Friday, 26 June 2009

Michael Jackson 1958 - 2009

A lot will be written about Michael Jackson in the next few days. Not much will be as balanced as this.

Glastonbury 2009: concilation or torture

Sadly the Bawley are missing the Glastonbury action this weekend, and I guess if you are reading this so are you :(.

I don't know if it be conciliation or torture but you can follow the goings on via the radio, tellie and of course all over the web.

BBC 6Music have 24 hour coverage from the site you can listen to the Gideon Coe, Shaun Keaveny, Lauren Laverne and co via

BBC TV will be showing daily highlights as well as a selection of sets from the festivals main stages.

The full listing of BBC Radio and TV programs is here

UK paper The Guardian will also have comprehensive coverage. They will be publishing pictures, videos, reviews, and podcasts of all the Glasto highlights on their website - perhaps the best way to access all this content will be through the map below simply drag the time bar across the bottom to see what was/is happening when.

Thursday, 25 June 2009

RIP Swells

Steven Wells, one of the greatest, most opinionated rock writers that there ever was, has sadly died. If you need convincing as to why he was great, read this 'autobiography' that he wrote for Thom Yorke. It's brilliant.

EDIT: Steven Wells' last ever line in print: "Me? I blame it on sunshine. I blame it on the moonlight. I blame it on the boogie." Spooky.

Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Closing Soon

Voting in the triple j Hottest 100 of all time closes this Sunday (28th June), if you haven’t yet voted you should get do so.

By voting you will not only be helping Bawley swing the Hottest 100 away from the tastes of the general public you will go into the draw to win a double pass to the Reading Festival were you can see bands such as Radiohead, Bloc Party, Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Arctic Monkeys, Placebo, Gossip, Vampire Weekend, AFI and Deftones.

As an extra motivator Bawley will be offering up a prize to people who vote in the Hottest 100 of all time and then submit their votes to the Doing the Sums quiz. Details of prizes and how to submit your votes this will be published as the Hottest 100 of all time results come in.

So get to it and submit your votes here.

If you need some inspiration Richard Kingsmill's has blogged own Hottest 100 of all time.

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Beck's first rule of record club is...

Beck is right in the middle of re-building his website a bunch of new stuff is promised the first section to pop up is called Record Club.

Record Club is an informal meeting of people who with no-rehearsal, no-pre-arrangement will cover a classic, seminal, or loved album in one day. The chosen album will be reinterpreted and used as a framework for the day. Once recorded one track will be uploaded to each week.

Beck’s guests at the first meeting of the Record Club include super producer Nigel Godrich, actor Giovanni Ribisi, and Icelandic singer Thorunn Magnusdottir. They have voted to cover The Velvet Underground's The Velvet Underground & Nico the opening track Sunday Morning is available now.

Future Record Clubs attendees are said to include MGMT, Jamie Lidell, and Devendra Banhart.

Friday, 19 June 2009

Psychoville has arrived

Lost Valentinos - Midnights

Much has changed since The Valentinos bust onto the Sydney music scene in 2005.

Firstly the band’s name; a clash with 50's doo-wop artist Bobby Womack encouraged the band to become Lost Valentinos.

Secondly their sound; which has matured from jilted dance-punk to psychedelica tainted indie-dance.

One thing that has not changed is the bands ability to hook up with the big names. After having early EPs produced by The Presets and Pnau, Lost Valentinos have called on Ewan Pearson (The Rapture, Junior Boys, M83) to produce their debut album Cities of Gold.

You can sample the album with Midnights available as a free download here.

You can also download the Knife Machine remix of Serio from

Cities of Gold should be out this month.

Wednesday, 17 June 2009

One More Chance for Bloc Party

Hot on the heels of their Intimacy Remixed album Bloc Party have a new single called One More Chance.

The new track was recorded in April with Jacknife Lee who previously worked with the band's on Intimacy and Weekend in the City albums and mixed by Phillipe Zdar (Cassius) who has just finished working on the delicious new Phoenix album (Wolfgang Amadeus Phoenix) .

One More Chance will get its first radio play this Thursday, and will be available through Witcha Recordings from August 10th.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

The Hottest 100 Of All Time

Aussie radio station Triple j is celebrating 20 years of its annual Hottest 100 poll with a vote for The Hottest 100 Of All Time.

The triple j Hottest 100 started out in 1989 as a vote for the ‘hottest’ song of all time. In that year the top ten looked like this:
1. Joy Division - Love Will Tear Us Apart
Hunters & Collectors - Throw Your Arms Around Me
The The - Uncertain Smile
The Jam - That's Entertainment
New Order - Blue Monday
Dead Kennedys - Holiday in Cambodia
The Smiths - How Soon Is Now?
Hunters & Collectors - Talking To A Stranger
The Sugarcubes - Birthday
The Cure - A Forest
The last triple j Hottest 100 of All Time was run in 1998. Gone was much of the 80s post punk and indie pop, replaced with grunge and 90s rock:
1. Nirvana - Smells Like Teen Spirit
Hunters & Collectors - Throw Your Arms Around Me
Pearl Jam - Alive
Jeff Buckley - Last Goodbye
Radiohead - Creep
Led Zeppelin - Stairway to Heaven
Metallica - One
Queen - Bohemian Rhapsody
Metallica - Enter Sandman
Pearl Jam - Black
How will the 2009 list turn out? Will Hunters & Collectors keep their second placing? Will any 2000s bands break into the top of the chart? How will you vote? We at Bawley want to know it all.

And yes, Bawley’s own ‘Doing the Sums (Are you Joe Average)?’ quiz will be back with a special Hottest 100 of all time twist. So make sure you vote.

You can vote here, voting closes at midnight June 28th AEST.

Friday, 5 June 2009

Little Boots + Blur =

Also worth checking out:

Little Boots doing 'Time' To Pretend' and 'Ready For The Floor' on her crazy Tenorion thing. Her debut album's out on Monday.

Tuesday, 2 June 2009

New Arctic Monkeys album, with a new fuzzy sound?

The Arctic Monkeys as-yet-untitled third album will be out on August 24th.

The Sheffield band's follow up to Favourite Worst Nightmare will again have Simian Mobile Disco’s James Ford on board for production but this time he is joined at the dials by Queens of the Stone Age front man Josh Homme.

Is this a new stoner rock direction for the Monkeys? The track listing does give some hints.
01 My Propeller
02 Crying Lightning
03 Dangerous Animals
04 Secret Door
05 Potion Approaching
06 Fire and the Thud
07 Cornerstone
08 Dance Little Liar
09 Pretty Visitors
10 The Jeweller's Hands
The band also have a slick new website at