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Presenter of The Show on BCB Radio.

In C


A quick blog post about something pretty interesting today I hope…The birth of minimalism. Back in the 1960s american composer Terry Riley put together a piece of music known as ‘In C’ referring I presume to something musical. Is is quite often cited as the first ever pice of minimalist music production (probably as a result of the post modernist culture around at the time) and probably gave way to Brian Eno, and Philip Glass, who is quite often used in movie montages that involve people calculating numbers. When you listen to this work you can hear its influences on various electronic moments around today. Reasserting my believe, that [this music’ was not all made by ‘blokes on drugs’ in some horrendous over simplified cliched manner that clubbers might spurt out half was though a night.

Anyway. Last year the Grand Valley State University New Music Ensemble in Americi decided that In C needed an update/homage. They commissioned a few artists to produce there own versions of in C, and put it out as an album. I have heard quite a few tracks from the album and they make very interesting listing. Below is a sample from the album but it does not do it justice….GO BUY

In C Remixed • GVSU New Music Ensemble by BillRyan

Been a while.

Hey music blog…tis been a little while since I checked in. In all honestly I have been busy getting the brand new BCB website ready to go, so have not had much time to get on the blogging…Will be giving this little thing a face lift in a few weeks as well with any luck.

Anyway, I thought I would draw people’s attention to some rather sick albums that are doing the rounds. Why might you not have listened to them? Because they’re movie sound tracks.

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Kitty (Daisy and Lewis AWOL)

The hair could rival the T-Birds

Quiffs to rival the T-Birds

The London lols continue. Not putting on a radio show every week means I have been putting my efforts into interviews and a few other interesting projects (more on that soon). It also means that there are alot of bands kicking around…thus more interviews.

I decided to chase after BCB favorites Kitty Daisy and Lewis at one of there few gigs, I passed the CRB with flying colours, found my way onto the guest list (thanks Andy at Sunday Best) and spent about 4 hours chasing them around. At five to twelve I finally managed to get Kitty to stand still long enough to answer a few questions the results of which can be heard below, I am also spending a little more time editing my interviews so these should be a little more interesting to listen too ….I missed the last tube and had to suffer the night bus for a hour and a half…the things I do for you guys.

Oh there is a swear in the interview…so watch out…

[podcast]http://www.bcbradio.co.uk/musicblog/wp-content/uploads/Interviews/KDL_Interview.mp3[/podcast]

New Era…Farewell Yorkshire

Looking forward to living in Dickensian London

Looking forward to living in Dickensian London

That’s right kids, I am off, leaving Yorkshire for other pastures for some time to come. My work as a media graphicsy person has lead to two inevitable concussions. First I bought a overpriced ‘designer PC’ that offers hardly anything over a standard laptop, in the form of a Mac Book apart from a more intelligent marketing campaign. The other is I am moving to London.

But ADAM! I hear you cry what ever will happen to ‘The Show’…Well co-host Katie is taking the reigns of cultural magazine slot and will steer the show in whatever direction she feels fit.  Saturday 6 while 7. For my last show we took a look at some of our “best bits” (LOL) from the last 16 months or so, and quite frankly I just played what I wanted to.

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News Flash, Josh84 not a robot – Audio Interview

The death of culture? Am Chilled about it.

The death of culture? Am Chilled about it.

In the most impaired creative union since ladyhawk and a bottle of becks T-Mobile recently ‘Challenged’ josh84 to create a superband, using only his free texts and internet. Now, I must admit I set out to write a lovely piece of blogging acid to post up. But have subsequently come around

A bit of background first. T Mobile are a mobile Telecom company, like many companies they have advertising campaigns. In the last year they have organised some kind of flash mob at Liverpool street station and some terrifying cringe worthy karaoke event in Trafalgar square, attended by a group of people who some how make me feel like an alien to the rest of specialise. The latest campaign features Josh 84 and his campaign to create a ‘superband’ on behalf of t-mobile. Well believe it or not Josh 84 is a real human who lucked into this opportunity. Him and his superband have a single out at the moment that they are hoping will be number one this week, in the largest mobilisation of internet buying since rage against the machine (errr in a  few weeks ago). Continue reading

