Friday, 27 February 2009

Blitz it!

The new Yeah Yeah Yeah's album It's Blitz! is here....ish. It's due on 12th April or some time waaay far in advance of now. I got the leak yesterday. Exciting? Could be.

Starts off with the very electro Zero and gives the impression that they have given up on creating something that could be better than Maps or Date With The Night, or Machine and gone for a much more superficial, contemporary - so much so it will sound dated in a months time - sound designed solely for dance-floors. I think this is where a lot of people have stopped listening judging from initial reports. Maybe the really indie-schmindie kids got scared off here and deleted the file in disgust. It's not disgusting; it's just pretty disingenuous...but still pretty. Second track Heads Will Roll is very similar but eases off the electro and brings in a bit more guitar. Already the shock reports of no guitars are w.r.o.n.g. Nick Zinner has got plenty of tricks up his sleeve across this album. The 3rd and 4th tracks are pretty subtle and more listens, and the actual high quality CD rather than a crappy mp3 will probably reveal a lot of sound design within them. Having said that, next up is Dull Life which comes on like a hammer blow. It's textbook YYY's anthemic and euphoric with a thick guitar riff that makes up for it's lack of subtlety by striking an immortal rock-pose of the kind the last two albums did so well, replicating the fist-pumping stadium filling Y-Control. The lack of electric textures is made up for by the entrance of acoustic guitar in the second phase verse - it's an excellent addition to the tones of the track and is deployed much more effectively than the acoustic guitar in Gold Lion.

Jump two more tracks. It's not that they're filler, more like I want to save you something to discover yourself >>>

Track 7 comes in with the kitchen sink romantic collapse of Runaway. I am always disappointed with love songs, not only are they boring subject matter but someone like Karen O is supposed to be the one making boys cry. She never mopes, lope. Ah well. The track is a winner though; swept into a climax of strings that breaks the heart of the song and adds a sudden sumptuousness to the centre of the record. Off the back of that and just so you know where they are coming from, leaving you in no doubt as to their credentials, the skulking dropped kerb bass-line lead of Dragon Queen is instantly arresting. The track goes on to mention Nightclubbing in lyric and sounds a lot like the rhythm of the Iggy Pop song too. Sweet chewy Pop with a hard Punk centre. Or at least, it was made in a factory that contained punk, so sensitive kids be careful.

This could be good. Really good.


i-pod shuffle

This is a thread of DiS. Play shuffle, write about the first 5 tracks. Since I have my headphones on at work I could play. Good game...(not really a game though is it)

Play >>>

01) Grampall Jookabox - I’m Absolutely Freaked Out (Ropechain)
Amazing start! Messed up paranoid grooved-out soulful ‘jungle-folk’, better whistling than P,B&J + mean bass break and war whooping on Jeffry Lewis’ Ashtmatic Kitty label. “Black soul yes black soul / black strength yes black strength” Can’t remember exactly where I heard about this band first – maybe Ongaku Baka - but this album turned up on a lot of American blogs in their end of year lists. Quite rightly. Amen to that.

02) Crippled Black Phoenix – Rise Up And Fight (The Resurrectionists)
Awesome second song. This is going great! Sounds loads like dusty, dark 60’s road blues – chung-a-chugga-chung-a-chugga…..claustrophobic and expansive at the same time. That’s agoraphobic, right? This planes out into a totally blissed-out Stooges Vs. Spiritualised epic cosmic ending of U.S. Christmas proportions. Heartbeat to finish. Coming as either a double album or succession of releases some time very soon, if not already.

03) Fake Shark Real Zombie – Shame On You Scabs (Zebra! Zebra)
Someone mentioned this band here on DiS as an album of 09 so far, so I looked into them. This is a protest/union rights song, right? They sound like 3hostwomexicansandatinofspanners – and will probably last as long too.

04) Headquarters - Playskool
Saw this band support Action Beat in Brighton the other day. Why have I never heard of them before? Tense, nervy, taut Albini style Dischord guitars with an organ tying everything up together, really engaging frontman. Bombastic country. This track is just a snippit of weirdness though. Good enough as a break before…

05) Backstreet Boys – Everybody (Backstreet’s Back)
“Am I original?” No, but this track is one of the best pop tunes EVER!
“Am I the only one?” No, there was a lot of this going on, but not as good as you, I’ll give you that.
“Am I sexual?” Hell yeah. This has groove, style and a ruffneck bass that makes me KNOW you could bring me home baby.
“Am I everything you needed?” at this moment in time, abso-fuckin-lutely.

