Category Archives: Hearings

Stuff I am or have recently been hearing

It’s not just bears that shit in the woods: Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals

Just seen the video of Kid Carpet‘s song ‘Poo In The Forest’, animated by Will Bishop Stephens, which is rather spiffing. It’s from the album Kid Carpet & The Noisy Animals, which is based on the children’s theatre piece of the same name, and which I can personally attest (and attest on the Wee Man’s behalf) is utterly brilliant.

And I see that you can buy the album for a mere ten of your sterling pounds via the medium of BandCamp!

Kid Carpet Facebook page :: Kid Carpet Last.fm :: Kid Carpet YouTube channel

Psycho Killer: Fah-fah-fah-fah-FFS; or, how a working day can descend into Twitter debate & serendipitous listenings

Whilst working hard at Wilder Street Studio yesterday I got into an online argument/discussion via Twitter with Jelly Eli, Alex Happe and Nigel Legg over the best version of ‘Psycho Killer’…

Consensus seemed to be that the Talking Heads themselves had provided the definitive one, at least when one considers the refinement they managed to put into it by the time of the Jonathan Demme concert film Stop Making Sense and its accompanying edit…

Eli and I put up a stiff fight on behalf of anti-Thatcher acappella group The Flying Pickets (remember massively sideburned Brian Hibbard from Making Out and Twin Town?) – it turns out we’re both fans of the ‘Lost Boys‘ album – whose own interpretation is a classic in its own right:

Eli also dug out a punchy but otherwise pedestrian cover by addled rock supergroup Velvet Revolver

…a rather peculiar one by Aussie singer-songwriter Kate Miller-Heidke

…and this marvellously silly run-through by Brazilian psychobilly band The Elektrobillys…

…whilst I uncovered this gem by the Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain:

However, in what I can only describe as magickal happenstance, last night at home I happened to be listening to some old episodes of I’m Sorry I Haven’t A Clue when up popped Tim Brooke-Taylor in ‘One Song To The Tune Of Another’ with what might be the doozy of them all – David Byrne’s lyrics warbled over the top of a Gilbert & Sullivan melody…

NB If you’re enamoured of odd cover versions, karaoke classics, reinterpretations and interpolations, then you may be interested in my old UnderCover podcasts…

Remember Ian Tomlinson – killed by cops at 2009 G20: benefit CD

Harry from anarchist magazine Now Or Never (which is a rather jolly affair and pleasingly not of the po-faced variety) has been in touch to plug the Ian Tomlinson benefit CD that they are selling.

Lest you forget, Ian Tomlinson was an ordinary chap killed on his way home after being attacked by a police dog, beaten with a baton and then shoved to the ground by Territorial Support Group cop Simon Harwood.

This afternoon it will have been 583 days since Ian died, 583 days his family and friends have been without him, 583 days in which no one has been held to account for his death.

The Ian Tomlinson Family Campaign aims to bring those culpable to justice. But justice is a rich man’s game, so please do show your support, either by donating to the campaign through the PayPal link on their website, or by buying this CD for just £6, put together by the Norfolk Community Action Group. At least £5 from every CD goes to the campaign.

Let’s make sure every death at police hands is never forgotten, always avenged.

Here’s the tracklisting:

  1. Robb Johnson – “Someone Else Can Save The World”
  2. Cosmo – “How Many Flags?”
  3. Neon – “Poison”
  4. Tommy Pirate – “For Tonight We Are The Revolution”
  5. Graveyard Johnnys – “Never Get Me”
  6. Graveyard Johnnys – “The Wasted”
  7. The Oppressed – “ACAB”
  8. The Oppressed – “Gun Law”
  9. The Restarts – “Dead Inside”
  10. Ska Ta Brain – “Ska To Brain”
  11. Ska Ta Brain – “Waste Away”
  12. The Cleaners – “Last Stand”
  13. The Cleaners – “No Compromise”
  14. Dub Revolution featuring Stamina Li – “Shoot First”

Aww crap

In the spirit of keeping up a head of blogging steam, here’s how my day has panned out.

Childcare – mostly good, with some excellent napping, very good smiles and awesomely damp nappies. We have discovered he likes early 90s college rock/indie type stuff, with a particular fondness for Belly‘s Star and Flood by They Might Be Giants. Less keen on Piece Of Cake (Mudhoney).

Housekeeping – cleared all the crap from LLF’s new desk in front room (I say “all the crap”, I mean “all my crap”); finally threw out loads of threadbare old clothes I’m never going to wear and which I would feel embarrassed about dumping over at Classics; tidied front room; got rid of detritus strewn around bedroom.

Technology – finally figured out how to reset password on the wireless box, meaning I could properly protect the network as well as enable AirTunes.

Work – shilled a little (though I note that my boss at the company I’m an external for has reacted to the impending corporate restructuring by massively revising her LinkedIn profile and soliciting lots of testimonials – possibly not a good sign…); finished off a couple of (non-paying) bits for friends.

Srs – caught some of the Julian Assange/Daniel Ellsberg thing at the Frontline Club, and the tail-end of the Dispatches prog on the Wikileaks #warlogs.

