A while ago, I penned a fairly angry response to something circulating on the internet – the 21 Habits of Happy People. It pissed me off beyond belief, that there was an inference that if you weren’t Happy, you simply weren’t doing the right things.
Taking the snow to the very core of my heart this week’s show (Jan 21st, I mean) had an element of shivering wonder, beautiful snow crystals, light and fluffy lay softly against the intermittent roar of sound. Blanketting everything in sounds awash with beauty. Forgetting nothing. You can check out the track-list below.
Mercury Rev Snowflake in a Hot World
Nebraska The First Great Russian Winter
Interpol Take You on a Cruise
Kate Bush Under Ice
The Glove Looking Glass Girl
Led Zepellin When the Levee Breaks
Coldplay Violet Hill
Ebb Silent Lucy
Simian The Wisp
The White Stripes In The Cold, Cold, Night
Sigur Ros Saeglopur
Apparatjik Snow Crystals
Joy Division I Remember Nothing
Echo & the Bunnymen Ocean Rain
Sonic Youth Theresa’s Soundworld
Special Needs A Town Called Angelica
Radiohead Nice Dream
Depeche Mode Leave in Silence
Bjork Human Behaviour
Mazzy Star Be My Angel
Dandy Warhols Mohammed
Divine Comedy Tonight We Fly
The Tears Apollo 13
If any of this is your cup of tea then you can always tune into The Rare Owl Times on Barricade Radio, every Monday 6-8pm GMT.
The Rare Owl returned last week after an extended Christmas break. I was really over the moon to be back and showed my appreciation by bringing what I think was the best show yet. If you missed out, then don’t make the mistake again this week. I’m on every Monday 6-8pm GMT, with the best of my treasure chest. It’s a show full of dreamy guitars, playful synths, catalytic riffs, melancholic wonderkins and so much in between. Take last week’s show for example:
Turn Another Year Over
The Fall Das Boot
These New Puritans Orion
Sonic Youth Skink
Mogwai Letters to the Metro
British Sea Power Once More Now
Maximilian Hecker I Am Falling Now
Suede My Dark Star
The Crash Furous Boy
Radiohead Stop Whispering
Ham Sandwich St. Christopher
Ooberman Bluebell Morning
New Order Jetstream
Placebo English Summer Rain
Bloc Party Helicopter
Billy Idol Dancing with Myself
Foo Fighters The Pretender
Mansun She Makes My Nose Bleed
Manic Street Preachers Intravenous Agnostic
Joy Formiddable Greyhound in the Slips
BRMC Whatever Happened to my Rock n Roll
White Lies E.S.T
Bjork and PJ Harvey Satisfaction (I Can’t Get No)
Cat Stevens If You Want to Sing Out
So that’s me and my little Rare Owl. Why not join us at barricade.heliohost.org ?! I’ll see you on The Other Side!
If you missed out on the show tonight then you can check out what I played below. It’s a good taster of what I do every Monday 6-8pm over on Barricade Radio. I play to keep the cold at bay, digging through some of my favourite records, the occasional new tune and some new old favourites.
New Order Regret
Cure 10:15 on a Sasturday Night
Interpol Pioneer to the Falls
Joy Invisible Austere
!Foreward Russia Nineteen
Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds Supernaturally
Television Personalities Look Back in Anger
Galaxie 500 When Will You Come Home?
Rumour Cubes Rain on Titan
Radiohead All I Need
Glavegas No Her No Hymn
Manic Street Preachers She is Suffering
British Sea Power No Lucifer
House of Love The Girl with the Loneliest Eyes
The Choir Invisible Overseas
Morrissey Let Me Kiss You
Joy Division Inside the Line
Bloc Party Flux
Robyn Be Mine
Ash Burn Baby, Burn
Klaxons It’s Not Over Yet
Leftfield Phat Planet
Vuvuvultures Alt Ctrl Mexicans
Suede Stay Together (Extended Mix)
If you fancy a shout-out, want to make a request or have some music you think I should be checking out then drop me an email at therareowltimes dot gmail dot com.
I’ve been thinking about the phrase “Dumb as a Dodo” today and have decided that it’s unfair. So here I am - an owl in defence of a dodo. First let’s have a little background. The dodo was discovered on the Island of Mauritius in the 16th century. By 1681, less than a century later the poor bird was declared extinct. The dodo was, as the picture above demonstrates, a bit of a dopey looking bird. They were roughly the same size as a turkey but were more closely related to the pigeon family. Pigeons, as we all know, are terrible at chess, a fact which can only have helped fuel the speculation of the stupidity of its cousin, the dodo.
