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Built like a rake

July 26, 2005

The Rakes new single, and my favourite song they've ever done ever. It's about hangovers and drinking and stuff, i love it.
Watch the video, it looks like it was done by the same bird who did those first two Libertines videos, split-screenadelic.

The Rakes 'Work Work Work (Pub, Club, Sleep)'

 Posted by Chris at 04:00 PM |  Comments (2) |  Category: Video

Swish Blog Playlist Mix 22-07-05

July 22, 2005

With all the kafuffle that's going on in London (and of course Harry Potter reading to be done) I haven't really been in the mood for mix-making, but last night I bashed one out for you guys simply because so much good music had recently come into my possession.

Blame It On The Trains - Art Brut //
Recorded for a Radio 1 session (Hu Stevens I think) it's a new Art Brut song which I think is going to be a b-side on the next single.
Downing Street Kindling - Larrikin Love //
Taken from their new demo 'The Bunker Sessions' which were recorded earlier this month, they get ten times better with everything they do.
Summer Song - Scratch Card Junkie //
The very best punk pop, recorded in their school studio.
Lucid Fairytale - Napalm Death //
Recorded for a Radio 1 John Peel Session in September 1987, awesome. (via The Perfumed Garden)

The Swish Blog, Weekly Playlist Mix, 22-07-05
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1. Blame It On The Trains (Session) - Art Brut
2. Downing Street Kindling - Larrikin Love
3. Dancing On The Kitchen Floor - Milburn
4. Maintain The Focus - Test-Icicles
5. London's Dead - The March Hares
6. Kloy Gyn - Efterklang
7. Unseen Sights - Alias
8. Whitewash Is Brainwash - Get Cape. Wear Cape. Fly.
9. Keep It Away - Manic Cough
10. Maybe You Can Owe Me - Architecture In Helsinki
11. Tell Me What You Want (Session) - The Pipettes
12. Skeleton Jar - Youth Group
13. Summer Song (Demo) - Scratch Card Junkie
14. Ten Pence Piece - Bullet Union
15. Lucid Fairytale (Session) - Napalm Death

The sound quality is a little poor on a few of the tracks - unfortunately this is especially noticeable in the sessions and demos I've highlighted above - however they are still worth your listening time; I would not have put them in if they were not.

 Posted by Chris at 11:24 AM |  Comments (2) |  Category: Mixes, Playlists

A little bit of journo-ing

July 19, 2005

Since I last wrote on here, I've had my first review published in Artrocker magazine, which was lovely. I got a full-page to myself - my measly three-hundred word review and a huge photo - unfortunately there was some sort of cock-up and the huge photo was of Snow White, and not Test-Icicles, my reviews subjects. Anyway I mustn't grumble, I actually wrote the review the day after the terrorist bombings with a huge hangover, writers-block and a certain amount of grammatical-stupidity, so I'm lucky it got in the magazine at all.

So please buy it (generally it's free, but sometimes it's £1) if you can, Artrocker Issue 17 (it's got Les Georges Leningrad on the cover), in the meantime this is my review:

Test-Icicles :: The Legion, Hoxton :: 6th July 2005
"Ladies and Gentlemen, get ready for the worst night of your fucking lives!" Dev Test-icicles screams from atop a bass amp, "this is the best time of our lives". The hideously-named Test-Icicles - recently signed to Domnio - are out to have a good time tonight, and they're not going to let anybody stop them, especially not this largely static Hoxton crowd.
First song 'Catch It' is a shambolic cacophony of screeches and pounding electro dub beats whilst the three svelte figures of band members Dev, Sammy and Rory thrash and sling their bodies as if standing still would mean certain death. Next, new single 'Boa vs. Python' - on record an exhilarating storm of fervent teenage enthusiasm (for serpents) - waned slightly, as metal poses, and fretboard-wanking take precedent; such excesses are inherent to the whole Test-icicles experience. In that lies their very problem, here we have 3 wonderfully talented boys who can marry electro, metal and rap music with such ease (and style), yet they know exactly how talented, ground-breaking and fucking cool they are; and seem intent on thrusting the fact down our throats for the entirety of their set. There are as many missed chords as hair-metal solos, as much misplaced feedback as instrument-swapping.
'Dancing On Pegs', the greatest ode-to-amputation ever written, and 'Circle, Square, Triangle' are set highlights and briefly threaten to get the crowd moving almost as much as the boys on stage, but this is an all-too-fleeting moment. At the end of the day Test-Icicles make some of the most thrilling, danceable and forward-thinking music around, yet seem more interested in amusing themselves and their friends, with rock shapes and 80s metal pomposity. Hopefully soon they will let their music breathe and give the rest of us some of the action.

 Posted by Chris at 02:24 PM |  Comments (2) |  Category: Reviews

Swish Blog Playlist Mix 12-07-05

July 12, 2005

Sorry for the lack of commentary. Please enjoy.

The Swish Blog, Weekly Playlist Mix, 12/07/05
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1. Tekno Love Song - CocoRosie
2. I Never Stopped - Battle
3. Little Lost Boy - Larrikin Love
4. So Long Ago - The Coral
5. Sukkafish - The Grates
6. Signs - The Noisettes
7. Ancient Geography - Awful Sparks
8. Spitting In Italy - S. Rock Levinson
9. One - ¬°Forward Russia!
10. Boa vs. Python - Test-Icicles
11. Love Is A Number - White Rose Movement
12. The Face - Black Wire
13. your_name@random - Motormark
14. Blood On Our Hands (Justice Remix) - Death From Above 1979
15. Let's Get Sick - Mu

 Posted by Chris at 11:45 PM |  Comments (6) |  Category: Mixes, Playlists

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