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Snow Patrol & Silversun Pickups @ iTunes Live

July 8, 2009 at 2:14 pm | Posted in Music | Leave a comment
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If nothing else, Snow Patrol are really polished performers. It’s a bit of a shame therefore that the brand of music they have chosen to perform is middle-of-the-road indie of the most soulless and sterile variety.

Silversun Pickups on the other hand, look like they are putting some real passion into their performance. They have to of course. No-one’s got a fucking clue who they are. Except one guy. He definitely knows who they are. He’s noticeable as the one kid going mental in the middle of an otherwise motionless crowd.

paedophile with a webcam

His enthusiasm doesn’t go unnoticed by the Pickups’ frontman, who in between songs tells the kid he can see him. What might have been a touching interaction between performer and audience member is somewhat soured by the tone of his address, that of a paedophile staring into a webcam. Oh well.

That aside, the Pickups are pretty damn good. It’s spaced-out stoner rock with heavy interludes, enhanced by the singer’s unusual voice, pitched somewhere between Brian Molko and Billy Corgan. Then there’s a keyboard thrown in for good measure, which at one point stirs unwanted memories of Bablyon Zoo but for the most part makes a positive contribution.

Snow Patrol’s performance on the other hand, is definitely a negative contribution to the evening. I went with an open mind. I even quite like a couple of their songs. But seeing them live, there’s nothing to like.

speaking in tongues to Chris Martin

They act like they’ve studied the art of performance by watching Coldplay on TV. The singer flails around on occasion, trying to play the artist-giving-it-his-all part but failing, miserably. It is possible, I suppose, that he is speaking in tongues to Chris Martin.

To be fair, there are moments of hope. At one interlude the singer explains that this is the longest gig they’ve played for a while, before quipping that ‘you might see some live on-stage deaths tonight’. I cross my fingers.

The best and worst moments arrive simultaneously. The band commence a rendition of their most famous song, prompting a drunk teenage girl behind me to launch into her own vocal performance with gusto. She proceeds to clobber me round the head with her cameraphone in an effort to secure a blurred image of a B-list celebrity in the distance.

On the plus side, my concert companion, content that she has seen the one song she knows performed, is happy to leave at this point. So we do. The doorman reminds us there is no re-entry. I leave the venue, safe in the knowledge that this will not be a problem.

Silversun Pickups – Panic Switch (Chin and Troublemaker Remix)

How do you like them apples?

July 2, 2009 at 9:08 am | Posted in Music | Leave a comment
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Don Diablo & Example – Hooligans (Wire Remix)

—Edit – Link fixed—

Twitter comes through again! After my post below requesting tune recommendations, Balistiq came through with the rather concise ‘Wire’s remix of Hooligans is the one’. Alright then.

Turns out it is though. While Mr Diablo ain’t too shabby at the remixing game himself, his latest original effort is attracting attention from dubstep heads keen to shake things up with some sub-bass. More please!

Buy Don Diablo & Example here.

La Roux – Farewell to the Fairground (White Lies Cover)

There’s no denying that La Roux has a great voice, and judging by all the fawning coverage of her at Glastonbury she’s going to be BIG. But I can’t get into her own stuff. However, Skream’s remix of In For The Kill is an early contender for tune of the year, and this little number is rather impressive as well. A distinctive cover of White Lies, it makes me wonder if I need to go back to her album and try harder…

Buy La Roux here.

Dangermouse & Sparklehorse – Revenge

I can’t pretend I wasn’t surprised when I saw this collaboration. It made a lot more sense when I read that it’s part of an unofficial Dangermouse effort, along the lines of his magnificent Grey Album. It sounds like a promising venture. Like all good musicians (maybe just guitarists?), the guy from Sparklehorse has dabbled with heroin addiction and Dangermouse is right up there with the best of producers. Expect good things then.

Buy Dangermouse here and Sparklehorse here.

Lykke Li – Little Bit (Death to the Throne RE-remix)

That’s right. It’s another Lykke Li remix. How do you like them apples?

