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Cultural Fascism March 2, 2007

Posted by alexd in Art, Look What I Just Found, Media, Music, My shit, Unheard Artist.
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cultural fascism

“People resent the destruction of culture and its replacement with these mass-produced corporate logos and slogans. It represents a kind of cultural fascism.”-Trim Bissell

And that was the start. I read No Logo by Naomi Klein last autumn and in it I found this quote. I knew it would be useful so i copied it down. And it was, essentially pulling me from my Art essay pretentiously called “The Art Of Manipulation” into looking at the difference between advertising and propaganda. My mind was then warped by this essay (which I now can’t find) into believing they are one of the same thing. Except one was demonized while the other was praised as capitalism’s saviour.

Thus when I discovered this project by the Anti Advertising Agency and the inventor of throwies Graffiti Research Labs my idea was resolute (the Ratatat probably got the creative juices flowing). The television pictured here plays a video of my brother watching television only lit by its occasionally blinking stare. I put the camera in front of the screen so it looks like he is staring back out at us, from behind the stencil that as as a screen between us and him, blocking televisions message and replacing it with my own. Its like interior culture jamming.

Anyway enough of that crap.

Foxes!

Label: None

Genre: Indie/Powerpop

Another great catch by Obscuresound.com these crazy kids are from Oxford and sound like a female fronted Violent Femmes or Giant Drag if they grew up in a satellite town. Anyway this songs infectious. I walked home to this song in the rain smiling like a loon once. Probably looked like a crazy lunatic. Anyway, notice the connection…

Download: Foxes!- Art Girl [highly recommended]

Notice it?

Website: www.sunnyblue.net/foxes Possibly the worst website ever. Merely a jesty Frontpage monster that just sits there. Slowly making you wanna throw up. A bit like the NME awards.

Myspace: Are doing quite well, but could do better with friends

Buzzband: Prototypes February 12, 2007

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PrototypesGenre: Electro/Pop

Label: MusicMachine/Boxson/Minty Fresh

Familiar?

Ipod Shuffle Ad- The Prototypes- Who’s Gonna Sing?

I’m not just taking my cues from Apple’s all conquering advertising machine though. In fact I only took notice following Dreams of Horses post on their free EP. The song on the advert didn’t even catch my attention. Apple use a cool song, that’s about as common place now as Jamie Oliver’s great pie face leaping onto the screen with every Sainsbury’s ad exclaiming that i should try something new (llama flavoured toothpaste?). That EP sadly isn’t up officially any more, as per usual I’m a very slow/crap blogger. More like a conservative OAP, than the average knee jerk hipster who lets crap spill out their anus into thousands of blogs day after day.

Anyway, the EP is uniformly excellent. The band will remind many of CSS, with the combination of half-spoken, half-sung delivery, the fuzzy bass and tinny guitars with overlayed keyboard bleeps and bloops. This is definitely not a bad thing. You can dance to it, but expect a lot of remixes by Justice, Simian Mobile Disco, MSTKRFT or any of that bunch of sad bearded pro-tools DJ freaks that now haunt so many mp3 blogs via some horrible butchering remixification of some “indie classic”. But the great thing about this band is their resilience to using English. There is nothing worse than foreign bands ruining perfectly good music with piss poor linguistics. Swedish bands get immunity. They are also not American! I look forward to them vetoing some gigs in the future.

I’ll shut up now.

P.S. Lots of other bloggers hate them. Maybe they have Zunes?

P.S.S This post is not to be confused with The Prototypes who are just a bad amalgamation of everything wrong about British (London particularly) music scen. K-K-K-K Kaleidoscope!

Download:Prototypes- Je Ne Te Connais Pas [highly recommended]

Download:Prototypes- Exister

Download:Prototyped- Un Gars Fragile

Download:Prototypes- Décider

Download:Prototypes- Boxe [bit shit]

Website: dans francais- prototypesonline.artistes.universalmusic.fr

Myspace: Should have more friends, The Caesers do, and they’re crap

Unrelated reading that will make you a better person: this

Silversun anti-backlash-campaign continues and Arcade Fire news December 8, 2006

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Apparently I’m not the only person who struggled to get tickets to see The Arcade Fire in some tiny churches around London. In fact just too some probable dubious behaviour (makes me think about removing that link to the right) from See tickets employees, many found that tickets had sold out before they went on sale. According to “toohot”:

“How can tickets sell out before the gig? It’s all those f**king wankers from the ticket outlets flogging them to either their mates or on ebay. It’s happening, trust. Sure, it must be a perk of the job but it takes the piss.”

While maximusharasius says:

“I phoned up see tickets and got through at 8.58am and all the dates were sold out so they sold out before they went on sale can anyone from see tickets explain that?”

Luckily The Arcade Fire are lovely people and have agreed to sell some tickets. Fucking touts.

here more from THE rag

Website: arcadefire.com

Myspace: The ArcadeFire have more friends than they can invite to a birthday party

And the antibacklash campaign. Just this…

 Silversun Pickups- Lazy Eye (David Lettermen show)

Tell me they’re not one of the best bands like ever.

Link Dump December 7, 2006

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  • MCR Christmas song– Wouldn’t mind a head between this and The Killers one. It’s honestly not that bad. Maybe its because I hate christmas, so a band I hate doing a festive song some how justifies my emotion on a deeper level. Meh.. catchy cover.
  • Oohlas Christmas song– Gets earlier and earlier every year doesn’t it. But some people like this cack.

