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Thursday, April 13, 2006

4:51PM

Obviously I've given up on this lj because I'm a lazy quitter but I just spent ages doing this and then had nowhere else to save it.

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Current mood: bored

Thursday, April 6, 2006

1:40AM

Half each of best ofs by Ride and XTC.
Massive Attack - Unfinished sympathy.

I was watching films.

Current mood: bored

Wednesday, April 5, 2006

2:06AM

Random selection by Vic Reeves, Dodgy, Hanson & Nelson, Mad and DancePig.
Jenny Lewis with the Watson Twins - Rabbit Furcoat.
The Ecstasy Of Saint Theresa - Free-D (Original Soundtrack).

Current mood: bored

Tuesday, April 4, 2006

2:16AM

Trembling Blue Stars - The Seven Autumn Flowers. Surprising first appearance for Robert Wratten. This is sort of lame but I revel in its lameness because its honest.
Saint Low - Saint Low.
The Breezeblock on Radio 1. With Mary Ann Hyperbole.

Current mood: bored

Monday, April 3, 2006

8:52PM

The obvious thing to do would be to hang this on the news that this weeks number one, that I don't remember the name of, got there on downloads alone, but actually I've been thinking about this for a while. No, really, I have. In fact I read an interview with Thomas Dolby more than ten years ago where he suggested that since musicians now (ie, then) had the technology to make and distribute their tunes themselves, the role of record companies had or would be reduced to little more than banks who are mad enough to lend money to rock groups. He was right about the technology, but these days record companies are more like PR firms, whose job is just to promote 'signed' music. The nub of my gist is that the very existence of the music industry seems to depend on little more than a difference in perception between signed and unsigned music. The quality is not really different, and the delivery method is the same, since most musicians can now make their own website, sign up to a free host like www.electromancer.com or even sell their stuff on itunes, like what KAL did. I suppose really I'm wondering - as someone who still buys records/CDs, but has never paid to download, and probably won't - why people still pay for music, and why they're expected to. The only reason I can see is that the music they want is usually only available through commercial channels (or 'illegal' downloads, of course), because the music they want is signed and therefore costs. Without the industry we'd be left with a huge ocean of music and no way to sort what we want from what we don't. The music press could help us, except they're still tied up with the notion of reviewing 'records' which have been 'released', which always means signed stuff. Why?

Current mood: bored

1:46AM

Bronski Beat - Smalltown Boy. I think this is an underrated classic, except for the vocal, which always puts me off the rest of the lp.
Lemon Jelly - Lost Horizons.
Gilles Peterson on Radio 1. I often listen to this but I never buy any of the records he plays.
One World on Radio 1 - the first bit with Laura Cantrell.
nemmo - short cover of Precious by Depeche Mode.

Current mood: bored

Sunday, April 2, 2006

2:03AM

I was thinking of saying something about this idea I've got that the difference between rockism and popism is the belief that complexity = depth, but it was bollocks so I didn't.

Tunng - Mothers Daughter And Other Songs. Tunng only seem to have appeared very recently, so its a bit surprising this is over a year old. The folky bits reminded me of the first Pooka lp, which is good, but there was much more glitching and playing with sound between. If I were being churlish I might imagine a slight whiff of contrivance and tryingtohardness in the glitching, but it is very faint. I think I need to play it again before I'm completely decided. I didn't expect eleven Tale from black clones, because that would be unreasonable, and thats not what it is.
Morrissey - You Are The Quarry. Still not sure if I like Morrisseys solo stuff, either, but bits of this are good.
Polygon Window - Surfing On Sine Waves.

Current mood: bored

Saturday, April 1, 2006

1:44AM

The Yeah Yeah Yeahs - Show Your Bones. Listening to this wasn't entirely my idea, but one must retain an open mind. It wasn't so bad, and in fact I was starting to like it a little in the middle, but it went off a bit towards the end. Generally bands like this make me think the world would be a better place if all the drumkits in it were thrown in the sea. With the drummers. Perhaps they could swap with Le Tigre.
Four tunes from my 'random 90s stuff' folder, by Monaco, Underworld, All Saints and SL2.

Current mood: bored

Friday, March 31, 2006

1:01AM

Luscious Jackson - In Search Of Manny.
Low - The Great Destroyer. Now officially my fourth favourite Low lp. Of the four I've heard. Including the Christmas one.
Some acoustic versions of various songs by Belly, Blur, the Cardigans, Dinosaur jr and the Lemonheads.

