Tuesday, 23 June 2009

Amerika-ka-ka

Well this sucks.

I just found out about the Adam Curtis - Punchdrunk Theatre Company collaboration, part of the Manchester International Festival, and it's completely sold out. The interactive theatre production features Curtis' new documentary, 'It Felt Like A Kiss', across five floors of a derelict building in Spinningfields.

In theory this is the sort of thing I would normally shy away from, but Adam Curtis' involvement has me more than intrigued. Curtis is a documentary filmmaker whose work questions the way we look at the world we live in - and not in some faux-religious conspiracy theory type way - but by examining the motivations and actions of powerful individuals and how their decisions have shaped our values and politics today. I first came across his work through his excellent series about an unscrupulous and sinister group of capitalists in 1960s London named 'The Mayfair Set' (streamable here).

'It Felt Like A Kiss' focuses on how the American ideals of the 1950s and 60s became instilled in our psyche and the unforeseen consequences this has had on the world and in our minds. Basically it's a film about how the American Dream has come back to haunt us, but cut to music from the golden age of pop.

Alas, unless you already have a ticket, you'll have to wait untill it appears in the cinema or on the BBC. You can find out more about the event here, but it's the trailer below which has really whet my appetite...


>>>Update: 27/07/09 - 'It Felt Like A Kiss' is now streamable for a limited period at Adam Curtis' BBC blog.

bbc.co.uk/blogs/adamcurtis

Words: SS

Saturday, 20 June 2009

Gang Time

Shalom shalom shalloo. It's Dan Szor here! It's been a while but I've been 'darn sarffff' in Londinium, sewing the seeds of a velvet revolution from the inside - and yes, I live on Kingsland Road, the main artery from Shoreditch to Dalston, so basically I'm living on the front line. It's so trendy you know, everyone's grown a moustache, is in a band and uses times new roman type face for their one-word or too many words band name. These are challenging times I hear them cry over their sub post pump, no wow(wow) distorted guitars, but cheer up kidda, you'll be fine. After all you can all return back to Mummy and Daddy's house in Richmond once you get tired of being cold in your squat just off Balls Pond Road.

Anyway, rant over, what I really wanted to talk about was my discovery of a band named Ganglians. Once again we turn our eyes over the Atlantic (let me know if you see any Air France debris [too soon?]) and the States towards the Pacific shores of Sacremento, California. Maybe it's got something to do with the eternal sundrenched landscape, but it just seems that America can do psychedelia so much better than us Brits at the moment. The slacker mentality over there seems to bare fruits far beyond the realms of human consciousness, unlike here where it boils down to a couple of cans of K Cider and a self elevated sense of superiority. Imagine Love, The Beach Boys and Animal Collective having a barbecue at Charles Manson's ranch and you get Ganglians.

Right, I'm off to Stonehenge for the Summer Solstice - I just found the perfect soundtrack in their song 'The Void' - Julian Cope ain't getting played this year as the bugger didn't reply to any of my emails. Check them out pronto!

Ganglians - 'The Void'.mp3 [YSI]



Ganglians - 'Candy Girl'.mp3
[YSI]

Ganglians have a new LP, Monster Head Room, out on Woodsist, seek it out here.

myspace.com/ganglians

Words: Dan Szor

Thursday, 18 June 2009

NEW EARS BBQ: HOLIDAY!

Next month, Saturday 11 July to be precise, New Ears takes over the upstairs terrace area at Trof in Fallowfield to bring you an afternoon (12-8 in the pm) of sizzlin' summer jams and BBQ treats. Expect classic hip hop, 90's dance and beach party anthems all afternoon...kinda like this...

Naughty By Nature - 'O.P.P'


Livin' Joy - 'Dreamer'



Come come, there's a dear. Oh, and bring a can of Lilt.

FB event here.

Tuesday, 16 June 2009

Cloudy and then clearing

The good people over at No Pain In Pop are getting rather hot under the collar over London's emerging young beat collective, with Joy Orbison, Floatingpoints and Pariah getting muchos kudos. And with good reason. But New Ears has been drawn more to the palls of crunk clouds drifting over the Atlantic from North America, yeah I'm talking about the much blogged and much ace SALEM, but I also want to highlight the fresh bare atmospherics of Canada's Babe Rainbow, which currently has me bonered into next week.

Babe Rainbow is the project and product of Cameron Reed, a music marketing consultant who puts on huge shows and festivals in Vancouver and owns a hat collection to make even PJ green - and I don't mean with paintballs. A remix of SALEM appears to be on the cards shortly, but nearly every mp3 Cameron has ever sneezed in his Babe Rainbow moniker is available here. I strongly suggest you go fetch them.

Wavves - 'Weed Demon (Babe Rainbow's Surf-Step Edit)'.mp3 [YSI]

myspace.com/bbrnbw



SALEM - 'Redlights'.mp3 [YSI]

myspace.com/jjhhmm

Words: SS

Friday, 5 June 2009

Cycling shorts are mandatory


Manchester Velodrome, 2 July 2009, is a must.

Rumour has it that Manchester International Festival and Kraftwerk have something much more than your average gig planned. Word has reached New Ears that this includes the crowd watching the show with 3D specs and the GB Olympic cycling team riding around the Velodrome's track during 'Tour de France'. Crikes!

Kraftwerk - 'Tour de France (1983 version)'.mp3 [YSI]

kraftwerk.com