It’s not even by a new artist. Death to the Throne have followed-up on their rather successful Little Bit remix with a Little Bit RE-remix. Hmmm.

But wait. Listen. It’s worth it. After kicking off all twinkly, nice and quite a lot like the last remix, something happens. Wait ‘til about a minute in when things start sounding like naval warfare.

Buy Lykke Li here.


Fukkk Offf, Deadmau5 & Mochipet

July 1, 2009 at 6:44 pm | Posted in Music | 2 Comments
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Fukkk Offf – Love Me Hate Me Kiss Me Kill Me (Disco of Doom Remix)

It looks like Germany’s leading the way when it comes to producing filthy electro. Fukkk Offf follows in the footsteps of fellow countryman Boys Noize with LMHMKMKM. The original mix is a solid effort with a techno beat, juddery electro hook and well-placed vocal, but the Disco of Doom remix takes it to the next level by upping the dirtiness a notch and adding a buzzsaw bassline into the equation. The single package comes with additional remixes by SCNDL and Polymorphic.

Buy it here.

Deadmau5 – Moar Ghosts and Whatever

The good thing about Deadmau5 is that he’ll come out with a floaty feel-good track like I Remember which Scott Mills will play every day on Radio 1, but next thing he’ll drop a stomper like this. It’s the sign of an artist who makes the tunes he wants to hear and doesn’t worry if people on internet forums are going to call him a sell-out or not. This is a typically tuneful effort with a particularly good hands-in-the-air breakdown.

Buy Deadmau5 tunes here.

Mochipet – Turbo Thizz Petnation

Where to start with this? Mochipet‘s latest album jumps all over the place from track to track, drawing on glitch and acid throughout but stopping short of flat-out breakcore. The various samples and sound effects refer to a long history of videogame soundtracks while the basslines add significant weight to proceedings. Yep, it should be awful, and it would be if it wasn’t so intelligent.

Check the upcoming set on Mary Anne Hobbs on July 7.

Hear the full album here.


Don Diablo & Example – Hooligans (Doorly Remix)

June 30, 2009 at 1:45 pm | Posted in Music | Leave a comment
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Who says Twitter’s no good for anything?

Well, loads of people actually. Pretty much everyone who’s not on it. And half the people who are. But they’re wrong.

How else are you going to find out what time Stephen Fry is going to bed? Or stalk Tim Lovejoy at Glastonbury?

But as if that isn’t reason enough, it’s occasionally useful. Like, really.

Many of you reading this will have come here from Twitter. And people who’ve done so before have seen fit to send me recommendations as to what else I might like.

So it was that I discovered Doorly from one friendly chap, who told me to have a listen after I posted a selection of dubstep remixes.

Here’s an example of his remixing skills on Hooligans by Don Diablo & Example. They’ve also featured here before so expect good things:

And while we’re talking of dubstep remixes, have a Streets remix by Nero:

Twitter or not, feel free to send your recommendations my way.


Don Diablo & Example @ Amazon
The Streets @ Amazon


Kid Cudi vs The Postal Service

June 29, 2009 at 9:04 pm | Posted in Music | Leave a comment
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Typing the title of this blog post made me imagine a strange scenario. Why would Kid Cudi have beef with his postman?

Maybe he’s waiting for something important. Like when you know a cheque should be on its way, so each day you hear the letterbox and you run to the door. But the cheque’s not there. And you become convinced the postman must have stolen it.

You might think this sort of thing wouldn’t happen to Kid Cudi. But it happened to me.

But then, Kid Cudi probably gets stuff sent recorded. I guess that’s the sort of life you can lead if you’re a chart-topping rapper.

We can all dream.

Kid Cudi vs The Postal Service

While I’m going off on tangents, here’s a Postal Service remix I heard ages ago but never got round to posting:

The Postal Service – Such Great Heights (John Tejada Remix)


Kid Cudi @ Amazon
The Postal Service @ Amazon

Thanks to Pigeons and Planes.


