November 23, 2005

Chart 22–11

I'm going to start posting my charts up on here, as at least that way I'll have a copy when I lose them (which generally happens on a weekly basis).

It's generally meant as a way to help me out, but of course, any comments are welcome!

J

James Tarbit
MP3001
Chart 22–11-05

  1. Jaimy featuring Moses – Cut me Loose – Big and Dirty
  2. LMC - Get What you Give – AATW
  3. Royksopp – What Else is There? – Wall of Sound
  4. Catcher – I Like to Move it – White Label
  5. The Source feat. Candi Staton – You've got the Love – Positiva
  6. Bush II Bush – The Piano Track – Cr2
  7. Gorillaz – Dirty Harry (remixes) – EMI
  8. Braund Reynolds – Rocket – Phonetic
  9. Twisted Transistor – Twisted Transistor – Virgin
  10. Sugababes – Ugly – Island
  11. Madonna – Hung Up – Maverick
  12. Depeche Mode – A Pain that I’m Used to – Mute
  13. Anastacia – Pieces of a Dream – Epic
  14. Rolling Stones – Rain Fall Down – Virgin
  15. Tom Novy – Your Body – Data
  16. Mylo – Muscle Cars – Breastfed
  17. Ferry Corsten – Fire – Positiva
  18. Todd Terry – Somethin Going on – Manifesto
  19. Andrea T Mendoza – Can't Fake it – Adhesive
  20. Deep Dish – Sacramento EP - Positiva

November 22, 2005

I just found this

Writing about web page http://blogs.warwick.ac.uk/danielmaggs/

Oh dear….

…And what a wonderful guesture you're making there Gemma…


November 14, 2005

Suits me fine, he he he

You scored as James Bond, Agent 007. James Bond is MI6's best agent, a suave, sophisticated super spy with charm, cunning, and a license's to kill. He doesn't care about rules or regulations and somewhat amoral. He does care about saving humanity though, as well as the beautiful women who fill his world. Bond has expensive tastes, a wide knowledge of many subjects, and his usually armed with a clever gadget and an appropriate one-liner.

James Bond, Agent 007
75%
El Zorro
71%
Indiana Jones
63%
Lara Croft
54%
Maximus
54%
Captain Jack Sparrow
50%
The Amazing Spider-Man
50%
William Wallace
50%
Batman, the Dark Knight
29%
The Terminator
25%
Neo, the "One"
25%

Which Action Hero Would You Be? v. 2.0
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November 10, 2005

Madonna – she's back…oh yes!

Title:
Rating:
4 out of 5 stars

What can you say to start a review about Madonna's new album? Rolling Stone has started by harking back to her emergence on the scene in 1985:

'Over the most Eighties-sounding synthesizers imaginable, she proclaimed, "And you can dance — for inspiration." ' (from 'Into the Groove')

Quite the manifesto for (at that time) a chart debutant. Since then, however, Madonna has done much to move away from this wherever possible. Recent albums have shown that, whilst Madonna is as adept at reinvention as Kylie (another in the 'dropping the surname' stakes), this has often come at the expense of the ability to 'make people dance'. There was 'Ray of Light', dark and engaging. Then there was 'American Life', indistinct and poorly produced. It is refreshing to see, then, that dancing comes firmly at the top of the agenda this time around.

In fact, it's so high up the list that at times this album comes across as a dance compilation rather than the latest from the Queen of pop. Bringing in Stuart Price (Jacques lu Cont, Les Rhythmes Digitales) on production credits was definitely a savvy move. The 12 tracks on the album are a whirl of synth and sparkle, bass and bombast (if you will!) Whilst at times this threatens to merge one song into another, Price generally does enough to allow each track to stand on its merit, something which Mirwais was alltogether unable to do on 'American Life'. Samples abound – taking in Abba, Popcorn, and even the odd Madge favourite (Price must have had a whale of a time putting this album together!) to great effect.

Most importantly of all, this album genuinely makes the listener want to dance. The vast majority of these tracks would work in a club and, in building an album in this way, Madonna really has found a recipe for success.

In short? When Madonna is on form, she pisses all over the competition and thankfully this is the case here. Buy this to listen to early on a Friday night. Buy this to remind you of a lost weekend. Buy this for your car. Just buy it – it's awesome, and the perfect way to celebrate 20 years in the business…


November 05, 2005

Cool is History

I bought Esquire magazine this week – not something I usually do. I used to have a subscription, but then it got shit, a-la Loaded, FHM and every other god-awful lads mag in the world. However, I haven't totally lost the faith, and check in to see what's going on every few months.