The Dodo had wings but could not fly, not unlike the Emu. They built their nests in convenient locations on the ground, laying and hatching one egg at a time. They were chilled. They had no fear because there was nothing for them to fear. That was, of course, until the Humans came along and decided the Dodo looked tasty. But it wasn’t just the appetites of Man that the bird had to contend with, but also the appetites of the animals man brought with them. The sly cat with his gleaming eyes and sharp claws. The idiot dog, all slobbering jowls, gnashing teeth and never-ending hunger. The monkey, cousin of man and grinder of organs.
The Dodo, unused to hostility, having lived its entire existence in peace and tranquillity on the beautiful island, didn’t hide when Man invaded. They trusted Man, for they knew no reason not to. Within 80 years of introduction to Mankind the Dodo was dead.
Perhaps the Dodo should have learned to adapt. Evolved in that relatively short space of time. People have argued that the Dodo must have been dumb not to have sharpened up quickly and figured out a better defence system against their neighbours. But isn’t that just victim bashing? Transfer it to the modern day and call it people versus people. The origins of modern conservation can be traced back to the same period of time and yet 400+ years later, thousands of species are on the brink of extinction due to the acts of Mankind. Our own habitats threatened due to overpopulation, greed and denial. If the Dodo is dumb for not wising up to the selfishness of man over the course of 80 years, how stupid does that make man for the 500 years since?
So I haven’t done a show update in a few weeks. Shame on me and my sloathenly ways, eh? Anyhow, for those interested this is what I played on my show tonight!
Primal Scream Come Together
British Sea Power Mongk II
Stellastarr Somewhere Across Forever
Catatonia Road Rage
My Life Story Sparkle
Magazine Shot by Both Sides
Ash A Life Less Ordinary
Manic Street Preachers Found that Soul
Mansun Everyone Must Win
Bloc Party Like Eating Glass
Feeder Waiting for Changes
Black Keys Lonely Boy
My Bloody Valentine (When You Wake) You’re Still a Dream
Flaming Lips Yoshimi Battles the Pink Robots Pt. 1
The Smiths What Difference does it Make?
Dandy Warhols Not if You Were the Last Junkie on Earth
New Order Perfect Kiss
Ladytron My Little Runaway (James Zabiella mix)
Shakespeare’s Sister Stay
The Cure The Walk
Mew The Zookeepers Boy
Spiritualized Come Together
It’s Peel Week all next week over on Barricade Radio and we’ll all be playing in tribute to the best DJ to ever grace radio, the late and great Mr. John Peel. So tune in for some fantastic music. I’ll be back Monday 6pm-8pm GMT, so tune in! Feel free to leave requests or shout-outs below.
So tonight I did my very first solo broadcast over on Barricade Radio. The Rare Owl Times is basically my chance to play lots of muisc that I love. The songs that got me through, gave me a way to vent, to celebrate, to dream and a thousand other emotions. The bands that brought me to the people I know and love and the ideas that shaped my oddly wangled mind. A soundtrack to my life, if you will. If you didn’t get to tune in tonight here’s what I played, which will give you a taste as to what sort of thing I might play in future weeks.
The Cure - The Hanging Garden Fiction
Morrissey - Irish Blood English Heart Attack Records
Mansun - I Can Only Disappoint You EMI
Interpol - Obstacle 2 Matador
B-52’s - Mesopotamia Island Records
British Sea Power - Spirit of St. Louis Rough Trade
Rumour Cubes - Rain on Titan Cognitive Dissonance
David Bowie - Life on Mars RCA
Mercury Rev - The Dark is Rising V2
Thom Yorke - Harrowdown Hill XL
Doves - There Goes the Fear Heavenly Records
House of Love - Shine On Fontana
Monaco - What do You Want From Me? Polygram
Pulp - Misshapes Island Records
Deus - Instant Street Island Records
Nebraska - Anhedonia Hometown Jam
Warsaw - No Love Lost MPG
The Fall - Hit The North Beggars Banquet
Dead Weather - Treat Me Like Your Mother Third Man Records
Jimmy Eat World - Sweetness Polydor
The Verve - Love is Noise Parlophone
David Devant and His Spirit Wife - Ginger Rhythm King
Suede - Killing of a Flashboy Nude
Super Furry Animals - Man Don’t Give a Fuck Creation Records
Leftfield ft. John Lydon - Open Up Hard Hands
Flaming Lips - Race for the Prize (Part 1) Warner Bros
Tune in same time next Monday (18:00 - 20:00 GMT) and drop me a line if you like.
