Posts from 10th December 2003

Dec 03

The Worst Songwriter Of All Time?

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The Worst Songwriter Of All Time?: ancient but very readable Slate piece, may well be of interest to Popular fans.

I’m not a food snob but…

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I’m not a food snob but…

…Burger King XL bacon double cheeseburgers are absolutely foul. Following a couple of hours wobs shopping on oxford street yesterday I felt somewhat peckish and was drawn by the pretty colours into the BK (wary of this, I decided to avoid the McDs). Disappointed to find they had withdrawn the winter warmer already (despite the fact that it’s not even officially winter yet!!), I pondered for a while before plumping for the XLBDC. Sitting down and opening my box I was rather shocked to find no top on my burger and the small limp bits of psuedo-bacon and puslike cheese staring up at me hardly made me warm to it. Returning with a topped burger I was still rather put off, and it was only at this point that I realised that XLBDC has no salad whatsoever, not even gherkins. Now I like hunks of meat as much as the next man (makes sure next man isn’t E-Wing), but this was somewhat excessive. Also, I think my visit on Saturday to Bodean’s where I had an absolutely delightful and huge pulled pork sandwich and fries (and gherkin!) for only a quid more than BK was nagging away at the back of my mind…

Somewhere along the line I want to write about the phenomenon that is (was perhaps) Ain’t it Cool News

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Somewhere along the line I want to write about the phenomenon that is (was perhaps) Ain’t it Cool News. In the meantime, and for want of reasons to laugh, a piece of gonzo reviewing of the new Lord Of The Rings films: Hobbit-Man: The King Returns. I am not sure if there are spoilers in it or not, but if so just scroll down to the lengthy diversion of his version of the League of Extraordinary Gentlemen – or as it is titled here TEAM 1970?S FOOT-TO-ASSERS. Any team featuring Dirty Harry, The Bandit and a bionic Quint from Jaws is a team I would pay EasyCinema prices to see.

I Am Curious Orange

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 The EasyCinema Experience

In the exploded cross section of a US business district that is Milton Keynes, it stands out. Merely by virtue of painting its utilitarian structure a thoroughly unsuitable colour. Everything else in the new town is utilitarian after all; the mile long shopping centre, the Xscape leisure mall over the road. But for them the typical glass-and-steel grey fulfils the remit. The EasyCinema is a big, orange shed – in-your-face and provocative, much like its creator Stelios sees himself, a man on a mission to upset the cinema industry. On this visit though, all he is going to upset is the customer.


THE ADVENT CALENDAR OF ALCOHOL – 10th December (9%-10%): Chimay Grande Reserve (aka Chimay Bleu)

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THE ADVENT CALENDAR OF ALCOHOL – 10th December (9%-10%): Chimay Grande Reserve (aka Chimay Bleu)

Despite the advent calender entering into wine territory, we are sticking with beer for now. Belgian beer of course. Whilst I could wax lyrical about turning up at the first ever proper ILx meet-up supping from the most Specialist of Brews, the world of super-strength lagers is not one I dip my toes into regularly. Instead this will be a paean to a great lost off-licence and the occasional wonderful discoveries made therein. The Grog Blossom in West Hampstead, which gave me my first taste of Chimay.

The Grog Blossom was the kind of off-licence that you could browse in for hours. the wines were all carefully labelled, though not in a dry nor wacky way. The beer section out the back vacillated nicely between comprehensiveness, novelty and boxes of slightly out of date, dirt cheap Asahi. An offie where you could wander in and ask the bloke behind the counter what was the best wine under five pounds to eat with fish and he would ask what kind of fish. No pressure, their bin-ends were great and it was a joy to go in every time I visited friends.

This time I went in and asked for something different. A clarion call for the nutters everywhere I daresay, it is possible I was after the brand new alcopop. It was 1995 after all. Indicating to the back of the store the friendly shopkeep told me he had some bottles of Chimay Grande Reserve in, 750ml bottles. Which pinged my novelty counter like nothing else. Beer in wine bottles. Champagne-like cork. And of course the 9% alcohol. I bought two bottles and went round my friends for a few drinks.

An hour later we were back. We diversified into Chimays both white and red. Some smaller bottles, and another of the Grande Reserve. I think we may have bought a crate of Nastro Azzurro for eight quid too, which remained untouched until I woke up the next morning on the sofa. I believe this was the night that I got so drunk I rang up to complain to the BBC about Bob Monkhouse, nothing in particular, just general. I think we also broke a glass with the high pressured cork. It was one of those grand drinking experiences which for obvious reasons leave little in the memory except the sensation of a good time.

The Grog Blossom is no longer there, pushed out by the difficulties of being an independent on an overpriced high street. But for that celebratory cork pop you can keep your champagnes and your cava’s: it is a big bottle of Chimay Bleu for me.

The Geezaesthetic Manifesto

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The Geezaesthetic Manifesto – it’s all about pubs, right?

Two pieces from – some might say – opposite ends of the Wedge’s spectrum

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Two pieces from – some might say – opposite ends of the Wedge’s spectrum up on Freaky Trigger today. Al interviews hot UK comics artist Frazer Irving, and Alex T continues his investigations of Adorno.

Two articles by Pete

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Two articles by Pete on the main Freaky Trigger site of interest to DYS readers – I Am Curious Orange investigates Stelios’ new EasyCinema concept in Milton Keynes, and Kill Me Again and Again and Again rolls its eyes over this year’s worst action film trend.

The Ninth Freaky Trigger Pop Music Focus Group

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The Ninth Freaky Trigger Pop Music Focus Group is part of this month’s FT update.

LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – “Yeah (Stupid Edit)”

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LCD SOUNDSYSTEM – “Yeah (Stupid Edit)”

It’s oh so gauche (and lazy) to review a record simply by listing other records, but, unless you’ve been living in the same “bunker of stale 1979 air” (pace Tom) they’ve been theiving from, the DFA just beg for it.

Really, this record is “only” the bassline from “Disco Inferno” (thanx Geeta), the vocal delivery from “Life During Wartime” (thanx Mitch), and the production of Vitalic’s “Poney” EP (thanx me). With maybe some New Horizon (the hollow beep-and-klang of their blodclaat house anthem “Slamdown”), Josh Wink (any time overdriven acid and snares are present it’s customary to tip yr hat), and Daft Punk (the sawn off thump of “Da Funk”…thanx Gygax).

But it’s groove is so unstoppable (hey, if you’ve gotta steal, right?), it’s flitting between moods so neurotic (play it on a loop and by the time it ends and begins again you’ll never guess it was the same song), it’s attention to period (be it 1979 or 2002) detal so exacting, and it’s energy so boundless, I can’t help but think it’s one of the best things I’ve heard all year. I can’t make out what the hell he’s talking about, and, for the first time in an LCD Soundsystem song, that doesn’t seem to matter. They’ve finally made a generational anthem that works solely for the sonics. The sonics. The sonics. The sonics.