Friday, April 2, 2010
Monday, March 29, 2010
how happy was Little miss Indie
oh well - I can't post on the new one - it sends me straight to other things I'm working on - so if anyone see this enjoy.. (or does it redirect?)
Thursday, March 25, 2010
Look which squatters are moving in ...
DarceysDad passes the last cardboard box of LPs out of the door for ejaydee to put it in the removal wagon. He watches as Ed passes the heavy box up to gremlinfc, who says "Don't Drop'box, Frenchy!" as he takes it off him. Gremlin then flicks it nonchalantly up into the last bit of space on the pile. “Top corner: get in!” he cries, pulling the front of his Sheffield FC top up over his face. He then pulls the van shutter down from the inside, and Ed walks around to the passenger door, where he climbs in next to sonofwebcore. As tincanman grinds the gearbox into first (“Bloody manual box, ayh?”) and pulls away, the three of them wave at DsD and gordonimmel, who salute back from the porch. Inside the house, ToffeeBoy brushes the cobwebs off the front of his Aztec Camera T-shirt, and reaches three bottles out of the coolbox that Abahachi & CaroleBristol had filled up earlier, and sits down on the hall stairs.
As he wipes the melted ice off the outside of the bottle of Lovely Ginger Beer, he looks around him, at the now empty interior of No.1 Spillers Way, Bloggerville. He's not sad to leave town: since those bleedin' Google police moved in at the top of the hill, it hasn't been the same. This happy communal house that’s become a home, on the other hand ….
He runs his fingers over the nick in the banister that saneshane made (when he got over-boisterous with the flying monster steenbeck had sent the Z-boy), and blinks his moistening eyes rapidly.
“You getting all sad about leaving here, mate?” asks DsD as he opens a bottle of Sheppy’s. “Or has StripeyBrat been on the phone again about her child support payments?”
gordonimmel sighs as he opens the last bottle of ‘Spill ale. “Haven’t you had enough foot-in-mouth disease this month, Richie? Ignore him, TB.” But as he takes a long drink of Abahachi’s finest, there’s definitely a tear and a faraway look there too. The memory of trying to figure out how to explain the definition of ‘dond’ to debbym in German takes Gordon back, and his eye is inevitably drawn through the doorway to the music room, where he can see the jarringly unfaded rectangle of wallpaper, exposed now that nilpferd’s House Rules And Definitions poster has been taken off the wall.
A loud bang from behind them makes all three men jump. An unmistakable French/Geordie accent exclaims “Merde!” They look around to see frogprincess emerge from the kitchen holding a LeCreuset pan handle in each hand. Unfortunately there’s no pan left between the handles! “I’m afraid the leftover Pork Filet in Roquefort Sauce is off the menu, gents.”
“Never mind” calls TracyK, her voice muffled as she reaches into the back of a cupboard, “I’ve found a packet of Vesta Chow Mein that treefrogdemon’s forgotten to pack. Put the kettle on!”
As the boys play rock/scissors/paper for who has to tell Tracy not to bother, they’re distracted by TonNL coming in the front door. “The newsagent wasn’t very pleased at getting no notice to cancel the papers” he grins. “He asked what the hell he was supposed to do with 77 copies of today’s Grauniad! I’ve told him it was all double Dutch to me, and to put them on Brian Speng’s account …”
Their laughter almost drowns out the sound of a Jonathan Richman ringtone, but whilst Toffee looks quizzically at his mobile, sourpus walks down the stairs talking on his phone. “It’s Blimpy”, he says to the others, “He wants to know how long we’re going to be, only SatanKidneyPie has to hand in the keys for this place, and sign off the contract for the new place in Wordpreston by noon. He’s tried ringing Japanther to get SKP’s direct dial, but the little swine must’ve sloped off to that underground vinyl emporium again, because his mobile’s coming back as uncontactable.”
They all look at each other, as it dawns on them that this really is the end of a chapter, an era even. No-one wants to say it, but they all know it’s time to leave. So in a symbolic and emotional last act here, the first house they got together after fledging from their Guardian mother[ship], they go out into the garden to join Chris7572 & Mnemonic by the flowerbeds over the cats’ final resting places. Chris presses ‘Play – Shuffle – Repeat All’ on the 80gb iPod (the one with the broken case that goneforeign has loaded up with reggae, dub, jazz, every Nina Simone record he could find … and one other tune), and pushes it into the crevice under the deckboards of the patio. He plugs it into the extension cable that barbryn ran out from the house, and turns up the volume.
As they all turn and walk away towards the bus stop, a familiar refrain sounds gently from their now ex-home . . .
"All together now ..."
Wednesday, March 24, 2010
***update*** all invites have gone out, if you've not got yours please let me know!!
I also intend to buy a domain name for the new site, so if anyone has any objections of me using a small bit of 'Spillharmonic cash to do this, please let me know asap.
