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Wednesday, 28 December 2011

Lists

I've been featured on Stage Fright Publicity's 'Best of 2011' list, in the singles category. Twice. Beat that, everybody else. Oh wait, Factory Floor are also featured twice. Never mind, then.

Read the list (which includes John Maus, S.C.U.M and my friends from TOY) in full, click here.

Tuesday, 27 December 2011

Hate

A late Christmas present in the form of a new demo video; this is a song called "Hate".



Apologies for the lack of posts recently, I wish I'd been busy over the Christmas period but I've actually just been incredibly lazy. Much more to come over the next few weeks, I'll keep you updated. More footage, more demos, more live appearances. All good things.

Saturday, 17 December 2011

New single from Zoetrope

Noisy girl trio Zoetrope are giving away their first release for free. It's called "Demons" and it's cool, it reminds me of Effi Briest when they were actually releasing good records. Listen below.




The girls play tomorrow at a "secret" location in Stoke Newington (it's on Belfast Road) and will be selling, uh, Zoetrope knickers as well as records and confectionery from 2PM. Don't miss out.

Friday, 16 December 2011

Christopher Hitchens (1949-2011)

Christopher Hitchens
April 13th, 1949 – December 16th, 2011

Those of you who have been reading my blog since the beginning of this year or before will know that, earlier on this year, I started to take a keen interest in the writings of certain thinkers, philosophers and polemicists. Christopher Hitchens, who today died of oesophageal cancer, was one such man.

He was the anti-theist attack dog of the 'Four Horseman of New Atheism', a group that also consisted of eminent scientists Richard Dawkins, Sam Harris and Daniel Dennett. Hitchens pulled no punches with the 2007 polemic God Is Not Great: How Religion Poisons Everything. His most controversial and sought-after book demonstrated that religion and faith-based beliefs are in no way a force for good and posited that we should instead turn to reason and science to better understand the world in which we live. Other notable works (amongst a wide range of books on various subjects) include The Portable Atheist, a book of quotations from free-thinkers; The Missionary Position, an excoriating attack on Mother Teresa and Letters to a Young Contrarian.  
Hitchens was also a prolific debater. In a high profile public event in 2009, he and Stephen Fry debated with politician Anne Widdecombe and Archbishop John Onaiyekan on the motion, "Is the Catholic Church a force for good in the world?" Later remarking that he and Fry "left [their opponents] for dead", Hitchens went in, all guns blazing, to defend reason and scientific enquiry in the face of mass ignorance and the church's totalitarian oppression.




At a time when my reason and intellect were in a bitter struggle with my faith (since dispensed with), Hitchens' writing offered me hope; he was not peddling easy answers to unanswerable questions, but his words helped me to understand the nature of evidence and the value of scepticism, for which I will always be in his debt. In October of this year, to a crowd of unbelievers, Hitchens said:

"We have the same job we have always had: to say that there are no final solutions; there is no absolute truth; there is no supreme leader; there is no totalitarian solution that says if you would just give up your freedom of inquiry, if you would just give up, if you would simply abandon your critical faculties, the world of idiotic bliss can be yours."

Christopher Hitchens was, and will remain, an inspiration to those of us who read and immensely enjoyed his works. He will be remembered and missed for years to come.

Wednesday, 14 December 2011

Around the Blogs

More about me and the new single at Music Pickings this week. I read that it's a European blog by two anonymous Germans: one from Hamburg, one from Berlin.

Read, leave comments, repost.

If you run a blog of your own, send me an email and tell me about it, especially if it's about music. I always want to see who's writing what, about who. 

Monday, 12 December 2011

Ultra Brit

I've been written about in Spanish, which is a first, on a blog called Ultra Brit, an Argentinian-based blog concerning British artists only.

The full article is here, below is a rough translation courtesy of the slightly iffy Google Translate:

"Ultra Brit introduces you to a young talent that is the big bet of Genesis Recordings.

Joseph Coward is a young 19 year old Londoner who already has two singles in the music industry. With a clear voice and a dark but personal, is the first artist released on the new label by Tim Burgess, lead singer of The Charlatans.

The first single, "Jesus Christ / Worry Wart" produced by Burgess, consists of Joseph's voice, his guitar and drums. According to the presentation page makes him the label, "His singing captures the elements of Arthur Russell, with lyrical eloquence of Morrissey. His lyrics are full of biblical images that try to explore the self in a hostile world. The routine, boredom, difficult relationships and the confusion of youth are common themes in their composition. "

The second single is comprised of the songs "If You Want To Get Going, Get Talking (To Me) / The End Of The World Is Coming" and left, like the first, in a limited edition vinyl 7 "and digital format for download from the web itself or O Genesis. In the words of Joseph, expressed in his blog, "
I'm excited to have another record out. The idea of people buying my music is kind of a kick."

Tim Burgess's support this new talent, producer and editor, seems to be total. Last Friday, presented together in an event at Central Station Wrexham."


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Thursday, 8 December 2011

Wednesday, 7 December 2011

Comic Book Me

I have recently been rendered in cartoon form - at least, my name has (I remain hidden in my private helicopter) - by Aiden Smith of Proof Spirit, an online gallery and host to comic strip Tim Peaks, a fictionalised version of the life of my friend Tim Burgess and his "metaphorical, metaphysical" café. Perhaps we should lobby Mr Smith for a comic exclusively about yours truly...


Sunday, 4 December 2011

Flats Are Back

A bunch of screaming lunatics, better known to their audience as the punk group Flats, are preparing to unleash their debut album. The LP, entitled Better Living is due for release in April 2012, just pipped to the post by the lead single, "Foxtrot/Tango". It will blow your brains off.

 FOXTROT / TANGO by flatsofcourse