01 July 2015

Transylvanian Tapes



Record shops, specifically CD shops seem like lonely places these days. I feel weird buying CDs and should really purchase a new record player, as I like having hard copies of certain albums. In saying that my car has a tape deck and I recently dug out an old box of cassettes. Whats more, some great fucking bands are also currently celebrating the classic cassette. It seems cassette tapes are an affordable DIY way for small labels and bands to get their music out there beyond digital format. 

Like my choice in format, my music taste has also taken a few steps back over the last few years, in the most sordid and wonderful way. I won't bore you with the details of my reverse trajectory into all manner of doom, black and sludge metal by way of darker and crustier punk but let's just say, I'm pretty stoked on a label out of Oakland California  called 

Transylvanian Tapes

After all, this shits good for you right?

Have a dig around. There is some great music that is free but find a tape player and order a tape, support some bands. Someone else can lecture you on the audio quality of tape Vs CD vs vinyl vs digital formats. As  child of the 80s I'm simply enjoying the shit out of cassette tapes once more.

Two of my current favourites:








30 June 2015

25 June 2015

Moon



I was trying to spy on my neighbours, hoping for some good photos, alas I was sidetracked by this. Need a tripod and bigger lens...

24 June 2015

And So Say All of Us...

It is no secret that The Ex is one of my favourite bands. After over three decades, various incarnations, anarcho-punk, improv, jazz, African beats, with collaborations of all manner and on and on, it is just not right to assign them a label at this point. It is best not to over-think it but just relish in their output. There aren't many bands that are able to keep going for so long and still push boundaries and keep it not just relevant but inspiring, each and every fucking time. Man, that last single they did with Ethiopian outfit Fendika just might be my favourite yet. Anyway, Sean Zissou just gave me access to the new film (Thanks Sean!), "And So Say All of Us" by the Irish Practice Tapes Collective, which is a wondrous documentation of three gigs the Ex did in Paris, London, Brussels and Amsterdam as part of their 33 1/3 Years Festival. I've only seen The Ex once, so any live footage I can get a glimpse of is gold but this film is particular gold and a fine glimpse into the live experience The Ex and their cohorts. When I think of the endless stream of formulaic crap we're force fed on the radio, tv, internet and  then I consider The Ex's artistic output, well its simply criminal. When people ask what type of music I like, the only answer I really have is 'genuine, moving and convincing.' Anything else is just background noise...

Cold winds are blowing, you need some warmth. Global monoculture will bore us all to death. Seek out the beauty growing out of the filth.

You can watch the first five minutes below and/ or buy the DVD here.

 




The Ex tour North America this autumn! 

22 June 2015

Murdey Surfboards


It is a never an ending quest, the search for that one board that finds the balance between your strengths and weaknesses, aspirations and limitations, fantasy and reality. It is a little bit more special when you get to slash a few grinds and drink a couple of beers with the shaper of your next surfboard, when you get to shake hands and share a laugh or two with the craftsman whose going to try and turn your abstract nonsense into something functional. The term gets over-used a lot but yeah, stoked. 

18 June 2015