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  • Stop The War Benefit Concert: Brian Eno/Imogen Heap/Nitin Sawhney/Rachid Taha,…

    30 Nov 2005, 08:12 by DoctorEno

    Stop The War Benefit Concert: Brian Eno/Imogen Heap/Nitin Sawhney/Rachid Taha, Astoria, London fivestar
    A riotous night for peace
    By Tim Cumming
    Published: 29 November 2005

    It's rare for Brian Eno to grace a British stage now-adays, especially in the context of rock music. You are more likely to encounter his work in art galleries than in the lager-and-concrete grunginess of a rock venue like the Astoria. In recent years, though, he has also involved himself in humanitarian causes such as the charity War-child, and, since 9/11 and the launch of that piratical ship of state The War on Terror upon an unbelieving world, his voice has been prominent in the Stop the War movement, and tonight's gig is a fundraiser for the charity.

    Befitting our modern fractal realities, Bring Our Troops Home banners hang beside posters for the launch of the new Girls Aloud album. Punters pay in cash only at the door, and there's a Stop-the-War sign-up stand behind the mixing desk…
  • Stop The War Benefit Concert: Brian Eno/Imogen Heap/Nitin Sawhney/Rachid Taha,…

    30 Nov 2005, 08:12 by DoctorEno

    Stop The War Benefit Concert: Brian Eno/Imogen Heap/Nitin Sawhney/Rachid Taha, Astoria, London fivestar
    A riotous night for peace
    By Tim Cumming
    Published: 29 November 2005

    It's rare for Brian Eno to grace a British stage now-adays, especially in the context of rock music. You are more likely to encounter his work in art galleries than in the lager-and-concrete grunginess of a rock venue like the Astoria. In recent years, though, he has also involved himself in humanitarian causes such as the charity War-child, and, since 9/11 and the launch of that piratical ship of state The War on Terror upon an unbelieving world, his voice has been prominent in the Stop the War movement, and tonight's gig is a fundraiser for the charity.

    Befitting our modern fractal realities, Bring Our Troops Home banners hang beside posters for the launch of the new Girls Aloud album. Punters pay in cash only at the door, and there's a Stop-the-War sign-up stand behind the mixing desk…
  • Brian Eno's Stop The War gig - London Astoria

    29 Nov 2005, 19:05 by DoctorEno

    It was great (if tickets were a little undersold)! Brian played with BOTH Rachid Taha AND Nitin Sawhney line-ups (so I think we can kiss goodbye to the lie that he does not enjoy playing live with bands) AND gave a humanitarian speech.

    Nitin Sawhney played three pieces with Brian, Leo Abraham and Robinson. Nitin introduced them all and said he had met them all for the first
    time the day before. The set was quite incomparable considering the few hours they had known each other.

    Rachid Taha's set was just short of two hours with Brian looking magisterial at the back (next to a re-appearing Leo Abraham) with a keyboard plus other toys, singing backing vocals and either playing a theremin we couldn't see or...he really was cutting a rug with some smooth dance moves. He was truly in his element. A bit like watching your dad do the disco at your birthday party, but he's one of the coolest dads around. Not so cool but just as welcome was Mick Jones of the Clash and BAD who joined…
  • Brian Eno - Bone Bomb

    21 Nov 2005, 22:04 by backwards7

    Bone Bomb

    Brian Eno’s recent album - Another Day on Earth - is a collection of understated songs that quietly celebrate humanity and occasionally lament the lack of it. In these divisive times it feels like a strange new form of apolitical protest music, reminding us that, beneath our differences, we share a common bond.

    Album closer, Bone Bomb is a prose poem, broken-up into pieces and then edited back together, one word at a time: The last thoughts of a female suicide bomber, narrated by Aylie Cooke in a tone superficially void of emotion, but whose fragile blankness veils worlds of physical and emotional injury.

    Much of Eno’s output seems aimed at balancing a need to communicate an idea or a feeling, with an unwillingness to force too much onto a listener. It demands a personal interpretation, as opposed to a simple nod of agreement.

    Bone Bomb is strengthened by the economy in its composition; the careful positioning of the words playing-off the sparseness of the…
  • Review: M.I.A. - Arular

    8 Nov 2005, 22:15 by Fidgital

    Well, I finally caved in and picked up M.I.A.'s debut album on XL, Arular. All the hype got to me at last. I'd listened to it before and decided not to get it, but then I was advised that this album has to grow on you. Good advice!

