Wednesday, 28 April 2010


Drum and Bass has always been a genre that I have lacked knowledge in. I used to work in a record shop a long time ago and this guy always came in on fridays to pick up the new 12 inches. Each week I managed to blag my way through our conversation before he left with his new purchases. The purpose of me telling you this is so I don't come over as authority on the track bellow from DJ Die and Interface - I just like it.

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

Uprock Blog is 1 year old!!!!

.... and some people thought this blogging thing was a fad.

Wednesday, 21 April 2010

Where The Wild Pandas Are*

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

Life and Times of...

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

Sleeping Giant

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

8 bit takeover

In honour of Pixelh8's appearance on BBC Suffolk Introducing this week, here's what would happen if pixels actually did hate (New York specifically).

The old school references on the subway adverts made me smile.

Friday, 9 April 2010

ala Kart

I read today that Mario Kart is almost 20 years old. That's quite a scary thought, but it got me to thinking how great this game is.

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.