Sunday morning mit Black Flag, es gut

REALITY 86’d from KICK TO KILL on Vimeo.

Dave Markey’s 1986 documentary on Black Flag’s tour across America…. Less navel gazing and looking out tour bus windows in monochrome than an REM documentary, less conspiracy theories than a Kurt Cobain documentary, less hiding in the closet, fake marriages, transgenderism and is-she-my-sister-or-my-motherisms and tea than a Daniel O’Donnell documentary!!

It’s nice to rememeber a time when a band would have to work hard to get into the public consciousness, rather than just post their crap on Utub. I’m talking to you Lily Allen.

Still doesn’t Henry Rollins look great!

STRETCH SONGS OF JOY 2008 Part Deux

Allo again..

Here are more reasons to avoid mainstream music. May not be for everybody but neither are lotsofthings….like looting and XFactor and drinking Southern Comfort.

6. Various Production – Maskmen

7. Thom Yorke – Skip Divided (Modeselektor mix)

8. Various Production – Wot U Say

9. The Raveonettes – Aly, Walk with me

10. Roots Manuva – Again and Again


This Various Productions song is really infectious. At first, I thought it was a bit y’know, but then I realised it was supremely oh yeah I see. Watch them live on the net. They all dance funny. Also, go to their website where there’s an hour long mix absolutely free.

I was driving home from work one night and this came on. I liked “Eraser” to a certain extent, but the “Skip Divided” remix by Berlin electronic producers Modeselektor (Check out Hello Mom) explores the darkest depths of the original and added a fairly scary soundtrack to my lonely drive home. There’s someone in the back seat, aaargh. They think they can drive better than me!


Okay, another from Various Production. There something a bit Kate Nash or Lily Allen about this, but only if those hags had been brought to a singing coach and given 1000ccs of rhythm, while being injected with the knowledge of the gypsy. Gypsys are such fun,really they are.

I was introduced to the Raveonettes only a few weeks ago and this song has been going round my head ever since. Like a combination of the Velvet Underground and the Jesus and Mary Chain, this Danish band are worth their weight in bacon. Speaking of JAMC, was 2008 the year when Glas Vegas conned the planet? Starting out as a talent show on an Irish language TV station, they quickly ripped off the JAMC sound and their prick of a singer walked around as if he was the first person ever to wear shades. How up yourself can you get? Alternative music is really starting to feel wallpapery.

Roots Manuva has been probably the best hip hop to come out of Britain in a long time. This opener to his latest album Slime and Reason is a mish-mash of styles, hip hop; reggae; calypso; early 1980s test match cricket… A nice Summery sound to warm me up on this cold, cold day.

So that’s pretty much the extent of it. Feel free to disagree, but I guarantee there is at least one song there that someone will like.