Month: January 2006

  • I Want To Join A Prog Band

    Tarkus The Otter Over the last few months, since playing live again, I’ve had this growing feeling. And now I can put it into words: I want to join a prog band. As you may know, I’m rubbish on guitar. But I’m excellent on synths, both programming and playing them. Sometimes, I’ll just sit round…

  • US Attorney General Shunned

    Alberto Gonzales spoke before law students at Georgetown [University] today, justifying illegal, unauthorized surveilance of US citizens, but during the course of his speech the students in class did something pretty ballsy and brave. They got up from their seats and turned their backs to him. (Source: Insomnia) The pic above has really cheered me…

  • Bless Playlist 24/1/06

    The best new track tonight was ‘All For U’ by Aceyalone and RJD2. It’s from the forthcoming stunna, ‘Magnificent City.’ I’d normally stick a load of links in here to various related sites but I can’t find one goddamned site that isn’t hobbled by the CANCER OF THE WEB KNOWN AS FLASH. GAAAAH! …and relax..…

  • Israelis Order Three-Year-Olds To Be Shot

    This is taken from a transcript between and Israeli commander and his troops: SENTRY: We spotted an Arab female about 100 meters below our emplacement, near the light armored vehicle gate. HEADQUARTERS: Observation post “Spain,” do you see it? OBSERVATION POST: Affirmative, it’s a young girl. She’s now running east. … HQ: Are you talking…

  • Blow Monkeys Return!

    Via Popgadget. Has anyone told Dr. Robert?

  • Apple Rip-Off Postal Service

    It has recently come to our attention that Apple Computers’ new television commercial for the Intel chip features a shot-for-shot recreation of our video for ‘Such Great Heights’ made by the same filmmakers responsible for the original. We did not approve this commercialization and are extremely disappointed with both parties that this was executed without…

  • Punch Tape Music!

    Rambling round the web, I just stumbled on the above: a little musicbox movement that you can program to play your own music by punching holes in tape. And it’s only £25. This hand cranked 20 note Musical Movement plays by punched paper strips. Easy to use, the movement has a range of 20 natural…

  • Bless Playlist 17/1/06

    Mikkel Metal… so very nearly Metal Mickey…. In a shock development, tonight’s top new tune was not by a Swede! Yep. It was ‘Align’ by the extremely lustrous Mikkel Metal who is… Danish. ‘Align’ is gorgeously sparse minimal electronic music and it’s taken from Mikkel’s album, ‘Victimizer,’ which is released in twelve days. Get your…

  • Chomsky On The ‘War On Terror’

    You can measure the number of terrorist attacks. Well, that’s gone up sharply under the Bush administration, very sharply after the Iraq war. As expected — it was anticipated by intelligence agencies that the Iraq war would increase the likelihood of terror. And the post-invasion estimates by the CIA, National Intelligence Council, and other intelligence…

  • In Forty Minutes…

    Picked the wrong goddamn week to give up staying on the ground Airport ’79 is on telly! How can you go wrong? The Concorde, Alain Delon, Robert Wagner, plane-related mishaps! Of course, I’ve long had a fascination with Alain Delon: Next to Cary Grant, he’s the bloke I most wish I looked like. Instead of…

  • General Wants Blair Impeached

    Michael Rose During the build-up to war and since, most of the electorate of this country have consistently opposed the decision to invade. People have seen their political wishes ignored for reasons now proved false. But there has been no attempt in parliament to call Mr Blair personally to account for what has transpired to…

  • Bless Playlist 10/1/06

    Tonight’s best new tune is off a fabby new comp released two days ago, ‘Cowboys In Scandinavia.’ It’s Junip‘s cover of ‘The Ghost Of Tom Joad’ and it’s a brilliant version, haunting and elegaic. Don’t be fooled by the cowboy tag, by the way, the comp just features a lot of singer-songwriters, some countryish, some…

  • José González on TOTP

    Yaaay! I’m watching Top Of The Pops and José González is on! I thought getting on that advert might help him break into the big pop world and now here he is, bouncing balls and all! The first artist from my Albums Of 2005 list to be on TOTP but hopefully not the last. 🙂

  • Sony Sued AGAIN

    Sony-BMG is being sued in class actions in Quebec, Ontario and British Columbia, just as it begins to settle some of the cases against it in the USA. The revelation that Sony had deliberately infected its music CDs with invisible spyware and rootkits that installed themselves without your consent and left you vulnerable to cyber-attacks…

  • Bless Playlist 3/1/06

    Tonight’s top 2005 tune was Sambassadeur’s ‘Between The Lines.’ Have a listen to this lovely lilting indiepop singalong by clicking here. I’ll let you guess where this wonderful indie band are from. But here’s a clue: it starts with Go and ends in thenburg. Look, it’s not my fault, honestly! I’m trying to find good…

  • Your Computer’s Great-Great-Grandma

    1801 saw the patenting of the device above, the Jacquard Loom. Yep, the shiny, bleeping piece of tech you’re reading this website on is a direct descendent of a loom. The Jacquard system was the first ever machine to use cards with holes punched into them: Each hole in the card corresponds to a “Bolus”…

  • Cold-NO-play

    Once you’ve handed over your money for a Coldplay CD, the above is what you’re presented with. After you’ve given them your money, mind. Here’s what you get: “This CD can’t be burnt onto a CD or hard disc, nor can it be converted to an MP3” and “This CD may not play in DVD…

  • Happy New Year!

    Hello peeps! I guess I should have done this earlier today but better late than never, eh? Happy New Year! There, now the hyrax will be able to sleep soundly… 😀