Wednesday, January 27, 2016

Emulsifier on AudioCulture

The blog may have been neglected recently but that doesn't mean I haven't been busy with other projects. Here's one of them, a profile I wrote for NZ music history site AudioCulture, looking back at the life and times of early Nineties Wellington funk/rock/party merchants Emulsifier ... another one of those lost-between-the-cracks stories I felt compelled to expand upon.

Special thanks to Adam Bennett (aka King Ad B) and John Martin (Juan V) for sharing their time and some laughs. Click the link below.

AudioCulture on Emulsifier

Tuesday, January 26, 2016

Detox Static

A word and a brand new name-your-price download from Belgian electro giants Front 242 and Alfa Matrix ...

In the summer of 2015, when announcing the upcoming release of the much awaited remastered version of their “No Comment” album due to arrive in spring 2016, FRONT 242 not only offered the unreleased RADICALG remix of “Take One” for free to their fans (, but also opened a remix competition for the same classic song as well.

Overwhelmed by the success of the competition and the several hundreds of remixes that got sent to Alfa Matrix, it took us much more time than initially expected to get all of these competition entries played to the various jury members and eventually reach a final top 3 of the most favorite remixes.

Today to thank you all for your much appreciated patience, we are proud to release with FRONT 242 the free “Detox Static” EP exclusively available only through Bandcamp. It features a remastered version of “Take One”, plus the remix work by the 6 (and not only 3!) first winners of the remix competition.  Congratulations to AD:KEY, EISFABRIK, KANT KINO, TEFONIK, RESTRICTION 9 and DIGITAL 440 for being part of the “Detox Static” sonic adventure. And a big thank you to all of you who took part in the competition. 

Enjoy this EP until we soon announce the upcoming remastered versions of several iconic FRONT 242 albums showcasing the band’s innovative sound in its best audio quality possible today. You will be able to hear these albums on vinyl and cd with the improvements or differences permitted by today's audio technology.

And 2016 being a very special year for both FRONT 242 and Alfa Matrix, you can definitely expect the unexpected! There is so much more to come... Stay connected!

Thursday, January 14, 2016

A Theatre of Life

I’ve been a little bit lost for words this week. David Bowie meant so much to so many of us, every time I attempted to express my thoughts, words just felt inadequate. Even writing this now, several days on from news of his death (from liver cancer), it all feels a little bit surreal. But of course, like so many before him, his death has rather brought him back to life in a pop culture sense. Social media, and indeed, mainstream media, is awash with tributes; his life is being discussed, his music is being played and shared, his films are being watched, and so many brilliant photos and images of the man have emerged or resurfaced. On my own social media newsfeed, one of the best tributes I read came from a longtime friend of everythingsgonegreen, London-based Glaswegian Paul Colvin, a political activist and poet, and a man who clearly has a passion for all things David Bowie … thank you Paul for allowing me to share your words:

This is about a man whose music and style meant so much to me and so many others who witnessed Ziggy Stardust, who loved his music then and still do now. I wouldn't even have considered paying a tribute to a genius like David Bowie but I woke this morning, sat bolt upright in bed and wrote this at 4.45am. I hope I have done him a little bit of justice.
For Bowie fans. 12 January 2016.

A Theatre of Life

Who do we thank for the wonderful times?
 And which one do you thank for the rock’n’roll crimes?
 Where the sailors and lawmen link hands with the sadmen
 And the smiling asylum laughed at all the madmen
 You sang of a whore who fell to the floor
 And with an explosion of colour you crashed through our doors
 You were so many people in so many times
 With so many words sung aloud in your mimes
 The spaceman who posed in ridiculous garb
 Whose sharpness pierced hearts with a lyrical barb
 A lad who was mad yet the sanest of all
 You lived life to the full in a choreographed ball
 Your width of a circle was a world that was flat
 Where you danced with the strangers in your satin and tat
 And the pavement was heaven where creatures once roamed
 Where the ashes of genies were swept up by gnomes
 But a duke came to warn us, so thin and so white
 That a spaceship of spiders from Mars was in sight
 They watched China danced slowly in your colourful eyes
 And at a free festival, children, were all in disguise
 And the heroes you swam with were all suffragettes
 As you pulled on your fingers for a long cigarette
 We were all pretty things you would not cast aside
 Your festival’s memories was one magical ride
 Where diamond dogs glittered in your stations of life
 You came as a hero to erase all our strife
 Lay low now dear Lazarus, you’re in heaven and free
 We all came as strangers but as friends we can leave
 His name was always Buddy, a crack’d actor now gone
 But we still have his music so let’s dance until dawn
 And every mountain that passes a free flying cloud
 Will hear through the rainbows, his music so loud
 With a bizarre gift of beauty he reached to mankind
 And on the world’s greatest stage he played to our minds
 But our world was full of plastic grooves that circled in our heads
 And the thought of what went on in there filled them all with dread
 It was one vivid circus full of actors and clowns
 It’s a pity their master’s no longer around
 We will always remember a star that was born
 The starman was Ziggy, a genius forlorn
Paul Colvin is very passionate about his Scottish roots and is very active in the ongoing campaign for Scottish independence, or his homeland’s freedom from the shackles of Westminster tyranny, as he would doubtlessly put it. Paul has had two books of poetry published on that subject (and wider political and social commentary), ‘Poems For An Independent Scotland’ (click here), and ‘Are You Yes Yet?’ (which has just been published).

Tuesday, January 5, 2016


The end of another year inevitably means the release of another sumptuous compilation album from the LA-based Hit+Run label.

The 2015 edition features prime cuts from blog favourites like Kutmah, Zackey Force Funk, and a new discovery (for everythingsgonegreen) in the form of the Contact Field Orchestra, plus many others.

Check it …

Sunday, January 3, 2016

The Festive Dozen 2015: She's So Rad - Confetti

When Tango, She's So Rad's second album, finally arrived mid 2015, much of it was instantly familiar. The album felt a little bit like a compilation release, and included several tunes that benefitted from lots of prior exposure at various points across the past couple of years; not the least of which were highlights like ‘Levels’, ‘Cool It’, and this one, ‘Confetti’, which dates as far back as 2012, if not actually earlier.

In truth, ‘Confetti’ sounds as though it could have been released as long ago as 1985 … which naturally enough, meant it quickly became something of an instant classic in the excessively dry-iced chrome-tinted world of everythingsgonegreen. If there was a more retro Eighties-centric opening 30 seconds to any other tune released in 2015, then we didn’t hear it.

‘Confetti’ also appeals as the ideal final instalment of our Festive Dozen countdown for 2015, albeit arriving a few days late. There’s a few more annual bits and bobs to cover off before the blog can fully consign 2015 firmly to the dustbin of history, but in the meantime, have a happy new year. Gone fishing, back soon (ish) …

(The Festive Dozen is a fairly randomly selected year-end collection of clips featuring the tunes which featured most prominently on the (generally pop-loving) iPod playlists of everythingsgonegreen at various stages throughout 2015) ...