Matador Records and XL Recordings announce Dizzee
Rascal release in US
* FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *
Matador Records and XL
Recordings are pleased to announce that we will jointly
be releasing the acclaimed debut album by Dizzee
Rascal, 'Boy In Da Corner' in the US this January.
18 years of age and hailing from East London, Dizzee's unique
hybrid of hip-hop, drum & bass and UK garage coupled with
his explosive real-life tales of street crime, poverty, sex
and guns, are a combination unlike any MC we've heard ---
underground or over. 'Boy In Da Corner' has been a major worldwide
hit since its release last summer, and this past September,
Dizzee was awarded the UK's Mercury
Music Prize, beating out the likes of Coldplay, Radiohead
and the Darkness.
some selected reviews :
Dizzee Rascal: Boy in da Corner
Friday July 18, 2003
Many people have become pop stars without possessing any relevant
qualifications. They have carved out their own niches - jobs
that enable them to hog the spotlight without the bothersome
irrelevancies of singing, playing or writing songs. They are
rock and pop's spare parts. Some have vanished into obscurity,
such as Bob Markley, a millionaire who bankrolled 1960s psychedelicists
the West Coast Pop Art Experimental Band on the condition
that he could be their tambourine player. Others are legendary,
including the Happy Mondays' dancer Bez and Public Enemy's
scowling Professor Griff.
No figure, however, sums up the spare part more completely
than the British MC. No one really seems to know where MCs
came from, but by the early 1990s they were everywhere, ruining
perfectly good records by bellowing inanities over the top
of them. "Sounds of the DJ!" they would cry, imparting
vital information to ravers who thought they were dancing
to the military band of the Royal Scots Dragoon Guards.
Since the rise of garage, MCs have become stars in their own
right, apparently without any corresponding improvement in
what they do. With the exception of the Streets' Mike Skinner
- whose style has more in common with the streetwise witticisms
of the late Ian Dury than his garage peers - MCs' lyrics still
tend to be embarrassingly gauche, as evidenced by the witless
hectoring of So Solid Crew.
Under the circumstances, Dylan Mills seems an entirely unique
figure. An 18-year-old MC, he has risen through the garage
scene as a member of the Roll Deep Crew, an east London equivalent
to So Solid. There, however, the similarity ends. On the evidence
of Mills's debut album as Dizzee Rascal, he not only has something
to say, he has the intellectual equipment to say it in a remarkably
Before you get to the lyrics, however, there is the sound
of the album to overcome. Mills allegedly honed his production
style after being excluded from every school lesson other
than music. Boy in da Corner certainly appears to have been
born in isolation. It sounds like nothing else - which is
surprising in a time when some people seem to think that rock
and pop are trapped in a kind of terminal postmodernity, eternally
doomed to borrow from the past.
Presumably, they haven't heard 'Boy in da Corner', which appears
to borrow from nothing other than the terrifying sound inside
Mills's head. Disjointed electronic pulses pass for rhythms.
Above them lurch churning bass frequencies, disturbing choruses
of muttering voices, clattering synthesisers that recall police
sirens and arcade games, and, on forthcoming single Fix Up
Look Sharp, bursts of rock guitar. In contrast to the macho
swagger of most garage MCs, Mills delivers his rhymes in a
frantic, panicked yelp. The overall effect is shocking and
unsettling in the extreme.
Shocking and unsettling people may be the point. The lyrics
of 'Boy in da Corner' deal with teenage life on an east London
council estate, a world of "blanks, skanks and street
robbery... pregnant girls who ain't got no love, useless mans
with no plans". There is much talk of stabbing and shooting
- "We used to fight with kids from the other estates,"
says Mills on Brand New Day, "now eight millimetres settle
debates" - and a distinctly queasy humour on display.
I Luv U tackles the subject of underage sex with mordant wit:
"Pregnant? What you talking about that for? 15? She's
underage, that's raw."
