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29th July 2008

This is at least twenty long posts all rolled into one handy list, so be grateful for small mercies. Its basically an excuse to list the books, TV, bands, experiences and stuff that I have in some way absorbed over the last two months or so.

I have been mostly going insane through insomnia because my old friends next door have let their house to a young family who have the mardiest baby in the world. Its been crying for approximately seven weeks non-stop now - all day and all night and its really screwing with my head. Sanity comes for me by playing (at full volume) Cry Baby Cry by The Beatles, or Stop Your Crying by Spiritualized, although the subtlety of these songs is lost on the Dido fans next door, so they usually end up receiving some Rage Against The Machine, obscure Icelandic punk, or even Gobsausage - at full volume.

Anyway, when I have been sane of mind, and/or not lost in the myriad whirlwind that is a very, very busy and thrivingagency (more on that later), I have mostly been doing the following:

  • Driving my shiny black 1977 Datsun 120Y and getting thumbs ups from cab drivers and more than one unsubtle advance from the opposite sex. Very good.
  • Reading a graphic journal by Joe Sacco, called War’s End: Profiles from Bosnia 1995-96 in which he tracks down Radovan Karadžić. Timely.
  • Just read Batman: Year One by the mighty Frank Miller and illustrated by David_Mazzucchelli.
  • Speaking of the Batman, I’m still in awe after seeing Heath Ledger’s Joker in The Dark Knight. In my opinion, that’s the best bad-guy performance I have ever seen. I’m not sure the film lived up to all the hype, but it was certainly special.
  • Reading a lot of history. Specifically European, often focused on the first 50 years of this century, with much of it to do with Stalin and/or World War Two. No idea why.
  • Maybe its because I’m yet again trawling through all 30 or so hours of the greatest documentary series ever made - 1973’s The World At War.
  • Music in one list item? Crazy. OK. Been listening to Fleet Foxes almost solidly for three months now. Particularly adore Your Protector. Also been thrilling my ears with a lot of other new North American stuff, such as Phosphorescent, Great Lake Swimmers, Grand Archives, Shearwater, Rogue Wave, of Montreal, and I’m still obsessing over stuff like Band Of Horses, Elbow (watch their Glasto performance - amazing), Okkervil River, The National, and regularly drowning in Cat Power’s ridiculously sexy voice. Quite liking new Icelanders Seabear too. Also rediscovered old faves Brakes and Duke Spirit.
  • Visited Bath, Darlington, and even Rissington HQ. Also raised a lot of money for charity, and have been hanging out with friends at weddings, or at pubs, and have sadly said goodbye to someone who has sailed for Australia.
  • Continued going to the gym. Not as often as I should, but I’m certainly feeling the “wellness”.
  • Finally, I am proud to have invented the art of pot-plant-pimping.

There. That should cover it for now. More soon. Promise.


# Sam Hardacre responded on 29th July 2008 with...

I’m with you on the Dark Knight. As soon as I left the theatre, I thanked the powers that be that ‘Big Jack’, however great he may be, wasn’t asked to reprise the role. It’s a serious shame we won’t see any more from this particular Joker.

Glad to hear the gym is going well. I wish I could be so health driven. My exercise consists of lifting pints and the telly remote : )

# Debbie (debsterbug) responded on 29th July 2008 with...

You have been a busy fella. I wanted to personally thank you for the link to Elbow at Glastonbury. Elbow is one of my newest favorite bands and I loved this performance.

Someone else I’m really enjoying is Bat for Lashes‘s Fur and Gold album but realizing she is from England, you probably are already very familiar with her.

Enjoyed your run for charity pics. And love seeing you guys at Erskine taking care of one another like you do.

# Nat responded on 29th July 2008 with...

Just saw the Fleet Foxes at Pitchfork and they were great. If you haven’t already, you might want to check out Califone. Based on your list, I think you’d like them.

# Simon Clayson responded on 29th July 2008 with...

It was good to see you at Rissington as well

# Ian responded on 29th July 2008 with...

I wasn’t sure if you were joking about having your music up when the baby cries, but I’m sure it doesn’t help the situation.
Don’t you have some earphones you can use. Wireless would even give you freedom to move around the house and their not very expensive any more. I find them indispensable when playing games / music while my wife’s asleep.

Ian (keeper of peace)

# Simon Collison responded on 29th July 2008 with...

Ian: I refuse to walk around my own house all of the time wearing headphones. That’s cut me off from the whole world. People keep telling me to wear earplugs too, but then I’d never hear my alarm etc - and I also don’t want to wear them. The problem is more than just the baby and how they ignore it, but I won’t go into detail publicly.

# Guy Roberts responded on 29th July 2008 with...

Thank you for the music( as Bjorn once wrote), Phosphorescent seems to be good work time listening.

The parents next door are probably pretty embarrassed about the noise already,  so play them something soothing.  I love the sound of babies in the distance,  it reminds me that its no longer my job to sort things out.

Claire Rayner

# Darren Hoyt responded on 31st July 2008 with...

Sanity comes for me by playing (at full volume) Cry Baby Cry by The Beatles, or Stop Your Crying by Spiritualized

Don’t forget “Stop Your Sobbing” by the almighty Kinks!

# Skip responded on 9th August 2008 with...

Here are a few other tracks that may go over your new neighbors heads:

Oasis - Stop Crying Your Heart
Bob Dylan - Baby, Stop Crying Lyrics

and a little of topic:

Someone sent me this on Youtube. I thought it was a parody, but apparently its a serious track.

# voyance responded on 12th August 2008 with...

You are doing a great work ! Thank for the article !
More info voyance

# Simon responded on 18th August 2008 with...

Nice wheels, fella!

# Mary Fioratti responded on 19th August 2008 with...

That is a lot of good stuff packed tightly into one great post, thanks!

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