Dead Poets – Stop, Drop and Roll

Dead Poets are set to release their first ever single entitled ‘Stop, Drop and Roll‘, available tomorrow (May 2nd). If you weren’t able to make it last night, you missed an incredible set from Plymouth’s local legends. Dead Poets headlined at the White Rabbit, Plymouth to commemorate the launch of their new single which, as stated, is available for download tomorrow.

Dead Poets were joined by As We Sink, The Deering, and Damerels who all put on energetic performances and hyped the crowd up for the headline act. By the time Dead Poets came onto the stage, opening with Fi Is All About The Violence, the White Rabbit was filled with an estimated 200 people who were raring to go, and the Poets did not disappoint. The only downer of it all is having to wait another day to download their latest track, but you can check it out below on Youtube. Make sure you get it when it’s available, not only because it’s an awesome tune but also to support up-and-coming local talent. I don’t care if you’re not local to Plymouth, it’s the principle of the matter! The Poets have worked really hard to get where they are and deserve every bit of support they get. The large turnout at the Rabbit last night, for a lineup comprising simply of local bands, was inspiring. It is a testament to both the Poets’ talent and to the local music scene as a whole.

‘Stop, Drop and Roll’ will be available for download from May 2nd. Available from iTunes, HMV, Spotify, Tesco as well as loads more places, worldwide – so you won’t have trouble finding it.

Stop, Drop and Roll (single) – Dead Poets. Buy now on iTunes (only £0.79) – ℗ 2011 PMC Recordings

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Glastonbury Festival Timeline

Glastonbury Festival has always held a special place in my heart. Formally entitled “The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts”, though dubbed simply “Glasto” by many, the festival is the world’s largest green-field music and performing arts festival in the world, and has been going since the 70’s. I first went to Glastonbury in 1998, when I was just a kid, and I remember being enthralled by the experience, with the festival leaving a lasting impression on me – as I am sure it does to anyone who experiences their first Glastonbury.

Myself at Glastonbury Festival 2005, overlooking the Pyramid Stage in the distance.

“It’s like going to another country, a hip and thrilling Brigadoon that appears every year or so”, states the Glastonbury Festival website under the tab “what is Glastonbury?”. This is a fairly accurate description of the festival for those that have not yet experienced Glastonbury. For you do not visit Glastonbury, instead, you experience it. Unlike many other festivals such as Reading/Leeds festival, Glastonbury’s charm is hinted at in its title: “The Glastonbury Festival of Contemporary Performing Arts”.

I cannot and will not attempt to list the countless unforgettable aspects and areas of Glastonbury Festival. Besides, this post is to give an overview of the timeline of Glastonbury, rather than an in-depth discussion of its aspects. However, it is important to note that it is not just another music festival. Glastonbury Festival is huge, and caters for everybody. As its website proclaims: “The Festival has distinct socio-geographic regions”, which range from Dance fields to Acoustic areas, from Jazzworld to Circus and Theatre fields, from the main Pyramid and Other stages to more chilled out areas. A huge part of the Glastonbury experience is simply exploring the enormous Festival, which stretches over a mile and a half across, with a perimeter of eight and a half miles. The Field of Avalon, the Tipi Field, the Green Field, the Field of Lost Vagueness (which I believe may have been re-named since I last visited) and the Stone Circle are just a few chilled out, interesting and perhaps spiritual areas that Glasto-goers can stumble across as they roam the vast landscape. And all throughout the festival itself are art pieces, sculptures, performers, surreal landscapes, impromptu theatre acts… and then there’s the music itself, which actually can often take a back-seat in the festival experience as there is simply so much to explore. Nevertheless Glastonbury always has a diverse line-up of acts from the unknown right up to the superstars. Acts such as The Cure, Massive Attack, Pulp, Blur, Hawkwind, The Smiths and David Bowie (to name but a few) have all performed at the legendary festival over the years.

Glastonbury has been going since the early seventies, and with tickets still selling out in record times, it looks as if the festival is showing no signs of slowing. With a brief introduction out of the way, here is the timeline itself: Continue reading

Dub to Step: Culture Cuts Review

I’ve been listening to mixes from Culture Cuts Collective lately and thought I’d do a couple of reviews and help spread the word a bit. First up is Culture Cuts mix “Dubs to Subs”.

Culture Cuts Collective

Dub to Step – Culture Cuts Collective

Dub Roots Reggae/Dubstep/Deep Dub/Dub/Future Dub

Described as “a deep blend of dubby steps and rootical flows”, Dub to Step is one of the latest cuts from Culture Cuts, a “collective [that] is a community of broadminded, unbranded, musical, comical and cultural characters… [aiming] to connect quality cuts of crafted culture, creating original entertainment verities”

Released on October 13th 2010, Dub to Step is a chilled out mix which nicely blends reggae, dubstep and dub beats into a nice mellow package. Those expecting heavy brain-jarring dubstep will be disappointed as this collection is more about proper dub and chilled dubstep beats with a reggae influence. That’s not to say the odd wobbly-bass line doesn’t make an appearance, but it’s not in-your-face and compliments the vocal samples. Personally I would have preferred a couple of heavier dub-sections but no real complaints as I also think it works perfectly as it is – the boys at Culture Cuts seem to prefer the “dubber” side of dubstep, serving a chilled out auditory experience that will leave you wanting more. There is a nice dubstep drop towards the end though, just to finish off the mix which works really well. All in all a sweet mix that is perfect to listen to whilst travelling or simply relaxing, coming in as it does at a cool 21 minutes.

The mix can currently be found on the Culture Cuts playlist in the sidebar to the right alongside some other cuts –>

[You can play the cuts in a pop-out menu while you browse the net] – Or, just listen to the mix itself below. The full archive of cuts can be found at Culturecuts.co.uk

Enjoy.

Vodpod videos no longer available.

You can find the link to Culture Cuts in the footer at the bottom of every page, as well as some other interesting links which I hope to be expanding in time. The Culture Cuts RSS feed can also be found in the sidebar to the right bringing you the latest updates in releases. Check out the Guardian’s RSS feed and We Concur’s alongside while you’re there.

 

Captain SKA – Liar Liar

Brilliant song and video focusing on the coalition government’s damning cuts – a protest song with a beat and a real message. Check it out and buy the single! There is a movement to get this song to Xmas no.1 – let’s do it!

Released 12th December for XMAS no 1.
Available from:
http://itunes.apple.com/gb/album/liar…

Proceeds to: Crisis, Disability Alliance, FalseEconomy and Women’s Health Matters. Launch gig for “Liar Liar” and FalseEconomy website 13th December, Vibe Bar Featuring Captain SKA, comedian Josie Long, Hackney Colliery band and DJ Jamie Renton (Chilli Fried)

http://www.facebook.com/pages/Captain…
http://www.wegottickets.com/event/100780
http://www.falseeconomy.org.uk