“Music is a drug, right? So if you take it in, then it’s supposed to give you a different perception of stuff. So like, maybe the way that I’m saying things can give you a different perception of what is actually happening.”
LAYING DOWN THE LAW - WILLIAM MCILVANNEY IN INTERVIEW
As Canongate prepare to republish the complete works of William McIlvanney, starting with his Jack Laidlaw detective novels, we talk to “the Clark Gable of Scottish crime fiction” about inspiration, influence, and the importance of imagery.
“I DON’T LIKE DESCRIBING THINGS IN VAGUE WAYS, I LIKE TO CONCRETISE THEM. THE MAIN DYNAMIC OF MY WRITING IS IMAGERY.” – WILLIAM MCILVANNEY
ONCE UPON A TIME IN IRAQ - HASSAN BLASIM IN INTERVIEW
Hassan Blasim is touring the UK to promote his new collection of short stories, The Iraqi Christ. He talks to us about censorship, the surreal and violent imagery in his work, and the future of Arabic literature.
“TRUTH IS STILL A DREAM. ALL OUR LIVES, WE SEARCH FOR AN ANSWER TO THIS. I DON’T LIKE PEOPLE WHO SAY THEY HAVE THE ULTIMATE TRUTH.” - HASSAN BLASIM
N E T V E R K RETURNS WITH A NEW PODCAST FOR THE SKINNY!
The NETVERK column ran on The Skinny site for several months as a link-blog, posting and embedding new music from the world of netaudio – we shared tracks from the finest internet-based (netlabels) around, and scoured Soundcloud, Bandcamp and the wilder outlands of the internet for the finest up-and-coming (and forward-thinking) electronic artists.
After a few months off beavering away in the lab, NETVERK is back as an audio podcast hosted by The Skinny’s Staff Writer, Bram E. Gieben (@t3xtur3) and Pete Ross (@rosslpete). Each month, we’ll bring you an hour or so of new tracks, interviews, gossip and news from the bleeding edge of online music!
This month’s show features an exclusive track from the forthcoming album by Scottish hip-hop originator Loki, plus new music from Flying Lotus as Captain Murphy, psychedelic hip-hop duo The Underachievers, the post-dubstep gorgeousness of Koda, more homegrown hip-hop from Louie of Hector Bizerk, and much more.
We’ll be back in a month’s time with a new show – if you want to present your tracks for consideration in future episodes of the series use The Skinny’s SoundCloud Dropbox, or send us an email firstname.lastname@example.org!
As some of you may already know, myself and p.WRECKS, a rapper who has long inspired me, are working on a new split album. Before that drops, p.WRECKS has a forthcoming split with Pro-Green, entitled Invertebrate, Ammunition, Reflux. In advance of its release, I did a dronegaze remix of one of the tracks, CONVERT/DEVOUR. It’s up now on Soundcloud - cop a free download if you dig it. More news on p.WRECKS upcoming projects with myself and Pro-Green will follow.
Edinburgh - I will be in you on Monday to read a selection of old and new material at Syndicate #2: Real Time Strategy, alongside Lisa Otty, Jo L Walton and Justin Katko. Syndicate’s poetic investigation of the intersection of technology and culture will look at NEWNESS and a constellation of related concepts: the avant-garde, innovation, freshness, early adoption, cutting edge, the future, posterity, and signs of things to come. They will not spill wine on their laptops, or yours. They promise poetry, music, talking, flashing lights, memes and wine. I hope to see you there.
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Lapalux insists insists that his music “speaks for itself,” and that he designs it specifically to defy categorisation. “I always think of albums as a journey,” he says. “From start to finish with Nostalchic, I wanted to emphasise the abstract… with all the layering and texturing, it’s almost like its own little world. I think of each song as its own planet, almost. So you can go there and float around in this weird universe with all this… stuff in it.”
self expression is the best medicine for depressed pessimists.everyone has there own skewed view of the earth. I feel art is our way of communicating that to other humans in a way they can relate to. Feelings, fresh beats, conversations, dreams, growth, different environment, all inspire
“When I was a kid, I stopped watching TV when I was ten. I was like, ‘I’m not gonna watch TV any more.’ I didn’t want to be a part of that. I feel the same way about the internet – I want to fucking smash my computer every time I open it.” - Airick Woodhead
Texture: Straight & Arrow’ feels like it comes from a celebration of life, of a kind of peace. Is that a fair reading?
Falty DL: That’s funny because to me that track is a bad motherfucker, walking down the street with some issues to deal with. So I may be off the grid a bit when it comes to conventional attitude and emotion being conveyed. In other words I laugh during the dark parts and cry during the happy bits of movies. And once I release an LP or anything, it is no longer up to me what people think. It belongs to them.