Monthly Archives: April 2012

Benin City release Baby for your audio pleasure

Benin City release Baby for your audio pleasure

Benin City have finally released their secret weapon! the twisted, haunting post dub step-jazz-indie fusion that is "Baby". This Marc Pell (Micachu and the Shapes) co-produced gem is a definite change in direction for the band, who have pared it all down (less is more until the climatic burst of sounds you did...

Read more

Mikill Pane’s SBTV F64

We almost almost booked Mikill Pane for our birthday bash last October; it was a choice between us and supporting Ed Sheeran (we understand the phrase  ’it was a choice.’ was the wrong phrase) but we can forgive him because you can’t really hate wordplay like that, now can you? Straight after the release of his star ...

Read more

Haagen Dazs & Palestine: Bridget Minamore

What has Pralines & Cream got to do with politics you may cry? Well a hell of a lot when you’re as deft with analogy as Bridget Minamore (Rubix Collective and Point Blank Poets) We love how Bridget interweaves her personable style with political ideals. Haagen Dazs & Palestine is a wonderfully deceptive poem that doesn’t ...

Read more

Guest Blog: Sophie Cameron’s ‘My Art’

I don’t really know what art is to be honest. When I was younger I thought art was The Hay Wain because we had a knocked off version on our wall where a window should have been. I would stand there and look up at it and think – that’s what outside looks like – ...

Read more

James Massiah: Tim Westwood BBC Radio 1Xtra today 4-7 pm

We love us some James Massiah, he kind of brings the Beat Generation cool factor back into poetry in his “all black everything” and trench coat look. He is also one of the most unique up and coming spoken word artists in the scene right now and watching him is always a memorable experience you ...

Read more

It’s a new era for Poejazzi: New Facebook page, website and app

We are pleased to announce that Poejazzi has a new logo and a new Poejazzi Facebook page. If you haven’t joined/rejoined the new Poejazzi page yet go and have a rummage round so you can be in on the action when we announce our relaunch event line up next week! It’s also full of arts news, music and ...

Read more

How to become your own genre via Samuel L. Jackson

For the spoken word artists wondering how to get to the next level here is how to become your own genre courtesy of Samuel L. Jackson: work hard, reinvent yourself if necessary, say yes to as much as humanly possible, become beloved and steal every scene no matter how small.Read more here: The New York Times...

Read more

Inua Ellams on BBC Radio 3: The Verb at 10 pm tonight

Catch Inua Ellams (still touring his show The Black T-shirt Collection in the UK) on The Verb on BBC Radio 3 tonight at 10 pm, Radio 3 The Verb the show will also be celebrating American poet Hart Crane and “the pleasures of difficult poetry” In a nod of respect to the 80th anniversary of his death ...

Read more

Poets reading Philip Larkin out loud…proper like.

So it seems people are beginning to see the value in performance poetry and how it can enhance the legacy of traditional poets such as Philip Larkin. Whilst established names with major literary agents and publishing deals usually appear at promotional readings to read a loud “a poem as though it were a poem, in a ...

Read more

As Seen On Youtube: TEDxUbud- John Berkavitch

John Berkavitch is one of the UK’s finest spoken word artists. If you do not already know this, it’s your fault. He’s also responsible for one really amazing guest blog.  Go read it, it’ll make your brain smile. And if you have a further spare 17mins, his TEDx talk is a well thought out piece ...

Read more

Guest Blog: ‘My Art’ by Sabrina Mahfouz

My art…   Right now consists mainly of emails. Skype calls. Coffees that make my heart beat too fast and phone calls which make my eyes close. The moment the work you love gets liked by others is wicked. Jump up in the air, butterfly stomach, status update updated and again. But little did I ...

Read more

Kate Tempest’s ‘My Shakespeare’

Kate Tempest delivers a blistering ode to one of greatest writers of the english language. Hard to fault this, at all. Enjoy.       The Lyrics you can find here...

Read more

As Seen On Youtube: Bros Grim’s ‘The Strange Demise of the Working Male’

WHY DON’T MORE POETS USE TYPOGRAPHY ANIMATION/MOTION GRAPHICS? I love them. when it’s done right it’s a pleasure to watch; the poem and the words remain front and center no matter how creative the animation gets. This video for London poet Bros Grim ticks many good boxes, a little too disorienting in places but all in all a ...

Read more

Guest Poet Blog: Inua Ellams’ ‘On Biting’

‘Biting’ is a slang word for ‘Copying’. As in: ‘Stop, Bitiing My Lyrics, Bruv’. That’s what they say ‘On Road’. ‘On Road’ refers to city streets. I speak as if it’s a world I’m part of but in reality, I’m half Steve Urkel {http://bit.ly/HCwANh} half Bruce Banner {http://bit.ly/H6JHKA} and the only part of me that ...

Read more

As Seen On Youtube: Tim Minchin’s Storm The Animated Movie

I have not seen Tim Minchin before, but on the strength of this poem I may seriously consider a ticket. Brilliantly animated piece on Science versus blind belief.    ...

Read more

As Seen On Youtube: Dave Chappelle’s Korean Store

I’m a fan of Dave Chappelle. I’m a fan of Def Jam Poetry. Normally, the two go together like Abortion and Catholism, but this is an exception.    ...

Read more

Guest Blog: Ross Sutherland’s ‘Live Audiences.’

“Any poet that regularly finds themselves in front of a live audience will inevitably err towards humour.” I can’t remember who said this, but I think about this quote a lot. As a poet that spends most evenings standing in front of a live audience, I totally get it. Laughter is seductive. Vain creatures that ...

Read more

As Seen On Youtube: ‘Measure’ by Joshua Idehen

Earlier this year, I and a good few other poets (and musicians) were invited to give donate short pieces to the Smile For London campaign. These poems were then animated and placed in certain underground Video Billboards in the morning and eve. It was like C4′s Random Acts, but for the tube. Here’s my vidpoem, Measure, animated ...

Read more

As Heard On Soundcloud: G.R.E.Ed.S and Mazoulew’s ‘Dreams (Lullaby’)

I really love this. Yomi AKA G.R.E.Ed.S AKA The Man With The Most Annoying Stage Name To Type Properly lends a world-weary verse to producer Mazoulew’s breakbeat stylings. The opening chorus, with Greed’s voice through filters is Tricky-esque and brilliantly creepy and the DNB finale somewhat reminds me of the best parts of Linkin Park.* ...

Read more

Video Of The Day: Submotion Orchestra- It’s Not Me It’s You

There is so much WIN in this song. If you are yet to see Submotion Orchestra live you’re honestly missing out- they are some next level experience. This uptempo number is everything I love about Future Garage/Bass/Post-Faithless Dance/ whatever it’s called at the moment, and the dancer’s got horn thingies on her head. Horn thingies ...

Read more