Given that Mills himself was stabbed last week in garage holiday
destination Ayia Napa, you suspect that Boy in da Corner is
likely to send Kim Howells apoplectic with rage. If it does,
however, he's not listening properly. So Solid Crew's lyrics
are repugnant not because they talk about violence, but because
they explicitly equate violence with success, threatening
to "bring the gats" or "take you to the morgue"
before bragging about their champagne lifestyle. By contrast,
Boy in da Corner depicts a bleak world, devoid of aspiration:
no one in their right minds would want to live there. When,
on Hold Your Mouf, Mills delivers the album's most striking
line - "I'm a problem for Anthony Blair" - it sounds
less like thuggish boasting than a despairing statement of
However, whether anybody will listen seems questionable. Both
Dizzee Rascal's music and message are wildly unpalatable,
and the British record-buying public is not currently renowned
for wild risk-taking. If they ignore 'Boy in da Corner', however,
they may well be ignoring the most original and exciting artist
to emerge from dance music in a decade.
Dizzee Rascal : Boy In Da Corner (XL)
In 2002, UK Garage's bid for popularity crashed and burned.
Acts like More Fire Crew turned out bullish garage-rap LPs
with barrels of braggadocio but precious little substance.
The likes of Romeoand Lisa Maffia learnt to assimilate or
die, stealing into the Top 20 under the guise of nu-R&B.
And the talent clung to the scene's underside, hidden, like
cockroaches terrified to skitter into the light.
This is where Dizzee Rascal comes in. Dizzeethinks his music
sounds "like the end of the world". He's right.
It sounds like balaclava-clad gangs of teenagers wiring London's
tenement blocks with dynamite and razing them to the ground.
The Streets' Mike Skinner says Dizzee Rascal is the future,
but Dizzee screams"no future!". Where 'Original
Pirate Material' revelled in the wonderment of modern geezerdom,
'Boy In Da Corner' is primed for impending apocalypse.
Dizzee is Dylan Mills, an eighteen-year old rapper-producer
from East London. He rose to prominence as a member of UK
Garage collective Roll Deep, cites his favourite album as
Nirvana's 'In Utero', and claims his music isn't even UK Garage
at all. And indeed it isn't: throughout, the tempo sits around
90 BPM, meaning 'Boy In Da Corner' has far more in common
with hip-hop than two-step's high-octane rush. But you never
heard hip-hop sound this brutal, this alien, this foreign.
No, scratch that. This English.
This 'Boy In Da Corner' is trapped like a rat. On 'Sitting
Here', Dizzee's an observer, watching ruefully as gunshots
rattle and police sirens tear out of the fog. There is terrible
violence here - at one point, Dizzee threatens to smash your
head in with a metal bar - but there is startling wisdom too.
"We used to fight with kids from other estates/ Now eight
millimetres settle debates," Dizzee notes, sadly, on
'Brand New Day' - an old head on young shoulders. This freakish
mix of frenzy and ennui is a constant through 'Boy In Da Corner'.
'I Luv U' is Dizzee's bloody valentine. It finds him spliffed
into a state of hypertension, voice exploding like a bag of
firecrackers as he picks over the dire ramifications of a
one-night stand: "Pregnant what you talkin' bout this
for?/ Fifteen she's under age that's raw". The production
here, like much of the album, is truly foreboding: piledriver
kickdrum ripped from some head-stoving Dutch gabba white-label;
dispassionate female voice intoning the title until it rings
hollow, devotion spoke by rote. This jaundiced view of modern
relationships is a running theme - 'Round We Go' describes
a merry-go-round of loveless sex, charted by a narrator who's
had his fingers burnt one time too many.
So many excellent moments left to chart: the staggering 'Fix
Up, Look Sharp', riding a stadium rock drum loop so savagely
sliced that the silence between the loop yawns like a vacuum,
or the truly bizarre 'Jus A Rascal', insane Fiddler On The
Roof operatics splashed over every chorus. Suffice to say
this: 'Boy In The Corner' is one of the most assured debut
albums of the last five years. It's anyone's guess where this
one goes next.
-- Louis Pattison
October 10, 2003
Matador signs digital distribution agreement with
iTunes Music Store
* FOR IMMEDIATE RELEASE *
Matador Records is pleased to announce that major chunks of
its extensive catalog -- as well as new releases -- are available
as of today from Apple's
iTunes Music Store,
where, until now, no independent labels have been represented.
At an a la carte price of $0.99 per song or for $9.99 for
an entire album, cultured music fans in the U.S. (dummies
too) can download AAC files of tracks by Interpol, Cat Power,
Yo La Tengo, Stephen Malkmus, Mogwai, Guided By Voices, Pretty
Girls Make Graves and countless others. Very shortly, the
iTunes Store will be available to users of Windows PCs as
Said tracks are playable via iTunes 4 on their Mac using OS
X, and through Apple's iPod. They can also be burned to CDR
as part of self-compiled "mixes".
