Friday, December 30, 2011

Superpost! ...and Tim Minchin rant

Bumper post Christmas uber-post...

  • Posted the youtube link last week but the soundcloud link is up so in the interest of better quality, here it is. The Cast of Cheers second album out in Springtime.

The Cast Of Cheers - Family by barrygruff

  • I didn't post a top songs or albums list this year. It was a funny year, I didn't post much at times, work got hectic and I started listening to a lot of older stuff, lot of dance music, lot of old hip-hop and briefly lost touch with what was in itself and odd year for music. It would have been incomplete to say the least. For example I only heard Black Joe Lewis last week. I mean, this is better than nearly everything I heard last year. It's ballsy as all hell, funky, sexy, dirty and very addictive. Scandalous, by Black Joe Lewis & The Honeybears is out now.

  • Yet another "only properly listening to now" with Unknown Mortal Orchestra ...goodness knows what stopped me hearing the rest of their debut album once I'd heard Ffunny Ffrends but now it's done and I wholeheartedly endorse this product or service. Fuzzy noise, hippedy-hop beats, airy-fairy vocals and a firm, likeable groove. Self titled debut out now.

Unknown Mortal Orchestra - How Can U Luv Me by guil-laume

  • Fela Soul, yet another album mashing hip-hop and an act or style together to make something very fun and listenable. Put together by Gummy Soul records fellow Amerigo Gazaway, it's hearing both acts in new ways, which is always good. Also worth checking out are Wugazi, Mos Dub and Ghostfunk.

  • Some new Rubberbandits jams, from their double disk debut, Serious About Men. It's very good, you should get a copy. Also, check out their "comedy blaps" for Channel 4, fun and games galore. Check out a review from State, and have a read of their guest spot with Nialler9, picking 5 acts for 2012.

  • Finally, it has come to my attention in a major way, just how talented, intelligent and funny Tim Minchin is. Last week he was due to appear on ITV's Jonathan Ross show. He wrote a festive song for the occasion, an alternative take on the character of Jesus. This was all well and good until after the show when ITV's director of television Peter Fincham demanded that Minchin's slot be cut from the broadcast. Tim himself has an opinion on this:

"He did this because he's scared of the ranty, shit-stirring, right-wing press, and of the small minority of Brits who believe they have a right to go through life protected from anything that challenges them in any way."

Well said Tim. But thankfully Tim had a copy of his performance and has put it online so we can see for ourselves firstly how funny the man is, and secondly what a spineless toad Peter Fincham is. Enjoy.


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