Friday, 26 November 2010

ISY SUTTIE






















The wonderful sitcom, Peep Show, is an essential ingredient in my life, definitely prioritised above food and sleep. If you’ve ever worked on Peep Show, you’re definitely a badass; if your character shares a name with a recently deceased house elf from Harry Potter (R.I.P Dobby) you’re a mega badass, Isy Suttie is outrageously badass. When you talk about female comedians, someone always pipes up with ‘material about periods, getting divorced and being fat is not funny’... Isy is a breath of fresh, sweet, hilarious air. Her charming, endearing quips and observations are whimsical and uplifting, with a delightful musical twist. Someone actually told me I reminded them of Dobby, which is inherently and emphatically wrong, but fucking brilliant nonetheless. Sell-out tours and appearances in hit comedies are a doddle and position Isy as one of the most refreshingly optimistic and intuitive comedians around, all without a mention of periods, divorce and obesity, how does she do it?!


First off, tell us a bit about what's going on in your wonderful world at the moment.
I'm learning Welsh and when my tour finishes I'll be able to go to regular classes. At the moment I can name about 20 farmyard animals and count to 99.

How did you first get involved in comedy?
I’ve played the guitar since I was about 12 and I seemed to just fall into it. I used to try and write serious songs but they always came out a bit bizarre.

What's been the proudest moment in your career so far, where you just thought fuck yeah!
When I got told I had got the part of Dobby in Peep Show. I was packing to go skiing and I couldn't go because of rehearsals, but although I really love skiing, I didn't mind in the slightest. I just couldn't believe it.

And who's the best person you've worked with?
Superhans' snake in Series 6 of Peep Show.

Have you acquired any 'odd' fans yet, or is that something you've got to look forward to ha?
Not acquired any yet, thankfully! Not sure I'd look forward to that prospect either!

How uncomfortable on a scale of one to ten was the 'fuckbunker' office store room scene with David Mitchell in Peep Show :D?
It was probably a three. It wasn't that uncomfortable. There was no physical contact, it was just pretty technical as we had to line up our eyelines with the mirrors. I didn't know David very well at that point, and we were in a very small cupboard with all the crew so it got a bit claustraphobic at points!

If you were a superhero, what power would you want to have?
I would have the power to play any song on guitar after hearing it once.

What music did you grow up listening to and what do you like now?
I grew up listening to Tom Waits, The Stone Roses, Frank Zappa and Carter USM. That's just all about I listen to now, along with Rufus Wainwright and Gorky's Zygotic Mynci.


What would your perfect day consist of?
2 Woody Allen films and a roast dinner.

And finally, in ten years time, ideally what would you like to be doing?
What I'm doing now, but I'd like to have a musical sitcom on TV.



Sunday, 21 November 2010

AIR FRANCE

















I can’t emphasise ENOUGH how much love I harbour for Air France and their responses have propelled that love to a whole new level of lurve. They heavily influence my fabric of favourite songs and I’ve been a fan for a healthy few years. 'No way down' is a superb record and the perfect accompaniment to living. Whenever, wherever, they aid a contemplative state of being and paint it with chilled, mellow vibes. Incredible and they make my life that bit better. But I can't really do their music justice, it's a sensory sensation, kaching. Joel and Henrik will now show why they're great..

Where are you and what are you doing RIGHT now? (apart from typing)
Actually, it's monday morning here on the Swedish west coast and the sun just got up from behind the rooftops on the other side of the creek. I'm making plans on how to raise money this week for everything. I have some really good ideas. Henrik is here too, but honestly he's too intoxicated to do his job, and I said "I'm not the moral police, you can to do wathever you want, as long as you do your job, and frankly, right now you're not doing your job at all". He has his suitcase with him, I don't know whether he has been somewhere or if he is leaving.

What kind of music did you grow up listening to and what were the first records you bought?
The first album I really became fascinated with was Sadinista by The Clash, my dad played it as soon as my mother was out of the house. Henrik was only listening to love tapes, a lot of ballads. Seven years old and acting like he was Chris Isaak.

Realistically, what do you reckon you'd be doing full-time if you weren't making such brilliant music and was being in a band always your dream?
Thank you for the kind words. I would probably do something similar, I'm creatively inexhaustible. Perhaps being a poet, writing about love and life. Henrik says that he would play in another band. Some bands make outlandish and expensive demands for what they 'need' before a gig, what do you usually ask for? Mineral water? Fruit? The egg of an ostrich poached to perfection? Once there was this club in a Swedish town that asked what we wanted on our rider and we said we wanted tickets to the local zoo and a a three-day free bus pass and he replied with "Who do you think you are? Fuck off you fuckin fucks". So now we are very humble and just say we need a portable telephone in the dressing room. Plus a nice wine from Alsace and some lover's rock tunes.

Take us back to your first ever gig as Air France, where was it, how were you feeling and what kind of reception did you get?
Festival management pulled the plug, and I got kicked off stage. A lot of misunderstandings. Henrik says he was quite dissapointed with the bass guitar he was playing, but aside from that he thought it was a good performance.

