Monthly Archives: October 2010

Your Monthly Video Dose: October 2010

PVT – Window

Marnie Stern – Transformer

Yeasayer – Madder Red

Jukebox The Ghost – Hold It In

Clinic – I’m Aware

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Beautifully Tragic

Last week i watched a film that had been recommended to me by my friend Chris. You may have heard of it, i hadn’t. It’s a black comedy starring Robin Williams called “The Worlds Greatest Dad”. And when i say black comedy i mean very black. It has moments of almost heartbreaking bleakness but most scenes are almost always complimented with a sense of humour that are enough to lighten up the dark side of the story. It deals with a lot of issues, some quite taboo, with a comedic element yet still manages to get it’s point across every time. As for the characters, everyone of them was played to perfection and after watching it i couldn’t imagine any other actors or actresses in any of the roles. They all seemed to fit. That in itself played a big part in how impressive the film was.


All in all it was genuinely one of the best films i’ve seen in a long time. It got an 87% fresh rating on the notoriously hard to please Rotten Tomatoes so that’s good enough for me!

The main point of this post though was to get some tracks up from the soundtrack. The songs match the film and the story to the point of sounding like they were pretty much written for the script. It’s very rarely that happens in my opinion so i got a bit excited when i heard the tracks and searched and downloaded them almost immediately.  One of the most heartbreaking scenes in the film (maybe ever) is the moment Lance (Williams) finds his son………

MP3: Akron/Family Band – Don’t Be Afraid, You’re Already Dead

MP3: The Deadly Syndrome – I Hope I Become A Ghost

MP3: Brendan Benson – Tiny Spark

And as a wee bonus song here’s a song that has nothing to do with the film but fits the concept…..

MP3: My Vitriol – Oh Father

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A Night In Paris With Glue, Acid and The Porn Legend

mixed up in the sixiness this month are….


MP3: Zola Jesus – Night


MP3: Paris Suit Yourself – Craig Machinsky


MP3: Porn Sword Tobacco – En Ny Morgon


MP3: Acid Pony – The Alarm (Live Coachwhips cover)


MP3: John Legend and The Roots – Humanity (Love The Way It Should Be)

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A Fashion Statement

A month or so ago while bored and browsing Facebook i came across a status update from Johnny Neon mentioning a new project being launched. The name of the project is Prada. It features Johnny Kotze (Johnny Neon) and his friend Yannick Ilunga (of Popskarr fame). In truth it doesn’t stray far from the type of synth gold that both alter egos are famous for but this is no bad thing. The trademark Johnny Neon voice remains only this time he’s ably assisted by Illunga’s smooth vocals. It’s electro pop heaven.

My favourite Johnny Neon track has and always will be “Laserkill”. I usually try and slip it onto any playlist i make. I love everything about it. The snaking synths, the upbeat lyrics, the bleeps and THAT lead melody line that almost takes the role of a second voice as it sweetly gloops all over the track. I went to the bother of sitting down with my guitar one drunken night and learning every little note of it and converting it into a playable guitar line. It sounds amazing with the delay pedal. But seeing as i’ve already posted “Laserkill” before then i’ll stick something else in here. As for Illunga and Popskarr, well i’d never really heard much of them until i caught notice of a few tracks that popped up on electrotrash a while back. It’s a site i started following when i first started getting into Johnny Neon about 2 and a bit years ago.

MP3: Johnny Neon – Hearts

MP3: Popskarr – S.P.I.L.L.S.


As i mentioned before the first song from Prada doesn’t veer far off the musical path that Johnny Kotze and Yannick Illunga so majestically tread but why fix something if it’s not broken and who cares when it’s this good/catchy/uplifting. If it was released a few months earlier we’d have easily been looking at it being the anthem of the summer.

It started off life being titled “Lagoss” before being mastered, tweaked a bit, lengthened by about an extra 90 seconds and completing it’s transformation into “Regerde Moi”. Both are available for free download below.

MP3: Prada – Lagoss

MP3: Prada – Regerde Moi

You can keep up to date and “like” all stuff Prada on their facebook.

