What a musical week it’s been for the Antiswarm. It ended last night dancing to Dan from Caribou’s DJ set at the Big Chill house. There was a light bit of trainspotting of course. Well when you hear tunes that good you’ve just got to know (Some Jo Bisso will be finding it’s way onto show really soon). And on Tuesday it started with the opening night of Chilly Gonzales‘s 2 week residency in the basement of the Soho Theatre. If you’re not familiar with his work he’s a musical genius (his words) piano virtuoso who likes to rap and commit acts of piano rape (again his words) all presented in a monogrammed dressing gown. If there any tickets left for next week’s shows you should go. Here’s some footage from last years residency
1. – Tweak Bird – Tweak Bird. This album is so unique you can’t help but let it charm the pants off you. It comes on like a quirky indie take on pummelling QOTSA style stoner rock. Even more remarkable when you realise it’s only 2 guy making it. The deal was sealed as this years favourite by a hilarious gig at the Lexington in Islington. Like Morecombe and Wise meets the Butthole Surfers and then some. Check out their ‘Lights in Lines’ Vid hereRead more…
To coincide with his latest show the Antiswarm is giving away a deluxe double CD copy of James Blake’s eponymous album. If you don’t know his stuff it’s a weird ride indeed with spookily sparse vocals strung out over haunting beats & melodies. Try this highlight – The Wilhelm Scream, it’s unique stuff. All you have to do to get this treat is listen to the show and send your answer to the question therein to [email protected] This month as well as the usual audio assault the show has a marvelous interview with Tim Kirkby where he talks about what order a 5 year old should watch the Star Wars Films and what he likes to watch with his cat.
So for this final instalment the Antiswarm recommends the spookiest radio station of all time – Radio Spiritworld, broadcasting dead from the afterlife. The hosts Jusaveus Anwinkle and Floristan Hut (better known as Robert Popper and Peter Serafinowicz) will guide you through the ins & out of being dead, for instance smoking has just been banned in heaven but is compulsory in hell. You’ll also get to meet the late William Shakespeare, find out about Peter Ustinov’s poltergeist rampage in a McDonlds and learn the truth about the Kennedy assassination. Their show is also the best place to find out about music recorded by dead stars such as John Lennon’s collaborative album with the Vikings – “Songs of the Sea and Revolution”.