***update*** I've purchased the www.thespillblog.co.uk address!! we'll have a 'proper' web home very soon!
"The Arigato Pak! is a Stumptown Printers original. This unique structure doesn't require adhesives for assembly, has four spines (approximately 3/16" thick), and finished dimensions 4 3/4" square. Made of thick (18pt.) brown 100% PCW recycled chipboard. Ready for your custom silkscreen/stamp/label/stencil artwork. Shipped to you flat with folding instructions"
600 of these beauties are in the post, and I''ve got my eye on a local artist who has been producing some top notch hand-printed art cards of late!
Suggestions for a striking cover image in the comments please!
OK Go - This Too Shall Pass
Tuesday, March 23, 2010
I came across this while trawling YouTube the other day. It's not quite in the same league, but it's still rather beautiful.
My wife was asking for a definition of "ethereal" recently; I played her a Marissa Nadler song.
Next week: Beach House do Idiotecque, Fake Plastic Trees by Alela Diane and Joanna Newsom's Paranoid Android...
If you are looking for an application geared toward managing extensive music collections, easy to use and with a comprehensive feature set - MusicBee is that application. MusicBee makes it easy to organize, find and play music files on your computer, on portable devices and on the web.
The screenshot above is Shane's spillpost. When you load any web page, a list of song files on the page is generated and you can listen to them as you read, download and/or add them to your library - all at the same time. There's also a lyrics/song info box. You can see the whole width of the web page - I just collapsed it in a bit for the photo size
Monday, March 22, 2010
Sunday, March 21, 2010
This - I'm sure - doesn't really fit this week's RR topic, but for those who haven't heard it before, see what you think: is that percussion the sound of someone on the table tennis table in the studio back room, or what?!
and just like my artwork.. if you've got some F/X .. why don't you use them?
Bathtime In Clerkenwell - bubbles
Mashin' On The Motorway - my bad
Looks Like We're Shy One Horse - Shoot Out- yes it's got horses
Terrible Angels - piggies.. so many piggies.. all those piggies
Loose Fix (Perfecto 12" Mix) -anyone seen my dragon?
Purrfect- you want cats, I'll give you..... footsteps.
Close (To The Edit) -and the kitchen sink - really.. if I could find Max Headroom... altogether now "where's my teasmaid"
The North Wind- papa 'wots that sound?' 'that's a typewriter boy' 'wot's a typewriter..wear do they keap da spelchek?' ''how do I save" "arrrggggggg"
Sea Swells And Distant Squalls - it sounds....(well, like the GLOVE - Sex-Eye-Make-Up).. not a bad thing.. just a thing... like a lost thing thats just been found, but isn't really in the right place.
Groovejet (If This Ain't Love) - it's touchdown in Ibiza circa 2000..whoosh. sing posh blue peter daughter sing.
Kik Off - did I fit in the bells.. well here's the whistles.
Saturday, March 20, 2010
Clarence Gatemouth Brown - Alligator Eating Dog
Mandrill - Bro Weevil and the Swallow
Belle and Sebastian - If You're Feeling Sinister
M.I.A. - Paper Planes
K'Naan - Wash It Down
Jungle Brothers - Sounds of the Safari
Lupe Fiasco - Superstar
Jurassic 5 - Remember His Name
Pharoahe Monch - When the Gun Draws
Common - Payback is a Grandmother
Friday, March 19, 2010
Thursday, March 18, 2010
I was searching around for any audio for the Quiet City / Paul Buchanan project that BarringtonWomble told me about over on the mothership, when I came across this, that I've never heard before.
Now I'm transfixed!
It is a shame that the Telegraph describes Gillett mainly as the discoverer of Dire Straits though.
Wednesday, March 17, 2010
Tuesday, March 16, 2010
You know when you get a new album and read the track listing, and there's a song you really want to hear just from the title?
Joanna Newsom's (utterly wonderful) new album has a song called
Good Intentions Paving Company
I think this may possible be my favourite song title ever. The song itself doesn't disappoint.
So... what's your favourite song title? What songs did you love before you ever heard them? Have you ever bought a record or a book on the strength of the title alone? And are there some that don't live up to their titular promise?
Monday, March 15, 2010
They may call it "crackhouse" (oh why oh why oh why) but there's no denying that this one's a bit of a banger and may rehabilitate Ms Dynamite...hold on **ring ring** **ring ring**
MIA "Hi Blimps, you posting up on DJ Zinc?"
B: "Yeah, I was actually -remember his D&B tunes from way back when?"
MIA "Dem beats was sick, yeah?"
B: "Indeed, how are you?"
