Flickr Pics: OX4 special + mini review

OX4

Yesterday was the first OX4 event in Oxford which, by all accounts, was an attempt by Truck (formerly Records, now Festival) and You, Me, Dancing to create an SXSW style combination of music and community events. Here are my thoughts on the the bands that I managed to catch:

Susanna Starling, Bar Tarifa: Only caught the end of this set, but would have liked to have seen more. Very cool vocals / double bass + live beatboxing.

Richard Walters, Bullingdon Arms: To be honest I felt a bit sorry for Richard. He is a great acoustic balladeer, and I definitely preferred this set to the last time I saw him when he supported Imogen Heap but as the day was only really starting up, I think he found it difficult to compete with the people talking. He did battle on valiantly though and it was a good start to the sets at the Bully.

UTE, O2 Academy: My fiancĂ©e, who was with me throughout the day, asked me how I would describe the acoustic 3 piece while we were watching them and I said ‘Wonky Emo-ish Folk’. Kinda sums them up I guess. Very enjoyable though, shame their set was cut short.

Charly Coombes & The New Breed, O2 Academy: The last time I saw Charly, he was playing with The brilliant 22-20s, so compared to that to be honest this set was a bit of a let down. The words Top and Loader spring to mind…

Action Beat, Bullingdon Arms: 4 drummers! 4 DRUMMERS!!! + Guitar and Bass! THAT’S INSANE!!!! A HUGE wall of noise, unfortunately only caught the end of this set (which included a heroic dive on to drummer 4 (from left to right) by the guitarist), would definitely like to see more.

This Town Needs Guns, Bullingdon Arms: I don’t really want to describe another band as wonky pop but, well, it fits. Math rock maybe? Always hated that genre name. Great seeing them again though, a good set, although the lady harassing Stu (the singer) didn’t really help things. Funniest moment of the day though was seeing Stu run and hide in corner at the end of the set to get away from the ‘new number 1 fan’… 🙂

Dälek, Bullingdon Arms: To be honest, the reason I bought tickets for the day was to see these guys. I’ve wanted to for years so to be within feet of them was just AWESOME. An over used word these days but that really was the only way to describe the heart-stopping (almost literally) wall of beats and bass that these guys imported from NY. Make no mistake, this was Hip-hop, almost old school Hip-hop even, but PROPER underground Hop-Hop (not like 80% of the crap you get in the charts these days) with huge distorted beats, bowel shaking basslines and screaming samples. The only downside to this was that the huge wall of noise did over shadow the vocals a lot of the time but I suppose that’s all the more reason to buy the albums.

Mr. Shaodow, Baby Simple: To be honest I was still on a come down from seeing Dälek but flying the flag for UK Hip Hop was Mr. Shaodow. A very different kettle of fish though. Good Lyrics, good beats, and a feel good atmosphere. Well played sir!

Didn’t get to see: The Big Pink (although apparently they were crap), Jonquil (too knackered after Dälek), Danny + The Champions of The World (the upstairs of Baby Simple was RAMMED!!!, looked like fun though) and The Original Rabbit Foot Spasm Band (too late, too tired, gone home by then). Roll on the next OX4 I say!

Mr. Shaodow, Baby Simple @ OX4Dälek, Bulling Arms @ OX4This Town Needs Guns, Bulling Arms @ OX4Action Beat, Bulling Arms @ OX4Charly Coombes, O2 Academy @ OX4UTE, O2 Academy @ OX4Richard Walters, Bullingdon Arms @ OX4

My OX4 Flickr set

New 8tracks mixtape: Beautiful Noise

There is some sort of link between these tracks. Not sure what it is though.

# Be My Baby x The Ronettes
Album: The Best Of The Ronettes
# So Here We Are (FourTet Remix) x Bloc Party
Album: So Here We Are EP
Year: 2005
# edit Classical Homicide x Dälek
Album: From Filthy Tongue Of Gods And Griots
Year: 2002
# Shoot Speed/Kill Light x Primal Scream
Album: XTRMNTR
Year: 2000
# Sky Ghosts x The Depreciation Guild
Album: In Her Gentle Jaws
Year: 2007
# Velvet x The Big Pink
Album: A Brief History Of Love
Year: 2009
# Travel Is Dangerous x Mogwai
Album: Mr Beast
Year: 2006
# Drove Through Ghosts To Get Here x 65daysofstatic
Album: One Time For All Time
Year: 2006
# Talk show host x Radiohead
Album: Romeo and Juliet
# Beware x Deftones
Album: Saturday Night Wrist
Year: 2006
# The Greatest x Cat Power
Album: The Greatest
Year: 2005
# Tonight x Martin Grech
Album: Open Heart Zoo
# Sometimes x My Bloody Valentine
Album: Loveless
Year: 1991

New Keyboard Choir ep

Just thought I’d let you all know that the pretty god damn brilliant Keyboard Choir have a new e.p which you can download for free from last.fm. If you haven’t heard anything by them before, they’re a big swirling mist of screeching, squeliching synths. Brilliant to hear live if you get the chance. Here’s the video for ‘Bugs’:

Dark Night of the Soul CANNED!

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The last time Dangermouse and Sparklehorse got together was on the brilliant ‘Dreamt for lightyears in the belly of a Mountain’ which has become one of my favourite albums. When the mysterious posters started appearing I got excited. So to hear that this brilliant album may never be officially released due to issues with the record label is just rubbish. Therefore I feel you all need to hear the album (by visiting here or maybe even here) and buy the book / cd-r package. Trust me you do want to.

8tracks (and then some) of goodness

Now that muxtape has morphed in to a portal for bands, a fair few different sites have tried to replace it with similar mixtape style functionality. In my humble opinion the best so far is 8tracks. A nice clean interface, simple concept and some brilliant mixes by it’s users with high quality audio. They look to be a bit more prepared than muxtape (I think a lot of sites learned from the mistakes muxtape made) so hopefully it’ll be around for while. Here’s my first attempt at an 8tracks ‘mixtape’:

Tracklisting:

Juno – High Noon
Vienna Teng – Idioteque
The Black Keys – I’m Glad
M. Ward – Let’s Dance
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly. – Without You
Ryan Adams – Times Like These
The Dismemberment Plan – Crush
Jeff Buckley – Satisfied Mind
Antony & The Jonsons – Knockin’ On Heavens Door
A Camp – I Can Buy You
Sparklehorse – Shade And Honey
Cake – I Will Survive
Cat Power – New York

If you post your own, let me know. Should have a couple of TM originals ready for you soon too…

Ghostly Swim

I realise this is probably pretty old to some people now but a little while back the brilliant [adultswim] posted a free compilation of stuff from the Ghostly International record label, and it’s a really quite brilliant little compilation. And Free! Here’s the player Sorry, the player auto-playing whenever you go to the site annoid me. Here’s the first track instead:

Michna – Triple chrome dipped

The whole lot can be downloaded from here.

“Said I’ve seen your picture on a $100 bill…”

5 years ago, Elliott Smith died. His death is probably the only ‘celebrity’ death where I can say I know exactly where I was and what I was doing when I found out (putting out CDs in hight street ‘music retailer’). For better or for worse, he was is one of my favourite song writers and his music has meant a lot to me over the years. Here’s a short article from the LAist on his life from SPIN.com on the circumstances leading up to his death.
Cheers for the music Elliott.

Elliott Smith – Angeles (from the album Either/Or)