Lol – watched the end of Daylight Robbery, which was better than it could have been but a lot worse than it should have been, and started watching Militia, which is very bad so far.

So that’s been my day. Wanted to finish writing up my thoughts on the ‘What’s The Blogging Story?’ thing from Friday, but didn’t get enough quiet time to sort that out. Tomorrow, maybe.

Genre Rider #002: UK Funky

UK Funky is a style of modern electronic dance music, heavily influenced by various styles of house and beyond, including contemporary funky house, electro house, and increasingly, broken beat, soca, and afrobeat. It mixes traditional UKG beats, bass loops and synths with latin percussion and contemporary R&B-style vocals.

Percussions such as bongos, tambourines, and drums are used to give a dark exotic african sound due to the constant rhythm of the bongos. The crazy snare which people will remember from Garage and Bassline, is non-existent in funky house.

When funky house is slow, it can sound soulful. When it’s fast, it can sound like ska.

So sayeth Wikipedia, anyhow.

It sounds thus:


UK Funky Volume 1: An Introduction mixed by DJ OneDrop

From The MashUp Show via seen (by way of Gutta or Doppelganger, can’t remember which).

Random New Band #006: Onili

Onili band pic

Israeli electro disco pop hop! Some nice remixes too.

(Tip o’ the titfer: Mad Decent blog)

Onili on MySpace
Onili website

The Digest: December 2007

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Well, I thought it was time to play about with the way the blog works a little bit, so from now on I’ll try and knock together some kind of a monthly digest pointing you in the direction of some of the stuff I’ve been blogging about, and to take up the slack on some of the things I’ve been too lazy to blog about. Which, in a way, makes no logical sense whatever.

But hey ho. It also gives me the chance to defend things such as my devilishly overcomplicated category tree, to champion my current favourite things, and to idly mention things I keep intending to do but don’t, by way of somehow stimulating myself into activity. Think of it as self-help therapy outfitted by Primark, with nary a glance towards embarrassment.
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Some of the things which I’ve been blogging about in recent weeks…

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As ever, I’ve been trying out some new format ideas…

Forget-Me-Knots

This month I finally kicked off Forget-Me-Knots, a feature in which for no discernible purpose I get to expound upon the mystery messages I’ve left myself via my mobile’s ‘reminder’ function. TBH though, I doubt many could better the inaugural one, ‘Tap Marmite White’. But fear ye not, I shall persist. Oh, and feel free to let me know of any similar such cryptic notes-to-self you’ve discovered on your own phone. Or in old notebooks. Or in Post-Its on your pootie. Or scribbled on the back of your hand in biro.

Screenage Kicks

A collection of TV and film-related miscellanea, featuring, amongst others…

» From Here To Shiternity: An illustrated guide to onscreen scat!
» HonkWatch: An illustrated guide to cinematic emetics!
» Piss & Vinegar: An illustrated guide to TV and movie wee-wee!

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Clearly this is a ramshackle, half-arsed effort, but out in the big, wide blogosphere, these are the sites which have been tickling me…

  • As mentioned already, I’ve been reading The Bristol Blogger – always an enjoyably scurrilous take on life here in Britain’s biggest village;
  • Also on a Bristol tack, I’ve been getting into Bristol Graffiti, which is pleasingly unpretentious and open minded;
  • Then there’s the Lancaster UAF blog, where I’ve been following the split in the BNP;
  • Blood & Treasure has been providing me with fascinating peeks into Chinese society and politics;
  • My taste for wordchat has been greatly satiated by LanguageHat;
  • And in the world of music I’ve been following Mad Decent (it’s not just Diplo, you know) and the Boston bounce-inflected Mashit blog

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And similarly, here’s a clutch of podcasts which have been keeping my speakers at a steady operating temperature…

  • One of my favourites has been the Dean of Guildford Cathedral, the Reverend Victor Stock, discussing practical theology and theoretical physics with host Dr Brian Cox on the CERN podcast (trust me, it’s more listenable than that sounds);
  • Yo La La! has been a juicy find, an English language pod on Francophone rap – #32 was an illuminating look at French-American collaborations;
  • Oh, and whilst I’m here I may as well plug my own *ahem* podcast portfolio, Bristle’s BunKRS Sessions – recently beefed up with BeyondHipHop and The KRS MooSick Show, in addition to stalwarts like Bristle’s Bootleg Show, Axis Of Foley and UnderCover. New shows are on the way before Xmas, promise!

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Right, that’s pretty much it for this month’s digest, I just want to say cheers to Shells and Lucrezia for the weekend, ta muchly for excellent hospitality and letting me bend your ears! And also good to see Hiccup and Ignatius and Cap’n Haddock, and my spar M, and my original homeboy Mike, and to meet German Julia, and glad to see things are working out for you, Lucibus (buy some of her beautiful pictures!), and to (briefly) say hi to Tim and Mark Who Boy… 2007’s been a mostly cruel year for me, so it was wonderful to have such a nice weekend towards the end of it all 8)

Happy Christmas to y’all out there, and here’s to a blinding 2008!