Tuesday, 27 May 2008

What Was 60’s Song ‘Lily The Pink’ Actually About? She Was After All ”Saviour Of The Human Race”!

I have always wanted to know what the 60’s song ‘Lily the Pink’ was about. Written by Liverpudlian band The Scaffold, the song was Christmas number one in December 1968 and stayed there for four weeks. The song was apparently based on the folk song “The Ballad Of Lydia Pinkham”.

Who Was Lydia Pinkham?

Lydia Estes Pinkham (American, February 9, 1819 – May 17, 1883) was an iconic concocter and shrewd marketer of a commercially successful herbal-alcoholic "women's tonic" meant to relieve menstrual and menopausal pains.

Like many women of her time Lydia Pinkham brewed home remedies, which she continually collected. Her remedy for "female complaints" became very popular among her neighbours to whom she gave it away. In Lydia Pinkham's time and place the reputation of the medical profession was low. Medical fees were too expensive for most Americans to afford except in emergencies, in which case the remedies were more likely to kill than cure. For example a common "medicine" was calomel, in fact not a medicine but a deadly mercurial toxin, and this fact was even at the time sufficiently well known among the sceptical to be the subject of a popular comic song. In these circumstances there is no mystery why many preferred to trust unlicensed "root and herb" practitioners, and to trust women prepared to share their domestic remedies such as Lydia Pinkham.

It is reputed to have been her son Daniel who came up with the idea, in 1875 of making a family business of the remedy. Lydia initially made the remedy on her stove before its success enabled production to be transferred to a factory, she answered letters from customers and probably wrote most of the advertising copy. Mass marketed from 1876 on, Lydia E. Pinkham's Vegetable Compound became one of the best known patent medicines of the 19th century. Descendants of this product are still available today. Lydia's skill was in marketing her product directly to women and her company continued her shrewd marketing tactics after her death. Her own face was on the label and her company was particularly keen on the use of testimonials from grateful women.

Although Pinkham's motives were partly self-serving, many modern-day feminists admire her for distributing information on menstruation and the "facts of life," and consider her to be a crusader for women's health issues in a day when women were poorly served by the medical establishment.

In 1922, Lydia's daughter Aroline Chase Pinkham Gove founded the Lydia E. Pinkham Memorial Clinic in Salem, Massachusetts. The clinic, still in operation as of 2004, provides health services to young mothers and their children. It is designated Site 9 of the Salem Women's Heritage Trail.
[Source: Wikipedia]

What Was In The Original Vegetable Compound?

* Unicorn root (Aletris farinosa L.) 8 oz.
* Life root (Senecio aureus L.) 6 oz.
* Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa (L.) Nutt.) 6 oz.
* Pleurisy root (Asclepias tuberosa L.) 6 oz.
* Fenugreek seed (Trigonella foenum-graecum L.) 12 oz.
* Alcohol (18%) to make 100 U.S. pints




Is It Available Today?

The answer is yes! Numark Laboratories of Edison, New Jersey markets a similar product named "Lydia Pinkham Herbal Compound." The product is carried by the Walgreens, CVS and Rite Aid. drugstore chains. Ingredients listed in this product are:

* Motherwort (Leonorus cardiaca)
* Gentian (Gentiana lutea)
* Jamaican dogwood (Piscidia erthrina)
* Pleurisy root (Asclepias tuberosa)
* Licorice (Glycyrrhiza glabra)
* Black cohosh (Cimicifuga racemosa)
* Dandelion (Taraxacum officinale).


How Did Lydia Pinkham’s Vegetable Compound Become A Song?

One of the reasons given for why this women’s tonic became a part of drinking ballads and an increasing success in the twenties and early thirties was its availability as a 40 –proof patent eye-opener, during Prohibition.

Some also suggest that it might have been a music hall song (vaudeville) which might have gone on to become a children’s rhyme or the other way round.

How The Scaffold got involved is information I don’t have available to me, maybe if they read this article they could leave a message? Suffice to say, if it was originally a drinking song, maybe alcohol was involved to some degree!

What Happened To The Scaffold?

After an appearance in a children's TV series (Score With The Scaffold), TV campaigns, a half hour musical movie called ‘Plod’, the trio re-united for their final tour to promote their album 'Sold Out' and then disbanded for good.

Where Can I Find A Copy Of 'Lily The Pink'?

Your best bet is probably second hand record shops and 60’s party compilations. My parents still have a pretty scratchy 7” version and it has a jar of brightly coloured sweets on the front cover. I will take a photo and upload it to this article when I have been home next.

I have found a streamed version on Imeem:

Lily The Pink - The Scaffold

OK Ciders on the ready, here are the lyrics:

"We'll drink a drink a drink to
Lily the pink a pink a pink
The saviour of the human race
For she invented medicinal compound
Most efficacious in every case

Mr Frears had sticky out ears
And it made him awful shy
And so they give him medicinal compound
And now he's learning how to fly

Brother Tony was notably bony
He would never eat his meals
And so they give him medicinal compound
Now they move him round on wheels

We'll drink a drink a drink to
Lily the pink a pink a pink
The saviour of the human race
For she invented medicinal compound
Most efficacious in every case

Well Ebeneezer thought he was Juilius Ceasar
And so they put him in a home
Where they give him medicinal compound
And now his emperor of Rome

Johnny hammer had a terrible stammer
He could hardly say a word
And so they give him medicinal compound
And now his seen and never heard

We'll drink a drink a drink to
Lily the pink a pink a pink
The saviour of the human race
For she invented medicinal compound
Most efficacious in every case

Auntie Milly ran willy-nilly
When her legs they did recede
And so they hooked on medicinal compound
Now they call her Millipede

Jennifer Eccles had terrible freckles
And the boys all call her names
But she changed with medicinal compound
And now he joins in all their games

We'll drink a drink a drink to
Lily the pink a pink a pink
The saviour of the human race
For she invented medicinal compound
Most efficacious in every case

Lily the pink she turned to drink she
Filled up with paraffin inside
And despite her medicinal compound
Sadly pickalily died

Up to heaven her soul ascended
For the church bells they did ring
She took with her medicinal compound
Hark the herald angels sing"

Conclusion

Although Lydia Pinkham was not after all “Saviour Of The Human Race”, she has unknowingly provided us all with a fantastic song which should not be lost to time and format change.

Here is a video of The Scaffold performing their most famous song:






Do you remember this song?

[Sources: Wikipedia, http://www.mum.org/mrspink17.htm]

Monday, 26 May 2008

UK Comes Last In Eurovision Song Contest 2008 - Why Can't We All Be Euro Lovin Friends?!

With the sad news that former bin man Andy Abraham's Eurovision Song Contest performance of 'Even If' finished joint last place on Saturday night, there is a lot of talk about the UK pulling out of the Eurovision contest for good. This is not because of Andy's performance as such (of course) but due to a seemingly growing commonly agreed opinion the Eurovision Contest is more of a political vote than an appreciation of fine pop songs (?).

Following Saturday nights voting fiasco, Terry Wogan (the UK commentator for the contest since the 1970's) has mentioned quiting and has been quoted as saying:

"I think it's tremendously disappointing from the point of view of the United Kingdom."

"Andy Abraham gave, I think, the performance of his life with a song that certainly deserved far more points than it got," he continued. "When you look at the points that Spain got, that Bosnia-Herzegovina got – some really ridiculous songs."

"It's very easy to pick a country that's going to give another country 12 points," he said after the event, reports BBC News. "It's sad, it's really, really sad. It was all talked about beforehand and I decided that I was going to dismiss it. But it's very difficult to dismiss something that's right in your face."

And here is an interview were he calls the contest a European Debacle!

He claims he also knew that Russia would win this year for political reasons.

