Monday, 27 April 2009

How




How do people earn a living off such rubbish self-promotion like this?

More importantly, how do they overcome the social stigma of dragging advertising as crap as this around our city streets?

Vicariously?

Vivify?

Pfft!

On the plus-side, don't you just love how this photo came out? Loving this iPhone!

In the spirit of completeness...

... I thought I should also probably blog about the other video floating around for another track off Tiga's Ciao!, namely Mind Dimension.



This was the first track to "leak" from the album and it succeeded admirably in helping me form a very bad impression of what Ciao! might actually become. So successful in fact that I almost didn't want the album to come out lest it destroy my affection for Tiga's work. The song lacks all the cheeky pop and filthy electro of his more loved tracks and remixes, instead opting for the obscurely relentless. Is this what house music was like in the 80s and 90s?

Unlike Shoes, this video doesn't improve one's appreciation of the song. The only thing that does seem to rescue the song is the age old practice known as The Repeat Listen.

Give it a go.

What's that sound? I like that sound. I love that sound.




Tiga's been killing it for so long he seems almost like the old guard of electronic music. His remixes have been floating around long enough that most people should at least know who he is. It seems odd then that his latest album, Ciao!, should only be his second album (or third if you count his DJ Kicks mix).

As much as this year has become a great year for music, Ciao! stands out among the rest of the long-awaited releases thus far. So much more accessible than Sexor. So very cheeky. So very hot. So very Tiga.

The first single off the album is Shoes, and if I was honest I'd have to say I really didn't like this song when I first heard it. The lyrics are ridiculous and the rhythms just absurd. It sounds like a joke. Thankfully, it wasn't long until the video below was released and like an epiphany on a musical road to Damascus (a great city to visit if you get the chance) the song suddenly made sense.



I mean, what isn't there to like about the song after watching that? The half-naked drummer boy? The father figure rocking that whole Mastroianni-meets-Mr Rogers aesthetic? The model with the fugly teeth? I love it. I love it all.

And this sentiment mirrors how I feel about Ciao!. The songs aren't deep and meaningful. They don't bring about zen-like revelations of eternal truths. What they do do is bring a smile to the face, a shimmy to the waist and a tapping to the feet. I've heard that a number of the tracks just kill live, and rightly so.

For a taste of the album and some insights to the songs from Tiga and Gonzalez (as well as some ridiculously funny commentary between the two of them), you should head over here and grab the podcast he put together. It's a good'un.

The one shame about Tiga, and I can't help but take this to heart, is that he really hates blogs. So much so, his label PIAS Recordings has a hard-line attitude to anyone posting any tracks even remotely linked to Tiga. Original and remixes of his tracks have had some fairly hard-out takedown notices thrown against a lot of people that thought they'd share them with the rest of us. I'll still buy his album and still really like the man's work, but he doesn't make it easy for a blogger to do so.

Sunday, 26 April 2009

Awash in the water of life




Gin is far and away my favourite drop. Enjoyed with a splash of indian tonic water and wedge of rubbed cucumber, it never fails to satisfy. Well... so long as it is made by my own hand, that is.

Far too often a night at a bar or club has been ruined by the bartender either serving up sub-standard gin or getting the proportions all wrong. Either way, I've reached a point where I'm better off just drinking beer for the sole reason that it is difficult to go wrong with beer.

Thankfully, a few friends of mine come back from overseas with a bottle of my favourite drop, so the financial constraints suffered by others can more easily be overcome.

It seems however that not even my own privileged circumstances are enough to get me to London for a unique event by Bompas & Parr known as Alcoholic Architecture. Gin & tonic mist? Negro, please. I know I'm not the only one that would kill for some of that.

So... where am I going with all this?

I'd really like a gin, but I don't have any mixer and I'm far away from the point of desperation to drink it straight.

Wednesday, 22 April 2009

2 minutes and 36 seconds




This is hands down the perfect ad for Wellington. If none of this or very little of this makes sense to you, take that as an indication you really should come here.

I'm looking at a few people in that regard, and certainly one more than others.

Hat-tip to the ever-reliable Fluro for the video.

Tuesday, 21 April 2009

Ceci n'est pas boeuf




Ladies and gentlemen, this meat is from a cow but I'd struggle to call it beef. I struggle to call it beef because to do so would give the impression these four steaks were even remotely as disappointing as the beef you might otherwise buy from the supermarket or butcher.

No.

This... this is wagyu. 2kg of full-blood wagyu scotch fillet, to be precise. I don't want to describe this as the god of meats, but it is pretty fucking good. It also has this habit of usually tasting rather incredible.

The picture above was the remnants of the last lot of wagyu (we get it in 2kg blocks) so it's a good thing I have 4kg of the stuff arriving soon.

Can't. Wait.

Bullshit




It is a lot colder than 6 degrees right now.

Weather this cold makes a man asexual.

Permanently.

Monday, 20 April 2009

Girl & The Robot




... is probably my favourite song of the year thus far and here we have Royksopp appearing live on some euro music show with Robyn. Sure it sounds like a backing track, but it still sounds damn good.

Junior has proved to be an album that was definitely worth waiting for, with some solid tracks and fairly giddy rhythms. That said, I do miss the more sombre awesomeness of The Understanding and Melody AM, but I'm happy to wait for Senior's rumoured afterthought to the more upbeat Junior (I'll believe it when I see it or leaked tracks from the album on the blogosphere).

Hat-tip to Blair for the vid.