everything’s going on hold for a while
everything’s going on hold for a while
can’t really blog too hard this week – very busy – national concert hall tonight, preston tomorrow, working till saturday, vashti bunyan sunday…
but this deserves a special mention. i got love for solid bump, so it’s no surprise that i love this white girl lust remix of laberge‘s funk music. i normally hate the whole 12/8 electro think but this really makes it work. special.
i just finished reading a book (a.m. homes’ this book will change your life) and went looking through gis for a picture of the cover – i ended up at the best little bookshelf in texas.
My name is Jia Tolentino and I am reviewing every book I’ve ever read.
what else can i say? i loved this on faulkner’s as i lay dying (a book about which i have thought a lot this year, though i am yet to return to its glory):
There was one time last year when my roommate and I were a bit under the influence and I yelled down the stairs, “Tory what are you doing” and she yells back “I’m ready to go out, I’m just reading As I Lay Dying again” and then we both simultaneously burst out laughing for like half an hour because of the thought of “As I Lay Dying Again,” the apocryphal sequel, and then the entire series’ worth of possibilities based on whatever you were doing while you were reading As I Lay Dying–like “Yeah, I picked up As I Lay Dying: At The Bookstore” or “Oh, hold on, I just want to finish As I Lay Dying: Before Gossip Girl Starts.”
if you haven’t read as i lay dying… well you should.
so tonight i went to see new moon…….. i know, how unlikely. i enjoyed it a bit more than twilight – partly because i was laughing the whole way through, partly due to the reaction of the crowd – and also it did look quite nice at times. i’ve been avoiding any talk of the soundtrack, just noticing but not following headlines on pitchfork about thom yorke and death cab contributing.
to be fair, thom’s track is quite amazing.
in other thom-related news, i picked up the collection of his remixes (or rmxs) the other day – i know i’m two years late on that, but i didn’t think it was available on cd! it’s a japanese import, i saw it in hmv, i couldn’t resist. it’s gold! i’d heard a few of the remixes already, but the field‘s reworking of cymbal rush is simply mesmerising. quelle surprise.
here’s the burial remix of and it rained all night, quite appropriate a) because burial sounds best in november and b) on account of the flooding across the country this week. not that i want to make light of that horrible situation at all.
a few days late reading this, but i’m terrible at catching up with my google reader. i’m really excited about seeing the white ribbon, but i might be the only one…
There’s obviously something about Michael Haneke’s films that seeps out of the screen to unsettle viewers. The critics’ press screening of his awesome The White Ribbon this week was like a Haneke film in itself. Several critics arrived late, shuffling into their seats while the opening credits played in stark monochrome silence. Another critic began to eat lunch – how can you get anything down your throat during the tension of a Haneke film. Heads turned in annoyance at the chomping. Then another prominent male critic entered noisily and obviously flustered as Haneke’s German narrator intoned the story of strange, violent goings on. The critic made a stooping dash in the dark for a seat, tripping up the aisle steps and spilling hot coffee on to a female viewer. She let out a yelp of pain. The screening room was on edge, disturbed, riled – yet the film was barely five minutes old. Haneke’s next film will mark a return to him working in French, and star Isabelle Huppert and Jean Louis Trintignant. According to the director it will be about the “humiliation of the physical degradation in the elderly”. Good to see the fella lightening up then.
from trailer trash, the guardian (the headline too)
i was in town one afternoon in early july 2003. i had to drop something to the department of education for my brother. in the evening i met my friend to go to a play written by a friend of ours. in the interim, i picked up muzik magazine – it had p diddy on the cover! his much-lauded let’s get ill was, apparently, about to reshape the dance music universe. well, with the benefit of hindsight, we all know that never happened…
more important was the free cd that came with the magazine. i think i’d heard of the dj, erol alkan, a few months previously in the sunday times magazine, as one to watch. those profiles are all well and good, but mean nothing if you can’t hear what he’s about. this cd changed all that. the section of my diary entry (yes, i keep a diary) concerning the magazine read as follows: “Got Muzik with cool electro stylee cd.” if you forgive me for using the word stylee, you’ll understand what the relevance was. up to this point, i had moved from euphoria-style trance in the late 90s, to global underground and renaissance in the early 00s. a little of funky house had entered my sphere but not so much that i’d ever be tempted to enter that world permanently. this erol alkan chap helped redefine the sounds i was listening to. i must mention james lavelle, whose gu022 had ventured outside the prog-house mould and belatedly introduced me to the likes of dj shadow, as well as the solo work of thomas bangalter. i also got to know the beast that is unkle – but that’s a story for another day. this is about erol.
unfortunately i wouldn’t see erol in the flesh until 2006, but that wasn’t for lack of trying. once i was sick. once he played the trinity ball and i couldn’t find him. once he was playing just hours before i flew to prague. once i was in america. and so on. when i finally did see him, i wrote this.
you’ve read a lot to get this point. now you can just enjoy the mix.
01 Playgroup – Make It Happen (Zongamin Mix) (Edit)
02 Mitsu – Hush
03 Duran Duran – Girls On Film (Night Version)
04 The Faint – The Conductor (Thin White Duke Remix) (Edit)
05 Codec & Flexor – Crazy Girls Make My Heart Go Boom Boom
06 Headman – It Rough (Chicken Lips Mix)
07.a Goldfrapp/Benny Benassi – Train (Ewan Pearson Dub Mix)/Satisfaction (Acappella)
08 Grand Popo Football Club – Men Are Not Nice Guys (Goldrun Remix)
09 Tom Gillieron and Ravi McArthur – Now It’s Dark
10 Kiko/Alex Gopher – Italomatic (Kiko & The Hacker Remix)/Party People (Acappella)
11 Ferenc – Yes Sir I Can Hardcore
12 Archigram – Doggystyle
13 Uminski – Harder, Better, Faster, Stronger