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Progress For Chi

As you may or may not know, Chi Cheng (bass player of Deftones) was in a car accident in November 2008 and is currently in a “minimally conscious” state.

I’ve previously posted links to the website set up to raise funds for his care and i make no apologies for doing so again. Please donate…. oneloveforchi.

Over the last 3 and bit years Chi has been very slowly making progress and at the beginning of this month there was a heart warming and encouraging moment when he lifted his leg on request. It’s one very small step in a long, long road to recovery.

Deftones are and always will be one of my favourite bands but, even though their last album and latest live shows were phenomenal, i just can’t help but feel their not quite complete without the presence of Chi. My best wishes go out to all the Cheng and Deftones family.

MP3: Deftones – Dai the Flu

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51 Seconds

Last month Justin Vernon of Bon Iver revealed that the band would be releasing his second album, the follow up to the bautiful “For Emma, Forever Ago”, in June. Earlier this week he released artwork, tracklisting and a little video teaser of what to expect….

It’s taken 3 years to make “Bon Iver, Bon Iver” and inbetween, the recording of the new stuff, Justin Vernon has been a very busy man. Always keeping himself on the go musically with not only his own material but guest spots with Kanye West, Anais Mitchell, All Tiny Creatures, The National etc etc. Add in his collaborative work with Gayngs and Volcano Choir and you have an insanely tight schedule. So it’s pretty fucking amazing to know that he’s put the time aside to release what is surely going to be another masterpiece under the Bon Iver name. I hope they tour this summer.

Bon Iver – Self Titled (Tracklist)
All the songs (apart from the closer Beth/Rest) are named after places.

1. Perth
2. Minnesota,
3. Holocene
4. Towers
5. Michicant
6. Hinnom, TX
7. Wash.
8. Calgary
9. Lisbon, OH
10. Beth/Rest

Here’s the most  enigmatic 51 seconds i’ve heard all year…

MP3: Bon Iver – Creature Fear

I’m gonna do a post on the many musical adventures of Justin Vernon at some point this summer, you won’t want to miss it. Until then here’s a little reminder of THAT talent in the form of the delicate “Creature Fear”.

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Halfway Home

Just discovered the really sad news that TV On The Radio member Gerard Smith has passed away at the age of only 34.

Last month the band revealed that their bassist had been diagnosed with lung cancer and today they announced that he had passed away this morning, just 9 days after the release of the bands latest release “Nine Types Of Light”. To some, Smith was maybe one of the lesser known members of TV On The Radio but he was not any less influential than any of his bandmates. He’ll be sadly missed. My thoughts are with his friends and family.

Sometimes words can’t do justice so i’ll let the music speak for itself.

MP3: TV On The Radio – Keep Your Heart

RIP Gerard Smith

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Summer Starts Today?

Apparently, here in Glasgow, today is to be the hottest day of the year so far. Mr Sunshine should be making his appearance within the next hour or so and the heat should hit 19 degrees celsius……

…..that’s only if you believe the weather boffins though. Maybe they’ve got it right (for once) or maybe they’re wrong and we’ll have another distinctly average day of weather. Distinctly average weather in Scotland means rain, sun, wind, more rain, cold breeze, really really warm for an hour, back to breezy, rain again, wind and then maybe some sleet to finish off the day. Basically, on a “good” day we could experience all four seasons in 24 hours.

Here’s a couple of interesting weathermen…..

“Pretty much everywhere’s gonna be hot….”

“Tut tut, Tomasz Scahfernaker…”

I do love the proper summer though and to be fair looking out at my current view it looks like it’s gonna be a nice day. A really nice day. Is summer here early and getting a dress rehearsal in for the coming months or will today just be a cameo appearance? Here’s hoping it’s the former. I’m looking forward to a summer of lazing about in the Botanic and Kelvningrove Parks with my girlfriend and best friends. Picnics and beer at the ready. Smokes rolled, iPods fully charged and the sun shining.

