Monthly Archives: September 2009

Happy 20th Birthday to Warp Records

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WIth today being the last day of the month and also considering the fact that this month signalled the 20th birthday of one of the most respected and well known independent labels in the UK, if not the world. Warp Records. I think it’s only fair that i should have a post to signify this celebration. Founded in 1989 by Steve Beckett and Rob Mitchell (who sadly passed away in 2001) the label has shown faith in a lot of more supposedly “leftfield” or awkward acts. Some of their earliest label signings included Nightmares On Wax, Aphex Twin and Autechre. Their main output for the best part of their early years and indeed most of the 90’s was IDM (Intelligent Dance Music) and other electronica type material but in recent years (say about 2000 onwards maybe) they have taken to casting out their net over a wider spectrum and taken on more apparently “indie” bands such as Maximo Park or Grizzly Bear. In 2006 they also released the debut album of one the best live bands i’ve ever seen, Battles. In fact my favourite electronic duo Boards of Canada (sorry MSTRKRFT, don’t worry, i still love you too!) have released pretty much all their material , apart from their really early stuff, on Warp. Some of my other favourite artists on Warp include Flying Lotus, Andrew Weatherall/Two Lone Swordsmen, Squarepusher and Luke Vibert.

Warp have also branched out and set up a few sublabels. Lex Records, Gift Records and Arcola. Gift Records was predominantly set up for “indie” music more than electronica and is reasonably famous for originally having signed up Pulp before they made the jump to Island Records and stardom. Whereas Lex Records roster includes Neon Neon, Boom Bip, Heartbreak and more. Thats 3 seriously good electronic artists/bands right there if you ask me. Arcola meanwhile is more disco/dance orientated and remains fairly underground, one of the more well known acts being Brothomstates (who i hear you say).

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The label has also made the leap into more cinematic waters with the set up of Warp Films in 1999. Warp Films, along with Chris Cunningham, were responsible for the infamous Aphex Twin “Come To Daddy” and “Windowlicker” videos among many other music videos by various other Warp artists. They also released the Arctic Monkeys short film “Scummy Man” and gave a release to the Chris Morris directed “My Wrongs”, a film about a man who talks to a dog. Some of the more famous features on Warp Films come from director Shane Meadows. The label has released both his “Dead Mans Shoes” and “This Is England” movies.

Warp have also released a number of music and video compilations and a special AI series over the years. They also now have a digital download store (http://bleep.com/)  which originally started off as Warp only releases but has expanded to include other artist in recent years. There’s also a book, simply called “Warp”, which includes an in-depth look at all aspects of the label and a full discography.

So all in all going into their 20th year, Warp aren’t looking too bad at all. From day one they’ve released music and videos from eclectic artists the world over, branched into films, digital downloading whilst all the while keeping faith in the sounds they love just as much as we do.

Here’s just some of the sounds Warp has given us over the years…

MP3s:

Aphex Twin – Donkey Rhubarb

Boards Of Canada – Chromakey Dreamcoat

Autechre – Eutow

Flying Lotus – Braethe Something/Stellar Star

Battles – Atlas

Hudson Mohawke – Polkadot Blues

Nightmares On Wax – Jorge

Jackson And His Computer Band – Utopia

Squarepusher – Don’t Go Plastic

Clark – Night Knuckles

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So to one of my favourite labels i’ll say,

Happy Birthday Warp. Here’s to another Twenty.

S.I.T Wolf  X

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Your Monthly Video Dose: September 2009

The Tupolev Ghost – Diagrams

Kraak and Smaak – Money In The Bag

DatA feat Sebastien Grainger – Rapture

Huoratron – $$ Troopers

Deftones – Bored

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…lo conoscete, non sono il tipo da andare cercare la difficoltà

I randomly found this overdubbed Trainspotting video on Youtube and it had my sides splitting. I just think its absolutely hilarious to see Begbie going mental in Italian.

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Iggy Pop – Lust For Life

Heaven 17 – Temptation

Underworld – Born Slippy (Nuxx Version)

Lou Reed – Perfect Day

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While Our Blood’s Still Young…..

After spending months looking forward to it…..the date finally arrived last night. The Temper Trap live in King Tuts.

