Thursday, August 09, 2007

Shriekback - Glory Bumps

Barry's still got it.

6 Sick Hipsters Cover

Many thanks to Kristine Mills-Noble.

Eric Spitznagel's blurb

Does it get better than this?

"What separates 6 Sick Hipsters from every other thriller about serial killers ritualistically murdering Brooklyn's cultural elite is that it's just so darn informative. Before reading Rayo Casablanca's weirdly fascinating debut, I didn't realize it was possible to have an out-of-body experience while taking a crap, or why you shouldn't accept acid from a morbidly obese Phillip K. Dick fan, or how knitting your own clothing can temporarily delay blindness. Sure, it's got gripping plot twists and hilarious characters, but it's also brimming with practical advice, like what to do if you're attacked by a feral baboon or how to avoid being shot in the asshole. Think you're gonna get that kind of life guidance from James Patterson or Michael Connelly? Don't count on it. If you're like me and you've always suspected that the meaning of life can be calculated with geometric stripping, and that cannibalism just might explain why everybody around you is so stupid, then you owe it to yourself to pick up this book. If Casablanca had just included a few Feng Shui tips and maybe a recipe for spicy hummus, 6 Sick Hipsters would be the only book you'd ever need. As it is, it's still pretty damn indispensable."

- Eric Spitznagel, author of "Fast Forward: Confessions of a Porn Screenwriter" .

Be Kind Rewind

Why I love Gondry.

Sunday, August 05, 2007

Owen King's Blurb

Owen King, author of the charmingly funny and strange We're All in This Together, writes:

"Rayo Casablanca's first novel is thoroughly amusing and utterly demented. It features a killer baboon, sewer diving, men in silly jumpsuits, hipster assassins that will stop at nothing to get what they want, and interesting information about paleontology and knitting. What else do you need to know?"

Love it.

Friday, August 03, 2007

Thrashing Doves - Matchstick Flotilla

Live - Whistle Test - 1987. The Thrashing Doves were a sorely neglected Brit pop oddity. Their debut album, the excellently titled Bedrock Vice, had hints of Dylan twang and some scathing and brilliant lyrics. One of the few cassettes I broke playing too often.

NM, 1985 - Mat Smith:
"Playing a sweet but not sickly style of Seventies' pop, The Doves come on like a down-to-earth Cockney Rebel — a bit T. Rex but without the fake rebellion. Like any pop group, they invite a whole host of comparisons — to the above you could just as easily add anyone from a lightweight Echo to a heavyweight Teardrops — though their songs are a little too soft and their smiles too wide for those Television rumours to stick. The Thrashing Doves want to be number one. Sure enough they'll toy with psychedelia and fiddle with feedback but only in the way The Thompson Twits might. To their credit, they bow out with a wicked trashing of The Stones' "Sympathy For The Devil". They'll never be as young as The Jesus And Mary Chain but that's not what it's always about, is it?"

Ken Foreman (vocals/guitar)
Brian Foreman (keyboards/harmonica)
Ian Button (guitar)
Kevin Sargent (drums)
Hari Sajjan (bass)

Thursday, August 02, 2007

Kavinsky - Testarossa Autodrive

Another clip by Jonas & Francois of Production 75. Kavinsky (a.k.a. Vincent Belorgey) partners with Mr. Oizo and Dopplereffekt on his 2006 Teddy Boy EP. The music: Miami Vice meets Tron. His latest EP is titled 1986 and has some nice Goblin -esque stuff going on. Oh and Kavinsky is a zombie. Yeah, he died in a car wreck in 1986 (see the video). Now he's back scaring up beats. Or maybe beatz. Or better brainz.

Justice - D.A.N.C.E.

Jonas & Francois' (Production 75) brilliant video for Justice's "D.A.N.C.E."

Hubert Kah - Machine Gun