I was looking through my vinyl this morning when I noticed a record I forgot I even owned, it is a test pressing of the debut EP from Ride. Scribbled on the label of the 12″ is the date 12th Dec 1989, exactly twenty years ago today!
Although the record wasn’t released until january 1990 I felt the need to share this utterly trivial fact with you. So here are both of the tracks from side 1 of that single. Enjoy! Continue reading →
“The Painted Word takes POP! classics and twists them into something new and groovy. I love it”- Phil Wilson (The June Brides)
“Arash Torabi – a positive force of nature unto himself. He’s creating a brand new scene all over again”- Ed Ball (Creation Records, The Times, Television Personalities)
The Painted Word is album by Arash Torabi which includes his interpretations of songs by Television Personalities, The Times, The Revolving Paint Dream, The Weather Prophets and Felt. Some of The Painted Word’s cover versions take the essence of the original song, adding new arrangements. ‘Godevil’ is one of three songs covered, which were originally recorded by The Times on Creation Records. The Painted Word version takes the basic structure of the original and adds drum & bass drum loops, a female singer and reworked lyrics. The Times’ main-man, Ed Ball (also worked for Creation Records and was a member of Television Personalities) has continued to encourage Arash from the start, expressing his approval of The Painted Word’s versions of his songs. Creation Records’ Alan McGee (who also performed with The Times and Biff Bang Pow!) also told Arash that he liked his version of ‘Godevil’.
Following a one-off live performance at Peel Fest in Düsseldorf, Germany in October 2009, on the same bill as David Gedge (The Wedding Present) and Darren Hayman (Hefner) The Painted Word has recently been released on Berlin’s Vollwert Records.
Primal Scream and Super Furry Animals feature in the NME’s Top 50 Albums Of The Past Decade list. Exterminator by Primal Scream, the final album ever released on Creation, came third with Super Furry Animals 2001 album ‘Ring Around The World’ featuring at 29 in the list. Continue reading →
Here’s a little playlist I put together for next months ATP in Minehead curated by My Bloody Valentine. This is no way a ‘best of’ but the first 10 artists that came to my mind. Pass me some earplugs please, thanks! Continue reading →
Not so much a classic as a recent recording, but what the heck! With less than 3 weeks (and counting) until My Bloody Valentine curate ATP’s Nightmare Before Christmas at Minehead. As a teaser for the event here are the band performing last year in Japan. Continue reading →
Pitchfork has announced details of Gruff Rhys’s new film:
The new documentary film Separado!– starring, written, and soundtracked by Super Furry Animals leader Gruff Rhys– is quite possibly the craziest SFA-related project to date. (If you’re familiar with Super Furry Animals’ particularly outlandish brand of psychedelic zaniness, you know that calling something “quite possibly the craziest SFA-related project to date” really means something.)
According to a press release, Separado! follows Gruff’s journey through the Welsh community in Patagonia in search of a long-lost relative who happened to be a 1970s Argentine pop star (who sang in Welsh). In an insightful piece in the Guardian, we learn that in the film, Rhys plays music for a gathering of senior citizens while wearing a red Power Rangers-style helmet. According to the Guardian, there is also “a dance sequence on a Welsh beach” and “a color-saturated shot of Rhys jumping over a fence to escape an angry armadillo.”