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90’s cheese-dance: a retrospective

Posted: November 25, 2010 by undergroundfisherman in Music, Uncategorized
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Remember all those tunes in underage discos? Sandstorm, Maniac 2000? Imagine if someone came out with songs like that now, how would it go down in today’s club scene, where most of the tunes are average to say the least. It’s weird to listen to these “classics” again, out of their original context.

Bomfunk MC’s – Freestyler

This was released in 1999, and 11 years on,it’s got 8.2 million views on Youtube! Nostalgia for shite is human nature I suppose. It wasn’t bad at the time but it sounds completely different now, the clothes, hair, everything. 

Delerium – Silence

Another one from roughly the same era, I remember this being top of the dance charts on Top 30 Hits for weeks on end 

Mark McCabe – Maniac 2000

At the time, I really didn’t realise how cheap and shitty the whole song/video/location was. Amazingly catchy, but desperate stuff altogether.  YEAH YEAH FUNKY YEAH!

Darude – Sandstorm

A classic of this era, it is actually pretty good, but it got so overplayed it lost all its impact (what you might call Seven Nation Army Syndrome), and in fairness, an amazing 16 million people can’t be wrong! 

Anyone see this song as a precursor to a certain modern-day floorfiller?… http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V775PPuBc7Y

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New Beardyman Video

Posted: July 8, 2010 by fonnaguschakra in Uncategorized

Here’s some new Beardyman! This video was made in conjuction with Dolby Sound and every single thing you hear comes from his mouth, everything!

According to his website: “The soundtrack was written, conceived and produced by Beardyman to demonstrate the insane capabilities of Dolby’s new virtual-surround-sound chip for mobile devices. Put headphones on to get the full experience.”

This was an actual caption when Beardyman appeared on the BBC morning news

http://www.beardyman.co.uk/

Argentine links with Foxford could bring Maradona to Mayo for a surprise visit

There have been increasing rumours, both locally and on a wider lever, that Argentina manager Diego Maradona could be set for a sensational visit to the town of Foxford, Co Mayo some time after the World Cup.

Foxford has long held connections with Argentina. Their most famous son, Admiral William Brown, was born in the Moyside village on June 22, 1777, and departed for Philadelphia at the age of nine. From here, he eventually travelled on to the South American nation via a stint in England where he met his wife, and became the founder of the Argentine Navy.

Brown is a national hero in Argentina, four football clubs and dozens of streets are named in his honour, and a visit by Maradona would not be out of the question by any means. One of the Admiral’s most famous achievements was his defeat of 17 Spanish warships with a meagre seven of his own at the Battle of Juncal in 1827. There’s no doubt that Maradona would admire a man like that, even though he’d surely claim he could have taken on 18.

While the visit is by no means set in stone, there are some very positive signs coming from the local media, with the Connaught Telegraph stating ” Maradona is scheduled to bring his team to Ireland on Wednesday, August 11, for an international match to mark the official opening of the new Aviva Stadium in Dublin.  It is understood he is willing to make himself available for the trip to Mayo during his short stay in Ireland.”

There are few other details at the moment, but fingers crossed it’ll happen, because I really want to go on the beer with him.

If you like Dj Shadow and Cut Chemist then you’ll like Jurassic 5. This the band they were at before they went doing their own thing. This video is pretty cool too; rappers rapping and breakdancing in animal costumes…it works!

5. Riton and Seiji – Computer Juice

With one of the best videos I’ve seen in a long long while this crazy work of art is one very different tune you should hear and see.

4. Gregory Porter – Pretty

A new kid on the block in terms of jazz crooners. Not everybodys cup of tea I know but there’s something about this type of music I really like. Maybe it’s because it reminds me of this kind of wit or something… (couldn’t find a Youtube video or Soundloud clip of this Gregory Porter song so I have it in the playlist box on the right of this page->)

3. Booka Shade – Donut (Interpretation)

A really good tune from an album which is well worth a listen. The new album More! even features a guest appearance from Yello in the track ‘Divine’. Keep away from the single ‘Bad Love’ however, which is just a bad song.

