• Review: Amanda Palmer @ Heaven, 02-Sep 2011

    4 Sep 2011, 16:46 by amodelofcontrol

    Blimey, that was a bit good. My take on Friday's show featuring Amanda Palmer, Bitter Ruin and The Jane Austen Argument (with added Tim Minchin and Tom Robinson, amongst others), can be found here:
  • My Monthly Mixtapes from 2010

    21 Aug 2010, 09:16 by muzikizum

    January 2010

    There was so many animal tracks to to choose from that I needed some kind of theme to filter through them all. Eventually, I came up with this...

    According to Chinese legend, the twelve animals quarreled one day as to who was to head the cycle of years. The gods were asked to decide and they held a contest: whoever was to reach the opposite bank of the river would be first, and the rest of the animals would receive their years according to their finish.

    All the twelve animals gathered at the river bank and jumped in. Unknown to the ox, the rat had jumped upon his back. As the ox was about to jump ashore, the rat jumped off the ox's back, and won the race. The pig, who was very lazy, ended up last. That is why the rat is the first year of the animal cycle, the ox second, and the pig last.

    1. Rat Race - The Specials
    2. Tiny Oxen - The Bronzed Chorus
    3. The Tiger - DJ Shadow
  • October acquisitions

    3 Oct 2009, 20:27 by lookbackbore

    The Yardbirds: Live Yardbirds! Featuring Jimmy Page (Anderson Theater 1968, not quite official Mooreland CD - I used to have this on cassette (still do, probably) and have forgotten about this until recently picking up some Yardbirds releases)
    ABBA: Live
    New Model Army: Today Is A Good Day
    Dusty Springfield: The Complete BBC Sessions
    The Damned: The Light At The End Of The Tunnel
    Miles Davis: The Complete Jack Johnson Sessions (5CD box)
    Alternative TV: Apollo
    Nick Cave & Warren Ellis: White Lunar (2CD)
    Peter Gabriel: Hits (2CD)
    Gene Loves Jezebel: Immigrant (2CD)
    David Gilmour: Live In Gdansk (3CD+2DVD Box)
    Kylie Minogue: KylieFever2002 (DVD+CD)
    Chris Bell: I Am The Cosmos (2CD Rhino Handmade)
    UnicaZürn: Temporal Bends (+ Temporal Lapse outtakes CD-R - features Danielle Dax on one track)
    Various artists: Brain In The Wire (3CD tin)
    John Coltrane: The Major Works Of John Coltrane (2CD)
    John Coltrane: A Love Supreme (2CD Deluxe Edition)
  • Slovo - Being You (The New Version) - New Release!

    8 Sep 2009, 13:07 by ChrisDiz

    Slovo is the creation of writer, producer and Faithless guitarist Dave Randall. The band's first album Nommo won critical acclaim for its haunting acoustic melodies, trip-hop soundscapes, international voices and political narratives. Their second album Todo Cambia came in 2007 with unique contributions from UK hiphop MC Bobby Whiskers, singers Andrea Britton, Emiliana Torrini and Rhianna Kenny, writer Arundhati Roy, Bolivian activist Oscar Olivera, Palestinian MC boikutt and US political prisoner George Jackson among others. For Tom Robinson (BBC 6Music) it was his Album Of The Year.

    With a sound rooted in Slovo’s native London, the album continued to explore the questions presented by the wider world with an uncompromising and personal, honest and contemplative stance. The album’s title comes from a phrase Dave first heard used as a declaration of hope amongst the poor of Caracas. The idea that "everything changes" has fired the…
  • Show of Hands @ The Royal Albert Hall, 8th April 2007

    21 Apr 2008, 19:56 by queeniefox

    Another day, another trip to London. No wonder I've started sleeping in the day again. Aaaanyway.

    This time the main aim of the trip was to see Show Of Hands at the Royal Albert Hall. In the morning we met up with Dad's friends David and Shiela and had a pub lunch before visiting Tate Britain (after first getting on the wrong bus and having to retrace our steps, d'oh.) David, Shiela and Dad visited the Hogarth exhibition, but I was really not in the mood to try and be receptive to art, especially as I'd had a really bad time the previous day due to being yelled at a lot. So I went off on my own and wandered around the rest of the gallery a bit, though I didn't focus much on anything. I enjoyed the Pre-Raphellite section as I got to see things I had only seen in books before, but I just wasn't in the mood for galleries at all really. I had a look in the shop and bought an amazing perpetual calander, with the numbers and months on the back of postcards. …
  • 6Music

    10 Apr 2007, 09:13 by MattWhitby

    ... and so Phill Jupitus and Phil Wilding have left 6Music to be replaced by Sean Keavney. Phill and Phill actually leave over a week ago, but it's the first weekday i've had off work to listen to their replacement.

