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No! Stop it Dad, you’re embarrassing me!

My good friend Sinead over at Sigla Blog sent this piece of footage to me about a month ago, and I can’t quite get it out of my head. It’s shameful! Can you imagine getting dolled up on a Saturday night, getting a few drinks in, heading to a rave, maybe even necking a banger or two, only to find the dj is practically your Dad, and he’s well into the swing of his midlife crisis! I couldn’t get over it, Peter Hook how could you? It’s hilarious, yet disturbing. I know there are some edits to the footage, but at no point do you see him change a record, and correct me if I’m wrong, but I’m pretty sure a set of headphones are an integral part of the dj process. Shame on you Mr Hook.

The memory of Joy Division/New Order/Factory Records is very much fresh in my mind for the last few months. In fact, it’s been impossible to avoid. The death of Tony Wilson, the arrival of Anton Corbijn’s brilliant new movie/biopic of the last 7 years of Ian Curtis’s life, Control, that bloody Pepsi or Fanta advert that uses a horrific edit of Blue Monday, and the predictable repackaging and re-release of Joy Division’s back catalogue.

I find it hard to believe I was only 5 when Curtis died, but even harder to believe that i’m now 10 years older than he was when he killed himself. It’s easy to forget he died so young, only 23. I feel like I grew up with Joy Division, discovering their music at a young age, courtesy of my older brother and his record collection. Their music and artwork is still as powerful and relevant today as I first remember it. The movie is handled really well by Corbijn, who was possibly the best choice for the job, given his close proximity to the band for the latter part of their career, and the screenplay was adapted from Touching From A Distance, the 1995 memoir by Curtis’s wife Deborah. There are plenty of reviews over at Metacritic, no need for me to offer anything more, except Sam Riley does an excellent job as Curtis, and Toby Kebbell is brilliant as the late, great Rob Gretton. Here’s the trailer, it’s well worth checking out. More so than a Peter Hook dj set!

October 22, 2007 Posted by | Music, Personal | 5 Comments

Stairway To Hell

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An extract from today’s Digital Music News below.

It’s great to see Led Zeppelin continuing their career long defiance, and refusing to play the industry game. Never known for bowing to label pressure, they always insisted on releasing no singles, and never named their albums.

Here’s their next defiant move in the fight against ‘The Man’.

O2 Grabs Zeppelin Mobile Exclusive in Britain

UK-based O2 is now offering the freshly-digitized catalog of Led Zeppelin, another prized exclusive for the mobile operator. The information, which surfaced Thursday, follows a major digitization announcement by the band. It also follows a stateside mobile exclusive involving Verizon Wireless.

But Led Zeppelin is a British band, and that sweetens the O2 deal considerably. “In a country that contains some of the group’s most fervent fans … we are very pleased to be working with O2 to offer for the first time a range of exciting mobile music experiences created from Led Zeppelin’s legendary catalog of recordings,” said David Dorn, vice president of eCommerce at Warner Music Group division Rhino Entertainment.

Those “experiences” include ringtones, OTA downloads, ringback tones, and wallpapers. The exclusive, which lasts through November 12th, comes ahead of a monumental Zeppelin reunion performance at the O2 Arena in London.

Sad really, and does anyone actually believe there’ll only be one show?

October 19, 2007 Posted by | Music | Leave a comment

How to make a mountain out of a molehill.

I just happen to play drums for a band, and recently I’ve found myself getting a few calls to record with other artists. Now I’m not the greatest drummer in the world, but I can hold down a beat(according to my old drum teacher, he doesn’t know how, he’s never come across anyone with so many bad habits. It seems I’m uncoachable!).

So i’ve trawled through youtube looking for some hints and tips on technique, rolls, warm up exercises, blah blah blah. It’s pretty grim out there. Youtube is littered with a deluge of videos that can only be described as the drumming equivalent of people murdering Stairway to Heaven on the guitar. Then you have the drum wank section – guys that are totally amazing drummers, but haven’t an ounce of originality or creativity, and are destined to end up in some awful MOR band as a session head.

I finally come across an online drum tuition class, and what does it turn out to be? Some imbecile giving a lecture on how to warm up with some simple exercises, and making it anything but simple. How does one manage to complicate something like this even further? Just take a look at this guy, he’s turned it into an artform……baffling!

October 17, 2007 Posted by | Random | 5 Comments

It’s not your space, it’s myspace!

In a weekly bid to bring you some fresh sounds, IPTOR(I’m already sick of typing the bloody name!) are on a mission to prove to the world that you can still find great new music on myspace.

Week 1.

Vampires hail from New York, and number 3 in their ranks.

