Friday, 28 May 2010
Thursday, 27 May 2010
Everyone has their own truths. I heart MIA and her music, but I'm sure there is ego at work, and the moral-political paradox that human beans will always have. That tweet is funny and immature and instant and rude and maybe a little too much and by the same token I'm glad Hirshberg isn't averse to exposing hypocrisy where she sees it. Agitator met agitator and shit kicked off. Pt 2 this weekend when MIA will post what she's calling "the unedited version of the interview". Whether Hirschberg's character assassination is just or nay, it's sure helping the new-album hype generator.
Friday, 21 May 2010
I think the 69, 395 people who signed this petition feel the same.
Tuesday, 18 May 2010
Monday, 17 May 2010
Pretty sure a lot of this will go over the heads of non-music-journo types or people who aren't familiar with terms like SEO, but its relevant if you care about hegemony, the awesome sprawling dragon monster of the WWW, what it is doing to music journalism and by extension the wider repercussions (let yr imagination roam).
I agree with Weingarten almost 100%. The problem is that this has been happening for some time, and has the irreversible trend angle of mountain rock landslides. Trying to make a tiny, little independent ship of honest music criticism stay sailing in the gargantuan, click-counting, meta critic ocean is real hard. Possible, but real hard.
Saturday, 15 May 2010
Kiana Firouz, 27 years old, is an outspoken Iranian LGBT rights activist, filmmaker, and actress. When clips of her video documentary work featuring the struggle and persecution of gays and lesbians in her country were acquired by Iranian intelligence, agents began to follow Firouz around Tehran, harassing and intimidating her. She fled for England where she could safely continue her work and studies.
She plays a starring role in Cul de Sac, a documentary film produced in the UK about the condition of lesbians in Iran, and based heavily on Firouz’s own life story. Directed by Ramin Goudarzi-Nejad and Mahshad Torkan, the movie will premiere in London in a few days. Since the trailer was posted on YouTube in December 2009, Cul de Sac has attracted global media attention, with thousands of views. Apparently, some of those views included members of Ahmadinejad’s puppet media in Iran. They know who Firouz is and what she stands for. They may want her to come back to the country she was born in to answer for it.
Here is the official Cul de Sac website.
Here is the petition endorsed by Kiana Firouz herself.
And this is her story.
Friday, 14 May 2010
This situation clearly needs a remedy.
The type writer is out, the note pad is primed, and I'm nudging the sleepy-head muses awake with promises of fresh, blank pages practically begging for some magic.
Wednesday, 12 May 2010
Clegg sold out, Cameron got in, and the part-time Minister For Equality (the sole female member in the cabinet) hates gays, gay adoption, IVF for single women and lesbians, abortion rights and probably herself. The next four years in the UK should be an absolute BARREL of laughs.
''The Conservative party is an eternally irritating force for wrong that appeals exclusively to bigots, toffs, money-minded machine men, faded entertainers and selfish, grasping simpletons who were born with some essential part of their soul missing. None of history's trulyCharlie Brooker
historical figures has been a Tory, apart from the ones that were, and they only did it by mistake. To reach a more advanced stage intellectual evolution, humankind must first eradicate the "Tory instinct" from the brain - which is why mother nature is gradually
making them less sexy with each passing generation. The final Tory is doomed to spend his or her life masturbating alone on a hillside, which, let's face it, is the way things were supposed to be all along.''
Monday, 10 May 2010
Menacing, dark and fiendishly nice. Click the image for free download linkage. Cover art, cinematic sample use and atmospheric concepts should always be this good.
Sunday, 9 May 2010
These creepy parasites look like small smears of cotton wool, and when you loom over and zoom in - white, hairy wood louse with stinger-like tails. Each Sunday, I fill a small bowl with warm water and washing up liquid and use a mountain of cotton buds to swab these little fuckers off, some kind of strange, night-time plant surgeon in my yellow marigolds. They like to hide between the petals, which makes for fiddly procedures, and frequently laze out snug little homes in the openings of new buds and stems. Ants pass them from plant to plant like a miniature animal tram. They are attracted to the mealy bug's secretion, which is their version of golden syrup but looks to me like the sticky trail of a foul snail impersonator.
It's a slow process. But I think we're winning.
Thursday, 6 May 2010
Wednesday, 5 May 2010
Tuesday, 4 May 2010
Monday, 3 May 2010
Angela Rossi has reached into the secret-heart-shaped-padlocked jewellery-box of my heart and come up with the goods. Star wars + retro crockery.
Check out her crazy neat creations here: Angela Rossi.
Tea and a slice of lemon drizzle cake with Chewie? Yeah, think I might.
Sunday, 2 May 2010
Saturday, 1 May 2010
Some super painful moments, some killer comebacks.