"I've been blown about for years"

Saw Magazine play last night in Oxford. It was remarkable....nearly 30 years since they last played, and they were everything you could hope for. It was strangely free of nostalgia - just great songs, well played.

The one mention of their past - a tribute to the memory of the remarkable musician John McGeoch - was very affecting, but also part of this sense they had of 'we know this music's great, you know it's great, and it goes like this' - nothing smug, or especially triumphant - it was just obvious to everyone there. They opened with "The light pours out of me" and didn't falter once.

About time they got recognized for their song writing (which informs so much of what radiohead do - no guitarist inspired me more that John McGeoch), and live performances (which we were too young to have seen). Go and see them this time around if you can get a ticket (or can shamelessly blag one like I did....)

11 February

hi beck hows it going? hope you're well.

click here for cool puppet video
31 January

a horned reptile that is crawled upon the earth

this weeks office chart

london air conditioning in the middle of winter. recycling dead cells.
sucking the moisture out of me until i feel utterly dessicated. i put my headphones on and pretend i'm working.

'Ghost Town' by the Specials

'Dirtbox' by Harmonic 313 from When Machines Exceed Human Intelligence

'Homeless (Quarta 330 rmx)' by Cardopusher

'Little Acorns' by Leila Feat. Khemal & Thaon Richardson from Blood, Looms And Blooms

'Hotta' by T.O.K.

'Goodnight Georgie' by Clinic from Internal Wrangler

'Caution Me' by The Chap from Mega Breakfast

'Mad Again (Jokers Of The Scene - Trancehall Mix) by South Rakkas Crew from Mad Again (Drop The Lime / Fake Blood Mixes)

'I'll Be Seeing You' by Billie Holiday

'Impossible Bouquet' by No Age from Nouns

back to the office

sitting on the photocopier while the phone rings off the hook and the emails pour down the screen
drinking sandy waterd down coffee while printing out this weeks office chart>

1. Robert Wyatt Stay Tuned 2. Matmos Les Folies Francaises 3. Darkstar Need You 4. Kwaidan Hoichi < kwaidan
5. Four tet Ringer < Ringer Ep
6. Public Enemy Night of the living baseheads 7. The Sight Below At first touch 8. Nina Simone I put a spell on you < feeling good
9. Aaron Martin & Machinefabriek Cello Recycling < cello recycling
10. Plastikman Ping Pong < Closer
06 January

Rest in Peace Dear Oliver Postgate

I woke up this morning to hear the Oliver Postgate has died, which makes me very sad.
His childrens Tv shows changed my life and my childrens so we wish him well wherever it is he is off to next.
He had a great website as well, was very politically minded.
Anyone who is involved in the upcoming climate negotations in Poland might, in memory of him and all his amazing work, want to read this essay from 2006

Political Reality

09 December

Christmas Skanking at Duncan's

Willie Williams
Messenger man, and
Armagideon time. - All The Way

Innocent Youths
Earth, Roots and Water

Tougher than tough/iroy/glen brown
Do your thing vers.
Chosen few - federal and harry j studios
Kingston 1971-73

Tristan Palma
How can a man be happy
Barry brown - living as a brother

Toots and the maytals
Pass the pipe

The congos -

Ltj bukem- logical progression

Knowledge - straight outta trenchtown

Ed in London

01 December

this weeks office chart

what we might be listening to in the office,
`'what office?`'
`'you know, at work"
"oh.. right. is that what you call it?"..........

1. One Ting (Dabrye Remix) >King Midas Sound >Cool Out (Dabrye / Flying Lotus Remix)
2. Serious Times (Truth & Soul Vocal Version) >Gyptian >These Are Some Serious Times
3. Indian Thick Jawns feat. P.E.A.C.E >Diplo >Florida
4. The_Dark_Side_Of_The_Sun_2000_And_One_Remix_>Modeselektor
5. Pathwayz >Digital Mystikz
6. Double Checked > Sascha Funke
7. Bad Boy Lick A New Shot >Ninjaman, Bounty Killer, Beenie Man and Ninja Ford
8. Ick Muss Aus Dit Millieu Heraus >Paul Kalkbrenner
9. harrowdown logic jump rmx
10. Air (Featuring Doom) >Dabrye >Two/Three
11. Angels And Demons At Play >Sun Ra
12. Press The Trigger >Poison Chang >Rumble In The Jungle
13. South Rakkas Crew Remix >The Bug >Poison Dart
14. Encoded Flow (Featuring Kadence) >Dabrye >Two/Three
15. Pussyole (Old Skool) >Dizzee Rascal >Maths + English
16. >John Adams eerrrr... stuff

Ed & Philip will join the new Seven Worlds Collide project

Ed and Philip will rejoin Neil Finn in a follow up to the acclaimed Seven Worlds Collide project at the end of the year. Together with members of the original line up and other artists, the 'supergroup' will record an album of entirely new material in support of international development organisation Oxfam.

The original Seven Worlds Collide line up was Neil Finn, Ed O'Brien, Phil Selway, guitar supremo Johnny Marr, Soul Coughing bassist Sebastian Steinberg, songwriter and violinist Lisa Germano, and Liam Finn. Other artists joining the project include Jeff Tweedy, John Stirrat, Glenn Kotche and Pat Sansone from Wilco, and New Zealand songwriters Bic Runga and Don McGlashan. Behind the mixing desk will be master recording engineer Jim Scott. More names will be added to the lineup in the coming weeks.

The album will be recorded over the next few months in Auckland and is due for release in 2009. Like its predecessor, the project will also see a series of concerts featuring many of the artists included in the line up. The shows will take place in Auckland early in the New Year. Details will be announced soon.

Neil Finn said "Seven years ago I invited a few friends and fellow musicians to do a special series of concerts in New Zealand under the banner Seven Worlds Collide. The concerts were an amazing experience for all of us and we are delighted to have found an opportunity to gather again, this time to expand the concept and the line up too. What will make these sessions particularly meaningful is that all the proceeds of this recording will go to support the continuing great work of Oxfam International."
17 November