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- "Grit in a sensitive instrument, or a crack in one of his own high-power lenses, would not be more disturbing than a strong emotion in a nature such as his." - Watson on Holmes, A Scandal In Bohemia


my absolute favourite favourite music at the moment: Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou, a freaking amazing 70s funk-ish outfit from Benin. Info for the first album put out by Analog Africa, and for the second here. Analog Africa CDs are really, really nicely put together, come with seriously good booklets full of info & photos & images of the original record covers, which is essential for this kind of band because otherwise you'd know nothing about them at all. There are samples you can listen to over at the links, below is a youtube of the first track from "Echos Hypnotiques."

THEY ARE JUST THE ABSOLUTE BEST THING EVER. On one album they're credited as T.P. Orchestre Poly-Rythmo, the T.P. standing for Tout Puissant. Which means "All Powerful". How cool is that? (a hint as to my opinion: VERY COOL INDEED.) And in all the photos there are like... fifteen of them. I love giant bands! I love bands that call themselves orchestras - Ukulele Orchestra of Great Britain, Penguin Cafe Orchestra, Mr Mcfall's Chamber Orchestra (ok they really are a chamber orchestra), and now Orchestre Poly-Rythmo de Cotonou. I'd probably like Arcade Fire a lot more if they owned up and started calling themselves Tout-Puissant Orchestre Poly-Instrumentale de Montreal.


lots of pictures

pretty people, music people, old movie films )


god i love pictures of people cycling. )


peter cook, a beautiful tragic hilarious man )

MULTIHOLMES TIME, I think these are all from fuckyeahsherlock.

many holmeses of varying eras )

This may be the actual longest post I've ever made.


Nov. 11th, 2009 01:05 pm
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I made a mix cd for my uncle and aunt, for fun. HERE IT IS. For those who got a mix cd around this time last year: there might be a couple of songs that were on your album. This is just because some songs stick with you and remain the songs you want everyone to know.

What they like: old blues, roots music, contemporary classical, the current trend for bands with sixteen members and twenty-four instruments, or singers with incredibly complex and nutty styles of composition, fingerpicked guitar.

tracklisting & info )
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- I am now addicted to Radio 4
- on the Archers just now it had someone standing in a field watching idk a ploughing competition or something and saying "I'LL JUST WATCH UNTIL THE NEXT FURROW" I mean what is that all about.
- before that there was an AMAZING sitcom set in idk a medieval castle or something featuring a guy inventing ikea and a genuinely hilarious Tracy Emin joke
- probably it is not that amazing but well I enjoyed it
- I posted the mix cds some on Monday evening (because posting a cd in an envelope only takes a large letter stamp, fact fans!) and some on Tuesday morning, so hopefully they will all either have arrived or arrive tomorrow, I would like to say that it is OKAY if you don't enjoy them, I will not be offended and I hope that I have not offended YOU by trying to insinuate that you might like That Kind Of Thing. If there are songs you have already - that is my biggest fear! and there are a couple of songs which I am now CONVINCED the recipients will have already. SORRY. next time I will restrain myself to traditional Kazakh dombra music.

- ALSO it is apparently freezing everywhere in the UK. my dedicated listening to radio 4 tells me we are in the middle of the coldest cold snap since 1934. Or something like that.
- I am going through a mild obsession with Vashti Bunyan. If you got a cd from me there is probably one of her songs on it. My current achievable ambition is to hear everything she has ever recorded. This is not difficult since she has only really released two proper albums - one in 1970 and one a couple of years ago, plus a compilation of demos and early singles - but I HAVE all those, so I have moved on to the various harder to find songs she's collaborated on recently - basically a whole bunch of people regard her as a kind of spiritual godmother - Devendra Banhart, Joanna Newsom, Four Tet - and since her return to music they are just like O HAI WE LIKE YOU CAN I SING A SONG WITH YOU and because there is great mutual admiration going on it happens. TODAY there came in the post this ep she did with Animal Collective. IT IS GORGEOUS. I am far too excited.

