Creative Blocks 15 – Leni Ward + Origamibiro

Creative Blocks
Click any of the pics for a little gallery!

Woohoo! Last night, I went to Creative Blocks at Big Blue and had an ace time. Loads of lovely people, great music plus decaff! Mmm…

Leni Ward

First on was Leni Ward. Coupling quite dour electro backing with a beautiful voice, parts of her set reminded me of Laurie Anderson (though I’m guessing Imogen Heap is who she’s usually compared to). Very intense, often quite bleak. In a good way!

Origami Biro

Then, upstairs for Origamibiro and The Joy Of Box. OB were doing the music, TJOB was providing the visuals. Sorry the pics are so grainy but, as there was a projector, the room was basically dark.

Origamibiro make their music by sampling the scrunching and tearing of bits of paper and then looping those samples. Then they add to this with banjos, guitars, matchboxes whatever. The sound is electronic in a warm, organic and quite claustrophobic way. I loved their set but had to leave early cos I was knackered and I’ve got root canal work at the dentists’ today. This sadly meant I missed Nova Robotics, who were due to play quite late.

A big thanks to Creative Blocks for putting on yet another fabulous night! It was wonderful to go out on a Friday in Derby and see some different live music. This city can get a bit guitar-centric so seeing live electronic music is always good! 🙂

Bzangy Groink Playlist 25/2/09


The best new track on Wednesday was by Factor. ‘Pray’ is just an awesome hip hop pop song, catchy, beaty, meaty fun. I reckon if you love stuff like Why?, you’ll probably love all of Factor’s stuff too.


The best old song was ‘Straight Outta Compton’ by N.W.A. Damn – is the album really twenty-one years old this year? Still sounds killer, still true.

This is what I played:

The Appleseed Cast – The Road West
I Love You But I’ve Chosen Darkness – The Ghost
MF DOOM – Paper Planes (Freestyle)
Harmonic 313 – dirtbox
Death Cab for Cutie – Long Division
stk – J’decris Ce Que Je Vois
The Organ – Can You Tell Me One Thing
Ratatat – Falcon Jab
Marco Passarani – again
Woodpigeon – Knock Knock
LCD Soundsystem – Losing My Edge
Evergreen Terrace – Rip this!
Factor Feat Ceschi – Pray
Cyantific – Disconnected (Instrumental)
Ghostface Killah – Iron Maiden (TRIMMED)
Marching Band – Letters
The Presets – A New Sky
M.O. & Brakko – Geen Haat Hier
Lamb of God – Choke Sermon
The Hidden Cameras – In The Union Of Wine
Skream – oskilatah
7 Seconds – My Band, Our Crew
Propagandhi – Dear Coach’s Corner
Danny Byrd – Weird Science
Maritime – Some One Has To Die
Jonathan Richman – This Kind Of Music
Deep Rooted – Crazy!
Fucked Up – Magic Word
Spoon – Finer Feelings
Biffy Clyro – Get Fucked Stud
Two Fingers – Jewels & Gems (Feat. Sway)
Eisenfunk – Werbepause
Division of Laura Lee – Anytime, Anywhere
6BLOCC – Warning
Animal Collective – Summertime Clothes
Human League – Seconds
l.a.o.s – Pand Style
Late of the Pier – Heartbeat
The Pharcyde – Runnin’
An April March – Somewhere Up Above
Suburban Kids With Biblical Names – Parakit
Mistabishi – Printer Jam
Deerhoof – Milkman
Lykke Li – i’m good, i’m gone
Wintersleep – Jaws Of Life
C-Rayz Walz – In Your Soul Feat. Slug, Sum I
McCarthy – Write To Your Mp Today
Motion City Soundtrack – Fell in Love Without You
Del Rey – RedFiveStandingBy
The Slits – I Heard It Through The Grapevine
Neils Children – I’m Ill
Girl Talk – No Pause
Russian Circles – Harper Lewis
De Colombiaanse Bloedgroep – Gangstershit
Burning Hearts – I Lost My Colour Vision
N.W.A. – Straight Outta Compton
Headhunter – physics impulse
The Weakerthans – Aside
Asian Dub Foundation – Naxalite

Late Of The Pier, Micachu, Connan Mockasin

The Royal

Woooo! I had a great time last night seeing three fabulous bands at The Royal in Derby. And the management there were kind enough to get me in the swanky photographer bit at the front so I could get plenty of pics too. Mmmm… Click any of the pics below to see galleries of each band.

