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John Allison: Come and get me

scarygoround:

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For years I have been waiting for Marvel to offer me one of their big ticket books. I throw them a bone on here once in a while but to be honest, I’ve been saving my ‘A’ game.

I’m honest about my prospects here. I can’t be let loose on a major title. I’d break it. So what I’d like is to be…

It’s been a busy year in Clinksell; two versions of one album 12 months ago, a Royal Wedding Souvenir LP and now easily the most accomplished Moon Wiring Club album has arrived, the magnificently titled Clutch It Like A Gonk.

While every MWC outing has been faithful to the blueprint of “confusing English electronic music”, Clutch It Like A Gonk appears to be rewiring the conventions of acid house through the buzzing transistors and valves of haunting public service broadcasts and forgotten television dramas. 

You’ve all been watching Frozen Planet, right?

You may think that some of the things I just mentioned aren’t pop. But, you know, a power metal band won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006, which is as pop as shit gets. Lots of this stuff is popular enough to fill huge venues. All of it shares a few genes with the pop song.
– Warren Ellis: the near-future of pop

I’ve really come late to Elliott Smith. You ever get that, where everyone bigs an artist up so much that you just ignore it because it cannot every possibly meet the expectation? So I never really made the effort.

Anyway, a couple of months ago Fresh Meat started on C4, and this song made an appearance and it was so lovely I had to find out who it was. Elliott Smith. Gorgeous song, can’t stop playing it right now.

And no, having investigated Mr. Smith’s output, I don’t adore him the way so many do; that’s fine, I don’t have to. I can enjoy his music without the fanatic devotion. That said, Waltz #2 is damn near perfect.

Stream my album, and buy it if you like.

misterebby:

The digital version of my album went out to my fundit funders yesterday, and about half of them have already downloaded it at this stage. But you can now stream the album on Bandcamp or

(Source: misterebby)

Still waiting for that second Avalanches release, but a 10th anniversary reissue of Since I Left You is very welcome, especially if the remix disc is all of this calibre.

sonlux:

WE ARE RISING IS OUT TODAY ON CD!!! And this video is a lovely reminder how great the artwork is (I had little to do with it). It sounds better, too… Now don’t you want it?

Vive Le Made Shop !

(Source: hrrrthrrr.com)

Radiohead – Reckoner (Diplo Toy Car Wreck Remix

Radiohead have announced a remix series of their newest album, The King Of Limbs, beginning with remixes by Caribou and Jacques Greene. This is obviously pretty awesome. It’s also given me pause as I sat and thought about how different things used to be; way back in the day, there was a lot of talk about Massive Attack producing a complete rework of OK Computer. Can you even imagine that? It’s probably for the best that they didn’t, as a year later they unleashed Mezzanine and thus ruined their entire career by exhausting all of their best ideas.

What did we get instead? A couple of Climbing Up The Walls remixes by also-rans Zero7 and the now defunct Fila Brazillia. Miserable scraps.

Things really do change, though. In 2003 Four Tet was commissioned along with Christian Vogel for Hail To The Thief remixes, and by 2008 artists as diverse as Son Lux, Julianna Barwick, Flying Lotus and Diplo were queuing up to join the fun of the Nude and Reckoner remix contests online.

Could I have imagined fourteen years ago that Thom Yorke would be collaborating with luminaries such as FlyLo and Burial a decade hence? Well, obviously not as those artists weren’t even around then, but still. I think Radiohead’s reach is a great signpost for the massive genre-bleedthrough we see daily and take for granted in 2011. Y’know, in case you ever sort of think everything is rubbish, just cast your mind back and think, “Thank fuck we don’t ever hear any Zero7 remixes any more”.

John Allison: Come and get me

scarygoround:

image

For years I have been waiting for Marvel to offer me one of their big ticket books. I throw them a bone on here once in a while but to be honest, I’ve been saving my ‘A’ game.

I’m honest about my prospects here. I can’t be let loose on a major title. I’d break it. So what I’d like is to be…

It’s been a busy year in Clinksell; two versions of one album 12 months ago, a Royal Wedding Souvenir LP and now easily the most accomplished Moon Wiring Club album has arrived, the magnificently titled Clutch It Like A Gonk.

While every MWC outing has been faithful to the blueprint of “confusing English electronic music”, Clutch It Like A Gonk appears to be rewiring the conventions of acid house through the buzzing transistors and valves of haunting public service broadcasts and forgotten television dramas. 

You’ve all been watching Frozen Planet, right?

You may think that some of the things I just mentioned aren’t pop. But, you know, a power metal band won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006, which is as pop as shit gets. Lots of this stuff is popular enough to fill huge venues. All of it shares a few genes with the pop song.
– Warren Ellis: the near-future of pop

I’ve really come late to Elliott Smith. You ever get that, where everyone bigs an artist up so much that you just ignore it because it cannot every possibly meet the expectation? So I never really made the effort.

Anyway, a couple of months ago Fresh Meat started on C4, and this song made an appearance and it was so lovely I had to find out who it was. Elliott Smith. Gorgeous song, can’t stop playing it right now.

And no, having investigated Mr. Smith’s output, I don’t adore him the way so many do; that’s fine, I don’t have to. I can enjoy his music without the fanatic devotion. That said, Waltz #2 is damn near perfect.

Stream my album, and buy it if you like.

misterebby:

The digital version of my album went out to my fundit funders yesterday, and about half of them have already downloaded it at this stage. But you can now stream the album on Bandcamp or

(Source: misterebby)

Still waiting for that second Avalanches release, but a 10th anniversary reissue of Since I Left You is very welcome, especially if the remix disc is all of this calibre.

sonlux:

WE ARE RISING IS OUT TODAY ON CD!!! And this video is a lovely reminder how great the artwork is (I had little to do with it). It sounds better, too… Now don’t you want it?

Vive Le Made Shop !

(Source: hrrrthrrr.com)

"You may think that some of the things I just mentioned aren’t pop. But, you know, a power metal band won the Eurovision Song Contest in 2006, which is as pop as shit gets. Lots of this stuff is popular enough to fill huge venues. All of it shares a few genes with the pop song."
Radiohead – Reckoner (Diplo Toy Car Wreck Remix

Radiohead have announced a remix series of their newest album, The King Of Limbs, beginning with remixes by Caribou and Jacques Greene. This is obviously pretty awesome. It’s also given me pause as I sat and thought about how different things used to be; way back in the day, there was a lot of talk about Massive Attack producing a complete rework of OK Computer. Can you even imagine that? It’s probably for the best that they didn’t, as a year later they unleashed Mezzanine and thus ruined their entire career by exhausting all of their best ideas.

What did we get instead? A couple of Climbing Up The Walls remixes by also-rans Zero7 and the now defunct Fila Brazillia. Miserable scraps.

Things really do change, though. In 2003 Four Tet was commissioned along with Christian Vogel for Hail To The Thief remixes, and by 2008 artists as diverse as Son Lux, Julianna Barwick, Flying Lotus and Diplo were queuing up to join the fun of the Nude and Reckoner remix contests online.

Could I have imagined fourteen years ago that Thom Yorke would be collaborating with luminaries such as FlyLo and Burial a decade hence? Well, obviously not as those artists weren’t even around then, but still. I think Radiohead’s reach is a great signpost for the massive genre-bleedthrough we see daily and take for granted in 2011. Y’know, in case you ever sort of think everything is rubbish, just cast your mind back and think, “Thank fuck we don’t ever hear any Zero7 remixes any more”.

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