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Archive for March, 2004

Listen.to

Posted: March 22nd, 2004, by Marceline Smith

Despite being a computer tech geek, I am amazed and astounded by the listen-to thing which I consider nothing short of magic. Look, it tells you what I am listening to RIGHT NOW! I can look over there and see what Ollie’s listening to on the other side of the world. RIGHT NOW! We’ve managed to enlist the help of greg kitten and chrish to the cause where they will cancel each other out as Greg tries to lower the cool quotient and Chris tries to raise it. I’m actually finding this something of a kick up the ass as I’ve been sadly neglecting my records lately but now I feel guilty when I see that I haven’t listened to anything for hours and hours. It’s also going to be interesting to see if/how much we all start pandering to the public knowledge and start pretending we listen to Merzbow all the time. Or that we don’t listen to Girls Aloud and songs by your own band…ahem. Incidentally, thanks to NYLPM for the listen-to tip.

Also to let you know that I’ve just initiated a domain transfer request for diskant so things may go a bit screwy over the next 10-14 days. Not that any of us care – we’ll be at ATP! WOO! (except for Ollie, aww. But that’s what you get for moving to the USA).

My Saab broke

Posted: March 21st, 2004, by Chris Summerlin

Last night I drank enough to kill a horse.New Papa M compilation is smoking.

I’m in a band called The Fabulous Foxes.

All my mates are in Texas and I’m not.

On Wednesday I’m playing at Rock City the City of Rock.

My Fender Jaguar has an extra arsehole.

Valeria has hot shoes.

Last week I met Siobhan Fahey of Shakespeares Sister STROKE Bananarama fame.

The Band are THE Band.

Doing things

Posted: March 20th, 2004, by Ollie

hi gang, been doing things recently (in a roundabout way). best of all was a rather wonderful trip to san francisco where we saw hella, walked up some massive fuck off hills and ate crazy new food. thanks mainly to the insane amoeba records, we are now up to our eyeballs in new music too, which is pretty great. in another thinly veiled excuse for a band list, here are some recent purchase highlights:

alvarius b/dylan nyoukis – sugar: the other white meat lp

dylan nyoukis – with hicks in the sudan cassette

friends forever/gang wizard – split 9″ (lathe cut too, no less)

ashtray navigations/gang wizard – split 7″

amon duul ii – yeti cd

amon duul ii – phallus dei cd

sunroof! – bliss 2cd

wolf eyes & smegma – the beast lp

wolf eyes & black dice – collaboration lp

riveting, i’m sure you’ll agree. buying stupid records and then showing them off as shamefully as possible is one of the best pastimes a man can have if you ask me. the live circuit is still fairly quiet, but we are hopefully seeing KHANATE!!!!! next thursday. judging by the live photos circulating from the shows they’ve been playing, they look insane and should be nothing short of excellent. just after that, cheer accident are playing in town with a band featuring ex-members of sweep (remember them?!) which i’m kind of in two minds over. all this activity of course in no way makes up for the fact that we’re missing atp this year (and all the various gigs that the bands are playing around the same time). i for one am also insanely jealous that mister younger is getting to go to no fun fest in nyc! jammy tyke. and as if that weren’t enough, radio playing excitement to boot? how does he do it?

on a slightly sadder note, a tiny little part of my soul finally died yesterday, as we gave up on the endless struggle against all of society, and bought mobile phones. fancy ones too, with cameras and email and all kinds of crap. we’ll be eating tapas and ending loud and irritating public conversations with “ciao” before you know it.

other recent things include: long overdue haircuts, the surprisingly good dawn of the dead remake, final fantasy:crystal chronicles, vague plans to move to various different places which usually last about an hour, kickass new tape deck with flashy lights and things, and of course, a constant state of anarchic joblessness. when will the excitement end?

kudos must go to chris s. for his saab purchasing. after a big clanky late 80s volvo, a saab would definitely be my car of choice (if i could drive, this is). i think though, if he mentions the slint thing to anyone else, his saab should become THE saab from tweez, it would make for a much better story, especially since it would be coming from chris summerlin, master of rock, and would therefore be entirely believable.

lastly, down there on the left just above the blogger button, you can now see what each of us have been listening to. well, currently it’s just marceline and i *coughSTAFFcough*, but hopefully it will provide you with some insight into, er, something or other. this somewhat miraculous feat of technology (by my standards) is provided by listen-to.com. clever stuff.

