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FWFamily110414 “The party at the end of the world”: Interview with Fat White Family

Almost all the ink that has been spilled over Fat White Family trots out how these “sick” and “troubled” boys “crawled out of the squats of South London – an apparent Wild West at the end of the Victoria line – and on to the stage.

But such trite labels seem insufficient for the band FACT interviewed in the cavernous attic above the stage on which they were about to play a wild sold-out show at the Electrowerkz club.

Though the Fat Whites do shout, spit, use fascist and communist imagery and play shows for the most part unattired – and often surrounded by pigs’ heads on sticks – they are also responsible for some of the most refreshingly provocative guitar music Britain has heard for a long while.

“Instead of talking about what the music is all about, they’ll bang on about aesthetics, how we do drugs, how we’re crazy, how we sweat a lot,” explains frontman Lias Saoudi in an Ayrshire lilt. “It’s kind of silly. If we’re the scariest band out there at the moment, it’s a truly tame time.”

Their debut album Champagne Holocaust sat freely-available online for almost a year before generating attention when Ben Wallers of the Country Teasers started making noise about them and the album made The Quietus’ number-five album of 2013.

Its 11 tracks jump between stripped-down blues (‘Wet Hot Beef‘) that recalls slower Birthday Party songs, unhinged Americana (Heaven on Earth) of the Butthole Surfers ilk, and huge unhinged football-terrace style incantations (Special Ape). They sing portentous songs about who killed JFK’s assassin, the hanged Wales football-captain Gary Speed, or life through the eyes of a paedophile (“but a kind of sexy paedophile”, Lias clarifies).

FatWhiteFamily110414 212x300 “The party at the end of the world”: Interview with Fat White FamilyIn a politically consensualist age, when major labels’ A&R departments are taking safer and safer bets with tighter and tighter budgets, Fat White Family’s music and on-stage melodrama can’t help but excite.

The day Thatcher died, the band were immortalised on the front of The Independent newspaper, sat in the window of their squat above a Brixton pub holding a placard reading ‘The Witch is Dead’. On another occasion they occupied a south-London branch of Foxtons estate agents, baring a luminous-pink flag that read ‘Yuppies Out’. Another read: ‘Homes for all!’.

“Because of our approach to these things, it’s always going be tongue-in-cheek. We’re never going to take one side totally,” explains Lias. “We’ve been slated by the Left for not talking the causes seriously enough and from the Right for obvious reasons.  So we’ve just become these idiots walking around South London without a pot to piss in singing songs about bombing Disneyland.”

Fat White Family are Thatcher’s grandchildren – the sons and daughters of Thatcher’s children. They are have-nots who are pissed off at being flat broke and at what they see as a stultifying corporatisation to modern life. To many in 21st century Britain, the days of overtly political music are over, but not for Lias and his co-songwriter Saul Adamczewski, who is an admirer of 1990s post-punk outfit The Make-Up for their mischievous and iconoclastic use of religion and politics.

“I don’t see how anything isn’t political. Having a cup of tea is political,” Lias says “I try and use things I creatively or aesthetically in a situationist philosophy so people can draw whatever you want from it. We’re not telling people what to think, were just trying to ask questions and open up a debate.”

Situationism was an artistic and also a political revolutionary theory that grew out of the Parisian avant-garde of the post-war years that aimed to wake people up using spectacles – or in the Fat White’s case, gigs – and liberate them with direct human experiences.

While Lias is wont to intellectualise Fat White Family, Saul sees his outfit in more nihilistic terms.

“I love the idea of revolutionary madness,” he says, grinning widely to reveal a gaping hole where his incisor once was. “I don’t think there is any salvation. I think we can agree on one thing and that is everything is doomed. It’s like the party at the end of the world. There’s fuck all left to do. We’re just rejoicing before the curtain comes down.”

Twitter: @a_merat

 “The party at the end of the world”: Interview with Fat White Family

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Andy has reviewed the new Future Islands album for The Talkhouse. It seems that he likes it! Read the review here. 

The album is available to buy here if you are convinced by Andy’s review.

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It often feels like only a few weeks ago that I first started working on Red Dwarf.
As this picture of the cast taken at a recent convention shows, I am merely experiencing a fluctuation in the time/space continuum. 
‘We’re not even getting old, we are old, man’ is the quote I remember from Mr Charles on seeing this picture.
Old but quite enjoying it. 

