Archive for May, 2018

Mo Salah – street art from New York

Posted in Art, football with tags , , , , , , , on May 30, 2018 by dc

Mo Salah, New York street art

Beck’s ten best ‘high tempo’ songs

Posted in Lists, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2018 by dc


Here’s the first list in Slacker Shack‘s new Niche Lists series. Things will inevitably get more niche and obscure but I wanted to start with my top ten favourite ‘high tempoBeck songs. He’s one of my favourite artists and I’m thinking of the kind of tunes you want on your music device as you’re walking about on a summers day, smirking at the niceties of life as they roll by, a skip in your skip and a twinkle in your eye. No ballads or introspective strummers here, just a top ten ‘in your face’ Beck tunes, as chosen by me:

Loser (from Mellow Gold)
Soul Suckin’ Jerk (from Mellow Gold)
Beercan (from Mellow Gold)
Devil’s Haircut (from Odelay)
Sexx Laws (from Midnite Vultures)
Milk & Honey (from Midnite Vultures)
Black Tambourine (from Guero)
Cellphone’s Dead (from The Information)
Youthless (from Modern Guilt)
Colors (from Colors)

I’ve obviously had to cut some favourites from the list like Where It’s At, The New Pollution, Girl, Timebomb and Dreams, but that’s the nature of the beast. Are there any apart from that? Does my list make you a little bit angry? Are there omissions you just can’t cope with? Tell all…

Niche ‘Best Of…’ Lists

Posted in Film, Lists, Movies, Music, Pop Culture with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 30, 2018 by dc

Like many folk, I bloody love a good list. Sometimes there’s nothing more satisfying than a little internal argument, followed by a firmly taken decision that results in a beautifully (and occasionally painfully) formed list. Something you can neatly file in your tastes drawer and use to preach at people when you’ve had too much to drink.


I remember reading Nick Hornby‘s novel, ‘High Fidelity‘ in my early 20’s and it was the lists that the lead character, Rob endlessly compiles that really pulled me in and got me hooked. I usually spend ages reading a book, but I flew through High Fidelity in a couple of sittings. Right now I can happily list my top five favourite albums of all time:

Love Forever Changes
Beck Mellow Gold
Stephen Malkmus & The Jicks Pig Lib
The Beta Band The Three EPs
Pixies Doolittle

My top five favourite films:

The Big Lebowski
Taxi Driver
The Shining
Blue Velvet
Punch Drunk Love

And even something random like, my top five favourite things to put on toast:

Bacon and eggs
Peanut butter and jam
Smoked ham and gherkin
Prawn cocktail
Moroccan hummus

But what I’ve been thinking about a lot recently are niche music and film lists. I’ve been watching loads of old Mark Kermode videos on YouTube and making lots of playlists on Spotify recently and little lists are always buzzing around in my brain.

As Facebook has proven, lists are also brilliant at creating conversations and debates, and I’d love it if readers of this blog added comments with some of their random film and music lists. For instance, I think there’s been a real dearth of decent comedy films over the past few years, so I’d love to know people’s top ten comedy films of the “twenty-tens” (aka the ‘teenties‘) so far. Or people’s top five new psychedelic bands (I’m a huge fan of King Gizzard & The Lizard Wizard).

Over the next few weeks I’m going to kick start this blog with a few random music and film lists that I hope will get a few conversations and debates started and if nothing else will give me a chance to shout about some things I love and maybe even I few albums and films I loathe too!

SWJ Group – Scribbles – new video

Posted in manchester, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , on May 27, 2018 by dc

Check out this cracking new tune and video from SWJ Group. It’s a funky little earworm that’ll have you tapping your toes and smiling like a drunkard from start to finish…

New Psychedelic music icons portraits from Dunstan Doodles

Posted in Art, Culture, illustration, manchester, Music with tags , , , , , , , , , , , , , on May 18, 2018 by dc

Psych Icons - all together promo

Slacker Shack regular Dunstan Doodles has uploaded his new psychedelic music icons portraits onto his site. The twelve new pieces were recently exhibited in Manchester’s Northern Quarter and prints are already starting to sell well off the back of the show.

The portraits feature music icons from the golden age of psychedelia. Here’s the list in full – Grace Slick, Arthur Lee, Jimi Hendrix, Roky Erickson, Syd Barrett, Jim Morrison, Janis Joplin, John Lennon, Mama Cass, Donovan, Steve Hillage and Jerry Garcia.

Dunstan’s style involves combining illustration and collage techniques and layering individual elements of the portrait onto mountboard piece by piece. He works on commissions and sells a number of prints of icons from the worlds of music, film, tv, literature and sport.

All giclee prints from his new Psych Icons collection come in A3 size, printed on top quality FS Platinum Etching paper. There’s also an option to get your print mounted and/or get it framed.

You can take a peek at all twelve icons here