All posts tagged music

Ry Cooder on Social Media

I don’t trust social media – I think it’s all a bunch of bullshit. I think it’s a manoeuvre. It’s Orwellian. This small screen is going to hypnotise you. You’re going to do what it wants you to do. What does it want you to do? It wants you to text your friend. What are you saying to your friend? You’re going to say: “I’m on the corner!” – and your friend says: “I’m on the other corner!” Is that what you’re saying … is that what you’re thinking? Wait a minute.You don’t even know what you think and what you feel if that’s what you’re doing all day and night.

Besides, all this social media – they’re hooked to transactions in some way and they’re delivering this massive audience – to whom? So I don’t like it and I don’t trust it.

They say: “Oh, the Arab Spring!” Well, the goddamn military took over Egypt anyway in the end. Who says they got a revolution? What revolution? The fucking military went in there like they always have done.

To me, the point is you turn the screen off and listen to yourself and maybe you’ll have an idea. Maybe it might be a good idea, something you can do to help out.

Ry Cooder: ‘Mitt Romney is a dangerous man, a cruel man’ via the Guardian

This is a brilliant interview, wherein the slide-guitar maestro drops knowledge bombs on a range of topics, including Mitt Romney, American presidents, the return of Jim Crow, and er, trees.

Mind = blown: A second look at Fucked Up’s David Comes to Life

Wow. That’s about all I’m capable of saying right now.  Read more…

David Comes to Life – a massively self-indulgent first look at the new Fucked Up album

I’ve mentioned how much I love Fucked Up‘s new album briefly on TwitterFacebook and Tumblr. But only in as many words.  Read more…

Nihon Kizuna: a music compilation in aid of Japan disaster relief effort

Over 40 international artists have donated music for the Nihon Kizuna compilation in aid of the Japan disaster relief effort. Nihon Kizuna in Japanese roughly translates as “bond of friendship with Japan”. You can stream the whole thing after the jump, but I ask you to support this important cause, and please buy it. I have!  Read more…

Archive: LIVE REVIEW: Download Festival, Donington Park 11-13 June 2010

First published by Kruger (RIP), 18 June 2010

Download festival
Donington Park
11-13 June 2010
Kruger reporter: James Anthony

“If rock and metal are a religious experience – as we all believe – then Donington is our Mecca,” asserts the festival website. Turning up on site early on Friday evening for the 30th anniversary of Download (nee Monsters of Rock), you’d be forgiven for falling head over heels for the hyperbole. For the first time, a headlining band had brought their own stage. And big as the biggest stage was, AC/DC’s was bigger. For every speaker the main stage had, AC/DC’s had three. And since it was their own, this was a single-serving juggernaut. Read more…

Archive: LIVE REVIEW: Bestival review: The Sugarhill Gang

Bestival review: The Sugarhill Gang

They’ve come to get down, old school on y’all! But why bother to invite fans onstage to prove what we’ve always known – that a UK audience can’t rap

As published in the Guardian, 8 September 2008. Please click the ink to read.