Wednesday, December 31, 2008

Bobby Conn - Never Get Ahead

Ah the end of the year and McClow of DetritusTV would like to give a few thanks. First to thank is Silver Medalist and we hope he soon enters internet land. The other thanks must go to the bottom button on McClow's jacket who put in a sterling effort over the past few weeks and with even the seasonal pressure of an expanding waistline and extra layers of clothes kept steady. This button held on with only one string for a number of weeks and this won't be forgotten.

It's New Year's Eve and DetritusTV is sure all its viewers will be out throwing some moves so we're here to help with some inspiration for the shapes to throw.

So here's Bobby Conn.

Happy New Year YA'll

Tuesday, December 30, 2008

YPPAH - It's not the same

Viewers have commented that one of the more innovative and popular features of our blog are the regional weather reports that we intermittently provide.

Today in the Sligeach Highlands it wasn't too cold, about 5-6 degrees C. Cloud cover was limited and sunshine was hazy as the photo shows.


Heres backwards happy

Monday, December 29, 2008

Le Tetsuo - Your Elbow

Le Tetsuo are an indie created specifically to counter the growing influence of the music of Das Kaneda. Who will triumph, DetritusTV is not altogether sure and has a limited interest in ever knowing.


Sunday, December 28, 2008

Kazuki Tomokawa - Waltz

Have you entered a coma like reverie due to the holidays? Need an instant shot to catapult you back to reality, well DetritusTV may have the answer. We recommend listening to the screaming philosopher Kazuki Tomokawa.


Saturday, December 27, 2008

McClow's Review of 2008 - And Record of the Year

In the holiday chasm that is the time between Christmas and New Year DetritusTV thought the relative calm of this period would be the perfect time for reflection and to share with you all our review of the year.

DetritusTV was gestated in July of 2008 and like a neotenous offspring we clambered and crawled our way around the darkly lit and barely digitised corners of the blogosphere. Thanks to regular updates and bouyant viewing figures DetritusTV has made it this far and passes into 2009 with completly unrealistic expectations as to what it will achieve.

If you have time we'd like to meander on a bit about music we liked in 08. This year witnessed one of the fiercest agrarian pop wars in recent memory as Midlake and Fleet Foxes fought it out with choruses of stoneworkers and greenery and while The Foxes won in terms of popularity DetritusTV thinks in the end Midlake will be known as the artistic victors for making the record with the unwieldy title of The Trials of Van Occupanther. Another artist namely Goldfrapp released an album with a pastoral theme and with its elegiac tone it ensured the band drifted from the mainstream, still a great album though. Releases by No Age and White Denim were pleasingly scuffed and rollicking and White Denim had one of the catchiest singles with Let's Talk About It. The Chromatics had the best record that you couldn't buy in a store and Alias's Resurgam was quality as was Katie Kim's Twelve. In terms of electronic music DetritusTV enjoyed the Shed album entitled Shedding the Past but would with no hesitation name Black Dog's Radio Scarecrow as the best record of 2008. One half of DetritusTV can say that it realigned the parameters of electronic music and what it can achieve and yet remained entirely listenable and enjoyable.

Micah P Hinson released an album but not much notice seems to have been taken as everyone was listening to Bon Iver's great songs that were actually written by his log cabin.


Friday, December 26, 2008

Most Annoying Words/Letters/Phrases of 2008

1. Elbow - One day when you hear the word elbow you will only think of its anatomical meaning and the image of any plod rock band will have long since evaporated. That will be a fine day indeed, yes sir. For the past year, you may have noticed that every mention of this group is prefaced with "after years of hard graft/work when no one was really bothered this is finally their year" Well to start we're talking about musicians not someone drilling oil in the North Sea, no one cares about their so-called hard graft. And the reason that no one listened until now is that they're one of the most severely dull groups ever to shuffle onto the moth eaten behemoth that is the British indie rock scene.

2. Credit Crunch - a particular downer for all and a shame that the most used phrase
of 2008 if it were anthropomorphised would I imagine be an uppity, irksome little f***.

3. Mgmt - Simply the most annoying collection of letters used this year. In an interview I read these bandana'd goons said that the name was mysterious. Tell you what the name SUN O))) conjures up some element of mystery the name mgmt reminds DetritusTV of waiting on a Monday morning wallowing in the mundane outside a middle managers office to report why we're ten minutes late for work.

4. Quantum of Solace - Or Question of Sport as it should be known. You really wonder why? Not that DetritusTV would watch to find out.


For 2009 DetritusTV will eschew the contemporary and tips one of the most pleasing collection of words to be the Incredible String Band.

Thursday, December 25, 2008

Johnny Guarnieri - In a mist

DetritusTV has been rolling around in a roast potato induced stupor but we still have time for a special Christmas Day post. Maybe selecting a track like this will determine the year ahead and DetritusTV will become the home of Jazz. It really was inevitable and to start things off heres jazz virtuoso Johnny Guarnieri.

HO HO and HO HO!