2. Steinski – ChoiceCuts.com relauch Mix

Okay so this is a mix but I thought I’d put this up cause its really important that anybody with an interest in music knows about Steinski. Huge influences on DJ Shadow, Cut Chemist, and Fat Boy Slim, Steinski is “probably one of the most influential remix artists in Hip Hop’s vibrant history”. http://soundcloud.com/choicecuts/steinski-choicecuts-com-relaunch-mix

1. Devo are back!!!

Ya so their new album isn’t out yet, some say June 2010, and this isn’t a tune its information, but it gets into this top five because they’re “the band that put the ‘new’ in New Wave”. The website Shockhound.com writes; “Now tentatively scheduled for an early 2010 release, the as-yet-untitled album will feature production and remix assistance from James Murphy of LCD Soundsystem, and possibly Fatboy Slim and Justice — more evidence of how the band continues to remain relevant in the 21st century”.

Devo are another important band in the development of music and its great to see them back – this video shows how cool they are; they actually have real ideals unlike a lot of new musicians.http://www.shockhound.com/videos/595-interview–devo

For some reason, the Western media only seems to cover certain stories. We tend to see images stranded tourists in airports after the Icelandic volcano, and plenty of celebrities lending a hand in Haiti, so we assume that these are the top stories in the world at that moment in time. With all of these cameras pointed in the same direction, it’s easy to forget about the other ongoing situations all around the world that seem to go unnoticed by the majority of media outlets. Here’s a few examples of the unreported conflicts that are ongoing in today’s world…

DR Congo

Mining in Kailo by Julien Harneis.

Above: A mine in the Maniema region of the DRC. Wars over the control of these mines have been the source of countless civilian deaths in recent years.

The demand for metals such as zinc and copper, used for the production of software and mobile phones has driven this conflict out of control. Global Witness, who investigate the links between conflict and natural resources, have reported on how militia groups in the East African country control much of the trade in minerals in the area. Tungsten, tantalum, gold and tin are all sought after, and warring factions have caused massive upheaval in the country because of this.

Disease and famine have been another huge cause of hardship, and it has been estimated in the most recent figures (2009) that an average of 45,000 people die every month in DR Congo. These figures came from a New York Times article by Nicholas D Kristof, which was alarmingly entitled “Orphaned, Raped and Ignored”. This is very much the case at the moment, since nobody seems to be covering the bloodiest conflict since the Vietnam War, one which has claimed the lives of over 4 million people and displaced many more.

Falun Gong

The Chinese government wants to do away with this “dangerous cult”.

The group has been outlawed and persecuted in the secular Chinese state for years now. They are quite an innocuous group, who teach the virtues of meditation, morality, and personal development. The Chinese government officially outlawed the group on July 20, 1999. They claimed the organisation had been “engaged in illegal activities, advocating superstition and spreading fallacies, hoodwinking people, inciting and creating disturbances, and jeopardizing social stability.” The movement draws influence from Buddhist, Taoist, and Qigong teachings, as well as modern science, and the meditation aspect is comparable to yoga. It has always taught the importance of peace and compassion, and yet they have been vilified by their own government.

Frequent reports of torture and imprisonment of members have been (quite typically) covered up by Chinese authorities. It is yet another indictment on the way the country is run, and China will have to make major changes to their free speech and human rights policies if it ever wants to be seen as the modern, dynamic nation it always claims to be.

Mexico

ezln_subcomandante_marcos.jpg picture by whitepony05

Above: Subcomandante Marcos, EZLN leader

Since New Year’s Day of 1994, the people in the Chiapas region of Southern Mexico have been waging war on the federal government, claiming that they are so out of touch with the needs of their own people that they have become an illegitimate authority. The leaders of this revolution are the EZLN, or “Zapatistas”, led by the charismatic, pipe-smoking Subcomandante Marcos.

The conflict began in 1994 when the North American Free Trade Agreement (NAFTA) came into effect, giving multi-national companies from America the right to fell trees and extract natural resources from Mexico for a low price. Southern Mexico is mostly jungle, but since 1994, deforestation has become a huge problem, especially for the native Zapatistas, who are constantly on the move in a bid to keep out of reach of Mexican officials.

Although they are an armed group, the EZLN have not used their weapons since January 12th, 1994. Instead, they rely on the internet and other media to get their message across to the outside world in the hope of instigating some kind of change. Marcos himself said of their non-violent approach “We didn’t go to war to kill or be killed. We went to war in order to be heard.

Clearly, despite the backing of plenty of NGO’s and politically-charged bands such as Rage Against the Machine, their message has yet to bring about much change. They remain the ultimate victims of capitalism, having seen their homes quite literally cut down in front of them.