Monthly Archives: October 2012

Beatboxers, Breakdancing, Music and Art in Gaza

operation-cast-led “I like fiction because sometimes it gives you space.” Watch this cool short film, Not a Dreamland, based on the artistic side of Gaza that does not get much coverage. Creating art and self expression in Gaza may be problematic but it is thriving in spite of and perhaps because of these conditions.  ...

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Video of the Week – Happy Halloween – Mark Grist – The Fens

Grist This video is funny and really well put together and funny and lots of fun so watch it because it’s brilliant and poet Mark Grist went all out on this one....

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Letters by Greenberg – Zoe Saldana

ninasimone3 Letters by Greenberg was born out of the Noah Baumbach film, Greenberg, starring Ben Stiller and Rhys Ifans in which its namesake writes beautifully insulting diatribes to corporations. I write to anyone I think needs to check themselves that week. We’ve all wanted to tell Britney to stop wearing bad weaves to get attention cos ...

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Poems vs. the Volcano – Kendrick Lamar/Solange

kendrick-lamar-10.17.2012   Sam Donsky’s blog makes up our early morning news/content trawling routine and usually takes us gratefully off the beaten track. We get sucked into his slightly surreal interpretations of things we feel familiar with culturally and may even dismiss as not being particularly meaningful as he gives them poetic value. Sam is the author ...

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Album of the Week – Anna Meredith – Black Fury EP

Annafront500-500x439 Anna Meredith‘s debut EP is garnering the attention of a lot of people (see Pitchfork and The Guardian) and for all the right reasons. Check out Nautilus, a dynamic and masterfully crafted cacophony of electronic and Classical sounds that equates to something that occupies a space all of its own. Black Fury EP is a ...

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Local Natives – Breakers

OB-GD17H-001.pdf Listen to the new dreamy single, Breakers, from Local Natives ahead of the release of their long awaited  second album Hummingbird (available from 23 January…it’s been almost 4 years!) We love their harmonies, their West Coast beachy folk sound with a hint of psychedelia and tribal-esque drumming....

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Hello Caller – We Caught Fire

hello-caller-band-music We are big fans of Grizzly Bear, Arcade Fire and Beirut round here, so basically we like our indie with a bit of flourish: some vocal soul searching, some brass, some strings and some layered instrumentation. If you like these things too you’re going to love Hello Caller and their gorgeous song We Caught Fire....

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Gina Gershon – In the Dentist’s Chair

Gina-Gershon-Cleo-book-cover   Once again he offered me gas. I politely accepted. The orchestra began to play. The lighting began to reflect a heavenly orange hue. The dancers began to perform, and then suddenly the voice was back. “A relationship is like a tooth.” Have a read of this fun and trippy extract/short story about meeting God or one’s ...

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Picasso and Poetry

CL760951_942long “I paint the way someone bite his fingernails; for me, painting is a bad habit because I don’t know nor can I do anything else.” Yesterday was Pablo Picasso’s birthday and in case you had no idea the quote above about one of the world’s most versatile artists is not strictly true. He wrote enough ...

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Maze Hill – I Can Be Your Light

DSC0351adj3 “Calm my little monkey, quiet down my pet. Don’t be such a sourpuss, don’t be so upset. All aboard the rainbow, I’ve got colours you can borrow. Don’t be such a shady, I won’t let you fade.” Maze Hill. New Wah Wah 45 signing Maze Hill sing a gorgeous rendition of I Can Be Your ...

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TED Talk – Lemn Sissay

LemnSissay “Dysfunction is a true reaction to untruth.” Award winning playwright, MBE recipient and one of the UK’s most loved broadcasters talks about respecting the needs of children in care, their right to a childhood and the respect they should invoke as opposed to the shame or secrecy that is all too easily attached to being ...

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Philip Glass Rework

glassremixLP The concept of composer Philip Glass‘ works being remixed in itself made us geek out without having heard it. In case Glass does not hold pride of place somewhere in your collection we need to let you know he is the man behind some of the most compelling soundtracks ever for The Hours and The ...