Well we’re on the subject of Prada, the fashion label not the Neon and Ilunga concoction, i remember a few years ago hearing that Cassettes Won’t Listen had scored the soundtrack for a Prada commercial. Here’s the vid.

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Nice Children Or Sleazy Children?

O.Children live at Nice N Sleazys was a proposition i couldn’t afford to miss out on.


I’ll be honest i wasn’t even aware the band were playing in Glasgow until i was casually dragging my cheap converse down Argylle Street and noticed a torn poster bearing the bands name and gig details. And that was it, before i know it i was there.

O.Children are a band i’ve only really gotten into over the last year or so. I first came across the band when reading an article in Artrocker magazine. The first song i heard of theres was Ruins and i was almost immediately taken in by the pulsating, constant rhythm of the track and the synths that gave the song a wash over of gothic knowingness.  Their influences were clear from the get go. Bauhaus, The Cure and Joy Division. Then when you take into account that they’re named after a Nick Cave song it all starts to make sense. I was sold.

Their debut album came out in July this year. By that time i had heard “Dead Disco Dancer” and “Radio Waves” alongside the aforementioned “Ruins”. So i stuck on my headphones and settled down onto the couch. One full album listen later and i was engrossed in their sound to the point of playing it three to four times a day. Every listen offering new avenues of love, fear and heartbreak with a strong image of the dark side of the 80’s shining through. Just like Interpol, Stellastarr and She Wants Revenge before them this band are proud to keep their dark wave influences and heroes in full view.

That was then, this is now. The band stand patiently on the edge of coolness, waiting for that big break and it’s coming their way sometime soon. They’ve already taken a step towards the hip side of things in the form of being remixed by ultra hipster electro mini gods and famed remixers The Golden Filter.

MP3: O.Children – Dead Disco Dancer (The Golden Filter Remix)

But enough bigging them and the album up. Could they cut it live?

Silly question, of course they could!

Armed with their debut album and a sense of fashion that The Horrors could only wish they had O’Children and their frontman Tobi O’Kandi bring an immediate presence to the small dingy basement area of the Nice n Sleazys venue. I’ve seen many a band in here but i somehow feel something special is brewing. I take a look around though and discover that apart from myself and Luisa there are only another 21 people in the room. That’s including the band, ticket lady, merchandise dude and bar staff! The gig could go either way here, the band could let it get to them and play a nightmare show or use it as fire and play a blinding set. They do the latter and show an admirable amount of confidence to put on an epic, intense display. For all they care they could be playing to 14 people or 14,000 people. Who cares? The lucky ones are here tonight.

Frontman O’Kandi towers over his mic stands, lingering his giant frame in the centre of the stage and bellowing notes from the very lowest pit of his 6ft 8in structure. The voice and look that O’Kandi possesses conjure up images of Nick Cave having a baritone contest with Mark Lanegan in the body of an even taller male version of Grace Jones. A nice mixture. He’s charismatic, enigmatic and hard not to love. His size alone is intriguing but you know that at the soul of this booming voice is a poet with a lyrical talent reminiscent of Ian Curtis and Robert Smith. That gives him an aura that you have to see live to truly capture and appreciate. He’s almost shaman like. The rest of the band aren’t bad either, going around their business with a sense of tightness only capapble by band members that know what each other is thinking before a chord has been struck or a drum skin even slightly brushed. The music itself evokes the darkest of emotions yet is somehow also very danceable. And although i myself refrain, from shaking my thang, the gangly singer has arms flailing and jelly legs throughout some of the more beat based numbers. Often encouraging the small devoted audience to join in with him. I’ve seen the idea of a singer using two mics before as well but not like the way O’Kandi does. He uses them to alternate between an eerie delay effect and one that shows off his deep, almost ironically evil yet dulcet tones. The sounds being produced from the amps takes over every corner of the venue and the dark mood they create makes an already darkened room just that little bit darker.

MP3: O.Children – Malo

So O.Children at the moment, by next year O.Teenagers maybe? And in a few years time i would be surprised if they’re mentioned in the same breath as their peers. O.Adults anyone? The album is currently on sale for a measly 5 pounds in Fopp on Union Street Glasgow. Buy now! Bargain of the year.

