Friday, 29 May 2015

A very powerful anti rape message from 2003

The ad is a double page with the pages partially stuck together. if you pull them apart it reveals the line “if you have to use force, it’s rape”.
The pro bono ad was done by Lowe Bull Calvert Pace in 2003 for South Africa for POWA (People Opposing Women Abuse) and recieved a Cannes Lion Press Silver award

In Memorium

Rocco Acerra (29)
Bruno Balli (50)
Alfons Bos
Giancarlo Bruschera (21)
Andrea Casula (11)
Giovanni Casula (44)
Nino Cerrullo (24)
Willy Chielens
Giuseppina Conto (17)
Dirk Daenicky
Dionisio Fabbro (51)
Jaques Francois
Eugenio Gagliano (35)
Francesco Galli (25)
Giancarlo Gonnelli (20)
Alberto Guarini (21)
Giavacchino Landinni (50)
Roberto Lorenzini (31)
Barbara in Margiotta Lusci (58)
Franco Martelli (46)
Loris Massore (28)
Gianni Mastroiaca (20)
Sergio Bastino Mazzino (38)
Luciano Rocco Papaluca (38)
Bento Pistalato (50)
Patrick Radcliffe
Demenico Ragazzi (44)
Antonio Ragnanese (29)
Claude Robert
Mario Ronchi (43)
Domencio Russo (28)
Tarcisio Salvi (49)
Gianfranco Sarto (47)
Mario Spanu (41)
Amedeo Giuseppe Spolaore (55)
Tarcisio Venturin (23)
Jean Michel Walla
Claudio Zavaroni (28)
Luigi Pidone (31)

I was born in Liverpool and am a lifelong Liverpool supporter. Thirty years ago I spent the day travelling from Amsterdam to Liverpool via Belgium and then watched the Huysel tragedy unfold on my Nan's TV. 
My love for the 'beautiful game' has never been the same since

Thursday, 28 May 2015

The end of Odd Future?

Court of Public Opinion: The Trial of Bill Cosby (Inside Amy Schumer)


Dub on Air with Dennis Bovell (Soho Radio 17/05/15)


Future Sound of Mzansi (Part 2)

Part two of Spoek Mathambo and Lebogang Rasethaba's 'Future Sound of Mzansi' explores questions of race and authenticity in South African electronic music. Featuring a colorful cast of producers, singers, and dancers, this episode looks at the long shadow that apartheid has cast on South African music and social politics
Part 1 HERE

Wednesday, 27 May 2015

SoulCircuit - Rolling With Me (I Got Love)

The Electric Knife Orchestra Presents 'Stayin' Alive'

Sixteen knives and one meat cleaver brought to life to perform the Bee Gee’s hit Stayin’ Alive

Stanley Donwood

Carriageworks Sydney
Thanks Stan

ROUND TWO: Ramzan Kadyrov VS 'The Family'

Soon on the screens of your television sets and movie theaters you will see a film 'WHO DOES NOT UNDERSTAND WILL GET IT.'This is an extremely topical picture, in which after extended negotiations, I agreed to play the role of the main hero. Some scenes have already been filmed. The director is the author of famous Hollywood films. Also appearing in the film are world-famous first-class stars. The authors are confident that the film will have enormous success.

Tuesday, 26 May 2015

John Lydon and Miranda Sawyer QandA (100 Club April 26 2015)

The 100 Club has changed somewhat since I worked there

Boris - Pink / Statement


Damn! I wish I'd had the money to get a ticket to see them at The Corner this coming Saturday

Rocko: Bushwick Brooklyn New York


Algiers - Algiers (Albumstream)

And When You Fall
Old Girl
Irony, Utility, Pretext
But She Was Not Flying
Black Eunuch
In Parallax
(Released June 2 on Matador)
By far and away my most eagerly awaited release of the year. Absolutely superb. The fourth member is drummer Matt Tong (of Bloc Party)

INDECLINE: This Land Is Your Land

Ad Break: Australia 1973

The Secret History of the Vocoder

‘What’s more human than wanting to be something else?’
The transhuman sounds of the vocoder are familiar to anyone who’s listened to chart-topping albums from the likes of Daft Punk, Coldplay, The Beastie Boys and Kanye West. But before the speech synthesis technology reached a wide public, it had already lived three full lives: first, as an experimental technology created to cut the cost of transcontinental phone calls, then as an encrypted communication system of the US military during the Second World War and Vietnam, and then as a re-purposed instrument used by influential counterculture musicians such as Laurie Anderson, Afrika Bambaataa and Kraftwerk.
With interviews from military, communication and music experts, The Secret History of the Vocoder traces the technology through the course of the 20th century, from its birth at Bell Labs in 1928, to its transformation into an instrument with a distinctive sound that exists in the grey area between human and machine.
For more on digital art and the tools we use to create it, read Tom Uglow’s essay ‘The Arts Electric’

The Complete Force: A Wackies Primer


Lost in translation?

He was the saviour of Afghan music. Then a Taliban bomb took his hearing

Iggy Pop: Blowtorch in Bondage (Lester Bangs The Village Voice 28/3/77)


Patti Smith, David Johansen, Deborah Harry and Lenny Kaye


TEAC O'Casse Open Cassette

I do not remember these at all

Monday, 25 May 2015

The Family: A film about Ramzan Kadyrov

Under The Influence: Krautrock

Sunday, 24 May 2015

Dear lawd! Drummers eh?