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Neil Young – Poetry/Incoherent

Neil w dog-1498-17A “There are songs that seem ungainly or odd, that seem to have their gears showing, but I tend to think of these the way I think about those extra widgets or metal bits that come with a Swiss Army knife. I don’t know why they’re there, but they seem like they’re there for a reason, ...

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Channel 4 Random Acts – Sean Mahoney

sean-mahoney Channel 4′s Random Acts series, a nightly showcase of specially commissioned three minute films, has recently featured rising poet Sean Mahoney. Say it Right is one of Sean’s signature pieces, heartfelt, and yet masterfully controlled, youthful, and yet rhythmical and musical in a way that is beyond his years. (Maybe his former years as a ...

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Kendrick Lamar – good kid m.A.A.d. city

kendrick lamar good kid maad city_jpg_630x640_q85 Kendrick has made an album that often sounds like the best of  a group of all stars who wish they still sounded how they did when we liked them better. Influences venture beyond Kendrick’s West Coast tag and reach far and wide into the Hip Hop back catalogue. For instance, Black Boy Fly sounds like ...

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Salt Publishing Talk The Booker Prize

15762 "Perhaps, the new publishing economics, our survival, lies in demerging and the urgent prioritisation of great imprints, new and old, as small, focussed, dedicated, independents?"...

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Joel Culpepper – Passenger

SKY-DIVE-FINAL-COVER-1-smaller-version3-620x620-460x460   We love this song Passenger taken from Joel Culpepper‘s new EP SkyDive and its dreamy Abi Moore directed video. SkyDive is a strong, fresh collection of songs that never really wavers in focus allowing you to happily listen the whole way through and yet it still shows off Culpepper’s multi-dimensional and risk taking nature (UK soul/R&B ...

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Oxjam Shoreditch Takeover 2012

198666_535497653143370_2045734699_n The only thing worth getting Poejazzi away from their roast dinner today is telling you guys about Oxjam Shoreditch tonight. An opportunity to have real, meaningful, tell your friends about it all week fun and give to charity doesn’t actually happen as often as you might hope it does. Oxjam Shoreditch will take place across ...

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Kendrick Lamar – The Heart Pt.3

Kendrick-Lamar-Tammys-Song-Section80-July-2-on-Vimeo_1309518153983 Compton originator Kendrick Lamar lays his soul bare in the sequel to The Heart Pt.2 ahead of the release of one of the most anticipated Hip Hop albums since Jay Electronica’s (see our opinion on what happened to make that ship sail here) The album is out October 21 (i.e: almost now) so sit back, download ...

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Roses Gabor – Stars

RosesGaborStarsVideo We love this track Stars from Roses Gabor, you may know Roses as the collaborating voice on SBTRKT’S song Pharaohs, which was one of 2011′s hottest songs, and now she is releasing her debut single on Toddla T’s label. Stars has been circulating for a while but now it has colourful and magical imagery to match the ...

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George the Poet – Interview & Nabila Nanfuka Tribute

George-The-Poet-My-City-London-Spoken-Word Read spoken word’s fastest rising star George the Poet’s interview with Chill Pill organiser/super dedicated poetry blogger and amazing poet Raymond Antrobus. Please also take the time to listen to this beautiful poem dedicated to the anniversary of the death of Nabila Nanfuka. Nabila died tragically in a nightclub incident in 2011 that is still ...

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Eska @ In The Woods Festival

eska-queen-elizabeth-hall         If you do one thing today watch Eska‘s compelling performance of Gate Keeper taken from upcoming album English Skies. The album is set for release in 2013 and this performance is so beautiful it leaves me champing at the bit for that to actually happen. The release date has been a ...