Thankfully, this month's issue is a cracker – great journalism a-go-go, and some great photos. One article in particular caught my eye – 'The Death of Cool' – I quote:

‘Capitalism realised far quicker than our best thinkers…that choice undermined profit. Therefore choice had to be removed while preserving the illusion thereof; and the prime mechanism for achieving this was in the appropriation and codification of cool.
There are, of course, all kinds of examples that could illustrate this, but I may as well give one that's close to my own heart – bookshops. The function of the modern bookshop is not to provide choice for its customers but to curtail their choice while providing its illusion. The ideal modern bookshop would sell only five titles but they would be the 'coolest' titles out there so we, the consumers, wouldn't notice or care. Don't laugh, it's coming. Look how few independent bookshops there are these days, how few independent boutiques, how few independent music sellers. Look how our society, which prides itself on 'freedom of choice', is becoming ever more culturally homogenous…the explanation is not a conspiracy theory; it's simply the latest manifestation of consumer capitalism.’

Makes you think doesn't it? The next time you walk into HMV to buy a CD, see which ones hit you front-and-centre as you enter? I'll be betting it’s the same ones that NME had on the front cover the week before, or the ones that are on the Radio 1 playlist. I'm not saying that this is a bad thing, or that we're all turning into music-buying robots, but it's interesting how ingrained these mentalities are in the general public.

When I'm DJing, I often think to myself how many of the requests I get a night are actually people requesting their absolute favourite song of all time, or the song they must here right that very second, and how many people are just requesting what is seen to be the 'cool track' of the moment. Was the explosion of requests for the Arctic Monkeys at Monday's Top Banana due to the fact that lots of students are into the Arctic Monkeys? Or was it because they were number 1 in the charts. It's interesting to note that the week previous, we had no requests for the track at all, and response when we played it was muted.

Personally I feel that students are, in the main, more clued up about music than most – they have more opportunity to see live music, and they're the target audience after all. However, even in the student populace, there is a trend towards the mainstream 'cool' that I find worrying. True, I like music that people would consider to be mainstream 'cool' at the moment. However, I also make it my personal challenge to get out there and sample as much new and 'uncool' (in societorial terms) music as possible, as I hate being pigeonholed in terms of my musical taste. I truly hope that all students here at Warwick do the same. The Students' Union (who I am lucky enough to work for) provides an entertainments' programme that caters for pretty much every point of the musical spectrum. For example, this week's events included:

Top Banana
Score
Pressure featuring Pendulum
Crash featuring Coventry Live Music Festival bands
Vapour featuring Raplh Myerz and the Jack Herren Band – (which is tonight and, quite frankly unmissable if you like awesome live bands…)
Roots Acoustic Folk.

In one week the choice to sample mainstream chart, 90s pop, drum'n'bass, live rock, quirky Scandinavian electro-pop from the headliners of the Big Chill festival (and openers of the Glastonbury main stage), and acoustic music from within the student body.

Now I don't know how much of it is 'cool', but I know I've been out whenever I can. I just hope everyone else has too. Let's not be pigeonholed by what the NME thinks is cool music eh? Let's try and make up our own minds. Next time you're in Fopp, walk past the Top 40, and pick up something for a fiver you've never heard of. It might not be ‘cool’, but I bet it'll be fucking awesome…


November 04, 2005

VAPOUR TOMORROW

Iiiiiit's back! And bigger than ever!

Vapour takes to the Union once more tomorrow night. I'm not going to harp on forever about it, but attractions include:

RALPH MYERZ AND THE JACK HERREN BAND who fucking RAWK live! Go here to check them out – believe me, they are going to be one of the best live acts this Union will see this year. It's not for nothing that the Ents department call them 'the best band in the world'....

The Vapour residents mixing it up 4-deck style, with a big fat house classics set. If you loved it, and it was released in the last 15 years, you're gonna hear it!

The Vapour cockatail bar – offering up a tasty selection of alchoholic beverages for your pleasure.

The Vapour dancers, poi, and live entertainers.

The Vapour Chill Out room in the Cooler, with sheesha (to make sure you're completely relaxed!)

And a fat wodge of visuals, lighting, and decor a-go-go.

Trust me, if you enjoyed the last one, it's got nothin on this…

Tx


October 21, 2005

Vapour setlist 15/10…I think!

It's all a bit vague, but I think this is it…

Soulwax – Krack (Nite Version)
Justice vs. Simian – Never be Alone
Coburn – We Interrupt this Program
Audio Bullys – Get Get Down
Franz Ferdinand – Do You Want to? (Erol Alkan's Glam Racket mix)
Metal Fusion – Killing in the Name…
Nirvanah – Lithium (Medicine 8 remix)
Cream vs. the Hoxtons – Sunshine of your Love
Ernesto vs. Bastian – Dark side of the Moon
Deep Dish – Say Hello (Angello and Ingrosso mix)

There might have been a couple more – but who knows…or cares ;o)

see you all at the residents' special....


