Bless Playlist 13/12/05

Suburban Kids With Biblical Names
SKWBN, rocking like bastards

Tonight’s top new tune was yet another Swedish indie combo, Suburban Kids With Biblical Names. It was the goirgeous ‘Loop Duplicate My Heart’ and it’s yet another example of how Sweden is now the king, queen and kong of all things indiepop. Because I love you, you can be lazy and have a listen to it by clicking here. And then pretend to your hipster friends that you’re fully down with the happening Swedie Indish scene. G’wan!

Kraftwerk
Kraftwerk, rocking like bastards

The best old track tonight was obviously Kraftwerk’s ‘Computer Liebe.’ Kraftwerk have never done a bad track but I played this one because of the sham of a mockery of a travesty er, heartfelt tribute that is Coldplay’s ‘Talk.’ Hearing the original in all its splendour only confirms Kraftwerk’s genius. This track is also from the best album ever, ‘Computerwelt.’ Even though it’s twenty-four years old now, contemporary megastars are still ripping it off and it informs every modern genre, from whingey indie through microsound to hip hop. Let us bow down before Kraftwerk and beg to kiss the hem of their garments.

Tonight, you heard:

Broken Social Scene – Major Label Debut (Fast)
Del The Funky Homosapien – I’m Gonna Make It
Yoshinori Sunahara – Clipper’s Discoteque Break
The Cramps – Garbageman
Ilkae – Soda’s Theme
Soundtrak – Available Memory
Skinnyman – No Big Ting
California Oranges – Run Away
Ratatat – Seventeen Years
Vordul Mega – Struggles
Teenage Fanclub – Cells
Wolf Parade – Shine A Light
Nautilis – Hoax
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names – Loop Duplicate My Heart
Murs – Bad Man!
Modey Lemon – Sleepwalkers
Stereolab – Ping Pong
Nobody & Mystic Chords Of Memory – Decisions, Decisions
Asian Dub Foundation – New Way, New Life
Royal Fam – All The Kings Men
Rufus Wainwright – California
Islands – Rough Gem
Feraillus – Midnight Spell
Half Man Half Biscuit – Four Skinny Indie Kids
Modeselektor – Dancingbox (Featuring TTC)
The Boy Least Likely To – Be Gentle With Me
Black Mountain – Druganaut
Teriyaki Boyz – School Of Rock
Jeans Team – Oh Bauer
Kraftwerk – Computer Liebe
Skomoni – Le Jeu Du Rap
Agent Simple – Make A Right At Jordsfallmotet
Battery Collection – Convincing St. Peter It Was An Accident
Love Is All – Spinning And Scratching
Sibiria – Hat Tillbaks
The Perceptionists – Memorial Day
Ambulance LTD – Stay Tuned
Amari – Conoscere Gente Sul Treno
The Hartmans – Indiependent
Chilly Gonzales – Take Me To Broadway
Frog Pocket – Celebrimbor Tur-Anion

Arrested For What?

Maya Evans, 25, this week became the first person to be convicted under the new laws banning demonstrations near Parliament. She was given a conditional discharge and ordered to pay £100 in costs after being found guilty of breaching Section 132 of the Serious Organised Crime and Police Act 2005. Her “serious” crime was to stand by the Cenotaph, close to Downing Street, reading aloud the names of the 97 British soldiers who have died in Iraq.
(Source: The Independent)

We’re constantly hearing about how the evil league of terrorists out there are out to destroy our very way of life, our grand freedoms.

I actually believe this. I believe that Bin Laden and his handful of psycho fuckheads would subjugate us in a repressive state or, failing that, kill us. They’re murderers, pure and simple.

But it isn’t Bin Laden currently destroying our freedom of speech: it’s Tony Blair.

The double act of Blair and Blair (that’s Tony and Ian), wave terrorism at us to demand ever more restrictive, invasive and unjust laws. They’re whittling away our rights every day. It’s a creeping fascism.

At every step we’re given bland assurances that the powers they ask for would only be applied in the interests of our national security. Really? What kind of threat was Maya Evans when Blair’s stormtroopers arrested her?