Michael Jackson

June 29, 2009 at 1:29 pm | Posted in Music | Leave a comment
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There’s something not quite right about the events surrounding Michael Jackson’s death.

Since dying, Jackson has shot up the charts. At the time of writing he occupies all top 13 slots of the Amazon download charts.

Which begs the question: who are the people buying his stuff? If you were touched enough by MJ’s death to spend a load of cash in his honour, you’d have to be a pretty big fan.

But if you’re such a big fan, why haven’t you got all his albums already?

The only reasonable explanation is that people who haven’t bought MJ’s stuff before have decided that now is the time.

What’s been their excuse so far? Claiming you’ve never come across him before isn’t going to wash.

It just goes to prove that the best career move you can make as a musician is to die.

Still, it’s easier than playing 50 shows in a row, right?

Sorry if you were after a sentimental post. But there’s enough grief-filled prose flooding the internet already.

Here’s three of the best Jackson remixes/covers I’ve seen in recent days instead:

Ben Gibbard – Thriller

Don Diablo – Song for MJ (Remember the Time)

Michael Jackson – Don’t Stop Til You Get Enough (Alex Rage Remix)


Glastonbury Melancholy

June 28, 2009 at 2:37 pm | Posted in Music | Leave a comment
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It doesn’t matter how much cider you drink. Sitting inside watching the BBC’s Glastonbury coverage is never going to rival the real thing.

This is the third year in a row that this has happened to me. When it comes to ticket buying time there’s always a reason not to shell out.

It seems like a mature, responsible decision for the next few months. Right up until the Tuesday/Wednesday of Glastonbury week, a time when you should be debating whether five crates of Strongbow is really enough.

Instead I found myself sitting at work on Friday, wondering exactly how pissed off my boss would be if I didn’t turn up on Monday and assessing how likely it is I can find a friend sober enough to come to the gate with a spare wristband.

The desire to keep my job won out in the end. As a result, this weekend has been spent in a somewhat drunk and miserable fashion.

So in a rather self-indulgent exercise I have compiled the following Spotify playlist of artists I would have gone to see had I been there.

I swear I won’t make this mistake again.

PimpsRunFree Spotify Playlist


Cassette Boy vs The Apprentice

May 27, 2009 at 7:05 pm | Posted in Music | 2 Comments
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Cassette Boy has been around for some time, bootlegging audio clips of various unlucky celebrities. Type the name into YouTube for some examples, Jamie Oliver is a particularly good starting point.

To be honest, I’m not too familiar with the back catalogue. A mate of mine will periodically tell me to listen to this really funny clip, and invariably it’ll be Cassette Boy.

I think they might be responsible for some actual music at some point. But this is a fine example of what they’re best known for, and what better target than The Apprentice.

If you don’t watch it, you might not get it. But first of all, why don’t you watch it? It’s one of the only good things on television. Luckily, it’s on tonight so you can educate yourself.

To sum up, a group of (allegedly) hotshot business men and women compete in tasks to prove who deserves a job with Sir Alan Sugar. Which basically involves kissing his arse. And that provides you with all the background you need.

Check it on YouTube:

No doubt it’ll be taken down within a few hours, so here’s the audio if you can’t find it:

Cassette Boy vs The Apprentice


Cassette Boy MySpace
Cassette Boy Blog


Bloc Party – Signs (Armand Van Helden Remix)

May 12, 2009 at 1:00 pm | Posted in Music | 1 Comment
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I can only imagine that if anyone thought they were going to benefit from the recent partnership between Dizzee Rascal and Armand Van Helden, it was Dizzee.

Then again, perhaps not. There was a time when I would have seen the name Armand Van Helden and gone out of my way to give it the swerve.

But after Bonkers, their recent collaboration that was oh so annoying at first but which gradually, persistently wore you down with its infectiousness, I saw this and thought I’d give it a listen.

And liked it. I can’t be the only one.


Bloc Party Myspace
Armand Van Helden MySpace
Buy Bloc Party
Buy Armand Van Helden

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