King Krule – Cellular – new video

Posted in Animation, Music with tags , , , , , , , , on February 18, 2020 by dc

Top Ten – Noel Gallagher’s worst ever lyrics

Posted in Funny, Lists, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on February 17, 2020 by dc

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Back in the hazy, hedonistic mid-90’s most folk never really questioned Oasis‘s lyrics. They sang fresh, rhyme first, think about the meaning later anthems and the Gallagher brothers swaggered into the British charts like a breath of fresh air when the country was gasping for a new rough arsed, cocksure rock band to call their own.

Like many, I loved Supersonic. I got sucked into it’s nonsense in the same way I had as a kid reading Dr. Seuss and listening to Duran Duran, but now I could smoke fags, drink beer and pretend I was a part of something. This was sing in the streets after closing time music and I couldn’t get enough of Definitely Maybe when it arrived.

By the time of What’s The Story Morning Glory in 1995 I was in my second year at Manchester university and sucking up as much ‘student’ music as I could – all the classic stuff from the 60’s and 70’s like Pink Floyd, Neil Young, The Kinks, David Bowie, The Velvet Underground et al, and recent indie favourite like The Stone Roses, The Happy Mondays, Pulp and (dare I say it) Blur (you could like both). So, Oasis made sense, I played their first two albums religiously and took pride in my bushy eyebrows.

What’s The Story… hit a zeitgeist and the band never looked back, but hooks aside, it really doesn’t stand the test of time – by ’96 I was bored of it. It was lyrically lazy where Definitely Maybe seemed frivolous and fun – not that any of that did it any harm at all. Millions of people absolutely loved (and love) singing along to it and hold the album dear to their hearts.

Up until their split in 2009 their next five albums were terribly dull things. People who’d bought into the first two albums’ Britpop and lad culture bravado stuck with them through thick and thin but anyone with half an ear for decent music could tell they were steadily declining. The Plumgate incident that year just sorted out the final nail for the band’s coffin.

Over the past few years Noel Gallagher‘s been back with his High Flying Birds solo offerings and whilst it’s clear he’s eager to expand beyond his normal musical cornerstones (bringing in producers like David Holmes, guesting on a Gorillaz track and collaborating with Amorphous Androgynous) his lyric writing continues to dumbfound.

His brother Liam‘s solo offerings are now proving more popular, having made the wise decision to draft in plenty of seasoned songwriters. Sure, his solo stuff has plenty of Jack and Jill lyrics and drivel but he’s seemingly reconnected with the energy early Oasis offered and turned things around.

After chatting with various friends and discussing their most laughable Noel Gallagher lyrics from over the years, I’ve decided to compile a Top Ten list of the most dreadful examples from his back catalogue. If you’re a fan, I’m not sure why you’ve read this far, but it’s just playful bit of music snobbery and nothing more. Here are my top ten (in chronological order):

“She’s got a sister / And God only knows how I’ve missed her / And on the palm of her hand is a blister/ And I need more time”
She’s Electric (1995)

“Slowly walking down the hall / faster than a cannonball”
Champagne Supernova (1995)

“The blood on the tracks and it must be mine / the fool on the hill and I feel fine”
D’ You Know What I Mean? (1997)

“Sitting upside a high chair / the devil’s refugee is gonna be blinded by the light that follows me”
Fade In-Out (1997)

“I can see a liar, sitting by the fire / Trouble in his heart, laughing at the thought / Coming as he goes into overdose / I wonder what he thinks of me?”
I Can See A Liar (2000)

“Love is a litany / a magical mystery / And all in good time”
The Shock Of The Lightening (2008)

“Catch the wheel that breaks the butterfly / I cried the rain that fills the ocean wide / I tried to talk with God to no avail / Calling my name and out of nowhere I said ‘If you won’t save me, please don’t waste my time'”
Falling Down (2008)

“Tell me what did you bequeath to the girl with the freaky teeth? / Has she shown you things she’d stolen from the queen?”
Freaky Teeth (2015)

“Beauty in truth is hard to find / With some of us bleeding / And some of us needing to find a way”
Blue Moon Rising (2019)

“Nature is dancing and it makes me sweat”
Black Star Dancing (2019)

Have a missed any humdingers?