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Saul Williams Literary Mix Tape

Saul Williams Image We’re giving you a month’s notice on this one because the last Saul Williams event at this summer’s London Literature Festival sold out and I don’t want to see you looking all bereft or at risk of doing something desperate and unethical to get your hands on the golden ticket. This time poet/actor/indie music star ...

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Benjamin Zephaniah – Naked

b00z53v0_640_360 Watch legend Benjamin Zephaniah as he delivers a stirring performance of his poem Naked and speaks eloquently about his collection Too Black Too Strong as part of The Guardian’s coverage of Black History Month. He also talks about looking beneath political labels and shares what he means by the lines “I hate this government as ...

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Jesse Boykins III & MeLo-X – Zulu Guru

Jesse-Boykins-III-MeLo-X-Zulu-Guru Jesse Boykins has graduated from alternative soul’s most promising secret to fully fledged world contender with the upcoming release of his first full length collaboration Zulu Guru with MeLo-X. Trust Ninja Tune to release yet another dreamscape of an album, see Jono McCleery for more on Ninja Tunes signed visionary musicians and electronic soul. Zulu Guru is described as: ...

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The Booker Prize 2012

Man_Booker_Prize_2012_shortlist_reviewed  So the poet and the short story writer, Jeet Thayil (Narcopolis) and Alison Moore (The Lighthouse) didn’t win the Booker Prize (Boo! hiss!) but Hilary Mantel did and for the second time too (I would have put money on Will Self taking it home but hey, what do I know?) She is the first woman and ...

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The Great British Bake Off

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A Tale of Two Gigs – Dan le Sac feat Benin City and Clement Marfo & The Frontline

danlesac Barfly in Camden is on a roll. If there are two music gigs you should spend your hard earned buck on this month it is these two. Dan le Sac‘s (Dan le Sac vs Scroobius Pip) only London date of his UK tour  is part of Xfm X-Posure Live  and will feature Poejazzi favourites, the spoken ...

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Shabaka Hutchings – Live

400x400.fitandcrop  Take a look at this video of one of the UK’s most promising jazz stars, the “veritable cauldron of creativity” that is Shabaka Hutchings playing live at the Marsden Jazz Festival a few days ago with his group Sons of Kemet. Shabaka is a BBC Radio 3 New Generation Artist and he has worked with Polar ...

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Pussy Riot Poem – I Love the Rich by Tim Atkins

Catechism-Pussy-Riot-baroque "I love the rich for their sad vowel sounds and bitter consonants" Tim Atkins - I Love the Rich...

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Tony Harrison – A Very Rude and Very Wise Man

65-Tony-Harrison-ALDEN The Independent had a sit down with Tony Harrison about his infamous 25 year old poem inspired by a visit to the cemetery where his parents are buried in Leeds. Harrison found it had been sprayed with the words “fuck”, “cunt”, and presumably less offensively “United”. His caustic and equally sweary poetic response to the vandalism ...

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Out – Chill Pill and Kid, I Wrote Back

35687-wppt_main_1806632266 If you’re out tonight or tomorrow or need convincing to be out tonight or tomorrow you have a lot of choices…ok you really have two that would be worth the Oyster dent but two is a hell of a lot more than none right? Chill Pill , hosted/organised by poets Deanna Rodger, Raymond Antrobus, Simon Mole ...

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Free Poejazzi Mixtape 1.0

RM4-450x675-1 In the words of our favourite egoist Kanye “we gon’ set this party off right” and just start throwing gifts your way right from the beginning. We’re a shameless first date there’s no point in pretending. Our first free monthly mixtape includes the likes of cover star Rainy Milo with some lo-fi alternative R&B perfect ...

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Video of the Week – Pure Bathing Culture

tumblr_mabdcfKs1m1qzo1zdo1_r1_500.gif We love this dreamy song and this enchanting video directed by Sean Pecknold who also directed this weird beauty for Here We Go Magic. Both are like mini mumblecore movies with better colour saturation skills at play.   Pure Bathing Culture – Ivory Coast from Sean Pecknold on Vimeo....

