MATT MUSIC MONDAY — TAKE MY HAND live April 9, 2014 @ The Garage, London
Last night of the Spring 2014 tour. Nice quality footage. Looked like a cracking gig! Oh to actually be able to see him perform live! *sigh*
Texts from the overground
If you’re a bunny, I’m a bunny.
Head over paws in love.
Comedian Matt Berry is to release an album entitled Music For Insomniacs on May 19, which he wrote during a period of sleep deprivation.
Citing Mike Oldfield and Jean-Michel Jarre as influences, Berry says of the album: “I looked into the kind of music I was listening to during bouts of insomnia and found the ambient minimal pieces were sometimes too uneventful and just kept me awake, but then the pieces that were too hectic ended up having a similar effect too. Insomnia was something I suffered on my own so I wanted the creation of this album to be an equally solitary experience. It had to be completely personal so I knew I had to record every note myself. The results hopefully give the listener the effect of slowing down, moving backwards or stopping and resuming the journey in slow motion.”
While Music For Insomniacs Part IV, backed with Lost Contact, won’t appear on the album, it should give some idea of what’s to follow.
Toast of London
You and Goodhouse aren’t ehhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhhh…..
I was going to make my next IT Crowd Appreciation post about Richmond, but recent events have led me to cover Douglas Reynholm instead. (By “recent events”, I found out that he sings like an angel and makes some of the most beautifully evolved music that I’ve ever listened to, and can’t get over a Matt Berry kick as a result)
For many of us, Douglas was a character that we never saw coming. Chris Morris did such a fantastic job as the zaney, and somewhat ruthless CEO Denholm Reynholm, that it was difficult to imagine anyone else actually being able to replace him. Matt Berry quickly won our hearts as Denholm’s sexually wild, misogynistic, arrogant son, Douglas. It’s not hard to see why:
His entrance was at great as Denholm’s exit:
Never before has there been a suicide portrayed as nonchalant or as comically as Denholm’s step out of the window. With Denholm going out with such a bang, it would seem like the end of a beautiful era at Reynholm Industries, until Douglas steps in with this:
(I especially appreciate the short delay from when he opens the door to when he actually shouts this. The resulting scene is even better.)
I struggle to think of any introduction that has been more hilarious, and more memorable than this one.
He’s everybody’s favorite misogynist:
It takes a lot of skill to write a character that most women would want to punch within the first 6 seconds of meeting, and instead, have us love him, and it takes an incredibly skilled actor to bring him to life! I have to admit, if I met someone like Douglas in real life, it would take everything I have to not kick him directly in the groin. This character was portrayed so flawlessly, that it’s one of the reasons why we love Douglas so much. This is actually my favorite line of his. Period.
WHY DIDN’T THIS HAPPEN AGES AGO!?
Admit it, this was one of the funniest moments in the history of this show!
(If you blinked, you probably missed it. This image was taken from a single frame that was in the promotional video during the episode, “Men Without Women,” when Douglas keeps coming on to Jen, relentlessly)
On that note, he genuinely believes that he can get any woman that he wants:
Also, this scoundrel will stop at nothing in attempt to con woman into getting what he wants
(Now THAT’S determination!)
When he DOES get the girl, well that’s another story:
His reactions are PRICELESS! I can’t look at this image without hearing, “You’re supposed to be ddddeeeeeaaaaaddddd”
His naive enthusiasm is a beautiful thing:
His sense of humor is slightly askew:
Because there’s no such thing as looking silly:
Perhaps that’s why he’s so open to new things:
And like Roy, he too, tells is like it is:
In general, I don’t think anybody could pull off a character, quite like this, like Matt Berry can
So cheers, mate! And thanks for all of the laughs….
More to come, but for now:
On Record Store Day, Hot Chip’s Alexis Taylor, Radio 1’s Annie Mac, actor/musician Matt Berry and Rhys Webb of the Horrors champion the likes of Heavenly and Acid Jazz
Alexis Taylor, Hot Chip
"I really like The Trilogy Tapes. They’ve released wide-ranging things like new dance producers, a Theo Parrish EP, and a series of cassettes. Trunk Records is also really good; it does TV soundtracks, like children’s shows, and obscure film scores. There isn’t an equivalent label out there."
Annie Mac, Radio1 DJ
"Marble Music is a little Paris-based house and techno label, run by a collective of my favourite producers, such as Para One and Bobmo. Phantasy Sounds is another favourite – it’s an extension of Erol Alkan, the DJ who runs it. Everything he does is top quality and so well considered."
"I’ve always loved Sub Pop. It’s no coincidence that some of my favourite bands have come from there, like Beach House, the Shins and Fleet Foxes. Then there’s Sunday Best and my label, Acid Jazz. Acid Jazz and Sub Pop’s logos are very alike. Perhaps there’s something in that."
Rhys Webb, The Horrors
"What defines a great record label? Sound, personality and identity. Page One has that – it releases this fantastic beat music tinged with psychedelia. Heavenly Recordings have got a really good roster, with bands like Toy and Temples. And Trouble In Mind are a really interesting label as well."