Connan Mockasin

First on was Connan Mockasin. Hopefully, you already know his / their stuff, if not, you should at least check out the dreamy, off-kilter ‘Sneaky, Sneaky Dog Friend.’ They played a too-short set but even so, it was wonderful to hear such weird pop at such a big gig.


Next were Micachu (and The Shapes) who I saw before when they supported The Presets. And they were even better this time! So many artists try to make non-simple pop and end up making dreary prog or math rock. Micachu sidesteps that neatly, remaining very catchy but always a bit unpredictable. In that way (and no other!), they remind me of XTC. Check ’em out!

Late Of The Pier

And then… LATE OF THE PIER! Wow, what a great gig! They put on a fiery, stomping show and got the whole crowd rocking, so much so that the floor was literally moving up and down. It was a little bit scary, to be honest, but there are worse ways to die than at a collapsing electrorock gig, innit? The highlights of the gig were, inevitably, ‘Focker’ and ‘Heartbeat’ but LOTP put so much energy into their set that I don’t think anyone can have left unconverted. Often mis-labelled as ironically ’80s, there wasn’t an atom of irony or sarcasm in their performance last night, they were totally passionate, totally evangelical.

Catch them soon, won’t be long before they’re at the top of the charts! 😀

Bzangy Groink Playlist 11/2/09

Burning Hearts

Woop! Wednesday’s best new track was ‘I Lost My Colour Vision’ by Burning Hearts. And instead of me wibbling on about it, you can download it for free by clicking here! Yaay!

The Cars

The best old track was ‘Just What I Needed’ by The Cars. I bought this on 7″ single way back when it came out and it remains a fabulous, rocking pop song. Just brilliant!

Late Of The Pier

As an added bonus, eagle-eyed… er… listeners may have noticed that I played several tracks by Late Of The Pier. That’s because they’re playing tonight in Derby! Double yaaay!

This is what you heard:

6BLOCC – Warning
Rogue Wave – Bird on a Wire
DJ Honda – On The Mic
Towa Tei – Technova (La Em Copacabana)
Eric B. & Rakim – Know The Ledge
Headhunter – drop the waste
Death Vessel – Deep In The Horchada
Like a Tim – Zilver 3
Stephen Malkmus – The Hook
Channel Live – Mad Izm
School of Language – rockist part 1
Marching Band – Letters
King Cannibal – Badman Near Dark (Komonazmuk Remix)
The Faceless – Prison Born
The Bird and the Bee – Love Letter To Japan
Akrobatik – Black Hell Breaks Loose
Lykke Li – i’m good, i’m gone
Animal Collective – water curses
OVe-NaXx – Wabisabi Violence
Factor Feat Ceschi – Pray
Late of the Pier – Focker
Phoenix – Too Young
Fucked Up – Black Albino Bones
Mystic Man & Eshamanjaro – New Jack Swing
The Hidden Cameras – Ban Marriage
Skream – oskilatah
Matt & Kim – Daylight
Black Elk – Hold My Hand
All Boogie Knowledge and Mick D – You’ll See
Biffy Clyro – Strung To Your Ribcage
Mr. Oizo – Positif
The Lucksmiths – Camera-Shy
Ratatat – Falcon Jab
A Life Once Lost – Cavil
Late of the Pier – Heartbeat
Common Unity – Rigodon Dance
Victor Scott – Chimp Farm
You Slut! – Roofio Shoots, Roofio Scores!
The New Pornographers – From Blown Speakers
OOO – Group Heartbeat
Fat Ray & Black Milk – Get Focus (feat. Phat Kat & Elzhi)
Tilly and the Wall – Bad Education
Scorn – super mantis
Flying Lotus – melt!
Side C Feat Loe Pesci – Trees
The Whitest Boy Alive – High On The Heels
Hello Saferide – Anna
School of Seven Bells – Chain
The Cars – Just What I Needed
Burning Hearts – I Lost My Colour Vision
LUKID – Veto
M.O. & Brakko – Geen Haat Hier
Elliott Smith – Son of Sam
Max Tundra – MBGATE
The Lemonheads – If I could talk I’d tell you
Someone Still Loves You Boris – Glue Girls
Marco Passarani – again
Fugazi – Exit Only
Late of the Pier – The Bears Are Coming
Mischif – Freaks Come Out
Fight Like Apes – Lend Me Your Face
Soft Cell – What!
Cornelius – Count Five Or Six
John Barry – Vendetta
Death Cab for Cutie – Grapevine Fires
David Devant & His Spirit Wife – Goodnight