Wednesday, December 24, 2008

Half Man Half Biscuit - It's Clichéd to be Cynical at Christmas

A respite from best of lists as that most well known of festivities Christmas is upon us.

HO HO HO! Merry Everybody.


Monday, December 22, 2008

Silver Medalist's Top Three Vids of the Year (as selected by McCLow)

In a blatant attempt to use best of lists to cover even more posts McClow and Silver Medalist have decided to select the best vids of the year as selected by each other.

In terms of Silver Medalist I would rate his top three as:

1. Denis Parker - Like an Eagle

This was the runaway winner, a vid so completely of its time, the woozy camera
panning, eagles flying around cities to the sound of a way over the top disco
tune. And don't miss Robin Williams hes on at 10.00EDT.

2. Sama Amidon - Saro

Quality track by a s*****/s**********.

2. Fucked Up - We Hate ****ing Roofs

Best vid of Fuck Week, a ******* great vid


And heres the winning vid

Saturday, December 20, 2008

Best of the Re-Issues No.1 - Dennis Wilson

There really could be no other in terms of the best re-issues this year. Pacific Ocean Blue is one of the most haunting and majestic records Detritus TV has ever heard and we say that with not a hint of cynicism or insincerity. The package includes the lost Caribou album that was recorded when Denis was on a downward trajectory due to his alcoholism. While not the equal of Pacific Ocean Blue it is a worthy companion piece.

We really should be posting some kind of festive feeling music and not what the video poster describes as "the saddest three minutes in the history of pop." Think a statement like that could be an overstatement, check the vid.


Thursday, December 18, 2008

Best of the Re-Issues No. 2 - Robert Wyatt

After saving the day earlier in the year for beleaguered bankers he's back.

Certainly one of the most pleasing series of re-issues for DetritusTV was Robert Wyatt's back catalogue. If you've never listened to him you're missing out. Vid attached is a cover of a song originally by Chic, we thinks.

Best of lists are great especially when you feature at the top of them so viewers don't be surprised to see DetritusTV at the top of most best Blog of the year lists. And its approaching Christmas and not one viewer yet has emailed Happy Christmas.


Tuesday, December 16, 2008

Best of the Re-issues No.3 - Liquid Liquid

Let the best ofs begin.

This year might be more memorable for re-issues than new music and one of the highlights was Liquid Liquid's - Slip in and out of Phenomenon .From New York and formed in the early 8o's,while their output was limited it has had a lasting influence and can certainly be heard in groups like !!! and LCD Soundsystem. The record collects 3 of their EP's and some extra tracks. They reformed this year and the vid is from a performance and you may recognise this song as its been sampled loads.


Monday, December 15, 2008

Mikkel Metal - wish never told me

DetritusTV : You may have noticed a proliferation of best of lists appearing in the corner of every publication.

Typical viewer: Sure have but surely these subjective lists have no real relevance and are always written from a skewed viewpoint reflecting not just the authors likes but the dictates of a magazine also. Why do them?

DetritusTV: (Confused) well they're easy to write and take up loads of space therefore DetritusTV will definitely be doing one, or more than one, maybe a few and a best of list of the best of lists. What yah think of that!!

Typical viewer: Yawn

DetritusTV: Quit your yawning heres Mikkel Metal.


Sunday, December 14, 2008

John Fahey - Poor Boys Long Way From Home

Some of us at DetritusTV are just learning about the music of the late John Fahey. He had a really distinctive sound and its sometimes hard to believe that its just one man playing. As one part DetritusTV is from the Sligeach highlands we were pleased to learn that one of his most famous recordings is called Sligo River Blues. Also attached is a vid of a fan playin this track and both vids are genuinely worth watching.


And Sligo River Blues by a fan:

Friday, December 12, 2008

Blur - Good Song

One half of DetritusTV is very pleased to see that blur are reforming and hopes they do record some new material.

While we also like Mogwai its with some grim predictability that they have issued a lengthy tirade against this news the full venom of which can be viewed on their website. Why do they dislike them so much?

Heres a cool blur vid by made by David Shrigley.


And for they the haters you have friends:

Clipse - Grindin'

Clipse are two rappers who are always bragging about selling loads of coke. We sell loads of coke here too, but we don't feel the need to tell the world about it. We don't say 'the game', 're-up' 'corners' 'shorties' 'hoppers' or any other slang from The Wire that white people should NEVER say. Instead when we talk about selling loads of coke we talk about proft margins, pie charts, key demographics and moving things forward. We also never release cds produced by Pharrell Williams that declare our substantial interest in selling coke. Clipse do, and then they wonder why they're always getting busted by the cops. Their tunes are quality tho, and they've just given away a free mixtape/sampler of their next album which is to be found here and is slick. It's apparently released to promote their 'clothing line'. Yeah right. They're probably shipping coke in the jeans pockets like Victor Maitland in Beverly Hills Cop was doing with the art.

