Wednesday, August 29, 2007

TapeClub broke up with Blogger...

... someone told me yesterday. All good things and all that.... Turns out Wordpress just wiggled it's slightly sexier arse and Tapeclub was off like a shot. Go visit- They look cute together.

http://tapeclub.wordpress.com

Friday, August 17, 2007

Cosmo Time


Alongside Ayres and Eleven Cosmo Baker makes up the mighty triumverate of DJ's known as the The Rub Since 2003 they have been doing the hip hop/80's/electro/funk/dance hall/smidge of indie mix up that we all take for granted now. If you haven't been to one of their parties get on it. This 'summer mix' (EVERYONE has one I tell ya) by Cosmo is a real throughful departure from one of his typical sets. Quincy Jones, Archie Whitewater, Shuggie... It's def one for the 'it's so goddamn hot I'm not leaving my house all day' kind of days. I know LA and NYC have been waaaay hotter then usual this week so enjoy. (Sorry LDN.. you get a bank holiday soon, hold tight)
Here's the man himself on the mix. "For this mix I wanted to try and capture the stillness of summer, when the air is hot and the days are long, and time seems to be moving at a slower pace than normal."

Cosmo Baker-The 'Still Goood' Mix

Tuesday, August 14, 2007

Rest in Peace-Anthony H. Wilson


Tony Wilson, one the great figures in popular music history died Friday at the age of 57. The first music that drew me out of the Top 40 woods as a kid was entirely from Manchester- Stone Roses, New Order, Joy Divsion, Happy Mondays, The Smiths... So to me the man that made Factory, The Hacienda and gave Peter Saville the free reign to become a ground breaking album art designer was my music industry hero. He was truly 'Manchester' never once moving to London. I had the pleasure to see him host several talks and make the rounds at the In The City conference (again his creation) and he was every bit the legend that preceded him. He was a total one off.
Paul Morley said it best in this obituary from the Guardian
"To some extent, even if he did say so himself, this compelling, unique hybrid of selfish visionary, TV hack, charming bully, generous tyrant, commissioning editor, playful philosopher, inconsistent genius and down-to-earth intellectual regenerated a declining city both economically and culturally"

Happy Mondays-24 Hour Party People

Tuesday, August 07, 2007

Summer in a Zip


Over the last few weeks I've been asked that ubiquitous question 'What you been listening to lately?' more then usual. Even though I listen to music most of the day, this question usually leaves me drawing a blank for reasons I can't explain. So,I gave it some more thought, consulted the 'most played' column of my iTunes and posted this for you. These are the 'stand-by's of the last few months. The ones I listen to over and over and over when I'm altered (LCD Soundsystem-My Friends) reflective (Menomena 'Wet and Rusted') self indulgent (Interpol-Wrecking Ball) enjoying the morning (David Vandervelde-Nothin' No) driving home late (Simian Mobile Disco-I Believe) driving home later (Justice-d.a.n.c.e -MSTRKRFT Mix) etc etc Nothing terribly new or exclusive, just all the special little songs that will recall this summer when it's long since passed. Enjoy.

Album length zip of summery songs

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Monday, August 06, 2007

Rem Koolhaas- Gets shit done, does not like glass cock




It's true. This is a music blog. But,I had to take a momentary deviation for this funny piece on modern architects by Annie Choi.

Dear Architects, I Am Sick of Your Shit

Originally published in Pidgin

Back to the music in a bit.

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Atmospheric Sunshine


Atmosphere just released one of their 'Sad Clown' EP's. The offerings for fans are usually available at shows and full of rare bits and pieces that didn't find a home on their albums.
Check the track they made available for download, 'Sunshine'. Basically Ant and Slugs take on 'Summertime' by Jazzy Jeff and Fresh Prince. Instead of flexing their cars and new sneakers, they're just reveling in their still vaguely youthful ability to shake a bad hangover and appreciate the little things that seem special in subsequence... butterflies, little kids, your bike...Happy Summer!

*This is the 9th ‘Sad Clown’ EP and the first that they are promising to make available to retail and iTunes “soon”

Atmosphere-Sunshine