I am putting forward ‘The Contest’ in Seinfeld – in which Jerry and Co. attempt to stay “masters of their domain’ Beautifully written and acted – a tour de force for all the cast and a unique subject for a comedy.
Year: 2015 Director: Levan Gabriadze
Ahh getting a bunch of teenagers together, make them annoying and offing them one by one – its a dance as old as time. This super low budget, $1million thou looks like 1000, fright flick happens on the laptop screen of one of the annoying teens as they are stalked online by someone (or something?) seeking revenge for their friend who committed suicide. I have seen a couple of reviews saying it will be incomprehensible to anyone over 25 due to its use of Skype, Youtube, Spotify, Chatroulette and Facebook. Purrrleasssee, granddad. Perhaps a younger audience may have some sympathy with the teen cast but I did share an internet troll attitude to their suffering – kill yourself and get over it. The novel presentation may be the most interesting part raising this above straight to DVD fare but as some good old teenage slaying quiet, quiet, BANG fun its worth checking out.
Might appeal to people who enjoyed:
The Blair Witch Project or similar “found footage” horror. The fact the two main characters are called Blaire and Mitch can’t be a co-incidence
Lifelong fan Twang interviews Jethro Tull front man Ian Anderson about the impending Steven Wilson remix reissue of “Minstrel In The Gallery”.
Notoriously prickly interviewee Ian, who has little patience with another dim question about why he plays the flute standing on one leg, gives the AW more time than allocated a genuine scoop about Jeffrey Hammond Hammond. No! Come back! He’s a great talker and holds forth about London, recording studio drama, casually mentions that he built 80s hit factory Maison Rouge studio and how he got to be so good so quickly on the flute. And the remixed album package, which sounds fantastic, includes rare alternative mixes and live tracks which are previewed here.
…always wondered why he stands on one leg though….
The ‘La Grande Edition’ of ‘Minstrel In The Gallery’ is released on 4th May and features BBC session material as well as a performance from Paris Olympia in 1975
Year: 2015 Director: Brett Morgan
In the 21 years since he shot himself Cobain, like Lennon, has been mythologized until the living breathing person ceases to exist under the weight of books and conjecture. This film attempts to tear that down and show us the man. For someone who complained bitterly about always being under scrutiny he didn’t half spend a lot of time filming or being filmed whilst at home. From early Super8 footage of the toddling Kurt through to early embryonic Nirvana gigs to crowning glories like Reading 1992 and MTV Unplugged.
Most revealing of all is the footage with Courtney & Frances and the Christmas 1993 of the trio taking a bath contains no hint of the downturn in their fortunes. Rather than forensically rake over the events leading to his death, the film ends with the painful echo of ‘Where Did You Sleep Last Night’. The film reveals a man not built for fame – his fear of being ridiculed, his sense of abandonment mixed with illness and a long heroin habit to make everything bearable all ultimately becoming too much. You are reminded of the great power of the music he left behind and » Continue Reading.
Those pesky amazon bastards have the 11 CD Stevie Ray Vaughan albums, live and rarities box set for £22. that’s £2 a CD
Koko, Camden Town, London
Blimey the place was rammed for this celebration of most English of eccentric 60s pop geezers. The cover band’s cover band The Rutles kicked off proceedings with a snappy set of toe tapping tight trousered Beatlesque tunes. Not the full band as Stig was delayed on a stopover in Pakistan and Dirk recovering from an overdose of royalties. Gems like ‘Doubleback Alley’ , ‘Cheese & Onions’ and Barry Wom’s solo spot ‘Living In Hope’ made the good times roll away. The genius ‘Back In 64’ from their much underbought ‘Archaeology’ project (Back in 64 before you were born People were not concerned with pouring scorn (or scoring porn) No one was obese and only tight trousers were worn) ended the set beautifully>
After a couple of sips of tea (and biscuits) Most of the Bonzos appeared to run through Mr Slater’s Parrot , a delightfully bizarre vent act for Sir Little Echo and an aborted take of ‘I’m The Turban Spaceman’ Despite their advanced years the energy and silliness was undimmed.
A short film starring a v young Viv directed by Neil Innes whilst at art school proceeded a fuller » Continue Reading.
01. Windsor In Love With A Beautiful Woman 02. Don’t Stop Me Slough 03. Hurley In the Morning 04. The Winnersh Takes It All 05. Damn Right Ascot The Blues 06. I Wish I Know How It Would Theale To be Free 07. Wokingham a Coalmine 08. Remenham You’re A Womble 09. Charvil Woman 10. It’s Shinfield
If @leedsboy comes on here and nicks ‘Blackbushe City Limits’ then I shall be calling my lawyer
And its not due to that competent stand up comic who has morphed into a spoilt Victoria child cum Dickensian rent boy with O-Levels, yes, Russell Brand.
My constituency is as safe as mansions. Not only due to the fact that Home Secretary, Theresa May, is the MP but that it has been Tory True Blue since the days of William Pitt. The nearest party to them at the 2010 election was the Lib Dems who just about made half the votes that May took to increase her majority. Labour are down with the nutters and racists – sadly the BNP got more votes than UKIP did. I’m guessing this year UKIP will fare better and the Lib Dems will be decimated. The turnout here is pretty high, better than average so it’s not for trying that the opposition to Mrs May face defeat.
So come, May 7th (although I may be away for work anyway) why should I bother? My vote will make bugger all difference. I’d love to be in a marginal seat where there is a real chance that you can shape the future of your community but we never see any candidates knocking » Continue Reading.
Well, well, well – your host Dogfacedboy and guests StevenC, DrJ and Ola* take a look at the Lennons in the 1970’s.