SO HERE IS A KIND OF BONUS CD of songs that didn't make it onto anyone's cds, I am sorry if you like these better than your actual ones but HAY you can burn a copy of these and put it in the same box and NO ONE WILL BE ANY THE WISER. I am lazy so I am not doing individual track uploads, but I am going to EXPLAIN them all so I am not sure how my brain is working here - anyway. Zip of them all uploaded HERE. 22 songs, 65.5 MB. If you have any of this already just, idk, download the whole thing and then delete some stuff. Tracklisting below with WHY I wanted to include them and also a WHY NOT for why I didn't.

a dramatic glimpse into the secretive world of choosing songs and putting them into a particular order )
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a.k.a. I love Velvet Goldmine, but because Iggy Pop and David Bowie were funny and did odd things and were also kind of heartwrenching (and are actually real) here are some pictures, youtube clips of interviews, etc, from the era.

david bowie says he's a cyborg! iggy pop is inspired by electrical equipment! )
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On Saturday I had an unbearable urge to watch Velvet Goldmine. I looked it up on youtube and watched some of it, then thought, "Self, this is inadequate! The picture is tiny! The quality is distinctly suboptimal!" and so I leaped onto my bike in quest of it. "It's only five to six," said I, "I WILL MAKE IT TO THE HMV."

BUT WOE! The HMV had it not. "What kind of a place is this," I muttered, "this so-called 'shop', when it doesn't have EXACTLY WHAT I WANT, WHEN I WANT IT." I bitterly reined in my anger as I stalked the aisles. "A place with no genderbending glittery 70s musical pseudo-Bowie-biography in stock is no place at all!"

I emerged, dejected, at one minute to six. Was this to be the end? Would I have to order it from Amazon and wait an interminable number of days? Then in the distance I saw a sign that was a CLARION CALL to my SOUL. FOPP, it said, and my heart twinkled. I went forth! I obtained it! I also obtained a forties Sherlock Holmes movie (BASIL RATHBONE AWWWW YEAH).

far too much talking about velvet goldmine )

Anyway this has got much too long. I was going to add some clips of interviews and so on to continue in the vein of Taking It Too Bloody Seriously but that will have to be in another post. PART TWO.
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It is raining and it is saturday and for no better reason than this I am uploading music I am currently into (or back into):

1. Brown Sugar - this is an awesome compilation of Latin/Cuban boogaloo. It is probably one of the two coolest albums I own. (the other being a compilation of 1970s African disco music. Both of these, I must add, I was given by someone else. I am not quite cool enough to search this stuff out myself.) There's a real vintagey feeling to this album. It's music you should probably ideally listen to on a hot summer night while sipping some kind of old-timey cocktail - a sidecar or a whiskey sour, or something intentionally dated. But rainy Saturday afternoon works as well.

2. Lust for Life - Iggy Pop. See, I was just going to upload 'Some Weird Sin' because I think that song is amazing and deserves love, and then I was going to upload 'Turn Blue' as well for its unsettling but engrossing weirdness (what is that song even about? It goes all over the place, and is full of weird symbolism and Iggy making really strange noises.) But then I ended up listening to the whole album for the first time in ages, and thought to myself, "this is good stuff!" So here it is. You may well know 'Lust for Life' because it's been in a billion adverts and movies (and been ripped off by Jet for the intro to 'Are You Gonna Be My Girl', yes, this is a sore spot) and you may well know 'The Passenger' for similar but slightly less overexposed reasons. I am telling you to listen to 'Some Weird Sin'. Plus there is the Velvet Goldmine angle - this is one of the albums David Bowie helped Iggy record when they were holed up in Berlin, sparking not a few rumours. Have your RPS at the ready.

