Posts from 17th October 2007

Oct 07

Pop Open Week 12

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This week’s tracks are on the theme of the EIGHTIES. As ever, no identification in the comments box please!

Shandy In The Way Of Control

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Ok, I have not had the time to talk about films here for a while. This is because I have either been
a) Working
b) Watching films
c) Drinking.

Not in that order. Nevertheless like everyone else here I had a mini-essay about Control ready to go, which kept being held up by me going to the pub. And then became completely irrelevant because the only comment that needs to be made on the film was sent by e-mail today written by pˆnk s lord sükråt cunctør of this parish which needs further dissemination :


Jim Henson Tribute For Trafalgar Square

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So farewell then Alison Lapper. Your reign on the fourth plinth in Trafalgar Square, annoying my Dad is to end. But you have been a tremendous presence there, reminding us of the power of statuary and the indomitable spirit of motherhood. But what, we wonder, has she given birth too? I had (wrongly it seems) believed that the Fourth Plinth project had faltered. After the initial rush, the square had seemed to settle for Alison. She seemed to fit too, with the newly pedestrianised venue (pedestrian in all senses of the word – there are some great events but they always seem to lack that magical ooomph*).

Anyway, the new piece of work for the fourth plinth has been announced, and I’m going to get all Daily Mail on your arse. Not because I don’t like it, I won’t know that until I see it in situ. But because from this picture there is an obvious joke to be made, and dammit if I’m not going to make it first. Thomas Schutte’s “Model for a Hotel 2007” kinda resembles the kind of perspexey constructions that the Doozers on Fraggle Rock used to make. It is an admirably clear piece or draftsmanship in action, which could look astonishing in daylight as well as if lit well, but I do kind of see little hard hatted green men grumbling under their moustaches at its construction. I also fear that a free spirited red haired Fraggle may just come in and eat it at some stage. But well done the Fourth Plinth for reminding us to “Dance Our Cares Away…”

*This is almost certainly due to them being free events.

Long Live The Nu-Blogosphere!

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(There is no nu-blogosphere, sillies. These people have mostly been going for ages in one form or another, it’s just that this befuddled old veteran hadn’t paid much attention until the roundtable stuff last week prompted him to start looking…)

Pretty Goes With Pretty: Thoughtful indie-rock fan who likes talking meta and discussing the issues around the music (I suspect I am rarely in agreement with him on the actual music).

The Blue In The Air: This is a familiar face – Marcello Carlin writing about “the greatest song ever written, as of today”. Not an MP3 blog but you’ll wish it was.

Marathonpacks: OK this one really has been around a while, hardly needs my attention and even I had heard the name, but I’m linking it here because his latest post (on the ‘fate of music blogs’) was so interesting.

People Listen To It and Dial M For Musicology: Representative of blogging music academics – I’m not always especially interested in what they’re talking about (music-wise) but there’s an enthusiasm in this microsphere which reminds me of days long gone by.

Now I just need to add them to the sidebar. It’s odd, I’ve been feeling really quite keen on music blogging lately, for the first time in….what….three years? (I’m not counting Popular, which is a writing project or a community building project depending on how I’m feeling at the time) I’ve been bubbling with formal ideas too, some of which might actually be carried out. (I’ve even been glancing over at the tarpaulin in the blogging garage which covers the rusting chassis of NYLPM!)