Current mood: bored

Thursday, March 30, 2006

2:10AM

Tommy heavenly6 - Tommy heavenly6. Finally managed to 'acquire' all the tracks to the album. The ones I was missing weren't that great though. It seems to have been sent through the Loudness Maximiser From Hell, which makes it a bit tiring on the ears.
Air - Moon Safari. Quieter.
Er, thats it.

Current mood: bored

Wednesday, March 29, 2006

12:21AM

Le Tigre - This Island. This has an anti-war song on it that has the lines "This is what democracy looks like!/This is what democracy sounds like!" and a man saying "We need freedom in this nation!" Which is quite funny. Apart from that, its crap.
Aphex Twin - Alberto Balsalm. To rinse.
Cat Power - The Covers Record. I don't think this is very good.

Current mood: bored

Tuesday, March 28, 2006

12:36AM

Blondie - Eat To The Beat. I think Blondie are a 'best of' band. Sound-a-sleep is terrible.
Betty Boo - Boomania.
Kraftwerk - The Man Machine.
Might listen to the Breezeblock. Might not.

Current mood: bored

Monday, March 27, 2006

8:51PM

Cheese of the week #3: Cambozola.

This cheese is also known as blue brie. Its like brie, but it has thin veins of blue mouldy stuff like what you get in blue cheeses in it. I found the proportion of blueness to brieness to be quite pleasing, adding more than just an undertone of, um, blueness without overpowering the buttery brieness. Personally I didn't find this a very good melting cheese, since it seems to disappear a bit and doesn't quite have enough flavour, although there are lots of recipes that use it this way. I think the best thing about this cheese is the texture.

Current mood: bored

12:25AM

The Primitives - Crash.
The DIY Chart Show - www.diychartshow.com
REM - The great beyond, Shampoo, Belinda Carlisle and Ce Ce Peniston. She has penis in her name.
The Lemonheads - Its A Shame About Ray.
Slowdive - Blue Day.
Gilles Peterson on Radio 1.

Current mood: bored

Saturday, March 25, 2006

11:32PM

Self-explanatory list:

From an 80s compilation, Altered Images, Fergal Sharkey, Paul Hardcastle, Frankie Goes To Hollywood, Visage, also US3 and Ace of Base which I think were 90s.
Talking Heads - 77. Not as interesting as I recall.
Bjork - Homogenic.
Tunng - Tale from black. Still the only tune I've heard of theirs. Need more.
Orbital - Untitled green album. Just ripping CDs at last.
Banana Splits theme tune.
Jon Milson - Motherfunker 96. Unsigned house mp3.

Current mood: bored

Monday, March 20, 2006

9:20PM

Cheese of the week #2: Norwegian Jarlsberg.

This cheese is yellow and has holes in it like a Swiss cheese, so it would be a suitable choice if you were planning to catch a cartoon mouse with a mouse trap, except you'd have to remove the rind first. It has a mild flavour which most people would describe as 'nutty', but I wouldn't because I wouldn't think of it. The texture is pleasantly fudgy, without being too dry or squishy. I mostly put this cheese on those cheesy biscuits that are like Tuc biscuits but not, in which context it was quite satisfactory, even if I couldn't put butter on the biscuits without snapping them into at least four pieces. This was not the fault of the cheese.

I don't know if other countries have Jarlsbergs, or if they are similarly nutty, fudgy or holey.

Current mood: bored

Sunday, March 19, 2006

7:54PM

I was sort of planning to write more, but my modem decided to fry itself to death on Friday so I had to borrow this usb one, which I only installed on my laptop (because you have to install it, which I didn't with the old one), which sucks and I don't like typing on this.

