Tuesday, 22 July 2008

Saturday Round up on a Tuesday

Given the increasing slippage of this Saturday blog into the next week, give it a few more weeks and it will naturally occur on a Saturday again!

It may be late but this week’s catch up is packed with info and ideas:

Last week we continued the theme of home experimentation with a neat little metronome experiment to see if there really is magic at work in the world or is it just plain Physics.

Swiftly, to avoid putting you off with a Physics blog, we got the blues and then tried to shake ‘em with a little Chiquita Banana.

By Saturday the fabulous Makepeace Brothers had flown in from LA and performed for me and 20 or so friends in Nic’s Living Room/garden.

The Makepeace Brothers

Watch them perform here

In The News:

The Guardian website told us that 3.8% inflation (UK) was potentially good for people who are young, sex fiends, vegans, have mild criminal tendancies, alcoholics, interior designers, anti social, knitters, fashionistas (almost sounds like buddhavistas) and sturdy. You could almost remove the comma between social and knitters. Here’s a link to a diagram explaining why:

Lemmy from Motorhead could be facing prosecution in Germany after he broke the law by apparently wearing a Nazi cap in a photoshoot.
I spotted him a few times hovering around a second hand music stall I used to visit in a little market in West Wales years ago. Not hard to miss without a Nazi hat on!

YouTube and Viacom have agreed to mask viewer data.
In a nod to privacy complaints, Viacom Inc. won't be told the identities of individuals who watch video clips on YouTube. You’re safe for now!

If you’re old and wrote a good song years ago you’ll still own the royalties until you pass away. Performers currently lose the rights to their recordings after 50 years. The EU has now announced a scheme for copyright on recordings to last for 95 years. EU governments and the European Parliament still need to give approval. Sir Cliff Richard and some other fellow rockers were very pleased about this move, shame his songs weren’t any good (I think) and some people still play them.

Music I’ve Been Listening To:

Falcao and Monashee

Devendra Banhart
Leonard Cohen

Website Recommendation

Steve Schofield – Land of the Free

This website is a truly amazing.

My practice is concerned with exploring the fascination that the British public has with American popular culture and the sub-cultural world of fandom. In the images, I have shown people in their own homes and environments wearing costumes that they would be dressed in to attend events with other like-minded individuals. It seeks to offer a glimpse into seemingly ordinary lives of my subjects and allows the private to become public. The work hints at the depth of people's fantasies and the methods they employ to adopt this culture as part of their own lifestyle as a means of escapism.

Kind Band Gesture

If you haven’t heard of the Fleet Foxes, you probably will very soon. The 5 piece band from Washington State, US have risen to stardom pretty quickly with their recently released debut self titled album hitting the top ten in the charts and the poor guys have been on the road ever since. Plagued with ailments and probably general exhaustion, they had to cancel a gig in Toronto last week. In a bid to apologise and make it up to their fans, singer Robin Pecknold posted this message on MySpace

Hey Torontonians, we feel really awful and in-a-bad-place about having to call off last night's show with Malkmus. After 4 months or so nearly nonstop touring we're in dire straits somewhat with sickness (I've had like three recurring sinus infections over the last few months) and it kind of came to head last night. So sorry.

Anyway I feel really bad and if you had tickets to that show you can get a refund. I know that's not much consolation but!! If you were going to the Toronto show to see us and are bummed, send me your t-shirt size and address to me at:

robinpecknold (at) gmail (dot) com

And I'll send you a consolatory package of things once we get home.

So sorry again and please forgive us!

Fleet Foxes I am totally impressed with your attitude towards your fans, good on you.

Chalky’s Tip For The Summer

Since the sun is finally out here, I want to share with you a little trick my Mother recently passed on to me. Do you ever buy those nets of lemons and forget to use half of them and so they just sit there and shrivel up at the bottom of your fruit bowl? Why not chop them into slices when they’re fresh and pop them in a little box in the freezer. Whenever you fancy a Gin and Tonic pop a frozen lemon slice in and tad-ah! Chilled as well. No waste, no problem.

Chin chin,


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