Upon googling my old email address I found the following posts
— 03 Jul 2003 06:42 PM Bassist seeks artistic musicians Hello .20 year old female bass player here, Looking to form an intelligent, visionary band. Somewhere in the unfilled void between sigur ros and the smashing pumpkins (circa Anne Rice influence.) …All influences welcome. Experience not essential, but drive, ambition and vision is a must. Don’t be shy! Thanks.
23 Nov 2003. 17:51
LONDON Singer wanted Preferably male; emotive vocalist wanted to join new London based band with own rehearsal space, post-rock sound with a variety of influences including Smashing pumpkins, mogwai, sigur ros. ALL INFLUENCES WELCOME.
07 Dec 2003
Creative, original artists wanted to form band in London. Guitarist and Bassist seek Drummer, keyboardist, guitarists, vocalists to begin a new journey in sound. Our influences include Sigur Ros, Smashing Pumpkins, Mogwai, Mercury Rev and Pink Floyd.
Must have own instruments.
02 Sep 2004 01:16 PM Bass playette is bored. Very bored and very interested in meeting new people. Influences include; The Cure, Smashing Pumpkins, Mew, Interpol, Suede. Aged 21, lives in Dublin.
Myth #1 – Introverts don’t like to talk. This is not true. Introverts just don’t talk unless they have something to say. They hate small talk. Get an introvert talking about something they are interested in, and they won’t shut up for days.
Myth #2 – Introverts are shy. Shyness has nothing to…
We’ve finally got around to uploading our first song of 2012 - Antithesis. It’s a bit of an emotional sonic-daydream, with an organic electronic bent. We’re really happy with it and would love some feedback if you’d be so kind!
A sailor went to sea, sea, sea. To see what he could...
see, see, see. And all that he could, see, see, see, was the bottom of the redundant sea, sea, sea.
So the results are in and my job is off for the chop(chop, chop). They’re reducing staff by half and restructuring all departments. Unfortunately in uncertain times as these the luxury of having a semi-inhouse designer becomes unneccesary. I have the option to apply for some of the new positions but many will be part-time and wouldn’t pay enough to make the commute into London financially viable. I’m not throwing in the towel and I won’t know more specifics about the jobs till next week. Applyng may not be seen as optional but I doubt I’d get a chance over many of my colleagues who are all more suited to the new tasks ahead.
More to the point; I don’t want to. I’ve been unhappy for ages now. In fact I’ve been unhappy in varying degrees since the day I began working there but then the world went into a recession and just having a job where they were tolerant, if not understanding, of me and my unique mind made an attempt to leave seem illogical. I know it’s desperate out there but I’m hopeful. I’ve grown alot in the years I’ve been with the company but I’ve never been able to show that progression at work. So those hours in the office became a kind of hell where I lived in the shell of a version of me that only ever slightly existed, her odd character flaws and traits exagerated with the discomofort. I’m looking forward to a chance at moving forward. I know it’s going to be hard work and I know that I may crash down an unemployed, drooling mess longing for the safety of a job she was stuck in, but progression s a key to life and I’ve been treading water for a long time.
I’m more ashamed to be a part of this society today than I was on Sunday, Monday or Tuesday. 10000+ people and their reactionary hatred. The rioters and looters share something in common with all who signed that petition: a vitriolic hatred which blinds them to consequence and disables their compassion.
It goes beyond empathy. If this reactionary stupidity was to pass through the house of Commons it would make things worse for everyone. Where on earth do you think people will go when they’ve hit rock bottom? What do you think more homeless people on the streets will mean? You’ve seen the anger as it stands now, so what do you think someone who has nothing left to lose is capable of? You think it’s dark now but how much darker do you think it would be if this motion was passed? You’d need more than a baseball bat. Is that the world you want to live in? One of fear and hate?
Think a bit. Do you want a solution? Do you want to feel safe? Or do you just want to pass judgement and vent your justified anger. I’m not saying that this horror doesn’t deserve punishment, I’m distraught at the damage done and the people hurt and killed. But it can only get worse if you fight hate with hate. Why not petititon to have those convicted repay their debt with community service? Earn their benefits sorting out the streets and helping others. Making amends for their actual crimes. Earn their benefits by attending classes and learning. No class or work, no payment. Then again who can afford to be educated in this country now? But if a pipedream is what you seek then why not raise your voices to seek a smarter form of punishment. You may think it only helps them, but it helps us all. A penalty which addresses the crime and hopes to stop the person ever wanting to do it again. Don’t follow the darkness. Anger is a natural emotion but if we let it rule then we will all fall.
