Thursday, March 31, 2005

five records to know and love

Tiger, my friend - Psapp

Tum - The Impossible Shapes

A summer she has never been, a winter she never fears - Theodore

Diarios De Motocicleta (The Motorcycle Diaries OST) - Gustavo Santaolalla

Nashville - Josh Rouse

All so good its untrue. All very different, but all worth looking for and listening to!

Wednesday, March 16, 2005

funny little man...

This post is mainly for Tom (see amatuer ramblings link). Just found this guys stuff on a link from trusty old pixelsurgeon. Started off enjoying the drawings, but I am really loving his sculptures! Bookmark this badboy!

Brendan Monroe

Alex Steinweiss artwork

Got bought a great book on Alex Steinweiss’ Record Cover Design a couple of years ago for Christmas. Have just found some more of his work on-line. Great stuff. Really fresh looking to my eyes, great use of colour and shapes.

Alex Steinweiss

National Treasure....

So, on a day that brought me two great new albums, Brendan Benson’s ‘Alternative To Love’ and The Frames’ ‘Burn The Maps’, I was completely bowled over by an album called ‘Alligator’ by The National. Found it for £5.99 in the sales/promo section of Replay records (Bristol). The other albums are great, but I bought The National on a bit of a whim and strangely I am even happier about that purchase than the two albums I had planned to buy. Funny how that happens. Oh and the new Josh Rouse album is great too!

The National official website

Tuesday, March 08, 2005

mp3 mixes courtesy of pop77

Not sure how I linked to this site, but I am glad I did. Chris at pop77 does great mp3 mixes and adds a bit of a theme and some film dialogue. The mixes are only available for limited periods and then disabled, so a site worth bookmarking and going back to time after time!

pop77 site

something awful for you

my friend paul (see his photography in my links section) put me onto this. The whole site is pretty funny, but the boring movies section is my favourite.

Boring Movies

here are a couple of my favourite posters.

Plenty of other silly stuff to look at on the site, so check it out.

Monday, March 07, 2005

Dntel anyone, but he gets it right.

I can’t stop listening to this record at the moment. Although it’s not new, “Life is full of possibilities” is high up on my Itunes most listened to section. Without realising it, I have been coming back to it constantly. Whether it’s because its good to work to, or whether it’s because its just so good, I can’t be sure. This guy is also one half of The Postal Service (the other half is Ben Gibbard from Death Cab For Cutie.) The music is pretty sparing minimal electronica, mixed with a number of guest vocalists and simple melodies. Very close and personal music. Done by someone else I expect it would be quite rubbish, but this fella seems to get it right.

DNTEL listing on EPITONIC.COM (mp3)

Wednesday, March 02, 2005

three of a kind

After uploading the Jack Johnson video yesterday, I thought I’d upload links to a few other videos I have been watching a few times over and still enjoying. You will need to follow the links on the relevant pages to watch these:

Firstly, the video for ‘Spit it out’ by Brendan Benson. Seems to be playing on the idea that the guy is a genius and can play all the instruments in the world. Can't wait for the album - expect a rant on how good it is in about 2 weeks time!

SPIT IT OUT by Brendan Benson

Secondly, the re-done video of ‘New Slang’ by The Shins, for the release of the track on the Garden State soundtrack. Other Shins videos can be found at

NEW SLANG by The Shins

And last but not least, a David Shrigley drawn and animated video for ‘Good Song’ by Blur. Anything that involves a squirrel falling in love with an insect has got my vote.



Tuesday, March 01, 2005

A strange linkage of recommendations

Basically, my mate Paul copies me The Hustle by G Love & Special Sauce, then Stuart (a freelancer at my work) copies it from me and says 'Have you heard Jack Johnson? He is a pal of G Love and sounds a bit like him!'. So, I am now interested. Then I forget that I copied them (got too caught up in listening to The Lord of The Rings audio book).

So I come into work today and listen to both the albums I copied - 'on and on' and 'brushfire fairytales' and they are totally great. Like a chilled out G-Love, more stripped down generally, him and an acoustic.

Anyway I type his name into google and it comes up with this great video for the single 'Sitting, Waiting, Wishing'. Really enjoyable even after a few viewings. ENJOY.

'Sitting, Waiting, Wishing' video

VW camper redesign.

Found this link on (worth checking out that site anyway, great links every day!), seems that a company has some pretty great ideas for an update of the classic VW camper. (You will need quicktime to watch this movie).

VW redesigned by Verdier

is anyone else 'looking for a thrill'?

This is a DVD I bought the other day.

'Looking for a Thrill is a collection of personal stories about defining musical moments of inspiration (a record, a show, a musician, etc) for 112 musicians who themselves have inspired so many. The interviews on the DVD include recollections by Mike Watt, Thurston Moore, Hamid Drake, Bjork, Yo La Tengo, Tortoise, the Butchies, Jon Spencer, Vic Chesnutt, Kurt Wagner, Fred Anderson, and Giant Sand - as well as members of the Urinals, Califone, Jesus Lizard, the Boredoms, Mekons, Slint, the Sea and Cake, and Calexico (just to name a few). Over five hours of inspiration in total!

Although all were asked one simple question - to tell a story about a musical moment that inspired - the responses are as varied as the people interviewed. The film is a great resource for all those interested in the independent musical mind. As a collection it reveals much about the moments that inspire so many to pick up a guitar or a microphone, to start a label or a band.'

All profits go to Greenpeace and so far its pretty entertaining. Ira Kaplan (Yo La Tengo) talking about early influences and members of Tortoise speaking with Robot voices etc. Oh how I laughed.