Radio Clash is probably the longest continuously running music podcast (since Nov 2004). Originally only about mashup culture, but since extended to a live music station and blog, talking about politics, sex, drugs and rock and roll. All posts are probably at least a little bit NSFW, because if it's safe for work, then why post it?
Yes you’ve got it right, they’re closing 10 London Fire Stations, but want to pay loads more money for water cannons, selling it also as a riot fire prevention measure. And hot on the heels of a law trying to stop protest during election year.
Funny thing is, Dave wants to cut red tape (regulations that actually have a real reason to be there, but who cares about safety eh?), but under his guidance the CPS are more than happy to use an obscure vagrancy law from 1824 to prosecute people taking food from a skip near me outside Iceland – the supermarket didn’t want the prosecution either – and thankfully has just been dropped since the supermarket wasn’t happy, and it was all really bad press for everyone concerned.
You cannot make this stuff up anymore, the truth is just, well, too horrifying.
On Tuesday I made my first ever trek to the BBC Proms to listen to silly ukelele music and nearly 1,000 people play Ode to Joy, as you do.
Yes I was at Proms 45 to hear the The Ukelele Orchestra of Great Britain – an 8 piece band, they’ve been going for24 years doing frankly ludicrous and humorous covers on the most unlikely of instruments – the ukelele. I’m sure they in part are responsible for the current UkeTube trend of recording unlikely covers on ukeleles and resurgence of interest in the Ukelele (a 19th century hawaiian instrument, fact fans!) taking it out of the George Formby and into the 21st century.
The set was great, they played the regular set (I bought Live in London #1 and Anarchy in the Ukelele DVD and the Live CD closely matched what they played) – they started with their cover of Anarchy in the UKÂ – strange to hear the whole audience sing along to a Sex Pistols track in the Albert Hall – the aforementioned Ode to Joy where nearly a 1,000 ukeleles (you can do a Where’s Wally on me and John with that pic – hint I’m wearing my Berlin crossing tshirt) brought by the audience played along and they did their excellent covers of Wuthering Heights, Psycho Killer,Â Teenage Dirtbag (loads of blank faces on that one while I was merrily singing along), Pinball Wizard and a great cover of Wagner’s Ride of the Valkyries going into Hawkwind’s Silver Machine which had John in stitches.
Best moments for me were the heckler who shouted ‘Judas!’ after one of the band said ‘We were rather hoping at this juncture to perform a traditional English piece of music…but we’d thought we’d give em a rest in fact do a classic English rock song ‘ (he’d been talking about Black Sabbath earlier so maybe it was also a request LOL) and the part where they played their medleys, which are basically mashups, singing one song on top of another, Humph style – they’ve been doing the ’4 Chords’ thing years before that became an internet sensation.
They were doing Melange (which I’ve posted below) which includes Angels, Sympathy for the Devil, Heroes, You Sexy Thing, Waiting for My Man, If I Was a Carpenter, Hey Jude and others – and the whole Albert Hall started waving their ukeleles lighter-style. It was a wonderful moment.
Shiny new post on a shiny new host, and something that’s been in my torrent download queue for ages – the film Steal This Film II – a great freely downloadable documentary about file sharing, information sharing in cultures (like teaching) and the social and legal issues within and looking at past technologies like the printing press and how a ‘pirate culture’ helped the French Revolution along.
It’s made by and for the people on the side of angels ie. the pirates so you won’t get a totally ‘balanced view’ (which usually means one biased to the mainstream media and corporates) but the MPAA and heads of Hollywood do get their say and their arguments countered. The strongest impression you get from this is how this struggle of information freedom and ‘piracy’ has been going on a very long time and is constantly on going; how the real fear of the major corporates is probably that the audience becomes the creators and cuts them totally out of the loop, and that the file sharing wars are pretty much lost despite setbacks after this film was made (Pirate Bay and the like).
It’s also much better than Steal This Film I which was a bit of a mish-mash (and out of focus in parts – ouch). Apparently they are expanding both bits into a full film, and then going for a release, which I’m hoping is still officially torrented, unlike RiP: A Remix Manifesto‘ which although very professional looking and interesting sadly seems to be going through the age-old Hollywood distributor/release model – requires different release dates for different world areas (apparently I can’t download it cos I’m ‘not in the US’ – DOH – no release dates for the UK either). Given the subject of that film, it is rather ironic – it may be about remix or online culture in the 21st century but that particular medium is most definitely not the message. Maybe it’s because the film is evolving they’re not officially torrenting it (someone else has put up an unnofficial torrent).
Anyway it has Girl Talk in it, in fact so much the whole film is basically a Girl Talk promo, and y’all know how I feel about him. The Brazil bits showing baile funk are really good, and Cory and Lessig are always brilliant, but it pretty much covers the same areas as Steal This Film I and II, but with more flashy animations/production.
It does have this great funny remix at the end pulled from YouTube seemingly uncredited, but I recognised the Eclectic Method logo:
For those wanting to get into the issues around musical remix/cutup I’d rather recommend Sonic Outlaws by Craig Baldwin, which was created about 15 years earlier and covers the same ground sans some of the later ‘Napster/bittorrent’ stuff covered in STF, some of the footage by/of Negativland is used in ‘RiP’! At the very least you then won’t need to look at a naked Greg Gillis…:-P
Anyway I think the model of Steal This Film and Sita Sings the Blues is the future though, torrenting your movie and letting the world see it in a donation model if they like it, or buying copies if they want them. To trot out my old phrase, they get it. They really do. Go support them.