3. 1969: The Velvet Underground Live. So if you're a Velvet Underground fan you will quite likely think "aha, this is a good thing!' And I encourage you in that thinking! But if you are not a VU fan, I think this album could be used as the gateway drug, so to speak. It doesn't have the slightly overproduced feel that you get on parts of Loaded, and it's not as dissonant or perhaps-initially-hard-to-get-used-to as The Velvet Underground and Nico. It catches the Velvet Underground at a transitional point. There are early (and very different) versions of songs like 'Sweet Jane' and 'New Age', which I almost prefer to the studio versions. Songs like 'Heroin' and 'Waiting For My Man' get a mellower treatment here. The whole thing feels relaxed, almost intimate - you get Lou Reed telling people to pull up a cushion and asking 'Does anyone here have school tomorrow?". (now I feel like Howard Moon - "on one track, you can actually hear Charlie Mingus laughing off-mike - it's a pretty warm moment!") BUT REALLY, this album, I love it.
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1. The debut EP from The Marauders (aka [profile] strangeumbrella & co) has landed! If you like ukuleles, and people from the internet, and cover versions, then this is the perfect synthesis! If you don't like ukuleles, people from the internet, and cover versions - even Pretty Darn Awesome cover versions - then The Marauders EP is clearly the only cure. Here is their myspace. May it bring you joy.

2. The lecture was really called 'Runic Inscriptions and Queer Theory', and was all about how instead of being bigoted and rejecting any rune stone that deviated from 'normal', we should all accept and enfold in our hearts the queer, deviant, homosexual rune stones. Also there was a guy called Atti and a guy called Etti and they were in love and one of them died and the other put up a memorial rune stone in Varinge in Sweden, only they were freed slaves and so didn't have much money so the rune stone was carved by someone who really wasn't that good . But it was made with love. It is a tragic tale of love and heartbreak. I want dibs on the movie rights. It will be as if Ingmar Bergman made Brokeback Mountain.

3. There is a song. It is called 'Song 4 Kylie (I'm In Love With A Girl In A Time Machine)'. It is one part Goldfrapp, one part Doctor Who, and fifteen parts AWESOME. It is by - wait for it - the Fast Ood Rockers. Christmas number one material if I ever saw it. Join the Facebook group.
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I was tagged twice for the seven songs meme. I think that means I have to do it. I can't find the official instructions, but here are seven songs that I rlyrly like right now:

(er, edited to tag people, because apparently I don't understand the concept of memes)

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Yesterday was what I think would properly be termed A Pile Of Awesome. I went to the innocent village fete, with [profile] immoralilly was staying with me over the weekend, and met [personal profile] rionaleonhart and [profile] gayjunglefever and [profile] strangeumbrella, who are all awesome. Also, it seems like mostly I haven't been LJ friends with people until I meet them in real life, so it was really quite nice to meet [personal profile] rionaleonhart and [profile] gayjunglefever , both of whom I have sort of known of AS IF FROM LEGEND for what seems like forever. I randomly stuck out my hand in a kind of "Oh my god, you're a person! On the internet!" kind of gesture, which somehow became shaking hands.

I think I talked about ukuleles more yesterday than ever before in my life. This is, I think, a good thing. There is nothing better than sitting behind (or maybe only near) the Girl Guide tent and the Longest Bunting In The World tent, with a ukulele, and maybe occasionally making malcoordinated attempts at clapping along to Beatles songs (me) or playing Actual Music On The Ukulele ([profile] strangeumbrella)  and talking about The Gay.

It was just an immensely lovely day spent with immensely lovely people. I have photos. Or rather, [profile] immoralilly has photos, and I will get them from her, and that will probably be the friendslocked portion of your entertainment.
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I was in a strange mood yesterday evening. I made raspberry jelly and themed playlists, and recorded Doctor Who but didn't watch it until the middle of the night.

Until I have my thoughts in order about Doctor Who, there are two things I feel like talking about. One is childrens' books, and the other is songs that feature handclaps. Since I've already made the playlist, and spent far too long thinking about what each handclap really means-

Dear people! Have I thought too much about this? MAYBE. Could I could write essays on it? OH YES.

 Anyone else got any favourite songs-that-have-clapping-in-them?
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Okay, this is for [profile] lecharmediscret, but feel free to grab if you want it: the Magnetic Fields album 69 Love Songs, zipped and uploaded.