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The gig itself was amazing, all that was to be expected and more, it was drenched in melodies and catchy choruses. The band have toured the UK extensively since early spring and with the release of their debut album they boast an impressive array of songs which translate absolutely brilliant live. They threw themselves into the gig last night as if it was there last, they hit every note and beat with everything they had and made sure they kept the crowd involved but thats not all the Temper Trap are about. They bring people together in a way that only certain bands can. With their lyrics. From the first chord of the night until the last drumbeat fell everybody in the packed King Tuts sang along to every word of every song. I woke this morning to find that i’ve practically lost my voice from singing all throughout last night. Looking around the venue there were guys with arms over each others shoulders, couples with arms around each others waists, drunk people randomly hugging other drunk people and singing along even though they might not know the words. The Temper Trap are very much a band for friends. They inspire the “I love you, man” feeling inside most people. In short they make everybody feel good. And its all with the power of words and the delivery of the vocals. Temper Trap frontman Dougy has a very powerful, touching, unique voice and i have actually known it to reduce people to tears….ahem, Lisa……

MP3s
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The Temper Trap – Love Lost

The Temper Trap – Science Of Fear

The Temper Trap – Down River

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As always, feel free to download the songs but please support the Temper Trap by buying the album, merch and going to the gigs etc

The band shot a new video for “Sweet Disposition” when they released it as a single in the UK recently but this is the original video from October 2008.  It’s still my favourite song of theirs because it encompasses so many emotions and atmospherics into one song.

Personally, i think the song and lyrics are about living for the moment but also about being able to share that moment with someone else. Hence the reason i think the song brings people together. If that makes sense? Or am i just rambling?

Anyway…

sweet disposition
never too soon
oh reckless abandon
like no one’s
watching you

a moment, a love
a dream aloud
a kiss, a cry
our rights, our wrongs
a moment, a love
a dream aloud
a moment, a love
a dream aloud

so stay there
cause i’ll be comin over
and while our bloods still young
it’s so young
it runs
and we won’t stop til it’s over
won’t stop to surrender

songs of desperation
i played them for you
a moment, a love
a dream aloud
a kiss, a cry
our rights, our wrongs
a moment, a love
a dream, aloud
a moment, a love
a dream aloud

so stay there
cause i’ll be comin over
and while our bloods still young
it’s so young
it runs
and we won’t stop til it’s over
won’t stop to surrender

S.I.T Wolf X

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Good Things Come To Those Who…

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Today or tomorrow (depending on where you are in the world) marks the 250th anniversary of Guinness. It was on this very day in 1759 that Arthur Guinness poured his very first pint of Guinness and the rest they say is history…..

Some random Guinness facts:

Guinness is brewed in more than a 150 countries worldwide.

40% of all Guinness sales are in Africa.

It takes 119.53 seconds to pour the “perfect pint” of Guinness.

There are only 198 calories per pint of Guinness.

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MP3’s

Emotional types from Limerick
The Cranberries – Linger

Electro-Indie experimentalist from Crumlin
Jape – Floating

Old School Rock mammoths from Dublin
Thin Lizzy – Cowboy Song

Post Rock noise merchants from County Whitlow
God Is An Astronaut – Tempus Horizon

New upstarts from Bangor
Two Door Cinema Club – Hands Off My Cash Monty

Pop Punk from Downpatrick
Ash – Kung Fu

Wistful singer-songwriter from County Kildare
Damien Rice – Rootless Tree

Amp destroyers from Belfast
And So I Watch You From Afar – I Capture Castles

Shoegaze legends from Dublin
My Bloody Valentine – Soon

Alternative Rock from Portrane
Delorentos – Any Other Way

Indie rock trio from Dublin
JJ72 – October Swimmer

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VIDEOS:

Fuzzy electonica beats from Derry

Chirpy Pop from Cork

A loud indie-electro group from Derry

And of course i couldn’t leave out the classic…….

And so i’ll end by saying a very Happy Birthday and many congratulations to you Mr Arthur Guinness…..you’ve gave me many an enjoyable Sunday in the local pub.

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breithla shona duit (Happy Birthday)

S.I.T Wolf  X

This post is dedicated to one of my best friends Aiobfan who goes back home to Cork tomorrow night, i think it’s more than fitting that her leaving do just happened to be tonight and many Guinness were consumed….

i’ll miss you xx

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There’s Nothing Timing The Ecstasy Of The Sky In The Gardens Of Quebec

This weeks six mix are the following….

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MP3: Sexual Earthquake In Kobe – A’s Not For Quebec

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MP3: Kharma 45 – Ecstasy

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MP3: Aereogramme – Zionist Timing

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MP3: JX – There’s Nothing I Won’t Do

Gojira
MP3: Gojira – From The Sky

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VIDEO: Eighties Matchbox B-Line Disaster – In The Garden

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Soundtrack Special

Not much time tonight so just a small post featuring tracks from 5 random films that i enjoy.

Pulp-Fiction
Pulp Fiction
MP3: Dick Dale – Misirlou

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The Dangerous Lives Of Altar Boys
MP3: Josh Homme – All The Same

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Hackers
MP3: Leftfield (feat John Lydon) – Open Up

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The Lost Boys
MP3: Tim Cappello – I Still Believe

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28 Days Later
MP3: Grandaddy – Am 180

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