Monday, 16 February 2009

Baphometic Goat Worship (IMP 43, February 2009)

Every once in a while I need to purge myself of some filthy bestial black metal. I have done it twice before and each time I pity the recipient, because in all likelihood they really aren’t going to like it. Fuck ‘em. For this mix I picked only the most goatly Satanic bands I could find and tempered them with both black rituals and evangelical preaching. In many ways, this is the most coherent, complete and self contained mix I have ever made, and despite the restrictive nature of the subject matter I think there is a real broad range of sounds. I tried to keep it down to an hour and then realised too late that I should have gone for a 66 minute 6 second running time. Instead it is 63:54 which looks like one of the least significant numbers ever. Enjoy. or not, as the case may be.

Baphometic Goat Worship (IMP 43, February 2009)


Anton Szandor LaVey - Black Mass Opening Hymn (Lords of Chaos)
Aosoth - Rebirth By Fire (Aosoth)
Akercocke - He Is Risen (The Goat Of Mendes)
Archgoat - Rise Of The Blackmoon (Angelcunt (Tales of Desecration))
Rev Emmet Dickenson - Hell And What It Is (Goodbye Babylon)
Baphomets Horns - Attack Annihilate Desecrate (Satanic War Command)
Beastcraft - Unholy Blood Ritual (Into The Burning Pit Of Hell)
Blasphemy - Fallen Angel Of Doom (Fallen Angel Of Doom)
Bestial Warlust - Satanic (Vengeance War Til Death)
Rev AW Nix - Black Diamond Express To Hell Pt. 1 (Goodbye Babylon)
Beherit - Werewolf (Drawing Down The Moon)
Aleister Crowley - The Pentagram (The Great Beast Speaks)
Akercocke - Zulicka (Rape Of The Bastard Nazarene)
Mystifier - An Elizabethan Devil Worshippers Prayer Book (Göetia)
Sarcofago - Desecration Of Virgin (INRI)
Rev AW Nix - Black Diamond Express To Hell Pt. 2 (Goodbye Babylon)
Teitanblood - Ultimate Revelation Descend (Black Putrescence of Evil)
Impaled Nazarene - Sadogoat (Goat Perversion)
Revenge - By Force (The Only Option) (Infiltration.Downfall.Death)
Rev TE Weeins - God Is Mad With Man (Goodbye Babylon)
Black Witchery - Baphomet Throne Exaltation (Upheaval of Satanic Might)
Anton Szandor LaVey - Black Mass Closing Hymn (Lords of Chaos)

Saturday, 14 February 2009

New NFR Posters

It is time for more postering and a lot more effort going into the next load of Not For Resales. I am still using these amazing images that Owen made for us and bastardising them in my own unsubtle way. I made three up and I'mnot sure which oen to go for. We already used the tree/rock one for the last few at the end of '08 and the planes one we used for the Toy Soldier Records special night in August. That's far back enough to recycle I reckon. If we are allowed to recycle images. I am drawn to the wolf because it is brand new. And because it's a fucking wolf, yeh?

Any opinions and suggestions gratefully received>>>

Wednesday, 11 February 2009

2008 gigs

Well, all the gigs I went to in 2008. Which was only 21, not 2008, as that somewhat misleading title suggests. I have been tidying up my IMP page where I have been keeping this list and just deleted it out to start a new from this year. Since it's a really really quiet day at work I thought I'd post this up. I don't really know why.

I thought my last gig was in August, but it wasn't it was in July - Which means it has actually been 6 months since I've seen any live music! That's gone past so fast, craziness. Babies are very time consuming - all good time though. Only in the build up to Wolves In The Throne Room did I really start missing live shows and the Wolves totally put paid to that on the 2nd February. More on that later, because I do want to drop a post to say what that was like.

