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December 28, 2009

12 Qs of Christmas - “Leicester’s Funnyman” Dave Rees

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1. Highlight of 2009?
There have been many wonderful moments, but I couldn’t possibly single out one of them.
 
2. Low point of 2009?
Stuff, you know!
 
3. PopArt moment of 2009?

Well this would definitely be DJing in the PopArt marquee at Indietracks - the tent was rammed with enthusiastic indie kids til gone 4am, all dancing to anything and everything we played. Oh, what joy!

 

4. Single of 2009?

I’ll say ‘In The Flowers’ by Animal Collective as my song of the year, but I feel a bit bad cos it wasn’t actually released as a single. So my favourite singles were probably ‘Crying Lightning’ by Arctic Monkeys, ‘Heads Will Roll’ by Yeah Yeah Yeahs and ‘Fax of Death’ by Pop-Art favourites the Laurel Collective.
 
5. Album of 2009?

Up to last week I would have said The Duckworth Lewis Method’s self-titled LP. But I’ve recently bought and loved ‘Hunting My Dress’ by Jesca Hoop and I’d have to say that that takes the prestigious title!

6. Best live band of 2009?

This would have to be the truly epic return of Faith No More at Brixton Academy, they were incredible.


7. Film of 2009?

Films, films… what films did I see this year? Er, may have to say Inglorious Basterds as that was the only film I saw in the cinema. Bit embarassing. 


8. TV show of 2009?
University Challenge, I can’t miss it. The Thick Of It was also fantastic.


9. Hero of 2009?

Um… I guess I still love Barack Obama. Ooh, bit of politics! 

10. What do you hope to achieve in 2010?

Get some new gags.


 

11. Who else is worth looking out for in the coming 12 months?
I’m very much looking forward to the new albums from Los Campesinos!, The Fall and eels… but you already know of them don’t you?
 
12. How will you be spending Christmas?
At home with the Rees family: presents at 11, dinner at 3, Guardian Quiz of the Year at 5, Telegraph Quiz of the Year at 7. Can’t wait!
And the End of the Decade Bonus:
13. The Noughties  - how was it for you?
Superb thank you very much!

12 Qs Of Christmas - Mr Solo

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1. Highlight of 2009? Having a mad whirlwind painting show with my dad and getting to write Mike and Mikey Georgeson on all of the blurb. plus Frog Morris, Daniel Lehan and Foster and Gilvan all performing at the opening lending it a dizzying air of unalloyed joy rather like an unwritten Samuel Beckett sitcom.

2. Low point of 2009? Getting breathalyzed when I left Frogstock- testing negative then being fined for my MOT being 2 days out. Oh how I laughed.

3. PopArt moment of 2009? All of them but natch singing Modern Love till I was horse – its all about singing with the allstars for me (me me).

4. Single of 2009?  Baby by Devendra Banhart or all of the Brontosaurus Chorus ones.

5. Album of 2009? Voluntary Butler Sheme  - Breakfast Dinner and Tea


6. Best live band of 2009? Dream Themes

7. Film of 2009? Synecdoche, New York – happy/sad flawed but can anything else come close to this?




8. TV show of 2009? Red Riding

9. Hero of 2009? Heather who runs the wayward plant registry and Ernie who advised me whilst I was trying to get my humble urban allotment going. He taught me to save Tomato seeds in tissue! (see picture)

10. What do you hope to achieve in 2010? Further manifestations of backwards causality and a good unblighted tomato crop.


11. Who else is worth looking out for in the coming 12 months? Mike Georgeson oooh and The Extra Specials!

 
12. How will you be spending Christmas? At home recovering from the colossal snowman building projects my sons drive me towards.

And the End of the Decade Bonus:

13. The Noughties  - how was it for you? In a word “Jungian”. In a phrase “the medium was the massage” sorry I’m a dullard but Marshall McLuhan was a prophet!

December 15, 2009

12 Q’s of Christmas - Trixie: BBC3/T4 Demographic

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1. Highlight of 2009?     

