Sunday, 31 October 2010


Yeasayer "ONE" By: Radical Friend from ODDBLOOD on Vimeo.

Interview with US band Yeasayer. Wonder if they'll dress up for Halloween!!

Saturday, 30 October 2010

Happy Halloween!


Friday, 29 October 2010

Cassius - I Love You So

This 'I Love You So' video from French duo Cassius, Philippe Zdar and Hubert Blanc-Francart, is one of the first blatant examples of the global influence of the iPhone. There are no limits. It's no longer just about music. It's about the Apps! Many you can get for free others come with a price-tag but it seems their existence is increasingly becoming more and more relevant.

And judging by this video no one knows this more than Ed Banger and 'I Love You So' video directors We Are From L.A. 

And the video ain't lyin', if you want the Cassius App click here.

It's all about Supply and Demand. Heck Apple didn't have to do a thing! When a brand doesn't even have to lift a finger you know they have brand power! 

Fortunately the Rawkers EP track 'I Love You So', and the video are both entertaining and creative (less is more people, unless you're Kanye West) thus avoiding being overshadowed by Job's iPhone.

Spot the Ed Banger crew in the video!

Thursday, 28 October 2010

New Albums: Brian Eno's 'Small Craft on a Milk Sea' + Bryan Ferry's 'Olympia'

Roxy Music founding members Brian Eno & Bryan Ferry can both lay claim to releasing solo endeavours before the end of 2010. Byran Ferry's Olympia was released on the 25 October while Eno's 'Small Craft on a Milk Sea' will be released a month later. Synonymous with partying and younger models the artwork of Ferry's Olympia is none other than a photo of an overexposed Kate Moss wearing little more than a silk sheet and diamonds.

His album has been slated by the Guardian Online who described it as little more than "background music" and while Brian Eno's 'Small Craft on a Milk Sea' garners a more positive praise it's still short of victorious.

For something a little more enjoyable check out the 1970s video for 'Berlin Horse'. The visuals were created by Malcolm Le Grice while the sound loop was mastered by Brian Eno.

For more great music videos check out Schmooze Blog.

Cecile & Venice

Cécile & Venice "Rimmel" from Leroy Hanghofer on Vimeo.

Cecile & Venice are two Italian producers with a penchant for string synths, 80s electro and a head boppin' beat. Check out 'Rimmel' it's a little more nu-disco than their pervious stuff including Requiem and White Holes. Check 'em out here.

Wednesday, 27 October 2010

The Cure's Robert Smith Joins Crystal Castles

After supporting The Cure at the NME Shockwave Awards Crystal Castles and Robert Smith decided to collaborate. What was born was a remake of the groups 'Not in Love'; a track off their second album.

Crystal Castles are currently on tour in Europe.

Monday, 25 October 2010

RYE RYE feat M.I.A

You may or may not have heard of RYE RYE. The 19-year-old singer/dancer is an M.I.A protegee and 'Sunshine' (feat M.I.A) is the first single from her 2011 album Go! Pop! Bang! RYE RYE also appeared in M.I.A's 2007 Paper Planes. The video was directed by Jess Holzworth.


In case you weren't aware Sade is coming back to the stage MAY OF 2011! She'll be playing Manchester (27/05), Birmingham (28/05) and London (29/05) and tickets have already gone on sale!!!



This guy is goooood! Ghostpoet is from the UK and his EP The Sound of Strangers is out now!

Present: Sufjan Stevens Live

Sufjan Stevens performs 'Delighted People' from his EP of the same name.

Twin Shadow

Twin Shadow 'Slow' (NSFW) from Twin Shadow on Vimeo.

Twin Shadow is George Lewis Jnr. and he's one of the latest signees to Terrible Records. A label founded by Grizzly Bear's Chris Taylor. The debut FORGET was produced by Taylor and scrutinised by George Lewis Jnr., over a period of many months, in his Brooklyn apartment. The end result is something that appears less hifi but is so much more than lofi. It's synth, drum machine, tamborines et al.

And yes, that is indeed Mr Lewis Jnr. appearing in his own pseudo-soft porn vid.

Interview: The Hundred in the Hands

The Hundred in the Hands are not another boy / girl duo from Brooklyn. Ok well literally they are but it's the stigma attached to it that they're not too interested in. And for good reason!


Baths - Lovely Bloodflow

Lovely Bloodflow from BATHS on Vimeo.

Baths is one man band Will Wiesenfeld from California. He'll be embarking on his Euro tour on 7 Nov starting at the UK's Forum. Think Coco Rosie meets Gold Panda!
Listen & buy his debut Cerulean here.

We'll be hearing him in Berlin on 22 Nov.

LEVIS PARTY - Free Kelis Gig

Untitled from Jasmine Fool on Vimeo.

