Tuesday, September 30, 2008

Music videos from Iceland that aren't Sigur Ros or Bjork Week - Johan Johannsson

Got bored sitting in the glacial watchtower so headed in to Siglufjordur today. Not much goin' on here except a long queue outside the Glitnir bank in the main square. As this seemed to be the main social gathering I joined the queue and asked the concerned depositors if there was a song I could play on Detritus TV that would quell their fears. They said there was was no such song but that they would like to hear anyway Johan Johannsson. In fairness to this tense procession I think they picked the right song for today.


This song recommended also : http://ie.youtube.com/watch?v=-hFlsR_y2t4&feature=related

Monday, September 29, 2008

Music Videos from Iceland that aren't Sigur Ros or Bjork Week - Mum

Its rainin' its sunny, its rainin' heavy and then a wee bit sunny. Detritus TV cant stand this indecisive weather so we headed north from this isle and the first place we met was Iceland. The weather here is dependable, good old fashioned cold, all the time. We're staying in a place called Siglufjordur (and no its not a joke name)in a converted glacier watchtower. I was looking around today for music videos but all I could get from the locals were clips of penguins and Sigur Ros and Bjork. I told them thats no good we need new, exciting and different videos for Detritus TV so heres what they returned with. First up Mum.


Saturday, September 27, 2008

Portishead - The Rip

Really pleased to see a video accompaniment for this song. Sometimes tracks appear on an album that are so good they hamper my appreciation for the rest of record, the reason being that I keep replaying that one song and that was certainly the case with the Rip and the Third album.



Friday, September 26, 2008

Juana Molina - Un Día

This is either the cheapest video ever produced or some home made job by an internet fan. Either way it's pretty terrible, but it still does nothing to sully the opening tune off Juana Molina's new album, which is brilliant, lush, folkish sonic jabberwocky. Molina used to regularly appear on an Argentinian sketch comedy show before making music, so she'd be the equivalent of say, Paul Tylak, who appeared in the terrible Irish sketch series Stew, if he went on to forge an interesting musical career beyond his terrible comedy stylings. Big if.

Silver Medalist

Thursday, September 25, 2008

Bob Log III - Daddy Log's Drive-In

Bluesy swamp rock with songs titled "My shit is perfect" and "The Fastest Song in the World" played by a guy in a fighter pilot helmet - That'd be Bob Log III. I saw him last night and its a great show, a one man band, great tunes, coerced audience participation and attempts at drinking through the Daft Punk like visage. Some suitably blurry photos from last night above and video below. YEAH!!! as Mr Log would say.


Tuesday, September 23, 2008

The Fall - Reformation

We seem to play a lot of the Fall around here but that's not really a problem because they're great. I was out fishing today and it was fantastic - like an episode of Fishing with John but without the quips or the fish. My fishing buddy suggested i check out this vid which is, once again, a testament to the genius of Mark E Smith. Here he seems to be the owner/occupier of an establishment called Fall Motel. Imagine staying there? He'd keep coming into your room at different stages of the night, changing your air condition settings, fiddling with your alarm clock, and spouting doggerel. Book me in for a week. Oh and all band members seen here were fired during the shoot for dancing too nervously.

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Electrelane - In Berlin

Of course quality music is the most important element for any band but there is also the matter of being cool. I think when a band has in the past actively attempted to nurture an image of cool its fair game to point out when any semblance of this rather nebulous concept has all but evaporated. Look at the above photo (a publicity shot for their very unwanted and needless new album) - that is Primal Scream a band who have no doubt traded on this cool concept. In this photo it is fair to say they look ridiculous, Mani in a cheap M&S suit, some guy in a German military outfit and a feckin' beret, two Mr Anonymous's dressed to confirm that description and Sideshow Bob's emo brother.

Heres the fallen Electrelane a band who will never end up looking like the above Scream.