– Were they a bad influence on each other? – Did Yoko really break up the Beatles after all? – Are Richard Skinner’s pants ablaze? – Is the Lennon legend built on shaky foundations? – Imagine there’s no Mark Chapman
Links to Yoko audio and visual aids to follow. Get on the mind train.
Direct download to http://theafterwordpodcast.libsyn.com/the-afterword-25-the-blather-of-johnandyoko
* not properly introduced so try and guess who is who
Alerted by Steven C in the upcoming JOHN&YOKO podcast about the latest opus from Ringo Starr of Rory Storm & The Hurricanes fame I decided to listen to the title track which is constructed from Beatles & Ringo song titles ie the sort of game people play on blogs like this. It is doggerel of the lowest calibre
“I know that we can work it out There ain’t no need of twist and shout And I won’t back off boogaloo Unless you say you love me do”
Makes ‘Drumming Is My Madness’ sound like Penny Lane
I said “Starbucks?” – she declined “Costa?” – still no
She was clearly holding out for a Nero
The latest live archive release from the Springsteen vault – freshly mastered from the tapes comes Nassau Coliseum from 31st December 1980. Another old bootleg bites the dust.
Well worth yer $12 or whatever
Need a couple of contributors to a podcast review type episode on the new Bjork LP – Vulnicura. Apply at the usual places – i.e. here or via Twitter
A lovely tribute to the greatest television show that ever was/is/will be. And they said it would never work.
That thread about the lousiness of The Fall from the viewpoint of sad old proggers has made me listen to a lot more Fall.
So what are your favourite lines from MES carrier bag (because I saw him take tattered bits of paper out of a Tescos bag on stage to sing a new song)
I was walking down the street I saw a poster at the top I was only on one leg The streets wee fucked – Blindness
How dare you assume I want to parlez vous with you You Gretchen Franklin nosey matron thing – Telephone Thing
When I walk down the street Its always you I seem to meet Long hair down and sneakers on your feet And write letters to the Evening News I clench my fists and I sing this song hey student! hey student! hey student! You’re gonna get it through the head – Hey Student!
Became a recluse Bought a computer Set it up in the home Elusive big one On the screen Saw the Holy Ghost I swear On the screen Where’s the cursor? – Eat Yself Fitter
I don’t have a jack knife it went up the hill I » Continue Reading.
Elvis Costello is on his solo touring of the US tip once more and washed up in Alabama. So he decided to roll out a Dylan cover
Mr Fortuneight mooted a bootleg podcast while the blog was down and Mr Blast one about Suede n Dog Man Star too .
So anyone fancy jawing about either? Bootlegs – taping, the best illicit stuff, wh and why not etc The Suede chat can be more general as well
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The motley crew of DFB, Steve T, Rigid Digit & Pencilsqueezer have mostly been listening to the latest (and greatest?) LP release from Northumbrian folk outfit – The Unthanks and pose questions like
– Any good? – Is it folking folk music? – Is it prog, jazz, trip hop n grime? – Will people allergic to beards and cable knit sweaters find it attractive? – What are all these labels anyway? – Is it just the best damn album of the year? (so far)
The Unthanks new album ‘Mount The Air’ is out now in all your local independent record shops online and off or via the band’s website http://www.the-unthanks.com/
Life’s a spectrum so let’s just watch the colours blur
Available from iTunes, RSS n all pod providers and direct download stream at the link below
London Roundhouse, Camden Town
‘You know it’s going to be miserable, don’t you?’ warned Becky Unthank ‘but we’re wearing our clogs’ “Clogteasers” pianist & arranger, Adrian McNally, chimed in and those were rare moments of humour in a bleak yet uplifting night – a beautiful oasis in the den of scum and villainy that is Camden. The support set from vocal group ‘The Young Uns’ with a fine cover of ‘Between The Wars’ and a song about Benefit Street in between the sea shanties and traditional material got the place whooping and singing along but The Unthanks set offered little of that.
Their ‘Mount The Air’ album had the lion’s share of the set, greeted like old friends. The intricate arrangements were recreated perfectly but in no way clinically, there was grit, warmth and emotion there even if the band did sometimes swamp Rachel & Becky’s vocals during the louder sections. Speaking with fellow attendee Mr Rosbif afterwards we agreed that although Rachel’s voice has always been the groups selling point, live and on the new album it is Becky that catches your attention with its unusual timbre and emotive power as in the woozy, » Continue Reading.
My trusty old 120gb Classic IPod is like a pensioner. Its forgetting stuff, stopping every 5 or six songs for a sit down and won’t communicate with my music library anymore. Basically it’s shotgun behind the chicken shed time. And as the recent cessation of manufacture by Apple has driven prices to sillybolllocks levels getting another secondhand on Fleabay is a no-no
Is there a decent alternative? I rely on the big bastard for my frequent road trips round the country so, yes, I do need 17,000 songs at my disposal whilst on the mooove.
All suggestions gratefully received ect
After their triumphant charity shows last year, Bernard & David are returning for a few more dates, reissuing their debut and perhaps even releasing that written but never released third album.
Tickets onsale Friday
The passing of Mr Nimoy reminded me of his rather fine eyebrow acting in the promo for The Bangles ‘Going Down To Liverpool’ trying to get attention away from Ms Hoffs n friends – a hopeless task
Any other favourite cameos?
It’s generally agreed in places where comedy nerds meet that the last great golden blast of classic sketch comedy came from Mr Stephen Fry & Mr Hugh Laurie. No I will not brook any Little Britain (early promise wasted by laziness)
Here’s one of my many favourites – what is yours?
Oh and if you don’t like it then you can sick it in your pimhole, you cloffing pempslider
The small but perfectly formed collective will meet next on Friday 6th March at Blue’s Smokehouse BBQ gaff in Bracknell. All welcome although vegetarians may have a problem with finding something to eat.
Be there or be somewhere else etc