Breaking my ex’s number of Twitter followers on my Twitter by 7. After I did that I disabled my account just to spite the spineless wang-kah, I sent him a long email explaining that my life goes on better without him and he didnt have the right to dump me for cheating (It was just a snog -  and i only did it because he’s a boring geek who wont do MDMA like the rest of the world does when they’re in a club.. it’s hardly heroin.) Do you know what? He didn’t even reply… Trixie wins! 

2. Low point of 2009?

When my digital camera broke. No new pictures of me on Facebook for like.. a month or something. People LITERALLY thought I had died. You would have thought that my friends would have taken some but NO. They didnt offer and it just gets embaressing if you keep having to ask.

3. PopArt moment of 2009?

What’s PopArt?

4. Single of 2009?

New In Town” by Little Boots. It reminds me of bouncing up and down with all my new friends whoose names escape me at the moment at the Reading Festival plus when I go to a new club that’s how I feel “like I’m new in Town… come check me out”.

5. Album of 2009? 

Florence & The Machine with “Lungs”. You may not have heard of her as she’s really underated and doesnt get enough coverage on the video channels (please no more N-Dubz they were SOOOOO last year). She’s great she reminds me of my mums old Tasmin Archer album but much more agressive and alternative.

6. Best live band of 2009?

Little Boots. “Love you Little Boots” to qoute Florence at the brits. She’s great she can sing while walking about a bit and then play her keyboads with two fingers before walking around a bit more. WHAT A TOTAL POPSTAR! Little Boots, Florence, La Roux (even though she’s Butters!)…. This YEAR the girls with their 80’s keyboards and retro-dress sense TRULY took over from all the boys with their old fashioned guitars.

But as far as live festivals go nothing beats watching multi-million selling acts like Kings Of Leon, Coldplay, The Killers, Muse, Artic Monkeys & Green Day.

7. Film of 2009?

“Twilight: New Moon” of course. DUH!


8. TV show of 2009?

The Hills. All the snobs slate it because they are old and jealous of young good looking people and just want to moan that MTV should just show music.. but durr thats what Smash Hits and stuff is for. Durrrrr such a no brainer. No matter what channel it’s on it’s proper tv show about real problems and issues not like stuff that my housemates want to watch like University Challange (I mean REALLY… the stuff they bang on about has NO relevance! Classical music round WTF!)

9. Hero of 2009? 

My dad for bailing me out of debt (AGAIN) after spending mad-bank on drugs & vintage dresses during the festival season.
10. What do you hope to achieve in 2010?

Form an electro band and be Little Boots main sister!

11. Who else is worth looking out for in the coming 12 months?

Pavement. Technically there an old band but they’re getting back together next year and everyone will love them. I got a vintage t-shirt early off ebay before all the Top Shop clones arrive. If it aint vintage its “bin-tage”.

 

12. How will you be spending Christmas?

If he’s got any sense it will be my new boyfriend who’ll be doing all the spending  - right girls! : )

And the End of the Decade Bonus:

13. The Noughties - how was it for you?

 Sigh. It was difficult for me. I did my GCSE’s AND A-Levels, did some traveling. Dated Mr. Wrong (who felt right) AND Mr. Right (who felt wrong). Tried to make it on the burlesque scene but had my illusions shattered when i realised that it wasnt all photo shoots and vintage dresses. But I struggled through… if you listen to Miley Cyrus’ “The Climb” and think of me you’ll probably find it rather emotional. I could right a book about my life… it would be quite easy too what with MySpace, Facebook, Live Journal and Twitter I’ve already documented every single thing and thought I’ve ever done. Copy & Paste job innit LOL.

December 12, 2009

12 Qs of Christmas with Dom from Brontosaurus Chorus and PopArt.

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1. Highlight of 2009?

Buying my own album from HMV Oxford Circus - I’ve wanted to do that for fifteen years. The AWWBLOT?/Brontosaurus Chorus Easter weekend tour and the BC gig in Gouda. The Lousiana video shoot (see below) & single, of which I am hugely proud. Going to see my friends in Melbourne and doing a gig out there with my old band the International Language of Mime.

