2020 in a nutshell
If the chaos and confusion that was 2020 were to be summed up in ONE video, this would be it.
I was lucky to catch this guy a few years ago doing a performance inside a geodesic dome (he was opening for Manuel Göttsching!) and he's been getting better and better since! Haunted music for troubled times.
Nippon Drums & Other Stories
DJ Dom-e has released another killer mix of Japanese breaks all from records available for sale through his online Nezumi Record shop!
In his own words: "This is a 100% Japanese Funk, Soul, Jazz and R&B mix from vinyl recordings. This 1h15mn mix also features anime and film soundtracks, traditional music with a funk-edge, sampling material and late 60's Japanese pop. Hope you enjoy it! All records are (or were) available for sale at https://nezumirecords.com/ Happy New Year 2021!"
In honour of my now deceased favourite rapper of the 00s, here's a rather fitting mashup of DOOM songs (the UK crust band) with mad lyricist MF Doom, made in 2017 by Old City. I'm still very sad to learn about Doom's passing. He was/is one of the most influential beatmakers and rhymers in recent memory... Let's hope Madlib makes it safe to the 22nd century, geniuses are so few and far between in the SoundCloud-rap age.
Comics! by Cartoonist Kayfabe
"Cartoonist Kayfabe" is the brainchild of two hyperactive comic creators, Ed Piskor (X-Men Grand Design, Hip Hop Family Tree) and Jim Rugg (Afrodisiac, Mtsyry: Octobriana 1976) and it's one of the most interesting podcast/video dissection of roughly five decades of comic book history (from the 70s to today, with a strong emphasis on the 90s, "the dark ages" of mainstream comics when every superhero had turned into a many-toothed, pouch-wearing demented clone from an alternate future).
I've discovered countless new fascinating creators thanks to those two guys, and if you're not well-versed into the history of the medium, their YouTube channel will be your best entry point into the art form.
'Kayfabe' has almost become a synonym for interesting comics these days (many comic book shops have a Kayfabe corner) and it seems they're on the verge of becoming an actual brand as their Spreadshirt shop indicates.
Lots of interesting posts can be found on their Instagram account too, like this one below which will give you an idea of how influential they've become!
(Note: I just learned something I didn't know while researching where the word 'Kayfabe' came from, it's used in professional wrestling to indicate the necessary suspension of disbelief in non-wrestling related events such as feuds or gimmicks.)
Here's their introduction video if you want to learn where they're coming from.
The Cars That Ate Paris
As a kid, this movie title always scared me for unknown reasons (I mean, apart from the fact that cars could not really eat, could they? and if they did, how on Earth would they swallow an entire city?)... So this Peter Weir movie's always eluded me until recently when a friend lent me her DVD. I can safely say the movie is not that good - it's not very well-written and doesn't make much sense, even in an oblique, allegorical way. On the other hand, I fell in love with the great soundtrack by Bruce Smeaton, which was screaming "sample me! sample me!" all along, especially with the two great opening numbers. Discogs tell me there's only a 7'' EP single available, which is a shame, really (for a whopping €100 apiece!) as the opening tune is not to be found anywhere... anyway, here's the main theme which has a nice groove to it - and the coolest ever design for a car!
Belgian DJs/label Radio Martiko not only are doing absolutely stellar reissues of old and forgotten worldwide gems on vinyl, they also have a killer selection of free online mixes of Oriental Rock, Greek 45s or Egyptian crooners, available here.
Here's how they describe their musical leanings: "Brazilian beat or Armenian rock ‘n roll? French mambo or Iranian surf? Chinese twist or Belgian bellydance? Welcome to the universe of Radio Martiko soundsystem!!! We’ll take you from a steaming soul club in Chicago to a Haitian carnival, from the suburbs of Lagos to a Bombay film set, from a London mod meeting to the casbah of Cairo.
Come and shake with the monkeys!!!"
To the 2 or 3 readers who follow this blog, sorry for the long loud silence. Life has been hectic but I promise more posts in 2021. In the meantime, here's the new SHRINKWRAP KILLERS album!
Released on Nov. 16th by Strange Attractor, check out this new book set by Rose Simpson, chronicling her time behind the scenes (and upfront) with The Incredible String Band, everyone's favourite hippie poster boys in the swinging sixties.
Between 1967 and 1971 Rose Simpson lived with the Incredible String Band (Mike Heron, Robin Williamson and Licorice McKechnie), morphing from English student to West Coast hippie and, finally, bassist in leathers. The band’s image adorned psychedelic posters and its music was the theme for an alternative lifestyle.
I'm so happy/Everything is crumbling
Woah. Look at that. Who'd have thought Danny Elfman would release the creepiest video of the year? His new single "Happy" on Epitaph/Anti- absolutely rules, I must have listened to it a dozen times already since I found out about it this morning. Think OINGO BOINGO meets his later orchestral movie stuff meets early SKINNY PUPPY (wait till the 2'45'' mark). I must confess I haven't paid too much attention to his movie scores after the 90s but this one is a keeper. I don't even know if there will be a full album but I'll pay close attention!
Here's Volume 2 of the death (and genre) defying series of mixtapes made for my friends for Halloween. As usual, it's a mixmatch of heavy tunes, atmospheric bangers and party killers, from DECEASED to Ennio Morricone, PINKISH BLACK to VANILLA FUDGE, all kinds of good sludge and the best gooey bits are included.
Download the whole thing here or listen to it in the Mixtapes section of No Clout.
Merry lockdown, everyone.