King Krule – Logos – new video

Posted in Animation, Music with tags , , , , , , , , on January 10, 2019 by dc

King Krule (aka South London’s Archy Marshall) is back with a new animated video to support his last album, The Ooz.

The new handmade animated video comes courtesy of his multi-talented brother, Jack – check it out below:

Aesop Rock & TOBACCO are Malibu Ken – Corn Maze – new video

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 9, 2019 by dc

Two of my favourite artists together… and an album coming soon I’m guessing…

Weird music factoids…

Posted in Fact, Music, weird and the wonderful with tags , , , , , , , , on January 5, 2019 by dc

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I love a music factoid. The kind of nonsense you’d enjoy babbling to someone at the office water cooler or down the pub – an eyebrow raiser and conversation starter.

Here are six random music factoid headwobblers to impress strangers with at your local boozer or work based refreshment station…

  • Guitarist Steve Vai is also a beekeeper
  • Chas and Dave provide the guitar and bass lines on the Labi Siffre sample (I Got The…) used in Eminem’s ‘My Name Is
  • Andy Warhol once directed a Curiosity Killed The Cat music video
  • The song Jingle Bells was originally written for Thanksgiving
  • In 1973 Stevie Wonder temporarily lost his sense of taste and smell after a car accident
  • Pink Floyd were originally called Sigma 6

And if you knew all six of the above already, well done, leave your email address below and I’ll send you a sticker…

Slacker Shack’s 2019 Crystal Balls

Posted in Lists, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on January 4, 2019 by dc

I was ruminating about music on the train the other day, wondering what might lie in store this year. I’m not really in the know, I scoop information like a drunken magpie picking shiny things from random bins but I do like to peruse the musical landscape from time to time and have a think about what’s lurking on the horizon.

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Some of my thoughts / predictions might seem obvious, because, well they probably are a bit, but I’ve put together a top five just to see if anyone agrees or disagrees or has something they’d like to predict or pipe up about. It’s the 4th January and here’s my list:

More great Aussie psych bands:
They keep coming, and now it’s the turn of Psychedelic Porn Crumpets, ORB, Baked Beans, The Babe Rainbow and Tropical Fuck Storm.

A new wave of UK rap stars:
New acts expanding and twisting the genre like slowthai, Bakar, Skinny Pelembe, Ocean Wisdom and CASISDEAD.

Greater diversity on festival line-ups:
The hot topic when it came to festival line-ups in 2018 was diversity. Dozens of festivals were scorned across social media for their lack of balance and booking agents will surely be looking to broaden their horizons in 2019 and truly embrace inclusivity.

A raft of great new politicised post-punk bands:
Following hot on the heels of bands like IDLES, Shame and Cabbage, are a number of great new bands like The Murder CapitalFontaines D.C. and Cold Water Swimmers snarling into view.

Rise in concept albums:
We’re living in weird, uncertain times and the moment seems right.

What are your balls saying?

Verve Records releases new jazz tribute to The Beatles’ Sgt. Pepper’s album

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 3, 2019 by dc

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A multi-artist, cutting edge jazz reworking of The Beatles‘ ‘Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band‘ album sounds awful, right? Wrong, it’s actually rather brilliant.

Check out the new ‘A Day In The Life: Impressions Of Pepper‘ album out now on Verve and stream it below:

Five bands and acts you need to hear in 2019…

Posted in Lists, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on December 31, 2018 by dc

Much as we all love our favourite bands and albums it’s always exciting to find some new music to get fresh goosebumps to and buzz about. Life’s too short to listen to David Bowie and Pink Floyd albums on repeat each and every day, as great as they are.

Every year I hunger for some new music to wrap my ears around and just this year alone I’ve stumbled across dozens of hellacious new bands and acts. Rappers like Tottenham MC, CASISDEAD and Texan hip-hop ‘boy band’, BROCKHAMPTON. Bands as diverse as Brooklyn art-punks, BODEGA, Dutch progsters, Flying Horseman and Swiss-Canadian art-rock duo, Peter Kernal.

