Saturday, February 27, 2010

Viva la house! Franck Roger - I'm Waiting

This is the sort of stuff that I love.

Check out this very very tasty and sexy track. Turn the volume up and jam to this. Franck Roger is a Parisian producer, this track is from June 2009.

They took down the track from losetube. Damn man, damn the corporations. Oh well you can listen to some other tunes from F.R. right here.

Another edit:
I found the track here! Listen to it, it's so good.

Friday, February 19, 2010

Tindersticks - Falling Down a Mountain

Tindersticks were a band that were always on the periphery for me -- an indie band that didn't seem to go away but not a band I really paid a lot of attention to. I copied their CD's when I came across them, liked what I heard, but never really become a proper fan. That was until their last album, 'the Hungry Saw' came out. I ended up seeing them live in support of it and was entranced; it remains one of the best shows I've been to and 'the Hungry Saw' is a staple on my record player (yup, I liked it so much I bought it on vinyl). They released 'Hungry Saw' after a five year break in which it looked like they were finished. Instead the break did them good and they got creative again, resulting in a new album just out, 'Falling Down a Mountain'. From first listen it's clear that the band are still excited about working again -- the tunes carry an enthusiastic vibe, as does the overall disc, and most of them are even kind of upbeat, which is pretty weird for the famously morose Tindersticks. It's good, though there are some tracks that grate, particularly 'Peanuts', and to me the album as a whole doesn't feel as cohesive as 'Hungry Saw' did. It could be that I'll love the songs more if I get to hear them live, but I don't think this album will become as special to me. In some ways it almost seems like an established pattern has been repeated but to slightly lesser effect -- here's an instrumental, here's a latin-tinged fast track, here's some soul -- but after doing some reading it seems that that is standard Tindersticks fare. Can't really fault them for doing what they do best after having been around since the 90's. You can take a listen to the whole album here; I hope they'll tour on the back of it, but playing the new one in it's entirety, as they did for 'Hungry Saw', probably isn't necessary.

Saturday, February 13, 2010

I present to you...

Ladies and gentlemen, I present to you, India's national treasure:


"Meri Pant Bhi Sexy" from Dulaara.

This is obviously a knock-off of Right Said Fred's "I'm Too Sexy", which is actually one of the first songs I remember hearing when I was little. And you can blame Feraz for that.

This post is a tribute to the evening I spent with the siblings Manisha and Madhav where we spent hours watching Bollywood videos from 90s'. We do indeed miss those days.

Monday, February 8, 2010

MUTINY: Asians Storm British Music

I would LOVE to see this film! This is the music I've grown up on.

"Combining music documentary and social documentary, MUTINY: Asians Storm British Music charts the meteoric rise of Asian music in 1990s Britain, as well as the decades of cultural cross-pollination and political struggle that led up to that historic moment. Shot independently on digital video over the course of seven years, MUTINY features Asian Dub Foundation, Talvin Singh, Fun^Da^Mental and a host of other British musicians of Indian, Pakistani, and Bangladeshi descent, presenting these artists and their music at extreme close range.
Through its dynamic mix of live performances, candid interviews and seldom-seen archival footage, MUTINY presents the story of a generation that grew up in the 1970s and 80s, defining itself in an environment of racial violence while drawing strength from both British street culture and South Asian roots. The artists who emerged from this generation became some of the greatest innovators in British music, mixing the influences of their parents' cultures with electronica, hip-hop, reggae and punk and producing unique and powerful new sounds.
MUTINY follows these musicians from their early forays in music and activism through their negotiation of record deals and press attention during the "Asian Underground" hype of the mid 1990s, to dealing with the loss of industry backing by the end of the decade. MUTINY'S artists are undeterred, pushing forward with their music and laying the foundation for the next generation. Outspoken and uncompromising, they remain in command throughout this fast-paced and uplifting feature.
With: Anjali, Asian Dub Foundation, Black Star Liner, Fun^Da^Mental, Hustlers HC, Invasian, Joi, Kaliphz, DJ Ritu, Talvin Singh, State of Bengal, and more."

I've just found out about this film and I'm totally geeked. Haven't been able to find a trailer online though. I need to get my hands on this film.

Check out this banging track by Anjali called "Stinging Sitars". I know it was in a phone advert a couple of years ago...erm, yeah. But I love the surfer music with the sitar man.