 
2. Low point of 2009?

The demise of Pocus Whiteface, Subliminal Girls and And What Will Be Left Of Them? was not only a profound loss for PopArt and the Sunday League Indie scene, but on a personal level made me question the validity of still playing in bands when everyone else is having kids etc. And my day job being horrible!

3. PopArt moment of 2009?

Having our albums in the shops. Dave Rees’ epic, Sister Ray-esque 10 minute rendition of Brimful Of Asha at BritPopArt. The PopArt Allstars set at Bowie PopArt was very special, particularly Mr Solo’s version of Modern Love.

4. Single of 2009?

Probably that Julian Casablancas one. Noone is more shocked than I am that it was actually really good.

5. Album of 2009? 

Mariachi El Bronx. Brilliant. They managed to pull off an original album of great songs whilst also staying very true to traditional mariachi music. Also, Dinosaur Jr’s latest rocked my world, yet again.

6. Best live band of 2009?

Art Brut at Indietracks were everything a live band should be.

7. Film of 2009?

Up was amazing.

8. TV show of 2009?
Dollhouse.

9. Hero of 2009?

I had a lot of musical adventures this year and the majority of them were facilitated to Joe Hawley, PopArt’s sound guru, van commander of choice and all round top bloke.

10. What do you hope to achieve in 2010?

I turn 30 in April and I have 2 aims by then: to get a new day job and to have a second Brontosaurus Chorus album recorded. I hope PopArt can have an immense 5th year that sees the label growing and also some great events which culminate in the mother of all birthday parties for PopArt Enterprises.

11. Who else is worth looking out for in the coming 12 months?
The second albums from Lucky Soul & the Indelicates, the debuts from the School and the Bicycle Thieves. And, of course, albums 2, 3 and 4 from Lost Boy Scout! Oh, and Dirty Fingernails, of course. They’re the future of pop music.
 
12. How will you be spending Christmas?
At the inlaws in Devon, drinking real ale.

     

And the End of the Decade Bonus:
     

13. The Noughties  - how was it for you?
I met most of my best friends, went on a lot of adventures, released an album, toured the UK a few times, gigged in Europe, lived in Melbourne for a bit, got 2 university degrees, started 2 great club nights, and met and married the girl of my dreams. On the flipside, I lost my best friend Pete Stevens to cancer, aged just 26. He was the frontman in a wonderful band called The Robot Blues.

 

 

 

 

December 11, 2009

12 Q’s of Christmas with Tamla Tim - PopArt DJ, knight of the round table of the PopArt board, Soul Man, Indie Kid

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1. Highlight of 2009?
Easy.  Getting engaged in Central Park and the rest of our trip to New York.
2. Low point of 2009?
I’ve had to attend another funeral this year, which is never good, but as these things go it was a pretty good celebration of a life lived.
Also, RIP the Astoria and the Metro.
3. PopArt moment of 2009?
Looking back, we’ve done a lot this year; from the monthly nights at The Fly to the all dayers at the Bloomsbury Bowl later in the year and the release of three albums and numerous singles.  I’m going to say the double album launch in May with Brontosaurus Chorus and AWWBLOT? (RIP).  It was a real moment to be proud of how far we’ve come and what we’ve been able to achieve and it’s been an honour to be involved with two amazing bands who otherwise might not have been able to get their first albums out, despite deserving to invade daytime Radio 1.

4. Single of 2009?

My single of the year goes to ‘Odio’ by The Kiarra Elles.  A fantastic slice of razor edged indie pop, instantly classic.  Like everything we released on PopArt, deserves to be assaulting the ears of the population at large.
Honourable mentions to The New Royal Family for ‘The New Royal Family Rules OK’ (handclaps! It’s own dance for the chorus!) and Brontosaurus Chorus for new single ‘Louisiana’ (available FREE on the main PopArt site, pop fans).  Oh and ‘Cradle’ by The Joy Formidable.
Lots of great underground hits then but I feel this year has been missing a real bona fide mainstream pop hit in the mould of a Hey Ya! or a Biology.  I’ll probably think of loads in a minute.
5. Album of 2009? 
Underground: Brontosaurus Chorus - ‘You’ve Created A Monster’
Overground: Yeah Yeah Yeahs – ‘It’s Blitz’
Wombling Free: Mike Batt – ‘Scizophonia/Tarot Suite