Monday, September 22, 2008

Absentee - Bitchstealer

I saw an interview with Morissey a while back and he said that music videos are simply an unnecessary marketing tool that bear little if any relationship to the song. This may well be the case but sometimes a great synergy arises between the two and it just works as a whole. For proof of this check out this video by Absentee who remind me of a popier version of Scottish arch-miserabilists Arab Strap.


Sunday, September 21, 2008

Lytz- 3 days a week

There's something about animal costume videos that seems to always work, and they prob cost next to nothin to make. Heres a fine addition to the genre and its a great tune that should have us all ambling with a brisk step into the week ahead. Also added bonus photograph of one of the members of Detritus TV. Not sure if its an animal costume but it looks like some kind of creature in a soldier uniform. Suggestions as to what it is are welcome.


Saturday, September 20, 2008

Honey Boy Martin - Dreader Than Dread

We at Detritus TV resiliently weathered the financial storm this week and thankfully didnt need a bailout by the US Federal Reserve unlike I'm sure many of our less stable rivals. To celebrate our existence its time for a song to capitalise on this positive sentiment and i'm sure it'll drive our share price even higher.


Friday, September 19, 2008

Beleagured Financiers Friday!

Hey city boys we know your world been tipped on it's arse, but it's the weekend so forget about you fiscal concerns and get fucked on champagne and hookers like you normally do. Just take the budget option - buy your shit in Lidl like everyone else. There's a world of choice there. And for the rest of the weekend just watch golf and Conan O'Brien on MSNBC, and don't worry about the markets until monday. Shur it's only imaginary money anyways. Here's little boots with a filthy tune. The video doesn't moove so you'll have to shake your head around the get it animated. And bonus! She's looking at you with those bedroom eyes. (ie. she's in her bedroom).

Silver Medalist.

Thursday, September 18, 2008

Aphex Twin - Avril 14th

My second post this week for beleaguered financiers, who i think are an important demographic for Detritus TV and they probably need more songs like this. You've noticed the post is Aphex Twin, well fear not that is a bleep core riot instead its a plonky, quietly effective piano piece.


Wednesday, September 17, 2008

Sally Shapiro - Jackie Jackie

Your one who sings in Sally Shapiro - let's call her 'Sally' for arguments sake - is so shy about letting her fairycake timbre out of her voice box that she will only record it if she is cowering in a studio on her own, hidden in a hermetically sealed burlap sack. It keeps in the freshness i guess, and also helps retain that angels-tickling-your-eardrum-with-a-featherduster sonic purity. But really, they'll never win the Eurovision with that attitude.

Silver Medalist

Rex The Dog - I can see you, Can you see me?

When you have a blog that has very few viewers one of the good things about it is that you can rant negatively about groups that most people like. Today is the turn of Soulwax. Soulwax seems to have been around for an increasingly annoying long length of time and because people keep waffling about them I have learned by osmosis a lot of unnecessary facts. They are from Belgium. They have a generic stodge rock indie band and they also DJ. Crikey! therein the genius lies they have a band and DJ! The reason I think i dislike them so much is because of a mix cd they released a few years ago that was everywhere and featured techno mixed with Dolly Parton etc. When music becomes like Carry On it is just wrong, ask Bentley Rhythm Ace. Nowadays they have fans that talk in hushed reverence of their greatness. For example I was at a Kraftwerk gig recently (Soulwax played also) and I met TWO people who said Soulwax were better. Everyone has a right to their opinion but sometimes.... they're wrong.


Heres a new video by Rex the Dog and I imagine it is something Soulwax would play in their DJ set but don't let that put you off.

Tuesday, September 16, 2008

Robert Wyatt - Sea Song

I often wondered what would be the perfect soundtrack for a global financial meltdown and I think I have the answer. Beleaguered financiers rejoice, listen to this Robert Wyatt song and pretend he's singing about the markets.