It's not the best quality. Phone videos never are. Whadda ya want from me?!? Here is some footage from Berlin's Levis party at Maria Ostbahnhof. Never really thought Kelis would be a good performer but boy was I wrong. And damn she is looking good post-baby.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti Play Berlin

Geneva Jacuzzi + Ariel Pink in Berlin

Sunday, 24 October 2010

Dr Martens 50th + Flats + The Black Lips + Mazes

2010 marked the 50th year of Dr. Martens and on the 1 April the eponymous shoe brand celebrated with their customers in mind. 

For that one day, and in no way of an April Fools' joke, London's Covent Garden store was selling pairs of Dr. Martens for a mere £50.

To continue the party Dr. Martens are throwing a free party in association with Vice Presents.

And on 29 October The Blacks Lips, Mazes, Flats, French Kissing, Sexbeat (Dj) & This is Music (Dj) have been summoned to help out.

For free entry register for tickets at Viceland.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - Secret London Gig

Since moving to Berlin my ears have been pretty busy. From of Montreal, Shout Out Louds, Someone Still Loves You Boris Yeltsin et al. it's been crazy awesome. Though it wasn't until Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti show that my mind was really blow into a million psyched out pieces.

Ariel Pink in Berlin from Jasmine Fool on Vimeo.

What a performer. I mean the guy totally puts on a show. Dude ain't even that weird. Meeting him before the show I was surprised to see him during. He acted completely disabled. Was it just the music taking over? Was it involuntary reactions? Or just all of the above? Who the hell cares. All I know is that those baggy long johns had way too much extra room. It was definitely 'wang-ten' up at the front row.

Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti - "Bright Lit Blue Skies" from on Vimeo.

To cut to the chase. Ariel + band are making their way over to London to perform a secret show at CATCH bar on 2 Nov at 7pm. Tickets are only £5 and there are no advance tickets!!! GET THERE EARLY.

Definitely in my top 5 shows. Hopefully Geneva Jacuzzi will be gracing the stage prior to her bf's stage time. Geneva was originally in Ariel Pink's Haunted Graffiti before he had to kick her out for being tardy. In our interview she confirmed that this was anything but a hindrance to their relationship.

Geneva Jacuzzi interview pending.

Check the Facebook page for details!

Or if you are in Australia Ariel Pink will be performing on 10 Feb 2011 for a whopping $45. EXTORTION. 

Ariel Pink Crowd Surfs in Berlin from Jasmine Fool on Vimeo.

Footage from their Berlin show.

M.I.A Preforms at the Scream Awards

M.I.A preforms at Spike TVs Scream Awards.

Thursday, 21 October 2010

Le Le - Breakfast

This French collective known as LE LE have got the beats down. The above song Breakfast is mind blowing and the visuals are thanks to Dutch skateboarder, artist, illustrator and all-round entrepreneur Parra.

The Suzan - Produced by Peter Bjorn

The Suzan is a Japanese/US girl group that worked on their debut with none other than Swede Peter Bjorn from Peter Bjorn and John. Not bad. Not band at all. You can definitely hear PB&J vibes in song 'Home'.

Diplo - Mini doco

Really nicely put together mini-doco of DIPLO. Directed by WING-YEE WU.

Wesley Pentz - Straight Shooter sans the BS.

Wednesday, 20 October 2010

Is Tropical

Sometimes HYPE works as a deterrent. It was not until I interviewed Is Tropical's Simon Milner, that I realised just how worthy these East London lads were.

They really are the Crystal Fighter protegees.

Interview: Ruby Suns

Interview with Ryan McPhun from The Ruby Suns. Check out the whole interview here.

Tuesday, 19 October 2010

Shout Out Louds - Fall Harder

Shout Out Louds - Fall Hard from Thomas Saurén on Vimeo.

Swedish band Shout Out Loud are currently on their European tour promoting third album 'WORK'. The title is meant to represent an embracing of the thing they love and less appear a begrudging statement. This time around the band decided they wanted to strip away a lot of the dramatic sound they had in sophomore 'Our Ill Will' and as a result they decided to work with producer Phil Ek (Fleet Foxes, Band of Horses, The Shins). Their last two records were produced by Peter Bjorn and John's Björn Yttling, though for 'Work' they were very adament about working with a non-Swedish producer.

Today I'll be interviewing the Stolkholm band prior to their show in Berlin.

Here's a mini-doco about the process of creating 'WORK'

Shout Out Louds "At Work" from Ted Malmros on Vimeo.

Check out the rest of their tour dates.

Monday, 18 October 2010

Best Coast - Boyfriend New Video

Best Coast - Boyfriend video premieres!

