Are You Ready To Be Heartbroken *
It's the end of MOR music as we know it!
* Lloyd Cole and the Commotions
Here are some random ramblings from my world:
JJ and I decided to go along to the Tate Modern on Friday to fill our heads with culture. Well, it was my birthday and I wanted a treat. Now I adore the Tate Modern, thinking it to be a beautiful building and a marvellous use of its internal space. So we looked at the crack in the ground which is also known as Shibboleth by Doris Salcedo. JJ didn't take it seriously, in fact, she laughed quite a lot. "But JJ," I asked, "don't you agree with Martin Herbert, who says in the accompanying leaflet for the Salcedo piece that 'it prompts a broader consideration of power's divisive operations as encoded in the brutal narratives of colonialism, their unhappy aftermaths in postcolonial nations, and in the stand off between rich and poor, northern and southern hemispheres'?" JJ replied: "No, it's just a crack in the ground!"
"Through Shibboleth, these phantasmal pressures comprise and ineradicable faul line: one that now, it appears, is causing the building to seismically sundered. Gouging open the very ground that we walk on. Salcedo reminds us that these wounds can not be simply consigned to the past. She encourages us to confront discomforting truths about our world and about ourselves with absolute candidness and without self-deception."
Labels: embarrassingly bad art
Most - if not all? - of the British state's nuclear weapons are based in Scotland. Scotland has its own government. The head of this government believes that the people of Scotland, through its own government, should play a part in next year's discussions on the nuclear non-proliferation treaty. The head of the Scottish government writes to all 188 heads of state of those governments who have signed up to the treaty asking them to agree to his request to put a seat in the discussion room for a Scottish government representative. For doing this, the Labour Party accuse the head of the Scottish government of "undermining Britain's foreign policy." A British government minister, David Cairns (never heard of him), says that Alex Salmond "seeks to cavort across the world stage with his discredited looney left policies."
Labels: despicable fuckers
Just heard on Radio 5 - rugby broadcaster and commentator Ian Robertson asking England coach Brian Ashton: "So should we all be worried about Jonny Wilkinson's balls?"
Labels: unfortunate choice of words
Some people have described them as Joy Division wannabees, but I don't see that one myself. I tend to think of Editors as being heavily influenced by TV21, the post-punk band from Edinburgh in the early '80s. This is probably a strange claim to make because I can't imagine that the Birmingham four-piece have even heard of TV21 (Kev, that is not an insult, merely a guess!). As an aside, I once saw TV21 supporting The Skids in Ayr back in the day and they were fucking awesome. Well, listen to A Thin Red Line from 1981 and you'll hear what I mean. I certainly don't have a problem with bands taking inspiration from their predecessors or their contemporaries - who else liked The Alarm, the band that Joe Strummer described as "a shadow of a shadow of a shadow of the Clash"? No, I didn't either! Anyway, my point is .... Editors are a damn fine band and last night at the Brixton Academy (the middle of their three-night sold-out stint) JJ and I were witness to how the energy and drive of their recorded material is well transformed onto the live stage.
Labels: great night out