 6. Best live band of 2009?
Yeah Yeah Yeahs at Radio City Music Hall in New York.  In America.  Yeah, Cowboy Town.
7. Film of 2009?
A good year for going to the pictures.  I had a great time at Star Trek, Watchmen and The Dark Knight.  But my film of the year was ‘Up’.  Funny, sad, touching, beautiful.  A masterpiece.
8. TV show of 2009?
Having finally got into ‘The Wire’ this year I am loving that show so hard.  Just starting on Season 4.  In terms of shows that were actually on this year I loved the last series of ‘Who Do You Think You Are?’  I’d never watched it before but, whether I liked the celebrity or not, it was never less than fascinating.
9. Hero of 2009?
The people who make those fantastic pastrami sandwiches at Katz’s Deli in New York.  Did I say I went to New York?
10. What do you hope to achieve in 2010?
I’ve really no idea, but I’m excited to find out.
11. Who else is worth looking out for in the coming 12 months?
I’ve really no idea, but I’m excited to find out.
 
12. How will you be spending Christmas?
Future Wife is going to visit her family in Australia, so I’ll be spending a few days at the old ancestral bungalow in Leatherhead and at my brother’s place in Bristol, once again hogging toys intended for my niece and nephew.  Then I will be enjoying a bachelor’s Christmas, sitting around in my pajamas playing computer games and listening to pop records.
 
 
And the End of the Decade Bonus:

 
13. The Noughties  - how was it for you?

It was the best of times, it was the worst of times.  Confusing, exhilarating, exciting.
The 90s were easier, simpler times, probably more because I was in my teens than anything else.  We knew what we liked (‘indie’) and what we didn’t (‘dance’).  We were young.  We ran green.  Kept our teeth nice and clean.  But we were alright.  Mostly the bands we liked were all over the radio and the telly and playing the Astoria and Brixton Academy sized venues, if not bigger.
I felt myself in crisis culturally at the dawn of the new millennium.  I was not taken with the Strokes and the emperor’s new skinny jeans.  What I discovered in the noughties was the true joy of DIY (culturally, not in a ‘Changing Rooms’ sense).  Out of post university malaise, unemployment and a severe want of anything fun to do, myself and my close cohort Frankie asked if we could play some records we liked at our regular pub one Saturday night.  Thus was born our night Up-Town Top-Ranking and the realization that if you didn’t like what was happening you could and should get off your arse and do something about it.  The night would slowly but surely attract other kindred spirits in the shit town where we grew up and students from the local art college who were of similar tastes.  This was how I became acquainted with the wonderful young lady who this year agreed to marry me.  See what happens when you dare to dream a dream?  Step forward How Does It Feel To Be Loved? and Panic! and of course our very own PopArt and the countless amazing, genuinely amazing bands I’ve seen amongst 30 or 40 other people.  All the club nights and a good few of the bands have led, in one way or another, to some halcyon days and hopefully lifelong friendships.
For my money the best bands and gigs and club nights of the noughties have all been forged in similar fires of fandom and a pure desire to make something good and special and worthwhile rather than appeal to some imagined demographic.  This has meant that instead of getting a glimpse of my favourite pop star smoking out of the window round the back of the Astoria, I know a lot of my favourite pop stars.  They’ve stayed at my house, they’ve played at my night, I’m in their liner notes and did handclaps on their album.  They aren’t otherworldly untouchables – they quietly carry a more everyday kind of genius.  They, you, we have achieved truly great things this decade.
Big Brother was shit though.

