I have now seen the first two Infernal Affairs movies and The Departed. I rate them:
Monday, February 26, 2007
I like Alan Hansen. But I was amused by his two columns. For the BBC he wrote:
I don't think it's great for the competition when clubs don't select their strongest side but it is difficult to have any complaints about Wenger's policy when you see how close they came to winning the cup.For the Torygraph he wrote:
However much you admire Arsene Wenger - his Midas touch with young players, the way his teams pass a football - you can only argue that he has disrespected the competition by fielding what was an admittedly very talented second XI.Only a subtle difference but it amused me.
Friday, February 23, 2007
The first proper rock gig I went to was by the Police on 11 December 1979 at Deeside Leisure Centre. I was surprised that it was a grrrl that asked me if I wanted to go. I wasn’t sure, after all, weren’t they a bit pop? I was glad I went, it was hot and sweaty and loud.
Now the Police are reforming. Here is a fun article describing their rehearsals, and a bitchy but accurate piece about Sting’s foibles. From their one song performance at the Grammy Awards we can see that although Sting looks good it is Stewart Copeland who has signed a pact with the devil.
I don’t think I have ever seen a group that has reformed. I would only be tempted by groups that play medium sized venues, like the Gang Of Four (as recently seen by Ian) or Dinosaur Jr.
Monday, February 19, 2007
Thrift stores often have sales for President's Day. We went to two in a morning, spent less than $20 in each and came away with this stuff:
- A Barbie SUV which is to be converted into some sort of public bus
- A jigsaw puzzle (with teddy bears)
- 5 books
- Assorted glasses and measuring spoons
- 2 glass bowls which are intended to be part of a solar oven
- 2 Banana Republic shirts, a sweater and a tee shirt
- Cute kid's clothes as chosen by the kid.
We have also been watching that Ray Mears's Wild Food TV show where we learn about what Mesolithic hunter gatherers would have eaten in Britain. I guess there is something about scavenging that appeals to us.
Posted by Andrew Sherman on Monday, February 19, 2007
Thursday, February 15, 2007
Saturday, February 10, 2007
You are The Joker
|The Clown Prince of Crime. You are a brilliant mastermind but are criminally insane. You love to joke around while accomplishing the task at hand.
Posted by Andrew Sherman on Saturday, February 10, 2007
Thursday, February 08, 2007
Mick Taylor joined the Stones in 1969 after they had dumped Brian Jones. He was there the first time I ever saw them on TV on a repeat of the famous Granada film of the Hyde Park concert. He quit in 1974, tired of not getting songwriting credits for his contributions. His replacement was Ron Wood who came from the Faces, who I have recently discovered to have been just as good as the Stones. The weird things about Ron Wood is that not only does he look like Keef, he plays like him too. Since 1974 the Rolling Stones sound is based on two guitarists constantly switching between rhythm and lead (Keef calls this the Ancient Form of Weaving).
So between 1969 and 1974 Mick Taylor was in the Stones while they recorded three of their four best records: Let It Bleed, Sticky Fingers and Exile on Main St. But you don’t notice him. Why is this? Sometimes (on parts of Exile) he is actually playing bass, at other times I assume Keef as co-songwriter and co-leader) plays all the guitar parts.
I’ve been listening to a fantastic live bootleg from 1973 called ‘Brussels Affair’. It is a very clear recording: the rumour is that it was officially recorded and then not released. There are all sorts of fun things here: Mick is sarcy about Keef’s singing (or something), the band are playing with a hot sax player (perhaps Bobby Keys?), the band is shit hot. But best of all you can hear Mick Taylor soloing all the way through. Keef is playing rhythm all the time, cutting like a knife, and this leaves space for Taylor’s liquid slide playing. It is another way of hearing the Stones, showing a bluesy direction that they retreated from.
Wednesday, February 07, 2007
Friday, February 02, 2007
Artists must deal with limitations of their medium. Frank Sinatra was the first to really exploit the LP. What are the limitations of YouTube? Yes, you can edit videos, and use proper lighting. That’s the classic mistake of a new medium, to treat it like the old one. One way to do it is to embrace its simplicity. Ysabellabrave films herself singing with karaoke records of classic songs. The video is done in one take – I wonder how many she has to discard. Without cuts she fills the screen all by herself, using her expressive face to occupy our attention all by herself. Yes she’s cute, she’s an OK singer, but the genius is that is all works in that little screen on the computer.
Posted by Andrew Sherman on Friday, February 02, 2007