Just the Facs
May 23rd 2012

I found a New Order cassette album – Low-life, Fact 100c – in the Notting Hill Music Exchange about three years ago. It was packaged in a lovely clamshell box with a fabric-embossed paper cover and beautifully simple screen-printed typography. At the time, I thought it was just a one-off special edition, and went on with my life.

Then I bought Factory Records – The Complete Graphic Album by Matthew Robertson, and everything changed. There, on page 102, I saw that there was actually a whole series of these cassette releases, for different Factory bands, all colour coded and all with the same beautifully minimal design.

I am now obsessed, as far as my bank balance will allow, with owning the whole set. Some of the rarest cassettes, such as Educes Me by Wim Mertens, go for up to £200 on eBay, so my dream is still some way in the distance. But one day, George, one day …

POSTED BY: Patrick at 8:32 AM
Filed Under: Music, Random

Eaux
April 3rd 2012

Eaux is a new band formed from the still pulsating remains of the amazing Sian Alice Group. My friend Ben is in the band and so I asked him some questions about the band and then put the answers up here on this blog. There are loads of great band recommendations for anyone old (34) like me who has no idea what music to listen to anymore.

So Ben, the Sian Alice Group is sadly no more. Tell us what happened, in full gory detail, and then tell us about your new band, Eaux.
Sorry, but there are no gory details – no blood, guts, gossip or nothing. It came down to ‘musical differences’ – we were working on a third SAG record and it was clear that Sian, Stephen and I were pulling in one direction and Rupert in another. That usually leads to something new and interesting … but better to get on with what makes you happy and remain friends rather than bash heads. So, Eaux was born.

Eaux is a nice and simple name for a band.
It was suggested by our friend Lydia. I like how it looks and sounds – O. I’ve always liked the bastardisation of French words without the ‘le’ or ‘la’, like the classic clothing label Oeuf, often seen on the chest of Thomas Rothwell. I always look at possible band name fonts, and Eaux is a good word to work with. Nice on badges and records and tees; artwork always goes hand in hand with the music for me.

Are you still working with Social Registry?
Not exactly – they are on a little hiatus in a way, but still releasing awesome records by Zs and Sleepy Doug. Jim from TSR is also running a label called Playbutton – the music is on a pin badge player that you plug your headphones into. Music you wear, that’s all about the artwork again.

Give us a good story from your tour with Florence and the Machine. Something controversial that will get people reading this blog. People who aren’t graphic designers.
No comment. There’s a lot, nothing crazy juicy though. Missed ferries, baltic sea frozen, all snow related incidents – it was two years ago [shows how much I keep up with these things] and the whole of Europe was frozen. Oh yeah, I nearly died in Oslo. I got flattened by a lump of snow and ice that fell from the roof seven storeys above me. I suffered constant migraines for six months after that and couldn’t work out why. Then I remembered the accident.

You shot a Sian Alice Group video (Dusk Line) on the same camera as was used to film the Cramps at Napa Valley. How important are The Cramps to you?
Yes, same camera as William Eggleston used on Stranded in Canton. The Cramps are one of the greatest ever bands. They sound like balloons of whippets. First time I heard and saw them, I thought they were from 1950s outer space. Which they sort of were I suppose …

What were your best records of 2011?
I really liked the About Group record, Oneohtrix’s Replica, the Blanck Mass record, both the Cass McCombs records. Eye Contact by Gang Gang Dance had some great jams. I got a soft spot for the Real Estate album. Let England Shake was pretty brilliant too, her ATP show was magical.

Who should we listen to in 2012 apart from you?
I’m interested to hear the Chris & Cosey & Nik Void record, new Beak> record, heard some demos of the next Fuck Buttons record and that sounds incredible. I just got the Mr Maxted record on Mordant, that’s killer. It’s a reissue though, does that count? Oh yeah, very excited for the new Black Dice record, of course.

