Friday, 5 November 2010
Tuesday, 2 November 2010
The countdown is on to Uprock’s 6th birthday party, this Saturday at The Swan. As a special treat we’re bringing you two amazing live acts, Dels and Ed Sheeran.
We’ll start with Ed Sheeran – if you haven’t seen or heard him before then you seriously have to check out this video – more than 270,000 views, all done live and understandably winning Ed friends in high places.
It doesn't take a genius to see the guy is gonna be huge.
Sunday, 17 October 2010
Friday, 8 October 2010
Bernard Sumner + Hot Chip + Hot City = I didn't know what love was. I heard this for the the first time earlier on this week. It's pretty old Skool. I also attached the new Ratatat for you to check out too.
Converse + Bernard Sumner = Bernard Sumner talking about the Manchester music scene. I can just imagine the guy from converse saying "Pipe down about the hacienda! We need a shot of you in the shoes!!"
Jeremy Messersmith + Eric Power = Tatooine (Star Wars was good wasn't it. But do we need it in 3D?)
Have a great weekend
Wednesday, 6 October 2010
Sunday, 3 October 2010
Friday, 1 October 2010
UPROCK favourites Tame Impala continue to impress. Their music is vintage but this video is groundbreaking.
And we'll have more details of our 6th birthday celebrations coming soon, but we're very happy to confirm that DELS will be playing.
I really love the original of Eyesdown but DELS' vocals are a welcome addition for this Ninja Tune box set exclusive:
Wednesday, 29 September 2010
Adidas + Star Wars. Were any of them any good?
Cartoon Allstars to the Rescue - Who ever came up with this needs to calm down. Incase you don't have 27 minutes to see how many of your favorite cartoon characters have been crow bared into this, expect to see Bugs Bunny, Daffy Duck, Garfield, Michelango (TMNT), Winnie-the-Pooh, Muppet Babies, Smurfs, ALF, Alvin, Simon and Theodore, Huey, Duey and Louie and Slimer from Ghostbusters.
Thursday, 16 September 2010
Friday, 10 September 2010
I was supposed to put these tracks up after last week's Uprock (it was well busy). I've had a tough week so here they are for the weekend
Friday, 3 September 2010
BTSTU is one of my songs of the year so far and suggests big things for Jai Paul in the months ahead.
And if you want to hear it played in perfect conditions* then come down to Uprock at the Swan this Saturday night.
* Unless DJ Onion blows the new speakers on Friday
Jai Paul - BTSTU by padarnalat
Thursday, 26 August 2010
So on my birthday last year, when my brother told me that he had commissioned Michel Gondry to draw a portrait of me I was pretty excited. The only downside, Ric explained, was that he was busy directing films and stuff so it hadn’t arrived in time for my actual birthday.
Turns out Gondry stayed busy (although he sent nice apologetic update emails) and by the time my birthday this year rolled around the picture still hadn’t arrived.
To make up for it, Ric made me this video of his imaginary trip to California tracking the picture down…
A couple of months later an airmail envelope finally arrives in Suffolk from Beverly Hills, with an amazing portrait immortalising a midriff-baring moment from Uprock's New Years Eve party:
But in a surreal twist, also slipped inside the envelope was a note from Gondry himself, who had somehow found Ric's video message online and taken issue with at least one bit of the content:
So the lesson from this story – always respect the Gondry. And if you can’t be kind, rewind.
As a nod to the great man, here are three of my favourite Michel Gondry videos – enjoy.
Daft Punk - Around the World
Massive Attack - Protection
The White Stripes - The Hardest Button to Button
Tuesday, 17 August 2010
Few artists successfully continue to produce stunning return singles - think It Began In Africa, Salmon Dance and the whole Battle Weapon series, normally released as 12" teasers.
And then there are the videos. The Chemical Brothers have produced some classics, including the aforementioned Star Guitar which came courtesy of Michel Gondry - who we have a very good story about to share with you shortly.
But best of all....still has to be Spike Jonze's Eletrobank, which remains a masterpiece.
Sunday, 15 August 2010
She's blended a lot of styles on there, equal parts future and retro soul, to make something fresh.
