seven-inches (complete with authentic ‘scratch’ noises!) and EP’s for stream and download that I can’t possibly go over in one sitting.

Partially because in the end, I skipped over all the laptop gubbins and after further digging headed to the Trojan and Studio 1 mixtapes they have up for streaming, and damn are they good! Kinda unfortunate that it overshadows the rest of their exploits, but hey, it shows they have good taste.

(You probably have to scroll the tapes down a bit to get to them, or alternatively, open up the flash player and click on ‘mixtapes’)

Anyhow, it’s deliciously retro designed, and comes complete with a set of magazine style articles that flit between reggae, retro computers and err… back again, if you haven’t been enticed already…


December 12, 2007

Free Good Albums

Writing about web page http://www.theshortwaveset.com/index.php?cat=4

The Shortwave Set

Well isn’t this a nice surprise.

A band that you just find out about not only are quite good, but they actually have given you their entire last album up for download – COMPLETELY FREE.

Kinda like The Avalanches if they’d been sampling the less electric bits of Goldfrapp and had a penchant for acoustic sounds, The Debt Collection is an eclectic but ultimately indie-pop album with sonics all over the place. If you only download one of the songs make sure it’s Is It Any Wonder (not a Keane cover) – simply gorgeous.

(EDIT: Unfortunately, it seems tracks 1 and 10 are a bit scrambled, ahh well)

Another bonus is that they have already finished their next attack on the musical landscape that is destined for release early next year. And it’s produced by Danger Mouse of all people, that workaholic of sorts who’s also all over the shop (while producing Martina-Topley Bird, more Sparklehorse and another Gnarls Barkley album… ooh! where does he stop?).

If you were streetwise, you would’ve also got The Format’s album Dog Problems for free in June, but that deal’s gone now. [Website]

Oh yeh, and there’s the matter of that album that’s hitting the top (or near enough) of a lot of end-of-year lists this week. No longer available for free I’m afraid. And those boxsets should be running out fast…


December 01, 2007

Bishes, hos, driving music

Music is a wonderful thing. Since I’m completely deaf from the waist down, I often have the music very, very loud in my car, and I sing quite a lot louder than that. It passes the time while I sit waiting in queues for idiots. What surprises me though is how enjoyable it is to hear old, crap songs when compared to new, very good stuff.

Let’s take the example of today. I was stuck in traffic on the M42 (not an uncommon occurrence), feeling very tired and horrid and icky, listening (and singing) to Interpol. That’s all well and good, and I listened to a few other things as well (Foo Fighters, Radiohead etc). But then I got bored and stuck Radio One on, for the dreaded Wonder Years (which must go by some kind of mantra of “an oldie but a shittie”).

Gotta say though, I heard Ol’ Dirty Bastard ft. Kelis – Got Ya Money, and it’s probably the most fun I’ve had on my own while in a car between the hours of 5pm and 6pm on the last day of the month when that day is a Friday. I’m not sure if it was the frustration, the volume or the over the top singing of the wrong words by myself, but it was the best thing ever. What a fantastic driving choon! Almost enough to make me wish it was 2001 again…

(Download)

November 27, 2007

The Feel Good Transformer (21st Nov)

An all female tracklist (to oppose the full-on man-fest that was last week), quite a good one as well. Seriously check out Duffy, she’s amazing…

I also think I’ve actually got the volume levels right for a change as well.
Note the casual removal of the random mid hour newscast as well. Bonus.

Radio shows down until further notice

  • Feist – I Feel It All
  • Ladyfuzz – Hold Up
  • Camera Obscura – If Looks Could Kill
  • Nancy Sinatra – Don’t Let Him Waste Your Time
  • Duffy – Rockferry [Website]
  • Gemma Hayes – Hanging Around
  • Rilo Kiley – Portions For Foxes
  • Metric – Combat Baby
  • Regina Spektor – Better
  • Goldfrapp – Strict Machine
  • The Long Blondes – Giddy Stratospheres
  • The Concretes – You Can’t Hurry Love [Download]
  • PJ Harvey – This Is Love
  • The Pipettes – Your Kisses Are Wasted On Me

This Wednesday (tomorrow) might be a bit more ramshackle as I had a job interview today, therefore less time to prepare, that’s my excuse in advance anyway.


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