Britain is now a country where reading a list of names of British soldiers who have died in combat has become a crime.

I cannot believe this. If someone had told me this was going to happen ten years ago, I would have dismissed it as ultra-left paranoia. And yet, here we are. In Butcher Blair’s toadying to Bush, he’s dragged this country into a position where our basic freedom of speech is gone.

Please read the full article, linked above, for other examples of how Blair and his boys in blue are protecting our freedoms by abolishing them.

Pinters Win Prizes

Harold Pinter

As every single person here knows, the justification for the invasion of Iraq was that Saddam Hussein possessed a highly dangerous body of weapons of mass destruction, some of which could be fired in 45 minutes, bringing about appalling devastation. We were assured that was true. It was not true. We were told that Iraq had a relationship with Al Quaeda and shared responsibility for the atrocity in New York of September 11th 2001. We were assured that this was true. It was not true. We were told that Iraq threatened the security of the world. We were assured it was true. It was not true.
(Source: The Guardian)

You’re 75. You’ve been diagnosed with throat cancer. You could just keep quiet, like the vast majority of your peers and other musicians, painters, writers, broadcasters, journalists and media hacks. After all, we all know 100,000 Iraqis have been murdered but no-one’s saying anything about it. Our US-dominated media hides this modern Holocaust.

Or you can choose to use your voice, to send it out into the world, alone and unarmed against the biggest empire in history and their legions of liars and tame media. Stalinists / Maoists stop freedom of speech by state control of the media, American capitalism simply buys the press it wants.

LONDON — The playwright Harold Pinter turned his Nobel Prize acceptance speech Wednesday into a furious protest of American foreign policy, saying that the U.S. not only lied to justify waging war against Iraq but also “supported and in many cases engendered every right-wing military dictatorship” in the past 50 years.

“The crimes of the United States have been systematic, constant, vicious, remorseless, but very few people have actually talked about them,” Pinter said. “You have to hand it to America. It has exercised a quite clinical manipulation of power worldwide while masquerading as a force for universal good. It’s a brilliant, even witty, highly successful act of hypnosis.”
(Source: Chicago Tribune)

No doubt there’ll be a flurry of anti-Pinter articles in the lackey media now, financed by dollars from the CIA. He’ll be villified by the right-wing media goons who serve the American Empire and whitewash its crimes.

But the world is waking up. Millions of us have been on the streets, we know what’s going on. We got rid of one evil superpower with the fall of the Soviet Union. Now we’ve just got two more to go…

Taxes For Old Rope

The Department for Culture, Media and Sport is responsible for 11 websites, including what may be the least-visited on the web. UK World Heritage Sites (www.ukworldheritage.org.uk) managed just 77 unique visitors last year, Richard Caborn, the minister responsible, told parliament. The site’s top news item announces a seminar taking place in May this year. Another site, Agora (www.agora.culture.gov.uk), supposed to help the department and its sponsored bodies communicate, had 457 visits last year. Together, the department’s 11 sites cost £43.4m in the financial year 2004-05, Caborn said.
(Source: The Guardian)

Hmmm… 11 websites, £43.4 million pounds a year? Sounds like a great use of my tax money. I mean, could you maintain a website that attracts 77 visitors a year with a budget of only £3.9 million pounds? C’mon!

For the last couple of years, I’ve been getting around 8000 unique visitors per month reading Bzangy. That’s 96,000 a year. And I’ve managed this paying out a massive £100 a year to my webhost (hi, Keyvan!).

How about this: I’ll take over the running of all the Department for Culture, Media and Sport’s websites, including commercial hosting with industrial bandwidth, unlimited email addresses and, as a little sweetener, some lovely animated gifs. And I’ll do all this for a tenth of what they’re paying now. That’s right, I’ll charge them only £4.34 million pounds a year. Bargain!

Does anyone in the government actually have even the vague inkling of a clue about contemporary technology? How the hell does nearly forty-four million quid of our money get spent on just one department’s websites?

