Rave On

I’m a bit of a dipper with Mogwai. I’ve got Young Team, Hawk Is Howling and one other- can’t remember which off the top of my head. All three are excellent albums. They managed to pull off the trick of being always the same, always different. They have really good song titles. The new album- Rave Tapes- has unexpectedly wormed its way into my ears over the last week and is highly recommended. Quiet bits, noisier bits, some beautiful melodies, guitar lines and keyboards building intricately, a few crescendos, atmosphere, a bit of groove and rumbling drum patterns, the sampled ramblings of a Led Zep fan.

Here, one set of noisy boys (Mogwai) remix another set of noisy boys (Fuck Buttons).

Colours Move (Mogwai Remix)

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Dog Years

I’m not fully sold on the latest Fuck Buttons album yet- they set very high standards with the previous one- but it’s early days. I need to live with it a bit longer- the thing is, their music is not stuff you can ignore and I have to be in the right mood for their full on, electronic, wigout, melodic-noise assault.

Year Of The Dog

Weathertube

There’s been nothing from Lord Sabre here at Bagging Area for well over a week so here’s a couple of clips from Youtube to remedy the situation.

First up, Weatherall, Terry Farley and Pete Heller interviewed for the long lost and lamented Snub TV (from BBC2, late 80s). The clip is memorable partly for Weatherall’s long, curly hair and biker boots. The trio discuss London’s acid house scene and how they helped  invent it. Also features a Bocca Juniors video.

Second up, Weatherall djing in a club in Belgium last year. Somewhat better than your average club clip due to being filmed and put together by someone who seems to know what they’re doing rather than a drunkard with a mobile phone, it features a heavily bearded Weatherall playing cds (gasp, shock, horror, not vinyl!) to  a crowd significantly younger than him. Judging from the clip the Belgians haven’t banned smoking in clubs yet and there’s always a girl dancing on her own right in front of the record cd players. Records played in the clip- his own remix of Fuck Buttons Sweet Love For Planet Earth and Briosky’s Radio Anatomy (I think).

Enjoy your Saturday.

Para-Olympians

On Saturday February 5th 2011 I posted Olympians by Fuck Buttons, the stand out track from their Tarot Sport album and wrote this;

Ten minutes plus of joyful, melodic, ecstatic, headspinning, roomfilling noise, drums and production courtesy of Andrew Weatherall. If the organisers of London 2012 use this for the opening ceremony it’ll be an interesting games.

Which was unusually prescient of me seeing as they did. Looking at the back cover of the Opening Ceremony Isles Of Wonder cd in the supermarket the other day I saw that Fuck Buttons have been renamed F Buttons, which amused me briefly before going off to do the big shop. This was another huge track off their 2009 lp.

Flight Of The Feathered Serpent

Good luck to everyone involved in the Paralympics (organisers, volunteers and especially athletes), starting today. Let’s hope its as successful as the games a couple of weeks ago were.




>Friday Night Noise

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It’s Friday, and this is about as far from rockabilly as you can get. Blanck Mass is the solo work of Benjamin Power, one half of Fuck Buttons. I don’t know if he’s Mr Fuck or Mr Buttons. This track, Land Disasters, is several minutes of noise- some white noise, some guitar feeding back noise and some of that lovely analogue synth noise. It’s a soothing noise. It could do your head in at times I imagine. It might also help clear up who plays what in Fuck Buttons.

>Gold Medal

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The standout track from Fuck Buttons 2009 album Tarot Sport- Olympians. Ten minutes plus of joyful, melodic, ecstatic, headspinning, roomfilling noise, drums and production courtesy of Andrew Weatherall. If the organisers of London 2012 use this for the opening ceremony it’ll be an interesting games. I’ve sometimes wondered about the band’s name- is it just two words jammed together, one being offensive in order to catch the eye? An attempt at being 100% Googleable? Or did they overhear a jacket fastening conversation? ‘It’s zips for me, I can’t handle buttons, fuck buttons’.

Olympians.mp3

Default Mode- More Audrey

One of the best records from the last few years- Fuck Buttons’ Sweet Love For Planet Earth, remixed by Andrew Weatherall. Music to lose yourself in. Smoking.

Sweet Love For Planet Earth (Andrew Waetherall Remix).mp3