I’ve just had my mind a bit stretched after a friend brought round a film called Primer to watch tonight. It was made for 7k, won Sundance in 2004 and has gained a very small cult following ever since (apparently).

It’s only 72 minutes long, is devilishly hard to follow, feels no need to explicate itself for the viewer’s benefit (a la The Wire, I suppose), deals with massively confusing physics and probably out-Darkoes Darko. Or to my frazzled brain at present it does, anyway.

Anyone seen it?


Testing 1,2,3

My first attempt at posting up links in the media player, so bear with me if it doesn’t work at first!
So, for my opening shot, I thought I’d share with you some of my favourite remixes of the last few years, all from artists who you perhaps wouldn’t expect to get the remix treatment, but whose reworkings have taken the tracks in question in a new and interesting direction.
First up is a band I must admit I hadn’t heard of before, The Rosebuds, whose Get Up Get Out is the sort of record that I ought to put on every single morning in a burst of “Hello birds! Hello trees!” enthusiasm. The fact that I don’t probably explains why I am such a grumpy bastard in the morning. The remix is done by Justin Vernon of Bon Iver, whose For Emma, Forever Ago was one of my favourite albums of last year.
Secondly, a psychedelic rock band from Perth, Australia, Tame Impala, whose Half Full Glass Of Wine is given the Drunken Rage Mix treatment by fellow Aussies, Canyons, producers making a bit of a stir in Balearic circles at the moment.
We’ve already had a bit of discussion about remixers-du-jour, Aeroplane, but for those that missed it, here is their relentless, driving take on Now ‘Til ’69 from The Shortwave Set’s ace Replica Sun Machine album of last year.
Bolton’s finest next; a song that is already very dear to my heart, Badly Drawn Boy’s The Shining, given a delicate, tinkling once-over by Bristol’s David Edwards aka Minotaur Shock, who, as well as much other remix work, has had an album, Maritime, out on 4AD.
I’ve noticed a few mentions of King Creosote on here, whilst perusing some older posts, but this you may not know, a superb remix of You’ve No Clue Do You? by London-based producers, Atlantic Conveyor.
Last up, another band that most of you will probably be familiar with, Midlake, whose already-brilliant Roscoe is, I feel, taken to a whole other level here by Justin Robertson, someone who has been a big influence on me musically from his pioneering clubs, Spice and Most Excellent in Manchester in the early nineties and has had considerable success with projects such as Lionrock.
Right. Fingers crossed. Press “Publish Post” and hope for the best…

Get Up Get Out
Half Full Glass Of Wine
Now ‘Til ’69
The Shining
You’ve No Clue Do You?