25 Feb 2010

Best Movie Soundtracks: Pt5


Best movie soundtracks: Pt4

Miles Davis pretty much improvised the body of the score with Barney Wilen on tenor sax, Ren√© Urtreger on piano, Pierre Michelot on bass and drums by Ken Clarke. I recommend the reissued CD over the vinyl as you get a lot of outtakes. (This is what Eddie Izzard refers to as ‘sexychoons’.)

19 Feb 2010


AVC:Who do you think will carry on the torch of funk?
There’re no young bands. Most of us have been around a while, but most of the hip-hop and rappers have bands now that are really pretty funky. Eminem, even though we’ve known him for years, when he was 14 or 15, Mystikal - he was getting ready to be the shit. Then you got some funky groups like Chili Peppers.

 Though they’re like some R&B acts: When you get a few hits, you end up on the pop side of it. They could easily flip it. They have that kind of mentality. Then you’ve got a lot of metal-punk bands that’re really, really funky. Tool and groups like that. That’s some funky shit. They be playing with time and like jazz, but it’s straight off the punk-rock scene.

17 Feb 2010

Quote of the day:

...I think that things are poetic when they don't have a boundary. Without rules. My life is poetic. It is better to live in a world of poetic meaning rather than hardcore reality.
Mark Gonzales.

Nothing is true

''Nothing is true until it makes you laugh, but you don’t really understand it until it makes you cry.''

So with that in mind, thanks again Pixar. I mean seriously. This is an instant favourite and an instant classic. No surprise there.

12 Feb 2010

5 Feb 2010

I met this bloke...

Wow. I’ve been writing this blog for like 2 years and haven’t posted any Pete and Dud entries. What a moron. Considering the reason I started channelzero prose was to share all of my influences, and background on how my tiny brain came to be in the state it is today – I should’ve done this waaaay before now.

I can’t emphasise enough, how big a part of my youth these 2 were. Sitting in my room with my friend Craig and knowing every album verbatim. They’re like one of the foundations of my mentality. Maybe I discovered them at a key moment of imprint vulnerability or something... It’s this more respectable incarnation above that most people will know them. But this is the real genius:


Amber Benson Rocks

I may actually put that on a T-shirt: 'Amber Benson Rocks'. It'll be a good way to filter out all the uncool people.

Anyone that comes up and says 'Hey nice shirt!' would automatically be in the cool club. In the meantime, go and read her blog. I have no idea why it's taken me this long to link up to her page. She writes a bunch of cool stuff and 'has her fingers in a lot of pies', as they say. On top of all that - she's Amber Benson.

4 Feb 2010

3 Feb 2010

Definitive Jux

I once got a very short email from DJ Big Wiz. Not name dropping I swear, it’s just that when someone you respect takes the time to write and say thanks to you - a kind of no one (in my case, for a review of an Aesop Rock gig) it confirms the feeling you had for that person was the right one. And it means you know you’re on the right team. With that in mind, this from EL-P @ definitivejux.net:

People keep asking me what's up with JUX. There's been some talk, there have been some rumors. Some half true, some way off. Reports of our demise have been mildly exaggerated. Here's what it really all boils down to.

This year, a decade after starting DEF JUX and after overseeing the releases of some incredible albums including the forthcoming release of my dear late and great friend Camu Tao's brilliant "KING OF HEARTS" LP, I'm stepping away from my duties as artistic director for the label to concentrate on what I love most: being a producer and an artist full time. This is something I've been contemplating for a few years now, and can't think of a better time or, with the eventual release of Camu's record, a more poetic way to transition into a new direction... READ MORE

So it seems the current incarnation of Definitve Jux as a record label is about to put on ‘hiatus’.

Jux had a lot of haters over the years and personally I have no idea why. Even if their music and the many artists they signed weren’t your particular brand of vodka – you couldn’t front on the sincerity and ambition inherent in the Def Jux family.

Now I’m sure a whole bunch of articles about this are going to be shat out online and in the music press by ‘professional journalists’. So instead of documenting a chronological nostalgia trip of the last 10 years (starting at Rawkus and ending in a totally surreal public debate between Cage and Vaste Aire for example) I thought I’d just show my respects the old fashioned (and lazy) way – by posting some good old music video highlights from what was/is undoubtedly one of, if not the most relevant and influential independent record label since Sub-Pop.

Now there are too many clips to post here, so it’s just a selection – and the Risky Business vid is tagged on because A: I have love for Murs, and B: It may be the cheapest video I’ve ever seen!


Howard Zinn, the Boston University historian and political activist who was an early opponent of US involvement in Vietnam and whose books, such as "A People's History of the United States," inspired young and old to rethink the way textbooks present the American experience, died today in Santa Monica, Calif, where he was traveling. He was 87.

"He's made an amazing contribution to American intellectual and moral culture," Noam Chomsky, the left-wing activist and MIT professor, said. "He's changed the conscience of America in a highly constructive way. I really can't think of anyone I can compare him to in this respect."

Suicide Girls Must Die

I’m not sure if you know about the Suicide Girls (of course you do, you’re not a fucking retard). 
But this is released on March 12th.

2 Feb 2010

If you don't have a willy, you're not allowed in.

Title references an old Robert Anton Wilson bit about the vatican being a Patriarchal organisation. Aaaanyway...

Pope Benedict XVI has condemned British equality legislation for running contrary to "natural law" as he confirmed his first visit to the UK later this year.

In a letter addressed to the Catholic bishops of England and Wales, the pope criticised UK legislation for creating "limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs".

It is thought his comments relate to laws that came in last year preventing adoption agencies from discriminating against gay couples and also Harriet Harman's equality bill, currently going through parliament.

In his letter the pope said: "The effect of some of the legislation designed to achieve this goal has been to impose unjust limitations on the freedom of religious communities to act in accordance with their beliefs. In some respects it actually violates the natural law upon which the equality of all human beings is grounded and by which it is guaranteed."

Oh by the way, did you know that in 2005 former President Bush decided to give the Pope immunity in any legal cases involving child abuse by priests in the United States? Hahhaa haha ha ha hahaaa!

That tickles me. Here’s another: In 2005, the Pope listed several ways to combat the spread of HIV, including chastity, fidelity in marriage and anti-poverty efforts; he also rejected the use of condoms. Um, What? Oh you can explain – I apologise, go ahead...

In March 2009, the Pope stated: "I would say that this problem of AIDS cannot be overcome merely with money, necessary though it is. If there is no human dimension, if Africans do not help, the problem cannot be overcome by the distribution of prophylactics: on the contrary, they increase it.’’
Oh, ok cool – no, wait... that’s... what?


1 Feb 2010


You start the day with
January faces
That are ended before the day starts
Cracked glass
The criminal Chinese
The Government taking your pay
Being bailed out by a parent when
You are one
Is this a new low
Or a new high