December 9, 2009

12 Q’s of Christmas with PhoeniX PhiL -PopArt DJ & stuff

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Highlight of 2009?
To quote to Jesus Jones “Right Here Right Now”, I’m sat in my cosy flat that’s taken a year to get to from our previous tiny “drunks and druggies outside” flat. After a year’s worth of secondments and stuff, my job role is now permanent. I’m off to Euro Disney this weekend. It feels a very chrisymassy Christmas and generally all feels good with even better stuff around the corner.
Low point of 2009?
Moving is hell at the best of times and certainly isn’t helped by lying bastardo estate agents and their crippling fees. Lots of other annoying job/money/grown-up admin challenges for Family PXPLCR but we overcome them with style and creativity.
In terms of PopArt, it was annoying to get an 8 out of 10 in a certain magazine only to be turned away in terms of articles and stuff. Also certain venues and events peoples being a bit trixie didn’t help. 2009 was the year of PopArt vs. the great glass ceiling and it was rather annoying.


And it was also sad to see so many of our alumni bands break up (Awwblot? Pocus Whiteface, Sub Girls) definitely the end of an era. All you Smart Kids out there must form bands NOW and write some snappy hits. Dave Rees is running out of people to terrorize.
 

PopArt moment of 2009?
 

PopArt albums getting nice reviews, I’m lead to believe the Bowie Allstars was rather good – I certainly had a blast tearing through Suffragette City with Les Carter. Lots of weird little moments when me and the boys do “duelling banjos” on the decks when it dawns on us that spinning tunes was what started it all off and it’s great that we can still bounce of each other. That sounds totally gaye doesn’t it. Oh well.
 

Single of 2009?
 

Was “Fax of Death” by The Laurel Collective a single? If so, that was the joint sound of my summer. Also surprisingly REALLY liked “Sea Within a Sea” by The Horrors, “Graveyard Girl” by M83 was also lovely. There’s always been a goth element to my work.


 Phoenix Phil

 Album of 2009?

Best year for “enjoyable from start to finish” albums in yonks… The Boss, The Cribs, Kiss, SFAs all put out good uns.
HOWEVER
“It’s Blitz” by The Yeah Yeah Yeahs was SUPERB… they pulled off the incredible feat of making their most adventurous album and their most accessible album at the same time. “Zero”, “Heads Will Roll” and “Hysteric” are irresistible alternative pop while the likes of “Skeleton” and “Runaway” are epically haunted and beautiful.

For those that like spooky, acoustic, string tinged ghostly beauty I urge you to check out the expanded CD version that has “acoustic versions” of several of the songs. The term “acoustic versions” doesn’t do these re-arrangements justice… they are superb and full of imagination… for example the stadium indie lighters aloft song “Little Shadow” is transformed in it’s “acoustic version” into something akin to 66 - 67 Beatles… pounding macca-esque piano backed with deep slightly sinister cellos. AND then get the i-tunes bonus track “Faces” for 79p it’s synthy & poptastic and was the other joint sound of my summer. Brilliant.

Best live band of 2009?
The Yeah Yeahs Yeahs put up one hell of a fight in Brixton the other night and any other year they would have waltzed off with the trophy BUT Bruce Springsteen & the E Street Band in Hyde Park were simply godlike. I heard tales – heck we’ve all heard  tales – about the Boss’ prowess at rocking a field full of people but until you’ve experienced it first hand you don’t know squat. Such was the healing power of the Boss’ rock n’ roll church that it felt like we were in the front row even though we were lurking at the back of the front.

The setlist was superb Laura & I were saying on the way there “god imagine if he opened with “Badlands” followed by Night” and HE DID (with a cheeky starter of “London Calling” no less)! He hardly ever plays “Night”… I’d like to think he was walking behind us and we didn’t realise. Unlikely but I can dream. My fondest memory is standing in a field full of hazily drunk people doing a seemingly made up whoah-oh oh chant to an extended outro of “Out In The Streets”.  My wife Laura bought me the ticket for a birthday present and also got me a very handsome “Born To Run” t-shirt.  Well worth turning 32 for.
 
Film of 2009? 
 

