Friday, September 28, 2007
A year on from the closure of Trevor Jackson's Output, one of the noughties' most influential indie labels, comes a compilation I Hate Music. This will mark the 100th release for the label and spans the decade it existed 1996-2006 over 2CD's and a DVD. It features tracks by Fridge, Four Tet, Colder, Blackstrobe, Manhead, Mu (Paris Hilton video above), Kate Wax, Circlesquare and Jackson's own Playgroup. It comes out on Nov 12th. Dummy phoned Trevor for a brief chat about it.
So is this really the last product to come from the label?
"Yes, Output is dead. It’s over. Finished. Someone else looks after the catalogue now (MRC). I made it to 99 releases so it makes sense to have this compilation out to reach 100. Also the DVD compilation is a good reason for doing this as there are nearly 35 videos that have hardly been seen before. The choices are basically my favourites, simple as that."
Why did you call it I Hate Music?
"Because at the time I hated music. I hated people. I hated artists. I hated everything to do with the music industry."
How do you feel a year on?
"I can be a selfish motherfucker now and just look after myself. I’m happy to just be getting on with my own music, there’s no pressure and I’m a better person for it. Expect some new music next year."
Thursday, September 27, 2007
Wednesday, September 26, 2007
Our cover star Jack Penate is having quite a big hit this week with new single 'Second Minute or Hour'. Cool video too - apparently it took 13 takes to get this one shot video right. Luckily Jack was an established long distance runner before he decided to concentrate on music:
To read the interview in Dummy with Jack Penate click here.
To read the interview in Dummy with Jack Penate click here.
Tuesday, September 25, 2007
Brighton's bonkers-but-brilliant British Sea Power (sorry!) have made new track 'Atom' available as a free download from the their website. 'Atom' is from the band's new 'Krankenhaus?' EP out as a digital download on October 8th and available exclusively on the band's upcoming tour:
30 Bristol Thekla
31 Leeds Brudenell Social Club
1 Reading Fez Club
3 Liverpool MV Royal Daffodil
5 Birmingham Barfly
6 Barrow-In-Furness The Canteen
7 Edinburgh Cabaret Voltaire
8 Newcastle All Saints Church
9 Swandale Tan Hill Inn
10 London Scala (White Mischief Event)
British Sea Power's new album is out early 2008 on Rough Trade.
Featured in the new issue of Dummy, These New Puritans are described in the mag as 'The Fall meets grime and history' (which sounds pretty cool) but also have the look and feel of a band that has a decent amount of respect for Joy Division. They're pretentious - a million miles away from the pub rock of the likes of The Pigeon Detectives, Kaiser Chiefs, Fratellis, The View - but carry it well and so far show no signs of bothering the Radio One playlist which makes them all the more interesting. Playing White Heat tonight - the best little club night in London - this feels like it will be one of those right place, right time kind of gigs.
These New Puritans
Monday, September 24, 2007
The NME Freshers Tour featuring The Go! Team, Satin Peaches and Dummy favourites Operator Please starts tomorrow. Dates below:
Edinburgh University (September 25)
Northumbria University (27)
Liverpool Guild (28)
Loughborough University (29)
Preston 53 Degrees (October 1)
Bangor University (2)
Cardiff University (4)
Warwick Students Union (5)
Plymouth University (6)
Bournemouth Old Fire Station (7)
London Astoria (9)
The Go! Team
Newsnight Review review here...for those of you that are that way inclined. They like it.
Listen to White Chalk
Listen to White Chalk
Saturday, September 22, 2007
If you haven't seen Envelopes live yet then you should get to Push tonight at the Mean Fiddler in London as they are a truly awe inspiring live band who sound like no-one else around at the moment. They're due to support Late of the Pier on their upcoming UK tour so check them out before everyone else gets there first. Also their latest single
'Life on the Beach' is out on a beautiful 7" this week. In the meantime, if you haven't seen it already, here's their new video - a beach-based-zombie-B-movie-style low budget epic...
Friday, September 21, 2007
Check out Late of the Pier, Erol Alkan and Vitalic at Fabric tonight and pick up a copy of the new mag while you're there...