With Russia receiving the maximum 12 points from former Soviet states Estonia, Latvia, Lithuania, Ukraine, Belarus and Armenia, as well as Israel I guess he has a point, but isn't this always what the Eurovision song contest has always been about to some degree? Maybe it hasn't been this bad for the UK until recently but still, I think the question has to be, what value does the Eurovision contest bring to us rather than should we bother. With an average of 7.1 million people having watched Saturdays show, either people enjoy it (I think that might be somewhat down to Terry Wogan's commentary) or they simply can't think of anything else to with their Saturday nights and decide to get drunk in front of the box and laugh at the car crash of sheer Euro madness that is the show (of course not).

I don't think we should pull out of future Eurovision contests, it's not only a useful measuring stick for how popular we are in Europe and which Country is in bed with who (or who wants to be in bed with who), it also provides us with laughs at really random performances like this years Irish entry, Dustin The Turkey. What point would it prove to pull out now other than to say the UK has and ego an it won't come last repeatably. Let the other countries have their moment, it's not as if it really means anything and the law of statistics suggest that it won't be long until Russia submits a really really bad song and the other states who feel they 'have' to vote for them, just look even more totally obvious and stupid! More laughs! It's just a competition! If so many don't like it, we can always just turn the box off and pick up a guitar, put on a strange outfit, shout at each their loudly and create our own interpretation.

On the other hand, the people who I do feel sorry for are the artists, like Andy Abraham who have put everything into their performance and really thought they had a chance. Lets just recognise that the Eurovision isn't a fair competition, the voters are flawed and it's not always the best song that wins. C'mon Britian, don't loose your sense of humour now 53 contests in, it's funny to watch countries think they actually have talent when they obviously don't!

Do you think we should continue to take part in the Eurovision contest?

Sunday, 25 May 2008

My Poor Little Toe

No that's not the name of a new band, I've actually broken my little toe and yes it's kinda ironic for it to happen to a Reflexologist :(. Really don't feel like blogging, think it's hampered my musical spirits. Anyone know a song that might make me feel better?

A Broken Chalky

Friday, 23 May 2008

Recap And The Friday Song

This week Terrible Love Songs has covered all sorts of stories from the Irish Eurovision Turkey Puppet, a new Beck / Danger Mouse track, Fat Boy Slim's change of DJ Name and a review of Little George Sueref @ The Troubadour (plus a review of The Troubadour). There are probably a billion other things to blog about but I try to hand pick to add quality to this blog.

Tomorrow I am heading off to Greenwich Park to celebrate a friends birthday. Afterwards we are heading to The Amersham Arms in New Cross (South East London) and this leads me in nicely to this weeks 'Friday song'. Do you remember Jim Bob and Fruit Bat? Does the name 'Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine' mean anything to you? Back in 1992, this single reached number 7 in the UK charts. If you haven't figured it out yet, I'm writing about 'The Only Living Boy In New Cross'. The title is apparently a play on that of Simon and Garfunkel's song The only living boy in New York. If my memory serves me well, I believe the single was about HIV. Some people call them the first real Brit pop band, some think they are best forgotten about but I disagree with that. Carter USM were the first band I ever saw live (at the Newport Centre) and they helped fuel my enjoyment of live performaces. Unfortunately, I had bounced around so much to the support band that night (Sultans Of Ping) that I had turned green (really green) and spend most of their performance holding onto a toilet! Things you do when you're 16...

If you miss Carter USM, you might be pleased to know on February 6, 2008 Jim Bob and Fruitbat hinted at the possibility of further Carter USM gigs when they sent the following email to the members of the band's mailing list.

"Hello

Since the victorious Carter gigs last year, we've received a lot of emails and web messages pleading with us to play again. Messages from people who either had such a great time and wanted more or were among the many who missed out on the two shows. There have also been a number of offers from promoters for us to play more Carter shows.

Last November we felt the Brixton and Glasgow gigs were definitely it but because of all the requests and offers and because we enjoyed the gigs so much doubts have begun to creep in... Just that one more time?

So, should we play another gig - or something similar - or do we leave it where we have? We can't think of anyone better to ask than you, so if you have any opinions either way, drop us an email at:

[e-mail removed so no spam will hit it]

Love from

Jim Bob & Fruitbat"

Two dates have been announced for Birmingham Academy and London Brixton Academy for 21st and 22nd November 2008...(Jim's Birthday). Here are the links for tickets.

I hope you enjoy this weeks Friday song.





The Only Living Boy In New Cross - Carter The Unstoppable Sex Machine

With the unforgettable lyric:

I've teamed up with the hippies now
I've got my fringe unfurled
I want to give peace, love and kisses out
to this whole stinking world
The gypsies, the travellers and the thieves
The good, the bad, the average and unique
The grebos the crusties and the goths
And the only living boy in New Cross

Thursday, 22 May 2008

Irish Turkey EuroVision Song Contest 2008 Entry

Have you seen Dustin The Turkey, the Irish entry for the 2008 Euro Vision song contest?

Now the Euro Vision song contest has a history of weird and wacky entries but this one is way off the chart! Ireland have won the contest several times, was this their way of saying 'We don't want it any more, please, we can't afford it' surely this is the only excuse for such a song? If it was, well it worked, they flunked at the semi final stage, thank God, well it is pretty fowl!

If you don't know what I'm talking about, here's Dustin The Turkey with 'Irlande Douze Pointe' (Try to figure out what the puppet is 'singing' and then compare it with the actual lyrics printed below):





If you'd like to sing along, here are the lyrics:

Oh, I come from a nation
What knows how to write a song
Oh Europe, where oh where did it all go wrong?
Come on!

Irlande douze points

Drag acts and bad acts and Terry Wogan’s wig
Mad acts and sad acts, it was Johnny Logan’s gig

Shake your feathers and bop your beak
Shake ‘em to the west and to the east
Wave euro hands and euro feet
Wiggle in the air to the turkey beat

Irlande douze points
Irlande douze points
Irlande douze points
Do the funky beat
Come on

D O B double B L E, yeah…

Hello Abba, hello Bono, hello Helsinki
Ola Prague, hello sailor, c’est la vie
Auf Wiedersehen, Mama Mia, and God save the Queen
Bonjour Serbia, good day Austria
You know what I mean

Shake your feathers and bop your beak
Shake ‘em to the west and to the east
Wave euro hands and euro feet
Wiggle in the air to the turkey beat

Shake your feathers and bop your beak
Shake ‘em to the west and to the east
Wave euro hands and euro feet
Wiggle in the air to the turkey beat

Irlande douze points
Irlande douze points
Irlande douze points

Irlande douze points
Irlande douze points
Irlande douze points
Do the funky beat
Come on

Give us another chance, we’re sorry for riverdance
Sure Flately, he’s a yank
And the Danube flows through France
Block vote, shock vote
Give your twelve today
You’re all invited to Dublin, Ireland
And we’ll party the Shamrock way

Irlande douze points – Irlande douze points
Irlande douze points – Irlande douze points
Irlande douze points – Irlande douze points
Irlande douze points – do the funky beat
Come on

Irlande douze points, Irlande douze points

Eastern Europe, we love you
Do you like Irish stew?
Or goulash as it is to you?
(Irlande douze points, Irlande douze points)

Listen Bulgaria, we love you
Belarus, Georgia, Montenegro
Moldovia, Albania, Croatia
Poland, Russia, Ukraine
Macedonia, love you Turkey
Hungary, Estonia, Slovakia
Armenia, Bosnia-Herzegova
And don’t forget the Swiss

Glastonbury 2008 Line Up

With The Glastonbury Festival fast approaching, lets take a look a the 2008 line up:
(I've highlighted who'd I'd like to see)

Pyramid Stage

Friday

Kings of Leon
The Fratellis
The Editors
Beth Ditto by Ray YatesThe Gossip
The Feeling
KT Tunstall
Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly
The Subways
Kate Nash

Saturday

Jay-Z
Amy Winehouse
Manu Chao
The Raconteurs
James Blunt
Crowded House
Seasick Steve 1 by StoneSeasick Steve
Martha Wainwright
Shakin’ Stevens ???