Where are you playing next?
At the moment, we’re booked to play in Manchester on the 6th May, on the Drowned In Sound stage at the Sounds From The Other City festival. We’re hopefully announcing some other shows soon.

When did you stop wearing a Stone Roses T-shirt and are you going to go and see the resurrected band?
I made my own the week the first record came out as they were impossible to get. That didn’t last too long, so probably by ’91 it was well over for me. That Reading Festival show officially killed it for me. I’m not a huge fan of bands reforming in general. I’ve seen some amazing shows by reformed dudes. But they didn’t have Ian Brown singing.

Listen to Eaux’s demos here

POSTED BY: Patrick at 12:33 PM
Filed Under: Friends, Music

Chas Says
February 20th 2012

This episode of Morph was written as a dramatisation of the dissolution of The Velvet Underground (citation needed). Morph plays Lou Reed, still trying to lock into that ol’ rock and roll groove. Chas takes on the part of John Cale, determined to experiment and push the boundaries of what music can be.

POSTED BY: nodaysoff at 14:53 PM
Filed Under: Music, Random

Where were you in ’58?
February 19th 2012

Found on Mark Leckey’s amazing YouTube channel.

Ron Hardy would have loved it.

And if you liked that, you’ll love this.

POSTED BY: Patrick at 17:31 PM
Filed Under: Found, Music

Alain Attack
November 7th 2011

Alain Delon. He’s pretty cool, right?

Worked with Godard, Visconti, Antonioni.

Starred in Le Samouraï, Girl On A Motorcycle, Rocco and His Brothers.

Had an affair with Nico.

While he was seeing Romy Schneider.

Cut a single with Phyllis ‘Move Closer’ Nelson …

This was recorded for the soundtrack to Parole de Flic (Cop’s Honor) from 1985. According to the one person who bothered to review it on IMDb, this is ‘the best movie Alain Delon ever did’. He gives it ten stars out of ten (“Best Delon Action ever !!!!!!”). Our lone wolf also reveals that Delon wrote the film, produced it, sang the theme toon and did all his own stunts. Top that, Dennis Waterman.

If you can be bothered, try and listen until the end. Alain and Phyllis are having so much fun together that they just can’t help laughing and messing about – on the actual record! And it sounds really natural too, like they were just having an amazing time and enjoying being at the pinnacle of their careers.

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POSTED BY: nodaysoff at 20:34 PM
Filed Under: Found, Music

Encore!
August 19th 2011

Jeremy Deller played the audio from this on the radio last Sunday. It’s Otis Redding performing Try A Little Tenderness on the Stax Volt tour of Norway in 1967 – the last track of the show, and it’s a killer. The MC is desperately trying to get them to wrap it up, but he keeps cheekily nipping on for one last burst.

Tenderness has never been my favourite Otis track, but seeing him perform it here, the energy and soul he puts into it, is mind-blowing. Even more so when you realise he was only 26.

POSTED BY: Patrick at 11:00 AM
Filed Under: Music, Seen

Lonely Girl
August 18th 2011

Neil Hefti is a bit of a soundtrack legend. He did the music for Barefoot In The Park and The Odd Couple, two of the best, most innocent, hilarious Hollywood films ever made. This is the b-side to Girl Talk, released in 1966 on CBS. My wife introduced me to it. It features the same vocalist who sang on the Barefoot soundtrack. I like it.

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POSTED BY: Patrick at 21:51 PM
Filed Under: Music

Reach For Love by Marcel King
July 13th 2011

Sean Ryder called this the best track ever released on Factory records. That’s a pretty insane boast, but he should know. I first heard it on Cool As Ice, a compilation of tracks produced by the members of New Order under the code name Be Music.

A couple of years later, I found a copy of the original 12 inch in a battered old record shop in New York. None of the records were in racks, they were all just piled up in heaps on the floor, but it was amazing.

Marcel is dead now, but the music lives on. God bless.

  • play
  • stop
  • ~ Reach For Love (Original mix)

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POSTED BY: Patrick at 14:33 PM
Filed Under: Music

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