I’m not exactly a fan of Yes (I like a few songs, but don’t really know much of their music) but I really enjoyed this interview with Jon Anderson. What a lovely chap. Might interest others.
Tom Waits held a press conference in 2008. I liked it.
A nice featurette on Paul Weller’s new album. Sounds good.
I’m not that interested myself, I’m posting this out of sheer altruism and generosity of spirit for those who are (for which I expect a certain level of gratitude).
This video has been getting a fair bit of attention in some circles, I’d be very interested to know what any wise AWers interested enough to watch it think. Erin Brockovich style exposé or David Icke style paranoid hogwash? Do you find any of it at all credible?
“1972 saw the release of ‘Pink Floyd Live At Pompeii’, a film of the band performing without an audience in the historic Roman amphitheatre of Pompeii, directed by Adrian Maben. The concert film is the 2016 re-edited version as featured in ‘The Early Years 1965-1972’ box set and will appear as part of the @YouTube Film Festival for a period of *24 hours only*.”
From Wikipedia: “Bella Ciao” is an Italian protest folk song that originated in the hardships of the mondina women, the paddy field workers in the late 19th century who sang it to protest against harsh working conditions in the paddy fields of North Italy. The song was modified and adopted as an anthem of the anti-fascist resistance by the Italian partisans between 1943 and 1945 during the Italian Resistance, the resistance of Italian partisans against the Nazi German forces occupying Italy, during the Italian Civil War, and the Italian partisan struggle against the fascist Italian Social Republic and its Nazi German allies. Versions of “Bella ciao” are sung worldwide as an anti-fascist hymn of freedom and resistance.
It’s one of the most famous songs in Italy, often sung at football matches and family/friends gatherings. I’ve been teaching myself to pluck it on the guitar and this morning came across this versh by Marc Robot that I’d never heard before. Tom Waits sings. I think it’s absolutely spiffing and shall be listening to nothing else today.
The British television programme Taskmaster has been challenging people to perform tasks at home. People are asked to submit a 20-second video and the best are edited together and put on youtube. This week’s task was to “silently recreate a famous movie scene”. Some great responses!
This drawing fun for all the family will easily fill up at least 120 seconds of your day with high level entertainment, while also improving your artistic prowess no end. Good luck!
Where I live, practically everyone is wearing a face mask when outside. When I go to my local supermarket I’m pretty much the only person not wearing one and I even attract disapproving looks from the other shoppers (even more so than usual, I mean). But I’m reading so many conflicting articles (and have seen many conflicting videos) on the subject. Here in Italy, as in some other countries, experts such as doctors and virologists are largely saying that everyone should wear one outside their home, whereas the WHO advise against them (as do important health organisations in UK and America, including the NHS). It has even been argued that they can do more harm than good: – They cause people to touch their faces more. – People will wear them for much longer than a few minutes for which they are designed, so they become damp inside and are therefore an ideal place for viruses to land and breed. – There is a risk they can be shared, especially by children. – There is a risk they are not disposed of properly, resulting in viruses being spread further. – And there is a risk that they distract people from » Continue Reading.
The finale was only the second episode of the Jodie Whittaker seasons that I’ve seen and I thought it was pretty dull tbh, but on IMDB and Twitter it seems it’s very Marmite. It gets mostly 1’s or 10’s, as do most things on IMDB, but this seems more extreme than usual in its divisiveness. Some of the reviewers are all “wow, best thing ever!”, while others are all “you’ve ruined my life, you fucking bastard fuckers!” However, the programme and subsequent hullabaloo has taught me 4 new things, which is nice.
1. The Doc isn’t from Gallifrey. S/he’s not even a Time Lord. S/he was adopted by a Gallifreyan woman when s/he was just a little black baby girl. 2. “Retcon” is a word. 3. Most Doctors are “canon”, whatever that is. Apparently Peter Cushing isn’t and Paul McGann might be. 4. Much like ‘Gogglebox’, you can watch people watching Doctor Who, thanks to the wonder of YouTube. Some of them have tens of thousands, even hundreds of thousands of subscribers! (Most have a collection of toys on their shelf.)
I know some others here are fans like me of Jonesy’s Jukebox. Jones hasn’t been broadcasting for a few months now, with no explanation until yesterday. Turns out he had a couple of health scares. A diagnosis of Bell’s Paulsy and a mild heart attack.
I really liked Hugh Grant’s article in The Independent today. So I thought I’d share it with you in case you haven’t seen it; because I can, because I’m a caring sharing person, because I have nothing better to do.
Up there with Cantona. Less bonkers, more funny.
— Harlequins 🃏 (@Harlequins) November 20, 2019
Might be epic. Might not be though. I haven’t watched it yet, so don’t blame me.
About his book, the state of the world (pretty anxious, all told), the old days, the Gallaghers, Albert Finney, Robert McNamara etc.
I know some of you follow him on Twitter. Me too. He’s funny. Today some chap tweeted him: “My first tweet, downloaded twitter just to message you this your bruce springsteen cover on radio 2. Think ive listened over 100times, outstanding doesnt cover it. Better than original. New fan.” To which JB replied: “Blocked” (But he didn’t really block him. He followed him. Classy touch.)
Unfortunately the cover of Springsteen’s Dancing In The Dark is pretty horrible.
He’s got opinions on all sorts of things. Which is nice.
You can type “askew” in google and the page will go slightly askew. Also works with “tilt”.
You can type “do a barrel roll” and it will.
You can type “wizard of oz” and click on Dorothy’s red shoes (right) and then on the tornado.
I just recently came across this Dutch website that I’m really enjoying. The story behind some great songs from the artist themselves is particularly interesting. RLJ on Chuckie E’s In Love, Plastic Bertrand on Ca Plane Pour Moi, Roger Hodgson on The Logical Song, Hugh Cornwall on Golden Brown, Paul Roberts on Driver’s Seat, etc etc.
A couple of weeks ago, to do the Full Q&A at The Oxford Union. Might interest someone with 1:06:24 to kill.
From interviews, I quite like the fella. And I like some of his choons. Yeah, he’s a junkie, a drug glorifier even, and all negative opinions on that are absolutely 100% valid. Still I like him though. He comes over as charming and sweet and vulnerable. Anyway, he’s got a new outfit, the Puta Madres, a new album and is doing the sales rounds. Interviews in today’s The Guardian and this video interview in NME:
At least I assume he’s drunk. Quite a sad and depressing spectacle.