Kanye West's New Album Cover Banned

This is the artwork for the impending 'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' by Kanye West. 

After being told the album would be banned from being sold at Wal-mart he retaliated with: “In all honesty. I really don’t be thinking about Wal-Mart when I make my music or album covers".

The cover was illustrated by artist George Condo, who also created the cover for single, Power.

'My Beautiful Dark Twisted Fantasy' will be released on 22 Nov.

Source: Popcrunch.

Interview: Silver Columns

Check out the whole interview with SILVER COLUMNS (Hot Chip comradery to boot) over here.

Saturday, 16 October 2010

Wax Poetics Mix Series by DJ JIN

This is a snippet of what DJ Jin did for the latest in the Wax Poetics mix series. Watta mix! Definitely be purchasing this one!

Wax Poetics is a hip hop mag based in Brooklyn. Check it!

Brodinski X Busy P Haunted Mansion Remix


HARD Haunted Mansion 2010 Official Mix by Busy P & Brodinski by HARD

And Brodinski's Dance Chart October 2010 here.

Check out my Brodinski July interview here.

Holy Fuck - Red Lights


This is the single from Holy Fuck's newest album Latin. Wicked song. Mind Blowing vid. Gotta love the Canadian quartet's ambient sounds!

Friday, 15 October 2010

Guns 'N' Roses - Secret Dingwalls Show - CANCELLED!

Dingwalls secret Guns 'N' Roses gig has been cancelled due to reasons unknown :(

Interview: Wild Beasts

Interview with bassist Tom Flemming from Kendal band WILD BEASTS. Their music may woo you their own lyrics off stage may not.."We have to be the best kind of fantasy we can be!" 
Check the whole interview here.


Seriously don't know where I'd be without my friends and their amazing posts on Facebook and Twitter. This mix is by my friend Julien Artur. It's a whole bag of goodies with Flying Lotus, Jimmy Edgar, Scuba and Joy Orbison!


Guns 'N' Roses - Secret Dingwalls Show - London

Rumours are rife over a secret Guns 'N' Roses show at Camden's Dingwalls tonight! Unfortunately nothing can be confirmed but you might kick yourself if you don't head down there tonight!
The band are in London after playing last night at the 02 Arena.


Alec is from Ithaca, NY and makes up all of BALAM ACAB. Since Alec could be either a male or female name I'm not going to assume either is correct. Instead I will direct you to the above video. Not only is the music amazing but so are the visuals. Sort of Devendra Banhart vibe going on!

Thursday, 14 October 2010

The Levi's Curve Attack Tour FEAT. KELIS!

Levi's are traveling throughout Germany (first Berin, Hamburg, Munich, Vienna and then Zurich) and throwing parties here and there and EVERYWHERE. Special guests including Mark Ronson, Kelis and rising start Natalia Kills.

Can't wait to see Kelis. If she doesn't do the Milkshake song I probably won't be very happy which in turn will lead to a lot of other people's (likely to be those nearest) unhappiness.

Tickets are still available from Ticketmaster.

Kelis-Milkshake from serkan kalender on Vimeo.

HERPES - Not for the Weak

Check out this awesome German punk-pop-electro outfit HERPES. They're doin' a mini tour of Germany so if you're in one of the following cities listed on their Myspace go stand up front and give them their due respect. They'll be playing at Berlin's White Trash Fast Food on the evening of October 15.

See you there.

White Car - Not everything that comes out of Chicago, Illinois sounds like Sufjan.

Lovin' WHITE CAR especially their tune NO BETTER it seriously reminisces back to Weird Science days. The duo are from Chicago, Illinois and sound nothing like Sufjan Stevens!

Embryo Live in Berlin 13 October

Due to an unknown illness Beat Konducta MADLIB was unable to make it to his Berlin show but that didn't stop Berlin support act EMBRYO from throwing a party for the release of their album (a whopping 3o euro) at Monarch. It was a great crowd and the collective played for at least 2.5 hours.

Great night!

Wednesday, 13 October 2010


Due to a serious 'unknown' illness MADLIB will not be performing in Berlin tonight. Those who have bought tickets can get their money back from the ticket seller.

Click here for more information.

Tuesday, 12 October 2010

Interview: Kisses

Interview with girlfriend-boyfriend band KISSES about gas bills BUT not about John Hughes. Click here for interview.

Monday, 11 October 2010

Klaxons at Village Underground - London

This was actually quite a few months ago but it is no less relevant. The Klaxons premiere their new album 'Surfing the Void' and crack out the classics. The picture quality doesn't even have to be good to appreciate this one!
Review here.

