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Week of enthusiasm: A blog, a band

Dear anon, I am not sure how I missed it when I got back from up north, but many thanks for my shiny star. It is lovely.

• The finalists in the Diagram Prize for the year's oddest book title:
Baboon Metaphysics by Dorothy L. Cheney and Robert M. Seyfarth
The 2009-2014 World Outlook for 60-milligram Containers of Fromage Frais by Philip M. Parker
Curbside Consultation of the Colon by Brooks D. Cash.
The Large Sieve and its Applications by Emmanuel Kowalskiis
Strip and Knit with Style by Mark Hordyszynski (Alas, not naked knitting)
Techniques for Corrosion Monitoring by Lietai Yang.
From AP : Philip Stone, a sales analyst at The Bookseller, said choosing the finalists had been particularly difficult this year. "Six seems such a cruelly low number given titles such as 'Excrement in the Late Middle Ages' and 'All Dogs Have ADHD' were rejected," he said. Previous winners of the prize include The Stray Shopping Carts of Eastern North America: A Guide to Field Identification and People Who Don't Know They're Dead: How They Attach Themselves to Unsuspecting Bystanders and What to Do About It.

So to today's enthusiams:
Cover Lay Down is a folk blog, which concentrates on two things: folk covers of familiar songs and new versions of folk songs. It's kept by someone who is a true enthusiast and the links are terrific. These are my four favourites of the songs I've downloaded from it.
Go Your Own Way Snow and Voices (originally Fleetwood Mac)
Reimagines the radio-friendly hit as a spooky, slow spectral ballad. it's more broken and less defiant than the original
Learn To Fly Brianna Lane (originally Foo Fighters)
A simple acoustic cover which works surprisingly well
Love Will Tear Us Apart José Gonzalez (originally Joy Division)
There's a danger that this might be a bit twee, but the way Gonzalez retains the echoed coldness of the original vocals and rips into his guitar saves it.
You Are A Runner And I Am My Father's SonJason Bajarda
This is the only one of these where I didn't know the original, but I am going to have to check it out.

Jon Hopkins makes tuneful ambient music. I came across him because he produced part of King Creosote's wonderful album Bombshell. He's also supporting Coldplay on their world tour. Opalescent is his most well-known album, which is to say it's not very well-known at all. It's a little bit middle-class dinner party but I love it because you can disappear into it. I've uploaded three tracks
Private Universe | Lost In Thought | Fading Glow
All music is here

• A meme, which I like: comment on this post and I'll tell you five subjects/things I associate with you. Then you post them in your lj and elaborate.

dine gave me the following:
1. football/soccer matches I went to my first football match when I was about seven or so, back in the 1970s, when football was a working class game and hooligan-ridden. He stopped taking me when I was 12 and I never really knew why. I always loved football and watched it become hugely popular but the only match I went to after university was an England game. Then last year I started going to matches with my dad again, and it's the one thing we can talk about and guarantee to make each other laugh. I love away matches. I love the atmosphere and the singing, the way the fans are so funny and self-deprecating. I do not love the aggression or racism one occasionally encounters.

2. adventures in home renovation Oh, this makes me want to kill someone. Possibly myself. My house is a shed. Everything is knackered and it's going to cost a lot to put it right. At least I have one and I own it, bank permitting, and I am very lucky etc etc but still. Kill me now.

3. Blackadder My love for Blackadder cannot be textually rendered, but I'll have a go. This show I used to know almost by heart. My friend and I used to quote long scenes of it at each other during Physics GSCE classes when we were bored. It changed the English language, it's very, very funny and nothing became it like its end.

4. interesting music Depends how you define interesting music. I like a lot of music that other people might consider mind-numbingly boring, music with a strong element of repetition and no words. Ulrich Schnauss, Boards of Canada, Brian Eno, Jon Hopkins. I like that you can disappear into it and do thinky stuff because it blocks out the outside world without imposing strong ideas of its own (once you know it well, that is)

5. the 80s The indie music was fantastic, the comedy was brilliant.

The older I get, the more I appreciate the 80s. It was a divided, nasty and hostile decade but for me it was very simple. The bad guys were easy to spot in politics and easy to hate. I was anti-Thatcher, anti-Stock, Aitken and Waterman and leftwing. I was pretty miserable but had a lot of hope for the future. That sort of thing makes life easy



( 22 comments — Leave a comment )
Feb. 20th, 2009 05:18 pm (UTC)
Oh thank you for the Diagram Prize info. I don't know how I've existed not knowing that such a contest exists. Stray Shopping Carts.. indeed!