As in, a concept album consisting of- literally- 69 love songs, across three discs, though some of them are only a minute or so long; nearly three hours of indiepop joy. From a band that brought us the album i -which was a concept album consisting only of songs beginning with the letter i. The people that brought us When My Boy Walks Down The Street! 100,000 Fireflies!

Fine, I love this album, I love their slight loopiness, I love that even the forty-second songs are insanely catchy. Here are my favourite tracks from the album, if you're not sure:
The Sun Goes Down And The World Goes Dancing
I Don't Want To Get Over You
A Chicken With Its Head Cut Off
I Think I Need A New Heart
Papa Was A Rodeo
The Luckiest Guy On The Lower East Side
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five historical personages I totally fangirl:
Ada Lovelace
William Cobbett
John Lilburne
Hannibal Barca

five not really historical personages I have inordinate love for, and hopeless weird ridiculous painful mad crushes on; if I was put in the same room as them I would probably die:
Peter Cook
Jeffrey Dean Morgan
Clive Owen
Alex Kapranos
Cillian Murphy

five personages whose appearance anywhere makes me grin with the happy and the 'omg I love you':
Alan Bennett
Jake Gyllenhaal
Tom Stoppard
Terry Pratchett

five song lyrics I've sung along to in the recent past:
Elope with me Miss Private and we'll sail around the world/ I will be your Ferdinand and you my wayward girl
From Scapa Flow to Rotherhithe I felt the lapping of an ebbing tide
She is a funny girl! She is like YOU!
No court can take away the love we share/ And I'm wired/ And I'm totally wide awake

five inanimate things I like:
The colour green
The number five
Tate Modern

five songs someone should vid:
Molly's Lips by the Vaselines (total femslash! breezy-voiced girl singing Kiss kiss molly's lips!)
Smut by Tom Lehrer. Smut! Give me smut and nothing but!
You're the Top by Cole Porter, this version sung by Ella Fitzgerald. Total double entendre. For bonus crack value, here's a version where Captain Jack sings.
When My Boy Walks Down The Street by The Magnetic Fields, genius indiepop featuring free genderfuckery: Blue eyes blazing, and he's going to be my wife
When You're Sad by Arkane. Secretly this is the soundtrack to the ukulele fic I wrote; at least, I wrote a lot of it listening to this.

five folk-type songs I like:
Niel Gow's Lament For His First Wife, by Bob Hobkirk
Lass Of Loch Royal, by June Tabor and Maddy Prior
Cailleach An Airgid, by Cliar
Fordell Ball, by Jack Beck
The Barring Of The Door, by June Tabor and Maddy Prior

five horror movies that are awesome:
Dog Soldiers (VORENUS!!!!1!!)
28 Days Later
The Omen
The Wicker Man

five movies from which you can totally extract the secret of life:
The Breakfast Club
The Big Lebowski
Bill and Ted's Excellent Adventure
A Hard Day's Night
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I went to bed at 4.30 this morning, and woke up at 2pm. Obviously, I am just cool to the point of excess.

The Wikipedia entry on Crowley has changed, because it used to contain this:
the latter part of which is clearly written by a mad crazy slasher )

And here are the New Year's Resolutions of Crowley and Aziraphale.

And also, the Supernatural gagreel especially for Lottie and Trisha.

And also also, some music:

Know Your Onion! by the Shins. Insanely cute and dorky and puppyish.

I Want Money by the Flying Lizards. The one with the very crisp-posh-accented-girl vocals and the backing of whooping and crashing and blipping.

I Cut Myself by the Wannabe Texans. The title makes it sound emo, but it was on a country album, and it's more honkytonkish, like, say, honkytonk emo? is that a genre?

I Believe In A Thing Called Love by Hayseed Dixie. Loopy bluegrass Darkness cover.

Dollar In The Teeth by Lee Scratch Perry. Just really cool old-skool dub reggae.

