Some people might know about ClubPub, a lot of you won’t. Basically it was a very irregular night that the Poke people have been organising over the last 5 years. It all started out with us just renting out a pub on Wednesday nights and turning them into a sort of club. Lashings of smoke and lazers can turn any pub into a banging nitespot ;-)
Anyway after 5 years we decided to call it a day. The last couple of nights felt a bit tired and lacking in direction so we thought we should have a massive blowout to kill it off rather than letting it die a long drawn out fight for life. That’s what we did on Wednesday.
Crank (the Poke band) made their stunning debut (causing massive crowd chaos as seen above). The legendary AcidMalc (a clubpup favourite) played a storming set. And Dickon and Vasco both took the decks for a spin.
I had the honour of playing the last set. Which was really fun. Apart from the venue decided to close almost an hour earlier than we’d agreed (apparently they weren’t taking enough money at the end of the night – I think people had drunk enough quite frankly).
Here’s an extended version of the set I played (this is what it would have been if I hadn’t been cut short).
Obviously sounds better after many pints of lager ;-)
This is all going to seem a little strange. Why on earth would anyone want to remix a presentation in such a fashion?
Well it’s a funny story you see. I was mucking around with some basic VJing software. It’s a thing called Quartonian that can take a folder full of images and do crazy stuff with them (using Quartz Composer on the Mac if you’re geekily inclined).
Anyway I tried it out with some holiday snaps and it was a bit odd. The images were all a bit too, well, holiday like. I wanted some pictures that had a more thought out narrative. So I thought why not stick a presentation through the VJing software? I didn’t want to use a client presentation so this is what came to hand.
[If you want to do such a thing, and why wouldn’t you? It’s really very simple – just export your presentation out of Keynote or Powerpoint as a series of JPEGs, then point Quartonian at the folder – you’re away! I turned it back into video using Snapz Pro to screen capture the output]
I shut myself up in the loft again last Saturday, and another mix popped out.
I think this is my favourite mix that I’ve done in recent times. I don’t know why. I’m just really pleased with the sound. I think it’s because I lucked out on finding a load of tracks that I really like. I hope you like it/them too…
Dayvan Cowboy – Boards of Canada
Woozy with Cider (Jon Hokins Remix) – James Yorkston
Mahogany (Instrumental Mix) – Lexx
Take a Break (Maurice Fulton Remix) – Rollmottie
Get Up (Greg Wilson’s Special Mix) – Elektrons
…The Party’s Upstairs – Jay Shepheard
Move Me (Phonique Remix) – Trickski
Invasion – The Murmers
Little Johnny Brown – Sam Amidon
Roscoe (Beyond the Wizards Sleeve Remix) – Midlake
The Theme (Autechre Mix) – Unique 3
So Weit Wie Noch Nie – Jurgen Paape
One Pure Thought (Supermayer Remix) – Hot Chip
Planetary (Dub) – Booka Shade
Lost (Mazi and Duriez Remix) – Tyree Cooper and Marc Romboy
We Love – Jurgen Paape and Boy Schaufler
Glad To Know You (Todd Terje Re-Edit) – Chaz Jankel
Funkatarium – Jump
As normal, most tracks originally came from Beatport.com – if you like them in mixed format please buy.
37 Signals bigged it up so it’s being hammered at the moment (uploading is disabled for the moment as I write this). There’s also obvious issues regarding rights. They do say you should used cleared tracks – but if you look at any of the muxtapes on there most of them aren’t. Including mine (sorry).
I got tagged by blackbeltjones with the 4×4 meme. So I rolled over and became a part of it. Plus it gives me a chance for some totally self-absorbed and pointless blogging.
It looks like this meme has mutated a bit over time, but I’m going to continue on the branch handed to me by Mr Jones…
So here’s my 4 answers to each of 4 questions:
4 Jobs I’ve had
Work Experience – Some random solicitors firm in Burton on Trent. At the time I really wanted to be a lawyer. I also wanted to drive a Porsche and go skiing. Basically that was my teenage rebellion. It’s what happens when your parents come from the hippy side of the fence. I’m sure they’d have been fine catching me with a cheeky spliff – but a filofax. I knew that’d horrify them.
