Tuesday, 29 March 2011

STUART HERITAGE






















(When I saved this document in Word, I titled it ‘stu her’, only when I went to open it again this morning, did I realise I needed to explore some underlying issues. ) What do Stuart Heritage and getting a voicemail at 1 a.m last night, with my drunken friend calling a graveyard a ‘spooky retard’ have in common? They’re both extremely funny and bizarrely, that is where the similarities end. The Guardian website has the honour of being the 5th website I visit when I hop on the internet mobile..prioritised beneath my daily intake of baby animal stalking, so that’s quite a feat. What I usually do, is skip to the culture and TV sections. I mean, all this Libya stuff is just getting right on my tits, so I’d rather read about Waterloo Road to be honest. But jesting aside, there’s nothing I enjoy more than nestling in a comfy position with a green tea and indulging in some critiquing of TV and film; saying stuff is shit in a funny way, is something I admire above all else in a person and therefore Stuart Heritage is most admirable. He has a Guardian column and contributes to loads of other sickeningly intelligent and funny blogs and websites with his witty insight, so we all naturally, secretly hate him.

Stuart, tell us a bit about how you got into journalism and any important tips?

In just about the most backwards way possible. I studied scriptwriting at university (which was pointless) and then I had a blog, and I sort of blundered my way into journalism from there. No formal qualifications. As you can probably tell. Important tips: being fast is as good as being good. Exercise a lot, because it's not like you actually have to move around very much for a living or anything.

Guilty music pleasure?

I genuinely don't know how it got there, but Breakout by Swing Out Sister came on my iPod a few days ago. I didn't skip it, but I would have died if anyone had actually noticed what I was listening to. Literally died. I would have stabbed myself right in the heart.

What is your favourite ever t.v programme?

Favourite EVER? Arrested Development. Silver medal goes to My Dog Ate What, because it's essentially a documentary about some dogs who eat spoons.

If you could go back to any period of time in history, which period would it be and how would you stir shit up?

I'd probably go back to last week, when I went to Belgium, and buy a statue of a urinating boy who had a corkscrew for a penis. The subtext here is that I went to Belgium and didn't buy a statue of a urinating boy who had a corkscrew for a penis, but then wished that I had when I got back home. This is how I would change the course of human history.

What's your best interesting fact?

The translation of Antwerp is 'hand throw', because a monster used to cut off your hand and throw it in the river if you ever visited the city. Which is true.

Which celebrity do you love to hate?

Pretty much all of them. At least until I meet them and they turn out to actually be quite nice, and then I go home and self-medicate my guilt by binge-eating in my pants.

Is there a musician or band that has consistently featured throughout your life as a source of inspiration and sensory delight?

Not my WHOLE life, but I quite like Pavement.

If we assume for a second, all this reincarnation fandango is true, what animal do you reckon you were in a past life?

To my understanding, reincarnation works by making you start off as a shit animal and then letting you gradually work your way up to being the best animal over the course of several lifetimes if you've been good. Is that right? If that's the case then I've been a cockroach, a fly, a pigeon, a fox, a dog, one of those stupid little horses, a slow loris, a goat, a monkey and a goose. Yet to come: a tiger, a bear, a cyborg and the orangutan from Every Which Way But Loose that could punch people and give them the finger.

What's your favourite breakfast?

A full English. Unless whoever made it was stingy with the beans. Stingy bean breakfasts can kiss my arse.

Who is the funniest person in your life right now?


In real life? My brother. On the internet? Possibly @SimonSwatman. In the world? Louis CK. Louis CK also exists in real life and on the internet, so perhaps you should discount everything I said up until him.

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P.S For some reason, when I searched Stuart in google images, this came up...thought it was relevant.

Monday, 28 March 2011

DIRTY BEACHES















Again, I posted a song by Dirty Beaches (much love for the name and being able to say it and sound like a rude Mexican) a couple of weeks back and have been blasting it out ever since. It's been out for a while, but you wouldn't be mistaken for thinking it's been out for a few decades; Alex Zhang Hungtai does some gorgeous crooning and the piano sample loops like a broken record. Debut album 'Badlands' drops tomorrow, 29/3/11.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?

Los Angeles, working on a Dub Tape with my friend Matt Koshak, and Sandy Vu.

Could you give a brief Dirty Beaches history?

Travelling man.

Who did you grow up listening to?

Janet Jackson.

Tell us a bit about your first e.p.

An LP that's 28 mins long. Does that make it an EP? (Just curious about the logistics)

What's the weirdest thing you've ever written a song about?

Playing volleyball on the beach with handsome black men

Are there any specific themes or sources of inspiration you find yourself revisiting often when making music?

Yes, characters in exile, or far from home, displacement, and the passage of time.

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

On a transportation vehicle. Cars, trains, monorail, et al..

Where would you love to tour?

Asia (including India), and eastern Europe

Finally, what's next for TV Girl, future plans and such?

More genre hopping 7"s, and ep's

Dirty Beaches - Lord Knows Best from MAGIC CHILL on Vimeo.

