This morning, John Scalzi announced that he was Taking the Weekend Off From the Internet, and embedded a video clip: I’m ashamed surprised that I had never seen – or heard – the song before. Of course the artist was instantly recognizable, and as soon as the song finished I’d started a download of the…Read More Thank you, John Scalzi
2007 turned out to be a very good year for new music – new to me, at any rate. I discovered several artists that I had inexplicably overlooked, picked up excellent new albums from some of my long-time favourites, and encountered some great new talent. So let’s take a look. The year started and ended…Read More Music of 2007
From (ironically) the BBC NEWS: BBC Radio 1 has said it will stand by its ban on the word “faggot” from the Pogues’ 1987 Christmas hit Fairytale of New York to avoid offence. The word, sung by the late Kirsty MacColl as she trades insults with Shane MacGowan, has been dubbed out… Another line, where…Read More They can't do that to my favourite Christmas song!
I was listening to a shuffle mix of tracks by a long-time favourite of mine, the composer and percussionist, David van Tieghem. As “Particle Ballet” was playing, I decided to Google him, and found an unreconstructed late 20th century website, with a video embedded. Here it is. Enjoy.Read More David van Tieghem
I’ve been sitting in my apartment this afternoon, restructuring several gigabytes of archived email on my PowerBook, playing Civ4: Beyond The Sword on my Windows box, and watching the snow fall. When at last the mail was done, and the CPU that had been pegged at 100% for the last hour dropped to idle, I…Read More Snowy random 10
It’s the intermission… I’m at the 5th Avenue Theatre, attending a sparkling performance of Sondheim’s “Into The Woods”. It’s been years since I last saw a musical, and I can’t imagine a better choice to break the drought. It’s simply wonderful. Almost time for the second half. What if “happily ever after” isn’t the end…?…Read More "into the woods"
Just got back from seeing the Mekons at the Town Hall Seattle. Fabulous show, but in completely the wrong setting. There were about 150 people, in the centre of a much larger auditorium, with no beer. The members of the band sipped their bottles of Red Stripe and taunted us! And it was billed as…Read More Mekons: Superb!
“Mass Destruction” by Faithless.Read More A necessary reminder
I now understand why so many reviewers have said that Hats by The Blue Nile is such a perfect album to listen to through really good headphones, at night, with the lights out, with no distractions and no pressure of time. The only puzzle is how I managed to miss this since its release in…Read More Hats
Amazing. Hat tip to Paul.Read More WTF is Diablo String Orchestra? Who cares? Just listen!