Sunday, July 12, 2009

Major/Minor playlist

Fun night at the Flying Duck. All went well, apart from my haunted turntable, which decided to speed up to 45 rpm of its own volition. I was powerless to act and had to hastily crossfade to another tune! Heavier on the beats than any set I've played before, and all the better for it. Thanks to Stewart and Caroline for having me. They asked me to write down my playlist, so here goes:

Pastels/Tenniscoats - Vivid Youth
The Chills - Pink Frost
Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Interesting Results
Pocahaunted - Chains
Kode 9 - 9 Samurai
Astral Social Club - Caustic Roe
Zombi - Spirit Animal
Zomby - Where Were You In '92?
Jakes & TC - Deep
Glass Candy - Computer Love
Telepathe - So Fine
Omar Souleyman - Leh Jani
Gang Gang Dance - First Communion
The Honeys - He's A Doll
Belbury Poly - From An Ancient Star
Captain Beefheart & The Magic Band - Tropical Hot Dog Night
Chris McGregor's Brotherhood of Breath - Nick Tete
Xiu Xiu ft Michael Gira - Under Pressure

---- Skeleton Bob solo set (nice Del Shannon & Cookies covers!)------

Vivian Girls - Where Do You Go?
Dirty Projectors - Stillness Is The Move
Raincoats - No One's Little Girl
Joe McPhee, The Thing & Cato Salsa Experience - The Witch
Frankie Lymon & The Teenagers - I'm Not A Juvenile Delinquent

---- Blood Of The Bull set ------

Secret Chiefs 3 - Akzamachamarei
The Bug ft Tippa Irie - Angry
Flying Lotus - Gng Bngr
Art Ensemble of Chicago - Theme De Yo Yo
Joker - Do It

Saturday, July 11, 2009

Beard makes a public appearance

Sorry for the lack of posts lately. Been incredibly busy working on my Masters dissertation and preparing for a PhD interview. Outwith academia, I've been seeing Ornette Coleman at the Royal Festival Hall, Evan Parker's Double Quartet in Glasgow, and working my way through all five seasons of The Wire. All utterly amazing.

Anyway, I'm playing some records at my friend Caroline's lovely pre-club Major/Minor at the Flying Duck tonight. If you're a regular listener to Beard Radio then you'll have an idea of what to expect: jazz, hip-hop, dubstep, punk, psych, funk, indie, Turkish psych, Syrian party bangers, country, metal, Balkan beats, general nonsense and fluffed cues. What's not to like? Live music comes from Fence chaps The Red Well, Divorce guitar slinger Hillary Van Scoy in her Blood Of The Bull guise, and Skeleton Bob's Jode Henderson playing a solo set. Nice!

Amazing week of gigs ahead: the mighty Team Brick is playing Glasgow tomorrow. His long-awaited album Alogon is out now on Geoff Barrow's Invada label and it's an incredible mix of prog, doom, drone, Middle Eastern psych, jazz and modern classical. If I had more time to blog I'd be writing a lengthy review of this. Look out for Joseph Stannard's take in the forthcoming issue of The Wire. Then on Tuesday I'm going to my first stadium gig in 14 years. It can only be Springsteen. Yeah!