Where to start? The Wrestler was great (if you liked it check out the documentary “Beyond the Mat” it’s where many of the films ideas were lifted). Watchmen may have had it flaws (and it’s Nite Owl doing a Vader “Nooooooo!” scene and it’s 80’s sex scene) but it did as good as it could to try and please all the people most of the time with millions of invested dollars resting like a burden on it’s shoulders. History will be kinder to it. District 9 was a thrill ride. Let The Right One In was spellbindingly odd and enticing. But the biggest surprise was Star Trek… Exciting, funny, well paced and full of great interesting characters… it’s only the film “Phantom Menace” should have been.
 

TV show of 2009? 
 

Hmm let me think. I actually preferred Season 2 of Flight Of The Conchords to the first season. Jermaine trying to sneak out of the Australian Girl’s apartment in a mixture of fear, confusion and panic. It was brilliant.. i’m chuckling thinking about it.  Been catching up on Battlestar Galactica over the past few months (just the last ten episodes to go… no spoilers please).

Was Season 5 of the Wire this year or last year… I’ll put it again as I actually thought it was one the best ones… what of it? Peep Show was ace but that’s a given. The final series of the Shield was INTENSE!
Oh and Rock of Love with Brett Michaels is always enjoyable bur series three was sublime.
 

Hero of 2009? 
 

My wife Laura for her love, support, Spotify sessions and heavenly cooking. Oh and for letting me watch WWE Experience on Sundays without heckling and tutting like most girls would. Big shout to the cat Baby Bandit who’s never ending quests for food, rampant games of Bandit-Ball (kicking a conker about) and general face rubbing antics entertain and inspire me. Ian Watson for giving me & Tamla plenty of opportunities to run rampant at HDiF plus also for his ballsy move of releasing THREE albums in a month (we did two in a month and it almost killed us!) And of the PopArt team who continue to bust their asses to keep the dream alive.
 

What do you hope to achieve in 2010? 
 

Most of the stuff from previous years “What Do You Hope To Achieve” alas. Next year I’m going to focus on one thing at a time instead of trying to do a billion things at once constantly and ultimately going nowhere fast.
 

Who else is worth looking out for in the coming 12 months? 
 

Really not sure, however the band “This Many Boyfriends” really tore up “How Does It Feel presents” a couple of weeks ago with their Art Brut-y/Fall-y/Pavement-y/C-86-y racket
 

How will you be spending Christmas?
 

A little bit here, a little bit there for the first few days and then probably tearing through the final ten episodes of Battlestar Galactica
 

And the End of the Decade Bonus: 
The Noughties  - how was it for you? 
To appreciate the destination you have to understand the journey I guess. On one hand if I think that the 90’s was nearly 20 years ago it fills me with dread that time slips away too fast and I should reserve a plot of land for my pasty body to be buried in (Just kidding… I’m the PhoeniX and thus I HAVE to be cremated for the legacy to go to another). But ultimately looking back over the decade I was shocked how long it was.

My instant thought was the decade started around the time of the Panic Nation back around 2004 BUT there was atleast two maybe three plump seasons of the TV show of my life before that which seem like I was played by a different actor atleast twice.. a bit like Dr.Who but without the budget or kudos. Ultimately the decade was ace for me… I got a lot of things out of my system, saw bucket loads of bands, rock n rolled all nite and partied everyday in The Violet Pad and The Tooting Rooms, hung out with people whose records I listened to growing up, did things that would have seemed impossible in Sittingbourne, meet loads of great people, a few assholes, a few people so bizarre that I swear they were method actors but all great characters and I feel all the richer for knowing them and best of all met my wife and got married totally changing my Phil-osophies on several of fears surrounding love. It’s been brilliant and for me it had a roll credits happy ending. I give it two big thumbs up, a smile and a wink.

December 8, 2009

12 Q’s of Christmas with Jodie Lowther of Brontosaurus Chorus

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Highlight of 2009?

 Getting engaged. That was a bit good.

Low point of 2009?

Shoddy people.

PopArt moment of 2009?

Releasing album on PopArt. That was a big nice.

Single of 2009?

Wild Swans. English Electric Lightning.

Album of 2009?

It’s all been a bit pants in my own highly esteemed personal opinion.
Jodie Brontosaurus Chorus
Best live band of 2009?

Lloyd Grossman.

