This just in, from Team Albatross:
Greetings, hope this finds you all well.
Just a quick one to let you know that the first annual Dead Albatross Music Prize award ceremony radio show extravaganza will be on air tonight, 8-11pm UK time, on Reel Rebels Radio. For the unaware, Dead Albatross is your new alternative to the Mercury Prize, only with better music n stuff.
The show will be on air tonight on Reel Rebels Radio between 8-11pm UK time, and will run through all 20 of the shortlisted artists, playing a track from each album. We also have a few tasty features, including an introduction to Chris Watson's daily Radio 4 feature Tweet Of The Day, an insight into the Divorce live experience, and, from the nominated artists, Serafina Steer talks about living in a harp world, Ela Orleans chats about composition, and Hacker Farm teach us how to make cider. And when we're done with all that, we'll have a Top 5 countdown, eventually revealing the winner. It's gonna be top! ...And if you're busy tonight and can't catch the show live, or we manage to overload and crash the server, fear not, you'll be able to listen again on Mixcloud from tomorrow. I'll send the link round in the morning.
If you'd like to read more about Dead Albatross, there are some nice articles doing the rounds. Louder Than War published a stunning piece today about the awards; Awkward Movements and Sitting Now both gave it wicked write-ups; Dukla Prague Away Kit have been giving it some love; NTS have an interview with the Dead Albatross team; and Feed Me Weird Things have done a top notch preview show for the awards.
I hope you're all well, and hope you can all join us tonight for the show.
Team Albatross x
This is ages old, but only recently saw a rebump for it.
My old friend Tom from Helsinki, aka Erikoisdance, did a Rewired mix for Wire mag online a few months back.
Really love Tom's work - and the material he releases on his label (some of which I reviewed / blogged-about, years ago on my old, last-decade blog(s)) - his mixes are always great fun, informative and full of nuggets - some obscure; others, like, "Wow. Haven't heard this in ages!"
This is no exception.
[...] = "We don't know whether this is a gun or not."
"When is a gun not a gun?"
And thus begins a story that may take a few years to completely play out and may end up changing the way that UK Law considers / defines certain objects and their capability to do harm.
At what point does a 3D-printed object 'become' a bullet or a part of a gun - what defines its 'intention' as an object (and thus its potential capability to do harm)? The object printer's intent / proof of that intent must surely also play a part? Will it one day be a chargeable offence to merely possess a 3D / CAD file for something that might or might not (in an expert's opinion) become just one part of a potential weapon? You can see how this might easily drift into the realm of Futurecrime / precog Crime.
And, really, have senior UK police officers (in the GMP or otherwise) seriously never considered the ramifications of / potential for 3D-printed weapons? Seriously, not ever? Not even in private?
I find that really hard to believe.
"What is a gun?"
Had the great pleasure to meet Ashley Paul a few weeks ago and co-host a show for her in a scratch-built 'cinema' space in the West Country. Live, her music was 'pin drop' beautiful - goosebump-inducing passages of near-silence and quietude interspersed with eruptions of gentle violence. Tranquil and fragile, yet simultaneously RAW. Amazing stuff. In person, she's extremely cool and sweet.
To my shame, I've only just got round to checking out Aster, her duo with husband Eli Keszler. Loving Eli's super-fast percussion runs on this:
Eli runsREL Records.Back in the summer he played the Manhattan Bridge. Literally.
He also plays in Red Horse: