Posts from 23rd July 2000

23
Jul 00

Interview with

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Interview with The Coup from the Onion’s marvellous A.V. club. Solid, ego-free interviewing with people who have something to say…..what a concept!

Hip Hop Must Die!

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Hip Hop Must Die!: bloody good article which refuses to draw the cosy conclusions most ‘real’ hip-hop heads seem to, and is infinitely better for it.

Time Travellin’

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Time Travellin’: we used to have a section in the bookshop I named ‘Parahistory’, for all the post-Daniken, pre-Millennium “Did Aliens/Christ/Masons/Yeti Build The Pyramids?” books that were flooding in. Here’s a hip-hop take on that stuff, kind of. Grant Morrison’s listening to the wrong music, for certain.

Nick Drake – A Gay Perspective

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Nick Drake – A Gay Perspective: recent articles on Drake have tended to suggest that in fact he was a bit of a womaniser. This article, though, led me to this list of articles on the man, which includes Ian MacDonald’s vast overview of his work, the kind of in-depth piece for which we can forgive Mojo all sorts of pomposity, even if I don’t agree with everything MacDonald says.

Drake’s albums have of course now been reissued, placing the capstone on the process of canonisation which the records have undergone these past five years. You may be sick of hearing about him, but they are damn good. Unfortunately the remastering and reissuing process has shoved Time Of No Reply, the outtakes and final tracks collection, into pop history’s bottom drawer, annoying since I never got round to buying it.

Cultural Artifacts of the Moment: A Musical Education

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Cultural Artifacts of the Moment: A Musical Education – yeah yeah, I host it, but this is a fascinating trip down one fan’s memory lane. Since said fan (Mike) is probably the most eclectic listener I know, this is well worth a look.

Not a bad idea at all: Andy Weatherall has put together a compilation,

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Not a bad idea at all: Andy Weatherall has put together a compilation, 9 O’Clock Drop of early 80s white avant-funk bands (ACR, 23 Skidoo, et al. – lots of Factory acts too, I shouldn’t wonder). Here’s an article (link c/o Martin) where he talks about it. The piece contrasts the skeletal mechano-paranoid effectiveness of the era’s music favourably with Britney et al. but that seems beside the point – the people who should really be paying attention are the trip-hoppers and downtempo purists who have shamefully neglected this whole movement both as an inspiration and as a source for reissues, probably because this edgy, atmospheric music entirely lacks the chilled, cossetted vibe of today’s bar-ready breakbeat nonsense.

Does the world need a

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Does the world need a Mark E Smith font? Apparently so, though judging from the Fall’s sleeves etc. it looks not very much like his depraved scrawl. Almost certainly of more lasting use is the excellent page of Fall News the same site maintains.

DEPECHE MODE: BITE TWO

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DEPECHE MODE: BITE TWO

If I had known then what I know now, I would not have needed to pen such a lengthy critique of Depeche Mode. Gentle (if bile-filled) reader, reflect on this one fact: When the Bloodhound Gang first formed, they were a Depeche Mode covers band. QED.

Incidentally, readers, forgive the lack of updates. I’ve been on holiday and my host tells me my FTP wasn’t working anyway. Apologies.