Recommendations in Brief 31/07/16

Recommendations In Brief 31 07 16This week’s recommendations feature a tiny Jack White wearing an Aphex Twin t-shirt. Everyone should own one. They’re excellent company.

 

 

 

 

 

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Film Mish-mash

Film Mish MashRather than recommending things through the medium of words, this week I am offering up some audio. It’s something I absentmindedly started making for my own enjoyment, but then too much time was poured into it for me to justify it simply as something that would lurk un-played on my iPod for years to come.

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Text-Based Radio Show

Text Based Radio ShowIt’s all well and good recommending things to people, but most of the time they won’t take any notice. I don’t take much notice of recommendations given to me, not because I’m an aloof culture snob, but because I just don’t remember them. Even if I am actually given something to watch / listen to / read, it can take a while for me to get round to it. This week I finally got around to watching the copy of Doctor Zhivago that Grandma leant to me a month or two ago. Even though I just had to put it in the DVD player, sit down, and watch, it felt like it took a concerted effort to do so. When it comes to recommendations, there’s nothing quite as effective as being able to tell someone how good a song is and then hit play and make them listen to it. What I’m trying to say is: I miss presenting a radio show.

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Operation Ivy

Operation IvyI’m right at the cutting edge here. I just started listening to Operation Ivy, a punk ska band who were together from 1987–1989.

I heard the name a lot, and it stuck in my head when it was included in the lyrics to The King Blues’ ode to punk ‘What if Punk Never Happened?’.

I recommended the song ‘Soundsystem’ to Luke because he likes punky stuff. He’s a big fan of Green Day, and Operation Ivy’s last official live performance was on May 28, 1989, the very same gig where Green Day first performed under that name. Green Day were also on the same record label and recorded a cover of Operation Ivy’s song ‘Knowledge’.

Soundsystem’s a bouncy foot tapper, which isn’t what you expect from punk. It’s like a happy tornado: raw and out of control, but smiling.  Have a listen here: