Sunday, April 29, 2007

Jarvis announces Meltdown line up...

...and the stuff of a madman's dreams, i.e the chance to see Motorhead at the Royal Festival Hall, becomes a distinct (albeit totally crazed) reality...

Tuesday, April 24, 2007

The Mooch Vs Arctic Monkeys

Representing Brooklyn, the Mooch tells it like it is... singing the old time Doo Wop songs... good attitude, Dude!

Monday, April 23, 2007

Lee Scratch Perry at work...

From 1985, this is totally and utterly brilliant...

Boris Yeltsin, RIP

We salute you, Comrade!

Friday, April 20, 2007

April 2007, Socialism checks for...

Brand New…

The summer already – one possible upside of global warming (and yet one more fucking downside - I’ve got fucking hayfever already and it’s only April);
The Chemical Brothers “We Are The Night” – this has been punching my lights out regularly, a work of genius;
Mountain Machine – chug-a-lug sludge rock to be played at full volume all the time;
Bjork “Earth Invaders” – Timberland/Konono No 1 bring the noise – sounds like a steel band being kicked down a metal staircase – no bad thing:
the Modest Mouse record;
Blackmoth Superrainbow – sounds like the first Air album recorded by a bunch of Manson Family style evil hippies;
Hot Chip “My Piano” – proper demento piano house nonsense, awesome;
The Youth Group poster Biddy sent us, a stone cold beaut!;
The Golden Cobra coffee – best damn cup o’ joe in the world;
Manic Street Preachers “Send Away The Tigers” – easily their best album since “The Holy Bible”;
The Robyn record, still;
The Silents;
Peep Show series 4 (esp. Sophie’s brother – how much I’d pay to hear that fucking track)
Beyond The Wizard’s Sleeve “George” EP – mindbending 21st sentury syke;
Meantime Brewery Helle’s Bier – that’s the weekend gone then…
…and all the usual stuff.

…You’re Retro...

Sly Stone reissues – “Fresh” & “Stand!” both rivalling “There’s A Riot…”;
Underworld “Second Toughest In The Infants” – galloping robo poof douf techno and liberal doses of the dustbowl Delta blues - sounds better 10 years on than ever;
Prefab Sprout “Steve McQueen” reissue (esp acoustic versions);
Talk Talk “Colour Of Spring” (except the one with the kids on it)
Alain De Botton's bloody marvellous book "The Art Of Travel"
"The Power Of Nightmares" doc by Adam Curtis from a few years back, now on DVD through Wholphin mag;
"2 Stoned" by Andrew Loog Oldham - pretty much the Socialism bible.

...And, frankly, this is just altogether a bit Tricky

Going to a finance meeting to raise dollars for the next issue of the rag and the guy clearly thinks you are a fucking student even though you are, in fact, a grim faced 36 year old man with a lot of grey hair. There is no way on Earth to take that well.

Our Social(ism) Conscience Is Pricked...

Christ, here goes another one - The Spitz is in grave danger of being "redeveloped" later this year. So that means this year we'll have lost Hammersmith Palais, the Astoria will still be in serious danger from either "development" or the Crossrail train system(and, with that, the Mean Fiddler - lets face it, its the same building) and the Garage still hasn't re-opened. I mean - some perspective - where the fuck am I supposed to go to get a warm flat pint in a plastic glass and hear some badly dressed jerk-off wailing away while I wait for the main band???? Seriously though, would be a nightmare if any more of these venues bite the dust - The Spitz is a brilliant venue, also it really is just the tip of the iceberg.
  • Sign the petition to try to save the Spitz here, kids!
  • Thursday, April 19, 2007

    CSS Playing Here This Weekend...

    ...what better excuse do we need to watch them on the hunt for that most superfly Socialism hero, Cat Power...

    Something For The Weekend, Sir?

    Think this link works... Gay Dad performing their stone cold classic "Oh Jim"... Cliff Jones we salute your genius yet again...

    Keith - the debate rages...

    So the most dim-witted member of arguably the most musically laughable band on the planet has decied to slag off Keith Richards for his latest dad-snorting revelations. Tell NBC to cancel the West Virginia massace coverage and alert the New Yorker!

