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Sunday Swoon. October 21st

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Derek Jarman teaches me a lesson, mothers ruin and some stunning music…

1. You can always rely on Jack White  to come up with beautiful music videos (even if slightly dark and gothic in tone). For I’m Shakin’ we get double Jack in moody blues and blacks. I will never tire of the way he pronounces the word nervous in this track and the subtle colour flicks and changes (nail varnishes changing colours, gloopy blue tears to black) are a joy to spot.

2. As Derek Jarman slowly went blind during his battle against AIDS he wrote Chroma. His love letter to the colours he painted his life with. Yes it is sad, tragic and moving. But more than that it is a lesson to us all, a reminder that looking is not truly seeing. He has made me use my eyes again. “I wrote this book in the absence of time. If I have overlooked something you hold precious – write it in the margin…. I know that my colours are not yours”

3. Despite scrambling to sign up for The Gin Club in Soho’s Star at Night on the day it was announced it has taken me an age to make the pilgrimage to sup on mothers ruin. It was worth the wait and will be a new favourite haunt. Perfect Autumnal setting, cosy and candlelit.

4. Bat for Lashes released The Haunted Man this week. Regular readers here will know I adore her music and all that she stands for (on this instance not just ethereal beautiful music but for appearing in the buff, not a scrap of make up on the album cover). This album perfectly suits this time of year, soundtrack to my autumn.

5. I won’t say anything about Beasts of the Southern Wild other than to say it takes a lot to get me to a cinema so if I recommend a film then it’s usually meant a lot to me, and it’s likely that it’s made me cry. No spoilers. Just that it’s beautifully shot and reminds you of all we’re meant to find precious in life.


May 2nd Mixtape

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I’ve been having one of those weeks where I’ve been immersed in music, my headphones haven’t left my head as I’ve been sat at my desk (working 9 – 6 so I have it one hour worse than Parton). This mixtape is an attempt to sum up what I seem to have been listening the most. Kwes and Beach House notching up the most plays.

You can play on Spotify or YouTube and then once you’re done listening dash off to your local record store and treat yourself to whomever you toe-tapped the most to. Enjoy.

  1. Daughter – Home
  2. Zulu Winter – Silver Tongue
  3. Kwes – Bashful
  4. Cornershop – What Did The Hippie Have In His Bag?
  5. White Rabbits – Temporary
  6. Lianne La Havas – Lost & Found
  7. Cate Le Bon – Fold The Cloth
  8. Hollie Cook – Milk & Honey Dub
  9. Hooded Fang – Tosta Mista
  10. Alt J – Breezeblocks
  11. Tom Williams & The Boat – Teenage Blood
  12. Grimes – Genesis
  13. Jack White – Sixteen Saltines
  14. Foe – A Handsome Stranger Called Death
  15. Best Coast – The Only Place
  16. Beach House – Myth
  17. Edward Sharpe & The Magnetic Zero’s – Man On Fire
  18. Santigold – The Riots Gone

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Written by Anon PA

May 2, 2012 at 9:17 am

Sunday Swoon. April 29th

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Inspiration from Santigold, Breakfast like a king and World Book Night… 

1. It is no exaggeration to say that Santigold’s gig at Heaven on Thursday night utterly inspired me and lifted me to a better place. She just sort of left me thinking I want to be better at everything, all the time, whatever I choose to tackle. A pantomime horse, dancers that I couldn’t take my eyes off, a sweet spirit and singer that connected with her audience. Her album is also released this week and there’s not been a day where I’ve not played it, Disparate Youth and The Riot’s Gone standing out. Exceeded all expectations.

2. Monday night I took part in World Book Night. It was a brilliant experience and I immediately blogged about it once my copies of Let The Right In were handed out to the commuters of North West London. You can read about it here.

3. A very early start this morning was eased by a visit to The Breakfast Club. We’ve patiently  queued on many an occasion out in the rain and quite happily. It’s always worth the wait, Mocha’s, perfect poached eggs, pancakes and service always with a huge sunny smile.

4. Adore the tongue in cheek strap line on the poster’s for Blunderbuss. Jack White pitches it as his debut album which makes me smile considering his vast back catalogue and musical projects. This album is perfection, predictably Jack White but that’s why we’re all on the edge of our seats every time he releases something, with whomever is graced by his genius. 

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Written by Anon PA

April 29, 2012 at 5:24 pm