Wednesday, 28 February 2007

Danger! Danger!


First off big thanks to Rich Cheetham of High Voltage Records/Fanzine/club night for coming in and talking to us on the show and being 'our expert in the studio' for the night. It definitely reminded me that its all too easy to get lost in the world of audio blogs and that we shouldn't rely on then entirely for our musical info, but rather should be a compliment to a selection of mediums.

First up I showcased some bands I found on http://this.bigstereo.net that are playing at SXSW from the AMONLY and IHEARTCOMIX labels. First up was Foreign Islands - We Know You Know It who are currently touring the US with The Young Knives as part of their new mini-album launch of 'Restart Now'.

Rich: "I think it started off like a Maccabees B-side but then got a bit better. I guess if you're listening to something for the first time and you've never heard of them before there's that hook, its just a shame it lasted three minutes and not the thirty seconds like it should have done... it's one of those records that I bought but has stayed in a box since."

Secondly, was the very Editors-esque [on reflection incredibly so] Protokoll - Moving Forward. They appeared back in May 2006 at the High Voltage club night.

The first track chosen by Rich was from The Maple State, a group of lads from Stockport, and their track Wooden Rain, which may be available soon on the XFM Manchester website. After a fair amount of chat about the virtues and vices of audio blogs, electronic media, and file sharing networks Rich played a track from the forethcoming !!! album due 5th March called Bend Over Beethoven, !!! of course playing at the High Voltage 4th Birthday Party at The Ritz on 20th March.

Harry then took over the turntables to try and impress Rich with his selection of tunagé. I came back with The Black Ghosts - Face to end Rich's time with us. They are playing at the High Voltage night as a part of The Whip's single launch on 1st March. It is just the normal version mind, and not The Whip, Teenagers or Switch remix although there are some remixes knocking about at Pound For Pound.

From then on Harry and I played stuff pretty much back to back. I played Daft Punk - Human After All (Guy Man After All Justice Remix) so that all you Ed Banger addicts didn't go cold turkey for the week [see Distortion Disco], followed by my final SXSW track Matt & Kim - Yeah Yea, if you liked that more moosegick is available from www.mattandkimmusic.com. My final track that I played before I ran off to a rather impromptu engagement with The Maccabees was a cover of L7's track Pretend We're Dead performed by CSS on Rob Da Bank's Radio 1 show which I found knocking about on Gorilla vs Bear.

Also worthy of note are the compilation/aggregation podcasts Not Your Usual Bollocks and Take Your Medicine [from the chap at Nothing But Green Lights]. They do what we do except without the banter in between the tracks... probably a bonus in some people's view.

Last show next week. I promise the best one so far!

Andy

Sunday, 25 February 2007

High Voltage

The legendary Richard Cheetham, of High Voltage fame will be joining us on the show tomorrow!

Saturday, 24 February 2007

Virtue of the Remix

First up I featured The Hype Machine - the website that first introduced me to the audio blogging world. Their top artists which is updated for every 3 day period was as of Sunday:

1. Arcade Fire
2. Modest Mouse
3. Feist
4. Of Montreal
5. The Police

I played Arcade Fire - No Cars Go live from Judson Memorial Church in NYC on 16th February from http://hearsay.alphaquam.com. Arcade Fire seem to have a weird thing going on with churches at the moment. Check out their video on their website for Neon Bible which is of them doing a rendition of Guns of Brixton by The Clash in St. John's Church, Westminster, London.

I moved swiftly on to Good Weather For Air Strike's Hotly Tipped For 2007 (part 1 and part 2). The vast majority of artists featured are Brit-acts but I picked out a band from Long Beach, California, Cold War Kids and played their song We Used To Vacation. In anticipation of Rich Cheetham's appearance on next week's show I then played another of Derek's hotly tipped bands Dead Disco and their single Automatic, who are on the High Voltage record label.

In my second bout behind the mixing desk I blew things out of the indie water by playing Phantom by Justice, an artist I featured heavily on last week's show as apart of the fast becoming dominant French electronica scene, and a track which is on Justice's new LP D.A.N.C.E. . I found it on Skull Juice a pair of bloggers who are affiliated with Casper C of Fluokids and the chap from Headphone Sex. The former of which is about to embark on a UK, France and Sweden tour with the rest of the fluo kids collective.

In response to Aaron Bradshaw's email from last week I followed up his recommendation of Palms Out Sounds which have Sample Wednesdays and Remix Sundays as a regular blog feature. From Remix Sunday: 48 I played Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit (Patrick Alavi Rerox) which we think probably is French. From Sample Wednesday 27: Daft Punk Harry and I discussed the virtue's of the remix and the sampling artist and highlighted electronica scepticism by playing Breakwater - Release The Beast which has been sampled heavily in Daft Punk's Robot Rock.

