archive of posts from April, 2011

With Hope In Our Hearts…

  • Liverpool's against the odds run to 5th place and  the gateway to Europe
  • Chelsea 2-1 Tottenham

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Shopping for Picassos

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Snakes & Ladders

  • Asda: I'll try again, shall I?-2
  • Asda – they never have anything in stock! What’s the point of being open 24 hours if it’s always out of stock!!
     
  • Tesco: If I've got time!-1
  • Tesco – it’s better in that regard, but it’s a smaller store and therefore has less to stock – I also have to go right across town to get to the nearest store that isn’t a fucking Metro.

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Snakes & Ladders

  • Asda: I'll try again, shall I?-2
  • Asda – they never have anything in stock! What’s the point of being open 24 hours if it’s always out of stock!!
     
  • Tesco: If I've got time!-1
  • Tesco – it’s better in that regard, but it’s a smaller store and therefore has less to stock – I also have to go right across town to get to the nearest store that isn’t a fucking Metro.

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Record Store Day Rip-Off Revisited

Record Store Day had completely passed me by in previous years, but this year the hype around it got so all encompassing, that even I failed to find a safe shelter. I couldn’t understand what it was all for, I mean most everything I saw advertised was a vinyl re-pressing of any old shit, presumably from recent remasterings, presumably mixed for CD.
And then something gets announced: Fat Cat Reecords put together a cassete compilation of Frightened Rabbit/Twilight Sad demo’s. I’ve no idea who Frightended Rabblt are, or why somebody who appreciated the noise made by the Twilight Sad might also appreciate them. I’ve no idea how much it actually cost – there were only 400 in the UK, there’s only one independent record shop in Edinburgh, at least of the sort that sell new vinyl (and the like), and I was working that Saturday morn so there was no chance of ever seeing one. more »

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“United” BBC2, 24/04/2011

It was a strange bit of drama, it was trying so hard to be a tear-jerker but it ended-up just being annoying. The major failing was a lack of focus, it didn’t seem to know what story it was telling: was it the Bobby Charlton story? Was it the Man. Utd. story? Was it the story of the crash? Was it the Jimmy Murphy story? It seemed to want to use each of those angles whenever an emotional crescendo was in reach, but without investing in any of them sufficiently to earn that pay-off. Ultimately, it seemed lazy, it was basically saying this is about the Munich air-crash, you all know about it, you all know it was a tragedy, you’ve all heard of Duncan Edwards, here’s an opportunity to shed a few tears without learning anything more about it! more »

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Schnippit

“I don’t listen to much music. The more you love music, the less music you love, ’cause you get picky — we take our religion seriously. Bad music is angrifying and good music is so painfully intense.”

Kristin Hersh
Paradoxical Undressing (2011)

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