My thanks to The Dining Dead for passing me on this little gem.

Enjoy.

October 17, 2007 Posted by | Music | 3 Comments

Brush Up On Your Cadence

Get ready for this!

Rollie Pemberton, aka Cadence Weapon, rolls into town on Wednesday the 21st of November, to support The Go! Team in Tripod. Tickets are a predictable e28, before the booking fee! CW released one of the album’s of the year last month on Big Dada Records. It should be a great show, even though Go! Team generally fail to register anything more than a big fat meh! from me.

Here’s my Cadence review from Totally Dublin last month. Why use the name Cadence Weapon, when you’ve an awesome name like Rollie Pemberton already!

Cadence Weapon –Breaking Kayfabe (Big Dada)

In a perfect world, the current chart war between hip hop heavyweights Kanye West and 50 Cent would hopefully play out something like this. Cartoon character and professional imbecile Fiddy would stick to his word of enforced retirement following a thrashing by Kanye, and never make a record again. West on the other hand, his elimination is practically a formality. The self-proclaimed ‘greatest of all time’ is currently just one awards ceremony away from spontaneous combustion. Another less than perfect haul of meaningless awards should see his inflated ego finally explode. All this would pave the way for Rollie Pemberton, aka Cadence Weapon, to claim his crown as undisputed heavyweight hip hopper of the world. Pemberton’s debut release, Breaking Kayfabe has slowly built up a cult following across the water, and if there was any justice in the world it would go on to outsell both of the charlatans above. Originally released in Canada in 2005, it went on to receive a nomination for the Polaris Prize (Canada’s Mercury Music Prize), and secure Pemberton a contract with Epitaph Records. Released this month in Ireland and the UK on the fabulous Big Dada records, Breaking Kayfabe is probably one of the hip hop albums of the year, and in Pemberton (son of the famous hip hop DJ Teddy Pemberton) we may have unearthed a true maverick producer and artist. While Breaking Kayfabe has its flaws and rough edges, it still packs more rawness and originality into its 50 minutes, than most artists manage in their whole career. Pemberton possesses a venomous tongue, that delivers clever rhyming couplets, but the real strength lies in his unconventional production talents, and his unique take on the jaded hip hop formula. The regurgitated break beats we’re subjected to on a regular basis are replaced here by slick, experimental electronic beats. The predictable soul samples that litter most songs in the charts are usurped by raucous, sinister synth lines and analogue bass. Not since Cannibal Ox has there been such a forward thinking record in this genre.

October 17, 2007 Posted by | Music | 3 Comments

Weigh Off The Mark

According to the celebrity weighing scales at work, i weigh a whopping half a John Candy, or to be more precise, the same as Xena the Warrior Princess. The diet starts tomorrow!

October 17, 2007 Posted by | Personal | 1 Comment

This Week I Will Be Mostly Listening to…..

There’s been a bit of a lull lately in good new albums, compilations, and singles.

I keep returning to the Menomena album though, Friend and Foe, on City Slang. This Portland based 3 piece of multi-instrumentalists caused quite a stir at Castle Pitchfork when they released this, their third album. Think TV On The Radio vs Flaming Lips and you’re somewhat there. Expect a Dublin show by the end of the year also, they’ve reportedly started a bidding frenzy among several Irish music promoters.

This weekend I’m finally getting my hands on a copy of This Bliss, the second album from German minimal techno producer Pantha Du Prince. Having heard it many times already, and after picking up a few of the singles and remixes he’s done, i think this is a sure thing for my end of year Top 20. For all you indie fans, don’t switch off just yet. While this is delicate, abstract minimal house and techno, it’s still really lush and melodic. Hendrik Weber cites influences such as My Bloody Valentine, Slowdive, Ride, Arvo Part, This Heat, and many more seminal indie bands. A must for any true music fan.

In anticipation of their Whelan’s show on October 26th, i’ll be administering my daily dose of O’Death’s new album, Head Home. Having caught them virtually by accident, supporting Goodtime John in Whelan’s a few months back, i can honestly say they are the best new live band i’ve seen in years. While the album is great, these guys from Brooklyn really should be experienced live. A savage mix of riotous folk and trad, accompanied by a backdrop of whiskey, fistycuffs, and general debauchery. You’ll dance, you’ll laugh, you’ll cry. Worth double the entry fee. Then go out and buy the album, it’ll make total sense after the show.

LP, by Canadian duo Holy Fuck is out on October 26th. It’s just popped through my letterbox, and i’m really looking forward to it. I’ve read some great reviews of it already. One for all you Krautrock fans out there, according to OMM.

