Wednesday, April 30, 2008

- Flametune: Lyrical Source

Being a Peel head means that I’ve developed something of a taste for fine lyrics over the years, as well as compiling a personal collection of the more dubious examples from the annals of modern popular music. Among my favourites in the latter category are the, ahem, Avril Lavigne lyrics to her unforgettable and innovatively titled ‘sk8er boi’. Let’s examine in detail, shall we:

He's was a boy,

She's was a girl,

Cannot make it any more obvious,

He was a punk,

She did ballet,

What more can I say.

Not a lot, it would seem. But seriously, one site that really helps me unearth gems such as this is Flametune, officially describing itself as the ‘tabs and lyrics community’ which it certainly is. Most of you who come here often enough will know of my musical, er, prowess from my remixes and other electronic efforts that I foist upon you from time to time. I do, however, appreciate the years of hard work and dedication of all you real musicians out there, which is why I like Flametune’s other facilities such as, dare I mention her name again, Avril Lavigne guitar tabs and, lest we neglect the true heroes of any band other than The Doors, Avril Lavigne bass tabs.

While I’m coming across as something of a Lavigne basher, I heavily recommend checking out the other artists on the site, Jeff Buckley being an example of another, proper favourite of mine and among the hundreds of guitar and bass tabs added constantly.

Tuesday, April 29, 2008

- Best Videos Ever #1: Wings - The Fall

A hand held camera being poorly operated while moving around the backroom of a pub.

Smith making not the slightest attempt to lip sync properly.

Fabulously bad wallpaper.

Random members of the band sitting at the bar and playing pool.

Brix doing absolutely nothing.

An empty beer glass on the table.

The North of England outside the window.

This was the song that made me hate the Fall for many years until that damascene moment that we all experience when it all slips into place and you’re finally part of the club.

Possible lineup:

Mark E. Smith – vocals, piano, violin
Craig Scanlon – guitar, vocals
Steve Hanley – bass guitar
Paul Hanley – drums, keyboards
Karl Burns – drums, bass guitar
Brix Smith – guitar & vocals

Monday, April 21, 2008

- New Peel Blogger

Thanks God someone less lazy than myself has taken up the mantle of posting Peel shows on thier blog. I welcome with open arms Peeladay to the Peel community. Looking forward to loads of good shit from you in the future.

Sunday, April 20, 2008

- Ask anyone with flesh, they'll tell you (PODCAST 2)

Back for your continued listening pleasure, here’s podcast #2. As you’ll see there’s more namechecking than’s surely legal, but I love you fellow bloggers so much I had to give you the respect you so richly deserve. You are my inspiration. As usual, it’s a bit of a mixed bag, recorded at one of my son’s judo lessons, hence the ambient judo instructor sounds in the background.

There are some all time personal favourites in here, as well as some weird stuff. Glad to see Portishead have changed direction somewhat drastically, although you’ll already know that if you’re one of the gazillion people who’ve got hold of the torrent of the new album. The Beefheart closing track is a live version of indeterminate origin. All comments, as ever, appreciated.

Track list:

Toots & the Maytals – Louie Louie

The Delgados – Mr. Blue Sky

Trembling Blue Stars – Beautiful Blank

Bloc Party vs. Crystal Castles – Hunting for Witches

Portishead – We Carry on

Billy Mure – Hawaiian War Chant

Ken Nordine - Flesh

Black Moth Super Rainbow – Drippy Eye

PJ Harvey – Angelene

Generation X – Your Generation

Captain Beefheart & his Magic Band – Big Eyed Beans from Venus

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Length: 53 mins
File size: 49 mb

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Thursday, April 17, 2008

- Podcast 2 only days away

I'm back from the seemingly dead and have a quite lovely new podcast for you... next week. It features an 'exclusiveish' new Portishead song, hence the delay in putting it up until fairly close to the official release of the album.

Meanwhile, snooker's world championship is already chalking its cue ahead of this weekend's opening round of matches, so what better way to start than with the greatest pressure break of all time - the 69 clearance by Alex Higgins that took his 1982 semi-final against Jimmy White to a deciding frame.
Come back soon for podcastic delights, featuring some serious blog namechecking. All you guys in the Peelosphere, my apologies for going quiet but work has been an absolute bugger recently.

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