Bless Playlist 27/9/2004

This week was excellent! I didn’t have one duff request and quite a few that surprised and pleased me. Plus, even though it wasn’t hugely busy, the people that were there seemed to enjoy the set and kept coming up to ask what certain tracks were. So hopefully more sales for Locust, Louis Logic and Vector Lovers.

It’s very difficult for me to pick a top new tune this week. First, there’s Red Animal War‘s grand rocking bastard, ‘Violet,’ from the fabbo new album Polizida. But what about These Arms Are Snakes ‘Big News?’ That’s a great track too. Perhaps next week…

This week’s top new tune is ‘Neighborhood #2 (Laika)’ by The Arcade Fire. You can hear a streaming version of the song here. It’s from their album Funeral, hard to believe it’s their debut. It’s not an easy album to listen to but it’s worth the emotional wear and tear. You feel different after hearing this record. It’s a record that is of itself, it isn’t anything. This is a band to watch, definitely.

Now, from a very, very hip band that the good people of Pitchfork are already jizzing about to…

Tonight’s top old tune! Which was Sailor‘s ‘A Glass Of Champagne.’ I partly played this because Tim was working tonight and I always like to freak him out with a tune that people under 30 won’t know (since it hasn’t been tranced-up and given a thongtastic vid or appeared in Donnie Darko). You actually had to be there in 1975 to remember Sailor and what a great, pure pop band they were. Like The Barracudas, Even As We Speak or Secession, other bands forgotten by orthodox pop history. Yeah, I know ‘Glass Of Champagne’ is a blatant rip-off of ‘Virginia Plain’ but do I care? Nope! That’s the glory of pop: you can steal from a cool band and have huge, uncool hit song with it. When it came on tonight in the Bless, it was a magical moment. I knew that there were probably only three people in there who’d ever heard it before (including me) but now I’d infected the minds of the kids there with this virulent slab of perfect plastic pop. Yummy!

Have a look at this:

THIS is what pop bands should be like: glam, ridiculous, extraordinary. Put some effort into it, you cunts. Don’t just zip your parka up and whinge on a bench about some imaginary bint. (And yeah, that is Phil Pickett, who went on to join Culture Club and wrote the music for ‘Karma Chameleon.’)

Forgive me. I rant because songs from when I was 9 years old mean perhaps too much to me.

I’ve got the music, I’ve got the lights, you’ve got the figure full of delights:

Knife Skills – Jt Leroy Meet Dennis Cooper
Athletic Mic League – Let’s Go
Consonant – Blissful
Vector Lovers – Funk And Droid
Wilco – I’m A Wheel
Alexisonfire – Pulmonary Archery
The Jam – David Watts
Ove-Naxx – Wabisabi Violence
The Shins – We Will Become Silhouettes
Postal Service – Against All Odds
Louis Logic – Over The Cuckoo’s Nest
The Plastic Constellations – East Cleveland
The Lucksmiths – Camera-Shy
Karsten Pflum – Punksplidt
Red Animal War – Violet
Bearsuit – Kiki Keep Me Company
Masta Ace – Conflict Ft. Guru
Fugazi – Waiting Room
Maritime – Some One Has To Die
Sepultura – Chaos AD
Hecate – Ripe Mango
Phoenix – Too Young
Cypress Hill – How Could I Kill A Man
Le Mystére Des Voix Bulgares – Svatba
My Chemical Romance – This Is The Best Day Ever
The Arcade Fire – Neighborhood #2 (Laika)
Goudron – Rumble Queen
Interpol – C’mere
William Shatner Vs Joe Jackson – Common People
Sailor – A Glass Of Champagne
Refused – The Shape Of Punk To Come
Sweatshop Union – Us
John Carpenter – Escape From New York Main Theme
Deerhoof – Milkman
Kings Of Convenience – I Don’t Know What I Can Save (Royksopp Remix)
These Arms Are Snakes – Big News
De La Soul – He Comes Ft. Ghostface
Steely Dan – Peg
Throwdown – Raiseyourfist
Red Army Choir – Dark Eyes
Rogue Wave – Every Moment
Atmosphere – Tears For Sheep
Poison The Well – To Mandate Heaven
Locust – Saturated Love
Komeda – It’s Alright, Baby
Julie London – You’d Be So Nice To Come Home To

