Tuesday, 29 June 2010

Free Festival Tickets From Tuborg

I've got even more alcohol related competitions/news today.  I have to admit, when I started this, I didn't imagine I'd become an alcohol salesman, but hey, what happens happens and as Busy P says, 'underground and mainstream is over now. You are all mainstream.'

Anyway, the people at Tuborg are giving away festival tickets to people that can 'beat the intro.'  This video should explain it if you're a bit confused by this concept.

Basically, you have 10 seconds to name the song and the faster you do it, the more points you get and the highest scorers win tickets.


So, play along, win some shit and have fun.

Monday, 28 June 2010

Video Nonsense

Well check me out.  I've battled my way through another year and reached the ripe old age of vingt-et-un ans or 7,670 days.  And yes Thomas Mars, I do remember when 21 years was old.

I've literally been waiting a year to use that line and this song.

By way of a celebration, I thought I'd share some of my favourite music videos, a bit like 'This Is Your Life,' but not really.

Justice Vs Simian - We Are Your Friends from BajenUltras on Vimeo.

JAMAICA - I Think I Like U 2 VIDEO from bermudapants on Vimeo.

So, basically, So Me is a genius.

T-Bone and K-Dog.

Ezra even looks like Roger Federer.  And, I can't believe the BBC hasn't been all over this for Wimbledon.

If you haven't seen 'Funky Squaredance,' I urge you to watch it and for the full 10 minutes.

Justice - Let Love Rule from Marcio Machado on Vimeo.

Friday, 25 June 2010

Neon Indian

Everyone loves that Neon Indian, right?

Well, he's another mega-star to team up with Vice and Intel on this here Creators Project thing-a-mijig.

And, if you didn't love him before, surely the fact that his dad was a Mexican pop-star must swing it.

Radiant Dragon and D/R/U/G/S

I need to write more, apparently.

Here you go little ones, it probably wasn't good enough for Neu Magazine, but it'll do for you.

When I think of drugs, a few things spring to mind: a pretty cool Raveonettes track, super happy times and really, really bad times.  Or, that’s what I’ve been led to believe at least.  Unfortunately, what didn’t spring to mind was 'Manchester band 'D/R/U/G/S.'   This, however, was not the case for the truly international ‘Radiant Dragon,’ who decided he’d have a crack at remixing one of their songs, ‘Rings Of Truth.’
I think it’s safe to say that ‘Radiant Dragon’ specialises in making chilled out and ambient disco sounds, like maybe a half-asleep ‘Neon Indian,’ but not because it’s not good, but because it’s even more laid back and relaxing.
With his latest remix, he takes it even further.  It starts off threatening to take you off into some sort of trance-y euphoria with its synths and slowly building and muffled bass.  But it resists, and instead takes you on a slow journey through the song, which definitely gets darker as the track progresses.  One thing that I especially like about this track, is how distant the drums sound in the first half of the track, it’s almost as if you can feel it all happening around you as if you are gliding through the music and moving towards new sounds and effects.
The only criticism I would have is that at 5 minutes, it is perhaps a little long and some listeners may lose patience with it since it’s hardly packed full of hooks, but I guess that it’s their loss.

Thursday, 17 June 2010

One Track Wonder Post

Darwin Deez par Monsieur Flash.

Yum Yum!

Also, Mr Flash has some new shit out, for a while now, which is pretty good too.

"FLESH" Mr Flash Music video from Cédric BLAISBOIS on Vimeo.


Creators Project again.  I know what it is and you know what it is, so I won't bore you with details.

Basically, watch this because these guys, UVA, make some pretty amazing stuff.

Très cool, n'est-ce pas?

Painted Face

This is going to be very short and mildly sweet.

Head over here and give US shimmery synth-pop geniuses 'Painted Face' a listen and download unfortunately-probably-not-future-hit 'Undreamt'. 

You surely won't regret it.  Unless maybe it will lead to you exceeding your download limit that was previously agreed upon with your Internet Service Provider and therefore some sort of financial penalty, but it's worth the risk.

Au revoir.


VBS has another gem of a series for us lot again.

