Dic 31 2013, 0:21
Dic 15 2009, 18:21
Nov 5 2009, 11:56Holy sh!t I've realised that it'll be 2010 in a few weeks time and the decade christened the noughties has flown past before my very eyes....and ears.
So it got me thinking what have been the defining albums of the decade...well ok not "defining" really but ones which have stood up to repeated listening....well on my stereo at least!
Doves - Lost Souls (2000)
Goldfrapp - Felt Mountain (2000)
Super Furry Animals - Mwng (2000)
Turin Brakes – The Optimist (2001)
The Strokes – Is This It (2001)
Kings of Convenience - Quiet is the new loud (2001)
Sunshine Hit Me (2001)
You, Me and Us (2002)
Edan - Primitive Plus (2002)
Metro Area - Metro Area (2002)
The Coral - The Coral (2002)
McKay - McKay (2003)
Hot Chip - Coming on Strong (2004)
Kerrier District - Kerrier District (2004)
Kings of Leon - Aha Shake Heartbreak (2004)
Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas - Lindstrøm & Prins Thomas (2005)
Tom Vek - We have Sound (2005)
Maxïmo Park - A Certain Trigger (2006)
Gruff Rhys - Candylion (2007)
Late of the Pier - Fantasy Black Channel (2008)
Fleet Foxes - Fleet Foxes (2008)
Panda Bear - Person Pitch (2008)
Deerhunter - Weird Era Cont. (2008)
Malakai - Ugly side of Love (2009)
Micachu - Jewellery (2009)
Top Tracks of the decade that were highlights of albums I otherwise haven't kept listening to as much as the above...or wasn't that bothered about the rest of the album anyway...or never really got 'round to listening to anything else from the album.....you get the picture?!
Witness (1 Hope)
Postcards From Italy
Sex on Fire
Losing My Edge
Give It Up
It Beats 4 U
Off the Record
Bucky Done Gun
Cape Cod Kwassa Kwassa
Hang Me Up to Dry
Black and White Town
If You Got the Money
These Are the Ghosts
I Need Your Love
Walking With a Ghost
Time to Pretend
...this is a work in progress!!!
Mar 31 2009, 11:53Do Americans (mostly, but also Canadians and Australians - plus the younger element of British youth unfortunately) not know anymore words to describe something that is rather good?!
Perhaps they need a few ideas on broadening their vocabularies:
Ace, Amazing, Awe-inspiring.
Brilliant....Bostin' (when in Brum)
Phat…might be a bit 90’s
Mint...probably a bit Bristol!
Really....(add word) ;p
...well you get my point!
Gen 27 2009, 14:25Amy Winehouse – Monkeyman/Cupid (Ska e.p.) (2 Soul)
Architeq – Birds of Prey (Tirk)
Bon Iver – For Emma
Cage the Elephant - In one ear
Erykah Badu – Honey (DJ Day remix)/ (Captain Planet SF Mix)/ (Moody Boys Mix).
Fleet Foxes – Mykonos, Drops in the River, Blue Ridge Mountains (and virtually everything else they did!)
Gossip vs Nice Up! – Skanking in the way of control(Nice up!)
Jimmy Takeuchi – Sgt Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band (Stoned Circus)
Late of the Pier – Bears are coming
Malakai – The Battle
M.I.A – Paper Planes (XL)
Might Mo & The Winchester Seven – The Next Message (Peace Street)
MGMT – Time to pretend
Portishead – The Rip
Roisin Murphy – You know me better (Toddla T remix)
Roots Manuva – Witness (1 Hope) (Jesterman’s Bionic Barkays Re-Rub) (Edit Crunch)
Santogold – L.E.S. Artistes
The Bombist vs Daft Punk – Harder Faster Stronger Better (BB)
The Bombist vs Gorillaz – Feel Good Inc (BB)
Get the Blessing – Bleach Cake (Candid)
Toddla T – Manabadman
White Denim - All you really have to do
Set 15 2008, 10:04Well done and all that with the Mercury prize but at the end of the day you're just a poor mans Doves really aren't you...?!
Ago 23 2008, 11:27From the depths of my mind I'm going to try and recall as many gigs as possible that I have attended!
(Gigs are in Bristol unless otherwise stated)
Ashton Court Festival - I can remember seeing The Herb Garden & Chaos UK
Just found this vid from it!
Pale Saints, Bierkeller, 7th of March.
My first ever "official" gig!
Lush + Th' Faith Healers, Fleece & Firkin, Sunday the 18th of March
Ride & The Charlottes - Thursday April the 12th, The Bierkeller.
The Charlatans, Bierkeller, 28th of May.
The day after Spike Island - My mate Cathead had been and had the t-shirt - git!
Northside, Bristol Poly (Redland), 9th of June
(First game of World Cup Italy 1990 was on a telly in the Bar!)
