The news is fucking depressing isn’t it ? Cuts, cuts and yet more cuts and then when you think it can’t possibly get any worse you observe the ghastly school matronly visage of The Daily Heil’s Obergruppenführer, Melanie Phillips on BBC’s Question Time, blithely lecturing us about what is right –
“We should lay off the bankers, I really don’t approve of this lynch mob mentality at all, instead it is right and correct to attack the real enemy within, I refer of course to the “undeserving poor”. In fact let us convince the “working poor” that it is actually the people who claim benefit who have caused this financial shit storm and not the cuddly and much maligned bankers. And then I, Melanie Fuckwit of Fleet Street can continue to complacently chortle into my champagne flute with my rich privileged friends, whilst the proles slug it out. They really are very dim, just give ’em X Factor and cheap booze and they are as happy as the proverbial pigs in shit. Oh and let’s bomb Iran too – of course I won’t be sending my son or daughter into war , but hey , we can put the poor to work and get the unemployment figures down too – it’s a win, win!”
ARGGGH! So turn off your TV, put your feet up, unplug your Jukebox and try another flavour. Here at the VPME we’ll try to soothe away your worries and provide escape and hope in the shape of our our latest pod-cast! And let us not forget “hope is a good thing, maybe the best of things, and no good thing ever dies.” I mean what are you without hope ? A shrivelled, soulless slime sucking shell, devoid of compassion and humanity. In short. . . Melanie Phillips.
The Von Pip Musical Express podcast featuring an eclectic mix of indie classics and the best new music around. This month we feature the awesomely excellent Two Wounded Birds, sure to be big in 2012 Beth Jeans Houghton, the dark majesty of The Bookhouse Boys, the frenetic sparkling beautiful melancholy of Veronica Falls alongside indie gods such as The Cure, The Jesus And Mary Chain And Magazine amongst others. Listen out for special guest appearances and maybe even a Hollywood legend (or not!! :) )
The VPME Podcast, featuring the best music from the past present and future! Curated by Andy Von Pip whose unique upbeat, effervescent presenting style has been compared to Eeyore the donkey in a coma on a wet Tuesday in Hartlepool
…. With special guest appearances from Dum Dum Girls, Sarah Nixey, Howling Bells, Kyla La Grange, Lush and loads more.
To celebrate the re-issue of all six studio albums as deluxe editions we present a special Jesus and Mary Chain podcast. Guests include Jim Reid and the gang as we celebrate the genius of the greatest band in the world.
Listen below (for the technically challenged click the green button ;) ) or on Mixcloud.
Thanks to Jim, Douglas, John, Murray, Dave Cromwell and Honey Valentine. And of course William :)
Songs To Learn And Sing – Milk Maid, New Pris video- War Of The Wangs, Kyla La Grange, The Good Natured remix, Paintings Of Ships, The Dead Fronts and a new Mixcloud app!
Milk Maid’s single ‘Not Me’ sounds rather like one of those wonderful early Creation Record releases, there’s a hint of the chiming guitars of The House Of Love combined the shambling laconic cool of a lo fi Mary Chain . It’s surf punk for people who really couldn’t be arsed surfing and as such is ten shades of wonderful.
Pris – The Better You Look The More You See- Video!
We like Pris so much we gave them some our old vinyl. . . . and here’s the result!
We were also involved in a Twitter rumble, christened #Warofthewangs or #Wanggate. The always excellent Breaking More Waves blog gave an amusing and well balanced account of how events unfolded, have a read HERE. The over-sensitive may be offended and also have to google what a “wang” actually is before deciding to become outraged. And of course we marked ‘War Of the Wangs” with a slap-up meal, as you do !
Kyla la Grange was one of our tips for big things over the next year or two and her latest offering has confirmed we were quite right, it’s Marianne Faithful meets Stevie Nicks in a smoky, gin soaked bar and it’s also available as free download. Which makes it a double whammy of goodness.
As regular readers will know, we love The Good Natured and will shout it from the rooftops, because……, well,. . . that’s what blogs do! And maybe that’s the big difference between blogs and at least someof the bandwagon jumping hipsters who reside within the confines of the more traditional music press ? These scamps are paid to be hip and wear twatty Camden hats whilst snorting Sadie Frost’s toe nail clippings and as such it could be argued that some of their number have no real emotional investment in their tips, it’s purely about the ‘being seen to be hip’ – one up-manship and a step ladder towards the nirvana that is writing for lads mags and Tog Gear monthly. Bloggers generally tend to promote artists we love because we believe in them, sometimes naively, sometimes unconditionally but always genuinely, there are no agendas and I think that matters …..in a small way. But I digress, the Good Natured have just released a new re-mix from their forthcoming ‘Skeleton’ EP – Check it out below.
The Horrors – Still Life.
Well, well, well , never in my wildest dreams (usually the one involving Charlize Theron and a deserted library..ahem.. ) did I expect to be blogging positively about the Horrors! As a bit of an old school punky/goth, I found their early work a trifle banal. You see I didn’t feel they were using their influences to produce anything remotely interesting …merely aping them… badly. I didn’t soil my pants with unbridled glee at ‘Primary Colours’ and although I felt it had a couple of interesting moments, I found the reverence many bestowed upon it a trifle baffling. However I am nothing if not open minded and I must confess I love ‘Still Life’ . It’s moody, majestic, joyous and magnificent, like being led from the darkness into the light! Praise the lord I was blind, but now I see….Ok, Ok I’ll leave it at that. Maybe The Horrors will finally win me over when their latest album ‘Skying’ is released? I really do hope so, I genuinely don’t listen to new music with the intention of being seriously underwhelmed. And so for now I can forget the hair, the hype and the rather dubious name checking of some of my favourite bands if they continue to prouduce songs as enjoyable as ‘Still Life’.
Paintings Of Ships – ‘Love Will Always Follow You’
Heavily influenced by guitar music of the 90s from Sonic Youth to Blur, Paintings Of Ships is made up by Londoner Daniel Clancy on guitar/vocals, Middlesbrough lass Catherine Wilson on bass/vocals and drummer Matt Hill – the only thing to come out of Asby-de-la-Zouch apart from the Young Knives and Cat from Pris.
The Dead Fronts.
The will be releasing their first single ‘You And Me’ as a free download via their bandcamp page on 27th June , but you can preview it here.
And finally, there’s a new mixcloud app available for I phones/I-Touchs HERE, enabling you to enjoy our podcasts where ever you are (HERE). Imagine it ! A little scouse DJ in your pocket, like some sort of musical Jiminy Cricket !!! !!! What will they think of next !
Ever dreamt about listening to music presented by somebody who looks like Bill Oddie‘s tiny wizened scrotum with a sad little face drawn on it, yet who sounds like an intoxicating mix of Ian McCulloch fused with Ringo Starr inside a beehive situated in Brookside Close ? You have? Well listen to The Von Pip Musical Express Podcast Episode 1- April 2011 Cloudcast on Mixcloud or below for musical and spiritual fulfillment.
[Ps you can scroll through the podcast by clicking on the bar right at the bottom of the ‘cast’ if you so wish]
Thanks to Cat fom Pris, Drew From Islington Boys Club, Julia from the Indelicates, Laura from Dimbleby and Capper, Sarah from Let’s Buy Happiness and Dave Cromwell from NYC.