Monday, September 15, 2008

Panda Bear - Bros

The meaning of words change over time, it can happen. The latest word to cause vocabular (is that a word) puzzlement is AWARD. What i once understood an award to be was acknowledgment for doing something exceptional. This definition now seems rather quaint. Music awards are particularly insulting to the old definition. Consider the recent MTV awards who regurgitated all their awards to Britney. The Mercury Music Prize which to be honest was never really a bastion of greatness (I can even hardly bring myself to say their name but they once awarded ...Gomez) last week honoured lumpen stodge rockers elbow.

I see a pattern here, all you need to be awarded is to name your band using a completely boring 5 letter word. Mercury my new band is called LOUTH and I expect to be on the shortlist for next year NOW!!.

Heres a video by a band that should have won the Mercury, but thats going by the old definition.


Friday, September 12, 2008

Damn Shames - Fear of Assault

Fresh news from CERN and the Large Hadron Collider, the world's largest and niftiest particle accelerator. The boffins at the centre have decided to shift their forcus entirely from their original goal - finding out if Mickey Rooney is still alive and when he was born - and have instead set their sights on sucking musical shill Mark Ronson and all traces of his fetid output into a parallell universe whihc consists wholly of flaming hot pokers in the ass. This is great news for all humanity and of far better benefit than finding out how the big bang happened. The news, coupled with Adbusters telling hipsters that they are a useless piece of fecal matter clinging on grimly to the tattered converse of western civilisation - what you mean, you didn't her of this? jeez, you're just not with it - means than I've decided to play the damn shames, a trio of cheeky scamps from Edinburgh. This video is a load of old hyperactive nonsense but i bet kids today think its great. It makes me jsut wonder what's the hell is going on in their fevered little minds. Their other song, 'dancing in the aisles' is better but they don't have a video for it. Typical insolent young turks.

Thursday, September 11, 2008


GREAT NEWS, GREAT NEWS for fans of Les Savy Fav and Streetfighter. Capcom have finally relented and have included Rufus the lead singer of Les Savy Fav as a playable character in the new Street Fighter game. Initially he was to be a hidden boss only unlockable by beating Bison with Dhalsim ( Impossible Capcom impossible!). Anyway to celebrate this epic cultural cross polinisation check out this video as Rufus whips Ken and also LSF with a very memorable live rendition of The Sweat Descends.


The Pharcyde - Drop

So they switched on the CERN collider/discombobulator/photocopier yesterday and the world didn't get sucked into a black hole, which was a bit of an anti-climax. I don't really know what this doohicky is supposed to do, but that doesn't stop me from telling people that it's somehting to do with creating a black hole so as to find out what excatly happened that dude at the end of the final episode of Quantum Leap when he lept but never found a body to leap into and he was trapped in some sort of time vortex. If we had all got sucked in to the black hole, the Pharcyde would presumbaly have been sucked in with us, so here is a vid which offers a unique dramatisation of that doomsday scenario. The hip-hop quartet are nobly fighting the sucking force of the gaping black hole while the world around them meets a fiery, sciencey demise. Shout out to all the CERN Collider fans locked up out there.

Silver Medalist

Tuesday, September 9, 2008

THE FALL - Mr Pharmacist

Mark E Smith: DETRITUS TV How are you doin'

Detritus TV: Not so good, tryin' to find backwards videos but cant find any only that feckin' coldplay one and i cant play that or no one will watch us again

Mark E Smith: Forget about backwards videos, they'll get you nowhere

Detritus TV: But what will i do

Mark E Smith: Come and see The Fall, were playing in Dublin tonight

Detritus TV: Brilliant!

Mark E Smith: But one condition you must play one of my videos

Detritus TV: A Fall video or one with those Mouse lads?

Mark E Smith: Play Mr Pharmacist and I want to be an honorary dreamweaver

Detritus TV: No Probs, Mr Smith you are a genius!


