For this edition of the Ninja Tune podcast, and the first of two parts, they have a very special guest in Ed O’Brien of Radiohead interviewing his good friend Dave Okumu of The Invisible.
With Radiohead recently releasing their album A Moon Shaped Pool and The Invisible releasing their own album in Patience the two met up at Roundhouse studios with regular producer DK to talk about their respective creative processes.
In the words of Dave Okumu: “…I was lucky enough to spend an afternoon chewing the fat with Ed O’brien. Ed is someone who has had a powerful influence over me both through his role in one of my best loved bands but also as a friend. it’s difficult to be in the presence of someone so warm, open and generous without wanting to explore a broad range of topics. i’m sure if someone hadn’t hit stop, we would still be in the bowels of the roundhouse chatting up a storm right now!”
Listen to the interview in full on iTunes or download it directly.
CO STAR, The Record Acting Game” was a popular series of 15 LP records released by Co Star records, a subsidiary of Roulette Records, that appeared in the late fifties/early sixties, featuring several legendary actors, old-time actors and several younger actors (and singers) performing scenes from plays (Macbeth), novels (Peyton Place) and movies (Casablanca) costarring YOU, YES YOU! (“YOU act scenes opposite your favorite star!”) as the record has blank spaces between their lines so you can recite your lines on your way to winning an Oscar. A narrator introduced each record and 20-24 page mimeographed scripts were enclosed with each record, indicating when to insert your lines to “act” opposite the star.
This particular record features Argentinean born actor Fernando Lamas doing his part from “The King & the Chorus Girl”. Unfortunately the script with the lines from the film were not in the jacket, you’ll have to make up your own.
Peter Gabriel has released a new song inspired by Muhammad Ali. Gabriel says he wrote “I’m Amazing” a few years ago, and decided to release it in the wake of Ali’s death.
Peter explained the story behind the track in a short post on Facebook. “I wrote a song a few years back – ‘I’m Amazing,’ which was, in part, inspired by Muhammad Ali’s life and struggles,” Gabriel wrote. “At the time of his death, when so many people are celebrating his life and thinking about all he achieved, it seemed the right time to release it.”
Double Trouble drummer Chris Layton talks about David Bowie’s partnership with Texas blues legend Stevie Ray Vaughan.
Vaughan and Double Trouble were the first ever unsigned act to play the festival and the band nearly exhausted nearly all its shoestring budget getting to Switzerland in the process. On the festival’s first night, the crowd, expecting an acoustic set, booed the band off the stage. It wasn’t the laidback set attendees were promised and they responded accordingly, but Vaughan’s guitar playing did catch the ear of one attendee: David Bowie.
Bowie sent an emissary to the band’s dressing room after the show requesting an audience at the bar frequented by festival performers.
“Oddly enough, Stevie spent just a couple of minutes talking to him, and then he got up and left and never really returned,” Layton says.
Bowie’s proposition to both Vaughan and the band was simple: Vaughan would play on his new record he was working on with Chic-alum Nile Rodgers, then Vaughan and Double Trouble would open up for him on the tour that would ensue – Bowie’s first tour in five years.
In the liner notes of a DVD of the Montreux set, Bowie wrote that he took his “courage in his hands” and asked him, but wasn’t expecting much:
“And as Stevie’s music was such hard core blues I expected and would have understood a polite ‘thanks, but no thanks.’ You can’t imagine how delighted I was when he accepted the offer on the spot and said he’d love to try out a new kind of record just for the experience. When I asked if touring could also be a possibility he again replied in the affirmative, ‘Hell, yeah,’ he said, ‘I tour real good.’”
I know, I know. You always wanna go back to their debut. Me, too. But I like living in a world where I can type the words “New Stone Roses” and embrace the fact they’re going to do what they want to do, and more power to them. Check out the explosive, slightly-less than bombastic Beautiful Thing below.
I Am The Edison Phonograph (Advertising Record), recorded by Len Spencer in 1906, would have been heard at most Edison phonograph dealers in the early part of the 20th century.
Third Man recording artist Jack White has written and produced the theme song to the new variety show “Maya and Marty” starring comedy legends Martin Short and Maya Rudolph. The show premiered last night and this marks the first time Jack White has written music for a television program.
Four Tet’s SoundCloud has reached 1 million followers this weekend, and to celebrate, he’s put up a new track on the platform. It’s called “TrackI’veBeenPlayingOnRadio+StuffSeemsNiceThing2DropBecauseSmashingItOnInternetShouts2B.UFO+A.Naples,” because he’s Four Tet and you’re not.
Moby has released a new album. Long Ambients1: Calm. Sleep. is available via streaming services and as a free download; the artist says it’s “really quiet: no drums, no vocals, just very slow, calm, pretty chords and sounds and things for sleeping and yoga, etc.” The set’s 11 tracks were originally created by Moby as aids to his own relaxation.
Kanye West has come a long way since his days as a new rapper in 1997, – he’s a songwriter, record producer, fashion designer, and entrepreneur. He is among the most acclaimed musicians of the 21st century, attracting praise for his work and outspoken public persona. A previously unreleased beat tape has appeared online, and you can check it out below.