Shine A Light

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Thursday, 19 May 2011


Last weekend was fun, despite my left foot spazzing out and having to work each day, but I saw two awesome shows that reminded me that Rap and Electronic music are still worth listening too, and I saw my favourite film of all time on the BIG screen!

First off was the almighty DJ Shadow bringing his Shadowsphere tour for the first time to the UK as part of The Great Escape.

The show was a blinder, truly, and you can read more about it at Don't Panic NOW!

But here's some pics I took on my trusty Blackberry

These pics don't do the show justice, but it was incredible, big beats and visual feast!

On the saturday I did my own great escape outta Brighton to the quieter streets of central London to the Prince Charles Cinema just of Leicester Sq, to watch my all time favourite movie, Martin Scorsese's Goodfellas.

This was my first time watching this in a cinema and it blew my mind. The print may have been grainy and projected off kilter slightly, but the shots, scenes, editing, music (all that make this film stupendous) shone through greater than I could have perceived. The prison dinner sequence was particular highlight...Paulie finely slicing the garlic on a massive screen is quite a moment. The climactic scene of Henry's last day fusing his paranoia and drug addiction with a mad rush to smuggle drugs, look after his brother and cook a family dinner (all at once) is one of the finest examples of editing and use of music ever put on film...thrilling and exhausting to watch...pure cinematic storytelling!..I would go on....but....

Then it was Sunday, and an afternoon show from Brooklyn's finest new Hip-Hop act was beckoning!

Das Racist make music like this....

I got to admit I lost interest in Hip-Hop/Rap music a while ago...but this reminded how good it can be, proper party music, unpretentious, clever, stupid, and full of good vibes!...also they're some real cool dudes...found myself having a chat Heems in a corridor after the show...nice guy!

Once again the Blackberry was there...

(looking forward to seeing what Sam's real photo of them looks doubt you'll find it HERE sometime soon)

So that was last week end...there was more...I ended up drinking wine and buying beef jerky with Doug at 3am...unfortunately I didn't take any photos!

(All photos on this post by Toby King)

Thursday, 5 May 2011

Shine A Light presents: Riki Fliks - Movies at Riki Tik's

Alright, so I'm taking this blog into the real world!

If you live in or around Brighton and are into your movies, then you wanna hear this!

I've teamed up with Riki Tik's to bring you Shine A Lights presents: Riki Fliks! Every Sunday evening we will be screening some classic films of all styles and genres. Screening in the back room of everyone's favourite late night hang out Riki Tik's on Bond Street. We have a great projector, a big old wall, booths and comfy seats and of course a fully stocked bar!...we're also bringing in the popcorn! This will be the perfect way to cap that perfect weekend!

But we want more than to hang with you watch movies and get slightly merry....we want YOUR films! If you have made the BEST SHORT FILM THAT NO ONE HAS EVER SEEN then we want to see it!

Drop in a copy your short/video on DVD to Riki Tik's or get in touch via the facebook page:

To kick start Riki Fliks we're going for the big guns with a screening of everyone's favourite crazy man Charlie Sheen in HOT SHOTS! On Sunday 22nd May at 8pm


More info to come! Hope to see you there....and get involved!


Tuesday, 3 May 2011

||| THIRD MAN RECORDS ||| Jack White does crackin' vinyl, Wanda Jackson and a whole lot more...

Been meaning to make some noise about Third Man Records for a while. But here's the low down if you didn't already know...

Third Man Records was originally founded by Jack White in Detroit in 2001. In March of 2009, a physical location was established in Nashville, TN. Third Man Records in it’s current state serves as record store, record label, live venue, and one stop production house with a rehearsal and photo studio, darkroom, and production office and distribution center. All of our records are produced by Jack White in his own Third Man Studio, then printed and pressed right here in Nashville. With our unique set-up we can have an artist recorded and photographed in one day and have records for sale in our store within weeks. In this way we are bringing a spontaneous and immediate aesthetic back into the record business.

This is how music should be, this is a big Fuck You to how awful the music industry has become. Bringing back the immediacy and realness of music, making it raw and untampered with by all the blandness that is around said industry today.

This is neat little product they've released, The Triple Decker Record:

Jack White and The Third Man band has recently bought back 50s Rock'n'Roll legend Wanda Jackson, with an album of covers called The Party Ain't Over and it's one of the best Albums you're gonna hear in a while.

and they sound like this...

"oooo my goodness"

There's a lot more going on at Third Man Records, including new vinyl creations, more great bands, music videos, photography and even Jack White interviewing a livestock auctioneer!

Check it all out