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Ooh, zombies scenesters in Testies new vid...

September 28, 2005

An opportunity to attend the video shoot was spurned by shoe girl and myself a couple of weeks ago in favour of a keeping our jobs (or not using a holiday day, whichever way you look at it), but after seeing the video I'm so disappointed. The single's out on the 24th of October kids, don't miss out!

Test Icicles - Circle, Square, Triangle
(MOV video - you will need the Quicktime plug-in)

 Posted by Chris at 05:00 PM |  Category: Video

Swish Blog Playlist Mix 27-09-05

September 27, 2005

I have it on good authority that 50 Cent and some of G Unit recently went into a studio in Wigan to do some recording; no really, I'm serious. I have it on good authority that the first track in this week's Swish Mix, Emotional, is one of the tracks recorded by 'Fiddy' in said Wigan studio. Certainly the lyrics seem fresh - mentioning the wide-eyed enthusiasm of groupies from Glasgow - he really should lose that 'lollipop' metaphor though.

You should also make sure you listen to Jeremy Warmsley's A Matter Of Principle; A London boy who seems to have perfectly combined American emotional indie and eccentric British electronica. He's just been signed by trend-setting label Transgressive Records, who will be releasing his forthcoming EP '5 Interesting Lies' in November.

It's been brought to my attention that it's quite easy to lose your place in my mixes, and have no clue which song is which. So, to aid you, I have included a handy time key on each track so you should never lose your place again. I'm nice like that.

The Swish Blog, Weekly Playlist Mix, 27/09/05
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1. Emotional - 50 Cent [00:00 - 01:47]
2. What We Do - Kray Twinz [01:47 - 04:52]
3. Reload It - Kano [04:52 - 08:21]
4. Sex In Your Mouth - Gay For Johnny Depp [08:21 - 09:16]
5. Listen Listen - The Pistolas [09:16 - 11:34]
6. The Hoboken - USAisamonster [11:34 - 15:06]
7. Tourist Attraction - Kiosk [15:06 - 16:38]
8. Quite A Delight - Mystery Jets [16:38 - 18:24]
9. The Photos (Session) - Good Shoes [18:24 - 20:11]
10. A Matter Of Principle - Jeremy Warmsley [20:11 - 24:31]
11. Jerk Me - New Young Pony Club [24:31 - 28:29]
12. Act Like A Girl - Objects [28:29 - 32:13]
13. Helpless Fool For Love (Patrick Wolf Remix) - Annie [32:13 - 36:00]
14. Sonny - Pete And The Pirates [36:00 - 37:32]
15. Summertime - Sidney Bechet [37:32 - 41:37]

 Posted by Chris at 12:39 PM |  Category: Mixes, Playlists

Not quite Nadia Comaneci, but almost as supple...

September 26, 2005

Comanechi are a band, a very special band. Not only have I been in love with them, and talking about them on here, for a long time but they - and more specifically their song 'My Favourite Shoes' - were the inspiration for shoe girl's blog Popstar Feets.

Their second single came out a couple of weeks ago on White Heat records, and their video has just become available online too! Watch it.

Comanechi - Naked (MP4 video - you will need the Quicktime plug-in)

 Posted by Chris at 10:18 AM |  Category: Video

Kano Kuts

September 22, 2005

Why isn't Kano better than he is? Epworth produced him, Skinner produced him, Diplo produced him, Danger Mouse has mucked about with him and he used to be in N.A.S.T.Y. who we're, y'know, pretty good. Why isn't he massive?

I let shoe girl cut my hair, well actually I made shoe girl cut my hair. About half way through she said "Wouldn't it be awesome if I cut one side really short and left the other long?", i said "Oh yeah!" and she did it.

This photo is post cut, and with no filthy wax stuff on my head, but I reckon I look like Keira Knightly when she got that cut.

 Posted by Chris at 05:23 PM |  Comments (3) |  Category: Life, Spaz

'I promise I only dropped acid once...'

September 15, 2005

I know I've just updated but I couldn't resist this one, The Strokes have tentatively named their third studio album 'First Impressions Of Earth' (via nme.com)

Singer Julian Casablancas has been quoted as saying, "The album's kind of about how someone from outer space would objectively view things happening on earth..."

Hahaha, they have entered the 'going fucking mental' stage of their development then?

 Posted by Chris at 03:31 PM |  Comments (3) |  Category: Releases

Everton FC, dead things and franchises

Looks like the ginger-crinkley one and our boys aren't going to have much support tonight, it is a bad omen or just a clear indication of the shape of things to come? I know a lot of you will have no idea what I'm going on about, "football? You mean soccer? Why isn't he talking about music anymore?"... whatever dudes, this is important to me - it is my blog after all.

