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DJ Food – Solid Steel/Search Engine interview

Posted in art, books, free download, music, podcast, radio with tags , , , , , on January 20, 2012 by Nabil

just ahead of the release of his new album, The Search Engine, DJ Food (a solo Strictly Kev this time round) has been interviewed for Solid Steel Radio to give some insights into the making of his album (which you can hear in the background), the collaborators involved (The The’s Matt Johnson, J.G. ‘Foetus’ Thirlwell, 2econd Class Citizen, DK and Natural Self) and the artwork created by Henry Flint and Strictly Kev himself. he also discusses his own work as a designer (possibly his most famous piece being the iconic Ninja Tune logo) and you can hear a few of the tracks that have influenced him over the years which range from Adam & the Ants to Boards of Canada

also, the limited CD album itself (i received mine this morning having ordered early but it’ll be generally available from Monday) is a truly beautifully packaged item. a gorgeous, full colour, 48 page comic sized booklet packed with artwork, photos and more to hold the disc itself and inside that you’ll find an extra tack housed on a truly scrumptious flexi disc (you may well need to be over 40 to know what one of those is). the loveliest piece of plastic i’ve seen in a long time, a clear 7″ single with a high shine silver ‘label’ on the front side that is gold on the reverse. and you can buy that right here

also, check out this exhibition in London if you can

Jarvis Cocker – Mother, Brother, Lover: Selected Lyrics

Posted in books, music on January 19, 2012 by Nabil

a collection of lyrics isn’t something that would normally find its way onto my bookshelves but like King Ink and King Ink II that collects lyrics and a few odds and ends of Nick Caves, and Book of Longing by Leonard Cohen that comprises lyrics as well as poems, Jarvis Cocker’s Mother, Brother, Lover is an essential purchase

Jarvis Cocker, after all, is one of England’s great contemporary songwriters and this collection spans the fullness of his career, both with his band Pulp and his subsequent solo albums

his words have expressed much that i have felt over many years and have travelled with me as i have grown older, wiser, changed and in many ways stayed the same. the songs have made me dance and ponder upon dark things and have entertained in the way that great films can sometimes do with drama and passion and well-studied views on the world around us. there is beauty, horror, comedy and more. songs that can be sung by gigantic crowds and songs that can be sung alone in a small room

opening with an essay on the art of lyric writing and notes by the author on the seventy lyrics selected for this volume, this book is indeed a must have both for fans of Cocker’s and admirers of great writing

this is Common People from the 1995

and here’s This Is Hardcore from 1998

From Heaven to Heaven, New Order Live, The Early Years (1981-1984) at Close Quarters

Posted in books, music, photography with tags , , , , , , , on January 8, 2012 by Nabil

it gives me great pleasure to inform readers about my old friend Dec Hickey’s new book From Heaven to Heaven, New Order Live, The Early Years (1981-1984) at Close Quarters which is published at the end of this month. it’s a unique record of a hugely successful, massively influential and truly iconic group that contains over 400 previously unpublished photos, forwards by band members Peter Hook and Stephen Morris and introductions by Paul Morley and Moby

follow this link to read the full press release as well as extracts from the  forwards and introductions. you’ll also find details on how to purchase the book, which is availalable in hardback, the first 750 copies of which come in a limited, numbered, collectors edition with additional treats for the über fan

additionally for those in the UK, the February issue (out now) of  Uncut magazine’s Flashback section has a four page feature on From Heaven to Heaven

below is a live performance of Dreams Never End that was filmed in November 1981 in New York, the studio version of which appears on New Order’s debut album Movement