Finally, the product of a search for a great remix not done by a French man. Some 'throaty guitar goodness' from the man that successfully revitalised Daft Punk's Around The World. New Young Pony Club - Icecream (Van She Tech Remix) I found at Chazology: queue it up and hit repeat.

Until next week.

Andy

Wednesday, 21 February 2007

Harry's Week Two

For everyone wondering where to get hold of the tracks chosen by me on Week Two of Anablogue....here we are for your listening pleasure. Links galore so go have a gander.

First off I played TV On The Radio - I Was A Lover, which you can find on http://iguessimfloating.blogspot.com. TV On The Radio came top of many, many bloggers Top 50s of the year, and their first album 'Desperate Youths and Bloodthirsty Babes' won the American version of the Mercury Music Prize just to give an idea of how many people are going mad about them. 'Dirty Whirl' and 'Staring At The Sun' are two others by the band that are worth checking out. That's a homework assignment.

Next up was Grizzly Bear - Easier, the opening track from the album 'Yellow House' which was high up in the same poll on http://iguessimfloating.blogspot.com . It's a beautiful song from a parallel universe where Disney is in charge. As the text on the show said, the words 'grizzly bear' do roll off the tongue - as if you needed another reason to listen to this song.

The debate over albums leaking onto the net long before release dates was illustrated by new Modest Mouse track Dashboard (ironic, no?) which is from the forthcoming album 'We Were Dead Before The Ship Even Sank' which is the best album title I've heard since 'What's The Time Mr Wolf?' by The Noisettes. This song is everything thats great about American guitar music turned to eleven, with more strings, more sunshine and more bounce. Find it at the fantastically named http://blogsarefordogs.com . Highly Recommended.

When it got to discussing Remixes (Re-mixes? Remixs? Re-mixs?) I played the Filthy Dukes Society Remix of The Maccabees - X-Ray which is a sterling example of a great remix and not a lazy one. The Maccabees are going places fast and this is a great alternative version of one of their earlier singles. It's at www.goodweatherforairstrikes.com of course.

Next up I stumbled upon http://gorillavsbear.net where I came across the short but very sweet Booji Boy High - Twist Myself Again, an Hot Chip side project also on DFA Records. It's essentially Hot Chip with added griminess which is no bad thing.

Finally I played Union of Knives - Evil Has Never, which is a sort of White Rose Movement-Electro/Indie-type thing. I like. You should too. They're playing this Friday (23/02/07) in Manchester Roadhouse if you have discovered your cup of tea.

Me and Andy also tag-teamed on the final track, the stupidly fantastic You! Me! Dancing! by Los Campesinos who are (obviously) from Cardiff, Wales as you can tell by the name. www.goodweatherforairstrikes.com say "you want to hold their hand while they cross the street, buy them ice cream when they've been good, I'll even carry them inside when they fall asleep, even if I know they're just pretending for the free ride. And I don't put up with that from just any band". Wise words indeed. Catch them at The Late Rooms for those in Manchester on Sunday March 4th...Andy and I will both be there so you can play student radio Where's Wally.

So there we have it...consider yourselves set free into the wild to pursue your own lives again. Go!

Harry x

Monday, 19 February 2007

Scouring the Blogosphere for YOU

The second show is almost upon us. A few less squeaks and bleeps from my department for those of you taken a back by the ferocity of the Ed Banger collective. Saying that I'll still be playing Justice.

I will be looking at The Hype Machine - the website that can make your blog searching as easy as google; and showcasing the most popular artists from the Hype Machine from the past three days.

After listner Aaron's email last week I followed up his suggestion of the Palms Out Sounds blog and will be giving a brief sample of their Sample Wednesday and Remix Sunday tradition - sort of the internet's version of sports on Wednesday afternoon and a Sunday roast. On which note I will challenge Harry to a 'muso' discussion on the virtue of the remix.

Tune in. 103.5 FM [Manchester] or online at www.fusefm.co.uk

Friday, 16 February 2007

Micron

The winner of our Micron competition Claudio Martinoli sent us this photo of him enjoying himself courtesy of the nice people behind the event at Joshua Brooks. Anablogue would like to thank Isaac Owen and Gareth Chubb for providing the prize.

Everybody Loves An Ed Banger

Its very late I know, but I've finally got round to doing the track listing from last Monday's show.

I warmed up everyone up with The Royal We - All The Rage which Derek from GWFAS describes as "the perfect indie-pop equivalent of 'Hey Ya' ". An off looking bunch from Glasgow you can find out more about them on their myspace.

