Desert Island Discs: No. 1 ‘Blue Flowers’

Welcome to a new sporadic series – my very own Desert Island Discs. Though I’m not limiting myself to eight. And the order is accidental. I’ll post stuff up when I think of it. So, to start. ‘Blue Flowers’ by Dr Octagon The above is actually the Dan the Automator remix, but I like the videoContinue reading “Desert Island Discs: No. 1 ‘Blue Flowers’”

Gettin’ ‘Pataphysical

Via reading about the Canadian poet Christian Bok, I found about the mysterious world of ‘Pataphysics. This is from the Wikipedia entry: ‘Pataphysics (French: ‘Pataphysique), a term coined by French writer Alfred Jarry (1873 – 1907), is a philosophy or pseudophilosophy dedicated to studying what lies beyond the realm of metaphysics. It is a parody ofContinue reading “Gettin’ ‘Pataphysical”

The Mystery of Love

The mystery of love is greater than the mystery of death Back from Latitude Festival. My highlights were: Lykke Li, again Ben Moor performing Coelacanth in the woods Bishi accompanying the screening of the 1923 silent film Salome (starring Nazimova – see video, above) Jeffrey Lewis in the poetry tent The poetry tent in general is coralledContinue reading “The Mystery of Love”

Ephemera of the month

Recent cultural consumption has included – Generation Kill – 7-part mini-series from the makers of The Wire which follows a company of US marines during the invasion of Iraq in 2003. Brutal and very funny. See clip below. In the Loop – biting political satire with creative swearing and the best cameo ever by Steve Coogan.Continue reading “Ephemera of the month”

Cultural Review of 2008

Based on my limited intake, here are my top cultural victuals of 2008. Immediate thoughts: (a) I don’t read enough fiction; (b) I have no idea what’s hip in music anymore (although to be fair the wondrous Lykke Li is quite hip, I think). Oh, and with this post, a change of theme for this is yogic. BContinue reading “Cultural Review of 2008”

Burke’s Peerage

Yes, yes, I know it’s popcorn telly but I did watch tonight’s X Factor final. Congratulations to Alexandra Burke who deservedly won. Deservedly, because she clearly (ie. by a mile) has the best voice, the best stage presence, and is the most musical. I tend to think 99% of X Factor singers are shite, butContinue reading “Burke’s Peerage”

The Crane Wife

You know when you buy a CD, listen to it once and decide it’s not as good as you hoped, so you tuck it away in your collection never to be heard again? Well, I did this with The Decemberists’ first major album Picaresque and now I’ve done it with their second. A proper relisten today, whilst writing reviewsContinue reading “The Crane Wife”

Horse logic

       What is it about horses? They’re everywhere, it seems. What set it off for me was Paul Muldoon’s latest poetry collection Horse Latitudes. Then came Bat for Lashes’ haunting song ‘Horse and I’, from her Mercury Prize nominated album Fur and Gold. Next, I was hosting a reading in Whitechapel and introducedContinue reading “Horse logic”