So much beauty out there

July 24, 2010

The increasingly inaccurately named Thirty Days of Song (day 21)

Filed under: All,Music — Josh @ 6:23 pm
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A song for when I’m happy.

In one episode of Father Ted, some young priest is depressed and suicidal, until they cheer him up by playing him the Theme from Shaft, by Isaac Hayes. All seems well, until he listens to some Radiohead and reverts to misery. Now Shaft does make me happy, especially the bit which goes:

‘They say this cat Shaft is a bad mutha…’

‘Shut your mouth’

‘But I’m talking about Shaft!’

oh, and also the bit where Isaac says “he’s a complicated man, but no-one understands him like his woman” and the backing vocalists go “John Shaft!” as if that was his woman’s name too. Like Evelyn Waugh, who was married to another Evelyn.

But I reject the implication that you can only be happy listening to uptempo stuff. I am even more happy listening to Bill Callahan mournfully intoning stuff like “You moved in, to my hotel. You could have done better, but oh well” and trying to get away with an Uh-uh-uh-urgghhhhhhhh sound in the chorus that sounds like an expiring water buffalo. Brings a grin to my face every time.

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In the absence of cats or porn…

Filed under: All,Whimsy — Josh @ 1:11 pm

Not sure what category this falls into. I’m claiming productivity.

July 20, 2010

It’s always the guy who has to dilute the semen…

Filed under: All,Whimsy — Josh @ 2:25 pm

Cheers, xkcd.

July 16, 2010

Argentina recognises Gay Marriage

Filed under: All — Josh @ 8:57 am
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As this image (from the brilliant 538.com site) shows, there are now 250 million people living in places which recognise same sex marriage. Progress is still steady, rather than quick, but at least it’s heading in the right direction, and the trajectory is constant. The only area to take away the right having granted it is California – which explains the spike in 2008.

Argentina’s decision, as a catholic country with an inconsistent record on progressive policies is a very positive development in general, not just for anyone living in Buenos Aires or Rosario wanting to marry their same sex partner.

July 15, 2010

Thirty Days of Song (day 20)

Filed under: All,Music — Josh @ 9:57 pm
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A song for when I’m angry:

Just to remind myself, I could never be as angry as Jello Biafra

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We Interrupt Our Scheduled Programming…

Filed under: All,Miscellany — Josh @ 3:36 pm

Not quite sure about the relevance of Hooters, mind.

July 14, 2010

Thirty Days of Song (Day 19)

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A song from my favourite album:

Basically chosen on a Desert Island Discs strategy that if I’m only going to have one album then I’d like it to have a lot of songs on it, so 69 Love Songs by the Magnetic Fields wins. The choice of song is much simpler, this is the song that made me get the album, and is still probably my favourite one.

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July 13, 2010

Thirty Days of Song (day 18)

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A song I wish I heard on the radio:

As mentioned in the last entry, I hardly listen to music on the radio, relying on compilations, gifts, charity shop buys and LastFM for any new music. So this wish isn’t for me, it’s in the hope that it being played on the radio causes the Daily Mail and Express to combust in rage. Though I do like the song anyway.

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Thirty Days of Song (day 17)

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This is supposed to be a song I hear often on the radio, but I don’t really listen to music radio very much (unless anyone from the BBC Trust is reading, in which case I listen to 6Music all the time, thanks for keeping it going) so it’s time for another random awesome song.

Mary Gauthier – Walk Through The Fire

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July 11, 2010

Thirty Days of Song (day 16)

Filed under: Music — Josh @ 3:31 pm

A song that you loved but now hate:

I’ve been stalling on this one out of embarrassment. In recent times any song I loved I might get a bit bored of, but turn to hate? No chance. But when I was younger there were a couple of phases where I was listening to stuff I couldn’t face now. When I was about 15 and moody, I listened to a fair bit of Alice in Chains and Pearl Jam which I hastened to give away a couple of years later. But before that, *whisper* I had quite a serious Phil Collins collection.

I would like it on record that I never loved this video. Bloody hell.

(Actually having not heard this for years, it’s not all that bad. As long as I only have to listen to it every few years. And I can stop it before it all gets a bit overwrought.)

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