Archive for April, 2011
Cochran Roll
April 29th, 2011

“I’m gonna take my problem to the United Nations”.
Eddie Cochran makes my knees go wobbly. IDST.

Grouper Effort
April 22nd, 2011

Grouper – Heavy Water / I’d Rather Be Sleeping (directed by Aske Emil) from Aske Emil on Vimeo.

Liz Harris is Grouper and she’s got some new albums out (which I’m trying to get via mail order). To celebrate here’s a mysterious fog of a song from the most excellent album, Dragging A Dead Deer Up A Hill.

Soul Mining
April 20th, 2011

Stirring, brass-led music by Jóhann Jóhannsson helps to dramatise the found footage of Durham Miners at their annual summer gala in Bill Morrison’s film, The Miners’ Hymns. Kids climb mountains of debris, train doors swing open while the train’s still moving and miners carry large banners bearing the portraits of union leaders or representations of their hopes and aspirations (“Knowledge Is Power”). It’s interesting to note that the march ends up in Durham Cathedral in a time when unions worked in tandem with religion.

via The Rest Is Noise

Vertiginous
April 19th, 2011

Hitch was ahead of the game. Saul Bass took it the next level.
One of the best opening title sequences ever!

Neon D’eon
April 13th, 2011

D’EON – TRANSPARENCY from Hippos In Tanks on Vimeo.

I’m not sure what’s going on in this video and I’m not sure it’s right, but they all appear to be consenting adults.
I’m loving the song – floaty ’80s synth-jive. Ludicrously naughty but nice.

Hella Cool
April 10th, 2011

My designer  brother bought me this book for my birthday and it’s full to the brim of pictures of brilliant objects. It’s tellingly called Misfit and Hella Jongerius, whose design-work it showcases, is an inventive, tactile worker; the book itself feels lovely, containing different textures of paper. I like the idea of  a designer whose work is often mass-produced being a champion of the imperfect, human touch within her work.

Blow Hard
April 8th, 2011

Colin Stetson | Awake on Foreign Shores & Judges | A Take Away Show from La Blogotheque on Vimeo.

Colin Stetson pushes himself physically and musically for our pleasure without losing his firm melodic grip on the composition at hand. I didn’t know so many different sounds could emerge from a bass saxophone simultaneously until I watched this clip.

Blue Sky Thinking
April 6th, 2011

Nice slice of sleeve art for a sunny funk-lite 12″. I’m a sucker for vapour trails. As were Ride and Joni Mitchell, evidently.

Daylighting
April 5th, 2011

This song makes me feel so many emotions at once. It could be my favourite song ever. Not one note or word is out of place. Life Without Buildings didn’t change my life, they continue to change it whenever I select their songs and press play. I’m not even going to bother putting a pun in the title of this post – total respect!