 Time Dilation

Various members of the Red Dwarf cast (myself at all these) are appearing at:

Wrexham Comic Con

MCM Comic Con London

MCM Comic Con Belfast

MCM Comic Con Manchester


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54dfc9a225391f474d7536bbb137c350 pc Unbelievable! Korg Announces New ARP Odyssey. NOT April Fool Prank!

Tokyo, Japan – February 17, 2014 – KORG INC. is proud to announce that a faithful recreation of the legendary 1970s analog synthesiser, the ARP Odyssey, is being developed by Korg for release later in 2014.

The ARP Odyssey was released in 1972 by ARP Instruments, Inc. and quickly became famous for its unique rich sound and innovative performance controls. It was a staple for many recording and performing musicians worldwide and was used on countless hit records over many years. The Odyssey was one of the highlights of the ARP company and became a long selling product. With slight updates and improvements it was sold through to 1981.

Korg is also proud to welcome Mr David Friend as our chief advisor on the Odyssey. David Friend established ARP Instruments, Inc. along with Alan Robert Pearlman and is a past president of ARP Instruments, Inc. He was also the lead designer of the original Odyssey in addition to designing or co-designing many other products.

After ARP, Mr Friend became a successful technology entrepreneur. In 2010, he was named Ernst & Young Entrepreneur of the Year in the Emerging Technology category for the New England Region, he has been a lecturer at MIT’s Sloan School of Management and is now Chairman & CEO of Carbonite, Inc. He has been a trustee of the New England Conservatory and Berklee College of Music.

In the last few years, KORG INC. has released several top selling analog synthesizers such as the monotrons series, the monotribe, the volca series and the hugely successful MS-20 mini, a faithful fully analog recreation of the 1978 MS-20. With Korg’s technology capabilities and planning ability for analog synthesizers, and in collaboration with David Friend, we believe the legendary ARP Odyssey will become a “must have” for an all new generation of music makers.

The ARP Odyssey is scheduled for release in September 2014.

- See more at: http://www.korg.com/us/news/2014/0217/#sthash.35nEWPrP.3tGeEA9s.dpuf

 

 

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I’m selling my (barely used) Korg Monotribe and Monotron Duo.

They’re listed on eBay (end around 9pm on Saturday), and also Amazon UK.

Each machine has only been used a handful of times and come with all original packaging and manual etc. They even have batteries!

Korg Monotribe on eBay Im Selling Some Bits.. Korg Monotribe and Monotron Duo.. (Links Corrected) - Korg Monotron Duo on Amazon Im Selling Some Bits.. Korg Monotribe and Monotron Duo.. (Links Corrected)

Korg Monotron Duo on eBay Im Selling Some Bits.. Korg Monotribe and Monotron Duo.. (Links Corrected) - Korg Monotron Duo on Amazon Im Selling Some Bits.. Korg Monotribe and Monotron Duo.. (Links Corrected)

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Muta020414 Forgotten Classics: Leo Anibaldi’s Muta

Forgotten Classics is a new weekly feature where we ask FACT contributors and noted diggers from across the spectrum to pick an obscure gem that they think has been unfairly brushed under the carpet and explain why it’s worthy of re-appraisal. This week:


Leo Anibaldi
Muta
(ACV, 1993)

Picked by: Mordant Music founder and curator of the curious Baron Mordant.


BaronMordant020414 Forgotten Classics: Leo Anibaldi’s Muta

Leo Anibaldi is hardly an obscure figure in the techno/electronica realm, but his ACV LP Muta from 1993 is, I opine, not only an overlooked gilt-edged classic, but musically the sound of a place like The Overlook Hotel itself…

I first imbibed this LP a few years after its release while reading Autumn of the Patriarch by Gabriel Garcia Marquez – thinking they’d make the right kind of imperfect coupling with neither one in tandem imposing too heavily on the other…they duetted for many months – the tome eventually took a decade to finish in fits & starts but from the outset Muta has remained a consistent staple in the Mordant Nesst…

I wasn’t a fervent follower of labels like ACV at the time & remember generally reading that era like an intermittent Blind Pew latching onto only a handful of LPs here & there…Muta was the first Anibaldi record I’d heard, and it totally satisfied my murky electronic leanings – it’s as much a suite for the decay of derelict structures as it is a contextual mood-changer while squashing foodstuffs in Lidl…If You’re Into It, I’m Out Of It by Christophe De Babalon has a similar gait…