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Album of the Week – The Golden Age of Steam – Welcome to Bat Country

800x600.fitdown Descriptive terms to avoid include: Jazzy, mood music, and the oh so dreaded, funky. The Golden Age of Steam are none of the above so please feel safe enough to read on. Now there’s nothing wrong with a little bit of funky town in your jazz fix if that’s your thing. There is also nothing ...

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Beth Hart – Baddest Blues

c16edf43600349d5e5a91eac3fd84f78_1349879950_beth-hart-bang-bang-boom-boom__ I had my first Beth Hart encounter via Jools Holland after a very nice but slightly sterile performance by Jessie Ware, Beth sounds like at least three of my favourite women rolled into one (Amy, Billie, Janis) so I was clearly done for and I think after a listen of Baddest Blues you too may be telling ...

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Free Flying Lotus – Diplo and Friends

flylountilthequietcomes_jpg_630x630_q85 Until there’s enough hours in the day to get into Until the Quiet Comes and give it the full attention listen it deserves this, and one of the most poetic videos of the year, will do nicely. Check out this Pitchfork interview while you’re at it where Steve Ellison aka Flying Lotus talks music progression, ...

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Free THESatisfaction Anita Baker Mixtape

THEESatisfaction-Loves-Anita-Baker-1 What do you get when you mix Subpop’s new signing THESatisfaction with Anita Baker? Not actually sure but it sounds mighty fine to us and any excuse to hear Sweet Love is all good. Enjoy....

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Rufus Wainwright and Sharon Van Etten

rufus_wainwright2 Has the current economic climate made us all Christmas starved? A little office faux-mance and some eggnog before the redundancy chat? First Sufjan Stevens left us heavy handed video hints of a Christmas album which turned out to be set for release in November and  entitled Silver & Gold: Songs for Christmas, Vols. 6-10. ‘Now, Rufus and ...

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Trixie Whitley – I’d Rather Go Blind/A Thousand Thieves

l There’s nothing particularly trendy about  Belgian-American Trixie Whitley’s music, no buzz words to reel you in I’d Rather Go Blind is just real and good music, a simple dirty guitar riff interacting perfectly with raspy blues voice. Trixie is only 24 years old but her old-soul vibe and the legacy of music you can hear in her ...

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Lulu James – Be Safe

timthumb.php Be Safe is a smooth, addictive, and contemplative Nu-Garage anthem, a beautiful call to “Be safe” and “forget about the downtime, leave them behind/be great concentrate and what’s in you and what keeps you safe” from the label that gave us Rudimental. Really looking forward to hearing more from Lulu, if you like AlunaGeorge or The ...

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Benin City – Baby (live)

Benin City - Baby (Video) Spine-tingling rendition of electro-brass band Benin City’s spoken word inspired single Baby. Props to Beatnik for making this magic happen....

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Lana Del Ray – Ride

lana-del-rey-ride It doesn’t matter what you think of Lana Del Ray this 10 minute Americana inspired video with it’s monologue intro and cinematography is beautifully put together and kind of poetic. That is all. ”Ride” is taken from Born To Die – The Paradise Edition which is released on 12th November and available to Pre-Order now on iTunes UK & iTunes US....

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Guest Blog – LAPKAT

301957_159975514090152_1881857611_n The spoken word is older than text. We were telling each other stories long before we were writing them down. This might seem obvious, but I’ve always found myself explaining this whenever mainstream media asks questions about this “new form” of spoken word I’ve been involved in. The media is always looking for something ‘new’ ...

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Poetry for a Pound – Oct 16th

293061_369288049815441_560713713_n The evening of Tuesday 16th October needs to be kept free so you can indulge in four amazeballs experiences laden with very real reasons to do so: 1. Attending The Book Club in Shoreditch because any excuse to go there is justifiable. 2. Seeing Map Poetry get their poetry groove back on as they kick ...

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