The influences extend to her visuals too - in the video for new single 'Cold War' she puts a real-time spin on Nothing Compares 2 U...
...while on Letterman she channels the spirit of James Brown for 'Tightrope' (which sounded good played loud at Uprock last week)
Monday, 9 August 2010
One of the issues (used in the lightest possible sense considering what real issues there are in the world) we have is on how dancable we should make UPROCK. In the Cock & Pye days we had a dance floor and it was great to gauge that instant connection with what we were playing - but it also meant we could get stuck in floor filler mode.
On Saturday I played TEETH's Stolen Spaces and it reminded me of this quandary.
One of the enthusiastic dancers told me it was too dull and requested something more danceable, like The Jackson 5's I Want You Back.
We all love the Jackson 5, and still play stuff from them, but a big part of our original aim for UPROCK was for eclecticism, the joy of not being confined to one genre and the freedom to play what we want. At the Cock & Pye, once people were dancing it could be difficult to move away from classics.
At The Swan we get the best of both worlds - the laid back atmosphere means groups are often comfortable dancing amongst themselves, but we don't have the pressure of keeping a dedicated dance floor happy all night and so we can jump between genres and tempos to our hearts', and hopefully all of those present, are content.
So we get to play stuff like Wu Lyf:
So if we leave you disappointed, we apologise. We don't do it out of spite or to be pretentious.
And if you stick around, there will always be a song come along soon after which will make you dance.
And finally, we had a rare disagreement in music on Saturday, with Andy calling this track rubbish.
I like it. Comments welcome below or on Facebook.
A few weeks back I got a copy of every episode of Ren and Stimpy from a friend. I first got into the series back in the 90's as it was on after The Fresh Prince of Bell Air. Watching back some of the episodes I could understand why Nikelodeon had such a battle with the writers as this stuff shouldn't be shown to kids.
Eventually the fun had to stop but some of the creators went on to do SpongeBob SquarePants.
Whilst finding clips for this post I came across the picture below. For part of Stussy's 30 year celebration they brought out this Ren and Stimpy Shirt. Although it was only released in June I fear that I may be too late.
Thursday, 29 July 2010
If you found us via Facebook, a bookmark or any other way, interacting with the above image could send you on a neverending loop back to this very page (you can also have a badge).
Wednesday, 21 July 2010
The digital concept by Saikat Biswas is a more compact version with the same plastic lens of the original. This is perhaps the obvious way to create a digital version but the interesting twist is this - it doesn't have a view finder at the back. So like the analogue version you can't see what your pictures are like until you develop/download them. This is the most exciting part of using a film camera. It would be nice to try one for a day.
As this was the case I was unable to give Giant Robot my award this year for best festival food. That accolade goes to Pizza to the People. They take your order and freshly bake your Pizza in 5 minutes. The queue was long and people were complaining. As soon as customers got their pizza they quickly realised that they had just purchased the best item of food they will have all weekend, and all was forgiven.
Woo! Latitude! Got to love it. See you again next year hopefully.
Lots went on this weekend, plenty of good bands and odd stuff going down. We'll get round to writing up our experiences soon.
First though, the song of the weekend for me proved to come courtesy of a band who weren't playing but still seemed to follow me around.
A couple of times after watching the comedy a mix cd was thrown on, and on both occasions a mellow track with children singing on it kicked things off.
The first time I heard it I noticed a woman singing along. I was struck by a feeling of inadequacy for having never heard this song that was obviously so close to her heart.
I'd soon enough forgotten about it until after Emo Phillips's set, when it came on again. Shazam was called into action but sadly the reception wasn't strong enough to send the track off for identification.
Back at work today and I suddenly remembered the track, checked Shazam and it was still stored, waiting to be sent off.
A few seconds later and it came back as the below.
It's as nice as I remembered it. I read up a bit and found out that Ryan Gosling's in the band.
That's a pity, I thought, I really hate him as an actor. I then looked him up and realised it's not actually Ryan Gosling I dislike, but Ryan Phillippe.
I don't actually recognise Ryan Gosling, but see he was in Flashforward. Poor old Benford.