    I've been with the station since day one and it's such a bitter disappointment to see it going the way that it is. It used to be so great. You could always guarantee that the radio would ring out with fantastic songs that you'd not heard before but would then become part of your life.

    Sure, there are still great people there like Marc Riley, Tom Robinson and Gideon Coe... but ultimately - and it breaks my heart to think it.

    6Music. 2002-2007.

    No flowers.
  • List of Queer Artists and Band Members

    30 Jan 2007, 03:31 by bunkadoo

    This is a list of lesbian, gay, bisexual, and transgender artists and bands with LGBT members that I've been compiling for the last few years as part of the Queer Artists and Band Members group.

    If you know of more that I've missed, send me a message and I'll add them. Also, if there are ones that you think shouldn't be on this list, let me know so I can add links to more info.

    For living people, this list is based on how they identify. If they've had same-sex experiences but say they're heterosexual, they won't be listed here. That also means that if they say they're bisexual but have never had a same-sex experience, they will be listed.

    It's alphabetized by first letter, so if you can't find a band that should be here, try looking under "The."

    The List:
    4 Non Blondes
    A Lifeline Before Drowning
    Aaron Copland
    Academy 23
    Adam Joseph
    Alberta Hunter
    Alex Parks
    Alicia Bridges
    Alix Dobkin
    Alix Olson
    Amanda Lepore
    Amanda Palmer
    American Music Club
  • the 2006-11-11 Saturday Fetch-it

    11 Nov 2006, 18:47 by GregKNicholson

    Another of my increasingly prevalent Disappointingly Unalliterative Saturday Fetch-it Pre-emption Point™s (DUSFPP™s) is up for grabs this week, awarded only to those who beat me to it. First though, an overview of the songs on yesterday's Roundtable. (Eddie Piller sat in for Steve Lamacq this week.)

    First of all, Window In The Sky is a big, giant "feh". It sounds like The Sweetest Thing. And Vans is too Snoop Doggy and too long. I really don't care what brand of trainers they wear. If It Takes You Home is fast-ish, American-like, sneery-vocally, Feedery rock yarn.

    The guitar solo towards the end of Leni is the first bit that's anything more than standard, fairly predictable indie rock – it's a little bit discordant and jazzy. The rest is certainly pleasant enough, though.

    Judging from the title, Song Of Our Despair should be a dark, thrash metal affair. But no – it starts out quite countryish and proceeds towards a janglier version of Pentangle (...Pentjangle?), with a little funk chucked in for good measure. …
  • Sadly neglected - Part 2

    8 Jul 2006, 10:59 by KeithJenner

    I’m not sure whether anyone read the first part of this, and if so, whether you can stand another instalment, but here goes anyway pop pickers. Here’s numbers 60-51 in my chart of criminally underappreciated artists on

    If you missed part 1, this is a list of the artists in my media player collection (not including those only on compilations) who have the least number of listeners.

    60 – Billy Bragg and The Blokes – 507 Listeners

    I really hope that this comes in so low because people have tagged their copy of England, Half English as being by Billy Bragg. It is a very good album and every Billy fan should have one.

    If you’re in the States, it appears that you can get it off Amazon Marketplace for not much more than a dollar. Go on, you know you want to.

    59 – Tom Robinson – 477 Listeners

    Hardly surprising he is so low I suppose seeing as Tom Robinson Band only just get over 1,000 listeners and they have the classic 2-4-6-8 Motorway to help them along.

  • This looks fun

    20 Mar 2006, 14:35 by taeryn

    Another one of those random song games, I stole from someone else's journal. So here we go.

    Open your music player, turn shuffle mode ON. Ask yourself the questions below, in order for each song, and write your answers. The song title is your answer. NO CHEATING!

    1 - How does the world see me?
    Song: Blood is Thicker Than Water
    Artist: BLACK 47
    Comment: Not really sure what to make of this one.

    2 - Will I have a happy life?
    Song: The Victory Reel
    Arists: Cruachan
    Comment: I'm going to assume this means yes.

    3 - What do my friends really think of me?
    Song: The Last Letter Home
    Artists: Dropkick Murphys
    Comments: Again, not sure.

    4 - Do people secretly lust after me?
    Song: Wild Rover
    Artists: The Dubliners
    Comments: Hahah... yeah, guess so.

    5 - How can I make myself happy?
    Song: The Lass of Aughrim
    Artists: Frank Patterson
    Comments: This is rather amusing.

    6 - What should I do with my life?
    Song: Wasted
    Artists: Black Flag
    Comments: :-D

    7 - Why should life be full of so much pain?