New issue is out now. In London you can pick up a copy for free from Rough Trade, Puregroove, Phonica, Sister Ray, Blackmarket, Dub Vendor and numerous clothes shops, pubs and bars including the Lock Tavern. If you live outside London you can get it from all good indie record shops all over the UK. If you don't manage to pick up a free copy, simply like the idea of having one posted directly to your door or you live outside the UK then you can buy a copy here.
Thursday, September 20, 2007
With news that 50 Cent is actually cancelling shows as a result of losing his sales battle with Kanye West it occurs to me that surely this is the way forward for all acts - resulting in a great big spring clean of the music scene. So how about:
Editors vs Interpol
Lily Allen vs Kate Nash
Coldplay vs Snow Patrol
Keane vs Athlete
Pigeon Detectives vs Little Man Tate
Paolo Nutini vs James Morrisson
Fratellis vs Kaiser Chiefs
Damien Rice vs David Gray
Babyshambles vs Dirty Pretty Things
Calvin Harris vs Mylo
CSS vs Bondo De Role
The Enemy vs The Twang
Justice vs Digitalism
Just an idea...
Wednesday, September 19, 2007
Thursday, September 13, 2007
Klaxons follow their Nationwide Mercury Music prize win for their platinum selling debut album Myths of the Near Future with a compilation for Bugged Out released on October 1st. A Bugged Out mix is typical of Jamie Reynolds dj style (he has played sporadically this year inbetween touring) and features lots of euro techno and tracks from Johannes Heil, Luke Vibert and Da Boogieboys. There is also Stress from Justice’s album and some trippy techno by The Chemical Brothers (It Doesn’t Matterfrom 1997’s Dig Your Own Hole). It concludes with an unreleased remix of Klaxons’ Not Over Yet re-jigged by New Parisian techno producer Brodinski. The Bugged In Selection (CD2) features influences and tour bus faves with Blur, Wu Tang Clan, Liars and Frankie Valli and the Four Seasons all featured. It is segued and ends fittingly with Roy Orbison’s It’s Over. Full running order here
Wednesday, September 12, 2007
At last years MTV European Video awards So_Me, Ed Bangers records art director, was presented by Timbaland with the award for best video for his direction of We Are Your Friends by Justice and Simian. Kanye West was also nominated and, slightly pissed and pissed off that he didn't win stormed the stage to publicly complain that the award was rightfully his because his Touch The Sky video "cost a million dollars, Pamela Anderson was in it and I was jumping across canyons." West was always adamant that he was having a laugh (well, his comedy timing was spot on as host of a recent Friday Night Project) and extended an olive branch to So_Me by asking him to direct his new video Good Life. If THIS doesn't win best video, hell knows what he'll do...
Saturday, September 01, 2007
It must be exciting for an artist to start off on tour with a critically acclaimed, truly innovative album under their belts and in Kala, Maya Arulpragasam has just that. It’s a world inspired sonic tonic and as she takes to the stage at Fabricshe seems confident and ready to ignite and inspire the young crowd. Garishly attired, and accompanied by an MC who seems to finish off the higher notes for her, they rip straight into Kala opener Bamboo Banga (the one based loosely on Jonathan Richman’s Roadrunner) which builds thrillingly. The Bollywood disco pop of Jimmy follows backed by the video, though it’s the brooding 20 Dollar, based around Blue Monday, which is the true show stopper. 2005’s breakthrough hit Bucky Done Gun precedes guest Afrikan Boy (less a boy than a giant of a man) who joins her for the bouncy funk of Hussel. It becomes rather shambolic for ten minutes as they gather around DJ Sinden deciding what to play next – African Boy pops off for his I-Pod at one point! – and then they ‘do a Missy’ pulling the crowd up to join them for some amateur ass shaking (luckily she brings this to a halt when a bloke who looks like one of Fall Out Boy gets up). It all gets back on track for the encores: a stunning Paper Planes (despite Maya singing out of tune throughout) and old favourite Galang. Inventive party music, delivered with style and a holler. Go see her soon. .