Also in this lovely package of promotional delights is the new EP from Grizzly Bear, Friend. 10 tracks, old and new, some are covers, some remixes, and the odd collaboration too. This band are never anything less than engaging, and this one should be rather special.

Finally, I’ve been getting acquainted with the new Vic Chesnutt album, North Star Deserter, on Constellation Records. Recorded with various members of A Silver Mt. Zion, Godspeed You Black Emperor, and Fugazi, it is a mammoth record. Chesnutt himself is a very interesting, and intriguing character, and he has surrounded himself with some serious players for this, his eleventh album i think. Be sure to check out his show in the Button Factory, on December 1st.

October 16, 2007 Posted by | Music | Leave a comment

Simian Mobile Disco – Hustler(which one are you?)

So SMD are set to re-release their stomping breakthrough single Hustler in November. The new video is posted above, and it’s a rather memorable one at that, in an Aphex Twin/Chris Cunningham kind of way. Can’t wait to see it show up on the Channel 6 Pop Scene playlist! Never gonna happen.

At least they can still use the old video, oh wait, no they can’t! Once again, James and Jaz(i can confirm, two of the nicest boys in the biz, ouch! just dropped something on my foot) exhibit their stubborn, spectacular inability to conform to industry guidelines on commercial appeal. Below is the original video for Hustler, directed by Saam Farahmand, one of the slickest video directors in the game(see Good Shoes and New Young Pony Club). The video caused quite a stir when it was originally released. According to one very enthusiastic youtuber, if you take the first half of the new video, then cut to the second half of the old one, you have the greatest music video ever made. Take that Peter Gabriel.

SMD, we salute you. So, which one are you?

October 16, 2007 Posted by | Music | Leave a comment

MIA Censored


It comes as no surprise that MIA’s performance of Paper Planes on the David Letterman show was censored.

One of the standout tunes on her fabulous new album Kala, the gunshots contained in the original track were censored by conservative US TV exec’s. Not one to take these things lightly, at least she got to make some kind of statement, with her two finger salute at the end. Check out the footage here, it’s still worth watching as it’s a great song. Head over to the original post on youtube, where it has sparked a great debate on censorship.

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Some people make reference to the song sampling The Clash – ‘Straight To Hell’, and I thought i was the ony one that spotted that!

Here’s my album review from Totally Dublin a few months back, and be sure to check out her live show in the Phoenix Park Marquee on December 7th. Her Electric Picnic appearance was my highlight of the weekend. Yes, the sound was crap, but the energy and performance was amazing.

M.I.A. – Kala (XL Records)

Two years on from her excellent debut Arular, Mathangi ‘Maya’ Arulpragasam returns with another glorious mess of a record. The English/Sri Lankan MC continues to confound all expectation, fill column inches, divide opinion, and gleefully bend and break every rule she can get her hands on. We’ve learnt to expect the unexpected from MIA, but nothing could prepare you for how far ahead of the game this girl truly is. Although Kala combines many disparate influences, namely elements of hiphop, techno, electro, grime, R’n’B, dancehall, baile funk, and world music, they are all masterfully fused and bound together by her exceptional vocal talent and socially aware lyrics. Yes, she is the epitome of cutting edge cool, and dangerously hip (production credits include such heavyweights as Diplo, Timbaland, Danja, Switch, and Bangladesh), but Kala is definitive proof of MIA’s maturation, her rich musical heritage and influences, and burgeoning social conscience. Opening track Bamboo Banga will literally flatten you, borrowing its chorus from the Jonathan Richman & Modern Lovers classic Roadrunner, set amidst a throbbing sub bass and the sleaziest of electro beats. Bird Flu and first single Boyz are joyous, uplifting pop-infused romps, leaning more towards the blueprint of Arular. The only low point of the album is Jimmy, a cover of the Bollywood classic Jimmy Jimmy Aaja from the movie Disco Dancer, and a poor selection for a second single considering the quality of songs present on Kala. Hussel tackles the humdrum of everyday working life, while Mango Pickle Down River is a Wu-Tang influenced hiphop standard, reminiscent of Missy Elliot’s Work It. $20 cheekily pilfers the bass hook from New Orders Blue Monday, and lifts the chorus from The Pixies Where Is My Mind (albeit through a vocoder), if only Mr Hopkinson’s Computer hadn’t thought of it first. Standout track Paper Planes also borrows from the past, imitating the melody from The Clash’s Straight To Hell, and were it not for the machinegun toting chorus, it could be a potential chart topper. From start to finish it is virtually impossible to find fault with Kala, practically essential listening.

October 16, 2007 Posted by | Music | 1 Comment