Matador and iTunes will be adding more new releases and catalog
titles every week
is a New York based independent label that has been getting
the job done since 1989. Part of the Beggars
Group family of labels, Matador's catalog includes titles
from the above artists as well as Pavement, Pizzicato Five,
Jon Spencer Blues Explosion, Belle & Sebastian, Cornelius,
Arab Strap, Matmos, Bardo Pond, Mark Eitzel, Richard Hell,
Tommy Keene, Arsonists, Preston School Of Industry and others.
In the months ahead, we hope to make exclusive materials available
via the iTunes Music Store, such as previews from forthcoming
studio albums, outtakes, live tracks, demo versions, etc.
Matador's metadata and encoded content will be delivered to
iTunes via Consolidated Independent (CI), a UK-based company
specializing in centralizing and delivering all forms of data
for independent labels. CI is a joint venture between playlouder.com
and State 51.
For more information please contact Nils
Bernstein at Matador.
September 18, 2003
Pretty Girls Make Graves
Hot on the heels of a ridiculously well received European
tour with the Blood Brothers, Pretty Girls Make Graves hit
the road last week for a US tour in support of 'The New Romance'.
Kicking things off in front of delirious (if not overcrowded)
audience at Seattle's Sonic Boom Records, the band are proving
to fans old and new why their 2nd album is the pick of so
many (including some that don't work here) for record-of-the-year.
There's another in-store tonight at LA's Virgin Megastore,
but check the tour dates for more gigs running through the
end of November, most of 'em with Cobra High in tow. December
looks like the month for a headlining European club tour,
followed by more US shows until you fall in love or the whole
band drops dead. Whichever comes first. We should have a video
for "This Is Our Emergency" for you to gaze at, any day now.
Guided By Voices - Boxed Up, For Good.
November 4th, Matador will be releasing "Hardcore UFOs", the
definitive Guided By Voices box set of 5 CDs plus 1 DVD in
deluxe slipcase with 48-page perfect-bound booklet. Over 142
songs. No filler!
Hardcore UFOs: Revelations, Epiphanies and Fast Food in
the Western Hemisphere 5 CD + DVD BOX SET (142 SONGS
PLUS VIDEOS AND FRAGMENTS, HOURS OF MUSIC)
• The Best of Guided By Voices: Human Amusements
At Hourly Rates, a CD consisting of the band's greatest
songs from 1987 through 2003, selected and sequenced by GBV's
• Watch Me Jumpstart, a DVD including an expanded
version of the 1996 documentary of the same name directed
by Banks Tarver, now also containing extra footage, plus multi-angle
live material and all of the band's promotional video clips
• Live at the Wheelchair Races, a CD of unreleased
live material from throughout the GBV career, selected by
Rich Turiel and Robert Pollard from hundreds of tapes of unreleased
• Delicious Pie and Thank You For Calling,
a CD of unreleased studio material selected by Robert Pollard
• Demons and Painkillers, a CD compiling all
the band's Matador Records out-of-print singles, b-sides and
• Forever Since Breakfast, the first ever CD
release of GBV's incredibly rare debut EP, originally released
In addition, The Best of Guided By Voices CD and
the Watch Me Jumpstart DVD will be available separately.
The Best of Guided By Voices CD will be at a special
low price, with a different artwork and sequence from the
version contained in the box set, and some different song
complete tracklisting is available on gbv.com.
GBV are currently on tour in Europe where they'll be doing
a handful of UK dates with new Matador signings, Seachange.
The new GBV CD single, "The Best Of Jill Hives" features 2
non-album tracks, a cover of Cheap Trick's "I'm Downed", and
a new Doug Gillard song, "Free Of This World". Said single
is out in Europe on 29 September.
Our friends at gbv.com were also kind enough to fill us in
on the following : The Circus Devils are back. Becoming side
project in name only, the Circus Devils will be releasing
their third album titled Pinball Mars on October 31st. Fading
Captain Series release #29 features another crazy adventure
through the musical minds of Robert Pollard and Todd and Tim
Tobias. Combining the jaw dropping crazy psychedelic sounds
of their first release Ringworm Interiors with the more melodic
second release The Harold Pig Memorial, Pinball Mars will
feature the following tracks:
Are You Out With Me?
