Tuesday, 26 May 2009

The best record of 2009* is being released on a blank CD.

So, the previously reported  Sparklehorse/ Danger MouseDavid Lynch collaboration, 'Dark Night Of The Soul', featuring a galaxy of guest stars, has finally emerged.

And it's streaming in its entirity over at NPR.  And it's absolutely brilliant.  While these collaborative efforts generally amount to somewhat less than the sum of their parts, this project really seems to have brought out the best in everyone involved, and thanks to the skills of Danger Mouse and Mark Linkous, it hangs together really well as a proper studio project, rather than a compilation album.

It's a bit of a shame, then, that EMI aren't allowing the music to be released.  The statement on the Dark Night Of The Soul website states that "due to an ongoing dispute with EMI, Danger Mouse is unable to release the recorded music without fear of being sued by EMI"  but, for fifty of your US Dollars, plus a ridiculous thirty-seven further dollars to ship overseas, you can buy a 100 page book of photographs compiled by David Lynch, which will "now come with a blank, recordable CD-R. All copies will be clearly labelled: 'For legal reasons, enclosed CD-R contains no music. Use it as you will."  110 Australian Dollars for a lavishly packaged blank CD?  hmm.

The legal dispute probably relates to The Grey Album that Danger Mouse illegally released, which mashed the Beatles' White Album up with Jay Z's Black Album.  The audio part of Dark Night Of The Soul is widely available on file sharing sites.  And elsewhere...

Surely this arrangement means that everybody loses out.  EMI really do seem to be trying their very best to destroy themselves at the moment.  

*Well, it's the best one I've heard so far.

Tuesday, 19 May 2009

ATP Curated By The Breeders Reviewed By Bawley

I spent this weekend in at the All Tomorrows Parties festival curated by The Breeders.

Bawley exclusive photos, reviews and comment will be updated here.

Photo Album: ATP Friday in Colour
Photo Album: ATP Saturday in Colour
Photo Album: ATP Sunday In Colour

Preview: Knitting with Kelley
Preview: The Breeders Fate To Fatal

ATP Friday In Colour

Here is a quick look at all the ATP action from Butlins.

All photos here were taken exclusively for Bawley using a Kodak FunSaver Disposable camera.

The Bronx:

Bon Iver:

Buffalo Killers:

Pit Er Pat:

See Also: ATP Saturday In Colour
See Also: ATP Sunday In Colour

ATP Saturday In Colour

Butlins and Minehead 'beach':


The Breeders:


Mariachi El Bronx:

Holy Fuck:

See Also: ATP Friday In Colour
See Also: ATP Sunday In Colour

ATP Sunday in Colour

The Soft Pack:

Melt Banana:


Deerhunter w/ Kim and Kelley Deal:

See Also: ATP Friday In Colour
See Also: ATP Saturday In Colour

Friday, 15 May 2009

F***ing Friday Freebie from ATP

This weekend Holy Fuck will join Throwing Muses, Bon Iver, Wire, CSS, Melt Banana and many more at The Breeders curated ATP festival.

A series of indie remixes, a solid debut album and some banging singles have positioned Holy Fuck as a leader among the many late 2000’s F**k bands (w/ Fuck Buttons, Fucked Up) and their set at Glastonbury last year was hailed by NME as one of the top three performances of Glastonbury 2008. All this means is ATP attendees should be in for an f***ing good time.

Download: Holy Fuck - Jungles

Holy Fuck play the Centre stage at 1:20am on Sunday morning.

Thursday, 14 May 2009

Jarvis Cocker disses Passion Pit, hearts TI

This week Jarvis Cocker is doing a guest stint on The guardian.co.uk/music website, today he reviewed some of the weeks biggest singles.
Lily AllenNot Fair
“...it's not so hot; a kind of synthetic hoedown... Bah.”

Alesha DixonLet's Get Excited
“...I've just realised that she was responsible for The Boy Does Nothing; I did hear that – Jesus Christ, that was bad....”

Eminem We Made You
“The video spoiled this one for me. It had women with massive breasts (Jessica Simpson) bouncing around and behaving in a lewd manner...”

The KillersThe World We Live In
“...sounds like an ELO B-side put through a flanger...”

Passion PitThe Reeling
"This is basically DANCE by Justice, as played by born-again Christians. Next!"

TIWhatever You Like
“The undoubted hit of the listening session...”
Read the full reviews here.

The Guardian are also exclusively streaming Cocker’s new album Further Complications, listen here.

Monday, 11 May 2009

Knitting With Kelley

The Breeders guitarist Kelley Deal has invited those attending next weekend’s ATP festival to bring their yarn and needles for a knitting/crocheting session.

Knitting With Kelley will run in the Crazy Horse from 2pm-3pm Saturday and 12 midday-1pm Sunday.

Friday, 1 May 2009

Black Lips feat GZA - WTF

While recording their excellent album 200 Million Thousand Black Lips drummer Joe Bradley hinted that the band were hoping to get a member of the Wu-Tang Clan on board to do a guest vocal or remix of one of their tracks, and now they have.

The GZA features on the new Black Lips single Drop I Hold.

I know you are thinking what is a self-described flower punk band doing teaming up with the GZA? This can’t be good!

Bass player Jared Swiley understands your concern, saying
“It (Rap/Rock) has led to some of the worst music of all-time. It can be done tastefully, but there is a very fine line to be tread.”
Do Black Lips and the GZA succeed in treading this line? You can decide for yourself with this week’s Friday Freebie.

Black Lips (feat GZA) – Drop I Hold