Monday, September 8, 2008

Cibo Matto - Sugar Water

"Ren a brack crat crosses mwy prath". This barmy Cibo Matto video was a staple of late night indie tv shows for many a year; the kind in which you'd get a weekly hour or so fix of vids and be happy with, and the kind the MTV and its cabal of noisey non-stop whirling irritantalikes killed dead. It's one of those vids that if you try to think about how they did it, it's like trying to debate the plot of Back To The Future, which leaves people upset, confused, angry and pining for a hoverboard. Apparently they all did it in one take, which doesn't help matters at all. This vid heartily contributed to the promotion of the still bouyant stereotype that all Japanese are a mad as a kettle of sushi. Backwards vids all this week i've just decided!

silver medalist

Friday, September 5, 2008

Krautweek - Kraftwerk

OK I accept this may not strictly be Krautrock ( my saver NEU! members were in an early incarnation) but what better way to end what has been one of the most successful Krautweeks ever than with Kraftwerk. This video is so dementedly out there that for safety reasons it has been split into two parts. Kraftwerk will be taking the autobahn to Wicklow next week and all detritus tv viewers should attend where you can impress all with your knowledge of Krautrock.


Thursday, September 4, 2008

Krautweek - Kling Klang

Pardon me people but i got a little sidetracked and found myself listening to Sally Shapiro in the middle of Krautweek, a heinous crime punishable in olden times by long distance catapulting into the centre of the Black Forest. It was a bit of a classic Old Europe tussle between the sensuous syths of Italo and the Prussian vorsprung bass technique. Anyways just in case you thought Krautrock was the sole ownership of a coiterie of German merry pranksters, that its best works were preserved in aspic from the sixties/seventies and that the genre remains languishing on the slagheap along with romo and nu-metal, well fear not. Madcap modern day scouse reprobates Kling Kling enjoy their heavy krautrockish blowouts just as much as the next Damo Suzuki and here is one of their more thrilling sonic fuckspirals.

Silver Medalist

Wednesday, September 3, 2008

Krautweek - Faust

Midweek in Krautweek and now to present a video that will likely remain the highlight for all. When trawling through second hand vinyl stores the first Faust vinyl is one that I would love find, clear vinyl and this cool xray cover, check it out in this video as Faust present it to a Polar Bear over dinner. And if Faust can make this polar bear so happy think what they can do for you! Happy Krautweek.


Tuesday, September 2, 2008

Krautweek - Can

As Krautweek plows along with an untypical German inefficiency, let's take a moment to reflect on the origins of the genre. The term 'Krautrock' was first heard during World War II when the Allies were using a faulty code cracking machine (pre-Enigma yoke) and it incorrectly predicted that the Nazis would invade britain with a series of meandering, propulsive 'motorik' rhythms, riffs, and hooks. The attack never materialised, but it sparked the Brits to forumlate their own secret weapon, the jangly-pop ditty which took over the world in the sixties courtesy of The Beatles. The 'Krautrock' project eventually emerged out of Germany in the late sixties to much head-scratching. If only they'd got it out in time - it would have been as big a hit as Enola Gay.

Can are one of the early Krautrock pioneers and it members included a serious bevvy of outer limits experimentalists such as Holger Czukay and Damo Sazuki who took loads of drugs and wigged out for days on end playing music. This is one of the many delightful, cosmic, doolally, results. Oh, and they named themselves after a can.

Silver Medalist

Monday, September 1, 2008

Krautweek - NEU!

Wilcommen das ist Krautweek. Expect grosse didatic, motorik beats and healthy amounts of feedback. NEU! (yes it must be in capitals and have an exclamation mark) were one of the early purveyors in the Krautrock scene. After searching for ages I cant find any live videos or indeed any decent footage of the band at all so you will have to make do with a photoshoped fan made video but the song is so good you could just imagine your own video. Influence on Joy Division anyone? If you have some live footage of NEU! just lying around do send it in. Sadly Klaus Dinger the drummer in the band died this year so we dedicate this weeks videos to him.