Illuminating short film about how people in average “Middle England” feel about life and work, combined with an interview with Ed Miliband, the new Labour leader. Impressively (and if he can maintain it, of course), he sounds genuine and like he’s not just reeling out the same old political platitudes.
ROC: Excised - ROC are such an underrated / criminally ignored band, perhaps because they decide to fill each of their all-too infrequent albums with more musical ideas than most artists manage in an entire career. This song always makes me feel righteously, almost joyously aggressive. And makes me want to buy a megaphone for the sole purpose of haranguing people in the street below from the safety of my fifth floor balcony.
“While you tuck into your locally sourced organic vegetable platter (or something) Paul Dacre is probably tearing the flesh from a locally sourced, organic kitten while laughing maniacally as his politically radical slave spraypaints the words “Atheist Yobbo Twunts” onto the bottom of a drained swimming pool.”—The Daily Mail Paradox | Hecklerspray
“On My Father, there’s ‘Reeling the Liars In’, a full-scale moral cleansing where Every Liar on Earth, or at least as many as Gira can get his hands on, is loaded onto a pyre and set ablaze”—Yes, the new Swans album really is very good indeed.
The Twilight Sad: Half A Person - Somewhat implausibly, this cover version of one of my favourite songs by The Smiths manages to make it sound even more mournful than the original, which was pretty close to achieving those heights (or, if you prefer, depths) already. Maybe it’s the weary Scottish tone of the vocal. Or the simple acoustic guitar accompaniment. Or the bathroom echo on the vocals. Whatever it is, it’s almost heartbreaking.
“They say self-hatred is a negative emotion because it’s unfair to yourself. Not true. I hate all my selves entirely equally.”—Me, actually, during a profound thought this morning (though I sense I’ve paraphrased it from someone - probably Woody Allen)