Kate Tempest Waxes Lyrical - Slaughtered Lamb

Wow. You'll never see or hear a lady who can spit lyrics like this one. Kate Tempest is a pure bred Londoner. Her words are meaningful and relevant all the while backed by the resounding bass and the tinkering drums. Here she is playing with her band The Sound of Rum. Their album is coming out imminently on Sunday Best. Interview coming soon!

of Montreal play Berlin

Avant-garde pop collective of Montreal graced the stage of Berlin's Admiralspalast Studios for a fun fueled 1.5 hour music session with dance, theatre and costumes to boot! Your eyes and ears stood to attention as Kevin Barnes bounced across the stage; kissing pigs (or those dressed like pigs) and screaming soprano into the mic. Prior to the gig I interviewed the frontman and founder about his 10th release 'False Priest' and got an insight into his intentions to create an album (co-produced by Jon Brion - of Kanye West fame-) channeling r'n'b, rapper-esque tendencies. The self-proclaimed 'downer' is probably one of the most introverted artists I've ever interviewed. Known for his outlandish and hedonistic stage performances, you definitely wouldn't think so. Click here to see one of his most outlandish and shocking 'costume changes'. NSFW.

Thursday, 7 October 2010

Who Made Who Play Berlin

Danish band Who Made Who are set to play Berlin's Ritter Butze Thursday 07 October. They've been around since 2003 and cite their turning point that day at 2007'S Benicassim when they acted as a last minute replacement for no-show band The Klaxons.

Their second album 'The Plot' was released in 2009 and "Keep Me On My Plane" is off the 13-track album!

Interview up shortly!

Wednesday, 6 October 2010

Le Cool London - Maps & Atlases Cargo Ticket Giveaway

Maps & Atlases are a 4-piece band from Chicago and they'll be gracing Cargo's Stage on 12 October. Think Sufjan Stevens, Kings Of Leon (but better) et al.

For free tickets email me. Get the email from the write-up!

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Interview: Dutch Uncle

Interview with Mancurian band Dutch Uncles! Click here for the full interview.

Gonjasufi - Candylane

Gonjasufi's debut album "A Sufi & a Killer" was co-produced by Gaslamp Killer and Flying Lotus. It showcases the Cali-based songwriter and artist's unorthodox vocals, which sound gruff-like, raw and harsh. The 19-track record is an eclectic sound that marries bleeps, squelches and static. But my god does it work!

Tuesday, 5 October 2010

Interview: Fedde Le Grand

Fedde Le Grand Interview for

Apparently he's not the man-bot that multiplies in 'Put Your Hands Up' music video.

Click here for the full interview.

Dave Sitek & Maximum Balloon

Where does TV On The Radio's Dave Sitek get the time? I mean seriously. His finger prints are everywhere - the boy don't stop! The super producer has worked with everyone in the music industry from the Yeah Yeah Yeahs, Liars and even lesbian duo Telepathe. Well Maximum Balloon is his new project that was released at the beginning of September. For this album the NY producer decided to move to sunny LA where'd he'd gather a bevy of bands and musicians - 10 to be exact - in order to create this collaborative effort. Apparently it was a natural move; after enlisting the help of artist Aku Aku on song 'Tiger' Sitek decided the other nine tracks should hold the some steez. Et voila Maximum Balloon was born.
Artists include Talking Head's David Byrne, YYY's Karen O (of course), Theophilus London and Swedish hot property Little Dragon.

Hipster Runoff Gets the Goods on Indie Touring & the Dosh Made

I have no idea how trustworthy this information is but it's interesting none the less. Vampire Weekend make more money than B-Beyonce? Hell no? You'd have never have thought, right?

The information has come directly from sarcastic meme-site Hipster Runoff. Verifiable info? Hmm.

Definite conversation starter, anyway.

Herbie Hancock in Heidelberg, Germany

Jazz maestro HERBIE HANCOCK is one of the many talented musicians on Heidelberg's "Enjoy Jazz' lineup and he'll be preforming on 18/11/2010. Tickets start at 40E and are almost sold out !!!
Tickets here.
Can't wait for WATERMELON MAN!

DJ Jazzy Jeff Summertime Mixtape

DJ Jazzy Jeff x Mick Boogie – Summertime The Mixtape by Hypetrak

P-P-PRESENT! DJ JAZZY JEFF gets the vibez goin'.

Berlin - MADLIB Show!!

As much as Berlin is all about the minimal scene (hello Watergate & Panorama) the Deutschland capital also fosters a great hip hop vibe! 

Not surprising, really, considering how laid back the city is.

Come 13 October 2010 producer and hip hop extraordinaire MADLIB (he's worked with all the greats including Mos Def) will be gracing the stage of venue Festaal Kreuzberg. Tix ain't cheap but you can be sure it'll be a night that transcends time and space. HELL YEA!

Get tickets here.

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