Monday, 12 July 2010
Well, the new film is here and it's absolutely mind blowing.
Funny, poignant, incomprehensible...do yourself a favour, find 10 minutes to sit down and immerse yourself in Big Bang, Big Boom.
Monday, 28 June 2010
Wednesday, 23 June 2010
Wednesday, 2 June 2010
I was on Holiday last month and whilst taking photos I noticed that our friends on the continent are not afraid of the word Disco. Here it's a bit of a dirty word that conjures up images of afro wigs and flared trouser. Recently I have been listening to some selected Disco that I thought I would share with you.
If you have not listened to decent disco I would say it's worth checking out, especially if you are in to acts like LCD Soundsystem, any indie band that have used a cow bell, or House music (I thought the Duck Sauce track was genius until I heard "I can do it" and realised it was more like a re-edit).
Studio 54 DJ booth
This is in no way a definitive list, but if you have a BBQ coming up in the next few weeks stick them on a play list.
P.S. The Native New Yorker track has a terrible intro but keep with it.
Tuesday, 1 June 2010
We took a lunchtime trip to see Pixelh8's Childhood Remixed project/exhibition/toy fetish event at the Town Hall Galleries and were impressed enough to write this blog.
On show are a range of circuit bent toys to play with, showing how 99p car boot sale purchases can be turned into musical instruments.
You can have fun watching a friend get into an NES version of Mario before you ruin it by playing around with Pixelh8's added image and sound distortion controls, which meant Andy fell down a hole and got angry.
He's actually really good at Mario.
Best of all though are Pixelh8's centre pieces. Literally speaking, a group of toys are placed in the middle of the room.
A big button is pressed and the drums, operation patient's red nose, xylophone etc play along to a chiptune beat...whilst Raphael and the Battle Cat look on.
We got most carried away, though, with the machine that Andy is pictured playing. It's a computer hooked up to a toy (also pictured), and you can loop each individual element, bell, balls etc and make like you're in Hot Chip.
Words can't do it justice. Certainly not these words anyway.
So...check it out. Pixelh8 will be eating Haribo there most of this week, so go say hello. He's very friendly.
Thursday, 27 May 2010
Wednesday, 26 May 2010
I quite like Mark Ronson. I loved "Ooh Wee" when it came out a few years back. Then the production for Winehouse and his own Versions album were very different at the time. But it all got played and copied to death.
When my good friend James e-mailed me the new song and said it was really good I was skeptical. I listened to it and now I can't get it out of my head. It also guests Ghostface for the first time since Ooh Wee (or was Ghostface on one of the Winehouse tracks?). The track bellow sounds like it may have been taken off the radio but gives you an idea.
Bellow is the video for Circuit Breaker which is also on his new album. I am playing the new Zelda at the moment - This is a Fanboy's dream.
Tuesday, 25 May 2010
Out of all the artists that I listen to on a regular basis I would have to say that Busta Rhymes is the most inconsistent. He either releases a great club tune or something terrible, that is usually a duet (Janet Jackson, Linkin Park). On the occations that he is on his game he produces magic. One time Zane Lowe premiered one of his tracks whilst I was driving - I got so pumped I almost crashed my Car.
The other week I was once again listening to the radio when I hear that the new Busta track is about to be played. What would it be? 100% great or a lame turd. I was in the kitchen so was in no danger of crashing, but decided that I should put down the knife I was using. This was a good move as I thought it was a hot track - Stop The Party. production by Swizz Beat.
I also added the track that I almost crashed my car to.
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Wednesday, 28 April 2010
I think it's the chorus that gets me the most. It sounds like it could be from a D'Angelo song. With that being the case I hope you don't mind if I slow things down right now by embedding a classic video.
Thursday, 22 April 2010
Wednesday, 21 April 2010
We've mentioned our love for both LCD Soundsystem and Spike Jonze in previous posts.
But seriously...if you're making videos and then stumble across this, you'd probably consider giving up.
*I googled this title thinking that someone else must have already used it. They had
Tuesday, 20 April 2010
Zane Lowe gets a bad press sometimes but, to me, it's lazy criticism.