This one is called 'PLAYMAKERS' which is all about letting artists loose on 'Nike Stadiums', or Stadia if like me you want to be proper.

Today they are in Milan with Italian artists Riccardo, Massimiliano and a fella with that traditional Italian name, Patrick.  Together, they are 'SUPER!' and, for want of a better word, super.

Watch the video to get a proper idea of what they're trying to do.  I did and thought it looked pretty cool.  In my uninformed opinion it seems like they want their art to be part of the public space and fairly interactive, but I don't really know.

Something similar went down in Paris too,  I do believe.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

Kopparberg Klash

I just thought I'd give you all, my lovely reader, a gentle reminder about this wondiferous competition that is being run by VICE and Kopparberg.

Basically, if  you make films (also send stuff in if you make music, photos or clothes, but party time for you isn't quite yet) and you reckon you're the bees knees or your mum thinks your brilliant at it then send it in to Kopparberg here and you could win £1000 and get featured in VICE. 

Not too shabs, eh?

Also, you would get invited to a way cool party thrown at the VICE party HQ at The Old Blue Last on July 7th, which will no doubt be full of other cool, creative types and will definitely be home to some complimentary drinks and a 'very special DJ.'

So, come on down, get involved and join the party!

Monday, 14 June 2010


Now this time I REALLY mean it.  I will get properly back into writing and taking up some valuable Internet real estate with my average words about cool bands and shit because I've moved back to the 'burbs pour l'été and out of the big smoke and there are far fewer distractions in St Albans.

Today I feel moved to write about a little ol' band called 'Safari.'  This London five-piece makes some pretty tidy synth-pop that definitely deserves a better description than 'tidy', but I've got a cool façade and reputation to maintain.  This is evidenced by the fact that they have managed to infiltrate the 'mainstream' and get themselves onto xfm's playlist. 

Nice work boys.

They also managed to release a single t'other week, 'Quicksand' which is available both as an actual piece of material that you can hold in your very own bare hands or as a computer file off of iTunes.  You can also download another of their tracks, 'Folio' for absolutely nothing.


Safari - Quicksand from Chromas Button on Vimeo.

Why?  Just because.

Wednesday, 9 June 2010

The Creators Project - Mark Ronson

Hello, hello and hello.

More exciting stuff to do with The Creators Project today.

As I'm sure you've worked out with your amazing powers of perception that this one involves Monsieur Mark Ronson.  The man who according to Wikipedia has Austrian, Russian and Lithuanian heritage.  But, that's not really what I'm interested in.

For me, this is possibly the most interesting one yet as we actually get a little insight into how a song is actually made and the creative process.  And also because we get to see Mark Ronson's pretty awful teenage haircut.

Link to video in case it doesn't fit.

Thursday, 3 June 2010


Well that didn't really work out, did it?  There I was, making bold proclamations of a magnificent and triumphant return to Internet world, and then what happens?  I apparently buggered off and totally forgot.  But I can assure you that that was not the case.  As you may remember I was really excited about the start of the cricket season, and, well, you know, matches take like 5 days, so obviously I'd be out of action for a while.

But, in that time I made a personal discovery, although this shit could be way old for you guys, but hey, you never know, you guys might just be here for the atmosphere.  In which case, bring a friend, grab a drink and get the atmosphere up to the stratosphere, or maybe even the mesosphere, or am I just a crazy fool?

Anyway, my 'discovery' was 'ceo'.  They are a pretty mysterious group/person/whatever because it seems even proper blogger types aren't really sure, so how is a chump like me supposed to know?  Well, all I do know is that they are signed to Swedish label 'Sincerely Yours' and that on there website they have a few pictures, an enigmatic poem and a release date for their new single 'Come With Me' which features two tracks, one of which I am enjoying right now. 

Why don't you too?

Sounds nice and Swedish if you ask me, lovely dreamy synths and a fairly tropical beat with love-tinged lyrics, which is the formula for the perfect song.  They're not too dissimilar to 'Bye Bye Bicycle', if you ask me, although even if you don't ask me I'll still think it, who I quite like, but feel free to make your own minds up.

Peace Out.  And enjoy the sunshine.