Film of 2009? 

Tigerman does it all.

TV show of 2009? 

Joodas the Priest and his bananavan.

Hero of 2009? 

Grant Morrison.

What do you hope to achieve in 2010? 

To run the local sausage factory. With the local dogs of the area. Especially Charles.

Who else is worth looking out for in the coming 12 months? 

Dog.

How will you be spending Christmas?

With CD32. 

 And the End of the Decade Bonus: 

The Noughties  - how was it for you? 

Nice.

December 7, 2009

12 Q’s of Christmas - Rory of White Witches

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1. Highlight of 2009? Buying Sulk by the Associates on cassette for 99p about a month ago. Visiting Dennis Severs’ House (18 Folgate Street) for the first time. Seeing Devo play the whole of their first album in Kentish Town. Buying Health’s new album. But mostly - recording White Witches songs for the first time and having them come out great. It’s pathetic! 

2. Low point of 2009?  The slow death of the Astoria. 


 
3. PopArt moment of 2009? 
I really liked the orange pumpkin T-shirt Dom wore when we played PopArt in February. 


4. Single of 2009? Die Slow - Health. 


 
5. Album of 2009?  
Get Color - Health 


6. Best live band of 2009? …Health! It’s the only band I’ve really got into this year that isn’t old stuff. 


7. Film of 2009? The Wrestler. Even though it came out last year. 

 rory white witches
8. TV show of 2009? 

Synth Britannia and BBC4’s Krautrock documentary. 
 
9. Hero of 2009? 

After watching said documentary, I’d say it was the entire generation of German musicians that came of age in the 70s. They all seem very calm and content now… Faust, for instance, still spend their days up in the German mountains hitting cement mixers and recording it! 

10. What do you hope to achieve in 2010? Singles, possibly an album, lots and lots of great shows. 


 11. Who else is worth looking out for in the coming 12 months? Vile Imbeciles’ new album. They’ve always been amazing live but this has potential to be their a classic record… My old Pink Grease buddy Steve produced it and described it to me as Captain Beefheart meets Andre 3000. Or something. 


 
12. How will you be spending Christmas? 
Dancing to Adam and the Ants with my niece… then drinking myself stupid at a table packed with roast stodge. 

  And the End of the Decade Bonus: 

  13. The Noughties  - how was it for you? 

Well, it was my twenties, so a lot happened! Being in Pink Grease was very exciting but we were too weird to make it work. The world changed a bit. The UK and especially London was becoming very smug just before the credit crunch. Now we’re experiencing a hangover from then and from the whole twentieth century.   

December 6, 2009

12 Q’s of Christmas - Pete of Lost Boy Scout, Ex-AWWBLOT

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1. Highlight of 2009?   

After six years of working really hard, it was amazing to finally release AWWBLOT’s album on PopArt! To actually have it there in your hands and know that no-one can ever take it away from you was amazing. Touring with Brontosaurus Chorus was awesome… a huge amount of good times (and tired times) were had by all. Going solo as Lost Boy Scout is something I should list here, but to be honest I still find it too terrifying to really enjoy yet!

After six years of working really hard, it was amazing to finally release AWWBLOT’s album on PopArt! To actually have it there in your hands and know that no-one can ever take it away from you was amazing. Touring with Brontosaurus Chorus was awesome… a huge amount of good times (and tired times) were had by all. Going solo as Lost Boy Scout is something I should list here, but to be honest I still find it too terrifying to really enjoy yet! 

2. Low point of 2009?

Fucking. Everything. Up. 

:oD

3. PopArt moment of 2009?

The performances put in by the All Stars at Bowie-themed all-dayer was something truly special to behold. The performances were incredible!! I wonder if there’s any footage of that?? It’d be a shame if no-one filmed it. 

4. Single of 2009?


Me. I became single in 2009. 
…I used this same joke last year. The fact that I’ve used it two years running has meant a little piece of my heart just died. 

 

 

5. Album of 2009? 
The Dandelion Killers’ ‘Orphans of the Empire’ is really stunning. 

 

6. Best live band of 2009?

The Pop-Art Allstars. I know I’ve already mentioned it but in terms of value for money entertainment for the kids they rule.