MIA: "I'm vexed yeah, Ms Dynamite's biting my flow, innit?"
B: "I was just about to mention that in the blog post. See you down the Dog n Bucket for the quiz later?"
MIA: "Course. Laters"
Sunday, March 14, 2010
Saturday, March 13, 2010
in keeping with the ten:
1 Witchin Hour
3 Time Of The Night
4 Midnight Blues
5 Midnight Sun
6 Animal Midnight
7 Midnight Coward
8 Midnight Runner
9 Gold Mine Gutted (Her Space Holiday MIx)
10 Good Morning Midnight
enjoy for now.
Waking up hungover at a friends some time ago I started nosing through the cds and played an album by This Kind Of Punishment a band from New Zealand, this along with their related material turned out to be something of a revelation, though at times not exactly ideal hangover music.
Nocturnal Projections - Walk in a Straight Line.mp3
This Kind of Punishment - Overground In China.mp3
This Kind of Punishment - Mr. Tic Toc.mp3
Peter Jefferies - Domesticia.mp3
Peter Jefferies - On An Unknown Beach.mp3
Very dark, it is the witching hour. Nothing stirs.
No light, except for the full gibbous moon casting its eerie glimmer across the black, silent landscape.
What mysteries, what horrors lie in the inky black pools of night where the silver glow of the moon cannot penetrate?
Friday, March 12, 2010
Following Shoey's example, I'm trying to keep it down to ten, and here they are...
Blind Willie McTell - Wee Midnight Hours
Uncle Tupelo - No Depression
Tom Waits - Midnight Lullaby
Karen Dalton - Blues on the Ceiling
Jimi Hendrix Experience - Burning the Midnight Lamp
Cat Power - Werewolf
The Clash - Midnight Log
Gnarls Barkley - The Boogie Monster
A Tribe Called Quest - Midnight
The Coup - Heven Tonite
Bring It On by Gomez.
It was a Mercury Prize winner, back in 1998, and that is one reason I bought it, plus the fact that the track "Whippin' Piccadilly" got a fair amount of airplay at the time and I liked the song.
I liked Gomez so much at the time that I bought their follow up album Liquid Skin too.
Then, in around 2000, I went off them. I just stopped playing their albums and kind of forgot about them completely.
Anyway, I was refilling the car stereo CD changer cassette on Sunday and my gaze fell on Bring it on and, on impulse loaded it up.
I have been listening to it in the car since Sunday, playing it three times so far and guess what?
Yep, I really like it.
So, who else has had similar happy revisitings?
Or, for that matter, unhappy ones? I have one of those too. I bought the first Muse album when it came out and didn't like it much. I tried it again last year and still didn't like it. That one went for 50p in a car boot sale.
I am keeping the Gomez though and will have to give Liquid Skin a spin or two as well.
Thursday, March 11, 2010
It should be obvious to Mr & Mrs Blimpy what the forthcoming kids first birthday present should be, start saving for a banjo for him!
This is only a partial list, there's many more on the full list.
Sir Paul McCartney £440m £60m Music
Sir Mick Jagger £190m £35m Music
Sting £180m £20m Music
Keith Richards £175m £15m Music
Sir Elton John £175m £60m Music
Sir Tom Jones £130m £40m Music
Eric Clapton £120m £20m Music
Ringo Starr £120m £20m Music
Phil Collins £108m £32m Music
David Bowie £100m £20m Music
Rod Stewart £100m £20m Music
Ozzy and Sharon Osbourne £90m £20m Music,
Charlie Watts £85m £15m Music
Roger Waters £85m £10m Music
Chris Blackwell £80m £20m Music
David Gilmour £78m £7m Music
Robert Plant £75m £5m Music
Jimmy Page £70m £5m Music
Engelbert Humperdinck £60m £19m Music
Mark Knopfler £60m £10m Music
Van Morrison £50m £5m Music
Pete Townshend £40m - Music
Sir Cliff Richard £40m £10m Music
Ronnie Wood £35m £5m Music
Roger Daltrey £32m - Music
Although I love a good cover tune, i've never cared for alt. versions and don't have too much time for remixes unless they are radically different. But this pair of tracks that bookend Japanther's (the band Japanther of course, not me!) new album are so different (even going so far as to get someone else to sing it - Anita Sparrows) that I thought it worth posting them both.
That the song itself is a fine slice of lo-fi indie art-pop goes without saying (if you like that kind of thing) but which version is better?!
She's The One
Alone In The Basement
Wednesday, March 10, 2010
Hey 'Spillers - recommending is what we do best, so I'd like some suggestions please!
I need a fab boy's name, ready to bestow upon my second son (due mid July!) - so please fire away. His surname will be Broughton rather than McFlah though, so please do bear that in mind. We had a million cool and beautiful girl's names ready, but it's not so easy for a boy it seems...
