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Midweek (Field day special) Playfist


It can only be time for another spotify playfist. Since Team Hamfisted (nope, i’m not saying that again, it’s a bit gay) are off to Field Day this Saturday, so here’s 15 bands and acts we’re looking forward to watching.

1 – The Horrors – Who Can Say?
2 – Final Fantasy – He Poos Clouds
3 – Santigold – Lights Out
4 – S.C.U.M. – Visions Arise
5 – James Yorkston – Woozy With Cider
6 – The Big Pink – Stop The World
7 – Malcolm Middleton – Week Off
8 – First Aid Kid – You’re Not Coming Home Tonight
9 – Errors – Still Game
10 – Skream – Sub Island
11 – Micachu & The Shapes – Calculator
12 – Mystery Jets – Two Doors Down
13 – Four Tet – Everything Is Alright
14 – King Charles – Time Of Eternity
15 – Mogwai – Mogwai Fear Satan

29/07/2009 Posted by | Music | Leave a comment

Midweek PlayFist

Here’s our midweek spotify playfist, we’ve gone for a few classics.


1. Funkadelic – One Nation Under A Groove
2. Symarip – Skinhead Moonstomp
3. Booker T. & The MG’s – Green Onions
4. Mudhoney – Pump It Up
5. The Beat – Mirror In The Bathroom
6. Husker Du – Charity, Chastity, Prudence & Hope
7. Melvins – Skin Horse
8. The Boomtoom Rats – Dave
9. Yo La Tengo – I Was The Fool Beside You For Too Long
10. Primus – My Name Is Mud
11. Earl Brutus – Midland Red
12. The Bobby Fuller Four – I Fought The Law
13. Sepultura – Propaganda
14. The Who – The Seeker (BBC Session)
15. Tad – Grease Box

22/07/2009 Posted by | Music | Leave a comment

Years – Years

Years are the side project from Ohad Benchetrit of Broken Social Scene and Clap Your Hands Say Yeah! fame, and their self-titled album is one of the most intriguing and pleasurable listens of the year so far. Album opener ‘Kids Toy Love Affair’ is almost misleading with it’s swooping, almost operatic, dream like structure, before Don’t Let The Blind Go Deaf kicks in with it’s structured acoustics. Just as it comes to an end you start to wonder how much of this instrumental album you can take in one sitting.

Are You Unloved? then, takes a detour off the plain acoustics as samples are played backwards, cut up and chopped around with. It’s evident the man has taken a lot from Broken Social Scene as layers of noise slowly creep in over the chopped up music (which strangely sounds like Squarepusher on his quieter moments). All this before the album really picks up and the end of the song explodes in a cry of horns over melodic guitar work and cut up beats.

There are some genuinely touching moments on the record too. The powerful guitar works of Hey Cancer… Fuck You really does sound like it should soundtrack a feel good biopic, as it’s euphoric stuff.

A special mention must also be made to the real highlight of the album, The Major Lift. Strings and horns laden over more cut up acoustics and beats, more generally uplifting work. Whilst the way I’m describing this sounds like the album can be repetitive, it can be, but when music is generally this uplifting, I’m not complaining. Much.

All in all a sterling first solo effort and a fantastic collection of mellow (and occasionally loud) uplifting songs, let down by a slight sag in the middle and a tiny amount of repetition.


22/07/2009 Posted by | Music, Reviews | Leave a comment

Eurogamer Expo announced

Our favourite gaming website, Eurogamer, has announced they will be back with another expo, taking place in two locations (London & Leeds).

The expo begins at Leeds on 27 & 28th October before moving to London for 30th & 31st October. Tickets are priced at £6 per day.

More information and tickets can be found

18/07/2009 Posted by | Gaming, News | Leave a comment

Hamfisted Spotify playlist

In what is hopefully a weekly feature on hamfisted, we will be compiling a spotify playlist of all the stuff we’ve been listening to this week. This will be a mixture of new and old music.

With this first one, still not having quite recovered from Guilfest (report and photos will be appearing soon, we promise!) we found ourselves selecting bands that we saw over the weekend.



1. Nas – Star Wars
2. John Shuttleworth – Serial, Cereal Eater
3. Black Grape – Reverend Black Grape
4. Motorhead – We Are Motorhead
5. GoodBooks – Walk With Me (Subsource Remix)
6. Surf City – Headin’ Inside
7. The Jam – Burning Sky
8. British Sea Power – Boy Vertiginous
9. The Phantom Band – Folk Song Oblivion
10. The Magnetic Fields – California Girls
11. Neon Neon – I Told Her On Alderaan
12. New Order – Touched By The Hand Of God
13. Porcupine Tree – Wedding Nails
14. Broken Records – If The News Makes You Sad, Don’t Watch It
15. Paul Davidson – Midnight Rider

17/07/2009 Posted by | Music | Leave a comment

Hamfisted off to Guilfest

Our team of writers and photographers are off to Guilfest this afternoon. We’ll be back on Tuesday with a full review/photos.


The Hamfisted Team.

09/07/2009 Posted by | Uncategorized | Leave a comment

Daniel Johnston UK gigs

Further to the album re-issues, Daniel Johnston has announced a small series of UK gigs. The dates are;

Brighton BC2 – 1st November
London Union Chapel – 2nd November
Manchester Town Hall – 3rd November
Edinburgh Queens – 4th November
Leeds Brudenell – 6th November
Cardiff Gate – 7th November
Bristol Trinity – 8th November

We expect tickets for these gigs will set out pretty sharpish so make sure you get them as soon as you can.

03/07/2009 Posted by | Music, News | Leave a comment

Daniel Johnston album re-issues

To prepare the world for a new Daniel Johnston album due out “sometime next year”, his previous albums are the target of a re-issue campaign due to start on August 31st.

Initially, 3 of his albums will be released with new artwork and previously unheard songs. These 3 are Welcome To My World, Yip Jump Music and Hi How Are You. 3 more of his albums are due for a re-issue at an as yet unspecified date.

Perhaps now the cult-singer will receive that world-wide recognition he so thoroughly deserves.

01/07/2009 Posted by | Music, News | Leave a comment