Tuesday, 27 January 2015

A conflict of interest: the Saudi state and the UK’s Ministry of Justice

Monday, 26 January 2015

Black Cab - Live @Shebeen Melbourne (25/1/15)

Closing Ceremony
Combat Boots
Kornelia Ender
Go Slow
My War
Sexy Polizei
Dream Baby
Underground Star
Hearts On Fire
Recorded on my trusty Tascam

Adam Curtis: Bitter Lake

Politicians used to have the confidence to tell us stories that made sense of the chaos of world events. But now there are no big stories and politicians react randomly to every new crisis - leaving us bewildered and disorientated.
Bitter Lake is a new, adventurous and epic film by Adam Curtis that explains why the big stories that politicians tell us have become so simplified that we can’t really see the world any longer.
The narrative goes all over the world, America, Britain, Russia and Saudi Arabia - but the country at the heart of it is Afghanistan. Because Afghanistan is the place that has confronted our politicians with the terrible truth - that they cannot understand what is going on any longer.
The film reveals the forces that over the past thirty years rose up and undermined the confidence of politics to understand the world. And it shows the strange, dark role that Saudi Arabia has played in this.
But Bitter Lake is also experimental. Curtis has taken the unedited rushes of everything that the BBC has ever shot in Afghanistan - and used them in new and radical ways.
He has tried to build a different and more emotional way of depicting what really happened in Afghanistan. A counterpoint to the thin, narrow and increasingly destructive stories told by those in power today.

Thank gawd Australia day is nearly over

Daniel Lanois remixes Tinariwen's 'Adounia Ti Chidjret' in a 1972 Fleetwood Brougham


There are NO other monster truck fans besides drunk monster truck fans

Chet Faker - Talk is Cheap (Live at The Enmore Sydney 7/14)

'Electronic Graffiti'

The Aristocrats: why knighting Prince Philip is a joke at Australia's expense

Black Cab - Surrender EP (2007) Free Download

Treasure Hunting with Rat Scabies

For our friends in Greece

Greece shows what can happen when the young revolt against corrupt elites

A message from Keith LeBlanc to Ed Piskor (Hip Hop Family Tree)

Ed Piskor author of hip hop family tree comic
Has used all of are likenesses and are stories with no permission from the parties involved . Not even a thank you or a copy of the book. And he didnt even get the story right. I commented on this fact asking him to do the right thing on his page and he ran and hid like a guilty little white rabbit . With out us old Gees he would have no book. Shameful thievery ! Hey Ed we would be very happy for you if you did the right thing

Cathy Wilcox: Australian Alphabet


A̶u̶s̶t̶r̶a̶l̶i̶a̶ Invasion Day

(Photo: Northcote by Al)

Sunday, 25 January 2015

Swans - Live @Sugar Mountain Melbourne (24/1/15) AUDIO

You can listen to the last twenty minutes of today's Swans gig HERE
(Between 01:40:51 and 02:04:20)
There's also an interview with Michael Gira at this link (between 01:44:50 and 01:56:37)

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Saturday, 24 January 2015


Edgar Froese R.I.P.

Edgar Froese, founder of Tangerine Dream, has passed away suddenly and unexpectedly of a pulmonary embolism

Heading off to see the Swans again today

What can I say? Tuesday's Swans gig really was simply brilliant. Witnessing again a band at the peak of their powers. It was actually my birthday and I have to say one of the best so far. BIG thanks to Norman for the tickets, beer and CD and it was nice to catch up with him and Kristof again as well as to meet the other guys. Today's gig will be the shorter festival set along the lines of this:

Remembering Gene Clark


Bobby Gillespie: Kim Fowley - Caught by the Reaper

Friday, 23 January 2015

Lydia Lunch - 3X3EP

Partisan (Trailer)

Scored by Oneohtrix Point Never

Fantasma Ft. Moonchild - Shangrila

Thursday, 22 January 2015

Michael Gira: I listen to nothing

The Pop Group - Citizen Zombie (Album Trailer)

Behind-the-scenes footage of The Pop Group's recording sessions with Paul Epworth at The Church Studios for the album Citizen Zombie. Citizen Zombie will be released through Freaks R Us on Monday February 23rd 2015.
“It was an amazing opportunity and very exciting to be working with the guys. The energy is still there, the idea is still there, it still fizzes with a life that most young bands today just don’t have.” Paul Epworth, 2014
“I'm really shocked at what has come out...Paul gave us the strength to make some of our mad ideas into reality and, with his help, destiny rides again for The Pop Group” Mark Stewart, 2014
Limited Signed Copies & Exclusive Memorabilia From: bit.ly/11sEXuF

Ben Frost & Thor Harris - Live @Amplifest Portugal (4/1014)

Kristof Hahn - Live @Locanda Atlantide (2012)


Tuesday, 20 January 2015

Omar Souleyman - Live @Corner Hotel Melbourne (19/1/15)

