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May 11, 2006

Today's summer album, k

So ridiculously good. They will be sadly missed.


January 08, 2006

Stereolab – John Cage Bubblegum

C'est le plus beau
et c'est le plus triste
C'est le plus beau
Paysage du monde

It's the most beautiful
and it's the saddest
It's the most beautiful
Landscape in the world


December 10, 2005

The Knife, a band, from Sweden

The Knife boycotted the ceremony, prefering instead to send along two of their friends. Nothing out of the ordinary there you might think, save for the fact their buddies were wearing gorilla masks and t-shirts each emblazoned with the number 50. "We are tired of the focus on people instead of music in the media," Olof rallies. "Therefore itís better to send someone you donít know, and who is also dressed as a gorilla. We are also tired of the disproportion between gender and power in the music industry. Of the ten biggest labels in Sweden, only one has a female general manager. None has a female A&R. The gorillas had t-shirts on which had the numbers 50 on it. So they scremed 50, 50! And they said this thing about the disproportion in the industy and that The Knifeís winning concept is 50/50! Thatís why we are so succesful!

November 27, 2005

The Long Blondes

Ok, so I quite like their latest single (seperated by motorways) but why don't I fucking trust them?

I think it might be due to these factors:
a) everything other song I have heard by them has been depressingly average.
b) they are ripping off a lot of bands such as The Au Pairs who I would quite like to see ripped off, but would prefer to be ripped off by bands who don't suck.
c) they appear to me to be massive poseur shits, and part of the rather rubbish Trash scene.


November 26, 2005

joseph o'hagan's song of the day: hipster count (7)

The mountain goats – No I can't
Sole – Salt on everything
Victim's family – Fridge
Laura Nyro – Captain for dark mornings
Bearsuit – Hei Joskaa hei Jokkunen

Punk music not dead after all

Writing about web page http://www.sister.co.jp

It just moved to Japan (and in the case of Hang on the Box, China)

Hang on the Box – link & link

Brain Failure – link

Titan Go Kings – link

Plus of course, Shonen Knife and Bleachmobile.


November 19, 2005

steve young was a by far inferior quarterback to joe montana

Writing about web page http://www.betterpropaganda.com

A great site for discovering bands who will rarely or (more likely) never be played on any radio station in the united kingdom. And a massive omg for it (apparently) being all legal downloads, although personally I don't care as I would download my own grandmother whatever the law said.

Some bands and personages I enjoyed:

Madame Chao – this basically sounds like noise, and is consequently very good.

Spukkin Faceship – pretty damn good. Reminds me that my musical confusion is based on the assumption that i should naturally ground myself in guitar-based music. This is incorrect, for 99% of guitar-based bands suck, whilst this is only true for 98% of electronic-based bands. Though remember, Electronic were a post-Smiths guitar band, who sucked.

Black Cat Music – ok this is guitars, but I like it.

Turing Machine – omgwtf they have no singer. But yeah this is good, but I mean, I probably wouldn't buy an album or anything. I do like it though. It is really good.

I would have mentioned more bands but was arrogantly sidetracked, plus couldn't be bothered.

As regards the title – Steve Young is statistically superb, yet in reality was a stupid running-about injury-prone liability, and a Republican Mormon to boot. Joe Montana transcends politics, sport and everything, because he was perfection in armour. With a fucking good throwing arm.


November 16, 2005

Trail of wreckage

Bands that I relied upon to save music:

Prolapse broke up
Bikini Kill broke up
Le Tigre sold out
Coachwhips broke up
Erase Errata fucked up
Atom & His Package broke up
Guided By Voices broke up after many years of having shits at festivals ignore them whilst waiting for Feeder to show up
Hint Hint broke up (I think)
Beulah broke up
Quixotic broke up
The Breeders just stopped being, in favour of their inferior predecessors The Pixies
Stereolab tragically lost a member
The Mountain Goats got rid of his boombox
Puerto Muerto probably split, thought I've no idea really
Mclusky broke up
Gorky's turned into a dull folk band
Cibo Matto broke up
Aesop Rock's beats declined plus he lost his edge
Papas Fritas just quietly disappeared
Llama Farmers broke up
Lo-Fidelity Allstars lost the singer, and consequently turned shit
Shellac haven't released anything in x years
Refused are fucking dead
Marine Research broke up
The Casual Dots disappeared
Prolapse have not reformed in the last half hour

This leaves:

The Gossip lost their drummer Kathy Mendonca, who was awesome
Electrelane's last album was disappointing
Chicks on Speed's last album (with the no heads) also disappointing
Mclusky followup projects will probably will be a let down
Shonen Knife are they possible still going? I hope so
Single Frame were never really that great
Lolita Storm, where are they?
Jetplane Landing have released nothing new for a while, I think
Tracy & the Plastics are awesome but will never tour England
The Rogers Sisters are good but not great

So may I take the opportunity to say:

fuck the killers
fuck the kaiser chiefs
fuck franz ferdinand
fuck the subways, the most average band around
fuck oasis, who proved that arrogance isn't always a good thing
fuck the arctic monkeys, the test icicles and the other bands Domino are using to make a buck or two
fuck whoever edits the warwick boar music section and allows the pieces that are printed in it, they inspire simultaneous vomiting and cringing which i until recently thought impossible – see the recent article on the brakes for proof
fuck U2, and especially fuck all U2 fans
fuck the libertines, fuck pete doherty, but most of all fuck everyone who's pathetic interest in the travails of a tragic crack addict fuel meaningless boring celebrity
fuck the new musical express and those that hang on to its every word, yet try to maintain the illusion of maintaining their independence from it
and, in the words of bratmobile, "fuck you too"


November 13, 2005

The great thing about Joy Division is

You can ignore the tragic suicide element, and the "the guy was possibly a total asshole" element, and concentrate on what an awesome song Atmosphere is.

don't walk away, in silence

A song that I feel has also been beautifully ripped-off (though I may be wrong) by Smog on the song Wild Love.

ps: fuck new order


November 01, 2005

and the crap in the air will fuck up your face

The Fall – Industrial Estate

get off the industrial estate
get off the industrial estate

oh yeah yeah, industrial estate
yeah yeah, industrial estate
yeah yeah, industrial estate

well you started here to earn your pay
yeah yeah, industrial estate
clean neck and ears on your first day
yeah yeah, industrial estate
well we tap one another as your walking out the gate
yeah yeah, industrial estate
and we'd build a canteen but we haven't got much space
yeah yeah, industrial estate
oh yeah yeah, industrial estate

and the crap in the air will fuck up your face
yeah yeah, industrial estate
oh boss can bloody take most of your wage
yeah yeah, industrial estate
and if you get a bit of depression
yeah yeah, industrial estate
oh ask the doctor for some valium
yeah yeah, industrial estate
oh yeah yeah, industrial estate

yeah yeah industrial estate
yeah yeah industrial estate
industrial estate hates us


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