Now I realise that the Internet is a dangerous place, full of paedophiles and con men, but for me the biggest problem we have with it is stupid people.. Let me explain. A new ‘scam’ hit the news recently that reinforced my belief that some people really shouldn’t be left in a room by themselves. The ‘scam’ (I’m loathe to even use the term) involves someone phoning you up, claiming to be from Microsoft. They tell you that you have a problem with your Internet connection and they want to help you to fix it. After they run you through a step by step guide on how to repair your problem they inform you that you have a nasty virus and that they’re going to have to take your credit card details in order to fix it. So far so ‘you fucking what?’ So you give them your card details, because you don’t want that nasty virus on your PC. But then, and this is the cunning bit, the Microsoft people on the phone have access to your computer, because they’ve changed all your settings! Really, this is brilliant and I love it. It’s also true. People have fallen for it!

What next? Someone phones you up saying they’re researching the pattern in the number of your credit card, the expiry date and your date of birth? Believe me someone out there will fall for it.

TDCC aren’t dumb. They’ve chosen an ace location for their next video. How does this work? Do the record company come up with locations, or do they ask the artist where they fancy filming it al la Factory and New Orders Carribean recording sessions?

Another un-stupid thing is the new EP from Les Petit Pilous. Bielle EP is out now on Beatport and it’s naughty. Go get it

Les Petit Pilous – Russian Forest (Original Mix)

Also check out Compare My Radio. It’s only got a few stations on there at the moment, but the idea is you can find out what airplay a particular song is getting at the moment (check out Status Quo’s air time). It also highlights just how shit Radio One is recently (what do I mean recently?), with Mumford & Son riding high in the play charts, followed by the obligatory R&B balls. Compare the variety offered by Radio 6, which they plan to shut down and the paltry 26% variety on offer at Radio 1

Just a final note to finish on. Titus Andronicus have a new album out now and if you like your Pogues, Bowery, drunken brawl, falling out of a taxi pissed sort of thing, this is for you.

Titus Andronicus  – A More Perfect Union

Last, but definately not least, is the new remix from Run Riot, or Prolific Tom as I’ve begun to call him. Does the man ever sleep??

Get it here!

Dee’s Lounge

Of all the clubs and nights I’ve attended, my favourite has to be the nights we spent in D’s Lounge, in Birmingham.

It was a small, neatly laid out room with a very select clientel. The best thing about it for me, apart from a very lax dress code (shades and several hats anyone?) and a lazzez faire attitude to drugs, was the music that was played. You’d get everything in there, old skool, rock, indie, funky beats and kick ass electro. Everybody wanted to be the DJ and everyone was. It was the sort of place where you’d start drinking on Saturday evening and before you knew it, you were outside smoking a fag and it was Sunday morning.

It’s closed down now, moved its operation up North, but a lot of the music on my hard drive still harks back to that time. The music I post on this blog is stuff I would have played at Dee’s. Here’s just a couple of tunes that recall fun nights and godawful mornings.

Whitey – Wrap It Up

Similou – All This Love (Young Punx Club Mix)

Also check out the Shinichi Osawa mix on ClashMusic