It was going to be about the media and Blair, possibly beginning with the way they keep saying 'Iraq will define Blairs legacy', as if this were news, rather than the self-fulfilling prophecy it obviously is. It would not spend too much time despairing at what this says about the medias pigheaded attitude to 'Iraq', because we know about that already. When they say Iraq, they don't mean an 83% turnout, a growing economy (insert link here) or Saddams trial. No, because the very reason Iraq is to be Blairs legacy is the excuse it gives to ignore everything positive this government has done at home, the way they always do. I'd then have another go at the pseudoliberals (need a better label) who, as Alex already mentioned, like to think they're radical free thinkers who sneer at all the other 'sheep' who let the media do their thinking, while lapping up the tabloid-HIGNFY-C4-lead Blair-hate, like how he used to be/still is when its convenient an oily populist with no principles who bends in the breeze of public opinion, except when hes not doing what we want (Iraq, smoking ban, blah) when he becomes arrogant and out of touch...and Bush's lapdog too. Yeah, we all thought of that ourselves, and came up with the Bliar thing...all at the same time, like you know when Americans called Kerry a flip-flopper, whatever that even means (I dunno, he can admit mistakes and change his mind or something?), they all made that up themselves. Might relate the bigotted reaction to Blair talking about 'god' with the pseudoliberals islam-apologism re the cartoon thing, noting again that its an excuse to ignore the real message that he stuck to his position over Iraq because he believed in it, because maybe, just maybe, he has like, omigod, principles. No, I've gone too far. Thats Gordon Brown.

I'd have to tidy it up a bit, of course. Its very time consuming.

Current mood: bored

Friday, March 17, 2006

6:28PM

What this journal needs is some kind of point.

I was sort of planning to use it to say all the things I didn't get to say at the time, like you know how when you get into an argument and it all happens really quickly and then you realise what you should have said a week later, especially if you're a bit slow like me. The problem is other people usually start the discussions, which gives me a context, instead of just starting on out of the blue here. Plus, its complicated, so it takes ages to write, and I don't like things that take any effort. I did start writing this

'What I mean when I say I'm sort of outside the the outside is that I'm starting to feel like I don't relate to the same people I used to, particularly politically. When I was growing up there was the right, who were the government and the rest of the status quo, and there were those of us on the left, whose job it was to be againststuff, which we did by going on marches and waving placards and things. Things were simple then, the left were right and the right were wrong, so we had lots of things to be against. Unfortunately I suspect this is why we never had much time to think about what we were for, which is why we never got elected, and which is the only explanation I can think of for John Smith being leader of the Labour Party. Of course things were always going to get more complicated when Labour finally did get elected, because they did so by being taken over by people who were Actually In Favour Of Things. Now the left had to split in two, with the pissers and moaners over there, still waving their placards and chanting their slogans, their numbers of course swollen by the people on the right who didn't have anything to do anymore, hence the Cuntryside Alliance. And over here, those of us who think being In Government is more worthwhile and a better way to get things done. As Gordon Brown put it, "All power corrupts, and no power corrupts absolutely."'

but its a load of bollemus and it doesn't even get to the point. It was going to get on to how people on the left assumed because they were Against The War, anyone who was not against it must be on the right, rather than simply In Favour Of Things like democracy and not gassing kurds and such. Then it would connect this with the cartoon thing and note how lots of left leaning pseudoliberals always take the side of islam and possibly relate this to Marxist apologists in the thirties and fifties. It would make the quite important point that - quoting examples here - its lazy and disingenious to equate Iraq with islam, because Iraq is a secular and not even exclusively muslim country and anyway, we didn't go to war against Iraq, but its unelected and despotic Baathist regime which has now been removed and replaced with a popular and successful constition and government, which is very nice for them and no thanks to you antiwar types, imperialism my arse. Obviously not all in the same post though.

But it takes ages and feels like I'm writing a book or something. Who do you think I am, Will Hutton?

I don't think I'd be very good at writing about tennis, and I don't own enough really obscure records to do music. Jeff Worrell makes me feel a little inadequate.

I bought some nice cheese today though.

Current mood: bored

Wednesday, March 15, 2006

6:17PM

The bad news is, Tesco seem to have stopped making or selling those individual cheese and vegetable pies, but then the good news is Nestle have started making Caramacs again. Not a fan myself but my mum used to like them until they stopped making them perhaps ten years ago or more. Fortunately I spotted them labelled as 'new' while searching for a peanut Kit Kat Chunky, which I have so far been unable to track down. Its also worth noting our local M&S has stopped stocking their jars of Thai curry paste, which is irritating.

Making my own paste would be a bit of a faff, but I suppose I am capable of making a pie myself if I really have to.

I am planning to write another of my not-so-topical political posts, but I want to get the tone right.

Current mood: bored

Tuesday, March 14, 2006

10:16PM

I wonder if the people who made TOCA 3 ever actually tried starting a race in an open wheel car from any lower than pole position.

Current mood: bored

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