The folk blog also seems quite interesting and useful.

My '80s were just about evenly divided between living in Germany and living in the US, which gives a sort of fractured feel for the decade in many ways, but I certainly appreciate what you wrote about them.

I too, like this meme. Please feel free to give me topics/subjects/things.

Feb. 20th, 2009 06:33 pm (UTC)
1. The charity sector
2. Favourite books
3. Boston
4. favourite places abroad
5. America
Feb. 20th, 2009 06:21 pm (UTC)
I didn't like the '80s while I was living it (boy, I was miserable in high school), but I find new-found admiration for it, esp. on the music front. There is nothing that can save the '80s fashion, however.

This was a fun meme. I'll do one, if you can give me the things you associate with me.
Feb. 20th, 2009 06:32 pm (UTC)
Excellent. Okay:
1. Canada
2. Favourite arthouse movies
3. The Veils
4. world travel
5. Life. Take that as you will
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Feb. 20th, 2009 07:02 pm (UTC)
Yay! Meme!

1. Horses
2. Ireland
3. Mices. Meece.
4. guacamole, best I've ever tasted
5. triple axles

Feel at liberty to riff on rather constrictive themes
Feb. 20th, 2009 06:56 pm (UTC)
thanks for the answers!

I admit to some nostalgia about the 80s - in my 20s and out on my own, so possibilities seemed endless and the music was good, though fashion sucked. there's a lot about that era I hated (politics esp.) but sometimes I think back fondly to the days I was young and stupid

also - I love an excuse to babble, so if you have some topics for me, that would be keen

Edited at 2009-02-20 07:08 pm (UTC)
Feb. 20th, 2009 08:27 pm (UTC)
1. America
2. Sparkly dancing boys
3. liberalism
4. slash
5. muppets
Feb. 20th, 2009 08:02 pm (UTC)
I'd like 5 things plz.
Feb. 20th, 2009 08:25 pm (UTC)
In honour of the travelogue, to start with...

1. Scotland
2. Franz Ferdinand
3. Dealing with clients
4. Eye candy
5. Evil-eying fannish idiots
Feb. 20th, 2009 09:51 pm (UTC)
Er, what's 5? Am I evil eyeing or are they?

Confused, England.
Feb. 20th, 2009 09:54 pm (UTC)
You looking askance at fannish idiocy

Feb. 20th, 2009 09:14 pm (UTC)
I'll go for it. Ask me!
Feb. 20th, 2009 09:55 pm (UTC)
1. cheese
2. lunchboxes
3. sleep
4. driving
5. movies

Wow, that was the easiest
Feb. 21st, 2009 03:59 am (UTC)
Hee! My list for R would have been almost the same. (Instead of cheese, I'd have said Souplantation. {g} Which does offer cheese, so.)
Feb. 21st, 2009 03:16 am (UTC)
I loved the 80s. I am unashamed.

Hit me with meming!
Feb. 21st, 2009 04:04 pm (UTC)
Top banana
1. snacks
2. co-workers
3. Narnia
4. north-easterners
5. having a law

That was almost as easy as Robbie's.
Feb. 21st, 2009 04:44 am (UTC)
Such an honor to be someone else's enthusiasm! Thanks for the mention of Cover Lay Down; glad you liked the tunes...
Feb. 21st, 2009 04:03 pm (UTC)
No, *thank you*. I lost a whole afternoon down the rabbithole reading entries on my favourite artists.
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Feb. 22nd, 2009 10:34 pm (UTC)

1. credit crunch (just because I want to know what you think, more than anything. Normal service resumes with...)
2. The lovely Sci and Sis
3. Favourite books
4. Slings and Arrows
5. The gym
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Feb. 24th, 2009 09:40 am (UTC)
Oh, *always* interested in talking about myself. *g*
Feb. 22nd, 2009 11:00 pm (UTC)
I'd flagged this entry to revisit after I first saw it so I could grab the music. Downloading now. Thanks!

Hit me with 5, if you like.
Feb. 22nd, 2009 11:06 pm (UTC)
right. excellent
1. Australia
2. Hem
3. Ice cream
4. Watches
5. Walking
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