Sunday

The Verve
Leonard Cohen
Goldfrapp
Neil Diamond
John Mayer
Brian Jonestown Massacre
Gilbert O’Sullivan
Martina Topley Bird


Other Stage

Friday

Panic at the Disco
The Enemy
We are Scientists
Foals
The Hoosiers
Ben Folds
Vampire Weekend
Joe Lean and the Jing Jang Jong
Be Your Own Pet
Hilltop Hoods

Saturday

Massive Attack
Hot Chip
Elbow
Duffy
The Wombats
Neon Neon
Black Kids
One Night Only
Los Campesinos!
The Golden Silvers
The Travelling Band

Sunday

Mark Ronson by Ray Yates 450Groove Armada
The Zutons
Pidgeon Detectives
Mark Ronson
Scouting For Girls
Jack Penate
Newton Faulkner
Black Mountain
The Hoodoo Gurus
Black Cherry

John Peel Stage

Friday

The Cribs
Reverend and the Makers
MGMT
The Kills
The Ting Tings
The Young Knives
Lightspeed Champion
Make Model
Glasvegas
Patrick Watson
Royworld

Saturday

Biffy Clyro
The Futureheads by Virtual FestivalsThe Futureheads
Band of Horses
The Black Lips
Vampire weekend
The Courteneers
British Sea Power
Holy Fuck
The Teenagers
Hilltop Hoods
Emmy the Great
Dogtanion

Sunday

The National
Spiritualized
Crystal Castles
The Long Blondes
Stars
Rocket Summer
Friendly Fires
The Whip
Yeasayer

Jazz World Stage


Friday

Jimmy Cliff
Estelle
Fun Lovin’ Criminals
Very Special Guest
Candi Staton
Alabama 3
Very Special Guest
Phantom Limb
Mankala

Saturday

Ethiopiques
Buddy Guy
Imagined Village
Joan Armatrading
Eric Bibb
Massukos
The Blessing
Very Special Guest
Bedouin Jerry Can Band

Sunday

Very Special Guest
King Solomon Burke
Eddy Grant
Dub Colossus
Asere & Billy Cobham
Balkan Beat Box
Almasala
Portico Quartet
Sense of Sound
Acoustic Stage
Friday

Seasick Steve
Sinead O’Connor
The Blockheads
Luka Bloom
Arno Carstens
Eddi Reader
Camille O’Sullivan
Eleanor McEvoy
Devon Sproule
Acoustic Stage Blues Club With Grainne Duffy
Saturday

Gilbert O’Sullivan
The Swell Season Featuring Glen Hansard & Marketa Irglova
Glenn Tilbrook & The Fluffers
Seth Lakeman
Andy Fairweather Low & The Low Riders
The Traveling Band by Jason BryantThea Gilmore
Sid Griffin & The Coal Porters
Emily Maguire
Acoustic Stage Blues Club with Grainne Duffy
The Travelling Band

Sunday

Joan Baez
Suzanne Vega
The London Community Gospel Choir
Stackridge
Tom Baxter
Tift Merritt
Athena
Acoustic Stage Blues Club With Grainne Duffy
Amsterdam
Lazenby

The Park Stage

Friday

Pete Doherty
Dizzee Rascal
Pete Doherty on the Park Stage 1 by Holly DickensonJohn Cale
Very Special Guest
Edwyn Collins
The Duke Spirit
Operator Please
Sons & Daughters
Santogold
Beggars
Magic Wands
Island Line
The Langley Sisters

Saturday

CSS by Cyril LaffortCSS
Battles
MGMT
Very Special Guest
‘Music Through Unconventional Means’ with Shlomo’s Vocal Orchestra & Special Guests
Kool Keith & Kutmaster Kurt
Special Guest
Alphabeat
St Vincent
Jape
Eugene McGuinness

Sunday

My Morning Jacket
Tunng
Vetiver
Caribou
Laura Marling
The Mystery Jets
Kathryn Williams & Neill MacColl
The Cave Singers
Alberta Cross
Mumford & Sons
Alan Tyler & The Lost Sons
Redbridge Brass Band

Avalon Stage

Friday

Sharon Shannon & Big Band
Xavier Rudd
Hazel 0'Connor
The Men They Couldn't Hang
Ron Sexsmith
Frank Turner
Kissmet
Hobo Jones & the Junkyard Dogs

Saturday
The Proclaimers
Will Young
Alabama 3 unplugged
The Handsome Family
The Wurzels
Rachel Unthank & The Winterset
Bacalao
Malarchy
One String Loose

Sunday

Katie Melua
Blazin' Fiddles
Justin Adams & Juldeh Camara
John Tams & Barry Coope
The Baghdaddies Big Band
The Family Mahone
Räfven
Nuala & The Alchemy Quartet
Prison Love

Left Field

Thursday

Guest DJ Sound Clash
The Krak and Friends
Latin American Fiesta
Movimientos
El Area 23
Latin Dub Sound System
Carnival Collective
Married to the Sea
Daisy Riots
Seal Cub Clubbing Club
Elle S’appelle
The Rascals
Pie Tasters
King Blues
The Slackers
Pama International
The Levellers
Mungos Hi Fi Vs Don Letts Dub Cartel
Friday

Open Mic
Legion Of Ape
The Flaws
Brit School Presents - Dance for Life
Dance for Life
Dockers MC
Buddha Tears
Hebe Jones
Tawiah
Dance for Life
Charlotte Campbell
Jenner’s Field
Kate Nash
Young Runaways
Miscarriages of Justice
Neck
Hey Negrita!
The Metros
Neville Staple
The Holloways
Alabama 3
Beans on Toast
Frank Turner
Niall Connolly
John Byrne

Saturday

Open Mic
Seize The Day
Flipron
GMB and Polish Cultural Institute Presents
Aleks and the Drummer
FlyKKiller
Cars on Fire
Tofu Love Frogs
Who Shot the Sherriff? (The RAR movie)
The Mentalists
The Krak
The Thirst
Riz MC
Reverend and The Makers
The Automatic
Jim Bob – Carter Usm
Steve Gribben
Lazy Habits

Sunday

Billy Bragg Carnival Collective
Dan Donelly And Friends
Seasick Steve
Left Field Rally With Tony Benn
Nick Doody – Get Up Stand Up
Marcus Brigstocke
The Paddingtons
Tony Benn
Shazia Mirza
Matt Kirshen
The Beat
DJ Phill Jupitus
Build a Band Youth Music
Bluetones
Dirty Pretty Things
Billy Bragg
British Sea Power
Neck
Night Of Treason

Queen's Head

Thursday

Pete Greenwood
Sparkadia
Make Model
Glasvegas
Santogold
One Night Only
Roisin Murphy
SingStar
DJ Eddie Piller and U Brown
SingStar
DJ Eddie Piller Northern Soul
SingStar
DJ Tayo’s Tracksuit Party

Friday

Team Waterpolo
Babel
Captain
The Holloways
Joe Lean And The Jing Jang Jong
The Script
Young Knives
Kate Nash
SingStar
DJ Smash ‘n’ Grab
SingStar
DJ Glitterbanditz

Saturday

Red Light Company
Stephen Fretwell
The Modern Skirts
Duke Spirit
Teddy Thompson
Ron Sexsmith
White Denim
Pigeon Detectives
SingStar
DJ Annie Mac
SingStar
DJ Sean Rowley

Sunday

Ladyhawke
Cocknbullkid
Dawn Kinnard
Dengue Fever
Congregation
Florence And The Machine
Noah And The Whale
Elbow
SingStar
DJ Soulsavers
SingStar
DJ The Voguettes

Dance Village
East Stage

Friday

DJ Fatboy Slim
Live Roisin Murphy
DJ X-Press 2
Live Hercules and Love Affair
DJ Cicada
Live 20/20 Soundsystem
DJ Way Out West
Live Cagedbaby
DJ Men In Masks
Live Fundamental Skillz
DJ Bad Science (DJ Set)
Live Myth of Unity