These gigs then. The bands are in order of appearance at each gig, not headlining order:

Grasscut / John The Savage / Sooks / Crackle (Club Savage @ The Komedia, Brighton, 31-07-08)

Teeth Of The Sea / The Heads / Wooden Shjips (Freebutt, Brighton, 18-07-08)

129 Die In Jet / -A+M / Everyone To The Anderson / Winchell Riots (Bully The Ugly Girls @ The Hope, Brighton, 17-07-08)

The Cathode Ray Syndrome / Power Up / Cottonmouth Rocks (Not For Resale Live! @ The Hope, Brighton, 11-07-08)

Power Up / Tropics / Applicants / Pope Joan / Pagan Wanderer Lu / Pseudo Nippon (OIB Vs. Brainlove All Dayer @ Westhill Hall, Brighton, 06-07-08)

Laish Band / Stars Down To Earth / Last Days Of Lorca (NFR @ The Hope, Brighton, 26-06-08)

Frightened Rabbit / The Twilight Sad (Theatre Royal, Brighton, 17-05-08)

Robert Lippok & Beatrice Martini / Paul Ayres / William Whitehead / The Necks (Brighton Dome, 15-05-08)

Pope Joan / Turbowolf (Throw Up & Die @ The Water Margin, Brighton, 10-05-08)

Autumn Choris / Kontakte / Passiondale (NFR @ The Hope, Brighton, 09-05-08)

Threatmantics / Clinic (Audio, Brighton, 10-04-08)

Tom White / Chris T-T (Komedia, Brighton, 08-04-08)

Blood Red Shoes (Resident Records, Brighton, 07-04-08)

Des Capulets / Last Days Of Lorca (The Hope, Brighton, 26-03-08)

Dr Razzu / Pope Joan / The Laish Band / Girls From Egypt (Hiero Terrific, The Hope, Brighton, 15-03-08)

MC Fashion / One Unique Signal / Everyone To The Anderson (NFR LIVE! @ The Greenhouse Effect Basement, Brighton, 14-03-08)

Zettasaur / Towering Breaker / Action Beat / Axis Mundi (The Greenhouse Effect Basement, Brighton, 27-02-08)

Mr Jack Cooper / The Riddles / The Flesh Happening (Halloween Club, Engine Room, Brighton, 27-02-08)

The Lucans / Plastic Passion / Foxes!(NFR LIVE! @ The Greenhouse Effect Basement, Brighton, 08-02-08)

-A+M / Revenge Of Shinobi (Freebutt, Brighton, 31-01-08)

Diagonal (Catacomb Carousel, the Hope, Brighton, 19-01-08)

Saturday, 7 February 2009

NFR Setlist 05-02-09

Thursday was the first Not For Resale of the year, and it went pretty damn well. being off for a month means we were stocked full of new-ness, and being the first of 2009 it was only right that we set out our stall in pretty fucked up fashion.

