The greatest rock n roll band in the world →
The greatest mix in the world for the greatest rock n roll band in the world? By popular demand I’ve uploaded my tribute to The Rolling Stones and you can get your very own copy here. It’s a one hour five minute mix that contains Rolling Stones’ cover versions, remixes, re-edits, live recordings, bootlegs and samples - primarily from their 60s and 70s golden age. It’s...
Hugo 3D →
I saw Martin Scorsese’s ‘Hugo 3D’ yesterday. Cinematic perfection. It seemed to me that every frame had been carefully considered. The cast are universally wonderful and it’s a moving, funny, exhilarating film, that’s an imaginative history lesson in the form of a detective story. A masterpiece.
Absolute Bowie + Too Rex @ Komedia, Brighton - 23... →
The description from the Komedia website: Absolute Bowie return to Komedia performing all the classic Bowie songs from the Ziggy Stardust and The Thin White Duke eras. Support from the country’s favourite T.Rex tribute Too Rex, playing all the classic Marc Bolan hits. Plus DJs playing 70s tunes. I must confess I’m a bit conflicted about tribute bands. I generally prefer to look forward...
Stoned Again - Rolling Stones mix →
The greatest mix in the world for the greatest rock n roll band in the world. Yes, this is my tribute to The Rolling Stones, a one hour mix that contains Rolling Stones’ cover versions, remixes, re-edits, live recordings, bootlegs and samples - primarily from their 60s and 70s golden age. It has been a real labour of love, and I’ve tried to encapsulate their magic, their satanic...
Nigeyb's best tunes of 2011 →
As someone who grew up buying singles I still constantly search for that manic pop thrill. Anyway I’ve been sucking a thoughtful tooth and thinking about 2011 in terms of tunes and I’m saying this has been a great year for new music. Here’s an unabridged list of my favourite tunes of 2011. I love that my long-term heroes (yes, that’s you The Fall, Wire, Magazine, Luke...
ATP Nightmare Before Christmas curated by... →
I got back yesterday from the ATP Nightmare Before Christmas curated by Battles/Caribou/Les Savy Fav. Another magical ATP weekend. Here’s a review I just posted on LastFM. Here’s all my photos on Flickr. Including Caribou… WALLS… and much, much more.
The Black Keys - El Camino →
First impressions of the new album by The Black Keys are very positive. The opening three track salvo of - Lonely Boy - Dead and Gone - Gold On The Ceiling - left me breathless. It’s a singalong, punch the air in delight way to kick off the new record. Glam slam, thank you ma’am. Things ease of for track four - Little Black Submarines - or so it appears, but then halfway...
ATP: Battles / Les Savy Fav / Caribou mixtapes →
Now then, I like a mixtape as much as the next person - possibly more than the next person. I also really enjoy the All Tomorrows Parties festivals. I’m poised to attend my seventh ATP. The Nightmare Before Christmas 2011 which is curated by three different bands: Les Savy Fav Battles Caribou I like each of them. This time out each of the curators has prepared a mixtape...
nigeyb's all folked up mix →
I was inspired by the amazing ‘We Know Where The Time Goes’ mix by The FLK. If you haven’t heard it then you should. It’s essential. The bastard love child of Cecil Sharp House and The KLF’s ‘Chill Out’. Anyway, I basically chopped up ‘We Know Where The Time Goes’; added in a selection of my favourite folk, and folk-tinged, tunes; and mixed it...
What the folk is going on? →
Now I like a mix as much as the next human being. Actually I probably like a mix more than many. One of my all time favourites is The KLF’s seminal ‘Chill Out’. It’s about as good as it gets. On the off chance you’ve never heard it try to imagine a mythical night-time rail journey up the US Gulf Coast, from Texas into Louisiana, whilst Elvis Presley, Fleetwood...
Stephen Stills vs. Punk Rock →
What did Stephen Stills do that made some punk bands hate him so much? It was all down to a series in Rolling Stone magazine called Rock Star Rate-A-Record. Simple concept: sit a musician down with a handful of current releases and let them give mini-reviews. Nothing illustrated the chasm between punk and the older rock establishment better than the Rate-A-Record session with Stills on 4th June...
Calling all NME readers of the 1980s →
Did you read the NME in the 1980s? Do you remember the compilation tapes they used to produce? Now, though the wonders of the internet, you can relieve them all here. This was one of the earliest I remember: And of course the legendary C86: This was the first one, which I can still remember clearly: I’m looking forward to hearing these after so many years. I can’t remember...
My best albums of 2011 →
So having confirmed there’s nothing else coming out in 2011 that I think is likely to influence my decision, here is my top ten albums of 2011 (and a few honourable mentions underneath): 1. Luke Haines - Nine And A Half Psychedelic Meditations On British Wrestling Of The 1970s And Early ’80s Unquestionably my favourite album of 2011. This review does it full justice. Luke Haines...
The Fall, Concorde 2, Brighton - 17 November 2011 →
The Fall were on good form last night. Not quite as intense as I’ve known them but still pretty damn good. MES looked sober and by the end seemed to be really enjoying himself, and they played a wonderful 80 minute set that was full of personal favourites…. Nate Taking Off Taking Off Psykick Dancehall Strychnine I’ve Seen Them Come Age Of Chang I’ve Been Duped Laptop...