Don't Be Late
Inkster and the King
A Puritan for Storage
Dragging the Medicine
Bow Before Your Champion
No Hell for Humor
Finally, we do have one last piece of Guided By Voice news
; bassist Tim Tobias has left the band and will be replaced
for the current European dates by Sam Powers (Superdrag) and
upcoming N. American dates by Chris Slusarenko (Death Midget,
Sprinkler, Svelt, Cavemanish Boys).
On January 20, Matador will be releasing the Cornelius DVD,
Five Point One by Cornelius, From Nakameguro To Everywhere,
featuring the following videos for the following tracks:
Point Of View Point
4) Drop - Do It Again
5) Another View Point
6) Bird Watching At Inner Forest
7) I Hate Hate
9) Tone Twilight Zone
10) From Nakameguro To Everywhere
The Five Point One DVD will be packaged with a 12
track CD, PM (for 'Point Mixes'). Said CD features
the results of the contest hosted by Cornelius-Sound
and Matador last autumn in which participants were invited
to remix the tracks from 2002's Point album.
As our flashy UK street poster campaign will confirm, the
CDS/7" and DVD single of "Obstacle 1" is out today in Great
Britain, the former 2 formats featuring the wild Arthur Baker
remix. Interpol's biggest North American tour to date commences
tomorrow, September 16 in Montreal. One of the highlights
is certain to be September 20, at Devore's Hyundai Pavilion
when Interpol appear alongside The Cure, Duran Duran, Echo
& The Bunnymen and other examples of "they look really good
for their age" at KROQ's Inland Invasion.
Another upcoming BIG DEAL event is the Shortlist
Music Awards ceremony, taking place at Los Angeles's Wiltern
Theatre on October 5. Interpol will be performing alongside
fellow Shortlist finalists Cat Power, Damian Rice, The Black
Keys and Bright Eyes. Other finalist nominees for this prestigious
prize include Yeah Yeah Yeahs, The Streets, Cody Chestnutt,
Floetry and Sigur Ross. Judges for this beauty contest include
Tom Waits, Cameron Crowe, Chris Martin, Perry Farrell, Josh
Homme, Amir Thompson, Nic Harcourt, Pete Yorn, The Neptunes,
Tori Amos, Mos Def, Dave Matthews, Musiq, Spike Jonze, the
Chemical Brothers and Flea. We congratulate them on their
excellent taste (assuming Chan or Interpol win). The whole
shebang is meant to be broadcast on M2 later in October.
Interpol's NYC date at the Hammerstein Ballroom (October 15)
is sold out. A headlining gig at Roseland has just been confirmed
for October 21 (tickets go on sale September 16)
As mentioned above, Cat Power's 'You Are Free' is amongst
the 9 finalists for the Shortlist
Music Awards. But back in the real world, Chan has been
bringing it to the good people of Australia recently in her
first tour of that country in many a moon. A European tour
with the Dirty Three is planned for later this year.
Yo La Tengo
Ira, Georgia and James are in the midst of yet another massive
US tour, not only reminding us that 'Summer Sun' remains one
of the year's best albums irregardless of season, but the
forthcoming 12"/CDEP 'Today is The Day' is further evidence
of their broad stylistic range (and ability to turnaround
a great EP on short notice). The current tour includes a couple
of in-store performances, one this Friday at Austin's terrific
Degrees, and another on the 30th of September at Indianapolis'
Indy CD & Vinyl. The latter is the source of some small controversy
in that the band were promised Isiah Thomas would be on hand
and now we have learned he won't be attending. It seems that
Zeke had allegedly made a comment to the effect of, "If Yo
La Tengo were a four-pieceÖ.they'd be just another quartet."
While this remark is undoubtedly insensitive, I am sure the
band would've let bygones be bygones and buried the hatchet.
Oh well, maybe next time.
The Wisdom Of Harry
The new look TWOH trio are playing London's 12 Bar on October
15, preceded by a Pete Astor sojurn to Paris this week for
press and radio promo. In lieu of a big money video budget
on behalf of the forthcoming 'Torch Division', world famous
cinemaphotographer Gerard Cosloy accompanied the men of The
Wisdom Of Harry into the deepest woods ofÖuh, Muswell Hill,
and shot clips for the following :
Matmos - 2 NYC shows this week, and they don't get
paid for either one!