What're your ringtones? ha
My mobile phone is sold. Henrik has the theme from Barbapapa, I think. He is very into French cartoons.

Do you have any really crazy fans and if so what's the strangest thing anyone's done?
We always end up being friends with our fans. Mostly they stop listening to our music, because they think it's weird to stay fans. Sometimes when we are abroad people know things about us, our girlfriends, favourite quotes, our jobs, middle names. It makes me embarrassed and very flattered that people read our interviews and remember that kind of information.

If you could interview anyone in the world past or present, who would it be and what would you ask them?
I wrote a thesis on people who are obsessed with lighthouses, I really want to go deeper into that kind of subjects when I have finished this Air France thing. Henrik just left and took his suitcase with him, I think he said something about Mary Anne Hobbs, but I'm very unsure if it had anything to do with the question.

And finally what're the best things you've done in your lives so far?
Dared to confide in others and reveal my feeling when I'm a little bit lost. The most beautiful part of life is interaction with others, and the courage it takes.

Brilliant!! Get at the Air France MYSPACE and just bloody listen to them, one of a select few bands that can just change your day with one listen.







Tuesday, 9 November 2010

SELEBRITIES













Take note; Selebrities may be the new kids on the block, but they capture an 80's sound that is dangerously assured and full of confidence. The tunes are glamorous and glossy, with smooth synth and a playful tone. They're going to be massive with a capital M and exciting movements are already being made; signed with a great little label, Cascine, their 12'' is dropping on 23rd November. To say I rate them doesn't really do them justice, maybe in capitals is more adequate..I RATE THEM!

Selebrities, tell us a bit about yourselves.

Jer – Selebrities started as a side project between Maria and I in Florida around '06, and after finding Max last year we've become a serious band. We all have different musical backgrounds and musical tastes, but we all have a fascination for the 1980's. Thats the strong focal point of the band.

From listening to your music I can't help but draw comparisons to the Cure which is always a spectacularly good thing, but who else did you grow up listening to?

Maria – I went through phases growing up. Very much influenced by european music. The first album I ever bought was Blur - The Great Escape. Then suddenly I owned anything they ever made. After this brit pop face, I happen to start exploring the 80's not only in english but spanish as well. Mecano, OMD, The Wake, Altered Images, never ending list......In the late 90's I raved out like everyone else. Ever since college I've been all over the place. One minute I listen to 50's jams, the next I'm back into Radio Dept, some Desert Wolves with a twist of Jeanette. Other days I listen to Mariah Carey all day. Diversity in music is good. Selebrities sounds the way it does for an unexplainable combination of what we all love.

Take us back to your first show, where was it and how did it go (hopefully the microphone stayed intact :)

Maria – Yes unlike the last show the microphone did not fly away into the crowd. Safety First. The first show was scary. We practiced a million times for it. It happen to be at this small bar by Columbia University. There was cat food on the stage, enough said. Besides all of that It was brilliant. After a few beers we had everyone dancing. It was great to finally show everyone who Selebrities are, this fun, overly emotional band.

Have you found it difficult to get your music out there and listened to and get bookings for shows or do you think New York's probably the best place to start out as a band?

Max – I don't think we would have gotten the same kind of exposure we are now getting if we didn't live in NYC. These days, a lot of the exposure you get is through the internet, but there is definitely still something to be said about being in such a thriving place as NYC, even though we are quite different from most other popular NYC bands.

What other bands around at the moment do you really rate?

Maria – Memory Cassette, Wild Nothing, Studio, Air France

Max – Tesla Boy, Miami Horror, Moonchild, Cassian

Jer – I don't listen to anything current

What would you say the perfect environment or situation would be to listen to your music in?

Max – Walking along dark and lonely city streets in late Fall, on your way to a friend's party, wishing it was Summer again. Or, for that matter, driving in a convertible on a bright summer day in a beach town. The B-side to our upcoming single (Nov 23th!) definitely fits in with the latter.

Do you find there's any sources of inspiration or themes that you find yourselves naturally revisiting when writing songs or are they all pretty individual and unrelated in their own right?

Jer – We have revisit some themes: being bored, cautionary love tales, not knowing what direction to take. But I think these themes are just a part of everyday life, so they're reoccurring because they happen all the time, and there is a lot you can do with them.

And what's next for Selebrities in the near future?

Jer – We have a single dropping in November, and after the new year our 1st album will be coming out on Cascine so we're all freaked out. It's very surreal to us. We want to hopefully tour at that time. To us there is nothing more exciting then going to new places and playing shows for new people. We just want to get our music out.


Absolutely wickedly tasty stuff, grab yourself a physical 12'' or digital copy from Cascine.
And get at more info and links to downloads from their myspace


Wednesday, 3 November 2010

FELT DRAWINGS






















You may (you definitely should) recall this here blog featuring the excellent Felt Drawings. Well Dom Tiberio is treating us to some brand spanking new material that takes his stuff to a whole new level. So intense!
He's currently got a new 7'' out on Mattress Records that you can get at here
And just yesterday, his self titled e.p 'If only you knew' has been released for digital download from his site

Such interesting, diverse work, that stays with you after every listen.