Saturday, 30 December 2006
Sunday, 3 December 2006
Thursday, 30 November 2006
Yes! Jars of curry sauce will once again be provided here for your visual delectation! Rejoice!
Madras... a dish best served... with pasta... obviously...
Tuesday, 14 November 2006
OK, Italo fans... I know I haven't posted anything for a while, but hopefully this will make up for that sad fact...
Here for your delectation and amusement is one of my current favourite Italo tracks... it's kind of understated, but it combines the melancholy and frothy synth-pop that is critical in music of this kind. I love it!
...of course, the German introduction certainly adds a certain air to the proceedings...
Saturday, 30 September 2006
Friday, 29 September 2006
Monday, 25 September 2006
"No, no use in taking their time or in wasting two dimes
On a call to God knows who
When all you feel is the rain and it's hard to be vain
When no person looks at you
So just be gracious and wait in the queue
So when do I get to sing "My Way"?
When do I get to feel like Sinatra felt?
When do I get to sing "My Way"?
In heaven or hell...?"
Monday, 18 September 2006
"You are just a tenant here, you say
living in and out of this life
as cheaply as you can.
I sit here in the darkness
Like an old woman
Thoughts knot and click like brittle bones
doing too much
Trying to question all of this
Trying so hard to fade out
in the blackness
all of the fear
all of the tears that bring us to this..."
Anne Clark, "The Sitting Room" (1982)
Wednesday, 13 September 2006
Sunday, 10 September 2006
A quick mention for the newly resurgent force-to-be-reckoned-with on the Perth ska-punk scene, 6nd Tryout (Is there a ska-punk 'scene' in Perth?!?)
Anyway, watch out for these guys pogoing in a sweaty club near you soon. You'll need to brush up on those bar-chords, Dave...
|Start:||Sep 10, '06 4:00p|
|Location:||Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh|
Tuesday, 5 September 2006
Sunday night's Firework concert in Princes Street Gardens was a spectacular event for the thousands present watching... and the thousands of others who were startled/woken up/otherwise roused by the tremendous explosions from the sky!
The highlight was undoubtedly the incredible heart-shaped fireworks which you can see here:
There you can also listen to a bit of the concert (with all the bangs) which someone has sneakily recorded...
Saturday, 2 September 2006
"Now he wants her to dress as if you couldnt guess,
He desires to impress his associates,
But he's part ugly beast and hellenic deceased,
So she finds that the mixture is hard to deny.
What shall we do, what shall we do with all this useless beauty?
All this useless beauty"
Monday, 28 August 2006
Tuesday, 22 August 2006
Outstanding performances, especially, I thought, Ian Hughes as the parasitic Thersites, Paul Jesson as Pandarus and the ever-sonorous David Yelland as Ulysses.
At over three and a half hours, this could have been a real endurance test, but the excellent cast kept the action moving along swiftly throughout, and especially during the action-packed second half, never allowing the audience to become complacent.
Some utterly unnecessary nudity did detract slightly, as did the overly-camp portrayal of Achilles. I was especially impressed with the excellent scenery (there were no hitches this time) and the superb Julian Lewis Jones as Ajax who all-but stole the show.
Given the fiasco that had led to the cancelling of the previous night's performance during the interval, it was unsurprising that there was a palpable sigh of relief when the actors came out for the second half. I was very glad they did.
Saturday, 12 August 2006
"I am just a dreamer,
but you are just a dream,
You could have been
anyone to me.
Before that moment
you touched my lips
That perfect feeling
when time just slips
Away between us
on our foggy trip.
You are like a hurricane
There's calm in your eye.
And I'm gettin' blown away
To somewhere safer
where the feeling stays.
I want to love you but
I'm getting blown away."
Friday, 11 August 2006
|Start:||Oct 16, '06 8:00p|
|End:||Oct 16, '06 11:00p|
|Location:||The Arches, Glasgow|
Wednesday, 9 August 2006
|Start:||Aug 13, '06 5:30p|
|End:||Aug 13, '06 6:30p|
|Location:||Smirnoff Underbelly, Cowgate, Edinburgh|
After causing quite a stir at the festival in 2005, selling out show after show, Greedy is returning to the fringe in 2006.