 

7. Film of 2009?

Watchmen. I’ve watched it far too many times now and I still can’t get enough massive blue wang.
8. TV show of 2009?
I want to say The Wire but I expect everyone will be saying The Wire… I think I’ll go out on a limb and say The Making of Modern Britain. 
9. Hero of 2009? 

Matthew Pooler (AWWBLOT keyboard player). The man is a rock and without him we’d have all disappeared up our own behinds years ago. It’s only now AWWBLOT has ended that you can see how instrumental he really was to the whole thing… so yeah… that makes him my hero this year because he probably deserved to be it in years past.
10. What do you hope to achieve in 2010?

Recording and hopefully releasing three more solo Lost Boy Scout albums - my brother bet me I couldn’t do four before next August! Plus the return of AWWBLOT splinter group Girls On Film (and the hopeful release of our album!). I’m also hoping to have written and recorded a comedy show by next December - I used to write a lot of comedy and it’s something I want to get back into. If I’ve got time I really ought to try and complete my Masters Degree as well seeing as work are paying for it!!

11. Who else is worth looking out for in the coming 12 months?
I suspect that 2010 will be the year of Zebedy Rays. 

12. How will you be spending Christmas?

Drunk and apologetic.

And the End of the Decade Bonus:

13. The Noughties - how was it for you?

Essentially it’s just been one long party and somehow in the midst of it I managed to achieve everything I ever dreamt of and more… it’s funny though but does anyone feel like we’re now living out of time? We were alright in the 90s because we were at the zenith of the 20th Century. Now we’re at the beginning of the 21st we’re just going to get lost in history. No-one remembers the folks at the beginning of a century. God, I’m depressed. :o D

 

 

December 4, 2009

12 Q’s Christmas with David Barnett of New Royal Family / White Witches

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1. Highlight of 2009?

Taking my mum to the Rhineland for her 60th birthday. My first holiday
in about 7 years.

2. Low point of 2009?

Waking up to find I’d attempted to slash my wrists with a blunt razor
wasn’t good. Still, at least it wasn’t a sharp one.

3. PopArt moment of 2009?

I was lucky enough to play three (or was it four?) PopArt gigs this
year in various guises which were all very enjoyable, but I think the
best would have to be The Man Who Bowled the World complete with a
spaceman and Sue Denim from Robots in Disguise dressed as the clown
from Ashes to Ashes. Dave Rees’s indie bingo always cracks me up too.

4. Single of 2009?

I’ve absolutely no idea. Do people still release singles? I quite
liked that pale lass with the red hair. Is that allowed?

5. Album of 2009?

Charlotte Hatherley’s New Worlds is the only album I bought this year.
So let’s say that one.

 New Royal Family

6. Best live band of 2009?

The Primitives was probably the gig I had most fun at as a punter. A
very pleasant surprise.

7. Film of 2009?

An Education

8. TV show of 2009?

The Thick of It, Peep Show, Question Time. Predictable I know.

9. Hero of 2009?

Paul Guided Missile - particularly for doing his pop quiz live from
the fourth plinth.

10. What do you hope to achieve in 2010?

The New Royal Family will be playing their farewell gig to coincide
with my birthday in February. Should be quite a tear-jerker. My newish
band White Witches have been busy recording with Jason Buckle (the
other half of Relaxed Muscle) so hopefully that will be released in
some form or another. Oh and Keith Top of the Pops’s album should be
out too, featuring cameos by my humble self and a host of indie
glitterati. I’d also like to stop smoking again. It’s been an
emotional year.

11. Who else is worth looking out for in the coming 12 months?

Factory Floor are good.

12. How will you be spending Christmas?

And the End of the Decade Bonus:

13. The Noughties - how was it for you?

Surprisingly it was the year when I disengaged myself from Guy
Debord’s Society of the Spectacle and actually began doing things
rather than passively observing. And the same seems to be true for
many other people. The death of the music industry can only be a good
thing for creativity.

 

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