Bless Playlist 6/12/05

The Bristols
The Bristols… ahh, how we loved their vintage rocking

Bit of a different night tonight as it was the Komakino Xmas Party/Gig night. So, my playlist is a little more indieish than usual, a little less hip hop, much longer and I actually play two songs by the same band! Yes, it’s my pet hate but how could I refuse a request for The Bristols. I was just immensely startled I’d found another fan. Yep, yep. And, reversing my usual order, I can tell you that the best old tune tonight was The Bristols’ ‘Who Does She Think She Is?’ Have a listen to it by clicking here if you fancy a bit of class retro-indiepop-French-chanteuse stomping.

Jeans Team
Jeans Team. Funky as fuck.

The best new track was Jeans Team‘s ‘Oh Bauer.’ It’s another track that actually came out in my DJing hiatus, I think I’m all caught up now.

What can I say about Jeans Team? Well, they’re from Berlin, they also released the ultramarvellous ‘Baby 3 ‘ which I’ve played a hell of a lot when DJing and they’ve made one of my fave albums this year with their ‘Musik Von Oben.’

‘Oben’ is simply one of the best electronic albums I’ve ever heard. Unlike a lot of contemporary indielectro, Jeans Team have got inside the process of making electropop, deconstructed it and then re-assembled it anew. Yes, it clunks and blips, yes there are swoops and squeals but, crucially, it has the melodic depth, exquisite arrangement and timbral layering that few electro-dilletantes have. If you’re a true fan of electropop, if you love the pioneers like Kraftwerk, Telex and Yellow Magic Orchestra, you’ll love this brave, stupid, clever, playful album.

Tonight, youse hoird:

The Samuel Jackson Five – If You Show Off The Milk, Who’s Gonna Buy The Cow?
Soundtrak – Available Memory
Broken Social Scene – 7/4 (Shoreline)
The Decemberists – July, July!
Jeans Team – Oh Bauer
The Locust – Identity Exchange Program Rectum Return Policy
Riddle Of Steel – Baby Bird
Percee P – Day At The Races
Cats On Fire – Higher Grounds
Ochre – Drink Malk
Fugazi – Waiting Room
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names – Loop Duplicate My Heart
Atmosphere – Spaghetti Straps
The Hartmans – Indiependent
Elliott Smith – Son Of Sam
Modeselektor – Dancingbox (Featuring TTC)
The Fall – Mr. Pharmacist
The Perceptionists – Memorial Day
Throwdown – Raiseyourfist
Why? – Sanddollars
Wolf Parade – Shine A Light
2for5 – 100 Centre Street
Agent Simple – Make A Right At Jordsfallmotet
Bear Vs. Shark – 5, 6 Kids
Blackalicious – Excellent
Quintron – Place Unknown
International Noise Conspiracy – The Black Mask
Refused – Summerholidays Vs. Punkroutine
The Blow – Pile Of Gold
Say Hi To Your Mom – Laundry
RATATAT – Seventeen Years
Black Lipstick – Viva Max
Boards Of Canada – Roygbiv
Morphine – Buena
Bit Shifter – Double Density
The Scotland Yard Gospel Choir – I Know A Girl
Bristols – Who Does She Think She Is
Raising The Fawn – Gwendolyn
Jamie Lidell – Multiply
Teenage Fanclub – Cells
Vernon Lenoir – Cruug, Flar, Gorl
Red Lorry Yellow Lorry – Walking On Your Hands
McCarthy – Now Is The Time For An Iron Hand
Channel Live – Down Goes The Devil
My Bloody Valentine – You Made Me Realise
Sonic Youth – Sunday
Reef The Lost Cauze – Give It Up
The Fucking Champs – Never Enough Neck 1
Ilkae – Soda’s Theme
The Charade – Monday Morning
Cunninlynguists – Since When
Postal Service – We Will Become Silhouettes
Bristols – You’re A Moody Guy
Thee Headcoatees – Come Into My Mouth
B. Fleischmann – Broken Monitors