This left field, slick, sexy and innovative sketch show has been leaving audiences in stitches for over a year now and has attracted a lot of TV interest.
“I laughed so much, I forgot to kill myself” Si Spencer (BBC)
Wednesday, 2 August 2006
Saturday, 29 July 2006
Today sees the start of another Scottish Football season. It has come round rather quick, hasn't it? Usually the start of the season means the impending onset of winter, but somehow that seems quite far off at the moment.
I've been a little morose recently, so maybe something will cheer me up?
Maybe this could be the year for The Terrors to rise from the ashes...?
Thursday, 27 July 2006
"I don’t know what it could mean,
that I’m so sad: I find,
A fairy-tale, from times unseen,
Won’t vanish from my mind.
The air is cool and it darkens,
And quiet flows the Rhine:
The tops of the mountains sparkle,
In evening’s after-shine.
The loveliest of maidens,
She’s wonderful, sits there,
Her golden jewels glisten,
She combs her golden hair.
She combs it with a comb of gold,
And sings a song as well:
Its strangeness too is old
And casts a powerful spell.
It grips the boatman in his boat
With a wild pang of woe:
He only looks up to the heights,
Can’t see the rocks below.
I believe the waves swallowed
The boat and its boatman,
That’s what, by her singing,
The Lorelei has done."
Wednesday, 26 July 2006
I've just bought a flat!
The last week has been something of a whirlwind, with frantic solicitor- and mortgage-related meetings and phone calls. I've hardly done any of the pile of work I have to do due to sheer excitement, but the worst is over now. I get my keys on the 29th of September. I'll be having a huuuuuuge party and you are all invited!
Friday, 21 July 2006
Thursday, 20 July 2006
Sunday, 16 July 2006
Don't you just love YouTube?
Quite possibly the best example of teary-eyed Italo Disco, and definitely the closing track to the best party..... ever!
Quite a strange video, too. I suppose every early 80s dance music video had to contain a 'futuristic' computer scenario of some sort. And lots of paranoia. Which is good.
Tuesday, 11 July 2006
At moment there's a little bit of music, some ranting about curry and some provocative quotes. I think it's a good mix. So that's how I'd like it to continue, although a bit more often, I hope.
I'm hoping to post more regularly on what I'm listening to, so that you can see just what an arbiter of taste I am, as well as posting regular pictures of jars of curry sauce, just to keep the lads interested. Mmmmmmm.....
When I can fight my way to my decks I'll also be posting my latest mix (usually the Italo disco sounds that are rocking my world) in the music section. Don't hold your breath on that one though....
Sunday, 9 July 2006
Saturday, 1 July 2006
"Those who dream by night in the dusty recesses of their minds wake
in the day to find that all was vanity; but the dreamers of the day are
dangerous men, for they may act their dream with open eyes, and make it
Monday, 26 June 2006
Keeping tabs on various 'MP3 Blogs' has become my main source of new music since the sad decline of the NME and my continuing indifference to 90% of music radio. The concept is simple - out there, there are other people who have gone to the trouble of finding out where the good music is at, so I don't have to.
It's always good to find out about new artists and new records to buy, but it's also reassuring to find that, sometimes, other people are liking the same weird/bizarre/unfashionable/silly stuff that you are!
|Start:||Aug 18, '06 7:00p|
|End:||Aug 18, '06 9:00p|
|Location:||Acoustic Music Centre, St. Bride's Centre, Edinburgh|
|Start:||Jul 7, '06 11:00p|
|End:||Jul 8, '06 3:00a|
|Location:||Cabaret Voltaire, Edinburgh|
Saturday, 17 June 2006
|Start:||Aug 21, '06 8:00p|
|End:||Aug 21, '06 9:00p|
|Location:||Gilded Balloon Teviot, Edinburgh|