Sunday, April 30, 2006

new schengen CD 'the Beijing of our career' is released

schengen release their new, and debut album this week and it's a great feeling to have done so. It can be purchased at makeminemusic (see links opposite). The alternative press release appears below because it's too amusing not to be published. Thanks Scott.

Schengen are Bontempi fetishists Ian and Nick. Both have paid their dues within the music industry, Ian being a founder member of Kajagoogoo and Nick half of Eurovision hopefuls Bardo. They met by chance through their day jobs, as dancers on the Brother Beyond tour, where they discovered a mutual love of Einsturzende Neubauten and crisps. "The Beijing of our Career" is Schengen's first full-length release. "We would have recorded a full-length album before," Nick explains, "but we never had enough coins for the meter and kept running out of power". Recorded by candlelight, the album follows on from EPs on Roisin International and some French label. The new album moves into new territory for the band and recalls both the dark, swirling majesty of Bros' sophomore album and the emotional intensity of "Martika's Kitchen". Imagine the hair of Howard Jones on the body of Aled Jones and you'd be nowhere near.

"The Beijing of our Career" will be promoted with a campaign of abstinence. Nick will be appearing in a series of pubs across the Bristol area, whilst Ian will be finishing his new collection of short stories entitled "I Know I'm Here Somewhere".

gaye bykers on acid shirt. I was tempted

Probably my favorite gaye bykers on acid shirt ever made was on eBay this week. I have a pink version of 'girl byker' bought back in the day, but I was tempted to get a her yellow compatriot. If it was 'boy byker'..well.. I would have definitely bid. This shirt went for over £20 I think.

dblue Glitch goes beta and free

I discovered this VST about three weeks back while it was in its previous v1.2.x demo incarnation and immediately loved using it. Now the latest version is out and its developer has decided to make it free (and call it a day on its development). Staggeringly versatile, this latest version includes better sound quality and improved GLITCH (along with a lovely rainbow GUI in my opinion). Absolutely fantastic VST to add something different to your loops and joins an ever growing list of free VSTs I like. PLUG OVER.

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  • Sunday, April 23, 2006

    fledgling laptop music site

    This site has been around for a few months but I think they lost a lot of their postings for some technial reason. Be good to see the forum grow as there aren't that many sites dedicated to laptops and creating music (strangely enough).

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  • Tuesday, April 11, 2006

    music for spaces

    well i've started a new review forum for the purpose of gettiing some top tip-offs and recommendations from people for new ambient, experimental and electronic music. A place to hear about new and exciting music, maybe at the point of its creation, hot off the press and worthy of a (deep) listen.
    worth a slog of my time to have a bit of fun and see if I can get to hear some new sounds.
    it's here:
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  • Well here we go on my new blog thing. Good start the text is in whirte and I can't see what I'm typing.