Saturday

Live Kosheen
DJ Eddy Temple-Morris
Live Roni Size Reprazent
DJ Simian Mobile Disco
DJ Greg Dread & MC Spee
Live Kid Sister
DJ A Trak
Live Metronomy
DJ Skibunny DJs
Live XX TEENS
Live Autokratz
DJ This Is Stereo

Sunday

Live UNKLE
DJ Die and Clipz feat. Dynamite MC and Rodney P
DJ Annie Mac
Live Sam Sparro
DJ The Black Ghosts
Live Does It Offend You, Yeah?
DJ South Central
Live Sonny J
DJ Rex The Dog
Live Jape
Live Suns Of Arqa

West Stage

Friday

Live Booka Shade
DJ James Zabiela
Live The Count & Sinden
DJ The Freestylers DJs
Live Infadels
DJ Renagrade Soundwave
Live Zion Train
Live Sneaky Sound System
DJ Bitesize
Live Rennie Pilgrem & The TCR All Stars
DJ Riton
DJ Riva Star

Saturday

DJ Dave Seaman
Live The Black Dog
DJ Nicky Holloway and Trevor Fung
Live The Grid
DJ The Plump DJs
Live Atomic Hooligan
DJ A Skillz
Live The Mighty Cosmics
DJ Dub Pistols Sound System
Live Imperial Leisure
DJ Dr Rubberfunk
Live A. Human

Sunday

DJ Derrick May
Live System 7
DJ Sander Kleinenberg
Live Kraak & Smaak
DJ Lee Coombs
Live The Whip
AV Cakeboy & Doublethink
Live Midnight Juggernauts
DJ Dhr Robijn
Live Christopher D Ashley
Live City Reverb
DJ Chris Coco

Lounge Stage

Thursday

Live Zen Hussies
AV Addictive TV
DJ Men In Masks
Live Smerins Anti-Social Club
DJ Head Gardener
Live Cut Copy
DJ That Lazy Sunday DJ

Friday

Live Ozomatli
DJ Pathaan
Live N Dubz
DJ Queens of Noize
DJ Pete Gooding
Live Kid British & Action Manky
DJ Beardyman
Live Example
Live Plastic Little
Live Blades
DJ THePETEBOX
Live Realistic Crew
Live The Souljah Clique
DJ Berts
Live Edenheight

Saturday

DJ DJ Format
Live Audio Bullys
DJ Elite Force
Live Cadence Weapon
DJ Nightmoves
Live Natty
DJ Trojan Sound System
Live Leon Jean-Marie
DJ Jah Free
Live Dub From Atlantis
DJ DJ Bunjy
Live Ebony Bones
DJ Charity Dhop Sound System

Sunday

Live Kissy Sell Out
DJ Aldo Vanucci
Live Annie
DJ Phil K
Live Presets
DJ Punks Jump Up
Live Ladyhawke
DJ Adventures Close to Home DJs
Live Filthy Dukes
DJ Dekker
Live Malakai
DJ DJ Lola
Live The Shortwave Set
DJ Bellatrax

G Stage
Friday

DJ Stanton Warriors
DJ Utah Saints
DJ Soul Of Man
DJ Drum Monkeys
Live Beber & Tamara
DJ Alex Metric
DJ Cut La Roc
DJ Deepgroove
DJ Leon Alexander
DJ The Rurals Soundsystem
Saturday

DJ Pendulum DJ Set & MC Jakes
DJ Roland The Bastard
DJ Beat Torrent
Live Japenese Popstars
DJ Subfocus
Live Cantankerous
DJ Kidda
DJ Evil Nine
Live Pivot
DJ The Qemists
Live Doctor D

Sunday

Live Magnetic Man ( Benga & Skream)
DJ Caspa & Rusko
DJ Appleblim
DJ Bass Clef
DJ The Moody Boyz
DJ Digidub
DJ Beardyman
DJ Channel One Sound System
DJ Dr Alex Paterson
DJ Don Letts

Pussy Parlure

Thursday

Annie Nightingale Opening Party
DJ Rennie Pilgrem
DJ Quest and MC Ken Mac
DJ Peter Paul
DJ Equalisers
DJ Slyde
DJ Far Too Loud
DJ JMekka
Live Bloco Electro
DJ Atomic Hooligan
DJ Bitesize

Friday

DJ Horse Meat Disco
Live DAS POP
Cab Yard Dogs Road Show
DJ Soul Train DJ's
Live Martina Topleybird
DJ Jalapeno Sound System
Live Belleruche
Live Eliza Doolittle
DJ Nick Hollywood AKA Lemon
Live The Voodoo Trombone Quartet
Live Yes Sir Boss!!!
DJ Bourbon Warfare DJs

Saturday

DJ We Don't Play
Cab Yard Dogs Road Show
DJ Healer Selecta inc. Sound System
Live Dr Meaker
Cab Cababret Interstella
DJ Sean Rowley Presents
Live The She Creatures
DJ Take It 2 The Bridge
Live The Incredibly Strange Film Band

Sunday

DJ Generals Hi-Fi
DJ DJ Shot'Nes (Balkan Beat Box)
DJ Kokolo Ray
DJ DJ Ipek Ipekcioglu
Live Loungeclash
DJ DJ Zorro
Live Manteca Latin Grooves
DJ Quiet Village
Cab Cababret Interstella
DJ Jason Jones
Live Pnau
DJ Randy & Earl’s Old Record Club
DJ Etikut

Silent World

Thursday

DJ Silent Disco's DJ
DJ Riva Star
DJ Nick Warren
DJ Danny Howels
AV DJ Yoda's Magic Cinema Show
DJ Take It To The Bridge
DJ Marshall Hackett
DJ Infinate Scale
Live Temple Hedz

Friday

DJ Silent Disco's DJ
DJ Leo the Amateur
AV Addictive TV
DJ Scratchy
Live Little Fish
SW Howard Marks
Live Charlene Soraia

Saturday

DJ Silent Disco's DJ
DJ Take It 2 The Bridge
DJ Kokolo Ray
AV Phil K
Live Malakai
SS Trojan Sound System
Live Alabama 3 unplugged
DJ Dub From Atlantis
DJ Leftism
Live Liz Green

Sunday

DJ Silent Disco DJ's
AV Hexstatic
DJ Nightmoves
Live Black Cherry
DJ Filthy Dukes
Live Quiet Village
DJ South Central
SW Anne Pigalle

Igloo

Thursday

Igloo Opening Party
DJ Metronomy
DJ Gucci Soundsystem w/ XX Teens
DJ Clark Kunt and Steve Redux
DJ Stereo 8
DJ Monkey!Knife!Fight!
AV Cakeboy and Doublethink
DJ Futureboogie

Friday

Tube Bristol with Cool and Deadly
DJ Tayo
DJ Daddy G presents Bristol Hifi w/ Queen Bee and Mr Benn
DJ Don Letts
DJ Appleblim
DJ Blast DJs
Live This Year's Model

Saturday

Ninja Tunes, Big Dada and Friends
DJ Granny Paine's Mystery Dinner Guest
DJ Cadence Weapon
DJ The Qemists
DJ Toddla T
DJ Ben Westbeech
DJ J Mountain
DJ Ninja Tune Showcase

Sunday

Club Dave and Back to Basics
DJ Dave 'Dave' Beer
DJ Dave 'El' Harvo and Futureboogie
DJ Dave 'Ralph' Lawson
DJ Dave 'Radio' Slave
DJ Dave 'Nick' Harris and Dave 'Frank' Tope
DJ Dave 'Silver' City
DJ Dave 'Buckley'

Glade

Friday

DJ Dhr Robjin
Hexstatic
Barry Ashworth
Dreadzone
Tayo
Freefall Collective
Nick Warren Sunset Set
Steve Hillage's Mirror System
Sian Evans & Simon Kingman
Simon Atkinson & The Ben Marcato Trio
Clive Craske
The Charles Hazlewood All Stars

Saturday

DJ Rob Hall
Vexkiddy
Squarepusher
Mark Broom
Massonix (Graham Massey - 808 State)
DJ Donna Summer (aka Jason Forrest)
Six By Seven
Danny Howells
Cassette Boy & DJ Rubbish
Radioactive Man
Robert Logan
Symmetrik
Dr Meaker

Sunday

Eatstatic
Tristan
Lucas
Flip Flop
Regan
Ans & Allaby
ZubZub
Aljii
Pathaan

Tuesday, 20 May 2008

Control DVD US Release Date + Corbijn Interview

CONTROL, the Anton Corbijn directed film based on the life of Joy Division singer Ian Curtis is finally due to be released in the US on June 3rd. I met Anton back in February when Control saw it's UK DVD release. He kindly gave me a poster and signed it-see, even Anton Corbijn has heard of Chalky's World Famous Terrible Love Songs blog!


