Sunday, March 30, 2014

Visually enhanced radio

...rather than film - not much action, just listening to records and commenting on them. As you do. But what records (or, in some cases, recordings)... not much here you'd hear anywhere else. And for all his taciturn manners, David Toop is one of the most intriguing and thoroughgoing writers on how the constant search for different sounds constitutes one's identity. I'll screen it on the coming Wednesday (and most likely in room 307).

Saturday, March 15, 2014

Overrated? Take 2

For 19 March, the reviews/records for discussion are here

Tuesday, March 11, 2014


A change of plan for 12 March... While our last week's star St. Vincent is merrily sounding "more like herself" now, my ongoing cold is making me sound less and less like myself and more like a creaky old piece of furniture (or maybe that is my true identity, how would I know?) Anyway, I'm unlikely to hold prolonged conversation. However, as I'm still up and about, I might as well do something useful - so, tomorrow, I'll screen the recently previewed Privilege (1967) in full - yes, it's also on YouTube in case you choose to stay home but I've got the DVD and the subtitles. And it's an appropriate introduction to the 'Sacred Cows' theme on which I hope to elaborate with you on 19 March (menu as announced).

PS A reminder - you're welcome to submit your reviews to the blog already now!

Saturday, March 8, 2014


For 12 March, some horn shaking and tail twisting from NME blog’s ’Sacred Cows’ series:

The Beatles 'Sgt Pepper's Lonely Hearts Club Band'
Full album

Bob Dylan

(This is an artist profile rather than a record review, but HERE you can test the statement that his songs are better when covered)

Nirvana 'Nevermind'

Full album

Radiohead 'OK Computer'
Full album

Saturday, March 1, 2014

Art Brut

There's just bad design and there's outsider art. I'm not much of a metalhead but I sure dig those album covers - right up there with italo disco. Or down there.