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Nufonia Must Fall Live

July 21, 2014 – 16:07 in Music | Robert

Nufonia Must Fall Live

It’s kinda like a dream job, you know what I mean? I don’t have to just go on at midnight and play like banging tracks for an hour and a half, then go to my hotel room and think what does this all mean? We actually get to test the limits of what we can do in this show.” – Kid Koala

This could be the most brilliant as well as bizarre thing I have seen to date, and I saw the Rocky Horror Picture Show as a toddler in the late seventies. I haven’t listened to Kid Koala since his debut album Carpal Tunnel Syndrome back in 2000. Admittedly I found it overly conceptual when frankly I was thirsting for nothing more than a scratch DJ at the time. Fourteen years on and I find that the native of Canada has put in his fair share of work. He has toured with the likes of Radiohead, the Beastie Boys, Money Mark, A Tribe Called Quest, Mike Patton, DJ Shadow, The Preservation Hall Jazz Band and just finished the Reflektor Tour with Arcade Fire. He has contributed to scores for the films Shaun of the Dead, Scott Pilgrim vs. The World, Looper and The Great Gatsby. Solo releases include the brilliantly named “Your Mom’s favourite DJ” and “The Slew: Forging the new chapter of rock. ’100%’: The iconic rock turntable experience” which deserves it’s own post really.

In what now seems logical from the very beginning, Carpal Tunnel Syndrome came with a comic book as linear notes illustrated by himself, he’s also an award-winning graphic novelist – having released Nufonia Must Fall in 2003 and Space Cadet in 2011. Last month, Nufonia Must Fall Live made its world premiere at Toronto’s Luminato Festival. This live adaptation of the graphic novel unfolds via a real-time filming of more than a dozen miniature stages and a cast of puppets. Kid Koala, real name Eric San, and the Afiara Quartet provide live scoring on piano, strings and turntables. Under the direction of acclaimed production designer KK Barrett (HerWhere the Wild Things AreAdaptationBeing John Malkovich), the performance is cinematically lit, filmed, and projected on a cinema screen. This set up sounds perfectly suited to The Roundhouse, or should that be the other way round? Kid Koala’s YouTube channel (kidkoalaproductions) has a couple clips that are well worth a watch just to put some sort of perspective on how all of this is going to work live.

She’s a lonely office girl. He’s an out-of-work robot struggling to find his voice amidst the noise of the city. Little do they know that destiny has programmed them for the greatest love story of our time…

As part of the Summer Sessions at The Roundhouse, tickets for this one-off show are on sale now and you can get yours here. The graphic novel, and accompanying CD soundtrack are available via Amazon.

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Label Focus: Modern Love

July 20, 2014 – 13:53 in Music | Morna Fraser

Label Focus: Modern Love

Established in Manchester twelve years ago by Shlom Sviri, as a collective where friends and artists could come together and release leftfield electronic music, Modern Love is a label which has traveled past its regional loci in the last decade. Beginning its journey with Mancunian artists like Andy Stott and Claro Intelecto, it has picked up the likes of Glaswegians Demdike Stare, and Berlin-based Move D along the way.

Having previously been a label associated with dub techno, its artists have come to warp and stretch the limitations of musical nomenclatures, allowing it as a label to continue to thrive and side-step away from the ever popular demands to pigeon-hole.

 

Here are my top 3 releases of 2014 under Modern Love:

1) Demdike Stare – Testpressing#005

2) Millie & Andrea – Drop the Vowels

3) Rainer Veil – New Brutalism

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LOKI beard oil by First Olympian

July 17, 2014 – 13:51 in Design | Robert

LOKI beard oil by First Olympian

On the day Marvel announced the next Thor will be a woman, First Olympian helped to diffuse the upset caused by releasing a brand new addition to their existing range of premium quality beard oils.

“Loki, the forerunner in our new range of premium Beard Oils. Loki the trickster, the clever one, the Magician, able to see through the glamours of the world, this delightful beard oil is primarily made with Mistletoe, Loki’s sacred plant, with hints of wildflowers and an undertone of masculine leather and a lingering freshness that is reminiscent somehow of bright summer mornings.”

Formulated with fewer ingredients and a majority grape seed base (but still some Argan), the Asgardian range is competitively priced, but loses none of the impact and quality that you have come to expect from the First Olympian stable. In case this is your first time hearing about First Olympian, they are a small, family run business based in Durham in the North of England. Their philosophy of care, attention to detail, and dedicated customer service has made them the World’s foremost beard oil supplier.

Loki comes in 30ml bottle with a pipette for application. As with all their beard oils a sample size is available and only costs as much as a pint of beer (in London). I would personally suggest getting the sample first, and then purchasing the full bottle once you’ve established the scent is right for you. I eagerly await news of other Gods in the Asgardian range. Despite the gender readjustment by Marvel, Thor may yet still have a place amongst the male Gods, but will we see the likes of Odin or better yet Skurge the Executioner perhaps? Only The Norns know.

Get yours here.

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“The Wait” by Folaju Oyegbesan

July 17, 2014 – 09:56 in Current Affairs | Robert

“The Wait” by Folaju Oyegbesan

Tonight you are invited to a private viewing of ”The Wait”, the debut street photography exhibition by Folaju Oyegbesan. Living in London, Folaju Oyegbesan travels on a regular basis to various parts of city for work and play.

As a result of this, his commutes are plagued with delays of some sort, from late running trains to buses breaking down. These delays have allowed Folaju to capture his fellow commuters reactions to “The Wait”.

I asked Folaju a couple questions over text message ahead of tonights event -

TRC – Describe “The Wait” in 140 characters or less.
F- An observation into the loneliness of a busy city.
TRC – What song would you loop throughout the viewing that best suited the exhibition?
F – Miles Davis’ “My funny valentine”.

I’ve always found Folaju’s photos to be ardent and soulful. His “Coffee with…” project is both intimate and entertaining, with great candid photography throughout. Check out his portfolio and projects here. Tonight’s viewing gives you an opportunity to meet the photographer and starts at 6PM.

“The Wait” will be showing at Timberyard, Old Street till Mid October.

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