Bless Playlist 20/9/2004


The Plastic Constellations

This week’s top new tune was ‘East Cleveland’ by The Plastic Constellations. It’s a brilliant rock track, full of energy and with a great riffy bit at the end that just makes you want to throw yourself on the floor, wailing and flailing. There’s a lot of bands out there trying to get this amount of energy on record but most fail quite spectacularly compared to TPC. The album this track is from, Mazatlan, is also well worth checking out if you have any liking for shouty yet melodic music.

The best old tune was The Last Post‘s ‘Until The Heart Gives Way.’ It’s from one of the classic lost pop albums, Love Lost. And if you want to hear it for yourself, you can download the entire album, for free, from the band’s own website. I must say, I’m a bit puzzled by this as I think Alan Kelly (the bloke behind The Last Post) is a truly great songwriter so why he’d want to give away all his work for free, I dunno. Perhaps he’s won the lottery or something?

You can just cry your eyes out:

Teenwheat! – Fun Are Numbers
Peaches – Rock Show
Notwist – One With The Freaks
Karsten Pflum – Punksplidt
Bleeding Through – Dead Like Me
The Coup – Fat Cats, Bigga Fish
Cable – God Gave Me Gravity
Wilco – I’m A Wheel
NOFX-It’s My Job To Keep Punk Rock Elite
Felix Da Housecat – Short Skirts
Sweatshop Union – Us
Elliott Smith – Son Of Sam
From Autumn To Ashes – Lilacs And Lolita
Laurie Johnson – Happy Go Lively
Hrvatski – Vatstep DSP
Shellac – Prayer To God
Weezer – Mykel And Carli
The Roots – Don’t Say Nuthin’
The Promise Ring – Happy Hour
Maritime – Some One Has To Die
Lamb Of God – Purified
The Shins – New Slang
Huoratron – Male Bonding
Minor Threat – Minor Threat
Gorilla Biscuits – Start Today
Throwdown – Unite
Swollen Members – Lady Venom
Postal Service – Clark Gable
Les Breastfeeders – Mini Jupe Et Watusi
Spoon – The Fitted Shirt
Jurassic 5 – The Influence
Tigrics – Public Gameover
Violent Femmes – Prove My Love
Focus – House Of The King
Neutral Milk Hotel – Holland, 1945
The Format – Tune Out
DJ Format – We Know Something
The Locust – Live From The Russian Compound
Locust – Saturated Love
Mercury Rev – Goddess On A Hiway
The Weakerthans – Aside
Soul Position – Fuckajob
Say Hi To Your Mom – Pop Music Of The Future
Rogue Wave – Every Moment
Kings Of Convenience /Royksopp – I Don’t Know What I Can Save..
The Plastic Constellations – East Cleveland
Van Morrison – Jackie Wilson Said (I’m In Heaven When You Smile)
The Extra Glenns – All Rooms Cable AC Free Coffee
The Last Post – Until The Heart Gives Way

Iraq War Illegal – “Democratic” Governments Don’t Care

The United Nations secretary general, Kofi Annan, declared explicitly for the first time last night that the US-led war on Iraq was illegal.

Mr Annan said that the invasion was not sanctioned by the UN security council or in accordance with the UN’s founding charter. In an interview with the BBC World Service broadcast last night, he was asked outright if the war was illegal. He replied: “Yes, if you wish.”

He then added unequivocally: “I have indicated it was not in conformity with the UN charter. From our point of view and from the charter point of view it was illegal.”
(Source: The Guardian)

If the Iraq War was illegal according to the UN charter then it was/is a crime. Since Blair is the person who pushed the UK into this illegal act, he is a criminal. Since the act was war, he is a war criminal.

Remember that when you see his wife on Richard and Judy or more tabloid media pieces about “Blair, the man.” As far as I’m concerned, I want to see Cherie Booth talking about her husband about as much as I want to see Eva Braun talking about her bloke.

But, as always, what counts in society is not what’s done but who does it.

For example: if you fiddle your dole money, a few quid here or there, that’s a terrible, terrible crime. In fact, our taxes pay for those bullying TV adverts about dole fraud. They must have cost a bit, eh? And yet, the greatest loss to Britain is not by poor people trying to supplement their meagre dole money, it’s by fatcats like Rupert Murdoch evading their tax payments, whether corporate or personal. And if a boss is actually ever brought to justice and jailed, this happens:

Mr Saunders [Guinness boss convicted of massive fraud] had his five-year sentence halved on appeal, and was released from prison after only 10 months when a medical report said he was suffering from the irreversible brain disease Alzheimer’s.

Mr Saunders was unable to recall three numbers backwards, or to remember the name of the US president, a psychiatrist said.

Since his release, Mr Saunders has worked as a marketing consultant for the likes of Carphone Warehouse, and is said to consider the Alzheimer’s diagnosis an error.
(Source: BBC News)

What an amazing, convenient recovery, eh? It’s not so easy for poor people to get out of jail.

Or how about murder? Think of all the horror and fear generated by the various shootings in America and Britain. Terrible crimes against innocents, people being picked off by psychopaths with sniper rifles or machine guns. But those acts weren’t really that bad, were they? How can they be when the people carrying out the very same acts in Iraq against unarmed civilians are given medals and talked about as heroes? Perhaps the US Army should just take a shortcut and recruit bullied, geeky high-school kids. Give them a machine gun and let them loose in Fallujah – then given them medals for all the kids they kill. There’s nothing wrong with murder as long as you slaughter the right people. That’s the truth behind the crocodile tears of bastards like Bush and Blair.

I waited a day before posting about the Annan statement. I knew that it would immediately be rubbished by the UK, US and their spineless collaborators in the illegal invasion of Iraq. And guess what? It has been:

Australian Prime Minister John Howard described the UN as a “paralysed” body and said it was incapable of dealing with international crises.

“The legal advice we had – and I tabled it at the time – was that the action was entirely valid in international law terms,” he said.

The British government – which has argued that UN resolutions provided a legal basis for intervening to topple Saddam Hussein – said the 2003 invasion was “not only lawful but necessary”.
(Source: BBC News)

So… the UN is a useless, ineffectual organisation. What it thinks of the actions of the US, UK and other warmongers is irrelevant and meaningless. But it was right to invade Iraq because Hussein had violated UN resolutions?

Ahh, I get it! When the US and UK can throw their weight around at the UN and get the resolutions passed that they like, then it’s an august, important body whose will must be carried out. But, when it goes against the American Empire, it’s a stupid, pointless institution. Have a look here. That’s a list of all the UN resolutions against Israel that have been ignored by that rogue nation. But hey, Israel is a US ally so let’s forget about them, eh?

It’s all so clear to me now!

Timewasting Tests

Soo… I’m transferring 45 gigs of files from my G5 to my Glyph drive… what can I do while I’m hanging round, waiting for it to finish?

Time for some quality timewasting!

I AM 40% GEEK!

40% GEEK

You probably work in computers, or a history deptartment at a college. You never really fit in with the “normal” crowd. But you have friends, and this is a good thing.

Only 40% Geek? I’m shocked by this – I feel the test wasn’t weighted enough towards SF and science speculation. And anyone who wires Ethernet sockets for fun is definitely more than 40% geek. Where were the questions about 6502 assembler or the Copenhagen interpretation of quantum theory? HUMBUG, I SAY!


I AM 36% HIPPIE!

36% HIPPIE

I need to step away from the tie-dye. I smell too good to be a hippie and my dad is probably a cop. Being a hippie is not a fashion craze, man. It was a way of life, in the 60’s, man.

I feel this is also too low since I am very much a hippie, I’m just not a bloody crusty. More Weather Underground and less Stig of the Dump, please!


I AM 45% ASSHOLE/BITCH!

45% ASSHOLE/BITCH

I may think I am an asshole or a bitch, but the truth is I am a good person at heart. Yeah sure, I can have a mean streak in me, but most of the people I meet like me.

This should have been higher since I lot of people think I’m a major arsehole. How do I know? Well, they kindly email me to point it out, usually while accusing me of being pro-terrorist or some such bullshit. Mind you, these people tend to be right-wing, racist, fascist, fundamentalist Christian nutters so pot, kettle?


I AM 28% METROSEXUAL!

28% METROSEXUAL

I may own more than two pair of dress shoes, and maybe a designer suit, but I don’t mind going to the grocery store in sweats. And I may even go a day or two without a shower.

Yes. As a grumpy old man approaching forty, I don’t hold with all this metrosexual bullshit. It’s not about feminising men or re-examining conventional gender roles or whatever other shite its proponents claim: it’s about selling more products. Make men buy cosmetics, make them buy useless hair products. Here’s a tip: men don’t need make-up, women don’t need make-up, no human being needs to cake their face in essence of possum’s arse. It’s a complete waste of bastard time, spend your time behind a book rather than in front of a mirror. You be-mulleted CUNTS!


I AM 76% EVIL GENIUS!

76% EVIL GENIUS

I am pure evil. I lie awake at night devising schemes of world domination, and I will not rest until all living souls bend to my will.

I tried to get a low score on this one but obviously didn’t manage. I’m not evil, honestly. Just misunderstood. But, as I say to my mates, passers by in the street and here on the internet to complete strangers, if I was King Of The World, things would be a lot better. I’d make a great benevolent dictator.


I AM 64% TORTURED ARTIST!

64% TORTURED ARTIST

Art is significant in my life, people are scum but I have the capicity to deal with it. Give it a few more years and I will either forget about art or hate the world.

Capicity? Capicity? Cuh!

Useless fact: I wrote a song called ‘The Tortured Artist’ 21 years ago, when I was 17. It was pretty bloody good. No-one understood it, of course.


I AM 32% GOTH!

32% GOTH

Goth ny night, normal by day. Deep in my heart I know I am evil, but not on the company’s time. I do need to eat.

Again, a poor test since it actually tests for crap American gothness, rather than classical, Eurogoth values. It’s all post-Matrix, post-Marilyn stuff, the music-hall (or should that be Vaudeville?), MTV version of goth.

Where were the questions about Hesse, RLYL and how many kittens you own? It is a sad day indeed when a Goth test makes nary a mention of either existentialism or The Birthday Party. Less ‘wooh scary fangs’ and more velvet, Byron and consumption, if you please.


I AM 68% EMO!

68% EMO

Well.. I’ve made the cut! Now I’ll go buy some promise rings and knit myself a sweater.

What?? How can I be a cocking emo “kid” when I’m 38? I’m so old I don’t even consider ’emotional hardcore’ a proper fucking genre (like that other marketing invention, trip hop). As far as I can see, beyond the very early stuff, it’s just another label for US college kids doing guitar pop that sounds like 80s Brit indie. If I’m 68% emo, then Lloyd Cole must be the King of Emo.


I AM 47% INTERNET ADDICT!

47% INTERNET ADDICT

I could go either way. Deep into the madness of nights filled with coding CGI-Scripts and online role playing games, or I could become a normal user. Good luck!

For the record, I’ve never MUDded or coded CGI scripts. Yes, I did have a brief problem with IRC but since going cold turkey, that’s all behind me. I swear.


I AM 22% WHITE TRASH!

22% WHITE TRASH

I, my friend, have class. I am so not white trash. . I am more than likely Democrat, and my place is neat, and there is a good chance I may never drink wine from a box.

Brown trash? Wahey… only 15 gigs left to go…


I AM 48% GRUNGE!

48% GRUNGE

What’s this? The longest I’ve been without a shower is three days? Not even close, man. I should go sit out in the rain for a week.

Not a bad quiz. But any true grunger would have intimate knowledge about K and 53rd and 3rd records. Jack Pepsi, motherfucker!


I AM 30% PUNK ROCK!

30% PUNK ROCK

Well, I may know what punk is, but… Okay maybe some people think I am punk, but is that enough? Nope.

Hmmm… again, this was more ‘comedy punk stereotype’ rather than any kind of aesthetic, political or philosophical evaluation. I guess it’s a pretty good test if you want to audition for Avril Lavigne videos, though. All the regulation punk cultural signifiers are there, a tale told by an idiot, full of sound and fury, signifying nothing.


Agh. Come ON! I wish I had a Firewire 800 drive. Although I’m not convinced of the sustained transfer rate. Heh… I’m complaining about how long it takes to transfer 45 gigs. Me, wot grew up typing CHAIN into a little computer with 32 kilobytes of RAM.

Hmmm. This story generator thingy is okay. It could also double as a Bonzo lyric generator:

Subject: The BLUE GOATS in the BEDROOM and Other Business.
From: Mr. RED, CHAIR Supervisor
To: All Employees of HAUNTING KOOKABURRA Inc.

It has come to my OBESE attention that the BEDROOM has been WILLINGLY HELD WITH with BLUE GOATS. I am tired of dealing with SKETCHY employees and their BLUE GOATS. The BEDROOM is meant for RUNNING. It is not a TABLE room.

On a more CRAVEN note, I would like to SEE all of you for the LUMINOUS work you all did on the BLUE GLASS account. You should all be WETLY PROVED.

Also, be sure to welcome ANTHONY, the newest member of the IPOD department. They will be a EARTHY CHIMERA to our family.

PLEASANTLY Yours,
Mr. RED, CHAIR Supervisor.


And now, my transfer has done so see ya!

Screamadelica 14/9/2004

This week’s pics are dedicated to all the peeps going away, either to Uni or to new jobs in far-off lands. I’ll miss your prancing about, especially Martin. For so many years, Martin’s been the bloke jumping around like a lunatic, how will Derby ever replace him?

Fittingly, last night was one of the best Screamadelicas in aaages. I didn’t enjoy it last week at all but last night was packed full of tunes that I’ve never heard played in Scream (or anywhere else in Derby) before. And it was great jumping round to old faves like JSBX. I danced so much my feet were sore and I had to semi-hobble to the car. Ace.

For those about to leave, I salute you and wish you the best of times wherever you are!

Click here for pics!

Bless Playlist 13/9/2004

This week’s top tune was courtesy of Hangar 18. It was ‘Rumors (sic) Of War’ which is off ‘Who’s America?’:

Who’s America?, a collaborative compilation born of some of electronic music and hip hop’s finest coming together to raise civic awareness and draw attention to the upcoming Presidential Election, perhaps the most important one in decades. System and Definitive Jux have contributed exclusive new tracks in addition to some well known classics, in the attempt to highlight the powerful platform our culture and community can be when brought into sharp focus and how ownership of the principals that support this nation leads directly to the ownership of power itself. Who’s America? is meant to inform, encourage and challenge a demographic made apathetic by manipulative and self-serving powers that be. Worse, this apathy is rapidly giving way to antipathy amongst those who feel their views are not considered nor their voices heard, and that their government acts not as an extension of the peoples will, but by an agenda all its own.

Again, for anything addressing the current hideous political situation, I have to turn to hip hop. Rock music and all its various sub-niches seems completely impotent and apathetic compared to hip hop. Rock music is a lot of shouting about fuck-all, pointless noise. Sometimes entertaining, true, but scared of the real world.

The best old track was The Specials’ ‘Stereotype,’ a classic pop song with lyrics that still strike home all these years later.

Fluorescent jam sandwich with flashing blue light:

Jimmy Eat World – Just Tonight…
Beep Beep – Oh No!
Snog – Real Estate Man
The Roots – Don’t Say Nuthin’
Neutral Milk Hotel – The King Of Carrot Flowers, Pt. 1
Throwdown – Intro (Never Back Down)
Boogie Down Productions – My Philosophy
Le Tigre – Let’s Run
Shitmat – B & B
Some Girls – The Prettiest Girl
I Farm – My Robot Daughter
Tito Puente – Oye Como Va
Statik And Nat III – 50-50 1 Mc 1 DJ
Rilo Kiley – It’s A Hit
Aphex Twin – Windowlicker (Acid Edit)
Rufio – Set It Off
The Slackers – Manuel
Death Cab For Cutie – This Temporary Life
Lamb Of God – Purified
Sesame Street Theme
Huoratron – Male Bonding
Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Spanish Dance Troupe
RJD2 – The Horror
My Chemical Romance – Our Lady Of Sorrows
Dntel – The Dream Of Evan And Chan
Hangar 18 – Rumors Of War
James Newton Howard – Baby Monitor
Interpol – C’mere
Vector Lovers – Funk And Droid
Poison The Well – To Mandate Heaven
Rogue Wave – Every Moment
The Specials – Stereotype
Ben Folds – There’s Always Someone Cooler Than You
One Man Army F. Majestik Legend – Behind The Music
Shellac – Canada
Kraftwerk – Pocket Calculator
Converge – Black Cloud
Balkanto Vero – Balkanto Vero
Maritime – Some One Has To Die
Minor Threat – Filler
Operation Ivy – Officer
Blueprint – Holding Tank (Revisited)
Tipper – The Glass House
Husker Du – Don’t Want To Know If You Are Lonely
No. 2 – Parting Kiss
Sonic Youth – Teen Age Riot

US Helicopter Murders Children


Civilians flee from US murderers

Baghdad – A United States helicopter gunship fired at a crowd of Iraqis swarming round a burning US vehicle in a Baghdad street on Sunday, and witnesses and officials said 13 people were killed and 61 wounded in violence in the area.

In the rebel-held city of Ramadi, west of Baghdad, US tanks and helicopters killed 10 Iraqis, including women and children, when they opened fire on a residential district, a doctor said. A US military spokesperson did not immediately have any information on the firing.

Witnesses said a US helicopter gunship fired at a group of Iraqis, including children, who were crowding round a Bradley fighting vehicle which had been set ablaze. Television images showed the Iraqis running for cover as the firing broke out.
(Source: IOL)

The next time you see some gung-ho piece of Hollywood shit like Black Hawk Down, remember the above. The next time you play some Nazi propaganda videogame like Conflict: Vietnam, remember the above. It won’t be historically accurate unless there are missions where you have to massacre the innocent civilians of a small village:

Two tragedies took place in 1968 in Viet Nam.  One was the massacre by United States soldiers of as many as 500 unarmed civilians– old men, women, children– in My Lai on the morning of March 16.  The other was the cover-up of that massacre.
(Source: My Lai)

Perhaps you get extra bonus points for every baby you kill?

But back to the helicopter attack…

There’s been nothing on the TV news about it. I guess US helicopters murdering unarmed women and children is so commonplace now, such an everyday occurrence in Iraq that it doesn’t merit a mention.

There’s probably a sound military reason those civilians were shot to death by their liberators. Isn’t there?

“After evacuating the wounded, air support destroyed the Bradley fighting vehicle to prevent looting and harm to the Iraqi people,” the US military said in a statement.
(Source: IOL)

So… they shot those people to prevent them coming to harm?

Yep, that does make sense. It makes exactly as much sense as a phony invasion to destroy non-existent WMDs and a war criminal still being in No. 10.

The US military said that a Kiowa, a light reconnaissance and attack helicopter, fired rockets at the Bradley to destroy weapons and ammunition on board. But it is evident from the al-Arabiya video that the rockets landed among people standing or walking far away from the Bradley.
(Source: The Independent)

I expect the soldiers responsible were just a bit bored and felt like murdering a few more civilians. After all, they’re only Iraqis. What right to life do they have?