Bon Iver – 33 GOD – new (lyric) video

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2016 by dc

Bon Iver are back and they’ve gone all futuristic (n’ shit). High pitched robot gurgles? Check. Swirling synth wobbles? Check. R&B aliens moaning stuff from time to time? Check. But it’s Bon Iver and it all works.

It’s basically Bon Iver of old with extra splashes of one of Justin Vernon‘s other “side projects”, Volcano Choir (and dare I say it, Kanye – shhhhh). Check out 33 GOD below and see what you think:

33 GOD is taken from the band’s forthcoming record 22, A Million, which is due to be released 30 September.

Soft Hair – Lying Has To Stop – new video

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , on August 30, 2016 by dc

Sometimes I see a music video and wonder what Beavis & Butthead would make of it. This is one of those videos…

Unknown Mortal Orchestra – Shakedown Street – new video

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on August 17, 2016 by dc

Unknown Mortal Orchestra cover the Grateful Dead…

Random music factoids

Posted in Fact, Music with tags , , , , , , , on August 4, 2016 by dc

Something in my brain absolutely loves random facts. The more daft, obscure or seemingly unbelievable the better. Of course some random facts aren’t even facts – for instance, a duck’s quack can echo, your fingernails and hair don’t keep growing after you die, lightening can strike the same place twice and Mamma Cass didn’t die whilst choking on a ham sandwich.

These peculiar music-based random facts are definitely at least 99% true though:

R&B singer Akon‘s birth name is Aliaune Damala Bouga Time Bongo Puru Nacka Lu Lu Lu Badara Akon Thiam.

Stephen Stills and Harry Nilsson both auditioned to be in The MonkeesCharles Manson did not.

David Gilmour - Astoria

The final two Pink Floyd albums were recorded on David Gilmour‘s Surrey houseboat studio, the Astoria. The boat was built by Fred Karno, manager of Charlie Chaplin and inventor of the custard-pie-in-the-face gag. The houseboat can accommodate a 90-piece orchestra on the top deck.

Keith Richards‘ favourite tipple is 2 measures of vodka with one measure of Sunkist orange soda, plus ice. He calls it ‘Nuclear Waste’.

Ringo

In 1996, Ringo Starr appeared in a Japanese advertisement for apple sauce. Uncoincidentally ‘Ringo’ means apple in Japanese.

Public Image Limited bassist Jah Wobble briefly worked on the London Underground after the band split. Rumour has it he once made the following announcement over the PA system at London’s Tower Hill underground station – “I used to be somebody. I repeat, I used to be somebody.”

Prog rockers Emerson Lake And Palmer were masters of the on tour entourage. In 1977, they had 63 roadies, a karate instructor for drummer Carl Palmer, a personal doctor, and rumour has it, a ‘carpet roadie’, whose job was to transport and sweep the Persian rug Greg Lake liked to stand on during shows.

Leo Fender, inventor of the Stratocaster and Telecaster, couldn’t play the guitar.

Enjoy those facts? Check out Three music myths debunked.

Massive Attack ft. Ghostpoet – Come Near Me – new video

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on July 30, 2016 by dc

Ty Segall – Californian Hills – new video

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , on July 21, 2016 by dc

Blackthorn Music Festival 2016

Posted in Festival, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on July 9, 2016 by dc

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Following on from the success of last year, the excellent Blackthorn Music Festival is back later this month on the 22nd, 23rd and 24th.

The festival’s idyllic surroundings at Whitebottom Farm in Etherow Country Park sit just 30 minutes from Manchester. Over three days it’ll play host to a cracking mix of well-known festival favourites, up and coming bands and slew of exciting tribute acts – all curated to put a big smile on your chops and a wiggle in your walk.

This year’s headline act is the mighty Maximo Park, and other big names on the bill include Stereo MCs, festival circuit favourites The Bootleg Beatles, Eliza & The Bear and I Am Kloot’s John Bramwell. There’s also some peerless disc spinning courtesy of Craig Charles’ Funk and Soul Club and generation spanning Manchester favourite, Clint Boon.

There’s loads of brilliant up and coming acts on the bill too. My favourites include Mancunian neo-post-punkers, Cabbage, bluesy stompers, Sittin’ Pretty, quirky garage rockers, Heavy On The Magic, and jerky noiseniks, Sly Antics (who rather brilliantly describe their sound as like being, “hit hard and repeatedly in the face with a box of stale cereal”). Four bands worth the festival’s (bargain) entry price alone.

Then there’s Slacker Shack favourites, Dub Sex and The Cornelius Crane, who’ll also be performing and ALWAYS deliver without fail.

Add to that at least another 50 quality bands, lots of tip-top scoff and booze, and Blackthorn Music Festival is a great weekend away without the hefty price tag associated with most festivals these days. Day tickets start from just £20, a full weekend ticket is just £55 and to encourage the family vibes, weekend tickets for those under 15 cost just £20 and under 6’s get in for free. What’s not to love?

The further info visit the festival site here.

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