Monday, 8 December 2008

'08 / '09 Prospects

The end of 2008 is drawing near and it's been a pretty great year in terms of music. I decided to list my favourite albums, but could not decide on something solid so I scrapped that idea. Instead, I decided to do what I do best: a mixtape! It's difficult to sum up the past 365 days of music in a one-hour mixtape, but I think I've done it justice. So here is The Music of 2008: A Mixtape

Sigur Rós - Inní Mér Syngur Vitleysingur
Nobunny - Chuck Berry Holiday
Flight of the Conchords - Inner City Pressure
The Notwist - Boneless (Panda Bear Remix)
Deerhunter - Agoraphobia
Why? - Fatalist Palmistry
Atlas Sound - Quarantined
Gang Gang Dance - House Jam
Foals - Red Sock Pugie
Grizzly Bear - While You Wait for the Others (Live on KCRW)
Fleet Foxes - Blue Ridge Mountains
Portishead - The Rip
Vampire Weekend - Walcott
Animal Collective - Water Curses
Karl Blau - Before Telling Dragons
Grouper - Heavy Water / I'd Rather Be Sleeping
Bon Iver - re: Stacks

Running time:
1 hour, 10 minutes and 20 seconds

In terms of my own music, I've been getting lots of practice in; both singing and guitar are improving respectively. A good friend of mine, Louis T (Panda Pop), has been playing a number of local gigs.

We've decided to get a band together and we've had one band practice so far. However, in that one practice, we've already managed to write a song that is truly fuckin' brilliant! Hopefully we'll start playing a few gigs in the New Year and I'll no longer be confined to recording shitty lo-fi covers in my bedroom. Prospects are good!


As for other music, 2009 is shaping up more than nicely! January alone has the arrival of two highly anticipated albums from Animal Collective and Andrew Bird, and Grizzly Bear's new album should also be making an appearance at some point.

It's going to be a great year!


Thursday, 30 October 2008


Not updated this in a while.

My love for Nick Drake tunings has cost me dearly. I have broken so many strings lately that my 12-string has gone through a real battering. It's currently only a 9-string. Having no top E strings and the lack of a G string; and no that's not a fashion statement.

Instead I've taken to something less harmful for my guitar. I've gone back to basics, sort of. I cannot get enough of the band Animal Collective at the moment, and I've needed something to keep me sane as I count down the days (74 to go) until their new album, Merriweather Post Pavilion, is released here in the UK on January 20th. A lot of stuff from their earlier catalogue has kept me busy, mostly their acoustic stuff.

Their album Sung Tongs is a modern day classic, but there's so much more to those years than that one album. My current favourite song is infact two that are seemlessly seuged together as part of a live set they did for the BBC back in 2005. The songs are Sleeper Factory and Doggy.

Doggy, as a song, has seen numerous reincarnations in the past. It was first released on the band's third album, Campfire Songs. Their first four album were not released under the name Animal Collective and so they are mostly overlooked (they only started using the Animal Collective moniker on their fifth album, Here Comes The Indian). It was then changed ever so slightly and played live numerous times. After disappearing from setlists, it made a comeback in 2006 / 2007 reworked into a more electronic style to suit the bands live instrument set up.

On the album it first appeared on, Wikipedia tells us this:

"The album is comprised of five individual songs played back to back and recorded in one take. The recording was made on a screen porch in Maryland using three Sony MiniDisc players with Sony ECM-MS907 microphones placed strategically around the band. Ambient sound from the surrounding area was also captured and added later. The album was mixed at Avey Tare's apartment and later mastered with Nicolas Vernhes at Rare Book Room.

The three members of Animal Collective performing on this album are Avey Tare, Panda Bear, and Deakin, who makes his debut appearance here. Although member Geologist does not perform on the album, he was present for the recording to operate the MiniDisc players. At this point in time, despite the presence of all four original members, there was still no Animal Collective proper; the name Campfire Songs was intended to be the name of the band performing the album, as well as the name of the album itself."

The second song on the album is one I have chosen to cover. It is a very simple song and feels almost ambient in nature. It uses three chords and for my cover I strum only three strings. It is back to basics.

But despite its simplicity, it is one of the most beautiful songs I have heard.

I'm sure when most people think of the most distressing points in their childhood, they think of the loss of a pet. My two cats died only recently and it's a horrible feeling. As you get older, these things come into perspective and I have lost people of much more importance than pets. But as a child, it's devastating. There's also the notion that some parents buy pets so that children can understand death and loss. A certain scene from Kill Bill Vol. 2 comes to mind actually.

But I'm drifting ...

This song is about the loss of a pet dog. It's simplistic and innocent in nature, but naively graphic in a very childish way. I've never heard a song like it or one so moving. So I have done my own cover.

