Radiohead put this song out for free download last year, it’s a wonderful track. When the new album (which, if Thom is pissed off enough about the Copenhagen conference, will be back to the epic and terrifying Kid A style I adore) comes out, I hope this beauty isn’t forgotten.

It’s still there, download it. That is all.

What I’m listening to

January 22, 2010

Here’s some stuff I’m listening to

36- Hypersona

This is really nice, it got me through my exams. Genuinely lovely ambient music, and it’s free to download, so you should download it. You know, support the new business models. Even though I’m never going to be spending a penny on the record company again.

she

she has a fair bit to download as well. It’s more dancey and electronic, and the EP I’ve properly listened to, “Emit and Exude”, a cool name, is industrial and noisy. A lot of the tracks are forgettable, a few are nice though.

NON- Children of the Black Sun

Oh now here you are. This is a seriously beautiful, terrifying instrumental album. The track names sound like it could end up being a naff, sub-Marilyn Manson sort of fail-spooky thing. It’s not, it’s very very good. I’ll have to do a post on Boyd Rice some time, he’s an interesting fellow. He’s a member of the Church of Satan (don’t worry, they’re atheists, they just call themselves that to piss people off as far as I can tell) and no one quite knows if he’s a racist or not, sort of like no one can tell if if Discordianism is a real religion or a stupid joke. He really does believe in social Darwinism, and that the weak should be left to perish. Presumably he doesn’t consider himself to be on the weak side.

So tomorrow the Christmas number one is announced, and Rage Against the Machine actually look like they have a chance to beat Simon Cowell’s Miley Cyrus cover (sung by poor Joe). But what does this achieve, mean or damage?

For me, it’s about two things: one is recreating the traditional Christmas number one race which X Factor has completely dominated to the point where it’s non-existant. Well it certainly achieved that- the tabloids are bumming off it, and the broadsheets bitch and moan about what a worthless statement it is (and how it’s organised by immature idiots that are just as involved in the media bubble as anyone and can’t organise any real sort of uprising because their lives are empty and meaningless- but I’ll go into that later). It’s certainly a race.

What about the people who want to fight the corporate machine, or bad music, or something? You have to be quite silly to claim moral authority over the X Factor single. The money’s going to the same record company. Is the Rage song better? The song is about institutional racism in America. Well there’s one up on Joe for actually writing a song about something you care about, and with meaning behind it. But that’s not what people care about, they care about the sort of directionless sense of rebellion (nowt wrong with that, as I’ll explain if I ever finish my Kasabian review), fantasising about swearing into the face of a policeman during a revolution, escapism from their pathetic compliancy in the system. By that account they don’t earn that much more respect then people bobbing their head to a Miley Cyrus song.

But I don’t think the organisers are doing this to make a statement about musical quality- the same organisers did it with Rick Astley last year, and got into the top 40. Which brings me to the second reason I payed my 29p, the comedy value. That attempt would have been funny because of the whole watered-down-chan-culture in-joke thing (also it’s a pretty funny song). Killing in the Name will be funny because it’s so fucking inappropriate for a christmas number one.

Will this damage X Factor? Lets not go nuts about this, there was manufactured pop before Simon Cowell, and he at least picked a good song last year (even if the lyrics were utterly lost on Alexandra Burke, and the key change was embarrassing).

Sorry, I don’t know what came over me. He’s a wanker who makes shit, dumbed down, populist music, all packaged in an idiotic, post-Princess Diana weep fest which has inflated the status of celebrity to the detriment of our culture. He’s encouraging people to switch off their brain. If they had their brain switched on maybe the Gordon Brown hate would have translated into proper action. But that’s a different problem.

If Rage get to number one, it might break the idea that X Factor has a right to the position. They would have to react next year, which would be interesting. (They’ve already tried to make it a Class thing, where as really it’s an Idiot thing). The very fact of them acknowledging criticism would be a step forward.

Evening all

November 6, 2009

The Blob is back