An excellent film. I still find it hard to comprehend that Ian Curtis was only 23 years old when he committed suicide. This film is well overdue it's US release date, still I'm sure all you US Joy Division fans will agree that it's well worth the wait.





Joy Division/John Cooper Clarke: Transmission





Anton Corbijn Interview

Beck And Danger Mouse Premier New Track Online

Yesterday Beck premiered one of his new tracks online from his collaboration with the producer Danger Mouse. The track is called 'Chemtrails' and is being streamed online via Beck's website (which is pretty nifty) and his MySpace page. Apparently Chemtrails is not a new single and according to a statement:

"it showcases Beck and Danger Mouse's shared affection for late '60s psych-pop".

So this I suppose would make this track a taster for Beck's new album (no name yet) produced by Danger Mouse which is due to be released in the Summer.

I like this new track but then I am partial to a little '60's psych-pop. At only 1 min 30 in duration, there really isn't all that much to get into, the track just gets going and then it's over! Still if the rumours regarding Chan " Cat Power" Marshall contributing to Beck's new album are true, I could find myself turning back to the Beck side.


Monday, 19 May 2008

New DJ Alias For FatBoy Slim

Brighton's very own FatBoy Slim (AKA Norman Cook) has decided that he should change his DJ name. Now I may be a little behind the news on this, but as far as I can gather, he still hasn't 'outed' his new name yet. Now this could be down to a few scenarios:

  • He has chosen a name but his lawyers are confirming whether he can go ahead without getting sued;
  • He doesn't want anyone to know until he gets the dot com, myspace, facebook profiles etc. in the bag;
  • He keeps getting told that his new name isn't very good and is doubting himself;
  • He has chosen a name but it holding out and enjoying the publicity;
  • He can't think of one/he's not sure;

Now if the last point is true, this is where I believe we can help him.

Can you think of a new appropriate DJ alias for FatBoy Slim?

Little George Sueref @ The Troubadour

Last Friday I went to The Troubadour in West London with some friends to check out what the 'last 50s coffee house in Earls Court' had to offer. I'd heard a lot about this venue and with it's amazingly proud history as a 'low temperature centre of courtesy, peace and artistic energy', I was very excited.

The initial vibe was good, great decor, warm atmosphere and apart from the steep drink prices (£3.75 for a bottle of beer - be warned!), I give this intimate venue a thumbs up. We were originally going to grab some dinner in The Cafe area but due to a mix of it being so popular (hard to get a table at 8:30pm on a Friday but where is?) and the prices (bit beyond our miserable pockets but the menu looked good), we gave that a miss and headed straight downstairs to The Club section to grab a drink or two. Initially The Club was pretty empty -this was to be expected with the act for the evening, Little George Sueref not coming on stage until 10pm but the benefit of arriving early was being able to get a good seat. Little George Sueref and his band played an excellent Rhythm and Blues set to a crowd who were loving showing off their swinging dance moves right up in front of the stage. He played a heart wrenching wailing harmonica, sang with soulful vocals and made you feel like you had been transported to 50's/60's Orleans. I can't honestly say I'm any type of R&B connoisseur (past experience being living in a room above a harmonica player who gave me a year long head ache and risked putting me off R&B forever! )but I do recognize a good performance when I hear it and this certainly ticked the boxes.

All the staff at The Troubadour were really pleasant and the crowd which gradually filled up the Club were in good spirits. A few seemed baffled by the mixed sex toilet area separated buy only a 'wash your hands fountain' but that probably had something to do with lots of alcohol etc.

All in all, a good evening and a great place to guarantee you'll actually be able to hear and see the artists/bands on stage, they're pretty much sitting next to you!

Will go back again soon.

For more information about The Troubadour, click here.

Friday, 16 May 2008

My Trip To Television Studios, Man Ray And Doing The Ayatollah, Hey!

Last night, I queued up outside London TV Studios on the South bank to be a part of the audience for the BBC2 show, Have I Got News For You (HIGNFY). My husband and I shared our free tickets with a couple of friends and made an evening of it. I started off at the Tate Modern looking round the DuChamp, Man Ray and Picabia (Dada movement) exhibition called 'The Moment Art Changed Forever'. Unfortunately, the excellent exhibition is so crammed with exhibits, we ran out of time and had to skim through the last couple of rooms in order to make it to the HIGNFY queue just around the corner. One medicinal Rum later, we queued for just under 2 hours in the cold miserable British weather, conversation the only thing keeping us warm. The studios themselves seem very dated. I used to work for the technology side of the BBC and am familiar with the studios in the Television Centre, News 24 etc and can see how changes in technology such as HDTV etc are going to mean a lot of expenditure on bringing these studios into the 21st century. Didn't spot any famous people wandering around but did see a fluffy fake cat the size of a small house sitting randomly in a side studio.

Before the show starts, a warm up comedian is sent out to try to wake the audience up (alcohol effects are wearing off after queueing for so long ). He was quite good and got me laughing, that is until he started going through his entire repertoire of Welsh jokes. I suppose they were quite funny and believe me, I've heard far far worse so I'll let him off.

The show was good, recording lasted about 2 hours, a few retakes, bum jokes and heckles from the audience (which I'm sure will be edited out) and you can see how they manage to make an excellent show. Today the show will be edited, lawyers will cast an eye over it to make sure the the jokes aren't too libelous and then tonight, it will go on air. A good night out, a good show.

Now back onto the subject of Wales. No one can accuse the Welsh of not being up for a laugh and being really good at sport :-). This year we won the Rugby 6 Nations competition (Triple Crown + Grand Slam), the Swansea City 'Jacks' got promoted and a place in the Championship next season and bitter opponents Cardiff City are in the FA Cup Final tomorrow (last time was 1927). Now I know there's a blogger out there called CookieMouse who will be watching the match tomorrow and am guessing he might be doing a few ayatollahs. If you don't know what an Ayatollah is, wikipedia describes it as:

"The Ayatollah is a football celebration used by fans of Welsh football club Cardiff City. Performing the action is always preceded by a chant of "do the Ayatollah".

But how do you do it?

"Performing the Ayatollah is done by having both hands flat pointing towards each other raised above your head and repeatedly moving them up and down in a patting motion."

Where does it come from?

"The Ayatollah celebration came into use at Cardiff City games in 1990. It was originally performed by the singer and fans of a Welsh-language punk group called U Thant. It was first performed by Cardiff City fans at Sincil Bank, home of Lincoln City, on September 15, 1990, the day after U Thant had played a gig at Cardiff's Chapter Arts Centre. U Thant's singer had been inspired by footage of attendants at the funeral of Ayatollah Khomeini, which was broadcast live on British TV, doing the movement to express their grief at his death."

Wanna see what it looks like?

Here are some clips of various people 'doing the Ayatollah'






On The ITV Welsh News 'Doing The Ayatollah' with some sort of popcorn popping in the background?!