Monday, 19 January 2015



Sherwood & Pinch - Crack Mix 84


Fibonacci Zoetrope Sculptures

These are 3-D printed sculptures designed to animate when spun under a strobe light. The placement of the appendages is determined by the same method nature uses in pinecones and sunflowers. The rotation speed is synchronized to the strobe so that one flash occurs every time the sculpture turns 137.5º—the golden angle. If you count the number of spirals on any of these sculptures you will find that they are always Fibonacci numbers.
For this video, rather than using a strobe, the camera was set to a very short shutter speed (1/4000 sec) in order to freeze the spinning sculpture.
John Edmark is an inventor/designer/artist. He teaches design at Stanford University.
Visit John's website here: web.stanford.edu/~edmark/
and Vimeo site: vimeo.com/johnedmark/videos
Learn how he made these sculptures here: instructables.com/id/Blooming-Zoetrope-Sculptures/

Sunday, 18 January 2015

E is for Ecstacy (Everyman 1992)

Narrated by Steve Coogan

Dubblestandart ft Hoda - Logics of Liberation (Adrian Sherwood Remix)

Hitler Reacts To The Last Grateful Dead Shows in Chicago

Miriam Linna: My Dark Ages

Erick Purkhiser, better known as Cramps leader Lux Interior, died on February 4 (2009). Long ago, and for one year, he was my friend. I was the drummer in the first Cramps lineup which played forty-odd dates over an eight month period from the first show on All Saints Night 1976 through July 13, 1977, the date of the NYC blackout. With his passing came a mess of calls asking about the early days. After years of avoiding a backward glance, I was suddenly dropped headlong into the well. A moldering box of old stuff materialized from way back of the closet, and old friends began sending in decades-old snapshots, clippings, bits of correspondence. That first year in New York was my coming of age, at least in calendar years. It was also my first year behind the traps, on the flipside of fandom. It provided a hazing that alternately galvanized and confused my head, so these few words and pictures will seem sad and funny at the same time. I hope this helps clear the cobwebs for those who care. Walking through my dreams, like the Pretty Things would say. RIP, Lux.
Stuff started seeping out of the woodwork before the paint was dry. Phone calls, remember-whens, faded pictures, a couple grainy super-8’s, old letters, a stop-by. “Lux is dead,” they’d say. “He’s gone.” So I get a call from my first big town roommate, Pam, sister of the great and also-late Bryan Gregory, and we ruminate, a shot of white light into one hell of a moldy basement, and it’s with that conversation that I begin this slow descent into a year that time forgot. Round One is shot out of the cannon, a random blast. It was a lifetime ago-- everything’s changed, and nothing’s changed. Like when you spin around real fast and stop, and you’re digging your heels in, and everything around you is a whirling blur...
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L.A. Unbound: James Ellroy Interviewed 

Friday, 16 January 2015

Silver String Orchestra - Challenger (1986) Live & Studio Versions

The Cramps: (Memphis news 1979)

Sadly, after 20 years of misinformation and misquotes regarding the Bryan Gregory chapter of
the Cramps, here's my one and only chance to directly express my feelings. While it's true that
Bryan didn't actually play on some of the seminal recordings that are attributed to him (he
wasn't always present for Songs the Lord Taught Us), he could be a truly charismatic live
performer when the spirit moved him - particularly in the CBGB/Max's Kansas City days, when
spirit was everywhere in the air.
He wasn't anything like the myth promoted by his record company and subsequently the
press; the real Bryan had a kooky charm the public doesn't even know about - the truth was
far stranger than fiction. He and I shared a birthday, and we met on our mutual birthday on
February 20, 1976. We were almost the same size and could fit into each other's pants and
shoes. We understood each other because we weren't the boygirl next door, and we'd both
already been through a lot and knew how to hustle tooth and nail to survive. We could be our
scary selves without horrifying each other. My fondest memory is of tripping on acid together
in Central Park that summer. We were never quite able to sustain that high.
Bryan's creative forte was more visual than sonic - when we met him, he had just moved to
New York to pursue a graphic-arts career. He loved art, jewelry making, decorating - I think it
was the visual aspects of the Cramps that appealed to him most. Lux and I had come to New
York in 1975 with a mess of songs and crude home demos and a plan to take over the world,
but I think it was mostly our exotic looks and Flying V guitar that lured Bryan to join us. When
we gave the guitar to him, he immediately decorated it with polka-dot price stickers and
painted our name in fancy script on the case, and you know what? It looked hot!
Bryan was more enigmatic and incongruous than imagination would allow. Once, in a packed
coffee shop, he pulled a switchblade on a boothful of square businessmen who were
snickering about him, but on another occasion he whined that he couldn't leave his apartment
because the neighborhood teen toughs followed him down the street teasingly singing 'Sweet
Child in the City'. A sense of adventure led him to let Lux dangle him upside down by his
ankles from a 17th-floor high-rise window "just to see what it's like", yet he despised touring
because of his fear and hatred of "foreigners". He thought rockabilly was "goofy" but said we
made it work for us "cuz you're so weird." We had a brief, intense relationship, and I don't
think any of us knew what hit us. At one time we all wanted to be in a band that people were
afraid of offstage. He was a true DMF - Detroit Motherfucker. On a soul level, the affair was
over by 1979, after we started touring and recording regularly. Without a passion for and
understanding of the fundamental forces influencing the Cramps, a combination of too much
hard work, chemical haze and backstage leeches drove him to the next bright, shiny object in
his path and a pursuit of so-called social relevance. I'll always remember the high-flyin' Bryan
that few people had the privilege to know, before he stopped being a rocker and became a
"rock star" . . . the way he walked, the way he talked, the way he rocked.

'Birmingham, UK, is a Muslim Country'