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

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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

It Must Have Been Because, Because, Because…

Ian McCulloch’s got a few hidden gems in his solo back catalogue- this song Proud To Fall being one. There’s nothing particularly clever, experimental or far out going on, just a guitar pop song with all the correct structure- verse, chorus, middle eight, etc, home in time for tea- and lyrically it’s very Mac. It’s just one of those songs that’ll improve your day a little bit.

Proud To Fall

The picture shows a linocut by Claude Flight of ships in Liverpool dock being painted blue, silver and pink during the First World War to protect them from German U-Boats. These ships were known as Dazzle Ships (later, much later, an album by OMD). I went for a walk the other Saturday and passed Sale library (we still have a library, and it opens all day on Saturday). Wandering in and having a mooch about a book (actually the catalogue from an exhibition) called British Prints From The Machine Age, 1914-39 caught my eye. It’s full of linocuts by a group of artists who founded Vorticism, the first forward thinking, modernist British art movement of the 20th century. The prints are brilliant, stunning and fresh, capturing modern life in early-to-mid 20th century Britain- speed, ¬†movement, sport, leisure, machines, vehicles, people. A lot of them are pretty abstract, the sort of thing we take for granted as design now.

I was leafing through the book at the kitchen table on Sunday. ‘Is that a library book?’ daughter E.T. asked. ‘Yep, due back soon too, I might renew it’, I replied. I turned to the front page and the borrowing stamp sheet- ‘I think I’m the only person who’s ever taken it out’ I said. E.T. asked what the title was. ‘British Prints From The Machine Age, 1914-39’ I said. ¬†‘That’s why you’re the only the person who’s ever taken it out’ she muttered.

I like to feel I have taught her well the art of the sarcastic response. And now she uses it against me.