Saturday, 29 November 2008

NY2LA


I finally got myself out record shopping, to pick up a couple of not hot off the press albums yesterday. Luckily they were worthwhile purchases, as secondary target of "buy some trainers" totally flopped. This seasons' trainers SUCK (and the ones that don't weren't in my size, damnit). Here I am not rocking my new trainers that I don't have 'cause trainer designers are kinda wack.


But the music... I happened across the new People Under The Stairs record, FUN DMC. Their first record, ten years ago, was one of my favourite underground hiphop albums at the time, and apparently this is their sixth. I think I have four. Anyway, this is the best put together album by the LA duo since back then. They may be misguided putting so much effort into making a record flow, as we're told the kids don't listen to albums these days. They should; this is cool. It's one of those hiphop records that bumps along nicely, with the odd song that makes you think, 'this is what it's all about'. PUTS have been making ears feel good for a decade, and they deserve more recognition.


I also got NYC by another duo, kinda, Kieran Hebden and Steve Reid. I have their first collaboration from a couple of years ago, and that is the most challenging record I own. Even by crazy jazz standards, that is HARD. This new one sees them sounding much more like music, and really starting to achieve what you'd hope such talented artists might. It's not exactly Britney`, and won't be setting dance floors alight*, but it's an excellent piece of experimental electronic jazz.

*dancefloors are full of people who like to move to mostly crap, that's why
`obviously I don't listen to Britney

Tuesday, 18 November 2008

Last Chapter?

"Obama vows 'new chapter' on climate change at Schwarzenegger summit."
I hope it's, "...and we all woke up to find it was all a dream, and Hummers were the only way to save the environment, which didn't need saving at all, because actually everything was just fine. The end."

Saturday, 15 November 2008

Friday, 14 November 2008

Krapwerk

Modern technology has now got so good, you can use your mobile phone to create an electronic group like Kraftwerk, but a million times worse.

What an age we're living in.

Did I mention Q-Tip recently? Well, I've heard the album, 'Renaissance', now, in fact it's been on almost constant rotation for the last couple of weeks. Fantastic, really. If Kanye West's new art-pop-wack album outsells Q-Tip, all the good done by Barack Obama's election will have been for nought.

The response of Republicans to their crushing loss has been sometimes embarrassing, sometimes funny ("They're jerks"). If you can bear to read it, here's a link to one time hard man turned Conservative lunatic Chuck Norris's recent 'Letter to the President Elect'.

In it, Chuck, magnanimously, realises 'that (he and Obama) must learn to work together if (they) are to see (their) country get back on track'... but then counter-realises (ahem) that ACTUALLY the President works for the people, therefore to gain the people's respect he must do exactly what conservatives, like Chuck, want.

Because winning a landslide election does not mean you have the will of the people behind you - to get that you have to do what your opposition wants! Congratulations, Chucky, on some interesting reasoning.

Unfortunately for Mr Obama, that will mean taking on board some of the Christian right's political wishes, which include;
1. Shooting gays,
2. Bringing about the End Of Days,
3. Invading all brown countries,
4. Worshipping Jesus, while, 5. Trampling the poor, 6. Being selfish, 7. Eating puppies, 7. Raping the earth's resources, 8. Using prostitutes and 9. Hard drugs, 10. Encouraging HIV in Africa, 11. Blaming the 'liberal media' for everything, and 12. Hating anyone who seems to have a happy, relaxed sex life. Ooh, and 13. Eating kittens and 14. Baby pandas too.


ps; I realise I've posted less over the last few weeks; that's because although I kind of wanted to, I couldn't be arsed.

Friday, 7 November 2008

Holy Crap!

Just when you thought Barack Obama being elected would stop the crazy right from being funny, here's the ever hilarious Conservapedia on the President-elect himself....

"Barack Hussein Obama II (born in Honolulu,[1][2] August 4, 1961) is the Democratic junior Senator from Illinois (2004 - present) and President-elect of the United States.[3] On November 4, Obama and his running mate Senator Joseph Biden won the presidency after spending a record-shattering $650 million, much of which may have been from foreign sources.[4] Obama will likely become the first Muslim to be sworn in as President, on January 20, 2009, and could select the Koran for this purpose."(LINK)

Erm... Would anyone like to see my monkey impression?