Monthly Archives: April 2011

Trinity Orchestra play Daft Punk

A couple of months ago I went to see the Trinity Orchestra play Discovery by Daft Punk in the chapel in college. It was a lot of fun, and a pretty ambitious jump after doing Radiohead and Sigur Rós, more easily translatable, the previous two years. Here’s an insanely professional video from it that you should show to your friends and reblog and everything. The whole thing was arranged, performed, filmed, recorded and edited by students.

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Them’s The Vagaries: A Podcast

From Sean Mc Tiernan of rap site No Jumper and Twitter and various other places, and me, of here, here is a new regular podcast.

Them’s The Vagaries

We will be talking about music and pop culture, and Sean will be being funny. The first episode went up last Friday and featured discussion of Odd Future and Nardwuar and Sean doing an impression of a John Bonham drum solo with his mouth while I try to convince him that Led Zeppelin are good. Listen/subscribe/whatever.

Mixtape Autobiography #3: Let’s All Score Hat Tricks

Something weird happened with Mixtape Autobiography #2: Staring At A Ceiling. I will put it up in a couple of days. Soundcloud is being unsound about all the major label music I keep putting in these, so for the time being it’s plain mp3s without the bubbly orange player. Play it here or right click and Save As to download. More information on the project.

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Mixtape #3: Let’s All Score Hat Tricks
Weezer – My Name Is Jonas//Spinto Band – Oh Mandy//Paul Simon – Graceland//Smith Westerns – Dreams//Bazooka – I Wanna Fuck All The Girls In My School//Sea Pinks – Japanese Knotweed//Best Coast – Boyfriend//Polyphonic Spree – Light & Day/Reach For The Sun//Ginnels – Kirkby Lonsdale

Ah, this one feels like it was just yesterday. That’s primarily because it was just yesterday. The thing about life is that it is just a finite succession of infinitisemally tiny pasts, so if I want to do a mixtape 24 hours after the event – which was playing World Cup in Iveagh Gardens and having a match in the DCC grounds beside Christchurch – I can do that too.

Another state of the union post.

Progress report/talking about myself post.

From the same RTE trip that yielded the video where I accidentally said I liked Kanye despite myself (as opposed to pretty much unconditionally), there is this video about my favourite piece of artwork, which I decided was the poster to Popicalia #2 featuring Squarehead, Grand Pocket Orchestra and Hipster Youth. Expecting international fame any time soon.

I’m finished doing TN2 after nine 28 page issues and a 64 page glossy guide to the Trinity Ball. When I was given the editorship this time last year, I was incredibly giddy about getting to produce that many copies of a physical culture newspaper with people whose writing I am genuinely interested in reading. They surprised me lots, and hopefully I didn’t disappoint them too much with uncaught spelling errors or what must have been really annoying recurring non sequitur rap and Half Man Half Biscuit headlines.

Won an Irish Student Media Award for Best Magazine for the Ball Guide (with Aoife Crowley) and another one for Best Features Writer: Arts and Pop Culture for music writing I did for TN2 (of Montreal and Adebisi Shank interviews and the mammoth Kanye review were what I entered). The Ball Guide was definitely the bigger undertaking but I’m possibly very slightly more pleased with the music writing one because those were things I thought out, typed out, laid out and sent to print on thousands of papers without regard for any kind of style other than what I wanted to write. Because, for the only time in my life, I actually had the power to do that. Which was nuts. All exciting and humbling stuff, and I now have two paperweights that look, as various people pointed out, like silicon breast implants. Thus far I use them mostly for showing off, but they’ll weigh down the chapters of my third book when I write that.

Being finished with that stuff possibly means that I’ll blog more. I’ve got an Aidan Wall (Porn On Vinyl/Hipster Youth/Long Lost Records) interview ‘in the can’ (via a USB drive) that I’ll put up on Totally Dublin this week. Doing hip hop reviews exclusively for them now on the reviews page for the next while at least, which is strange but kind of fun.

Going to continue the mixtape autobiography project soon. The second one’s also ‘in the can’ (via rendered to one long mp3 file) but Soundcloud thinks it’s got German classical music that EMI owns on it so it won’t let me upload it. It doesn’t, but obviously it is entirely constructed from copyrighted music so I don’t want to argue. I’ll skip it and move on.

I am, as always, free for you to pay me money to write things for you. Also have a lot of availability for writing things for free. I can write about anything so long as you’re comfortable with me comparing your line of washing machines to Polvo.

Follow me on Tumblr, it’s shit but whatever.

