Wednesday, February 17, 2010

The Music That Made... Mitchell Museum

This week is turning into a good clearing house to find out more about those we wrote about in preview precis for Class Of 2010. Mitchell Museum, for instance, Glasgow's lo-fi leftfield art-pop outfit. We find them in a position to give away six older tracks and demos via free Bandcamp download under the title We Lost 1st Prize, ahead of a just mastered (according to a chat with Ragged Words) album entitled The Peters Port Memorial Service. They're in session with Marc Riley on 6 Music on March 23rd and are doing likewise soon for Huw Stephens. Meanwhile...

First single bought
Cammy (vocals/keys): Peaches by the Presidents Of The United States Of America
Dougie (guitar): Shaggy - Mr Boombastic
Kris (bass): Guns 'n' Roses - Knockin' On Heaven's Door
Raindeer (drums): The Simpsons - Do The Bartman

First gig voluntarily attended:
Cammy: The first gig I voluntarily attend was a Grandaddy gig, the first gig I ever attended was a Runrig gig. Cool.
Kris: Pantera - Barrowlands, May 1994
Raindeer: Idlewild

The record that most made you want to get into music:
Cammy: That would be The Muppet Show. I absolutely loved that album. I still do. Their version of Simon Smith and His Amazing Dancing Bear is quite outstanding.
Dougie: Shaggy - Mr Boombastic
Kris: The Rise and Fall of Ziggy Stardust and the Spiders From Mars
Raindeer: Radiohead - OK Computer

The three headliners at a festival you were curating:
Cammy: Flaming Lips, Modest Mouse and Pavement....Pitchfork steal all our ideas.
Dougie: Biz Markie, Numbers (only cos I've never seen them live), Sonic Youth (forced to play real songs, too much of that fucking about between song sonic jam nonsence and i'll be giving that Moore lad a stern telling off)
Kris: Tom Waits, David Bowie and Marylin Manson (If we are curating I want big names and big money) If it was a smaller scale festival then Why?, Sunset Rubdown and Yeasayer
Raindeer: Arcade Fire, Animal Collective, The Flaming Lips from 1999

A song not enough people know about but everyone should hear:
Cammy: An excellent song called Boyscout’n by an amazing band called Menomena. They’re pretty impressive.
Dougie: Ooo! - Tracy + The Plastics
Kris: Welcome Homeby Radical Face
Raindeer: Midlake - Kingfish Pies, from their first and best album, the one that no one talks about and the one that even the band seem to have forgotten too, one of the best albums I own.

A song you'd play to get people dancing:
Cammy: Atlas by Battles
Dougie: Shaggy - Mr Boombastic
Kris: Korobeiniki (Tetris theme tune)
Raindeer: Wolf Parade - I'll Believe In Anything

The last great thing you heard:
Cammy: I really like the new Los Campesinos! album but in particular the song The Sea Is A Good Place To Think Of The Future. The lyrics are brilliant and the arrangement is very very good indeed.
Dougie: I heard that Jennifer Aniston is going out with that Gerrard Butler from that film where he's going to kill everyone. That's EVERYONE. He is dead good and she deserves to be happy cos she was dead good in Friends and Brad Pitt left her for J-Lo or someone.
Kris: Charlotte Gainsbourg's IRM
Raindeer: Josiah Wolf - The Trailer And The Truck

Your key non-musical influences:
Cammy: Off the top of my head I’d say Mikhail Bulgakov, being run down by a taxi and Jim Henson.
Dougie: Tumble dryers, Danny Dyers, deep fat fryers.
Kris: Coffee, Hunter S Thompson, Wes Anderson, Deth P Sun
Raindeer: Dogs, my grandparents and orange Lucozade

Your favourite new artist:
Cammy: He’s not really that new... but he’s new to me... Dan Deacon. He’s very good he is.
Dougie: I dunno, how new is new? Unsigned new or just released a first single/ep/album new? Shaggy, Mr Boombastic
Kris: Sin Fang Bous
Raindeer: Favorite new artist to me would be Antlers

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