The show: Crazy diamonds

In lieu of having to write anything of substance, here are two lovely new videos to distract you from our writing impotence…

First up, the new Fistful of Gems‘ video “Diamond” by ex-Tiger Tones member Mark Wundercastle.

Second up, Flat Eric & William Fichtner play chess while promoting the new Mr Oizo free EP “Stade 3”.

And here’s the playlist in full…

12pm – 1pm

+ Download 12pm – 1pm – 90MB

1pm – 2pm

+ Download 1pm – 2pm – 84MB

Radio Soulwax “Introversy” aka Trainspotter’s Delight

Listening to the TRAAMS track “Klaus” last week got me listening again to Soulwax’s “Nite Versions” album. And that led me to downloading the Radio Soulwax app. And that in turn got me listening to and watching “Introversy”. I must have been sleeping under a rock to have missed this first time round.

So here are 420 plus song introductions and accompanying animated album artwork. Good if you have a short attention span. Antagonising if you want to hear the whole track! You can’t help but love those Dewaele brothers can you?

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Ed Muzik “A Song Falls in the Woods”

In case you missed it here’s the new video for Ed Muzik’s “A Song Falls In The Woods”.

Bit gutted because we were meant to be in the “audience” scene and finally get our 15 seconds of fame.

But we blew it.

Sorry Ed for not returning your calls. We weren’t listening. But your video is probably better for it.

Ice Cube to replace Kevin McCloud on Grand Designs?

That’s right, bitches. You thought poet and actor Ice Cube was resting on his laurels. But no – he’s just signed up to replace Kevin McCloud on Grand Designs. Here’s a taste of the new series – Ice Cube looks at Charles and Ray Eames landmark Case Study House No. 8 in Pacific Palisades, Los Angeles:

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And if you thought this was Ice Cube’s first attempt at depicting modern Los Angeles, you’d be wrong. Here’s his 1988 documentary about the south central Los Angeles suburb of Compton…

Oprah meets Ice-T uptown

*** Many thanks to Deano Murakami aka Deano von Lounge aka DJ Butcher for reminding me of this. Deano was due to join us on the show this Saturday after flying in from Osaka, Japan but got busted going through customs with some unlicensed whale meat. ***

For your Christmas/New Year lull viewing pleasure, here’s one of those classic TV moments you never thought would happen (well not back in 1990 anyway).

In 1990 Oprah Winfrey hosted a discussion about the PMRC (Parents Music Resource Centre) and their “Parental Advisory” labelling of records.  Guests on the show were Jello Biafra, Tipper Gore, Rabbi Abraham Cooper, Juan Williams, Ice-T and Nelson George.

I remember watching it, by pure chance, one lunchtime in the RDU offices (it was my first year there) and with the dozen of so people milling about it was a real “WTF?” moment before any of us had ever used the term “WTF?”. I think that’s the effect of Oprah Winfrey reciting Ice-T and Guns N’ Roses lyrics cold. Someone should give her a record deal.