On another non-music related note, you should all play Urban Dead it's a real-time map-based zombie killing game. Best of all, if you die in the game you become a zombie too! And i should know, I've died three times now and I've only been playing a week.

You should also go to the Battle Of The Art Brut Franchises this Friday at the Luminaire in Kilburn, London. It's basically a load of bands who are (or at least started out as) Art Brut franchises. It's headlined by The Rocks who decidedly, are not an Art Brut Franchise... hm.

 Posted by Chris at 02:41 PM |  Category: Football, Life

Last weeks obsession with Only Fools And Horses lookalikes in full...

September 14, 2005

 Posted by Chris at 10:41 AM |  Comments (2) |  Category: Life

Swish Blog Playlist Mix 13-09-05

September 13, 2005

Last night I went to an Artrocker night at The Garage and watched Twisted Charm (Nathan's backcombed hair is getting out of control), Black Wire (Dan gets prettier every day... Si is obviously starting to think that he's in Vincent Vincent & The Villains) and Test Icicles (who, whilst playing Boa vs. Python exclaimed "anyone who bought this single is a retard!"); it was amazing...

The Test Icicles album is out soon, and I was lucky enough to get a 5-track sampler thingy of which the first track in this week's mix, Pull The Lever, is from.

The Swish Blog, Weekly Playlist Mix, 13/09/05
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1. Pull The Lever - Test Icicles
2. Never meant to hurt you - Good Shoes
3. London Sky Tonight - The Bridge Gang
4. Cannons - Greyhound Green
5. Heard About Your Band - The Brakes
6. Felt Tip - Love Is All
7. Maps - Arcade Fire
8. Atoms - Emmy The Great
9. Boob - Les Diamants
10. International Tough Guy - Awful Sparks
11. K-Constant - Lovers Of Today
12. saf-TEE sizz0rs! - Best Fwends!
13. Fire (Test Icicles Remix) - Lethal Bizzle
14. George Bush Doesn't Care About Black People - KO
15. Nightclubbing - Grace Jones

 Posted by Chris at 10:04 AM |  Comments (21) |  Category: Mixes, Playlists

Bestival Festival!

September 07, 2005

I have one (possibly two - will find out later) Bestival tickets which I cannot use. They are press tickets, with backstage access and most probably backstage camping, which is lovely. It (they) cost me nothing, so I will be giving it (they) away for nothing, although if you would like to send me some money I would be very very grateful, as lack of money is the reason I am giving up the tickets.

If you would like them send me an email to the.swish.blog@gmail.com, but be quick as it kicks off this Friday.

EDIT: They have been taken...

 Posted by Chris at 03:34 PM |  Category:

Swish Blog Playlist Mix 06-09-05

September 06, 2005

It has been a month since my last Swish Mix. Call it blogger-apathy, laziness or whatever you will, the truth is that I've had a pretty difficult couple of weeks, as well as being pretty hectic. Reading Festival, parties at my parents house (my aunty got knocked up), moving around with a heavy bag of clothes; Swish-Mixing was the last thing on my mind.

Now I'm back, and I'm back for good.

We're coming to the end of festival season here in blighty and I had planned my personal finale to be this weekend's Bestival, lovingly made by Radio 1's Rob Da Bank's. Stupid name, great line-up. However it looks like I may have to forfeit a fun-filled-Isle-of-Wight-weekend in favour of having money to spend on food for the next month. I may give away / sell my tickets on here in the next day or so, so keep checking back!

Coming up we've got Test-Icicles and Black Wire at an Artrocker night at the Garage, not to mention Artrocker's first foray into hip-hopping with Mike-Skinner's buddies The Mitchell Brothers and Why Lout?, again at The Garage. Next week we have 'Battle of the Art Brut Franchises', which I'm sure will be incredible, if a little pretentious.

Anyway, here's the new mix. It's pretty good although the sound is a bit fucked up on the lower quality version so I wouldn't bother with it if I were you.

The Swish Blog, Weekly Playlist Mix, 05-09-05
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1. Bless His Heart - Blood Red Shoes
2. My Heart Is Out Of Bounds - The Long Blondes
3. Teenage Disco - Video Club
4. You Want Me - Objects
5. All In My Head - Good Shoes
6. Anal Lies - USAisamonster
7. Shh, Put The Shiv To My Throat - Gay For Johnny Depp
8. First And Foremost - Action Plan
9. Fire Kills Children - Dakar Rally
10. Can't Kid A Kidder - burningpilot
11. Paradise Park - C-Jags
12. Why Don't You Fix It? - The Seal Club Clubbing Club
13. Sick Like Me (Motor RMX Tokyo) - T. Raumschmiere
14. D.A.R.E. (Soulwax Remix) - Gorillaz
15. All About Us - taTu

 Posted by Chris at 10:22 AM |  Comments (2) |  Category: Life, Mixes, Playlists

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