3 year old 'Doing the Ayatollah'


And here it is, The official song!:





Now you can help get this song into the Top 40 this weekend by buying the single here or texting here. This is how it's doing so far. Go on!! Dooooo the Ayatollah!

Good luck Cardiff!



[Source: Wikipedia]

Wednesday, 14 May 2008

Burial At The Battle Of Land And Sea, Rip Portishead

As promised on Monday, here is the latest Portishead video for the track 'The Rip' taken from their latest album released only a couple of weeks ago 'Third':





Portishead - The Rip


In other news, if you're a fan of Jacob Golden (I'm sure you've all gathered by now that I am!) you may be interested to know about his latest request. I'll let him explain this one in his own words:

"
We're opening up our East Coast Tour dates for some living room gigs. fun fun. this would be both Jacob Golden and The Battle of Land and Sea... How it works is that we show up at your house/gallery/artspace etc. and play for you and your friends. we ask for a suggested donation at the door and the evening is always memorable and the most direct way of experiencing the music. (way better then a noisy bar!) i've posted the dates (dates are flexible) we need help for below, we're also flexible on the location, say within 100 miles... maybe more, give it a shot:) THE BEST WAY IS EMAIL- battlemusic@gmail.com"



Please help them do something different.

On a more personal note, I'm off to the filming of Have I Got News For You (UK TV) tomorrow night. Here's a clip of the now newly elected Mayor of London, Boris Johnson chairing one of the past shows. I wonder who they'll have on it tomorrow night.





Trust me, Boris got off lightly there, I could have picked far worse clips.

I'd like to leave you with a nice relaxing piece of music from Burial. While I was looking up this song on imeem, the first hit results were for 'Burial at Sea Services' and 'Funeral Homes'. I can at least say with confidence that their music is very much alive and so am I, hope you are too.

This video is the only way I could share this song called 'Untrue' in it's entirety with you. I strongly recommend treating yourself with some of your hard earned cash to get your own copy of this album (you'll get much better sound quality than this clip and it's worth it), it's also called 'Untrue' and is fantastic, one of my favourites right now.





Burial - Untrue


Tuesday, 13 May 2008

Toupees, Spiders And Brains Dancing - Not All In One Literary Festival!

Tuesday is here and before I nip out to my other job, I want to bring you up to date on a few things happening in the world.

First of all, this might not be a music festival but there is certainly every reason to visit the 21st Hay-On-Wye Guardian literary festival this year. Set in the picturesque tiny town of Hay-On-Wye located on the border between England and Wales in the UK, this literary festival attracts some 80,000 people annually and this year I'm sure will be no exception. The 2008 line up includes Alan Bennett (whose works include The History Boys, which won six Tony awards on Broadway; The Madness of King George for which he was nominated for an Oscar; and a Question of Attribution for which he won a BAFTA award), John Irving (author of The World According to Garp, The Cider House Rules and Setting Free The Bears), Will Self, playwright, director and scriptwriter Stephen Poliakoff, Salman Rushdie, author and broadcaster Melvyn Bragg, US author and journalist Carl Bernstein (who along with Bob Woodward helped break the Watergate scandal story and ended the Nixon US administration in 1974), comedians Jimmy Carr, Marcus Brigstock, Omid Djalili and Rory McGrath, Jools Holland, Charlie Higson, chess champion Garry Kasparov and the former US President Jimmy Carter. Mr Carter, president between 1977 and 1980, will discuss the Middle East at the 21st literary event. Meanwhile, Cherie Booth, the wife of former Prime Minister Tony Blair, will speak about women's equality. Other guests include chef Jamie Oliver, M&S boss Stuart Rose and former head of the Army General Sir Mike Jackson. This Welsh festival, which runs from 22 May until 1 June, now has satellite events in Segovia in Spain and Cartagena in Colombia.

My last experience of Hay-On-Wye involved camping near the centre in a friend of my room mate at uni's father's field. It's is a really relaxing place with loads of bookshops (that's is pretty much all there is) and tables covered in books left out for passers by to take books and leave the money they think appropriate for the books they take-now that's a pretty rare sight in this world hey! It's the place to go if you have a rare book you want checked out or if you are looking for that out of print book no one else has heard of. Basically Hay-On-Wye live and breathes books. One for the diary? Beware, hotels will be booked up and finding a place to stay won't be easy with the time left but it's still worth a try.

If you're interested in the full line up, click here for a brochure.

In other news, Neil Young has had a spider named after him by an East Carolina University Biologist , Jason Bond. Jason discovered a new species of trapdoor spider and opted to call the arachnid after his favorite musician, Canadian Neil Young, naming it Myrmekiaphila neilyoungi. He said:

"I really enjoy his music and have had a great appreciation of him as an activist for peace and justice."

Apparently Young isn't the first musician to have a creature named after him. A species of beetle that looks as if it is wearing a tuxedo, the whirligig beetle, or Orectochilus orbisonorum, was named earlier this year after the late rock 'n' roll legend Roy Orbison and his widow Barbara.

I think this a really cool idea and hope there will be more to follow. It could make for some great new cocktail names (can't think of any right now). It might also baffle historians some 500 years from now when our databases have all been corrupted and we can no longer access data recorded now and they try to figure out where the spider got it's name from. Maybe that's pushing it a bit too far.

One other bit of news which is probably only understood by a British audience aged 30 and above -remember the comedian Frankie Howerd? Titerly not! Well his house has just gone on sale with thousands of items of memorabilia, including his toupee, available as optional extras. The house is reported to have an uniquely thatched roof, much like Elton Johns head.
Frankie Howerd's House For Sale

Oh and one last thing, remember the song 'Rhythm Is A Dancer' by Snap back in 1992?
Well it's being used in the latest ad for Drench Spring Water. See Brains from Thunderbirds strut his stuff in a way I've never seen him do it before! I think he looks scarily like the lead singer from Hot Chip, Alexis Taylor.

Apparently PuppetCraft created and operated a Brains puppet for the filming with CGI used in post production. It's quite impressive and certainly got me watching. Not sure even John Malkovich could operate his puppets this well.

One thing though, I can never forgive Snap though for the terrible lyric:

'I'm as serious as cancer when I say rhythm is a dancer'. Couldn't they have come up with any other word to rhyme with dancer?

Have a great day.






Ad For Drench Spring Water

And this is Alexis Taylor with Hot Chip singing Over And Over:






[Source: BBC Website]
[Source: Official Hay Festival Website]

Monday, 12 May 2008

Portishead, Dan le Sac VS Scroobius Pip and Groove Armada

Hey, it's Monday and there is (as always) plenty going on in the ever changing sometimes seemingly static world of music.

First up, sign up on the Portishead website and get to see their latest new film for The Rip, a superb track off their latest album 'Third' released a couple of weeks ago.

If you're in London later today, Dan le Sac VS Scroobius Pip will be signing copies of his new album 'Angles' and an exclusive 7" picture disc at Rough Trade East from 7pm. They are also playing around the corner from Rough Trade at 93ft East tomorrow.

Here's the track list for Angles:

1. The Beat That My Heart Skipped
2. Development
3. Look For The Woman
4. Rapper's Battle
5. Tommy C
6. Fixed
7. Angles
8. Letter From God To Man
9. Magician's Assistant
10. Back From Hell
11. Thou Shalt Always Kill
12. Waiting For The Beat To Kick In...
13. Reading My Dreams

I can't believe they are only releasing this album now, I feel like I've been listening to these songs for years!



Other news- Groove Armada have been confirmed to headline the other stage at Glastonbury, Sunday the 29th June.

I once went to one of their album launch parties a fair few years ago on a boat that went up and down the Thames in London. It was a great night for me, but unfortunately most of my friends got sea sick and couldn't wait to leave. Maybe it was my dancing, maybe it was the booze.

