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EVIDENTLY JOHN COOPER CLARKE - THE BARD OF SALFORD

Posted by Billyjam, May 11, 2009 03:24pm | Post a Comment
In addition to the whole DIY ethic that was instilled, another great gift of both the punk rock movement and the post-punk movement that immediately followed it was how they each helped open people up to embracing a really wide & diverse range of music by artists doing anything from punk derived guitar music to varying styles of electronic, industrial, dub, roots reggae, world, and spoken word, etc. And of the spoken word artists, none matched the brilliant "bard of Salford," punk poet John Cooper Clarke, whose satirical & witty run on rants easily match any of the best hip-hop emcees.

John Cooper Clarke (JCC), who looked a lot like Dylan circa Blonde On Blonde when he first came to fame in the late seventies, hailed from Salford, Greater Manchester, the same area that Joy Division came from -- a group with whom he will forever be associated. As well as opening for such acts as the Sex Pistols, The Fall, The Buzzcocks, and Elvis Costello, JCC also opened for Joy Division. In fact, in one memorable moment from the 2007 Joy Division biopic Control, the artist convincingly recreates, 30 full years later, a performance from a 1977 Joy Division concert where he supported the group. 

Additionally, he can be seen performing his best known poem, "Evidently Chickentown," at the start and end of the video for Joy Division's live performance of "Transmission" (clip below), which features JCC reading the refrain and third verses. And even after Ian Curtis' suicide, when the band morphed into New Order, he continued to open for them, even in 1984 at a Music for Miners benefit at London's Royal Festival Hall.

Truly a poet of the people, his engaging everyman tales, delivered typically as witty, scathing satirical takes on every day, humorously tackled topics such as the British working class's favorite package holiday destination ("Majorca") to people's obsession with health and fitness ("Health Fanatic" + "Bronze Adonis"). "(I Married a) Monster from Outer Space" was as much an absurdist tale as a clever commentary on racism. His poem "The Pest," in which every other word began with the letter P, proved his masterful control of the English language. While he sometimes performed with music accompaniment backing from The Invisible Girls (Pete Shelly was a member), his poetry was at its best when at its rawest: delivered a cappella in a live, rowdy punk club setting. 

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New 12" Electronic Releases at Amoeba Hollywood - 05/16/09

Posted by Oliver / Matt / Jordan, May 11, 2009 03:09pm | Post a Comment


New Electro/Techno 12"s Coming this Weekend:

Linkwood Family - MILES AWAY DUBS 12" FIREC005
INTRUSION DUBS pressed on ultra heavyweight white vinyl. Limited pressing of 1000 copies each hand stamped by the label with each sleeve done with a special screen printing process. This is STEVE HITCHELL aka INTRUSTION aka CV313 aka SOULTEK and one half of ECHOSPACE. Do not sleep!!
 
Jon Hopkins - LIGHT THROUGH THE VEINS 12" DS014
Sit down and listen to this. Classic, hypnotic, spacey electronica with a beauty and sadness to it. EWAN PEARSON delivers a 15 minute future Balearic classic and DAVID HOLMES keeps it simple and euphoric, with a slight indie meets cosmic feel.
 
Beatfanatic - AUTOMATIC 12" SCR016
 
Francisco Mora Catlett - BABA LU AYE 12" PC12002
 
Nickodemus - SUN CHILDREN EP 12" ESL152
 
Federico Aubele - LA ESQUINA & CORAZON 12" ESL126
 
Federico Aubele - MARIA JOSE 12" ESL127
 
Annie - ANTHONIO (FRED FALKE REMIX) 12" ITEM1
 
Embassy - State 08 12" ADV003
 
Golden Bug - BARBIE'S BACK REMIXES 12" SSG003
 
Hexadecimal - SECRET AGENT EP 12" DISNT184
 
Kraftwerk - ULTRA RARE TRAXX 1 DLP KFT001
 
MGMT - KIDS (SOULWAX REMIX) 12" 88697412831
 
Metronomy - RADIO LADIO REMIX 12" BEC5772480
 
Maetrik - SPACE CHRONIC EP 12" MSHIP008
 
Nice Up! - DARE MAN & SHOW ME DUB 7" NICEUP007
 
Trackademics - ENJOY WHAT YOU DO 12" FGR016
 
Various - FOOL'S GOLD REMIXED 12" FGRRMX
 
Various - WIREBLOCK 002 12" WB002
 
Roxy Music - AVALON 12”  ROXYMISC.

Memorial for John Leech

Posted by Whitmore, May 10, 2009 10:47am | Post a Comment

MOTHER: 2PAC, JOHN LENNON, SINEAD O' CONNOR & ROGER WATERS

Posted by Billyjam, May 10, 2009 08:40am | Post a Comment

2Pac - "Dear Mama"


John Lennon performing "Mother" live at Madison Square Garden


Roger Waters & Sinead O' Connor "Mother" (The Wall Live in Berlin concert)


The Pharcyde "Ya Mama"

The End Or A New Beginning For Fania...

Posted by Gomez Comes Alive!, May 10, 2009 01:40am | Post a Comment

I should have been clued in when Fania Records promised to be a sponsor for a club called Anda! that I do with fellow deejays Gazooo, Ray Ricky Rivera and Mando Fever. The folks at Fania suddenly backed out on their sponsorship for no apparent reason other than to say that there were going to be "changes in the company." Then I read this today: according to an announcement made on Decarga.com, Emusica, who had purchased Fania in 2005, has sold Fania to Signal-Equity, a company that, according to their website, specializes in “leveraged buy-outs, roll-ups, restructurings and secondary purchases of investment portfolios in the media and technology sectors.”

Also according to Descarga.com, it seems that Signal-Equity intends to be respectful of the catalog and “appears to be committed to doing the right thing with this historically significant material.” Formal announcements and future release dates are planned for late summer or early fall.

What does this mean for the fans of Fania Music? Signal-Equity seems like it’s one of those companies that takes failing businesses and turns them around for a profit. The best-case scenario is that Signal-Equity will improve upon what Emusica has started with the catalog. Emusica did a great job reissuing and re-mastering the classic titles that have been out of print for decades. However, my criticism is that there were way too many compilations, including ones aimed at people new to Fania Records that neither appealed to new fans nor Fania enthusiasts. Also, there were way too many “Greatest Hits” packages, many from the same artists. Currently, there are five different Willie Colon, Hector Lavoe and Celia Cruz “collections,” most of which contain the same songs. Perhaps Signal-Equity will focus on the many titles that were still in the Fania vaults rather than barrage their customers with endless greatest hits packages?

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