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Read: Freedom
October 30, 2011, 11:13 pm
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Bit confused by this one. It’s a very, very good book. I couldn’t read it fast enough, I didn’t want it to end. But it wasn’t great. Somehow The Corrections felt great. Even with its flaws.

Franzen’s a fantastic writer but what he’s writing is, when you boil it down, just middle class family sagas, with some contemporary – but not necessarily essential – context (its reputation as some sort of post-911 state of the nation address is a little mystifying). He’s not unlike a slightly darker, slightly less sentimental John Irving: long, tightly plotted, vivid but slightly implausible dramas.

So yes, somehow Freedom manages to be both very good and a bit disappointing. That’s expectations for you.

Keep Saturdays Weird Volume 1
October 29, 2011, 7:37 am
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A little way through the latest volume of my Tune Of the Day Run, I decided to make Saturday the day I posted tunes that were perhaps a little less palatable than usual (see here for the full explanation). I thought it might also be “fun” (if this kind of thing is your idea of fun) to stick them into a mix at the end of each volume, so the noiseniks, gorehounds and freaks could fill their boots with such stuff.

Here’s the first one – arranged in some sort of sequence, but they weren’t posted with a mix in mind so it’s not exactly seamless stuff. But it is dark, fun, noisy and weird.

Keep Saturdays Weird Volume 1

00.00 Popol Vuh – Death Of A Bandit (Cobra Verde OST) (Best Of Popol Vuh)
02.15 The Hare & The Moon – Barbara Allen (self-titled album)
07.15 Mount Vernon Arts Lab – Hobgoblins – Coil Mix (Seance At Hobs Lane)
13.45 Pussy Galore – Dick Johnson (Dial M For Motherfucker)
15.15 Einsturzende Neubaten – Yu Gung – Adrian Sherwood Mix (single)
22.30 1000 Homo DJs – Supernaut (single)
29.00 DHS – House Of God – Surgeon Mix (single)
36.45 Boredoms – Boriginal (Super Roots 7)
56.45 Cobalt – Eater Of Birds (Eater Of Birds)
66.45 Panacea – Tron RMX (Low Profile Darkness)

So that’s wyrd folk, krautrock, breakcore, doom metal, industrial, techno, psych freakout, dirty garage punk and more. That’s lovely for you.

(the pic for this and all subsequent Keep Saturdays Weird mixes have been nicked from Geoffrey Hudson collection of found Halloween pics on Facebook. Hope he doesn’t mind).

And remember, if you want in on the Tune Of The Day action, go to these links:
Twitter (general account)
Twitter (Tune Of The Day mix-posting account only)

99% Won’t Do
October 26, 2011, 2:21 pm
Filed under: Politricks

There’s a lot of bitching and moaning and nonsense about the OccupyXX movement. There’s also some considered criticism and concern (especially regarding the iffy nature of some of those involved – the truthers and the anarcho-capitalists and the clueless fucking hippies). But it’s a thing, we don’t know quite what kind of thing but I’m all for it. And as manifestos go, I think this is a decent start:

The Haunted House Of Stagger
October 25, 2011, 1:47 pm
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A creepy Halloween Stagger Cast for you – clicky

Read: The Grapes Of Wrath.
October 20, 2011, 10:51 pm
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As I mentioned below, I first read this when I was a kid – loved it, understood the suffering, didn’t realise quite how explicitly political it was. This time it slayed me. Brilliant, awful, heartbreaking, righteous. Amid and after all the awfulness, Steinbeck still had so much hope and belief in the human spirit. Something I wish I shared…

With passages that cut to the black heart of the market like nothing else I’ve read.

John Steinbeck, The Grapes Of Wrath

This is the thing to bomb. This is the beginning – from “I” to “we”. ‘

Oh, Henry!
October 19, 2011, 9:01 pm
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This is wonderful clicky

More Networking
October 17, 2011, 10:26 am
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I’m on LastFM. Did I mention I was on LastFM? Joined last year some time (like the book thing, it’s an aide memoire as much as anything).

Anyway, this is me

The Ghost Of Tom Joad: Steinbeck Nails Capitalism
October 14, 2011, 12:45 pm
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I read Steinbeck’s The Grapes Of Wrath when I was a kid. I enjoyed it, understood something of the suffering he wrote about but didn’t really get the politics. I’m reading it again and it’s just.. perfect.

If you haven’t read it, you should. If you have, read it again. Most of all, read Chapter 5, Steinbeck writing about the fate of tenant farmers in Oklahoma having their land seized, but also writing about the whole fucking machine / monster.

“Some of the ownners were kind because they hated what they had to do, and some of them were angry because they hated to be cruel, and some of them were cold because they had long ago found that one could not be an owner unless one were cold And all of them were caught in something larger than themselves. Some of them hated the mathematics that drove them, and some were afraid, and some worshipped the mathematics because it provided a refuge from thought and from feeling. If a bank or a finance company owned the land, the owner man said, The Bank- or The Company- needs – wants – insists – must have – as though the Bank or the Company were a monster, with thought and feeling, which had ensnared them. These last would take no responsibility for the banks or the companies because they were men and slaves, while the banks were machines and masters all at the same time. Some of the owner men were a little proud to be slaves to such cold and powerful masters.”

The Dark Art Of The Tune Of The Day
October 13, 2011, 11:09 am
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I was just asked about the actual mechanics of the Tune Of The Day (up to Volume 7, tune 81 now). Here’s a picture of me doing it:

or you could do it the simple way:

1) spend about £5 a month on a hosting site (i use Mediafire, but it’s where myself and Jared host all our mixes and such so it’s a bargain)
2) choose and upload a tune (the tricky bit, IMO 😉 )
3) once it’s uploaded, you’ll get a long and clunky URL for it (which also takes up useful characters in your Twitter or Facebook post) so use bit.ly to rename it something concise and coherent (TOTDX.XX, for example)
4) Post it where you want – Twitter, Facebook etc – with some text. I use Hootsuite to post to my Facebook and two Twitter accounts simultaneously)
5) erm.. that’s it.

Hootsuite is also useful for scheduling posts in advance – when I went away for a couple of weeks in the summer I painstakingly uploaded and scheduled 14 Tunes Of The Day to post at 9am each morning. It did strike me that if I died in a hideous car crash (or from liver failure, let’s face it) in the early part of the trip, people would still be getting Tunes From Beyond The Grave, which is cool / morbid.

So, yeh. Here’s one link, here’s another link, now form a Tune Of The Day.

If you want to get mine, I suggest following either @real_dubversion (which is my regular twitter feed) or @StaggerTunes where I only post Tunes or Mixes

Meanwhile, Back At The Trailer..
October 13, 2011, 12:26 am
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Over on our sister blog, Randy & Earl’s Old Record Club, Jared / Earl has been showing some daily love for Tom Waits and I’ve been repping for the Dust To Digital label, among other things…

So go take a look.



Meanwhile, Jared’s got his own blog going on, here
AND Jared’s all growed up and putting on his own night at the Brixton Windmill – don’t know much more than is on the flyer, but I’ll see what I can find out.