Sunday, August 30, 2009

Champagne Supernova! Oasis have split up!! :0)

I don't care if I sound mean when I say that I'm glad. They were tired old plod-rockers well past their sell by (sell out?) date and frankly the thought of idiotic Liam being exalted as a rock-god these past 15 years or more, fair made my gorge rise (whenever I did accidentally think about it). I say "old" plod-rockers, but Noel was only 42 and Liam a sprightly 36 (despite displaying the emotional intelligence and intellect of a 6 week old chimp).

Of the many things that made me laugh about this breakup though was the statement from the remaining band members that they were going to, "consider whether to carry on without Noel". Yeah, I predict that they'll carry on about as long as a chicken can with no head.

No I'm being too cruel again, go on Liam, sing us one of your songs. Oh, no lyrics yet? OK, just hum it. Oh, no tune either? OK, well can you do that 'hands behind your back gibbon sway' thing that you do in front of the mike? That's it, there's a good boy. Want a nana?

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Latest Zomby 10" Digital Flora\Digital Fauna. Limited release with an awesome cover, so I had to treat myself. Ordered from Rub-a-Dub yesterday at 4.15pm and delivered to me at 10am today! This is the second order I've placed with them. Bizarrely, I'm still waiting for the Zomby\Rustie Hyperdub 12" and Rustie Bad Science EP that I ordered Monday, but as their prices are so low, £1 - £1.50 cheaper than Boomkat, Juno, Phonica and Bleep (more on them in a minute) I'm not so fussed. One of the chaps that works at the shop goes by the name of Jackmaster - check out some of his awesome free mixes here. He also runs the Wireblock label, so I feel like shopping there is a bit more special :0)

Right then, Bleep, Warp's retail outlet. Riddle me this: would you expect to find the latest (boring, I think) Flying Lotus 12" LA EP 3x3, which is on the Warp label, at Bleep to be cheaper or more expensive than at other online stores? You know that's a loaded question right? Experience tells you that if someone's asking you a question that seems too obvious, they're setting out to surprise you. So? Well, yes, you're right: more expensive. £1.70 more expensive to be exact. "Pains" have been "taken" to provide you with the following:

Bleep - £6.99 + £1.50(P+P) = £8.49
Boomkat - £6.99 + £1.49(P+P) = £8.48
Juno - £5.99 + £1.80(P+P) = £7.79
Rub-a-Dub - £5.50 + £2.00(P+P) = £7.50
Amazon - £6.79 + FREE (P+P) = £6.79!!

Seems very weird to me, if not plain wrong, that Bleep should be selling their own (Warp's) products at a higher price than pretty much everyone else (bar Phonica, who I only use as a last resort :0). I thought I'd query Bleep about this and, although I was probably being a pain in the ass, they responded very graciously:

"We price our records in accordance to the dealer / wholesale price that we receive them at. The fact that we are part of Warp bears no significance on our price, as we still receive our goods from an outside distributor before it receives [sic] our warehouse. "

I still think this is odd. Bleep's parent company, Warp, makes them purchase Warp records from a distributor not affiliated to either Bleep or Warp?? This seems crazy to me. Warp are basically doing Bleep out of money by making them pay more for their products. I then thought, hang on a minute, what about the Warp 20 (Box Set), which I bought on pre-order from Bleep for £85 (plus P+P)? That is now on retail for:

Rub-a-Dub - £115
Boomkat - £110
Phonica - £109 (FREE P+P)

Bleep are obviously getting a massive discount on this from Warp, which is what I would expect. Bleep's answer:

"The Warp 20 (Box Set) is a unique product and exceptional case and has only [sic] been the only product this year where we have not gone through a distributor. This product and the quantity manufactured has actually been made specifically to the amount of Pre-Orders made on our site and so Bleep's role played a crucial part in this decision before an external distributor was brought in for retail distribution."

That's me told then! ;0)

Thursday, August 20, 2009

Mini haul of rubbish records at the car booty last Sunday.

Chicago - III on a Quadraphonic double vinyl from 1974. Had to create a new Discogs entry for it and then had a quick spin through their back catalogue on Spotify. Yes they were sampled by The Bucketheads for 'The Bomb' ('Street Player' was the, very good, track in question) and yes, III has a really good funk\rock track on it by the name of 'Free' (check the break that comes in at 1:19 secs), but generally I have no idea how they managed to make the status of "biggest selling US band after The Beach Boys".

Phil Collins - No Jacket Required. It suddenly struck me on hearing 'Sussudio' how much it sounds like Prince's '1999'. But apparently I'm about 24 years too late in claiming credit for this observation ( Other faves from my teenage youth were resurrected in the shape of 'Only You Know And I Know'. Also, 'Don't Lose My Number' (misheard lyrics: "shoe bid up, cube it up, d'you bid up" is actually, "you better, you better, you better"!) which accelerates swiftly into the rabble-rousing 'Who Said I Would', minus question mark. So it must be a statement. Or something.

Living In A Box. Plop. Good eponymous single; bad pony mouse album.

The Doobie Brothers - Best Of. Bought because I'd read that Michael McDonald, who we like ('Sweet Freedom', 'Behind The Mask' and the Steely Dan appearances: 'Peg', 'Gaucho', 'Katy Lied' etc) joined The Doobie Brothers as lead vocalist during their career. Hmm, Long Train Running aside, obviously, more plop.

Pat Benatar - Tropico. The cover has her in soft focus, crouching in a punky ball gown on a huge chess board releasing an owl. If that doesn't scream 80's soft rock I don't know what does! Has the classics 'We Belong' and 'Love Is A Battlefield' and is therefore immediately immune to ANY criticism whatsoever.

I passed over 3 Toto albums. Then, after subsequently revisiting: 'Africa', 'Rosanna', 'Hold The Line', 'I Won't Hold Back' and 'Georgy Porgy' (more Michael McDonald), wish I'd bought them. The revisit to Africa unearthed some mis-heard lyrics 'hilarity' as well...

'Africa' - actual lyrics:

"Its gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
Theres nothing that a hundred men or more could ever do
I bless the rains down in africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we never had (ooh, ooh)"

'Africa' - as I've known it since I were a small lad:

"Gonna take a lot to drag me away from you
There's nothing that a hundred men on Mars could ever do
I've guessed the ratings down in Africa
Gonna take some time to do the things we've never had, to do"

I think I know which I prefer.

And finally, this observation:

My record collection is, in effect, a segmented and clothed black monolith of latent sound. Picture all the records out of their sleeves, but remaining in their filed and stacked positions, side-by-side as a huge block of black vinyl. Deeeeep maaan.