We swiped the following info from our friends at WFMU:
MATMOS/PEOPLE LIKE US/DONNA SUMMER playing
BENEFIT for WFMU's Tuesday night DJ, OCDJ, at RARE
in New York City > Thursday, Sept. 18th RARE, 416 West 14th
(between 9th and 10th Aves.), New York.
Doors at 8, show at 9pm $10 with all proceeds to OCDJ's medical
WFMU has organized a show to drum up some medical expenses
for our friend and colleague OCDJ (aka Dan Gaeta), a very
good guy who incurred a nasty injury to the eye due to stray
July 4th fireworks this summer. He's got multiple surgeries
ahead in the next year, and no medical insurance. These kind
musicians are lending their supreme talents to the bill.
AKA the duo of MC Schmidt and Drew Daniel, their first NYC
appearance in a while, on the eve of their long-awaited new
Matador release 'The Civil War', September 23rd. In Drew's
words: "Drawing upon the heritage of musique concrete and
contemporary sampling, sequencing and digital signal processing
techniques, the San Francisco electronic duo Matmos make music
which is based upon the musical possibilities of unusual sound
sources, and the unusual playing possibilities of everyday
instruments. Their past recordings have built baroque rhythmic
collages out of the noises of plastic surgery, rat cages,
balloons and whoopie cushions, latex clothing, walkie talkies
and, infamously, the amplified synapse of crayfish nerve tissue.
This unusual approach has brought them into collaborations
with a diverse cast of musicians from indie rock/new chamber
ensemble the Rachel's to Icelandic pop phenomenon Bjork, whose
Vespertine album was partially programmed by Matmos and who
chose the duo as her backing band for her last world tour.
In performance Matmos veer wildly between toe tapping pop
structures and chaotic improvisation, frequently accompanied
by their own video work.
More info: http://www.brainwashed.com/matmos/
PEOPLE LIKE US
Under the name People Like Us, Vicki Bennett has been
smash-and-grabbing from the shallows of cultural waters for
twelve years. Through the channels of mixed media appropriation
and Dadaist collage, People Like Us expose a surreal world
of bad connections and faulty communications, where presenters,
interviewees, lost stars and found sounds become trapped in
a misfiring loop of
reference and repetition. Bellowing a gagged love song in
a stifled spew, this mean mash of psychobabble is a window
into a world of monotony induced trance.
Using modern tools as afforded by the advent of desktop video/audio
manipulation and editing, People Like Us create new landscapes
where once were merely soundscapes, with seemingly no limit
to the possibilities for new emerging narratives.
Vicki's latest project is a collaborative CD with WFMU's own
Kenny G,called "Nothing Special" (after Kenny's show monicker),
out on 25 August on Mess Media, through Soleilmoon Recordings.
Donna Summer (not the disco diva!) lives in Brooklyn, does
a program on WFMU called Advanced D&D, and is a world-travelling,
record-releasing laptop fiend of the highest order. His performances
and releases encompass straightforward electronic hardcore,
plunderphonics, drill'n'bass, abstract glitchery, and a severe
pop culture jones. His site is
and he's recently released a disc called
THIS NEEDS TO BE YOUR STYLE on the Irritant label."
Yeah. Matmos will also be playing at Mondo Kim's (St. Marks
Place between 2nd and 3rd avenues, NYC) this coming Friday
night, September 19.
Just back from their West Coast excursion, Dead Meadow are
preparing for a European tour that includes a long stretch
of UK dates playing in support of Super Furry Animals.