Silver Medalist

Thursday, December 11, 2008

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Tuesday, December 9, 2008

Arthur Russell - This Is How We Walk On The Moon

Arthur Russell is one of those dudes who's albums always sounded compelling for completely different reasons. A sonic chameleon, you'd often have to check the label of the cd/record/mp3 tag to make sure this is the same Arthur Russell you listened to last time out. I dunno much about him only that he played the cello, was a disco/house pioneer, and died of AIDS. I guess i should go see that new documentary about him that's supposed to be really good. And so should you.

Silver Medalist

Monday, December 8, 2008

Q-Tip - Gettin Up

As Christmas approaches DetritusTV has noticed that the usual good cheer this time of year is in short supply. An all pervasive gloom has enveloped the land and this mood seems to have infected us all but wait, wait we say! there is a light that cracks through this darkness and it brings forth good tidings of a musical kind - Q Tip has returned

After an 8 year or so hiatus he has a new album and some decidedly tuneful tracks that improve with each listen.


And yes kids back in 2000 high priest tunics were where its AT!

Sunday, December 7, 2008

Sun Kil Moon - Unlit Hallway

Biff, bang, wallop. Detritus TV got up early this morning to watch some boxing. Such a noble art, seeing two finely tuned pugelists going at it toe to toe. I'd use the term 'balletic' but it's been put out to pasture long ago after being overused when describing action sequences in John Woo movies. My most favourite boxing themed band name of recent times is Sun Kil Moon, the project of Red House Painters frontman Mark Kozelek. Kozelek has one of those names that I never bothered to read entirely and just said 'Mark Kozowozzo' in my head any time he popped up. But now thanks to his Sun Kil Moon project and their imperious, sprawling album April, I've taken the time to learn his name properly. The next step is to say it aloud in public, which is a bit more daunting. Trufax - Kozelek took the name for his offshot from the Korean boxer Sung-Kil Moon, who won the 1986 World Amateur Championship for Bantamweight in Reno, and went on to hold two world titles in Bantamweight and Super-Flyweight.

This video for Unlit Hallway perfectly captures the atmosphere of an unlit hallway by showing absolutely nothing at all.

Silver Medalist

Saturday, December 6, 2008

Legowelt - Disco Rout

DetritusTV thinks its the end, for a while anyway, that vids for techno tracks like Legowelt's Disco rout will have such high production values.

In the future any visual accompaniment will be a programmed on an Atari 2600 and will be limited to the bats on pong reacting to the bass beat of the track.


And as it's Saturday and nearing Christmas here's something fun. Yes, DetritusTV is easily amused.

Thursday, December 4, 2008

Tocotronic - Jackpot

DetritusTV bought the first of Robert Wyatt's re-issues today and is frightened to see just how many albums he had.

We also had no control over the net version of the measles that has spread all over our blog. You may notice the symptom as the word youtube that has appeared in alarming frequency. If anyone knows a cure please, do let know.

Todays vid is from German band Tocotronic and is a really great track in a kind of Faust meets Bloody Valentines kinda way. Check it out!!


Sorry embedding disabled but all u got to do is copy and paste below. it is worth doin'

Morrissey - Roy's Keen

We're always adroitly poised to comment on the latest epoch defining real world events here on Detritus TV and there's no bigger current palaver than the departure of Roy Keane from his position of Grand Poobah of football at Sunderland. *Insert joke about him having to walk his dog Triggs here*. Roy has always been an enigma wrapped in a knitted brow and his latest bout of instrospection and subsequent re-appraisal of his managerial qualities are typical of a mad who has notoriously exacting standards. Imagine making the bastard a fry up? "Era, the egg's slightly too runny, the bacon is not crispy enough, the tea has too much sugar, take that you cunt, shove your fry up your bollix." I wouldn't say he'd be too fond of this watery Morrissey number taken from Mozza's late nineties period of him being generally ignored for not being enough like oasis or blur. Nice pun though, and for today it's a winner. Note the clapalong Top of the Pops pondlife going - "who's this perfumed ponce?"

Silver Medalist

Wednesday, December 3, 2008

Vivian Girls Versus Those Dancing Days

In the first of what is likely to become a regular feature here at DetritusTV we present a ferocious - VIDEO FACE OFF -.

Yes Sir, its the Vivian Girls versus Those Dancing Days!!

Both bands have been vying for DetritusTv's attention over the past few months but who will prevail? - the shoegazing New Yorkers or the darlings of the Scandinavian pop scene.

DetritusTV viewers its up to you, please leave a comment as to who should triumph and we'll let you know at the end of the week.


Tuesday, December 2, 2008

Samamidon - Saro

Singer/songwriters - whom henceforth will be referred to as s*****/s********** - are a very maligned breed, because there are so many godawful ones, that this cacohpony of mewlish wailing most offen drowns the sound of the few good ones. You aproach the ouvre of a s*****/s********** very cautiously, generally disdainfully, because you expect it to be terrible. When it isn't, like Samamdion's record, you can't help but think "i'm sorry i thought you'd be shit, forgive me". Anyway Samamdion is actually a guy call Sam Amidon, but he misplaced the space between his first name and surname and can't find it.

Silver Medalist