We took a lot of pictures. Here’s the two i like the most.


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ps. if by chance the guy who was at the left of the stage the entire gig and was filming is reading this then i would appreciate a copy!

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THE MONDAY LIST #22: Ten Out Of 10

So yesterday was the 1oth October 2010. Those numbers 10/10/10 will only happen once in your lifetime…..unless you live to be over a hundred and see the year 2110. A scary thought.

My original plan was to do the usual and browse through my music library to find 10 songs that are some how related to the subject. The subject this time being the number ten. Yes i realise that’s a lot of tens right there. A list of ten songs with ten either in the artists name or song title. However after a quick ten minutes of perusing i could only find a few so i gave up as such.

Instead i’ve decided to do a countdown in reverse order through the numbers ten to one. Songs with numbers in the title. I suppose the countdown idea will have to do. If anyone else knows songs involving “10” then let me know!

I’ve added the other few songs (the 1o’s) i had intended to use in the list as extra bonus tracks.

Ten Out of 10
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1. The Big Pink – Count Backwards From Ten
2. The Twilight Singers feat Mark Lanegan – Number Nine
3. Mew – Eight Flew Over, One Was Destroyed
4. The White Stripes – Seven Nation Army
5. DJ Shadow – Six Days
6. The Dirty Secrets – Five Feet of Snow
7. Nedry – Four Layers Of Pink
8. Air Formation – Three Years Pass
9. Klaxons – Two Receivers
10. Martina Topley-Bird – Need One (Fabien’s Mix)

BONUS TRACKS

MP3: Idlewild – Tell Me Ten Words

MP3: Ten Million Lights – Kill Yr Idols

MP3: The Black Keys – Ten Cent Pistol



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ps. i was at the O.Children gig in Nice N Sleazys last night. It was one of the gigs of the year so far, very intimate. Very epic. I’ll do a review of it either tomorrow or wednesday (depending on how much time i have to myself tomorrow).

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Hobbledehoy

I’ve been offline for about a week due to hangovers, work, sleep and other circumstances but i’ve finally got back to posting. It’s been a hectic week so this is just gonna be a short post. I checked my email inbox for the first time in ages and i had a nice little message from the guys at Civil Civic.

They want you/us/ me (their adoring public) to name their next single for them. How fun?! I love making shit up for songs/band names. I’m in my element here!

The following is taken from the bands site….

Every human being has, in their lifetime, come up with at least one AWESOME BAND NAME.  Seriously, you’ve done it, even if you didn’t realise or don’t remember.
Well now it’s time to put your dopey, killer band-name skillz to the ultimate test and NAME OUR NEXT SINGLE.

Yeah, you heard me. Get that bong fired up (or use technology) and blurt out some ridiculous/evocative/atmospheric word or phrase in the English language. Our distinguished panel (Aaron, Ben and The Box) will hand down their judgement and then it’s LOCKED!
That’s the name of our next SMASH HIT!*  Out on limited edition 7″ on Too Pure in December.
The winner, apart from concrete proof of their own RADNESS, will receive a signed copy of the 7″ and a life sized oil-on-canvas of AARON FIGHTING A VICIOUS PACK OF STRAY DOGS!**
Entries close next Monday 11th October.
You have one week, multiple entries encouraged!!!
email your names to mail@civilcivic.com with ‘title comp’ as the subject.
*subject to record sales.
**this is a bare faced lie. You will get a 7″ though, and eternal glory and bragging rights.

So there you have it, get those brain cells working on some strange amalgamations and help out Civil Civic.

I’ve already submitted a few entries myself.

Suggestions
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Hobbledehoy (thought this would work kinda in relation to their song “Fuck Youth”)

Gongoozler Sea Party (i heard someone mention that word and instantly wanted to know what it meant)

Freudian Slip (self explanatory really)

I realise these aren’t exactly imaginative but i’m gonna spend this afternoon coming up with more.

In the meantime, enjoy…

MP3: Civil Civic – Less Unless

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