monday 13 Keele, UK Keele University
with Super Furry Animals
tuesday 14 Southampton, UK Guildhall
with Super Furry Animals
wednesday 15 Newport City, UK Live Arena
with Super Furry Animals
thursday 16 Birmingham, UK Birmingham Academy
with Super Furry Animals
saturday 18 London, UK Brixton Academy
with Super Furry Animals
sunday 19 Bristol, UK Colston Hall
with Super Furry Animals
monday 20 Norwich, UK UEA
with Super Furry Animals
wednesday 22 Manchester, UK Manchester Academy
with Super Furry Animals
thursday 23 Newcastle, UK Newcastle University
with Super Furry Animals
friday 24 Glasgow, Scotland Glasgow Academy
with Super Furry Animals
saturday 25 Leeds, UK Leeds University
with Super Furry Animals
Ok, not technically a Matador recording artist but we always
do our best to keep abreast of what's happening with the Soft
Boys' main guy and all-around entertainer. Robyn as a few
US solo gigs forthcoming :
Athens GA October 8th
Club Congress, Tucson, AZ October 17th
Bottom Line NYC, October 31
Portland OR, Aladdin Theatre, November 12th
Seattle Crocodile Nov 15
San Francisco, Great American Nov 17
Hollywood Cafe Largo Nov 22
On October 21, Off Records will be releasing 'Wig In A Box',
a extension of the Hedwig & The Angry Itch musical/film. This
features a new song of Robyn's "City Of Women", recorded with
his new band:
Kimberley Rew on guitar, Morris Windsor on drums, Terry Edwards
on keyboards and horns, and Paul Noble on bass. Please note
that the same compilation will feature contributions from
Yo La Tengo (with Yoko Ono) and Spoon, though Robyn was the
only person who asked us to mention it.
We don't have a ton of news to report on Large Pro this time
around, though we did just read something about him producing
a track for upcoming Konfusion (aka Organized Konfusion) reunion
album. Large Professor will also be appearing at the PS2 UK
B-Boy Championships, taking place October 4 at London's Brixton
Favorite Musics & Products of Record Company Employees
& The Musicians They Serve:
Jesper Eklow, Matador Records
Reverend Charlie Jackson - God's Got It CD (Casequarter)
Scavengers - Scavengers CD (Xerox)
Nino Rota - Fellini Casanova OST LP (Cam)
November - En ny tid ”r h”r LP (Sonet)
Tony McPhee - The Two Sides of Tony McPhee LP (WWA)
"Ingmar Bergman Makes A Movie" documentary by Vilgot Sj–man
Norman Cohn - Pursuit of the Millenium
Steven Runciman - A History of the Crusades Vols 1, 2 & 3
Fred Navarrete, Beggars Group
The Constantines - Shine a Light (Sub Pop)
Broken Social Scene - You Forgot it in People (Arts and Crafts)
The Sleep Jackson - Lovers (Astralwerks)
These Arms Are Snakes - This is Meant to Hurt You (Jade Tree)
Pelican - ep (HydraHead)
Reading up on the I-Pod. Looks like I'm making the transition
from the minidisc. It was a wonderful idea that never got
Also, reading Galapagos - Kurt Vonnegut w/ my spiffy new Mojave
3 bookmark keeping my place.
Sujan Hong, Beggars Group
Songs that I was guaranteed not to fall asleep to when played
in the car on
road trips this summer or would wake up to if I was already
"The Argument" - Ike & Tina
"All For Swinging You Around" - The New Pornographers
"Gonna Get Me Someone" - The Greenhornes w/ Holly Golightly
"Ode to a Black Man" - The Dirtbombs
"Liberty Belle" - Super Furry Animals
"I'm A Pretender" - The Exploding Hearts
"Here Comes the Summer" - The Undertones
"Ban Marriage" - The Hidden Cameras
"Caught Up" - Millie Mclain
"Boys Boys Boys" - Nikki and the Corvettes
"Time Bomb High School" - The Reigning Sound
"No Culture Icons" - The Thermals
Jenn Lannchart, Beggars Group
What I'm listening to:
Spiritualized, Amazing Grace
Stereophonics, You Gotta Go There to Come Back
Mojave 3, Spoon and Rafter
Mark Lanegan Band new EP, Here Comes that Weird Chill
& Anything Interpol, esp. The Specialist
What I'm into:
Buying all sorts of import vinyl online
Harry Potter books
& all Isabelle Allende books
Daniel Eastop, Seachange
Stalingrad - Antony Beevor
Scout Niblett - 'I am'
Handsome Family - Through the trees
Broken Dreams - Tom Bower (Vanity, Greed and the Scouring
of British football)
Ojos De Brujo (Eye of the Witch) - Spanish band album and
watching, listening to, playing dream team, and following
the great soap opera of football.
Miwa Okumura, Beggars Group
Discoveries on my recent trip to Japan:
--The 7-Eleven convenient stores in tokyo have large flat
screens that display music videos. White Hassle was playing
when I was inside purchasing minutes for my cell phone.