You an also catch Groove Armada on the following dates:

30 May 2008 22:00 Urban Arts Form Festival (DJ Set - Tom Findlay) St. Poelten
31 May 2008 20:30 Pinkpop - Buma Stage (Live) Landgraaf
1 Jun 2008 22:00 Space (DJ Set) Ibiza, Balears
13 Jun 2008 22:00 Wonderland @ Eden (DJ Set) Ibiza, Balears
19 Jun 2008 19:15 Greenfest Festival (DJ Set) St. Petersburg
20 Jun 2008 19:15 Greenfest Festival (DJ Set) Moscow
22 Jun 2008 22:30 Glastonbury - The Other Stage (Live) Somerset, South
27 Jun 2008 20:00 Wakestock Festival (Live) Oxfordshire
27 Jun 2008 22:00 Wonderland @ Eden (DJ Set - Tom Findlay) Ibiza, Balears
4 Jul 2008 20:00 Wonderland @ Eden (DJ Set - Tom Findlay) Ibiza, Balears
4 Jul 2008 20:00 Wakestock Festival (Live) Gwynedd, Wales
11 Jul 2008 20:00 Wonderland @ Eden (DJ Set - Andy Cato) Ibiza, Balears
11 Jul 2008 23:30 Oxygen Festival (Live) Naas
12 Jul 2008 23:00 Les Ardentes Festival (Live) Liege
18 Jul 2008 20:00 Eden (DJ Set - Andy Cato) Ibiza, Balears
18 Jul 2008 22:00 Wonderland @ Eden (DJ Set - Andy Cato) Ibiza, Balears
19 Jul 2008 12:00 Lovebox Weekender (Live) London, London and South East
25 Jul 2008 22:00 Wonderland @ Eden (DJ Set - Andy Cato) Ibiza, Balears
25 Jul 2008 22:00 Wonderland @ Eden (DJ Set - Andy Cato) Ibiza, Balears
1 Aug 2008 22:00 Wonderland @ Eden (DJ Set) Ibiza, Balears
2 Aug 2008 20:00 Live at Loch Lomond (Live) Loch Lomond, Scotland
8 Aug 2008 20:00 Rip Curl Boardmasters Unleashed festival (Live) Newquay, Southwest
9 Aug 2008 20:00 Creamfields (Live) Andalucia, Almería
15 Aug 2008 22:00 Wonderland @ Eden (DJ Set - Andy Cato) Ibiza, Balears
16 Aug 2008 20:00 Zoo (Live) Ibiza
22 Aug 2008 22:00 Wonderland @ Eden (DJ Set) Ibiza, Balears
29 Aug 2008 22:00 Wonderland @ Eden (DJ Set - Tom Findlay) Ibiza, Balears
5 Sep 2008 22:00 Wonderland @ Eden (DJ Set - Andy Cato) Ibiza, Balears
12 Sep 2008 22:00 Wonderland @ Eden (DJ Set - Tom Findlay) Ibiza, Balears
19 Sep 2008 22:00 Wonderland @ Eden (DJ Set) Ibiza, Balears
26 Sep 2008 22:00 Wonderland @ Eden (DJ Set) Ibiza, Balears

And here's Breathe (remix of the Pink Floyd track) from their album 'Another Late Night Groove Armada'. Probably one of my favourite Groove Armada albums.

Sunday, 11 May 2008

The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum

The people of Burma of struggling more than we could ever imagine. I almost always to turn to music when I feel helpless and sad about a situation. A song that sums up a little of how I feel about what is currently happening is by Fun Boy Three and called 'The Lunatics Have Taken Over The Asylum'. Originally written about Margaret Thatchers UK government, it sadly also seems applicable to so many other governments, this time, The Burmese (obviously the two situations are not directly comparable).


Please Burma, please give your people food, water and aid, you are killing your own. This is senseless.





The lyrics which I find particularly meaningful:

"I've seen the faces of starvation
But i just can not see the point
'Cos there's so much food here today

That no one wants to take away

The lunatics have taken over the asylum
The lunatics have taken over the asylum

The lunatics have taken over the asylum - take away my right to choose
The lunatics have taken over the asylum - take away my point of view
The lunatics have taken over the asylum
The lunatics have taken over the asylum - take away my dignity,
Take these things away from me
The lunatics have taken over the asylum
The lunatics have taken over the asylum - take away my family,
Take away the right to speak

The lunatics have taken over the asylum take away my point of view,
Take away my right to choose
"

Links
BBC Burmese.com


Friday, 9 May 2008

Nostalgia For Old Music Venues

Nostalgia for old music venues is a subject that has confused me since I was a teenager. When I was 16 I used to travel to London to visit venues like The Marquee club and think it was such a shame that the original venues had been closed down and moved a few streets away more than a few times. I wondered what it would have been like to be in the real original venues where stars like Jimi Hendrix had played and I used to get annoyed with the changes, feeling like I had been duped out of the real experience. As I have got older, I now realise that change is important (as long as new venues are created to replace the closing of the old ones). I have prompted myself to write about this because we had our old heating system (originally put in the flat in the '50's) removed yesterday and I am so pleased that our flat is a much healthier place to live now, less dust, less electricity usage etc. Change is good. Stagnation is bad. Stagnation in nature usually means death. So music venues, if they stagnate and rely on their past and people only go there to relive the 'old times' are not always going to survive. I love indulging in a little nostalgia from time to time but it's best if a nice healthy balance is found between the two. Respect the good things from the past, learn from them but at the same time maintain a healthy open attitude towards the future and what it might bring. Part of my job as a music blogger is to look for new talent, keeping an ear out for something special, something different and this is my way of looking to the future and all the amazing new music it can bring.

The Troubadour Club in Earls Court, London is an example of a music venue which has remained in the same location since 1954. Stars such as Bob Dylan, Jimi Hendrix, Joni Mitchell, Paul Simon and Elvis Costello have played there in the past and more recently Jamie T, Jack Penate, The Dead 60s, Paulo Nutini and Morcheeba to name but a few. I suppose this venue is one of the lucky ones where the owners have remained focused on keeping the venue alive with new energy. I am going there for the first time next Friday and then again on June 3rd to listen to the excellent Jacob Golden and The Battle of Land and Sea play.

So this brings me to my question for you, do you have a venue that you hold special and why do you think this is? Is it something that happened to you there, a special memory or is it nostalgia for things that you've heard have happened there that you were in fact not even a part of, might not have even been born at the time it happened!

Here is the excellent The Beautiful Ones by The Battle of Land and Sea



Right, back to painting my kitchen door, happy Friday everyone!

Wednesday, 7 May 2008

One Year Today

One year ago today, me and my other half tied the knot. It was a sunny day, just like today but maybe not quite as hot. We're both not the show boat kind of people, so we thought long and hard about how to get out of doing a first dance on our own infront of every one, so we decided to have a ceilidh, problem solved. We choose a band called MoonCoin and they were spot on. Everyone loved it-well worth every penny we spent on them.

Their website describes them as:

"... a traditional barn dance/ceilidh band based in North Wales, UK. We play a variety of music from the British Isles and beyond, including Irish, Welsh, Scottish, English, American and European tunes, for dancers of all abilities and ages."

MoonCoin, if you read this, thank you and yes we are still happily married!

If anyone else happens to land on this blog and is thinking of doing something similar for their wedding, I can't recommend it enough. No video footage unfortunately, we were too busy being married and dancing until the wee hours.

So today I would like to dedicate this post to my husband and post his favourite song, Bruce Springsteen, The River.



Finger Pickin Good!

If you haven't already seen this video, you're in for a treat. Watch two guys play the guitar in 'Four Hands Guitar'. I used to think I could do a pretty mean finger pick but the speed of these guys leaves me standing.






Four Hands Guitar (tommygauthier)

Tuesday, 6 May 2008

Dan le Sac VS Scroobius Pip Debut Album Release Date And In Store Free Gigs

Dan le Sac VS Scroobius Pip's debut album is release on Monday next week (12th May) and after drumming up a lot of support in their montage of gigs over the last month, I'm sure this album will be a hit.

