Wednesday, May 23, 2018
Tuesday, May 22, 2018
Monday, May 21, 2018
Sunday, May 20, 2018
Saturday, May 19, 2018
Thursday, May 17, 2018
Paddy Mc on male desire, the male gaze
(Love the way "Wild Horses" seems like it's constructed out of glass planes organised in accordance with lines and angles drawn on graph paper). *
Obviously we could also include here the similarly amorously unreformable / recidivist "Horsin' Around" but the title-chorus is deeply off-putting donchathink? Great Tune though.
Oh go on then...
Oh yes, there's also this slice of the male-feminist would-be-New Man blues:
"If I'm troubled by every folding of your skirt / am I guilty of every male inflicted hurt?"
* - in an interview around Jordan: the Comeback, Paddy Mc says:
“I find it easier to write on keyboard because there’s more range for interesting chordal effects. I’m also not deeply in love with a band sound, which might sound strange to you, but I like what I call abstract arrangements. In a sense, although it’s got bass and drums and guitar, I think of an abstract arrangement as being something like Wood Beez by SCRITTI POLITTI It’s hard to imagine that song working outside of a studio. But I suppose that thought is almost contrary to the reputation we have because I’m seen as a serious songwriter and that’s usually associated with the worthy acoustic guitar in hand"
Tuesday, May 15, 2018
this tune "Crossings" - not available on YouTube - is also worth seeking out for Gressel vibes and indeed was the track that piqued my interest
you can hear it here along with "P-Vibes: Three Canons"
Monday, May 14, 2018
Tuesday, May 1, 2018
Polish counterpart to Look Around You - well, not exactly (the model perhaps more on the lines of Poland's Communist-era equivalent to Why Don't You Just Switch Off Your Television Set and Go Out and Do Something Less Boring Instead, rather than Tomorrow's World)
"KrainaGrzybowTV (also known as Mushroomland (or Land of Mushrooms) TV, KGTV, or just Kraina Grzybów) is a Polish YouTube channel, which features a series of 1980’s themed videos revolving around a mysterious place called Mushroomland. The videos (so far) include: Smile Guide (Poradnik Uśmiechu) episodes 1, 2, 4, and 5, several Smile Guide OST videos, and one episode of Mushroom Melodies (Grzybowe Melodie). Six definite characters have been thus far established: Agatha (in Polish, Agatka), Maggie the Squirrel (Wiewiórka Małgosia), Caroline (Karolina), the Jeansman (Dżinsowy Człowiek), Hatszepsut,and Agatha’s unnamed mother.
"Smile Guide takes the appearance of an ’80’s or early ’90’s-era Eastern Bloc children’s educational program which, as the specific video progresses, descends into chaotic madness. Much of its style consists of footage made to look like it was shot on VHS, grammatically incomplete sentences, absurd humor, nostalgic-sounding music (mostly played on synthesizer and designed to evoke Polish television soundtracks from the 1980’s ), and, of course, disturbing imagery.
"The show is hosted by Agatha, a young girl always seen wearing a blue sweater with red flowers on it. She also wears paper eyes over her actual eyes (as do Caroline and the Jeansman). The premise of each episode is that Agatha is going to teach the viewer how to do something grammatically nonsensical (“how to effectively apple,” “how to make from paper”), but this pretense generally gets dropped about half-way through as the video descends into chaos. She is usually joined by Maggie, a talking cartoon squirrel, who acts as something of a co-host. The two generally seem to be friendly, although Episode 2 sees both of them snapping angrily at each other at one point, perhaps to imply everything is not as it seems...."
There was another KGTV series - Grzybowe Melodie (Mushroom Melodies) - but with only one episode