--As of May 2003, they dropped the alcohol level to .03% which
means drivers can't drink even one beer. If a cop randomly
pulls you over, and you had a few sips of an alcoholic beverage,
you will be fined €300,000 ($2800). Your passengers will also
be fined the same amount.
--You can't go without seeing a David Beckham poster (still!).
Even if you don't follow soccer, you better like him. His
name is sacred amongst the Japanese.
--The subway maps are actually diagrams of the cranial nerve.
Euvin Weeber, Beggars Group
David Bowie - Ziggy Stardust Motion Picture Soundtrack
The Gibson Les Paul that I got in San Francisco
The Stooges at Roseland (one of the most incredible shows
I've seen in years)
Super Furry Animals - Phantom Power
M Ward - Transfiguration of Vincent
Stoked 'The Rise and Fall of Gator'
Dead Meadow - Shivering King and Others
Bob Dylan - Love and Theft
Betty Davis - They Say I'm Different
Marvin Gaye Deluxe editions
Don Delillo - White Noise
Nick Dewitt, Pretty Girls Make Graves
Ok. Some things I like a lot. In no particular order. Of course
they are liable to change as time goes by.
the Twilight Zone/
David Berman-the Silver Jews
I just bought a trumpet and can't play-yet
Shaolin Soccer-a movie Battle Royale another movie
Astrud Gilberto- monotone never sounded so good
Le Circle Rouge-movie
the Ace Frehley solo record
the Birthday Party I know this is obvious, but to remain in
obscurity with ones interests is too restrictive- to remain
in obscurity with ones interests to impress others is chickenshit.
I have done that before.
Trial and error
Tea cakes- the ones with the marshmallow
getting what you want
savory delicious food
well, I never think about my favorite things often enough
to know what they are. When I am in a moment, good or bad,
I never think about lists to put them on, until now that is.
Shit, I like a lot of stuff. Peace-NICK
Dave Martin, Matador Records
1. Modey Lemon Thunder + Lightning
2. Major Stars New album CDR
3. Wayne Rogers Constant Displacement
4. Dirtbombs Dangerous Magical Noise
5. Miminokoto S/T & 2
6. Hospitals S/T
7. The Fall Touch Sensitive...Bootleg Box Set
8. Mystery Girls Circles In The Sand 7"
9. Kraftwerk Tour De France Soundtracks
10. Country Teasers Secret Weapons Revealed At Last or Full
Moon Empty Sportsbag
+ Caves, Caverns, Centralia, PA and the smell of babies.
David Shepard, The Wisdom Of Harry
To earn some pin money, I have been reviewing records by people
old enough to be my father, which - given that there are many
musicians out there young enough (though not unfortunate enough)
to be my offspring - is somewhat sobering, in a mid-life/half-time
oranges kinda way....
So, that means listening to:
John Cale 'HoboSapiens'
the 'No New York' comp from '78
Robert Wyatt 'Cuckooland'
And the new bleedin' Dave Bowie. Some of which is rather good,
I kid you not.
Books? Herman Hesse 'Knulp'. That's the way I want to go.
Patrick Amory, Matador Records
The Sons of Champlin - "1982-A" from "Loosen Up Naturally"
(Capitol dbl LP)
J.J. Cale - "Okie" (Shelter LP)
Chicago - "II" (Columbia dbl LP)
The Oranges Band - "All Around" (Lookout/Amish LP)
AC/DC - "Powerage" (Albert Productions LP)
Joni Mitchell - "Hejira" (Asylum LP)
Gerard Cosloy, Matador Records
Consonant - Love & Affliction (Fenway)
Chris Cacavas - Kneel (Return To Sender)
Various Artists - New Town (Ai)
Double Leopards - Halve Maen (Eclipse)
The Playwrights - The National Missing Person EP (Sink & Stove)
Alias - Eyes Closed EP (anticon)
Flipper - Generic (Subterranean)
The Kingsbury Manx - Aztec Discipline (Overcoat)
Rilo Kiley - The Execution of All Things (Saddle Creek)
David Banner -Mississippi : The Album (Universal)
Luomo - The Present Lover (Force Inc.)
Middle Class - A Blueprint For Joy (Velvetone)
Kaffe Matthews - CD Eb & Flo (Annetteworks)