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Wednesday, 23 March 2011

TV GIRL













I already posted a vid from this band last week, just couldn’t contain myself after hearing this fresssshhh track, nice bit of San Diego chill-wave. I think most of us, aside from maintaining an elegant demeanour 99.9%(!) of the time, can well relate to the lyrics of ‘if you want it’, charting drunken behaviours and desires, twinned with the pitfalls of having a phone in these compromising moments...definitely been deleted from a phone this year hohoho. Think the song boils down to the contradiction between wanting to move on but not wanting to be forgotten and TV Girl articulate this with a youthful sound, fuelled with racy vigor.

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?

We're technically in San Diego. But in a more philosophical sense, aren't we all alone in our own little worlds? I've been working hard at increasing my average scrabble score. Been trying to play a little more defensively lately.

Could you give a brief TV Girl history?

We're currently in the process of crafting a more exciting origin myth. We'll get back to you.

Who did you grow up listening to?

The first CD I ever bought was Jamiroquai's Traveling Without Moving. I listened to it recently, and it holds up really well, considering most of my friends' first CD was Blink 182's Enema of the State.

Tell us a bit about your first e.p.

It's basically entirely composed of samples. To my knowledge no one's identified them besides "Hello it's me"

What's the weirdest thing you've ever written a song about?

It was called "Clam Party". It was about a clam party.

Are there any specific themes or sources of inspiration you find yourself revisiting often when making music?

I'm constantly looking for newer and more exciting sexual innuendos.

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

You should probably be in your natural habitat. We all wanna feel comfortable, right? For example, if you were an Emperor Penguin, you'd probably want to be situated somewhere between 66° and 77° south latitudes.

Where would you love to tour?

Jack Kerouac said that Des Moines had the prettiest girls. So Des Moines.

Finally, what's next for TV Girl, future plans and such?

We're trying to amass as many twitter followers as possible. We still have less than 100. Pretty pathetic. @TVgirlz. Also, we're releasing a 7" and a new EP. Also, working on a video and gearing up for our Full Length!

TV Girl EP by TV Girl

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Monday, 21 March 2011

SEAPONY














Kick back, take it easy and get mellow; Seapony floated onto the scene, awash with hazy, romantic tones and continue to enchant audiences with their bright and breezy pop. With summer on the horizon, they're going to be in their element, and with songs called 'Dreaming', you know you're going to be feeling the good kind of chill! Their re-mastered ep was re-released on 15th March, don't miss out on the sweet sounds of Seattle!

First off, where are you in the world right now and what're you working on?

In Seattle working on not a dang thing. Seapony is taking it easy. Well, we are playing shows here and there and trying to get better at stage banter. It's hard! When I'm on stage my brain doesn't work right. But anyway, we finished our album and are working out the last minute kinks to the artwork. And then it's done! We thought we might be working on a soundtrack to a short French film, but I guess maybe not. We'll see.

Could you give a brief Seapony history?

Jen and I moved to Seattle this past June. We got together with Ian (who I knew from my days in Oklahoma) who was already living there and began "jamming." We decided to put our music on the internet for free download thinking that people would come to our shows if our music was on their ipods. It didn't work but it did get us blogged about a lot and led to our first 7” release.

Who did you grow up listening to?

The first song I liked was "Sweet Dreams (Are Made of This).” I remember dancing on the coffee table pretending to be Annie Lennox when it came on. Then I liked Rap. Then I liked Wilson Phillips. As I entered High School I got turned on to Death Metal. After High School I got into the Smiths and Beat Happening. Now I don’t listen to music that much.

Tell us a bit about your most recent release 'Dreaming'.

It’s on Double Denim Records. The cover was done by Anabel Navarro, who also did the video. It's sold out. Our new label, Hardly Art, is going to re-release the re-mastered single digitally. It'll be available on 03/15/11.

What's the weirdest thing you've ever written a song about?

I wrote a song called "Boo and Sparklemittens" that was about how we already know what death is like because we were dead before we were born. In Seapony we try to not be too lyrically weird.

Are there any specific themes or sources of inspiration you find yourself revisiting often when making music?

We just sort of throw whatever works together without being too descriptive or weird.

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

Riding a bike on a summer evening on an empty road lined with abandoned warehouses.

Where would you love to tour?

I'd like to tour anywhere but I would especially love to go to Europe. I’ve never been.

Finally, what's next for Seapony, future plans and such?

Well, we have a full length album coming out May 31st on Hardly Art. It's called Go With Me. We're trying to arrange a tour in support or our album, starting small with the west coast and hopefully we can make it out to other place. Overseas places. We'll see how it goes. Where do you think we should go?

Now, I hope I don't seem bias by saying this but... COME TO ENGLAND, IT'S AMAZING, EVERYONE WILL LOVE YOU, DO IT, THANKYOU.....definitely my most subtle work.

Seapony - Dreaming from Double Denim Records on Vimeo.

Seapony-With You from w e ▲ k || d ▲ z e on Vimeo.

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Thursday, 3 March 2011

HIATUS

Will be back mid March. Lap this up