Filed under: Bookshelf, Reading | Tags: birds, Books, Franzen, Freedom, John Irving
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.
Filed under: Mixes, Tune Of The Day | Tags: Breakcore, Folk, Industrial, Infantile Noise, Noise, Techno, What The Fuck?
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.
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).
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:
Filed under: Mixes, Stagger Casts | Tags: Halloween, Jesus, Spooky, Stagger Cast, Zombies
A creepy Halloween Stagger Cast for you – clicky
This is wonderful clicky
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