Grey weather, headphones, and this song. Perfection.
Surprise! Benedict Cumberbatch sheds the serious Sherlock to share some laughs with these two - stay tuned! #Counterbatch
Dear people headed to Noise Pop - I’m going to miss a show, and I’m quite sad about it. Go see Cheatahs, for me. (They’re on the No Age bill at Brick and Mortar on Sat, March 1st.)
SOUND MAP OF LONDON’S WATERWAYS
It’s not exactly music, but this interactive map of London’s canals and minor rivers is still well worth a listen. Click on each place to hear a sound recording of it, with its own description. Like Hogsmill Kingston Bypass, for instance: ”Loud rushing of the Hogsmill as it passes over a weir, constant traffic noise from the Kingston Bypass, a bird calls.” CS
I guess I will forgive myself for not realizing new Katy B was released in December. New album in Feb though yesss
Painting: bare bones start to finish video of an owl painting I did for a couple of years ago.
Dangerous thing about Olivia updating her amazing tumblr: I am watching this on repeat.
I just. I can’t.
Thanks to Cherylprime. Can’t stop listening to this.
And, for me, and above all else, School of Seven Bells.
The only reason I missed what turned out to be the one time they toured LA for their last album was that it was the very same night as Pulp’s (utterly wonderful) standalone show during their Coachella jaunt. And no regrets about seeing Pulp, it was a killer set, the best I’d seen them ever. And I’d seen SVIIB before a number of times, each time being wonderful, and figured, “No worries, next time.”
I interviewed him briefly in 2010. We had a couple of friends in common, it was a great, easy, chat. At one point he said this:
“I don’t think I ever play a show the same way….You’re never oriented the same way; the amp is never in the same place. It’s immediate, and it affects your decisions in the moment. If you rehearse and you’re comfortable enough, you can adapt for every moment and be sympathetic to the other people onstage. They’re sympathetic musicians; in that sense, it’s a great collaboration—we’re sympathetic to what each is doing, what makes the chemistry click.”
At the show that this interview was a tie-in for, Ben said something once about how it was great to be playing at the venue again, Orange County’s Detroit Bar, and I guess I was loud enough in my response near the front of the stage that Ben raised his eyebrow, looked over and said, “…Ned?” Gave him a quick thumbs up.
That was the third time I saw them. And now the last.
What a band. Check out all their albums, all three, and the various singles and one offs and remixes. Some say they were never the same when Claudia left, and they did lose something but they were working on something else in turn, and they would have found it if they could.
But now Aly has lost her partner, and the Curtises have lost their family member, and friends worldwide are bereft. And in the face of that terrible, terrible fact, I have nothing more to add.
I’ve been watching parallel things happen in the two worlds of criticism - (feminist/womanist/political) media criticism and music criticism - I observe from a not-quite-inside, not-quite-outside space.
I am not an Important Person in either world, but I have many friends on all sides of these…