Category Archives: Hashmark Music

A Sunshine Experience: In Dub

As a wave of music articles is slowly taking over the Hashmark, I feel I must take a step back for a moment, and consider purely the lyrical content of In Dub by Hallucinogen. I won’t lie to you, there aren’t many lyrics on this album, but there are some very interesting concepts and ideas.

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The Baguette: “Cold-cut Beef and Coleman’s English Mustard (Maybe Wholegrain?), Bread; Black Rye”

Against the frivolity the last weeks sandwich I present you with its opposite; still a skinny, lean, indie sandwich mind, but of one born of tradition, be it tradition gathered from the bounties of my fridge, foraged from jaunts to farmers markets. I have picked a selection of four tracks from different artists, picking up on certain ingredients but also the general sense of melancholia that I developed when considering this foodstuff. I think it was the rye bread.

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The New Music Column: I Am Electro Boy

As I began to write this post about electro I found myself embroiled in a rant about ‘new rave’. It was very dull, so instead here is an article which basically sums up my feelings on the matter. With that out of the way I’d like to share with you a few bands who play what I like to call ‘indie with keyboards’.

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A Sunshine Experience: Tropicalia Revisited

gilbertogil.jpgFirstly thanks to Duncan for filling in for me last week, reviewing Joanna Newsom’s marvellous album Ys. My chosen album to enlighten you all with today was to be Dreaming with Alice by Mark Fry. Unfortunately though Mr Pascoe stole my CDs, one of which was this most treasured acid folk album. Cited by some as the epitome of the genre, it is a rare album to find, until recently only realistically available as a bootleg, once I am returned this item I will share it with you all. So where do I go now? I think that I must return to the place where I came.

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The Baguette: “Young Stilton and Redcurrent Jelly Sandwich; Bread: Brown, Stone-ground”

The column that seems to be wavering on the edge of Hashmark obscurity, musical meanderings themed around an even more scrumptious topic; great sandwiches.

This holiday I actually got round to acquiring Deerhoof’s Friend Opportunity, and mostly out of hipster greed, also picked up their previous album, The Runners Four.

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The New Music Column: Live!

My ears are still ringing from last night. Sheffieldian four piece Gas Club were first on and played an impressive set. They play dark, angular indie-punk in the Joy Division/Gang Of Four tradition. MP3s are available both at their website and their MySpace page – ‘Disenchanted’ is recommended. 

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A Sunshine Experience: Ys In The Springtime

yss.jpgJimmy “forgot” to do this week’s article, so the editor is going to enjoy a Sunshine Experience instead.

Is there any better way to spend a sunny Easter Saturday than dozing in a graveyard listening to music? If there is I haven’t found it. My choice of album for this week’s article may not be quite as obscure as Jimmy’s regular selections, but I think it works well all the same. Ignoring the slightly odd location (I don’t think of it as a real graveyard, more a park with dead bodies six feet under the benches), it’s been a good day’s listening, with my iPod (which is unfortunately dying) playing ‘Ys’ by Joanna Newson, courtesy of Newton Abbot library.

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