Wednesday, 22 July 2009

Brian Eno's 'Apollo' in Concert

Imax Cinema
London Science Museum
Arranged by Jun Lee
Performed by Icebreaker and B.J. Cole

On Monday, Brian Eno's album 'Apollo: Atmospheres and Soundtracks' was performed live in concert for the first time. Korean composer Jun Lee arranged the work so that it could be performed by the amplified ensemble Icebreaker and pedal steel guitarist B.J. Cole.

The event took place in the London Science Museum's Imax cinema to mark the 40th anniversary of Apollo 11 landing on the moon. The music was accompanied by footage from Al Reinert's 1989 film 'For All Mankind'.

Brian Eno was present to introduce the event and was signing autographs afterwards. I was lucky enough to be able to attend and managed to record these videos:

Sunday, 19 July 2009

Shogun Assassin

Another film from 1980, 'Shogun Assassin' tells the story of Lone Wolf, a great samurai warrior whose wife is murdered by the Shogun's ninja spies. Taking his young son with him, the samurai goes on a mission to avenge his wife's death. This film was extensively sampled on GZA's 'Liquid Swords', one of my favourite hip hop albums.

Thursday, 16 July 2009

Nine Inch Nails in Manchester

Manchester M.E.N. Arena
Wave Goodbye Tour
Support from Mew and Jane's Addiction

01. Somewhat Damaged
02. Terrible Lie
03. Heresy
04. March Of The Pigs
05. Piggy
06. Metal
07. The Becoming
08. I'm Afraid Of Americans
09. Burn
10. Gave Up
11. La Mer
12. The Fragile
13. Gone, Still
14. The Way Out Is Through
15. Wish
16. Survivalism
17. Suck
18. The Day The World Went Away
19. The Hand That Feeds
20. Head Like A Hole
21. Hurt.

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Linked videos by diluteduk. Thank you.

Sunday, 12 July 2009

Radio On

I first saw this film some years ago at the Tyneside Cinema and really enjoyed it, and now some thoughtful person has uploaded the whole film to Youtube in 10 parts.
Directed by Christopher Petit and co-produced by Wim Wenders, 'Radio On' is a British road movie from 1980. The superb soundtrack features Kraftwerk, David Bowie, Robert Fripp, Devo, Wreckless Eric and more. The protagonist, Robert, drives from Camden to Bristol to investigate the death of his brother, but the film is really more about the people he meets and the things he sees on the way. 'Why [do] the English always want to live by the sea?' Robert's German friend asks. 'They always think it's going to be better than it is', he replies.

Star and Shadow Gig

On Wednesday, I went to see four bands play at the Star and Shadow Cinema in Battlefield. The bands were (in order of appearance): Onoma, Jazzfinger, Dragging An Ox Through Water (above) and Jackie-O Motherfucker. I really enjoyed Jazzfinger's drone, but the highlight of the night for me was definitely Dragging An Ox Through Water. Good show overall, enhanced by £2 pints of Wolf ale.

Monday, 6 July 2009


I recently used to publish a collection of my own photographs. It turned out nicely and the quality is really very good. It wasn't cheap, but not quite as expensive as you might think.

Saturday, 4 July 2009

Barry Lyndon

I hadn't seen this film before buying the Kubrick boxset, but I highly recommend it.

Wednesday, 1 July 2009

Svarte Greiner - 'Kappe'

Tonight I got the new album by Svarte Greiner and it's incredible. The previous album 'Knive' was a creepy and atmospheric venture into 'acoustic doom', but this album is even darker and more haunting. 'Kappe' is less fragmented: it has a more sustained, droney feel than its predecessor. Highly recommended.

Svarte Greiner - Kappe
01. Tunnel Of Love
02. Where Am I?
03. Candle Light Dinner Actress
04. Last Light.