To me, he really understands radio and every now and then he manages to create a perfect moment on air.
I've gone from listening to him every night to being an occassional listener - but tuned in the other day to find him switching from a hectic 15 minutes or so to bringing the mood down with a new track from Sage Francis.
Gilles Peterson's probably the master of this, but Zane's good too.
Anyway, the song is good in itself. But its chronological acount of growing up reminded me of Jeffrey Lewis's more detailed effort in Back When I Was 4, which is well good.
So having a blog to hand, I thought why not post both songs. Job done.
Also, in case you haven't seen Jeffrey's tribute to Rough Trade...
Sunday, 18 April 2010
A few weeks back I was asked to DJ at the I Make Fun Stuff craft market. I was excited about this for three reasons - It is a great craft market - I enjoy DJing during the daytime - It was upstairs in the town hall.
Just over 5 years ago we were upstairs in the function room at the town hall for Uprocker Rics wedding reception. We were DJing on the same stage. Behind where we were DJing was the picture above. Standing at over 7 foot (est) it was pretty striking. We didn't know who it was of but we decided to use the image for the 3rd Uprock poster.
When I heard that I was going to be back on the stage for the craft market I thought great, I'll get a another picture with my new camera. Unfortunately when I arrived I found that our old friend was semi wrapped behind the stage curtain, where no one could see him.
What a waste. If anyone knows who the picture is of please let us know.
Wednesday, 14 April 2010
This is some of the dumbest s**t I've seen in a long time.
At the time of writing this iPads have not been released in the UK. So I was surprised to see in CEX (computer exchange) that you could sell your iPad for the "best prices paid".
If I had managed to get an iPad during a weekend break to the U.S. I probably wouldn't have got bored of it yet. If I had got bored of it I would probably sell it on ebay for 2 grand to one of the thousands eager people who want one.
Surely this advert is only aimed at the thieves out there.
Sunday, 11 April 2010
Friday, 9 April 2010
In some ways it parallels how life is and should be - When you're down on your luck you should be helped out by an offer of a mushroom boost, and on the flip side when you're on top you should prepare yourself for a red turtle shell up your back side.
It also reminded me of an outing we all had back in 2001 when we went to visit Uprocker Ric in Leeds and went to see a new band called The Strokes. After what was a great gig, Ric's friend said that he was going to a local pub because he had heard that The Strokes were going to be there.
Uprocker Steve and myself said "whatever buddy - they're not going to be there. Let's go home and play Mario Kart on our new Gameboy Advances (that we all had just bought)"
It turned out that Ric's friend did get to have a drink with The Strokes, but we played Mario all night and all the way home on the train. Ric is still a bit sore about the story.
The Strokes opened with this song.
Wednesday, 31 March 2010
Location-based-social-networking might not sound fun but we’ve got into it in a pretty big way.
Uprock has been hard at work on Foursquare, adding places of note in Suffolk and competing to become their mayor.
And it looks like Foursquare is set for bigger and better things – its user base is growing at a crazy rate (22 million check-ins so far), companies like Starbucks have rushed to sign up and offer discounts, and Vodafone is stealing ground as the first UK network to promote it heavily.
As a pointer towards the next stage of its development, check out how search engine bing has added Foursquare data to their maps so that you can easily view check-ins, badges and tips left by other users.
We’re playing our part in this brave new world by adding locations worth finding in Ipswich, like The Swan, which Andy was mayor of until landlord Damian got in on the action.
Ric is clinging on as mayor of WHSmith though, so it’s not all bad news.
Tuesday, 30 March 2010
Monday, 29 March 2010
Stussy (a favorite of ours since school) has teamed up with Stones Throw to bring out this J-Dilla T-shirt. Looks pretty fresh and will be at size soon.
And linking back to the previous post - Here is an originally J-Dilla produced Pharcyde track remixed by Hot Chip. It's pretty haunting but I quite like it.
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Tuesday, 23 March 2010
Got any plans for Easter Weekend?
Well we're celebrating at The Swan on Saturday night. It's going to be very special.