    M.I.A.'s on tour with Gwen Stefani right now, and it's hard to imagine a better touring partner to break her career wide open! Both are strong women with a certain "fuck you" attitude, favouring half-spoken, half-sung vocals, with a dancehall influence. But while Gwen is pop and popular, M.I.A. is decidedly underground. Gwen loans M.I.A. her massive audience, while M.I.A. loans Gwen her street cred. Great match-up!

    I'm enjoying this album and I expect I will enjoy it more with time. But it's not quite the "blow you away" kind of innovation I'd been expecting. Chalk that up to the hype surrounding this particular record. The sound is raw electro hip-hop, blended with London east and west Indian dancehall. …
  • SO...

    5 Nov 2005, 18:47 by TrinaBlonde

    so this is pretty cool. but sometimes i listen to something, and it never shows up. whatever.

    Brian Eno is awesome.

    The end.
  • AIR tops my list and I feel I have to explain it

    31 Oct 2005, 08:31 by boutani

    Well, for the last few days I have been making personal interviews with people who work together in a magazine called Gringo. The interviews are made in a coaching kind of way and it gets personal, sensitive and... you get the picture. Well, to make silences more comfortable and to help creativity I have decided to have some music playing in the background. The problem is to find something that does not take the attention from the subject, that does not have too many interesting words, that does not change tempo too much, that all sounds just like one long song. What I wanted was a relaxing, uninteresting and pale musical expression that no one really likes but no one really dislikes, sort of like air-plane food. For a few days it has been Moon Safari playing over and over today I think I will play X&Y. Just so (...I know that...) you know.


    ***Just wanted to add Eno as a major subject in this entry. Thanks Storby..***
  • proto-punk radio

    11 Oct 2005, 16:30 by feeding

    I've been listening to the global tag: radio. The playlist is like...

    1: Black Mountain Side
    2: The Right Profile
    3: Five to One (live)
    4: Lust For Life
    5: Salamanda Palaganda (pre-"T Rex" era)
    6: Whole Lotta Shakin' Goin' On
    7: Trampin'
    8: Guess I'm Falling In Love
    9: Tired of Waiting for You
    10: Too Far Down
    11: D.M.S.O.
    12: Yalla Yalla (Radio Version)

    And some Brian Eno, Pink Floyd (AHM or later) and Roxy Music, too. Not to mention, Lou Reed, John Cale, Television, MC 5, David Bowie, ...

    I would end up wondering what is "proto-punk", what is "punk", what is "post-punk" etc?

    But anyway I kinda like this radio.

    Glad to hear a Warsaw (who later became Joy Division) track, by the way.
  • the aging hipster radio show on kzuu fm: playlist 09/28/05

    1 Oct 2005, 17:21 by juanboy

    The Aging Hipster: Wednesdays from 8-10pm PDT.
    http://www.kzuu.org
    Playlist for 09/28/05

    artist--album--track

    The Free Design--the now sound redesigned--dorian benediction (caribou mix)
    Blackalicious--the craft--world of vibrations
    Ugly Casanova--ssharpen your teeth--parasites
    Wolf Parade--apologies to the queen mary--this heart's on fire
    Serena Maneesh--s/t--drain cosmetics
    Love--s/t--can't explain
    The Move--nuggets II--i can hear the grass grow
    The Fall--fall heads roll--i can hear the grass grow
    Big Star--#1 record/radio city--the ballad of el goodo
    Rogue Wave--out of the shadow--every moment
    Capitol Years--let them drink--watch it not end
    They Might Be Gaints--a user's guide to they might be giants--don't let's start
    The Stooges--s/t--1969
    Chad Van Gaalen--infiniheart--clinically dead
    Sigur Ros--takk--gong
    Elope--the no-name record--anyone
    Acid House Kings--sing along with the acid house kings--that's because you drive me
  • Tag radio is a nice idea but...

    24 Aug 2005, 15:31 by Jasmic

    ...the problem is how people are adding tags to music. I am tuned in to the Ambient Tag Radio, as it is hot and I need some cool relaxing tunes right now, but that isn't what I am getting.

    So far I have had Like Suicide and He Aint Coming Home No More. Now, don't get me wrong, I have no problem with either artist or track. But they just isn't Ambient!

    Next two tracks work...

    But then oh dear. Oh dear oh dear. Vrresto. About as far away from ambient as I think I have ever, ever been.

    At least I am getting some Brian Eno which is a bit more soothing...