The Moonflowers at Ashton Court - July
(Get Higher at Ashton Court)
Mudhoney + Pixies + Faith No More + The Cramps + The Inspiral Carpets + The Wedding Present + The Buzzcocks + Stereo MC's + Jesus Jones + Gary Clail + Neds Atomic Dustbin + Ride + Bridewell Taxis + psychic TV - Reading Festival, August
Pixies, Gloucester Leisure Centre, 15th of October
Blur, Bristol Polytechnic (Main Campus, Frenchay), 2nd of November.
Carter USM + Bob, Bristol Poly (St Matthius, Fishponds), 8th of November.
Jun - Bristol, Bierkeller - King of the Slums + Rorshach
Oct - Bristol, Victoria Rooms - Ride + Bleach
Jun - Bristol, Fleece & Firkin - Moonshake + Bleach
Jun - Bristol, Fleece & Firkin - Moose
+ The Cranberries
Oct - Bristol, University - Chapterhouse + 5:30 + The Belltower
Dec - Bristol, University - My Bloody Valentine + The Boo Radleys
New Fast Automatic Daffodils, Quinton, Rorschach...Bierkeller...??!
Neds Atomic Dustbin, Bierkeller...?!
Rorschach, Tropic Club, Stokes Croft....?!
The Mock Turtles at The Thekla...date?
5.30 at The Fleece....date?
The Disposable Heroes Of Hiphoprisy - Bristol University...I think it was 1991!
Kingmaker - Brunel Rooms, Swindon, Tuesday the 27th of August.
Swervedriver & Sun Carriage at The Poly of Wales, Treforest, Pontypridd...date?!
Spiritualized at The Poly of Wales...13th November?
Daisy Chainsaw & Sheep On Drugs, Poly of Wales...?
Babes in Toyland + Blur + Carter USM + Chapterhouse + De la Soul + Dinosaur Jr + The Family Cat + Flowered Up + Ned's Atomic Dustbin + Nirvana + Pop will eat itself + Senseless Things + Silverfish + Sonic Youth + Teenage Fanclub - Reading Festival, August.
Nirvana at The Bierkeller - November the 4th 1991
PJ Harvey - Bierkeller, May the 28th
The Beastie Boys - The Charlatans - EMF - L7 - Mudhoney - Nirvana - P.J. Harvey - Pavement - Public Enemy - Ride - Smashing Pumpkins - Teenage Fanclub - Therapy? - Thousand Yard Stare - The Wonderstuff - Dr. Phibes & The House Of Wax Equations - Eat - Eugenius - Lunachicks - Midway Still. - Reading Festival, August.
Babes in Toyland & Polvo & Jacob's Mouse, at Lakota Sunday the 4th of October, 1992
Radiohead at Bristol University, Bristol, UK 10th of October
supporting The Frank And Walters!
Sonic Youth +
Huggy Bear, Rainbow Club*, December the 7th
* Used to be The Studio then got knocked down - student flats next to The Bristol Academy.
Luscious Jackson at the Thekla, Monday March the 13th
Black Grape, Trinty...June?
The Moonflowers, Malaap Club, Date?
Portishead, Colston Hall - 2 consecutive nights in June...dates?
Les Rhythmes Digitales - Blue Mountain, May the 11th
Antibalas at The Blue Mountain....date?
Ugly Duckling at The Blue Mountain....date?
Röyksopp at The Louisiana, Monday, December the 10th.
Super Furry Animals, Colston Hall, 28th of September
The Beta Band - Anson Rooms - 10th of October
Gorillaz, Academy, Bristol 15th of December
Röyksopp & FC Kahuna - Academy, December the 20th
Delays: 7th July 2003 - Fleece
Massive Attack: Queen Square, 25th of August
Doves - Pilton Party, Pilton, Somerset. 5th of September.
Zero 7 & Lambchop, Colston Hall, 14th of October
Super Furry Animals, Colston Hall, 19th of October
Bronze Age Fox & Pedro - The Tobacco Factory, 7th of November.
The Strokes & British Sea Power - Cardiff NIA - 3rd of December.
Goldie Lookin' Chain - Fleece & Firkin, February the 4th
The Bees - Fleece & Firkin, April the 1st
Horace Andy, Academy, April the 29th
Fingathing & RLF - Lakota, May the 14th
The Zutons, Anson Rooms, October 6th
Ugly Duckling at Fiddlers....date? (right year even?!)
Kings of Leon, GL1 (Gloucester Leisure Centre), Gloucester, Friday the 17th of December 2004.
Doves, Colston Hall, March the 2nd
Radio 4 & Out Hud, Louisiana.....date?
Pixies & Kings of Leon, Lansdown Road, Dublin, Ireland. 23rd of August 2005.
Fat Freddy's Drop at Fiddlers, 16th of September
Bloc Party, Academy, 25th of October.