Gonna be doing more Them’s The Vagaries with Seán in an exciting new way.

Somebody buy me a domain and redesign this blog so it looks nicer please. Paying for Fileden and Soundcloud also acceptable.

Think that’s all I can think of right now. Sorry about all this.

Hip Hop Monday #8.5: EMERGENCY ODD FUTURE EDITION

Odd Future announced for Oxegen. See you there.

Hip Hop Monday #8: Blueprint, Flocka, Charles Hamilton, Earl, Lil B

No particular theme to this one, just a couple of songs I like, a couple of exciting news items, a small bit of analysis AND INDUSTRIAL DOSES OF SWAG.*

Blueprint – Go Hard Or Go Home (Printnificence)

This is from Blueprint’s solo mixtape Adventures In Counter Culture. With slow, deliberate delivery and polysyllabics and enunciation that land somewhere between West Coast backpack and Doom, he covers some pretty sincere conceptual shit over the course of the tape without ever ending up in “vernacular original miraculous spectacular flow” territory (shouts out to KRS-One’s new album for being mad boring). A few lines I liked from this track:

I’mma tear rap down and rebuild the shit
With total disregard of if the pieces even fit
Reintroduce it to you with an unfamiliar twist
Make it feel different like you fucking a different bitch

My favourite beats are the gloopy, post-Dilla ones, done with soft synths instead of crate digging. The whole thing is a niche of hip hop I haven’t really been into yet, so it’s sounding pretty fresh and inviting at the moment. Although obviously it does sound a little stupid when KRS already made a album called Blueprint first.

Waka Flocka Flame – Brick Squad Monopoly (feat. P Smurf & Mouse)

Waka Flocka Flame still exists and has a new mixtape. This song features the line “You look like Wyclef, bitch that’s why I left.”

Charles Hamilton – Brooklyn Girls

This is Charles Hamilton, who Went Mental And Fell Off before anyone even got a chance to call him the greatest rapper alive in youtube comments, and now endures his mates trying to explain to him that existence costs money. It’s not new (it’s from 2008) but it’s still a jam. Brief potted summary of Charles’ trajectory: made mixtapes, signed to Interscope, got punched by a girl, claimed the ghost of J Dilla was his executive producer, was no longer signed to Interscope. There’s a homemade compilation and a better explanation on George Bush Money.

Earl Sweatshirt – Pigions feat. Wolf Haley

In other news, Earl is in Samoa. If you don’t already know that, the level of attention you are paying to Odd Future constitutes criminal neglect. Those OF members who aren’t 17 and in military school got up with Lil B at Coachella too.

Also, Lil B told Coachella that he’s doing an album called I’m Gay, but he listed about five different mixtape titles on Red Flame that never came out, so Lil B saying he’s going to do something doesn’t necessarily indicate that he’s going to do something. Still, if anyone didn’t get what he was trying to get at with all that ‘pretty bitch’ stuff, he’s spelling it out (note: Lil B is ostensibly not actually gay).

Lil B’s retweets of his fans supporting/admonishing him were really interesting. There were those, like this guy, who just don’t like it and aren’t behind it (no homo) due to old school, straight up homophobia. Others, like this girl, defended it on the grounds that the word gay doesn’t necessarily mean homosexual, which requires cognitive dissonance denser than a rainforest. Other people just approve of anything Lil B does. My favourite argument, however, was one that popped up a couple of times amongst the rest – that words themselves have no meaning. Fascinating anthropological experiment, really.

My take, based on a couple of interviews and the kind of stuff he says on Tumblr occasionally, is that he got a good reaction from fans to the ‘pretty bitch’ stuff. He calls himself a pretty bitch, but he still makes good music – this in itself is kind of a challenge to people within the hip hop community, and it’s part of a normalising process for gayness that also includes Kanye West’s entourage looking mental and Just Blaze and 50 Cent telling their twitter followers not to say ‘no homo’ any more. He just stripped down a couple of the layers to make it simpler for people. Lil B has a Christ complex.

Also, I’m writing at length about it at 3.30am and presumably lots of people around the world are thinking about it too. If he knows how to do anything (apart from miming eating), it’s how to go viral.

* This is a lie.

’11, guess who’s back.

Full guide to what happened yesterday:

– It was April Fool’s Day.
– It was a direct copy and paste of Hipster Runoff’s retirement post from last week.
– As Darragh correctly noted, the picture was The Death of Socrates, which I thought was funny.
– Normal service resumes.

Here’s a really poor video (but excellent song) because I’ve decided I’m expending effort this summer to go to a place mentioned in it.