The album itself is presented as two distinct stylistic halves, and it’s the first half that has prompted this outburst of square quilling…there’s a quality to both the poise of the music & the detuned artwork that’s not quite right, but which ends up being its strength & allure…in truth the album, particularly the gatefold artwork, has a fair deal in common with Italian progressive rock, & the suite of untitled tracks, particularly on Disc One, could effortlessly score any Argento flick – perhaps not quite out-Goblining Goblin, but there’s a brooding malevolence in the overall mood that spews techno-prog entrails across the canvas…

Track four, the LP’s apogee, certainly suits Marquez’s descriptive brilliance – think David (via Gary) Gilmour’s desiccated guitar fronds shredding velvet curtains in the billiard room as roaming cows chew on the remaining baize…there’s also, in spirit at least, a connection with sports casual Industrial druid Maurizio Bianchi – an imagined feeling of enforced claustrophobia that probably isn’t borne out in either’s working practices but suits this listener’s personal vista …there’s both a meticulous & dextrous feel to the programming, which is as tight as a tourniquet,  aswell as a cold sweat warmth to the mood like the feverish nausea that being ill in warm climes induces…

The LP exhibits an exotic palette of vintage analogue sediment – this is how I hear it & what it conjures up in the greyscale library: a pair of herniated bellows, the insistent circuitry of a locked video-game, the tightest flanged hats in Rome, spectral whistles from ransacked battlefields, distended FM voices asking for more time, searing percussive Aphexisms, drums running on the spot & the sound of empty entrance halls & vestibules the world o’er…

The second disc finally finds the baccarat party in full swing as the rusticated faces of all participants get tuned to perfection – in truth it’s a little nondescript compared to the first disc, but nevertheless the LP remains a stunning paean to overstretched opulence & detuned lakeside villas hired out as archival storage dumps…a maze in grace…BM

Mordant Music’s website is here.

 Forgotten Classics: Leo Anibaldi’s Muta

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You couldn’t make this stuff up, could you?
Sweet manufacturer Chupa Chups are giving away REAL gems hidden in their lollipop wrappers..
Don’t believe me? have a look at the official press release, below..


PRESS RELEASE
 

Chupa Chups releases limited edition

precious stone lollipops into worldwide distribution

 Milan, April Ist, 2014 – The next time you open up a Chupa Chups lollipop, it could well be an emerald, sapphire or ruby stone worth hundreds of thousands of dollars.

 Chupa Chups, the world’s most loved lollipop announced today that it has released a series of extremely limited edition, 50-carat precious stone lollipops into its worldwide distribution.

 The limited edition lollipops  - made of entirely of emerald, ruby, sapphire, diamond and giant black pearl – all shaped and priced as an original Chupa Chups – have been distributed randomly across the world as part of a marketing campaign to surprise and delight customers everywhere.

 Chupa Chups has released a total of 1 of each of these gemstone lollipops into their worldwide distribution.

 At a press conference held at holding company Perfetti Van Melle headquarters in Milan, Italy,

Chupa Chups Chief Marketing Officer, Marco DiPaulo confirmed that the campaign began a month ago, and has already created overwhelming excitement in Argentina where the first gemstone lollipop has been discovered.

 “You may ask why Chupa Chups has decided to do this. Well, just imagine if the next person who happens to be lucky enough to uncover a precious gem stone is you,” Mr. DiPaulo said.

 The campaign is expected to run for as long as until all precious gemstone lollipops are uncovered.

 

There, it’s official! Here’s what to look out for:

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Seriously, they are giving away Rubies, Sapphires and Emeralds. (no diamonds, though – cheapskates.. icon sad Sweet Manufacturer Gives Away Gems In Lollipop Wrappers )

Right – I’m off to the local 24hr supermarket. You never know.

NerveJam

 

OMD | Dazzle Ship in Liverpool

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Following the news that a Dazzle Ship is to be recreated for Liverpool Biennial, Orchestral Manoeuvres in the Dark are talking with National Museums Liverpool about the band being involved in some way. Stay tuned for an announcement soon.

OMD | Charity Auction

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We’re pleased to support the auction of some very rare OMD items in aid of a charity expedition to Malawi in June. By bidding on these items you will be supporting Molly Dore’s expedition to work in hospitals and open a new orphanage.

Here are the items on eBay:

Our System 7" Test Pressing

Sister Marie Says 7" Test Pressing

English Electric tin boxset – signed