What I Love About The World

Monday, February 27, 2006

14. Techno Techno Techno


"Stealth club night
Stealth takes place on the 2nd and 4th Saturdays of each month.
Our self titled Saturday night, Stealth will showcase the finest in
House, Techno and Electro from around the globe. Residents Dave Congreve, Matt Tolfrey and Timm Sure will be lining up alongside fresh, burgeoning talents and living legends alike, to take you on a twisted adventure through charged up electronic and digital beats."


After a few hours drinking on saturday we (democratically, Tom would like that) decided to go to Stealth club night, and I'm glad we did because it was fucking awesome. After watching a live band inside we moved upstairs, unprepared for what would be an envigorating new experience for me: namely Techo music (Rob, Bill etc would like that).

One of the best things about the night was that Birthday Boy Tom shares a house with.... wait for it... James Hughes from KEGs, i.e the accordion virtuoso slave (Paine, Oli, anyone who did orchestras and shit, would like that.. do you remember him?). So although we knew this already, we got to do some mad techno shit with James and here about his blossoming musical career (28 shows booked around the country before May, £100 a show.... {me} "So do you remember Justin?" {james} "yes" {me} "He was always well good with music etc, how do you compare?" {James} "[I have gone{far}] BEYOND {Justin}")
So after all that I managed to ascertain that James was good at music, and he knew it, funny, I thought his most accomplished musical performance was in blowing his own (fucking) trumpet
I had a really great night with the guy though, he was pretty funny (without meaning to be)

Seriously though (sic), Techno music is so good if you want it to be. I can imagine that I wouldn't want to listen to it too often, better to save it for one big evening when you can really appreciate those sick and creamy beats, exactly like Fear Factory without woeful vocalisations and shred guitaristry. Also Techno experience was certainly enhanced by having mates around who were getting (fucking) into IT.. Love It.. Have It..
Cheers Tom for a swell night

Choice Quotes (not mine)
"oh the records stuck, don't worry it's just another phat groove"
"thems some phat breaks man"
"oh these breaks, oh"

Matt, Tom and Howard pre-club (?)

Bondage

Sam does her best Gene Simmons impression (too much Rock School perhaps)

Peace Out

Friday, February 24, 2006

13. Lateralus

Praise culture is rife around here at the moment, and I know that I may often be guilty of fleeting fickleness with regards my album appraisals, but Lateralus by Tool is simply the most complex, life-affirming, brutal, beautiful, tribetacious, layered, pretensious, progressive, vital, evolutionary, meaningful, intelligent, atmospheric, gentle album that you could ever wish to discover as a result of some loser's meaningless ego:blog.

The importance of the band, and specifically this album, lies within its progressive nature, and key themes such as Communication and the Mind/Body Dichotomy ("Over thinking, over analyzing separates the body from the mind.Withering my intuition leaving all these opportunities behind."). Hmm. And it seriously rocks.

Devotion

Tool are the most important band on the planet at the moment, bar none (Radiohead are great, but surely they've already hit their peak and dare i suggest it are on the way down, or let's say i'd be pleasantly surprised if they ever release an album as important/faultless as Kid A)


The thing with Tool is that it all comes together when you see it live. Tool are releasing the eagerly anticipated follow-up to Lateralus (2001), their last album, this year, and are going to play England for the first time in 5 years (a gig I went to with 2 mates, one of whom was converted into a big big Tool fan, the other thought it was strung-out overblown pretentia). I hear rumours are saying Download and Reading but this would be a massive travesty which I'd like to avoid - my favourite band's first tour in 60 months has to be inside for acoustics reasons, especially with the intricacies and nuances of tOOL which could so easily be lost at an outdoor festival. So, Brixton anyone?


Thursday, February 23, 2006

12. Earth

Global warming and climate change are bad.
The planet was here before us.
It hasn't fucked us up.
We (*humans) have been here for a relatively short amount of time.
We're all fucking it up.
We shouldn't (*fluke species 2nd to what's there before)
So put something back


the BBC climate change experiment……

The idea is that the academics want to run millions of different climate change models to try to predict the effects of global warming etc…….but even with the worlds fastest computers they don’t have enough computing power so they’ve hit on he idea of getting interested members of the public (hopefully 10s of 1000’s) to run a small part of the experiment using up processing power they are not using on their home PCs.

