Bittles‘ Magazine | Interview with Screamin’ RachaelRachael Cain, or Screamin’ Rachael as she is better known, is a bit of a legend in the house music scene. Labelled the »Queen of House« by those illustrious people at Billboard magazine, the name has stuck since it seems quite apt. Over the years Rachael has had a string of releases and been heavily involved with the legendary Trax Records. She has also invented her own musical genre (hip-house) together with Africa Bambaataa, and released some of the most sleazy, euphoric and downright funky music to be found. By JOHN BITTLES →
Bittles‘ MagazinexAs you know we quite like to champion exciting new talent here at Titel-Magazine! And as Bluredism is relatively new to these ears, and extremely talented we thought it was about time we got him in for an interview. The lavish praise he has received from Panorama Bar regulars Ryan Elliot and Martyn shows just how well-respected Bristol-based sonic adventurer Bradley Albertides is. Having previously treated us to some rather funky beat-based 12 inches under various guises he has just sneaked out his very first artist album. By JOHN BITTLES →
Bittles‘ MagazineI remember walking into my local record emporium way back in the year 1992. Of course everything was in black and white back then as colour hadn’t yet been invented. I had a singular purpose! To purchase a strange record that I had heard discussed in closed circles and hushed tones by shadowy figures with a glint in their eyes. By JOHN BITTLES →
Bittles‘ MagazineHolidays are strange things if truth be told! After being informed that Titelwas going on a three week holiday I decided to take a well-deserved break from music. In this extra time I decided I would learn how to smoke a pipe (so I could appear more sophisticated) and become a lollipop scientist (the world will always need lollipops). The fact that I only lasted one day isn’t just down to the fact that pipes are pretty disgusting and lollipops are surprisingly sticky. No, it was purely down to how much excellent new music there is out there! And what type of part-time, unpaid music journalist would I be if I didn’t bore you to tears by telling you all about some of these new releases that I love? By JOHN BITTLES →
Bittles‘ MagazineJOHN BITTLES started up a blog called ShadowCuts which publishes fiction and various other titbits (submissions always welcome). Read his first story The Nutcracker →
Bittles’s MagazineAh, cassettes! I remember them well! My first forays into the wonderful world of music listening was through tapes with the very first albums I bought being Whitney by Whitney Houston and Licensed to Ill by The Beastie Boys. Yes, even back then I was an eclectic adventurer and overly pretentious to boot! By JOHN BITTLES →
Bittles‘ MagazineThis month we have some absolutely above average music for your listening pleasure. If you are heading back to school, or just mourning the death of summer then we’ve got lots of goodies here guaranteed to cheer up your moody little face. We’ve got some epic rock from Glasvegas, a stunning collection of house music from Kompakt, skewed rock grooves from Franz Ferdinand, and loads more fantastically funky stuff. By JOHN BITTLES →
Bittles‘ MagazineOne of my favourite »Overheard in a Bookshop« moments … Young Girl (with slight accent) – Do you have any books by Jane Eyre?
John (with his accent) – Aha, I suspect you mean Charlotte Brontë.
Young Girl – No, I mean Jane Eyre.
John – We have the book entitled Jane Eyre.
Girl – No, I mean the author Jane Eyre.
John – Did she, perchance work as a governess, at Thornfield Hall and carry on with the Byronic Mr Rochester?
Girl – Don’t know.
John – She is often considered ahead of her time due to the portrayal of the development of a thinking and passionate young woman who is both individualistic, desiring for a full life, while also highly moral. Jane evolves from her beginnings as a poor and plain woman without captivating charm to her mature stage as a compassionate and confident whole woman. As she matures, she comments much on the complexities of the human condition. Jane also has a deeply pious personal trust in God, but is also highly self-reliant. Although Jane suffers much, she is never portrayed as a damsel in distress who needs rescuing. For this reason, it is sometimes regarded as an important early feminist (or proto-feminist) novel. →