The Go! Team & The Grates, Sun 26 Feb,Bristol Carling Academy.
Recloose, 1st of March, Native (now Big Chill)
Massive Attack, 1st of August, Westonbirt Arboretum, Gloucestershire.
Edan, The Thekla, 5th of October.
Hot Chip - Bristol University, 9th of October.
Lily Allen, Academy, 1st of November.
Horace Andy, Trinity, 4th of November.
Easy Star All-Stars, Trinity, 1st of December.
Kings of Leon, Cardiff, 5th of July.
The Enemy, Academy, 17th of April.
Maximo Park, Academy, 30th of April.
Klaxons, Cansei de Ser Sexy, Sunshine Underground - Academy 14th of February.
T Minus 50 & Kid Carpet - Fiddlers, 21st of April
The Sunshine Underground, Bristol University, Anson Rooms - Friday 1th of May.
Chas 'n' Dave - 15th of August, Playhouse, Weston Super Mare.
The Coral - 9th of October, Bristol Academy.
Super Furry Animals - 29th of October, Bristol Academy.
Primal Scream & The View, Academy...date?
The View, Academy, date?
Cansei de Ser Sexy, Bristol Academy, December the 6th.
The Cribs & Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong &Does It Offend You, Yeah?, Academy, 19th of February.
Johnny Marr joined the Cribs for the last few songs...
Hot Chip, Bristol Academy, February the 24th.
Vampire Weekend, Anson Rooms, 1st of May.
McKay & Lyrics Born at The Thekla, 24th of July.
Neon Neon, Trinity, 28th of October. Gruff Rhys = Genius, simple as that.
Fleet Foxes, Anson Rooms (Bristol University), 30th of October. Gig of the year so far - absolutely spellbinding from start to finish.
Vampire Weekend, Bristol Academy, 31st of October. Halloween japes as the band play in various costumes...good but they queered their pitch by covering Fleetwood Mac...RUB-bish!
Horace Andy, Bristol Academy, 13th of November.
Primal Scream, Bristol Academy, 23rd of November.
Glasvegas, Friendly Fires, White Lies, Florence and The Machine, Academy, February the 15th. Each band had their moments...don't think I'd go out of my way to watch any of them again though!
Animal Collective,Trinity, 22nd of March.
Micachu & Katapulto, The Croft, 28th of March
The Rinky Dinks, at The Farm, St Werburghs, Saturday the 6th of June.
Glastonbury Festival - Micachu, Horace Andy, Fleet Foxes, McKay, Madness, The Specials, Spinal Tap, Roots Manuva, Rolf Harris, Eagles of Death Metal, Prodigy, mad cows, Lonnie Liston Smith.
Arctic Monkeys, NIA Birmingham, 20th of November.
Flying Lotus & Starkey - The Thekla, 11th of March.
The Strange Boys - The Lousiana, 23rd of April.
The Rinky Dinks - The Fleece, 21st of May.
Little Dragon - Metroplis, 27th of May.
Easy Star All-Stars - The Thekla, 14th of July.
The Apples & Monkey Chuckle - Start the Bus, 23rd of July.
At The Big Chill - Roy Ayers, Easy Star All-Stars, The Rinky Dinks, Dâm-Funk....
Pulled Apart By Horses, The Croft, 24th of September.
KRS-One, Motion, Bristol, 1st of October,
Flying Lotus - With live band....well drums & keyboards, at Trinity - Wednesday, 27th of October.
The Rinky Dinks at The Fleece on the 10th of December.
Beak> & Anika at The Croft on the 15th of December.
Praise Space Electric at The Canteen - Sunday the 21st of February
The Rinky Dinks on the Castle Park Bandstand - Friday the 29th of April
James Morton Jazz Band* at The Coronation Tap, Clifton on the 2nd of May.
*Ian Mathews (Kasabian) on drums and Andy Sheppard on sax.
Yuck - The Thekla, Monday the 16th of May.
Connan Mockasin & Warpaint, Tuesday the 17th of May, Academy.
Brother, 18th of May, Fleece
Horace Andy, 9th of July, Academy
Big Boss Man, 30th of July, The Canteen, Stokes Croft.
Water Tower Bucket Boys, 1st of September, Old Duke, King Street.
The Rinky Dinks, 25th of September, Brisfest, Lloyds Amphitheatre.
Connan Mockasin & SJ Esau - 29th of September, Start the Bus.
Real Estate, Spectrals & Yoofs - 26th of October, Start The Bus.
The Moonflowers at The Cube, 11.11.11
Little Dragon at The Thekla, 2nd of December.
Aspects at Lakota, 30th of March
Edan, Mr. Lif, Paten Locke & Willie Evans Jr. - At The Thekla 29th of April.
Quantic and his Combo Bárbaro & Alice Russell, Millennium Square, Bristol. - Olympic Torch celebrations.