If Mr Scruff Was Not Rubbish He Would Probably Sound Like This

So I was wandering around listing to tunes on my earpods, busy trying not to get mugged late at night. When a song came on that I had not heard for ages (although I was dancing to it at new year, the person I was dancing with passed out half way through the song). Swing Set by Jurassic Five. A show classic that stands out on the album ‘quality control’ simply for been totally different and probably the most exciting 5 mins you will experience in your life. Swing Hop would be one way to describe it. I wanted to hear more like this and spent ages poking around the interweb thing, and guess what! I found stuff.

Some French band/DJs called G Swing, I don’t know much about them but its the closet thing I have found to the bliss of swing set (but boarder line crud). There is a fine line when listing to this music between utter rubbish (like Mr Scruff), and stuff that is actually interesting. Further research (consisting of mainly looking at Similar acts on last.fm) uncovered bands called Caravan Palace and Kormac. However they boarder on the poorer end of the spectrum. Of course you could just listen to lots of good original swing/jazz music. The Jurrassic Five track samples Rusty Bryant, he is well worth a sniff when your done with the glue.

Regards the ‘Swing Hop’ that Jurassic Five created…have not found anything that comes close.

I threw in a few tracks to a spotify playlist…add swing tracks if you fancy or hip hop or anything really…It’s open to all to play with.

Video Games and Music Pt 1

Michael Jacksons album Bad was actually insired by an obsure video game called Michael Jackson: Moonwalker

Michael Jacksons album Bad was actually insired by an obscure video game called Michael Jackson: Moonwalker

OK, so I am going to admit I am a geek. A big one, but in the world of today that’s actually quite handy. For example the very digital pages you have before you were put together by this pair of rather soft hands. Now how is relevant to you writing on the blog I hear you cry. Well am gonna chat about the geeky topic of video games.

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REVIEW SHOW 2009! end of tut year

THe embodyment of 2009, Barack Obama - From www.badpaintingsofbarackobama.com

THe embodyment of 2009, Barack Obama - From www.badpaintingsofbarackobama.com

You may have managed to work your new fangel wireless devices that you got for Christmas to listen to BCB to catch our music review show for 2009… It’s been a funny old year in music and personally I am of the opinion not a massive triumph. Don’t get me wrong there has been a massive range of fantastic new albums but the whole year just seems to have been a little slow, I have spent more time looking into musical archives this year seeking out wonderful little gems….

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Breeze out your toaster and hit the floor with the eggs

I should have been there.

I should have been there.

This week’s show had ice, 1950s hipsters. I jived well clear of Kerouac and kept the noise beats real fly. If you gaters feel like popping some rhyme waves in your noise cans but failed to reach down on in your pads yesterday then cak face not. For below is the entire interview (45 slick mins) with Max Decharne vomiting about his book/dictionary Straight From the Fridge, Dad. I would like to draw your attention to the end segment where he gives some great music and movie recommendations.

[podcast]http://www.bcbradio.co.uk/musicblog/wp-content/uploads/hip/Hip_part1.mp3[/podcast] Part 1
[podcast]http://www.bcbradio.co.uk/musicblog/wp-content/uploads/hip/Hip_part2.mp3[/podcast] Part 2

Just a few of the tracks we rolled were;

Jumpin Jive – Cab Calloway
Three Alley Cats – Roy Hall
(no idea) – Doctor Sausage and His Five Pork Chops.

The Show brings you intresting culture so you don’t have to find it yourself. Hopefully this week we will be having a poetry slam as a follow up. With our attempts at beat poems.

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STOP press, User does not know everything.

If I do not appear in photographic form in a blog post then it is important that I put my name in the title, or the old ego will begin to suffer. Anyhow beyond that I would like to draw your attention to an album that slipped past my radar. Back from June now. I am taking the view that if this is news to me, then it might be news to other people.

Album Art - Obligatory blog post accompaniment

Album Art - Obligatory blog post accompaniment

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