Kangaroo Moon

Aussie band Kangaroo Moon gave a fantastic performance Friday night at Aber, albeit rather late starting. A few people were dancing in the first set, by the second set about half of the crowd was up. 

Here is some info about their music: http://www.planetgong.co.uk/maze/blurbs/kangaroomoon.shtml

Their MySpace page has clips you can listen to. You can order CDs from their own web page.

Some taster clips were put up by someone called Elmoono. The clips don’t feature the didgeridoo pieces, interestingly.

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What I’m listening to now…José González

Love José González’ new CD In Our Nature, which asks the question “What’s the point if you hate and kill for love?”

You can see his video clips and hear the music on his site. The clips would be worthy of the British Animation Awards, if only he were a Brit. Surreal and thought-provoking.

If you aren’t famililar with this artist (maybe some people Stateside), he is Swedish of Argentinian descent, and sings in English. Classically trained, he plays guitar intricately.  He’s not a pop clone – both his lyrics and music have something to engage the mind.

British Animation Awards – public choice

I have just come from the British Animation Awards public choice programme 1 (out of three).  A series of British animated films are shown, and the public gets to rate them. The winner wins the award. This is worth seeing, so if you have the chance, do go.

Some of these you can watch online.  Here are my favourites from the first programme:

  1. The Imperfectionist – This was my favourite. By Asa Lucander and Vicki Kitchingman, Blackwatch Productions. Hilarious, warm, self-deprecating humour and very inventive. It was premiered on Channel 4’s Mesh programme of digital animation.
  2. Cat Man Do – By Simon Tofield, this tells a story that all people who are owned by a cat will recognise. People were laughing out loud in the cinema.
  3. The Human Zoetrope – Originally called Round-up after the fairground ride, this is by Mark Simon Hewis.  The story is one man’s life from birth to death, and features a range of illustration styles and a certain dry irony. What is especially interesting is the way he made it, though, putting people into one of those spinning fairground rides.  Each person has a book with the stills from the animation, and he filmed each frame as the people spun past, flipping the pages of the book. Channel 4 FourDocs has video clip of him talking about making the film.

The rest of the programmes are on next weekend, so I’ll be sure to go.