Neville Staple, Vegfest at Lloyds Amphitheatre - Friday May 25th.
The Destroyers & The Carney Villains - Bath Spiegeltent, Saturday 9th of June.
The Stone Roses & Beady Eye & The Wailers, 30th of June, Heaton Park, Manchester.
The Stone Roses, Phoenix Park, Dublin, 5th of July
Wooden Shjips, Scarlet rascal and the trainwreck, Towns, Bristol Fleece, 10th of July.
"This Unfortunate Thing Between us" Gruff Rhys & Y Niwl, Chapter Arts Centre, Cardiff, 16th of December.
Dinosaur Jr., Fiddlers, Sunday 3rd of February.
The Pharcyde & Aspects, O2 Academy, Wednesday the 6th of February.
Unknown Mortal Orchestra & Splashh, Thekla, Bristol. Tuesday the 7th of May.
Happy Mondays., 808 State., Lloyds Amphitheatre, (Vegfest), May 25th 2013.
The Stone Roses, Public Image Ltd., Finsbury Park, London, Saturday June 30, 2013
Mudhoney, O2 Academy - Sunday 9th of June.
Cydernide, Idiot Strength, St Paul's Carnival, Carnival Punx Stage, Saturday 6th of July, 2013.
Johnny Marr - Academy, 17th of October, 2013
Jagwar Ma - 24th of October at The Thekla.
Cate le Bon - Free instore a Rise Records, Tuesday the 12th of November...
Sweet Baboo - Sunday the 17th of November, my first ever gig at The Exchange.
Loop & The KVB - At the Fleece,Monday the 2nd of December, 2013.
honeyhoney - at St Bonaventures, Bishpston (another new venue for me) on the 12th of December.
The Rinky Dinks - Friday the 13th of December at The Fleece.
Happy Mondays & Sunshine Underground - Bummed Tour, Saturday 14th of December at O2 Academy....third night in a row I'd been to a gig! (not done that for a while!)
Ones that got away...?!
(any info gratefully received)
Mylo, Louisiana, Bristol - month, year?! (Mid 2000's)
Inspiral Carpets at Cardiff University around 1991 or 92...?
Mega City Four & Midway Still at Cardiff Uni 91?
Lug 8 2008, 16:54
Feb 2 2008, 13:22I remember Reading ’92 – I thought I’d go and see Beastie Boys for a laugh ‘cos they were that comedy white rap group right?……Standing ankle deep in sloppy mud (it had rained virtually all night) I awaited the dubious charms of the vaguely remembered tunes such as Fight for your Right and No sleep till Brooklyn.
When they took the stage I thought, hang on a minute - drums, keyboard player ( Money Mark), guitars, bass……eh?! Then a brief reinforcement of what I thought was to come from Ad Rock “If this is the Reading festival, where are all the books?” – ha ha…..but from then on in my expectations went out of the window:
What followed blew me away - hip hop, rock, funk even punk churned up and spat out into the dull, grey, wet afternoon. But looking around me everyone was dancing/pogoing and everyone had a smile on their faces. They rapped, they played their own instruments too – on the funky instrumental numbers (more of which later) – they were wicked! My pre-conceptions were well and truly squashed into the Berkshire mud that day.
When I got home I went out and bought Check Your Head and it made me re-evaluate the music I listened to. I had been into early Hip Hop at a very young age when it was still called Electro and hadn’t really opened itself up to sampling of old funk, jazz and disco records – it had mainly been a drum machine and/or a DJ with MC’s rapping over the top. I then got into indie and grunge and really kind of “forgot” about hip hop save for De La Souls “3ft high & Rising”– ok I still had a couple of Run DMC records and some Electro compilations but they sat at the back of my collection I really new nothing about the black music that had preceded it.
So this album knocked me sideways – from the opening Jimmy James to the last track Namasté this is a total melting pot of musical styles. This record reawakened my interest in hip hop and also kick-started me on a journey of discovery through funk, jazz, disco, reggae etc
It opened my ears and gave me a launchpad into finding out where the samples, beats and people namechecked in some of the lyrics had come from originally.
You want massive beats and jump around party hip hop? see “Jimmy James” ,“So Whatcha Want?” and “Professor Booty”. You want smooth funk instrumentals? See “In 3’s”, “Pow” and “Groove Holmes” . You want a dreamy dub/funk meander through half remembered drug experiences then check Namasté……”Dark is not the opposite of light, it’s the absence of light”….You want a 3 minute hardcore punk shout fest?!– see “Time for livin’”.
This album is a complete mix of musical styles but it all hangs together perfectly and all the tracks have a solid foundation in THE FUNK©. The Beastie Boys take 30 odd years of musical influences and distil it down into an album to nod your head to, to dance to, to relax to, to smile to and to simply revel in! Ace.