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FOLK'S WORST CARD GAME IS HERE

You can order the brandnew FOLK'S WORST NIGHTMARE CARD GAME in a strictly limited first edition here:

FOLK'S WORST CARD GAME


THE FOLK'S WORST NIGHTMARE TOP TRUMPS CARD GAME
*play top trumps with your favorite guitar people*

- 40 card featuring folkpunk- and songwriter-acts who are friends with the FWN collective
- manually cut with much love and little precision
- first edition limited to 40 sets (other acts from the card game might sell it also)

classic top trumps rules with 5 categories:
PUNKNESS (0-5)
INSTRUMENT SKILLS (0-5)
STAGE HOG (0-5)
GIGS PER YEAR
FIRST SHOW

presented by FOLK'S WORST NIGHTMARE
conceived and produced by egotherapie & the black elephant band
artwork by egotherapie

 

Sums it up nicely

I don't know much about Brian Eno, nor did he influence me in any way creatively (not that I know of). But I love this particular Briano Eno quote. Recently found it again to describe to a friend what I am looking for in sound mixing and arrangements:

“Whatever you now find weird, ugly, uncomfortable and nasty about a new medium will surely become its signature. CD distortion, the jitteriness of digital video, the crap sound of 8-bit - all of these will be cherished and emulated as soon as they can be avoided. It’s the sound of failure: so much modern art is the sound of things going out of control, of a medium pushing to its limits and breaking apart. The distorted guitar sound is the sound of something too loud for the medium supposed to carry it. The blues singer with the cracked voice is the sound of an emotional cry too powerful for the throat that releases it. The excitement of grainy film, of bleached-out black and white, is the excitement of witnessing events too momentous for the medium assigned to record them.”

 

A NEW MUSIC VIDEO

In a lucky coincidence, hanging in my mum's garden recently I have caught on camera what was perhaps the most exciting incident in the life of this peculiar creature. So I turned it into a music video. Zero budget, zero skills:

THE BLACK ELEPHANT BAND - FREDDY'S SPORTS GOODS STORE

Fifty recommended albums

Nobody asked for it, yet here it is: a list of 50 albums that I would deem 'pretty close to perfect'. For utterly different reasons these 50 have outlasted many others in my ever shifting listening habits. In many cases, something deeply personal is attached to the sound - a memory, a well-known face, a chapter of adolescence. Sometimes the listed title is more of a pars-pro-toto trying to stand for an artist's entire awesome oeuvre. Sometimes two albums are needed to properly reflect the impact one particular band had on me. And finally, some bands will forever refuse to be defined by one single album and instead force me to list them just by name, in the 'appendix'. I love lots and lots and lots of music and it is impossible to convey all of the joy it brings to my existence. This is a little glimpse. Hope you enjoy it as much as I do.

FILTH FROM THE GARAGE

gluecifer - tender is the savage

gluecifer - basement apes

the hellacopters - high visibility

the hives - tyrannosaurus hives

zen guerrilla - shadow on the sun

modey lemon - modey lemon

them crooked vultures - them crooked vultures

fidlar - fidlar

benjamin booker - benjamin booker

CALM DOWN A BIT

lou reed - transformer

joe vickers - notes from the wood burning stove

beck - one foot in the grave

joe strummer and the mescaleros - streetcore

damien jurado - rehearsals from departure

mazzy star - so tonight that i might see

THE LYRICS BIBLE

jeffrey lewis - em are i

geoff berner - we shall not flag or fail

geoff berner - canadiana grotesquica

phoebe kreutz - the age of reasonableness

ezra furman - day of the dog

the homeless gospel choir - i used to be so young

billy liar - some legacy

THE SONGCRAFTING BIBLE

the clash - london calling

dr dog - be the void

ezra furman - perpetual motion people

tom waits - rain dogs

daniel romano - modern pressure

KICK UP THE DUST

blood meridian - kick up the dust

tom waits - real gone

black rebel motorcycle club - howl

possessed by paul james - there will be nights when i'm lonely

travels & trunks - i get along

middle brother - middle brother

mischief brew - this is not for children

NOISE PILLOWS

hop along - painted shut

pearl jam - vs

east cameron folkcore - for sale

dinosaur jr - beyond

black mountain - in the future

mark lanegan - bubblegum

GARAGE REVISITED

the gories - i know you fine but how you doin

kings of leon - youth and young manhood

the black keys - rubber factory

reigning sound - time bomb high school

martha - love keeps kicking

the afterpartees - glitter lizard

night beats - who sold my generation

the orwells - disgraceland

2nd grade - hit to hit

the wave pictures - look inside your heart

MORE INCREDIBLE BANDS

dead moon

the stooges

the ramones

the cramps

jon spencer blues explosion

queens of the stone age

violent femmes

together pangea

black lips

thomas function

radiator hospital

the taxpayers

the smith street band

holly golightly

schwervon

daniel johnston

howlin wolf

all members of FWN