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friday favourites 06.07.12

image of the week
insert joke about how unbelievably hot i am here. this weather has made me stupid. either that or the bleach has gotten to my brain and i'm living an eternal blonde moment from now on. see? i should have said "i'll be living", but i didn't, because the heat is making me stupid. luckily, i live in a country where i can waste water by filling the bathtub up and using it as a wading pool or putting some in a mister and dousing myself on a regular basis. sweet, irresponsible relief.

i figure i should get to my favourites while my brain is still functional enough that i can remember them...

good news :: stuff i can't make up from around the internet


admit it, you're really curious about the pictures. [thanks to dom for this one!]

from now on, we shall call them ok!-mart.

do you feel lost in the world? perhaps your sense of isolation requires an appropriate sort of gps.

the kfc double down? that health food for these guys.

goings on :: stuff you can [and should] participate in


if you're in montreal... in case you missed them opening for led er est or in case you didn't and just wanted to see them again, dekoder will be holding a release party for their new album tomorrow night [july 7th] at the casa del popolo.

if you're in berlin... true gems in a sea of average power electronics, sweden's stalwarts irm headline "epicurean escapism", a night of sonic, visual and performing arts tomorrow night. there is a web site for the event, but you're better off looking at the facebook page.

if you're in london... speaking of power electronics, it doesn't get better than the line up at estuary english [more like space's music recommendations are brought to you this week by the letter "e"]. consumer electronics headlines, backed by kleistwahr and ethnic acid, also known as the solo projects of the two members of ramleh.

if you're anywhere... the annual john fluevog summer sale has arrived! shop early! shop often!

musical notes


strangely unrelated to all the music shows listed above. this video has been on my mind for a few days, not least because i actually played the song this week at the caustic lounge.

by way of back story, this is elvis costello performing on saturday night live in 1977. costello had wanted to play the song "radio radio", but since the lyrics dealt with the narrowing of focus of mainstream media, the show's producer lorne michaels- normally perceived as hip and edgy, rather than as a defender of corporate interests [at least at the time]- had given the song an emphatic "no".

not to be railroaded, costello began to play the track "less than zero", only to cut his own band off a few seconds in and proceeding- live, remember- to play "radio, radio" anyway, while michaels stood, fuming but impotent, just off camera.

to my mind, nothing has ever been as "punk rock" as the expression of defiance on elvis' face [he was able to see michaels, even though the tv audience couldn't]. snl folk later tried to recast the story as being a beef over the change screwing up the camera shots, since it hadn't been rehearsed. because, of course, nothing about doing a live television show would ever have prepared a camera crew for something unexpected.


Elvis Costello - Radio Radio, SNL, 1977 from jmannen77 on Vimeo.


follow-up and shameless self-promotion


i can honestly say i've nothing much to promote and no follow-up to do. let's all enjoy a moment of peace, shall we?

ok. now let's move on to

kitteh of the week


extreme sleeping beauty close up!



much love to all who read these pages. 

Comments

Biba said…
The cutest little nose!
Kate MacDonald said…
What's even cuter about it is that she quite often snores- more and louder than her brothers...
Biba said…
:D

as long as you're here, why not read more?

dj kali & mr. dna @ casa del popolo post-punk night

last night was a blast! a big thank you to dj tyg for letting us guest star on her monthly night, because we had a great time. my set was a little more reminiscent of the sets that i used to do at katacombes [i.e., less prone to strange meanderings than what you normally hear at the caustic lounge]. i actually invited someone to the night with the promise "don't worry, it'll be normal". which also gives you an idea of what to expect at the caustic lounge. behold my marketing genius.

mr. dna started off putting the "punk" into the night [which i think technically means i was responsible for the post, which doesn't sound quite so exciting]. i'd say that he definitely had the edge in the bouncy energy department.

many thanks to those who stopped in throughout the night to share in the tunes, the booze and the remarkably tasty nachos and a special thank you to the ska boss who stuck it out until the end of the night and gave our weary bones a ride home…

the war is over

i assumed that the live coverage of last weekend's "march for our lives" would be hard to watch, and in some ways, it was. however, i did not expect that it would feel so joyful and empowering as well. 
the idea that "joyful" can be used in the description of a rally around the subject of violence and death seems bizarre, and certainly many of the speeches were anything but. however, it was difficult not to watch things unfold on saturday and not have the feeling that there is a spirit of positive change. young people, younger than the much-discussed millennial demographic, are taking it to the powers that be and those powers be shakin' in their shoes.

it's hardly surprising that cheeto benito ran off to golf for the weekend rather than stay and face the music of arianna grande and common; after all, he spends every weekend on a taxpayer-funded golf holiday. nor is it surprising that congress's most vocal critics of gun reform apparently spent the …

friday favourites 20.07.12

i was almost going to skip it this week. not out of any disinterest, but i always feel weird posting something flip and cheeky on days when the news is choked with stories of some location filled with people going about their lives suddenly getting shot up by a lone maniac with some sort of personal gripe or agenda.

awful things happen every single day. people who lead otherwise normal lives are suddenly transformed through violence every single day. by the harsh standards of the world, what happened last night in aurora, colorado isn't even close to the worst. i'm sure families in syria would consider a day where ten people died to be better than average. but there is something about these completely random mass shootings in otherwise fairly peaceful places that haunts us all here in the western world. it happened today with aurora. it happened a year ago sunday in norway. it happened in another colorado town, now synonymous with the terror of such a massacre in 1999.

what h…