Lots of good.new.music and Steve will no doubt already have his box packed with his favourite ever record popping out of the top:
We go from 8.30pm to 1am. Admission is free.
Monday, 22 March 2010
Sunday, 21 March 2010
Last Thursday 18th March - The Swan, Ipswich. Gift of Gab of Blackalicious & Quantum. Doing Alphabet Aerobics at Rapsploitation Sessions. With Chrome & Ill Inspired warming up the crowed. Another great night.
P.S. Gift of Gab looks like Uncle Phil from Fresh Prince
Saturday, 20 March 2010
They are quite contrasting. First up is a 15 year old DJ A-Trak of Fools Gold Records, Kanyes tour DJ, some great remixes and brother of the tall one in Chromeo. He won the world Championship with this routine - Youngest ever.
The second clip is from the same year at DMC. When I first watched DJ Nike from Italy I couldn't believe this guy made the final. From his Ali G look (this was 1997) you may think that it's a joke. You need to go to 1:45 to get the full effect and also the irony that Dj Nike is wearing Adidas.
The track below is a little old, but a great remix by A-Track for Sebastian Tellier. I tried to find a DJ Nike track but no luck.
Thursday, 11 March 2010
Saturday's Uprock was awesome.
It was one of those nights where things were as we hoped they would be when we started over five years ago - eclectic music in a pub full of people enjoying themselves, wearing what they want, and adding to the overall atmosphere.
All of which should be a given for a night.
Anyway, I was going to start a regular blog entry about songs which went down well (working title), but then stumbled across LCD Soundsystem's website.
James Murphy and LCD are genuine Uprock heroes. His mix of MIA's Paper Planes and LCD's Watch The Tapes sounded as fresh as ever on Saturday, and it's exciting to hear that a new album is only a month or so away.
James Murphy is a modern day Brian Wilson - a visionary with an amazing talent for bringing the sounds within his head to record.
Seeing LCD live you can't help but feel for his band, as despite being accomplished musicians themselves they're continually given instructions by their leader - who sometimes even takes over playing their instruments.
His determination not to compromise and steer away from his vision is admirable.
Anyway, for the new album he seems to have rented out a mansion and turned it into a studio. Nice videos.
And going back on topic of songs that went down well at Uprock, the Rock mix of Audio Bullys' Only Man sounded great. I think it could be one of the year's biggest tracks.
The Cads are also continuing to impress - new single This Place is Havoc sounded good, and is available to download soon.
We've been playing The XX v Florence and the Machine for a while and still love it - not sure if the Very Best's reworking will stay with us for long, but happy it came along.
But for me, Jimi Hendrix's Bleeding Heart, all 6 minutes of it, was track of the night.
Finally, props to Andy for playing General Levy as the penultimate track. Class.
Sunday, 7 March 2010
Below is a video tutorial from Serato that makes the software that we, and many other swan DJ's use. As you know we don't use it for the scratch possibilities. It does enable us however to find new MP3's that would not be coming out on to vinyl and play them through the decks. I think there are about 4 or 5 tutorials in total. look for them on YouTube if you want to learn more.
Thursday, 4 March 2010
Anyway you may be thinking I'm about to say why don't we have this sort of thing in Ipswich? Well we do. This month I make Fun Stuff is back. The first one at the end of last Novemebr showcased the best of local craft and the next one on the 27th March is looking to be a bigger event. It is well worth a visit.
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Happy 3rd Birthday to Rapsploitation Sessions. They celebrated in style last Thursday with Stig of the Dump and Syntax, Jack Flash and Millionaires by Morning (pictured above). Some of the best nights in Ipswich in the last three years have been thanks to these guys.
Make sure you pencil them in for the 18th of March when Gift of Gab of Blackalicious fame comes to perform for them at The Swan. Get your tickets quick.
In other RAP related news Rapsploitation affiliate Jimmy Green has released another mixtape on his BLOG. His Marvyn Gaye mixtape got me to work on many mornings late last year. So I was super excited to hear that he had done a Beastie Boys Mixtape. If you think that you own all the beasties back catalogue so you don't need to have it mixed together your wrong. Its much more than that - go take a look.