Many thanks - can't wait to hear suggestions!
Tuesday, March 9, 2010
Loudon's a guy I've been listening to and enjoying for better than 30 odd years, he's released over 20 albums, I have about half of 'em.
One thing that stands out in his music is the total personal honesty, it seems as though he looks for topics to write about in his personal relationships in ways that I can't think of any other artist doing. Most of us would rather keep the details of our private lives private, not Loudon he bares it all. There's about 220 of his songs listed at Spotty, he obviously can write a song about anything under the sun but he chooses include such personal themes, I like his music, his voice and his personality, in fact I like everything about him but I am slightly puzzled by his excessive honesty.
I've chosen half a dozen songs that all deal with his relationships with his wife, Kate McGarrigle and their children, Rufus and Martha and in none of them does he come off as a happy family man. Maybe it's the price to be paid if your art requires you to be alone on the road and away from home for much of every year. Dylan also comes to mind but he doesn't dwell on it's effect to the same degree at all and I can't think of any other similar artist who does; can anyone else, is this a common topic?
Totally off topic I've included a cut that I really like, it's a short personal history of 'folk/pop' music done in the style of 60's Dylan, it's his tribute to Bob for his 50th. in 1991.
Maria's Little Elbows
Someday I Will Treat You Good
Heart Of Darkness
Ghost Of His Smile
Getting It Wrong
It's A Wonderful Life
Sick Of Goodbyes
1.What's your favourite kind of jam?
1a. Do you have it with butter?
2. We all have a sports team we follow from afar, that's close to our heart but isn't the one we're most passionate about. What's your second team?
3. What's your pet peeve? Go on, vent.
4. What's your favourite "chore"?
5. Not so topical anymore, but what's your favourite Winter Olympics discipline?
5a. Has Tincanman's beard, snapped here attending the Olympics, grown too long?
Monday, March 8, 2010
The Washington Post's Mensa Invitational once again invited readers to take any word from the dictionary, alter it by adding, subtracting, or changing one letter, and supply a new definition.
Here are the winners:
1. Cashtration (n.): The act of buying a house, which renders the subject financially impotent for an indefinite period of time.
2. Ignoranus : A person who's both stupid and an asshole.
3. Intaxicaton : Euphoria at getting a tax refund, which lasts until you realize it was your money to start with.
4. Reintarnation : Coming back to life as a hillbilly.
5. Bozone ( n.): The substance surrounding stupid people that stops bright ideas from penetrating. The bozone layer, unfortunately, shows little sign of breaking down in the near future.
6. Foreploy : Any misrepresentation about yourself for the purpose of getting laid.
7.. Giraffiti : Vandalism spray-painted very, very high
8. Sarchasm : The gulf between the author of sarcastic wit and the person who doesn't get it.
9. Inoculatte : To take coffee intravenously when you are running late.
10. Osteopornosis : A degenerate disease. (This one got extra credit.)
11. Karmageddon : It's like, when everybody is sending off all these really bad vibes, right? And then, like, the Earth explodes and it's like, a serious bummer.
12. Decafalon (n.): The grueling event of getting through the day consuming only things that are good for you.
13. Glibido : All talk and no action.
14. Dopeler Effect: The tendency of stupid ideas to seem smarter when they come at you rapidly.
15. Arachnoleptic Fit (n.): The frantic dance performed just after you've accidentally walked through a spider web.
16. Beelzebug (n.): Satan in the form of a mosquito, that gets into your bedroom at three in the morning and cannot be cast out.
17. Caterpallor ( n.): The color you turn after finding half a worm in the fruit you're eating.
The Washington Post has also published the winning submissions to its yearly contest, in which readers are asked to supply alternate meanings for common words.
And the winners are:
1. Coffee, n. The person upon whom one coughs.
2. Flabbergasted, adj. Appalled by discovering how much weight one has gained.
3. Abdicate, v. To give up all hope of ever having a flat stomach.
4. Esplanade, v. To attempt an explanation while drunk.
5. Willy-nilly, adj. Impotent.
6. Negligent, adj. Absentmindedly answering the door when wearing only a nightgown.
7. Lymph, v. To walk with a lisp.
8. Gargoyle, n. Olive-flavored mouthwash.
9. Flatulence, n. Emergency vehicle that picks up someone who has been run over by a steamroller.
10. Balderdash, n. A rapidly receding hairline.
11. Testicle, n. A humorous question on an exam.
12. Rectitude, n. The formal, dignified bearing adopted by proctologists.
13. Pokemon, n. A Rastafarian proctologist.
Here's where you need to pay attention:
This is all free and legal; the idea of SXSW is to promote bands, and the NPR 100 is deffo worth a listen. There's some good stuff here!