Rich Ashby

Pure class

Friday, April 27th, 2012 at 3:48 pm

Purity Ring

I’ve blogged before about the general wonderousness of Purity Ring. 

Their latest single is well up to their usual high standards and offers typically off kilter dream pop; all mysteriously murmured vocals, esoteric lyrics and hooks. The cavernous bass sounds excellent through a decent sub-woofer so remember to play loud. Get it now as a free download from their website.

It’s great to see that the long-awaited debut album Shrines will be out on 24 July and is being released by indie legends 4AD. They were always a classic label who had the coolest music, and best design so that seems like a perfect fit. The equally exciting Grimes is a label mate and  having been at the forefront of the best indie (Pixies, Mountain Goats, etc) they are cornering the market in experimental dance music.


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Buried treasures

Wednesday, February 29th, 2012 at 8:30 pm

There’s plenty of outstanding reviews around of Burial’s latest Kindred EP and you should believe every word of them. It’s a stunning piece of work and takes dubstep off into exciting new directions.

It’s sad that the mainstream perception of the genre is horrible nonsense like Skrillex whereas Burial consistently delivers complex, emotionally resonant music that makes demands of the listener and rewards your attention.

Buy it now from our favourite legal online music store and support interesting music.

Totally Enormous Extinct Dinosaurs new release Tapes & Money is another excellent release from the Oxford wunderkind. Saw him play live recently in Leeds and it was a terrific show full of energy and personality. The glitter cannon was a great addition too and galvanized the capacity crowd moved into action under a haze of dry ice and strobe lights. Anyhow here’s an exclusive SoundCloud mix:

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It’s tough at the top for Don Draper and Darth Vader

Wednesday, February 8th, 2012 at 5:17 pm

sterling cooper vader price from Dann Matthews on Vimeo.

Madison Avenue lothario Don Draper and super villain Darth Vader may initially seem to have little in common, but look a little closer and the similarities between both men are startling.

Lack of a Father figure
Draper’s back story is murky and his Father is a distant and mercurial figure.

Anakin lacks a traditional male role model, and despite Qui-Gon Jinn’s best efforts does go a bit off the rails to put it mildly.

Struggling to adapt to the modern world
The growth of Feminism and the beat generation are both sources of tension for the male chauvinistic Draper.

Vader is an advocate of top down management and doesn’t seem to realise that destroying Alderaan isn’t going to win you any friends in the long term.

Masters of reinvention
Draper stole the identity of a deceased Korean war colleague to become a slick and polished corporate executive.

Vader took a more radical route and had himself completely rebuilt after a bit of a skirmish with Obi-Wan Kenobi. Extreme makeover Sith style.

Winning friends and influencing people
All Draper needs to win a new pitch is a belt of Scotch and a few notes.

If things aren’t going his way Vader deploys the force grip. Certainly gets his point across in interminable meetings.

Both have a secret weapon
For Draper it’s his Kodak Carousel projector.

Vader prefers the Death Star.

Both are near the top of their organisation but are stymied by an intransigent boss
Roger Sterling blocks Draper’s progress at every turn.

Emperor Palpatine makes it fairly clear he’s calling the shots to Vader. I mean ‘what is they bidding my master?’ Really? That’s a tribunal waiting to happen…

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