Sorry I’ve been away for a few days, but I’ve had a migraine for three straight days now…
For those of you on Emusic, two great albums you *must* download. Asphalt Orchestra by the band of the same name is an album by a marching band. But it’s a marching band playing – accurately – music by Frank Zappa, Bjork and Charles Mingus, as well as new compositions by the likes of Stew & Heidi Rodewald. (NB the EP ‘Harm & Ease’ credited to Stew on Emusic is actually by a different band of that name). If you like incredible musicians playing stuff that goes ‘skronk’, this is for you.
On the other hand, if you like incredible musicians playing clever, melodic pop music, then you’ll love The Underground Garden by Blake Jones & The Trike Shop. Blake’s earlier albums are among my very favourites, and he guested on theremin, melodica and vocals on the last National Pep EP, and this album is his first on Emusic and easily up to their standards. The problem with describing Blake’s music is that the references one would use for him – Brian Wilson, Harry Nilsson, early solo McCartney, with just a touch of Frank Zappa – very, very melodic music but clever and experimental with it – have been used to talk about a lot of fat dull men making fat dull music. This is music that is like them not because it’s copying them, but because it’s the same kind of thing. If you like great tunes, and songs with titles like The 5 Deadly Fingers Of Doctor Theremin, or about the idiocy of those complaining about the ‘war on Christmas’, then get this.
Bright Club is, for those who don’t know, a club night that combines comedy, music and academia, with people from University College London working with comedians and musicians. Were it not in That London I’d be there every week. It’s run by my good friend and former bandmate Miriam Miller, and they’ve recently started a podcast, where the comedians interview academics. The most recent edition of the podcast features my other good friend, Debi Linton, in her capacity as paleontologist. Check it out.
Pillock has a wonderful post on Superman and Marvel comics
And Fred at Slacktivist has done some *WONDERFUL* stuff on the occasions of the anniversaries of Hiroshima and Nagasaki, but I think the best thing he’s ever posted is this. It’s a transcription of a letter from an ex-slave to his former ‘master’, and is quite simply the most eloquent ‘fuck you’ ever.
Incidentally, for those waiting for PEP!, it’ll be next week. I decided that since it’s been delayed so long, I’d put issue 2 out on the 5-month anniversary of issue 1. Sorry for all the delays, especially to the wonderful writers and artists.