2018 also introduced me to French psych-jazz-electro-pop weirdo, Jazzboy, German experimental-techno producer, Skee Mask, Atlantan singer-songwriter, Mattiel and experimental-electro oddball, Yves Tumor.

All of the above artists helped shape my year and soundtracked many of my evenings. So, what will 2019 bring?

Well, I’ve decided to put together a list of five artists I think will have stonking 2019’s:

Jockstrapavant garde, electro-pop London duo with cool as you like quirk in abandon
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slowthai – Snarling, genre-stretching Northampton MC (debut album imminent)
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Psychedelic Porn Crumpets – The latest in an ever growing list of awesome Aussie psych-rock bands
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Another Sky – Soaring alt-rock four-piece from London
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Sorry – London based slanted and romantic, slacker-rock band signed to Domino
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So, they’re Slacker Shack‘s five picks for 2019. Who do you think we should be looking out for?

Slacker Shack’s Top Ten Albums of 2018

Posted in Lists, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , , on December 29, 2018 by dc

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Most of the ‘Albums of the Year‘ lists I’ve been reading this week seem to have very few favourites in common. The Arctic Monkeys’ album seemed to completely divide critics, and I couldn’t stand it. Alt-poppy stuff like Christine and the Queens and Robyn rank high, as does Mitski‘s ‘Be The Cowboy‘, but they left me puzzled – and as for Cardi B and Travis Scott, much as I love hip-hop, I don’t understand the appeal. When artists as brilliant and diverse as MF DOOM, Homeboy Sandman, CASISDEAD, Open Mike Eagle, Ocean Wisdom, BROCKHAMPTON, Aesop Rock, Janelle Monae, Vince Staples, Little Simz and slowthai have all released mindblowingly good music this year, why settle for less?

A handful of favourites from across the many music magazines and blogs didn’t quite make Slacker Shack’s Top Ten but were brilliant ‘almosts‘. Bands and acts like Low, Amen Dunes, DJ Koze, Kurt Vile, Kamasi Washington, Khruangbin, Kadhja Bonet and Courtney Barnett would’ve made a Top 20 for sure.

Two hip-hop albums make the list – CZARFACE & MF DOOM‘s collab, Czarface Meets Metal Face, which features both MC’s on fine loquacious form; and Dabrye‘s sprawling, futuristic Three/Three, with cameos from (amongst others) Ghostface Killah, Guilty Simpson, Danny Brown, MF DOOM and Jonwayne.

IDLES‘ visceral, finger on the pulse stonker, Joy as an Act of Resistance, made most end of year lists and it made this one too. Parquets Courts‘ post-punk-disco stomper, Wide Awake! was a critics’ favourite and pops up here as well.

The return of folktronica stalwarts Tunng brought joy, as did the latest offering from Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks, Sparkle Hard. Both played to their strengths whilst offering new ways to marvel at their brilliance.

The Breeders‘ comeback album after ten years away, All Nerve, seemed absent from most lists which flummoxed me. Maybe the fact it was released way back in the first week of March made some critics forget about it, but I thought it was a real return to form.

Which leaves my final three as yet unnamed treats (and possibly my three favourites), Beak>’s >>>, Suuns‘, Felt, and Justin Vernon and Aaron Dessner‘s Big Red Machine collaboration. From grizzly krautrock dystopian head-benders through to electronic avant-indie shape shifting and genre twisting neo-soul-folktronica-funk (try saying that load of bollox after a few!). All three albums tickled my pickles to bits.

Top Ten list time…

Big Red Machine – Big Red Machine
Suuns – Felt
Beak> – >>>
IDLES – Joy as an Act of Resistance
Dabrye – Three/Three
Parquet Courts – Wide Awake!
The Breeders – All Nerve
Tunng – Songs You Make At Night
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks – Sparkle Hard
CZARFACE & MF DOOM – Czarface Meets Metal Face

I’ve shown you mine, now you show me yours…