I started my special on the emerging, if not already hatched, French Electronica scene with a remix I first heard in Sankey's played by Adam Freeland backin 2006. Franz Ferdinand - The Fallen (Ruined By Justice) featured once again on the fast becoming legendary GWFAS, but was a big hit across the blogosphere, especially at Discobelle who has featured the Parisian duo a number of times in quick succession here, here, and more recently regarding the release of the new EP D.A.N.C.E. here. And if that eased you in to the cut and paste side of Justice the following track Waters of Nazareth pushed you out of the way and kicked you while you were down. No wonder it made Disc 1 of GWFAS latest M3 compilation. The last track of my French fifteen minutes was Klaxons - Golden Skans (SebastiAn version 1.2.0 Remix) which was kindly shared by Hianta over at Fluo Kids. SebastiAn is fellow label mate of Gaspard and Xavier and his single Ross Ross Ross is another explosive journey into this new sound.

Next up on my part was a focus on GWFAS Top 50 Tracks of 2006. In at number 3 was Sebastien Tellier - La Ritournelle, and at number 4 was 65 Days of Static with Radio Protector which were both a more chilled out affair.

The competition track to win guest passes to Micron at Joshua Brooks I can now reveal was Vitalic - La Rock 01 which of course features on the 2 Many DJs - As Heard On Radio Soulwax Part 2.

Finally, Harry and I ended the show with what has to be me new favourite band The Wombats, and their track Moving To New York. The music blog world has practically gone mad for this Liverpudlian trio and have featured on GWFAS, Nothing but Green Lights, Both Sides of the Mouth, Headphone Sex, and more. The major irony of this band being that I found out a band just down the road via a blogger from the states. Shows what I know eh?

Monday, 12 February 2007

The Anablogue Podcast

How about that, no sooner are we off the air Harry has given you a track listing and now I've set up the podcast. Which I generated using this handy tool.

The address of the feed is:

http://feeds.feedburner.com/Anablogue

Just paste that link into iTunes under 'Advanced' and then 'Subscribe to Podcast'. Et voila. [French still needs brushing up].



Big thanks to Corin for hosting previous episodes. NB all podcasts are for promotional purposes only, any artists unhappy with their material being featured please email and I will more than happily remove it.

Harry Enters The Murky World Of The Blog...

On tonight's show (12-02-07) I played some tracks I discovered on my journey through the internet blog. Andy set me on my way with the first one, but the subsequent sites were all stumbled upon by yours truly. Here goes...

www.goodweatherforairstrikes.com - Amazing Top 50 from last year...check out The Maccabees at 35, and Snowfight In The City Cente at 7 for two tracks I wanted to play but didn't. Maybe I'll wait 'til 6 on Wednesday...anyway, from here I downloaded Bloc Party - Selfish Son, and that amazing track Thou Shalt Always Kill by Dans Le Sac vs. Scroobius Pip, my favourite lines being ''Thall shalt not stop liking a band just because they’ve become popular" and "Thou shalt not question Stephen Fry". A lesson for us all. You can find all the lyrics on this site.

http://this.bigstereo.net - Here's where I found The Avalanches - Ray of Zdarlight which is a bootleg of two other tracks and not a brand new track as I mentioned. Oops.

www.saidthegramophone.com was my next stop, which I reached via www.headphonesex.co.uk which is a site I'm sure we'll return to. On saidthegramophone.com I rediscovered 1990s - You're Supposed To Be My Friend, a track I reviewed for Fuse in November time...ballsy guitars and lots of 'aaaaaa's' sang by the drummer. Top that.

I then discovered http://noisefortoaster.blogspot.com which I thought was cool and has 'the fish has got ears' written at the top which I thought was even cooler. Here I found The Little Ones - Oh MJ! which I played and also The Go Find - Dictionary which I didn't but you should check out anyway because it's ace.

The remaining track was by the brilliantly named Suburban Kids With Biblical Names and was called Loop Duplicate My Heart which I've decided I like. Find it at http://music.for-robots.com .

Hope I've proven that if I can do it then so can you...tune in next week for more exciting discoveries.

Harry x

Micron Competition

Reply to this post if you know the name and artist of our competition track to win guest passes to Micron on Thursday 15th February.

More info on the club night here, here and here.

Sunday, 11 February 2007

Coming Up This Week

Well for my half of the show I'll be introducing Manchester to the latest and greatest in the positively thriving French dance music scene with music from the likes of Justice, Para One, SebestiAn and Vitalic. I'll be looking at which blogs to keep an eye on if you want to keep your finger on the itchy glitchy pulse of this emerging 'chop it up' style and what they say.

I'll also be showing Harry one of my favourite blogs and revealing their Top 50 tracks of 2006 - expect them all to be massive. And finally I'll be looking at why the blogging world as gone head over heels for Liverpudlian Trio: The Wombats.

All that and more from Harry; tune in to 103.5 FM in Manchester or online at www.fusefm.co.uk [broadband stream].

Thursday, 8 February 2007

Show Time!

Anablogue will be on air every Monday night from 8 till 10. Join Harry and I for the first instalment on Monday 12th February on 103.5 FM and www.fusefm.co.uk