The Green Knight – new trailer

Posted in Cinema, Film, Movie, Movies with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 13, 2020 by dc

Is there a modern film company knocking about that makes movies as interesting as the mighty A24? If so, please introduce me to their work.

The latest movie trailer from the A24 stables is The Green Knight directed by David Lowery and starring Dev Patel and Alicia Vikander. The film is a dark medieval fantasy film based on the poem of Sir Gawain and the Green Knight and the trailer does exactly what all top quality trailers should do, it intrigues and excites without giving anything away – check it out below

Watch the trailer for Wes Anderson’s new film ‘The French Dispatch’

Posted in Cinema, Film, Movie, Movies, Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , on February 12, 2020 by dc

Wes Anderson‘s latest offering, The French Dispatch has a mindblowing cast and looks typically sumptuous and quirky – check out the new trailer below:

Check out the latest MF Doom mash-up ‘Metaphorical Villainy’

Posted in Mash Up, Music with tags , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2020 by dc

MF Doom‘s acapella raps are so good they enlighten everything they come in contact with. We’ve shared plenty of MF Doom mash-ups over the past few years and this new one is up there as one of the best.

This time it’s the turn of Japanese DJ and producer Nujabes. The eleven track mix, Metaphorical Villainy comes courtesy of Altered Crates and brings with it bags of jazzy licks and loops that match Doom’s lyrical brilliance perfectly. Check it out below:

King Krule – Alone, Omen 3 – new video

Posted in Music with tags , , , , , , , , , on February 11, 2020 by dc

Haunting…

Five great new tunes

Posted in Lists, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on February 9, 2020 by dc

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2020 has started in fine fettle. Every year I do my best to keep track of all kinds of new music, from slacker rock, world music and hip hop to psych rock and mind bending electronica, I devour as much as I can.

In my own musical echo chamber there’s already been a scattering of releases by some of my favourite artists. Tunes by the likes of Aesop Rock, Stephen Malkmus, Black Lips, Baxter Dury, King Krule, Ghostpoet, Wiley, Pearl Jam, Dungen, Blockhead and Grandaddy – and we’re only six weeks in!

There’s also been at least a dozen new acts I’d not heard of previously that have appeared from nowhere and blown me away. Artists like People Taking Pictures, The Wants, Alexandra Savior, The Homesick, Silverbacks, Issy Wood, Jay Worthy, Uncle Tesco, Phobophobes, Savage Mansion, Pelican Tusk and Kiwi jr. I compile a playlist of the year as the months roll on, so follow it here if you fancy the odd new listen!

Anyway, I’ve not put together a mini list of five great new tunes for awhile so I thought I’d better get back on it. Here are five absolute beauties I’ve had on rotation this past week and I just can’t get enough off:

Obongjayar – 10k:

The perfect tune for a ‘daily running’ playlist this absolute stomper has a mesmeric afro-beat groove and oodles of charm.

Deeper – This Heat:

Post punk excellence from Chicago four piece, Deeper – it has an aire of Television and a whiff of Wire.

Nap Eyes – Mark Zuckerberg:

This ode to the Facebook oddball and enigma, Mark Zuckerberg seems to have travelled from the golden age of slacker rock and it’s a beautiful thing.

Holy Fuck / Angus Andrew – Deleters:

I already know this will be in my favourite tunes of 2020 playlist come December time. It’s absolutely brilliant. It made me think of peak Liars with a dash of LCD Soundsystem.

The Homesick – Male Bonding:

They’re Dutch. They mix up post punk with art rock and psychedelia. They’re signed to Sub Pop. They’re mad. And they’re mindboggingly good.

So, what else should I be listening to?