This week's office chart

Tried to do a Spotify arab collection.....but no Laila Mourad, or Um Khalthum, or much Abdel Halim Hefez on spotify it's bolstered with some random classical stuff - but then, it's all orchestras sitting down, right?

Talking of which - found out this week about the old Baghdad music school for blind children - hence the shaded musicians in arab orchestras, the prevalence of which I could never understand. I (offensively?) assumed it was just 60's iraqi hipsters being 60's iraqi hipsters...though they were that too, of course....

22 February

business trip

15 Step (Feat. USC Marching Band) from the Grammys

a big thank you to both Dr David Campbell for arranging and the USC Marching Band for working so hard with us to get this right..

we had such a laugh.
12 February

"I've been blown about for years"

Saw Magazine play last night in Oxford. It was remarkable....nearly 30 years since they last played, and they were everything you could hope for. It was strangely free of nostalgia - just great songs, well played.

The one mention of their past - a tribute to the memory of the remarkable musician John McGeoch - was very affecting, but also part of this sense they had of 'we know this music's great, you know it's great, and it goes like this' - nothing smug, or especially triumphant - it was just obvious to everyone there. They opened with "The light pours out of me" and didn't falter once.

About time they got recognized for their song writing (which informs so much of what radiohead do - no guitarist inspired me more that John McGeoch), and live performances (which we were too young to have seen). Go and see them this time around if you can get a ticket (or can shamelessly blag one like I did....)

11 February

hi beck hows it going? hope you're well.

click here for cool puppet video
31 January

a horned reptile that is crawled upon the earth

this weeks office chart

london air conditioning in the middle of winter. recycling dead cells.
sucking the moisture out of me until i feel utterly dessicated. i put my headphones on and pretend i'm working.

'Ghost Town' by the Specials

'Dirtbox' by Harmonic 313 from When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence

'Homeless (Quarta 330 rmx)' by Cardopusher

'Little Acorns' by Leila Feat. Khemal & Thaon Richardson from Blood, Looms And Blooms

'Hotta' by T.O.K.

'Goodnight Georgie' by Clinic from Internal Wrangler

'Caution Me' by The Chap from Mega Breakfast

'Mad Again (Jokers Of The Scene - Trancehall Mix) by South Rakkas Crew from Mad Again (Drop The Lime / Fake Blood Mixes)

'I'll Be Seeing You' by Billie Holiday

'Impossible Bouquet' by No Age from Nouns

back to the office

sitting on the photocopier while the phone rings off the hook and the emails pour down the screen
drinking sandy waterd down coffee while printing out this weeks office chart>

1. Robert Wyatt Stay Tuned 2. Matmos Les Folies Francaises 3. Darkstar Need You 4. Kwaidan Hoichi < kwaidan
5. Four tet Ringer < Ringer Ep
6. Public Enemy Night of the living baseheads 7. The Sight Below At first touch 8. Nina Simone I put a spell on you < feeling good
9. Aaron Martin & Machinefabriek Cello Recycling < cello recycling
10. Plastikman Ping Pong < Closer
06 January

Rest in Peace Dear Oliver Postgate

I woke up this morning to hear the Oliver Postgate has died, which makes me very sad.
His childrens Tv shows changed my life and my childrens so we wish him well wherever it is he is off to next.
He had a great website as well, was very politically minded.
Anyone who is involved in the upcoming climate negotations in Poland might, in memory of him and all his amazing work, want to read this essay from 2006

Political Reality

09 December

Christmas Skanking at Duncan's

Willie Williams
Messenger man, and
Armagideon time. - All The Way

Innocent Youths
Earth, Roots and Water

Tougher than tough/iroy/glen brown
Do your thing vers.
Chosen few - federal and harry j studios
Kingston 1971-73

Tristan Palma
How can a man be happy
Barry brown - living as a brother

Toots and the maytals
Pass the pipe

The congos -

Ltj bukem- logical progression

Knowledge - straight outta trenchtown

Ed in London

01 December