Posts from 14th June 2000

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Jun 00

DUEL! – ROUND 2

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DUEL! – ROUND 2: the first late nite Duel, pitting Travis against Macy Gray. Do your worst!

Vote for your favourite rock critic!

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Vote for your favourite rock critic!: currently Albini is winning, which feels like a bit of a cheat – Albini’s producer’s diaries make for hilarious reading but in terms of actual criticism he comes across as a watered-down Carducci (who’s not on the poll). He’s probably winning as the knee-jerk option for kids who don’t approve of ‘star critics’. Or he’s winning on looks.

My pick was Mr. Charles Eddy. I might have voted for Simon R. but that tie swung it. (link via rockcritics.com, duh.

The Top 10 Coolest People In Rock

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The Top 10 Coolest People In Rock, according to Melody Maker (lifted from the best blog in the world…ever). I want to emigrate. Or die. Here they are:

Coolest
1. Nicky Wire
2. Kelly Jones
3. Fran Healy
4. Cerys Matthews
5. Dave Grohl
6. Kurt Cobain
7. Shirley Manson
8. Matt Bellamy (Muse)
9. Grant Nicholas (Feeder)
10. Ian Brown

I swear, if you can look at that list and not howl with horror, you’re a stronger pop fan than I. I need a drink.

Forever And For Now

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Forever And For Now: aptly enough, here’s Tangents come to set matters straight. “It’s like you can acknowledge the ‘importance’ of the Beatles from a rigidly linear standpoint, but it doesn’t make their records any better and it doesn’t make them any more relevant to the world today particularly. And if anyone suggests that they do then that’s fine but I will make no apologies for suspecting that the life being led by that person is somewhat lacking in adventure.”.

John Lennon: Imagine: Digitally Remastered and Remixed: Pitchfork Review

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John Lennon: Imagine: Digitally Remastered and Remixed: Pitchfork Review: Tanya! TANYA!! Are you reading this??

Cool thing about Imagine: It has “Jealous Guy” on it.
Uncool thing about Imagine: It has “Imagine” on it.

Uncertain, unfair and bloodthirsty

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Uncertain, unfair and bloodthirsty: “Many people still think of folk as a music with a very obvious agenda, i.e., political protest, singalongs for kids, etc. But “Rock-a-Bye Baby” has always been about a baby falling out of a tree — even if somewhere along the way a lot of people stopped listening to the words. Harry Smith never did.” – volume 4 of the Anthology Of American Folk Music is released – can it match the mystique of the first three, or is it just a bunch of songs?

BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB

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BUENA VISTA SOCIAL CLUB

Ry Cooder comes to the stage, his grizzled form battered by years of scouring the planet for roots he can revive. Fingers scarred by the Zydeco wars of the early eighties he nevertheless commands a great deal of stage presence – despite the fact that when he speaks he sounds like a Scottie dog.

“People,” he barks. “The beauty and simplicity of music can often be hidden by the corporate world packaging, buffing and taking the soul out of it. Yet there are still people out there, often hidden by what we in the west would call oppressive regimes, playing and making the most sublime music for the mere pleasure of it. A chance encounter with a battered tape from the fifties has brought me to this undiscovered spot, to see if the music still existed. Certain styles of music are like creatures in rainforests, they are dying out by the minute. However I got lucky – I found this place where master practitioners of this ancient traditional music have been entertaining each other with their virtuosity for years. Despite their poor living conditions and lack of anything we would call social welfare the can still make the most sublime music using home made instruments. They bring joy into their hearts by use of items as simple as tea chests, washboards and the ancient regional instrument known as a kazoo.”

Ry beckons to the side of the stage, whereupon five jaundiced, fag smoking doddery old fools shamble upon the stage carrying items best suited to junk shops. They are obviously in no condition to sign proper contracts for royalties and the like, and most cannot even see the massed media throng and Wim Wenders cameramen.

“Ladies and gentlemen – you will not believe your ears when you hear the sounds these fine people have been peddling for their own enjoyment. They call it skiffle: and with great pleasure I present, and hence take fifty percent of the profits, Lonnie Donnegan and the Bournemouth Darby & Joan Club”

They break into “Does Your Chewing Gum Lose Its Flavour On the Bedpost Overnight”.

SHANKS & BIGFOOT

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SHANKS & BIGFOOT

See the rule below vis a vis non-alphabetic double acts. As extra ammunition note that Shanks is short for Shanks Pony. Pony, in Cockney Rhyming Slang is short for Pony and Trap – which rhymes with Crap.

Bigfoot on the other hand is a mythical beast occasionally sighted in the Rockies, and more often sighted in re-runs of Bigfoot and The Hendersons. Despite John Lithgow being in B&TH (or perhaps because) it was crap.

Some say Sweet Like Chocolate was a perfect proponent of Bubblegum Garage. Fine, but have you ever eaten garage flavoured bubblegum? It tastes shit (like crap).

Where is Duel?

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Where is Duel?: Basically, doing Duel! of a morning was doing my head in. So from today I’m switching to putting it up in the evenings. The downside – or perhaps upside – of this is that I may, oh horror, occasionally be doing the page after drinking a pint or two of lager.

One of the wonders and terrors of Blogger is that it brings Usenet’s age-old ability to post in haste and repent at leisure to a webwide audience.

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One of the wonders and terrors of Blogger is that it brings Usenet’s age-old ability to post in haste and repent at leisure to a webwide audience. Signal Drench Music Magazine is annoyed, and rightly, at the comment I made that the Top 100 list he put together is “a well-written slog through predictable material”. This was a tossed-off comment made in irritation. With hindsight, I regret the word ‘slog’ and I’m sorry: can we all mentally substitute ‘romp’, please? I don’t regret ‘well-written’ because it was, and I don’t regret ‘predictable’ because to me it was that too: voted-for lists almost always are, and that’s no reflection at all on the voters. As for what the hell I want from him: keeping on doing what he’s doing would be great as far as I’m concerned. ‘Pologies.