Bzangy Groink Playlist 28/1/09

The Bird And The Bee

The best new track tonight was The Bird And The Bee‘s ‘Love Letter To Japan.’ It’s a dreamy, creamy pop song with a killer chorus. Check out their new album, released this week!

The Wannadies

The best old track was ‘Skin’ by The Wannadies. I just love this song! 🙂

Tonight, you heard:

Cepia – Opening Parade
Taking Back Sunday – Timberwolves at New Jersey
Foreign Beggars – 2nd Hand Contraband
Death Vessel – Deep In The Horchada
Black Moth Super Rainbow – Rollerdisco
Sudarshana – El Camino Del Loto
Ben Folds Five – Army
Biffy Clyro – Strung To Your Ribcage
Portico Quartet – Zavodovski Island
Headhunter – physics impulse
Dilated Peoples – The Platform
Friendly Fires – Paris
Glassjaw – Radio Cambodia
Ladytron – Ghosts
Ramones – Sheena Is A Punk Rocker
Brotherman – The Problem
Fucked Up – Black Albino Bones
Does It Offend You, Yeah ? – Let’s Make Out (Extended Mix)
Lykke Li – Little Bit
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Wail
Marching Band – For Your Love
De Colombiaanse Bloedgroep – Denk Tank ft. Blaxtar
Tokyo Police Club – Juno
Squarepusher – Arterial Fantasy
The Faceless – Prison Born
Mr. Oizo – Positif
These Waves – Bonae Spei
sir smurf lil – Hard Running (Prod By Jehst)
Field Music – She Can Do What She Wants
7 Seconds – My Band, Our Crew
Ratatat – Seventeen Years
Burning Hearts – I Lost My Colour Vision
Lukestar – White Shade
Constantines – Our Age
Phoenix – Run Run Run
TV on the Radio – Crying
Fleet Foxes – White Winter Hymnal
The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
Komeda – It’s Alright, Baby
Tribe Called Quest – We Can Get Down
The Red Chord – L Formation
School of Seven Bells – Connjur
Mandroid – Playdoh
Dead Stop – My Life
Frankmusik – 3 Little Words
X Clan – Wiz Degrees
The Bird and the Bee – Love Letter To Japan
Pete and The Pirates – this thyme
Goose – Black Gloves
MF Grimm – Get Down feat. DJ Ekim
MGMT – Electric Feel (Justice Remix)
Cheap Girls – Stop Now
The Whitest Boy Alive – High On The Heels
Lowkey – The Essence (Prod. By Styalz Fuego)
Neutral Milk Hotel – Holland, 1945
Ursula 1000 – Electrik Boogie (Product.01 Remix)
Various Artists – Lagwagon – Know It All
Wannadies – Skin
ScholarMan – The Movement
Brakes – Sometimes Always
The National – Blank Slate
Russian Futurists – Precious
Late of the Pier – Heartbeat
Saves the Day – Freakish
Non Phixion – Rock Stars
Au Revoir Simone – Hurricanes
Gorky’s Zygotic Mynci – Spanish Dance Troupe

Bzangy Groink Playlist 14/1/09

Woo, the first BG of this year was quite full and very friendly, lovely bunch of people! I got many great requests (most of which I managed to fit in) and also loads of enquiries about what track I was playing, which always makes me happy. The whole point of my DJ night is to introduce new music to people, after all.

Brotherman
The best new tune was ‘The Problem’ by Brotherman. It’s solid, conscious UK hip hop, great lyrics combined with undeniable beats. It’s taken from a great album that only missed out being in my best of 2008 list because I didn’t hear it till January!

Confusion

The best old tune was New Order’s ‘Confusion.’ Yes, it’s largely forgotten as it came out in the same year as the monster ‘Blue Monday’ but if you were there at the time, ‘Confusion’ was a huge, huge record. Prime Arthur Baker combined with New Order at their most free and experimental, the 12″ remains a dance / indie / alternative classic. Search out this track the next time you see some NME haircut indie band prodding a MicroKorg listelssly over someone else’s stolen chiptune…

This is what you heard:

Late of the Pier – The Bears Are Coming
Division of Laura Lee – Anytime, Anywhere
Sweatshop Union – Us
The Perceptionists – Memorial Day
Braintax – The Beast Is Us
Russian Circles – Harper Lewis
Stump – Buffalo
Goose – Black Gloves
JME – Boogiedown Bass (Prod. By Herve)
Black Elk – Hospital
Motion City Soundtrack – Fell in Love Without You
Mr. Oizo – Positif
Mystery Jets – Zootime
Technical Itch – know
Tokyo Police Club – Juno
Brotherman – The Problem
Death Cab for Cutie – Long Division
The Red Chord – It runs in the family
Squarepusher – My Red Hot car
Afro Classics – rap-fanatic
Pete and The Pirates – this thyme
New Order – Confusion
Ugly Duckling – I Won’t Let It Die
Benga – go tell them
The Promise Ring – The Deep South
School of Seven Bells – Connjur
Fucked Up – Magic Word
Luckyiam – useless
Good Clean Fun – A Little Bit Emo, A Little Bit Hardcore
The Hold Steady – Stay Positive
Frankmusik – 3 Little Words
Digitalism – The Pulse (Derdiedas Remix)
Neon Neon – I Told Her On Alderaan
Ben Folds Five – Battle of Who Could Care Less
Lykke Li – Little Bit
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names – Parakit
Jens Lekman – I Saw Her In The Anti War Demonstration
Deep Puddle Dynamics – June 26th, 1999: D. Mothers of Invention
2562 – morvern
Bit Shifter – Double Density
Louis Jordan – five guys named moe
Kings of Convenience – Failure (Kings Of Convenience Arrangement)
ScholarMan – The Movement
Gallows – Abandon Ship
Marching Band – Letters
Overseer – Bass Trap
De Colombiaanse Bloedgroep – Denk Tank ft. Blaxtar
The Weakerthans – Aside
Milk Kan – God With An Ipod
Noisettes – Don’t Give Up
The Rocket Summer – Hold It Up
The Slits – I Heard It Through The Grapevi
Dosh – Don’t Wait For The Needle To Drop
[unknown] – rebotica
Elzhi – thats that one (prod. black milk)
A Tribe Called Quest – Award Tour
Eels – Novocaine For The Soul

Gaza Peace Demo, 10/1/2009

Gaza Peace Demo

For more pics from the demo, click the shot above.

Yesterday, Sean, Matt and I travelled down to London to take part in the Gaza Peace Demo.

It was a big demo, judging by previous ones I’ve been on. I’d say there were at least 50,000 there, maybe more. The BBC agrees with that number, the Metropolitan police have issued their traditionally risible estimate.

All those tens of thousands of people were marching for one reason: we want the attacks on Gaza to stop. Yes, we also want Hamas to stop killing innocent Israelis with their rockets. But let’s get some perspective here – as of tonight, 879 Palestinians have been killed by the relentless Israeli barrage. Thirteen Israelis have died as the result of Hamas’ terror attacks. That’s some disparity. A pea shooter versus a machine gun.

Israel has also been criticised by the Red Cross for committing war crimes and by the UN for an incident where civilians were told to stay in a “safe house” which was then subsequently shelled by the Israeli military. How does Israel reply to these accusations? They say they will investigate. Nothing more.

The US does nothing about the horrendous loss of life. Remember how vocal they were about the Russia vs. Georgia conflict? Remember how they accused Russia of terrible aggression and warmongering? It seems that if you’re a friend of the US like Israel is, your warmongering becomes unmentionable.

It appears that Israel is preparing for a full invasion of Gaza and that the blitzkrieg they’re now wreaking on the region is simply a prelude to occupation. In this, they’re following the template the US and its allies laid down in Iraq. That conflict has so far cost over one million Iraqi lives.

How many more innocents must die in this conflict?

Stop The War Website Hacked

Stop The War

I just got this email from the Stop The War Coalition:

Stop the War Coalition
Temporary email address
stopwaruk@gmail.com

STOP THE WAR WEBSITE AND EMAIL ATTACKED

Stop the war has suffered a serious attack on its internet site, which has been hacked, we assume by supporters of Israel’s attacks on Gaza. Our website is down and our usual email address not functioning.

We have set up a temporary email address for you to contact
Stop the War: stopwaruk@gmail.com

We expect to restore normal service soon.

Many thanks to everyone who attended yesterday’s magnificent demonstrations in London and Edinburgh. The London demonstration was by far the largest ever in support of Palestine. We will send more details in our next newsletter.

Israel has announced a sharp escalation of its attacks on Gaza. Stop the War, together with the other organisations who helped organise Saturday’s demonstration, will be announcing soon the next stage of our campaign calling for an immediate stop to the carnage.

Let’s hope they can get the site up and running again soon!