Thursday, 18 November 2010

Tuesday, 26 October 2010

GOOD TUNE #5: Grauzone's 'Eisbär'

'Eisbär' (polar bear) is short-lived Swiss band Grauzone's 1981 single. Apart from the dubious sax burst at the end, every part of this song is Bang On.

Wednesday, 16 June 2010

GOOD SMOKE: Cigarettes

It's almost a shame that tobacco advertising is banned.

Monday, 14 June 2010

GOOD POSTER: Awesome Dog

Also just yesterday I walked past an out-of-use bus stop and someone had scribbled on it "buses are awesome" which amused me a little (although the type of person who would actually go to the effort to do that I'm not sure is quite so awesome - probably describes themselves as wacky or something equally distasteful). This poster is about a gazillion times better anyway.

Thursday, 29 April 2010

GOOD TUNE #4: The The "This is the Day"

"well you never got up this morning cos you never went to bed, you've been watching the whites of your eyes turn red" - excellent 80's post-punk.

have a listen

Thursday, 22 April 2010

VERY GOOD: GY!BE comeback

I'm sure that everyone who cares is already well aware that Godspeed You! Black Emperor have ended their lengthy hiatus and are curating All Tomorrow's Parties' december festival, Nightmare Before Christmas. I'm also sure that some people who are aware of this couldn't give two hoots. Indeed, when I initially found out, I was a little surprised but mostly indifferent.
In my teens I completely fell in love with post-rock, but after a Mogwai gig which was, to say the least, Absolutely Fucking Rubbish, my feelings for the genre faded and now all I have to show for it is a few dusty records and a tiny tattoo. But Godspeed are different to other bands.
Upon a recent listen, I remember what I said to a friend when I first heard Lift Your Skinny Fists: it was along the lines of "I can't imagine listening to anything else ever again". Their songs are long and sweeping and beautiful: it is like they know some secret about humanity, but they can't tell us, so give us gut wrenching swathes of music to contend with instead, to fathom it out for ourselves. This, combined with a sense of mystery fostered through a rejection of mainstream culture, means that, to some at least, Godspeed are deities.
And this is why their return is so very, very good.

Sunday, 18 April 2010

GOOD LORD: Shrunken Heads

Found this photo from when I was in Ecuador at a museum (or rather pretend traditional 'settlement' on the Equator). Can't remember how many stages there are to preparing a shrunken head, but the first 6 were definitely the most visually arresting.
Click on the photo to see the whole thing.

Saturday, 17 April 2010

GOOD COMMUNICATION: Collection of Telephone Wire Art

I did my A-level art project on "communication", and, although I never completed it (I tried to do it on my year out, but getting drunk and going travelling became far more important), I did do a painting or two inspired by some art that I found on the internet. These aren't mine but I think they're awesome.
Kim Sobat's 'A Perfect Murder':
Jenny Bowers:

Martin Middleton:

Anyway. I dig telegraph pole art. It's also a massive shame that I've completely forgotten who the first artist was that I saw her paintings and was like "woah", but if I ever dig out my old art project I'll let you know.

PS. Jenny Bowers' work is amazing, WEBWEBWEB

Thursday, 15 April 2010

GOOD TUNE #3: Pantha Du Prince's 'Lay in a Shimmer'

There's a twinkly sound on Sigur Ros' 'Ba Ba Ti Ki Di Do'  that I have often wished there was more of, mainly because it sort of sounds like fairies having a hoe-down up in the trees. Well, folklore analogies aside, Pantha du Prince's 'Lay in a Shimmer' captures a similar sound - parties at dusk, ripped denim shorts, lots of laughter and spilt beer. Mega chilled, mega happy and mega summery.

Lay in a Shimmer on Youtube - ignore snow, think sun

Friday, 12 March 2010

Good Walk: London

Recently, in order to save money and bring some sort of healthiness back to my alcohol and late-night addled body (ignore the fact that it is currently 2.30am and yes, I have had a few), I have taken to walking almost everywhere. It's been 6 days and I am thoroughly enjoying it, and it is probably largely down to endorphins but I have also been listening to loads of albums that I haven't in ages, and that is also making me feel f****ng awesome.
There are 3 that have been topping my list.
The first is Lack's Saturate Every Atom. This makes my walk more of a swagger, but I do feel dreadfully embarrassed and like a totally knob every time I walk in front of an oncoming car or trip up on the pavement.
Second in Joanna Newsom's The Milk Eyed Mender which makes the walk more like a curious stroll where each corner I turn is stranger and more interesting than the previous.
And the third is Red Sparowes' At the Soundless Dawn. God knows why I thought I would start walking to this, because I haven't listened to them in approx. 3years and my music taste is completely different to what it was then. But the impending doom and end of the world vibe makes for a super-quick/frantic walk and every stumble over the pavement just adds to the drama.
Basically, London is effing great to walk around with good music. Perhaps I have the right imagination, but those drunken walks from Euston to Old Street, or late afternoon strolls through Farringdon have completely made my week.

Saturday, 6 February 2010

GOOD SONG: Blonde Redhead's ' 23'

Blonde Redhead are amazing. I've thought they were amazing for ages, but then one day I came across this and it's like they found out exactly what makes my music taste tick, and then distilled it all into one perfect song. It's one of those wowwww-what-was-that-play-it-again gems.
Here is a link to the video if anyone is interested (which you totally should be after such praise). Overwhelmingly beautiful.

Thursday, 21 January 2010


In my opinion, this is probably the most underrated condiment in the Western World. Seriously. Last year I flirted with the idea of carrying a bottle with me everywhere, and I recently revisited my Green Tabasco love affair after coming across it in the local corner shop, and used the last few pounds of that week's wages to splash out on it (hohoho).
So I thought I'd write a blog, because I'm a massive fan of all things tasty. In my research for this blog, I perused the Tabasco website and discovered something totally amazing which is probably worthy of an entire post itself, but as I am lazy I'm just tacking it onto this one. This amazing thing is the Scoville Scale, invented in 1912 by Wilbur Scoville to measure the piquancy of peppers. The Green Tabasco is rated at approx. 600-1200 Scoville heat units, Red Tabasco 2500-5000 SHU and the hottest ever was recorded at 1,040,000 SHU which would probably kill you. Streuth.