Here’s our most recent offering to the world. It’s a remix of a neat little track by Ben Glass (of Glass and Life of Birds) We’re calling it Electric-Krautrock. The track is called ‘Room’ taken from the Roundabouts EP (available for free download at the Electric Sound Records page http://www.electricsoundrecords.co.uk/). This mix will be available for download soon on Ben’s forthcoming remix EP.
This is the live stream of the penguin enclosure at Edinburgh Zoo which is currently coevered in snow. They look so happy and waddly (it’s not a word but one look at the link will convince you it ought to be). Awwwwww…
*It’s worth bearing in mind that this is a live camera, so if there’s nothing to see come back later.
Please check the following links out and show your support to this lovely girl. She used to go to my friend’s club a lot and I was always in awe of her ever changing alter-egos and beauty. She is going to be deported to Iran because of her photography, the fact she is gay and the fact she poses…
This is my favourite story of the last few weeks. A little owlet (OWL FTW!!!) fell into a lion enclosure in Paignton Zoo and was so fluffy and adorable that the lioness didn’t eat it. Owl fin. Lion fail. Happy days. :)
'I arise in the morning torn between a desire to improve the world and a desire to enjoy the world. This makes it hard to plan a day'. - Agnes Sina-Inakoju 1994 - 2010.
The girl who wrote that was 16 when she died. When she was shot through the neck. Killed for being in the wrong place at the wrong time. Two nights ago in fact; the same night I threw myself to the ground, another victim of wrong place wrong time, while these scum took poorly-aimed shots at each other mere feet away.
She went to a take-away and she fell amongst the grease and shattered glass. Amongst the screams. Her friends held her and cried as she lay bleeding, while two fucking c*nts on bikes cycled away. Are they satisfied now? How can you murder someone and not then turn that gun on your own heartless face? "Imagine a world without racism, a place where everyone is equal. We are all beautiful, we are all talented and we all have a future. We share a world together. Let’s start living it."
How many lives must they steal? Tear cruelly and without a single thought from this world. From the bosom of her family and friends. Agnes had a life. She was only a young thing and she had her head screwed on better than so many twice her age. She saw it all for what it was and she wanted a better world. She was prepared to fight for a better world but they, the ones who live and take so viciously, they will fight for what? For fucking kudos from their peers who hide their sick rotting faces behind scarves.. It’s not fucking QUASAR. It’s life. It’s real. How can you take someone’s life from them and not even look back?!
I always believed that if you kept your nose clean, if you kept out of it then you could walk relatively safe. Head held high. Now I know the truth. They won’t come after you, but they won’t avoid you either. And if you’re in the wrong place at the wrong time then you better be lucky. Because it’s that indescriminate. It’s that simple. There is nothing you can do in that moment other than get down and hope to survive. Agnes didn’t have a chance. They shot through the window these youths on bicycles. She couldn’t have even known it was coming. Two simple little bullets and an entire world destroyed.
And what can we do? We have to fight. Not with guns but with words and hearts and all of our might. Pick it up where she left off. Try and remain as tolerant and open minded as ever, while fighting the scum who just don’t care about anything. Do it for her. Do it for us. Do it for everyone who has suffered and to those who one day will.
Please. No more apathy. No more ‘It’s not my problem”. This isn’t another world. Every inch of this planet will affect you. And every person in it. Call it the butterfly effect or whatever gets you to understand that the news, the things you see on tv, volcanoes in Iceland, bombs in Bahgdad; They are REAL. They are happening to someone. Someone who thinks and feels just like you do. And if you won’t do it for them or for the all encompassing ‘us’, then do it for yourself because you could be in the wrong place at the wrong time one day too.
R.I.P Agnes Sina-Inakoju. May your soul be free and your legacy great.
“I regard myself and my friends as the power elite. That way I don’t have to worry if someone else is manipulating me. They’re trying, but we’re outsmarting them every step of the way. Most people want to believe somebody else is in charge. Then they don’t have to take responsibility. Then they have the supreme pleasure of perpetually complaining that somebody else is in charge, and it would be better if only they were in charge. As long as I think I’m in charge, I’ve got nothing to complain about. I’ve got to take the responsibility for all of it.”—Robert Anton Wilson