Basically you download some software from
It runs in the background when you’re not doing anything and also puts up a screen saver showing what the model says the earth would look like from space at whatever point in time the model has reached. I am running it now – it does no harm at all and it’s a good thing to be doing (Normative)
This strikes me as a good way of each individually acknowledging: (i) the harm that we're doing to earth (a certain environmental conscience that hopefully we all have), and (ii) a willingness to act according to this conscience

*Ps, Go and listen to Metallica "Seek and Destroy", the solo on 3.39 (if you have it up loud enough, i.e all the way up to 11) should blow your mind (if you're mildly stoned). Or else Mercury Rev's "Little_Rhymes".

Friday, February 17, 2006

11. Nostalgia

Steve

Renny

Ross Nicholson
isn't it great to see this lot again? i like the bottom picture especially

Sunday, February 05, 2006

10. Josh Homme


In my opinion, Josh is quite simply the ultimo riffmaster of the 90's: pioneering, original, cool, blues, metal, chugs, chucks, sexy, sleazy, raw, desert, cactus - these are all terms that I might apply to Josh Homme's guitar-playing.

People overlook the fact that Josh is only 32 now (2006) yet he has been churning out monlithic, stoner-heavy licktacious riffola since 1990, and his band Kyuss (named after a deity in cult board game "Dungeons and Dragons") are phenomenal (roll spliff, turn up full volume with mashed mates about, ignore the vocals, grab your surfboard and let the music sweep you away) stuff, and they were only around 91-96.

Josh, aged 18/19

Being able to conjure the riffs/arrangement that he manages to on "Blues For The Red Sun" (1992) at the age of 19 is representative of Josh's status as the Tony Iommi of the 1990's.

The thing is, I don't even like Queens Of The Stone Age that much (Rater R = spellbindingly good, though obviously not in the same way as Kyuss), but like the idea of the Queens direction: i think that evolution is music is what every musician should be aiming at (unless they set their stall out to be deliberately and wholly retro, this is acceptable, cf Backyard Babies), and respect goes out to Josh for this. Kyuss has a small (realistic) demographic, although more people really should get into them, purely on musical merit (musicianship), whereas Queens has a far wider target (receptive) audience and has had far more commerical (boo boo) success.
But Kyuss is where it's at.

Glastonbury 2002, Queens Of The Stone Age, yes i've seen this guy live (ie in this photo) and he was absolutely amazing, and in terms of creativity/originality/balls/presence made dave grohl on drums look like a run-of-the-mill don henley wannabe..

* I've heard lots of people say Josh irritates them, some say his face is provocative, others just can't hack that he's engaged to the beautiful Brody Dalle, others like to brand him as a desert stoner dirgeball (he'd probably appreciate such a moniker), i just call him God.


*Josh is also a multi-instrumentalist: guitar, bass (QOTSA first album, all basswork = Josh), drum (Eagles of Death Metal) etc etc

Where Josh is at his wig-out best (especially):
  • 50 Million Year Trip (Blues For The Red Sun)
  • One Inch Man (...And The Circus Leaves Town)
  • Spaceship Landing (...And The Circus Leaves Town) esp Mins 10.29 - 11.19 (close)

Contrary to popular (rumoured) belief, Josh is not the singer from mid-90's band Deep_Blue_Something, who had a hit with "Breakfast At Tiffany's" in 1996 (?)

Similar bands to Kyuss that you must listen to or preferably see live): Orange Goblin, Nebula

Wednesday, February 01, 2006

9. Provence


My favourite place in the world is Provence: i'm not talking about the distasteful (dutch/german/royal) tourist ridden beaches of Cannes and St-Tropez, but instead go inland and you'll discover a beautiful, warm, rural, dusty, hay-bail ridden paradise bordered by the Alps in the east and the Rhone river to the west, which is just the most perfect place to spend a lifetime



Check out the lavender fields, the windmills (c.f Daudet), the cicadas, the cafes in Arles which van Gogh frequented before he lopped his ear off, the 1000 year old olive trees, the beautiful french/mediterranean girls, the weather which is unrelenting heat but you don't notice it because you soak it right up, there being so many pretty things to notice about the place that the heat seems condusive to all this (an essential part of one's appreciation of the region, the same way it wouldn't be the same if you went to Lapland and there was no snow). The sunlight is the most striking thing about rural Provence, I can't really explain the difference that you'll experience having lived in England all your life

Provence should appeal to everyone since if you go to the places that I am talking about, where Pagnol and Daudet, van Gogh and Gaugin, Cezanne and Matisse, chilled out for time, then you will very rarely encounter another English person (the English are not bad per se, but tend to have a habit of making me feel sad/depressed/ashamed/divorced from.. when i see them abroad). This is reason enough to move to Provence for ever and ever and ever.