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rock and roll highschool mechanics clash over neu!

1. Digest:

2. Now watch:

Portlandia Season 2 Episode 5 – Music in our schools

Won’t somebody please think of the children? Thankfully, IFC‘s Portlandia does! (Oh and Vimeo’s embed function sucks big time – or is it WordPress’s non-html savvy editor?)

3. Then watch:

Portlandia Season 2 Episode 5 – Dream of the 1890s


ivor shrigley & david cutler

David Shrigley – currently on expo in BelgiuM – has drawn clips for his fellow Scotsman Ivor Cutler, who’s influenced him immensely. The two tracks (the videos are once again off the air) are from the Oblique Musical Philosopher‘s lpLudoas produced by Sir Martin – and check here too.)

zuurkool met vette jus

… the hunger, the hunger …
+ more on Schippers & de Ridder here: http://snaporaz.posterous.com/wim-t-schippers

beatles x-mas rex


The lighter side of Christmas: the Beatles and their proto nay plain psychedelic pantomimes … with the radio comedy & novelty talents of Sir George Henry Martin CBE strongly on display, obviously. Indeed, the Beatles had been impressed by Martin’s work with Peter Sellers, Spike Milligan, Peter Cook and other Goons before they’d even met, while on the day of their first meeting, the Liverpudlians’ jokes and comic wordplay actually charmed Martin into thinking that he should sign them to a contract for their wit alone.

paul & brian & peter & dudley


Sorry mate – history’s moving along. Recorded music equals whale blubber.From Paul “ZTT” Morley interviewing “Eno”, The Guardian, 2010-01-17, http://www.guardian.co.uk/music/2010/jan/17/brian-eno-interview-paul-morleyvia http://lefsetz.com/wordpress/index.php/archives/2010/01/20/end-of-an-era-2/ (check the extra comments), itself discovered via the ever wonderful http://www.freaky.be/blog/2010/01/21/the-record-age-was-just-a-blip/ & see also http://uzine.posterous.com/3345-return-of-the-return-of-vinyl

The interview also brings ‘interesting’ observations on Abba to Zappa, e.g. “You don’t quite know where you are but you find yourself in the space left behind by the things you’ve rejected.” Yet also “Instead of shooting arrows at someone else’s target, which I’ve never been very good at, I make my own target around wherever my arrow happens to have landed. You shoot your arrow and then you paint your bulls eye around it, and therefore you have hit the target dead centre.” And so I’m always in two minds about Mr. Eno. I really enjoyed reading David Sheppard’s authorised Eno bio – http://www.orionbooks.co.uk/HB-39318/on-some-faraway-beach.htm – but I must admit that I got really bored by the bit beyond Talking Heads, the accounts of moving to a mansion, making high concept cd-roms, advising Tony “WMD” Bliar or producing James simply weren’t as exciting. Click the Eno tag for more on the man whom Colin Newman called a bunch of things, one which … is an incredibly adept bull****ter – he’s a brilliant opportunist”. I second that emotion every so often. And meanwhile, the BBC’s “Arena”, of all programmes, has broadcast this documentary on Eno: http://www.bbc.co.uk/programmes/b00q9xqk ; see also this interview http://www.bbc.co.uk/blogs/bbcmusic/2010/01/a_brief_chat_with_brian_eno.html … Final bonus: Eno on the impact of the internet via http://www.edge.org/q2010/q10_2.html#eno

Re: Derek & Clive & Dudley & Pete: more on them in the next post.