    The cultural impact, of course, has been the equivalent of a minature fly crashing into the Post Office Tower (which, yes, is in London). How sad and desperately parochial. Sad sassenagh hating retard, who never got over the fact his country was over-run in the year 600 by, probably, similar ‘unlikeable, London pirate-like arseholes’. What are the chances these dismal orcs once begged for a Stones support in Slovenia and were turned down because Maximo Park offered more money? Still, the first National Express coach back to nowheresville awaits.

    Toodle pip, old boy, as Keith would say, solid silver coke spoon in hand…..

    From yesterday's CMU Daily mailout...

    Talking of Rolling Stones, Mogwai's Barry Burns has been sharing his thoughts on Keith Richards and recent reports, since denied, that the guitarist had snorted his father's ashes.

    In a post on Mogwai's official website entitled 'Keith please cease breathing' Burns wrote: "Hi everyone. I just woke up to find that average blues guitar pedlar and all round unlikeable London pirate-like arsehole Keith Richards snorted his dad's ashes on a drug binge. Well done Keith, you talentless publicity hungry horrible prick of the highest order. He then goes on to say modern bands are a load of old crap. Right, but can we really listen to the opinions of a nasal cannibal?"

    He continues: "Keith, your band are possibly the worst band in the history of human events, worse even than Placebo and The Reynolds Girls combined. Your posh English singer sings with an American accent about a load of old American prostitutes he met once and your guitar licks are Grade F. The sooner you die the quicker my Ladbrokes bet comes in between you and McCartney you old dick. I hope you kick the bucket in the most humiliating of ways, like on the toilet and then being eaten by your own dog. Stop living and give us peace you attention seeking non relevant oxygen thief".

    Wednesday, April 18, 2007

    Because It's Wednesday...

    ...and this still sends holy motherfucking shivers down the spine... thanks to James E for reminding us of this...

    Tuesday, April 17, 2007

    The Ferry Clan Have Got It Goin ' On!!!

    Now we here at Socialism have previously made no bones about our fascination with Otis Ferry, the Icabod Crane alike Parliament raiding huntsmaster. His dad had expressed admiration for his son's "bravery", something that got him booed off at some awards ceremony or other. Fair enough, he's the kid's dad, no matter how bonkers you think he is, you kind of have to say something nice about him. Then this... fuck man, makes you wonder what the hell is in the water over at Ferry towers??? And has anyone told Crispian Mills yet???

    From CMU Daily, Tuesday 17th April


    Bryan Ferry has been forced to apologise and make it clear that he's not a Nazi sympathiser, after he made comments in an interview with a German newspaper which expressed admiration for the artistry of the fascist organisation and some of its key exponents. Ferry told newspaper Welt Am Sonntag last month: "The way that the Nazis staged themselves and presented themselves, my Lord! I'm talking about the films of Leni Riefenstahl and the buildings of Albert Speer and the mass marches and the flags - justfantastic. Really beautiful".

    Of course, we all know that evil people are as capable of creating beautiful things as nice people, so this shouldn't really have caused a furore, but it has. Following condemnation from a variety of quarters, Ferry has released a statement which read: "I apologise unreservedly for any offence caused by my comments on Nazi iconography, which were solely made from an art history perspective. I, like every right-minded individual, find the Nazi regime, and all it stood for, evil and abhorrent".

    The apology was welcomed by Jeremy Newmark, chief executive of the UK's Jewish Leadership Council, who said: "We do welcome the fact that he has issued a swift comment that there was no intention to condone the Nazi regime. Nevertheless, his choice of language was deeply insensitive".

    World Jewish Congress vice-president Greville Janner told Reuters: "His apology was total, appropriate and absolutely necessary. I hope that he will never make the same mistake again".

    Monday, April 16, 2007

    Evolution Revolution

    Some Monday monkey music for yous...

    Thursday, April 12, 2007

    If Yr In The Area

    In a change from our usual programme of demented Youtube clips and rambles about our tramp issues, thought we'd shamelessly plug something by one of our favourite artists, the very lovely Kavel Rafferty, who has done a super fantastic exhibition down at the original Social (the one on Little Portland Street). The exhibition, Pop Porn, is up for the next few months - go down and spend some time with it, it's bloody ace.
  • For more Kavel info, check here!
  • So It Goes...

  • Kurt Vonnegut, rest in peace
  • Sly Stone albums reissued this week...

    ...seemed like a good time to put this bad boy up here...