Jackie-O Motherfucker

Posted: March 19th, 2004, by Chris H

This year the All Tomorrow’s Parties people are taking advantage of the glut of talent travelling to Camber Sands and arranging a UK tour so that the sand-allergic can join in the fun. The first gig takes place on the 22nd of March at Stereo in Glasgow and features Jackie-O Motherfucker, Bardo Pond and special guests who might be Threnody Ensemble. It’s an impressive line-up and given the size of the bands an ambitious one. I emailed Jackie-O guitarist-mainstay Tom Greenwood to see what we canto expect when the psychedelic freeform circus comes to town.

Who’s all in the band’s line-up for this gig / tour and what are they playing?

Brooke and I are the only two left from previous glasgow gigs….we’ve added Dave Bryant (godspeed) on guitar and tapes….Fluffy Toast (montreal) on banjo/saw/electronics….Jeff Mooridian (vaz) on drums /electronic drums/sequencer….Genevieve Dellinger…vocals, etc….Andy Cvar…lap steel guitar. Brooke plays piano/vibes/guitar…and I’m still playing guitar/turntables.

Being improvised I guess you can’t tell us exactly what to expect from the show but are there any clues you could give us? Like how did it go the last time you played at Stereo?

We’re working on something completely different than ever before…the sound has evolved a lot this year, due to a bunch of touring/recording…etc. Expect something that covers a huge spectrum…from tiny microscopic sounds, to giant swelling waves!!

Last time you were here I think you played with Volcano the Bear. Are they a band you feel some kind of affinity with, and are there others?

We had a great time playing with them….however, we are kind of solitary and hermitish at the moment. We’d love to open ourselves up a bit more, and i’m hoping to develop a residency in Glasgow this summer so we can do that….

Can we expect members of Bardo Pond to join you onstage at the gig?

Not likely…as we are working on a 45-60 min. composition that takes the entire set!…

Your name is quite (/very) confrontational but your sound, at least on your album for Textile Records, I found quite open and laid-back. Is this deliberate, accidental or am I completely off-planet with this question?

Things have changed a great deal from when we started the band 10 years ago….but the name is so cute…doncha think?

Well. Hello.

Posted: March 15th, 2004, by Chris Summerlin

I feel I must share with you all my bummedness. I am on a Norris McWherter style Guinness Book Of Records Dedication Is What You Need attempt to bust all previously known records for being in the most bands. However, this occasionally backfires when you have to turn down playing in a band you love because you have too many gigs with a band you’re in (and lovejust as much). Today I failed to get time off work to play bass in a band I shit the bed over. I am gutted. But as a non bass player it may work out to their advantage anyway. Bum.

But! On the plus side I bought a new car. A vintage Saab 900i. For those of you with a life you may recognise this car from the sleeve of Tweez by the popular band Slint. It munches petrol, hits every speed bump you go over (making a scraping sound from hell) and the heating knob is stuck on full. But in it I am LORD OF THE ROAD. I am Slazenger. And it will do 120 mph. I see my license disappearing.

All this financial activity means I am selling my Travis Bean. Not my yellow one which is the greatest thing in the world but my brown one, which is equally great but a bit under used. So get it before I change my mind. It is not cheap though.

Mogwai Music Box

Posted: March 10th, 2004, by Marceline Smith

Possibly the greatest piece of band merchandising ever, I bring you the Mogwai Music Box!

I just got mine in the post yesterday after buying it in a nice bit of OH MY GOD BEST THING EVER impulse buying on Friday. We used to play with music boxes like these in a shop called Luckpenny in Elgin when we were kids and those were exciting enough when playing stuff like The Entertainer and Greensleeves. Hearing one play a plinky-plinky Tracy by Mogwai is truly wondrous. Now I have dug out Young Team so I can listen to the orginal Tracy and get the handle turning timing correct.

A-Z

Posted: March 2nd, 2004, by Chris Summerlin

Good way to make a compilation: A to Z. It’s a winner. My bus journey minidisc for the week features

AC/DC

THE BAND

CAPTAIN BEEFHEART

DEERHOOF

EXCELSIOR

JOHN FAHEY

GOLDEN

HOT SNAKES

I’M BEING GOOD

SKIP JAMES

KING CRIMSON

LE TIGRE

MUDHONEY

NIRVANA

WILL OLDHAM

ELVIS PRESLEY

QUEENS OF THE STONE AGE

RED EYED LEGENDS

ARCHIE SHEPP

TALK TALK

UNWOUND

THE VAN PELT

TOM WAITS

THE EX (cheating a bit)

NEIL YOUNG

ZZ TOP

chris