Archive for July, 2008

rotating ears

Posted in rotating ears on July 26, 2008 by bonharris

Here comes our boy JC again. There’s no stopping him now. He seems to be gripped by some special kind of groove-fever. Here’s his picks for this week.

M83 – ‘Kim & Jessie’ – Nice bit of French electronica, chilled but not shit!
 
The Cock n Bull Kid – ‘On My Own Again‘ – Female solo artist from London, her Glastonbury performance earned rave reviews. Soulful and beaty, good stuff and plenty more to come I feel.
 
Port O’Brien – ‘I Woke Up Today’ – From Oakland, CA. Can’t help but smile when I hear this song.
 
ZX Spectrum Orchestra – You just have to check these guys out. Heard the set they did at Sonar on Rob Da Bank’s excellent Radio 1 show.
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The Charlatans – ‘Mis-takes‘ – Bit hit and miss for me but I absolutely love this tune. Back on form me thinks.
 

nitzer ebb update

Posted in preTea on July 23, 2008 by bonharris

During the recent Ebb euro travels, there were many questions (and rumours) regarding the progress of Ebb projects. Here’s the situation as of this morning.

The New Album:

Production is basically complete. There’s a couple of small items to finalise on two or three songs, but it’s basically there. Flood has voiced his desire to mix it, as always with Himself there is a question of availability. September is looking good for Flood right now. In the meantime, John O has been mixing as we complete work on songs.  We’ll have to see how the schedule works out.

The New Record Label:

We are still in negotiation with various interested parties. Some very promising offers, and more coming in daily. Contrary to several rumours we have not signed with anyone as yet.

The Documentary:

The documentary has been a bit delayed, for various reasons. We are meeting potential collaborators in the LA area to continue, and complete this project. 

Release Date:

It seems reasonable to expect that the Album and Documentary will be complete before the end of 2008. Release date to follow as soon as schedule permits.

That’s the situation as it stands right now. More news as it happens.

Cheers

 BH

morning sketch#1

Posted in preTea on July 22, 2008 by bonharris

An ideal morning for me, when I can get it, starts early, with silence, a cup of tea, and a sketch, in that order. LA is conducive to that, the morning sun is gorgeous. Here’s the first of several that stayed with me.

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rotating ears

Posted in rotating ears on July 20, 2008 by bonharris

The Boy has been at it again. Whilst I, (dressed as Mark “Rollerball” Rocco), attempt to prevent The CrudGods, (dressed as Martin “Giant Haystacks” Ruane), from holding my shoulders to the canvas for more than a theatrical three count. Young JC has been huntin’, spinnin’ and groovin’ fit to bust his Chuck Taylors.

The Boy be moving to this:

Chemical Brothers – ‘Midnight Madness’ – They just seem to get better and better. Another belting tune.
 
Fight Like Apes – ‘Lend Me Your Face’ – Brilliant at Glasto, they just seem edgier and more interesting than a lot of indie thats out there at the moment. Worth checking out.
 
The Hold Steady – ‘Sequestered In Memphis’ – An awesome band, the whole album is class. One of the best rock and roll bands around right now.”
Nice one JC.
Cheers for that.
BH

this is bollocks, this is.

Posted in preTea on July 20, 2008 by bonharris

This is truly bollocks. Despite being positively Disneyesque in my Chipmunk-ishly robust approach to carpe-ing the bleedin’ shytte out of the sodding deim, the Gods of Travel Crud are having none of it. They are attempting the old “naysay/cockblock/smackdown” combo at every turn, the rotters!

Well, two can play at that game. I’ll see yer NCS combo, and raise yer! Sort THAT out CrudGods!

Tired now.

Must sleep.

More soon

BH

on the ground

Posted in on the ground on July 17, 2008 by bonharris

Being, like, incredibly old, incredibly busy, and living incredibly in LA, I don’t get much of a chance to check out the festival scene in Europe these days, (unless I happen to be performing – or not – as the case may be). I decided it would be favourite to enlist a steadfast Young Lion Of Rock to go have a snout and report back. Who better than our very own JC? Armed only with a fistful of Euros and some beer, loins duly girded, he waded in. Here’s what he saw and heard.

Glastonbury 2008

“This year felt very much like make-or-break for Glastonbury. This was the first time in a decade that the festival hadn’t sold out within two hours. There has been much debate as to why, had people just had enough of the mud? Is there simply too much competition now? Is it really because Jay-Z was headlining? One thing was for sure, this had to be a good one.
 
And it was, it really was. Apart from a couple of showers on Thursday evening, it stayed dry for the entire five days, which just makes the world of difference. This was my fourth visit and most enjoyable, definitely the best atmosphere I’ve experienced at a festival.
 
OK so what about the music?
 
Kings Of Leon rocked it for me headlining the Pyramid stage on Friday. Doubts had been raised as to whether they were strong enough to headline, but it was obvious straight away that they were. They didn’t put a foot wrong, they just nailed it. Personal highlights were ‘On Call’, ‘California Waiting’ and ‘Charmer’ which all sounded anthemic, a perfect way to end the first day.
 
Earlier in the day, Vampire Weekend were equally impressive. Their reputation has grown and grown over the last few months and they didn’t disappoint. ‘Oxford Comma’ and ‘A-Punk’ already sound like classics. They seem to have a fresh sound and are surely one of the best new bands to emerge this year.
 
Curiosity drew me, and doubtless countless others, to see Jay-Z’s set on the Saturday. Love him or hate him, if you were there you had to take your hat off to him, he played it so well. Before he came on they played the infamous clip of Noel Gallagher saying ”hip-hop has no place at Glastonbury. I’m sorry but Jay-Z? No way”. The Jigga man then came onstage to ‘Wonderwall’ and the crowd sang along with him. It was only going to go one way after that! I’m not really a big fan of his music, but ‘Big Pimpin’ and ’99 Problems’ sounded good at the time, and the general concensus seems to be that he nailed it. Some are even proclaiming him as the saviour of the festival, one feels that’s going a bit OTT but he sure silenced a few critics.
 
Other acts enjoyed by myself included Hot Chip, who were joined onstage by Wiley for a cover of ‘Wearing My Rolex’. Simian Mobile Disco killed it in the dance tent, as you would expect. Isosceles and Fight Like Apes were two outstanding acts I managed to catch on the ‘BBC: Introducing’ stage, I’ve heard plenty of positve reviews about both bands, surely destined for big things.
 
So that was Glastonbury 2008. It’s impossible to see everyone you planned to, my strategy now is to pick the main bands I want to see and then play the rest by ear. It is hard to review Glastonbury, you have to be there really to take in what is a truly unique vibe which just isn’t present at other festivals, and there’s so much to it, the music is really just part of the experience.
 
The God’s smiled on Michael Eavis this time. I would put money on it selling out within a few hours next year. It’s still the king. Roll on 2009!”
 JC

off the road

Posted in preTea on July 16, 2008 by bonharris

Back from Ebb Euro travel with a touch of post flight crud. More details soon. For now it’s off to the beach for some recovery in the surf.

More soon

BH