Posts Tagged ‘no age’

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It’s that time again…

October 8, 2010

Just a quick post to plug the new issue of AU. It’s out around the place now and we have published a list of stockists in Dublin here. Be quick though – it’s flying out. Or you can always subscribe.

On the cover, as you can see, we have Cee Lo Green while there are also big interviews with Ice Cube, Karl Hyde from Underworld and Randy Randall from No Age. We also have Kiran Acharya with his own inimitable look at the creationism debate, following on from Northern Ireland Culture Minister Nelson McCausland‘s provocative pronouncements.

Elsewhere in the mag, you’ll find a feature on fixed gear bikes (we ask, are they for dickheads?), as well as And So I Watch You From Afar, Les Savy Fav, Shit Robot, Yann Tiersen, Solar Bears, Isobel Anderson, Torche, Therapy?, Darkstar, Timber Timbre, Mount Kimbie, The Frames, William Gibson, Joaquin Phoenix, HEALTH, and more.

Phew.

You can now read the mag online by clicking here.

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My EPs of 2009

January 8, 2010

I’m – finally – going to post my Albums of the Year list shortly, but first I’ll start with ten EPs and singles that helped to soundtrack my year, since I’m not including them in the main list. Inclusion is based on them being standalone releases, not lifted from an existing full-length album. But it’s pretty loose. And there’s a bonus at the end which doesn’t apply.

1.

MOUNT KIMBIE
MAYBES
HOTFLUSH

Here’s a link to a piece I wrote about the London electronic duo on iheartau.com recently.

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/MOUNTKIMBIE

2.

WASHED OUT
LIFE OF LEISURE
MEXICAN SUMMER

Click here to read a piece about the wonderfully named Ernest Greene, for Washed Out is he. And he is fantastic.

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/THEBABEINTHEWOODS

3.

CRIMEA X
PHOROS
HELL YEAH!

“Lead track ‘10pm’ is the pick – it builds from a repetitive synth arpeggio into a euphoric floorfiller, all sexy bass, housey piano stabs and the constant patter of bongos bubbling under the surface.”

From my review of the EP on iheartau.com
Click here for the feature I wrote in the mag.

(I can’t find a video for any of the tracks, other than the one remix I don’t really like! Give me a shout if you find one.)

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/CRIMEAX

4.

JOY ORBISON
HYPH MNGO
HOTFLUSH

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/JOYORBISON

5.

WALTER JONES
I’LL KEEP ON LOVING YOU
DFA

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/WMJ3

6.

SKREAM
BURNING UP/MEMORIES OF 3RD BASE
DIGITAL SOUNDBOY

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/SKREAMUK

7.

MOUNT KIMBIE
SKETCH ON GLASS
HOTFLUSH

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/MOUNTKIMBIE

8.

HELIOPAUSE
MOMENT OF RECOGNITION
FURIOUS TRADESMEN

(I shot this video myself! Apologies for terrible sound, it was just done using my stills camera)

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/WECOMEFROMBELFAST

9.

NOT SQUARES
AYE YO PA/IYOUUSIT
RICHTER COLLECTIVE

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/NOTSQUARES

10.

NO AGE
LOSING FEELING
SUB POP

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/NONOAGE

BONUS TRACK!

BURIAL
FOSTERCARE
HYPERDUB

This track appeared on the excellent 5 Years of Hyperdub compilation towards the back end of this year, and following Burial’s collaboration with Four Tet earlier in 2009, it reaffirmed in my mind that the man is a) a genius and b) working on something pretty special. It’s now over two years since Untrue, so let’s hope we get a third album in 2010. This track, though not exactly a progression in his sound, is getting me positively moist in anticipation. What he does, he does better than anyone else, so he can keep on doing it indefinitely for all I care. Enjoy.

WWW.MYSPACE.COM/BURIALUK

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AU61: No Age live review

January 4, 2010


(Pic via Karl McDonald’s Those Geese Were Stupified)

NO AGE
THE EXCHANGE, DUBLIN

No Age’s Saturday night gig at Crawdaddy was postponed due to Ryanair being their usual belligerent selves (or Dean Spunt not knowing the rules on hand luggage; you choose) so here we are at an all-ages venue on Sunday afternoon instead, primed for some daylight scuzz. It’s a weird atmosphere all round – everyone is sober, the venue is bright and clean and you get the sense some people have fit the gig in around their Sunday shopping. But though a band as raw as No Age would doubtless benefit from grimier surroundings, they do their best to engage the crowd, Spunt riffing on Ryanair’s inadequacies (always a popular theme) and beckoning the reticent crowd towards the stage. And they play fucking loud, so loud in fact that at one point the Gardai show up, before being reassured that everything is above board.

Opening with Nouns (and career) highlight ‘Teen Creeps’, drummer/vocalist Spunt and guitarist Randy Randall rip through tracks from both albums and the new EP Losing Feeling, with ‘You’re A Target’s soaring fuzz-punk an early winner. No doubt relieved to be playing in Dublin at all, the pair extol the virtues of The Exchange, surely drawing parallels with their beloved The Smell back home in LA. Spunt isn’t the greatest drummer in the world (nor the greatest singer, for that matter), but his enthusiasm is infectious, and you find yourself amusedly watching his facial expressions as he attacks his ride cymbal with barely disguised glee, particularly during the scorching ‘Sleeper Hold’. This won’t have been the best show of No Age’s European tour (nor the best of the day – they played a hastily arranged show at the Academy 2 later that night), but it sure beats traipsing around H&M on a rainy Sunday afternoon.

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