Anyway, the whole point of this post was to bring you the sound of pre-summer……the sunshines opening act if you like. It’s a little collaboration i randomly happened upon. It’s a collection of tracks courtesy of the musical minds that are Star Slinger and TEAMS. Call it re-works, call it sampling, call it whatever you want. But i call it summer.

1. Close To Me
2. Punch Drunk Love
3. Life Partner
4. Say Please
5. 86 Carat Gold (right click save as)
6. The Yes Strut

You can buy this glorious piece of mini sunshine here.

I’m away to (hopefully) enjoy the sunshine.

S.I.T Wolf  X

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I’ve returned home to Glasgow after my weekend in Dundee.

I’m way too tired to justify anything other than a half arsed post so here’s some songs from my iPod that sum up the weekend….

1. The bus journey up
MP3: Fake Blood – Fix Your Accent

2. The Friday night in Keanes flat
MP3: Coolrunnings – When I Got High With You

3. The Saturday afternoon
MP3: Carmen Rosa – Football Pie

4. The Saturday night out in Dundee
MP3: Ryan Adams – Drunk And Fucked Up (Like The Twilight)

5. Waking up on “that” chair this morning
MP3: Idlewild – Let Me Sleep (Next To The Mirror)

6. The bus journey home
MP3: For A Minor Reflection – Kyrr+¦

For A Minor Reflection are the best soundtrack for a late Sunday night bus journey. Fact.

Anyway that about puts the weekend into perspective.

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Visualizing All Day

I stumbled across this online and i feel it’s my duty to share it.

Tyler Gray over at  Fast Company enlisted the help of Tiffany Farrant in deconstructing the latest mash up full length from Greg Gillis aka Girl Talk. But this wasn’t any old deconstructing or review. It was a “visual breakdown” infographic. I was intrigued. I’m sure you will be too.

“Greg Gillis quit his job as a biomedical engineer two years ago to become a full-time mashup artist known as Girl Talk. He still approaches his music like a scientist, though, combining the DNA of songs in divergent genres to grow unique hybrid jams. He’s the only one who knows the full genetic code. But here’s a stab by Fast Company and infographic artist Tiffany Farrant at mapping the samples on Girl Talk’s latest, “All Day.”

Here’s an example of the kinda thing i’m talking about.

Also, any excuse to post a track from the mash up master.
MP3: Girl Talk – Oh No

If you head on over to the article you’ll be able to expand on the available infographic and browse through in more detail.

For those who want an audio and visual experience of the work of art that is “All Day” then check out this fine piece of technology over at  Mashup Breakdown.

Remember “All Day” is available for free download under the Creative Commons license at  Illegal Art.

Before i finish up i’m gonna leave you with a few Girl Talk extras.

First, a brilliant track from the “Stop Cleveland Hate” EP.

MP3: Girl Talk – Bang This In The Club

Then there’s the inspiringly rotoscoped fan made video for “Bounce That”.

S.I.T Wolf  X

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Attention Span

I’ve not had nearly enough time to get as much 2011 posts up as i’d like to. As usual it’s a culmination of many things preventing me. Lack of time, work, family, friends and a new addition to the reasons…..jamming. My old band “The Gorecki” have got back together. So we’ve been busy jamming and rehearsing new tracks and i’ve been spending a lot of time writing some new material for both “The Gorecki” and for an other upcoming boy/girl project i have planned with one of my best friends. More news on that to follow though.

If you wanna keep up to date with any happenings on The Gorecki front then the places to check are The-Gorecki/2 or for a studio diary from our newest member check over at

It’s looking like i’ll have a relatively free evening tomorrow night so i’ll 100% get the rest of the “Best of 2010” lists posted up over the weekend and then we can look ahead to what 2011 has to offer on the music front.

In the meantime, here’s a few songs on rotation on my iPod that have currently been keeping me sane during my busy week at work.

S.I.T Wolf X

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