Electricity & Lust

Working Music: Bon Iver

Posted in Working Music by Sam Unsted on June 20, 2011

New album out today and definitely going into the collection as soon as the pay packet arrives. This cover, widely circulated from Fallon a week or two back, of Bonnie Raitt’s ‘I Can’t Make You Love Me’, peppered with a taste of Donnie Hathaway’s ‘Song for You’. Ridiculously beautiful.


Too Fast for Link

Posted in Links by Sam Unsted on May 19, 2008

The AV Club has a new Comics Panel.

Aziz Ansari, the manic big-eyed genius on Human Giant, is going to try and improve Scrubs.

The Butthole Surfers are reuniting.

Here’s an early review of Woody’s Vicky Cristina Barcelona.

Pitchfork about grasps my views on its star’s first attempt at laying down some tunes.

Joe Queenan thinks its time to pull the plug on Woody.

Mary Elizabeth Winstead is joining Michael Cera on Scott Pilgrim.

Here’s the wonderful Bon Iver on Jools.

Here’s the trailer for Baz Luhrman’s Australia.

Henry Rollins at Edinburgh Festival. YEEEEEAAAHHH!

Lynch is seemingly forming a harem of singular directorial visionaries.

What is the greatest B-Movie of all time?

Islands drop in on Daytrotter.

PopMatters compiles a tribute to Donna Summer.


Posted in diggin by Sam Unsted on May 17, 2008

Music: I’m really loving two new records this week. First is No Age’s Nouns, the follow-up to their much-hyped EP compliation Weirdo Rippers. It’s streamlined noise-pop mastery at its best and manages to rattle through its songs fast enough that any sense of pretension or posing never materialises. The other is the amazing Music Hole by a capella chanteuse Camille which expands on the rough-hewn fun of Le Fil and creates a tangible world for her to exist in.
I managed to get hold of two great Jim O’Rourke soundscaping albums (Bad Timing and I’m Happy, I’m Singing, And a 1,2,3,4) and they are proving fantastic for working. As a general rule of thumb, krautrock and motorik electronica are efficient soundtracks for writing. I’m still obsessed with Bon Iver’s For Emma, Forever Ago which might be my favourite album of the year so far.
I got to see Sebadoh play Bubble & Scrape live as part of the Don’t Look Back series from ATP and that was some experience. The crowd didn’t quite get the concept fully, constantly requesting during the album portion of the show, but the band were affable and in good spirits so they took it well. For the record, it’s a much better album live.
Elsewhere, the new Scarlett Johannson record has a couple of nice moments but is mostly a slightly misguided folly. Death Cab for Cutie’s follows the trajectory of Plans in being good enough but not really closing in on the brilliance of Photo Album, We Have the Facts and We’re Voting Yes and their masterpiece, Transatlanticism.
Portishead are reassuringly brilliant and Wolf Parade are spiky but not fully satisfying. I haven’t absorbed My Morning Jacket’s Evil Urges yet but first listen reveals an album falling somewhere between the church-hall grandiosity of the first two and the slinky brilliance of Z.


From Russia With Link

Posted in Links, Sam by Sam Unsted on February 19, 2008

The Bon Iver record is coming out soon and The AV Club likes.

Pink is getting divorced already…

PopSugar UK is polling the Brits on its own. Best Live Act?

Check out the breakdancing baby Beckham.

Pitchfork is ga-ga over the Atlas Sound record.

The top story of the day, Fidel is on his way out. Finally.

Eminem is to publish his memoirs. Didn’t he already film them? Is this not somewhat akin to the High School Musical books?

Cat Power will tour the UK in the summer.

Here’s a list of twenty-two badass gangsters from the silver screen.

John Harris thinks collectable records are a waste of money.

Slate comments on the Michael Clayton DVDs critique of the legal profession and reveals Hillary’s secret plan to win Wisconsin.

The new Goldfrapp record is available to stream.

Anthony Lane critiques Jumper and Be Kind Rewind.

Want to know what the smartest TV shows of all time are? Well just click here.

Ramones condoms… there are a lot of ways to emphasis the wrong bit of ‘Hey Ho, Let’s Go’.

In Da Link

Posted in Links, Sam by Sam Unsted on February 15, 2008

The AV Club has a beginner’s guide to The Kinks.

The future is not looking bright for HD-DVD.

Somewhat genius-like singer-songwriter Bon Iver donates a guest list of tunes he likes to Pitchfork.

Obama may have just won some supremely influential support.

Wanna speak Obama. Check this.

The Guardian has an interview with Mountain Goats’ John Darnielle.

A cleaned-up version of Dexter is coming to CBS.

Thank you so much to Pop Candy for this link. An excerpt from the novelisation of Roadhouse, the Patrick Swayze plays a zen-kung fu bouncer classic.

Zack Snyder is answering questions about Watchmen!

Newsweek has a fascinating article about poets and artists in Burma.

Sasha Frere Jones does not like the new remixes of Radiohead.

USA Today has the lowdown on when shows are expected back following the resolution of the strike.

The IHT reviews a new book claiming 1967 to be the most pivotal of filmic years.

American artist Phil Hanson has created some works inspired very directly by Amy Winehouse.

PopMatters thoroughly enjoyed the new book about The Replacements.

One of Betty’s birthday prezzies is we are going to see this young Gallic femme below.

Sam’s Top 18 Albums of the Year

Posted in end of year lists, Music, Sam by Sam Unsted on January 3, 2008

Why 18 you ask? I honestly don’t know. But I’ve chosen now so I have to stick to it. I was only going to do ten but it seemed nice to give a little shout out to some further albums and also, I feel like much past 18 and the number begin to become less meaningful. I really couldn’t tell you past eighteen why anything would deserve to be the number of places above anything else. Anyway.

This list is again based on albums released in the UK during 2007 and therefore, I know on in particular which will rankle with American readers on that point, is not based on those to have arrived in the US this year. Apologies for this. I cannot tell when this wrong will finally be righted and albums released in our countries on the same day.

Again, as with all the lists. If you see anything you want to know more about, don’t hesitate to ask in the comments. Enjoy. Next week will see the list for songs of the year which will be long and less well written. Look forward won’t you?