Published 11 June 2009 by BWL
A Hawk And A Hacksaw's European tour is in full swing, and the UK leg begins next Tuesday 16 June in Brighton (which has almost sold out already!). All the dates can be found by clicking here.
Miles of Smiles, promoters of the London show are offering two pairs of tickets to the show at Cecil Sharp House on Thursday 18 June. To be in with a chance of winning, email us the answer to the following, incredibly tough, question:
What was the name of the Hungarian group that A Hawk And A Hacksaw recorded and toured with in 2007?
a) The Ham Hangers Troupe
b) The Hun Hangár Ensemble
c) The Budas And The Pests
Email your answer, along with your name, to this email address by midnight on 17 June.
Office Playlist June 09
Published 11 June 2009 by TM
Our listening habits, laid bare.
Here's a Spotify playlist of some of this stuff, if you want to have a listen:
Little Willie John - Fever: The Best Of Little Willie John (Rhino)
The B-52's - The B-52's (Island)
Serge Gainsbourg - Histoire De Melody Nelson (Light In The Attic)
Plastikman - Sheet One (NovaMute)
King Sunny Ade - Juju Music (Mango)
Kraftwerk - Live at Tribal Gathering, 1997 (bootleg)
various - Does Anybody Know I'm Here? Vietnam Through The Eyes Of Black America 1962-1972 (Kent Soul)
AU - Verbs (Aagoo)
The Perfect Disaster - Up (Fire)
Group Doueh - Guitar Music From The Western Sahara (Sublime Frequencies)
Land of Kush - Against The Day (Constellation)
Dirty Projectors - Bitte Orca (Domino)
Ian Dury - Lord Upminster (Polydor)
Candi Staton - I'm Just A Prisoner (Fame)
Fever Ray - Fever Ray (Rabid)
Bobby Bland - Two Steps From The Blues (Duke)
Dizzee Rascal & Armand Van Helden - Bonkers (Dirtee Stank)
Wildbirds & Peacedrums On The Guardian Podcast
Published 12 June 2009 by BWL
You can listen to an interview with Wildbirds & Peacedrums on The Guardian's Music Weekly podcast which can be found here:
Futurism at Tate Modern
Published 19 June 2009 by TM
Like Punk, Futurism was a movement that burned briefly but brightly, and its afterglow dramatically influenced a host of European art movements throughout the 20th Century, including Cubism and Vorticism. I've long been drawn to the extraordinary graphic design produced in this period, that similarly influenced people like Peter Saville at Factory and Trevor Horn and Paul Morley at ZTT (Zang Tuum Tumb and The Art Of Noise both take their names from Futurist works), but I found most of the paintings by the original Futurists a bit dull, if I'm honest.
The theories and manifestos are more interesting, though I'm conflicted by the aggressive masculinity and misogyny of the Italian Futurists - founder FT Marinetti was clearly a sexist boor and a bombastic speed freak and the sort of person you would probably avoid at parties. It's very easy to see how some of Futurism's advocates were irresistibly drawn to fascism. And yet, like Malcolm McLaren 65 years later, Marinetti's controversial and uncompromisingly anarchic manifestos still make for exhilarating reading.
Particularly notable, and the reason I'm writing this now, is his manifesto for Vital English Art, written with the English painter CRW Nevinson, which I hadn't come across before. An extravagant self-publicist, Marinetti was always looking to stir things up for his own ends, but many of these arguments are a kick up the arse for English artists even today. You can read the whole thing here.
Moritz Von Oswald Trio (with Vladislav Delay) Release Debut Record
Published 23 June 2009 by BWL
The Moritz von Oswald Trio release their debut album, Vertical Ascent, this week. The trio consists of legendary techno/dub producer Moritz Von Oswald (Basic Channel/Chain Reaction/Rhythm & Sound/Maurizio,etc), along with Max Loderbauer (NSI/Sun Electric) and our own 'Sasu Ripatti (Vladislav Delay). They've been performing together for a couple of years, but this is their first release together. On the record, Ripatti plays his homemade steel drums, Loderbauer plays synth and von Oswald adds Fender Rhodes and additional percussion.
The album is released through Honest Jon's Records and audio snippets and links to buy the album can be found here.
MVOT will be performing shows in support of the album, which so far line up as:
Sat 11 Jul Rex Club, Paris, FRANCE
Fri 28 Aug Berghain, Berlin, GERMANY
You can keep up to date with all of Ripatti's live projects (including Luomo and Uusitalo) here.
Wildbirds & Peacedrums Instore Videos At Amoeba
Published 24 June 2009 by BWL
Watch SXSW Live Videos Of A Hawk And A Hacksaw And Efterklang
Published 26 June 2009 by BWL
A Hawk And A Hacksaw and Efterklang both played at Other Music and DigForFire.tv's SXSW Lawn Party earlier this year. Dig For Fire recorded much of this party, and you can catch videos of our bands at the following links.
A Hawk And A Hacksaw:
Efterklang's 'Mirador' Video Reaches One Million Views!
Published 29 June 2009 by BWL
The video for 'Mirador', taken from 2007's Parades has reached one million views on YouTube. The eye-catching video, based on the album's artwork, was made by Hvass & Hannibal & UFEX and can be seen below.
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