Tabla Beat Science - Talamanam Sound Clash

Filmed June 21, 2002 with 12 cameras at the legendary Fillmore in San Francisco, this DVD documents a Tabla Beat Science performance that features founders Zakir Hussein (Tablas) and Bill Laswell (Bass), along with Ustad Sultan Khan (Sarangi and Vocals), Ejigayehu "Gigi" Shibabaw (Vocals), Karsh Kale (Drums), DJ Disk (Turntable) and MIDIval PunditZ (Electronics). Directed by Alex Winter

Michael Jackson's recorded grunts



Spoek Mathambo presents 'Future Sound Of Mzansi' (Part 1)

'Future Sound of Mzansi' is Spoek Mathambo and Lebogang Rasethaba's powerful new documentary about South African electronic music. Part one introduces the new sounds coming out of the townships and urban areas of cities like Durban, Cape Town, and Johannesburg. It becomes abundantly clear that regionalism is extremely important in the development of genres like broken beats, qgom, Shangaan electro, and kwaito. Or, as a producer puts it, it's about the need to "own our shit, own who we are, then bring that out to the world."
We also get to meet the film's colorful cast of characters, which includes Black Coffee, Okmalumkoolkat, Culoe De Song, the owners of Cape Town record label African Dope, and broken beats originators NakedBoys, among many others. The producers discuss the ways the Internet has both helped and hurt their scenes, while dancers show off the sneaker-shredding moves that bring the music to life.
One of this segment's most powerful moments comes from Nozinja, who delivers a passionate speech about using Shangaan electro—the genre he pretty much created—to represent the marginalized Shangaan people. "For me to be known and seen all over, representing that same marginalized and abused nation, I feel proud," he says, eyes twinkling. That same pride resonates with everyone else in the film.
Spoek Mathambo's "Future Sound of Mzansi" Credits:
Directed by: Nthato Mokgata and Lebo Rasethaba
Produced by: Black Major
Featuring: Black Coffee, DJ Spoko, Mujava, Culoe De Song, Christian Tiger School, Felix Laband, Aero Manyelo, Okmalumkoolkat, Saki Ibrahim and others.
Facebook link:
Twitter: #futuresoundofmzansi
check back for parts two and three
Fantasma - Cat & Mouse


Australian columnist pens satirical article about 'halal coal'. Islamophobes contribute much hilarity in the comments

Add the Hiss and Pop of a Vinyl Record to MP3's

Tony Williams Lifetime - Turn It Over (Unreleased Bill Laswell Remix)

In 1997, Verve asked Bill Laswell if he would be interested in picking an album from their (jazz) catalog to give a redux treatment - as he had successfully done for Columbia with Miles Davis's recordings on the CD Panthalassa - and he chose Tony Williams' Lifetime - Turn It Over. (Interestingly, that same year, Verve had just released the first official CD edition of that very selfsame album.)
However, Laswell knew from the then-late Tony Williams that the album was originally intended to be a double LP, like the first Lifetime record before it (Emergency) - but Verve in 1970 did not think the sales of the first album warranted making the second one a double as well, and forced Williams to edit it down to a single LPs worth of material.
Laswell was given access to all the tapes relating to the sessions, and reconstructed the expanded album as it should have originally been released, and in the process produced a digital transfer master that was finally true to Williams' vision of it as a bombastic rock production (Williams had long been frustrated by the final producers' mix on the LPs for both Emergency and Turn It Over)
In the intervening time that it took Laswell to deliver the finished project in 1999. Universal had bought up many major labels including Polygram, Island, and Verve, replacing many executives and A&R people. Laswell brought in the contracted project, but the new regime was not interested in issuing it, citing that they had only two years previously put out a version of the album on CD, and that is was no big seller anyway, not worthy of having an alternate edition. Thus the project was shelved
1 Vuelta Abajo
2 To Whom It May Concern: Us/Them
3 This Night This Song
5 Big Nick
6 Once I Loved
7 To Whom
8 Allah Be Praised
9 Right On
10 A Famous Blues
11 New Piece
Tony Williams - drums, vocals
John McLaughlin - guitar, vocals
Larry Young - organ
Jack Bruce - bass, vocals
Get it

Australia’s Rigid Immigration Barrier

Algiers - Black Eunuch

Franklin James Fisher on Protests, the South and an Algiers Album

Chalkie Davies: The NME Years

Unseen Chalkie Davies photographs of 70s and 80s pop stars go on show

Ad Break: TDK 1982

Saturday, 23 May 2015

Friday, 22 May 2015


Letterman? Guess it just must be an American thing. I sort of wished Crispin Glover's foot had connected with the head

Wednesday, 20 May 2015

Bill Laswell & Axiom Sound System (Musical Freezone) - PBS Soundstage (July 13 2006)

Throughout three decades, Bill Laswell has been a constant innovator, fusing seemingly disparate genres into a whole new sound. Touching upon everything from worldbeat, funk, rock, hip-hop and jazz, there are no limits to his experimental approach. No matter what the project, one thing remains a constant – Laswell’s pretty basslines provide a rhythm to which all sounds connect beautifully. The Grammy winner is one of the most prolific artists in modern music, fronting his own band Material and serving as producer, label owner and performer on other’s albums. He has worked with many respected artists, including Herbie Hancock, Mick Jagger, Peter Gabriel, Yoko Ono and Laurie Anderson.
Among his many talents is his ability to bring together well-matched singers and players to create a distinct style that defies easy classification. His Soundstage episode embodies his unique approach, transcending any genre boundaries and delivering an engaging performance. From the World Beat of Tabla Beat Science, to the jazzy flavors of Pharoah Sanders backed by Material, it’s an exciting mix. Other surprises include a rocking Buckethead set that includes a little breakdancing and songs by Praxis. The show culminates with an all-star performance, funked up by Bootsy Collins