Posts from 6th October 2006

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Oct 06

Pub Warnings: 1 – NEON

FT + Pumpkin Publog1 comment • 1,356 views

A simulated Neon Sign

The Holloway is not the nicest pub in the world. It used to be a Litten Tree, which changed its name after a murder took place in it. The manager clearly thought that naming the the pub after a nearby prison might put off some of the worst punters from visiting it. I suggested razing the pub to the ground, putting up the beer price or theming it as an Icelandic bar might work*. Basically The Holloway was a nasty pub, which you could only really spot on the days when there were bright yellow square signs outside. Luckily this was 50% of the time, but now you don’t even need them. For the pub has upgraded its sign to a neon one.

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Machine Dreams

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Triffic piece on Paris Hilton by the unusually shrewd pop blogger David Moore. He points out at least one thing that had me guiltily thinking back to my own lazier moments, when he talks about the way commentators (sympathetic or otherwise) invoke the idea of a “pop machine”, a kind of hand-wave usually designed to cover up the fact that we simply don’t know how most pop records are put together in the studio. Moore touches on the language used to talk about this – “competent professionals” and such like, which tends to try and align the pop and business worlds, suggesting that modern studio musicians and producers are little more than suited drones. Even a lot of pro-pop writers (raises sheepish hand) are guilty of this sometimes, though from them it’s probably not intended as a diss: I find the idea of white-coated pop technocrats working hard on R&B R&D a comforting and intriguing one, even now.

OH NO IT’S BANKSIE (slight return)

FT + The Brown Wedge6 comments • 1,002 views

The spirit of political cartooning lives on!

Balladism

FT8 comments • 1,098 views

Do you want to know what’s on the Poptimism ballad giveaway CD? I bet you do. Spoilers below the “more” link!

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