Boots, Sound and Vision – Burton-on-Trent – When I was 17-18 I worked in Boots. They had a rather natty Sound and Vision department that sold tapes, records, computer games (on cassette), compact film cameras and midi-hifi systems (sad to think that of all those things that only really records exist any more). I was good at selling that stuff.
Principles for Men – Edinburgh. While I was a student I used to do a couple of weekday shifts and a weekend in the basement of the store on Princes Street. During the week the most regular customers were smackhead shoplifters. Their target was generally reversible blouson jackets – they’d realised that they’re great for avoiding detection. If security guards are looking for guys in lemon yellow jackets, they can flip them and be just an innocent guy in a baby blue one.
WWAV Rapp Collins – Edinburgh. My first proper job (after freelancing doing web stuff for the Edinburgh Science Festival) was at a DM agency. The creatives were on a separate floor and used to go and drink shedloads at lunchtime. I was friends with some of them and tried to keep up a few times, it was not good. For the job interview they warned candidates they were going to be asked to demonstrate their Excel skills. So I got the Excel manual and went straight to the back. I learned some bonkers, useless macro skills. They’d never seen anything like it before and I got the job. I never used those skills again. After a few months I went to the MD and suggested that we should look at the Internet as a thing for doing marketing stuff – it was suggested that this was not a good idea. I left soon after.
Four TV Shows I DVR (or shows I would record on DVR if I had a DVR)
(When trying to write this I realised just how little ‘serious’ TV I watch).
Weeds – if you’ve not seen it you should. It’s incredibly dark and incredibly funny. A suburban housewife starts growing weed in order to keep her dysfunctional family together. I still chuckle when I think about the young son’s gangster rap, and any show that makes gags about the Prius being the perfect drive-by car shows a certain degree of skill. Oh and there’s a very odd cameo by Snoop Dogg in series 3. And they have a thing where someone different sings the theme song every episode – and they’re all really cool Weeds is cool.
South Park – I should have grown out of it years ago. But it’s still the satire I enjoy the most. Who else could so eloquently illustrate democracy as making the choice between a douchebag and a shit sandwich and claim that that’s how it’s been throughout history.
Peep Show – nothing makes me laugh like Peep Show. It takes the classic sit-com format and bends it into a dark, painful and twisted voyage inside the brain of modern man.
Heroes – it’s a little cheesy. But it’s really really good. Sophie and I have only just managed to get rid of our sofa-sores after our marathon 23 episode feast over a rainy bank-holiday weekend last year. We’ve not started on Season 3 yet…
Four places I’ve been:
Hamm, Germany. My grandparents used to live there. I remember going there on the coach on my own when I was 13/14. I stayed with my pen pal Aldrik (arranged by my grandma). It was all very pen-pally. On the return trip Aldrik brought me a 12″ maxi single of the Pet Shop Boys. Which was nice.
Koh Pang Ngan, Thailand – I’ve been there a couple of times. I’ve never actually been to one of the legendary full moon parties (probably a good thing). I have however been to an odd detox resort which involved daily enemas and drinking vegetable water. Which was nice.
Northern Italy, Near Merano – An odd bit of Italy where most people speak German. We went there for a summer holiday and it was great. The cable cars take you up the hills and you can walk down. Only downside is being woken up in the morning by the clack-clack-clack of geriatric walkers with their ski-pole-like walking sticks. But they make lovely wine, the air is the freshest I’ve ever breathed and the scenery is stunning. Which was nice.
Las Vegas – I only mention Las Vegas because I think it’s ruined my perceptions of going to lots of places in the world. I noticed it when I was in India. Bits of India didn’t feel quite right to me, and I realised that the reason was that I’d been there already. Well I’d been to the Vegas facsimilie anyway. And the Vegas version was bigger and brighter. So very very wrong.
Four music artists I’m listening to now:
Basic Channel – awesome minimal tech-space-dub. Most of their catalogue was realeased in 1993-1995 and only ever on vinyl – but it’s all just had it’s first digital release through Beatport. I bought the lot. And I can’t stop listening to them. Their releases as Rhythm & Sound are a bit more Reggae influenced but equally storming.
Pole – Resident Advisor Podcast. Kind of part of the same scene as Basic Channel. This podcast just popped up as I felt ready to go deeper into the dub vortex. The mix fuses reggae, dubstep and minimal sounds into something rather wonderful. The RA podcast is one of the most consistently excellent podcasts I’ve come across (if you like electronic-y stuff). His albums 1, 2, 3, R and Steingarten are all worth a listen.