Enjoy :-)


Dog of height in the trees
Won't you come down doggy
Such a sweet doggy
I brought you your dinner
My doggy i miss you kissing from my palm
I remember when i first got you doggy

But you lay there so still doggy
You lay there
So still

Dog who fell to the ground
Twisted your neck doggy
Don't look right doggy
The vet came with sutures
He said "Dave
Hey the doctor cannot save your dog"

But I remember when I first got you dog

You lay there so still dog
You lay there so still

Dog of depth in the dirt
They buried you deep doggy
You’re the best doggy
My friend has a doggy
She's real nice dog
I wish you could chase her round my yard

I remember when I first got you dog
Sweet doggy

But you lay there so still doggy
You lay there so still


Thursday, 21 August 2008

Results Day Mixtape

Today I got my results for my GCSEs. It's been a great relief. To honour it, here's a mixtape.

Akron Family - How Do I Know
Black Moth Super Rainbow - Colorful Nickels
Mirah - Lion Tamer
Thanksgiving - The River
Fleet Foxes - Tiger Mountain Peasant Song
The Microphones - The Moon
Sonic Youth - The Sprawl
My Bloody Valentine - You Made Me Realise
The Books - An Animated Description of Mr. Maps
Atlas Sound - S.S.C.
Animal Collective - Turn Into Something
Saul Williams - Black Stacey
{{{Sunset}}} - Zombies



Tuesday, 29 July 2008

Mortigi Tempo Compilation

1: Cancer - Pignoah
2: varm sommer - krqluld
3: TerrorNeverClearer - enemyjavi
4: Queer Jimmy & The Pickle Kisser - Urge To Eat
5: D.R. - Mindwater
6: El Ocaso - Calcutec
7: Daydreamers - The Kitchen Club
8: To The People - Unitshifter
9: Aleatoric Loneliness - Pseudochild
10: rootseveredfromatree - spellcheck
11: Fire Rabbit - Elliot Mor
12: Bullhead - monologue
13: Rebel(Wah) - Pumpkinhead
14: Messy - Kafkadoodle
15: Ghetto Far - Thomas J & the L'antenneheads
16: Into The Sea - Sveinung
17: Sikey - Kyriakos Ioannou
18: Judith - Tyler Hansbrough
19: Flutter - Tristen



Monday, 7 July 2008

Sharing : )

Wonsaponatime, a member of the Radiohead message board AtEase, interviewed Ed O'Brien earlier today in Berlin. He is set to upload his very insightful interview on Wednesday. He mentioned some very interesting things, in particular a DVD of Radiohead's 2006 Hammersmith performance. This got me very excited. The bootleg I have of that show is probably by favourite. Perfect setlist, perfect songs ... perfect! I have been listening to it all night and so, as a gesture of good will, here is the much loved bootleg!

02.The National Anthem
05.15 Step
06.Morning Bell
07.I Might Be Wrong
09.How To Disappear Completely
11.Karma Police
12.House Of Cards
14.My Iron Lung
17.There There

Encore 1
19.Pyramid Song
20.Let Down
21.Planet Telex

Encore 2
22.I Want None Of This
23.Everything In Its Right Place

DOWNLOAD "Radiohead: Hammersmith Apollo, London - 19/05/06" HERE


Sunday, 6 July 2008


I went to see Radiohead with my Dad last Sunday. Just uploaded this video he filmed. You can see all my photos here if you like.

Today I am bored. I'm yet to record anything substantial this summer. However, Jemima is coming over tomorrow. Maybe it'll be the start of something musical. I have good feeling still about Black Dahlia and Lull Of The Sea. I'm trying to write a new song with the Nick Drake tuning - a variation of Drop-D - I have a little chord progression that sounds nice. Hopefully I can turn it into something and then I'll have three promising demos! It's not much, but it's a start. I have also recorded that cover of Place To Be. I'll put a link at the bottom, as usual.

In other news, the track Aleatoric Loneliness is to be included on an online compilation. I'll no doubt link to it once it is finished! (The comp., that is. The track's been ready for a while.)

DOWNLOAD "Place To Be (Nick Drake Cover)" HERE


Friday, 4 July 2008

You Have No Desire to Open Your Eyes

Yet another mixtape.
This is just a collection of my favourite songs at the moment. Please download and enjoy.

Flight of the Conchords - Bret, You've Got It Going On
The Beatles - She Said She Said
Deerhunter - Agoraphobia
Why? - Fatalist Palmistry
MGMT - Time to Pretend
Animal Collective - Brother Sport (Live in Melkweg, Amsterdam)
The Flashbulb - Lucid Bass II
Les Rallizes Dénudés - Enter The Mirror (Live in Paris)
Sunn O))) - It Took the Night to Believe
Radiohead - Dollars & Cents
Grouper - Stuck
Nick Drake - Place to Be
Sigur Rós - Festival
Devendra Banhart - My Dearest Friend

DOWNLOAD "You Have No Desire To Open Your Eyes" HERE