Year: 2000

  • Being On A Major Label

    Newsgroups: uk.music.alternative Date: Sat, 23 Dec 2000 12:00:38 +0000 Organization: Bzangy Groink “Rod Penguin” redddpenguin@hotmail.com wrote: “How would you feel if EMI came along and threw hundreds of thousands of pounds at a no-sale artist that you like?” Ey up, this sounds vaguely familiar to me… Hmmm… Being on a major label… In my bizarre…

  • Major – My Mood

    (Disco Volante DVA-5005-CD) Newsgroups: uk.music.alternative Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 15:13:52 +0000 Organization: Bzangy Groink ‘My Mood’ opens with the cess-hymn ‘Get High’ and I don’t know why cos I think it’s one of the weakest tracks on the album, both lyrically and musically. I mean, it’s *okay*, it gets your head nodding and there’s…

  • The Original Modern Lovers

    (BOMP BCD 4021) Newsgroups: uk.music.alternative Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 15:13:52 +0000 Organization: Bzangy Groink Okay, I’m being a completist here as I have most of these tracks on various Richman comps but I had to buy this CD when I saw it. It’s billed as the original band with tracks recorded in session with…

  • Kid606 – PS I Love You

    (Mille Plateaux MP93 EFA 08093-2) Newsgroups: uk.music.alternative Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 15:13:52 +0000 Organization: Bzangy Groink Now, this might not be the newest Kid606 CD (though it’s new to me) cos I can’t find a date on the bugger anywhere, apart from a 99-00. Still, compared with some electronic releases, I’m just glad it’s…

  • Boards Of Canada – In A Beautiful Place Out In The Country

    (Warp WAP144CD) Newsgroups: uk.music.alternative Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 15:13:52 +0000 Organization: Bzangy Groink This is a very lovely four track single. The first track, ‘kid for today’ starts with soft organish chords, some thwacking and a squodgy bass drum. Then a very BoC melody comes in, very low and understated. To be honest, I’d…

  • Various – The Ecstasy Of The Agony

    (Alternative Tentacles Virus 252) Newsgroups: uk.music.alternative Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 15:13:52 +0000 Organization: Bzangy Groink This is another AT comp featuring 30 tracks for about a fiver, depending where you buy it (it’s got ‘Pay no more than $5.99’ on the front). There’s a wide mix of artists and genres on here and along…

  • Aesop Rock – Float

    (Mush Records – can’t see a Cat. No.) Newsgroups: uk.music.alternative Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 15:13:52 +0000 Organization: Bzangy Groink I just bought this taking a risk, never having heard of either Mr. Rock or Mush. I’m pleasantly surprised. I guess musically the tracks sound like Premier in terms of jazzness and starkness. But they’re…

  • Johnny Thunders & The Heartbreakers – Like A Mother Fucker

    (Jungle Freud CD 044E) Newsgroups: uk.music.alternative Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 15:13:52 +0000 Organization: Bzangy Groink Yeah, it’s dead old, ’77 *rock’n’roll* but I haven’t heard some of these tracks in years and I’ve forgotten how much they, er, kick ass! There’s not a duff track on here, they all have choruses to kill for…

  • The Nation Of Ulysses – The Embassy Tapes

    (Dischord 124) Newsgroups: uk.music.alternative Date: Thu, 07 Dec 2000 15:13:52 +0000 Organization: Bzangy Groink As it states on the back, this is a recording made at the NOU, er, Embassy in 1992 and it sounds pretty much like a live, room-reverby recording so don’t expect Limp Bizkit production values. But do expect noisy, pumping, shouty,…

  • I’ve Got Straight Edge!

    The other night I listened to a documentary on the Steve Lamaq show about Straight Edge. This is the scene that’s grown out of bands like Minor Threat who became disgusted at the waste and un-focussed excesses of punk rock, specifically the drinking and drugs. They believed that you couldn’t be a rebel if you…

  • Agitate, Educate, Organise!

    I’ve recently been a guest speaker at a couple of PRS meetings and the question I’m most often asked is, “What advice can you give me to help me make it?” My reply is always the same: get on the Net. I’m surprised by how many times this response is greeted with cynicism or outright…

  • That Motown Moment

    Earlier tonight I was half-watching ‘Witness’ while trying to decide whether the Microsoft Sidewinder joystick I’d bought today was shit or I was stupider than toads. In the background I could hear the strains of an old-time Motown classic, during a suitably syrupy part of the film. Without even being able to make out what…

  • Nilsson, Jonathan Richman, Daniel Johnston

    I got a copy of ‘Nilsson Sings Newman’ from Amazon.co.uk today for the nice price of 8.99. What makes it even nicer is that it’s remastered and you also get the Harry album on the same CD. There’s also a couple of bonus tracks, ‘Waiting’ (from the film ‘Jenny’) and ‘Snow.’ I think this as…

  • Magnetic Fields Gig – London Queen Elizabeth Hall 25/7/2000

    Click here for some photos I took Well, I’m still recovering from what has to be one of the best gigs I’ve ever seen. It was also cool meeting up with ukma lurker Paul Speller who’s promised to post his own mini-review if I post one first. It’s hard to know where to start. The…

  • Sagem WA 3050

    You know how it is – you need to phone someone on your mobile but you haven’t got their number in it. You’ve got it in your Pilot/Psion/Outlook but that’s at home… Or… You’ve been out and, inevitably, bumped into people and put their numbers into your moby. Now, since your phone doesn’t synchronise to…

  • Casio CMD40 Watch

    You can tell a lot about someone by the watch they wear. I wear a Casio CMD 40 which says: I AM A BIG FAT CALCULATOR/REMOTE CONTROL WATCH GEEK AND GODDAMN PROUD OF IT! I’ve had it for about two years and I’m in love with it. I’ve programmed it to control my telly and…

  • Fame-Schmame!

    One of the major changes that’s happened in my lifetime is the burgeoning of the culture of celebrity. When I was a kid, famous people were famous for a variety of reasons. Perhaps they were great beauties, skilled footballers, brilliant scientists or tortured artists. In the 21st Century, we have a culture where fame is…