Here's the jamz from me and the Wolfe >>>

Wolves In The Throne Room – Hate Crystal (Malevolent Grain 12”, Southern Lord)
A Death Cinematic – A Short Story On The Theme Of A Broken Dream (A Parable On The Aporia Of Vengeance And The Beauty Of Impenetrable Sadness, Simple Box Construction)
I Hope You Suffer – I Could Move Mountains For You (Pocket Change Sampler, Pocket Change)
Women – Lawncare (Women, Flemish Eye)
Grampall Jookabox – I’m Absolutely Freaked Out (Ropechain, Asthmatic Kitty)
Mi Ami – Echonoecho (Watersports, Touch & Go)
Der Blutharsch – VIII (The Philosophers’ Stone, Tesco)
Psychic Ills – Fingernail Tea (Mirror Eye, Social Registry)
Action Beat – Le Chap (The Noise Band From Bletchley, Southern)
Blank Dogs – Spinning (The Fields, Woodsist)
Wavves - Wavves (Wavves, Woodsist)
Apollo Sunshine – Brotherhood Of Death (Shall Noise Upon, Headless Heroes)
The Death Set – Impossible (Etan Remix)
South Central – Nothing Can Go Wrong (The Owl Of Minerva, Egregore)
Quttinrpaaq – The Sea And The Birdman (Dragged Through The Streets, Blackest Rainbow)
Fever Ray – Coconut (Fever Ray, Mute)
Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes (Merriweather Post Pavilion, Domino)
Cardopusher –Cockpit (Mutant Dubstep Vol. 2, Spectraliquid)
Turbowolf – Ghost Hunt (Demo)
Nullifier – 30 Minute Heat (Demo)
Foals – Two Steps Twice (Antidotes, Transgressive)
Grasscut – Swallow The Day (Demo)
Grampall Jookabox – We Know We Might Be Fucked (Ropechain, Asthmatic Kitty)
Black Mountain – Lucy Brown (7”, Sub Pop)
Deerhunter – Nothing Ever Happened (Microcastle, 4AD)
Paavoharju – Tytto Tanssii (Lau;Lu Laakson Kukista, Fonal)
Factory Floor – Taxidermist (Planning Application, One Of One)
A.H. Kraken – Black Borny (A.H. Kraken, In The Red)
Tayside Mental Health – I See Hygiene Issues (Metal Eyes Ep, Self-Released)
Mayyors – Airplanes (Megan's LOLZ 7", Self-Released)
Hateful Abandon – Lungs (Famine (Or Into The Bellies Of Worms), Todestrieb)
The Hospitals – Sour Hawaii (Hairdryer Peace, Self-Released)
Diagonal – Child Of The Thunder Cloud (Diagonal, Rise Above)
Hotel Wrecking City Traders – The Lakeshore Strangler (Black Yolk, Bro Fidelity)
Crippled Black Phoenix – 200 Tons Of Bad Luck (The Resurrectionists, Invada)
Fauna – Rain (Rain, Aurora Borealis)

Laurence played all this stuff:

An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump - "100 percent"
Baltimore Club Music - "Mc Nuggets Remix"
Cow'p - "Chip808"
Black Moth Super Rainbow - "Hairy Candy"
Moses Strongpice and The Going Home boys - "Mating Call"
Yeasayer - "Wintertime"
Numbers - "Crimson & Clover"
Nothing Vampirz - "nnnnnn"
Fuckwolf - "Afro Cuban"
Unicorn Dream Attack - "W34k 4nd Sm4ll"
Black Lips - "Bad Kids"
Liars - "Sailing to Byzantium"
Electrocute - "Tiger Toy"
1-800 Zombie - "XXYY"
Gameboy/Gamegirl - "Sweaty Wet Dirty Damp"
We Wait For The Snow - "Forgotten Lovers"
An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump - "Lights Out"
Women - "Woodbine"
Jagannah - "Pyl"
T.I.T.S - "Lady Whispers"
An Experiment On A Bird In The Air Pump - "The Past Between Us"
Cobra Killer - "Mund Auf Augen Zu"
Toxic Lipstick - "Rape Me"
She - "Gum"
Habsyll - "1 Pt 2"
Moses Strongpiece And The Going Home Boys - "Panty Monster"
MGMT - "The Youth"

Sunday, 1 February 2009

Twelve Scattered Chessmen (IMP 42, January 2009)

The inspiration for the first IMP of 2009 came from watching Guy Maddin's 'My Winnipeg' over xmas and (aside from it being an incredible film in it's own right) this image just demanded to be made into an album cover, with the narration serving up the title almost verbatim. But what music to go with it? Wintery? Cold? Dead horses? Dubstep? Does that follow? It did to me. I fleshed it out with a little bit of chilly ambience and something nice to lift it a little – after all, this is almost a tribute to Maddin’s film so there has to be something warming amongst the icy atmosphere.

Twelve Scattered Chessmen (IMP 42, January 2009)


Alva Noto - Xerrox Teion Acat (Xerrox Vol.2)
Gas - Koenigsforst (Nah Und Fern)
Ricardo Villalobos - Theoreme Darchimede (The Au Harem D'Archimede)
Pluxus - Transient (Solid State)
Dusk & Blackdown - Drenched (12’’)
EQD - ‘Untitled B’ (Equalized #002)
Appleblim & Peverelist - Circling (12'')
Distance - V (12'')
Cotti - The Search (12'')
Joker - Gully Brook Lane (12'')
Cardopusher - Cockpit (Mutant Dubstep Vol. 2)
Flying Lotus - STUNTS (Mr Oizo BlessKUTMAH Remix)