They are doing a couple of free short instore gigs to promote the release at the following stores:

Roughtrade, Bricklane - Monday 12th May (around 5? time tbc)
Zavvi, Oxford Street - Tuesday 13th May (6pm)

Also, Zane Lowe has made it his album of the week on BBC Radio One so he will be playing a track each night this week.

If you want to hear the new album before the release date, Mr John Kennedy will be doing a FULL album playback later in the week on XFM. He will be playing every track with Dan Le Sac VS Scroobius Pip chatting with him inbetween.

Useful Links
MySpace
Website

Tour Dates:

6 May 2008 20:00 The Nerve Centre Derry
7 May 2008 20:00 Button Factory Dublin
8 May 2008 20:00 STRESS @ De Burgo’s Galway
9 May 2008 20:00 Trinity Roms Limerick
12 May 2008 17:00 FREE Album release Instore/signing at Roughtrade
12 May 2008 20:00 LE SAC VS PIP DEBUT ALBUM Release
13 May 2008 18:00 FREE Album Instore/signing at Zavii London
24 May 2008 20:00 Gatecrasher Turwestern Aerodrome, Whittlebury Hall
6 Jun 2008 20:00 EUROPAVOX Clermont Ferrand
11 Jun 2008 20:00 BEACHBREAK LIVE North Cornwall
14 Jun 2008 20:00 Skabazac festival france
21 Jun 2008 20:00 Word on the Street Norden Farm Centre, Maidenhead
4 Jul 2008 20:00 ZOO8 Festival Kent, London and South East
5 Jul 2008 20:00 Wireless London, London and South East
5 Jul 2008 20:00 Wild in the Country Knebworth
6 Jul 2008 20:00 EUROCKEENES Belfort
12 Jul 2008 20:00 Miles Davis Hall Club - Montreux Jazz Festival Montreux
25 Jul 2008 12:00 Fuji Rock Festival Niigata
1 Aug 2008 20:00 Standon Calling Hertfordshire
2 Aug 2008 20:00 Kendal Calling Kendal
14 Sep 2008 20:00 Monolith Festival Colorado


Monday, 5 May 2008

Nine Inch Nails Release Free Album For Download

Remember Nine Inch Nails? I was never sure if they were that little bit too industrial for my taste but if you want to see if they are your taste then now is as good a time as ever because they have made their new studio album 'The Slip', available to download for free. For me, just making your new album available for free download is better move than giving it away with a Sunday newspaper, it has more class. Speaking of free giveaways, I heard UB40 gave their new album away with the Mail On Sunday yesterday. I wonder how many copies have ended up in bins covered in the Sunday Roast left overs yet or have been recycled into birthday presents from really cheap relatives. One comment left by a hard core UB40 follower on the Money Saving Expert Forum went as follows:

"I've got all of UB40 that I like so far (still got my original 12" singles from many years ago), and really was tempted by this.

I could not (and my conscience wouldn't allow me to) pay any money for such a horrible rightwing/xenophobic newspaper no matter what the freebie is."

I guess you can't make even the most committed fans buy your newspaper or are they really just not THAT committed?! I'm sure if you scan your local charity shops or jumble sales in a few years time, you'll be sure to find a copy there, they always seem to turn up in those kind of places. You know the sort of CD, no plastic case, never been played, nobody wants it sniff sniff.

So back to Nine Inch Nails. The album is available to download (legally) from the Nine Inch Nails website. The normal release date on CD and lets not forget, vinyl will be in July this year. Hey they are even releasing the art-work and album credits in pdf format to download so your free album can look all nice and proper on your shelf.

In a statement to fans Reznor said: "Thank you for your continued and loyal support over the years. This one's on me."

Cheers Trent.

Nine Inch Nails have previously released an album, 'Ghost I-IV' online back in March, with fans choosing how much to pay to download it.

So it's without doubt all change in the music industry, I wonder how these new experiments are actually working out for the artists. Prince, UB40, Radiohead, Portishead (LastFM stream release a week before the official release date) and a fair few other artists have chosen to take this free release route recently. I guess if it stops, we'll know it didn't work. It will have been nice while it lasted.


Here is the track-listing for 'The Slip':

'999,999'
'1,000,000'
'Letting you'
'Discipline’'
'Echoplex'
'Head Down'
'Lights In The Sky'
'Corona Radiata'
'The Four Of Us Are Dying'
'Demon Seed'


More Useful NIN Links:

NIN Website
NIN MySpace

Saturday, 3 May 2008

Glastonbury 2008 Line Up And The Cool Kids

Glastonbury might have all these artists playing this year:

Spiritualized, Massive Attack, the Raconteurs, My Morning Jacket, CSS, Black Lips, the National, Caribou, Battles, Annie, Vampire Weekend, Stars, Goldfrapp, Band of Horses, Neon Neon, Dizzee Rascal, John Cale, Black Mountain, Yeasayer, Hercules and Love Affair, Kid Sister, a Simian Mobile Disco DJ set, Crystal Castles, St. Vincent, Booka Shade, Los Campesinos!, the Futureheads, Billy Bragg, Pete Doherty, Manu Chao, Holy Fuck, the Gossip, Vetiver, Kool Keith & Kutmaster Kurt, Brian Jonestown Massacre, Roisin Murphy, Santogold, the Cave Singers, a DJ set from A-Trak, Jimmy Cliff, the Black Kids, Mystery Jets, Cadence Weapon, Lightspeed Champion, Tunng, Solomon Burke, Edwyn Collins, the Teenagers, Elbow, Mark Ronson, the Handsome Family, Sons & Daughters, Robyn Hitchcock, Dengue Fever, Foals, Editors, We Are Scientists, Estelle, the Cribs, UNKLE, the Wombats, the Kills, the Duke Spirit, Martina Topley-Bird, Sinead O'Connor, Appleblim, Glasvegas, the Swell Season, Candi Staton, Ethiopiques, the Zutons, Squarepusher, Jason Forrest (as DJ Donna Summer), the Subways, Dirty Pretty Things, the Ting Tings, the Orb, the Whip, Kate Nash, MGMT, Does It Offend You, Yeah?

and

Leonard Cohen, Hot Chip, British Sea Power, the Verve, Kings of Leon, Neil Diamond, and headliner Jay-Z

but it doesn't have The Cool Kids and that's just not cool!

Incidentally, The Cool Kids are just about to release their much anticipated debut EP 'The Bake Sale'.

The 10-track EP is scheduled to hit iTunes on May 20th, followed by a June 10th release to brick-and-mortar stores and other digital retailers. A new mixtape, 'That's Stupid', will precede 'The Bake Sale' with a release via the Cool Kids' new website in the next week.

The Cool Kids have also announced the title of yet another new release (yes!) which is a full length debut album called 'When Fish Ride Bicycles'. Once I have a copy, I will write a review here.

Not only that, but here come their tour dates:

5 May 2008 20:00 Jenny Craig Pavilion San Diego, California
7 May 2008 20:00 Wesleyan University Middletown, Connecticut
9 May 2008 20:00 Univ. Of Madison Madison, Wisconsin
10 May 2008 20:00 Carleton College Northfield, Minnesota
16 May 2008 20:00 Knox College Galesburg, Illinois
17 May 2008 20:00 Univ. of Chicago Chicago, Illinois
21 May 2008 20:00 Abbey Pub - Darfur Benefit Chicago, Illinois
25 May 2008 20:00 Detroit Electronic Music Festival Detroit, Michigan
31 May 2008 20:00 Northwestern University Evanston, Illinois
5 Jun 2008 20:00 Cue Cincinnati, Ohio
6 Jun 2008 20:00 Ottobar Baltimore, Maryland
7 Jun 2008 20:00 The Roots Picnic Philadelphia, Pennsylvania
8 Jun 2008 20:00 Black Cat WASHINGTON, Washington DC

And here they are:




The Cool Kids - Black Mags

Useful Links:
Glastonbury Website
The Cool Kids MySpace
The Cool Kids Website
 
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