Category Archives: Podcast

20JFG podcast: Way Through

Featuring : Podcast + Way Through

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There are days, in that period where English Autumn greets biting Winter, when the cold, the damp, the grey and the ochre come together like a synesthesic brew that intensifies our sensations and sharpens our memories, helping them cut through the psychic barriers of the everyday, and transforming our day into a ramble down grounds in spatial-temporal flux , swept by ghosts from the past and feelings that are part history, and part dream, ours and our forebears’.

In other words, these days do to us the same as Way Through’s wonderful music, and this mixtape that they kindly put together for us.  As usual, you can guess/identify the songs on the side if you are so inclined.

Way Through 20JFG Mixtape

You can get Clapper is Still here.

We also use this occasion to congratulate Chris and Clare (Way Through) for TEN years of Upset The Rhythm, living proof of the power of cool + positivity, vanquishers of the evil forces of irony that so often threaten London’s karma, and summoners of many a wonderful sound creature now hosted in 20JFG’s playlist, and also our hearts.

Thank you! Here’s to another 10, at the very least!

And a small warning

Our posting schedule in the run-up to Christmas will be somewhat erratic. Apologies. But don’t worry, there are reasons for this, all will be explained, and worth it for you.

Saturday Mix Club: Forest Conifer

Featuring : Plains Druid + Podcast

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(art is Refusal by Marek Hospodarsky)

Our friend and seer Jon McIntosh, resident of Flagstaff, Arizona, and also known as Plains Druid, astral explorer of multiple realities, has divined a wonderful podcast especially for all XXJFG readers!

Plains Druid – Forest Conifer (20JFG podcast)

You know where to stick yer tracklistings (in the comments!).

If you’re intrigued then by Cthulu check out Jon’s latest Plains Druid release, Swag Demon, which is out now on Twin Springs Tapes.

20JFG Podcast: Chevalier Avant Garde

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Joining us for our infrequent Saturday mixtape club this week is Chevalier Avant Garde who eschew the bouncing temple pop of Heterotopias for a woozy desert shore.  If Peckinpah had made Cowboys Vs Aliens* and if the Aliens had killed almost everyone and fucked off before the film even started, this would sound track it quite well.  Strung out and desolate, echoing end of the pier fatalism and that unnerving, distorted optimism that you know is just about to be contrasted with a wide shot of the apocalypse.  All the good stuff basically.

Chevalier Avant Garde mixtape

Chevalier Avant Garde’s new album comes out on September 10th on Fixture Records.  You can pre-order it right here.  The first 50 pre-orders get a reworked copy of this mixtape on tape.  Go get!

*full disclosure, I have not seen Cowboys Vs Aliens.  John Carter filled up my sci-fi-flop-o-meter for this year.

20jfg podcast : No sex please, we’re British

Featuring : 20jfg + Podcast

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A friend at work once send me the image above in a work email titled :

“Phwwaa – I would, wouldn’t, you?”

For those of you too young to know the above image is Jon Bon Jovi – an unfortunate product of early gene splicing experiment between Bruce Springsteen and David Lee Roth.

There are a great deal of complex subtleties we all use to judge the image above, its context, meaning and intention. As human beings we all have the ability to understand this.

Computers don’t, as of the time of writing, have this ability. Computing machines use algorithms, written by humans, or evolved by other machines to judge input – and it’s all a bit fallible. Computers are great for some things, and not so great at others.

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Like cats and Russell Grant, computers are not well known for their sense of humour.

It should come as no surprise  that after the BubblyJovi email I rapidly received the following email :


Re :  “Phwwaa – I would, wouldn’t, you?” : FILTER ALERT

Dear xxxxx,

I’m out of the office till xx/xx/xxxx but will get to you as soon as i return.

Regards

xxxx xxxx

Head of Internet Security – <company name>


I got this message on the hour, every hour, for the next two weeks…

 

 

And these emails from my boss….


OH DEAR ;) lol.


 


Yo, how do i stop these bloody out of office replies?


 

BubblyJovi was obviously processed through some algorithm which detected the amount of pixels contained within matching some range of hexadecimal values which mapped to a flesh colour. The result was a number greater than the threshold set for the red lights and sirens to go off – the pixelporn law had been violated.

In the computers eyes BubbyJovi was total pixelporn and we, as the recipients of the image, were all pixelpornperverts :( This is not to say the computer was wrong, for who amongst you can truly say they have never awoken from a sweaty fantasy about the american/italian spandex n denim clad permed love god?

The point of this is that I now know computers have less judgement than the NSA releasing a cease and desist order for a t-shirt of the prism logo while simultaneously claiming the project didn’t exist.

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xxjfg podcast – no sex please, we’re british

We normally ask you to id the tracks in our podcasts, but you  don’t need to as a computer can do it for you. Try it and post the answers in the comments box.

We don’t pretending to have a more than a passing understanding of search engine algorithms but we are aware of the fun results of auto subtitling, the lolable inaccuracies of online language translate, the shit siri says, wtf autocorrects and the fun times you can have trying to find any number of html entity named witchhouse acts, the vibrators, pissed jeans, child pornography, lesbian dopeheads on mopeds, fuck buttons, anal beard, fanny pack and let alone throbbing gristle via your internet search engine of choice.

 

With this in mind we, at xxjfg, would like to fully endorse the British prime minister’s well informed plan to let computers judge and filter internet content in the UK.

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It’s obviously he and his advisors have a deep understanding of the internet.

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We bow to their superior wisdom, their wish to protect us all from the evils of the interweb and ability to spend our money wisely.

It’s probably the best step for the interweb since that really useful cookie law.

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All hail our glorious leaders.

Yours sincerely

xxjfg

 

Footnote : If you understand the meaning of that last paragraph and images, well done, you passed the Turing test – otherwise – hello computer!