Horizon Paranoia November 7, 2006

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sleeping diseaseThanks BBC! Once again distracted me into doing something I shouldn’t be doing. That being watching television when I should be doing homework. Meh.. biology revision.

Anyway once the BBC had put the fear of god in me during the latest episode of Horizon describing how 1 out of every 10 people will die initially from flu (especially the young… great), following rioting and economic breakdown. Even if you leave through the initial disease the virus could slip into your brain and possibly cause the most fucking scary disease ever.

Encephalitis lethargica

Basically, you become slow, tired, retarded and rigid. A prison of your own body. The victims on the program looked like Auschwitz victims. At least they could still walk. So what do you want do next year? Go to London? That’s a brilliant idea, why don’t you just seal the deal and go to some Open Days at Uni’s. Nice one.

Happy song, Happy song!

Download: The Zombies- This WillBe Our Year

News Dump, cos I feel guilt about not updating everything September 29, 2006

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I feel guilty about not posting anything in an age, so hold your breat here we go….

Come on you must have know something was wrong when I failed to post about my favouriet pint sized teen/punkers. He is also apparently a presbyterian minister if you google his name.

He is obviously not.

Vote for your favourite music festivals and the bands you saw.

To be crap….

Regarde, be amazed by the mix of organisation and chaos.

Entire blogosphere posts about it, yet successfully ignores the her bloody great single.

Blogosphere also loves the new reissues.

They inadvertently depicted hell; they are in it.

I made it during work experience, but was too busy. Luckily some geek uploaded it all to youtube. Lovely picture to…

Starting to sound brilliantly jazzy. Despite no performances or singles, they sell out The Camden Roundhouse faster than anyone ever.

Seeking American pat on the head Wheeler? aka Snow Patrolling

First stuff from new band. When did he change his band? (I don’t mean Blur).

Fabulously titled post from musiclikdirt reveals Lily Allen Samples and possible inspiration for debut album. Very interesting listening.

On the worst things to happen to Music. Manage to ignore several major rock and roll deaths.

Nothingbutgreenlights linked to this. Lost of ace weird stuff.

Ever wanted to be an indie snob? Here is a how to kit.

BRISTOL Thekla – Sun 19 November

BRIGHTON Concorde 2 – Mon 20 November

LONDON KCLSU – Wed 22 November

HULL The Welly Club – Tue 28 November

MANCHESTER Club Academy – Wed 29 November

Will give your children nightmares. Unless they enjored bugs life to much.And that bloggers is how you entire an entire week in music in 15 minutes. Now you must excuse me I have a 4player Halo2 game to 0WN!!11!!

News Dump September 23, 2006

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Sorry, I’ve been really lazy updating this blog for the last 2 days (But I have written two songs minus lyrics). So to catch up!

Among other boring stuff.

Monday’s Link Amalgamation September 18, 2006

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I have already posted Art Brut and Spinto Band tunes.

Buy tickets for the UK leg here.

Download: We Are Scientists- The Great Escape

Listen here

  • And finally- It’s all over the web but if you haven’t seen it…

All that apprehension for that! A dodgy slapstick joke, we knew The Simpsons had slipped but sheesh.

Download: The White Stripes- Hardest Button To Button

“Make it more punchy”…. July 29, 2006

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cuntHello readers. Some of you may remember that I’ve been doing work experience in an edit/dubbing suite place near Russel Square. It’s taught me that their is far too much money in the media industry. 15 minutes of advertising pays for 4 runners, a receptionist, 3 office managers, 3/4 sound technicians, 3 geeks, a colourists and several editor. On top of a programmes hiring of expensive equipment, and all the commissioners at Channel 4. And this is for nearly a whole month!

Frankly- the place i was working at was a sanctuary with receptionist protection from the normal media/arty Soho types that believe that Nathan Barley was a reality tv show. And I enjoyed the way they took these prats money to hire their equipment to make their constantly “edgy” documentaries and edusoaps etc.

I could go on a rant about one director, but I think i’ve made my point, and I don’t want to harm the reputation of this lovely little company. Its these kind of people that put me off working in the media. the inevitable time i would spend doing my bidding could push me into either being like them or trying to be different, so end up like them.

I’m also a little bit miffed that the CSS gig in London (probably filled by trendy London types) is over 18. If only I had tits.

Download: The Rakes- Work, Work, Work (Pub, Club, Sleep)

TOTP Less Popular Than Thought July 26, 2006

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“NO REALLY!!!” you exclaim in unison.

“No, really,” I reply. Yes a Yahoo!music poll discovered this week. Fuck it lets qoute the blasted story:

Later… With Jools Holland was favourite among those polled, earning itself 32% of the overall vote. TOTP came second with 29%.

The all-time poll saw The Old Grey Whistle Test attract the favour of 12% of those polled, while the equally dead The Tube was the favourite of five per cent of those that voted.

Popworld only got four per cent, suggesting that most of those that voted were either a) old or b) Friday-night beer monsters unable to rise in time for Alex and Alexa.

Songs Of Praise earned five per cent of the vote. Laugh out loud?

Yahoo! Music’s editor, Gareth Bellamy, commented:

“We’re really surprised by the outcome of this poll. We were sure that Top of the Pops would be seen as the favourite music programme of all time despite its recent axing.”

Apparently Popworld’s presenters are actually all over each other offset. But honestly; how can TOTP rival this.