Friday, November 28, 2008

London Selected * 083

exhibition Stella Dore

Hot chocolate is delicious. So is pizza. It’s cold out. I have developed carpal tunnel syndrome (which UK people call RSI), so I’ma keep this one quite short. If you’re free tonight you should head down to Rivington Street where the Stella Dore massive has set up a new-as-Mountain-Dew shop/gallery/art-loving freak centre. This launch show, entitled Make Over, will feature house faves, Pure Evil (whose excellent work has appeared right here in le cool), the flag-waving, Pam Glew and the hilarious (and Saatchi-supported) Tinsel Edwards among others. Prices of stuff range from £50 to £10,000 – how funny is that? Get at it. / Chloe McCloskey

DJ Set Maseo

Do you think Maseo would mind being featured next to a party called Cocksoup? Ha ha. It don’t matter, the De La Soul deejay is in town tonight to help celebrate Plan B’s 6th birthday in Brixton. Coming down off the Rock the Bells tour, (which saw Nas kick it in London a couple weeks back), Mace is gearing up to celebrate 20 years since releasing his group’s seminal album 3 Feet High and Rising (tempus fugit eh?) with a world tour. So come check this superstar, who will mos definitely be hauling down a few crates’ worth of true school classics for all the heads. / Chloe McCloskey

Thursday, November 27, 2008

Monday, November 24, 2008


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Freshness straight outta Teedot

Wednesday, November 19, 2008


From Guardian Travel:

Le Cool: An Eccentric's Guide to London

Mat Osman is a busy man. Once the bassist of Britpop band Suede, Mat continued to tour with lead singer Brett Anderson after the band split in 2003, but frequently found himself pursuing extracurricular activities in the back of the tour bus - because Mat is also the editor of Le Cool London, a weekly email dedicated to digging up the best of what London has to offer. Some say it's the best listings collection in the city, and this year they've published one of the most eccentric guidebooks about London.

"It's for people who love the city," says Mat. "People who love scooter shops that turn into coffee shops, and flats with aeroplane wings through them, and manga libraries, and doll's house furniture shops, and bubble-and-squeak stalls, and hairdressers-cum-art galleries-cum-nightclubs, and rollergirls, and so on and so on ..." Read more...

Monday, November 17, 2008

Big one

Feeling this one in a BIG way right now. Sung by Jamaican songstress Hortense Ellis - I still have no idea who wrote it, I'm pretty sure it's different than the O'Jays track of the same title.

Download for free here.

And Maxine Brown's rendition:

Wednesday, November 12, 2008

How dope is the white beeball?

You know we can't go wrong no.....

Sunday, November 09, 2008

Henry Porter on Obama win

"It was a night to remember, but I did have one doubt as I stood in the unseasonable warmth of Grant Park and that concerned the memory of a similar rally on the South Bank in London on 1 May, 1997, when a victorious Tony Blair was greeted by jubilant supporters. As he took power and showed himself, in Asquith's words, to be such a 'good butcher', the political classes dropped their guard and seemed to stop paying attention to what he was doing. Obama is a talented politician and, like Blair, he ain't no pussycat. He needs to be kept up to the mark by the activists who brought him to power: only with that scrutiny will he serve the common good." Read full article

Saturday, November 08, 2008

I friggin' SLEPT - so annoying

Right so the other night when we were doing le cool and Obamster had just won, I saw this interview on Newsnight. I commented to Mat how awkward the whole thing was. Putting Dizzee up next to this eloquent woman and asking him ridiculous questions starting with, "So Mr Rascal..."

An embarrassment, I felt, for the hip hop community, which contains more than enough articulate individuals to comment on politics. Anyway - so apparently the complaints came rolling in to the BBC (big trend these days) and the Guardian has written a piece on it today - page five.

See interview below. Thoughts?

Friday, November 07, 2008

Including Mat's brilliant intro

Sometimes the sun comes out in winter.

As we’re uploading this week’s (fabulous) issue Chloe’s watching youtube clips of Maya Angelou and listening to Sam Cooke’s ‘A Change is Gonna Come’.

I’ve got texts coming in from US friends who were campaigning ‘til 6pm, celebrating ‘til, well, now, and itunes shuffle has just cued up Chic’s ‘At Last I am Free’.

Sometimes, just sometimes, all’s right with the world say RenĂ©, Chloe, Josh and Mat

theatre Michael X

“It’s been a long time coming, but tonight, change has come” said President-elect (WOOOOHOOOO!) Barack Obama on Tuesday to a jubilant crowd in Chicago, paying a moving reference to the fine, fine words of Mr Sam Cooke. What. a. day. And let us bask in it for a few more….But what would Michael X, the Caribbean-born, British civil-rights revolutionary think about these latest developments? Considering that Britain has only ever seen three black cabinet ministers, he might have a few words. A play examining this controversial yet fascinating figure opens tonight at the Tabernacle Theatre. Written by novelist and Guardian contributor Vanessa Walters, the piece promises to examine the mystery that has enshrouded this key figure in black British history, as well as the 1960s political climate in which he operated. With limited dates over the next few weeks – hurry up and get your tickets here. / Chloe McCloskey

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I'm still feeling Spooky Couch heavy. Get er done yo -- it pretty much sums me right now.

Wednesday, November 05, 2008

Skip to 3:13

...this defining moment