Haven’t had a Herzog fix in awhile so dived into this the other evening. Well worth watching…
About 2 years ago a friend gave me the DVD box set of Jonathan Meades. In the chaos caused by moving house the collection was lost and only 2 weeks ago found. A sad tale but happily this means that our recent bus trips around Europe have been that little bit more entertaining.
Meades has a background as a food critic for the Times during which time he reportedly got rather chunky round the edges. But he’s also reasonably well know for his documentaries which include the series Abroad in Britain and the sequels Further Abroad with Jonathan Meades, Even Further Abroad With Jonathan Meades, Abroad Again in Britain and Abroad Again.
His documentaries mainly focus upon the subject of architecture but they offer so much more than any other documentary on any subject. His bizarre narration, fondness for bizarre camera angles and eccentric appearances on camera ensure these are very watchable and entertaining shows. Plus, these shows are not just about architecture alone. Meades never shys aways from commentating on modern social progress and development and often questions what society accepts as uniform beauty. He celebrates the strange and the forgotten and in doing so pulls some very strange people out of the woodwork. He is a fountain of knowledge and a true stalwart supporter of all things weird and wonderful.
For this mix the big boss Sweeney takes over. Formerly the drummer for Engineers Sweeney now keeps the good ZW ship afloat on tour. A man of indescribable wit and energy. Big love.
William Basinski is an American composer who piece ‘The Disintegration Loops’ will be performed for the first time at the Southbank on the 12th August.
‘The Disintegration Loops’ were composed by Basinski when he attempted to transfer some of his old pieces from tape to digital. However the original tapes were in such a poor condition they frayed and warped on the tape heads thus destroying the original compositions. Basinski was left with the sound of his work distorting and, if you like, dying.
The significance of this sound was made even more poignant by the fact that he completed this process on 11th September 2001. Basinski’s home is New York and as he watched the towers fall from his balcony he recorded the process on video recorded with his ‘Disintegration Loop’ echoing over the top.
I’m not 100% sure how the London Contemporary Orchestra are planning to capture such a unique sound, but I’m sure that it’ll be a event not to be missed.
Way ahead of it’s time. Watch from 1.2o on and be amazed. 1951…
Whilst we’re looking at revolving sets you should also check the below out. The point? All will be revealed soon…
We first came across Oberhofer when they played with us at Cargo back in February. Since then we’ve had the good fortune to bump into them at various events over the past few months. The live show is very much something to behold… there’s seemingly no end to Brad’s stage energy, and most show’s will end with him running about amongst the audience with general mayhem taking place.
Most recently we played with them in Toronto at NXNE; Brad displayed not only his onstage energy but his offstage energy by taking control of the lighting desk and running a light show until 3am for all the bands on the bill.
Watch the video for single ‘Away Frm U’ below…..
Double Denim released our first single Never Leave with a b-side of Let’s Move Back To Front back in November 2010 and they have since become firm friends. Hari Ashurst who makes up one half of the label gives us an intriguing mix of tunes below.
P.s For his notes on each tune see below:
1. Junior Boys – Last Exit
The original is dialled to 2am, the Fennesz take is wide-awake at 5am.
2. Chrono Cross OST – Chronopolis
Never played the game but I really want to sample this. Really Trip-Hop and Epic!
3. The Visitors – No Under on the Ground
I put this on every mix, it’s amazing, and weirdly unheard. Anything with vocoder is good though.
4. Gay Cat Park – I Am A Vocoder
Which leads me on to Gay Cat Park (a teenage band name if every I heard one) and this, one of the best vocoder songs ever.
5. Elite Gymnastics – Here, In Heaven
A group I’ve listened to nonstop for the past year or so. Really potent music.
6. Stevie Nicks singing “Wild Heart” backstage
One of my favourite Stevie songs. Her voice sounds incredible even off-guard here. She looks amazing too.
7. Claire Hamill – Spring Awaken, Larkrise
Claire Hamill did a record made up solely made up of vocals. It’s a beautiful record, and really expressive, although sadly forgotten now.
8. AC Newman – Come Crash
AC Newman is a great songwriter and his first solo record is all gold. New Pornographers were/are a real hotbed of talent (Destroyer, Neko Case and AC.)
9. The Cardigans – Explode
Not sure if anyone else out there is canonising The Cardigans but I am.
10. The Juan Maclean – Happy House
Love this. When I played with them they had some insane equipment, including a spinning synth (I think). What a great song.
11. Enon – Natural Disasters
Juan Maclean’s drummer was also Enon’s drummer, which blew my mind more than I think he was prepared for when he told me. This song is an all-time favourite.
Came across this old tape and thought in an ode to one of my favorite blogs Found Object (Who strangely have just done a post on tapes themselves) I’d share it with you:
I like the descriptions of the wet moor land. Haven’t found an ideal time or place to play it yet, but I reckon night time when you’re trying to get people to leave your flat is a good place to start!