Monday, 26 May 2008

scanners

Sticking to my new brief, I'll tootle around music for a while...
And most importantly will be the forthcoming Flying Lotus album "Los Angeles", which I have been lucky enough to hear. It's fantastic, complex, and sprawling, and works very well as an album - the first few listens it just seems to be a big whole, which is no bad thing!

Some people won't like it at all, I'm sure, but the same can be said of most things.

Differences of opinion constantly surprise me - for example today I read on Drowned in Sound, that their single of the week "with ease" is this, which is horrible, although it does express perfectly the despair I feel at Britain snowballing towards another Conservative government... but I don't like that feeling, and I'd rather have my toes chewed off by rabbits than listen to that feeling musically. ouch.
So, yeah, weird how people can have such different tastes.

Luckily, over on Angryape, we find the new Ratatat video, which is as good a stress buster as you're likely to find....



So, obviously more videos should be made from old Arnie movies!

Later today, I read this article called "agnostic about atheism". I sometimes wonder whether lots of arguements in the world would disappear, if people did their fucking research!
My God, it's irritating, as this is not the first swipe at Richard Dawkins that claims something like, "music in general (..) must be tossed out when you refuse to appreciate religion."
No, as a criticism of Richard Dawkins, this is stupid, as he goes out of is way in his book to appreciate the cultural role of religion in society... it's just that he says it's not necessary now.
In fact, as Bill Hicks pointed out before he died, in modern culture, it's the denial of the good of drug abuse which should invoke the tossing out of all your music... Don't watch that Bill Hicks link if you have a weak constitution, by the way, it is "not for everybody" in a Steppenwolf stylee.

Monday, 19 May 2008

be french

So it's Eurovision again... in the spirit of research, I have just listened to the UK entry. Well, well done Britain, you have unbelievably bland taste. Embarrassingly so. I mean, don't you want to win? This is neither stupid enough, European enough or bad enough. The Spanish entry is, well, "interesting", and at least endearing in some sense...

But but but, what am I on about? There are some occasions where you stand head and shoulders over the rest of the world just by being French, and this is one of those times. SebastiƩn Tellier's Divine, despite shockingly being in English, is actually stylish and good. I think this is a Eurovision first.

Nice cover too, as it's definitely still 1973...



Of course he won't win, but on the strength of this song, I'll be voting for a French government in the next UK general election (I'm tired of our parties, anyway). How could being ruled by France be any worse than what we've got (and I am NOT making hints about Scotland)?

Sunday, 18 May 2008

shit shop

I've seen Hot Chip djing twice now, and, my god, they are terrible. I just heard hours of the most monotonous, soulless, dull house music... I don't understand how they could have such bad taste. We're talking the kind of house that just rises and falls, with drum-rolls taking you to the "peaks", in a "hands in the air" style. Awful.
I was tempted to rush the stage and scold them for being so tacky.

At least there's a new(ish) Junior Boys track to calm me down. If that's not the best noise you've ever heard; that's okay, there's nothing wrong with having no taste. People won't mind too much. You can still have some kind of life.

I haven't written anything for a while as the news is too terrible to comment on, and UK politics have become too depressing to bear. Go and have a Conservative government, if you have to; see if I care. I'd like to blame the press, but it's not all their fault!! People are grown up enough to make their own decisions - it seems like they're going to make some bad ones, but they'll have to live with them. It's just a shame the other nice people, who don't turn into rabid right-wing maniacs at the slightest drop in house prices, will have to suffer a Conservative government too. Not to say current incumbent is good, or anything, in fact certainly the popularity of the Right now is partly due to his incompetence and lack of convictions.
...but that doesn't mean one should just vote for "the other lot"! That's dumb.
Bah.

I intend to be lost in music for the foreseeable future instead.

Monday, 5 May 2008

I Lied

well, if Britain is going to start voting Conservative en-masse again, I don't care about lying.... so here's another link to another song by the lovely James Pants :)

I mean, honestly - Boris Johnson? Are you kidding me? He's a joke, and the ex mayor didn't even do anything wrong that I had noticed (except punish people for driving, which is hardly a crime). So, unless there's a miracle, which there won't be, things are going to go from bad to worse when David Cameron is elected Prime Minister.... people really are stupid enough to vote for him. Damn.