Dreams by Lincoln '65. Melancholic and fragile and wonderful. Small-town midwest depression. The lyrics are so vivid. "Come down Virginia/Feel the sweat of my brow/and have another/whisky on the house"

Moving Furniture Around by the Handsome Family. About dissatisfaction, I suppose, and sometimes deadpan funny. "Sometimes I want to move to the other side of town/There's a street over there where the landlords are fair and a parking space can always be found."

Jellyfish by Lincoln'65. Melancholic and fragile and wonderful. Again. The second of the only two Lincoln '65 songs I possess, and if I hadn't found it I would've sworn I'd hallucinated the first because there is no information, nothing, to be found anywhere about who they are or what else they did. They are a Sekrit Ghost Band. I love them.

The Littlest Birds by the Be Good Tanyas. Sweet endearing folk music, by a trio of nomadic ex-buskers, recorded in a wooden hut. "I love you so clearly/I love you so fearlessly/I'll wake you up in the morning so early/just to tell you I got the wandering blues"


Jul. 11th, 2006 10:21 pm
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I had WORK today. OMG I AM EARNING MONEY THIS IS TERRIFYING SOON MY PARENTS WILL START CHARGING ME RENT. This summer I am working at the local farm shop. In the wild and phantasmagorical hinterland of north Norfolk. My first duty this morning was to mop the blood off the floor of the meat-chilling-room, omg, it was EXACTLY like the meat-chillers the Mafia put people in in movies, or in that ep of Due South, or that Life On Mars one where Gene and Sam put the suspect in the fridge. but dear lord it was smelly.

I have so far resisted:
- quoting any of the above
- going up to the deli counter, poking the glass cover and crying out "It's some kind of force-field!"
- saying suspiciously to all the customers, "Are you... local?" and/or "This is a local shop, for local people; there's nothing for you here!"
- trying to talk to my co-workers about Doctor Who.

A first-day-at-work song, First Day by the Futureheads:

My New All-Time Favourite Declaration Of Love Laik Evuh, from Queer As Folk UK episode 8:

(Stuart Alan Jones and Vince Tyler have been best friends since they were kids, and are gay. Alfred is Stuart's biological son with their lesbian friends, Vince has been sort-of in love with Stuart for ever, Cameron is Vince's boyfriend. Stuart and Vince have had a fight and haven't been speaking to each other. They are meeting in a coffee shop.)

Stuart: "How's Cameron?"
Vince: "He's great, yeah. Wants me to go on holiday. Melbourne. Sounds good."
Stuart: "Poor sod. Give him six months, he'll be able to name all the Doctor
Whos. In order."
(Stuart doesn't give Vince a chance to speak and starts naming them)
Stuart: "William Hartnell, Patrick Troughton, Jon Pertwee, Tom Baker,
Peter Davison, Colin Baker, Sylvester McCoy."
Vince: "What about Paul McGann?"
Stuart & Vince, at the same time: "Paul McGann doesn't count."
(they smile at each other)
Vince: "It's all right, though. Me and Cameron. It's okay. It's a bit
of a love job, actually. Says he loves me. How's things with you?
How's Alfred?"
(a pause, as Stuart just watches Vince)
Vince: "It pisses me off, though. First one to say 'love' -- he's in
charge. Puts him in charge. I dunno, it's all a bit grown up. You're supposed
to ask if I love him."
Stuart: "You can't. You can't even respect him. He loves Vince Tyler,
so that makes him stupid. The moment he said it, it all just died."
Vince: "No, it's nothing like that. Me, though? I can't be the best
shag he's ever had. He's Australian! I don't even know if I'm a good kisser.
How do you know if you're a good kisser?"
Stuart: "You just know."
Vince: "Fuck off. It's not as if I've ever done anything."
Stuart: "You've done nothing, Vince. You go to work, you go for a drink, you sit and
watch cheap science fiction. Small and tiny world. What is there that's so impressive
about that? What is there to love?"
Vince: "Yeah."
Stuart: "It was good enough for me."

<3<3<3<3<3<3<3<3 !!!!!!!!!!!


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