Posts from 9th November 2007

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Nov 07

geezesthetix ii: fvck da hataz

Pumpkin Publog2 comments • 348 views

topixapologies for talkin abt chocolate bars on a FOOD BLOG but here is an IMPORTANT WARNING

if like me you are in a small turkish cornershop of a morning queuing for ANADIN EXTRA cz you hf 1 x HORRIBLE PRESSURE HEADACHE, and you spot the woman behind the counter unpacking a new item called TWIX-TOPIC, do NOT get as over-excited as i did

ftb it is NOT a mash-up of yr two favourite and most-patronised ever bars — it is actually called TWIX-TOPIX and it is just a wafery-biscuit kind of deal, very dusty and ordinary (the two flavours i had were equally lame): certainly no TIME OUT bar!

(googlin for the image leads me to believe it is a CZECH PRODUCT ) (and straight away the seemingly banal drops through the portal, as ever, into something fascinating: why are so many things on sale in my small turkish cornershop of czech or polish origin?)

BURIAL – Untrue

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I have never actually heard anything by Burial before and he turns out to be one of those musicians whose stuff sounds exactly like everyone says it does. In the case of Burial that’s a good thing as everyone has been turning cartwheels over him – but what I’m trying to get across is that his music is really really describable. That doesn’t mean I’m going to try and describe it. Other people have talked about city autumns, urban blight, London in the small hours – all true! In his Guardian interview the guy basically says, yes, this is music for and about walking around at 5AM after a big night. And it is! It really is! It’s pretty beautiful too – I especially like the little showers of static and vinyl crackle that are like running yr fingers down old brickwork and feeling the cement crumble. Surely a lot of Burial’s critical success is based on how his music makes people grab for words?

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The Freaky Trigger Top 100 Tracks Of All Time No. 50

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GWEN STEFANI – “What You Waiting For”

Tick tock tick tock – generally with any top 100 list there are some very recent records that slip into the rundown thanks to the immediate enthusiasm of the participants and stick out a bit amidst the established classics. Here at Freaky Trigger we believe – Malcolm Gladwell stylee – that momentary enthusiasm is generally a truer guide to worth than long rumination and so we have daringly waited for three years before writing up Gwen Stefani’s “What You Waiting For?” because we KNEW we were right about it. When the list was made this was a bubble of joy shooting up the half-full glass of pop THAT IS THE CHARTS – now however it stands revealed as the foundation stone of a reinvigorated strand of mental clockwork robot pop by ladies. Without the self-knowledge, tricksiness, frightening dancefloor compulsion and Jacques Lu Cont remixes of “What You Waiting For” we would surely not have had Fergie, “Hung Up”, Britney singing about flashing the paparazzi and that other Gwen track about the goatherd. The only sorrow is that Britain’s pop stars have been too reserved to take up the baton: TashBed is mad but in a slightly different fashion and the new lot seem happy to sing about toothbrushes.