DJ Food – The Search Engine: limited book/CD & flexi disc

Posted in art, books, music, photography with tags , , , , , , , , , on November 25, 2011 by Nabil

regular readers of this blog will realise i’m quite the fan of DJ Food, so the news of a new and long awaited album in January, The Search Engine,  has been very welcome. what’s more, Food (currently a lone act of Strictly Kev, though with collaborators in tow), has put together a lovely little package of the CD version that comes with a comic-size 48 page booklet and a 7″ flexi disc of a bonus track. it’s available to pre-order at a bargain early bird price for a limited time from here

the booklet features artwork by 2000AD artist Henry Flint, Openmind, photography by Will Cooper-Mitchell, lyrics and more. the flexi disc will only be available with this package

there will also be a regular 12 track version on CD with gatefold card cover and 20 page booklet, downloadable versions in mp3 and WAV formats with pdf booklet, and an expanded and extended 17 track release in 24 bit WAV that also comes with the pdf booklet

the track below is Prey feat. J.G. Thirlwell (aka Foetus, Clint Ruin etc) and is taken from DJ Food’s latest EP Magpies, Maps & Moons as well as the forthcoming album

Kid Koala — Space Cadet: Original Still Picture Score

Posted in animation, art, books, music with tags , , , , on September 19, 2011 by Nabil

Space Cadet is a 132-page graphic novel drawn on etchboards, accompanied by a “still picture score” composed and recorded by Kid Koala. this charming story of an adventurous space cadet and her guardian robot touches on the relationship between technology and isolation, celebrating the idea of connectivity through family, and the cycles that build generations

if this tickles your fancy then go here to buy it

additionally, here’s Kid Koala and Jonathan NG present Floor Kids : B-Boy O-Live vs. B-Boy Nugs

David Bowie’s Space Oddity illustrated book

Posted in art, books, music on September 8, 2011 by Nabil

this is wonderful. Andrew Kolb has illustrated David Bowie‘s  classic single Space Oddity as a children’s book. if you go to the Comic Alliance site you can play the song and read the book lyric by lyric

unfortunately he’s been sent some sort of cease and desist by the song owners and has had to take the book off his own site for fear of a law suit


and here’s the man himself with that classic

Nick Cave: Sinner Saint – The True Confessions (Thirty Years of Essential Interviews)

Posted in books, music with tags , , on August 16, 2011 by Nabil

Nick Cave: Sinner Saint was published months ago and i devoured it in not time at all, being a huge fan of the mans work. so this post is rather overdue. interestingly, the editor, Matt Snow, is actually the subject of one of Caves songs, Scum, which appeared on the 1986 Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds album, Your Funeral . . . My Trial. this is what Matt Snow had to say on how, 25 years ago, he came to be called, “miserable shitwringing turdfuckin’ traitor, chronic masturbator, shitlicker, user, self-abuser…” by one of todays most respected songwriters . . .

I’d got to know Nick Cave when he fronted the Birthday Party and I was just starting to write for a living. He made great music, I wrote gushing reviews. In 1983 he and his then-girlfriend Anita stayed in my flat in Brixton when they needed a room and I needed rent money. When they moved out, we lost touch, until in 1986 I came to interview him for NME. Frosty in the extreme, he explained why.

The previous year I’d mentioned in print that I found his forthcoming album “disappointing”. I was, he told me, “an arsehole”. And he’d written a song that developed this theme. Weeks later, I bought for £1 a green seven-inch flexidisc called Scum off his merchandise stall at a Bad Seeds show at Camden’s Electric Ballroom. “Miserable shitwringing turd,” he snarled to a grindcore accompaniment, “fuckin’ traitor, chronic masturbator, shitlicker, user, self-abuser,” adding, almost superfluously, “my un-friend, I’m the type that holds a grudge.”

It’s a brilliant record, and if I have any complaints it is that Nick has squirreled Scum away as a bonus CD track on his album Your Funeral, My Trial. Like Dylan’s Mr Jones or Pope’s Colley Cibber, I’d rather be memorialised as the spotlit object of a genius’ scorn than a dusty discographical footnote. Still, my Cave-fan wife-to-be was mightily impressed when, on our first date, I unrolled the story (not for the first time). Seven years later Scum is “our song”.

and so, here is Scum by Nick Cave & the Bad Seeds

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