October 13, 2005

VAPOUR VAPOUR VAPOUR VAPOUR VAPOUR ;o)

Writing about web page http://www.sunion.warwick.ac.uk/portal/ents/Default.asp?url=event&event_id=1498

Ok – partisan blog alert!

Ahhhhhh feck it, who cares?! It's Vapour this weekend, and I feel the need to shout about it!

For those of you that don't know, Vapour is the Union's bi-termly house extravaganza. NB - House is NOT 'dance'. There is no cheesy trance music. There is no 'doof doof doof' at about 140 beats per minute. There is just lovely dirty grubby electro funky house - think Soulwax from last week....but with TEETH :o)

…..AAAAnyway – this Saturday marks Vapour's very 1st Birthday – aaawwww.

In true Vapour style, we've managed to wangle some pretty special guests to come and blow out the candles in the shape of Messrs. Layo and Bushwacka. Remember the name from somewhere? Think Love Story, and you won't go far wrong! Producers extraordinaire, they're also awesome behind the decks, so expect quite a set.

And, as ever, our guests are ably supported by my good self, as well as new Vapour boys James Murden and Dan Maggs, with Si taking over in the back room as the new chill out DJ. I don't know what they've got planned, but I've got more records than I can handle for my set – and if you're a fan of Franz Ferdinand, have I got something for you!

And finally, to top things off, the Vapour dancers will be in the house to make sure that once you hit the dancefloor, you'll stay there. And there may even be cake at midnight, you never know!

Vapour – it thumps. Don't believe me?

Try here
Or here
Or here

Or just come along and find out for yourself! Personally I can't wait – if only to see whether Layo and Bushwacka end up doing a Tim Deluxe – he enjoyed himself so much at the last Vapour, that we had to pull the plug on him in the end…literally…


Students' Union forums – Top B requests

Just a really quick blog to remind everyone that The Students' Union forums actually exist!!

It's really bizarre. Last year the forums were pretty damned busy every week – this year I don't think I've seen more than 4 posts (and two of them were mine!).

If you don't know how to get onto the Union forums, it's really easy. Just log into the portal using your username/password (if you haven't registered these yet, just hit 'register my account'), and then press forums. There are forums for most of the sports clubs and societies, as well as a whole set of forums devoted to Ents – you can tell the Union what you really think about Crash, Pressure etc etc.

Most importantly of all – you can find the Top Banana forum here as well. You can see old playlists, moan about your record not being played, and then request it all over again - get involved!!

Jxx


June 23, 2005

'Bit of Basement Jaxx'

The rythm, the tracks, the Basement, the Jaxx

Went to see Basement Jaxx at the Birmingham Academy last night and they were, quite frankly, awesome. It was pretty much the best gig I've ever been to. The energy coming off that stage was immense, and the entire crowd was bouncing up and down like there was no tomorrow.

The gig started off with support from 'The Go Team'. They had some really nice ideas (I loved the two drum kits), and were very high energy, but I felt their set flagged little towards the end. Their next single was actually the worst song I heard them play – have no idea why they want to release it.

Then, after a small wait, the Jaxx took to the stage, and started as they meant to go on – dropping 'Good Luck' complete with Lisa Kekaula in a massive futuristic wedding dress. And the pace simply didn't flag from there. 'Oh My Gosh', 'Romeo', 'Right Here's the Spot', 'Red Alert', 'Jump and Shout', 'U Don't Know me', 'Jump and Shout' (with Slarta John live…which was nice!), 'Do Your Thing', 'Rendezvous', little bits of 'Samba Magic', and 'Just 1 Kiss', a stomping remix of 'Can't Get you out of my Head' (presumably practising for Sunday) and they finished the set with an awesome version of 'Where's Your Head At', which saw Felix and all the Jaxx singers leaping into a crowd that they'd whipped up into a veritable frenzy.

If that wasn't enough, they came back after about a minute of screaming to drop 'Bingo Bango', which went on for about 10 minutes.

And when they weren't playing their hits, Felix, Simon, and all the Jaxx dancers were smashing together awesome bootleg interludes. At some point I heard:

Audio Bullys – Shot You Down
Amerie – 1 Thing
Snoop Dogg – Drop it Like it's Hot
Missy Elliott – Lose Control
Aretha Franklin – Think

All performed live by the singers whilst being remixed by the Jaxx boys, and accompanied by their three-piece ska horn section, bongo drummers, guitarists, and drummers.

I came out of the gig looking like I'd had a shower with my clothes on. It was hideously hot, and I'd been in the middle of the crowd for the whole set, but it was totally worth it. Seriously, if you're at Glastonbury/going today, you're lucky lucky people. If you miss every other band and just see Basement Jaxx come Sunday, you'll have had your money's worth…


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