London Is The Place For Me

So sang Calypso king Lord Kitchener, passenger on the SS Empire Windrush in 1948. And for the next couple of days London is the place for me too so there’ll be nowt happening here until Friday night at the earliest. (School trip innit, taking a group of 6th formers round the Imperial War Museum, Florence Nightingale Museum, the National Portrait Gallery, the British Museum if we can fit it in and the London Eye). See you later.

London is the Place For Me

Don’t Fight Control

Claude Flight’s 1925 linocut Speed.

The Chemical Brothers (with Bernard Sumner on vocals) jemmied together with Primal Scream (with Denise Johnson on vocals). As mash ups go this is a tad obvious but good nonetheless. Whether it’s any use to you first thing on a Tuesday January morning I don’t know. You might need to save it for the small hours at the weekend when you’ve had a couple.

Don’t Fight Control

Vortex

Vortex by Cyril Power.

And a connection to yesterday’s postees The Charlatans, whose front man Tim Burgess was invited to sing with The Chemical Brothers on their Exit Planet Dust album- stands up pretty well I think. Some Chemical Brothers stuff has dated a bit to my ears, the huge drums and so on but this is good. A song that sounds like it’s title and looks like this linocut.

Life Is Sweet

Misbegotten

I was once teaching a class of Year 11 students and we were studying the Cold War- something that having grown up since the collapse of Communism, the Eastern Bloc and the Berlin Wall, meant little to them. One lad’s only response to the Soviets crushing the 1956 Hungarian uprising was ‘that girl with the machine gun’s pretty fit.’

The Horrors remixed The Charlatans a few years ago. Nicely electronic.

The Misbegotten (The Horrors Remix)

Saturday Angel

Sonic Boom, him of Spacemen 3 that didn’t go into Spiritualized, with a solo single that should get Saturday off to a narcotic start, spread over one whole side of 12 inches of vinyl.

Angel (Extended Mix)

We’re 50% down in terms of children this weekend- I.T. has gone off on a Special Needs respite city break to Liverpool. It’s very quiet round here.

The Return Of Friday Night Is Rockabilly Night 91

Not strictly rockabilly but it’s from Sheffield’s premier 50s throwback Mr Richard Hawley, and let’s face it, at the moment the nights are cold.

Pint of best bitter please bartender, something warming.

The Nights Are Cold (acoustic version)

Take Flight

Claude Flight, linocut artist, dressed in a manner which would surely meet approval from Andrew Weatherall. Who has supplied an hour long mix to White Light Mixes. None of your A Love From Outer Space 110bpm Balearic chuggers here- this is a minimalist, minor chord, repetition, almost modern classical mix with snippets of narration and spoken word, tones, drones,  clarinets and oboes, piano and found sounds, all kinds of oddness. Strangely calming, both modern and a 1950s version of avant garde. You really don’t get this kind of mix from anyone else (actually, that’s a bollocks statement, there could be other people doing this, I just don’t know about them). Free download and well worth it. Get it here.

Beatific

Some more Vorticist linocuts for you- words I didn’t think I’d end up typing when I started this blog. The one above is Henri Gaudier-Brzeska’s The Wrestlers (looks like it should be easy to do, probably very difficult. Maybe I should try).

Second, E McKnight Kauffer’s Flight- he went on to advertising and to produce posters for the London Underground.

Third, Claude Flight’s Revolution- fucking brilliant (and yes, that’s art criticism).

Finally Lill Tschudi’s Tour De Suisse, which isn’t really done justice to in this jpeg.

Today’s music- some more slightly barking nu-disco from my current faves Glass Candy; good enough to melt the snow and bring the sun out.

Beatific

No Tears To Cry

I remember ages ago mentioning this song (might have been my 2010 round up or something) and DVD left a comment saying ‘Aye, No Tears To Cry, standing up for standards that one is’.

So, this one’s for you…

Electronic Twittering Bands

I like this snippet of a radio interview with Joe Strummer while in The Clash, circa 1980/1. There are two parts that I always think should be sampled- the title of this post is one, crying out for dropping over some electronic twittering. The other is the final bit where Joe says ‘I’m pretty confused myself’- I can hear it looped with a load of echo over a dubbed out bassline….

Joe Strummer interview

Today’s picture from British Prints From The Machine Age is Edward Wadsworth’s linocut Illustration (Typhoon), the abstract interior of the inside of a ship’s engine room. Cut out of lino. Pretty good use of a mass produced floor covering.