Justus Kohncke – This chap has been releasing awesome tracks on the awesome Kompakt records for a while now. Pick up hisnew album Safe and Sound to get a good opener. It’s kind of techno-pop-disco. But it’s very light on cheese. I’m jealous that Boomkat managed to end their review of the album with: Justus is served.
Aidan John Moffat – he used to be part of Arab Strap with Malcolm Middleton whose recent albums I like too. But his most recent album I Can Hear Your Heart is a bunch of spoken word poems over the top of audio soundscapes with bits and pieces of music woven through it. His poems are really filthy and most of them involve some kind of sexual encounter. This review explains how I feel about it:
His words, no matter how filthy, are delivered in such a manner that can’t but touch the seedier parts of your heart, and often make you smile. Maybe that’s just my sense of humour, but tales of city life, honesty, misguided love, cheating and general ‘wrongness’ have never been so comforting.
Stories of urban oddness make for a a really strange soundtrack to a commute :-)
Having completed that monster post I am now the meme-master. I tag:
Faris – because I miss the little fellah with the big hair. Russell – because he was moaning about not getting meme’d anymore (you’ll wish you’d never said that). Adam – because I’m working with him at the moment and I feel I should know more about him. My Mum – because she’s got blogs (plural) and I don’t think she’s been meme’d before and it’s about time she posted some new things ;-)
Actually that’s a lie. It’s not a ‘new’ mix. It’s a mix from last weekend. But I’m posting it now.
This is from Asi’s birthday party last Friday. It was a party in a pub. So I felt I had to play a bit more ‘rowdy’ than I normally would to entertain the drunkards. Hence it’s a bit full on in places – and has some well-known stuff in there too. Disclosure – I did tidy it up when I got home, but it really was almost perfect when I did it live, honest ;-)
1. Heart ov Glass – Justus Kohncke
2. I don’t know (justus dub mix) – Chelnois R Jones
3. The Funk Phenomena – Armand Van Helden
4. Who Keeps Changing Your Mind – South Street Players
5. It’s Not Easy (Album Mix) – Westbam
6. I Feel Space – Lindstrom
7. Bells Of Brighton (Original Mix) – Steve Mac and Mark Brown
8. In My Arms (Tocadisco Mix) – Mylo
9. Just Can’t Get Enough (Dirty South Mix) – Depeche Mode
10. Wild Thing (Peaches Remix) – Peaches and Tone Loc
11. Superstylin (Unknown Breaks Mix) – Groove Armada
12. Outta Space – Deekline Feat. Top Cat
13. Fever Called Love – Rising High Collective
14. Positive Education – Slam
15. Age of Love – Age Of Love
Enjoy. Or don’t enjoy. Depends if you like that sort of thing.
This is one of the best little YouTube community dramas that I’ve ever seen.
I’m going to try and tell the story as best I can, but I’m sure I’m not going to do it justice…
It all starts with popininmyhood posting this video entitled Quadruple Kickflip.
It’s one of those videos where something ‘scary’ happens unexpectedly, sorry if you hadn’t read this and it shocked you.
By giving the video the title ‘Quadruple Kickflip’ popininmyhood has managed to rack up over 2.5 million views of this clip. But what he’s also done is really piss off a load of people who thought that they were going to see some kid pull of an impossible skate trick (at least I’m pretty sure it’s impossible under normal conditions).
The clip has got 80 video responses. And they’re almost universally handing out really severe abuse to popininmyhood. Now I’m not one to condone abuse of anyone or anything, but some of this stuff is oddly entertaining. Some of it is funny just because the haterz are complete dweebs. Other times their responses have got something quite special about them. I’ve pulled out the most interesting ones I could find.
This dude is angry (and he uses swearwords – bad swearwords) – but he’s also pretty comfortable in front of the camera:
The art of the parody is not lost on the young:
This shows a use of mixed media hating and a Perez Hilton style overlay:
I’ve got no idea what Hugh Jackman has done to upset this dude with the big hair. But he’s really upset, so much so that he’s wishing death on things:
I don’t like the start of this kids clip, but I think his response gets pretty fair and measured towards the end:
What can we learn from this:
Don’t fish people in with juicy worms and then trick them
Kids are really horrible
Kids are very sophisticated in terms of producing their horribleness